Rain, rain, go away pretty please

Evening all- what a windy and cold day! I think we were spoilt with the weekend weather.

Yesterday was a good rest day, I did a bit more baking to stock up the freezer. I was going to make apple and carrot muffins (they freeze well and are yummy for lunch with a bit of PB) but then I decided to try them in a tray, as at the moment my brownie pan is my fave cooking utensil. So anyway, I followed the recipe only I forgot the oil (whoops), but actually, they turned out pretty nice.

(Sorry it is a bit blurry).

So in one bowl mix 2 eggs, 120g agave (I used half rice syrup), 100ml milk and tsp vanilla (this is also suppoed to have 50ml sunflower oil but I forgot), then add in 230g flour (I did half white spelt and half wholemeal spelt), assorted spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice), 1 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp bicarb. Finally stir in 2 grated carrots, 2 grated apples and 50g chopped dates. Bake in the brownie pan 170C for about 25-30 minutes. Slice when cool. They are lovely and moist, but not very sweet, so if you like sweet cakes the maybe add in some more sugar. But I love them like this as they are delish with a bit of nut butter or something.

I also tried some of the Mulu chocolate;

The only ingredients are raw cacao mass, raw agave nectar, raw cacao butter, sunflower lecithin and bourbon vanilla. The little box has 9 squares, and a couple is enough. It has a similar texture to the conscious dark; almost a bit bubbly, or crumbly. Delish. I had it with some Teapigs chilli chai (which reminds me- don’t forget to enter the giveaway– the more recipes the merrier)- I was so nervous of trying it in case it tasted like salsa (what was I thinking?) but in fact it was lovely- like normal chai but amped up- a bit spicier.

Today after work I braved the rain (although the running fairy was with me as it was hardly raining at all)- I also braved the wind and the cold! It was interval time today, but I did less of a warm up and cool down (just under a mile each) and then one mile running intervals. It was pretty good and by the end (28 mins) my legs had at least warmed up. I also did level 2 shred today, and I am thinking that I need to get some heavier dumbells as the ones I am using are now feeling pretty easy (for all except the shoulder stuff- I find that the hardest in body pump too).

On a side note, did anyone see the New York marathon yesterday? It took me ages to find it (partly because I got the time difference the wrong way around so when I was up doing work at 8am I was thinking it was nearly be finished- whoopsie) but I did see a lot of the elite runners. My fave part was when the “normal” runners went over the start line to “New York New York” blaring over the tannoy! So, well done anyone who did it 🙂 and in fact who did any race over the weekend- there are stilla few about.

Hibernation

Evening all

Mmmmm banana bread! 🙂

It feels like the middle of the night already! Luckily I had no runs planned for today- I am on a long one tomorrow and already did one on Monday and Wednesday. Plus I walked into the washing machine door last night and bashed up my knee- a bruise and cut and everything. And I had to wait in for the shopping to be delivered. On my drive home it was really bad visibility from all the spray, but there were still car without lights on. Madness! So I was glad to come home and shut all the blinds etc!

So in tribute to hibernation (unfortunately I can’t actually hibernate) I did the next best thing and came home, had a cup of tea (teapigs chai) and watched Cupcake wars on the TV. 🙂 I also made some banana bread- the lower fat recipe from Veganomicon – only I used Rice Malt Syrup instead of molasses for a lighter flavour. Although I have made it before (that time I forgot the baking powder) I didn’t use the cups to measure this time, I just chucked it all in and hoped for the best. It made it super easy, and it turned out pretty good. I made it in a brownie pan so it cooked in about 25 minutes, and it smells so good!

Tonight I am having pumpkin pasta (hooray)- I made it the other day so it only needs heating up- gotta love a quick and easy dinner.

So, fave easy dinners? And fave easy hibernation activities?

PS- don’t forget my Teapigs giveaway.

Bonfires?

Woohoo! Body Pump was great tonight! I kept with the higher weights, and the last few weeks my legs were realy shaking in the tracks after the squats, but this week I was ok. It is amazing how quickly you adapt to things isn’t it? I am so tired now though.

