‘Eat Well Everyday’ by Clean Eating Alice – Hit or Miss?

 

‘Clean Eating Alice’ is the pseudonym of Alice Liveing, an Instagram and fitspo superstar who seems to have exploded into everyone’s kitchens in 2016. Her healthy cookbook ‘Eat Well Everyday’ and workout ‘Body Bible’ book were best sellers and you couldn’t walk past a branch of WHSmith or Waterstones in January without seeing her face. If you haven’t heard of her, you must have been living under a rock!

With her friendly persona and to-die-for body she’s clearly a person who knows her stuff and her journey from an average, slightly overweight post uni body to a svelte, rock-hard abs and body to die for fitness guru makes her relatable and aspirational. Basically I want to be her (or at least look like her).

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Wireless Headphones – Hit or Miss?

 

I chuckled to myself when Mr Rose purchased a pair of wireless headphones a couple of years ago. He used to run the lead up the inside of his T-shirt and didn’t like the subsequent chaffing. ‘Why would he want a pair of those?’ I thought to myself. ‘Surely he realises he looks like a mash-up between a runner and a business man’. You could just imagine him on his run screaming, ‘Buy, buy, buy, sell, sell, sell’ as he pounded the streets.

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The Tough Girl Podcast – Hit or Miss?

So last Saturday I decided to go for a run. It was about 4pm and I left baby Rose with Mr Rose and got everything ready to go. I thought I’d go for a 5k max, just a little pootle around the block ready for running club on Monday. I laced my shoes, put the earphones in and off I went.

Then I got distracted by the most amazing podcast.

Over the Christmas holidays I’d been mentioning to Mr Rose that I’d love to have some new podcasts to listen to when out running. I’ve been loving ‘The Running Commentary’ but wanted something new as well. He mentioned Overcast to me (which I’d never heard of before, being a non-teckie). I had a browse around and listened to a few that were recommended but I was getting more and more bored of chit chat nothing and comedy that wasn’t funny. Then I found ‘Tough Girl Podcast’.

On the aforementioned run I was listening to the episode with Amelia Boone, a top attorney who competes as a pretty much full time obstacle course racer. She was totally inspirational. And I got distracted. Instead of the pootley 5k I’d planned to do, I ended up running 9.5k and pretty much doing a lap into the city and back again. I was totally engrossed in her story and her tips for combining her athletics with her regular life. She seems to have achieved so much with her 33 years and I found myself feeling a little despondent at the comparatively little I’ve achieved with mine! Her brilliance rubbed off though and I was chuffed I’d managed to complete a longer run with very little training and just Amelia’s words in my ears. If listening to this podcast can make me accidentally run double what I intend to run all the time I’ll be very happy.

I thoroughly recommend you go and have a look at the podcast. I’m currently working my way through the back catalogue and there’s so many motivational and inspirational people to hear from. Next on my list is the one with Alison North, an ultra runner with children.

Have a happy and healthy week.

Around the Corner Fitness.

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‘What I Eat in a Day’ by Niomi Smart – Hit or Miss?

In a bid to spice things up in the kitchen (recipe variety wise) I’ve found myself buying a few new cookbooks of late. One of which has been ‘Eat Smart’ by Niomi Smart the clean eating, almost-vegan YouTube sensation. I follow Niomi on YouTube and, although not vegan myself, I found myself trying out a couple of the recipes she’s suggested in her videos; her hummus has been a staple in my lunchbox for a good few months now. When she mentioned that she was releasing a cookbook, her video hadn’t finished before I was pre-ordering a copy.

I’ve made a few things from the book now and mostly they’ve gone down very well. In addition to the ones below, the Mexican Chilli Bowl on page 99 deserves a special mention. It’s absolutely delicious with a dollop of sour cream and a few cheeky nachos!


Mauritian Masala with Coconut and Coriander Rice (p.106)

The first time I made this curry I had to strip down to my bra to eat it. Sweat was coming out of all orifices; I followed the recipe to the letter and it was way too hot for a northern girl like me. The second time I made it I was wary and so underdid the spices. By the third time I think I just about got it right. Of course, I’m much lazier than Niomi and opted for garlic paste and ginger paste rather than crushing/grating my own.

Ingredients

  • 200g brown rice
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons of garlic paste
  • 2 teaspoons of ginger paste
  • 1 tablespoon of mild curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 200g of butternut squash (sweet potato works equally well)
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 small courgette (cut up into pieces)
  • 1 red pepper (cut up into pieces)
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh coriander
  • 2 tablespoons of desiccated coconut

 

Method

  1. Cook rice according to packet instructions.
  2. Heat the coconut oil in a frying pan and add the onion. Let it cook for approx. 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and ginger and stir. Add the spices and stir to coat the onion.
  4. Add the squash and thyme leaves with 1/2 cup of water. Season with salt and pepper and cook for a few minutes.
  5. Add the courgette and pepper with 1 cup of water. Simmer for approx. 20 minutes depending on how thin/thick you want your sauce to be. Cook until squash is tender.
  6. Once the rice is cooked, drain it and mix in the chopped coriander and coconut.
  7. Serve the curry with a sprinkling of fresh coriander on top (if you’re a bit poncy like me!)

