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Banana truffles

Hello everyone!
It's Sunday.. and I think it's about time we had another recipe! I don't know if it's going to trump last weeks, though it sure does come close.
Before we dive straight in I have breaking news!!
Guess what appeared on Coles supermarket shelves! It's the first time I've seen it in Aus! It's apparently awesome! (haven't tried it yet) It also apparently originated from Japan and was favoured for it's sweetness and pleasing texture.. ok that's not really an apparently- it's fact... anyway I'm EXCITED!

Hello Kabocha! :)

I can't wait to roast this little baby up and have my life changed forever. (wouldn't it be funny if I hated it.. no that wouldn't be funny :D)

So I'll get back to you on my experience. In the meantime I shall fill this space with a recipe.

Last week I shared these choc coconut truffles:
  Well, today I was feeling the banana flavour and so...
Created banana coconut truffles!

(I will get back to some slightly different recipes once my obsession with these fades. If it fades;)
Here's what you do:
1. Place 88g of muesli in a bowl:
 If you like, sprinkle in some chia seeds.
2. Mash 1 banana:
3. Place 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut butter in a small bowl with 2 tablespoons milk of choice. Microwave for 15 seconds, stir and then another 5. Stir again until smooth:
4. Combine everything together in the muesli bowl and mix until fully combined:
5. Form into balls and place on a plate lined with baking paper: (You should get about 7 balls)
 6. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
7. In the meantime you could make some strawberry mango fro-yo...
Place 3 frozen strawberries and a small handful of frozen mango chunks in a small food processor with 2 big scoops of greek yoghurt. Whaz until combined:
Place in the freezer until required.
8. Once the balls are ready and feel a lot firmer, take em' out and enjoy!
See, a normal person would probably only eat about 3 of these and then have leftovers for the next day. Emphasis on the normal part.
 It was breakfast time. I was hungry ravenous. I ate them all. :D
Yes, I was pretty full afterwards, but they were just so good!

 The fro-yo was super yummy too!
 Something was missing though...
 There we go!
Happy tummy :)

Well, I'm off to go do some more Sunday things (homework, blog prep, more homework) soI'll catch you tomorrow for another round of the 10-day-you challenge!

See ya! :D

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Fun Food Facts Friday

Hi guys. It's Friday- a day considered lucky in some countries, unlucky in others, associated with the colour blue in Thailand, or in some cultures, a day where it is considered customary to wear cowboy attire as casual attire.

Ok you probably guessed it from that intro (and also from the title..) it's fun facts Friday- the Foodie version! Wanna hear some cool facts about food?

1.  India is the world's largest producer of bananas, producing nearly 22 million tonnes in 2007

I use this picture in so many of my posts!

This one was interesting- when I think of India I don't jump straight to bananas, I mean I know how many bananas my family alone goes through in one week! I guess they export them around the world... but still!

2. So India might produce the most bananas, but China is the largest producer of garlic accounting for nearly 75% of the world's output

Wow, just wow.

3. Carbohydrates are chemical compounds that are made up of oxygen, hydrogen and carbon
 This one just interested me as I didn't know what a carbohydrate was. And now I do. Seriously though- it's kind of cool! (Can you tell I've just done chemistry in science?)

4. The water melon can be classified as both a fruit and vegetable
 Wait, what? I have to Google this one...
Well apparently it's a fregetable.
It's planted and harvested like vegetables and grown using vegetable production systems and also apparently the rules for what is and isn't a vegetable isn't set in stone- like pumpkin and cucumber.

The message to take away from this one is... watermelon is delicious. So eat it. Like this:

5. There are over 30 species of mushroom that glow in the dark

So, wait. I'm confused... why are we freaking out about electricity running out?

6. The top of the pineapple, after cleaning and drying, can be planted in soil and a new plant will grow.
 Ok. I'm off to go eat some pineapple. Then do this.

