Guide to a wholesome pantry | Caramel protein balls

Hey welcome back to my blog.

Last week you may recall I did a blog on creating a colourful refrigerator, if you haven’t read it you can find the link either to the side or down the bottom of this page.

My pantry is literally my staple, if the fridge is empty I know that I can always make something from my pantry, without going “I’ll have to get take-away because there is no food”. I’m going to show you some hacks I have learnt so you can make anything from your pantry including my Caramel Protein Balls that are to die for!

Spice things up e.g. Cinnamon, Tuscan, chilli, turmeric, paprika & cumin ect. 
Oh mama mia this can be like walking in to a foreign country not knowing any of their language. Trust me I used to look at ‘paprika’ and ‘cumin’ cross eyed thinking, “What the heck do I do with this” some people make spices look so easy.
Don’t be afraid of spices! It’s all about practice. My favourite spice is cinnamon, its super high in antioxidants and has been shown to reduce blood sugar levels. It also goes great on peanut butter and banana. Closely followed is Tuscan spice! If you haven’t tried Tuscan on baked sweet potato, you are missing out!

Carbs are good e.g. wholemeal bread, brown rice, quinoa, oats, wholemeal pasta & sweet potato ect. 
Carbs are my favourite food. Seriously If I could live of one thing it would be pasta and bread. As long as you are eating a range of complex carbs and the right amount, then you have nothing to worry about. I know I have said it before but I’ll say it again, carbs do not make you FAT! Did you know that woman actually need more carbs than men? Also they release slowly into the bloodstream so you never suffer a “crash” like you do with caffeine or sugar. This means you’ll have energy all day long and won’t have to deal with the afternoon slump.

My favourite shelf 
These are just to show you a few of my favourite health foods, they are so beneficial to your health and so easy to add into your daily food intake.

Chia seeds – You’ll probably see this food in many health food recipes, why you ask? Chia seeds are a balanced blend of fibre, essential fatty acids, carbohydrates and protein.
Organic coconut flakes contain protein, fibre, iron and zink. Its got a great flavour to it, great for snacking on, you can add it to such things as yogurt and you can sprinkle some on top of your cereal.
Raw cacao – Ever wonder why you go reaching for a block of chocolate when you’re feeling down? It’s because the cacao realises the ‘happy’ chemicals in your brain,  boosting your mood and it also acts as an aphrodisiac too!
‘Sugar-free’ hot chocolate powder – Who doesn’t like a sweet fix? I love adding a teaspoon to my morning coffee especially if I need an extra boost. If you can’t find sugar-free chocolate powder, raw cacao works just as well with a bit of rice-malt syrup.
Nuts and seeds are so versatile in not only sweet dishes, but savory too. Always try to buy natural and unsalted wherever possible. Almonds and cashews are a great one to snack on but remember portion control!

Cans/legumes e.g chickpeas, red kidney beans, lentils, tomato puree, organic pasta sauces & coconut cream ect.
Dont feel as if you have to rush out now and buy all these right now, as you follow new recipes you will slowly build up your own collection of canned items. Out of these items you can make so many things such as your own clean pasta sauce and clean curries. Most of my savoury recipes contains these canned foods which I’ll be sharing with you very soon.

Oils/vinegar e.g Coconut oil, olive oil, macadamia oil, apple cider vinegar & red wine vinegar
Oils are not only great for cooking with, they also go great on salads. My favorites are cooking with coconut oil and using raw olive oil and other vinegar such as apple cider vinegar on salads.

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HealthFoodObsessedSam xx


Caramel protein Balls 

Ingredients 
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup macadamia
1/2 cup desiccated coconut flakes
1 cup of chopped dried dates
1/4 cup of vegan chocolate chips
5 tbsp of vegan vanilla protein powder
3 tbsp of water (you may need more)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Method
Combine all ingredients into a food processor. (WARNING: I used my nutribulet which probably wasnt a good idea, because it broke!)
Once combined, roll into balls.

Enjoy! 

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