Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Granola.

Granolagranolagranola. I love granola. I've been sneaking handfuls of this whenever I think my housemates aren't looking, because it's so delicious and moreish and I am a closeted snacker.

Having recently signed up for the Nike Run To The Beat half marathon(!) I am seriously kicking my ass in gear (and myself, who am I kidding, 13.1 miles? I run 4 miles and it feels like a massive achievement) and I am determined to get all fit and cross/crawl to that finish line. I read once somewhere that if you make your own snack food you'll save money and eat healthier (mind-blowing, I know) so I'm starting with granola.

Personal Trainer - check.
1/2 marathon training schedule - check.
Motivation - che -- sort of.

Anyway - GRANOLA! I took inspiration from Skinny Taste's recipe here. And then I adapted it because I am lazy, and don't really like following recipes.


Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 a banana
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cups seed/nut/dried fruit mix of your choice (mine has dried peach, cranberries, sunflower seeds, linseed etc)
  • cinnamon (optional)

First preheat your oven to gas mark 5.

Then, spread your rolled oats out on a baking try and pop into the oven. Turn up the heat to gas mark 7. Toast the oats for 10 minutes, stirring once.

While your oats are toasting, mix together the agave nectar, peanut butter, coconut oil, and banana until all the wet ingredients are mixed together. Add the dried seeds/nuts/fruit. I'm a fan of as little washing up as possible, so I did everything in one measuring cup. Take the oats out from the oven, and then add these to the mixture as well.


Mix until every last oat is coated.


It's really easy to eat the entire thing as this stage. But if you have willpower, you will manage to spread it out onto a baking tray ready to bake!



Pop in the oven and bake at gas mark 5 for 15 minutes.


Gobble the entire thing.*

Or, leave to cool for 20 minutes, and then crumble and put in an air-tight container, ready to add to milk, yoghurt, or eat by the handful. Or put it in tupperwear and then mosey on upstairs, only to return in 10 minutes to grab another handful.

*No judgement.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Anonymous

Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So, love the people who treat you right and forget the ones that don't, and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said that it'd be easy, they just promised it would be worth it. - Anonymous

Ain't that the truth.

Four days till Australia. Four days until I move on.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Blackberry Lens - 6


Lunch al fresco with Dad | Work Olympics spread | Drinks on the Thames
Food festivalin' with Sian | Finally got round to drinking this | Garden party @ the parents 
Fifteen Street Food Festival | Nom nom | Easy Thai curry with cauli-rice |
Olympic park! | Work terrace | Massive skincare haul


Graffiti @ Waterloo | All Star Lanes | Rodizio Preto 
Standard | Knotty | Niece's 3rd birthday
(Brand new) niece # 2! | Soho coffee | Blue toes
Random sights in Angel | Sleep must-haves | Heart shaped fungus

Monday, September 10, 2012

5 Days To A 5K

I signed up to do a 5K run last week for SLWT a charity that works to promote health, rehabilitation, education and self-sufficiency of disadvantaged children in Sierre Leone. I'm trying to increase by abilities in running and I figured the perfect way to stay on track in terms of training was to have a race/run to train for! I've also managed to rope my housemate Sian into doing it also, so this week we'll be training hard for it as it's this Sunday!

Our training (and eating) will look something like this:


I already run in the morning before work most days, but this week I want to get in a lot of stretching and a few sessions of lower body strength training to prepare my legs for the run. I plan to fully push myself on Sunday because I really want to get my 5K time under 30 minutes. On the treadmill I find it easier to hit this goal, but I find running outside much harder. Here's to a week of eating clean and training mean :)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Bucket List

an incomplete list of things I want to do, eat, accomplish, and see during my life:














Completed.



[images from here]

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Train like a #Superhuman: Paralympics


I found the above image on this Facebook page (which I am loving). I have 6 weeks before I will be on the sunny beaches of Sydney and I want to look my best for my brother's wedding. I've become a little bit complacent with my workouts and diet since I decided to seriously shape up just over a year ago, and having successfully whipped myself into better shape over the past 9 months I've started to get lazy.

Time to get back on that clean eating horse! I never regret a workout and I always feel 10x better after I've done one, even if I'm having a bad day. I'll be working a lot next week and won't have the energy after work, so I need to get up and train in the mornings every day.

I'm watching the #Superhumans tomorrow morning at the Paralympics; I was kindly offered two tickets today so my housemate and I are going! No doubt after seeing the athletes perform I'll have all the motivation I need to stick to my clean eating. But just in case I need an extra push, I've found some excellent resources online :).

Sunday morning workout:



I'm so excited to see the Olympic village!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Food & Fitness


To me, food and fitness go hand-in-hand. I'd like to think I live quite a healthy lifestyle; I like to keep fit, so I exercise regularly; and, I'm a vegetarian, which means that I'm always on the hunt for delicious recipes to add to my repertoire.

So where do I go for my food and fitness inspiration? To food and fitness blogs, obvi. There are so many out there it's all a bit overwhelming. A quick bit of personal history and context: just over two years ago now I made the decision to become a pescatarian, and although back then I changed my diet simply to inspire/force me to cook more vegetables and save some cash during my final university year (groceries in Canada are cray expensive. Not okay), I had no idea how much it would change my health for the better. Anyway, I'm a big advocate of the internet in that you can pretty much Google anything and inform yourself. So that's exactly what I did; I Googled 'pescatarian diet' and researched, read, and educated myself on how cutting out meat from my diet would change my body. :)

I've listed a few of my favourite food & fitness focused blogs below. What do they all have in common? Easy to follow recipes; great photography; unique hints and tips; authority (they know what they're talking about); and the blogs are written in a genuine, digestible voice that doesn't come across as patronizing or contrived.

1) Sorted Food - Who said men can't cook? This blog/website/YouTube channel is run by a group of guys who whip up delicious food and recipes and make them simple, cheap, healthy, and easy to do. Monkfish Rendang curry and Homemade herb-flavoured gnocchi? Yes please!

2) Skinny Taste - Gina from Skinny Taste has seriously hit the nail on the head when it comes to food and fitness. Her blogs MO? Take well known, popular (overly processed) dishes, and recreate them using only healthy ingredients. Hot Spinach and Artichoke dip? Skinnytaste'd. Eggplant Parm? Skinnytaste'd. This website was practically my bible when I first became a pescatarian; there's so much choice and the recipes are really easy to follow.

3) Undressed Skeleton - Taralynn from Undressed Skeleton has a similar blog to Skinny Taste, in that she oftentimes will recreate typically unhealthy meals and make them lighter. However, Undressed Skeleton is also a blog to read religiously if you've got a sweet tooth. Taralynn is an incredible baker and she blogs frequently about her homemade baked goods - everything from homemade pop-tarts to homemade truffles. She also posts workout logs, keeping fit hints & tips and has an incredible weight loss story. Truly inspirational.

4) Greatist - Greatist is a website that I stumbled upon by chance. It's got a similar kind of set up/feel to Thought Catalogue, but it's dedicated to fitness, health, and happiness. I've only been reading it for the past couple of days, but they have an excellent feature called GWOD - Greatist's Workout of the Day. A section of the website written by two trainers who put together simple but effective workout plans. This is definitely something I'll be using as I regularly grow bored of my workout routines and seek ways to change it up!

all images from Pinterest
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