Hey there, I’m Jo from @healthyeating_jo, and I’m so excited to be a guest blogger of the PSF blog, and share some of my recipes with you.

 

Hopefully I’m an example of the ‘average’ working mother. Between my husband and I, we have 2 kids and 2 step kids, I work full time in a corporate finance career, and love to make healthy and protein packed versions of my favourite dishes.

 

A lot of people ask me how I fit it all in, but I guess it’s just a case of prioritizing, and multi-tasking. Maintaining this lifestyle with a full time career, kids and a husband definitely comes down to preparation. There is a well worn phrase “If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail”. And this is so true. Preparation has been key to my healthy eating success. I never leave myself in a situation where I’m left with no choice but to eat unhealthy food. I prepare all of my snacks, breakfast and lunch in advance, so I can just take it out of the fridge in the morning, and head out the door.



 

Having healthy food made makes it easier to make good choices, so you aren’t tempted to head to the food court or takeaway, or the vending machine at 3pm! It has been the most important part of my success. All of these things can be done whilst you help with homework, or instead of sitting watching tv, I can be in the kitchen and interact with the family or watch tv at the same time. It all comes down to how seriously you want it.

 

I don’t have a gym membership, and do all of my exercise at home, most often at 9.30pm at night or later when the kids have gone to bed. My husband exercises with me most of the time, so it’s nice to do something together for our health. Everyone can find or make 30 minutes available in their day if they really want it, where you may have watched TVor been on social media.



 

I maintain this lifestyle because the results I am getting spurs me on to keep going. Eating well, lifting heavier weights, seeing my body change, it’s exciting. There’s always a vanity part in there somewhere, and I remind myself how I look now, and how I used to look. It becomes a choice. I feel amazing, so that’s motivation to keep going, and I very rarely get sick. I know what I’m doing is good for my health.

 

I use my Instagram account for daily motivation. It started as a way of keeping me accountable for eating well, and for following inspirational people and pages that gave me motivation to keep going, and I still use it for that today. All of the amazing people I have met online inspire me every day through their own journeys and battles. It’s a great online community, with so many people wanting to help each other. Plus I get to eat a tonne of food, and who wouldn’t want to maintain that, especially if you love food like me. I eat at least 6 meals a day, and people are amazed how much I can put away! And it all comes down to this lifestyle and what you eat.



 

To say that I have always loved to cook, is probably not true. I think I have always cooked as a survival requirement. I've tried every ‘diet’ over the years, and suffered from disordered eating in teenage years. As I started to learn more about ‘clean’ eating, I became more of a ‘food is fuel’ person. Realising that eating less was not the answer, and that eating many and varied delicious, protein rich, and healthy, natural, whole foods and superfoods as possible gave me results. Along with less bloating, great skin and hair, and just an overall sense of feeling amazing.

 

My Instagram is definitely a creative outlet for me, and it’s something that my passion grows for daily. As my Instagram has evolved, my desire for the creative has grown with it. PSF asked me to share some tips on food photography, and getting the perfect shot… Anyone who looks at my Insta feed can see how my photos have changed over time. Next week I will go over my tips for making a good shot.


For now, here is my recipe for some delicious health Cacao Maca Vegan Pancakes with a Salted Peanut Butter Toffee Sauce!

Enjoy x

 

Cacao Maca Vegan Pancakes with a Salted Peanut Butter Toffee Sauce

(Serves 1-2) (I eat the whole lot!)

 

1/2 cup flour (I use half buckwheat, 1/2 oat)

1/2 cup almond milk

1 tsp PSF Maca Powder

1 Tbsp PSF Coconut Sugar

2 Tbsp PSF Cacao Powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp bicarb soda

1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar

Pinch of Pink Peruvian Salt

Blend until smooth

Cook in a frypan in some coconut oil

 

Sauce

1 Tbsp Peanut Flour (or Peanut Butter)

1/4 tsp Pink Peruvian Salt

1 Tbsp Rice Malt or Maple Syrup

Almond Milk to consistency

Mix in a cup until smooth

Pour over pancakes

 

Top with chopped banana, crushed pistachios and PSF Cacao Crunch