Over baked cupcake!

by Jemma Andrew-Adiamah on September 21, 2014

in Sunday catch up

Happy Sunday lovelies!  Hope you are all enjoying your weekends.  Mine has been a lot more relaxed and restful compared to last weekend when I went to a fantastic wedding in Hampshire with one of my closest friends.  Here’s our wedding selfie from the day:

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We were actually super hungry by this point because the beautiful bride was 2 hours late for the ceremony – she obviously wanted to keep the groom waiting.  The wedding breakfast was buffet style and full of lots of Caribbean and African food, which meant lots of spice and flavours. 

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Rather than having a traditional dessert there was a fun gelato stand that included some delicious and strange flavours.  For my first portion, yes I went up for seconds, I had a scoop of pistachio and cherry gelato topped with sprinkles, so yummy!  I adore gelato and would happily visit Italy again if it was only for a few heaping mouthfuls of the stuff!

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My friend stayed for the weekend so we had a nice long catch up.  We treated ourselves to breakfast before she headed home, so went to one of my favourite deli’s.  We both had an English breakfast bap and I had a chai latte with mine.  This kept me going for hours as it was full with bacon, sausage, fried egg, mushrooms and tomatoes, perfect Sunday breakfast treat! 

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During the week I’ve been getting back to my regular eats and I’ve been on that fig train again:

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This was autumn in a bowl for me with lots of pretty sliced figs, pecans and maple syrup on top of organic natural yoghurt.  I’ve made a  few more bowls like this over the week and I can seriously say that I’m addicted. 

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Speedy quick dinners have been a favourite this week and I made a really quick and easy stir fry that contained only a few ingredients.  I mixed soba noodles, stir fry vegetables, soy sauce, sesame oil with an egg stirred in to make this really simple healthy meal. It reminded me of a pad Thai and I think I will definitely be putting this on the speedy, healthy meal list for when the baby arrives. 

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Fruity salads have been a staple for me recently, I just love them.  On this one I added grapes, apple, cheddar cheese and almonds to mixed leaves.  I’m pretty sure that some balsamic would have been great on this, but I left it plain and it was still yummy. 

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Foodie deliveries are the best and I was kindly sent a package of drinks from Rebel Kitchen.  I’ve only tried this Chai Mylk flavour so far and that was delicious.  A full review will be on the blog soon. 

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Tesco has been great recently for healthy living food stuff.  Last week I picked up a couple of Kind bars and yesterday they had boxes of Kashi Go Lean reduced from £4.50 to 68p…bargain!  I had this particular Kind bar with a banana and coconut green smoothie for breakfast. 

In terms of exercise, with my due date looming (more on that in a moment) I finally decided to take everyone’s advice and stripped it back a little.  I’ve just been going on 30-minute walks for some gentle exercise around the village as I do like to keep moving and I haven’t been to the gym at all this week.  Unfortunately, I didn’t do any yoga so I’m hoping to do some prenatal yoga later today and go on another walk. Also, I’ve been getting in my rest before the baby arrives and taking naps in the afternoon – definitely making the most of it whilst I still can. 

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Talking about due dates, my cupcake in the oven is officially over baked!  Yep, we were due to go into labour yesterday, but there wasn’t even a twinge or a sign that we were going to be delivering.  It’s nice to know that my little man loves the nest that I’ve created for him over the past 9 months, but I’m ready to meet him now.  Alfie and I went out for a curry last night to see if all of those spices would help him along, but still no-show, bless him! I’m sure that he will make his grand entrance in his own time.  Meanwhile, now in the 40th week I’m going to enjoy the remainder of my pregnancy and try to relax as much as possible, which as I mentioned in my pregnancy update  is so hard for me to do, my fingers are itching already.  

Have you ever tried Caribbean or African cuisine?  Are there any world cuisines that you just didn’t like?

Do you have any tips to induce labour naturally?

