I hope you all had a good bank holiday weekend. We had an incredibly boring one with little man and I staying in our pyjamas all day on Monday as he still has a terrible cold – he must be poorly as he sat with me for a whole 45 minutes watching Beauty & the Beast!
On Sunday we did manage to get out as it wasn’t raining and Daddy was home so we went into town to get little man his first pair of shoes. Unfortunately they had none in stock due to it being ‘back to school season’ so I had to order them in!!! We did take a quick pit stop to The Treat Kitchen to pick up some fudge which they make in their shop! We bought 4 flavours and they are all amazing. We do have some left as I am trying to make it last but don’t think it will make it through the rest of the week.
Whilst watching The X Factor on Sunday night it gave me an opportunity to catch up on my fashion and gossip and read Grazia. I read an interesting column about some health & fitness bloggers on instagram, and that some of them are hiding behind their pictures and actually struggling with eating disorders. I was reading this….whilst eating my fudge and felt compelled to mention it in my next post.
As much as all these health & fitness crazes are great and get people motivated what ever happened to just some healthy eating and exercise? I enjoy a run once a week, go to Zumba and do the occasional weight session at the gym, but I also eat things in moderation. My husband does occasionally call me ‘boring’ when I talk about ‘My Fitness Pal’ app (whilst he is tucking in to the biscuit tin) and how many calories I have left to eat all day but I will make sure I eat what I want ‘within reason.’
My ‘non professional’ tips for healthy eating and exercising are –
- Don’t make yourself feel guilty for not fitting in that run or gym session – you will only end up not going anyway so just start the next day with a fresh positive outlook and try again
- Make sure you eat breakfast, lunch and dinner with 2 snacks – eating little and often helps that metabolism
- If you want a bar of chocolate, eat a bar of chocolate – just not a family size bar and not every day
- Try and cook as much as you can using fresh ingredients and avoid ready meals – it may take a little longer but they taste so much nicer and are much healthier
- If you spend the day at a desk like me, make sure you get up every hour and walk around and go for a 10 minute walk at lunch
To celebrate National Burger Day last week I made some ‘healthy’ chicken burgers with sweet potato wedges.
Chicken Breast, part baked ciabatta, piri piri spice, sweet potatoes, salad garnish
- Flatten the chicken breast, sprinkle with piri piri spice and put in frying pan on a low-med heat for 15-20 mins, turning occasionally
- Whilst the chicken is cooking, slice the sweet potatoes so they look like wedges, add a little salt and pepper and put in microwave for 5 minutes
- Fry the potatoes for the last 5 minutes to crisp up the skins
- Put the ciabatta in the oven for 8-10 minutes
- Put the chicken breast into the ciabatta when cooked with a little salad garnish and mayo
- Add the wedges to your plate
A yummy healthy chicken burger and wedges that takes less than 20 minutes to cook when kiddies are in bed!
On that yummy note, I am signing off for the day….
Busy Working Mummy XOXO