Oat and Date Energy Balls

Oat & Date Energy Balls

Easter is over. Too much food has been eaten, too many sinful desserts, sugar and calories… OK, lady! No more. It’s time for you to reduce the intake of refined sugars. How?! I am a chocoholic and have a really bad sweet tooth. Here is an alternative, terribly yummy alternative – the well-known energy balls. They are nutty, sweet and indulgent, without the sin. One or two of these lovely balls could be a quick remedy for my sugar cravings.

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Ginger, Lemon & Honey Jar

Ginger, Lemon & Honey Jar

We all know about the benefits of lemon water. A glass of warm water and fresh lemon juice in the morning is said to be extremely good for our health. It boosts your energy levels, helps to improve digestion and most importantly, it is used to detox the body and aid liver function.

If you don’t mind squeezing a fresh lemon early in the morning and prepare this healthy drink, that’s amazing. I have tried and tried, but I must admit, I can’t be that consistent (a Gemini, you know). Besides, I don’t want to give up my morning cup of coffee. Still, I want to kick start the day as healthy as possible. This is the reason I chose an alternative – ginger, lemon and honey.

Ginger, Lemon & Honey Jar

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Avocado and Beetroot Salad_Simply Marina

Beetroot and Avocado Salad

The Christmas holiday is over, so are the huge amounts of food. Life is getting back to normal. That means my diet needs to go back to normal, too. It’s time for more salads and low-calorie meals. My partner and I love having a salad for dinner. They are tasty, fresh and can really make you feel full without the guilt of overeating.

Avocado and Beetroot Salad_Simply Marina

If you embrace healthy food and veggies, then I have a suggestion you may like: Beetroot and avocado salad. You might have come across two similar salad recipes on the blog. Well, I can’t help it as I totally love both avocado and beetroot. Besides, this salad is so easy to prepare and makes the perfect dinner for anyone trying to keep their weight off.

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Guest Post – Cinnamon & Pecan Energy Balls

Another Christmas post by Rosy Hannah. I thank her for this lovely recipe, a touch of healthy food around all the Christmas indulgence.  

These are the perfect Christmas treat! When everyone else is eating chocolate why not tuck into these gorgeous energy bites and taste all the goodness!

They are going to be one of my favourite things to eat around the Christmas period because they taste naughty but are full of wonderful ingredients that are brilliant for your body!

Cinnamon and Pecan Energy Balls

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Quick Chicken and Vegetable Dinner

Busy week, busy days… Mums work full-time or part-time or stay at home but still have thousands of responsibilities. The picture is overwhelming already. Obviously, it is not easy to eat healthy under such hectic circumstances. How to possibly prepare a healthy dinner for your family? Dinner time is coming in minutes, you are exhausted and surely don’t feel like cooking. There is still hope to save the family dinner. Plenty of quick and easy dinner ideas out there, I’ll give you one of mine.

Quick Chicken and Vegetable Dinner

Chicken and Vegetable Dish – ready in less than 30 minutes, tasty and quite healthy. No fuss, no culinary skills needed. Everyone can cook this, it’s really easy. Although it’s made of frozen ingredients mainly, it’s better than frozen ready-to-cook food.

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My Protein – Impact Whey Protein and Peanut Butter

Fitness, food, supplements… Do you remember this blog post? If you have read it, you already know that I don’t take many supplements. Certainly, you also know that I’m just a mama who has fun exercising and her fitness ambitions are rather humble. The mama who pays more attention to the quality of food she cooks for her family and herself and takes a few essential supplements only.

My Protein Impact Whey Protein and Peanut Butter

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cupcakes

This is a classic combination my way. Peanut butter and chocolate – unbelievably delicious desserts could come out of this match. And simple tasty cupcakes, too.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cupcakes

I know, peanut butter is high in calories. But it is also a very beneficial food when used in moderation. Peanut butter is a good source of protein, vitamins and minerals and gives you a lot of energy. Moreover, it contains healthy fats which are good for your heart and help reduce the levels of LDL cholesterol.

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Banana and Coconut Brownies

The chocoholic in me is speaking. The chocoholic in me is begging for some chocolate. I am trying to fool it with fruit or honey but sometimes, this simply doesn’t work. Chocolate addiction is a serious business, you know. I am supposed to deal with it every single day. Well, very often I lose the game. In such cases, I have two options: to choose a ready-to-eat chocolate treat or make it myself. Last time, I chose the latter.

Banana and Coconut Brownies

And here is what came out – banana and coconut brownies. They are moist and full of flavours, rich in cocoa, sweet and bitterish at the same time. And of course, I tried to make them as healthy as possible – less sugar, less flour, no butter.

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Fitness, Food, Supplements…

Fitness, Food, Supplments_SimplyMarina

You are a mother and a woman, and you are happy to be yourself. You work out quite regularly and you haven’t achieved the dream body yet. And you still love exercising. OK, I am one of you, a happily imperfect mama. If you have read any of my previous fitness related posts, you must have noticed that I am a big fan of home fitness because it suits me most. You may also have noticed that I try to make healthy food choices. You could even find a few recipes on the blog (healthy ones, I hope).

It seems, however, that I haven’t told you a thing about my own diet. I guess, this is because I don’t follow any strict plan. Neither do I count my daily calorie intake. I just stick to the idea of healthy eating or at least, I do my best.

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Vegetarian Bulgur Wheat Balls

It’s time for another healthy recipe. And let it be vegetarian. There will be bulgur wheat and veggie balls. Easy to make, tender balls with a lovely taste. No frying, of course.

Vegetarian Bulgur Wheat Balls

The two main ingredients – bulgur wheat and courgettes. I thought they would combine perfectly and they really did. But why to eat them?

Bulgur wheat – tasty, healthy and versatile. It is a wonderful ingredient, full of nutrients and a good source of protein and fiber. Dr. Axe has an exhaustive article about bulgur wheat, Bulgur Wheat: The Better Wheat for Your Belly & More. You could read it here.

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