Monthly Archives: February 2014

Fitness Friday: Polar FT4

Oh yeah, I bought myself a new toy.

Polar FT4, heart rate monitor, pulse, calorie tracker

Polar FT4

I was inspired by my lovely friend with a fab name 🙂 and finally justified the purchase to myself.  It comes in a number of colours, but I fell in love with the bronze/orange.

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Paying it forward week #5

Thoughtful Thursday, Random Act of Kindness, Paying it forwardHello and welcome to another Thoughtful Thursday.

Last week I raised the question of whether re-gifting/reusing/recycling counts as a kindness. Is ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ worthy of the title ‘random act of kindness’.  The response was that ‘yes’ these little tokens do count.

But a friend raised another question in response “What is a RANDOM act of kindness, as opposed to an act of kindness?” and that got me thinking.

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So my instant thought was random was unexpected – but who goes around expecting an act of kindness?

So I looked up the dictionary definition of random (thanks Google)

“odd, unusual, or unexpected.”

And I get where the thought is coming from, but I no longer want my acts of kindness to be odd or unusual – it is a part of who I am.  Therefore I will stick with paying it forward or acts of kindness.

Plus I got some new ideas 🙂

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What I ate Wednesday #7

Sadly it is the last ‘Love your Veggies Month’ post.  Yes, the end of February is nigh.

To be honest I kind of left my WIAW to the last minute again (almost – this is Monday’s eats) so I had forgotten that it is Love your veggies Month – so how did I do without giving it much any thought?

WIAW, what I ate wednesday, lunch, dinner, snacks, breakfastNot too bad, if I do say so myself 🙂

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Slow cooker porridge; vegan, gluten free

I’ve, or I should say we’ve been trying to perfect the art of slow cooker porridge. There are several reasons I’ve been trying it lately:

  1. Now I’m relying on the rail replacement for work I have to leave the house 30 minutes earlier than I did.  I therefore need something quick in the mornings.
  2. I bought some steel cut oats, thinking they would be healthier than rolled oats – more on that to come
  3. Steel cut oats take 45 minutes “ain’t nobody got time for that”.  Ok, some people have time for that, I don’t  – see point 1

So, as Ben comes to bed much later than me, I’ve set him the task of putting the oats in the slow cooker before he comes to bed with the hope that they will be delicious and ready by the time I get up for work.

We have had varying degrees of success

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Dinner Inspiration

Sometimes, I’m just looking for dinner inspiration online.  I’m a fairly competent cook, so ill I need is an image, or maybe an ingredients list, and I’m good to go.  If I have an ingredients list in front of my, I’m usually planning how I’m going to change it to suit me anyway.

In fact, sometimes I have an idea in my head, and I just won’t google it because that way the idea remains mine. Well, in my head anyway – the same idea will be scattered all over the web, but hey, what I don’t know can’t hurt me.

Anyway, this rambling introduction is just a way of saying, I can’t be bothered to write up a receipe post, so I’m just going to show you a collage of some of my dinners this week, and leave you clever people with the idea to run with.

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A week of…snacks #2

Hello and Welcome to ‘a week of‘.  I’d noticed, and you may have noticed too, that my snacks have been a bit rubbish lately.

I’ll be honest, I was thinking it was a good way to cut some calories from my day.  But, deep down I know, and you might know too, that my body (and maybe yours too) functions far better when it is fed regularly.

I am typically up early – more so now the trains aren’t running and I have to catch a coach.  Typically, I can be found somewhere between 6.30 and 7.00 in the morning running to catch the coach.

So a breakfast at 6.00 is not going to keep me going until 1pm when I typically break for lunch.  In the same way; when I leave work I go straight to the gym for 1-2 hours before I go home and make dinner.  Lunch at 1pm is not going to tide me over until 7 or 8pm.

So, this week I focused on eating good, snacks.  Perhaps I was in a bit of a snack rut, so  I thought I would try some new things.  It is testament to the fact that I’ve been feeling a bit rubbish all week, that most of my snacks were bought.  In the past I have made lovely homemade snacks, like my buckwheat crispies or my dehydrated kale chips.

But I don’t think shop bought has to mean unhealthy.  There are healthy and nutritious snacks out there if you know where to look.

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a week of…snacks

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Raisin cookies

I don’t want to share this recipe, I really don’t.  It’s my secret ingredient (ok, so plenty of people know so it’s not that secret), that makes these cookies so darn delicious.  And it works with all sorts of flavours.

I gave you a taster before Christmas when I shared two cookie recipes – my new cookies are a combination of the two.

It was a bit of a throw it together, and I didn’t measure out all the ingredients…

And perhaps I’ve been sharing too many sweet recipes lately, maybe I need to write up something savoury…No???

Ok, I’m stalling…but I promised some people this recipe, so I had better get on and share it…

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Paying it forward week #4

It’s THURSDAY – so let’s make this THOUGHTFUL THURSDAY! Oh yeah, I can get on board with this!

This week I wanted to say that I had delivered my second of the Facebook Paying it Forward acts, but I haven’t seen the recipient, so I’m still carrying it around with me.  However, this has not stopped me doing other RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS.

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Paying it forward week #4

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What I ate Wednesday #6

My second post in Love your Veggies Month.  Thanks again to Jenn for hosting.  Hope you are also enjoying lots of veggies this week!

Here is my collection of eats from Sunday.  If you follow me on Facebook you will know that I’ve been feeling a bit poorly with a cold.  I’ve been making sure I’m eating right, and getting lots of good nutrition!

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Chai Peanut blondies, low fat

chai, peanut, brownie, blondie

I’ve mentioned before Ben’s love of all things peanut butter.  When we saw this Peanut Hottie at the supermarket, we just had to give it a go.

(Ok, actually it went:
Ben: It sounds nice, but really I’m not sure
Emily: Oh for goodness sake, I’ll buy it then)

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peanut hottie

As I said, we gave it a go.

Ben quite/kinda liked it, and I knew it would be great for baking!

chai latte

chai latte

I also bought a sachet of chia latte powder to try in baking, so I thought I would throw it all together in a low fat blondie bake – yayness!

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