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Pumspiration…Monday Motivation

It’s the start of a new week and I’m forgetting the sins of the weekend (cough sticky peacan bourbon pudding!) and starting afresh.

My morning started in work with a cup of coffee and my breakfast of porridge with cashew butter.  I used a sachet of Moma Super Seeds with a tsp. of Pip & Nut’s Honey Cinnamon Cashew Butter (looooove this stuff).

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At around 11am I had a satsuma and a plum (from our garden, more plums to follow throughout the day!).  I also had around 1.5l water…I drink a lot!

At 12pm it was time for the gym and today I did a workout from Polish fitness goddess Ewa Chodakowska.  I went with my gym buddy Kasia and we just youtube’d her 40 min Skalpel workout on the big screen in the gym…now this one burned!  The video is in Polish but we just muted the sound, turned up the tunes and followed her moves.  If you’ve not heard about her I seriously recommend you check her out!

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Lunch was a green pepper stuffed with lentils and mixed veg (from our work canteen and pretty tasty) along with a banana, another plum and more water.

Around 3pm I had a cup of tea with milk and a granny smith apple.

En route home I did a big shop for the week.  Josh and I are going to try to be really good for the  next 2 weeks before our holidays (me to New Zealand and Singapore and him to America!) so I loaded up on fruit, veg and lean meats.

I put on a big batch of vegetable lentil soup and made a quick dinner of an easy tuna nicoise.

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I’ll probably have some more fruit before bed but all in all a good Monday.  Here’s hoping I can keep it up!

 

Pum x

 

 

Pumspiration…Recent Recipe Roundup

Here’s my recipes to try in August…

 

Roasted  Salmon with Watermelon Salsa

This looks so fresh and summery, here’s hoping we get some sunny weather to go with it!

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with hot Honey Drizzle

A really simple idea but I’m sure a delicious one.

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Cinnamon Stresuel Banana Almond Muffins

Of course my eye wanders to the sweet recipes I come across.  This sounds so yummy I love cinnamon so much!

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Millet Tabbouleh

I remember first being introduced to tabbouleh by big sis Biff when I visited her in Dubai.  Another fresh recipe this is ahhhmazing with hummus.  Can’t wait to try the millet version!

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Sweet Potato Chickpea Salad with Pesto

I go through phases of being really into pesto and then forgetting about it completely.  This recipe sparked my interest so I’ll definitely be whipping up some pesto during the week for various meals.

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Baked AB&J French Toast Oatmeal

Yum yummy yum yum yum!

How good does this look?! As a lover of all nut butters and porridge this one has to be tried!

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Pum x

 

Pumspiration…Newest Recipes

Newest recipe inspiration from my favourite blogs!

 

Madeleine Shaw

Red Lentil and Harissa Hummus

My preferred healthy snack is definitely fruit but I know it’s probably better for me if I vary it with veggies so this hummus caught my eye.  I looove lentils and think this sounds like a really tasty combination and great way to up the veggie snacking!

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Fit Foodie Finds

Whole Grain Blender Breakfast Muffins

These muffins sound like a great grab-n-go breakfast and I’m pretty sure they would freeze well too.  With pureed strawberries and bananas they definitely appeal to my sweet tooth!

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Whole Nourishment

Stuffed Zucchini with Quinoa Mint & Feta

I think this recipe would be great for having friends round either as a starter or along with salad.  The flavours of mint and feta are great for transforming simple veg into a really flavoursome dish, can’t wait to try this one!

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Faring Well

Lentil & Cucumber Salad w/ Dijon Dressing & a Savory Scone

Another one with lentils sorry can’t resist!  I bet the Dijon dressing on this is yuuum!!!

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And finally…

 

Livia’s Kitchen

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bourbon

CHOCOLATE

PEANUT BUTTER

BOURBON

Need I say more…?

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Pum x

Pumspiration…Recipe Roundup

Recipe roundup over the past few weeks has been looking goooooood.  Here’s my list of saved recipes from my favourite blogs…

Hemsley + Hemsley

Celeriac Spaghetti + Kale Carbonara

Who’d have thought of spiralizing celeriac?!  Not me anyway…I love celeriac, can’t wait to give this one a go!

 

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Madeleine Shaw

Lentils with Roasted Aubergine and Tahini Dressing

My love affair with aubergine continues and I’m having a real thing for lentils just now so this one is right up my street.

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IQuitSugar

Baked One-Pot Coconut Fish Curry

A bit rich coming from me  but I do love the blog IQuitSugar and it has some really great recipes.  This one seems dead easy and looks very tasty!

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Fit Foodie Finds

Thai Peanut Chicken Salad

Peanuts, peanuts, peanuts…yum!

 

Green Kitchen Stories

Spring Celebration Salad

I mentioned in one of my recent posts here that I’m really keen to keep going with the salads over summer so always on the lookout for a combination I’ve not tried.

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The Wheatless Kitchen

Toasted Coconut Stovetop Granola

How bloomin’ wonderful does this look?  Love the taste (and smell) of toasted coconut…

 

 

There recipes should keep me busy in the kitchen…for a little while at least!

 

Pum x

 

 

Pumspiration…Thursday Thoughts

I’m so happy it’s June aaaaaand it actually feels like summer!!

I must admit I’m in a very happy mood and pretty content with all that’s going on.  Here’s some of my food and fitness thoughts motivating me this week.

