Sunday Catch up: Could it be Spring?!

by Jemma on February 26, 2012

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Hello lovelies! I hope you have all been enjoying your weekends.  I’ve been working this weekend, so have really been enjoying just having just chilled out evenings, mainly watching movies.  I’m taking tomorrow off though with Alfie to do some more wedding planning…eeek! So exciting! :D

So who has been enjoying the lovely sunshine that we have been having in the UK?  OK, I know the temperatures are hardly tropical but I didn’t enjoy that freezing cold spell at all and the weather has been lovely in my neck of the woods this week.  I think Spring may be just around the corner thank goodness.

This weeks workouts have been 50% in the gym and 50% home workouts which has been another great way to mix things up.  It’s great to know that I can still get in a great workout at home when I am pushed for time or cannot make it to the gym.  On Thursday I was supposed to go to my scheduled Body Pump class, but the weather was just too gorgeous to miss so I decided to go on the run I had planned for Friday instead.  I’m so glad that I changed my mind as it felt like a late summer’s evening, perfect running conditions. It was beautiful outside and I cannot wait to get back outside running again when the weather warms up properly.

So my workout schedule this week looked a little bit like this…

Monday: 30 minutes of speed intervals on the treadmill, bike and cross trainer, strength workout 1 and 5 minute cool down on the bike

Tuesday: 10 minutes of high cadence intervals on the cross trainer, strength workout 2, 20 minutes of intervals on the bike and step machine

Wednesday: Yoga pod casts from Yogadownload.com including Hatha yoga, yoga for runners and moon salutation

Thursday: 5K run outdoors plus 200 ab crunches (8 different varieties of 25 reps each)

Friday: short circuits of 8 different varieties of 25 reps each, 50 chest presses, lunges, squats

Sunday: Levels 1-3 of 30 Day Shred

This has also been a great week of some amazing eats too:

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From left to right:

  • Berry breakfast smoothie which included frozen mixed berries, a banana, cucumber, water, mesquite meal, strawberry hemp protein powder topped with

  • sunflower seeds and desiccated coconut.

  • A huge bowl of mixed fruit including a chopped banana, pear, blueberries and strawberries with rice milk, maple syrup and almond butter…delish!

  • Chocolate Spelt Pancakes on Pancake Day with frozen berries, chopped banana, chocolate hazelnut sauce and creamy almond butter- the best pancakes *EVER!*

  • Baked tofu in soya sauce and sesame oil with baked swede chips with paprika and steamed kale with ketchup.

  • High Protein Three Bean Chilli with steamed green and leftover baked swede chips with paprika.

  • Chopped apple and pear in almond milk topped with desiccated coconut and sultanas.

At the beginning of the week I made up a huge batch of quinoa for lunches in the week.  I made a version of some Curried Quinoa using a recipe that I saw on Gena and Nada’s blogs which I adapted and used what I had in my cupboards at home:

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*Curried Quinoa with Cashews and Sultanas*

Ingredients (vegetarian, makes 1 generous batch)

  • 3 cups of quinoa
  • 1/3 cup of cashew nuts
  • 1/2 cup of sultanas
  • 2 tbsps of chopped fresh coriander or dried herbs
  • 3 tsps of hot or mild madras curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp of turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp of dried cumin
  • juice of half a lemon
  • vegetable stock
  • salt and pepper

Cook the quinoa in a saucepan in enough vegetable stock to cover and bring to the boil and cook through.  Once cooked drain off the quinoa and place in a bowl.  Add the spices and stir thoroughly until all of the grains of quinoa become a golden yellow colour.  Next add the cashews and sultanas, lemon juice and coriander and stir through.   Season to taste.

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This tasted so fresh and fabulous and was definitely what I had been craving since the sun has been making an appearance these past couple of days.  Funny how your eating habits can change with the weather.  I have been eating my curried quinoa with mixed salad leaves, grated carrots, boiled eggs, red peppers, cucumber, tomatoes and garlic and herb Sabra hummus…yummy!

