These are the perfect (low/no sugar) sweet treat for both you and your little ones!
I was dubious when making these but they turned out far better than I expected, apart from the fact that I didn’t quite have the correct cutters for the first batch…I will make some more tomorrow and change the picture to my own!!!
½ Cup Butter/ Coconut Oil
½ Cup Maple Syrup
1 Cup Ground Almonds
1 Cup Rice Flour
½ Cup Shredded/Desiccated Coconut unsweetened
¼ tsp almond extract
Approx ¼ Cup Raspberry or Strawberry Jam (obviously the Jam has sugar in unless you make your own or buy sugar free!)
Makes approx 14
Melt the butter or oil in a small pan with the maple syrup. Leave to cool slightly. Combine the rice flour, ground almonds and shredded coconut in a mixing bowl and pour over the liquid mixture. Add a pinch of sea salt and the almond extract. Combine thoroughly, it will seem quite wet and sticky but have faith!
Using cling film or parchment paper, place the dough in the middle, on a rolling surface, and cover with another layer of film, rollout to approx 5mm thick.
Cut out rounds with a cookie cutter, and make small heart shapes in half of them. Be careful they may seem bendy and fragile now.
Bake on a lined sheet for 8-10 minutes at 180 until turning golden then cool on a wire rack when they will crisp up nicely.
Teaspoon a little jam on the heartless cookies spreading around the centre evenly. Then cover with a heart holed one, creating a sandwich of almond jamminess.
Recipe credit: @lizzieloveshealthy
(**Unless for a medical reason you have been advised not to by your healthcare provider, pain limits you or baby is in a non-optimal position after 30 weeks)
Squats have multiple benefits including:
-Improved pelvic floor strength
-Strength for active birth positions
-Preparation for labour
-A peachy looking butt
How to squat…
-Start with your feet hip width apart and your toes pointed slightly outwards.
-Engage your pelvic floor and deep tummy muscles before you start.
-Bend your knees and push your butt, and your hips, out and down behind you as if you were sitting onto a chair (you can put a chair behind you if you are worried about actually falling backwards).
-Keep your weight on your heels.
-Bring your arms up in front of you as you squat down.
-Make sure your knees are over your toes, but not beyond them.
-Aim to try and get your thighs parallel to the floor but don’t panic if you can’t get this low.
-Keep your torso upright and your back straight.
-Straighten you legs and squeeze your butt to lift back up, bringing your arms back down by your side.
-Try to breathe in on your way down and out on your way up.
-Repeat regularly. 20 whilst brushing your teeth, 10 whilst the kettle boils your cuppa, 5 whilst you are stood at the photocopier, 20 whilst you brush your teeth again and BOOM thats 55 in one day!
P.S. Squats are amazing postnatally too and all of the above applies the same!