The perfect snack for when you can’t decide between oats and cake!
“If you love something, set it free. If it comes back then its yours, if it doesn’t then it was never meant to be”
“Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do” Oprah Winfrey
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes… Including you.” Anne Lamott
“When you are content to simply be yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you” Lao Tzu
I might have mentioned it before, maybe not… or maybe once or twice… or maybe constantly… but I love eating. If I’m not doing it, I’m thinking about doing it and boy is all that thinking about food hungry work! Perfect for that morning cuppa, or that afternoon cuppa, or after dinner… or really whenever you fancy one! Chunks of nuts mixed into sweet chewy dates and nut butter, these bars are heavenly.
“Trust your intutition. You don’t need to explain or justify your feelings to anyone, just trust your own inner guidance, it knows best.”
“Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.” George Patton
On those (very rare!) days when I don’t want porridge for breakfast, I like to get creative. Light, summery and full of goodness, this porridge alternative makes for an absolutely delicious breakfast!
“You do not need to seek freedom in a different land, for it exists with your own body, heart, mind and soul.” B.K.S. Iyengar
It’s no secret that I love snacking (potentially the biggest understatement I’ve made!), and I especially love all those handy energy bars like Bounce Balls and Nakd bars, no refined sugars, no nasties, but a whole lot of yum and perfect for on the go snacking. Unfortunately for me, I’m on a student budget and buying endless snacks becomes rather costly, so I decided to see if I could make my own and ended up with these date and coconut bliss balls, so called because each bite is a mouthful of pure bliss.
“And suddenly… It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” Meister Eckhart.
If someone told me that it’d be acceptable for me to eat crumble for breakfast, I’d laugh. But what if I told you that you actually could?! Traditionally made with a lot of butter and sugar, crumble doesn’t seem like the most sensible breakfast choice, but by making a few tweaks and removing the added sugar, it becomes a nutritious breakfast that feels deliciously indulgent.
The week after I finished my first half-marathon, I signed straight up to my next one, it was a bigger event, I was to follow a heavier training plan and I was full of enthusiasm, only 3 months until I started my training!
Those 3 months were possibly the hardest 3 months of my life.
My mum first made me this bean chilli when I was in the 6th form and I instantly fell in love with it despite being a terminally fussy eater who would have preferred not to eat than to eat beans and pulses!
I adore granola. There’s just something about the crunchy nuttiness paired with refreshing yogurt that’s just so comforting. Unfortunately, shop bought granola is absolutely packed full of sugar and isn’t really as healthy as it makes out to be, so I decided that I’d start making my own- totally refined sugar-free!
While nobody pretends that training for an event like a half marathon is easy, there are some things that I wish that I had known before I started (not that I’d change my experience for the world!), so I decided to share them. They may not all be applicable to everyone, but hopefully they’ll give an insight into what to expect from training.
Some mornings a bowl of porridge just doesn’t cut it, and all you want is warm cookies (if this isn’t you, there’s something wrong!) Giving into the cookie cravings, I decided to make chocolate chip cookie dough inspired baked oatmeal, and let me tell you, it was the gooiest, sqiudgiest warm cookie dough that I’ve ever eaten!
I absolutely love biscuits, they’re probably my biggest weakness- if open a packet I can never just have one! Knowing that my love for the delicious crumbly yumminess isn’t likely to subside any time soon, I decided to make some biscuits that I could eat pretty much guilt free.
My overriding memory of fishcakes is my Dad making them for us as a treat, they were absolutely delicious, but they were fiddly, used so many ingredients and seemed to take all day to make. Craving the taste of home comforts the other day, I decided to revisit my childhood favourite and put my own twist on it. (Dad approved!)
One week ago today, I ran my first ever half marathon and, it may sound dramatic, but training for this event completely changed my life. I learnt so much about myself along the way that it became more than just a race and almost a journey of discovery.
As you may have noticed by my blog name, I LOVE porridge, I’d eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner if I could! Yet, and it pains me to say this, I have met a lottttt of porridge haters, describing it as bland, stodgy and even offensive, I mean come on guys, it’s really not that bad!
I haven’t specified quantities of milk or oats, as everyone has different portion sizes and I don’t feel it would be inappropriate to put certain amounts and make people compare their breakfasts! You can play around with amounts until you find something that suits you.
So, whether you’re a porridge hater waiting to be converted, or you just fancy switching things up a bit, I’ve come up with my five favourite porridge toppings to make your mornings a little more tasty.
I’m going to make a confession, I don’t actually like bananas, they terrify me and I’ve no idea why, it’s just one of those weird food aversions that I’ve got. Present me with a raw banana and I’ll run away from you screaming!