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Happy Hump Day!!! 😛

It was great hearing the reasons for why you HEART February.  Even though it may not have been an exciting month for many I think it is nice to look back and take note of the little things that made the month that little bit special.  It really made me realise that February wasn’t as bad as I thought it had been and I think I will make “I HEART...” a regular post on the last day of the month.  It worked wonders for maintaining some positivity in what was a very long day in the lab for me.

Due to my long hours working in the lab this week my eats so far have been what ever has been convenient at the time.

Monday started with a delicious green smoothie in a bowl:

I mixed spinach, celery, a plum, a pear, Kara coconut milk, agave nectar, water, ground flax , 2 tbsp of oats and xanthan gum.  Toppings included dried mango, coconut, almonds and some Rude Health Early Bird Granola.

For lunch I had left over from Sunday with some and Asian style dipping sauce.

I love these things and they made for a tasty and speedy lunch.  These were followed by diced pineapple and kiwi slices.

For afternoon snackage I delved into my Nakd Bar stash and also had two oranges:

After doing a 12 hour stint in the lab and getting home too late to cook I decided that the microwave was going to be my date for the evening.  I threw in (quite literally as I was starving!) a sweet potato and topped it with cinnamon, agave nectar and peanut butter.

I’ve always wanted to try a sweet potato mess and this didn’t disappoint.  I also ate a pear and two plums.

Yesterday morning started bright and early with a bowl of banana oats made with water and Kara coconut milk.

Add-ins included golgi berries, omega seed mix and raw chocolate covered golgi berries…yum!!!

After this I headed to the gym for an awesome 50 minute spinning class, which I followed up with 30 minutes on the cross trainer, step machine and the new machine and usual ab and core exercises.

To refuel I had my favourite warm soya milk and gingerbread drink.  The poor girl behind the counter looked at me strangely and had to reconfirm that if I wanted warm milk without coffee…of course, why wouldn’t I? 😛

Lunch today was a yummy bowl of deliciousness…

Vegetable and Bean Soup 🙂

I adapted this recipe from the Black Bean Soup recipe in my book.

Ingredients

  • 1 small leek
  • 1 carrot halved and sliced
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 400g 0f red kidney beans (or any bean of your choice)
  • 1 half of a red pepper diced
  • 4 medium sized tomatoes blended
  • 1 1/2 cup of vegetable stock or water
  • 1/2 a tin of low fat coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp of soy sauce/tamari/shoyu
  • 1 tbsp of chopped coriander
  • seasonings

This soup is ridiculously easy to make…

First throw all of the veggies, except the tomatoes into a pan and cook until tender.  Add the stock, coconut milk, soy sauce, tomatoes and beans. Allow the soup to simmer for 5 minutes and then stir in the coriander.  Season to taste.

Simple huh?

I have so much love for this soup right now.   So good for me that this recipe makes at least 2 servings, or 1 very large one if you like to swim in your soups, which I’m prone to doing often!

I followed this up with two oranges.  Afternoon snackage was sliced kiwis sprinkled with almonds.

I actually ate my dinner at uni yesterday as I knew it was going to be a late finish.  I packed steamed kale with omega mixed seeds, red pepper hummus, amaranth and quinoa rye bread and carrot sticks.

When I got home I ate a snack plate of fruit and 2 squares of my mango dark chocolate.

Since a new month has dawned I thought it would be re-evaluate my workout schedule.  Overall I quite like how things are going with my fitness routine, but I’m getting a little concerned with the amount of time I spend working out.  Sometimes my workouts border the 2 hour mark, which are really having an impact on my body in relation to how tired I feel some days.  In light of this I’m restricting my workouts to just 1 hour 30 minute sessions maximum and I’m not allowed to go over this time restraint.  So, I have made my workouts more intense to compensate for the less time I spend working out.  Other changes and goals for March include:

  • run once a week- now that it is lighter and slightly warmer I’m loving running outside again.  I can’t wait for it to get warmer though so I run more frequently.
  • include more arm exercises in my toning work out (more on that tomorrow);
  • include yoga into my routine;
  • attempt to fit in another exercise class;
  • 30 minutes of interval training into every cardio routine to make it more challenging;
  • repeat my toning workout twice to make it more intense;
  • finally choose a half marathon to take part in this summer;
  • carry on with healthy eating, lots of fruit and veggies, whole grains, little meat and unrefined sugars. 

I will be going into more detail about my new devised toning routine in tomorrows post.

The post man was very kind to me today…

The very kind people at sent me some treats to try and review.  I recieved organic mango slices, Clearspring sweet white miso, BioFair organic quinoa flakes and some RAW Health chocolate.  I cannot wait to try out all of these fab products!!! 🙂

I’ve also been sent a cook book to review:

The Cookery School cookbook, which is currently showing on channel 4.  It’s a bit like a dummies guide to cooking.  It teaches you all the basics of cooking and has some great recipes inside.  Alfie has promised me that he is going to cook a dish from the book.  I will let you know how he gets on!

How are your cooking skills? Have you had any bad moments in the kitchen?  Set the house of fire?  I’m not great, but now that I’m living away from home and not dependent on my Mum I had no choice but to grab the bull by the horns and get in the kitchen and COOK.  I actually really enjoy experimenting with ingredients, especially when I’m grocery shopping- I’m always looking for something new to buy.   Cooking and baking is a great way to unwind after a stressful day.

I hope you are all having a great week!

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