Beet berry smoothie bowl

Beet-berry smoothie bowl

The trouble with putting weird ingredients in your smoothies is that you’re never quite sure how the end result will taste.

Then, by the time you’ve blended the whole thing up, if it tastes bad you’ve wasted perfectly good food (and in my case you’re left without brekkie).

Luckily this experiment worked!

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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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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…)

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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‘Mulled wine’ smoothie

Mulled wine smoothie landscape

It’s been a while since I posted a new smoothie recipe.

They’re amazing for packing nutrients into your body at the start of the day – fill them up with fruit and large handfuls of veg and you’ve got a delicious healthy treat to fuel your body with at breakfast.

So, knowing the inevitable spread of overindulgence that awaits us all tomorrow (not that I’m complaining at all!), I thought I’d create a seasonal smoothie treat to fuel the body with on Christmas morning.

Introducing my ‘mulled wine’ smoothie!

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Cinnamon and cherry overnight oats

Cherry overnight oats

I’m loving overnight oats at the moment, and these cinnamon and cherry overnight oats are a deliciously calming way to start the working week.

That’s right – some studies suggest that eating tart cherries in particular can reduce stress and even help you sleep better. Now, I’m no nutritionist, but I’m open to eating anything that both tastes good and potentially reduces anxiety! Plus, adding cherries to overnight oats is such an easy way to get some mood-boosting antioxidants in the morning, especially if you’re running out of the house to catch a train early doors.

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Pre-race brunch: quinoa kedgeree

Quinoa kedgereeAnother breakfast/brunch recipe to continue my celebration of National Breakfast Month!

I could eat breakfast all day – love the stuff! Toast is definitely my vice – sweet, syrupy granola comes a close second though!

However, I’m well aware of how a good breakfast can fuel you for the rest of the day. And, since I’m set to do my first ever 5K run event later on today, I wanted a recipe rich in both iron and protein to see me through.

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