18.4.16

How To Boss Your Recovery After A Tough Workout

Whether you've just started working out, or if you train 6 times per week we'll all be familiar with the post workout suffering. Sore muscles, feeling tired and an indescribable hunger (and that's just a few of the possible post workout symptoms)! If you are challenging your body then you're gonna feel it the next day... and maybe the day after that, and the day after that one... So how do we boss our recovery to enable us to get back to what we love doing, but feeling stronger?! 

Here are some ideas I have for you: 

Recover From Your HIIT Class 

You took your pre-workout (cos you have nailed the supplements thing, right?!) and smashed out that class. The great thing about high intensity interval training is that you can squeeze your workout into shorter amounts of time. I've been known to bang out a 12 minute session at home AND feel it the next day. 

1. Protein Shake / Smoothie 

Either pack yourself a protein shake (SmartShakes are great as they allow you to keep the powder unmixed until you need it) or order one from your studio fuel bar before class so it's ready for you when you finish.The optimum time to consume your shake post workout is the 30 minutes after you have finished, keeping your body in repair mode.

{ Read More: The Protein Guide

2. Stretch / Yoga 



Whenever I teach my classes and people when we start the (only) 3-4 minute stretch at the end, I always wonder if they realise that it's just as important as the warm up and the main component of their workout?! ...If you're training at home and are unsure what to do, there are plenty of resources online. I can highly recommend the Nike Training Club app - they always have a few 15 minute routines for stretching and yoga available in the app. Stretching helps to loosen up your muscles ...which you just spent your workout shortening; therefore helping to reset your body! 

{ Read More: 6 Yoga Poses For Runners

Recover From Your Half Marathon / Marathon 

If we could assign levels of suffering, this would be significantly more than a HIIT class. However, through experience I know that suffering can be reduced through training for the event your are taking part in. Even still, you'll need to look after your body post race....

1. Get Out Of Your Trainers, Get In Some OOFOS



The first thing I do when I cross the finish line and am reunited with my bag is to kick off my trainers and pop on some flip flops. Until North London Half Marathon in March, when I swapped out my flip flops for a pair of OOFOS Recovery Footwear (I have the OOriginal Women's in Melon, £40). The foam technology is designed to absorb impact and cradle your arches to allow you to move naturally. It also meant my feet were able to breathe and be unrestricted after over two hours of pounding the pavements. I also love to wear compression socks after a long run, so if you do too, then you'll want to check out the OOahh Slide which has no toe post (they were sadly out of stock when I ordered but since then I treated myself to a pair of Ivy Park Sliders!)

2. Book A Session At Floatworks


Photo Credi: Leena Ranchod

Recently reopened in Vauxhall, London, Floatworks is the epitome of relaxation and meditation rolled into one. If like me you can't hack a cold shower or ice bath, just swap out for a float in a tank filled with warm water and epsom salts (which are epic for muscles). Sessions are one hour long in your own private room. I paid them a visit last week and thoroughly enjoyed my session. It's one of the rare opportunities you get to be alone, in silence to just rest. 


Getting this far into the post, I realise how many more ideas I have to share with you... but I'll leave it here for now! And ask...

What remedies or products do you use to aid your recovery from a tough workout?! 

Elle :) 

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17.4.16

What The Elle: Barrys vs 1Rebel

Sometimes I find myself in a situation which makes me think "what the hell?!" lol so I aptly named this series as such (rather than start an entire blog with said name to rant! haha!). Just last week, when I popped along to 1Rebel for a lunchtime class I really questioned if I was getting value for money so I thought I would share my thoughts with you in a short post.


