Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. So what’s caught our eyes and ears this week?
Recipe of the Week
We are big fans of chocolate at team FINDRA, but what do you do when you’re overloaded with Easter eggs? It’s a tough one, we know! So to help mix things up a bit, team FINDRA’s Carol has introduced us to the joys of chocolate energy balls. They’re the perfect snack for a busy lifestyle or taking on an adventure, so long as it’s not too hot!
For 18 energy balls, you’ll need:
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 15 Medjool dates, pitted (1.5 cups)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1/. Place the almonds into a blender and process on high until you’ve created a fine almond meal, but not to the point of a paste.
2/. Add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor and process on high until everything is combined. Add one or two teaspoons of water if necessary.
3/. Scoop a heaped tablespoon of dough into your hands and roll into a ball. Roll the ball in shredded coconut and place on a baking sheet. Repeat until dough is all used up!
4/. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 10-15 minutes and then transfer balls to a freezer safe bag and store in the freezer. They can be stored for up to 3 months if you don’t take them on your adventures straight away.
Adventure of the Week
Recently, our brand ambassador Graham Kelly spent three days out running in the Atlas Mountains. You can run or hike the Tizi N’Trail, and with only 150 competitors, it’s quite exclusive compared to other multi-day events such as the Marathon des Sables. We caught up with Graham upon his return and we’re in awe of his adventure and may have to sign up next year ourselves!
He encountered everything from a sand storm to a rain storm with those three days and nights, alongside actually running through some incredible scenery.
I like stage races. Everyone gets their own challenge and adventure but gets back together each night to share tales around the camp/bivouac. These can be the simple two or three-day mountain marathons or longer more exotic affairs overseas.
Camp life was enhanced by some local kids coming to sing to the runners – no matter where in the world you go, the kids are the same with an infectious curiosity and acceptance of strangers – we could learn a lot from them.
To check out the whole race report, click here.
Book of the Week
Twisting a narrative around his own family history whilst exploring the importance of man-made shelters, Dan Richards’s book, Outpost, is quite possibly one of our favourite books out just now.
Clever, funny and fascinating, this book takes you to the wild places where man-made shelters provide isolation and adventure. You’ll be swept along from Scotland to Japan in search of what draws people to the wilderness. The blurb says all you need to know:
“There are still wild places out there on our crowded planet. Through a series of personal journeys, Dan Richards explores teh appeal of far-flung outposts in mountains, tundra, forests, oceans and deserts. These are landscapes that speak of deep time, whose scale can knock us down to size. Their untamed nature is part of their beauty and such places have long drawn the adventurous, the spiritual and the artistic.”
It was only released this month, so get your copy soon!
Music of the Week
We’re building a FINDRA Community Playlist over on Spotify, bringing you music of a rather eclectic variety! From classic dance tunes to lesser-known indie songs, we hope there’s something new in there for you. If you’ve got a favourite you’d like to hear in the playlist, drop us a tweet!
If you’ve ever been curious about the Himalayas, and in particular Mount Everest, this atmospheric anthem will stir your mind full of adventure! The song is based on the 1953 film ‘The Conquest of Everest’, which told the story of Hillary, Tensing et al’s successful ascent of the tallest mountain in the world.
Whatever you’re up to this week, friends, remember to find your everyday adventure.
Love, Team FINDRA x