So I hope I enlightened you with some strange food facts and  always remember to not only eat your food, but question it! (Yeh, that sounded so much better in my head) as a bonus, cool facts make for great conversation starters :)

I hope everyone has a fabulous Friday and weekend!
See you later! :D

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Thinking Out Loud- My life from the week

I thought for this Thinking Out Loud, I'd talk about my life's musings from the past week. Be warned it could get hectic, random or even utterly confusing- but thanks to Spoons, this kind of thinking is totally allowed! Let's get started shall we?

1. Allergies seemed to be the theme of the week for some reason. A few of my friends have allergies and coincidentally were having some tests done at the same time, so that's what I was hearing about for the week.
I don't even want to think about being allergic to nuts, instead I will be extremely grateful that I am not.
I do however think I am allergic to dates. I've never actually had one on their own, but I've had things with them in it and have felt quite nauseous afterwards. Remind me to try them alone one day- because they look pretty tasty.
2. After all that talk about dates, I got to thinking- 'What fruit are dates?' You know how sultanas are dried grapes and prunes are dried plums. Turns out dates are actually dried dates. So that doesn't help me in determining whether or not I'm allergic to them.

3.Speaking of things that bring me sadness...

Any one tried a foam roller? I'm sure there's lots of you. If you haven't, bless your beautifully loose muscles that you don't need it! Man does it kill! As part of my recovery from whatever it is preventing me from running (still) is rolling out my ITB's, quads and hamstrings. In my room, door closed, no one can hear my cries!

4. Something that would help me out here would be standing desks at school. I have extremely restless legs and the constant sitting that is school is torture slightly uncomfortable. How cool would it be though? I'm sure the majority of my peers would disagree, but maybe they could make it optional? :)
See, look how happy this lady is!
5. After googling standing desks, I got interested in what others things I could do standing. Obviously sleeping is a 'lying down for long periods of time' sort of thing... so...
6. You know how sometimes you just start thinking about things and go- who was the first person who would have thought to do that. Well, my guess is most of the amazing things we have today were mistakes. Like pan cakes and over night oats. The pan cakes didn't rise and instead became a delicious flat something or other and I reckon someone made a bowl of muesli, forgot about it and remembered in the morning, only to eat it and be pleasantly surprised!
7. So then I thought about some other things that someone must have been the first person to try....

Then I thought of oysters.
I mean who would crack open a shell only to find a slimy blob of glue and go, 'Mmmm, that looks yummy.'
Consequently I stopped thinking about these things.

(This space was left for a picture of an oyster- but they're just so gross to look at I couldn't do it)
Well, That's the contents of my brain dumped into a post for you!

What have you been thinking about?
Do you like oysters?
Standing or sitting?

Catch ya later! :D

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WIAW #23

Happy Wednesday, or happy Mittwoch- which is the German name for Wednesday, literally meaning mid-week :)
No, no this WIAW doesn't have a German theme to it (I wouldn't even know what a German theme would be?) I just thought it was interesting! Let's hop to it shall we! Thanks as always to Peas and Crayons for hosting this link-up.

I knew breakfast was going to be super awesome when I put everything in my pot and immediately it went this colour:

 Yay blueberries!
In my blueberry vanilla protein oats today were some rolled oats (I don't pay attention to serving sizes for oats- they're ridiculously small) chia seeds, a scoop of vegan vanilla protein powder, a teeny chopped banana, some rice milk and a BIG handful of blueberries, heated until thick:
 And... smothered in almond butter (yes I used this trick on my bowl as well)
 Check out the purple-ness!
 Would you believe me if I told you it tasted better than it looks?
 'Coz it did:
Lunch today was a typical school kids lunch. A sandwich! I guess there's a few things typical school kids don't put on their sammy's that I do however :) Starting with how much I put on :)
 Inside was mashed lentils with salsa, sliced avocado, spinach, sliced capsicum, sliced tomato, grated carrot and alfalfa, topped with more lentil mash and the other half of the wholemeal spelt and rye bread. So yum!
After a long day at work school I needed a snack!
Enter sliced green apple and glass of soy milk:
 This always picks me up with the natural sugar rush from the crisp sweet apple and the added protein and calcium from the soy milk.