I'll start with a comparison of the lunchtime classes as that's what sparked my train of thought. To fill you in quickly, here's a little table:


Barry’s Bootcamp  1Rebel 
Location  (Central) East London 
5-8 mins from Liverpool Street
(Central) East London 
1 min from Liverpool Street
Class Length  50 minutes 30 minutes
Cost £20 £20
Extras FREE SHAKE, free towels, toiletries etc  FREE SHAKE, free towels, toiletries etc 

One reason I love the lunchtime classes is because they are shorter. I feel I can give a lot more when time is limited. However, the cost of the classes are the same as a full 60 minute class. So to make us feel a little better about this, the studios both throw in a free shake after class. The value of the shakes at both locations is £5 so essentially you're paying £15 per class with an non-optional shake at £5. 


Both studios make all of their shakes with an almond milk base! Hooray, for those of who are lactose / dairy intolerant or vegetarian / vegan, even. But then here comes the catch; the shakes are still made with whey protein. Hmmmmm. In order to actually have your shake devoid of milk protein, you're charged £0.70p for vegan protein at 1Rebel (...if I remember rightly there is no charge for this at Barry's??). Then I'm thankful really that there is no such thing as peanut milk cos then I'd be stuffed as I rarely eat peanuts (erm, they're not even nuts, that's why, and probably explains why they are so cheap). All the (decent) shake options at 1Rebel (from the choice of 3 given) contain peanut butter and when I asked, they confirmed that's because it's cheaper than almond butter. So there's another £0.70p to get the actual shake I want... and the only reason I'm getting the shake is because I've had no choice... 

When I looked at my own little table creation above, I'm left wondering why I went there other than the fact that I saved myself a 5-8 minute walk from Liverpool Street station - as 1Rebel is located literally on the station premises. 

For the full 60 minute classes, all that changes is the length of time, and no free shake. Fine. Cos if I really, really want one I'll pay for it and get exactly what I want right?! 

...have you been to a Barry's Bootcamp or 1Rebel class?! Which do you prefer and why?! 

Do you think they are good value for money?! 

Elle :) 

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15.4.16

The Basics: Supplements For Pre- And Post- Workout

Whether you’re planning a bike ride or going to a fitness class, you’ll want to get the most out of your exercise. What many people don’t realise is that their nutrition can dramatically impact their performance.

You’ve probably already heard about the benefits of supplements. However, if you take the wrong thing at the wrong time, you might as well not take it at all! In this article, we talk you through the best supplements for pre- and post-workout.


Pre - Workout 

The type of pre-workout supplement you take will depend on what you what to achieve from your exercise. If you want to push yourself and try to reach a new PB, creatine can help you do more. As a non-essential dietary compound, creatine is used by the body to power short bursts of intense exercise—whether that’s a sprint across the football pitch or helping you cycle to the top of a sharp incline. 

Although the liver does produce small quantities of the compound, taking a creatine supplement, like those created by MaxiNutrition could also help. Creatine is also the most thoroughly researched sports supplement in the world, so you can feel at ease when taking it in accordance with the provided guidelines.

For those who want to boost their weight loss, fat burners are also an option. They work by stimulating the body to increase energy levels and therefore improve fat loss. Before you take them, you should always read the label to find out if they are suitable for you. Stick to herbal options rather than chemical ones, as chemical fat burners can have serious side effects.


Post - Workout 

Post-workout nutrition is just as important as your pre-workout nutrition, as it can help to rebuild and repair your muscles. Despite this, it is often overlooked. You’ll need an adequate intake of protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats. Following exercise, your muscles will be in a state of breakdown so you may benefit from a supplement to help get the nutrition you need quickly.

In terms of supplementation, protein shakes are a great option, as they’re packed with proteins that can help you maintain your muscle, increase lean muscle mass and develop larger muscles. While this may seem like a natural choice for those looking to body build, it can also have a positive impact on general fitness enthusiasts, as it helps to replenish the proteins lost through exercise.

BCAA’s are another popular supplement that are often taken during and after workouts. An acronym for branched chain amino acids, BCAA’s are essential amino acids that occur in the body to help trigger protein synergy, supply energy to the muscles and preserve lean mass. Taking them as a supplement is a good way to top up your BCAA levels.

