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Monday, July 28, 2014

Fit bodies are built in the winter

I have just embarked on what I believe will be an annual event for me

I participated in this challenge last year & one of my girl friends actually won the event so I can say without a doubt that the results you see are real.
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience  & whilst I have regained a small amount of what I lost in last years challenge it only happened recently when I got sick & was unable to exercise for 3 months.
So this year I have bigger goals to kick .
I am aiming for ABS, I haven't seen them since my late 20's so its time to rid them of 15 yrs of padding....eeek!!!
I am going to post the occasional recipe or update on how I am going with it all, from time to time to share with my challenge buddies & anyone else that likes to follow a clean eating lifestyle.
Don't worry, there will still be plenty of the usual stuff as well.

I try to be a little thrifty on the challenge & still follow the nutrition plan as close as possible, after all its a system that works so why mess with it.
This is my version of a protein ball recipe that I use to replace protein bars

Choc Chia Protein Balls
¾ cup Protein Powder(Vanilla or Choc)
½ cup Almond meal
½ cup Coconut
1 heaped tablespoon of Tahini Paste or Organic Peanut butter
3 tablespoons of Cacao Powder
2 tablespoons of Stevia or Natvia
3 tablespoons of Chia Seeds
Cold Water
Mix all dry ingredients, then peanut butter. Slowly add water until you make a sticky  paste. Be careful not to add to much water or you wont be able to roll it into a ball.
Roll into balls just like you would a rum ball & roll in some extra coconut, it makes approx. 20 balls
I sometimes add peppermint essence or even 3 tablespoons of goji berries to change up the flavour.
Macro breakdown is approx. depending on how many you make
Calories.per ball 64
Protein 5.5g
Carbs 1.5g
Fat 4g

Feel free to follow the challenge over on the Maxines Facebook page.

Trish xxx

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