Banana Pancakes

Good Morning!

The past few days I’ve been feeling a bit rubbish…very dopey, low energy, tired …thankfully though I’ve woken up feeling more like myself this morning feeling more energetic!

Last night James and me headed over to some local courts to play some squash.  I’ve only ever really played once before and that was on holiday 5 years ago so it’s fair to say I’m a bit out of practise ;)..it’s really enjoy it though as another form of exercise.  I think it’s easy to get stuck in a rut doing the same thing every week in the gym and this is more sociable, required hand eye co-ordination and works different muscles – winner!

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Lunch yesterday featured a nice big salad with tuna and a lemon, mustard, yogurt dressing (with a side of Barney!), after this Barney and me headed to the local park for a nice long walk, he’s  had a bad back (bless him!) and hasn’t been able to run around, but seems much better now so it was lovely for him to let off some steam and play with some other dogs.

For breakfast this morning I made some really tasty banana protein pancakes, sometime I find protein pancakes can be a little dry and powdery but these were so moist and really tasty.

Recipe:

1/2 banana

1 scoop unflavoured protein powder (I used pea today)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/5 tsp baking powder

1 egg

splash of milk

 

Directions:

  • Put a frying pan on a medium heat
  • Place all ingredients except the milk in a mixing bowl
  • Use a stick blender to blend to a thick but smooth paste (if you don’t have one of these you could mash well with a fork)
  • Slowly add enough milk to form a thick batter and mix thoroughly
  • Use a tablespoon to drop the batter into the pre-heated pan…I made 4 pancakes about 10cm in diameter but you can make them as big or small as you like!
  • Wait until little bubbles form on the surface (don’t touch!…I know it’s tempting!!) and then flip using a spatula
  • Leave for another minute and then serve!

I topped mine with a combo of peanut butter greek yogurt…what a great start to the day!

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Now I’m off to finish my dissertation proposal which has to be handed in by 5pm this afternoon and then plan to go to a step class later on.

Hope you’re having a great week!

Question: Do you like to vary up your exercise with sports and the gym or do you tend to stick to the same things each week?

L x

 

 

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Weird Weather

I’m looking out of the window in April in the UK at sleet…sleet in April!  The temperature outside is 3c and the average temperatures for this time of year range from 4-10 so I would say it’s off the scale and pretty unseasonal.  I don’t know about you, but I’m really starting to feel fed up with this weather now and would really like some warmth and sunshine (there’s no wonder we are seeing increases in Vitamin D related illnesses e.g.. rickets and depression!).

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In an attempt to brighten our house up a little my lovely Mum bought us some Daffodils at the weekend, I keep looking at them to try and boost my mood a little!

I really don’t like the net curtains we have hanging at our kitchen windows at the moment, whilst they are needed for privacy, I’ve definitely got some new ones fairly high up on the ‘house shopping’ priority list!!  I’m also looking for something to put up at our lounge windows which are huge (250cm in length, which is proving to be a problem as most curtains come in a 220cm drop) and at the moment bare which is horrible.  We’re trying to find some grey linen effect voile material which will give us privacy but still let natural light in.  I would LOVE to put wide slat wooden blinds up as I did at the old house, but they really are very expensive and as we renting this house to allow us to save enough to buy our own place together it’s not really a viable investment!!

This morning I got a little experimental with the pea protein powder I have been sent by the lovely people at Pulsin to try..

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Chocolate, banana, protein pancakes with freshly brewed coffee 🙂

This recipe needs work, they were tasty but really had quite a chalky texture which I’m sure could be solved with the right ingredients…stay tuned!!  I had 2 of them topped with peanut butter and the other 2 with normal butter and some apricot jam…

The nutritional stats look something like this (rough estimate)

Carbs – 12g

Protein – 26g

Fat – 10g

Calories – 300kcal

I ate these about an hour ago and am already starting to feel hungry (boredom??)…maybe I need more carbs or fat in there to satiate my hunger…more experimenting needed!

Plans today include uni work (I MUST do some today!!!) a meeting at the bank with James to open some joint account for house transactions, a trip to the supermarket (we have a HUGE Waitrose about 10minutes away which could be quite dangerous!!) and a step class at the gym this evening :).

