My Thoughts on Finding BODYpeace

28 Sep

Hi everyone, how has your week been? I visited Nottingham on Friday and it was a beautiful afternoon to look round the university campus. Also I discovered that creamed coconut (found in boxes) is essentially the same as coconut butter but much cheaper (I got the biona brand)!

biona creamed coconut

Two blogging ladies I love, Heather and Kasey, are about to release a new book on finding peace with your body. The book sounds amazing and a great tool for anyone to help them feel more at peace in their bodies (which we have for life so why not love them!). Heather and Kasey also recently held a glow retreat which looked fantastic and I would have been there in a heartbeat were it not for living on the other side of the atlantic :/

In honour of their upcoming book I thought I’d share some of my thoughts on body image. I have noticed how my body changes depending on the ‘type’ of workout I do. When I first started getting into fitness I did a lot of “cardio” which led me to lose a lot of weight (that I needed to) and gave me quite a small but not so toned figure. Then I started getting more into weights (and kettlebells!) and I gained some weight back but got more muscular and athletic. I loved my body in both states but I wish I’d learned to love it even before I initially lost the weight.

However I still have days/ moments when I’m not happy with my body, I think this happens to everyone, and BODYpeace looks like a great book to help put in place techniques to prevent these moments from taking over your life. Also body peace is about ditching the food rules which I love as I’m trying to work on this myself.

What are your views on finding peace with your body? Do you have a positive self-image?

P.S Although this has nothing to do with health + fitness sometimes I find myself getting frustrated with my brain, that it’s ‘not good enough’ when trying to answer hard questions. I think this has the same roots in insecurity as negative body-image. I try very hard not to fall into the comparison trap with this either!

Raw Bite Bar Review

23 Sep

Hey Guys, how has your week been? I had a great active weekend, I busted out a 7.4 mile run on sunday at an average 8.04 min/mile pace which I’m super proud of :)

Recently I have noticed Raw Bite bars popping up in health food shops, curious I decided to try a couple and now I want them all! I thought I’d let you know what I thought of the flavours I tried and which flavours are on my must-try list.

Coconut

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I had this bar this morning after a super HIIT workout and it was amazingly delicious! The coconut flavour is really prominent and it had the perfect amount of sweetness for me. The ingredients list is pretty awesome too, with just dates, cashews, coconut, almonds & virgin coconut oil.

Protein

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This is literally the most perfect protein bar; clean ingredients, great taste and 10g of protein per bar! I loved the flavour and texture of this bar, it left me wanting more (in a good way) but proceeded to keep me satisfied for a long time after (super filling!). There was no hint of protein powder flavour as well.

Bars I want to try…

Vanilla Berries

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This flavour looks sooo good. I currently have a bit of a dried mulberry obsession, they are so darn delicious so I can’t wait to try out this bar.

Spicy Lime

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So this flavour looks super interesting. Raw Bite recommended it to me on instagram, and it definitely seems like super creative flavour and pretty unique so it will be fun to try! I’ll let you guys know what I think.

xoxo

My Healthy Wishlist

19 Sep

So I don’t know about you guys, but personally I always have at least one item on my health/fitness wishlist. Obviously you don’t need a lot of fancy products to live a healthy lifestyle but when you’re a (super)foodie it is nice to treat yourself once in a while. So here are some health and fitness items i’m currently loving (the look of anyway…)

Vitamix

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Ok, so this one is very expensive but everyone gives rave reviews so I might just be attempting to save up for one. Perfectly blended smoothie will be mine!

Lorna Jane Activewear 

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So I love the styles and fun colours (and slogans) of this activewear brand, and also Lorna’s Move Nourish Believe philosophy. Unfortunatly this brand isn’t widely availble in the UK but I always keep my eye on activeinstyle.co.uk to see if any pieces crop up that I LOVE.

Vega Products

vega sport

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This is another brand that is completely unavailable in the UK but I want to try it so badly. The bars look so good and the vega ONE shake and all the vega sport line look super yum as well.

Cafe Gratitude 

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I want to visit this place sooooooooo badly. If I ever visit the USA you can bet this will be on my hit list. The Grateful bowl sounds amazing and the Strong smoothie sounds perfect for a fitness loving gal like me.

Kombucha

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I have yet to hop on this healthy living train yet with fear that it tastes like dishwater. If anyone has any awesome brands they can recommend please let me know in the comments.

Barbell

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Ok so this might not be the best idea to have at home but I would love to have regular access to a barbell so I could try lifting some heavy weights. Although nothing will ever replace the place my kettlebell holds in my heart.

This Recipe

zucchini-basil chickpea waffles W- tomato + shaved fennel salad - dolly and oatmeal

If anyone would like to volunteer to make me this for breakfast tomorrow I would be eternally grateful. I would make it but  don’t currently have any chickpea flour. I guess that is another thing on my wishlist!

So that sums up some of the things I am wishing for at the moment, be sure to let me know in the comments what items are on your wishlist (health, fitness, fashion, beauty…anything goes!)

Some Recent Breakfast Ideas

14 Sep

Hey Everyone, how has your week been? I had a lovely day in Bristol yesterday, looking round the university, eating lunch at Pret a Manger (the kale chips ~ so GOOD!), and shopping at Sweaty Betty and Jack Wills (didn’t buy anything though)

Personally I find breakfast the easiest meal of the day to change up (I know that’s weird, for most people it’s dinner, but I get sucked into the ‘let’s make a comfort stew of lentils, tomatoes and other veggies served with quinoa or sweet potato wedges’ because it’s easy and very satisfying). If you’re looking for some new breakfast ideas here are some of my recent eats:

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This is the pumpkin breakfast muffin from Edible Perspective topped with coconut butter ~ so good and I have now officially bitten the pumpkin bullet.

