Apple and basil breakfast smoothie

Apple and basil smoothie

I read an article recently on how being healthy has become kinda trendy of late.

Supermarkets are stocking foods like kale and quinoa as commonplace, picking up a green juice instead of a coffee in the morning no longer elicits cries of “Ooh get you being all healthy!”, and passing on Saturday night vino for fear of messing up Sunday’s training plans is definitely less ‘frowned upon’.

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A like, a link and a learning #3

Phew we made it to Sunday – the traditional day of rest!

I realise I’m late with this week’s like, link and learning post, but it’s been a super busy one! And a lot of it’s been taken up with my weekly learning…

A learning…

Mortgages.

Ever since I left school, I never minded learning something new by accident. You know, like when you accidentally stumble across a link to a fun online fact, or gaining a top tip while reading your favourite magazine. But when you need to pro-actively teach yourself something to live life as an actual grown up, it feels like a lot of hard work!

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Roasted vegetable aubergine bruschetta

Roasted aubergine bruschetta

I’m sure you’ve asked someone this question at least once today: have you given up anything for lent?

I never usually do (I don’t trust my own willpower!) but after learning to live life sugar free in January, then failing spectacularly to continue the challenge with a brownie binge last weekend, lent’s given me the perfect excuse to try it out for another 40 days.

The one thing I know I’ll miss (aside from chocolate and cake) is store-bought bread. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it tastes nicer than making your own, but it is a lot easier to grab on a lunchtime sandwich run!

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Mastering the art of the early morning workout

Sometimes, being obsessively organised pays off. 

Most of the time it’s not worth the stress but sometimes, just sometimes it pays off! And when it comes to early morning workouts, I’ve learned that a bit of organisation can really help.

I’m definitely a fan of working out in the morning. Not only does it set you up for the day, it gets the sweaty, exhausting, painful part of the day out of the way first! The problem is, if I’m not disciplined about it, I’m 100% more likely to hit the snooze button and stay snuggled up in bed (ya know, like a normal person!)

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A like, a link and a learning #2

It’s nearly Valentine’s Day!

I don’t know why I’m so excited – we never celebrate it ‘properly’.  Not that I can say I long for massive teddy bears cluttering up our tiny flat or boxes of chocolates tempting me away from living life sugar free right now either!

But after nine Valentine’s Days together it’s nice having an excuse to cook a nice meal, and enjoy a bit of time out just the two of you practising living life ‘worry free’. Which brings me to this week’s like… (more…)

Raw cacao overnight oats

Raw cacao overnight oats

What’s your Valentine’s Day habit?

I say ‘habit’ because, well when you’re with someone for a while you tend to stick to a bit of a V-day tradition!

Ours? An M&S meal + wine for £10 (or Waitrose if we’re feeling fancy!)

This year though there’ll be no ready meals on the table. That’s mostly because I’m attempting to stick to a no sugar diet – and Mr Rinroad’s basically on one by default! (more…)

Five rules for decluttering your wardrbobe

I’ve got my organising hat on.

love a good wardrobe declutter and since mine’s been bursting at the seams for a while now, this weekend I decided it was time to sort it out.

Now, there are two types of people in this world – those who reckon there’s nothing better than a regular clothing clear out, and those who still have six pairs of 90s flares gathering dust at the back of their closets!

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A like, a link and a learning #1

Happy Friday everyone!

I hope your week has been ok. Mine’s definitely been busy, but I’m gearing up for a nice, free weekend so I can’t complain too much!

Anyway, I thought I’d try doing more of a regular blog post. You’ve probably noticed my blogging is kind of sporadic. I’d love to say it’s because I’m trying out different blogging patterns to see what does and doesn’t work, but the truth is I’m just lazy!

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Quinoa stuffed peppers

Quinoa stuffed pepper

There are certain foods you should always have handy. Quinoa is one of them. Peppers are the other.

These two foods are so versatile – you can cook them into just about any meal. But I’ve found you can make a particularly tasty last-minute dinner when you pair the two together.

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Strawberry mojito overnight oats

Strawberry mojito overnight oats

Much as I love meal planning and food prep, I realise the fact that I have time to do it every week makes me pretty lucky. 

To be honest, if I didn’t think that what I eat has an impact on my mood, I probably wouldn’t bother. Having a daily meal plan can be restrictive (it’s not the same as just picking up whatever you fancy on the way home from work) and food prep is most definitely time consuming (thank goodness my Sundays are usually relatively free!)

But, since I reckon a healthier diet is helping me to live life ‘worry free’, the time I spend drinking coffee, browsing recipe books and writing shopping lists each week is time I’ve learned to love.

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