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The Paleo Isotonic Super Booster

Paleo Isotonic Super Booster

Well with such a boring picture I had to give this an interesting name! This is the ultimate Paleo sports performance drink!

When I first got back into running after having my first two kids I started to drink those awful sugary isotonic drinks, and well I started to learn that they were actually no good for performance and I would often burn out fairly fast. I deecided to switch back to regular water and up my salt intake. This did work well but not well enough. Fast forward 5 years and going strong on the Paleo diet I started to become more familiar with chia seeds and their benefits within sports performance. I also started to become more aware of the roles of carbohydrates, citrus and sea salts aiding in hydration and electrolyte/isotonic balance. That’s when I came up with this little number.

It is super quick to make and will help you blast out a good endurance run or hour and a half of intensive exercise.  This is best consumed about 30 minutes before you do exercise but you can also drink this first thing in the morning as it will hydrate you and help get those adrenals going!

This drink is also ideal for kids – my kids love this because it is nice and fizzy from the bicarbonate of soda! But this drink isn’t just for athletes and kiddies it is great for the elderly and anyone who is suffering from the flu or a stomach bug with symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea.

So what is so great about all of the ingredients in this drink and what do they do?!

  • Carbohydrates from the raw honey will help to replenish your muscle glycogen whilst increasing the intestinal water absorption rate. It also contains fructose, glucose and maltose which all absorb into the bloodstream at different rates thus making it the ultimate energy source for sports performance.
  • The Himalayan pink salt contains 84 minerals and trace elements including the electrolytes sodium, magnesium, potassium & sulfate.
  • The bicarbonate of soda contains sodium chloride which again aids in topping up your electrolytes.
  • The lemon and lime juice is a great substitution for potassium citrate as it contains high levels of both potassium and citric acid. It also chelates calcium which basically means that it stays firmly attached for better absorption.
  • On to my favourite little power houses – chia seeds. Chia seeds are hydrophillic meaning that they love water, so much so in fact that they can hold up to 12 times their weight in water! This again extends your timeframe for hydration. Chia seeds are also hight in omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fibre, protein and antioxidants. These beauties were used by the ancient aztecs and I have never turned back. They fuel you for a good hour or so of exercise.
  • Water… well yes I think we all know what water is good for!

But anyway now onto the actual recipe! Just to let you know these make excellent freeze pops too for the summer!

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

400ml filtered cold water
Juice of 1 lime
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 tbsp raw honey (or maple syrup for Vegan substitution)
1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tbsp milled or whole chia seeds

Method:

  1. Start by pouring your water, lemon juice & lime juice into a large glass container and stir.
  2. Add in your raw honey and Himalayan pink salt and leave to sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in your bicarbonate of soda and chia seeds and leave to sit for another 10 minutes to allow the chia seeds to absorb the water thoroughly.
  4. Alternatively you can place all of the ingredients except for the bicarbonate of soda into a blender and blend for a couple of minutes before leave to sit the 10 minutes. You can then stir in your bicarbonate of soda at the end before drinking otherwise the gases will build up and you will be likely to have a little explosion on your hands!!!

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Paleo Chocolate Brownies… or are they cakes? I don’t know… Crownies?! They are Paleo Crownies….

3 cubes of chocolate brownie stacked upon each other

Are they brownies? are they cake? I have no idea… crownies anyone?

Soooo as you all know I have been super excited about Chocolate Week, yes you heard me right… It’s a nationwide celebration of the finest chocolatiers and chocolate companies… and well chocolate.  So I thought that I would join in with the fun and concoct some delicious chocolate creations everyday this week.  Some strange and some homely… but all to do with chocolate!

Today I was going to get cracking on with my Paleo/Vegan White Chocolate & Raspberry Cheesecake but decided that I wanted to soak my nuts for the filling for the full 24 hours.  So I had to make something chocolatey right? Right!

Chocolate brownies, they’re simple and delicious… and well usually really bad for you.  I wanted to make a slightly healthier brownie because I am going to have a full week of sampling sweet treats and I want to keep my weight low for training goals (I am currently training for a half marathon).  My daughter had her friend around and every kid likes brownies.  So brownies it was.

But… as you can see something went a little wrong… I cooked them for too long and I think I got some of my proportions wrong (I realised I put in 1 tbsp of baking powder rather than 1 tsp) but these are really yummy whatever they are.  They are halfway between a cake and a brownie. A really squidgy, moist cake that borders on brownie, but sadly is not brownie.

Anyways enough of my tired ramblings here is my recipe for brownies (or not brownies)…

Makes: 16-20 (depending upon how greedy you are)

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

90g cacao solids
100g raw grass-fed unsalted butter
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup raw honey
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1 sweet potato (cubed)
1 tbsp vanilla
4 eggs
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1/2 cup cacao powder
3 tbsp almond flour
1 tbsp coconut flour
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, melt your cacao solids, butter, coconut oil, coconut sugar and raw honey over a bain-marie.
  3. Whilst you are melting your chocolate mix throw the rest of your ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth.
  4. Once your chocolate mix has fully melted pour into the cake batter and blend until smooth.
  5. Line and grease a small baking/brownie pan. Pour in your batter.
  6. Place the mix into the oven and bake until ever so slightly wobbly in the middle.
  7. Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely before removing from the pan and cutting.
  8. Enjoy your crownies!

So as you can see pretty simple, but also pretty yummy… and yes I know I have not made them in any conventional way whatsoever but I promise that I will post up some super naughty ones another time… the real fudgy ooey gooey kind!