Guilt-less Desserts & Treats for your Family
So how long is 2 minutes really?
OK, smarty pants. I know that it’s 120 seconds and the length of time it should take you to brush your top set of teeth… but what can you really do in 2 minutes? It takes longer than that for my kettle to boil so you can’t really do much in that amount of time can you.
Or can you??!
I recently did a podcast with Lizzy Williamson, a mum, certified personal trainer, integrative nutrition health coach and the creator of 2 Minute Moves. Her motto is simple; learn to love your body, keep your sanity and live with vitality, two minutes at a time.
Quite often (OK…most of the time!) we overthink things and take on an all or nothing approach. Maybe you’ve had a conversation with your self that went something like this;
“Well I haven’t got enough time to get to the gym so I might as well not do any exercise at all”
“Well breakfast was a sham so I might as well have a crappy food day and start healthy again tomorrow”
“I haven’t got time to go to a yoga class between cooking tea, picking the kids up and collapsing into bed”
Lizzy has put together a whole book of ideas, excuse smashers and motivational tips to make sure you can eat, exercise and think better… even when you have no time at all. Lets face it though; we can find 2 minutes. Whether it be squatting whilst brushing your teeth or Lizzy’s total body Wine Bottle workout we can all make small changes to from new, healthy habits.
Whilst I have my exercise covered I am hopeless at relaxing. Whether you call it mindfulness, gratitude or headspace I suck at all of them. They take way too long and I can’t stay still that long (which probably means I need to do them the most!). In June I put down some goals around using a gratitude journal. Each night I was going to sit down and write 3 things I was thankful for and 3 things that went awesome that day…. It lasted 3 days, and not even they were consecutive. It just seems to take way too long, which is why I am excited to try the 2 minute relaxation moves from 2 minute Moves.
The Podcast for these 2 Minute Bites is a great conversation between myself and Lizzy as we cover all things book, health and chocolate fingers over the wall. Together (but in our own kitchens as you too will be) we make Brain Booster Balls and Chocolate Bites. Now I know the podcast goes for longer than 4 minutes (as they are each 2 minute recipes!) but I promise the banter is interesting and you’ll even get some toned calf muscles out of it (what a great tip!)
You can purchase Lizzys book, 2 Minute Moves, from your local book shop or directly on line here. You can follow Lizzy on Facebook, Instagram and watch her great 2 minute exercise videos here on YouTube.
P.S. I do not recieve any affiliate payments or benefits from spruiking this amazing book. All opinions are mine and are based on the amazing chat that Lizzy and I had during our Podcast. I am very fortunate to work in an industry when I get to ‘meet’ so many inspiring people.
- 1 Cup of Almonds (or a combination of your favourite nuts)
- 1/2 Cup of Seeds (e.g.Pepitas, Chia, Linseed or Sunflower)
- 1/8 Cup Goji Berries (not essential but delicious
- 1/4 Cup shredded or desicatted Coconut
- 2 Tablespoons Cacao Powder
- 4 Medjool Dates, pitted
- 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
- 2 Tablespoons Cacao Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil (melted)
- 1 teaspoon raw Honey (Maple Syrup or Rice Malt Syrup can be substituted)
- 1/2 teaspoon of Cinnamon Powder
- Then add whatever additional flavours your heart desires
- 1/4 Cup chopped Nuts (almonds, hazelnuts etc)
- 2 teaspoons Goji Berries
- 1 drop Peppermint Oil
- Orange or Lime Rind
- Place all the ingredients into a blender and process until well combined.
- If the mixture is too thick and not blending well add a small amount of water or extra coconut oil.
- Take tablespoon amounts of mixture and roll in a ball. Repeat until all the mixture is gone.
- If desired, roll the balls in extra desicatted coconut or seeds.
- Store in a sealed container in the fridge for 2 weeks or in the freezer for a few months.
- In a bowl, stir the cacao powder, coconut oil, honey and cinnamon powder together until combined.
- Add in any desired extras.
- place some baking powder on a flat plate and pour the mixture onto it, using a spoon to spread it out.
- Place the tray in the freezer until set.
- Be sure to store the chocolate in the fridge or freezer, as it will melt if left out too long.