Saturday morning we were up early and headed to the gym to work out our arms and chest. Commuting into London daily means we don’t have time to prepare and cook pancakes in the week so making pancakes at the weekend is a lovely treat.
These pancakes are so fluffy and delicious we cannot wait to make them again!
Serves 10 Pancakes
Ingredients for Pancakes
150g Oats or Oat flour (we just blended oats)
2 tsp Baking Powder
3 tbsp Desiccated Coconut
2 scoops of Vanilla Whey Protein
2 egg whites
50ml Almond milk (add gradually)
Stewed frozen berries (we got ours from Tesco)
Blend your oats until they form a flour
Add the rest of the dry ingredients and blend.
Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until it forms a batter.
Heat your pan (medium/high heat) and melt some coconut oil.
Add a table spoon of mixture to your pan and flip once bubbles appear on the surface.
In a separate pan you will need to stew your frozen berries until they are piping hot.
Stack the pancakes and add the topping.
We find running outside far more enjoyable than running on a treadmill. We have been running in the evenings for about a year now and really enjoy it. A few months ago we decided to go for a run on our lunch break, this is something we had discussed for a while but had never actually got round to going. It’s a great way to fit in some cardio in if you don’t have time to go to the gym that day.
We put some time in our diaries at the beginning of the day, once your run is scheduled in you know you have dedicated that time to run. We get a one hour lunch break so decided to give ourselves 5 minutes to get changed, 30 minutes to run and 25 minutes to cool down, shower and eat lunch.
You could even invite your co-workers along with you so it becomes a social activity which could even lead to a work running club. Running with friends makes time go so much quicker and you will have completed the 3 miles before you know it.
It is so important to get some fresh air at lunch time and you will more than likely return back to your desk in a better mood, less stressed and ready to focus.
We have found it is important to work out a running route before you start the run to ensure you don’t waste time figuring out which way to go. We used map my run, which is really great and easy to use. If the route doesn’t work well for you after trying it out then think of a different route for next time it can be trial and error to begin with. For example running near Waterloo and Westminster (Particularly Southbank and Westminster Bridge) can be tricky at lunch time as it can become very overcrowded.
If you are trying to improve your speed then we would suggest running the same route so you can track how quickly you are running. Of course running the same route may quickly become boring so you could try mapping out a few runs and keeping track of your fastest times on each of these run. This way you will be able to keep track on whether you are maintaining your pace, speeding up or slowing down If you aren’t trying to improve your speed then why not try lots of different routes and get to know the local area a bit better, running is a great way of getting to know your surroundings as you can get to places a lot quicker than walking.
Another tip would be to prepare your lunch for work that day. You don’t want to waste time queuing up for lunch after your run, so make it the night before or buy it on your way into work. If you know you are running at lunch time then make sure you have prepared or purchased food that is going to refuel your body.
Walking its free and one of the easiest ways to get fit and become more active yet so many people HATE walking. As a society it has become too easy to get from A to B without using your legs. There are so many different types of transport these days it has resulted in us not having to walk.
Growing up our parents were all keen walkers, at the weekend we used to go on family walks which at the time we hated! We didn’t understand why our parents enjoyed walking and we certainly didn’t agree when they said ‘come on it will be fun’.
Now we go on walks all the time exploring new places whether this is in the beautiful countryside or exploring the streets of a bustling city. If we have the option of walking or using transport we will always choose walking.
A walking workout will help strengthen your heart and lungs whilst also toning your legs and bum (Bonus). Walking is a great way to help maintain a healthy weight and strengthen your bones and muscles both of which are incredibly important.
Last year we each purchased a Fitbit so we could keep track of how many steps we were taking in a day, working in an office can reduce your daily step count dramatically so we wanted to make sure we met our daily target of 10,000 a day every day. The Apple Iphone also comes with a ‘Health’ app that will tell you how many steps you walked in a day.
Ways to make your walk more enjoyable
- arrange to meet your friend for a walk, this way you are less likely to cancel as you have made a commitment.
- Explore new places
- If you are walking on your own try listening to some music or a Podcast.
- Phone a friend and have a catch up (time will fly by)
- Pack some healthy snacks and water if you are going on a long walk.
Get outside and enjoy this beautiful world we live in.
We follow Lorna Jane on instagram and were very excited when we realised one of her active days was to be held in London. We snapped up the free tickets as soon as possible.
Not really knowing what to expect, on Sunday morning we headed by train to Shoreditch. We took the short walk to Shoreditch park, following other people in gym kit and arrived to lots of people all jumping and exercising to loud music.
We registered at the pink tent and took advantage of the free samples, those salted caramel aussie protein bars were amazing by the way! We found our spot and joined in with the workout.
The first was a jungle style workout that involved dance like moves which was a lot of fun! It definitely got us warned up ready for the day!
Next we enjoyed a really good pilates class, now we haven’t done pilates before so were a bit sceptical abut it, however it turned out to be amazing and we really worked our core muscles. We will definitely be trying them out in the gym and maybe finding a pilates class near home.
We then took part in the duo workout which is all workouts to be done with a partner. To be honest we weren’t really a fan of this session and felt that we could do all the workouts on our own but with a partner doing it together. Maybe these duo workouts are not for us – well there are 3 of us after all!
The next workout was with Wildcat and this was body pump and it was soon good! We loved getting hot and sweaty and getting fully involved with this workout – squats, lunges, burpees, sit ups, press ups – you name it we attempted it!
By this point the sessions were over running slightly and we were feeling peckish, so we headed towards Shoreditch for a wander and some food before heading back home
We had such a fun morning and it was all completely free – we cannot wait until the next event!
The smell of coffee is enough to make many people not just want but need a coffee. Okay so maybe we are slightly exaggerating but there is definitely something about the smell that immediately makes you want that caffeine fix.
There are so many different types of coffee available now days it’s almost impossible to know which one to order. Americano, flat white, cappuccino, lattes, filter, mocha, iced coffee etc etc. Once you have eventually chosen your coffee the next question is any syrup with that? Skimmed milk or full fat? This is when you can start to add those unwanted calories into your drink without even realising.
A fairly low calorific drink can suddenly turn into a sugar packed high calorie drink. Your standard coffee has now turned into a coffee with this that and the other added in and is now more like eating a dessert, which does of course taste delicious but you know what they say a moment on the lips a lifetime on the hips.
Monday morning, the morning that most people dread and often cannot get through without copious amounts of coffee or at least this is what they have learnt to tell themselves. We are massively guilty of this as well, the first thing we do at work is grab a coffee because of course we cannot function without one.
Is this really true though? Most nights we get over 8 hours sleeps which is far more than most. We live a healthy and balance lifestyle the majority of the time, so is this caffeine addiction just a really bad habit?