Sunday, 28 June 2015

Superfood salad

Salad; not often something that comes to mind when you think of your most loved foods. Most people think of salads as boring, but with the discovery of a new recipe, I would disagree completely and even go as far as putting it up there with my favourite foods. With the right ingredients, it is easy to create a salad that is not only healthy and nutritious, but is also extremely delicious.

1 large avocado
1 broccoli
1 packet of quinoa
1 whole pomegranate/1 pack pomegranate seeds
20g feta/Greek cheese
500g fresh spinach
Fresh coriander
Balsamic vinegar
2 sweet potatoes
Dried chili flakes
Freshly ground black pepper

We teamed our salad with seasoned sweet potato wedges; they have amazing flavour that accompanied the salad perfectly. So firstly begin by preheating the oven, wash and chop the sweet potatoes into wedge sized chunks and spread out on a roasting tray. Sprinkle with a little pepper, chilli flakes and paprika, spray with a little fry light before placing in the oven for about 20 minutes.

While the sweet potatoes are cooking you can prepare the rest of the salad; cook the quinoa according to the packet instructions in a pan of boiling water. Meanwhile, chop up the broccoli into small chunks and add to another pan of boiling water and allow to boil until tender. Once both are cooked, drain and allow to cool while you prepare the spinach in a large salad bowl. Then add the cooled broccoli and quinoa, and roughly chop the coriander before adding it to the salad along with the sweet potato and avocado. Toss well to ensure the salad is fully mixed, and finally add a crumbling of feta cheese and a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds. Finish with a light drizzle of balsamic vinegar and enjoy!

This salad has become a definite new favourite and I have no doubt that it will be making regular appearances at meal times.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Summer fitness regime

So now the summer months are over and we are both home from university we have more time to spend mixing up our meals and trying new recipes to share with you, as well as altering out fitness regimes! 

Coming back home for the summer means signing back up to my other gym, which I have been really enjoyed getting into now I have more time on my hands. I try and do at least 3 one hour sessions a week with this including 45 minutes of cardio alongside weights and toning. I also may start doing some monthly challenges such as the 30 day squat challenge to set myself some goals and try and further my progress.

One of the other things I love about summer is that it encourages salad weather! I love having a lighter lunch when the weather is nice and have been trying out some new recipes of which I will be sharing soon! My current favourite has to be a simple salad with smoked salmon, avocado, lettuce and balsamic which fills me up and is perfect with this lovely weather! 

Look out for lots of summery exercises and recipes to come in the upcoming weeks!


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