Recipe: Tropical Smoothie

A quick recipe today, and adding to my smoothie repertoire, I give you, the Tropical Smoothie!

Tropical Smoothie

Mango, pineapple and bananas blended with 0% Greek yoghurt and some water.

I used my smoothie 2 go blender and filled the cup 1/2 way with frozen mango and pineapple, then a ripe banana and two tablespoons of yoghurt. I added about 2cm of hot water as I find frozen pineapple hard to blend.

Whizz together until smooth and pour into a glass or bowl. I topped mine with some frozen raspberries and then added some Fuel 10k protein granola after I took the photo.

I’m definitely adding this one into my regular breakfast bowl rotation, and my toddler loved the “YELLOW SMOOTHIE”!

I imagine this would be good with some avocado or spinach blended too!

xoxo

Friday Round-Up: Bits and Bobs

This week hasn’t been out of the ordinary, and I don’t have any enlightened thinking like my post last week on Finding the much sought after work/life balance. So here’s a few bits and pieces from this week!

Cheat meal Extreme – Grilled chicken, pulled pork and smoked cheese in a brioche bun – called the Cluck Oink Burger from Oakleys in Skipton.

Cluck Oink Burger_2 Cluck Oink Burger_1

Another very sweaty Zumba session – and because the instructor is recovering from a cold, I led half of the routines #Proud !!!

Zumba Selfie_1 Zumba Selfie_2

Last Sunday’s tea looks sinful but is actually saintly! “Vegetable” pasta bake with courgette, asparagus, broccoli tips, broad beans and soy beans with fresh pesto and some smoked cheddar, topped with 2 slices of parma ham.

Vegetable Bake_1 Vegetable Bake_2

I ran a 10k on Sunday and then a 5k on Wednesday, and even though I’m no where near my time from last year’s Salford 10k, at least I’m feeling fitter than I was before Manchester earlier this year!

I’m very grateful to live in  my little part of the world, for many reasons, but they include the beautiful routes that I get to run around. This week I ran through Skipton Woods and along Skipton Castle walls. My pictures REALLY don’t do the views justice!

Skipton woods and castle_1 Skipton woods and castle_2 Skipton woods and castle_3

Homemade Turkey Burgers, y’all!
I forgot the courgette so these were straight up turkey breast mince with sesame seeds, fresh red chili and fresh thyme. I served them with sauteed vegetables (carrot, red pepper, asparagus and broccoli tips) and new potatoes.

vegetables_1 vegetables_2 Turkey Burgers_1 Turkey Burgers_2

This weekend is a bank holiday in the UK which means no work on Monday, whoop whoop! So, I’m taking advantage and will do a 10k on Sunday morning and then lots of active fun with the toddler!

Happy weekend folks! xoxo

Recipe: “Southern Baked Chicken”

In the UK Southern Fried Chicken isn’t as ‘big’ as in the UK, but I do love a KFC every now and again. Something about the spicy, crunchy coating and the tender chicken (I’m a boneless gal, 100%) with a little bit of heat is right up my alley!

But, this is a health blog, so no, I’m not suggesting we all go out and get a bucket to share. Instead, this week I created homemade ‘Southern Baked Chicken’ which had both crunchy spicy coating and tender chicken, without all the fat, additives and salt!

Southern Fried Chicken_3Southern Fried Chicken_4

Ingredients (Serves 2)

2 x chicken breasts
1 x Handful of tortilla crisps/nacho chips (crushed)
1 x Heaped tablespoon of sesame seeds
1 x Teaspoon of smoked paprika
1 x Teaspoon of chilli flakes

Method

  1. Tenderise the chicken breasts so they are about 1 to 1.5 centimeters thick (I have a mallet but you can use a rolling pin or even the back of a spoon)
  2. On a plate or flat surface, combine the chips, sesame seeds and spicesSouthern Fried Chicken_1 20160823_190256
  3. Lay a chicken breast in the coating mixture and press firmly, then repeat on the other side
  4. Repeat the above for the second chicken breast
  5. Place the chicken breasts onto a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes.
    Southern Fried Chicken_2
  6. Check after 15 minutes to make sure nothing’s burning. If things are looking too dark, turn the oven down. If the coating doesn’t look at all crispy, turn the temperature up!
  7. Make sure the chicken is cooked thoroughly before serving!

I served mine with some veggies – roasted corn, mangetout, asparagus and some homemade potato wedges! And they made delicious leftovers the next day!

Southern Fried Chicken_5

If you make this let me know in the comments!
xoxo

Paella, new pants and face masks

Last night I made my oven baked paella <- click for the recipe but I swapped out the paella rice for cauliflower rice! It was soooo tasty and filling, and I enjoyed leftovers for my packed lunch at the office today.

I accompanied the paella with some roasted peppers and something I’ve been meaning to try for a while…charred lettuce! What’s that you say? Charred LETTUCE? But hear me out…it was AMAZING!

charred lettuce

You get a weird almost buttery texture when the leaves have been roasted, and the flavour intensifies – I definitely recommend it. I used baby gem lettuce, but into quarters and roasted at 180 degrees C for about 12-15 minutes. Don’t let them burn too much, you just want the edges to brown.

I treated myself to some funky new workout capris from ASDA (a British supermarket chain owned by Walmart) and whilst I like the fit, the pattern and the fact they stay up without a drawstring, they are very see-through! The “only suitable for private at-home workouts” kind of see-through.

ASDA workout pants

I treated myself to a bath and some papmer time this week and decided to use my new L’Oreal clay mask. L’Oreal have brought out three new pure-clay masks, and have a nifty in-store skin test to determine which you should get. My test told me to get the black ‘Detox’ mask, even though I really wanted to try the bronze coloured ‘glow’ mask!

