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On having funny friends at Valentines.

14 February 2014

This gem dropped into my inbox this morning from Claire:

"HAPPY VALENTINES DAY.
Unfortunately no puppy arrived for me today....bad times."


My response:
"HAPPY VALENTINES YOU GORGEOUS WOMAN!
Unfortunately no diamond ring arrived for me today... also bad times."
 
It's still making me chuckle, especially when she then asked me "Did you think he was going to propose?? Are you actively waiting now?!"
 
Of course not. I got up at 5:30am this morning. There was NO WAY that he would get up that early to propose.
 
I will be "actively waiting" this evening at dinner.
Oh and Ben? Happy Valentines!!

Homemade sugar-free granola recipe!

13 February 2014

As part of my teacher training I've committed to cutting out alcohol, processed sugars and caffeine from my diet in order to stay fully present and to support my body as best I can through the process.

Alcohol and caffeine were the easiest to give up and I'm actually really enjoying having some time away from them however Sugar is proving to be much trickier.
I love chocolate, I love nutella, I love croissants, I love cake, I love biscuits.
Unfortunately, as you can imagine these things are the very things that I'm needing to cut out of my diet which has inspired me to really have a look around and find recipes that are good for me AND bust that sweet craving right out of the water.

For me, breakfast is one of the hardest meals to accommodate which is why when I tried this recipe for the first time I literally danced around the kitchen.

This recipe is an absolute winner.


You will need:
  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 2 cups coconut flakes
  • 2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, mixed seeds,chopped roughly (I blended my nuts in my food processor for a few seconds)
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3 tablespoons rice malt syrup (optional; I only used 1 tablespoon, but perhaps have a play around and see how you like it)
The big "How to":
Preheat oven to 120 C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
Melt down the butter and the coconut oil together on a low heat.
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and then spread evenly on the tray.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown, turning halfway through the cooking time. I like mine quite dark as it gives it a really nice crunch!
Remove from the oven, allow to cool and serve with your favourite nut milk (mine is almond at the moment!).
As with most of the recipes that I share on here, this one can be adapted to suit your own taste so play around and have fun with it! Recipe found here and adapted slightly.
If you are looking to cut sugar out of your diet too I HIGHLY recommend Sarah Wilson's "I quit sugar: 8 week program" e-book. It's an amazing resource!!

Londoners... Im teaching yoga soon, wanna come??!

12 February 2014

 
As you probably already know (it's been no secret here on this blog!) I'm currently training to become a yoga teacher and as part of my amazing course I will be teaching some of the community classes at Hot Power Yoga in Clapham over the next few Saturday afternoons!!

The community classes are in the Vinyasa-flow style of yoga and are taught by all the gorgeous yogi's that are on my course. The classes are all levels so everyone is welcome! If you are unsure of the style, Vinyasa means breath-synchronized movement, and the flow describes the way you will move fluidly from one yoga pose to another in rhythm with your breath.

Still not sure about what I'm talking about?
Basically you move your body, breathe, sweat and have tonnes of fun. And I'll be there moving, breathing, sweating and smiling too...when I'm not co-teaching that is!!
 
HOW CRAZY IS THAT?!! It's actually finally happening.

Unfortunately I wont know which Saturdays I will be teaching HOWEVER I will be attending most if not all of the classes myself and I would love it if you could make it to maybe one or two of them in the hope that I will be teaching at least one that you come to! If not then you can come, practice with me, help support my fellow students PLUS the more you do the fitter you become!

The dates that I might be teaching are as follows:
15th February
22nd February
1st March
8th March


All of the Saturday community classes have 5pm starts.

For those of you who have more flexible schedules there are also community classes on a Tuesday and Thursday at 10am if you would like to support us at those times too.

I would love to seee your face there, it would really mean the world to me!

You can find the website here and it's super easy to book online if you want to secure yourself a spot! Let me know if you can make it!

See you there xx