Vegan chocolate pudding recipe

This is the first of a few chocolate pudding recipes I’ll be sharing.

KISS (keep it simple, stupid) is the principle I try to adopt in the kitchen. The less steps – and ingredients – needed significantly reduces my chances of ruining a recipe (I can’t tell you how many times a ‘fudge’ has turned into ‘slop’ on my watch).

While  a chocolate/dessert fiend, I’ve never been convinced by chocolate desserts based on avocados or zucchini. Here I opted for the traditional banana and cacao powder to make a chocolate pudding that dreams are made of.

It feels like I’m cheating to share a recipe that’s as simple as this, but it tastes great and that’s all that matters, right? View Post

Carrie Bickmore Women's Health cover

Get it girl!

Carrie Bickmore is proving you can do it all (…if you dial back the Lazy Betch levels) with her latest Women’s Health Australia feature.

The multi-talented, mother-of-two has had well documented periods of struggle and heartbreak, has revealed how she used exercise can to help keep her psychological wellbeing on track, all whilst juggling the heavy demands of her personal and professional lives.

“During tougher periods in my life, sometimes the only release I had was putting my headphones in and going for a walk or run. Or grabbing a friend, going to a class together and having fun,” Bickmore revealed.

‘I feel more tired if I haven’t worked out than when I exercise regularly, even if I’ve got a busy schedule. Exercise is one of those things I try not to let go of because I end up in a place where I’m not motivated and feeling flat.”

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If you needed an excuse to skip that yoga class tonight, I’ve got great news for you: a recently published study has revealed yoga may not be the wonderful, cure-all exercise we all thought it was.

Let me get this out of the way upfront: I am not yoga’s biggest fan. Not even close. I’m terrible, not flexible and I struggle. Badly. It’s a great mental exercise, but not necessarily one I need to battle regularly.

The University of Sydney conducted a study into the impact of yoga, following 350 people across two yoga studios in New York City. The study found that yoga caused musculoskeletal pain – mostly in the arms – in more than 10% of participants (I feel their pain), and exacerbated 21% of the participants’ injuries.

“Yoga may be a bit more dangerous than previously thought,” the lead researcher, Associate Professor Evangelos Pappas, said.

“Our study found that the incidence of pain caused by yoga is more than 10% per year, which is comparable to the rate of all sports injuries combined among the physically active population.”

New pain predominantly presented through shoulders, elbows, wrists and hands, likely to be because we’re just not naturally predisposed to supporting a lot of weight with our upper bodies.

It wasn’t all bad news, however, with 74% of participants reporting that yoga helped relieve lower back and neck pain.

Image via Farsai C.

Serena Williams Vanity Fair feature

While the tennis world may be a bit bland with the GOAT off the circuit for at least a year, Serena’s life has been anything but.

After winning her record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam WHILE EIGHT WEEKS PREGNANT at this year’s Australian Open (…let that sink in for a minute), Serena’s been living her best life. Jet-setting around the globe, launching her own online fashion store, board meeting after board meeting, product launches and red carpets.

In true Serena fashion, however, she hasn’t let that slow her down or keep her from becoming an even greater GOAT, if that’s possible. She’s kept her place on the (practice) courts during her pregnancy and her coach even hinted at a possible return in time for the 2018 Australian Open (please, Lord, let this happen).

Now, in an incredible and wide-ranging interview with Vanity Fair, Serena has confirmed what we’re all hoping: she’ll return to the court as soon as possible – hopefully in January – telling Vanity Fair that she doesn’t “think [her] story is over yet.”

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Beer Yoga

As a true Lazy Betch, this is a confusing idea to try to wrap my head around.

Heading to the pub with mates? Check.

Sinking a few beers? Sure.

Catching a yoga class while you’re there? I’m not too sure.

I’m loathed to call it a craze, but beer yoga classes are sweeping the globe, with the latest popping up in London. It just seems like a lot of work, if I’m being honest. Yoga is hard enough on its own: not looking like an idiot, not falling over, not laughing out loud at yourself, holding poses without doing all of the aforementioned things. They’re all things that are hard to master. Add in balancing and drinking a beer? I’ve got no hope.

If you’re a little more ambitious than me and think this is right up your alley, watch the video from Funzing in the UK and then Google to find a local class, I guess? Or just get limber at the pub this Saturday night. Either/or.

Image via Funzing UK