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Banana Coconut Flapjack Heaven

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Banana Coconut Flapjack Heaven

One beautiful day Debbie though she will clear her seed cupboard....as a result we got most delicious flapjacks ever!

ingredients you will need:

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 4 tablespoons honey/agave syrup (ideally syrup - leave bees be)
  • 4 tablespoons nut butter of your choice
  • 200g oats
  • 100g raisins or dried cranberries
  • 75g shredded coconut
  • handful sunflower seeds
  • handful pumpkin seeds
  • 50g chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil melted
  • toasted coconut flakes


Pre-heat the oven 200c (fan oven 180c)

First peel the bananas and mash them in a large mixing bowl. Add the honey and nut butter or your choice and mix well. Now add all the dry ingredients and lastly the coconut oil. Mix well and spread in a greased and lined 20cm square brownie tin. Sprinkle toasted coconut flakes over the top.

Bake for 30 minutes. Allow to cool in the tin before cutting into 16 squares.

Tell us how did you like yours? info@wandertreat.com 

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Most yummy retreat!

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Most yummy retreat!

Debbie if our amazing food magician. She can flick her fingers and create most delicious, full of flavour and colours dishes. Let's see what she thinks about a yoga retreat...

What was your favourite thing and why?

I have so many amazing memories from my first yoga retreat I co-hosted last September in Elie. Relaxing with the guests in the lounge on arrival I knew instantly we were in for a great weekend. There were so many amazing things we enjoyed together full of fun and laughter. From having photographs taken on a sunny day in the beautiful grounds to having more photographs taken the next day doing crazy yoga poses with a group of amazing women holding me up in splits! Whilst preparing lunch throwing my apron off and a second later heading off to the beach for a walk with everyone, as we had collectively decided getting out in the fresh air was what we needed and lunch could happen 2 hours later! Sleeping on the top bunk for the first time in around 45 years because my roommate was scared of heights! Making connections and new friendships. Switching off from technology because the phone signal was rubbish!

What inspired your food?

I’ve always loved cooking ever since I was a teenager. Today my cooking is inspired by my desire to take care of my body in the best way I can; this includes regular yoga practice, exercise classes and cooking foods from scratch using the best possible ingredients. Removing refined sugar and all processed foods from my diet have made such a difference to how I feel as well as my energy levels. I love experimenting with new healthy and wholesome ingredients and cook with lots of grains, pulses, seeds and nuts. I still bake cakes and treats, but much healthier versions! I gain so much pleasure from cooking and sharing what I have cooked with others, as well as showing how they can cook in this way too. My cooking is inspired by Ella Woodward (Deliciously Ella), Kimberly Parsons (The Yoga Kitchen) and Bear Grylls (Fuel for Life). A selection of my cookery books are always on hand for people to browse and chat with me about the recipes they may want to try.

Why do you love yoga retreats?

Yoga retreats are so special, offering an opportunity to truly relax and recharge your batteries. Everything is taken care of allowing you to switch off from the usual responsibilities and stresses and indulge in some well deserved me time. Spending the weekend with a small group of like minded people who engage, support and inspire one another can feel very uplifting and leave you feeling refreshed. There’s something unique, perhaps powerful even about the yoga and the yoga space when your mind and body are so relaxed. I often reflect on the yoga retreats I’ve attended and when I take myself back to the yoga and the yoga space I instantly feel comforted and relaxed.

Hosting a yoga retreat is special too...an honour and privilege to be able to nourish and care for those attending through my delicious food prepared with love.

Why Treescape was so unique and special?

Treescape really is a true home from home where you can instantly feel comfortable and relaxed. The house is spacious, but still small enough to feel cosy and offers a feeling of togetherness for the group. Everything you could ever need is right there with some special little luxuries too that make if feel even more indulgent, such as an area on the landing to chill and read a book! The kitchen met all my expectations and more, making it a fabulous space to busy myself preparing food. The grounds and garden area are so peaceful just to sit in and relax, enjoy some outdoor yoga or have a little wander to stretch your legs.

What did you think about the area?

The East Neuk of Fife offer fabulous walks along the Fife Costal Path and Elie itself boasts a gorgeous beach worth exploring whatever the weather. Walking around Elie gives a sense of being away from it all without having to travel too far from home. There are several little gift shops and coffee shops too, if like me you need real barista coffee to help you function at your best! The Ardross Farm shop is worth a visit as well as nearby Bowhouse whee they often have food festivals.