The mask is easy to use, you only have to leave it 5-10 minutes and my skin felt softer and clearer after both times I’ve used it.

PS. This isn’t an ad or sponsored post, just my opinion.

www.loreal-paris.co.uk/PureClay

L'oreal clay face mask

I might not do a Friday-Round up tomorrow as I have an exciting non-fitness meeting (I’ll tell-all next week) but will do a Saturday Summary if not!
xoxo

Recipe: Yellow Courgette and Savoy Pasta

So, this is possibly one of the easiest recipes you’ll find on the site, and it’s really quick too! If you can’t find yellow courgettes (zucchini), green will work just as well, or you can substitute the courgette for any of your favourite spirlalized vegetables (or just use actual spaghetti)!

Yellow courgette

Ingredients (services 1 large meal or two side portions)
2 cups x yellow courgette – spiralized, or use a julienne peeler
1 cup x savoy cabbage – shredded
Pinch of chlli flakes or 1/2 fresh red chili
30g Boursin or roule cheese
10g Applewood smoked cheddar (or your favourite hard cheese)
Tablespoon of stock – just to add flavour to the cabbage

Method

  1. Heat a non-stick frying pan on a high heat and add the cabbage and the stock, cook until just tender
    Savoy cabbage
  2. Once tender, add the courgette spaghetti and the chili flakes, turn the heat down and cook gently until the courgette is JUST tender.spirlaized zucchini
  3. Add the Boursin to the pan in chunks and stir to melt the cheese and create a sauce that coats the vegetables
    Top Tip – if there’s too much stock left in the pan, drain some before adding the Boursin, you don’t want it to be too runny!
  4. Remove the vegetables from the pan into a pasta bowl, and finely grate the hard cheese over the top, enjoy whilst it’s still hot!Yelow courgette and savoy spaghettiYelow courgette and savoy spaghetti

I enjoyed my meal after the Manchester 10k last weekend, with some water and a glass of white wine.

post-run meal

I loved it so much I made it again last night, topped with a fried egg, sunny side up! You could also serve this as a side dish with some grilled chicken, which I think I’ll do next!

Let me know if you make the recipe!
xoxo

Stir-fry to start the health kick!

So, the lack of exercise and unbalanced diet I’ve been eating has left me at 166lb! I haven’t been this heavy since early last year. I know that we shouldn’t let the scale define us, but the number is definitely a reflection of my lack of fitness.

So henceforth I’m putting myself on a health kick, re-focusing on what I’m eating, which will be mostly whole foods with the occasional goodie.

Here’s a picture of a homemade turkey stir-fry I made this week (turkey breast, vegetables and cauliflower rice with a sauce made from teriyaki sauce, soy sauce,  lime juice and fresh chili with a tablespoon of peanut butter)…so good!

Homemade turkey stir-fry (1) Homemade turkey stir-fry (2)

I’ll also be upping my exercise output to try and fit in at least 3 sweat sessions a week – 1 x zumba 2 x run and 1 x HIIT strength workout.

I’ll be running Salford 10k again in September and after last weekend’s slower than average race time I’m looking to shave off at least 5 minutes in the next 2 months. 4 workouts a week should be enough, though I’ll likely ad in an extra run later in August.

Holiday tone-up

I know, I know, I know that I shouldn’t need to tone up for my holiday because 1) our body doesn’t define us whether we’re wearing a bikini or not and 2) a healthy lifestyle should mean that you don’t need to make any drastic changes before you do away BUT… I’m still going to make an effort to feel more comfortable in my own skin by late September.  I also have an awesome new swimsuit and want to be able to feel confident playing with the toddler on the beach or by the pool all day!

Here’s a shot from this morning (July 15th) and I’ll post another every couple of weeks to track picture progress!

Figleaves Swimsuit1

Ignore the “just out of the shower” hair!

Happy Friday everyone!
xoxo

Eats of the Week

Now I have to admit, some of these Eats didn’t actually happen this week, but I found pictures on my phone so thought I’d share them all with you!

  1. Baked Paella
    Please don’t lynch me for my non-traditional take on paella, but this meal gives you all the garlicky, salty, spicy flavour of paella, and the texture, without the hassle of standing over a pan for hours. I shared the recipe back in 2013!

    20160428_204624 baked paella

  2. Dinner at The Ivy Chelsea Garden for my birthday
    I know, I know, my birthday was back in April, but I visited my sister in London a couple of weeks after and we treated ourselves to dinner at the Ivy Chelsea Garden. She’d just bought a new flat so it was a dual celebration. That meant, dual puddings!
    We had the chocolate bombe which was a chocolate globe covering heavenly combination of milk foam, honeycomb, ice cream and sauce
    Chocolate bombe
    We also had the Strawberry Shortcake Sundae – Poached strawberries, vanilla ice cream, shortcake, crème Chantilly and baked meringue
    strawberry shortcake sundae
    They were so, so good.
    For our main course, we’d had a selection of starters, side dishes and a fish main. Whatever you do, if you visit the restaurant, get a basket of the courgette fries!
  3. Courgette Spaghetti (again)
    I don’t think there’s a week goes by that I don’t have some take on my courgette spaghetti recipe!
    courgette spaghetti
  4. Pasta Bake
    I really wanted the comforting carb load of a pasta bake, without all of the calories and unhealthy fats, so I made a green pasta bake. I’ll share the recipe this weekend. To say it had a bout 1/4 of the cheese I would normally put in, it still tasted satisfying and stodgy! Just what I wanted.
    Pasta Bake

Hang on everyone, it’s nearly Friday!

If you try any of these recipes let me know in the comments!
xoxo