My favourite healthy snack.

My favourite healthy snack.

I’m a huge fan of snacks. Elevenses might be my favourite time of the day, and don’t even get me started on Afternoon tea.  However snacking can quickly become unhealthy, so I wanted to share one of my all time favourite snacks with you all. It tastes great alone, or with a small amount of almond butter spread on top.  I love warming it up for 15 seconds before eating it to replicate the fresh out of the oven taste.

Chocolate Coconut

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of almond meal or substitute to include 1/2 wholemeal flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tspn cinnamon
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 1 cup dried shredded coconut
  • ½ cup of dark chocolate or cacao nibs

Recipe

Preheat your oven to 220 degrees c.

Mix together all the dry ingredients; the almond meal, baking powder, cinnamon and shredded coconut.

Repeat with the wet ingredients; coconut oil, almond milk, eggs, vanilla pod.  

Combine the two mixes together until they are thoroughly mixed together, and the mix resembles a muffin mixture.

Line a medium sized bread tin with parchment paper.

Place tin in the oven and reduce the temperature to 180 degrees c.

Cook for roughly 30 – 45 minutes, or until you can stick a skewer in and pull it out clean.

 

Substitutes

You can substitute the almond meal out for coconut meal or any other type of flour you prefer.  Coconut oil can be substituted for macadamia oil.  Almond milk can be substituted for any other milk, although non dairy works best.

If you don’t have a vanilla pod you can substitute this for vanilla essence.  

I hope you make this great coconut and chocolate bread, and enjoy it!

 

Thanks,
Ashley Woodfarm.

Pilates class for beginners

Even though i’m a personal trainer I still find walking into a new fitness class incredibly intimidating. And the most intimidating class of all? Pilates. From reformer classes full of straps and springs, to pilates hundred, each class can be nerve wracking to a newcomer.  

However, if you’ve always wanted to take part in a pilates class but haven’t quite found the courage then it’s time to sign up to your first class. Not only does it offer plenty of benefits to your body, from a ridiculous core workout to general strengthening.  It also can improve your posture and your overall body alignment.

Mat class v reformer pilates

There are many different types of pilates classes. Though they tend to be based around a mat or a reformer machine.  Both options focus on muscle control over muscle repetition, because pilates is about working against gravity, or in reformer pilates against the reformer machine.  

pilates

It will burn, and you will be sore

Whilst the activity might not be high intensity like squat jumps or mountain climbers, the constant movement is still intense.  

Pilates dedicates its focus on small movement which means that you’ll be working specific muscles regularly.  This means that you’ll be dealing with muscle soreness and fatigue after the class, and the next day.  To begin with this pain might last a few days, however over time it will get better.

 

Wear tight clothes

Even if loose fitting yoga clothes are your preferred workout clothes, you’ll need to favour form fitting clothes for this class. You don’t want your clothes to get in the way of the reformer machine, or your instructor to not be able to see your movements and offer advice.

The perfect outfit would consist of a fitted tank or long sleeved top, with capris or leggings and socks or barefoot – depending on the individual studio.  

About me

Hi I`m Ashley Woodfarm and welcome to my new sporting health and fitness blog.  I`m a 28 year old personal trainer and nutritionist. I live in New York, and have a massive love affair with big cities. After studying sports science and nutrition at university in London I made the big leap over the ocean and haven’t looked back since

The key purpose of this blog is a platform in which i can share practical and easy tips and tricks; for making health and fitness a large part of people’s lives.  There are so many different components and parts of health and fitness.  From clean eating, recipes and health tips, to fitness classes, sporting events and gym workouts.  I want to show everyone that health and fitness can play a major role in your life without having it take over all your free time.  

So please keep checking in, and check out any posts.  

Ashley Woodfarm.

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