Interview with Kiht

Kiht is a brand new soon to be launching womens activewear brand that promotes body positivity and a healthy lifestyle (everything we look for in a brand). Danielle is the founder of Kiht, she has been a designer for over 10 years. At the beggining of the year she decided to take a leap and turn her dreams into a reality.

We wish Danielle all the luck in the world with her launch of Kiht, it will be fabulous and we cannot wait to see the collection!

After talking to Lauren via email we were so chuffed when she asked us if we would like to take part in an interview for her blog. We absolutely loved the questions Lauren asked us and we really enjoyed answering them.

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Guys, we love your blog and profiles you guys look like you have so much fun together, but tell us more about yourselves and how you both met?
Awww thank you so much, we really are two crazy best friends who love having fun and we are always laughing!

We met at school, well actually sixth form as Rach joined the school that Annie was already attending. We got chatting in food technology class and then realised we both had free periods on a Monday afternoon so started taking the train home together and our friendship just blossomed.
Annie works for a mental health company training staff on IT systems and Rach works at Disney head office.

How do you guys fit in working and blogging together? and also how do you find the drive to keep at it when you both have a lot of commitments? 
When we are not working at our day jobs we spend the rest of the time blogging. 95% of our weekends have something blog related going on and it’s very rare we ever stop working on our blog. We have a to do list that just seems to grow which is great but it can also become very overwhelming. We are lucky we have each other to talk to and discuss what our priorities are for that week, communication is so important when you are blogging as a pair.

We come home from work only to start work all over again, this time doing something we are so unbelievably passionate about. Seeing our blog grow is enough to keep us motivated even if there are lots of early morning and late nights involved (the coffee keeps us going).We find it so important not to stress when our blog has to take a back seat, although it is the last thing we want sometimes it has too.

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What inspired you both to start the blog?
We first decided to make an Instagram account to share our crazy and fun lives. We didn’t really update it much just posting random posts. We also made our blog on WordPress but again didn’t post much. However, after attending a blogging event we decided to take our blog seriously and realised we could do so much more on it. We bought our domain and started Instagramming and posting more regularly. Our blog has just grown from there.

Why did you name it two brits? 
We were originally called Three Brits, because at the beginning it was us 3 best friends that decided to start the Instagram account. However, our third brit (friend) didn’t contribute much and didn’t enjoy it as much as us and therefore after much deliberation we took the plunge and changed our name to Two Brits – there are 2 of us and we live in Britain.

What do you hope to achieve with your blog?
The dream, of course, is to be able to blog full time, however, we have an awful long way to go before we can both pack in our jobs and just focus on Two Brits.

How did you both get into health and fitness? 
Rach got into fitness at University where she had a free personal trainer for a year. She then kept it up once graduated and still uses all the exercises her PT taught her.
Annie got into fitness after returning home from University and in the world of work. She didn’t like the fact that she was sitting at a desk every day so decided to sign up to the gym.

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What are your favourite ways of keeping fit?
This may sound crazy but we LOVE walking, whenever we are together we walk and we walk and we walk. When we are in London we rarely take the train and choose to walk to places instead. When we were on holiday in Paris we literally walked everywhere. We love being outside in the fresh air and catching up and planning blog ideas on a long walk.
We also both love running, we love the feeling after completing a long run and having the wind in your hair.

Do you have a top fitness tip for anyone out there looking to get into fitness?
We believe that any exercise is valuable, even if its just going for a short walk it all counts. As per the above, we love walking and for anyone looking to get into fitness, walking is the best place to start. Find a buddy or go on your own and get out into the open and walk. We also recommend getting a Fitbit or similar and try and do your 10,000 steps a day.

What is the best thing you guys have done this year?
We have both ran half marathons this year. Although we both ran different races it was a wonderful experience for us both and we are looking to enter another one together soon.

What makes you guys both feeling amazing and confident as women?
We love being women and are so proud to be women. We believe in each other and by supporting each other it makes us confident in most of the things we do.

What is this biggest thing you have learned on your journey so far?
We have learned to be ourselves and not to care what other people think. Our friends take the mickey out of our blog and often don’t say very nice things about it, but we have learned not to let other people’s silly opinions bother us and to keep being the fun best friends that we are, doing something we love and that makes us happy!

Do you have any tips for anyone who thinking about starting a blog?
Our tip would firstly be to just DO IT! You have nothing to lose and it’s all free. We would also say don’t start too big. When we first had our blog we only had our Instagram and blog itself. Once we had got to grips with those platforms then we made a twitter, YouTube etc. Start with Instagram and the blog first so that you don’t get overwhelmed.

