My Mentality Kick: Learning to live life a little less serious

Hey Gals,

I hope you are all enjoying your week and are enjoying this beautiful spring weather (if you are in Australia).

After a week of feeling a little on the not so good side I can offically say I am FINALLY feeling back to my normal self (thank goodness!!)

If you have been following my Instagram (@blissfulhealth_) you would know that our household got struck with Viral gastroenteritis. It was a nightmare of a week and looking after a 9 month old when your sick….well let’s just leave it at that. I am sure all the Mummas out there can relate!

So, I have pretty much had a week of wearing my miss negative pants. Everything sucked, wasn’t fair, I was over it and then the mum guilt flooded over me as Hux had to be taken care of by his Grandparents. Yep the whole world was against me and to top it off the house was a PIG STY! Literally 6 loads of washing that needed to be put away amongst dirty dishes and unmade beds. It was this moment that I had to give myself a little wake up call…..It does NOT matter!

When I had to let all of the above go I realised that I have been a little too harsh on myself. Looking back I always had a list of things I NEEDED to get done which is ok, but what about the things I WANTED to get done?

This began my mentality kick. I have always said that to live a happy and wholesome life you need to infuse love into all areas of your life. If you just work on one you run the risk of becoming stressed, overwhelmed and exhasted. For me this was trying to maintain a clean home whilst bed ridden with gastro ( I know right!?) So I knew something had to give and I knew it wasn’t something physical, it was all mental.

My mentality is all or nothing, it always has been but it’s something I let overcome me and instead of it being a positive thing it became a chore. Always giving 100% even if my heart wasn’t in it. So this is what needed to change. Now for me to say yes it has to be a big HELL YEAH or it just isn’t the right time/task for me at this moment.

This has enabled me to take life a little less serious allowing me to only spend my time doing the things that actually light me up and make me happy. I always ask myself 2 things before saying yes or committing to anything.

Is this going to bring me closer to the person/life I want to be/live?

Am I willing to give this 100% of my time and effort?

Girls, I promise you these two questions have changed the way I think about EVERYTHING! It has completely flipped my life around just by allowing me to focus on the things that bring me joy rather then the things that bring me down or zap my energy.

Now I can hear you saying, what about paying bills or going to work? That doesn’t necessarily make me happy. I totally get it and it’s all about that mentality around the task. You may not enjoy paying bills but you love that it gives you money to travel, electricity to cook nourishing food and internet to connect with your loved ones. Would you say a HELL YES to this? I think so. It’s all about that mentality.

So if you have had or are having a week like I did, or maybe you are biting off more then you can chew I encourage you to try a Mentality kick of your own. Ask yourself those two questions when faced with a challenge and make sure everything you do is with a big HELL YEAH!

Much love,

Emma

Chunky Nutty Granola Bars

I am so excited to share this recipe with you. I was keeping this for my secret project BUT have had so many of you ask if I could share it so here it is.

So why do I love this recipe so much? Well I am all for keeping things not only healthy but simple. This recipe not only makes the most delicious granola bars but can also be made into chunky nutty granola, perfect for busy mornings. I love having this with some coconut milk and fresh berries or taking the bars with me for a healthy on the go snack. Which ever way you decide to go you won’t be disappointed.

If you are like me and can’t decide, use half the recipe for granola bars and the other half for granola. Both can be stored in a airtight container for up to a week but I guarantee they won’t last that long.

Chunky Nutty Granola Bars

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of buckwheat
  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of puffed rice
  • 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp linseeds
  • 1 cup of chopped nuts
  • Pinch of himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 TSP of vanilla
  • 1/2 cup of honey/maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup of melted coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp of nut butter

Method:

Pre heat oven to 180 degrees C and line a baking tray with baking paper (for granola) or grease a silicon mould (for bars, I used mini loaf moulds).

In a large bowl add all dry ingredients giving it a real good mix.

Now add all wet ingredients and stir. The mixture should be well coated with the wet ingredients and slightly sticky. This will allow it to set nicely once cooled.

Now with wet finger tips, press the mixture into the base of the moulds if making the granola bars. You want them to be around 1.5 cm thick. If making granola simply spread the mixture out onto the baking paper.

Place in oven and bake for 15 mins or until golden.

Remove from oven and leave to cool completley.

Store in an airtight container.

My top 5 healthy habits I live by everyday

We all know that creating healthy habits can be the backbone for achieving all your health and wellness goals. Some are easier to maintain where others can cause more stress then good. I have tried sooo many over the years but there are a few that have really stuck and I want to share them with you.

