My ultimate 30 minute power workout!

  So today I thought I would share my personal workout. This is a workout I only do every now and then because it’s quite challenging and it’s important to vary exercises. I have tried many different exercise regimes and taken the exercises that I found the most challenging and effective and put them into one. 

The basic layout is a 5 minute warm up, 5 minute stretch, 15 minute workout and a 5 minute cool down. Do 1 minute of each exercise/stretch and have a 30-60 second break between sets. There is a combination of hard-work cardio exercises and core strength exercises. And that’s it! So, if you feel like working up a sweat, give this a try. I definitely recommend it! 

MY ULTIMATE 30 MINUTE POWER WORKOUT:

Warm up:

Heisman/lateral leaps, high knees, butt kicks, jumping jacks, mummy kicks

Stretches:

Hip flexers, deep lunges, straight leg stretch, quadriceps one leg balance, contract and relax/squat ab pulses. 

Workout:

X jumps, squat jumps, burpees, floor sprints, plank, in-out abs, weighted squats, press ups, globe jumps, c-hold, crunches, basketball drills, bum hold, jumping jacks, jabs

Cool down stretches:

Hip flexers, straight leg stretch, quadriceps one leg balance, contract and relax, breathing exercise 
Note ~ I don’t know how many calories this burns but I would guess at around 500. 

Note 2 ~ if you don’t know any of the exercises just comment below and I will let you know. 

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The Ultimate Healthy Ice cream!

Yes, that's right! All you need is two bananas!
Yes, that’s right! All you need is two bananas!

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I ended up making banana, peanut butter and chocolate flavours but the possibilities are endless so feel free to experiment!
I ended up making banana, peanut butter and chocolate flavours but the possibilities are endless so feel free to experiment!

I love this recipe so much! it is so incredibly simple and convenient, you have to try it. You must be thinking “how did you get a bowl of delicious creamy ice cream from two bananas and surely it can’t taste nice?!?!”

Well that’s where you’re wrong, this ice cream is so simple and tastes absolutely delicious even if you don’t like bananas! What I love about this recipe (well what I love most) is that you can just pop the banana in the freezer and then when your craving ice cream but don’t want to deal with the guilt you can just whizz it up and your ready! Another brilliant thing about this recipe is that its only 210 calories for a large bowl (2 bananas=1 large bowl)! This ice cream is so diverse, you can add whatever flavour you like (I made chocolate, banana and peanut butter). Of course when you add flavourings you add calories, but here are my top suggestions:

  • Cocoa powder (1 tbsp) – 12 calories
  • Nutella (1 tbsp) – 90 calories
  • Peanut butter (1 tbsp) – 94 calories
  • Vanilla extract (1 tsp) – 12 calories
  • Chocolate chips (5 tbsp) – 281 calories
  • Cacao nibs (5 tbsp) – 130 calories
  • Peppermint flavouring (1 tsp) – 40 calories
  • Strawberries (5 berries) – 19 calories

Please note these are just averages, but you can check calories on the labels of jars or tubs etc.

They were my ideas but do feel free to experiment and come up with amazing flavour combinations! So, here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas
  • extra flavourings (optional)

Method:

  1. Roughly slice bananas and place in freezer bag/plate/tub.
  2. Leave to freeze for at least 3 hours (depending on how thin you slice the banana) or overnight.
  3. Blend bananas in a food processor for 3-5 minutes (you may need to scrape the sides every now and then), add flavours now if adding.
  4. Enjoy!

I hope you like this recipe and if you do try it please let me know in the comments! I will soon be posting a brownie recipe but at the moment I am still finding the perfect recipe. Please let me know in the comments anything you would like me to post!

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 236 g
Amount Per Serving

Calories

210

Calories from Fat

7
% Daily Value*

Total Fat

0.8g
1%

Cholesterol

0mg
0%

Sodium

2mg
0%

Potassium

845mg
24%

Total Carbohydrates

53.9g
18%

Dietary Fiber

6.1g
25%

Sugars

28.9g

Protein

2.6g
Vitamin A 3% Vitamin C 34%
Calcium 1% Iron 3%
Nutrition Grade A
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional Analysis

Good points
Bad points
  • Very high in sugar (natural sugars though!)

Healthy Substitutions!

Baking substitutionsI found this yesterday when I was doing some research and I just couldn’t resist posting it. I found this so helpful as I am currently creating a top-secret recipe which I can’t wait to make and share with you! I will definitely be using some of these substitutions in recipes to come. You can save the image for your own use too! This is great if you are making a cake or biscuits or something and you just want to be able to eat them without feeling too guilty. You can simply substitute one of the ingredients in a normal recipe according to this guide or you could be a little more experimental! I hope you guys find this helpful, I sure did!

Chocolate Fudge Hot Pots!

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So, I made these yesterday… Oh my word! Lets jut say I was in heaven. Gooey, chocolaty and rich, what more could a girl want! And all for an astonishing 260 calories! I know, crazy right? You must be thinking “how can these delicious desserts only be 260 calories?” well if I’m completely honest I have no idea! So I admit this is not my recipe but I had to share it because it was so amazing! Credit goes to Diane Morgan from myrecipes.com! Oh and just to make these even better you can make them up to 2 days in advance and just pop in the oven when you need a treat! Perfect! So I shall stop the waffling and go on to the recipe:

Serves 5

Ingredients:

3/4 cup self-raising flour
2/3 cup cocoa powder
5 teaspoons instant coffee (optional)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch of salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar
4 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
100g bar dark chocolate finely chopped (easier just to grate it!)
icing sugar to dust

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°.
  2. Sift together flour, cocoa, coffee, baking powder and salt.
  3. Place butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer (or a wooden spoon if your feeling strong!) at medium speed for about a minute. Add granulated and brown sugar, beating until well blended (about 5 minutes). Add egg and vanilla, beating until well blended. Fold flour mixture into sugar mixture; fold in chocolate. Divide batter evenly among 5 ramekins; arrange ramekins on a jelly-roll pan. This is where you can cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days..
  4. Bake at 180° for 18-20 minutes or until cakes are puffy and slightly crusty on top. Sprinkle evenly with powdered sugar and serve immediately.

Enjoy!

Hello!

Hi everyone! Well that’s if anyone is actually reading this. So, this is my new blog!!! I will be posting healthy recipes, fitness tips, workouts and basically life updates.

As you can probably tell from the title, I love cooking and staying fit. But, trust me, I know the struggle when you’re trying to eat healthy but everything tastes so bland. I used to think everything that was healthy had to taste disgusting… until I started experimenting! In this blog I am going to share with you how I manage to eat delicious food and stay healthy at the same time. So stay tuned  if you want to know the secrets of being healthy AND happy!