Saturday, 21 January 2017

Life Lately and Make-Ahead Meals!

Hidy-ho friendly friends and Happy SUNDAY!!

Sundays for most might mean a bit more of a sleep-in followed by an easy-going restful day... for others it might mean running 17km before 8am, like I did, today :P
 This is my, I'm finally home face!! ^^
 And this is my; did I actually just do that?? What kind of crazy person am I, face ^^
And these are my legs... they don't really show too much emotion.

Anywho, it was a lovely run, running against the wind was a bit of a battle at times, but luckily the last few km's back were with the wind (honestly, when I was running against it I almost couldn't move!!)

Refueling after my fasted cardio with:
 Utter deliciousness.
 This was the creamiest of creamy green cherry and banana smoothie with a side of warm, crunchy, straight-from-the-oven PB granola :D
 The smoothie was simply chucking a handful frozen cherries, 1 large frozen banana, 3 big scoops greek yoghurt, 1 handful frozen zucchini, 4 chunks frozen spinach and splash of water into the Vitamix and whazzing until smoothie-smoooooth! Into the freezer until required.
And the granola? around 1/2 heaped cup rolled oats, 1 handful wholemeal reduced-sugar cheerios, 1 teaspoon maca powder, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 heaped tablespoon smooth PB with 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, heated up in the microwave until warmed through and then mixed into dry mix until combined and sticky- onto baking tray and into the oven at 200 degrees celsius for 15-20mins or until golden brown, crunchy and fragrant- nom!

So that was this morning, but what else has been crack-a-lacking in the life of Steph-2-Chef??


Lots and lots of working.

Because it is holidays and uni break I have been rostered on almost every single day and whilst I'm definitely not complaining (getting paid definitely makes it worth it) I have had to get a little more creative and organised with planning my meals and creating dishes that can be eaten hot/ cold and made-ahead to sit in the fridge.

Majority of said meals have been dinners but I did have an early shift on one of the days and also wanted to get in a good arm workout that morning...
 Which I totally smashed by the way!
 The baby biceps are growwwwiiinnnggg!!

So, I whipped up a batch of rich, dark choc granola to make a killer yoghurt bowl that could be thrown together in two minutes after I finished assassinating my arms:
 Enjoyed with a frozen banana, greek yoghurt and almond milk- this was so so good!
 To make the make-ahead granola I simply placed 1/2 cup muesli + 2 heaped tablespoons rolled oats + 1 heaped tablespoon raw cacao powder + 1 teaspoon cinnamon  into a bowl and then stir to combine then + 1 tablespoon almond butter warmed up with 1/2 cup almond milk, stirred into the dry mix and baked in the oven at 180 degrees celsius for 20-25 mins or until crunchy and golden!
 Then I just left it to cool and popped it into an airtight container in the fridge until the next morning when I just popped it into a bowl with all the other goodies!!
 Let it soak in the almond milk a little and hey-presto! The besto!!
 And the frozen banana is a must. Because then it tastes like ice cream. Rich chococlate granola ice cream.

 But mainly, dinners:
 Simple-pimple make-ahead meals that literally have less than 5 ingredients!
 This bad boy was roasted broccoli, purple cauli, brussels and cheese-y baked tofu (hard tofu mixed with garlic, nutritional yeast and water- baked in oven for 15-20mins until puffed and golden)
 And this one was simply steamed greens and curried pumpkin and corn falafel- nom!
 And last but not least... but definitely ugliest! This whole baked sweet potato (so good eaten cold!!) with a side of mixed veggie chili:
Which was basically just sauteed and then bubbled away zucchini, eggplant, tinned tomatoes, mushrooms, blackbeans, mixed four beans, mixed dried herbs and turmeric

Eating healthy doesn't have to be complex and by the looks of these meals- super easy when super busy!! I definitely have a heck of a lot more make-ahead meal recipes so just let me know if you want more ideas folks!

Your turn:
Are you a rester on Sunday or is it just the same daily crushing it??
What's your favourite breakfast of recently?
Best make-ahead meal that saves the hanrgy monster??

I hope, once again, you have a lovely Sunday, do all the things you love, spend time with those you love and as always; EAT SOMETHING DELICIOUS!! Bye for now friendly friends! :D

Sunday, 15 January 2017

What I Eat In A Typical Day

Hi there friendly friends and happy Monday to you all!!

I hope this week (as much of it we have experienced so far) has treated you well and that you are treating yourself well as well!!

Today I decided to do a What I Eat In A Day, featuring a very typical day for me, as yesterday every meal seemed to be epic in the most delicious of senses. Not overly complicated/ complex with wacky ingredients- just so so tasty!