Ultimately, supplements depend on what your goals are. Someone who is not looking to put on muscle should perhaps avoid creatine, while virtually anyone who exercises and doesn’t have great nutrition will benefit from protein shakes. Experiment, see what works for you and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

What supplements do you use?! ...and how do they aid your training?! 

...any supplements you are keen to know more about?! 

Elle :) 

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14.4.16

5 Things You Need To Know About IVY PARK at Topshop


If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know I was lucky enough to get the chance to attend the preview of the launch of Ivy Park at Topshop Oxford Circus last night. As the event got closer and closer, I got more excited! I went from 0 to 100 in about 5 minutes of entering the building!


It's currently coming up to midnight before the launch so I thought I would share my immediate thoughts with you before you shop and share a little about the pieces I picked out for myself.

Number 1 || Firstly, lemme tell you that there is a Season 2. So have no fear, there will be more!

...But this season is mainly monochrome with pops of my favourite electric blue and a blush pink. There are a lot of pieces in the range but this means there is basically something for everyone. Everyone.

image credit: elle.com


Here are the pieces I chose for myself: 

Deep Armhole Tank (white), £15

Logo Crew Neck Sweatshirt, £28

Colour Block Ankle Legging, £48

Hexagon Mesh Bomber (Black), £50

Logo Sliders, £20

Number 2 || as you can see, everything is pretty reasonably priced, or dare I say, affordable! The most expensive pieces are in the reflective range. I didn't get a chance to look at them properly on the night but if you're used to shopping in lululemon or Sweaty Betty the prices won't put you off!

Number 3 || the sizing is pretty true to size. I purchased a small in everything except the deep armhole tank which I got in an XS. So I'd say a small would fit a UK 10 perfectly. The tank was super roomy and I preferred the way it looked when I sized down as I plan to actually work out in it!

image credit: Ivy Park

Number 4 || another need to know is that the line is not all functional. It is also a fashion line. As I basically live in "athleisure", that really doesn't bother me.  It's nice to separate my sports wardrobe into "stuff I exercise in" and "stuff I don't exercise in" even if at the end of the day it's all sports wear ;)

Number 5 || and as if the prices aren't reasonable enough already, you can shop with your regular discount in Topshop i.e student discount for an extra 10% off your bill! Yup!!

If you do purchase any pieces from the range tag me on Instagram (@ellelinton) so I can see what you chose and how you rock it!

What do you think of the Ivy Park range so far?! 


Elle :) 

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13.4.16

In My Skin || Performance Over Periods

Sometimes, there's a topic that you wanna cover on your blog, but you just don't know what angle to come at it from. Or, you think, oh it isn't applicable to some of my audience, in this case, maybe the guys. Then, I'm thinking, every single man on this earth has women as part of their lives be that their mother, partner, sister, friend... and really, there is no reason women should be shy about talking about their periods.

Because when it comes to sport and exercise, our periods do affect our performance. I think I remember a female tennis player bringing it up once and everyone seemed a little shocked...


The Story Of My Cycle 

My periods began around the age of 13 in secondary school. One of my first memories of being on my period was going ice skating (this was a Sunday night thing, believe it or not) and having the time of my life, pain free and comfortable. But with each monthly cycle came more pain, more discomfort and a loss of motivation to move never mind be physically active.

The doctor put me on strong medication which worked for a while; then my body got used to them and the pain would again worsen each month. The final option was to go on the pill. And that story literally brings me all the way up to today... aged 31.

How The Pill Worked For Me 

Now, I'm not advocating the pill at all. Each person really needs to do whatever works for their body. The side affects can sometimes outweigh the benefits but this just happened to not be the case for me. Being on the pill has allowed me to control if / when I have a period in turn allowing me to take part in sport, exercise and physical activity without wondering how I would feel or if I would be up to it.

