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Go Nutrition Academy

Hi there!

I’ve just been accepted into Go Nutrition Academy! I couldn’t more excited! However, I must refer at least 2 people per month in order to remain on the inside! This is a great opportunity for me to learn so much about nutrition and fitness nd if anyone is looking to buy protein, please give Go Nutrition a shot! I use their Whey Protein, their chocolate flavour is amazing (even with water!)

I know it sounds like I’m plugging them for the sake of staying inside the Academy but their protein is genuinly great tasting and great quality. They also have a fantastic range of other trianing goodies.

Plus, if you use my referral code you get 250g of free protein when you make an order! Can’t beat free protein!

My code is A5CJC5!

Free protein!? Hell yeah!

Gym Bug

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Valentine’s Day

Hi there!

This isn’t going to be a post about how amazing this day is. I don’t have anyone special to celebrate it with and I know I’m not alone on that one. So I thought I’d just say this;

Treat yourself today by improving your health.

Don’t sit and gorge on ice cream, wine and chocolate “because it’s Valentine’s Day”. I’m having a nice burrito dinner with some wine tonight but I’m not crying at Love Actually because I’m single. I’ve already been to the gym this morning! Love yourself and make yourself happy with you. If you don’t love who you are, no one else will.

Changes are not easy but the difference it could make is incredible. Trust me. I put on heaps of weight in my first semester at University and looking at photos I hated it. I was uncomfortable with myself. I was not obese or overweight but I was bigger than I had ever been and it was because I let my emotions get in the way. If you feel uncomfortable with yourself then make a change! Set yourself a promise that on Valentine’s Day 2016 you’ll be different!

It’s not about being skinny it’s about being fit, healthy and strong.

That heart of yours will thank you for it. A box of chocolates and a flower for one day won’t make it quite so happy in the long run.

Treat it right. No one else will.

Treat it right. No one else will.

Gym Bug

2-Ingredient Pancakes

Hi there!

Last night was pancake night! A friend and I had decided to make some pancakes to give ourselves a break from studying. However, we used a recipe neither of us had tried before. I was slightly sceptical, there is literally 2 ingredients in these pancakes but they were actually really, really good.

Ingredients; (for one person, about 3-5 pancakes)

1 large, ripe banana
2 eggs
Cinnamon (optional, we actually forgot)

Method;

  • Mash the eggs, bananas and cinnamon (if using) all together to form a smooth batter.
    You could use a blender here if you have one.
  • Heat a little oil in a pan (on a medium heat).
  • Fry the pancakes until browned on each side, about 2 tablespoons per pancake works well.
  • Serve with your favourite toppings!

We had jam or honey or a bit of dark chocolate on ours, but try with yoghurt, fruit, dark chocolate drops, maple syrup, whatever you love on pancakes! They are sweet because of the banana, so watch out for that!

A couple of cooking notes;

  • The ‘batter’ will be quite thin if you leave your bananas slightly chunkier (like we did), it still works really well, plus you get delicious hits of warm banana through the pancake.
  • They are paler than normal pancakes, to ensure the egg is cooked leave about 2-3 on each side.
  • If you’ve left banana chunks in there; you will find wetter parts through the pancake as you are eating it, the pancake is cooked (if you’ve left it long enough) it’s just the banana making it a bit more moist.
  • Next time I think I’ll add some raisins or dark chocolate drops to add to these a bit.
  • If you’re looking to bulk them up a bit add some peanut butter in there or any nut butter (or you could use these as toppings).
  • Chocolate craving? Cocao powder in there.
  • These average out at about 25 calories per pancake (untopped), that’s about a 20 calorie saving per pancake compared to generic pancakes!

These were such a great mix up to my usual boring dinners! Love them! There are some photos below (on my iPhone, apologies about the quality) of them cooking and one finished pancake!

Pancake Cooking

Pancake cooking

One completed pancake

One completed pancake

The set-up

The set-up

It’s a Monday! Did you get your Monday off to a great start with a workout!? I did not, the gym is closed so I went yesterday instead! But if you can go on a Monday I recommend it! It sets you up for the week!
Here’s to a great week.

Gym Bug

Power Up Pancakes

Hi there,

Another transfer from my old blog, but these pancakes are incredible so they must be shared. Best part? They’re good for you. Excellent post or pre-workout fuel and they’re very easy and quick to make

Ingredients:
50g oats (Stoats Original work perfectly)
100g cottage cheese
2 eggs
Your favorite pancake toppings

Method:
1) Blend all the ingredients together (easiest to do with a food processor).
2) Split the batter into two equal portions and spread into a pan.
3) Cook until golden brown on each side.
4) Top with your favorite toppings!