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Your yoga retreat experience - interview with Lisa

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Your yoga retreat experience - interview with Lisa

We are just back from the Barcelona retreat and can't wait to show you our pictures.  Lisa who attended the retreat is sharing today her experience ❤ 

What was your favourite thing about the retreat and why?

For me, it was the connections and friendships made with the other ladies on the retreat.  I loved that we had yoga in common among our very different lives.  We shared something about ourselves every evening over dinner as well as during our yoga practice.  There was a really sense of connection which grew over the days we spent together. 

How did you like the idea of active holiday - using yoga as a way to energise and prepare you for the day and restorative yoga to wind down and relax

The yoga teaching was excellent, very well prepared and thought out. The energising yoga in the morning woke us all up quickly and pleasantly, and I felt proud of myself for achieving challenging poses whilst the restorative yoga in the evening took away aches and pains from any walking and activities during the day.  The evening yoga also encouraged a lot of contemplation and rest, and therefore felt luxurious and special.  

What did you think about the city tour? Was it a good idea? Did you see & learned about the city more than if you did yourself? 

The city tour was interesting thanks to the expertise of the tour guide, who seemed to be passionate about history and about educating people.  It definitely helped me learn more about the city in a historical way, and added a new layer of interest.  I would not have had that perspective without the tour, and it's made me have a new appreciation for Barcelona and Spain as a whole.  

What did you think about Aire de Barcelona (Ancient Baths)

The Ancient Baths were incredible!  I would never dream of doing something like that normally. it was absolute indulgence. It felt like a different world and the experiences offered were great fun - the hot and cold baths and the freezing cold plunge pool to help enliven the body, then the rapid jacuzzi for sore muscles and the best of all - the sea salt pool to encourage floating and complete rest. It was Heaven. And I loved that the staff were so intuitive to our needs.  They provided everything, but their attention was unobtrusive.  

How did you feel about you finished your Aire de Barcelona experience

I thought that having it on the first day just a few hours after we arrived was the perfect way to set us up for the rest of the retreat. My energy levels switched immediately to calmness and I felt prepared.  It changed my mindset from frantic business into me-time.    

What did you think of the food? Did you inspire you to try new yummy recipes? 

The food definitely took me out of my comfort zone but in a fantastic way.  I have tried more different foods over the weekend than I have in years.  I normally hate cooking but it's inspired me to try many new things. My stomach feels better too and I've learnt more lots about my digestion and am now seeing food as medicine. I still can't believe we had vegan tacos made from banana skins! It was yummy. I now love coconut and soya milk, and have realised there are lots of veggie alternatives of foods I normally enjoy.  It was wonderful having the Las Ramblas market so close by too.  (Boqueria?) 

What did you learn? Was it an inspirational experience? 

The most important thing I learned is that the world will not end if I take time for myself.  I learned that art is very important to me, as I had time to visit the Picasso Museum and La  Sagrada Familia. Although I'm used to journalling and self-help, I felt very cared for and guided by Daria, who genuinely wants us to be the best we can be.  She is inspirational.  I drew strength from the belief she had in us.  It was a very nurturing weekend which pushed us to love ourselves more and try new things.  Thanks Daria ❤ 

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A letter from Debbie | Yoga Retreat for Foodies

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A letter from Debbie | Yoga Retreat for Foodies

I’m really looking forward to cooking for you during our Yoga Retreat for Foodies in a few of weeks. I’ve been planning the menus and feel really excited about preparing truly delicious nourishing food to share.

My love of cooking started almost 40 years ago when I learned cooking skills in home economic lessons at high school. My mum had never been keen on cooking, so my new interest and love of cooking meant I started to prepare our family meals on a regular basis. I would make buffets for parties and have made a few wedding and other celebration cakes over the years. Baking was always my great love with scones, cakes and chocolate brownies being my most popular bakes.

A number of years ago, during a difficult period in my life when I was very stressed I also became unwell with physical health issues. It was during my recovery from these health issues just over 2 years ago I attended my first yoga class. I very quickly developed a love for yoga and how it made me feel. I also decided to change my diet and began cooking in a more healthy way, focussing on the nutritional aspect of food. I gradually changed my diet, starting by cutting out refined sugar and processed foods, then began reducing meat and introducing more fish. I continued to make gradual changes as I learned more about food and nutrition. I didn’t count calories and never weighed myself and still don’t. It wasn’t about losing weight it was about how I felt. My confidence and self esteem were low and I didn’t like my body, to be honest I had never liked my body.

