The health and wellness sphere can be quite confusing at times. It’s incredibly easy to get caught up in the latest fad, and jumping in full steam ahead can be at times more detrimental than beneficial. With so many influencers out there, the pressure of doing what’s right for you can seem all too much to cope with.
It’s in these regards that I always come back to and promote intuitive eating. Yes, this may include experimenting with certain foods and ways of eating, but ultimately it’s finding what feels good and what makes you happy and full of energy. These Chocolate Nut & Seed Clusters are a perfect example of a delicious and nutritious treat, that will leave you feeling great and satisfied.
Getting back in tune with your body, and making that mental connection between the food you eat and the way it makes you feel is so important. Self love and kindness is too so vital when it comes to a healthy positive diet and lifestyle. The way you see yourself can make all the difference, especially when it comes to self esteem and confidence.
Now, I do believe life is all about balance, and if you feel like a pizza for dinner on that one special occasion, then go ahead and have it. Life should not be about deprivation.
I just recently felt such a craving for pizza, so I had one. Granted it was a vegan pizza, but it did have gluten in it, and to tell you the truth, I did not feel fantastic after eating it.
I dealt with the craving, without depriving myself, but made the connection that in actual fact, the gluten in the pizza didn’t leave me feeling that great.
Will I choose to have it again? Probably not. But I’m not running circles in my mind, feeling sorry for myself because I deprived myself of something I felt like.
I urge you to find balance in your life and in your diet. For the most part, keep your body fueled with nutritious wholefoods, and on occasion allow yourself to indulge.
The word alone makes me smile. I do believe that indulgence is an important factor in a healthy balanced diet. Most folks don’t realize the realm of healthy indulgence, yet when they are slowly introduced, are pleasantly surprised.
Healthy treats can be so incredibly delicious! Just like this recipe. Whilst it is leaning towards the healthy fats side of the spectrum, it’s still loaded with great nutrition, and is a perfect treat option.
These cluster’s last for ages in the freezer and are seriously so easy to make! They’re loaded with healthy fats to help keep you in a ketogenic state – encouraging your body to burn fat for fuel instead of sugar.
If you can’t find a sugar free vegan chocolate, use this recipe to make your own, or alternatively replace it with a good quality 90% dark chocolate. Feel free to add/remove/replace the types of nuts and seeds to suit your palate, and ultimately just have fun!
A quick and easy recipe that is loaded with healthy fats. Perfect for keto/vegan diets, these clusters are free from refined sugar, gluten and dairy. The perfect healthy indulgence.
- 250 g Dark Chocolate - preferably refined sugar free/vegan or a good quality 90% dark
- 1/2 Cup Sunflower Seeds
- 1/2 Cup Pumpkin Seeds - roughly chopped
- 1/2 Cup Pecan Nuts - roughly chopped
- 1/2 Cup Roasted Almonds - roughly chopped (Keep some aside for decorating)
- Pinch of Sea Salt
- Stevia/Agave/Honey/Sweetener of your choice - Optional
Roughly chop the nuts and seeds and place them into a big mixing bowl. Add the pinch of salt and sweetener (optional)
Using the bain-marie method, gradually melt the chocolate.
When fully melted, add the chocolate to the nuts and seeds and stir until all are evenly coated.
On a lined baking tray, spoon the mixture into equal clusters ensuring none are toughing each other
Sprinkle over the kept aside chopped roasted almonds
Set in the freezer for at least 1 hour
Once set remove from tray and store in an airtight container in the freezer
Use Organic wherever possible - Use a substitute 90% dark chocolate if you can find a refined sugar free version, or click the link in the blog post to make your own.