Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Workout Wednesday: Inner Thighs

Hello!! I am super busy today but so this is a super quick blog post! But as its Wednesday I couldn't let you guys down and not give you a new workout because after all it is Workout Wednesday!!


Todays workout has been plucked from my Fitness Favourites Pinterest Board. The perfect place to keep all the fitness stuff I find from around the web, go check it out there is loads of great stuff on there! Now for lots of women, myself included, the inner thighs can be a bitch to get thin. The workout below is great for thinning those stubborn thighs : ) 


Perform each exercise for 3 sets of 15 reps and remember to always warm up first and cool down after.


As always I would love to know if you try one of my Workout Wednesday workouts, so leave a comment and tell me how ya did with this one or any of the others! 

Monday, 14 April 2014

Recipe: Almond Raspberry Bites

Ooooooo I have a treat for you today! Its time to share a rather delicious recipe with you which can be enjoyed by all the family well as long as they like almonds and raspberries that is! 


A little while ago the lovely people over at OXO sent me this cool 3 Piece Berry Bowl and Colander Set. I had a mission in front of me to make use of this set and come up with something tasty to make that included berries......hmmm not to hard for someone that is only too happy to bake! I saw this fabulous recipe a little while ago and new I just had to recreate it, this being the perfect opportunity! The only difference's was I used vanilla essence instead of almond extract and I made them into bigger cookies bites.........


Ingredients:

3 cups Almond Meal
18 Fresh Raspberries
¼ tsp Kosher Salt
½ tsp Baking Soda
1/3 cup Honey
2 Tbl Liquid Coconut Oil
½ tsp Vanilla Essence
1 Egg
  Sliced Almonds
1 tsp Cinnamon


Method:

1. Preheat the oven to a medium heat and line a large baking tray with parchment paper.

2. Rinse raspberries under the tap in your OXO Berry Colander then leave to dry off.

3. Put the almond flour, salt and baking soda in a large bowl and mix until combined.

4. Add the oil, honey, vanilla extract and egg to a smaller bowl and combine.

5. Add wet ingredients to dry and using a fork mix together until it becomes a soft dough.

6. Place dough in the fridge for 10 minutes to firm up to make it easier to work with.


7. Once the dough is ready take small amounts and flatten out on your hand, place a raspberry in the middle then fold round the dough round it. Without crushing the berry make a small ball then place on the tray and continue until all the dough is used up.

8. It is a good idea to keep a wet cloth close by as your hands will get sticky and need wiping. Once you have made all the bits wet each one with a little water and place some sliced almonds on top then sprinkle with cinnamon.

9. Bake for 13-15 minutes then when browned remove from the oven and cool for 5-10 minutes.

10. Enjoy!


These turned out perfectly and everyone that tried them gave a big thumbs up and said how tasty they are, these are definitely being put on the make again list! They are not too sweet either which is what I really liked about them and that burst of raspberry in the middle is just awesome : )


So what did I think of the OXO Berry Colander?? Well I think, like all the OXO stuff I have tried, its great. I love the colour, the non slip base which is very handy when you have a marble counter top, the fact I can rinse the berries leave them to drip in the bottom bowl and cover them while being out on the side. Its a great piece of kitchen equipment, is BPA free and at £15 its a good price also. If your in the market for a new colander you can't go far wrong with this one : )

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Super Tasty Sweet Potato and Garlic Mushroom Pancake!!

Well I've had a fab weekend, enjoyed the sun, eaten good food and hung out with friends, definitely can't complain! Todays post is another onslaught of foodie pictures that have been on my phone and not yet shared and as its quite late I will keep it short and sweet. I do have an awesome sweet potato pancake recipe to share with you also : )


Coffee, coffee coffee, how I love it so and I love it even more with a teaspoon of Coconom's coconut sugar.......so good! 


I've been getting into my smoothie groove with Laura's green smoothie challenge, they actually green as you will see later in the post! 


I have been loving the sunshine all week, especially today its been beautiful!