Alrighty, let's jump straight to it! A typical day of living/ eating:


This is when I workout generally and this day was no different.  Arm day was on the cards and I smashed out a brutal arm and chest workout with weights that felt so good!
Baby biceps a-growing ^
And I'm pretty proud of how my shoulders are coming along too! Don't mind the big tub of sunscreen on the counter by the way. Sun smart, right?
Also got a cheeky shot of the abs in there! :P


Now, breakfast.
You guys, this was the best mug of oats I have ever eaten in my entire life and it was pretty much down to the incredible quality of the ingredients used.
See these vanilla protein, plum, cheesecake oats were made with the most intense, beautifully ripe, sweet juicy plums I have ever eaten and they created the most epic warming, out-of-this-world delicious oatmeal ever!
And just for your benefit I will leave you with the recipe that you should definitely whip up if you ever find yourself in the situation where you have some incredibly delicious plums on hand!
Into a saucepan goes 3/4 cup rolled oats, 1 sliced banana, 3 ripe plums, chopped, 1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder, 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup water- stirring occasionally over medium heat until the oats have thickened and the liquid has been absorbed (vigorous stirring at the end to belnd in the banana for even sweetness!)
A spoon or two of greek yoghurt stirred in at the end and then topped and tailed with almond butter- trul;y the perfect nut butter to go with these sweet and tangy oats!
Honestly, I almost cried with that first bite and was literally smiling the entire way through eating this post-workout, high protein, utterly delicious breakfast!
Filled with so much goodness like fibre, protein, good fats, vitamins and minerals- this legitimately tastes like a decadent dessert that will only do go things for your body!
Honestly, so so good- a must try!
Happy, happy days :)

After brekky I showered, did some chores around the house, hung out some washing and then went off to work from 10:00am-3:00pm (still quite full from the oats!)


The oats kept me going throughout the entirety of my shift but when I got home I was rather ravenous, so enter lunch? Afternoon tea?
(I snacked on a carrot whilst making this) rye toast topped with Vegemite and the most delicious, perfectly ripe avocado with some cherry tomatoes and a granny smith apple- yum! Super delicous, simple and took no time at all to throw together!

After 'lunch', I grabbed the washing in, watched some YouTube videos whilst I prepped my dinner, showered again because I'm a stinking mess after work and got ready for evening church at 5pm

After returning back from church I simply jumped into my PJ's and then took out my pre-prepared dinner and utterly devoured this:
This amazing bowl of incredible yumminess involved some cold steamed purple and white sweet potato and butternut pumpkin with some peas and mixed four beans:
Again, so very simple, but so utterly delicious that once again I was smiling the entirety through eating this meal!
Can you tell I love my starchy veg?!? :P
An here's a little snap from my Insta-story:
Nom indeed!

After dinner I had a nice cold glass of soy milk and then called it a night on the food front because everything was so so so delicious and I was so so so stuffed!

Cleaned my teeth, snuggled down i front of the telly and promptly fell asleep by 8:30am, only to wake up today and start another brilliant day of delicious foods and nourishing things for my body!

Aaaand that's what I ate!

Your turn:
What's been the best breakfast you've eeaten recently?
Favourite food to add to your oats?
Best simple throw-together-in-under-5-mins meal? Love a good toasted sandwich too! Or microwave rice bowl :D

I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day, do something you love, be with those you love and as always; EAT SOMETHING DELICIOUS!! Bye for now folks!! :D

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

How I Stay Fit, Healthy and Happy While Travelling

Hide ho friendly friends and long time no see!

Why is that?

Well, sometimes i like to adventure off into the unknown and travel adventurously with no plan whatsoever grabbing whatever plane is coming in next and seeing where that takes me.


Maybe not. Maybe one day... :P

Anywho, I did in fact choof off to the other side of Australia over the past weekend to visit my ginormous family and catch up with everyone for a few days (read; approximately 2 full days).

And so, I thought it would be interesting to share with you some of the tips and tricks I utilised whilst travelling away from home and staying away from home to ensure I stayed feeling happy healthy and energised- so, without further a-do, onto the post!

Plane food:

First of all I know I am a hungry beast. I also know that no amount or type of airport food has ever truly satisfied me or left me feeling all to swell. So, instead I decided to plan out the times I would be going and arriving places and plan out appropriate snacks and meals for such times.

