Festive Fit – More Tips & Hints for Christmas
Christmas is finally here!!
We don’t know about you lot, but we are SO ready for our Christmas day with family.
It’s important to take a break, rest and above all enjoy yourself.
You’ve worked hard all year round. Christmas is a time to celebrate and spend time with those we love. We are certainly not here to preach ‘don’t go near a mince pie!’ ‘Don’t touch a spud!’ … That would just be silly.
But as per our last blog ‘Festive Fit’, we ARE here with ideas and tips! From our family to yours..
Firstly we are going to commit a cardinal sin, by sharing with you Tom’s top secret recipe for Gingerbread Men!
Kids LOVE making them, and we promise you – you’re gonna LOVE eating them!
‘Pitfield Ginger Geezers’
• 1/2 cup melted and cooled butter
• 1/2 cup coconut sugar (or organic cane sugar)
• 3 tablespoons maple syrup
• 2 eggs, at room temperature
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 2 cups blanched almond flour
• 3/4 cup coconut flour
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 2 teaspoons ground ginger
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon allspice
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
1. Preheat oven to 180. Line a large baking sheet with grease proof paper.
2. In a large bowl, mix together melted and cooled butter, coconut sugar, maple syrup, eggs and vanilla extract.
3. Add in almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, spices and salt then mix well to form a dough; Let the dough rest for just a few minutes.
4. Place dough between two sheets of grease proof paper on a flat even surface. Roll out the dough so that it’s around 1/4 inch thick.
5. Use cookie cutters of Gingerbread men (or other shapes etc if you wish) to cut the dough out and then place each shape on your prepared baking sheet about an inch apart. Place on an un-greased baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finishing cooling. Makes about 15 medium sized cookies! Dust with icing sugar if desired- enjoy!
Christmas can be hectic. Before you lose your kids to their latest digital devices/fabulous new toys, have a little think about how you can keep your family active over the festive season. It’s fairly easy to keep them occupied over Christmas right?
It’s also important that you’re not all cooped up indoors for days on end. In this day in age it’s often difficult to get older children to put their mobile phones/ I Pads down.
Over the Summer, we had our cousins come to stay and we were faced with this problem! One is 8, the other 11. So, we came up with a great idea! A nature photography competition!
We went on a nice long walk in our local woods and had ourselves a little competition – who could take the best photographs on our journey. The kids loved it! A great way of keeping fit, being outside -and being creative!
Another idea we’ll be implementing over Christmas is our ‘Elf Scavenger’ hunt. It’s the same notion as an ‘Easter Egg’ hunt really. we hide little Christmas gifts all around the house and garden with clues at each hiding place.
Things like colouring books, pencils, our paleo gingerbread men, plain baubles that the kids can then decorate, Christmas envelopes and paper to write to Father Christmas etc- again very low budget but keeps the kids busy in mind and body!
For parents with babies still in prams/buggy’s- walks and ‘Hench Momma’ workouts are ideal for you. Walking lunges with the pram, hill sprints etc.
Any questions? Email us! We will try answer your questions in our blogs.
Have a wonderful Christmas and wishing you all a happy new year. 2018 will rock!
Stay happy, Stay healthy, and dream BIG!