4 Ways to have Porridge

It’s September, which means it’s officially Autumn so I can start having porridge again for breakfast. It’s warning and indulgent – low in calories but high in fibre and protein, so what’s not to love?

I love topping it with fruits and nuts and it’s a great way to start a cold day in London. To create the perfect porridge I use the 2:1 method – 2 parts milk, 1 part oats.

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Banana, Raisins, Peanut Butter and Cinnamon 

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Blueberries, Sunflower Seeds and Honey

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Raspberries and Coca Nibs

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Strawberries and Maple Syrup 

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Meal Prep Sunday: What I’m eating this week

Thank god it’s finally starting to warm up in London! This week both of my meals are inspired by Asian flavours; I’ve made a Thai, Prawn, Noodle Salad and a Salmon Superfood Salad.

I love the fact that everyday at work I receive a free breakfast but all the cereals supplied are so high in sugar! This week I’ve made two portions of Mango Over-Night Oats and you can find the recipe here.

The Salmon Superfood Salad is my take on Pret’s Salmon, Kale and Quinoa Salad. It’s one of my favourite salads that they do and it’s so easy to recreate at home (and so much cheaper too).

If you’re like me, and you’re storing the salad in the fridge for a couple of days, don’t add the dressing until you’re ready to eat it.

You’ll need… 

  • 50g quinoa
  • 175ml water
  • 50g kale
  • 100g edamane beans
  • 1/4 head of broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1 spring onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 2 cooked salmon fillets
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

For the dressing… 

  • 2cm piece of ginger
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons seasame oil

Cook the quinoa in a saucepan with the water for about 10 minutes with a lid on, take it off the heat but keep the lid on and let it steam for 5 more minutes – just to ensure that it’s light and fluffy.

In another pan blanche the kale, edamane beans and broccoli.

Whilst everything is cooking, prerpare the dressing. Simiply combine all the ingredients and stir.

Once everything is cooked add the veg and quinoa to a salad bowl along with the spring onions and radishes. Mix the dressing in.

Flake the salmon over the top of the salmon and finish by sprinkling the seasame seeds.

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How often should you replace your gym kit?

I usually try and go to the gym everyday on my way home from work – so this means lugging trainers, a water bottle, gym clothes, a padlock and makeup remover to and from work every single day.

Last Monday I got to work and realised I had left all my workout clothes at home, nightmare. Quality kit can be expensive and being the gym-freak I am, I couldn’t bear to miss a workout.

I hadn’t brought new sportswear since Christmas so during my lunch hour I quickly popped into Runners World, and purchased myself a new sports bra, vest and leggings.

Trying on loads of new lycra really got me thinking – how often should I replace my gym kit?

You need to start replacing your clothes when..

  • they start to feel loose,
  • when the moisture-wicking material just isn’t working like it used to,
  • and when the fabric thins too much.

Not replacing your kit can cause chafing or muscle strain (especially if you’re sports bra is worn and it’s not doing it’s job properly).

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt, I really need to go through the majority of my kit and replace it!

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Sports Bar, Lululemon

Leggings, Nike

Vest, Active in Style

Meal Prep Sunday: What I’m eating this week

I’m always preaching about the benefits of meal prep. It really helps me stay on track, especially in terms of snacking.

This week I made some lamb kebabs with a carrot and mustard seed salad, and two portions of chicken with artichokes, rocket and quinoa. I got the recipe from this month’s Women’s Health Magazine – it’s so tasty and simple to make!

You’ll need:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 lemon
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 4 artichoke hearts
  • A handful of rocket
  • 20g Parmesan
  • 250g precooked quinoa

Mix the chicken with half the lemon, oil and garlic and place in the oven for 30 minutes at 180c

Meanwhile mix the quinoa, rest of the lemon, artichoke hearts and rocket.

When the chicken is cooked, place it on top of the salad and add some shaved Parmesan.

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I also whipped up some coconut slices for me to keep my sugar cravings at by – let me know if you want the recipe for them!

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HIIT at Another Space

June has been definitely been my month for trying out new gyms and shaking up my routine. This week, I finally got round to checking out Another Space and it’s stunning. I was so impressed with how clean and white the space was – it’s got a smoothie bar and cafe, with spacious changing rooms equipped with fluffy towels and cowshed skin and hair products, plus ghd straighteners and dryers.

