My January favourites…

Food:

For Goodness shakesthese drinks are delicious and are ideal for those of us that consumer our breakfast on the go or need a quick post workout recovery feed.  Not only are they high in protein (around 40g per bottle) but they are fat free, contain around 240 calories per bottle, and only 10g of carbohydrates. I have also used mine as an addition to my healthy bakes; a great high protein substitute to your usual milk choices.

Sukrinbasically, I LOVE SUKRIN products. Not just one of them, but all of them! They are a great addition to sweet and savoury dishes but are also a nutritional powerhouse. The coconut and almond flours are a great substitute for ‘traditional’ flour options as they are naturally high in protein and fibre. I cannot get enough of the cake mix; it is delicious! So light and fluffy which makes it ideal for cakes and pancakes!

Healthy bakes I’ve made using Sukrin

Neat Nutrition; this is a bold statement but I’d go as far to say that this is the best casein protein I have EVER had. It tastes completely natural, makes my cakes go all fluffy and is a brilliant addition to water and flavourings to make a great icing! As stated by Neat Nutrition, Casein is ‘slow releasing to nourish the body over an extended period of time and great to curb hunger between meals. Perfect before bed to help slowly feed muscles while you sleep’, and this I totally agree with! 

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Jim Jams Spreads; the motto for the company, ‘less sugar, great taste’, is definitely true. These spreads are so tasty and you can eat them without feeling any guilt! Once I open a jar, I cannot be stopped! I have used the chocolate spread as a pancake topping, in healthy bakes, in energy balls.. the list is endless!

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Jim Jams as a pancake topping!

Lizi’s Granolathe fact that there are so many options as to which granola variation of this brand you can have, is the first reason this granola is a winner for. The second is that it tastes amazing; the texture is like no other granola as it isn’t too crunchy and in clumps but instead is more like a muesli. My favourite has to be the high protein granola; I have this most evenings in my flex bowl and have also used it to make some festive energy balls! The low sugar granola is a brilliant addition to savoury dishes; I love it sprinkled over salads. fullsizerender-5

Fitness:

Enertor performance insolesI feel so privileged to run in the same insoles as Usain Bolt! Yes, I am a little star-struck by that thought but, I do genuinely love running these insoles! I had ran too many miles in my trainers and my pace was starting to slip, but with the addition of these insoles in my shoes, I genuinely felt like I was bouncing and wearing new trainers. I had a niggle with my knee and this has now gone.. speaks for itself really!

Sweaty Betty, zero gravity run leggingsthese leggings make me feel as if I have nothing on; they are so comfortable and snug yet really breathable when you run! I cannot get enough of Sweaty Betty; I really do feel that you pay for what you get and it is so true with the amazing quality of their leggings! Some leggings, to me anyway, feel too thick and uncomfortable to run in but these are just perfect!

Lifestyle:

BBC Good Foodthe recipes in the magazines, cookbook and online are all amazing! When the magazine arrives, it genuinely is my favourite time of the month; it is like a monthly birthday! The everyday section is my personal favourite; providing healthy, easy to make recipes!

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Thank you for reading; I hope this has been helpful!

Hannah

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Breakfast Apple Pies…

If you don’t like apple pie, then I’m sorry, but I think you’re crazy!!

When I was growing up, Apple pie and crumble (with allllll the custard) were my favourite puddings, so, I just had to recreate them in a healthy way! And, what better way to eat them than for breakfast?

Ingredients:

For the pies:

– 50g of egg whites,

– 1 tablespoon of sweetener,

– 1 scoop of cinnamon, vegan protein,

– 40g of spelt flour (or flour of choice),

– 1 mashed banana,

– 1 tablespoon of oats.

