Homemade Ferrero Rocher
The first of the May Bank Holidays are just around the corner, so I thought I’d share a delicious recipe for those of you having gatherings with friends and family. My absolute favourite chocolate is Ferrero Rochers – so I took upon the challenge of making my very own homemade ones. The advantage? The ingredients including; cacao, maple syrup, coconut flour and nuts are totally natural and free from gluten, dairy and refined sugars so that everyone can enjoy these yummy treats!
* Homemade chocolate takes minutes to make and is so satisfying! The health benefits are also abundant. Cacao butter offers a host of health benefits such as improved skin and hair, anti-ageing and reduces skin inflammation. A 100g also provides 44% of your daily nutrients and 40% of your daily vitamins.
* The cacao powder in the chocolate provides further essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, along with healthy fats, protein, and fibre.
* Maple syrup is a fabulous natural sweetener – it comes directly from plant sap and has over 54 antioxidants helping prevent and delay diseases
* Coconut flour is a great alternative for gluten free diets. It is rich in dietary fibre, high in beneficial fats, and packed with protein. When using coconut flour, you need to consider the liquid quantity as it absorbs a lot more than other gluten free flours.
Last year, after some back issues and my transition from a 9-5er to freelancer, my exercise regime took a bit of a back seat. As I became more inactive behind my laptop and more lethargic, my goal this year was to step up my exercise again, gain back some strength and increase my endurance levels.
Although I’ve always been physically active from a dancer in my younger years, to a pretty regular gym-goer and keen walker, with a good level of strength training, I’m sure like many of you; I have a problem with spending HOURS in the gym.
For the time poor, and those wanting a trimmer and more toned physique, HIIT training has been a powerful form of exercise for me and helped shed some ‘working from home’ inches, but it also keeps my mind alert, helps relieve stress and it’s perfect for my overall wellbeing.
What is HIIT training?
HIIT consists of low to moderate intensity intervals, alternated with high-intensity intervals like running as fast as you can for 1 minute, then walking for 2 minutes then repeating this cycle for 15-minutes.
You can apply HIIT to running, cycling or more strength based exercises like squats and press ups. This form of training is considered much more effective than normal cardio because of the increase of both your aerobic and anaerobic endurance while burning more fat in the process.
Space NK, have been pioneers in exclusive beauty and skincare products for years.
Their beautifully laid out stores make shopping for beauty products a luxury, and now in 2016, they’re venturing into new territories with a new range of wellbeing products to kick start your detox and healthy resolutions for 2016.
I was recently invited down to the Covent Garden Space NK store and was talked through some of the exclusive products in the range that will have you fighting fit and looking good in no time.