My first place got into the stop off airport in Brisbane at around brekky time (and by then I was more than ready for brekky!) so I had whipped up some of my famous, raw chickpea blondies (rolled into balls) filled to the brim with protein, healthy fats , fibre and goodness to keep me going for a few more hours of flying!
Super delicious, fudge and feeling like I'm eating a dessert for breakfast- definitely makes flying that little bit more enjoyable!
And filled with great ingredients like chickpeas, oats, dates, nut butter etc. I could eat 6 big blondies and not have to worry at all (a lot less calorie dense than store bought bliss balls)
Definitely put a smile on this sleepy girls dial!
Now, onto the issue of eating somewhere foreign.

This didn't really affect me too much this time as i was lucky enough to be staying with my grandmother who lives on a farm and grows numerous veggies and cooks all home-style meals anyway (choc full of veggies) and always has a fridge stocked full of veggies!
But we all know a girl can't simply live off veggies, so when we landed in New Castle we did a quick trip up to the shops and all I bought was some oats, almond milk, greek yoghurt, beans and a few veg (didn't need) and with a little creativity came up with some delicious meals! Featured above was some cooked banana oats with unsalted peanuts thrown in and a side of greek yoghurt and sliced banana- delicious!
And more importantly- super filling to keep hungry Steph at bay!!

My other meals involved pretty much bowls piled high with all the veg!
I found the stash of veg, I found the steamer and I found myself some epic meals:

Steamed pumpkin, brocoli, carrot, peas, corn etc. etc.
So the tip for this one- cook what you love and what you normally eat- easy peasy simple pimple (plus your tummy won't go into a spiral with all this change!)
Another breakfast i thoroughly enjoyed was this nectarine oatmeal that i cooked up with rolled oats, banana and super ripe and delicious nectarines, into a saucepan with almond milk and cooked until smooth and creamy delicious:

Once again so filling and tasty- another perfect breakfast option thats easy, quick, affordable and will leave your body singing:
A spoon or two of greek yoghurt added in at the end for added protein and calcium!

It's so important to ensure you do enjoy yourself on holidays and with family but overdosing on foods filled with sugar, unhealthy fats and nothing else that will give your body the nutrients it needs- you will most definitely feel that energy slump, bloat-ness and unhappiness, so enjoy- but also stick to some of the originals; they're there for you too!
Another great big bowl of veg featured day two with added four beans and some home-grown potatoes!
Once again so filling and just what my body wanted:

Easy dinners when there is no time to cook (because let's face it, cooking all the time whilst on holidays is just sometimes not applicable!)
This one was just a store bought tabouleh salad with a fresh sliced tomato on the side:
Tangy, fresh, filled with vibrant herbs and really made my tummy feel good after this one- it just means I can enjoy myself more with others (and others probably enjoy me more!!)
Finally on my last day at Granny's, breakfast was high protein and filled with goodness:
Farm fresh eggs over smashed avo with a side of greek yoghurt, bananas and grapes (tip mash some banana and keep some whole for added sweetness)

And of course lunch:
You guessed it! Steamed cauli, broccoli, potato, peas, corn and beans- delicious and again great fuel for a long plane ride back home:
Plane travel and airports is probably where i have the most difficulty because you dont know what types of food will be available. I had my heart set on a nice big fresh subway but of course there as no subway, so instead I put together an afternoon snack of natural almond and a raw macadamia, date cacao bar from a magazine shop and then got myself a veggie burrito with rice, blackbeans, broccoli, avocado and salsa from a Mexican place.

Yeah sure it was quite oily and dense, but truthfully my body was craving it, so I had it and didn't feel as light and energised as I had (plus 4 hours sitting on a plane doesn't help) but sometimes you just gotta go with the flow- it will be fine!

As for workouts? I brought with me several print outs from Kayla Itsines and other online workouts that I just found by typing in 'do anywhere workouts' on Google, and simply did them each morning to feel energised and keep up fitness- done before the day even started and still give a great workout in a shorter time!

I also swam in Granny's pool and went on some walks- but ultimately it was all about family time and spending time with those I love, so whilst these are just some tips and tricks I used to stay well and happy on this trip, we shouldn't get too caught up in these sorts of things and just enjoy the time and experiences with those we love!!

Your turn:
What are your favourite tips and tricks for travelling?
Fav meal to make when you're not in your own kitchen?
What's your favourite way to exercise whilst away??

I hope you enjoyed this post and can take something away from it (even if it's just to enjoy your family's company and not get too caught up in a few days off from routine- a hard one for me!!) and also that you have a wonderful day/ week and I shall catch you next time!

As always; EAT SOMETHING DELICIOUS!! Bye for now friendly friends! :D

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