In the last few years though, I've questioned how good / bad the pill may be for my body and having spoken to various friends about it I did ask the Doctor if he felt I should take a break and he informed me that I "still have 5 more years" (when I would be 35). I wasn't completely happy with that response but continued with the pill anyway as it basically is all that I know.

Recommended Reading - Sweetening The Pill 

Recommended Reading - Vagina: A New Biography


Recently...

In the last six weeks, I stopped taking the pill. Half the reason was because I was unorganised and didn't realise I was out, then I took my time requesting a repeat prescription and getting it fulfilled. The other half of the reason was that I was curious to have a time in my life where I'm me without adding hormones into my system and a short chance to get to know my body.

It got me thinking too. This { In My Skin } series started with me taking vitamins to see if they would affect my skin. So all the consideration was there for what I was putting in my body and on my skin but only from one perspective.

So when Veeda got in touch, I hesitantly, but curiously, said yes to trying out their products. Veeda offer a range of tampons, towels and liners all of which are 100% natural cotton with no chemicals or dyes added. This means they are hypoallergenic and also carry a reduced risk of toxic shock syndrome. And what's also important is the affordability of these products (e.g £1.23 in Boots for a pack of 16 regular non applicator tampons).


I even got to use the Veeda products when I went on my weekend ride and them being 100% cotton actually made for a more comfortable day without the increased sweat which can be induced by the almost plastic like towels I've been using in the past.

Summing things up nicely with a couple questions...

1. Will I continue using Veeda products?! ....Yes.

2. Will I talk about periods and such topics again?! ...Yes, why not?!

{ You can shop Veeda products in Boots || and connect with them on Facebook }

Are you on the contraceptive pill?! What has your experience been?! 

Are you open and feel able to talk about your monthly cycle? Does it affect your participation in exercise?! 


Elle :) 

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11.4.16

The Coffee Stop: Hackney Coffee Co.

Truly not in the spirit of being my usual self, I've taken to getting on my bike two Sunday's in a row for long rides in training to take on my first ever sportive, L'Etape in September of this year. The main thing that has motivated me to get out of bed at 8am on a Sunday morning is the promise of stopping for coffee (...cake & even food too?!).

I started my morning of with a pot of Cuckoo Bircher Muesli (choco sour cherry with smooth madagascan vanilla) and an breakfast / oat / cereal bar thing ...oh and I had another pot of bircher before bed the night before (elderflower and cranberry with blueberry and blackcurrant) so I think we can safely call that carb loading?! This mornings pot however, was consumed on the Underground whilst I travelled into East London to meet Sophie (of Fitology) for a casual ride along the canals.


I met Sophie at Springfield Park in Upper Clapton, Hackney and we continued north along the canal. The plan was to just cycle until we decided to turn back and when we did return to Springfield Park we rode into the centre of Hackney to check out Hackney Coffee Co. before heading home to enjoy the rest of the day on the sofa!

Hackney Coffee Co. 

499 Hackney Road, London, E2 9ED


Okay, so the first difference between "riding" and commuting is that you a) don't take a bike lock on a ride (it's extra weight) and b) if your bike can't go in, you can't go in. Without checking, I just kinda assumed they would either have tables outside the shop or have a little garden or something where we could stow away our bikes. But I was wrong, and honestly, the lady in the shop looked at me like I was mad when I made the unreasonable request of bringing in our bikes. Lucky for all parties involved, they reluctantly obliged on this occasion.

Bikes comfortably placed out of everyones way, we proceeded to check out what was on offer. Most of the menu wasn't actually on the board so being a "fussy" (?!?) eater (I'm lactose intolerant peeps, so goto know what's in my food) I had to ask for the run down of what was in the sandwiches cos after 2.5 hours+ cycling, I had worked up an appetite!

I opted for the grilled Turkey, Pesto & Goats Cheese (yup, I can eat cheese) sandwich with an almond milk latte.


With minimal seating downstairs, they have a mezzanine with a couple tables and large sofa plus a little den with a few more tables and armchairs. We chilled out in the den until the mezzanine was free where it was brighter and lighter.