For the filling:

plain yogurt,

– 2 diced apples,

– cinnamon.
Method:

1. Start by preheating the oven to 160C and lining a muffin tray (I made 9),

2. Simply combine all of the pie ingredients until well combined,

3. Using a teaspoon, put 2 teaspoons worth in each case and then press the mixture around the edge of the case,

4. Pop in the oven and cook for 15 minutes or until golden,

5. Once the pies are out of the oven, take them out of the tray and place them on a cooling rack to cool,

6. Meanwhile, dice the apples, mix with cinnamon and then pop in to the microwave for 1 and a half minutes,

7. Finally, spoon a teaspoon of yogurt, followed by a teaspoon of apple in to each case!

8. ENJOY!

Jilla Active.. my thoughts. 

For me, wearing pretty, quality gym gear is essential and in my view, you can never EVER have enough gym wear; actually, the more, the better!! However, I don’t know about you, but I am a creature of habit and stick to wearing the same brands all the time. So when my Jilla Active seamless active wear arrived, I was more than excited!

So, who are/what is Jilla Active?

‘Jilla is London based seamless activewear brand characterised by back to basic approach, it has been created from a passion for movement and simplicity, founded on the premise of excellent design and high functionality.’ The activewear is designed with the new trend of gym to brunch and then on to lunch in mind; providing activewear that can see you through it all without constant clothes changes!

My initial thoughts:

  1. The leggings look of great quality; they are a deep black with a contrasting bright waistband.
  2. The lack of seams make them feel really smooth.
  3. The packaging was lovely too; they were nicely wrapped in tissue paper. A great initial thought that makes you think the product is of great quality.

The wear test:

  1. The material (92% Polyamide) is thick enough that you can squat without your bottom going see through but not too thick that they feel sweaty!
  2. They were great for work too; as a teacher, practical PE gym wear is essential and these fit the role perfectly.
  3. No seams was AMAZING; the back of my knees felt free and it stopped them rising up whilst wearing them.
  4. I’ve worn them for spin, running and weight training; they were brilliant for all. For running my legs could still breathe which is essential for me as I CANNOT run with hot legs.


Design Details:

  1. As the leggings were seamless, this really did make them so much more comfortable.
  2. The mesh behind the knees isn’t itchy, instead it allows for your legs to move freely without sweating.
  3. The wide elastic waistband kept my leggings up and in place; in all three of the types of exercise, not once did I have to pull them up!
  4. The moisture wicking material is just that; not once did I end up feeling like I was wearing my sweat in an uncomfortable way (sweat is good though; it means you’re working hard)!

Value for money:

The leggings were priced originally at £40 and I would happily pay more than that; they were of the same quality as both my Sweaty Betty and Lulu Lemon leggings. I would certainly buy more!

Verdict?

Well worth the money and definitely worth checking out!

Hannah x

 

 

 

 

 Raw salted caramel bars 

This recipe is an ideal sweet treat and snack to placate the sweet tooth without the calories yet full of nutrient dense wholefoods. And, moreover, who doesn’t love the current trend flavour combination that is salted caramel? These treats require no baking and are ready almost instantly.


Ingredients:

Method:

  1. This couldn’t be easier; in your blender, simply pop in all the ingredients and blend until they are well combined.
  2. Line a baking tin with cling film and then spread the mixture over the top,
  3. Pop the bars in the freezer for around an hour,
  4. Take the bars out of the freezer, slice and enjoy!
  5. Store in the fridge for up to two weeks!

 

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Bellum Active and Runderwear; my thoughts.

Wearing the right gear, not just for aesthetics but also for comfort and ultimate performance, is important to me. Essentially, I want my clothes to look and feel great and both my Bellum Active and Runderwear active wear, do just that!

Bellum Active:

When my Bellum clothing arrived, I was SO excited! After trying the leggings on, and slowly walking away empty handed at BeFit London, I knew I needed to purchase some in the future! Why? Well, I’m about to let you know!

