Dusting the trainers off

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It’s January so everywhere I look it’s ‘New Year, New You’ – I wouldn’t exactly say new but I have dug the trainers back out to beat the January blues…

I’ve been back at Studio One Tunbridge Wells for an exhausting, yet strangely energising Barre Pilates class and of course the traditional pilates this week.

Bring on 2016! I might even go for a run… maybe, possibly… I’ll keep you posted…

STUDIO ONE | Where mind and body meet

Update: I went for a run! With my very muddy dog in the rain… still asking myself why!

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GF Blondies.

So this was not only the first successful gf recipe, but also my first bake in the new kitchen!

So happy to say the kitchen is still in one piece and the blondes were edible. Unfortunately something went wrong (still can’t figure out what) but these blondes didn’t taste like a traditional blondie, however I still ended up with the total gooey, yummy, scrumminess that is a brownie/blondie.

Normally I like to bake and vary my recipes until they are just how I like them and my own recipe. However, I was in the mood to bake and had not come across the box of my baking books and notes, so to the internet it was for a new gf recipe / inspiration. I like cooking Jamie Oliver recipes, they are fun and so simple to follow, so you can really enjoy the cooking / baking process. I have never used one of his recipes for baking before but the recipe was original and delicious – so I’m sold!

Now for the ingredients: the recipe was gf, using gluten free flour and baking powder, however with the small change of honey to maple syrup the blondes could also be vegan. I had never cooked with soya yoghurt before so I did my best to stick to the recipe and discovered that I really like soya yoghurt – great in smoothie too by the way! Finally, I need to mention the use of honey as a partial sugar alternative – it adds another level of flavour into the mix while keeping the mixture a malleable consitency.

GF Blondies // 2015

GF Blondies // 2015


 

•  Click here for the Jamie Oliver recipe  •

Thumbs up for: homemade flavoured water

Flavoured Water. 2015

Flavoured Water. 2015

Flavoured water has been around for a while, a really simple way to jazz up your daily litres.

While at uni I was never the biggest fan of the taste of the local tap water. The obvious choice is a water filter, which is great but if you’re looking for a more creative twist on your daily water then giving this method might be the one for you.

To kick things off...

Simply find an empty jug or bottle and select your flavourings. These can be any type of flavour you like.

Typically, fruit – such as:

  • Cucumber & lime
  • Strawberry & Basil
  • Mint
  • Lemon & Lime
  • Orange & Blueberries
  • Strawberries & Raspberries

Now chop up your selected ingredients to suit the size of your container. Fill the container with water and add the flavourings, I suggest leaving overnight to let it infuse and hey-presto a healthy and creative drink.

Back in the swing of things

One would hope at least!

With the dissertation hand-in done, the last of my uni deadlines and celebrations set for the end of the week and the 21st milestone hit – it is time to become a fully formed adult human bean.

So far, I’m plodding along quite nicely, pretending its not happening!! Got a fairly serious case of the ‘I don’t want to grow up’ going on right now but I’m working through it with a new found love of all things weird and healthy. Much to the dismay of my family and the boyf… note to self bringing home chia seeds, spinach and almond milk will not go down as well as say, umm – any part of a pig?!

It feels very weird to have all this time on my hands. So I am following a tip I learnt this year to stay proactive – make a list. Nothing too daunting or you won’t actually want to start, but enough to give you the self satisfaction of a ‘tick’ when the job is done.

… Maybe Monica knew what she was talking about with her ‘check’ list in Friends!

#PoweringThrough

Breakfast inspiration from Golden Oats

If you haven’t checked out GoldenOats.Com – do it now… this is my lovely friend Georgia Plummer’s blog. She posts mainly about awesome food, normally various breakfasts, so I thought I would try one out for myself.

Honey Nut Granola. 2015

Honey Nut Granola with Pumpkin Seeds & Dried Apricot, Strawberry Yoghurt, Raspberries. 2015

This is her very scrummy, healthy banana nut granola.

I love this recipe for the fact it takes literally two minutes of effort and has five ingredients. You can do this one in your sleep!

So I swayed off course a bit and used porridge oats instead of rolled oats and peanut butter instead of almond butter… oopsie – but it still tastes just as good. Another bonus with this recipe, you can be thrifty with your ingredients.

Here’s Georgia’s recipe or you can check out her original post, over on Golden Oats, HERE.

Healthy Banana Nut Granola
Ingredients
  • 2 cups/200g rolled oats
  • 1 Very Ripe Banana, Mashed
  • 2 tbsp Almond Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Honey/Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
Method

First, preheat your oven to 160 degrees (fan) or equivalent.

Then, place all of your ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir together until the oats have combined into little clusters. I use my hands for this bit – so much quicker.

Now, scatter onto a non-stick baking tray, which has been greased with a small amount of olive oil. I drizzled a bit on and used some kitchen roll to spread the oil around and soak up the excess.

Georgia’s Handy Tip No.1: “I tend not to line my tray because the heat from the metal tray helps the granola to become crispy more quickly.”

Cook your granola mix on the top shelf of your oven for 30-40 minutes. Make sure to turn the granola with a spoon every 5 minutes to ensure all the clusters turn a beautiful golden colour and get nice and crispy.

Georgia’s Handy Tip No.2: I like to turn the mixture around the tray to make sure that the middle goes to the outside and the granola cooks evenly.

Once your granola is cooked, leave to cool until it reaches room temperature. Now it’s the fun bit… choose your container of choice and add your extras.

Extras
  • Sultanas, raisins or your favourite dried fruits
  • Toasted almonds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Or any other nuts

You can either eat as is or serve with fresh or dried fruit, milk (normal, soya or nut) or your choice of yogurt.

Enjoy & check out Golden Oats for more breakfast inspiration!

Thought for the day

The dissertation is such a long, long, looong process and with today’s sun it seemed a bit daunting to sit inside staring at a computer screen. So here we have today’s Instagram post and my motivational thought for the day…

Motivation // 2015

Motivation // 2015

(Photo credit: Somewhere in the never-ending abyss of the Internet)