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    Fitness, Food

    The best ever high protein no cheat McDonalds Milkshake

    Happy post-Easter babes!

    I hope your Easter was filled with some R&R, lots of chocolate with a little bit of vino ze side. I am desperately trying to shed 5kgs at the moment, so I am EXTREMELY proud to say I spent the WHOLE easter weekend chocolate and booze free.

    Take that chocolate addiction!

    I feel so bad for the boyfriend though, because even though he still gets to enjoy the small joys in life, he had to suffer through listening to me rant rage over pretty much every little thing you can image. I kinda feel like it was PMS on steroids.

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    Fitness, Food

    Power smoothie

    Guys, it’s officially spring! Can you believe it?! I certainly can’t! I’m currently on crutches having torn a ligament in my foot so everything I do is taking twice the amount of time… very very frustrating when you have a super busy week ahead. Therefore today’s blog post is going to be short and sweet!

     

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    Fitness, London

    Work work work work that body!

    Hey guys! Silent Bob here! Just kidding…

    A few days ago I shared my goals for September with you. One of them being finding a new local gym. You can read about the rest of my goals here, but today I wanna talk about goal number 3 on the list. I mean, it’s well and great Im blogging about sorting my shit out, but I kinda actually have to do it as well.

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    Thankfully Fusion Lifestyle and Flock Creative sorted me right out and sent me off for a day of fun at their centers. First I was off to my first Body Blast class at Brentford Leisure Center. Excited and a little bit scared, I rocked up my first class after giving myself a mental pep talk, reassuring myself that I hadn’t bitten off more than I can chew.

    Body Blast runs every Friday and Saturday morning and is held by the lovely instructor Sue. This woman is incredible. Seriously, I have never seen anybody who gives so much in a class and has so much energy. It was really contagious and it made me just want to push more ( I mean sweat more).  The class is a combination of Aerobics and BodyPump. A new one for me, who is a huge lover of BodyPump and I gotta say,  I am converted! Thank you so much Fusion Lifestyle and Flock Creative for introducing me to Body Blast! I love it!

    The class was so much fun the hour flew by.  If I wasn’t dripping in sweat I wouldn’t even notice I was working out! Now that’s quite the accomplishment if you ask me. I got so sucked into it, I completely forgot to document it. Which means, unfortunately, all you get is me post-workout all sweaty. I ended my day of gymming at Chiswick New pool splashing around in their pool, relaxing in their steam room and sauna. Feeling so relaxed and mellow afterwards, all I wanted to do was snuggle up in a duvet.

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    Brentford Leisure Center, run by Fusion Lifestyle, is huge and there is something for everybody there. You can literally do a whole family day out there and not run out of stuff to do. They offer indoor badminton courts, indoor basketball courts, indoor cycling studio, indoor netball court, leisure pool, short mat bowls, soft play, sports hall, squash courts, swimming pool, trampolines, volleyball courts AND it’s a gym, with gym facilities and exercise classes. Get this though, a gym membership is under £40 a month. Under £40 a month for all that?! Shut the front door! If you’re worried about committing, because commitment is scary (and we all remember that episode of Friends when Chandler tries to quit the gym) you can pay a day price. Varied based on what kind of access you want so that you can give it a little taste. Check out their site here and do yourself a favour and pop by!

    If Brentford Leisure Center isn’t quite withing your reach, Fusion Lifestyle has gyms all over West London. Including Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre, Heston Pools and Fitness, Isleworth Leisure Centre & Library and New Chiswick Pool just to name a few!

    To give you an idea of how pumped I was after the class, I decided to share with you my inner Popeye pose.

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    Fitness, Food, Green Tea, Tip

    Kicking off Green Tea with – Homemade Matcha iced latte

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    Alright beauties, its time to kick off Matcha week here on the blog. Why have I decided to base an entire week around green tea? Not only is green tea full of antioxidants and nutrients but it also helps improve brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer and many other incredible benefits. Its like skinny in a form of a drink! Which is all super duper great, but to me green tea taste like cod liver oil. And nobody in the right mind wants to drink that for pleasure. It took a long long time to get used to drinking it and even now I much prefer lemon or mango green tea over the regular none flavored kind. So I decided to start looking into other ways I can get my green tea on, and in walked Matcha Lattes. I love love love love matcha lattes. It’s like a Chai Latte, but not as intense and green obviously.

    Only problem is, its like 25 degrees out. I don’t want a warm cozy cup of Matcha Latte. I want something cold and fresh. I want something that will cool me down.

    I introduce an Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte, pause for applause.
    Now you can find lots of recipes for this online, this is just my little twist.

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    INGREDIENTS
    • 1 1/2 cup Vanilla almond milk (Diamond Breeze is on offer at Sainos right now for £1 – RUN RUN RUN RUN)
    • 1 teaspoons matcha green tea powder
    • 1 teaspoons honey (increase this if you feel the matcha is too over powering!)
    INSTRUCTIONS
    1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend  until the matcha powder is dissolved, or put in a shaker and shake shake shake. Pour over ice.