Appearance: 

Venus Capri: To look at, the material of the capri’s is as shiny as they are soft; they are just beautiful! The mesh at the back of the calf looks really tasteful when on and stops you from feeling uncomfortably sweaty when you’re working out! The pattern is lovely; not too in your face but enough to feel that you’re looking good in the gym!

Endurance and odour control run top: I LOVE THIS TOP. It looks and feels so soft and is just as snug yet breathable when it is on! I have worn it both in the gym and on a run, and in both cases, it was just as good at the job it states it does.

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Practicality:

For both running and the gym these garments are both ideal.  I love that, unlike most run tops, this one has a zip on the back; ideal for your keys! The capri’s have a pocket on the back too! The top has lovely thumb holes; ideal for colder runs and great to stop the sleeves riding up!

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The hand zip on the back of the run top! 
The Wear Test:

  1. Both items are SO SOFT when they are on; almost to the point that you don’t want to take them off!
  2. The capri’s feel really smooth when they are on and this stops you from feeling all sweaty and horrible.
  3. The top is great to run in outdoors and for warming up in the gym (you could wear it the whole time but I get too sweaty in long sleeves!!!).  Outdoors, it added a great, extra layer in the cold and kept my hands, that easily go blue, warm!

Price: Both of these items were on the slightly pricier side BUT I feel that you pay for what you get, so they are great value for money and I wouldn’t hesitate in buying more Bellum items. The Capri’s are priced at £50 and the top £55!

Runderwear:

According to the website, Runderwear is ‘seamless, moisture wicking, breathable and chafe free’, and I can concur  that this is absolutely true.

What I like about Runderwear is how they effortlessly blend practicality with a modern, tasteful appearance. The products come in multiple colours (I naturally went for the bright pink look) and styles; you really can choose what you like best so that you run in ultimate comfort.

Appearance: When you think running underwear, you think granny like and ugly, but I was very pleasantly surprised when my delivery arrived. The bra is REALLY soft, eye catching, practical yet looks good too.  The knickers are the same; they don’s show a knicker line either (always difficult when you’re wearing Lycra)!

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The wear test: Once on, you almost feel as if you are wearing no underwear! The elastane within the clothing keeps your underwear in place as you run; no chaffing or movement of clothing once you’re moving! This is ideal as I am often having to hoick up my underwear in a very un-lady like manner when I  run! Once working out, and nice and sweaty, neither pieces rubbed.. ideal!

Price:  At £16 for the briefs and £25 for the bra, I feel that both items are great value for money. Essentially, you pay for what you get and by paying more, you really are running in better comfort.

If you are an outdoor runner, treadmill pacer or HIIT lover, Runderwear will be ideal for you! They work in both a practical and aesthetic manner; 10/10 from me!

 

 

Poke Bowl (Guest post: @freddie_church)

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Ever heard of Pokē?  No, me neither until just last week. This is the latest trend on London’s street food scene, having recently been brought across the pond from California thanks to Pokē – a new foodstand trading with Kerb streetfood and definitely one of my new absolute favorites. Pokē, pronounced Poh-Keh meaning “to slice or cut” is the Hawaiian answer to sushi; given that I am a self-confessed raw-fish fanatic, this is all I’ve been able to think about since I first heard of it.

Pokē is a mix of raw marinated fish using both salmon, ahi tuna or a market special fish, along with a mix of fresh pickles, black rice and wakame seaweed salad. Given that the name itself means to slice or cut; you can imagine that the way everything is prepared is very important to the success of the dish. The fish of your choice – when I visited I chose the ahi tuna – is cut into small cubes; the way it is cut allows the texture and freshness of the fish to really come through.  This is placed on a bed of perfectly cooked black rice which added a really nice texture, but to my surprise had been cooked together with a little garlic which added a good punch of flavour.

