Socca and a modified workout plan

by Jemma Andrew-Adiamah on February 13, 2011

in EATS!, Recipes

Evening all!  I hope you have had a lovely and relaxing weekend.  The weather has been a misery here today, raining non stop.  I wanted to try and go for a run due to the lack of time today to make it to the gym, however the weather soon put a stop to that.  Instead I have just repeated the modified version of my toning workout that I put together and did yesterday morning before work:

  • butterfly crunches x 30
  • reverse crunches x 30
  • reach through crunches x 30
  • bicycle crunches x 30
  • v-sit x3 for 20 seconds
  • side planks for 30 seconds
  • front plank for 60 seconds (I’m currently at 50 seconds)
  • push ups x 20
  • tricep dips x 20
  • lunges with wood chop x 15 each side
  • sumo squats x 20
  • plie squats x 20 with a 20 second pulse interval
  • reverse lunges x 20
  • alternating lunges x 20
  • leg cross overs x 15 each side

I’m finding this workout really challenging at the moment, especially the leg work.  Also I am trying not to stop between each move, finishing one exercise and going straight in to the next to keep my heart rate up.  After doing it two days in a row I am most definitely sore, but I am taking that as a positive thing- a sign that it is working!

Now for some eats…

On Saturday morning for breakfast I made a lovely butternut squash smoothie using a quarter of a butternut squash, vanilla rice milk, an apple, cinnamon, maca powder, milk thistle, ground flax and xanthan gum.

I topped it with some Tasty High Fibre Dorset Cereal.  This was so delicious and creamy.  A great way to kick start the weekend.  For lunch I had the leftover spelt grain, cannellini bean tomato filling from my roasted butternut squash the night before, followed by a lovely pineapple and kiwi fruit combo.

I’ve been leaving the skins on my kiwis lately and it’s actually really nice.  I expected the skin to be really hairy and prickly, but to my surprise its not at all.  And to be honest it saves so much time as taking the skins off can be a pain.  After eating this I made a trip to the market.  It was crazy!  The market traders are all so competitive.  I found a stall that was selling 10 large oranges for a £1, which I snapped up in an instant.  Looking to the next stall they were selling 25 clementines (yes 25!) for £1!  I was tempted, but really what would I do with 25 clementines?   I also picked up some blueberries, strawberries, pomegranates, plantain, cherries, a melon, chicory, corgettes, a truck load of pink lady apples, pears, cauliflower, French beans, baby corn and red cabbage.  This was all I could carry back to my locker and my haul weighed a tonne!

For dinner I made an bowl of oats made with hazelnut and almond rice milk and water with lots of toppings…

…Yeo Valley vanilla yoghurt, raw chocolate covered mulberries, mixed seeds and some dried fruits.  Yum!  I followed this with a chopped pink lady apple with cinnamon, Twilight raw chocolate and some cherries.

This morning I woke up bright and early to get all of my cleaning done before my dad came to visit.  I did make a lovely breakfast in between my cleaning…

Socca has been doing the rounds in blog land recently so I thought I would give it a whirl.  It’s so easy to make too.  Simply mix up the ingredients and place in a prepared baking dish to cook in the oven for approximately 30 minutes at a moderate heat. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of chic pea flour
  • 1 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of vanilla soya milk
  • handful of blueberries

I also topped it with some peanut butter and a chopped pink lady apple:

This was so delicious!  I will definitely be making more Socca in the future and it is so versatile.  There are so many different variations in blog land that I know I will have to try.  I also made a quick dash to the supermarket to stock up on a few bits.  Just to let you know Tesco’s currently has a 3 for 2 promotion on all of their cereals.  This is  including the Dorset Cereals, so obviously I had to have me some of them.  Later in the day I snacked on some more pineapple and two Granola Truffles.  I haven’t put a picture in this post as I am planning a full recipe post later this week.  I’m so excited to share this recipe after trialing and testing I think I have finally cracked it and they are delish! 

I had a late lunch today as me and my dad went to a wonderful Chinese buffet restaurant, Cosmo, possibly the best one I have ever been too.   There was so much variety as the place was huge.  It is a relatively new restaurant modeled on a contemporary hotel design.  Everything is cooked fresh so the food hasn’t been sitting around all day left to form a skin on top.  I feasted on some sushi, dim sum and a variety of Pan Asian dishes.  My strategy is to eat no carbs at these places as I find that the rice and noodles fill me up too quickly and I want a little taste of everything, but after two plates I was full. 

When I got home I pottered around in the kitchen and made a lovely Moroccan Chickpea Soup, jollof rice for Alfie and made up some millet seeds for the week.  I will be posting the recipe for the soup later this week too.  I wasn’t particularly hungry after my late lunch so I just snacked on some apples and lots of tea and water. 

Well I’m off to relax and enjoy the last few hours of the weekend.  I hope you all have a lovely week!!!! :)

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Sweet Tooth Runner February 13, 2011 at 10:48 PM

Oooh yummy looking socca!! I am SO loving socca at the mo, and I love blueberries too so this sounds delish!! :D

laura @ box run eat February 13, 2011 at 11:53 PM

Please tell me you meant to put 60seconds for your plank?? If not I am so in awe haha!

quirkyrunner February 14, 2011 at 12:21 AM

great post! your workout looks like a challenge and i bet your biceps got an extra workout from hauling all those fruit and veg around – great shop!

Amanda February 14, 2011 at 2:13 AM

Yum! Your socca looks so good! I have been seeing it around lots of blogs too, adding blueberries is such a great idea!!

movesnmunchies February 14, 2011 at 8:12 AM

WOW a sweet socca! YAY now im even more excited to get my chickpea flour!!! your workout looks awesome- and sore is always a good thing!

Laura@keepingslimandgettingstylish February 14, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Yey for socca! That version looks awesome, I haven’t tried making it in the oven yet, I like it quick from the pan! Glad you enjoyed your chinese buffet, I can’t help myself with the noodles though!

AlisonM February 14, 2011 at 8:42 AM

Wow, I don’t think I could do that workout 2 days in a row, my triceps would totally give out after 20 pushups and 20 dips! Am impressed!

Looking forward to the granola truffles too :)

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes February 14, 2011 at 9:02 AM

I’m so sore today. The truffles are yummy!!! :)

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes February 14, 2011 at 9:03 AM

I loved the socca. I haven’y tried it inthe pan yet. I’m too scared to flip it over!!!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes February 14, 2011 at 9:04 AM

The chick pea flour is fab. It’s great in cakes too!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes February 14, 2011 at 9:05 AM

I’m loving the socca at the moment!!!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes February 14, 2011 at 9:06 AM

By arms and hands were all red after carrying all of those bags. I thought I cut off the circulation to my hands at one point. All for the love of fruit and veggies! :)

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes February 14, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Hahaha!!! I was half asleep when I wrote this. Of course 60 minutes, I don’t think anyone could hold the plank for that long!!!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes February 14, 2011 at 9:09 AM

I’m loving socca too. It’s so yummy!!! :P

Maria@Runningcupcake February 14, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Yay that socca looks yummy! I like the idea of baking it in the oven as I am rubbish at flipping pancakes! :)

vegansunshine February 14, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Wow, all of those eats look so yummy! And that work out plan looks intense!

Whitney

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