Perfect paleo breakfast (and any other meal you like).

Here in the Fashion Fitness Food household, mornings can be tough. Once you’ve dragged yourself out of bed at some ungodly hour to do a morning workout, the last thing on your mind is putting in the efforts it can take to make a healthy conscious breakfast. When we are feeling good (and by we, I totally mean the boy) we’ll whip up some poached eggs on spinach, or some incredible Spanish style eggs. However, when we don’t feel like getting our cook on, we have been stuck.

Enter this amazing recipe for a completely paleo friendly, quick and easy cereal. Bam.

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The initial process can take a while, especially since I tend to make mine en-mass. But do be patient with it, because when 7am rocks around and all you have to do to satisfy your rumbling tummy, and your primal lifestyle, is pair a bit of this with some almond milk, you will be laughing.

Ingredients

  • 3 Cup Almonds
  • 2 Cups Cashews
  • 1 Cup Hazelnuts
  • 1 Cup Walnuts
  • ½ Cup Brazil nuts
  • 1 Cup Sunflower seeds
  • 1 Cup Pumpkin seeds
  • 4 Cups Shredded Coconut
  • 3 Cups Coconut flakes
  • ½ Cup Chia Seeds
  • ½ Cup Linseeds
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla Powder
  • ½ Tbsp Powdered Ginger
  • ½ Tbsp Mixed Spice
  • ½ Tbsp Nutmeg
  • ½ Tbsp Cinnamon

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Preheat your oven to 180 (on bake).

Firstly you need to roughly chop your nuts (almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, walnuts and brazil nuts). You can mix up, take away, or add to this list of nuts, it should just be whatever you like (also the quantities can vary depending on your favourite nuts/how many you have etc, the above are just suggestions).

Once you have chopped these, its time to roast! I tend to roast them in the order above, individually putting each nut-sort in the oven for 15 mins or so. But I do keep an eye on them, and smaller nuts will take less time.

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Repeat the above with the sunflower and pumpkin seeds, but keep these whole.

Put both the nuts and seeds in the blender and pulse a couple of times (don’t go over board, this is just to get a more cereal-like texture, not a powder).

Now to toast your shredded coconut and coconut flakes, this will take less time than the nuts and you will need to watch these in your oven so they don’t burn. I usually put these is for 5 minutes, then take them out and stir them a little, then return them to the oven for another couple of minutes.

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Combine all your coconut with your (slightly) blended nuts.

Add the (un roasted) chia seeds and linseeds

Lastly, mix your (almost complete) muesli through with some vanilla powder and your favorite spices (I like ginger, mixed spice, nutmeg and cinnamon).

Pop this into an airtight container and whip out tomorrow morning!

I love this with berries, almond milk and a spot of tea for breaky. But it also works as a tasty crumble style topping on fruit for dessert, or even just on its own as an afternoon snack – ahhhh perfection (if I do say so myself).

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It’s a wrap on the sugar free!

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Today I am finished my sugar free detox. I have gone 6 entire weeks without sugar (apart from those two licks of icing that we are not talking about). That is forty-two days fructose free. And I’m going to own it, I’m bloody proud. I am proud of myself, my friend who joined me, and the boy. Whether you agree with why we choose to do it, or that we choose to, surely everyone can recognize that putting your mind to something and diligently sticking to for forty two days straight is worth a damn pat on the back. So, what do I think now? Honestly, I kind of hate to say it, but I am still not sure my sugar habit is completely kicked.

I’ve definitely noticed a drastic reduction in my cravings. BUT they are still there. In the last two weeks of the detox Sarah recommends slowly introducing sweet tastes in small amount of fruit and some (Sarah approved) sweeteners. I tested some cookie recipes, started having raspberries for dessert, trialled a variety of sugar free chocolate, and I loved it. All of it. A bit too much. I had to remind myself (on many occasions) that just because I’d been given the all clear on fruit did not mean I could IV drip pureed apples into my veins.

I kind of want to keep it up. (The sugar free that is, not the trialling sugar alternatives, I have felt a little like a lab rat these last two weeks. A lab rat in stevia heaven.) I want to keep traveling this path to see if I really can get to the point of sugar just not occurring to me. I don’t feel a huge urge to go out and stuff my gob with Jelly Beans (except maybe a little), but at the same time, I’m not at the place I hoped to be.

I (sort of) feel like a recovering sugar-holic. And I fear that by having a square of chocolate I will black out and wake up naked in sweet shop with gummy bears stuck in my hair. I am pretty sure there are meetings for that right?

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So, this six-week detox doesn’t really feel like it’s come to and end. It feels like I have started a journey, a journey that, for the last six weeks, someone (Sarah Wilson) has been holding my hand through. Sarah has told me what to eat and what not to eat, and now I have to step out there and make my own decisions like a big grown up girl (and no, even at twenty five I’m still unconvinced that I’m even close to this elusive thing called adulthood). Do I want to go back to the way I was? Hell no. Is a life completely stripped of sugar in my future? Maybe.

I think for now, I’m going to keep steering clear of unnecessary sugars (I will just eat the ones that are completely and utterly enjoyed and acknowledged). No I won’t use store bought stock to make my gravy – because it adds sugar. No I won’t grab Thai takeouts on a Friday night – because I know the stuff is drenched in palm sugar. And no I won’t stop meticulously reading labels at the supermarket – because it’s ridiculous (and a little stupid, sorry folks) to not be conscious of what you are shoveling into your body. But at my besties wedding in three weeks (woop woop), will I have a slice of wedding cake? Hell yes (try ad hold me back).  Those seem like good and achievable goals that don’t sound too scary long term.

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This last six weeks has been interesting, and not as tough as I thought. I’m not sure what the next steps in my sugar free journey will be, but my next actual steps are to the counter at local fave Little Bird for a hearty slab of cheesecake.

Cheers everyone!

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If I could, I would.

If I could open my wardrobe right now and have anything I wanted flung at me, these top ten would be my picks for a perfect weekend look.

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1 Nail polish in Mannequin, by Topshop, 2 Ring by Meadowlark, 3 Necklace by Meadowlark, 4 Beanie by Topshop, 5 Sunnies by Asos, 6 Trousers by 3.1 Phillip Lim, 7 Jumper by Ruby, 8 Watch by Marc by Marc Jacobs, 9 Handbag by Mulberry, 10 Shoes by Vans

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