Quick Post Gym Dinner

I always like to prepare something quick, easy and most importantly, tasty for my Monday evening dinner. Today I was suffering slightly from the traditional Monday blues and so I made this spicy chicken to give me a good kick in preparation for the week ahead! Perfect for a post gym dinner and something I made up as I went along.

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Sunday Night Steak Night

A Sunday for me is traditionally spent chilling out and preparing for the week ahead. But more importantly, my weekly Steak Night. To me, there is nothing better than tucking into a succulent steak with all the (healthily adapted) trimmings. So here is a little insight to my favourite meal of the week!

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Adios Summer 2014!

When summer comes around, I like to say adios to the indoor gym environment and instead, take advantage of the great outdoors. When the sun is shining, what better place is there to exercise than outside in the fresh air?

I spent a lot of time in a coastal town over the summer at my family’s holiday home and so I spent less time in the gym and more time outdoors; enjoying the sunshine with friends, walking or going for a run. Hence why I haven’t been as active on here over the past few months for which I apologise, mostly to myself for giving up something I enjoy: blogging. But now it is back to normal.

After a slack few months on my typical weekly gym and diet routine, it is time to say adios summer of 2014 and hola to a few months of hard work and dedication. It is time for me to get back into my regime and work towards achieving my goals.

The next few months will be tough, juggling other committments as well as maintaining this healthy lifestyle but with sheer grit and determination, we will get there.

So this post is basically a chance to say an official goodbye to the great summer I have had and to look forward to the next few months which will bring many exciting new adventures!

Lets do it !

Lets-Do-This

B.of.A

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Homemade Granola.

Hands up if you love granola?! ☝️🙌☝️

I love the stuff but unfortunately, although it sounds healthy, it is in most cases not. Shop bought granola is often high in fat, sugar and other yummy but bad things. However, there is a way to eat this granola without it landing on your hips ; make your own.

This was basically an experiment combining what I have read about homemade granola online and youtube recipes but here is how I made my own homemade granola. 👉

Ingredients.

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- 2 cups of oats
– 1/2 cup of chopped nuts (I used chopped cashews and almonds)
– 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds or any other seeds you prefer
– 1/2 cup of dried fruit (I used cranberries and raisons)
– 3 tbsp of organic agave syrup
– 3 tbsp of natural honey
– 1 tsp of cinnamon

Method.

1. Add your oats, chopped nuts, dried fruit and cinnamon into a large bowl.
2. With a large spoon, mix in the agave syrup and honey until it is all well combined.
3. Next, spread the mixture evenly over a tray and cook in the oven for 10-12 mins until golden brown.
4. Leave to cool for 10 mins and then place your granola in an air-tight container. It will keep for up to 2 weeks.

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So there you have it! I will serve this in the morning with some fresh fruit and it will make a yummy breakfast. Will make a change from porridge!

Be sure to follow my twitter @BundleAmbition for regular updates on blog posts and my fitness journey.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of your week 😃

Love,
B.of.A 💕
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💛Funky and Fab Breakfasts 💛

We all know I love porridge and I eat it practically every morning. I have posted countless recipes on my favourite way to make it it but today I present two more.

These past couple of mornings, when I have had more time to prepare breakfast, I have found 2 new ways to make my porridge interesting and taste really good.

Here we go!

🍓🍯Strawberry and Honey Porridge 🍯🍓
🔸I make my regular porridge with semi – skimmed milk.
🔸Slice some juicy red strawberries and layer them up with my porridge and a drizzle of honey in a bowl.

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🍏🍇Apple, Almond and Raison Porridge 🍇🍏
🔸This morning, I started by making my regular porridge and then chopped an apple into small chunks and added it to the saucepan.
🔸Pour it into a bowl once bubbling, sprinkle some chopped almonds, a handful of raisons and a dash of cinnamon over the top and add a dollop of organic peanut butter on top.

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And of course I have a large cup of coffee on the side to help give me my morning kick! ☕️☕️

So there you go. 2 more ways to make, in my opinion, a fab, quick breakfast.

Have a great day and be sure to follow my twitter : @BundleAmbition

Love,
B.of.A 💕
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🎣🐟 Seafood Stir-Fry 🐟🎣

If you have been following my blog, you will know that one of my favourite healthy meals is a good stir-fry. They are quick, wholesome and super easy to prepare. Who doesn’t love making a meal in a matter of minutes?!

Anyway, last night I made a stir-fry with salmon and prawns which was delicious! The best thing about a stir-fry is that you can chuck all the different veg you have lying in the fridge into the wok and it tastes great!

