Leah Honiball

Inspiring a Healthier Generation

Cabbage “Noodles”

Posted by on Aug 28, 2016

Cabbage is just one of those foods that doesn’t scream YUM. Maybe because of its appearance which resembles a giant Brussel sprout or perhaps because of its smell… Whatever it is that has deterred you from the lovely vegetable I’m here to tell you to give it a second chance. In the recipe that follows you will discover a new and exciting flavour that our good old friend cabbage can offer us.

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Talking’ Body

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016

Given that I’ve only ever written about food and/or exercise, I realized it was time to introduce a new topic that has affected me on a personal level and continues to do so on a daily basis. I recently had an enlightening conversation with a very close friend of mine as she broadened my perspective in regards to dealing with body image issues.

It’s a way of thinking or approaching the issue rather than a solution, but a very interesting one to say the least. This is not a permanent solution, this is not a fix for any eating disorders or mental health issues. It’s simply food for thought to broaden your perspective for the better.

Let’s say you’re having a bad body image day (which we all do let’s be honest, some worse than others), and you don’t like the way you look in the mirror and you just can’t seem to feel good about yourself regardless of the angle in which you stand or the lighting you’re in. Instead of allowing yourself to go down a deep dark hole of negativity and allowing this feeling to ruin your day or put you in a bad mood, just acknowledge it.

Acknowledge the negative feeling you have towards yourself as you would a physical injury. If you had a paper cut, would you allow it to ruin your day? No. You would notice it, acknowledge the sliver in your finger, wrap it up in a band aid and move on, business as usual. What if we treated our body perception the same way? Acknowledge that you’re feeling negatively about yourself and accept that perhaps this is not your most “self confident day” and instead of putting a band aid on it, do something that makes you happy or feel good about yourself. Perhaps you like to bake, go for a bike ride or listen to happy music, whatever it is find your “band-aid” for your “paper-cut”.

If we think of it this way, and treat both a paper cut and a negative feeling the same way (with minor modifications of course) we set physical and mental health issues as equals, attributing them with the importance they both deserve. Just because you can’t see something doesn’t mean it’s not there but this also doesn’t mean it can’t be treated with a similar approach. Unfortunately, mental health concerns have been suppressed for way too long, but modern thinking, a change of attitude and comfortability with this topic are leading to continuous positive change.

Leah

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Banana Bread + Why I’ve been MIA for the past 6 months!

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016

Well hello world, it’s been a while hasn’t it? Considering my last post was almost 6 months ago, I feel slightly guilty only posting now. I’ve been so busy with exams and getting ready for university but not to worry, I’m still here and I’ve got great new recipes to share.

I’m also looking to explore different topics on my blog. Of course I will still be posting recipes, but perhaps things like sample meal plans, exercise routines, beauty hacks and overall lifestyle updates will be slightly more abundantly present from now on…

 

Anyway, back to the recipe! This is adapted from one I stumbled upon a while back. I modified it to my liking and reduced the sugar by a lot, so it can be enjoyed guilt free.

Ps: only make this if you’re prepared to eat the WHOLE thing in one day because you’re really gonna want to (or at least I hope!)

Ingredients:

-3 tbsp Coconut Oil melted

-6 tbsp applesauce

-2 tbsp of Honey + 2 tbsp of Maple Syrup combined (can be made vegan by using maple syrup only)

-2 (very ripe medium-large sized) Bananas mashed

-2 Eggs (can be made vegan by replacing eggs with 2 flax/chia eggs; one flax egg= 1 tbsp of ground flax or chia seeds mixed with 2 tbsp of water and refrigerated for 15 minutes)

-1 tsp Baking Soda

-1/2 tsp fine Salt

-1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

-1 and 3/4 cups oats (can be made gluten free if oats are certified GF)

-1/4 cup semi-sweet or dark Chocolate Chips (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325˚F.

Combine the oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a blender or food processor and blend/pulse into a fine flour like consistency (if you prefer a hardier banana bread leave the oats a little coarser but if you prefer a very fine smoother texture blend them into a flour like state) and set aside.

In a separate bowl whisk the melted coconut oil, honey and/or maple syrup and applesauce together until fully blended. Then add the eggs (or flax/chia eggs), vanilla and mashed bananas and continue to mix until smooth.

Next, add the flour mixture in two or three separate batches. Not adding the entire flour mixture all at once will allow the batter to be a lot smoother and free of flour clumps. Once everything is fully incorporated pour the mixture into a greased (use coconut oil to do so) or parchment paper lined loaf pan or even easier a silicon loaf pan and bake for 55-60 minutes depending on your oven. Once a toothpick comes out clean allow the bread to cool and enjoy.

xx

Leah

 

 

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Chocolate Cake 2.0

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016

Bean Cake

I know I haven’t posted anything in a VERY long time, I’ve been so busy this New Year… Although I’m determined to be more consistent with my blog posts and that resolution is staring now (who needs New Years anyway!). Nonetheless, I want to ring in my return this year with a bang! Your taste buds will go crazy for this deceptively delicious cake.

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