Energy balls!

IMG_5241In my constant quest for the happy balance between having the figure of my dreams and also a full stomach I have been greedily trying out several recipes that give me the hope that someday both of my wishes will come true. In reality they probably never will but that doesn’t stop me trying and wanting! I have been busy trying to strengthen my muscles and train for a half marathon and have been trying to improve my nutrition and energy levels. I have tried loads of different recipes, I like some things about one, more things about another and less things about a different one. The Happy Pear, Deliciously Ella and The Body Coach are three of my favourite go to recipe creators recently and if you see the energy levels these have you will see why!


To make 14 energy balls you will need;

  • 14 pitted dates, soaked for ten minutes in boiling water
  • 1 cup of whole almonds (I leave the skin on)
  • 1/2 a cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 a cup of sesame seeds
  • 50g of dark chocolate


Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Whizz up the dates, almonds, cocoa powder and sesame seeds in a processor until a paste is formed.

Take teaspoons of the mixture and with wet hands roll them into balls before placing on the parchment paper.

Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. When fully melted dip the balls into the melted chocolate and remove using a skewer, allowing the excess to drip back into the bowl.

Place back on the parchment paper and chill.

Absolutely delicious served with a hot coffee or given to friends as a gift!

I made these in my Nutribullet. I started using it around two years ago and it is in daily use in my kitchen ever since. My husband uses it every day for his protein smoothies after his run. I make hummus, banana ice cream, smoothies, pancakes and lots of other things in it!  Probably the most used piece of kitchen equipment that I own.

IMG_5254Would love to hear from you if you decide to give these a go, so easy to make!

Paula, xx



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How to Make Baked Cauliflower Rice


I have a massive appetite and can count on one hand the amount of times that I have been able to resist food being offered to me! I have been trying to be more calorie conscious and the simple fact is that calories in should be less than calories out if you want to lose weight. Sounds a lot easier than it actually is but I figure that if you are having 3 meals a day and 21 meals over a week that if one or two of those are not completely healthy that is okay. Once you are eating well most of the time the scales will start shifting in the right direction.

I have been eating cauliflower rice as a substitute for rice recently and I find it a very filling and low calorie way of satisfying me. It really has no flavour so you need to season it really well and add chopped herbs and spices to give it a bit of zing. I would easily eat an entire head of cauliflower to myself but am sure if I had to share there would be a sufficient amount for two people!


Baked Cauliflower Rice


  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp of oil
  • 1 tsp of cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp of chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp of chopped coriander



  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees
  • Cut the cauliflower into florets, wash and dry
  • Either blitz (in batches) in a nutribullet, a high powered blender or simply grate until the cauliflower resembles couscous
  • Spread out on a baking tray and add the oil and the cumin seeds
  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, giving the tray a shake every 5 minutes


  • Remove from oven, add the chopped herbs and serve immediately

I served mine with a fillet of hake which I had placed on a square of tin foil, drizzled over some sweet chilli sauce, parcelled up and baked in the oven for 20 minutes. Delicious and healthy!


Have you tried cauliflower rice before? What did you do with it? Did you like it?

Would love to hear from you!


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I’m Back!



It has been a long time since I logged onto my blog, luckily it had “remembered me” so I didn’t have to put in the password! Hope you are all well and have had a good year. I have been busy parenting all of the above, partnering, gardening, refereeing, (children not matches), photographing, cooking, writing, training, running and keeping social media channels updated for other businesses so have had limited spare time for my own website! I miss blogging for myself though and miss sharing recipes and life stuff that is going on so I am back and hopefully this time to stay.

When I started blogging five years ago I met so many interesting people along the way and had some fantastic opportunities and blogging is mainly the reason why I am so busy these days. I am not going to restrict myself to just food this time though and will blog about anything that takes my fancy! Anyhow it is good to be back and I am looking forward to starting over!

Chat soon!

