“Colds are bums”

What can I say, I have regressed to my childish self! This was a common phrase I used when I was younger- everything bad was “a bum”. Well this cold really is! So I decided to give myself a head start in my recovery with my breakfast- a Recovery Green Monster:DSC03780

Well, this was actually just a regular GM topped with Grape Nuts, but GM’s are chock full of vitamins, iron and all sorts of other good stuff, so bring on the quick recovery! Smile

And what is the second best way to cure colds after Green Monsters? Retail therapy of course! Smile with tongue outarticle-0-01AEDF4800000578-22_468x315_popup

This is the Bluewater shopping centre- the second largest in the UK! I love it Smile

I decided to look around the book store first, as one of the Christmas presents I opened last week was a gift card for Waterstones. I came across ‘The Kind Diet’…DSC04499

…and basically spent half an hour reading it in store! I’m pretty sure this isn’t allowed, but it seemed quite good! I also seriously contemplated buying this book:DSC04500

It seemed really good- tons of good recipes and every one had pictures! I love recipe books with pictures! Smile

Other buys included some running gloves (I had a £5 Sweatshop voucher I had to use by today, and so they came to £3!) and two lots of dark chocolate:DSC04509

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I also saw the movie ‘Unstoppable’, which was really good! So exciting the whole way through! I may have consumed a fair amount of dark chocolate whilst watching…! Winking smile

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I bought lunch from a cafe- I had organic tomato and basil soup, with brown bread.DSC04502

I had this light lunch at about 4pm, because I have spent the whole day snacking! Eats included about a thousand servings of my (addictive!) favourite granola:DSC04497

A Trek bar:DSC04498

Rice cakes topped with Marmite and PB:DSC04399

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And a ton of other unpictured things! It’s just one of those days…

Because of all the snacking, dinner was light too, and was good old beans on toast (my homemade bread!):DSC04513

Followed by soya yoghurt and a huge blob strawberry jam:DSC04516

I then proceeded to finish off the jam by eating it straight from the jar! I do love jam! Smile with tongue outDSC04517

As soon as I got back, some serious present wrapping ensued!DSC04519

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My group of close friends and I do a ‘Secret Santa’ every year, which is great because it saves you money, is more fun, and you get a better present that you actually want! This is for my Secret Santa:DSC04526

It’s a CD and a book that she requested, so I know she’ll love it! I can’t wait to see what I get! Open-mouthed smile

So tell me, what are the best movies you’ve seen recently? Unstoppable makes my list, as does HP7 obviously! And what are your favourite snacks?

Hope you’ve had a great weekend! Smile

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Pressures from the blog world…?

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That is a beautiful sight, no? A breakfast Green Monster with plenty of cereal blended in and topped with Grape Nuts. Lovely, but I missed the warmth of oatmeal a bit actually, seeing as it was actually snowing (very lightly) where I live this morning! Do warm Green Monsters exist by any chance? Smile with tongue outDSC03145

Mid-morning snack was soya yoghurt with granola:DSC04131

I seriously can’t get enough of this Bodymatter granola! Open-mouthed smile

In the evening, I went to my first ever BodyPump class!bodypump

Man alive this definitely works your muscles! My arms especially are seriously aching right now! It was tough, but I really enjoyed it, and will be back for more next week! Smile

As I used up the last of my oat milk in this morning’s GM, I popped into Tesco’s to buy more, and continue my quest to find my favourite non-dairy/soya milk. Today was the turn of:89cdb2251563f447cc23e436fc56d75885d78113

Coconut milk! I’m going to try this tomorrow morning Smile Still left to try: almond, rice, and any others I come across! It’ll be difficult to beat oat milk, as I love that! Open-mouthed smile

On that non-dairy note, I just thought I’d talk about pressures from the (healthy living) blog community. Yesterday I got an email from a reader saying that she thought the blog world was starting to feel pressurised, and wanted to know what were my thoughts on that. She mentioned the pressures of vegetarianism/veganism, comparisons and running.