This is one of my favourite combos but I don't have it very often so it was a real treat, chopped apple topped with cottage cheese, seeds and cinnamon 


SEE this is definitely green! It was also delicious I whizzed up some spinach, frozen mango, soy milk, 1/2 avocado, banana, matcha and a little water then topped with coconut and seeds


Another simple snack bowl of chopped apple, natural yogurt, sliced almonds, cinnamon and a drizzle of honey


Ooooooo and here it is the most delicious sweet potato and garlic mushroom pancake!! Wow I could eat this every other day of the week it was so good and here's how to make it so you can try it too:

You need:
1 small sweet potato, peeled and steamed/microwaved
2 eggs
4-5 small mushrooms
1 garlic clove
coconut oil for frying
salt and pepper to season

To make:
Cook your sweet potato by either chopping and steaming or in the microwave. While the potato cooks put a frying pan over a low heat and add some coconut oil, once its melted add a crushed garlic clove. Chop the mushrooms into little slices (I cut mine really small so they went crispy) then add to the pan. Once the potato is soft put it in a bowl and mash till smooth then mix in the 2 eggs and some salt and pepper. Fry the mushrooms until they start to crisp then pour over the potato and egg mix, shake the pan a little to make sure the batter is spread evenly then leave to brown. The pancake will firm up and start to bubble when the underside is done. You will need to use a large spatular to turn this pancake as its pretty heavy and will break without it. Flip it over and cook for another minute or so then serve with either salad or veggies. Enjoy!


Today after a coffee I did a core workout followed by a run then came home and enjoyed another green smoothie, very green and very tasty! 


Then me and Dale took his sisters dog for a walk round some local woods, the weather was glorious and we had a fab day : )

Ok breath.......wow that was an onslaught of info and pictures for you so on that note I shall say goodbye!

Question:

What did you do over the weekend, was it sunny for you too?

Friday, 11 April 2014

My Three Favourite Foodie Blogs

Hi all, hope your having a good week the sun has been glorious in my neck of the woods which has been lovely. I have been busy with clients and Coconom so this past few days have flown by and we are nearly at the weekend again! 

I have also been loving reading all the blogs I follow and whilst doing so I thought I would share my top three favourite foodie blogs, the ones I can't miss and look forward to reading on a daily basis or whenever they have a new post.  Each one of these blogs write great posts and if you don't already follow then you should! 

The Iron You


I have followed Mike's blog, The Iron You, for a long time now and look forward to his recipes and health and fitness posts. Mike is a triathlete and nows how to eat well, his recipes are awesome and I want to dive into all of his photos head first and eat eat eat! Most of the recipes Mike posts are gluten free, vegan or paleo which is usually perfect for me and he really knows how to dress up a photo to make you wish you were his friend and got to go round, hang out and eat with him : )



Above, one of Mike's creations which looks and sounds awesome. I love the idea of using cauliflower in place of bread. I have tried a cauliflower pizza base which I loved and next on the list are these hot pockets and the cheesy garlic cauliflower bread, yum! So if you haven't already go check out Mike's blog and start pinning you need his recipes in your life!

Wallflower Girl


Next up is Aimee's blog Wallflower Girl, I only discovered this wonderful blog a little while ago and I am hooked! The recipes are fab and again this girl nows how to take a picture plus the flavour combos she uses are my favourites, I can't get enough! She is very creative not just with her recipes but with crafts and floral creations which makes her blog a joy to read : )



The above recipe I just had to share, lemon had got to be my favourite flavour to add to cakes, cookies, savoury foods and so on and these cookies look delightful. Lemon curd was always my go to spread when I was little so these cookies need to be in life, gotta make them but I am not sure they will look as pretty! I think you should all go say hi to Aimee, I'm pretty sure you will become obsessed like I have : )

Keeping Healthy Getting Stylish


Last but definitely not least is my blogger bestie Laura who (as if you don't know!) writes Keeping Healthy Getting Stylish. Me and Laura have been blogger friends for a good few years now and I love her blog, I read all of her posts and if I miss any I make myself a cuppa get comfy and back track so I can keep up to date with all her goings on and any tips she has shared. If you have ever met Laura you will know she is exactly the same as how she comes across on her blog a fabulous person all round : )


Now this girl nows how to bake and this Caramel Apple Cake is just one of her many wonderful recipes that you can find on her blog. There is so much variety you won't bored and there is a recipe for all diets so go check her out!! 

