10 Minute Meal Prep:Peri-Peri Chicken and Sweet Potato

As a lover of food and fitness, I’m always looking for quick and healthy recipes to fuel my workouts and long days. Most days I don’t get home from work until around 9pm, so the last thing i want to be doing is slaving over the cooker and not eating until after 10pm. It is this exact issue that causes so many people to then make the wrong choices and reach for convenience foods. I understand, I am the biggest culprit myself,  who doesn’t love a bowl of cereal (or 4) for dinner?

This is why we prep. You see it all the time in the fitness industry and it is by far one of the most successful ways to stay on plan, eat right, feel good and save money. 

My most recent fav is my peri peri chicken and sweet potato 10 minute dinner.

 

 

All you need is:

  • 2 Large Sweet Potatoes
  • 400g Uncooked Chicken
  • 3 Mixed Peppers
  • 200g Broccoli
  • 1tbsp Nandos Peri-Peri Salt
  • 1tsp Coconut oil

 

Method:

  • Chop up the sweet potatoes, place in a microwavable bowl of boiling water and microwave on full power for approx 8 minutes. 
  • Meanwhile slice your chicken into thin strips and lightly coat in peri peri salt, chop your peppers and broccoli. Place 1tsp of coconut oil in a pan and fry the chicken and veg until fully cooked.
  • Remove the sweet potatoes from the microwave, drain and add them to your chicken and veg. Mix everything together.
  • Serve even amounts into 2 tupperwares and you have 2 days dinner sorted already (or tonights dinner and tomorrows lunch). All you have to do is pop it in the microwave for 1 minute and dinner is served! No mess, no effort. 

 

Alternatively, you can increase the quantity of each ingredient, make more and freeze the extra meals until you’re ready to eat them. 

 

For those counting macros or calories, here is the breakdown for one portion:

  • Carbs: 48g
  • Protein: 52g
  • Fat: 2.8g
  • Calories: 440kcal

 

Give this one a go, it is definitely a current favourite of mine.

Enjoy!

 

Fiona x

With a New Year comes new challenges, new adventures and a whole load of new possibilities. The best thing about getting this fresh start is that everybody is in the same mind set at the same time, it’s easier to achieve your goals when everyone is on the same page. January is a time to accept a new beginning and move on from whatever was dragging you down before. New Years Resolutions are a great thing to encourage you to become a happier you.

Here are 6 resolutions that I think everyone should give a shot!

 

1- Try Something New Every Day

Simple, yet effective. Setting yourself the challenge to do something you’ve never done or eat something you’ve never tasted will open you’re mind to so many possibilities. You will feel pride and accomplishment in yourself when you find new things you love.

 

2- Save

Buy a box that you can put money in, but cant take back out. Every day put £2 that you would usually spend on unnecessary snacks in there. By the end of the year, you’ll have £730 saved in there. Christmas bonus!

 

3- Go Your Own Way

It’s easy to get caught up following others lifestyles, doing things that don’t make you happy just to keep others smiling. Sometimes it’s okay to speak up and say what you would rather do. If nobody wants to listen, the go do it yourself.

 

4- Smile

That is all. Smile, it’s contagious.

 

5- Do a ‘Dryathalon’

You heard me. Choose a month and for that entire month… NO alcohol! Your body will thank you.

 

6- Look After You

Self care is not selfish. It’s one of the most important factors in life. If you don’t know how to look after yourself, you’re never going to be able to look after others.

 

Comment your resolutions below!

All the best for 2018,

Fiona x

My Favourite Christmas Songs | Blogmas | FionaMeikle

It is officially acceptable to listen to Christmas music, despite the fact i have been since September! Haha, you’ve been asking if i can write a post on my fav Christmas songs, so here you go! 🙂

 

1. Baby It’s Cold Outside- Dean Martin

As much as i love the original version, i also love Michael Buble and Idina Menzels cover. I acted out a play to this song in drama when i was at school, it brings back some great memories and definitely gets me in the Christmas spirit.

 

2. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree- Brenda Lee

It’s super fun and uplifting and who doesn’t whip out their best moves to this one. Haha!