Then came the wakame seaweed, carrot and edamame salad. Whilst I love the texture of seaweed, which is often soft and delicate, others often are less keen on it; however, for those who don’t like the idea of seaweed, fear not, each of the elements in the salad is perfectly dressed and provides a really strong crunch and balance to the overall dish. A multitude of different pickles is placed on top, not only adding the most incredible array of colour to the dish, but an acidic kick and freshness. You can tell each of the pickles is freshly made; none of them have the overly strong acidic taste which pickles often develop when they sit around. Each of the vegetables is cut slightly differently and is pickled in a different way from one another, so with every mouthful you get different combinations of flavours, which really does make the dish an absolute pleasure to eat and leaves you wanting more.

Along with your own choice of fish and basic pickles, you are also given a choice of extras – pickles and mayos to really pimp your Pokē. I chose Kimkchi because it’s another of those flavours that is highly addictive, to the point that whenever I see it as an option on a menu it’s very hard to say no to. Importantly, however, like the other pickles, it was not overly strong because whilst it does have an addictive flavour it can be overpowering. Finally, I chose the wasabi mayo as the final element to my perfect Pokē which was the milder option of the two. The other mayo on offer was a sriracha mayo and whilst I do love a hit of chili in most of the dishes I eat I wanted to try the pokē in as natural a state as possible this first time.

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Another reason I absolutely loved this food stall was the people behind it. Thankfully when I went, it was a little quieter and I was able to talk to Guy who is the man responsible for bringing this dish into the lives of Londoners. Given that I was trying to make my own pokē for the blog, one of the main issues I asked him about was where he found the wakame seaweed (I couldn’t find it when I made the recipe so I used spring greens which worked really well). However, Guy told me they just use the dry version and reconstitute it, but he is currently in contact with some seaweed farmers down in Cornwall to try and get fresh seaweed, which I can imagine will only bring more flavour to the dish. Similarly, he told me that whilst he loves all the ingredients they use, because they are so fresh, he particularly loves the salmon because, not only is it incredibly fresh but it is also incredibly local. This is what I love about food markets as a whole; not only do they do the most fantastic things with the ingredients they have, but they work hard to make sure their produce is as locally sourced as possible and combining international inspiration and fresh British produce can only be a good thing as far as I’m concerned. I love that Pokē want to show people that it is possible to do something different with fresh British ingredients and that made me enjoy their food and their ethos all the more.

As with any dish involving raw ingredients the quality has to be the best, but I especially loved the balance Pokē has managed to achieve. None of the flavour of any singular ingredient is lost and all you get is fresh ingredients working perfectly together in harmony to give you a spectacular finished dish. I implore you to go and see them to try it for yourself.  You will not be disappointed.

How to find Pokē: Kings Cross/ West India Quay, check the Kerb Website for full details : http://www.kerbfood.com

Pokē bowl

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Ingredients:

300g sushi-grade salmon

100g black/ white sticky rice

200g spring greens

5-6 radishes

100g sesame seeds

1 avocado

mirren rice wine

rice vinegar

soy sauce

sugar

lime juice

chili

corriander

 

Method:

First make your pickles, slice the radishes as thin as you can or you could use the slicer attachment on a food processor if you have one. Then, in a small bowl, mix equal parts of the sugar and rice vinegar and leave the radishes to sit in it for around 10 minutes. I found that this still means the radishes will be crunchy but will have taken on some of the acidity from the vinegar.

While this is happening, take the skin off your salmon with a filleting knife, or you can ask your fishmonger to do it for you. As mentioned earlier it is very important that the salmon is of the highest quality; in my experience, while it might be ok to ask at a supermarket fish counter, they often don’t recommend using their fish for this kind of thing for safety reasons. It is better to go to a local fishmonger because they will know more about their product and you will get a better dish overall. I got mine from The Chelsea Fishmonger http://www.thechelseafishmonger.co.uk

Then slice the salmon with a very sharp knife into strips or cubes. Make the marinade: in a small bowl mix 4tbs of soy sauce with 2 tbs of mirren, this balances the saltiness of the soy sauce with sweetness from the mirren. Leave the fish to marinate for as long as possible before serving.