Guys thanks so much for answering all our questions, is there anything else you’d like to add??
Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to be interviewed, we have loved these questions so much!

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Chicken Mac and Cheese

We recently saw the Body Coach post a recipe on all his social media channels and it just looked so delicious that we had to make it. As you may or may not be aware one of us has to follow a a special diet due to severe IBS. This means no onion, garlic and a reduced amount of some types of dairy and also wheat.
Thankfully hard cheeses, such as cheddar can still be eaten.

We hope you enjoy this as much as us, we will definitely be making it again soon.

Ingredients
25g dairy free butter
25g gluten free flour
300-400ml almond milk
grated cheese
black pepper
200g gluten free pasta
251g chicken
coconut oil
paprika

Method
1) Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees
2) Bring a pan of water to the boil
3) Melt the butter in a separate pan
4) add the flour to the butter and stir and cook for a couple of minutes
5) slowly add the milk stiring as you go, a whisk may be useful to reduce lumps and bring to the boil. Then simmer for about 8 minutes
6) Whilst your cheese sauce is simmering, add the pasta to the boiling water and cook as per instructions
7) In a separate pan, add the coconut oil and fry the chicken until cooked. Then add the paprika.
8) Stir in a handful of grated cheese to the pan that had been simmering and allow it to melt, taste and add more cheese if you want
9) Drain the pasta and then pour into a large baking dish.
10) Toss the cooked chicken in followed by the cheese sauce and mix together
11) Sprinkle on bread crumbs and grated cheese and cook for 20-30 minutes

Mocha Protein Shake

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That protein kindly sent us some of their protein so we decided to make a delicious post work out shake because we love them. We used the ‘Chirpy Chirpy Choca Mocha with organic coffee’ protein.

That Protein is a plant based protein powder and for once the protein actually tastes great. They are dairy free, no added sugars, non GMO, no sweeteners and free from anything artificial.

We decided to add a couple of other ingredients to make our shake thick and creamy- the best way to have a shake. We have tried it with just water though when we have been in a rush leaving the gym and it still tastes great!

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Recipe
1 scoop of that protein mocha flavour
1 banana
8 frozen cherries(3 for decoration)
Handful of ice
Almond milk
Tea spoon cacao nibs (leave some for decoration)

Place all the ingredients in a blender and whizz it up until combined! Top tip always put your protein in last so it doesn’t get stuck to the sides (its a nightmare if it does and you will find yourself shaking the blender trying to get it to combine).

A super easy recipe to follow!

The Perfect Handbag Snack

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Snacking should be our middle name, we love to snack snack snack!  We always try and make our snacks as healthy as possible, usually opting for a piece of fruit or a healthy snack bar. We find that snacking helps keeps us going until our next meal and stops us over eating when we come to eating our next meal.

We always have snacks floating around our handbags/rucksacks that we can tucks into when those hunger pains start or boredom kicks in because let’s be honest who doesn’t eat when they are bored.

When we received these funky nut snack pots in the post we were over the moon. They are such a good idea and nothing we have ever seen before, we have of course seen peanut butter and apple slices etc. that you can get from M&S but never snack pots with crackers, banana chips or breadsticks.

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We have tried four of the snack pots:

Hazel Butter Dark Chocolate with Banana Chips- Vegan, Gluten Free & 261 Calories
We absolutely loved the dark chocolate hazelnut butter it was so delicious and definitely a pot we will be purchasing desperately. it went really well with the banana chips but then again it would have gone well with ANYTHING it was incredible!

Peanut Butter Honey & Sea Salt with Mini Sticks- Vegetarian, Tasty & 185 Calories
If we had to choose this one would probbaly be our least favourite (has to be the one with the least calories in haha). We did really like the honey peanut butter it was quite sweet but we wouldn’t really choose to have it with bread sticks.

Cashew Butter Milk Chocolate Honeycomb & Crostini- Vegetarian, Tasty & 203 Calories
WOW is all we can say this snack pot was sooo dreamy we LOVE honeycomb it is incredible. We have made our own cashew butter but never purchased it before (I know mad) but we definitely will be because it was so creamy and delicious so that’s another one to add to the basket.