    Voila! Iced Matcha latte! Yum yum yum! Healthy, and very low in kcal!

    NOTES

    You can even double and triple this recipe and store in the fridge.
    I’d say no more than 3 days…

    Are you a matcha lover? I would love to know your favorite green tea recipe!

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    Fitness, Food, Tip

    Mango Salsa

    Anybody how knows me, knows I have a huge obsession with Mexican food. Its my absolute favourite! (ok I lie, I dont discriminate against food. I love all food) – I think I have even mentioned it at least 5 times on the blog already, how much I actually love mexican food. Therefor it is my absolute pleasure, ladies an gentleman to introduce you to a very dear friend of mine. Mango Salsa. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to embrace the fruit in salad sensation but now – I love it. (That doesn’t mean Im gonna be jumping on the monstrosity that is pineapple pizza though. Ew and no.) It’s really perfect for warmer days, when you just want something light and fresh to eat.

    There are lots of different variations of mango salsa, but this is my favourite. This made enough for two big portions, and works beautifully with some grilled salmon.

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    Ingredients

    • 1 ripe mango, diced (you can speed ripe them over night in a bowl of uncooked rice)
    • 2 small tomotaos, chopped
    • 1 small chopped red onion
    • ¼ cup packed fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
    • A splash of lemon or lime juice, to taste
    • ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon salt, to taste
    • Splash of olive oil

    Method

    Mix it all together, and try not to eat it right from the bowl! 😉

    Fitness, Hair

    New week new workout routine

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    Dont know you about you, but I like to do a little pre gym prep to get myself ready and motivated. Specially when I’m training in the morning I like to make sure my face it washed, my teeth are brushed and I have had a protein shake. Recently I have also started braiding my hair and if I’m feeling fancy I will do my eyebrows. Which is ridiculous I know but it makes me feel more prepared, awake, alert and like I can take on the world, as well as tough work out! Perhaps I am just psyching myself up haha

    This week I am doing a lot of ab and upper body. If you are interested my workout right now is looking like this

    Warm up

    Rower Medley

    Workout

    Single leg hip lifts/ball pulls/wheel of torture

    Squat and back pull

    Forward lung and punch

    Standing back pull/Standing Chest press

    Squat and push/box squat low

    Tricep pushdown rope/bi curl bar

    Whats your favorite workout? 🙂

    xx

    Beauty, Fitness, Shopping, Tip

    April drools

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    Afternoon peeps! It’s pissing down where I am, and Im locked away in a hotel room in hopes of clear skies soon. Im certainly not a Coachella and Im not jealous of anybody who is. (I’m looking at you Cecilie!) My plan of an epic of an photoshoot has been postponed until tomorrow so while Im sat here braiding my hair (no joke, check my snapchat) I decided to rummage the internet and add more stuff to my ever growing wish list. Because you know, its not like it needs to end..and like I already have enough stuff… JUST GIVE ALL TO ME! I really need to win the lottery so I can go treat myself to all of these, because like who can afford £75 workout tights? (Actually, the boyfriend really needs to win the lottery.. HAHA) I mean look at that iPad donut stand! Give it to me!!

    You can buy them

    1.Here 2.Here 3.Here 4.Here 5.Here 6.Here 7.Here 8.Here 9.Here 

    Fitness, Food, Tip

    Easy one pan curried chicken with roast veggies

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    I have such a weak spot for spicy food. Like just give it all to me, but I also have a weak spot for healthy food that is super quick to pull together. Enter curried chicken and roasted vegetables. This dish has so much flavor, and it’s so easy and quick to make.

    INGREDIENTS

    • 500 grams butternut squash in 1-inch cubes
    • 200 grams brussels sprouts, halved
    • 1 large red onions, cut into thin wedges
    • half a cup canola oil (reduce as you feel, because this is a lot!)
    • Salt and freshly ground pepper
    • half a cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt, plus more for serving
    • 1 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
    • 1 large garlic cloves, minced
    • 0.5 tablespoon Madras curry powder
    • 600 grams skinless, boneless chicken thighs ( for healthier version use chicken breast fillets)
    • Warm naan, for serving
     HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE
    1. Preheat the oven to 450° and position racks in the upper and middle thirds. In a very large bowl, toss the butternut squash with the brussels sprouts, onion wedges and 1/2 cup of the canola oil; season with salt and pepper. Spread the vegetables in a large baking tray
    2. In the same bowl, combine the cup of yogurt with the ginger, garlic, curry powder and the remaining 1/2 cup of oil and season with salt and pepper. Add the chicken and toss until thoroughly coated. (I usually do this the evening before and leave it to marinate!)
    3. Arrange the chicken on top of the vegetables. Roast for about 40 minutes, rotating the veggies halfway through, until the vegetables are nearly tender and the chicken is nearly cooked through. Take out and pour off any liquid in the pan and roast for about 20 minutes longer, until the vegetables are tender and the chicken is lightly browned. Transfer the chicken and vegetables to a platter and serve with warm naan and yogurt. I add a little chutney to it if I have any laying around and some sriracha sauce for some added kick. Have I mentioned I like spicy food?

