A HEALTHY EQUESTRIAN…
Today we welcome vet student and healthy foodie Sharmila to the blog family.
We have invited this talented lady to share with us her story, love for healthy treats, and delicious recipes that we can all cook and take with us down to the stables. The healthy rider series is about promoting a well balanced and nutritional lifestyle for our equestrians. I hear you when you say that your super busy so here is a recipe for you to enjoy, keep you happy, and energised.
WELCOME SHARMILA <3
Hi, I’m Sharmila, a third year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine student. My veterinary journey began five years ago with an Animal Science degree and a transition into the vet degree. For me, and many of my fellow vet students, we remember the dream held by our young, childhood-self of wanting to become a veterinarian. The dream of saving every creature, great and small. And this dream, now closer to reality, is truly abundant with rewarding and lifelong experiences. But it can also be stressful and emotionally taxing. Vets tend to be high achievers with a passion to meet the needs of others before our own. Vets deal with demanding and grieving clients and witness upsetting and sometimes, horrific situations.
I am writing this to highlight the importance of balancing a healthy work ethic and self-care – by finding happiness in activities or indulgences that we love. For me, baking and writing are a reliable outlet of enjoyment. They help me cope with my health and mindset. I tend to be intense with things that interest me, particularly with my studies but also with my body image. As a result, I struggled with my relationship with food over the past few years. It was at a Mental Health First Aid course in the second year of my degree that kick-started my love for baking and prompted me to pursue my newly adopted health journey.
For me, cooking and sharing the photos of my food creations is my relaxation time and my constant journey of self-care and self-appreciation. The key lies in balancing acts of listening to your body, surrounding yourself with positive, loving people and discovering the joy in the things that make you happy.
Now that I’ve explored the sensitive topics, I think it’s appropriate that you stuff your face with this recipe.
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Slice
Ingredients for 16 slice
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup wholemeal plain flour
½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking sodaWet Ingredients
1 large banana
1 tablespoons melted coconut oil
½ cup natural, unsalted peanut butter
¼ cup sugar or 1/2 cup maple syrup (or honey if not vegan)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 tablespoons soy milk
⅓ cup chocolate chips (plus extra to melt and drizzle on top if desired)
⅓ cup chopped peanuts
Method Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F) and line a square baking pan with parchment paper.
- Mix the dry ingredients: flour, oats, coconut, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda together in a large bowl
2. In a separate bowl, mash one banana and combine with the coconut oil, peanut butter, soy milk, sugar and vanilla.
3. Pour the wet ingredients in two batches to the larger bowl with the flour-mix and fold until just combined
4. The mixture should appear “doughy”, that is, thick and hard to mix. If it is too runny or not quite thick, add more oats or flour.
5. Fold in chocolate chips and peanuts
6. Transfer dough into the baking pan and spread evenly. Pack down the dough with a spatula so it holds tightly in the square dish.
7. Bake for 20-30 minutes until the top is golden brown.
8. Place on a cooling rack for 1 hour before slicing into desired sizes.
Thanks Sharmila we look forward to what you have in the kitchen for us next week 🙂