Weekend walks…

Cheeky little weekend away near the coast this weekend so we incorporated a light 12 mile walk! It then in turn meant we could eat lots and drink multiple bottles of wine without feeling guilty 🙂 

24,000 steps yesterday and lots of fresh sea air which is always a joy when living in the big smoke.

Pictures below of the beaut scenery. Note to self stretch out after walking- it’s a sneaky way to exercise and you kind of don’t realise your working so hard but I’m aching today! Get out and about st the weekends and remember walk more = eat more 🙂 

 

My friends
  
Seaside
  
Beautiful views
  
Walk involved some pretty sketchy hills and heights
    

  

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Stretchy and sleepy….

I’m writing this is my sleepy haze after finishing my first body balance class. On a mission to try new things I went out on a whim and booked myself onto this class for this evening. 

Well don’t I just feel fabulous. Sleepy. But fabulous. I’m not used to coming out of an exercise class less sweaty than I went in (don’t ask- rapid getting changed session post work pre class!) but I did enjoy it and I have a sneaky suspicion I might be aching tomorrow.

So what to expect? A mix of yoga, Pilates and Thai chi, Soothing tones and lots of heavy breathing. Some excellent stretches and focusing on you for a bit. As a yoga and Pilates virgin I thought my inability to touch my toes (or knees to be fair) might hinder me somewhat but instead I felt quite liberated in my ability to stretch as well as the rest of them.

Was it a hard core work out? No. And I wouldn’t class it as calorie torching exercise but it was a nice class and very good for core stability, balance and stretching. To be fair, there were parts where I had to rest- I’d consider myself to have a fairly good core and have a good track record of inverted sit ups but there is something refreshingly different about body balances mix of yoga and Pilates that continues to push your body but in a calm environment. 

I’d defo go again- especially for some stress relief and the 5 mins sleepy time at the end was worth it if nothing else 🙂 I will also be incorporating some of the stretches into my usual routine-classes are a fantastic way to refresh your knowledge and to steal moves from even if they aren’t for you in the long run.

Happy stretching all

As i’m now a pro i believe this is called the child’s pose

The dessert problem…

So my biggest weight struggle (other than actually having to eat sweets and chocolate for a living (not a struggle for my head just my waistline)) is what happens after dinner.

I can have a super healthy dinner and then 9 times out of 10 I ruin it with a massive bar of chocolate. It’s just so bloody delicious. So I’m always on a hunt to find new pudding ideas to keep my mitts off the chocolate. 

I russled up this little guy tonight and it was amazing! Super sweet but much cleaner than chocolate. 

 

fried bananas
 
Simply heat some coconut oil in a pan. Cut in a banana, squeeze on about a teaspoon of honey and a generous sprinkle of cinnamon and fry for a couple of minutes. 

I served with natural yoghurt and some 85% dark chocolate for good measure. 

It was literally incredible even if I do say so myself! There really is nothing a banana can’t do. 

🍌🍌🍌

Health on a budget 

Being healthy on a shoe string budget is hard. You walk around tesco and see £1 pizzas and it is completely understandable why families find it hard to feed themselves healthily on a budget.

I’ve just read an interesting article in this months cosmopolitan magazine about how expensive wellness and healthy eating has become. It’s no lie that there is a massive trend at the moment to be seen to be working out, eating healthily and dossing yourself up on chia seeds and protein shakes. There is no doubt about it, these things are expensive so I’ve decided to put together my top tips for eating healthily on a budget:

1. Eat locally: I’m blessed to live in London and walk past many market style fruit and veg shops on my way home. Fruit for a poooooounnnnnnndddd (you’ll know the sound if you live here!) and if you do- make the most of it. Beware as these things do go off quicker but it’s a great way to bulk up the fridge without breaking the bank. 

  
2. Be thrifty: this is totally the type of shopper I am- we love to snack on light babybells (yes I’m 5 years old). They are about £1.60 for 6 cheeses which I just feel is extortionate. So when they are £1 we go mad- things like cheese and almond milk can have really long sell by dates so stock up when on offer. I bought 8 cartons of unsweetened almond milk about 6 weeks ago (on offer for £1 each) and we are still using them. You’ve got to get your head around buying in bulk when there is a good offer! 

3. Nuts: they drive me, well, nuts. (Sorry). A delightful bag of monster munch (roasted beef obvs) will set you back about £0.65 (I’d know).  But a tiny pack of nuts will cost you about £6000. So it’s obviously tough to pick the healthy option. Again que bulk buying. Buy mahoosive bags of nuts- like over 1kg to get the bulk saving and then seperate into smaller bags for healthy snacks on the go. 