Sophie and I chatted away while I nommed my sandwich and inhaled my coffee (it looked super dark, but tasted pretty damn good). This little cafe seems to be a hidden gem for all those who live and socialise around Hackney.

Photos taken by my Narrative Clip 2 which takes pics at 30s intervals ;)
From there, it was a quick selfie to document my morning with Sophie before we parted ways for our respective sofas...

...if you wanna see more of Hackney Coffee Co. you're gonna have to pop down there one of these days! The cakes looked pretty epic too!!

Got any recommendations for my next Coffee Stop?? 

...I'm gonna be hitting up Central & East London as well as West Essex in the months leading up to L'Etape (and beyond...)

Elle :) 

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9.4.16

Behind The Screen: March 2016 Report & The Cost Of Running A Blog

Been meaning to write this post for a few days, and as always (more recently) it's taken me a while to find my inspiration for making the post a little more interesting than just some numbers plucked out of various reporting sites linked to my blog stats!

For March, I'm gonna take the opportunity again to take you Behind The Screen to see what tools I use to create my content and what's been going on during the month preceding this report. I then found inspiration from Charlie (of The Runner Beans) when she posted about "How much does it cost to run a blog?" and share my perspective too. 


March 2016


Advertising Income: £3.71

Affiliate Income: £6.73 

Collaborative &Sponsored Posts: £75  

Other Work & Consulting: £0  

Costs / Outgoings: £unrecorded 

Total March Page Views: 4,111


As Charlie rightly says, this question essentially equates to how long is a piece of string! So I'm gonna hang my piece of string up here as I go along and share with you... 

Blog Design - I used a graphic designer on Etsy I found after seeing some work he had done for some other blogging friends. This cost me about £110 (back on November 2014) and I used income from a blog post I had written to fund it. It was the turning point for me to start taking blogging a little more seriously. 

Hosting - I currently am hosted on Blogger so this costs me nothing. This does mean that essentially, Google or whoever "owns" my blog but right now, that works for me! 

Blog Photo's - I take all my own photos so the only expense came when I upgrade my camera to the Olympus PEN in late summer of 2015. I don't earn enough money (irrespective of the blog) to warrant having any professional photos taken that I need to pay for. 

Advertising - I very rarely spend on advertising. On the odd occasion I'll put a few quid into advertising a Facebook post because I feel it's valuable and want it to reach as many people as possible. I've promoted a tweet once and have no plans to really do it again to be honest. 



Workshops  & Events - Luckily for us Bloggers, there is so much going on that is free. So it's only on the odd occasion that I have to fund attending workshops. I recently attended a 'Painting with Light' workshop organised by Olympus which cost me just £10. 

When it comes to events I guess that's a whole other kettle of fish as you have to take into consideration the cost of travel (typically up to £12 return per event as I live out of town) plus the time it takes to travel there, spend there and then travel home. I think sometimes people forget how valuable time is... 

Camera Kit - Along with my new camera last summer, I also got an additional lens, tripod, extension thingy-ma-jiggy so I could use the flip down screen on the tripod, an extra light.... You can read all about the Olympus PEN E-PL7 and I {Right Here}. I recently just won a Narrative Clip 2 which is a little clip on lens that takes photographs at 30 second intervals and short 20 second videos. I'm planning on using it for capturing time-lapse videos and images at times / places where it may not be convenient to take my PEN. 

Fit Kit - I'm lucky enough to only need to spend money on kit that I really, really need. For example, I've just started training for L'Etape in September and realised I don't have a long sleeved jersey. I have an awesome short sleeved one from Ashmei but it doesn't have the pockets on the back that I really need when training rather than competing. I get provided with some kit as part of my role as a Studio Instructor, Personal Trainer and Fitness Blogger. 

When it comes to money, I'm so organised; it means that I am able to have more freedom in my life, to work less, have more free time and pursue my passions. I mean, I'm yet to make a living from blogging, but that was never the plan! 