As far as vegetarianism/veganism is concerned, I do see her point about pressure. It seems as though most healthy living bloggers are either vegetarian or vegan, for whatever reason (myself included!). Although I’m not a vegan, I do try to eat a mainly vegan diet, but have done so since pre-blogging days because of animal welfare reasons. I have to admit though, I have even felt ashamed once of posting a meal that contained cheese, because I felt that vegan bloggers would look down on me because my meal contained a dairy product. Was this an irrational and silly thought? Probably! And none of the blogs I’ve read have been disparaging to omnivorous diets, but what do you think? Do you feel pressured to become vegetarian/vegan if you aren’t already? Have blogs caused you to change your diet?

Comparisons are something we all do, even just unconsciously when reading other people’s blogs. I’ve noticed I especially do that as far as running is concerned. For example, reading that someone has just done a 20 mile run, or run 7.00 min/miles on an ‘easy’ run can make you feel less ‘worthy’, after running a slower 4 miler, and I know I’ve often felt this way. I just try to remember that we are all different, and that what is within one person’s capabilities isn’t necessarily within mine, but my achievements are just as great. I also have felt guilty over the fact I don’t work out every day, when some people do, but again, I have to remind myself that this doesn’t work for me–  my body needs rest days, whereas other people might be fine with it.

So thoughts on this topic? How would you respond to this reader’s question?

Chocolaty Green Monster

Remember yesterday’s oatmeal/green monster breakfast dilemma? Well today was the turn of the Green Monster. Oh yes, it’s spinach time:spinach

My sweet tooth was raging this morning, and so I decided to put a chocolaty twist on my Green Monster this morning. Enter the Chocolaty Green Monster.

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  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3/4 cup soya milk
  • 3-6 teaspoons cocoa powder, depending on how chocolaty you like it!
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • toppings of choice (I used Grape Nuts)

Alas though, I had no cocoa powder!! Surprised smile I know, I know! I searched all the cupboards, high and low, and the best replacement I could come up with was this:cadbury-highlights

Instant light hot chocolate powder! My mum loves this stuff, so we have a ton of it in the house. Wasn’t quite as good as cocoa powder, but is lighter and still gave the Green Monster a lovely chocolaty taste! Would still go with normal cocoa powder in the future though Smile with tongue out The finished product:DSC03780

Lovely and thick, just how I like it! And stirring in the Grape Nut topping gives it such a great crunchy texture! Smile

Mid-morning snack continued the chocolaty theme:DSC03785

A Cocoa Loco Nakd bar! My favourite flavour so far I think, but I have so many still to try!

Lunch was at my grandma’s house. She’s still not quite getting the whole vegetarian cooking thing yet…DSC03790

That was my main meal, that I managed to snap a quick picture of before she caught me! Smile with tongue out Yes, it is broccoli covered in masses of melted cheese! But aah well, there are always roasties!DSC03791

So for those of you who, like me, have specific dietary requirements, do people generally deal with that well when cooking for you? What’s the strangest/worst thing someone has made for you? The last time I was round my grandma’s, she served me a ready meal ‘Vegetarian Moussaka’, which would have been fine, except for the fact that she hadn’t cooked/defrosted it properly, so it was literally frozen solid in the middle! Smile with tongue out

Have a great evening everyone! Open-mouthed smile

Green Monster Morning!

Thought I’d do a quick breakfast post…any guesses what I had? Smile with tongue out I’ll give you a clue: it began with these ingredients…

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2 handfuls spinach, 3/4 ish cup soya milk, some cereal, a banana and 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum to make it nice and thick… Added some soya yoghurt as I had less than half a cup of milk left! But yoghurt makes it nicer anyway SmileDSC03141

Blend baby blend! Then add your toppings of choice:DSC03155

And then you end up with…DSC03147

A GREEN MONSTER! Emma-style SmileDSC03153

Emma-style includes eating the apricots first (and going back for more afterwards!), stirring in the Grape Nuts for some crunchiness, eating it whilst watching TV (recognise the program anyone? Smile with tongue out)…

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and/or reading some quality material!DSC03156

And look, the Glamour ‘Health Handbook’ says that to relieve anxiety, we should all:

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Didn’t mention Green Monsters in that article, but they should have! Smile with tongue out

Breakfast, check!

Have a great day!