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We aren’t all self-obssesed…

Probably one of the most important blog posts that I’ve written, and I think this is something that needs to be said. Along with the fitness lifestyle comes the association that those who dedicate themselves to living this way, are self-centered, self-obsessed, and vain. Here’s why this simply isn’t the case.

First of all, I feel that there are far worse things that someone can dedicate their time to, and a healthy lifestyle is by no means one! This lifestyle is seriously misunderstood, and although it may appear that going to the gym frequently, being mindful of what you eat, and generally investing time in your own health and wellbeing, is ‘self-obsessed’, I question if this really is the case? Arguably, a healthy lifestyle is time-consuming and requires a degree of focus, but I don’t feel this warrants a person being considered ‘self-obsessed’ for trying to become a better version of themself. This to me is a fault in our society, that we feel the need to comment on another’s healthy lifestyle just because it is different to our own.

Having taken my fitness and health seriously in the past two years I have seen first-hand the benefits it can bring to your life, not only do you feel physically energised, stronger, and fitter, but I feel this way of life does wonders for your mental health. Exercise is a proven way to help better manage stress levels, it can also act as a distraction from anxious feelings as during your workout you are essentially practicing mindfulness by focusing on the present and forgetting about any worries.

However, in truth, I think the stereo-type manifests from what people see online, and by this, I mean certain Instagram accounts. Admittedly, Instagram is full of ‘progress pictures’ posted by fitness influencers and accounts, which involve sharing the physical progress that someone has made. This is where I feel confidence gets confused with arrogance. I understand the importance of progress pictures as, depending on your fitness goal, the scales only show an increase due to the muscle mass gained (especailly if you are into weightlifting). Therefore, progress pictures make a great solution for this as they give you a physical reference to compare against to see how you are doing in relation to your goals. Moreover, when you live, eat, and breathe this lifestyle it can be very hard to notice your own progress as often we can become so fixated on a goal that we forget to recognise the milestones that we have passed. Below are two progress pictures that I took. The righthand picture was taken in my first year of university, and the lefthand picture was taken towards the end of my second year. If I didn’t take these two pictures, I wouldn’t have recognised just how much my body has changed over the past two years.

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Personally, I see no wrong in sharing your achievements through progress pictures when it comes to fitness, as it is so much more than an ‘arrogant’ picture, it’s symbolic of the hours of time and effort that someone has put into this lifestyle, and this should only be encouraged.

I guess the main point of this post was to give an insight into the level of commitment required to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and I feel this dedication should only be encouraged rather than tarnished as arrogant and self-obsessed.

Thank you for reading,

Jazzy B ❤

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Recipies, Treats

Chai Spiced Banana Bread

Yep. It’s another banana bread recipe because I love it so much! This time, I’ve spiced it with all of the warming flavors from a chai latte such as ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

This is refined sugar-free and doesn’t use any butter also, I’ve added spelt flour which has many benefits such as stimulating the immune system and encouraging healthy digestion. What I like most about this recipe is that it’s not too sweet, unlike traditional banana bread, which allows for the spice combinations to be tasted.

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Chai spiced banana loaf, topped with pecans, walnut halves and a drizzle of honey.

Ingredients

Dry mix:

  • 65g oats blitzed into a flour
  • 80g of spelt flour
  • 1.5 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of ginger
  • 1.5 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp of mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp of salt

Wet mix:

  • 2.5 very ripe bananas
  • 2.5 tbsp of honey
  • 1/3 of a cup of milk
  • 1/4 of a cup of melted coconut oil

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Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees, and grease a loaf tin with coconut oil
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl
  3. In a separate bowl, mash the banana until they form a pulp, then add the eggs, vanilla extract, coconut oil and milk
  4. Pour the wet ingredients in with the dry and fold together
  5. Pour the batter into the loaf tin, and top with slices from the leftover banana, and pecans and a drizzle of honey
  6. Place in the oven for 45-60 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean

Tip: if the pecans start to brown too much, then place tinfoil over the loaf tin.

Nutritional Info

serves 12, per slice

  • Calories – 121
  • Carbs – 17.9
  • Fat – 4.35
  • Protein – 2.8

I hope you enjoy this autumnal take on a classic treat,

Jazzy B ❤

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Pretty Little Picnic

There is something so lovely about having a picnic: The sun shining down, all the food, spending time with friends. I think we could all do with giving ourselves more time to escape to the country for an hour or two, and what better reason than to have a picnic?