I topped mine with fresh raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, banana, a little golden syrup and some raspberry fat free yoghurt. It was amazing.  The photo below shows an example of what you can do with the pancakes in terms of toppings. This particular photo was taken on Friday when my two sisters made them.

Some suggestions for healthy* toppings;

  • Banana and greek yoghurt
  • Berries (fresh or frozen, you could even whip up a quick fruit compote)
  • Peanut butter (just watch the quantities)
  • Fat free yoghurt (keep an eye out on the sugar content)
  • Golden syrup (again all about moderation)
  • Tinned fruit (aim to buy tinned fruit in it’s own juice not syrup)
* you might consider some of these unhealthy, but things in moderation are okay, and let’s face it, these pancakes deserve decent toppings!

Start the day with a protein punch! Or have them as a post-workout snack!
Check out my Pinterest page for othe healthy recipes I’ve found (and some little treats), when I tried them out I’ll post about them!
Gym Bug

Stoats; Fuelling you with Scottish greatness

Hi there!

Now, I’m a huge fan of porridge. I think it’s a super kick start to your day; excellent source of energy, filling, warm and low GI. For me, porridge ticks all the boxes and it’s NOT BORING. You can add fruit, sauces, chocolate, peanut butter; the list is endless with a good old bowl of oats! I eat a variety of brands of porridge but my all-time favourite has to be good old Stoats. It was my dad that picked up a box a while ago because it was on special in the supermarket. He came home with Apricot and Sultana, and the box didn’t last the week (my dad and I especially partial to this flavour).
The oats are Scottish (waving the flag here, you go Stoats) and they use all natural ingredients like fruits and seeds (always a huge bonus).
Here’s a run-down of what they’ve got;

  • Apricot & Sultana Porridge;
    Stoats get their proportion of fruit to oats spot on here. Juicy sultanas and dried apricots bring the occasional bite of sweetness without it being too much. You don’t even need to add anything; it’s delicious on its own.
  • Sunflower & Poppy Seed Porridge;
    My twin loves this one. I definitely prefer the apricot one but this always made a nice break. The subtle crunch of the seeds gave a nice, subtle flavour. I’ll admit, my sister adds peanut butter, but it’s a very good porridge with or without it (given my obsession with peanut butter, it’s very good with it).
  • Apple & Cinnamon;
    A tummy hug. Best way to describe it. I am not a huge fan of cinnamon, but they’ve again got the balance spot on. The apples compliment the cinnamon perfectly so rather than being overwhelmed and feeling like you’ve done the Cinnamon Challenge you’re left with a warm, fuzzy feeling in your tummy. This is excellent on a cold morning.
  • Original Oats;
    We usually have a box in the house as back-up in case we run out of the others. I chop through banana, blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, apple, raisins etc (maybe some peanut butter) to give it a bit more flavour. But these oats are very filling and perfect to get you up and going.
  • Quick Pots;
    These are one portioned sized boxes of porridge for on the go dining. As a snack or as a breakfast these are great for chucking in your bag and going. Like most oats, you can make it with hot water, so you don’t even need to worry about heating up milk. They come in 3 flavours; Apple & Cinnamon, Original and Cranberry & Blueberry. They DON’T offer the Cranberry & Blueberry in large boxes only in porridge pot form, but I recommend giving it a try, nice tangy berries always make a great start to the morning.
  • Porridge Bars;
    Energy packed bars for snacking or a quick breakfast. They come in 6 flavours; Apple & Cinnamon, Apricot & Sultana, Blueberry & Honey, Fig & Date, Raspberry & Honey and White Choc & Hazelnut. I’m a fan of Apple & Cinnamon as well as their Raspberry & Honey. But I can tell you, they’re all delicious and filling.
  • Oatcakes;
    I didn’t actually know they produced these. I learned this by checking out their website. I’m a fan of oatcakes (and cheese, anybody?), so I’m sure their amazing.
Taken from their Pinterest page

Taken from their Pinterest page, look at that range!

What’s also great is how much they care about customer feedback. My dad e-mailed them to let them know we’re huge fans and to ask a question about production. They responded with a really kind e-mail and then SENT US STOATS GOODIES. Now, I’m a sucker for freebies so that sends them from 0 to hero in my book. It shows a different level of customer commitment.  They were also incredibly helpful in making sure I got all my information correct for you readers out there!
I would like to point out the box of goodies event occurred months ago and Stoats is not sponsoring this post, the onset of winter and the finishing of my only box of Stoats here in Madrid prompted this post.

Something that’s also great is that they’re not necessarily for breakfast. My dad enjoys a bowl of Stoats to fuel him for his long-distance runs.