So those are my top three favourite foodie blogs but there are so many more that I read and love, as well as loads I have not yet found so I would love you to share your top three. I think its good to support your blogging buddies and help get the word out as some slip through the net and I love to find new ones that I can get more recipes from so please share! 

What are your top three foodie blogs?

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Workout Wednesday: Lower Body!

Hello, if you didn't know its Wednesday and its time to share a new workout with you! Today its all about the lower body and working on strengthening those pins and butts! 


Lower Body Workout

Strength
DB Wide Squat x 15
DB Forward Lunges x 12 
(each side)
DB Sumo Squat x 15
DB Side Lunges x 12
(each side)
X 3

Donkey Kicks x 15
(each side)
Bridge Hold 1 min
Lay Down Side Leg Raise x 15
(each side)
Hip Raises 1 min
x 3

Cardio
Squat Jumps x 30 sec
Mountain Climbers x 30 sec
Lunge Jumps x 30 sec
Power Squat x 30 sec
Break 30 sec
x3

Perform both strength circuits before moving on to the cardio. 

Enjoy!

Remember to warm up and cool down the body before and after you do this workout. 

Question:

Have you tried one of my workouts yet, what did you think?

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Food!

Oops the days have seemed to past me by since Friday so I am here now to say Hello! I hope you had a great weekend, mine was good, very quiet but good. I worked Saturday at the shop then went home for a quiet evening at home, Dale was fishing again! Sunday my calves and shoulders were in agony after a couple of full on workouts so I decided to take a complete rest day and hang out on the sofa awaiting Dales return. We then watched some films and had some cuddles : )

Due to not posting I had lots of pictures on my phone I have not yet shared so here is some food porn for you all, my tastebuds have been happy! 

Smoothies


This was a mixed berry green smoothie


A raspberry green smoothie


And this a blueberry green smoothie, none of these are very green but they all include spinach and avocado which makes them green in some way! 


I have decided to join in with Laura's green smoothie challenge, I'm going for at least 10 over the 2 weeks. Its definitely that time of year when smoothies are coming back into my diet and what better way then to start of with a little challenge! Thanks Laura x

Savouries


I bought some gluten free pasta a little while ago so we broke it out and made a yummy dish of pasta veggies and feta cheese. This was so good, very filling and a hit with the boy!


I made this yummy garlic and herb socca the other day, filled it with tuna and had a side of veggies, perfect. 


Today I woke up really hungry and fed my hunger with this plate of goodness, eggs and mushrooms topped with almond butter with a side of cucumber, yum!

Drinks


I was sent some green tea from Twinings (review coming soon) so I've been drinking more green tea then normal and its remind me of how much I love it! 


COFFEE!! Oh yes there aren't many days that I go with out a coffee and this week its UK coffee week so I have been enjoying mine with some Original Coconom coconut sugar, delicious! 

Ok thats me all caught up with the photos that were clogging up my phone as you can see I am enjoying some great foods at the moment : )

Question:

Do you like green smoothies, are you taking part in the green smoothie challenge?

P.S I have added a bloglovin button to my side bar if you wanna follow me : )

Friday, 4 April 2014

My Name Is Tamzin and I Am a Rice Dream Blogger!

Happy Friday!!!!! 
The weekend is upon us again and thats alright with me, yes I have to work Saturday and a little on Sunday but who cares because I am doing work that I love : )



Ok onto todays post, a little while ago you might remember I was up to some stuff I couldn't mention until now! As you know I am one of Rice Dreams bloggers (you can see all my recipes here) so when they asked me to take part in their You Tube Ad I was very flattered and said a big yes! I have got to admit I am not keen on being filmed and find watching myself on film horrible (the reason I don't vlog!) but I can't deny this was so much fun to do and its pretty awesome they asked me! I spent the day with a lovely camera women filming, exercising and making a yummy smoothie with the above being the end result 

Posting this today (even though its already on line)  has been quite nerve racking, I am the worst for feeling negative about myself but sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and get over yourself so here it is a little bit of me......hope you like it! 

Question:

Do you like being in front of a camera and are you guilty of feeling negative towards yourself?

Cameras are not my friend they make my head look like a potato......... that is all! 

P.S I am very proud of this anyway!