I have a thing about serving meals in bowls. I think it makes food taste better. It also creates one big meal, rather than a side of carbs, a side of protein, a side of veggies... it's all together in one bite :)
 This dinner was a bed of spinach topped with roasted veggies (pumpkin, sweet potato, potato, parsnip, swede and that's it) steamed peas and corn and a torn up vegan sausage
 Twas quite good! I'm sure some of you are wondering if I have dessert or not after dinner because there never seems to be any pics of it in my WIAW. Well the short answer is no. The longer answer is; my dinner's are always so big that I'm sometimes not even hungry when I wake up! Don't worry though, as soon as I'm out of bed the hunger strikes!

What did you eat this fine Wednesday?
Do you speak German?
Blueberries- love/hate/don't mind?

Wanna see more eats? Head on over to Peas and Crayons to see what everyone else is nom-ing!

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Vegan & protein

Vegan and protein.
Two words that are almost always found in the same sentence.. usually in this sort of way:
'If you are vegan you might find it difficult to get enough protein.' or
'Vegans are often lacking in essential protein.'
You could pretty much sum it up like this:

 Now, I'm not vegan, but I have been previously (I think that's a cue for another post in the future) and it's the exact same thing for vegetarians too. Why is it that people believe meat is the only source of protein?
I get why people eat meat. It's already got all nine essential amino acids that the body cannot create. It's a high source of protein. It tastes good. (Yes, I'm not going to lie- I did enjoy the taste of meat- and yes, again this is a topic for another day) I don't have a problem with meat eaters.

So why, if I don't have a problem with them choosing to eat meat, do they have a problem with me choosing not to eat meat? I don't have enough fingers or toes to count the number of people who have asked me about my protein and iron sources etc. and yet I can count the number of times I've asked people how they get their five servings of veggies a day, because it's zero. It's not really my business.

So I'm not here to preach veganism/ vegetarianism, or hate on all the meat eaters in the world (that'd be a lot of hating!) I'm just here to educate others, so that when they go to ask that very same question; 'Where do you get your protein.' they can stop themselves and remember this post.

So I'm not just gonna voice my opinion about the matter, because come on, who really cares what a 15-year-old Aussie student thinks (apart from me) no I thought I might instead make my point with cold hard facts :)

 How cool is that? It's also pretty funny. Broccoli is now my new favourite vegetable! (Ok just kidding- I love you sweet potato :)
 A little bit of research here and there presented me with meal plans and tables and protein sources readily available, tasty and easy to include in our diets.. that contain 0 traces of animal.

This website was particularly helpful in straightening out a few questions.
You see the average adult male requires about 63g of protein per day and the average adult female- 52g. Of course those numbers change and shift and jump around considering everyone's demographics but if we just use this as a rough guideline, a typical day of food could look like this:

(this is just the protein sources- it does not include all the extra veggies and fruit etc.)
1 cup oatmeal (6 grams)
1 cup soy milk (7 grams)
2 tablespoons peanut butter (8 grams)

2 slices of whole wheat bread (7 grams)
1 cup baked beans (12 grams)

100g trail mix (13 grams)

1 cup cooked lentils (18 grams)
1 cup cooked bulgur ( 6 grams)

Total: 7 grams of protein
That's right- that's over the amount listed above- without the inclusion of protein pill/ powders.

I strongly recommend clicking on the above link as there are multiple tables with amounts of protein in different foods and other statistics.
For example:
1 cup of tempeh- 31 grams of protein
1 cup of black beans- 15 grams of protein
1 cup of peas- 8 grams f protein

So the take-away message?
Next time someone asks you how you get enough protein simply:
Ok maybe not. Though you can calmly and intelligently inform them of all the foods that give you your bulking muscles!

Until next time- eat your spinach to be as strong as popeye!
Bye for now! :D

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