Nourish that body

Hello lovelies! How are you? Hope you slept well and your day is off to an amazing start. So the exciting thing Jamie and I were doing yesterday didn’t happen, we’re doing it today instead hopefully. Life got in the way, which happens sometimes. Instead I managed to get some stuff done on other exciting things that are happening so that was good. Again, sorry for all the vagueness! The evening was spent in front of a film eating homemade veggie burgers with sweet potato veggies. Yum!

The picture above is a meal I threw together a couple of days ago. We had loads of random veg in the fridge and I wanted to try and eat some of it so made kind of like a mixed salad plate. I roasted butternut squash and sweet potato in the oven until nice and crispy on the outside to top it all off (I can tell you that I ended up piling on even more after finishing my plate haha). I’ve been so hungry recently so I’ve just been embracing it. This girl needs to feel full and happy! A meal like this leaves me feeling a nice full and it tastes so fresh! Usually there will be leftovers in the fridge too like a veggie chilli or curry or something but sometimes this is what I scrape together.

Breakfast has just been eaten and now it’s time to get ready for a session at G5. We’ll see what Stella’s got planned for today’s class. I can feel yesterday’s session in my back muscles, a little bit tender this morning!

Tonight my friend Hannah is having an event with lululemon, 18 in 18. It’s a vision and goal session for 2018 that I’m going to. The event will start off with some yoga and then talk about setting 18 goals for this year. I’m excited to see her in action, I know this has been a dream of hers for so long. Maybe I’ll see you there?

M xxx

 

Snowy days in Glasgow


My snowy walk yesterday
 You can see the pain my face haha
Done

Good morning lovelies! The snow did come to Glasgow. Not loads and it hasn’t really settled on the ground, mainly just a sloppy mess! So yesterday when I headed into town I dug out my good old Hunter boots for the first time in ages. I haven’t owned a pair of winter boots in years so they had to do. At some points during the day the snowflakes were MASSIVE. It was really pretty even though I wasn’t really happy about winter coming back to us.

In the evening I went to open gym and got to see my friend Kyle for the first time in ages. We ended up doing our lifting together, which was really fun. I brushed off on my snatches and managed a 35kg snatch, not very far from my PB of 37.5kg so that was a good start considering we haven’t really done a lot of snatching so far this year.

Then I joined in with Kyle as he was doing cleans and worked my way up to a 55kg squat clean. After that I ran into the same issue I always get into with cleans, I can clean the weight but can’t get it up. So I cleaned 57 kg into a squat but couldn’t stand it up. So frustrating that it’s always the same weight I stumble on but this time I really didn’t want to be hard on myself because it was my first cleans of 2018. It’s fine! I’ve got a full year to practice them and improve my strength.

I finished off with some jerks. I’m not a fan of those either but I need to work on them because I can’t be frustrated and feel rubbish about it if I don’t give myself the time to practice and get better. It’s easy to stick to doing things that you enjoy and you’re good at. It’s not until we get out of that comfort zone we progress. I try to always keep that in mind when it’s difficult.

It’s funny because quite often when I focus on something in the gym I feel like I haven’t done in a while during open gym, the next day it’s in Stella’s class. She must’ve been thinking the same thing about the cleans because this morning there were jump ropes, squat cleans, front squats and burpees on the menu. Juicy for the legs!! Ooooft it was tough but what I needed.

It was my first 6.45 am class of 2018 this morning and boy did it feel tough when the alarm went off at 5.40am this morning! Once you’re out of bed it does get easier. Being in the class reminded me how much I love starting my day off nice and early by training, it really sets you up for a great day. Your energy is on top at the end of class and I love it. Although, after this session I just collapsed on the floor, then it felt better.

Today I’ve got some bits to do and then Jamie and I are hopefully doing something very exciting I’ll be sharing with you later if it all goes to plan!

Have a beautiful day my dears, M xxx

That felt good

Hello my lovelies! I woke up to snow on the rooftops here in Glasgow. I do not want more winter! I’ve already have my heart set on it getting warmer and sunnier! When Faye told me yesterday we’re expected to get a snowstorm I was not happy haha. We’ll see how much of a snowstorm there’ll be here in the city. So far it seems quite peaceful out there but having lived in Glasgow for almost five and a half years (has it really been that long?!) I know that can always change at the blink of an eye.