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Recently my favourite desserts have been mainly based on a mixture of fruit with rice milk or with a soya pudding.  On Thursday night I fancied a chocolate hit so added morello cherries and a chocolate soya pudding and added some coconut milk that I had leftover in the fridge from making my Butternut Squash and Thai Coconut Soup. It had firmed right up as I have previously noticed after leaving coconut milk in the fridge and Laura has pointed out too, but it still remains creamy.  Oh my!  This was good!  It reminded me of a bounty bar…yum!

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I will definitely be making this again for a simple and quick dessert!

I’ve also been enjoying lots of dried fruit and nuts too as afternoon snacks.  Since I’ve been working I have been relying too heavily on bars for snacks at work and wanted to mix things up. My current favourite is a mix of dried mango, dried mixed cherries and salted almonds.

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Talking of healthy snacks, I’ve been trying to hunt down a packet of the Garbanzo beans that I have been spotting on numerous blogs lately.  After a few weeks of hunting I finally found all 3 flavours in Holland and Barratt.  I resisted and only bought 2 of the flavours!

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…Geez! Another way to feed my chick pea addiction!

In fact I’m really impressed with how good ol’ H&B are currently expanding their range of products as I also picked up some of the Diva popcorn that I bought on my last trip to Whole Foods.  They seem to be stocking a lot more specialist items that you perhaps would usually only find in independent health food shops.

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Ooooh! Also earlier this week I was welcomed home by my neighbour with a huge box of fruit- 50 pieces in fact from the lovely people over at Fruitdrop one of my blog sponsors this month who run a fruit delivery service to offices.  It is safe to say that I won’t be buying any fruit for a little while…well a week at least.

I hope the sunny spring weather is here to stay for the rest of the week.  I just love it!  It makes getting out of bed in the morning so much more easier that’s for sure.

Now I’m going to end this post with some more food porn…

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Cherry and Coconut Tofu Pudding…oh yeahhh!  Recipe to come later this week!

Have a fabulous week my friends!

Do your eating habits and cravings change depending on the weather?

What have you been up to this weekend?

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Kate February 26, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Ahhh lucky you to be finding those garbanzo beans! I checked out my local H&B but couldn’t find them, will definitely keep tracking them down though! Very excited to hear that they do Diva popcorn too.

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes February 28, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Yes, they seem to be getting a lot of new things in at the moment.

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thisfitchick February 26, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Great workouts!!! And yummy eats- the weather WAS GORGEOUS TODAY! I hope it stays!

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes February 28, 2012 at 2:59 PM

I hope it stays too.

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eatinglikeahorse February 26, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Looking forward to that pudding recipe, it sounds fab!
I’ve been loving the weather this last week; I don’t blame you for running outside, I’ve been on my bike loads because it’s so lovely :-)
I love that collage of food pictures and the thought of the chocolate/cherry/coconut one – bliss.
Have fun wedding planning tomorrow!

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes February 28, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Just posted the recipe! I haven’t been biking for a while. I bet it was lovely in the sun.

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caloricandcrazy February 26, 2012 at 10:52 PM

I love quinoa! The berries look yummy!

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes February 28, 2012 at 2:59 PM

It’s great isn’t it!

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IHeartVegetables February 27, 2012 at 3:13 AM

It’s totally feeling like spring here too! (isn’t it crazy how everyone around the world, basically, is getting this weather?!) My tastes totally do change. Normally I have soup like once a day when its cold, but since it’s been warm, I’ve been eating more yogurt and salads!

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes February 28, 2012 at 2:58 PM

It is pretty crazy but I’m not going to complain about it!

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Maria February 27, 2012 at 9:02 AM

The weather was so lovely over the weekend- hopefully spring is actually on the way now.

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes February 28, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Fingers crossed that it is! :D

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Nada (One Arab Vegan) February 27, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Ah love curried quinoa! I also found those chickpeas at H&B this weekend and bought all 3 flavours :)

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes February 28, 2012 at 2:57 PM

It’s so delicious!

