texans always seem to know best when it comes to food and I’m not just talking about that fried chicken and waffle or meat stack they’ve slapped on the grill. Oh no. I’m talking the Texans that know that good food doesn’t always have to be naughty. I sneakily stole this recipe from a good friend who is one of the best Southern Chicken cookers I know, but equally a 100kg+ squatter who’s serious about his gym-time. 
I was recently whisked into A&E with appendicitis, undergoing emergency surgery for the blighter which kept me bed-bound for the best of two weeks, until I gently started walking again unaided. My PB for my step-counter on day one post-bed rest was nine steps. NINE. With a flourish of flowers, chocolates (plus luxury hot chocolate) and cards sent to my address and my parents kindly buying me blocks of Dairy Milk Whole Nut for which my hand-to-mouth action got exceptionally good, it dawned on me that the lack of regular spin, weight and run sessions were not balancing out the comfort food I was so badly craving. 

Something needed to drastically change if I wasn’t going to be gymming any time soon. I have a vague recollection of the GX Crew coming to visit me on day three post-op with my favourite brunch from The Food Room in Highgate in a brown cardboard box. Poached eggs, avocado, sweet potato hash, halloumi, mushroom, red pepper hummus on toast and spinach. Trust me, it’s the bomb! Whilst knocked out on morphine, codeine and the aftermath of anaesthetic, and with my appetite next to nothing, I savoured what I could and saved the rest for my evening meal. But more so, I missed their company and our regular Saturday morning catch-ups after smashing legs in the gym. I was itching to get back on track, but unfortunately it will be a little while until I’m back on form again. 

I remembered said Texan bringing me a sample of this delicious paleo bread one Saturday after our session a while back and eating it toasted with a helping of crunchy almond butter. It’s the ultimate alternative to regular bread and is low-carb and protein-fuelled making it the ideal guilt-free snack. The almonds give it moisture and some flavour but it’s bland enough to top it with your choice of savoury or sweet toppings. In my current condition, I’m hoping it’ll get me back on track sooner rather than later so I can join the crew and own leg day! 

Paleo Bread
Makes 1 small loaf (double recipe if you want bigger slices)
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 1/4 cup ground almonds
1/4 cup chia seeds
5 eggs
4 tbsp melted coconut oil
1 tbsp cider vinegar
few pinches salt
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1. Preheat the oven to 350F/180C. 
2. Blend all the dry ingredients together in one bowl, and blend all the wet ingredients together in another. 
3. Combine the wet and dry ingredients.
4. Pour into a loaf tip and smooth the top.
5. Bake for 40-50mins until slightly browned on top.
6. Let cool before slicing and enjoying! 
Recipe from the Health Extremist 
September 11, 2017



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