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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

How to make Chia pudding

What is a chia pudding? It is simply chia seeds mixed with your choice of liquid (my favourites are coconut milk and almond milk), flavourings (such as cinnamon, vanilla or a spoon of peanut butter) and potentially some berries or mashed banana. Chia seeds, when mixed with liquid, form a gel-like substance which turns the mixture into a “pudding” after soaking for a couple of hours.

Chia puddings are one of the best snacks as they are so easy to make, super nourishing for your body and of course they taste delicious! The nutritional content of chia seeds is high due to containing plenty of fiber, protein, calcium, potassium, antioxidants and omegas. They also boost your metabolism and keep your energy levels balanced due to their combination of vitamins and minerals.

Here are some of my favourite chia pudding combinations to inspire you to get creative! I usually use unsweetened almond milk milk as the liquid in my puddings but you could substitute for any other milk that you wish, from coconut milk to oat milk to hemp milk.

Chocolate chia pudding
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup almond milk
1tsp cacao
1tsp carob
Pinch of cinnamon

Vanilla chia pudding
2tbsp chia seeds

1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2tsp vanilla powder

Açaí chia pudding
2tbsp chia seeds

1/2 cup almond milk
1tsp açaí berry powder

Matcha chia pudding
2tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup coconut milk
1tsp matcha powder

How to do it?
1. Stir the ingredients together in a jar.
* Place the jar (covered) in the fridge and let it stay there for at least 1-2 hours until the liquid is absorbed.
* Take the jar from the fridge, stir again, then serve with your choice of toppings: berries, coconut flakes, cacao nibs, honey, peanut butter... And enjoy!


Tuesday, 13 October 2015

What it's like to run a HALF-MARATHON

About six months ago, I signed up to participate in the London Royal Parks Half Marathon, which took place last Sunday. Due to my spontaneous personality, I usually jump at every opportunity that pops up in life (such as skydiving at the age of 14!) So of course, when I found out about the upcoming half-marathon in my hometown and the chance to do something as crazy as running 21km (13.1 miles), I decided to rise to the challenge!

The thing about a half-marathon is that it is not only physical fitness and stamina that is required to finish, but also a strong mind and lots of self-discipline. All the hours that I had put into training in the lead-up to the big day were worth it to feel the indescribably rewarding sense of achievement, pride and joy when I crossed the finish line. My initial goal had been just to finish the half marathon - run, walk, hop, dance or crawl! But I ended up running for the entire duration of the race, without slowing down to walk at all!

When I arrived at Hyde Park on the big day I stretched my legs, walked to the start-line, jogged on the spot to warm up, and then the race officially started! 
I was in awe at the unique ambience and sense of empowerment that laced the air, as I admired all the vibrant colours scattered throughout the streets and the countless cheers! I was moved and inspired by the positive vibes surrounding me within this stampede of runners.

The first mile was done and dusted faster than seemed possible, so completing another 12 miles definitely appeared attainable! The next mile felt slightly longer than the first, and from then on, my mind began conceiving a series of strange and entertaining thoughts to keep me occupied, such as: 
Free water!
Three miles done - only ten more to go!
The sooner I finish, the sooner I can eat some well-deserved left-over Oreo birthday cake sitting in my fridge at home...
Free Lucozade!
Just keep putting one foot in front of the other!

OMG cheerleaders!
More free water!
Keep shuffling up the hill

Running downhill never felt so good - thanks gravity!
Free Jelly Tots - I'll take two thanks!
I can probably run another marathon after that sugar rush!
My legs are crumbling, this was a bad idea
6 miles only? It must be marked wrong
8 miles - I feel invincible!

Free banana!

I've never sweat this much, not even in Bikram Yoga or Barry's Bootcamp!
10 miles already? Nearly there!

12 miles - I think I'm having a heart attack but pick up the pace - the faster I sprint the last mile the sooner I can eat something

600 metres to go!
My knees will give out at any moment

Just keep swimming! (from Finding Nemo)
200 metres left!
I can see the finish line!
Just a few more steps
Soooo close now
I made it!!

It goes without saying that my favourite part was experiencing that relief and elation at completing something so incredibly huge and challenging. There are so many reasons that I believe everyone should attempt such an endeavour at some point in their life - even if it is just a 5km fun-run! Do it to raise money for a worthy cause, do it for the challenge, do it to feel accomplished, do it to prove to yourself that you're stronger than you thought, or do it just because you enjoy running for fun! Personally, I wanted to fundraise for charity, whilst seeing if I could complete something that had previously seemed so unattainable, having been a regular runner for a few years.

Congratulations to anyone else who participated - I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did


Friday, 2 October 2015

How to make: peanut butter and banana overnight oats

These peanut butter and banana overnight oats make a dreamy, creamy dessert-for-breakfast, with the sweet flavours of the PB and honey and a thick pudding consistency.

1/2 cup of oats
1/2 cup of almond milk
1/2 mashed ripe banana
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 tsp raw honey

Stir all the ingredients together and leave in the fridge overnight.
In the morning, layer it with toppings of your choice - I use raspberries, cacao nibs, dessiccated coconut flakes and a little more PB (because there's no such thing as too much PB!)

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