It was another busy day at work (busy but fun- lots of fireworks themed stuff) but I was excited to get a few parcels in the post. I am looking forward to trying them over the next couple of weeks.

Beet it beetroot shots. Apparently it helps you work harder during exercise, and it also apparently does not taste like beetroot. Which is good, as I love beetroot but I am not sure if I would like to drink it! Anyway, I will let you all know what it is like when I try it.

Also some yummy looking raw chocolate. I am sure it will not take me long to try it! Raw= healthy, right?? 😉

So at work today we were learning about Guy Fawkes, and we finished by talking about why fireworks were used to remember it, and also people putting Guys on bonfires. It made me think, I do not think I have ever seen that. My middle school used to have a bonfire at the fireworks display (without a Guy though), but normally now there are just fireworks displays- anyone still go to a proper bonfire? Or have a proper bonfire? (it does not count if you are burning garden waste!).

Meal out

Evening all 🙂

Last night I had aerobics, which was fun as usual. I also had the last piece of my pumpkin gingerbread 🙁  But on the up side, I have loads of new recipes to try, thanks for all the suggestions already on the teapigs giveaway.

After work today I had planned a run, and even though traffic was awful and I was home later than planned, I made myself go out. I did about a mile of steady running as a warm up, then spent the next mile and a half running intervals (20 counts fast, 20 counts slower as recovery- probably works out as 45 seconds each but I don’t time it), then another mile or so to cool down. Nothing interesting to report, but I was feeling very tired by the time I got back. Work has been busy and I only managed a 10 minute lunch, and I hate eating fast, so I think partly that was why I felt tired.

Anyhoo, once showered and tidied up, the two of us went out for dinner. Ages ago Andy set us up a challenge on Nike+ (loser buys dinner)- to run the most miles before the start of October. At first we were neck and neck, but in the end I took the prize! We went to Prezzo (have not been there for ages) and they do a new thing now- smaller flatbread pizzas with salads (or smaller bowls of pasta with salad) instead of one massive pizza. I had a lovely flatbread pizza with yellow and red cherry tomatoes and mozzerella. I like the current trend of restaurants making “lighter choices” on the menu- like those pizza express ones with the holes in the middle. It is so easy when eating out to eat way too much food, so I like it when they give an portion controlled option.

Actually what was most exciting was that my new boots got a proper outing- they have only been to Waitrose to get pumpkin before today haha!

Night

Upping those weights

Morning all!

I had fun at body pump last night- hooray! I got home from work after such a busy day (lunch time meetings- bleurgh) and teated myself to some teapigs chocolate tea. As it was so cold, by the time the time came for me to leave, I was very tempted to stay at home. Anyway, I added an extra amount of weight to the squats track, as I am not finding this one as hard as the last one. The actual squats were fine, but it is getting the bar back off my shoulders that is so hard! I kept to my normal weights after that, and my legs werre really shaky during the back and lunges track- they were feeling the effects of the extra weights at the beginning! They are wobbly this morning too!

Once home I tried a Chocolate Banana Mule bar (a special re-fuel one).

It had a nice chewy texture, and every now and then a little crunch (13% almonds). The banana flavour was like natural dried banana coins (the chewy ones, not the ones baked in honey) but I am not keen on dried banana, so it was not my favourite. On the plus side, a 65g bar gave me 14g protein and 253 cals, and it seemed very substantial.

Also, I missed a parcel the other day and picked it up from the post office on my way to work yesterday. Look what I got;

What a cute bag. The contents are even better;

I cannot wait to try them! I decided to order the sample pack as I am running low on all things nakd, so I want to be able to order them so they come during half term.

I love the texture of the gluten free ones (esp cocoa orange and gingerbread) more than the normal oat ones, so I have high hopes for these. Andy decided he liked the look of the cocoa mint one, and I must say that looks like it might become my fave- a while ago on facebook and by email they asked for new flavour ideas- I think I sent them a massive list (carrot cake, peanut butter, cherry) and choc mint was one (I am not claiming credit, just saying how much I am looking forward to it!).

Anyone tried these yet?

Right, one more day (training) and then it’s half term. Hoping for a run after work so later guys!