IMG_7205In my eyes picnics are so underrated, although admittedly dependent on the weather, they’re so simple to organise that you could easily arrange one of an afternoon. As a student, I’m always thinking of things to do which are affordable, and this most definitely is! Everyone can provide some food, and before you know it you’ve got a tasty feast.

When organising a picnic, I prefer to have it somewhere quieter that also allows you to go for a leisurely stroll afterward, so a nice location is key. But I also have invited friends round to have one in my garden, they can be as simple as you make them.IMG_7165

A friend and I set up our picnic blanket in the afternoon sunshine in a quiet field (would recommend not having it on someones private land, which we unknowingly did…oops!) and had a lovely catch up and giggle, whilst of course munching on all the lovely food.

As you can see, our picnic for two was virtually effortless and was done only using foods that we had available. We had fruit kebabs, my homemade caramel brownie protein balls , Go Ahead chocolate crunchy dippers (which tasted amazing), and some refreshing summer fruits squash.

Once we had eaten as much as we could, we then went for a walk along the Wey & Arun canal in West Sussex, which was absolutely beautiful.

I felt so peaceful after doing so, and I hope I’ve inspired you to get outside and see the beauty that is all around us,

Jazzy B ❤

 

 

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Foodie Finds – August 2017

Wow, what a month August has been! Although pretty shocking weather throughout, it looks like the UK summer wants to keep us all on our toes and start at the end of August…gotta love the UK!!

On a better note, I’ve made some great foodie favourites this month which have now become staple foods in my diet, so let’s get into it…

1. Tesco Finest High Protein Farmhouse IMG_6992

I don’t tend to eat a lot of bread, but when I do this is my go-to. Brown bread is great for providing fiber and carbohydrates, and that’s pretty much it! However, with this bread, two slices will provide you with 10g of protein and 20g of carbs. This is an absolute macro game changer, especially as you could easily double the protein content depending on what you have with it, such as prawns, tofu scramble or cottage cheese etc. I love making my Toffee French Toast Waffles with this, as it’s a perfect size for the waffle maker.

2. Cookie Dough Carb Killa by GrenadeIMG_7129

I. Love. This. It tastes amazing, it’s high in protein and low in sugars…what more can I say!? Grenade does some of my all time favourite protein bars, although slightly pricey at £2.50 a bar, you do get 20g of protein, covered in chocolate and a few minutes in heaven…so I’m definitely down! They also do other great flavours such ‘jaffa quake’ & ‘banana armour’, so if you haven’t already, give them a go and thank me later. 😉

3. Tesco High Protein Natural YoghurtIMG_7220

I’ve have used this in so many of my recipes, such as my Protein Pancakes and Protein Smoothie Bowl. Per 150g this yoghurt offers 15.3g of protein, which is great if you’re following a vegetarian/pescetarian diet like myself. It also makes a great snack when topped with berries and nuts.

4. Tesco High Protein Fusilli PastaIMG_7339[1]

Pasta also tends to be a food which offers little other than a whole load of carbs, which is why I use this pasta to try and up my daily intake protein. At first, it does look very small but it will turn out like normal pasta once cooked. Each 170g of cooked pasta will give you 16.8g of protein…result!

5. Chocolate Protein bites by BodydesignIMG_7340[1]

I picked these up from Superdrug for £0.99. If you like cornflake cakes, then these will be right up your street, as they’re like the miniature version of that. They’re the perfect size when you fancy a chocolate fix, and you’ll also be getting 5.3g of protein. When they taste so good, it would be rude not to!

I realise this post makes me look like the protein police :’) but when you follow a pescetarian diet you’ve got to be on the hunt to get a suitable amount of protein from other sources.

Well that wraps August up now bring on September,

Jazzy B ❤

Recipies

Toffee French Toast Waffles

As much as I love french toast, there is nothing wrong with mixing it up once in a while. Also, in my opinion, this is a much quicker and easier way to get perfect french toast every time.

The great thing about french toast is how versatile it is and that any combos, savoury or sweet, will taste like a dream. A few of my favourites include banana and blueberries, strawberries and raspberries, also topping it with sliced peaches and coconut flakes tastes amazing too.

