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Valentine’s Recipe: Cashew-Coconut Truffles

Valentine’s Recipe: Cashew-Coconut Truffles

These Cashew-Coconut truffles are totally, nuttily, awesome. They contain just 5 main ingredients and are full of healthy fats and protein. A great alternative to heavily processed (and over-priced) Valentine’s chocolate, you can whip up a batch in just 30 minutes. And then eat them in about 5.

So if you read my post on Valentine’s date ideas, you may have got the idea that I don’t really go in for a big, OTT Valentine’s day. You’d have been completely correct, of course, and you’d be equally correct in thinking that gifts for this occasion aren’t really my thing either.

Since Tom and I are trying to be good at the moment – health and money wise – we both decided against the whole flowers/gifts/chocolates thing this year! However, I do think that it doesn’t always do to be so cynical about things – which is why I’m sharing this recipe.

I spent just 30 minutes (including 20 minutes refrigeration time!) whipping up these Cashew-Coconut balls of nutty goodness. They’re a present for both Tom and myself, to replace the whole chocolate/candy malarkey.

Completely raw and natural sugars (aside from the optional chocolate topping) these make an ideal, cute valentine’s gift for anyone who is still valiantly clinging on to those new year’s resolutions.

You can pop them in a box and tie them up with a ribbon if it please you. Or you can do what we did and eat them straight from the tray!

Valentine's Recipe: Cashew-Coconut Truffles

Cashew-Coconut Truffles

Ingredients

Makes 8-12 Truffles, Size Dependent 

  • 4 Tablespoons Cashew Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Ground Flaxseed
  • 4 Tablespoons Ground Almonds
  • 3 Tablespoons Desiccated Coconut
  • 1 quick squeeze of honey

 

Toppings:

  • 1 Tablespoon Desiccated Coconut
  • 50g Dark Chocolate (optional)

 

Method

Possibly the easiest recipe I’ve ever shared.

Simply mix all the ingredients (apart from the chocolate and the extra desiccated coconut) in a mixing bowl until well combined.

Leave to refrigerated for 20 minutes.

Melt the chocolate in a pan and pour the extra coconut into a bowl.

After the 20 minutes is up, shape the cashew-coconut mixture into small balls, before dipping them in the chocolate and rolling them in coconut.

Dreamy.

Leave to chill in the fridge until you can’t resist any longer.

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Valentine’s Dates in London for the Fit, the Fun and the Flirty

Valentine’s Dates in London for the Fit, the Fun and the Flirty

Valentine’s day is just one week away, and if you’re anything like me you won’t have even thought about what (if anything) you’re going to do to celebrate.

Actually, if you’re anything like me you will probably have actively resisted trying to think about Saint Valentine’s day of celebration.

If you’re single, Valentine’s is a pretty depressing day, because all of your non-single friends post photos of all their adorable presents/chocolate/flowers/cards, making you feel- well – just more single than ever. When you’re in a relationship, it’s also a pretty depressing day. Why? Because prices shoot up and you seem somewhat obliged to go out, spend a load of money, and play a big game of “who’s a better couple” with the unsuspecting strangers at the table next to you.

When actually, you’d quite like to have a cup of tea and an early night.

This is precisely why I decided to put together a quick list of ideas for interesting and fun Valentine’s dates in London. Ones that don’t include soppy music, pressurized gender stereotypes or a 20% ‘Valentine’s Special’ surcharge.

The best thing about these places? They’re just as fun (if not more!) with your friends – so there’s no need to panic over a dateless Valentine’s evening.

Valentine's Day Date ideas in London for the Fit, Fun and Flirty

Fall head over heels at Flip Out, Wandsworth

Tom and I both absolutely loved this trampoline park when we last went. It can get a bit kid-crowded at weekends but as long as you take care not to bounce into a small child, you’ll have a great time. It’s great for all jumping abilities, with reserved areas for advanced trampoliners and a big soft area suitable even for beginner-flippers. You can’t help but fall head over heels.