 

Keep Walking…

I’m still using my Vivofit (see why I recommend a fitness tracker here) and as the weather’s been so lovely I’ve been trying to make the most of it and get outside.

Over the past couple of weeks my step count has been consistently good but this is mainly due to some long walks, hill walking and jogging.  With a desk job I do really need to make a conscious effort and the only way I get my steps over the recommended 10,000 a day is to actually do something!

 

Last weekend we went up Tinto.  I definitely preferred charging up the hill than stumbling my way down (falling, cutting my knee and ending up in a bad mood with Josh for laughing at me…woops).

I’ve noticed a lot of fitness improvements over the last year – stamina, muscle strength, flexibility – but balance is NOT one of them!

 

Summer Salads…

I’m going to definitely try this month to eat more salads for dinner.  Whenever I make one I really enjoy eating it and feel great for it!   And they don’t have to be boring…I just need to make sure I’m doing a more regular shop to keep plenty fresh veg to hand.

The other night I had a delicious salad of rocket and loads of chilli prawns with some olives.

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Really quick, easy, filling, tasty…winner!

 

Power Breakfasts…

I’m definitely being more dedicated in my exercise routine these days and while I feel I can actually last on a small breakfast and maybe just soup for lunch, hunger often catches up on me in the evenings if I’ve done a particularly tough class during the day.

I need to not be afraid to have a big breakfast in the morning to get me going for the day.  As long as I focus on not overeating later at night.

A big breakfast for me is porridge, overnight oats or maybe something like wholewheat toast, peanut butter and a banana…

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…which I bloomin’ love!

 

Just a few Thursday thoughts but they should be easy enough to stick to for the month and hopefully I’ll feel better for it.

 

Pum x

Pumspiration…Recent Eats April

I can’t believe it’s nearly May, cliché but this year is flying in!

Thought it was about time I did a roundup of my recent meals.  I’m pleased to say I’m back in the gym having gone 4 days last week and 4 days this week…so back into my usual routine which I’m really enjoying.

Food-wise I’ve been eating well.  And by well I don’t necessarily mean ‘healthy’, but I’ve had some delicious meals recently and am caring a bit less about the ‘bad’ ones…or just happy to find a bit of balance!

Here goes…

Porridge Queen

Yes I’m still very much enjoying my porridge! A recent favourite being oats made with water and vanilla protein powder, chia seeds and topped with almond butter dried fruit and pistachios…

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Speaking of pistachios, I can’t seem to get enough of them.  I know they’re quite high calorie but I try to stick to them in the morning to give me a good amount of energy before the lunchtime gym classes.

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New Recipes

I mentioned in a recent post here that I was dying to try this recipe for 20 minute basil cashew chicken and it did not disappoint.  So easy and really tasty!!  Highly recommend!

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Eating Out

I have been eating out a little more than usual but somehow I keep forgetting to snap my meals (I love it but I know some people don’t like folk taking food pictures!).  I went for a meal with my mum and Chris last week and ordered a chicken and chorizo risotto…a bit naughty but worth it.

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Eating with Friends

I’ve mentioned before but I’m really lucky to have a few friends that really know how to pull a dish together.  I recently had dinner at Catriona’s where she threw together a wrap-pizza in a matter of minutes that was just what we needed on an early summer’s night dining in the garden (on that note it’s snowing today in Scotland…make up your mind weather!!!).

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This week I’ve also been round to Sarra’s where she made immense fresh Vietnamese spring rolls.  The picture does not do justice, this was before assembly of the spring rolls but I was just too keen to tuck in!

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Sweets have been a bit of an enemy the past few weeks.  I just keep getting offered so many treats!  Cheesecake that my boyfriend’s mum saved for me, dumpling from my papa’s birthday (2 nights in a row), soooo much chocolate in work…help I can’t resist!

 

Oh well gotta have balance and still fitting happily into my smaller sized clothes so I won’t complain too much.

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Pum x

 

Pumspiration…Current ‘To Try’ Recipes

What a couple of weeks it’s been…not bad just busy both in work and socially!

The gym’s been sliding a bit as I’ve not been feeling 100% and I’ve not been all that adventurous with my cooking (few sickness issues but just need to get used to my sensitive stomach I think).  Soooo in light of this I’ve been keenly reading my favourite blogs and saving the recipes I can’t wait to try soon!

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Spring Quinoa Lemon & Herb Salad

I’m still loving my homemade soup for lunch but if (and that’s a big if) the weather changes for the better I bet this quinoa salad would make for a welcome change.

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Half Baked Harvest

20 Minute Basil Cashew Chicken

I love the flavours of both basil and cashew nuts so I’m looking forward to trying this combination!

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Gimme Some Oven

My All-Time Favourite Gumbo

I have NEVER tried, let alone cooked gumbo.  But any time I hear mention of it (e.g. in a film…Bubba’s mumma’s gumbo anyone?) I have a total craving for it!

When I saw this come up on one of my favourite blogs I knew this was one for me to try.

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Skinny Kitchen

Skinny Chicken and Spinach Quiche

The recipes on Skinny Kitchen are great because they have a really useful nutritional guide section…take this quiche, it only has 227 kcal per portion.  While I don’t usually calorie count I think this would be a fab recipe to save for days I’m wanting to cut back a little!

 

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I could spend hours looking through blogs for foodie inspiration, I just love it!  Any new blogs I should have a look at?

 

Pum x