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As with most things the key is in how you flavour your food up, otherwise, you’d just be eating bland, strangely shaped ‘eggy bread’. With this french toast, I used MyProtein Toffee flavdrops and drizzled the french toast in Bulkpowders blueberry syrup. I then added some Greek yoghurt, blueberries, banana slices and coconut flakes.

This went down an absolute treat and is a great take on a classic weekend breakfast. Below is the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of bread (I use Tesco Finest high protein farmhouse)
  • One free range egg
  • vanilla extract/ Toffee Flavdrops
  • Your choice of toppings

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Method:

  1. Whisk the egg together, and add extract/flavouring
  2. Dip the bread into the whisked egg, ensuring both sides are equally covered
  3. Place both slices of bread into a waffle machine and leave to cook for approximately 2.5 – 3 minutes
  4. Serve, and add your choice of toppings

Nutritional Info:

(for the french toast only)

  • 242 calories
  • 20.1g carbs
  • 16.6g protein
  • 9.8g fat

I hope you have a lovely weekend and an even nicer breakfast,

Jazzy B ❤

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Chocolate & Salted Caramel Banana Bread

Despite the title…this is actually a healthy, high-protein, yummy alternative.

I love baking, however recently I haven’t been able to bake as much as I would have like to, what with uni and work keeping me busy. However, no matter how busy I am, I can always spare some time to make this treat. Also, it’s a great way to use up those sad, overripe bananas that no one likes!IMG_6777[1]

Another thing that I love about banana bread is that it will last for a good 3-4 days in an airtight container, so I know it’s always there when I need my 3pm-pick-me-up.

So here’s the recipe for this weekend treat, I hope you enjoy it just as much as I do 🙂

 Ingredients:

  • 85g of wholemeal flour
  • 50g of oats
  • 1 & 1/2 scoops of salted caramel protein powder or chocolate (6 smaller scoops for Protein Worlds powder)
  • 1/ & 1/2 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 tbsp natural yogurt
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of Maca powder (optional, but adds to the caramel taste)

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Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 170 degrees and lightly grease a loaf tin
  2. Combine all of the dry ingredients
  3. Add the mashed banana, egg whites, and yogurt and mix together
  4. Place any toppings of your choice on top (I used pumpkin seeds, oats, banana slices, and a drizzle of agave nectar)
  5. Pour the mixture into the loaf tin and place in the oven for between 25-35 minutes

Nutritional Info:

Per Slice (serves approximately 10-11 slices):

  • 85 calories
  • 12g carbs
  • 6.3g protein
  • 1.1g fat

Jazzy B ❤

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Protein Pancakes

Forget #Stackurday…hello stack ’em high Sunday!

There is nothing better than the smell of pancakes being cooked on a Sunday morning, especially if they’re chocolate orange flavoured! I love the fact that with pancakes the possibilities are endless, you can pretty much throw any flavour combos together and it will still work.

 

Sunday breakfast is one of my favourite weekend meals, the midweek morning rush is over, and now the time to enjoy a delicious breakfast has come. These healthy pancakes are so easy to make and are packed full of protein, so why not give them a go?

Ingredients:  

Serves 1, (5-6 small pancakes)

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 a ripe banana, chopped
  • 30g oats
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 2 tbsp of natural yogurt
  • 50-60ml of your choice of milk
  • 1 scoop of chocolate orange protein powder*
  • coconut oil (or oil of your choice) for the pan

*If you don’t have this, you could use orange extract and 1tbsp of cacao powder

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The ingredients used to make the pancakes.

Method:

  1. Put the oats in a blender and blitz to a flour
  2. Add the egg and banana and blitz for a further 30 seconds
  3. Once mixed, add the remaining ingredients (I would recommend adding the almond milk in small amounts, as I’ve found this can vary a lot.)
  4. Once you’ve got a batter consistency, pour the mix straight from the blender into a pre-heated pan (low-medium heat) with some coconut oil in
  5. Flip the pancakes when lots of bubbles appear on the surface
  6. Repeat and stack ’em up!

Nutritional Info:

  • 375 calories
  • 8.1g fat
  • 37.9g carbs
  • 36.1g protein

(for the pancakes only)

Jazzy B ❤