    This dish serves 4 by the way! Happy eating! 🙂 

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    Fitness, Misc

    You better work b*@#$

     

    Good afternoon beauties!

    The sun is shining where I am right now and its really getting me all pumped for summer! Which also means, it’s time to get pumped for the gym. Hello fitness motivation! Suns out, guns out and all that! So with that in mind I am stepping it up an notch at the gym and giving it my all. Who’s with me?! I like to mix cardio and strength, I also prefer to do full body workouts instead of having set days to work a part of my body. Everybody its different, you have to find what works for you, what motivates you and what makes it fun. When its fun, it doesn’t seem like a workout! 🙂

    Warm up
    I start with a 10 min warmup, usually on the threadmill, slightly increasing the speed over time to a fast passed jog and then reduce to speed to a walk the last minute or so. You dont wanna over do it, but you do wanna feel your heart starting to race and your body feeling warm.

    Workout

    Pick a weight you feel comfortable with, if you cant feel your muscles work its too light. If you can barely lift/only do a few reps its too heavy. As an example, I do deadlifts, clean and jerk at 15kg for my first set and 17.5kg for the last two. If you are new to these workouts, they are linked so click them and you will be taken to a link that shows you a video on how they work 🙂

    Deadlift, clean and press – 12×3
    Squat jumps with weights – 12×3
    DB Chest Press – 16×3
    Deadlifts – 12×3
    Bend over row – 16×3
    High Steps – 20/24×3
    Incline DB Chest press – 12×3
    Back flies – 12×3
    Triceps dips – 12×3

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    Stretch

    Its super duper important to stretch out after a workout. Like I cant stress it enough. If you are worried about being sore the next day, a good stretch will help.
    Everybody’s flexibility is different, so different stretches will work for different people. You can find some of my favorites here

     

    Anyway beauts, Im off to make my fat cry! I hope my workout plan gets you motivated! 🙂 Happy workout lovelies! xx

     

     

    Fitness, Food, Tip

    No carb – high protein Meatza Pizza

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    MMM Pizza! Who doesn’t love a big cheesy pizza covered in your favourite toppings? My mouth starts to water just thinking about it. Sadly, pizza is not on my diet plan. Although some cheese is good to include in a well balanced diet, a pizza is not. I remember in high school an old friend of mine used to say that pizza is actually very nutritious (obviously an excuse for his 4 frozen pizza a day consumption). His theory was that for a well balanced diet you needed carbs, dairy, meat and veggies, something that the pizza’s he was consuming offered. Clever but bull crap. ( For my Norwegian readers, his pizza of choice was Grandiosa Original – I think we can all agree it is far from nutritious!)

    Im sure by now most of you have heard of  the cauliflower base pizza. Ive only attempted to make it once and it turned out very soggy (apparently I didn’t get all of the water out) and the amount of cheese that went in it was shocking. It left me feeling a bit disappointed and it took forever to make. Enter Meatza Pizza.

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    What is a Meatza pizza you might ask? Well its a pizza made with a mince turkey/chicken/pork crust. Perfect if you need to add more protein to your diet. As you can see from the pictures – this pizza is so tasty I couldn’t wait to have slice! I came across this recipe on DashingDish.com a couple of years ago and its become one of my favourite go to recipes when I need to cut back on the carbs.  You wanna know the best part? It only takes 30 minutes to make!

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    You need

    Crust 

    500 grams Lean ground turkey (or ground chicken/ lean ground beef or pork)

    1 tbs Italian seasoning

    1/2 tsp Garlic powder

    1/2 tsp Onion powder

    1/4 tsp Salt

    1/4 cupParmesan cheese, grated

    Egg white

    Topping

    3/4 cup Pizza or tomato / pasta sauce of choice

    3/4 cup Light cheddar cheese or Mozzarella cheese, shredded

    Optional Toppings: Turkey pepperonis, parmesan cheese, veggies of choice

    Method

    1. Preheat oven to 190c. Line a baking sheet pan with baking paper. In a medium bowl, mix together all of the ingredients for the crust.

    2. Flatten crust out in a circle or a square shape on the prepared baking pan. Crust should be about 3-5 mm thick. Bake for 20 minutes, and remove from the oven. Turn oven temperature up to 230c.

    3. Spread pizza sauce over the crust and sprinkle cheese over top of sauce. Layer with additional toppings as desired. Place pizza back in the oven and bake for an additional 7-10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and toppings are cooked to your liking. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes. Cut meatza pizza into 8 slices and enjoy!

    Ps. the pizza is a lot easier to slice once its cooled a little!

     

     

     

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