I’ve found myself having this rice with everything – it’s delicious!
Having got to grips with some of the savoury recipes in the book I headed over to the back to sample the sweet treats. My favourite one so far is the Blueberry & Coconut Flapjack (so much so that the recipe book now opens itself to that page).

Blueberry & Coconut Flapjack (p.220).

I took these into work for a review and they were gone before lunchtime. One of my colleagues even asked for the recipe.

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 300g rolled oats
  • 90g desiccated coconut
  • 150g blueberries
  • 90ml of coconut oil
  • 50g coconut sugar

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°c. Line a 20cm square baking tin with greaseproof paper.
  2. Mash the bananas with the back of a fork until smooth and set aside.
  3. Mix the oats and coconut in a large bowl and add the blueberries.
  4. Melt the coconut oil in a pan over a low heat, add the coconut sugar and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Stir in the mashed bananas.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  6. Put the mixture in the baking tin and press down.
  7. Bake in the oven for approx. 30 minutes until golden.
  8. Slice into 12 squares whilst it’s still warm.

Overall I think Niomi’s book was a good investment for me. I bought it from Amazon on pre-order and it cost me £12. I do think that was a tad expensive seeing as I could get it cheaper now in the supermarket, but I have enjoyed the recipes and it’s one that I’ll keep on my bookshelf for a long time.

If you try any of the recipes please let me know.

Have a happy and healthy week.

Around the Corner Fitness.

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Eating Out in York pt.1

Every day on my Twitter feed and YouTube subscription list I’m bombarded with people going to glamorous healthy locations for breakfast, lunch and out for dinner. A: How have they got the time, energy and money to do that? And B: Why do these people have all the healthy options to choose from? I live in York, which is a reasonably average sized, very pretty tourist city. You would think that there would be an abundance of healthy places to eat in town, but it seems like the business owners of York want everyone to be full of pub food, Italian food and scones with cream and jam. Don’t get me wrong, I love a bowl of pasta and some garlic bread as much as the next person and I wouldn’t turn my nose up at a cream tea either, but York is crying out for healthy places for residents to eat.

Other places shall be investigated, but the one that immediately springs to mind is Filmore and Union. They have a handful of cafés in Yorkshire and one in York train station, but my local one is the one on Petergate in York city centre. I’ve been in for lunch a couple of times and always go for the ‘Smashed Avocado on Toast’ (yes, I know I’m a cliché but it’s delicious!) but I had never been for dinner before. Things co-incided when my friend Katy (from pizza fame on the Deliciously Ella post) texted me. The conversation went like this:

Katy: Hey how are you? We should catch up soon, it’s been too long! xx
Me: Hey. I’m good thanks. Fancy going out for tea one night maybe next week or the week after? I really want to go to Filmore and Union for tea but haven’t found a good excuse yet xx

The poor girl didn’t get a choice; I just launched it on her!

Because the restaurant part is only upstairs we booked a table. We didn’t need to – there were a few spare but I’m glad we did; I don’t think I could have handled the disappointment. We decided not to have starters but Katy ordered a large glass of wine despite complaining (with reason) about the price. When I asked her at the end of our meal if the wine was worth the money her reply was, “No glass of wine is worth that much”. Granted, she’s not a wine connoisseur, but she does drink the most wine out of everyone I know. I had a ‘Slim Down’ juice which was advertised as pineapple, apple, lemon, strawberry and orange juice. It was yum.

For main Katy had the aforementioned avocado on toast and I had a skinny beef burger which came with a raw veg noodle salad, spinach, cashew hummus and served with baked avocado and coconut wedges. It also came with a tzatziki dip:

It was absolutely delicious and even though there wasn’t an abundance of food I was absolutely full after eating it. Of course that didn’t stop me ordering a pudding!

I also really like how, on their menu, they give indications as to what foods are appropriate for each diet. I know my gluten free friends would find it incredibly helpful.

It was a really lovely evening, both in terms of the food and the company and I’ll definitely go back again. We were half way out the door before I went back in to get a loyalty card after spotting a poster near the door. It’s the perfect excuse to go back and I’ll definitely use it.

Atmosphere: 8/10
Food: 10/10
Price: 7/10

The only major bugbear I have with the place is it’s tiny! I have absolutely no chance of getting in there with a pushchair. Hurry up and grow Baby Rose!
Happy healthy eating out.

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