What’s been happening with you guys? There’s been a lot of stuff happening recently that I don’t really feel ready to share on here quite yet as I can’t believe it’s happening myself. It’s all very positive but I’m getting way out of my comfort zone and once I feel like I’ve started to digest it I’ll share it with you guys, I promise. I get nervous just thinking about it right now but a good nervous (I think haha). There’s too many thoughts going on in my head at the moment but I think it’s mainly good! Sorry for being so vague…

Other than that I’ve been training (surprise). I’m feeling like I’m really back in the groove now and started to get good times on my workouts again. Yesterday evening we did one of the “Battle for Britain” (a big Crossfit competition) qualifying workouts in different scaled versions depending on our ability. I was really really happy with my time! I felt like I’m on the right track for Rainhill.

Now I just need to get some more weightlifting in. I haven’t really done much because I just wanted to kick myself into shape and get my pulse up again. It’s time to dust off some heavier lifting, cleans, jerks and snatches. God when I did my snatches yesterday during the WOD they felt awful. I had Ray’s voice from Team Cavanagh in my head and knew that he would not have been impressed by those snatches haha. I know I just to brush off on my technique and it’ll be okay but it shows once again how olympic lifting is an art and skill you constantly need to stay on top of. I’m going to open gym tonight so that’s what’s on the agenda. We’ll see how that goes! I’m so excited to give my new weightlifting shoes a proper try.

It’s time to get this day started!

 

Favourite healthy online vegan recipes

Veganuary is in full spin and whether you are taking part or not I wanted to share some recipes I’ve come across online that I absolutely love to cook because vegan food is so delicious when made right. I really think figuring out what to cook can be extremely time consuming and you also don’t want to be disappointed with the end result when you’ve put in the effort. It’s not easy!

All of the dishes below Jamie and I have tried out and they’re DELICIOUS. As you’ll see they’re mainly “one pot” kind of meals where you throw all the ingredients in and leave to cook. We love them for several reasons. First of all it’s easy, secondly it makes loads of meals in one go which means leftovers which means less cooking all the time (as much as we like cooking it is time consuming) and lastly it’s so tasty. Try them out for yourself and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

A lot of the time we do end up tweaking these recipes to our taste but that’s the beauty of cooking, you can adjust everything to suit you and your taste. Recipes are a great place to start and it’s fun getting more and more creative the more you cook a recipe.

Click the titles to get to the recipes. Enjoy!

One Pot Red Lentil Chilli

Bean chillies are some of my absolute favourite things to eat! This one by Minimalist Baker is absolutely amazing. Jamie and I tend to have the sweetcorn on the side (as corn on the cob) rather than having it in the chilli. We serve it with a nice salad, avocado and brown rice or sweet potato wedges. Soooo good!

Vegan Meatballs

Fellow Swedes who run Green Kitchen Stories nailed this one. I made these for the first time when Jamie and I celebrated Christmas together here in Glasgow. I would call them more falafel like than vegan meatballs but they are amazing. You need to make them.

Smoky Black Bean Beet Burgers

Another recipe from Minimalist Baker (this lady knows how to make healthy vegan food tasty!). We were craving burgers and these burgers are delicious! Have them with wholemeal burger buns (or I just have them with a big salad on the side). For toppings we love avocado, tomato, spinach and cucumber.

Baked Sweet Potato with Black Bean Chilli and Avocado

Another chilli but this is a staple in our household created by Madeleine Shaw. I LOVE the baked sweet potato with the chilli. It’s amazing but then again I’m a major sweet potato addict. Have it with a big salad and avocado on the side. We tend to add extra of all the spices to make it extra flavoursome.

Grilled Summer Salad with Garlic Rye Croutons

Deliciously Ella’s Summer salad perhaps isn’t what we’re craving this time of year but it’s incredibly fresh and tasty for when the weather gets warmer. Keep it in mind when summer approaches.

One Pot Pumpkin Yellow Curry

We only made this curry by Minimalist Baker the other day. We were craving a Thai curry but wanted something a bit better for us than ordering a takeout or going out for food. Perhaps one of the more indulgent dishes on the healthy dish spectrum. I wouldn’t eat it everyday because it does feel heavy with all the coconut milk and my stomach doesn’t love super fat food. However, it does taste amazing and I looove Thai food so once in a while is great. We had a full broccoli in ours because we love broccoli. When we make it next time we’re going to have the cashews on the side instead for some crunch instead of letting them soak in the curry.

If you like these kind of posts I’m more than happy to put more together of recipes we’ve tried. I am working on getting some of my own vegan creations online too. I just need to nail down the quantities.