Today I started the day doing what I love to do on a Wednesday, going for a run. I’m so very fortunate to live only minutes from the beach and am spoilt with this amazing weather here on the Gold Coast even in the Winter, that it would be ignorant of me not make the effort to utilize it.
After I drop the kids at school and preschool I make Wednesday morning my day to inhale in the ocean air while I run amongst the many other fellow runners, walkers, or just peaceful wave watchers. People from all walks of life appreciating natures beauty. It always fascinates me to observe people and wonder what is happening in their lives to bring them here.
I discard all the negativity and stress that life brings in my day-to-day busy life and focus on only that moment. I don’t have to tell you how mind health is just as important as physical health and I feel running in this environment so freeing, peaceful and so valuable for your soul and spirit.
With so much mental health associated incidents happening in our world today, it is a great reminder of how imperative it is to look after our mental well-being as well as our physical. As I was running I passed a man in his probably mid to late 30’s just standing in his tradie gear looking at the ocean, I also saw mature couples going for their daily walk and a free yoga class being held in the park. It made me think we are all just humans ultimately wanting the same things out of life and that’s pure happiness. Even if it’s only for 10 minutes let your mind be at ease find a special place for yourself, forget all your struggles and worries and think of nothing but that very moment and how lucky we are to be living and breathing, it can really change the outlook of your day even your week it sure helps me.
Coming home I felt revitalised to get on with the never-ending chores and to-do’s though feeling much more centred and energised. I even managed 45 mins before leaving to pick up the kids to whip up some of my favourite afternoon treats.
My Lemon, Chia, Honey Yoghurt Cakes ready and waiting for the troops to come for then the chaos begins…
Sugar Free Lemon, Chia, Honey Cakes
Naturally sweetened lemon and honey mini cakes with the goodness of chia, perfect for little ones or an afternoon tea treat.
+ Gluten free option replace the spelt flour with buckwheat flour or all almond meal
++Dairy Free option replace yoghurt with coconut yoghurt
3/4 cup almond meal
1 cup wholemeal spelt (or buckwheat or almond meal or GF)
3/4 cup raw honey
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup olive or coconut oil (melted)
1 cup unsweetened natural greek yoghurt (or dairy free plain coconut yoghurt for DF)
Zest 2 lemons
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup black chia seeds
- Preheat oven to 160’C
- Prepare a 12 capacity muffin tin with cupcake cases
- Combine almond meal, flour, baking powder, olive oil, eggs, yoghurt, lemon zest, vanilla, and chia seeds in a large mixing bowl or electric mixer and mix till well combined
- Spoon batter evenly into cupcake cases. Cook for 25-30mins until cooked through and golden.
Notes- Top with extra yoghurt and drizzle of honey