Hello! I don’t know about you, but I think this year is flying by. One minute it’s winter and now, as the days are longer and warmer, we are enjoying spring and all the exciting things it brings!
Every time I come to the Club, it is great to see the trees and flowers in full bloom and hear the birds singing. So far this year I’ve seen wild bluebells, daffodils, herons, geese, swans and this month, a patch of rare Early Purple Orchids. I’ve been told that the ones we have growing wild at the Club are one of the largest groups in Cornwall, so we’ve been careful not to cut them when we’ve mowed the grass!
Of course, leaving nature to grow is just one thing we do at China Fleet to help our environment. The Club is totally committed to sustainability and always looking for ways to improve. Plus, we’re proud to work with the Cornwall Wildlife Trust and the RSPB.
Did you know that walking outdoors increases your levels of serotonin, the body’s natural mood stabilizer because you expose yourself to sunshine. Serotonin helps reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. Sunlight also increases your vitamin D intake, another mood enhancer. Why not take a walk in our grounds and as well as all these positive benefits, experience the wonderful wildlife we have at the Club for yourself! Our Woodland nature trail that runs alongside the Tamar Estuary is a great way to see even more wildlife and your 4 legged friends can join in the fun too!
Sea Salt Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bars – a great post walking snack!
Incredible no-bake peanut butter chocolate protein bars with a sprinkle of sea salt. These pack over 7g of protein! Gluten free and vegan friendly. You must try one!
120g peanut butter
2 tablespoons coconut oil
85g cup honey (or use coconut palm syrup if vegan)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
80g cup of your favourite chocolate protein powder
60g cup rolled oats, gluten free, if desired
1 tablespoon chia seeds
For the topping
3 tablespoons chocolate chips or 85% dark chocolate, dairy free if desired
1 teaspoon coconut oil
Sea salt, for sprinkling on top
- Heat peanut butter, coconut oil, honey and vanilla in a saucepan over a very low heat.
- Remove from heat and stir in protein powder until smooth, then fold in oats and chia seeds.
- Place in a 8×4 inch loaf pan lined with parchment paper.
- Add chocolate and coconut oil in a small saucepan and place over low heat until melted.
- Drizzle over the tops of the bars and tilt pan to cover completely (or a nice thick drizzle will do). Sprinkle with sea salt.
- Place in fridge for 1 hour before removing from pan and cutting into 10 squares. Store bars in fridge tightly wrapped or in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
When you have finished your walk take some time to enter our giveaway for the chance to win your very own copy of ‘A Friend To Nature – Activities and inspiration to connect with the wild world’ a beautifully illustrated children’s book.
Celebrate the natural world and discover ways to save the bees, feed the birds and lots of other fun activities that will connect you with nature on your doorstep.
Stay active. Live. Better.