When I look at finding sustainable ways to live a wholesome life I think about what it is I want to create. How I want to feel, what actions it will take and how I want to show up each and everyday. So these 5 habits represents EXACTLY that. For me I want to shine bright each and every day. Full of energy, living a healthy wholesome life that I can share with others and a positive role model for Huxley.

Now I am not saying that everyday is going to turn out like that. I definitely have days where I am tired, grumpy and well not that fun to be around BUT these habits are what help me get through days like these and are a reminder of what life I am wanting to create for myself.

One more thing before we get into it. Habits don’t just happen, they take time, patience and consistency but when you put your heart and mind to it, it all comes together and before you know it it’s been 4 years of living a happily healthy life. Each time you tick one off you are giving yourself a massive high five.

Ok GF let’s get into it!

Em’s Goto Healthy habits

  1. Water, water and water. When you wake up the first thing you should do is drink a big ol glass of water. Before coffee, before tea and before you eat. If you can, filtered warm lemon water. Why? Most of us (well maybe not us mummas) sleep for 8 hours each night, this means we have gone 8 hours without having anything to drink.

Our body needs water to keep everything functioning the way it should. To keep us hydrated, energised and thinking clearly. By adding some lemon and having your first glass warm, you are not only waking up your digestive system but helping kick start your metabolism ready for the day.

Drinking 2-3 liters of water a day is great. If you struggle to drink enough water start slow by adding 1-2 extra glasses a day. I love adding fruit and fresh mint to mine.

2. Movement. I can not express how much this has changed my life. To think I was the biggest couch potato to now loving moving my body everyday. Even if it’s a quick 15 minute workout or a 20 minute walk around the block it does WONDERS for your mind, body and soul.

For me I love yoga and weights but in all honesty I sometimes literally only have 10 minutes to move my body in some way. This is where I have been loving my quick at home workouts that not only get my heart rate up but have really helped me tone up and feel amazing. I will be sharing more of these on my instagram @blissfulhealth_

For days where I am feeling a little stressed or rundown I choose to do a stretch session before bed. This helps release any stagnant energy, soften my muscles and helps me have an incredible sleep.

3. Turn off your social media notifications. Life is full of distractions and at one stage I was getting so overwhelmed with my phone constantly lighting up. Now don’t get me wrong, I love my job and talking with all you beautiful people but I like to designate a certain time to do so. A time where I can be present and really give myself to you.

Since turing these off over 2 years ago I feel like I am more present with my family, I notice the little things around me and my mind isn’t ticking 24/7. Instead I sit down when it’s time and am excited to catch up with everyone.

4. Eat a well balanced plate with every meal. What does that mean? Ensuring you are not restricting yourself from essential vitamins and nutrients. If we restrict ourselves too much it can lead to poor energy, binge eating and even weight gain.

Our bodies need a variety of foods and nutrients so I always try to include a good source of protein, healthy fats and carbs to my meals PLUS loads of veggies (think fibre) and some fruit. Just think eat the rainbow, the more colour the better. This will help you feel fuller for longer, more energised and thinking clearly.

Tip for the kiddies to help them eat more of a variety: get them involved with making the meals. This get’s them excited and are more likely to eat the food. Talk about what colour it is, how it grows and what health benefits it has.

5. Create a night time routine that works for you. For me this is not eating after 7.30pm to help my digestive system rest and digest overnight, no phone 30 mins before bed, write a to do list for the next day (this helps my mind settle) I put my oil diffuser on, stretch or read before bed, think about what I enjoyed most about the day and give gratitude and finally 3 big deep belly breathes before closing my eyes.

It sounds like alot but all that takes around 30 minutes and really sets you up for a good nights sleep. Sleep is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves so creating a sactuary for yourself is a massive act of self care and love.

I hope these have ignited a little inspiration for you or even just a reminder of how simple a healthy change can be. Even the smallest step like adding an extra glass of water in your day is benefiting you in more ways than you think so you should be proud of every single step you take.

Much love,

Emma

Choc Chip Banana Muffins

GF + DF + SF

I recently asked you guys which recipes you would love to see more of and so many of you said quick, easy and healthy snack options. Now I LOVE muffins so this was an easy choice for me to make. I had ripe bananas to use so banana muffins it was.

However, I wanted to see if I could make this completely sugar free only using wholefoods to sweeten them. Well I did it! This not only means they are tasty but super good for you too, woohoo!! Does that mean I can have more then one??

If you do have a sweet tooth then by all means add a 1/4 cup of maple syrup, there is no right or wrong way and I totally get that some people need a little extra sweetness in their life.