So... anything I've missed that you'd be interested to know?! Are you thinking of starting a blog?!

Do you track your stats monthly?! 


Elle :) 


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8.4.16

Your Race Day Preparation Guide: Hydration with BRITA

One of the most popular posts on the blog is the 6 Day Race Day Preparation Guide which gives you one simple task to handle each day in the week leading up to your race or event. Essentially, I wrote it for myself as a way to get organised, ensure I cover all my bases and then have something to refer to each and every time I race which could also be updated with feedback shared with me!


I'm expanding that guide just a little in the run up to my next Half Marathon which will be Hackney Half Marathon on Sunday 8th May. But this topic, hydration, pertains not just to race day or running, but to all sports and for everybody each and every day!

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"Friday: Start Getting Hydrated"

Try your best to increase your fluid intake from today onwards. This will help your energy levels in the lead up to race day and keep you well hydrated! You have plenty of options including water (love me some sparkling), Vita Coco Water plus your tea and coffee counts too (although they can be dehydrating in large quantities and try to keep sugar to a minimum).

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I'm sure I'm not the only one who has set myself the goal of drinking my 8 cups of water per day only for it to trail off into the abyss of well meaning intentions...?! Hydration has been at the forefront of my mind since I competed a challenge with BRITA all the way back in January of 2014! As part of that challenge I was given a BRITA Fill&Go bottle and I can honestly say I have had one by my side ever since! ...In this post, I'll share with you how I've been using it as part of my training and not just daily life!


Running: Can you tell when you are dehydrated on race day?! ...For me, the run will feel uncomfortable, I will feel fatigued and usually have an awful headache. At this point, it's a little too late to fix it, hence why I highlight race day hydration a couple days before you are on the start line.

Training: I don't often carry water if my runs are less than an hour. Anything above that, you can either a) run a loop and leave your bottle somewhere safe (i.e home, with a friend) or b) carry some loose change and stop at a shop. These days, I'm a little more conscious of the environment so love the Fill&Go as it's reusable. Each filter disk can filter 20 litres of water, saving 40 plastic (500ml) water bottles and the plastic is also BPA free. All meaning that you save on bottled water, which reduces the output and waste of plastic.

Post Exercise: Don't forget hydration as part of your post exercise recovery routine too! I always feel like it's helping to flush toxins / lactic acid out of my body and keeping me energised! It's also best to sip water at regular intervals rather than consuming large amounts in one go!

Where To Buy Your BRITA Fill&Go ||  John Lewis || Amazon UK || Boots


As a little thank you for reading my blog, to get some feedback around hydration when running, and to help you along with your training, I'm running a little competition for you to win your own BRITA Fill&Go bottle!

How To Enter:

1. Vote in my Twitter Poll:


2.  Reply to the tweet containing the poll (and ensure you @ me - @X_eLle_S) and tell me what event you are training for and any other thoughts you'd like to share on hydration (here's some inspo: will you be at Hackney Half Marathon too?! Do you always drink 2L per day?! Do you find your performance significantly decreases if you don't drink enough?!)

I will pick the first (yep, I have one to giveaway each week all the way till Hackney Half Marathon) winner when the Twitter Poll ends! ...

Good Luck! 


Elle :) 


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Terms & Conditions: Open to residents of the United Kingdom only. Week One of the competition will end when the twitter poll expires. Once a name is drawn the winner will be contacted. A response is required within 48 hours. Winners details will be passed to the PR agency on behalf of BRITA who will ship your prize directly to you. Elle of keep it simpElle takes no responsibility for the prizes being given to winners.

6.4.16

Chocolate Strawberry Superfood Smoothie with Nutri Advanced

If you don't know already, I'm kinda into smoothies. I mean, I'm even in the midst of creating a business based on smoothies. So when challenged to create a chocolate smoothie using the new Superfood Plus from Nutri Advanced I could't turn it down!