 

3. Fairytale of New York- The Pogues

It’s not Christmas until you’ve heard The Pogues. This has always been one of my favourites and i’m sure it always will be.

 

4. Do They Know It’s Christmas-Band Aid

I love this one purely for the charitable meaning behind it. So much money is raised for charity from this song every year. It’s amazing.

 

5. Christmas Wrapping- The Waitresses

The classic, and my ultimate favourite. I know every single word to this song and could probably recite it backwards i’ve listened to it so many times! 

 

Let me know your favourites down below!

Merry 4th of December!

 

Fiona X

Asos Christmas Wishlist | Blogmas | FionaMeikle

We all love an Asos haul don’t we! I took a good look through their website last night and made a wishlist of a few of my favourite items. All these things are great for either treating yourself this Christmas or wrapping up to give to your friends for the holidays! 

 

Item 1: Christmas Piggy Jumper

I often refer to myself as a “pig in blanket” over the season because of my undesirable need to eat every single food i see. So this jumper is perfect for me! £16

 

Item 2: Christmas Romper

This is different, but i like it. A cute little pyjama romper. £35

 

Item 3: Reindeer Garland 

 

For pinning up on your wall this season, i like this because it doesn’t just have to be for Christmas. Leave it up all year round! £23

 

Item 4: Leggings and Top Combo

This leggings and top combo, it’s different but cute! For someone (like me) who lives in leggings, this is perfect. £18

 

Item 5: Rose Gold Coasters

Rose Gold is the new Silver. These will look great in your home this winter. £15

 

What is your favourite item on the list? Leave a comment and let me know!

Happy Holidays,

 

Fiona X

 

Vlogmas Day 2:

I’ve Been Nominated!!!/Blogger Appreciation

I decided to mix things up a little this week. I was going to write a post about my favourite halloween/horror movies. However, after making some new friends over the past few weeks, i couldn’t resist writing a little appreciation post about them all. As i’m writing this a notification appears on my phone ‘You’ve been nominated’ 

I have been nominated for an award. Specifically, the ‘Versatile Blogger Award‘. Thank you SK for the nomination. It truly means a lot. Please check out her blog whenever you have the time!

The next step for me is to simply state 7 facts you may not know about me, then put forward a minimum of 10 other bloggers i think should also be nominated for this award. So scroll down to the bottom of this page to see my list of bloggers, i will link their blogs to their names so please make sure to check out their pages! 

My 7 Facts:

  1. I love being creative. Wether it’s web design or doodling on the back of my hand, i love it..
  2. Smoking and drugs are my biggest turn-offs. Sorry, but i would rather not get involved.
  3. I try not to take life too seriously, i laugh when i can and appreciate every moment.
  4. I have a secret love for Saturday night TV. I love the feeling of cosying up and watching X-Factor.
  5. I am AWFUL at texting back.
  6. I have a passion for cereal
  7. I want to visit so many places around the world, but take my time doing it. 

 

I’m asked often why i decided to start my blog. Honestly, I don’t know the answer. It is something i’ve wanted to do for a while. I have so much to say, and i just want the world to hear.

One of my first posts was all about one single year of my life. The post Life Has It’s Way of Surprising us went crazy. I was contacted by charities, asked to write articles about my experience, i was receiving messages from strangers telling me i have changed their perspective of life. Thousands of people saw this post and i still receive messages about it today. People cried reading my blog and in return, i cried reading every single reply. The result was both so overwhelming and also so rewarding.  Knowing that i had touched people in this way made me feel pride in myself. I felt a sense of accomplishment, and so, the posts continued.

As the weeks went on and my weekly posts were published i began talking to some other bloggers online. They would share and comment on all my posts and in return i would do the same for them. The tweets and comments i was getting from them made me realise how insanely supportive the blogging world is. There is never any negativity, everybody wants to help each other grow and we are all genuinely just there for each other. If anyone needs a hand with a post or generally just needs some chat, we know who to ask. We have our own little group chat of bloggers which starts with a ‘Good Morning’ and ends with a ‘How was your day?’ every single day. I see my bloggers as an escape from the real world, we don’t have to talk about anything serious, i just know they are there when i need them.