Choc Chip Banana Muffins

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Ingredients

1 cup of buckwheat flour
1/4 cup of coconut flour
1 TSP of baking powder
1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
1/4 cup of chocolate chips or cacao nibs
1/2 cup of pitted dates
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
1/3 cup of boiled water
1 really ripe medium banana
1/3 cup of almond milk
1/4 cup of melted coconut oil
1 egg or flax egg

Optional: 1/4 cup of maple syrup

METHOD:
Pre heat oven to 160 degrees Celsius
In a food blender add dates, boiled water and vanilla and let sit for 5 mins.
Meanwhile mash the banana in a bowl and add in the almond milk and egg and mix well.
In a seperate bowl add the buckwheat flour, coconut flour, baking powder, cinnamon and choc chips and stir to combine.
Now blistz the dates until a paste is formed, add in the coconut oil and blitz again.
Add date paste into the banana mixture and mix well before adding the banana mixture to the flour mix.
Give it all a good stir making sure it’s all combine.
Scoop mixture into silicon moulds and bake for 15 minutes.
Once done, remove from oven and let cool

Breaky Muffins

Looking for a savoury snack or quick breakfast idea? Then these simple savoury muffins may be your new goto.
Hux even had some for lunch yesterday and absolutely loved it!

I’m very much a sweeter kinda breaky gal so I have been looking at adding more savoury foods into my mornings and these are definitely a winner. I hope you like them just as much as we do.

Don’t forget to tag me if you end up making them, I would love to see your creations.



Breaky Muffins

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup of buckwheat flour
  • 1 cup of almond meal
  •  2 tsp of baking powder
  • Salt and pepper
  •  1 tbsp each of dried oregano, rosemary and fresh parsley
  •  1 carrot grated
  •  1 zucchini grated
  •  2 eggs
  •  1 cup of almond milk
  •  1 tbsp of nutritional yeast or sprinkle of goats feta
  •  Handful of olives or sundried tomatoes
  •  Pumpkin seeds


Method:
Pre heat oven to 180°C and prep a silicon muffin tray
In a large bowl add all dry ingredients and mix together
In a seperate bowl add in all other ingredients whisking to combine. Add this to your dry ingredients and give it a really good mix.
Pour mixture into muffin moulds and top with pumpkin seeds, bake for 20- 25 mins or until brown and cooked through
Let cool in tray before putting in a airtight container and enjoy

Tahini Tuna Salad

If you are looking for a quick and healthy go-to lunch then this is it. I literally created this using what ever I had in the cupboard and fridge while Hux was asleep. Being a cat napper I knew I only had 20 minutes so the pressure was on!

The end result? One bloody tasty salad. No prep needed, just a good knife and your trusty ol hands.

You can easily swap the tuna out for any protein which is what I love. Chicken, tofu and chickpeas would go well with this. Who said salads had to be boring!?

Tahini Tuna Salad

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  • 2 big handfuls of spinach
  • 1 cooked beetroot diced (I use the pre-cooked in the vacuum sealed packets)
  • Handful of cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup of diced cucumber
  • 1/4 avocado diced
  • 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts
  • Hanful of snowpeas (optional)
  • 1 tbsp of pumpkin seeds
  • 1 can of tuna in springwater

Dressing:

  • 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp of hulled tahini

Method:

Add all salad ingredients into a bowl, mix well.

Add in the tahini and ACV and massage in with hands.

Top with extra pumpkin seeds and hemp seeds (optional)

Baked Berry Oats

Yumm!! This is one of my absolute fav recipes for breakfast. Super healthy, incredibly filling and so delicious that it will be a winner in your household too.

Oats are such a nourishing option when it comes to breakfast. A source of carbs and protein, as well as being low GI (which means no crazy buzz with the crash afterwards). To make oats a little more glamorous I have packed this recipe full of sweet berries, nuts and seeds.

I like to make these on a Sunday so I have breakfast sorted for the next few days. Alternatively you can halve the recipe so you can still mix up your breakfasts with other recipes or if you have a family than this will feed you all without having to make sperate breakies (winning!!)

I like to top mine with coconut yoghurt, extra nut butter and some fresh berries but feel free to mix it up either with greek yoghurt or even ice cream for a dessert option.



Baked Berry Oats

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups of rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp of chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp of linseeds
  • 2 tbsp of pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup of crushed walnuts
  • 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp of honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp of almond or peanut butter (optional but totally worth it)
  • 1 cup of coconut or almond milk
  • 1 cup of frozen berries

Method:

Pre heat your oven to 180 degrees C.

In a large bowl combine all your dry ingredients. Mix well.

Now add in your wet ingredients stirring to make sure the mixture is well combined and spread through evenly.

Divide mixture into 4 seperate oven proof dishes (I used a small quiche dish) or one large oven proof bowl.

Place in oven and bake for 20-25 mins or until top is golden.

To serve top with either coconut or greek yoghurt.