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    Sunday Workout – 28/08/2016

    Hello – where did August run off to?

    Let’s make the last Sunday count a lot of sweat drops (even if the sun has been hiding!).

     

    Ready. Set. Sweat!

    This is a heavily core based circuit, meaning it will work on your stability and get those abs in gear! Do each exercise for 20 seconds followed by a 10 second break. Move on the next exercise. Repeat the whole set of moves 5 times.

     

    Leg Raises

    Bicycle crunches

    Russian Twists

    Mountain Climbers

    Want more workouts? Head over to see other workout posts here.

    Simple habits to become productive

    I have been lacking productivity lately so much so that I have been hitting google with “ Simple habits to become productive ”. Surprising right – given the comment I get the most is how do you manage it all?! Well, I am human and quite frankly, to this day, I still do not know how to answer it. I just about manage it. I had planned to have tons of blog posts written up before starting my job in August. Has it happened? Kind of. Am I happy with that response? No. Time to oil my wheels and get moving again!

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    Sunday Workout – 21/08/2016

    So, I have been slow on the mark posting workouts for you girls but that is all about to change. That Sunday Workout series I started (and lasted for about two posts – whoops!) is back with a real vengeance. Quick, sweaty routines are coming your way, starting from today.

    Remember – always check youtube for demonstrations of the exercise if you do not know how to do them!

     

    Ready. Set. GO!

    The workout is a full body workout i.e. it attempts to engage all muscles rather than one particular group. Do each exercise for 40 seconds followed by a 20 second break. Move on the next exercise. Repeat the whole set of moves 3 times.

    Leg Raises

    Squat Jumps

    Burpees

    Mountain Climbers

    Plank

     

     

     

    Staying healthy on holiday

    The summer is here and many of us will be jetting off to sun and sand. I thought in aid of this, I would put together some short and sweet tips on how to stay healthy on holiday. Being away is a great time to detach from the stress of everyday life and bring yourself back to balance.

     

    Stay moving – walk!

    Being in a new place is great. Walk around and explore the city that you are in. Walking is always a great way to keep active – even if you are unable to do anything else. Keep walking and remember it is sunnah to do so!

     

    Make the most of the hotel

    Some hotels have gyms, some do not. If yours does, make the most of it and get yourself in there for a quick morning workout. Try out some easy bodyweight exercises in your hotel room. Just spending 10-15 minutes doing a HIIT workout can make a huge difference!

     

    Research healthy places to eat

    As you will be most likely eating out every day, be conscious of your servings and what you are eating. Get lots of health fats, vegetables and protein into your meal. Try to research some healthy spots before you head out so you can be prepared for what is in your local area.

     

    Grab some fruit

    Most places will have local foods, fruits and veg available. Grab some healthy snacks, particularly fresh and in season fruits, to munch on while you are out and about.

     

    Active Activities

    Spend time outdoors. Go for a hike. Try out some water sports. While you may not be hitting the gym or doing any workouts, this does not mean you can’t find other ways to get yourself active. Fitness is not just about booking in your workout times, it is a lifestyle. Enjoy your surroundings!

     

    Don’t worry!

    So, you might not remain on a healthy diet 100% of the time that you are away. This is ok! Life is about balance and moderation. Do not stress yourself into the ground, worrying about eating foods that are nutritious, wholesome and healthy to the extent you do not enjoy your time away.

     

    What are your tips for staying healthy on holiday? Comment below! Don’t forget to follow me on instagram and like the facebook page!

    Coconut Banana Mini Cakes

    My cupboards have acquired a heap of coconut based products – flour, oil, sugar, syrup. I use coconut oil for pretty much everything in both the kitchen and bathroom. When looking for healthy alternatives to the norm for baking, coconut products tend to be the top of the list. It is known to help combat infections, aid weight loss and keep your heart healthy. So, it is a good one to be slightly obsessed with!

    I was looking to create some coconut biscuits recently because I quite liked some store bought ones. Wanting to give it a good go, I pulled out all things coconut but the story did not end up happily. Rather than being crumbly biscuits, I made some mini cake-tasting balls. Am I complaining? No! Why? Because they still tasted amazing and coupled well with my tea!banana coconut cookies

    In this recipe, I used Sukrin coconut flour as I was kindly sent some to try. Coconut flour is great for a gluten free treat but also because it is high in both fibre and protein. It does take a bit of getting used to, in my opinion, because the flour absorbs fluid quickly so it is not a direct swap for flour. It can also be easy to go overboard with the coconut taste. I was lucky to get it first time with this recipe so I think I am getting the hang of it! In this recipe I used a mix of oats and coconut flour to get the right balance but the oats can be replaced with any other type of flour.

    To add some natural sweetness and colour, I used some beetroot powder that I had lying around. This is not a must and can be removed or replaced with food colouring. You can add some extra coconut sugar to make up the sweetness, though it does not make a massive difference. On the topic of sugar, is it a must to use coconut sugar for this recipe? Nope. Any natural sweetener will do but be mindful of using honey/agave nectar as this will change the amount of flour you need.

    Ok – enough rambling. Tag me if you try this recipe so I can see what you come up with!

     

     

    Coconut Banana Mini Cakes

    Coconut Banana Mini Cakes

    Ingredients

    • 1 medium egg
    • 20g beetroot powder
    • 30g coconut sugar
    • 50g coconut flour
    • 2 tablespoons melted coconut flour
    • 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 1 medium banana
    • 10g oats

    Instructions

    1. Add beetroot powder and coconut sugar to the egg. Whisk until combined.
    2. Add coconut flour, baking powder oats and banana.
    3. Once the above is combined, sieve in the flour and whisk well to combine.
    4. Make small balls from the mixture and slightly flatten when placed onto your greased baking tray.
    5. Bake for 20 minutes. After 10 minutes, flip the biscuits over as this helps bake them quickly!
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