Peanut Butter Four Seed with Banana Chips- Vegan, Gluten Free & 244 Calories
We had actually already tried the four seed peanut butter (its a great savoury alternative). We were quite surprised it was being served with banana chips because initially we would have said the bread sticks BUT we were pleasantly surprised when we tucked in.

Plum Crumble Baked Porridge

Autumn is definitely on its way and the colder mornings have left us wanting a warm bowl of porridge. We are definitely missing the summer but we are enjoying not getting the porridge sweats in the morning, if you know you know!

At the weekends we always enjoy tucking into a scrumptious bowl of baked porridge experimenting with lots of different ingredients. This time we decided to go for a plum crumble baked porridge which was absolutely delicious and probably one of our favourite ones yet!

Let us know if you decide to make this bowl of goodness because trust us it will leave you wanting to go back for more, who doesn’t love eating something that tastes like dessert for breakfast?

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Ingredients
40g porridge oats
1 or 2 plums depending on the size
50ml Almond milk (or any milk of your choice)
1tsp peanut butter

Method
Pre heat the oven to 180oc
Destone the plum and chop into small slices
In a small mixing bowl add in all the ingredients and stir until well combined
Pour the mixture into a ramakin dish
Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes making sure the top is golden brown
Enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea

6 Tips for feeling confident in the gym

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It took us a while to feel confident in the gym, we didn’t really know what we were doing at first, who really does? Try and be consistent with your gym schedule, going to the gym once every two weeks probably isn’t going to help your confidence in the gym so try and go more frequently.

It’s so easy to feel self conscious in the gym even the fittest leanest people feel self conscious, you are your bodies own worst critique and whilst you are stood there looking in the mirror critiquing your body the person next to you is probably doing the exact same about their body and hasn’t even noticed you stood next to them.

Below are 6 top tips to help you wave goodbye to all the worry and fear you may have had about the gym, you got dis!

1). Wear something you feel comfortable in- Remember its not a fashion show and the last thing you want is to feel uncomfortable at the gym, so why not take yourself on a little active wear shopping spree, buying new gym gear can be a great motivation and can help make you feel sassy whilst at the gym. Some of our favourite shops to buy new and affordable active wear is Primark, H&M, Newlook and Missguided.

2). Ask for help or an induction- there is no problem in asking for help instead of struggling and not knowing what to do with a machine. Most men at the gym love being asked how to work a machine so don’t be afraid to ask. If you are new to the gym why not arrange an induction class or even a one off personal training session, this should help get you on track with what you want to do at the gym.

3). Work out with a friend- it can be less intimidating and you are likely to be less scared of embarrassed to try new machines and equipment in the gym if you are both trying it together. Why not have a joint personal training session as well so you can split the cost between you if you are both new to the gym and want to learn.

4). Make a plan- decide what you want to do before you go to the gym, we like to write notes on our phones so we have a rough plan on what we want to do when at the gym. You may have to be flexible with your plan though depending on what machines are available so have a couple of ideas in mind so you have something to fall back on.

5). Go off peak or at a quieter time- if you can, we know its not always possible with work commitments etc. but if you can try and go a slightly quieter times. Friday evenings in the gym are the dream!

6). Watch YouTube videos- we love watching workout videos on YouTube, they are a great way to learn new tips and techniques that you can put into practice when you are next at the gym. There are so many amazing fitness YouTubers out there! You can read all about our favourites here.

Other Posts you may enjoy reading:
Why you should take progress pictures 
How to simply change your routine to live a healthier life 
Mix up your workout 
Whats in our gym bag 
Are you lacking fitness motivation?

Blogging As A Pair 

We take our hats off to those of you who blog on your own, how do you do it? There is always so much to get done and things to tick off that never ending to do list. We constantly feel snowed under with the amount of work we have to do and there is two of us to share the load.

When we first started blogging we would never have guessed what it would really entail and how much goes on ‘behind the scenes’. We spend every spare moment on our blog which we love doing and wouldn’t change it for the world. We come home from work only to start work all over again, this time doing something we are so unbelievably passionate about.

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A blogger never really stops working, although we don’t always think of it as working because we love what we do but It’s nice to work together at the weekends. We can bake, attend events, write posts, have admin evenings, workout together, photoshoots, film YouTube videos and the list goes on. We can imagine this could become quite lonely being a solo blogger and we can really see why it is so important to mix with other bloggers and make blogging friends because like some of your other friends that don’t blog they will ‘get it’.