I really enjoyed cooking new dishes and experimenting with new recipes using more vegetables, grains, beans and pulses. I didn’t stop baking, but learned how to bake using dates, bananas and honey instead of refined sugars. It’s interesting how your taste buds change and now I wouldn’t be able to eat anything loaded with sugar, I just wouldn’t enjoy it. I still love chocolate, but eat good quality dark chocolate. As a result of my new lifestyle, which included lots of yoga and group fitness class at DP Wellbeing my body shape changed…this was a gradual process over a period time. I now wear clothes several sizes smaller than I did previously and I love my body, both how it feels on the inside and how it looks on the outside!

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The food I prepare at home is inspired mainly by Ella Woodward (Deliciously Ella) and Bear Grylls. I absolutely love Bear Grylls book ‘Fuel for Life’ and have learned so much from this book. 

I’m not strictly vegetarian, vegan or gluten free but I do cook this way most of the time. I use lots of herbs and spices in my cooking, it’s really amazing the flavours that develop with fresh herbs and spices. 

The food I will be cooking during for the retreat will be vegan based and a couple of the recipes will also come from a vegetarian cook book ‘The Yoga Kitchen’ by Kimberly Parsons. There is no definition of what a superfood is and there’s no official list of superfoods, but here are some of my superfoods I will be using over the weekend - hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, maca powder, honey, avocados, garlic, ginger, turmeric, berries, oats, nuts, broccoli, kale and spinach. I love Bear Gryll’s definition of superfoods “nutrient-dense food, very high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which have heath-boosting properties and provide exceptional health benefits” and you can be sure that’s exactly what you will enjoy during the retreat!

 

XoXo Debbie

 

You can read a little bit more about Debbie and her story here. This year we have two Yoga for Foodies Retreat in Elie - check both of them here

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A MAGICAL ELIXIR FOR CLEANSING

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A MAGICAL ELIXIR FOR CLEANSING

3 Easy Ways To Get Started

The greatest journeys start with a single step.  Here are 3 ways to start small and build it from there:

1) Put your phone on airplane mode an hour before going to bed

2) Turn your emails off around 8pm and don’t turn them on until you get to the work the next day

3) Spike up you digestion by drinking a beverage with lemon first thing in the morning, at least 30 min before breakfast. This will stimulate digestion and elimination. You can either drink a glass of warm water with ¼ to ½ of fresh lemon juice or prepare this:

Magical Elixir

Juice of ½ lemon or lime
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp honey
Pinch cayenne
Small cup of warm water

Stir together, sip slowly then step out into the day!

Becoming more conscious of the habitual patterns that deplete your energy and build toxins in you body and mind will add new depth to the detoxification process and make it more successful.

Read more on MFML's website.

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serious questions - serious answers

oh I haven’t been here for a while…because for the last 8 weeks I have been concentrating all my energy on developing a new business: DP Wellbeing, that I share with Philip McIntosh, my partner in crime and life. Every now and then life stops us from running blankly ahead and forces us to make some serious decisions. Two months ago I was forced to sit down and answer some of the questions that have been bothering me for a while: do I want to jump of the cliff, take a leap of faith and open my own business or do I want to play safe and work for other people? What are my true passions? Where do I want to be: Dundee, Asia, Oz, US, somewhere where 100mph wind doesn’t blow in your face every day? How the hell should I do it? Where to start? OMG it's so expensive! When? Now?! Well, I've just spent 3 months in Asia, spent all my savings on diving, yoga, boxing and a hell of a lot of other stuff, haven’t got a job, I may as well JUST DO IT! (I may also have a lawsuit from Nike coming my way for using their marketing strategy)

Making this decision was as hard as putting it into practice, two months later and this is the first Friday afternoon when I can genuinely admit that I am sitting on my sofa, with a cup of tea and home made raw, gf brownie and I am not worrying, stressing, doing ‘to do’ lists or terrorising Phil that ‘we have so much to do!'. It’s been as hard as rewarding time and there is much more to come! 

Sometimes you just need to sit down, create and then achieve your own unique, and very bold personal vision of your life and your career. And yes, you can turn something that used to be your hobby and passion into a business. Here’s to another adventure!

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