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This green smoothie was inspired by Deliciously Ella (LOVE this site) ~ it was a blend of celery/cucumber/ginger juice, avocado, frozen banana, cashew butter and spinach. Green smoothie are a perfect way to start your day (rhymes!) because they are super alkalising and taste good. Plus it’s a bonus to get a serving of veggies in basically before the day has even begun.

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Greek yoghurt, blueberries and figs (not quite as good as italian figs but still super yum!)

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Oatmeal with chia seeds topped with apricots + pecans

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Creamy coconut porridge from Deliciously Ella (again haha) ~ this was honestly the best porridge I’ve ever had. If you’ve tried maca and weren’t completely sold, keep trying it because trust me, you get to a point where you just. can’t. get. enough.

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Pumpkin, Cacao and Chia pudding topped with figs + nectarine.

Hope you enjoyed getting some breakfast info and I would love to hear some of your breakfast ideas in the comments!

xoxo

Almond Pulp Granola + An Update On My Life

9 Sep

Hey Guys, so I recently started getting into making my own home-made almond milk. It really is super easy if you have the right tools (in my case an old liz earle muslin cloth haha) however you get left with a load of pulp. I hate wasting food so in order to put it good good use I came up with a granola recipe, inspired by the one in the Oh She Glows cookbook with a few fun ingredient additions.

But before we get to the recipe I wanted to share some exciting news – I’m applying to university this year! I am applying to medical school (wish me luck haha) and hope to begin studying this time next year. Currently working on the ol’ personal statement.

In order to fuel me through long statement writing/editing sessions, granola becomes a life saver!

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Almond Pulp Granola

  • 1/2 cup almond pulp
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (add more if you like it sweeter)
  • 1 heaped tbsp of coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp raisins
  • 3 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbsp goji berries
  • 1/2 tsp – 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl, then stir in the maple syrup and coconut oil. Place in a baking dish and cook at 160 C for 20 mins then leave in the oven (after turning it off) until the oven is cool (this will help the granola crisp up!)

Enjoy.

xoxo

Sweet Potato and Teff Bread

7 Sep

Hey everyone ~ so it’s been a little while but I’M BACK after an amazing holiday in Italy with an awesome bread recipe utilising a new super grain ~ teff.

Teff is a tasty little power grain boasting some awesome health benefits including:

  • Teff is high in protein with eight essential amino acids that can help with the body’s growth and repair.
  • It has plenty of calcium (1 cup of cooked teff offers about 1/2 cup of calcium found in cooked spinach), manganese, phosphorous and iron. As a bonus the iron from teff is easily absorbed so great if you have low blood iron levels.
  • Teff is also great for helping you go (no shame here). The fibre content in this tiny little grain can help keep you regular and keep you feeling fuller longer.
  • Teff is a versatile grain and can be eaten whole, steamed, boiled or baked.

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So having recently acquired some brown teff flour I decided to bake up one of my favourite things, bread! This gluten-free bread is dense and filling; perfect for fueling you through a long afternoon. The sweet potato adds a hint of sweetness and plus contributes some awesome nutritional goodness of its own.

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Sweet Potato Teff Bread

  • 400g steamed sweet potato
  • 4 eggs
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 50g coconut oil
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 300g teff flour

Pre-heat the oven to 150 C (fan). In a food processor mix the eggs, oil and sweet potato. In a separate bowl stir together the remaining ingredients, then add the sweet potato mix and stir together. Bake for 1 hour – 1 hour 20 mins (depending on oven). Enjoy!

xoxo

25 Things You Might Not Know About Me

24 Jul

Hey everyone, today I’m doing a tag that I saw on the blog Carrots and Cake a few weeks ago. The bits in bold are my answers and feel free to add your answers either in the comments or on your own blog!

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  1. I’m happiest when hiking in the outdoors
  2. … especially if it involves my family :)
  3. I’ve always wanted to visit Australia (even more so now I know about Lorna Jane Activewear) 
  4. My family and I are going to Italy this summer, I can’t wait!
  5. I was a terrible at Art. I actually don’t think I was that bad, I’m just a very academic person so my art skills always paled in comparison to my other skills.
  6. My first job was at a fruit and veg shop, fitting really considering how much I love my fruits and veggies! 
  7. I could probably eat peanut butter every day. Oh wait I already do.
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  9. I broke my tooth on a clarinet when I was 10. Ooops. 
  10. I was born at 18.42 in the evening.
  11. My all-time favorite film is The Lion King .
  12. I do a pretty mean burpee.
  13. I’m still mad that the food industry continues to be influenced by politics. Also add to that health and education.
  14. I met no celebrities. Ever. It’s sad, hopefully one day! 
  15. I always knew I wanted to go shopping in New York City. Still hasn’t happened yet but we are going to America next year so hopefully New York will be on the list of places to visit.
  16. I’m not afraid to speak my honest opinion and let people know if I can’t handle something. 
  17. I make the best black bean brownies (ground walnuts is the secret to making them taste AMAZING).
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  19. I have almost no patience for people who are late. Punctuality is the name of the game. 
  20. I always cry when Mufasa dies. Every. Single. Time.
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  22. I’m a foodie, but I don’t really care about restaurants/ cafes e.t.c. (don’t even get me started on pubs UGH #middleclassprobs)
  23. I spent too much money in the sweatty betty sale. (Check out what I bought here)
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  25. I wish I had a magical device that instantly made recipes for me.
  26. At 5, I was deeply in love with The Lion King (still an obsession now though, not going to lie).
  27. I believe if everyone did regular exercise the world would be a better place.
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  29. I can’t stand when people complain but aren’t willing to change.
  30. Whenever Vampire Diaries is on, I’ll watch it.
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