Food is not my usual blog topic, but I couldn’t resist sharing these quick healthy treats with you. Today I had to take a dessert a friend’s house for lunch. This was an opportunity to spread the word about the wonderful air dried fruit my brother and his wife produce. For this recipe I used their airdried mango, kiwi fruit and papaya. The health benefit airdried fruit is that they don’t use sulphur dioxide in the drying process.
To the finely chopped dried fruit I also added shredded coconut. This was then mixed into,2 blocks of melted dark chocolate. I then spooned small haystacks onto a lined tray and topped with lime zest, chilli flakes and coarse sea salt before refrigerating for 30 minutes. This made 12 stacks. They transported really well.
I found the recipe in Ellie Bullen’s book The Global Vegan.
Autumn is well and truly here and the cooler morning and afternoons are a perfect snake free time to get out on the trails. I have decided to challenge my self to a winter of trig bagging around Canberra. There are plenty to keep me busy and its a great way to get back on the road to the fitness levels I enjoyed in 2018.
Today I ticked off my first McQuoids Hill, just up the bicentennial Trail from home. Not many birds but some great views across the Tuggeranong Valley.
My visit to Ubud got off to a very shakey start last Sunday. Life has now settled into a routine of exotic breakfasts, yoga, swimming, hiking, meditation and dinners of fresh locally grown delicacies.
Apart from sorting out our go-to place when the windows and door start rattling (under out sturdy dining table) and sleeping with a grab bag close to the bed, we have adjusted to the occasional earth tremor disturbing our sleep.
A daily yoga practice has improved my posture and gait. I now feel like I am suspended by a piece of string when I walk. The rains have come early and the nights are cool, each evening I visit the meditation centre next door for an hour. Ubud is truly a treat for all the senses, and I have another two weeks to enjoy.
My first batch of ginger and lemon twist kombucha is ready for 2nd frement and another 2 batches on the go.
I became interested in all things fermented while I was on the 5:2 diet for three months, during that time I also read Guilea Endes great book Gut – the inside story of our body’s most underrated organ.
I came to the conclusion that my gut needed some more TLC and the easiest way was to make some lifestyle changes. Introducing more probiotics into my diet was one of the most enjoyable changes I made.
I began with making my own sauerkraut and have only just ventured into brewing Kombucha. A bottle of the brew sells for $4 to $10 in the health food stores, locally. Apart from the expense, I wasn’t sure of just how much probiotic is contained, so I decided to give making my own a go. I attended a workshop at the Canberra Environment Centre and found out all sorts of useful information. There is also lots of useful information on Pinterest and the internet. Kombucha recipes and information.
Just how good this brew will taste, only time will tell it should be ready next Friday.
Since taking up running/jogging several months ago, I have enjoyed mapping my runs, tracking my improved times, getting kudos from friends and sharing my couch to 5K achievements on social media.
Earlier this month after installed my Fitbit Charge 2 app update my problems with syncing began. When I pressed the run option I started receiving an error message “Check the Fitbit app”. Then then a line drawn across the app on my screen. This means the app tracker is not syncing with the app.
It’s so distracting, you have to stop, check that your tracker is connected to the Bluetooth, turn off your phone turn it back on again, check the Bluetooth again, start your music and press run and it still doesn’t work. Suggestions from Fitbit Community Forum from many users that are experiencing that same problem, is to delete the app and reinstall it then restart your phone. This did work for one run, but not again. I am still waiting on a solution from the Helpdesk.
This brings me back to my original question, is this technology taking the enjoyment out of my running? Let me know what you think, I would also love to hear if anyone else is having the same problems and any other useful solution.