Put the rice on to boil for about 10 minutes, or according to the packet instructions. While the rice is boiling put the sesame seeds in a dry pan to toast, you will get a much more intense nutty flavour, but make sure you watch them closely as they burn really easily. Toss or stir them occasionally to ensure an even colour.

Once everything is marinating and the rice is cooking, take the spring greens off the stalks, rolling the leaves up to look like cigars, then slice them across into tiny ribbons, peel and slice the avocado and finely chop the chili and coriander.

When all the elements are ready, season to taste with a dressing made up of more soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and lime. Then all that is left to do is to put it all together in a big bowl garnish with finely chopped chili, coriander and sesame seeds and get stuck in!

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Lemon and Poppy Seed loaf… 

Most of my recipes are chocolate based, so this week I decided to challenge myself to a loaf cake that is a chocolate alternative yet just as tasty! So, combining my love of the refreshing taste of lemon and the crunch of granola, my Lemon and Poppy seed protein loaf was born! This healthy take on a classic cake, really is a great, light option for breakfast or as an afternoon snack!

 

Ingredients:

For the cake:

For the icing:

Method:

  1. Grease and line a loaf tin and turn your oven on to 160C,
  2. Mix together all of the loaf ingredients until well combined and then pour them in to your prepared tin.
  3. Pop the loaf in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  4. Take the loaf out of the oven and then the tin and leave to cool on a cooling rack.
  5. Once the cake has cooled, simply mix together the yogurt and casein icing ingredients and then spread on top of your cake! Sprinkle over the granola!
  6. ENJOY!

 

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Staying on track in the New year…

Many people ask me, ‘Don’t you ever want to skip the meal prep and buy something?’, ‘Don’t you ever just crave a nice, big  chocolate bar?’, ‘Do you ever get up and think that you don’t want to work out?’ and SO MANY more questions about how I stay on track, but you know what? The answer to all of the above questions is YES! Yes, I do sometimes skip meal prep and buy a ready made salad.  Yes, I do crave chocolate and naughty sweet things.  Yes, I do wake up and think, nah, I’m setting the alarm an hour later today, and you know what? That’s because I’m human!!

But, If I do skip that workout or eat that chocolate bar, I still make sure that I stay on track and don’t head down the slippery slope of eating the wrong things and exercising less! So, here are a few of my top tips on how to stay on track and keep to your new year’s resolutions!

Set achievable goals; If you set yourself a goal to do something fitness, food or lifestyle related, don’t make it unachievable but, instead make sure that you can take baby-stepS towards meeting it by the end of the year! My goal this year is to shave 3 minutes of off my half marathon PB time. To do so, I’m going to run 3 half marathons this year with the aim of taking a minute off each time. In the meantime, whilst training, I will do HIIT to aid this, alongside long weekend runs in which I can really pick up the pace!

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Run, run, running!

Be consistent and don’t give up; Don’t view a setback as an indication that you need to abandon the whole process. Take a moment, work out what happened and why, and then decide on what you need to do in order to get back on track. ‘All or nothing’ thinking is not the way forward.

Set the same goal as a friend and do it together; ‘sharing is caring’ and ‘double trouble’ are two of my favourite phrases and couldn’t be more apt for this; helping each other out and pushing each other on toward your next step will aid you in succeeding!

Similarly, vocalise your resolution; telling people your plan can help you stick with it, especially if you tell people who will support you. And on that note, surround yourself with people who aren’t likely to sabotage your efforts.

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Team Just Eat; we’re making resolutions together to help each other progress! 

With every mini goal you reach, reward yourself; When you get to where you want to be, celebrate! So often in life we go crashing through and onto the next project or job and fail to recognise our success. Treat yourself to that chocolate bar because balance and celebration never hurt anyone!

And, most importantly, GOOD LUCK!

xxx

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