Healthy Oatmeal Pancakes with a Berry Compote

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Lazy Sunday mornings are perfect for pancake making. It’s become a little ritual between my boyfriend and me to have pancakes almost every Sunday. In fairness, we’d both happily eat them every morning if we had the time.

Although weekends are perfect for letting go a little and eating something less healthy, treating the entire weekend like that will have a negative impact on your health and (if you have them), weight loss goals.

So, I have pinched this recipe from My Fitness Pal and created my own healthy topping.

These pancakes are pretty good- they aren’t like standard pancakes, slightly heavier but still good and a lot more filling in my opinion.

They are almost sugar free; I managed to make 9 pancakes altogether-with 1tbsp of sugar in total, per pancake thats pretty much only a tiny smidge of sugar. You could also replace the butter with vegan butter and make it dairy free.

Ingredients:

  • 1.1 ounces all-purpose flour (1/4 cup)
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup non dairy milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter, melted
  • 1 large egg (use Orgran egg replacer
  • Oil/butter for pan

For the Compote

  • 1/2 cup natural yoghurt almond/coconut/soy
  • 1/2 frozen berries
  • 1/2 small banana

Method:

Preheat oven to 150 degrees c

Combine the first 7 ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk.
Combine milk, butter, and egg in a small bowl. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist.
Heat a nonstick griddle over medium heat (can use frying pan). Coat pan with oil/butter. Spoon about
2 1/2 tablespoons batter per pancake onto griddle. Turn pancakes over when tops are covered with bubbles; cook until bottoms are lightly browned.

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How to Stay Motivated: My Motivation Wall

A slightly less wordy post today- I get asked all the time “How do you stay motivated to eat well and exercise?”.

I have written another, more in-depth post about this here but I wanted to show you a couple of quotes I have posted in my room to remind me to stay inspired.

I found most of these postcard in paperchase- pick ones that mean something to you and that will give you a little push in the right direction when you need it.

Put them up where you are likely to see them everyday and make a conscious effort to read them regularly.

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How to Lose Weight

Where to Start:
There is so much conflicting advice given to the public about how to lose weight, it’s understandable that even some of the most savvy fitness freaks can get confused about what they should/shouldn’t be eating or how they should be working out. If you have just decided to make a change and become healthier and fitter (yay for you!) it can be quite a daunting situation- should you be eating carbs after 6 or even at all? Should you completely cut out fat and sugar? Should you try the 5:2 diet? I have put together a basic guide to get you started- nobody needs to go on crazy crash diets to lose weight, you just need to eat the right foods, in the right amounts, within your calorie requirements and make sure you exercise too. So, you’ve taken a big step by deciding to lose weight so I have decided to do the same by sharing with you something that is a little scary for me…my before picture. Continue reading

Setting Goals for 2015: How to Stick to Your New Years Resolutions

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The start of a new year is a great opportunity to consider what you want to achieve that year and how you’re going to do it.

I’ve spent some time reflecting on 2014 and what my goals are for next year; I’d like to devote more time to my yoga practice, drink more water, eat less meat and dairy, try and turn negative situations into positive ones and cycle more often. I also want to focus less on weight loss and more on my overall health and well-being, learning to love your body means you will make good decisions for your health, nourish your body with healthy foods and look great at the same time. Treat your body like you treat your best friend!

Anyway it’s easy to say we are going to do something but, as we all know, most people’s NY’s resolutions don’t last more than a couple of days! Make this year, your year and stick to your goals by following my top tips:

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The 8 Hour Diet

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I am very excited to be trialling a new diet that I read about last night. I came across it on the internet and was very intrigued. I downloaded the book onto my bf’s tablet (sneaky right? Hopefully he’ll forget I owe him 5 quid for it!) and couldn’t put it down until I’d read the whole thing.

So what is the 8 hour diet?

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How to Stay Healthy During the Christmas Season

Christmas is my favourite time of year (minus the freezing temperatures). It is my favourite time of year mostly because of all the amazing food there is. And often it’s free (WIN!). However, it is also often very unhealthy.

If you’ve been working hard all summer to get your bikini bod, you might not want to sacrifice your new found health and happiness for high calorie foods and holiday weight.

If you’re totes popular then no doubt you’ve been invited to a heap of fancy pants parties where the canapés will be amaze and you might find it hard to them turn down.

What’s a gal (or guy) to do?
Follow my top tips to help you stay trim this year.

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“Skinny” Detox Teas: Fast, Fat-loss or Quick Fix Fad?

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Lately I have been seeing a lot of adverts and promos for detox teas. Lots of Instagram users use them, or at least say they do.

It is quite a marmite topic. Some people seem to swear by them and others say they are rubbish. I thought I’d try them out and give you my feedback.

I decided to buy the BOO TEA UK detox simply because I could get it at my local Holland & Barret and not have to pay postage. It cost me £20 and was a 14 day detox. That gave me 7 ‘colon cleanse’ teas and 14 normal teas.

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So, how does it work?

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How to: Start/Get Back Into Running

I have a very love/hate relationship with running. I love the idea of running but actually making the decision to crawl out of my comfy, warm bed is not one I ever like to make. I have not run regularly for about a year and I have been telling myself recently that I need to get back into it for 3 reasons:

  • A good friend of mine is running a half marathon each month for the next year and I’d like to run one with her.
  • I am going travelling for 3 months next year with another good friend of mine and there will be no gyms so running will be our main source for exercise
  • It’s good for me, secretly I love it and I am always striving to be fitter and healthier.

So, when I looked out of the window this morning and saw the sunshine I knew I had lost the argument with myself to stay indoors.

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Ultimate Pre Run/Workout Snack

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I created this bad boy whilst training for my half marathon last year it’s seeded wholegrain toast with mashed banana, yoghurt and warm berries. And it’s UH. MAZE. ING.

This really is my fav ‘go-to’ pre workout snack, especially for long distance running. I would eat this about an hour before a run to give me something to keep me going that I personally didn’t find too heavy.

You can use whatever bread you want but go for some form of whole grain if you can.

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Legs and Butt Workout

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Top: Impact Active Wear
Shorts: Nike

I completed a killer leg and butt workout on Saturday at the gym (with a few dips and pull ups thrown in there!) and got a really good pump for probably the first time ever!
My legs were killing the next day- you know the pain where sitting down on the loo is agony. Yeah it was like that. Serious muscle soreness.

Legs and bum are what I am really trying to shape and tone at the moment. So, if you have any suggestions of great bum or leg exercise- please share them in the comments!

Go give this workout a go and let me know how you get on.

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