Author Archives: paulacduffy

I’m a PT!

I’ve been very quiet on recently but with good reason – I’ve been studying for my personal trainer exam with ACE. The good news is that I passed with flying colours on Friday! Since I qualified I’ve had a lot of questions about why I choose ACE, what’s involved & what is the exam like, […]

Homemade Baked Beans

I love baked beans, but the canned ones are not the healthiest as they’re usually full of sugar. So I decided to make my own. They’re a good source of protein, iron, B & C vitamins, fibre, & potassium.There’s a bit of preparation involved but they are still very easy to make! These are loosely […]

Mint Chocolate Protein Bites

These came about because I got a huge tub of Mint Chocolate vegan protein powder in TKMaxx for a bargain price – the brand is Bio Synergy and it’s delicious, but I got a bit sick of just having it in a shake. Ingredients: 60g coconut oil 60g date syrup 60g cocoa powder 60g Bio […]

Japanese-inspired nourish bowl

I don’t post many savoury recipes because I don’t really create many, to be honest. I generally use recipe books like Thug Kitchen, The New Vegan, The Accidental Vegetarian & Deliciously Ella, to name a few. I did manage to put this nourish bowl together myself, but it’s so easy to make it almost shouldn’t […]

My go-to cheat meal destinations in Galway

First off I’m vegetarian, so my picks are based on the options available for veggies. Luckily in Galway us veggies have a myriad of great places to choose from when eating out. In the last few year the number of great casual eateries has mushroomed, leaving some fantastic options. Here are the ones I frequent: […]

Coconut Scones

I love coconut and I love scones, so this recipe is a match made in heaven for me. These scones were inspired by a big tub of granulated stevia I picked up at Aldi. I already use liquid stevia quite a bit, but hadn’t tried the granulated version. There was a recipe on the back […]

Top tips for dropping body fat

I’ve never had to lose a huge amount of weight – a stone & a half was the most I’ve had to lose, and I did that before I started weight training. I had to drop my calories to around 1200 a day to do it. Since then I’ve more or less been able to […]

Nutty Coconut Granola

This simple granola recipe can be customised to suit whatever you have lying around. I don’t like my granola too sweet, and I like it very crunchy so I’ve used a little rice malt syrup as a sweetener & hemp seeds for extra crunch. You can use pretty much any liquid sweetener, e.g. agave, date […]

Supplements – what I take & why I take them

In a perfect world we wouldn’t need to supplement – all our nutrients would come from the food we eat. This isn’t always possible, however, due to factors such as dietary restrictions, cooking methods among others. My diet is vegetarian, and I avoid dairy as much as possible due to it’s impact on my skin, […]

Dark Chocolate Coconut Balls

These are so easy to make I can barely call it a recipe! They’re pretty dark, so if you’re not a fan of dark chocolate I would add more rice malt syrup & maybe some almond milk to make them a bit sweeter. Ingredients: 40g coconut oil 40g cocoa powder 40g rice malt syrup 40g […]