Friday Round-Up: Fitness and Food

It’s been a great week in terms of both fitness and food this week, with several social events lined up for May, June and July I’ve been really focusing on making good decisions! Today I thought I would share this week’s 3 F’s – Food, Fitness and Fun!

We had a bank holiday in the UK on Monday (public holiday) and normally I would treat that type of day as a treat day, or just relax my diet, but not this time baby! I’ve been enjoying a colourful diet full of fruit and vegetables, lean protein sources and the occasional sweet treat to keep me sane!

I made an epic vegetable satay stir0fry with carrot and courgette noodles, it was so good!

Even at the weekend, I tried to make my “cheat meal” pizza a little healthier, by using a smaller portion of Boursin than I normally would (sob!) and adding some extra veggies to my pizza topping! I’ll be sharing my recipe this weekend!

Pizza Bianco

This week I’ve tried to stay consistent with my exercise and have done:

  • 45 minutes of cardio and toning (read: I danced around my living room to the Top 40 and then did Davina’s Arms and Abs workouts)
  •   A 40 minute workout on Sunday (Beach Babes arms and bum and some kettlebell exercises)
  • A 5km run on Wednesday along the canal
  • Zumba last night

The weather has seriously picked up since last week, when we had snow, hail storms, rain & wind. These past couple of days it has been much warmer and sunnier. We’ve been heading to the local park after work to play on the swings and run around, I’m teaching the toddler how to roll down hills! I’m also planning the toddler’s 3rd birthday party, including a bouncy castle and a treasure hunt!

I hope your week has been good too, what have you done in terms of the 3 F’s – Food, Fitness and Fun?

Recipe: Sweet Potato Curly Fries, Boursin and Eggs

Y’all know I love my spiralizer and this week I used it to make sweet potato curly fries for the first time!

My friend at work had tried but without success, so I was a bit dubious whether I could get fries that were crisp but not burnt or soggy.

Well, it was first time lucky and I managed to get crispy, flavorful curly fries that took about 20 minutes to cook in a hot oven and tasted delicious! I topped the fries with some Boursin (which I added 5 minutes before the end of the cooking), 2 eggs sunny side up and a small amount of grated applewood smoked cheddar.


I had my oven at 400F/200C. I added 1 teaspoon of olive oil and a pinch of dried chili flakes to the spirals and laid them out flat on a baking tray.

sweet potato curly fries

Half way through the cooking, i flipped them over to avoid burning them. There were a couple of pieces that were too charred to eat, so I just discarded them before adding my toppings – Boursin (of course), 2 fried eggs and a sprinkling of applewood smoked cheddar.

sweet potato curly fires with boursinfried eggs

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Have you tried making curly fries from any spiralized vegetables?

Friday Round Up – Food Overload!

I’ve gone from taking no pictures to taking ALL the pictures! I’ve been enjoying some delicious food recently, some healthy, some not so healthy, so here’s a Friday Round Up of some of my recent meals…

I had the night to myself last Friday so enjoyed some of the Marks and Spencer Taste of Thailand and Taste of Vietnam range. The sweetcorn fritters and chicken satay skewers were so delicious, I had them again on Sunday!

All that whilst watching The Mindy Project, enjoying a glass of chilled Chablis and some scented candles, what a treat!

Thai, wine and candles M&S Taste of Vietnam/Thailand Wine, candles and the Mindy Project


Now that its getting colder I’ve moved away from smoothie bowls and instead I’ve been enjoying yoghurt with granola and berries. My favourite yoghurt of the moment is Arla Skyr in Stawberry flavour and I’ve discovered Fuel 10k chocolate granola. The breakfast is high in protein and has been keeping me fuller for longer than normal breakfasts.

Yoghurt, granola and berries

I was dreading my lunch on Thursday, roast brussels sprouts and cauliflower left over from Wednesday’s tea with mixed grain rice and Boursin. I thought it was going to be boring and leave me feeling hungry, but it was surprisingly delicious and filling!

Wild grains, roast veg and boursin Wild grains, roast veg and boursin

And below is a picture of my Garmin after Wednesday’s run. It’s getting really dark now, so I’m pulling out my high-vis vest and thermal running leggings.

Garmin Forerunner 10

Are you looking forward to running in the winter months?
Have a great weekend!

Too much of a good thing…

Too much of a good thing can be wonderful – Mae West

Oh Mae, you made a lot of sense, but too much of a good thing on this occasion (over-eating) has left me feeling bloated, sluggish and with a poor body image.

It’s no secret that I love roule cheese (Boursin or Tesco) and have discovered that asparagus and courgette wrapped in roule covered pancetta is possibly the most delicious thing on the planet! So I’ve eaten a lot of it, and a lot of everything else too!

(Last night’s dinner was asparagus and broccoli tips wrapped in boursin and pancetta, small jacket potato with applewood smoked cheddar and a crusty roll with alioli)

tea marks and spencer alioli asparagus boursin pancetta

Combine that with not working out as much as I would have liked to, drinking less water and more wine over the weekend, and I’m not feeling great today.

So I’ve written a shopping list, made sure it’s full of whole foods with limited refined sugar and carbs, high in lean protein (there’s no cheese in sight:-() and still full of flavour so I won’t get bored or in the ‘diet’ mindset.

I think I need a new exercise challenge as well, so I’m going to have a look for some local 10kms that I can aim to beat my fresh PB.

Cheers to ANOTHER fresh start!