I have been absolutely flat out.  Like just about everyone I imagine.  There are social engagements, loose ends to tie up at work, endlessly moving house, studying 2 courses and of course my beloved little business.  Compared to where I was a year ago things have certainly changed.  And it is definitely for the better.  I’m mostly engaged in things I love and I realise that there is nothing better than being passionate about what you do.  Plus  I really have become an expert at balls which you will see later in this post!

One of my projects at the moment is a new clean eating program (not a detox, you can still have a glass of wine while you do this!).  Back in the day when I was stressed and frazzled in my old career I would stop looking after myself.  My junk food levels, alcohol consumption and TV watching would all dramatically increase while motivation, healthy food and socialising would all go out the window.  In short, I’d be kicking myself when I was down!  The hardest thing was keeping motivated and really believing that I deserved to be looked after properly – I was just too bloody tired and I didn’t really know where to start.  Even these days I am not perfect at looking after myself when I am stressed but I have a much better tool kit to deal with things now.  And I am keen to share that knowledge in an easy 4 week online program.  More details will be available in the next few weeks so keep your eyes peeled!

One of the fun bits about putting together a new clean eating program is finding all the fabulous recipes and trying them out!  This is where being a ball expert comes in… Last night I made Paleo meat balls.  And they were a real hit!  For me, the big twist was that there were baked not pan fried.  So much easier than standing over the stove.  Mum was pretty impressed with them and wanted the recipe ASAP – so you here you go Mum! (P.S. these would also make great little finger food at parties!)

Paleo Meatballs

Paleo Meatballs

1 cup zucchini, chopped

1 cup carrots, chopped

3 cloves garlic

450g of chicken, pork, turkey or beef mince (I used Pork)

1 teaspoon of sea salt

1/2 teaspoon of ground pepper

1/2 teaspoon of chilli flakes

1/4 cup almond meal

1 egg

1/3 cup parsley

Method:  Heat the oven to 180 degrees In a large food processor add zucchini, carrots, parsley & garlic.  Pulse until all ingredients are well combine.  Then add the rest of the ingredients and continue to process until they are all well combined.  Line a baking tray with baking paper and place squash ball sized balls onto the tray.  Bake for 20 to 30 minutes turning once.