Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Workout Wednesday: Fighting The Easter Bulge

Hello all, I don't know about you but I am definitely in need of my workouts this week after a very indulgent weekend! Life would be too short and no fun if we never indulged but I am glad I have a love of fitness to help work off some of the delicious food that was eaten! Today workout is only going to take you 30 minutes to work the whole body and no one can tell me they can't fit in 30 minutes to workout, so get ya trainers on put some upbeat music on and get to it!!!!!!


Full Body 25 Minute Circuit

Warm Up - 3 Mins
Star Jump > Squat
Star Jump > Punches
Star Jump > Crunch
30 seconds of each

Circuit - 25 mins
Side Lunges - Alternating
Mountain Climbers
DB Lateral Raises
Jump Squats
Elbow Plank Hip Dips
45 seconds on/15 seconds rest 
x 5

Stretch - 2 minutes +

Perform each exercise for 45 seconds followed by a 15 second break back to back for 5 circuits. This will keep your heart rate up and burn those calories and you will be finished in 30 minutes!! If you fancy trying out some more of my workouts check out my Workout Wednesday page at the top of my blog : )

Question:

How are you working off the Easter Bulge this week? 

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Easter Fun

Hello all, did you have a fab Easter? 
Mine was lovely, spent with family and friends, the perfect few days. 


Saturday I worked at the shop then was treated to a curry by Dale in the evening. Sunday was such a good day! We got up and had coffee while we watched Sherlock Holmes as well as a breakfast smoothie.


I made us a mixed berry and coconut smoothie for workout fuel and after Sherlock we got our trainers on for a quick HIIT workout. Definitely needed before we got stuck into some chocolate! Another Sherlock then we went to Dales mums for the day to hang out watch films and have food. It was such a lovely day : )


Bank Holiday Monday was lovely too, we went and got coffees in the morning then sat by the se for a bit then the rest of the day was spent visiting friends and family so by the time we got home I was ready to make some dinner and chill!


I made scotch eggs! First time for making these and they turned out so good, yummy! These were a hit with Dale too and I shall be making them again for sure. I will share the recipe for these soon. 


Back to reality today I am busy with computer stuff this morning then after lunch its time to help some clients work off all that chocolate! I have eaten my workout fuel in the form of a delicious smoothie so I guess I better get my workout head on.....have a good day peeps x x

Question:

What did you do over Easter?

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Easter Bunny



"Easter Bunny 
soft and white,
Hopping quickly
out of sight,
Thank you for
the eggs you bring,
At Easter time 
we welcome spring!"

Have a wonderful day readers x x

Friday, 18 April 2014

Easter Inspiration From Around The Web

Hello from a recovering blogger, yes I am sorry to say that have been rather sick these past couple of days but it seems to have passed thank god! Now its time to get my strength back to enjoy the Easter weekend. Now of course we all now this weekend for a lot of us means chocolate and lots of it but it doesn't have to be all bad, I have been seeing some wonderful recipes for the Easter festivities around the web so I thought I would share my findings with you so if you fancy trying some out there is still time to make them before the big day : )



First one is from me! For those of you that are happy to not have an egg but want something chocolate, luxurious but healthy you could try out my chia pudding which is really tasty and I know because I've eaten it! 



Cream eggs are a childhood favourite for lots of people and Heather from The Everyday Veggie makes this awesome vegan version which sounds delicious! 



Well don't these look delightful! Aimee from Wallflower Girl has created these super cute cake filled egg shells, this is such a fab idea and something I would never thing of. 



Danielle from Model Mange Tout has put some time aside to bring us these raw chocolate eggs filled with chia pudding!! Wow! Yes please these look and sound awesome plus it means a super healthy Easter! 



Tash from Honestly Healthy brings us another version of a raw chocolate Easter egg which sounds rich and delicious. Another fab idea using an empty egg shell : )



Sarah Wilson from I Quit Sugar has made these really cute Bunny Tails for an Easter egg alternative. Love this idea, perfect if your having guests over as a pudding or for snacks. 

Question:

Whats your favourite Easter recipe?

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?