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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

 

 

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Pum recommends…Meatless Monday

Meatless Monday isn’t a new concept to me.  I’ve previously come across it and dismissed it on many a blog.  I just love meat so much!

I mean, I completely understand why some people choose not to eat meat and respect their reasons, but that’s just not for me at this point in time.

However… that being said the more I’ve read about Meatless Monday recently, the more I’m totally on board with it!

Forgoing meat for at least one day a week isn’t actually about trying to turn people vegetarian.  Going meatless could reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. And going meatless once a week can also help reduce carbon footprint and save the world’s resources like fossil fuels and fresh water.

When you put it like that it’s quite hard to argue with!

So tonight I’m embracing Meatless Monday and having scrambled eggs, baked beans on rye bread.  Simple but pretty good!

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I do genuinely tend to have a fairly good mix of vegetarian meals and those with meat, so here’s a few meal ideas that I’ve enjoyed over the past week to help you through Meatless Monday

 

Sweet Potato Chickpea Salad with Pesto from the gorgeous Kirsty.

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Peppers stuffed with sweet potato and halloumi served with quinoa and sauerkraut (courtesy of Josh).

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And super speedy prawns with vegetable rice (straight from freezer for emergency hunger!).

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Pum x

Pum’s favourite recipes…Tasty Turkey Chili

This is my tried and tested recipe for turkey chili.  I love beef chili but like to mix it up and use turkey now and again for something a little lighter.

I usually make a big batch of this and freeze off portions.  Then when I fancy having some for lunch or dinner I just defrost overnight.

This is great with quinoa, brown rice, baked jacket or sweet potatoes!

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Pum’s Tasty Turkey Chili

Ingredients
  1. 500g lean turkey mince
  2. 1 onion, chopped
  3. 2 red peppers, chopped
  4. 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  5. 1 tin kidney beans
  6. 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  7. 2 tbsp. chili powder
  8. 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  9. 1 tsp. cumin
  10. 300ml stock (I prefer beef stock to make it richer)
  11. 1 tbsp. olive oil
What Pum did
  1. Heated the oil in a large pot and browned the turkey mince.
  2. Added the onion and cooked until soft.
  3. Mixed in all other ingredients and left to bubble for 30-45 mins until sauce thickened (remembering to stir occasionally).

 

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This is so tasty and you can totally adapt the spices to your own preference.

It’s also deeeelicious with some grated cheese melted on top for an extra treat!!

 

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

Pum’s favourite recipes…Amazing Asparagus, Lentil and New Potato Salad

I mentioned in my most recent Recipe Roundup that I was keen to try the ‘Spring Celebration Salad’ from Green Kitchen Stories.  I was having the girls round for dinner this week and it was the perfect opportunity to try!

Soooo easy and tasty I would definitely recommend giving this one a go.

The full recipe is found here but as usual I didn’t follow the recipe exactly…

I couldn’t find fresh chives in the supermarket so used dried instead and found these worked fine!

Instead of using sugar peas as the recipe suggested I used shelled garden peas and blanched them in boiling water for just a minute or 2 to leave some of the crunch.

I also used my preferred method of preparing asparagus, roasting…

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And as there was no instruction on how to cook the lentils I boiled for 40 mins in vegetable stock for added flavour…

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This is a really delicious and filling salad.  One I’ll be making again for sure!

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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

 

 

Pum recommends…TRX Training

Before I started regularly going to the gym I’d never heard of, let alone tried, TRX training.  Initially the contraption looked scary and one I’d stay far away from at the gym.  Then after being shown how to use it plus a few simple exercises by one of my lovely gym instructors I have really enjoyed bringing this into my workouts.

TRX basically uses suspension to make normally bodyweight exercises much tougher.  It’s great for strength training but you can also incorporate cardio/plyo moves.

The best thing about TRX is that it can be used most places; in the gym, at home or traveling.  You just need to set it up over something like a door that can be fixed or even a sturdy tree if you like to workout outside.  The website here gives you all the info you need to set up.

Here’s some of the basic moves I like to use.  After a couple of circuits with 10-20 reps each you’ll be feeling the burn for sure!

 

One leg squat

Using the TRX for support, lift one leg and squat low.

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One leg lunge

Secure one leg in the TRX and lunge low (balance is key in this one).

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Standing row

Use the TRX to pull your body upright (the lower the starting point the harder).

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Jump squat

Similar to a normal jump squat, the support of the TRX will help you squat lower and jump higher.

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Standing press

I think of this as a standing push-up (the lower the starting point the harder).

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Plank variations

Securing your feet in the TRX and planking is tough enough but there are so many variations such as; swinging forward and backwards, reaching out and tapping alternate hands and bringing your knees up to your chest and back down.  Definitely keeps it interesting!

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For me it’s important not to get bored in the gym, especially if that’s mainly where you do your exercise.  I did a TRX workout today that my gym buddy Kasia came up with, one of us on the TRX and one using the bench then alternating.  4 different circuits with 2 exercises, 10 reps each, for 3 rounds.  Tough but fun!

 

If you’ve not tried it I definitely recommend checking out if your gym stocks the equipment and having a go!  The full professional kit can be quite expensive to buy but there are much cheaper alternatives out there from the likes of Amazon, Argos and even Aldi if you decide it’s for you.

 

Pum x