You can purchase their products on their online store or keep an eye for their oats, bars and pots in Asda, Tesco’s, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and lots of independent deli’s, cafes and farm shops! They’re also on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest (some great recipes).

Stoats of Scotland, woot woot! If you’re looking for a great meal (breakfast is the most important meals of the day) then go for Stoats. You won’t regret it.

Gym Bug

Soreen; Fitness Fuel

Hi there!

So this post will be about one of my all time favourite snacks; Soreen! If you haven’t heard of it, it’s an excellently squidgy malt loaf filled with fruit. It comes in a whole range of flavours and is a healthy source of energy! It’s only available in the UK (unless you order it online from somewhere) so for those in the UK, get your hands on some of this if you’re looking for an excellent, energy packed healthy snack!

The best part is that they come in a whole range of different flavours! I’ll run through them and comment on the ones I’ve tasted!

1) Original Malt Loaf
This one is the original malt loaf, packed with juicy raisins, this one is delicious. This can be topped with probably just about anything and still taste absolutely amazing! I love this one toasted with some peanut butter.

2) Banana Loaf

This one is my all time favourites (and my family’s). It’s delicious, banana squidginess is perfect. The banana tastes really authentic, not like processed, fake banana flavouring. Again, love this one with peanut butter.

3) Fruity Five Loaf

Again, delicious. I prefer the banana one but I love bananas. This one has raisins, sultanas, cherries, lemon and orange this gets your tastebuds really going! If you’re not a huge fan of fruit cakes (e.g Christmas Cake) then this one might not be for you though.

4) Apple & Raisin

Packed with apples and raisins, this one is nice and apple-y. There is a hint of cinnamon in this one, which is good, since cinnamon is great for balancing sugar levels but it’s not for everyone so be warned. I think it’s delicious because the cinnamon is not overpowering, it’s subtle and provides almost like a small warmth.

5) Chocolate Loaf

I know what you’re thinking, chocolate is not healthy! In moderation, everything is okay, but in this loaf it really isn’t that bad. They use small chocolate chips and cocoa powder to get a great chocolate flavour without it being too rich. Again I top this with peanut butter (PB is a huge favourite of mine).

6) Festive Loaf

A Christmas special from Soreen! Raisins, currents, cherries, citrus and heart-warming winter spices, this is a must try at Christmas! I loved it when I was rowing and I’d come back from the cold and have a warmed slice of this. It is incredible and made even better by the fact it’s only available around Christmas. Gets me right into the festive mood!

Now I’ll go onto the ones I haven’t tried (yet)

7) Cinnamon & Raisin

My sister loves it (she says it ties with Banana loaf). She says the sweetness of the raisins help cut through the cinnamon and make it taste a little festive! Apparently a must try toasted with a little bt of butter!

8) Orange Loaf

This one intrigues me. Being in Spain I am unable to get my hands on it and I’ve heard it’s limited edition (hopefully not), because I think it sounds interesting. I would imagine it is quite tangy and zingy. A refreshing loaf I would imagine. Fingers crossed I get to try it!

9) Toffee Apple Loaf

I love Toffee Apples and the idea of them being in a SOREEN LOAF sounds great. Again I’ve heard this might be a Halloween thing, again I’m praying not! It may have the potential to be quite sweet but that’s acceptable sometimes! Who doesn’t love a dash of toffee though some squidgy goodness!?

Soreen comes in different formats too! All the ones above (except Toffee Apple) come in loaf form, and then some come in lunchbox loaf sizes (Original, Banana, Chocolate and Toffee Apple). The Original Loaf comes in a pre-sliced package, pre-buttered package and a single mini loaf size too. Soreen are great for snacks on the go! The lunchbox loaves in particular are great if you’re like me and can’t always resist temptation and take a massive slice, it’s just too good.

Nutritionally, they’re calorie dense, but as an on- the- go snack they’re perfect for energy slumps or sweet cravings without piling on the nasties like sugar or saturated fat! For detailed nutritional details on each loaf head here where they keep you fully informed on their squidgy nutrition.

Soreen also do events, look out in the UK for the excellent Soreen T-Shirts (if anyone knows how to get their hands on one, let me know). They also run many, many competitions, here is their current one for a YEAR’S SUPPLY OF SOREEN (what!?) http://www.soreen.com/halloween-comp/ Good luck everyone! Their Facebook page also has some great competitions too, check that out here.

So, overall, I’m sure it’s clear I’m a massive Soreen supporter. They’ve just released a great new advert too featuring the adorable Loveable Loaf, check it out here.

I would like to note Soreen have not promoted this in any way. I’m just a little blogger making sure the awesome potential this food has for those who lead active lifestyles is known.

Gym Bug

 

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