4.8.15

Elle's 3 Top Tips For Eating Well

I'm all for being open and honest; I shared with you what I actually eat in a week in a post all on it's own. Naturally, it only seemed right that I then share with you my top tips for eating well. Just 3, mind you. Cos I like to keep it simpElle. Pun intended.

1. EMPOWER YOURSELF

Arm yourself with the knowledge and skills required to eat healthily and cook healthy meals. Learn to read food labels so you can recognise what to avoid and what you need more of. Learn to cook; although in my opinion, if you can read, you can cook! To me, eating healthily and cooking healthy meals comes down to knowing what is in your food and knowing what you can leave out.


2. PLAN

Fail to plan, and you plan to fail. This rings true in a lot of aspects of life, but right now, we're gonna apply it to food and what you eat. Plan what you are going to eat for the week ahead. Then buy your groceries accordingly. Put aside a little time to prep some of the food too so that you have it right there to put in tupperware and take for lunch or warm up for dinner without having to slave over the stove for an hour when you're already starving.

Also, shopping to a list (I opt for online, home delivery so I'm not tempted by offers I don't need) means that you don't have junk food in your house to eat when you get one of those "EAT ALL THE FOOD" moments, or is that just me?!


And if there's one thing that is inevitable it's that you will get hungry. When you're no where near home. So plan for this impending hunger and pack some snacks of the healthy variety - some nuts, seeds, fruit, protein bars etc etc. That'l help keep you going till you can either get home, or get to somewhere that sells more than cake and chocolate (although sometimes, a little cake and chocolate doesn't hurt!).

3. INSPIRE

Treat yourself to a couple of new cookbooks and then scan them and mark the recipes you are keen to try. Make it your goal to try new recipes each week, but be realistic, maybe 1-2 a week?! Mixing up your "go to" recipes with new tastes will help to keep you motivated and bring a little bit of discovery and enjoyment back into eating. Cos, in my opinion, just eating because you "have to" is boring. BORING.

Do you have any other top tips for eating well?! 


Elle :) 

3.8.15

Discover How Coffee Tastes Better With BRITA

You think you know it all, then along come BRITA and their Baristas (Rob Dunne & Victor Fankowski) to blow your mind.

I spent an evening with these guys at The Gentleman Barista's in London learning the (what I now realise is an) art of brewing coffee.

It was all a bit much for me (in a good way). I mean, I got introduced to a Chemex, tried my hand at grinding coffee beans and used scales, timers and all sorts to get this chemistry experiment right.




BRITA sorted me out with some essential equipment and I finally gave this coffee brewing thing a go at home. If you know me, you know I've always used filtered water, even in the kettle. Now I have a kettle with built in filtration technology. After all, our cup of coffee is 98% water.


So here is how you brew coffee in a Chemex....


Ingredients and equipment  


- 64 grams of coffee beans
- Chemex 
- Scales 
- Pouring kettle 
Paddle
1 litre water
- BRITA kettle 
- Filter paper 
- Grinder

Method


  • Grind the coffee beans until they are a medium-fine coarseness 
(I ground mine in my Vitamix (I know, I know, a little coffee connoisseur angel just died) 
  • Filter the water through the BRITA kettle and put on to boil
  • Place the filter paper in the neck of the Chemex, folds facing the spout
  • Wet the filter paper with a splash of boiled filtered water and discard the
    water that filters through
  • Place the Chemex on the scales and reset to zero
  • Pour the coffee into the neck of the Chemex and shake to level the
    grounds
  • Make a crater in the centre of the coffee with the paddle
  • Pour the boiled filtered water in the pouring kettle and saturate the
    grounds with 100g of water
  • Once the water has drained through the filter continue to slowly pour in
    the remaining water in a spiral motion
  • Take care not to overfill the neck and continue until the scales reach 900g
  • Allows the coffee to brew for 1-2 minutes and discard the filter
  • Serve and enjoy! 

I served my coffee with a splash of vanilla Teisseire and unsweetened almond milk! 

Do you brew your own coffee at home? What's you favourite method?! 

Elle :) 

1.8.15

WIN a Complimentary Mini-Shoot With Eulanda #ThePhoto101

It's August already and that only means one thing! We're just a couple of weeks away from #ThePhoto101 - a workshop being led by Eulanda for bloggers, enthusiasts ...all of us, to get to know how to use our cameras (be it an iPhone, compact, bridge or DSLR!).


Taking place on Sunday 16th August, you'll get to meet new people, share ideas and maybe even get some of those shots you've been meaning to take for a while! But the biggest takeaway is that you'll learn what YOU need to know! 

When you register for the workshop you'll get a confirmation email with a link to a survey to let us know what you'll be bring to the workshop (i.e your skill level and equipment) as well as what you would like to take away! 


So in celebration of the event, Eulanda is giving ONE lucky winner the chance to win a Complimentary Mini-Shoot! All you have to do is choose all / any of the options in the rafflecopter widget below! 


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Look forward to seeing you at #ThePhoto101 

Elle :) 


Added to: 
A Cornish Mum

31.7.15

London Area Guides with Flexioffices

Earlier this year, I spent some time putting all my knowledge of Fitness & Wellbeing in London down on "paper" to help create some amazing London Area Guides in collaboration with Flexioffices!

