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Meringue Biscuits & Christmas Recap

Hey!

Is anyone else dealing with some post-Christmas depression? I feel like there was so much lead up and so little time to actually enjoy Christmas day. Ahh well, must be signs of a good time right?

We swapped some funny, extra gifts on Christmas eve as planned- we had decided to spend an extra $20 on each other for some novelty gifts to exchange xmas eve. Most present exchanging also took place after a Christmas eve dinner with my cousins, uncle, brother and mumma.

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On Christmas Day we had a bit of a sleep in before opening the ‘real’ presents (I’m so spoilt!)

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and heading to a Christmas lunch with the bf’s family.

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On boxing day we braved Carindale shops and my goodness it was busy. I think a little too busy as I was not in the mood to search for bargains and only got a few things- the bf got more than me!

Since then it’s pretty much been business as usual- our current tv season obsession is Game of Thrones, and we’ve watched all three seasons just about!

Today hasn’t been great for me either as it seems I’ve got a stomach bug and had very little sleep. I was so unwell that I couldn’t make either of my Step classes this morning or my PT sessions :( I hate letting people down, but let’s just say that I couldn’t be away from the toilet for that long…

Anyways, perhaps not the best note to end off on..but I do have a recipe, well a couple I want to share. My step mum and dad (and bro) came over for a bbq last Saturday and I tested out a new dessert using my fave Norbu. It included fruit salad, a meringue and a cream topping of sorts.

Whilst the meringue was slightly more dense that usual fluffy meringues, it had the same look about it (though browned slightly more) and a similar sweetness, so I decided to call them Meringue Biscuits. What is even cooler is that all they have in them is clean ingredients, and low carbs and plenty of protein… which means it’s perfect for me to have after dinner! (for those new- I eat a heap of carbs don’t stress- just the nutritional plan I’m on has given me all my carbs during the day)

 

Meringue Biscuits
Meringue Biscuits
Made 7 medium size meringue biscuits
Ingredients
  • 8 tbs of Pure Egg egg white mixture OR 4 egg whites seperated from yolk
  • 3 tsps of corn flour
  • 1 tsp of white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of Norbu (or to taste)

Method

  1. Beat eggs and Norbu together until fluffy, silky and able to form peaks. Ensure the Norbu has dissolved.
  2. Add in remaining ingredients and stir through.
  3. Place into a 180 degree celsius fanforced oven and then reduce the temperature to 120 degrees celsius.
  4. Cook for an hour or so (depending upon your oven and whether you are making one whole pavlova or seperate ones).
  5. Leave in the oven overnight or for 6-12 hrs this should allow the meringue to develop a crunchy outside.

Serve with Chobani cream and fruit salad as I did, or try something different! The Chobani cream recipe to come ;)

  • Do you prefer meringue or pavlova?

One More Sleep!

Hey there! One more sleep till Santa comes ;)

Since my binge themed post yesterday (and thanks for your great feedback) I’ve practised what I preached when I found myself at a sleepover at mums (bf was away with the boys. her mattresses are the BEST ever, so comfy) and surrounded by her many delicious treats (she buys them like nobodies business and we don’t) found myself indulging in a few chocolate peanuts (crazily enough, I’m proud of myself that I can admit this and not feel embarrassed, imperfect or a let down) after dinner when I typically am suppose (according to my meal plan) to be pretty much carb free (don’t worry I get plenty of carbs during the day). I pretty much could of had the binge of a lifetime because (a) my brother and mum are easy to fool and (b) there is an abundance of delish and nasty binge food ha. But reflecting upon yesterday’s post and the lessons I’ve learnt I knew that I didn’t have to give in to the urge to binge, nor do I need to see it as restriction (more on this later!! NOTE TO SELF ha). So yay…complete with way to many bracketed extra comments haha.

Oh and another great thing that happened yesterday- I met a beautiful (she is a stunner!) reader of the blog, Michelle :) I always get a buzz out of online communications I have with my readers but it’s even better when you come across someone in real life! Oh and maybe you can convince me to Zumba one day- until then it’s BodyAttack and BodyStep for me!

Onto today- where I got up and was able to say good morning to my beautiful doggies, seriously I love that Dotti to bits, and Paws

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#totallynotpickingfavourites

had brekky and headed off to an DIY Full Body Workout. My fourth round of my Weight Training & Nutritional Plan ended last week, and with Christmas messing everything up I thought I’d aim to do two full bodies amongst the Xmas celebrations and GF classes. I actually surprised myself when I just barely lifted a 90kg deadlift (including bar)! So far that’s my best max attempt- whilst it wasn’t absolutely perfect form (I don’t think I held it long enough and my knees didn’t fully look out before my grip felt like it was giving way and I had to go back to the start position) I still think it should count ;)

Anyways, I’m heading to work soon for five hours before doing a 45 min BodyAttack class (please someone come even if it’s Christmas eve- 5pm!) and then heading out for a Christmas Eve dinner with family and present exchangings!

I hope you have a fantastic Christmas Eve and an even better Christmas my beautiful readers! I hope to check in tomorrow (we’ll see) as I’ve got a hankering for some sort of Christmas Survey- anyone got one to share?!

  • What are you doing this Christmas Eve?