Before i was nominated for the versatile bloggers award i was planning to link them all at the end anyway. So here are 30 bloggers i think you should all go and love as much as i do, I nominate you all…

Jess

OkamiAmmy

Kayla

KxtieBlog

Judanna

Dominique

Kirsty Maynard

Marys Life

Pae Reviews

Kris Marie

Shannon Avery

Caitlin

Kind Culture

The Fussy Feeder

Becca Hargate

Bex Chappers

Exclusory

Pretty Style of Living

RilesMtShali

RantEatSleepRepeat

HebahPervaiz

Travelling Wanderer

A Journey Like Never Before

Bee Boo

SimplyShaiz

Our Little Mountain Tribe

SaynThings

Taslyn Matina

Sophie Hearts

 

Please have a look at as many of these guys as you can. They all have great content. I hope you all have a fab week and amazing Halloween! 🙂

Fiona x

Cute Easy Halloween Treats

Halloween is just around the corner! I was looking on pinterest this week for some cute baking ideas and came across a lot of fancy cakes and cookies but my favourite were some easy rice crispie treats. I say easy but, you have to be prepared to get your hands messy. Although the recipe is simple and there is no baking involved, they are an absolute mission to mould without getting sticky!!

I think these are a great, super cute and fun idea to do with kids, they literally take 15 minutes to make and the only washing up needing done after is a bowl, a spoon and your hands! Kids don’t mind getting sticky, so they’ll definitely be up for doing all the messy moulding.

 

 

   All you need is:

  • 180g of white mini marshmallows
  • 3tbsp butter
  • 3 cups of rice crispies
  • Food colouring to match your design
  • Decoration

 

Method:

Melt the butter in a pyrex bowl over a pot of boiling water, add in the marshmallows and mix until melted. Take off the heat and mix in the food colouring until you reach your desired colour then mix in the rice crispies until they are all coated in the marshmallows. Leave the mixture for a few minutes to cool slightly but not too much!

Now, the messy part. For the pumpkins, lightly grease your hands with butter and using a handful of mixture mould into ball shapes, stick a rolo and a green smartie on the top and viola! Rice crispie pumpkins!! You can either eat them now whilst they are warm, or stick them in the fridge to set further.

For the frankensteins, line a square tin with baking parchment and slightly grease. pour the mixture in and leave it to set in the fridge for an hour. Cut the set mixture into rectangles, using some melted chocolate stick on some googly eyes, squiggle on a brain and draw a straight line with some vertical lines over the top to represent a stitched mouth!

If pumpkins or frankensteins aren’t for you there is plenty of alternatives! You could leave the mixture white and mould some ghosts instead, or you could use black food colouring to make some spiders.

I would love to see how you guys get on making these! Send your pictures to me on twitter @FionaMeiklePT or comment them below!

Have a fantastic Halloween, 

Fiona x

World Mental Health Day

This weeks post is a little different to anything i have posted before. World ‘Mental Health Day’ came around this week, and I would love to share some thoughts with you. Before you read on, i just have to say that i am no way a professional when it comes to dealing with mental health, i simply want people to find comfort in my writing and take away any information they find useful to help themselves.

We each have our own way of dealing with emotions. Just like most people, I have previously found myself in a situation where, for a brief moment, i just wanted everything to be over. Of course i have felt that the easiest thing to do sometimes is just to end it all. However, at the same time, i am very lucky to know that these feelings are cursory thoughts and i have the ability to override them with logic. Unfortunately some people do not have this same ability.

Every single person you know either has or will suffer from some kind of mental issue at some time in their life. Some will be minor and easy to overcome, but some will be more major and difficult to recover from alone. Sadly in some cases these issues become so overwhelming that the sufferer feels no other option than to bring everything to an end. Those who suffer from mental health issues can receive an awful amount of negative comments like ‘attention seeker’ ‘selfish’ ‘self obsessed’. These can make their situation ever harder than it already is to deal with. Nothing about mental health is selfish. Here are some things i think you should know when it comes to dealing with both your own and others mental health-

 

There is no such thing as ‘normal’

Everybody has a mental health, just like everybody has a physical health. No two bodies are the same just like no two minds are. Everyone will react to different situations in different ways and some will find it more difficult and challenging than others. Some find it harder to overcome an event, causing overthinking and then escalation into bigger problems like depression or anxiety. Nobody chooses to ‘get depression’ it will always be out with the persons control.