Superfood plus is basically a blend of vegetables, fruits and supplements – including enzymes to support digestion, ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, green tea and reishi mushroom. It also contains Chocamine®, a patented, standardised cocoa-based ingredient that has no fat, sugar or caffeine. So all of the flavour and none of the so called "food guilt"?! (don't even get me started on associating food with emotions never mind negative ones like guilt! lol).

With Spring coming, I popped into the supermarket to see what was available to use as the base for my smoothie. I picked up (quite a few) strawberries along with some of the usual suspects that make it into my weekly shopping. Strawberries are synonymous with summer and Wimbledon here in England (seen as I missed everything Easter-y when the product launched! ...I mean, I was just too lazy to get out of bed to go buy an easter egg for an epic idea I had which will now just have to wait till 2017!).

In the meantime, here is what I came up with...

Chocolate Strawberry Superfood Smoothie



Ingredients 


1 banana (sliced and frozen)
handful of spinach
5 - 8 strawberries
1/3 cup greek yoghurt
1 scoop Chocolate Flavour Superfood Plus
120ml almond milk
1/2 - 1 tbsp peanut butter

Method: Pop everything into your blender and blitz until smooth.

So the first time I made this smoothie, I did what I always do. I seem to have a flair for missing ingredients or misreading recipes when it comes to cooking! ...On this occasion, I misread the amount of peanut butter and accidentally doubled it. Don't ask me how! ...It still tasted great though so depending on your love for peanut butter you can play around with the amount.

I chose these ingredients as I'm not a fan of added sugar (the Superfood Plus already contains a dash of stevia) and I love to get a good protein hit, hence the greek yoghurt and peanut butter!

Now that spring is here, what are your favourite ingredients to pop in your smoothies?! 

Elle :) 

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2.4.16

Margot vs Lily - The Series (Episode One)

When the New Year came in, Nike Women marked the occasion with their mini drama series, Margot vs Lily. All about two sisters who have a bet. But the thing is, when I watched the series (I only actually got up to Episode 5 - I have some catching up to do) I realised that some of the issues they brushed upon in the 5 minute videos were actually really serious issues and very thought provoking.

image from Nike Women FB
Catch up on the conversation - { Watch Episode One }

The Goals: 

Margot: to get 1000k subscribers on a fitness youtube channel

Lily: to acquire 3 real friends


Episode 1 - Resolutions

The first episode in the series starts off by clarifying how one sister is black yet the other is white. Highlighting not just adoption, but interracial families all in one hit. Then they make it so ordinary with the obvious sibling rivalry (I'm an only child, does this happen?!), personality clashes (creative vs sporty) and parents having favourites. No one talks about these things, do they?!

For me, two of the biggest themes in this episode is the place of online vs  real life relationships. With social media being a big part of our daily lives, it's sometimes hard to distinguish who are your actual friends. The boundaries have changed for methods of communication. I mean, is a Facebook status really the way to communicate big news to your actual friends?! 

image from Nike Women FB

Not only is it an interesting concept about friendships made on social media but the reality that it's actually very difficult to make friendships as an adult. Plaiting another girls ...woman's hair is no longer a legitimate way to decide that someone is your girl for life, eh?! 

My own personal experience is that, I'm not the person who is always arranging catch ups although more recently I certainly do try harder! I typically work the hours that my friends in 9-5 jobs have off which makes it difficult to find a mutually convenient time. As for making friends as an adult; I can certainly relate to that. I'm not longer friends with the group of girls I was ten years ago; when you grow older, it seems that it's possible to have different goals for life which your friends may not necessarily share. The process of losing friends is one of grieving, however, when you meet new people who share your passion then friendships are even more fulfilling. For me, not having been born in London, I'll never have "that friend" who has known me since I was 3 years old, But y'know what, a good friend doesn't need to have known me my whole life... 

What are your thoughts on the topics covered in Episode One?! 

Elle :) 


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