We take our hats off to those bloggers who attend events alone it must literally be terrifying. We have been lucky enough to be able to attend events together because otherwise we still probably wouldn’t have been to one yet! We can imagine it’s like all things though the more you go to them the easier it becomes and the more bloggers you get to know. It can be hard to sometimes juggle our calendars around one an another and sometimes we have to miss really good events if one of us is busy but that’s life and we blog as a pair so want to attend events as a pair.

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We both have our own jobs with the blog for example Annie edits the photos and Rach edits the vlogs. If we didn’t have our own responsibilities thing would be chaotic. We haven’t necessarily split out all aspects of our blog like emails some things we both chip in on to make sure we are both in the know.

People always asks us who writes the blogs and how do you choose which one of you is going to? We both write the blogs and at times one of us may write more than the other but it always evens out. We always make sure we read each others blog posts as we think it’s important to have a fresh pair of eyes read over the post before we schedule it to go live.

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We love blogging as a pair, we support each other daily. We encourage one another to step outside of our comfort zones daily and say yes to things we would usually shy away from. One of our favourite parts about blogging together is the fact we get to enjoy this incredible journey together. Things surprise us everyday in this crazy blogging world and we are just happy we have one another to experience it with.

 

Raspberry & Coconut Loaf Cake

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This raspberry and coconut loaf cake is refined sugar free, we love re creating delicious and traditional recipes and adapting them to make them slightly healthier. This is our latest creation and we think you are going to love it! Its the perfect cake to enjoy on a sunny afternoon either on its own or with a cup of tea.

P.s we also like to spread a little bit of peanut butter (or any kind of nut butter) onto a slice of the loaf cake, its delicious!

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Ingredients
200g oats blended
100g dedicated coconut
30 frozen raspberries
1tsp baking powder
4tbsp maple syrup
150ml almond milk
1 egg

Toppings
1tbsp dedicated coconut
10 frozen raspberries

Method
Pre heat your oven to 180oc
Line a loaf tin with Greece proof paper or a loaf tin liner and Greece with coconut oil
Blend your oats and pour into a large mixing bowl
Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and stir well with a wooden spoon until combined
Pour the mixture into the lined loaf tin
Sprinkle the tbsp of dedicated coconut and 10 raspberries on top of the mixture
Place in the oven for 45 minutes and check if it cooked through when removing from the oven.

Cherry Bakewell Baked Porridge

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We recently we visited Bakewell and it inspired us to make some cherry bakewell baked porridge. If you have never heard of Bakewell it is 18 miles from Sheffield in the Peak District. Bakewell is a quaint little village full of cafe’s and bakeries that sell cherry bakewells (surprise surprise)!

Baked porridge is ridiculously easy to make and if you have never tried is before we suggest you do because it is SO delicious! the oats go all fluffy and cake like when put in the oven and its a perfect way to start your morning because who doesn’t want cake for breakfast?

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Ingredients
40g Oats
1/4 tsp baking powder
1.5tsp Almond butter
& Pitted cherries (we used frozen)
50ml almond milk
Small handful of flaked almonds

Method
Pre heat your oven to 180oc
Place your oats & baking powder into a mixing bowl and mix
Add the remaining ingredients and stir until ingredients are combined
Place your mixture into a heat proof ramekin dish
Sprinkle some flaked almonds on top
Place in the oven for 20 minutes
Enjoy!

Raspberry Ripple protein pancakes

Pancakes pancakes pancakes…. You can never eat too many. Therefore we feel obliged to continue to share pancake recipes and toppings with you all. We eat pancakes at least once a week usually on a Saturday or Sunday morning when we have extra time in the kitchen. We haven”t posted a pancake post for a while so here you go, let us know if you decide to make them.

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Ingredients
100g oat flour or oats blended
1.5tsp baking powder
1.5tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1 scoop/sachet of organic protein company protein
3 egg whites
50ml Milk we used almond milk
Fresh punnet of raspberries or frozen raspberries
2 tbsp Chia seeds
2 tbsp of Water
Greek yoghurt we used Fage

Method
Place your raspberries (save a couple for the toppings) in a saucepan and allow them cook on a low heat
Once your raspberries have stewed add tbsp of water (more if necessary)
Take the raspberries off the heat, stir in the chia seeds and set aside to set
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.
Mix the greek yoghurt in a bowl with the raspberry chia seed jam
Sandwich the pancakes togther using the raspberry yoghurt filling
Top with the left over yoghurt filling and fresh raspberries

We hope you enjoy these delicious pancakes they are soooo dreamy and we cannot wait to tuck into them again soon!