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Laura@keepinghealthygettingstylish February 27, 2012 at 1:00 PM

I definitely tend to crave things seasonally, I have been tempted by all the strawberries on offer at the moment but I just wouldn’t feel right eating them at this time of year! Rather save them for the spring and summer! That mango, cherry and salted almond combo sounds fab, I will have to try that!

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes February 28, 2012 at 2:56 PM

With all of the sun last week I just couldn’t resist the strawberries or blueberries, although the guilt did sink in afterwards.

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Alexiasana February 27, 2012 at 2:35 PM

i always have a big batch of quinoa or millet in the fridge ready for my work day lunches too! i tried the Diva popcorn but was quite disappointed of them, they tasted so soggy to me. i want my popcorn crunchy :)
My food cravings do change from time to time and although it is cold I often have a craving for raw food!

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes February 28, 2012 at 3:02 PM

I think cooking up batches of grains is great for lunches.

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Love Live & Learn February 27, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Hope the wedding planning is going well! I find it all so exciting :-)

Your workouts sound great to me, I like to do a mix of gym and home workouts too. I find it’s a good balance and it keeps me from getting bored!

All of your food here looks so delicious, especially those Chocolate Spelt Pancakes and that Cherry and Coconut Tofu Pudding! I want some!

Also I’m impressed by those bags of flavoured Garbanzo beans, I was never a fan of Holland and Barratt’s because I always felt like they didn’t have a great range of products but if they’re starting to expand then I might pop in :-)

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes February 28, 2012 at 2:55 PM

H&B seem to be improving their range quite a lot at the moment. They are a bit slow on the uptake though! :D

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Mushroomz February 27, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Not to sound (too) harsh, but don’t you think you’re overdoing it with the exercise? It sounds like you’re doing at least 45-60 mins of it a day with almost no rest days. Besides eating low calorie food (plus some nuts)?
This is my personal opinion, but I don’t think this is a good way of advocating healthy living. Eating disordered girls are just feeding their disorder on your blog.

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes February 28, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Thanks for your comment. I never post everything that I eat on my blog as I don’t want to bore my readers. Also my workouts include a mix of cardio, strength, conditioning and gentle yoga. I never do a straight cardio workout. I eat and work out the way I do as I feel great for it. Everyone is different. I would be said to realise that people find my blog triggering as I am all about a healthy balance. But, if they do I would prefer that they just didn’t read my blog at all.

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jennybridger February 27, 2012 at 4:55 PM

I love reading blogs and seeing all the new products, i avoided H & B earlier so i didn’t get a protein bar & spend £ when i didn’t need to but i might make an exception for roasted chickpeas – something i’ve never had & would like to try. H & B in my town is small though :(

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes February 28, 2012 at 2:51 PM

They may still have some even if your H&B is small.

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Sarah(everydaysapicnic) February 27, 2012 at 5:31 PM

It sounds like you had a good workout week – I’m very impressed that you did all of the 30 Day Shred! I set out to do 2 level a while ago, but then stopped at one (I think that was more lack of willpower than ability).
It was pretty warm in Cambridge at the weekend and that induced some serious scone cravings – that’s the perfect sunny weather treat for me!

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes February 28, 2012 at 2:51 PM

It was really challenging and I struggled through levels 2 and 3.

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The Quirky Kitchen February 27, 2012 at 11:59 PM

As always, your food looks delicious! I have some frozen morello cherries in the freezer…..I must try them with a soya pud and some coconut milk like you did – it just looks too good not to!

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes February 28, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Oh you would love it!

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jadelovespat February 29, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Just added you to my blogroll :)

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Phil April 2, 2012 at 3:55 PM

I made this today, but with dried cranberries instead of raisins and parsley instead of coriander. YUM. :)

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes April 2, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Sounds perfect!!! :D

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