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Winter Wellness

Winter has a bad reputation when it comes to health & wellness. There’s less daylight each day so we spend less time outside, and more time snuggled up on the couch with Netflix and a jar of Nutella. (maybe that’s just me!) The lack of sunshine not only affects how active we are but also has huge effect on our mood too. Most of us over indulge at Christmas time on festive foods, Prosecco and endless amounts of chocolate. Then the New Year starts and we’re hibernate in chunky knitwear, searching online for flights to the sun, and it seems even colder at home without the Christmas tree lights. Okay, so it might not seem like the most inspiring time of the year but as an eternal optimist, here is my guide to feeling great this winter. Resolutions – It’s February, time to revisit those resolutions. Be positive! Instead of making a list of things that you’re going to give up, instead create a list of things that you ARE going to do. Read more, …

Neat Nutrition Protein Shake

I’ve never used protein powders before but with all my extra training this month, I real need to make sure that I’m getting enough protein each day. I’m leading a bootcamp each morning throughout January as well as training for the Cambridge half marathon. This morning I tried Neat nutrition‘s Berry flavoured Whey powder. I made this pink shake with soya milk and I also added a banana. It was delicious! & the perfect fuel before bootcamp!  

Cinnamon & Cocoa Milkshake

This one is delicious !!! 1/2 a tsp Cinnamon 1/2 a tsp Cocoa Almond Milk 1 Banana One tsp of Almond Butter One tsp of Nutella 2 Ice Cubes I love this smoothie as a sweet treat, it’s the perfect recovery drink after a tough workout. I have been gradually increasing my running milage over the last few weeks as I am training for the February Cambridge half marathon. All these extra miles are being fuelled by my secret weapon . . . Nutella 🙂

10 Days as a Vegan

Have you even been tempted to become a vegan? I have a few vegan friends & although these days it seems like all of the ‘cool kids’ are giving it a go, it’s not as easy as simply ordering a bean burger & switching to soya. Veganism isn’t just about what you eat, it causes you to be more mindful about where your food comes from and how it was produced. A common misconception, is that vegan diets are boring and that all vegans are hipsters & yogis, that only eat nuts! The reality is that there are hundreds of foods available for vegans. Another response to veganism is that it is ‘unhealthy’. ‘Surely you need to eat meat for iron & protein etc.’ A trusted vegan friend of mine told me that she actually became a vegan after studying nutrition & microbiology for years, I think I’ll take my chances. For the next 10 days I will be saying goodbye to my beloved Nutella & attempting to eat a completely Vegan diet. Day 1. …

Breakfast at 26 Grains

Last week I met up with the lovely Natalie Goodchild for breakfast at 26 Grains. A tiny porridge restaurant that specialises in delicious wholesome grain based dishes. We had trouble deciding what to order from their mouth watering menu, as everything looked so delicious. In the end, I ordered a bowl of Banana & Cocao porridge, whilst Natalie went for the Blackberry Bay. We could have sat in there all day, chatting & eating bowls of porridge. It’s wonderful to find cool places to eat, that offer a huge variety of free-from options. If you’re meeting a friend in town for an early breakfast or maybe a late brunch, I recommend heading over to Neal’s Yard, (just off Seven Dials). I’ll definitely be heading back there again soon. Where is your favourite healthy hang out in London? Pop a comment below & I’ll add them to my list. Let’s spread the love like Nutella on toast!

Green Goodness

Earlier this week I attended a party at Frame Kings Cross to celebrate the opening of their awesome new fitness studios! I left the party with a bag packed full of healthy goodies, one of which was a pack of Naturya Organic Wheatgrass Powder. I’ve only ever had fresh wheatgrass shots from juice bars before, I know that it is super good for you. Let’s face it, most foods that are bright green are good for you. (perhaps with the exception of Haribo’s green fizzy laces, damn it!) This morning I made a green juice using 10 grams of wheatgrass powder. I added the juice of a whole lemon, half a glass of pressed apple juice, fresh mint & ice. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to stomach a big glass of green juice, first thing in the morning, but I was pleasantly surprised! It was super refreshing! Wheatgrass is packed full of vitamin E, calcium, iron and fibre, so it is a great way to kick start your day. You can …

Pink Milkshake

Soya Milk, Strawberries, Blueberries, Banana & Mint. This mornings strawberry milkshake. . . . Top Tip – I always have berries in the freezer, that way if I haven’t been shopping and we’re out of fresh fruit, I can just add a few frozen berries to a smoothie or to my porridge etc. Jude calls this one ‘Strawberry yoghurt juice’ 🙂 He’s not a big fan of bananas, so this is a good way for me to sneak them into his diet. (I other hand love bananas, they are by far the most under rated fruit!)

Friday’s Fuel – Banana Milkshake

This milkshake is sooooo delicious!! & it’s the perfect refuel after my friday morning run. Here is my super simple recipe for the ultimate dairy free banana milkshake! Blend one large banana, half a glass of soya milk, a couple of ice cubes & . . . (one big spoonful of Sweedish Glace Vanilla Soya Ice Cream) Yes, that’s right, ice cream!! Enjoy!

Go Green Pasta

    This is my recipe for a delicious green pasta sauce. It only takes 15 minutes to make, so it’s perfect for a quick and easy mid-week meal. Pasta is my sons favourite food, so I try to create my own sauces and I’ll add different veggies and herbs. It’s a great way to get him to eat a variety of foods, he’ll eat just about anything if it’s mixed into some pasta. I asked Jude to score this dinner out of 10. . . he gave it a 20! Ingredients A big bunch of fresh Basil A big bunch of fresh Spinach A little fresh Rosemary Garlic Olive Oil (3 Tbsp) Soya Cream (100ml) This recipe is dairy free, but Jude likes to add cheese on to the top of his. Mix all of the ingredients together using a blender. Boil the pasta for 8-10 minutes. Drain the pasta and add stir in the green sauce. Serve into a bowl, add some fresh tomatoes, basil leaves & black pepper. Enjoy!  Note- You can …

Yellow Juice Boost

Today, I felt tired & I needed a bit of a boost. I resisted the temptation to grab a spoon and dive head first into the Nutella jar! Instead I made this delicious smoothie . . . Coconut water is packed full of goodness, it’s great for rehydrating after exercise. (Also a good hangover cure) I added a little bit of coconut cream too. Ingredients Coconut Water Mango Pineapple Lime Juice Mint Coconut Cream (optional) This smoothie is quite sweet, just what I needed to wake me up, after a late 10k last night with the midnight runners. Sunshine in a glass on a grey day, enjoy!