4. Preparation: bla bla bla- I’m boring myself but it’s true. If I have to pop to sainsbury in the morning to get lunch I’ll end up spending around £7- a small fruit pot, a salad, some popcorn and a punnet of grapes or the like. £7 on one day’s work food yet I couldn’t get my head around spending this on a bag of nuts that will last a month…. Fill your bag/ work drawers with snacks and prep your lunch to avoid unnecessary trips to the shops. 

 

My tupperware cupboard is somewhat of a stacking disaster but very useful!
 
5. Know the deals. My shopping habits don’t change massively from week to week so I have a good grip on how much stuff costs. Eat natural bars are £0.85 each so if I see them cheaper I bulk buy and fill the cupboard for future snacks.

6. Brands aren’t always best: I’ve always been a massively firm believer in not falling for brands because they look pretty. Rolled oats are rolled oats. Read the ingredients and 9/10 you can go for the cheaper option. 

7. Discount section: Yes it’s not pretty. Yes it’s a bum fight to the bitter end but nothing fills me with more joy than grabbing that mango, late at night from tesco for £0.30. Or the reduced gammon steaks to chuck in the freezer. I’m not even lying we have 10 peices of gammon in the freezer at the moment due to a massive discount. 10. It’s ludicrous but we love gammon. If things can be frozen by them when discounted in bulk.  

 

Using up some discount spinach!
 
8. Water: don’t buy bottled water out. What a joke. I take a bottle with me everywhere to save on dosh and because I’m a massive fan of hydration. Also I love a cheeky bottle of Coke so avoiding boots at my thirstiest is always a good idea.

9. Don’t throw food away: cut veg up small enough and you won’t even notice it as an odd on in most dishes- get cutting and get creative.

10. Freeze: brown bananas. Peel them, chop them, freeze them, blitz them, eat them. Banana ice cream a fab way of using up browning fruit. With apples on there way out I just cut them up and fry them in coconut oil, honey, cinnamon and use them in overnight oats or freeze them. 

The tips could go on but at the risk of sounding like a total tight wad I’ll stop here!! So get out there, get thrifty, get healthy. 

Have a grand weekend all. 

Sweet potato cottage pie 

I love all meals. I never skip a meal. But lunch at work or on the go fills me with dread- I think it’s some sort of physiological disorder I have. Whatever I make I usually don’t fancy and I think I have a mild phobia of heating things up in the microwave- mainly poultry. And plus it’s always goes pretty rubbery and hids in there. 

My fail proof dinners that convert well into lunches are usually lean beef mince based. Below is a new one I tried last week- super quick, filling and a Hit with Rich which is always good. 

Sweet potato cottage pie! 

So I made a bolognaise sauce the night before (from scratch- don’t use jars!) which we had with zoodles (butternut squash noodles). Then I converted the left overs into this little dream. Simply mashed up some sweet potato over the top of the mince leftovers, layered on a little cheese because I’m not a complete savage, then oven cooked for about 20 mins. Dished up into trusty Tupperware and ready to microwave at work the next day with some green veg! 

Top tip- when making a mince bolognaise sauce use as many vegetables to bulk it out as possible- I always add: courgette, red and green peppers, mushroom, spinach and cherry tomatoes to sneak some of those 7 a day in! 

NB. We were trying to avoid carbs at lunch and dinner but because I work out in the morning I’m usually starving all day so this way we get a good dose of protein, carbs and fat at lunch which, in theory, should stave off 3pm cravings in the afternoon. I’m a chocolate buyer and eat sweets pretty much most days as part of my job, but I believe this is in theory a good way to get a healthy balanced lunch. (Chocolate- why do you hate me so much?) 

Pics below- give it a bash!! 

  
 

Fruit bowl favourites

Currently sat on the sofa eating eyeballs. One of my all time favourite fruits/ the lychee. Most of you will be familiar with it as a wonderful accompaniment to many cocktails. But it’s also ace as a snack. Yes it’s fiddly, and looks like a shrivelled up scrotum but when you get in there I promise it’s delicious.

Currently in my fruit bowl I’m trying to branch out:

1. Grapefruit- full of vitamin c and also meant to help burn fat- can’t be bad. Also a bitch to eat and inevitably ends up going in your eye.

2. Berries- for overnight oats- cost about £7000 a box which is annoying but they are just too handy so invest. 

Me kissing a lychee because why not?
 
3. Passion fruit- just because they were £0.59 on offer. Fun playing the guessing game with rich on what fruit it was- “is it a star fruit?” No babe, star fruits are shaped like stars, clues in the name. 

4. Apples- because you can’t not have apples.

5. Bananas- as above but more extreme. My fruit soul mate. 

6. Strawberries- ate them last night- taste sensation. 

And that’s it for now 🙂 so get out there buy some fruit and try something new. Yes, it’s true, the most delicious fruits are often the most annoying to eat so try prepping before- cut up a whole pineapple or melon and portion it up to last a couple of days for instance.

Happy fruit eating people!