Add Some Goodness to your Short Stack

Hey Guys,

Happy Pancake Day! I hope you’re all planning on tucking in to some delicious options whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner (or all three in my case!) I Love pancakes so this is my favourite kind of Tuesday 🙂

There are numerous different carb free and protein pancake recipes out there and I do in general love them. For today though I think it’s ok to partake in a little pancake indulgence. At the end of the day, it’s all about balance. Continue reading

Altering Santa’s Snacking

Hey Guys,

I was out shopping the other day when I came across something I thought was pretty interesting. It is something different and as you know, I always appreciate a unique twist on the norm. It is due to this that I’ve become intrigued by Keelings’ latest offering. The company have opted to go against the norm and encourage parents and kids to embrace a healthier Christmas. This is being done through their new Santa Snacks campaign. The main idea is to get children to see the importance of consuming healthy snacks and that even Santa needs something a little healthier from time to time.

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This is not something I would usually be drawn to however I was recently reading an article which stated that up to 1.8 million adults are at risk of losing 9 years off their lives due to obesity. That is a scary thought. So much can be achieved in 9 years and for someone to lose that opportunity is frightening. Obesity may have plateaued in recent years but it is clearly still a big issue.

I personally think teaching your child to live a healthy lifestyle from a young age is crucial. Little gestures like the Santa Snacks are perfect for communicating to children that there are healthy alternatives out there and that it is important to eat healthy. I am not saying that any child should be put on a diet, I don’t think children should be subject to society’s pressure to have the ‘perfect’ body. I do however think that obesity in many cases is a result of what people have grown up with. If your not taught from a young age that eating well for your body is important, then how will you know?

That is why I love the idea that Keelings are effectively taking this issue head on and making healthy eating fun by incorporating the excitement of Christmas. I also admire that they’re selling these products at a reasonable price. We are all well aware of the sometimes extortionist prices associated with Christmas products. This is thankfully not the case here. I seen the pots being sold at €1.50 which to be fair is not too dear.

The fruit brand have also introduced a new fruit platter for Christmas too, again this is at a reasonable price. Healthy food, particularly novelty healthy food tends to be dearer in general. I think this can be quite frustrating as many companies are often enforcing that healthier lifestyles need to be embraced, but making it expensive and in some cases just not feasible. I’m really impressed that a reputable company such as Keelings is in fact embracing their corporate identity and helping others become a part of it too without feeling the hole in their pockets.

As a marketing graduate, I think it is exciting to see such a unique campaign being introduced over the normal over indulgent season. Keelings are gaining interest from children over the festive season which will hopefully continue into the new year. I’m not for one minute saying people shouldn’t eat what ever they want over Christmas, I know I certainly will. But I just think it’s a great opportunity to keep the healthy lifestyle in their heads so that it is not completely lost behind the abundance of food and sweets. At the end of the day, health is an important issue both mentally and physically and the obesity levels are proof of this. Let’s hope little changes like the ones Keelings are offering actually start to impact this!

I think I will be grabbing a few fruit pots for when I’m on the go!

Hope you enjoyed Guys & Gals

Z x

Fat Burning Detox Water

Hey Guys,

I stumbled across two or three different recipes for detox water over the last few days, however I decided to mix and match the best pieces out of each to ensure the highest levels of fat burning possible! This recipe will help detox your body and leave you feeling fresh. Now it is not miracle water and wont help you shed 10lbs but it will leave you feeling good and helps get rid of some toxins in your body. It’s simple, quick and easy too which is always a bonus in my book!

What you need: photo 2 (7)

  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 a grapefruit
  • 1/3 of a cucumber
  • 10-12 mint leaves

 

What you do: 

  • Chop up all your ingredients like so:photo 1 (9)
  • Add in approx 1.5 ltrs of water (depending on the size of the jug you are using!)
  • Pop it in the fridge for a few hours or overnight to let it fuse

 

See Simple, Quick & Easy!

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Hope you enjoy 🙂

Z x

Detox: Day 1

Ok so before I get started with today’s post, I just want to say that I am not claiming to be a fitness or health blogger by any means, I just thought I would share with you the first day of my detox and how it impacted my Monday!

This detox is NOT about weight loss, it is primarily undertaken for clear skin and to balance out any digestive problems. This is also not a juicing detox, it includes real food so that it is not torture and is actually doable! I chose to do a detox for two reasons:

1. I had a very ‘toxic’ weekend in terms of alcohol and fatty food. Yes it was great fun however it was also the third consecutive weekend that this has happened, so I figured my poor body could do with some re-balancing!

2. I have had some minor medical issues lately and this has taken its toll on my skin, which I personally felt looked tired with blemishes appearing (not good!) so a bit of nourishment should fix this, well finger’s crossed.

Breakfast

To start the day off I had a kale and spinach shake, with a hot water and lemon. I’m not going to lie and say it was as appealing as a strong coffee and toast. I was however feeling quite determined so I managed to convince myself I was satisfied afterwards.

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Lunch

Lunch was suppose to be bigger however I was quite busy so I had a large mixed fruit bowl which consisted of strawberries, grapes and blueberries. This was then topped with some non fat Greek yogurt and linseed. These two are great for perfecting any imbalances in your digestive system (apparently!) This may seem like a very sugar intensive meal however it was full of good sugar and really satisfied my sweet tooth.

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Dinner

I’m not going to lie, dinner was tough. I wasn’t making dinner just for myself so it wasn’t the easiest to make my one whilst looking at his! I did however avoid temptation of eating off the other plate! For my own dinner I made grilled prawns with vegetables stir fried in coconut oil. I added some baked sweet potato wedges to ensure I stayed full! Sorry forgot to take a pic of my dinner!

Snack

I am terrible for eating late at night, I could easily eat a full packet of biscuits or a shocking amount of chocolate without even realizing! So today I replaced my beloved late night snacks with a ‘clear skin’ smoothie. This consisted of: 1 banana,  1 orange, 1 glass of soya milk and 1/2 cup of water. I also added 3 strawberries just because I love the taste.

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I am going to finish the night with a cup of green tea or a lemon in hot water and I am going to avoid the kitchen as much as possible!!

Hope you guys enjoyed 🙂