Ok, I know what you’re thinking. How can crayfish and prawns be budget? Someone remarked the other day that my lunch looked ‘so expensive’ in a fairly judgemental ‘why are you spending so much money on food, you’re irresponsible’ way. This kind of annoyed me because I know that I don’t overspend, I like to think I’m pretty good with money and love to eat good food but don’t want to spend the earth on it. In my teeny household we spend max £40 a week on food for two people and we eat this kind of ‘fancy’ salad at least once a week. This is one of my favourite lunches that I’m having at the moment and it’s well within our budget. I shop at Lidl so these are the roundabout prices for there, they occasionally chop and change though, so take them with a pinch of salt.
Here’s another little fitness post, despite my dwindling love of the gym I’m really trying to eat well to compensate for not trying as hard in my training. If anyone has any ideas for switching up training routines and for something new and fresh to try, let me know!
In my daily diet I aim for around 90-100g of protein, so a protein bar or a shake are great additions to the usual amount of eggs, nuts, meat etc that I eat on a day to day basis. As far as protein bars go, these Quest bars can be quite confusing as they advertise on the front that they’re only 3g of ‘net carbs’ which means carbs from not fibre. This might confuse people because they do actually have over 20g of carbs but the majority are from fibre. So, if you’re a macro-counter like me, that’s 20g of my carbs gone in a ‘protein’ bar. The protein is obviously really high being over 20g in each bar which is a great little boost to hitting targets.
When it comes to health and fitness, we all know that we should be exercising on a regular basis. This isn’t just so that we can fit into our favourite pair of jeans, but also for our health. Many of us make the mistake of linking exercise exclusively to weight when your weight is not the only reason to exercise. Even if you are a healthy weight, you fit into your desired size of jeans and eat healthily, you should still be exercising.
I stole this recipe of one of my friends from work and decided to share because it’s super yummy (thanks Becki)! The macros are around 8g of protein, 18g of carbs & 4g with around 150 calories which is pretty good for a clean eating kinda snack. Check out the recipe below if you like the look of these.
Work/life balance is a crazy thing. Everyone will always have a different opinion on it and it’s interesting to see where you naturally fall. This quick quiz is the perfect way to find out whether you’re a separator, integrator or volleyer and how it affects you. I gave it a go!
This protein jelly was really hard to mix and I felt like it was essentially normal jelly mix just with added protein powder and it was so lumpy even though I whisked it with a fork for at least 5 minutes. I popped it in the fridge for 2 hours like the packet said and it was totally set, super quickly. It set with a foamy/fluffy layer on top and the jelly was normal underneath it. I think it would be fine if it was mixed properly but it was really difficult to do. If anyone has any tips, let me know!
Monkey Nutrition isn’t a brand that I’ve heard of before but when I was offered some of their Primal 26 Whey Protein Isolate to review and as a daily user of protein powder I thought I’d give it a go! There’s a massive 26g of protein in each scoop (the scoops are 30g as opposed to the standard 25g from MyProtein & The Protein Works). They only come in Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry flavours, which isn’t really a lot when you compare to some competitors but we use Vanilla in our protein breads and other baking. For our day to day shakes we usually go for more exciting flavours.
This post has been in the making for a little while as I bought Women’s Health UK particularly because I wanted to read the interview with Millie Mackintosh, the Jan/Feb cover star. This post isn’t about Millie though, she’s an awesome strong woman who’s lifestyle, diet and exercise regime are something to look up to. This post is about Women’s Health UK’s ‘My Week on A Plate’ feature which should have been Millie’s diet in this edition as people would have wanted to know what she exactly eats in order to get her amazing body.
This week is Farmhouse Breakfast Week as being run by Cuckoo Foods, this week is all about being creative with your breakfasts! Cuckoo are running a really cool Bircher Muesli competition where they’re challenging bloggers to create their own but sadly my muesli bits went AWOL in the post so I’m going to share their amazing-tasting little yoghurt and muesli pots with you guys instead! First up, I absolutely love the branding of these products – the Modern Muesli is a really cool tagline and I really like the packaging, their website is really cool too!
Here’s my newest health and fitness routine that I’m now a whole week (massive, I know) into. Disclaimer: There’s no juicing, no Special K cereal, no skipping meals, I’m eating carbs and hardly doing any running. My latest health & fitness kick is just a step up from what I’ve been doing for the past year but will some added intensity and more monitoring!