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
- 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.
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.
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.
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,
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!
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!
Vlogmas Day 2:
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…
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.
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!
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,
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 🙂
My YouTube: FionaMeiklePT
Here are some simple steps you can take to help change your mindset, cheer up your outlook on your life and the way you cooperate with those around you 🙂
You know the quote, ‘think positive and positive things will happen’ Well in my opinion, it works! If you stress over things too much, you’ll work your self up and your performance won’t be as strong as it would have been if you were calm. If negative thoughts are building up in your head, take a moment to calm yourself down, do something which relaxes you and re-evaluate the situation with a positive outlook before you act on it. Hopefully your great attitude will rub off on others too.
We’re all human, we all make mistakes. If someone you care about has upset you in any way, forgive them. Forgiving their mistake is much better than losing them forever. I’m sure they will make it up to you one day and do the same for you.
Those who are achieving their goals, those who raise money for charities, every disability, race, gender, sexuality, people who have got themselves out of a tough place in life, your elders, those who have overcome addictions, passed exams, came out of their comfort zone. Every. Single. Person. Deserves. Respect. So be respectful and you’ll see it come right back at you.
Put down your phone and talk to those around you. Don’t be that person scrolling through your phone whilst someone is trying to tell you a story. Appreciate the time you have and the friends and family there to share it with you. Appreciate your surroundings and everything you have.
Taking on board just one of these points can have a massive effect on your perspective of your life. Give them a go, watch how you change 🙂
Here are a few of my favourite gym related finds from June 2017!
Phil Smith Coco-Licious Shampoo/Conditioner Combo
This shampoo and conditioner combo is definitely one of my favourite finds of last month. It’s fresh coconut smell holds for ages and is perfect for the summer weather we’ve been having! I love the copper and white design on the bottle and their compact size is perfect for carrying in your gym bag.
HydrateM8 Water Bottle
This water bottle is so good for helping me keep track of my water intake throughout the day. One side counts down from 6am until 12pm then from 2pm until 6pm, each line represents your recommended water intake per hour, so once you’ve filled and drank the bottle twice, you’ve reached your daily goal! I ordered mine online from the official HydrateM8 website for £14.99!
Reebok Cardio 2 Trainers
I would highly recommend these to all my cardio lovers out there! I teach so many cardio classes each week as well as train myself. Theres nothing worse than having sore feet during training, these are so padded and provide the best comfort for high impact movements. They come in a variety of colours but the green and pink are super cute.
MyProtein Cacao Powder
Food favourite of the month! Organic Cocao Powder from MyProtein. This is great for baking with, adding to natural yogurt, protein, ice cream etc, to add a bit of chocolatey flavour. It is full of antioxidants, and has the added health benefits of protein and calcium! A must have for chocolate lovers!
Last but not least, what’s summer without Love Island? I love being able to sit down every night to some easy watching TV. Definitely my favourite of the month 🙂
Let me know your opinion if you try any of these, or if you know of things i would love but haven’t mentioned. Comment below 🙂