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It’s the new pay-as-you go concept gym from Third Space and it’s located on Tower Street, Covent Garden. They offer Cycle, HIIT and Yoga and the idea is that you should do all three in balance.

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I tried the HIIT class with Naomi on Saturday morning and it was amazing! It was super intense and our trainer really pushed us and demonstrated all the moves before hand, so there’s no getting lost. It’s a boxing / circuit training class and you’ll spend your time between the bags or doing resistance training. You’ll do a 5 minute warm up, then alternative between the bags and the floor for a total of 3 rounds on each.

Their HIIT class only started this week, so no doubt they’ll be some tweaks – the gloves were rubbish and remove quite alot of skin from my knuckles but they’re being replaced asap.

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I’m yet to the the Cycle and Yoga classes, but both the studios look fab. If you’re ever in the area I’d definitely recommend checking out at least a couple of classes. It’s a great place to kickstart your weekend on a Saturday morning before feasting on some of the many brunch spots nearby.

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Another Space, 4-10 Tower St, London WC2H 9NP

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Reshaping at 1Rebel

1Rebel has been on my radar for a while now – they’re a no contract, ‘pay-as-you-train’ boutique gym. They have two gyms, both located in the city, each offering three types of classes. Reshape, Ride and Rumble. They’re all high intensity fitness classes which will put your usual routine to shame.

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I’ve been following Kayla Itsiness guide for about two years now and I’m looking to shake things up a little bit. I booked myself into a Full Body Reshape class one day after work – You’re given you own workout station complete with dumbbells, resistance bands and a medicine ball plus a treadmill. Our instructor, Kelly, brought all the newbies over and explained how to class worked. If you ever find yourself running aimlessly on a treadmill or staring at the weights section in complete confusion this class is definitely for you.

You spend you time doing interval sprints – each time upping the gradient and speed, and then hoping onto the workout station doing a range of weighted exercises from squats, chest presses, push ups and v-sits.

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They use Woodway treadmills which help you give you a more intense workout whilst being super comfortable on your joints to help you go that little bit faster. All the weights you need are under the bench station so there’s no back and forth to gather weights and your instructor will tell you how heavy you need to lift.

It’s HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) as its best – there’s hardly any time to think about how much pain you’re in as you switch between the treadmills and weights. I go to the gym about 5 times a week and consider myself to be pretty fit, but this class completely took it out of me. It’s not for the faint-hearted.

You can refuel at the Roots & Bulbs for cold pressed juices and smoothies. On Friday evenings you can ever get prosecco – talk about balance. If you decide to squeeze a class in at lunch you’ll also get a free smoothie.

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The changing rooms at 1Rebel are incredible – they have the trendiest changing area that I have ever seen. All lockers are a glittering copper tone with heated benches and GHD hair straighteners and skin care products galore.

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It is £20 a session and that’s a lot to spend on a class and something I can’t justify on a regular basis. I’d definitely recommend checking it out but it’s the perfect special occasion gym.

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1Rebel, Broadgate Circle, London, EC2M 2QS

 

Your June Fitness Agenda

With summer just about the corner everyone is gearing up to get fit – and not because you need a ‘bikini body’ but you can chase those ice cream vans down the street.

You need to try these fitness classes – it’s so much better than being stuck inside a gym on a sunny day.

House of Voga 

A yoga class inspired by Madonna’s 80s hit ‘Vogue… Strike a Pose’ – It’s described as yoga was sass. Classes run on Saturdays from 4 June-17 September at King’s Cross Pond.

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Secret London Runs: London’s Power Woman Week

Discover London and celebrate the amazing women who helped shaped it. It’s a 8km group running tour which takes place every day between 5th and 9th June.

Sunset Aquathlon Series 

It’s the first of four taking place in Hyde Park. You complete a 500m swim, then tackle a 5k run in Hyde Park. It’s on my bucket list to do a triathlon and this will act as a warm up, sign me up for the one in August.

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Enormous Elephant Run

A fun fancy-dress run all about saving African Elephants – you can either run 5k, 10k or 15k on Clapham Common. The elephant suit is included in the fee, and all the money goes to saving these beautiful creators.

The Colour Run

You start the race alongside thousands of Color Runners start the day in a white t-shirt, getting covered from head to toe in a rainbow of colours at each kilometre of the course.

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The Gherkin Challenge 

Take on the Gherkin and its 38 floors, you’ll be rewarded with a glass of champagne and spectacular views when you reach the top.