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Vegan Gluten Free Hearts (ankle update too)!

I made some no bake vegan gluten free hearts but before we get to the treats...

Over the past two weeks my day to day has changed immensely. What I was able to do two weeks ago is not as seamless or feasible today. So what happened? In gearing up for LA FIT EXPO it was an intense month. I was non-stop teaching, prepping, on calls, filming, and running all over town getting all the last minute to-do's completed. I love the challenge and secretly I kind of love the chaos. I'll admit I love being busy and working towards something for the greater good. I was so excited and nervous and really looking forward to teaching. My energy level was at an all time high and if you know me you know I am literally the energizer bunny. Right before the doors were going to open for my first FLIGHT event of the evening, I tripped off a step and landed directly on my ankle. Oh me oh my! Everyone ran over and I had ten beautiful faces looking at me saying, "What do you want to do? Do you want to go to the hospital?" Now keep in mind I knew I needed to go to the emergency room, but with the help of my team, I knew the ONLY option was to try and teach. I could not walk, not a chance, so I knew my assistants Nicole and Jonathan (love you guys) would have to step up and help me. And boy did they! We did it! We got through one event and then in Savasana tears started rolling down my face and I knew it was time to head to the hospital.

Here is a photo of myself, Nicole, and Jonathan rehearsing in the 5 minutes we had while everyone was setting up and arriving.

Yes that is my little foot wrapped in ice.

 

I'll admit I am in pain. I am a tough cookie so I don't usually like to share all of that but the truth is that it hurts, real bad. To quote my dear mother, "Honey you don't walk you waddle." I have the most amazing mom, family, friends, and just all around support system that has been helping me tremendously and I could not do it without them. Love on the ones you love real hard because the truth is that we all need eachother and you don't know what the next minute will bring, so hold them tight, and cherish them. Oh and I also have a knee wheeler thanks to my sister so it makes for a great conversation piece and brings me a lot of laughs.

 

 

 

Now how does all of this relate to treats? I have been writing a lot of articles lately that will be published soon so I will keep my BF's in the loop but in doing so I have been looking up recipes. Now I love simple foods. I like throwing things in a bowl stirring it up and bam it's done and nutritious and delicious too. I also am more of a savory gal than one with a sweet tooth. But I have been interested in making my own version of the little energy bites. So since I have some added time at the moment I am trying some new things out in my kitchen. And I gotta tell you these are a winner! Throw these ingredients in your blender all together and enjoy! By the way, it won't take you more than 5 minutes.

 

1 cup of gluten free flour or almond flour (grind up your own if you are feeling adventurous).

1/4 cup of almond butter

1 tbsp. of agave (vegan) or honey

3 tbsp. of dairy free chocolate chips

3 1/2 tbsp. cacao powder (vegan) or cocoa

1 tsp. pure vanilla

Pinch of salt

1/3 cup of pitted dates

Pinch of baking soda

I hope you love them as much as I do! Take a photo and Instagram yours with hashtag #bennerfit and #bennerfiteats

 

XO,

Sydney

 

 

 

 

 

Strawberry - Banana - Almond Butter Roll Up

Almond butter, meet fruit. Fruit, meet almond butter. Now get together already and get in my tummy! Look, we've done it before here on Benner Fit combining our favorite fruit with a tasty nutty spread - but this week I'm overdosing on our latest combo. It's my daily "treat"  and I'm starting to much prefer  this over a cookie (Ok, at least my belly prefers it. Let's get real, my mouth loves a good hunkin' piece of chocolate chip cookie. But then my belly retaliates and goes to war with my mouth in a fun battle of "how could you do this to me?!") While the combinations of fruit and ingredients are endless in these roll ups - this one is my  absolute favorite!

 

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INGREDIENTS:

1 whole wheat tortilla 1 tbs. of almond butter 2 strawberries (quartered) 1/2 banana (sliced) honey or agave (optional)

 

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DIRECTIONS:

Slice that fruit, spread that almond butter on the tortilla, cover it strawberry banana goodness, and drizzle a hint of honey. Roll it on up! Snack away!

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What's your favorite combination of almond buttery roll up fun? Write us at bf@bennerfit.com with all of your fabulous ideas!

 

 

Simple Snacking

Simple Snacking

The 30 day challenges keep coming at my workplace. This 30 days is all about eating better and cleansing the palette of all the unhealthiness we have become accustomed to. It's mostly focused on no desserts, potato chips or fried anythings but what I have really discovered is - that it is all about substitutions. I didn't want to go into the challenge by saying, "This dessert is sugar free so I will eat it." and end up consuming ten pounds of artificial sweeteners on the daily. For me and my goals - this isn't the plan. That's not to say that this can't be a part of yours but, personally, I'm attempting to remove as many unnatural products from my life as much as possible ( and I also highly recommend agave and honey).

I have found a few new simple and amazing replacements that will now forever be a part of my snacking laundry list.

Almond butter:

Ok we have even talked about almond butter here on the site and sometimes I would think, "Eh. It's ok. " but now I know its wonders. The grainy texture and light flavor has drawn me in and now I can't stop, won't stop. My new favorite breakfast/afternoon snack - dipping a banana into almond butter mixed with a squeeze of honey.