In last nights stir-fry, I included:
🔸A little crushed garlic
🔹Red onion
🔸Orange pepper
🌽Leftover sweetcorn
🔹Sugarsnap peas
🔸Some stir-fry veg mix
🔹Poached salmon which I chopped into chunks and added to the stir-fry as well as some prawns

I also served the stir-fry with some sweet potato wedges – my new favourite way to eat my Sweet Potatoes!
✅Wash potatoes to remove any dirt
✅Chop into wedges and add to a baking tray with a little chilli infused oil
✅Sprinkle some smoked paprika over the top and cook for around 35 mins until crisp on the outside and soft in the middle.

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I would definitely recommend adding fish to your stir-fry as it is a great way to include fish in your diet in an interesting way.

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Love,
B.of.A 💕
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💙Pre – Run Porridge💙

Hi everyone.
Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I have been super super busy between training and other work going on! But, I hope to get back into my blogging routine again and post more recipes etc for you all again.

Porridge is one of my favourite breakfasts to have. It’s quick, simple and totally versatile as you can do so much with it to turn it into a tasty breakfast that will fill you up for the day ahead!

It is also a fabulous pre-run breakfast as it fills you up and provides you with slow-releasing energy which is perfect if you are going to the gym or out running like me.

Personally, my favourite way to take my porridge is with honey and banana.
🔹I start by making my porridge just normally with semi-skimmed milk.
🔸Then, on a side plate I slice a small banana into small slices and set aside.
🔹In a bowl, I add one layer of banana, a layer of porridge, more banana and so on…
🔸Then add the remainder of the banana on top of the porridge with a small drizzle of honey for extra goodness and voila!

I find porrdige quite hard to eat as it is bland on its own but by having banana integrated throughout and the sweetness of honey drizzled on top, you can transform what may be a chore to eat into a delightful breakfast!
(Please share in the comments your favourite ways to eat porridge!)

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Now time to go get ready for my run! Aim: 4/5 miles 💪

Love,
B.of.A 💕
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🍩Pancake Tuesday🍩

Just because you are eating healthy does not mean you had to miss out on this annual tradition today!

Tonight, after seeing countless Instagram and facebook posts, I decided I wasn’t going to miss out on this brilliant day. I have been making pancakes on this year since forever and so it was my mission to not let my diet spoil the fun!

I found this recipe and adapted it to make these healthy pancakes. Not gonna lie, they aren’t and will never be as good as the traditional American whopper pancakes but they aren’t bad and will help to satisfy your craving for pancakes!

💕Dark Choc. Oat Pancakes 💕

🔹Start by blending some oats in a food processor until they become a flour like consistency.
🔹In a large bowl, mix together the oat flour, some cinnamon, a small pinch of baking powder and mix until well combined.
🔹In another bowl, whisk up 1 egg and add to it some milk (around 300ml or so). Also, add a few drops of vanilla extract and a small teaspoon of honey.
🔹Add the liquid mix to the dry ingredients and mix until all is well combined.
🔹Mix in a small teaspoon of organic peanut butter and a little chopped dark chocolate (the naughty bit!🙊)
🔹Heat up a non-stick pan (I used my wok) until pretty hot.
🔹Then add small spoonfuls of the mix to the pan and turn when necessary,

So there you go! Who knew it was possible to have healthy pancakes?! 👌

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Happy Pancake Tuesday everyone! 😋

Love,
B.of.A 💕
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Twitter: @BundleAmbition

💜Healthy Chilli Chicken💜

One of my favourite things to do is to try and remake dishes from restaurants in my own kitchen. Since I have started this healthy regime, I have been trying to modify my favourite recipes to make them healthier for me to eat. Therefore, I don’t have to miss out on my favourite meals.

One of my favourite dishes from a local restaurant is Chilli Chicken Pitta Bread. So tonight, I decided to remake this, making it as healthy as I possibly can!

💜🍗Healthy Chilli Chicken Pitta Bread 🍗💜

🔸Slice 2 medium sized chicken breasts into thin strips and add to a wok with a little olive oil.
🔸Once the chicken is mostly cooked, add some sliced yellow and red pepper and some sliced mushrooms. (You could also add some courgette or onion as well)
🔸Now for the sauce: mix some chilli sauce, heinz hot fiery sauce (which is awesome!), a little tobasco, a few drops of Worcestershire sauce, a little water and a dash of smoked paprika. Mix until well combined.
🔸Add the sauce to the wok, mix with the chicken, peppers and mushrooms and leave to cook for about 5 mins.
🔸Slice open a wholemeal pitta pocket, spread a little homemade garlic mayonnaise along each side and add a handful of rocket leaves inside.
🔸Once the chicken is done, spoon into your pitta pocket and serve!

I served mine with some sweet potato (per usual!) and I have to say it was pretty fab!

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Maybe not the healthiest dinner in the world but definitely a healthier version of my favourite weekend treat!

Hope you enjoy this recipe and remember to check out my twitter : @BundleAmbition

Love,
B.of.A 💕
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