Question; Do you feel your mood is affected by the weather? 

L x

 

Weekend Recap…

Happy Monday everyone!!

I thought I’d start the week off with a few pictures I managed to snap and a little summary of my weekend.  I had Saturday off work this week which was nice.  Although I did get in a great workout…I felt like the day was a bit of a flop, I started with great intentions including plans of getting some (lots) of house work done as well finishing 2 of the assignments I’m part way through.

I didn’t manage to achieve any of these things though :(, spending the morning watching Saturday morning cooking shows (until 11.30am!!) going to my boxing class at 12pm then running some errands at the retail park, I ended up spending a good few hours browsing the shops and by the time I got home I was feeling pretty tired.  Somehow I managed to spend the rest of the day catching up on ‘Call the Midwife’…so all in all I didn’t really do anything productive and felt pretty fed up, annoyed with myself and guilty by bedtime!!

Sunday was slightly better, with a SUPER sweaty Step class early morning followed by work at Starbucks.  I still didn’t manage to get any housework or studying done but at least I earned some money!!

Tomorrow however…is a brand new day! and a chance to get those things done (I hope!)

I did manage to have some lovely eats over the weekend…and take pictures (!!)…

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Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday (yes it was that good!) – super creamy vanilla, cinamon, egg whipped oats with toasted pumpkin seeds and homemade peanut flax butter…yummy and really helped me power through both of my workouts.

p.s. recipe to follow tomorrow 🙂

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Lunch on Sunday…this was one of best sandwiches I’ve had in a long time!! I’m not sure if it was because I was soo hungry after my Step class or it was just a great sandwich! -smoked ham, coleslaw, cheese…toasted – enough said!

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Dinner on Saturday night – buckwheat ‘pasta’ with ham, leeks, peas and garlic cream cheese

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A super easy dinner for when I finish work late like I did last night – pan seared salmon with crispy greens

I’ve also been dipping into my Nutribox for lots of snacks..I don’t think they’re going to last very long 🙂

Hopefully today I’ll manage check off lots more things on my ‘to do’ list!! I think I might head out this afternoon for a change of scenery in the hope of it encouraging me to focus on my assignments….maybe a nice coffee shop with good wifi!!

Questions; do you have problems focusing on work/studying/assignments if your deadline isn’t in the near future? have you got any techniques to help you focus?

L x

Workouts and Reviews

Wow…where has the week gone!!!!!!

It must have been a really busy one…time flies when you’re having fun ;D

So far this week I’ve mostly been either at uni or work (no rest for the wicked!!) BUT I did manage to get a good work out in on Monday.  Body Combat…I love these classes!

The gym I’m going to at the moment is a local one where I get my membership subsidised by Uni; the +ve of this is I only have to pay a mere £5 for any classes, bargain :D!  The -ve though is that although they call the classes ‘Body Combat’, which makes me think of the Les Mills classes, I don’t think they are the ‘real deal’…I used to do the Les Mills ones in Australia at least 5 times a week, and these don’t have quite the same ‘feel’ to them (if you get what I mean!) but for £5 a month I can’t complain!!

Tonight, I stepped it out at an awesome Step class…I love how distracted I am by trying to follow the instructor (!!!) before I knew it an hour had flown by and I was a sweaty mess!!…good feeling!

When I arrived at work yesterday I was greeted by 2 rather large boxes…I was super excited when I opened them and found that the lovely people at Dorset Cereals had sent me an awesome selection of their cereals including; muesli’s, granola’s, porridge and cereal bars…I will be trying these over the next week or so and doing a review next week 🙂

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…I’m REALLY looking forward to trying the gingerbread oatmeal I spotted…sounds delish!!

Tomorrow I plan to do some yoga at home, I usually find videos on the internet and just do them in the living room, before going to uni for the afternoon…I may or may not go to a Kettlebell class tomorrow night depending on how my body is feeling 😀

Hope you’re having a good week so far and have some exciting plans for the weekend!!

Question:

Do you like to include cereals as a regular part of your diet?? If so what are your favourites?

L x