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{Guest Post} Pre-workout nutrition – getting it right!

by Jemma Andrew-Adiamah on September 20, 2014

in guest post

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When you make the decision to get fit and shed a few extra pounds, it can be tempting to throw yourself in deep; impulsively turning up at the gym water bottle in hand, ready to tackle whatever the treadmill has to throw at you.

All too often you can find yourself suffering from ‘jelly legs’ in the early stages of your workout,  causing you to give in a little bit, turn down the treadmill speed, drop your weight, take five. You’re hungry, tired, and lethargic – and you’re already watching the clock and edging your way to the door.  

Your body needs some energy. In heading to the gym without fuelling your muscles, you have committed the ultimate crime. Imagine your body as a car – it needs the right ingredients to function at its best. Instead of premium oil and performance fuel, your body needs protein, carbs and energy. Without it, you can find yourself falling at the first hurdle.

In order to perform at your best, you’re looking for foods that offer a good source of both protein and carbohydrates. Avoid refined sugars; think natural oats, dried fruits, nuts and seeds for healthy, good carbs and fats.

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Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie

Believe it or not, combining these two tasty treats leads to a delicious pre-workout smoothie, and one that can be whipped up in an instant. Bananas are a great pre-workout snack, offering a powerful combination of digestible carbohydrates and potassium, to allow you to perform at your very best.

It may come as a shock that peanut butter has great nutritional value, however it’s becoming an essential ingredient to a rising number of fitness fanatics. Packed with essentials including fibre, protein, vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, vitamin B6 and of course, all those good monounsaturated fats, peanut butter is excellent fuel. 

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Greek Parfait

Combining a protein and calcium packed Greek yoghurt, delicious fresh fruit and oats gives you the perfect, fresh and tasty pre-workout snack to keep you on track to both perform at your best and shed excess fat.

It’s important to avoid the sugary flavoured Greek yoghurts, so try and keep it as natural as possible. The same goes for the oats you choose – stay clear of sugary mueslis in order to achieve the best results.

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Homemade Granola Bars

The beauty of homemade granola bars is the ability to get really creative. Cram them full of your favourite nuts and seeds to get a taste you’ll really enjoy. Of course, it’s important to avoid the chocolate, so for added flavour consider a variety of berries and dried fruit.

Also remember that dried fruit is often coated in sugar, and some fruits are higher in natural sugars than others, so really think about what is going to be worthwhile – blueberries make a very good choice indeed!

For all of your healthy essentials, look no further than Country Products, who provide an extensive range of dried fruits, oats, cereals, rice, nuts and seeds to get you started on the right track.

I know that pre-workout snacks are not for everyone, but if so how do you like to fuel your workout?  Do you feel fine to exercise without a snack beforehand?

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{Fashion Friday} Trenching it up!

19 September 2014

Happy Friday friends!  I’m really happy to be back for another Fashion Friday post, which I love to write as it gives me a chance to do a bit of window shopping and check out the latest fashions. I have a shopping trip planned to update my wardrobe after the baby and with these posts […]

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Get Active with National Fitness Day 2014

18 September 2014

Sometimes when we’re in an exercise rut or have lost all of our motivation to workout it’s nice to have something like an event to inspire us to get moving.   Recently we have been blessed with the amazing athletes competing in the Commonwealth Games, runners in the Great North Run and wounded war heroes […]

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Nesting, trying to relax and postpartum body thoughts – #39 weeks

17 September 2014

Officially there are only 3 days to go until our due date! We’re really playing the waiting game now. So far there hasn’t been any obvious signs of labour except more period like pains over the weekend in my lower back and under my bump   I’ve also been feeling some stretching sensations down below too […]

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{Recipe} Pecan Maple Cinnamon Granola

16 September 2014

When it comes to food, nothing reminds me more of the autumn than maple syrup and the smell of cinnamon.  I’m a big fan of both flavours, but only seem to have them regularly in the colder months.  There is something quite warming about the smell of cinnamon and let’s face it maple syrup pretty much […]

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