 

It is hard for the person suffering to explain how they feel

Telling someone who is (for example) having a panic attack to ‘calm down’ is futile and will only aggravate the situation. Nine times out of ten the sufferer will know they are safe and are being irrational but they are unfortunately unable to control the way they feel and find it difficult to convey this. It can be frustrating for them to know that attention is drawing to them which in turn, makes it even more difficult to ‘calm down’

 

Mental Health is Not a Fashion Statement

Unfortunately we live in a world today where some people think it’s “cool” to have a mental illness like OCD or anxiety. Just like many think it is fashionable to have a food intolerance. I can pretty much speak for anybody who suffers from any kind of illness that they would never wish it on their worst enemy. Respect that people do actually suffer from these problems and it should never be a joking matter.

 

You will always be your own worst enemy

We are overthinkers. It’s a fact. You judge yourself more than anybody else judges you and worry that everybody sees all the imperfections you can see. To cut this paragraph short, quite honestly nobody cares about your flaws. Why? Because they’re all too busy focusing on their own. So stop stressing and embrace the things you love about yourself. I promise, you will be a much happier you.

 

Events will trigger certain thoughts and feelings, it is unavoidable

One of the most common triggers for mental illness stems from sudden life changing events. A lost loved one, bullying, job loss or illnesses which you may not recover from are just a few examples. It is natural to think the worst in these situations and sometimes emotions can spiral out of control. The most important thing to do at these times is accept that everything will be so much easier with a little help. There is no need to ever feel alone. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to friends or family, there is plenty of support workers out there. If you don’t feel comfortable talking face to face with a stranger, there is online support workers. If you don’t want to go alone, there is group sessions anybody can attend. The options are endless, just know that there is always somebody, and it is so, so important to find the help which is right for you. 

 

Self care is not Selfish

Your health is what completes you as a person. In order to enjoy your life to the absolute limit, it is all down to how you look after and appreciate you. Looking after your mind is just as important as looking after your body. Happy mind equals happy life eh! So be selfish, do whatever you need to do to look after yourself. Even if it means missing out on a few things, YOU are your priority. 

 

World Mental Health day is not just about praising those who deal with their issues on that one single day. It is about spreading awareness of all these silent issues the world had no idea existed until today. Every day is ‘Mental Health Day’. If you know somebody who struggles mentally, lend them a hand. Show them some support. Let them know that you will never force them to talk but are always there as and when they need you to be. If you yourself  silently suffer from some kind of mental illness, don’t leave it until tomorrow, tell somebody today.

Sometime’s just knowing there is someone there is all it takes to change a life. 

Thank you for reading,

Fiona x

Hello October!

I’m sure you are now aware that it is officially October! My second favourite month of the year. I have an exciting announcement to make so make sure and read on until the end.

Seasons are changing, dark, cosy nights are here and I am very excited about this month, here are some reasons why…

 

Autumnal Walks

That feeling of walking through the fallen leaves and hearing your furry friend crunching along behind. I find this extremely therapeutic and a great way to clear my mind. Autumnal walks are one of my favourite fall activities. 

 

Autumn Wardrobe

AH! The colours, the cosy jumpers, wooly hats, boots, socks, ONESIES! This is my favourite time of year for clothes. I love when shops release their fall range. Cosy, oversized jumpers are my absolute FAV!

 

Halloween

Of course, the biggest event in October. Halloween! I’m super excited this year for carving pumpkins, watching some horror movies with friends and going on the yearly dressed up night out. 

 

Lastly, but definitely the most exciting,

 

YOUTUBE!!

My big reveal! October is the month, those who know me personally will know that over the next few weeks I will be filming my first video for Youtube. This is the next big step forward for me and I am so excited to share my content with you. I have just made my channel and will leave the link below so you can subscribe and be notified when i upload my first video 🙂

 

Let me know what your favourite part of this season is! 

Leave some comments below 🙂

 

Fiona x

 

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