If we’re honest with ourselves, whilst we say that our life goals involve personal and career success (happiness, love, white picket fences, fitness, health and a kick-ass job all whilst donating an admirable amount of time and money helping the less fortunate and saving the world) all we really want is to find a way to eat all the yummy foods without being unhealthy and putting on weight.
Unfortunately, I am yet to discover such a miracle (don’t worry, I’m still looking) but what I have found is a snack that tastes naughty but is actually packed full of healthy nutrition! These cacao and date balls are to die for. As a long-term chocaholic, they give me my chocolate fix without the usual guilt and are a breeze to make!
Cocoa & Date Balls
1 cup Whole Medjool Dates or Pitted Dates *
1 cup Walnuts and/or Almonds
⅓ cup Cacao Powder or Cocoa Powder ^
⅓ cup Coconut Oil
½ cup Shredded Coconut (plus extra to serve)
1 tbs Chia Seeds
*If you are using medjool dates they will need to be pitted before your begin. If you are using pitted dates, soak them in warm water for 15 minutes before you begin.
^Whilst I have used cocoa in this batch, they are just as yummy (and even healthier) with cacao powder. You can get your hands on some at your local health food store.
Add nuts, cocoa, shredded coconut, coconut oil and chia seeds to a blender or food processor and mix until a powder-like consistency.
Add dates to the mix and process until combined. (If the mixture is too dry, add 1 tbs of water or coconut oil to the mix)
I had always heard people rave about Lush. YouTube is filled with people describing the amazing qualities of their bath bombs and the scent of their new Lush Hand cream but I never thought it was worth so much money for one bath’s worth of bomb.
About a month ago I was having a lazy day and had gone in to the city to have a look around for a dress to wear to my best friend’s 21st . I wandered past Lush and decided to go and smell their bath bombs and hand creams for myself.
It turns out that their bath bombs DO smell absolutely incredible (but I’m still not convinced that I need to fork out so much money for a one-time thing.). I instead picked up a few of their other items that I didn’t even know they had.
Rub Rub Rub is a sea salt shower scrub that you can use all over your body. I have quite dry skin and some scrubs can aggravate this even more and give me eczema on my inner elbow (or whatever its called). Rub Rub Rub has been a life saver! It’s harsh enough to take off the dead skin and leave you with a silky layer of amazingness, but not so rough that it leaves you feeling red raw. I’ve used my tub all up and will definitely be re-purchasing it ASAP!
Eau Roma Water toner water is a toning mist that is amazing for dry skin. They had five different toner options when I was there and the girl said that this one was best suited to dry skin. Boy howdy was she right. It has rose water in it to brighten and soften the skin and lavender to help keep it supple. I spray it all over my face before I moisturize my skin morning and night, and I have noticed a massive difference in how moisturized my skin feels! I also use it as a refresher during the day if I’m feeling tired or worn out; the rose smell is so calming and the mist is super soothing.
The Olive Branch shower gel is a moisturising shower gel with olive oil to keep skin moisturized. This has been another hit as it keeps my skin super soft and nourished even if I forget to moisturize after I shower. There’s not too much else to say about this one. Definitely pick it up if you like to be clean and soft.
I have been looking for a powder dry shampoo for ages but could never find one in our local shops. For some reason spray dry shampoos just don’t work on my hair and they leave it looking dry and broken. So when I saw the No Drought dry shampoo in Lush I put it straight in my basket! No drought didn’t disappoint! This is the best dry shampoo to chuck on in the morning without having to worry about drying out your hair too much. I also use this off a night all over my hair if it’s a particularly oily mess and chuck my hair in a bun so that, by morning, my hair is looking super luscious and ready for another day.
All in all I have been very impressed by the quality of my first Lush products (and they didn’t break my budget). I am keen to know what I should buy next! What do you think? Do you have a favorite Lush product?