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Week 2 of Slimming World and Autumn……

As I stepped on the scales in Slimming World on Tuesday morning I was hoping that I had made enough good choices during the week to see a loss on the scales.

I was taking photographs at a wedding in Donegal last Thursday which involved an early start and a four course meal. I ordered the melon and salmon (both choices unheard of for me on a meal out) and I thoroughly enjoyed both, I avoided the bread rolls smeared with real butter accompanying the soup and I ate only two out of three of the dessert medley and managed not to lick the pattern of the plate like I would usually do. I was staying in a friend’s aunt’s house overnight and I awoke to the smell of sausages & bacon sizzling on the pan! It would have been so rude to refuse the delicious breakfast so I ate it, enjoyed it and ate lightly for the remainder of the day.

I attended Bogfest 2015 (music and fun in the middle of a field) and brought a healthy picnic dinner with me, everyone around enjoying burgers with cheese and fried onions whilst I had a ham salad and a smug look on my face.

To finish off the bank holiday weekend a neighbour invited us to a bbq, I stuck to the delicious chicken skewers and fillets and a massive portion of lettuce with a sneaky G&T thrown in for good measure.

Despite all the fun of the week I still managed to lose 2 lbs. I never felt deprived and I enjoyed and savoured every morsel of food all week. I received my first 1/2 stone award as I have lost 8 lbs in the past fortnight. Delighted. Feels so great to be back on the straight although sometimes curvy road again!

The garden (despite all the rain) is giving me great pleasure. As the summer blooms fade and make way for the Autumn plants to have their turn. there is always something new to see. Hope you enjoy a few photographs that I took earlier today.

Till the next time,

Paula, xx

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Here I go again…….

I can’t actually believe that I am here again and back to square one with my weight. I was so happy in November 2013 when I reached goal and that was it, I was never, ever, ever, ever again going down the route of gaining weight. Ever. I was so busy setting up my photography business, training for a marathon and running my home that it was easy to keep the weight down for the first few months. Then life kicked in, the way it does when things are going well. I started noticing little things in conversations with my mother that just didn’t ¬†seem right. Small acts of confusion and then realisation that all wasn’t as it should be. Always so fiercely independent it is incredibly hard to realise your mother is growing old even when she is 81 years of age.

I have always seeked comfort in food. Of course having a hazelnut cappuccino and a cream slice is going to make me feel better. Of course sizzling your onions in butter and oil makes your bolognese/chilli/lasagne etc taste better. Of course stuffing your chicken with lashings of butter will keep it incredibly moist and it will taste wonderful. Diet tonic with my gin, you have got to be kidding me. See where I am coming from, all these things thrown in with nights in and out with friends, mornings spent drinking coffee and eating cake and indulging in delicious cooked Irish breakfasts. How in the name of God did I think I could stay at target!

I was looking for a dress recently for my eldest son’s confirmation and I had the shopping trip from hell. Nothing I liked would fit me and I felt like a barrel in what would fit me. I swore after that I was done. I was going back on the straight and narrow road to weight loss but it has taken me two further months to get there. Anyone who has lost weight knows the point that I am talking about. For me it was seeing a picture of myself on Facebook. I was so disgusted with myself that I had once again let the ‘fat demon’ in my head take over and make me feel miserable. Up to this point there was always an event or something that was going to prevent me from sticking to a plan but I have realised that there is always going to be something, am hoping to be able to make good choices whatever event I may attend! Easier said than done but that is the plan.

I hope I not boring you with my tale of woe but this is where I am at the minute. I know things could be so much worse, I have a lovely husband and three happy, healthy children but I need to feel healthy and happy as well! Hope you will encourage me as I start off once again!!!

That picture!!!!!!!


When I last reached target it was with Slimming World and I have no doubt if I had continued going I would not be where I am now. The key is definitely to stick to it and continue to go for weigh ins each week. My second weigh in was this morning and I am down 6lbs. I know the first week it is mainly water you lose but it feels great to be back on track. Am feeling determined. Again!!

Thanks for reading! xx

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