Playlist 002 / Workout Motivation

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As a firm believer that music can inspire and change moods, having a motivating workout playlist can be a really effective part of a workout. It can focus your mind on the path you have ahead of you, keep you on your toes when you're pushing through the 'should I keep going or stop' moment and help wind down at the end. Every now and then I try to mix it up a bit, find some old empowering tunes in my library or something fresh and upbeat. I'm sharing with you some of my go-to tracks. Whatever song gets you through the workout, always remember that no matter what, you're doing a truly great thing for yourself and your body.


3 Good For You Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast is hands down my favourite meal of the day, it wasn't too long ago that I never had breakfast. I know, it was very bad of me but as a night owl and during school I would favour sleep. Now I'm more of a morning person and LOVE breakfast, I like to have a good and healthy start to the day to make up for the mornings I grab a piece of fruit or some yoghurt before work (or nothing *shakes head*). I thought I would share some breakfast ideas that are good for you and taste delicious with a cup of coffee, a smoothie and a glass of water. 

Almond Pancakes with Blueberries 

Some of my most loved foods are pancakes, almonds and blueberries. So why not put them all together. It's so very simple it amazes me that I didn't try it out sooner. It is not the most perfect looking pancake and does not tend to stay in one piece but it's seriously delicious.Almonds are great for your heart, bones and contain healthy fats. I like to add flax seed to get some extra nutrients I miss out from not eating meat such as iron, omega3 and other vital vitamins. 

To make 4-5 pancakes you will need.. 1 cup of ground almonds, 1 cup of almond milk, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of flax seed, blueberries, coconut oil and agave or honey. 

Mix the ground almonds and milk thoroughly then add the egg and flax seed, continue mixing. Warm up the frying pan and add coconut oil. Pour in the batter and leave to cook and flip it over. Once cooked, add some blueberries and some agave or honey to add some sweetness. 

Porridge with Banana, Almonds, Cacao Nibs and Cinnamon 

Porridge is my usual on colder days, it warms me up and gives me a lot of energy and keeps me full longer than anything else, it's also great for boosting your immune system. I like to have some form of fruit in the mornings, I usually go for bananas as they are always in my house, they help control your blood sugar levels and natural mood enhancers. Cacao nibs are quite new to me but I find are perfect for when I have a chocolate craving, they are chocolate in the most natural form. 

To make a bowl you will need.. 1/2 a cup of porridge oats, 1 cups of almond milk, 1 banana, almonds, cacao nibs, a teaspoon of ground cinnamon and a tablespoon of flax seed. 

I tend to measure it by eye but for porridge a typical 2:1 ratio between oats and almond milk/water is a good starting point. Pour the oats and almond milk in a small pan and put on the hob, I leave it on a medium heat, let it cook and stir it with a wooden spoon every now and then until the oats have absorbed the milk. I then add in the flax seed and mix it in. After I pour it in a bowl, sprinkle the cinnamon on top and simply add the banana, almonds and cacao nibs. 

Avocado and Strawberries on Rye Bread with Pine Nuts and Chia Seeds 

Avocados have become a staple in my diet in the last year, its green, tastes amazing and is full of the essential good fats. Putting strawberries and avocado together is something new I've tried, sounds a little odd but it's a refreshing taste, they are a good source of vitamin C. Any bread will do but for those who find wheat doesn't agree with the body, rye bread is a good alternative and way to get fibre in your diet. Pine nuts add a little crunch, they are great for the skin as they contain vitamin E. I usually sprinkle chia seeds in my smoothie but you can add it to almost any meal, they are a good way of giving your body some omega 3. This is a good one for those who prefer a more savoury breakfast.

To make 1 serving you will need.. 1/2 an avocado, a few strawberries, a slice of rye bread and as many or as little pine nuts and chia seeds.

First slice the avocado in half, take out the stone inside and using a spoon scoop out the avocado. Then using a fork mash it up making it as smooth or as chunky as you want. Spread onto the rye bread. Cut up the strawberries into pieces then add to the avocado and rye bread along with the pine nuts and chia seeds.

You can mix these all up, add in your favourite foods or whatever you fancy. I like to experiment a bit, you never know when you might create something perfect for you.

What are you favourite healthy breakfasts? 


Spring Style Looks

Now that the days have become longer, I have been searching for some new pieces to freshen up my wardrobe. Despite the sun being out the last few days, there are still the odd wintry winds. It's all about finding that balance between items that will take you into summer but will give you a bit of warmth first thing in the morning and late at night when the sun has gone down. So I've put together a few looks that I think do just the trick. I really enjoyed collecting everything together and I hope you like them or find some inspiration for yourself. Now it's time for me to collect my own pieces.

Look 1 // Smart day to evening
Sandals / Sleevless Coat / Vest / Trousers / Necklace
Look 2 // Laid back but put together
Coat /Jeans / Bag / Top

Look 3 // All day minimal effort
Jumpsuit / Sunglasses / Necklace / Shoes / Bag
Look 4 // Out in the sun 
Dress / Kimono / Bag / Shoes


Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Finding an author that really brings you into a story and makes it feel so realistic that you can believe the world created is real is the best. Rainbow Rowell is one of them. I've heard a lot of good things about Fangirl and finally got round to reading it. One reason why I was unsure if I would like is because of the fan fiction side of it. I thought it might be fan fiction heavy and focused more on that side but I think there was a great balance shown of Cath's online and offline life.

Cath is about to start college with her twin sister Wren, who wants to do her own thing and party. While Cath writes Simon Snow (a series of books like Harry Potter) fan fiction. Her boisterous roommate and boyfriend are around a lot, at first is keeps to herself until a friendship begins with Reagan and Levi. As a natural writer Cath takes a fiction-writing class but clashes with her professor over the idea of fan fiction, she struggles to create her own stories and prefers to live in her fan fiction world. Until her real world shakes up, worrying about her father who has never lived alone, an absent mother who comes back into the picture, a sister who is dealing with her own struggles. All while falling in love with Levi. 

I can't quite put my finger on why I feel this book is so great. It's got a bit of everything. Following a young girl who is growing up a little bit at a time. Whether it is Cath or one of the other characters, I think you can relate to them from when you were younger and starting a new chapter of your life. For the lovers of the internet and fangirls out there I think its extra special and relevant to the digital age. Everyone can now showcase their talents to the rest of the world, everything is evolving. It is also important to remember to live your own story, do what you want and let things happen. It's your life and your story, anything can happen it's up to you to write it.