Well, finally, I can share the fruits of our hard work!


The guides cover where to eat, fitness & wellbeing, shopping and hidden gems in a plethora of areas in London. Although I know a lot of places to work out, I still learnt and discovered a lot!



Here is where you can find all the insider information about things to do in London! But I'm sure there are a few more places that may have been missed off the radar!

Which of the areas is your favourite to hang out in?! I heard that Flexioffices ran a survey to find out Londoners’ favourite places to unwind after work in the capital and found that the answer was Covent Garden! Would Covent Garden get your vote?! 

Do you have any favourite spots in London?! Share with me in the comments and maybe I'll see you here?! 


Elle :) 

CreditsPhotos by @urbanpixxels

28.7.15

Elle: What I Eat In A Week

I'm not really sure where I got the inspiration for this post; I think it was a number of different posts elsewhere talking about how athletes eat, tips for meal prepping and then writing my blogiversary post where I talked about how much my eating habits have changed spurred me on to share what I actually eat on a day to day basis.

I'm currently contemplating doing another Whole30 but then a part of me just can't be bothered, if I'm honest. Then I thought, how about a Whole15; and to be honest, I still can't be bothered. Right now, anyway. I'm sure when the time is right, I will do another.

So here's a little overview of what's really been going on my plate...


Breakfast

Breakfast for me depends on how much time I have to prepare it. Over the last few weeks, typically I've had...

Rude Health Granola topped with fruit (usually blueberries), almond milk
Paleo Mint Chip Smoothie
- Cuckoo Bircher Muesli...


...which I got to try out for a whole week*! I tried the Apricot & Madagascan Vanilla, Choco Sour Cherry and Apple & Cinnamon Spice. They're made with jumbo oats and creamy West Country yoghurt which my stomach could tolerate! The ingredients are fresh which means they need to be kept chilled; hence why I didn't get to try all 5 flavours after a couple of them didn't survive the journey home on the Central Line! 



I loved how versatile they were though; I had one for breakfast, one as dessert and one as a snack! They retail for £1.99 which I think is pretty reasonable for such a fresh, tasty and satisfying product! If you wanna pick yourself up a pot, head over to Waitrose, Whole Foods or AMT Coffee!

On the weekends I'll go for the whole sha-bang;

- Eggs, bacon, tomato, avocado and whatever else is in the fridge that I can stuff on my plate
- Croissants, orange juice and granola with blended fruit
Smoothie Bowl with a whole variety of toppings!


Snacks

Here's a list of all the snack options I've grazed my way through in the past couple of weeks! I normally get hungry after breakfast, around 10 - 11am and on Friday's evenings when I don't get to eat until 8.15pm after work and teaching.

- Cashews
- 9bars*

- Graze box*
- Nakd bar
- Fruit (mostly plums in the last couple of weeks)
- Sushi from Itsu
- Rice cakes covered in dark chocolate from Pret a Manger
- Almond milk latte from Pure

I try really, really hard to always carry a healthy snack in my bag with me and sometimes, I just fancy something a bit sweet (hence the rice cakes with chocolate). There were two days in a row where I got breakfast from Pret (a granola pot) but also had a chocolate croissant. Then I thought it was getting out of hand so forbade myself any more chocolate croissants!

Lunch and Dinner 



Typically, I have the same meals for lunch as I do dinner; I usually cook enough of a meal for 2-3 portions which takes the pressure off me cooking the next day and means I have a healthy option to pack in my bag for lunch.

- Bolognese with gluten free pasta
- Vegan sausages with new potatoes and broccoli
- Salmon fillet with new potatoes and broccoli
- Sushi from Itsu
- Whole roast chicken (5 servings)
- Moroccan fish stew (Abel & Cole)
- Pork chops (pictured above - Abel & Cole)
- Chicken & noodle dish (Abel & Cole)

A few weeks ago, I ordered a recipe box from Abel and Cole. It contained the ingredients for 3 recipes (2 servings each) so lasted me for 5 meals (and the time my mum came for dinner!). I loved the recipes; I did think they were a little laborious (maybe just me being lazy after work?!) and thought the protein to carb ratio was way out (i.e the pork chop dish above, there was way too much rice and not enough meat on the one pork chop). I loved that every meal was organic and contained good servings of fruit and vegetables; something I don't find so easy to keep up with.

I'm a huge fan of the slow cooker too! I just throw the food in there overnight and wake up to a home cooked meal ready for lunch / dinner!

I feel like we've become a little judgmental of what others eat, and what philosophy they choose to follow. In my opinion, what works for others won't necessarily work for me so my main aim is to work out, meal by meal, what my body likes and doesn't. I do think that food is behind some of my issues (such as problem skin) and I'm determined to find out what exactly it is that's causing the issues!

So what's really been on your plate the last few weeks?! 

I'll be following up this post with my top tips for eating well! 


Elle :) 

p.s I got sent / given the items with a * to try and review; but all opinions are my own! Hell, I was even honest (and gutted) that I didn't get to try all 5 of the Cuckoo Bircher Muesli's! 

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