Friday, 28 June 2013
Wednesday, 19 June 2013
- 1 cup of brown rice crispies
- 1/2 cup of oats
- 1/2 cup of dessicated coconut
- 1/2 cup of raisins
- 1/2 cup of goji berries
- 1/2 cup of almond butter
- 1/2 cup of honey or brown rice syrup
- 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (I used sunwarrior)
- Splash of milk if needed
Saturday, 15 June 2013
Friday, 14 June 2013
Creamy, Dreamy Tomato Soup.
Wednesday, 12 June 2013
This is the instagram generation. We spend more time drooling over images of peoples picture perfect lives than we do actually living our own.
Healthy living blogs can be inspiring but they can also be really, really depressing. Humans are competetive by nature and are always striving to be the 'best' at whatever we do. We also hate showing signs of weakness.
It's easy to forget that even though a bloggers site is immaculate that doesn't mean their life is. They don't always eat healthy gourmet meals, they don't always feel vibrant and positive and they don't have an unreal workout every day.
I am not criticising health bloggers in anyway. A blog is an amazing way to document your talents and experiences. I think it's important to take them with a pinch of salt and remember that your life doesn't always have to be 'perfect'.
Your meals don't have to be restaurant standard every day, your workout doesn't have to leave you in a sweaty puddle all the time.
The most important thing to remember is to enjoy yourself in every moment as much as you can. Don't let the little things get you down. Don't get caught up in having to do things your way all the time. Enjoy some diversity and take life how it comes.
When you go for a run or to the gym don't stress out about going as hard and long as you can. Do whatever your body feels up to that day. Focus on enjoying how it feels to move your body. It is imperitive for good health that you don't begin to see exercise as a chore or a punishment.
The same goes for preparing your food. There is more to cooking than just the end product. Crank up the tunes. Dance like a fool. Enjoy the rhythm of your knife, the hiss of vegetables sautéing in the pan, the aroma of spice filling the house. Pause and admire your handiwork before you wolf it down.
Enough rambling. Time for a kick ass curry ;)
This is inspired by the vegetable katsu curry in wagamamas. The quantities aren't very specific because I kinda just winged it. It's pretty simple yet impressively elegant so just give it a go. Put your own twist on it.
Grab yourself some funky ingredients.
I used black rice, about 80g and boiled that til it looked nice and chewy.
Then I turned the oven up nice and hot. I tossed some turkey breast and some aubergine and sweet potato medallions in some eggs and then dunked them in mix of spelt flour and salt. Breadcrumbs, almond meal or ground crackers would work too.
I baked them on oiled trays til they turned crisp and brown. Meanwhile I prepared the sauce.
Sauté some shallots, ginger, garlic and fresh chili in coconut oil til they turn opaque and release their flavours. Add a tbsp of curry powder, a tbsp of veggie buillion and a few tbsp of flour. Add water til it forms a paste. Add half a tin of coconut milk slowly, whilst you continue to whisk the sauce.
Add a little water if needed and leave to simmer.
I served the prepared components with some coriander, oven roasted peanuts and steamed brussel sprouts (slightly out of place, but it worked!). Nom nom.
Wednesday, 5 June 2013
When my older friends told me about the huge leap between third year and fifth year I scoffed and laughed at them
When peoples jaws dropped with shock as I told them I chose all three science subjects I shrugged and told them it would be grand.
Nothing, and I mean nothing, could have prepared me for how tough this year would be.
The workload hit me like a train and I struggled to find the time or energy to complete my homework.
I dropped my hobbies like a stack of dominos and the later I stayed up obsessing over some stupid maths question, the less attention I payed in class the next day because I was enjoying a much needed snooze on my desk.
However, don't kill me for the cliché, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
Struggling through this year taught me so many important lessons.
I learnt to relax my attitude towards schoolwork and to detatch my sense of self worth from my grades. I am still proud of my academic achievments but I now understand that much like our weight, our grades are another number that we shouldn't allow to define our happiness.
Another lesson I learnt is that relaxation and sleep are every bit as important for good health as exercise and diet are. There is no point in having a flawless diet (which is a debatable concept anyway) if you will spend all day stressing about workout or if the thought of having consumed a supposed allergen makes you toss and turn at night. Although it is important to live a healthy lifestyle it is vital that it doesn't become a chore that makes every day monotonous.
Well summer is here now and having survived a character building year I am now much more accomplished in the areas of 'cramming' and 'winging it' than I ever could have dreamed.
My thoughts are bubbling and I can't wait to share a years worth of experiences as well as all the beautiful food I will cook during these long sunny days.
For the mean time I highly recommend you try and these yummy protein pancakes over at minus the sugar.
They truely are the bomb. They don't stick at all and they puff up beautifully. I enjoyed mine banana bread style with sliced banana, walnuts and yogurt. Deeeelish. ;)