Who For? Big Kids

How Much? £12 per person for one hour

Where Next? Chill out after your Flip out at The Wandle Pub in Earlsfield

 

Raise each other up at The Arch Climbing Wall, Bermondsey 

Valentine’s day or not, this is an awesome date idea, as well as a good workout (you’ll feel it in your arms the next day!). Don’t worry if you’ve never been climbing before- there are so many different walls and routes that are suitable for all levels. If you’re a pro, The Arch offers a range of challenges, including circuits, tunnels and caves. The staff are friendly and it’s a good price, making it an ideal, if slightly different way to spend the evening.

Who For? Daredevil Duos

How Much? Ranges from £6.50 – £10 each for adult single entry

Where Next? Grab a post-climb cocktail at 214 Bermondsey

Valentine's Dates London

Valentine's Dates London
© The Canvas Cafe: Vegan Freakshakes

Get Up Close and Personal with Frame, Shoreditch

Frame is the cool kid on the block, offering awesome fitness and dance classes in their studios around London. What better way to celebrate a relationship than with some fitspiration? Frame offer couples Personal Training sessions (that you can do with friends, not just your SO) including a one-time-only free trial. After all, #coupleswhotraintogetherstaytogether

Who For? Serious Swolemates

How Much? One free trial, then £80 per session (just £40 each!)

Where Next? Undo your hard work and grab a vegan freakshake at The Canvas Cafe just down the road. It’s healthy if it’s vegan… right?

Crazy in Love at Junkyard Golf, Brick Lane

Crazy golf as you’ve never seen it before. Junkyard Golf in Brick Lane has completely redesigned the “family outing in a park”. There are four different courses (plus four different Bars) to choose from, each with their own themed holes. Spectacular surroundings and cracking cocktails make for a great date night.

Who For? Social Butterflies

How Much? From £8.50 per person (some concession discounts available) 

Where Next? Sitting down in a restaurant on Valentine’s day is so overrated. Instead, wander around the shops and grab a bite at BoxPark in Shoreditch, a short walk away. 

 

Valentine's Dates London

Do you have any weird and wonderful date-night ideas? I’d love to hear in the comments!

The Truth about Personal Trainers

The Truth about Personal Trainers

I had my first real “Personal Trainer” moment yesterday.

It’s officially the end of my first full month as a freelance Personal Trainer, and I’m delighted to say that I’ve already got a fair few clients under my belt. But something about yesterday’s session with one of my new clients really gave me that complete, epiphany moment.

The client in question is crazy strong, and even more motivated. She has brilliant self-awareness and knowledge of her own body, and I’m impressed at the amount of time she dedicates towards researching her own training- alongside a stressful full-time job.

She didn’t hire a Personal Trainer for motivation, or because she doesn’t have the knowledge. Far from it. Unlike many of my clients, for whom I’m there to explain what exercises to do, and how to do them correctly, this client specifically chose to work with a PT so that she could be pushed.

Like, really pushed.

The fact is that she’s got as far as she’ll ever go by herself. Despite her extensive knowledge, strength and experience, she needs someone else to help push past that plateau.

And she chose me. A fact that made me excited, proud and terrified all at the same time.

When you’re studying for your PT qualifications, you’re never really told how to deal with people who already know most of the things that you’re learning how to teach. So when you’re faced with a client like that, a lot of the things you revised, practiced and were examined in become futile.

That’s sort of when I sort of realised that the stereotype of the perfect Personal Trainer as being the fount of all exercise knowledge, who knows how to use every single bit of gym equipment and has the body to prove it- well, it’s completely wrong, and a completely unachievable goal.

PT is all about figuring it out as you go along, playing a big game of trial and error and using your own training experience and adapting it as necessary towards different clients.

There’s no all-knowing, all-seeing end goal- just a continually improving PT who is prepared to put in the time and effort to help every single one of their clients reach every single one of their goals. No matter how big or small.

Long story short, I was really nervous about giving this client the hard-core workout that she really wanted. So I planned, and I practised, and I planned and practised some more. I tried out different techniques and training methods. Basically I put my max effort into planning some sessions- learning more along the way than I probably did in my online PT modules on how to bicep curl correctly.

I may be a 5 ft nothing, very innocent looking girl but I was so sure in my knowledge by the time our first session came around that I could really push my client. Like, really push her. And at the end of the session, as she was struggling to put on her coat and pick up her bags (YES hypertrophy) she turned around and said

“I could never have done that by myself”.

The Truth about your Personal Trainer
Job well done.