Sunday Run-day Success

What a beautiful day we had today! My Breast Cancer fun run and breakfast was a truly amazing success.

The shocking statistic reads that Breast Cancer creeps into the lives of 1 in 8 women.. and all of us who participated today has either been through, is going through or knew of someone who has endured the hardships of this horrible disease.

So today we got out, ran, ate and supported a highly worthwhile cause!

Snaps I love from today…

After our walk/run/jog/sprint we met on  Bondi beach for a delicious breakfast. Thanks to my mom, dad and Josh for doing all the preparation whilst we were doing what we do best ;). Everything looked beautiful!

We had a spread sponsored by Lowan, Carman’s and Chobani, and I think the photos tell all… everything was a hit 🙂 Check out their websites for great recipe, nutritional and diet advice!

We picnicked on the grass, soaked up the sunlight and enjoyed good company and yummy food.

My special grandparents made an appearance, and LOVED their breaky :).

Whilst others just enjoyed the sunshine…

Thank you to everyone who made the day so great!

I am proud to say that we raised over $700 for such a worthy cause and I hope and pray that our contribution helps achieve the goal of zero from breast cancer deaths by 2030.

National Breast Cancer Foundation

If you would still like to make a contribution, you can do so online by clicking here.

Until next time…. thank you and keep running 🙂

The Highs and the Lows of Carbs

I am definitely a carbs loving girl 🙂 Running, exercising and eating carbs are all part of the same family in my eyes.

But not all carbs are graded equally. For the most part, I try to make the right decisions when choosing my grains to ensure the carbs that make up the bulk of my diet are low GI (body-friendly).

Without getting too technical, the glycemic index (GI) ranks carbohydrates depending on how they effect blood glucose levels. When eating a lower GI food, the rise in the blood glucose levels is alot slower than when eating a high GI food. Lower GI foods take longer to digest and have benefits for weight control because they help control appetite and delay hunger. Check out the Glycemic Index website for some more great info.

My Favourite Low GI foods (Click on the links for more info and recipes!):

-Oats (Health Benefits of Oats)
-Muesli (Homemade Muesli recipe)
Multi grain, wholegrain and sourdough bread (Check my Homemade Bread Loaf recipe! Beware that every bread is made differently and there is no real standardised labelling of bread so it is important to check the specific brand of bread you eat, a GI under 55 is considered to be low)

-Fruits and Vegetables (getting more technical, GI levels of different fruits and veggies differ, check out this ‘GI Diet’ website for a more specific breakdown)

 

So do your research on your carbs, and do choose wisely. Let them fuel your body and keep your blood-sugar levels at bay.

What carbs do you include in your daily diet?

*Please note I am not a dietician, the information provided on my blog is based on my own research from reputable and cited websites and my own experiences!

What I ate Wednesday #3

My day began with a hearty bowl of Carman’s Honey Roasted Nut oats, with banana and topped with some of the Carman’s muesli.. all which I received in my wonderful package yesterday 🙂

My verdict on the oats? Very yum, nicely textured but no need to add honey as it is very sweet already, almost too sweet for my liking.  The muesli was delicious! Nice and crunchy. It does give my homemade muesli a run for its money 😉

I got a call for teaching today, so a packed lunch was on the agenda.

Recess was delicious and sweet!

For lunch, I toasted my bread and topped it with avo, tuna and basil leaves. Not a great photo as it can be a bit awkward snapping away at your food in a staff room but it was SO good. Basil really gives an average meal an exciting edge.

I then met my lovely friend Gloria for a good catch up session.  My sister and I met Gloria at the gym a couple of years ago and she has become a very special friend, who I just love spending time with!

We went to Oliver Brown, which is known for their chocolate and they did not disappoint.  I had a mint hot chocolate which was very yum.

Thanks Gloria for a lovely afternoon 🙂

For dinner, I made a quick stir fry topped with a fried egg, for a protein hit.  I was lazy and bought the ready prepared Chinese stir fry mix from the fresh section of the supermarket. I tossed in in a hot pan with a bit of oil, added some sweet chilli sauce and soy sauce. So simple and very tasty.

Check out my tips for making Quick, Healthy and Delicious dinners in 3 easy steps!

As for exercise… does playground duty and walking around the shopping centre count? Rest day for me today 😉

Thanks again to Jenn from Peas and Crayons for hosting WIAW – love meeting new bloggers every Wednesday!

Well that is all from me today, but before you take your next step into cyber space do share your thoughts with me…

What is your favourite lazy dinner meal?

Soul in a Box

It is always exciting arriving home to find an inviting package with my name on it at the front door :). Carman’s sent me an assortment of yummy things to ‘Try and Share’.

First up they sent their Honey and Roasted Nut Muesli Clusters… they are low GI, fruit free and full of healthy wholegrains. You know how much I love my muesli, so can’t wait to give this a try! I also see that as with many of their products, it is Kosher, Halal and 100% Australian made and owned.

They also sent their Honey and Roasted Nut Porridge Sachets. I have never really branched out of my plain, traditional oats so I’m excited to give these a go. They contain all the goodness that I would expect from my oats, check out the Health Benefits of Oats  if you need convincing 🙂 . The sachets are well portion controlled and perfect for me to slip into my bag for a 90 second breakfast on the go.

Next up, from my memory, is what Carman’s has always been famous for- their muesli bars! I can NOT wait to give some of these new flavours a try.

The flavours include:

-Darc Choc Blueberry & Almond Bar
-Classic Fruit Muesli Bar
-Yoghurt Apricot & Almond Bar
-Deluxe Gluten Free Muesli Bar
-Apricot & Almond Muesli Bar

What I love about them without even having tried most of the flavours is that I can read the ingredient list with ease.  There are no weird, scientific-sounding ingredients. Everything is natural, and a ‘delicious labour of love’.

So Carman’s, thankyou! I can not wait to munch right into these products to fuel my next workout, of course 🙂

What is your favourite pre-workout snack?? 

For some more great reading, check out Carman’s Nutritional Blog, written by their resident dietician Jemma. There is an interesting article on the link between stress and weight gain..

Wholemeal Pizza recipe and Weekend Motivation

Last night I decide to make my own pizza dough. I looked up a few different recipes and combined them to form this.. a simple yeast-free wholemeal pizza dough.

Pizza Dough Ingredients
2.5 cups Wholemeal flour
2.5 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
1 cup Water
1 tbsp Olive Oil

It literally took 2 minutes to combine all the ingredients in a bowl and knead it into a nice soft ball of loveliness. I then covered it and let it sit for a while, as I waited for Josh to get home from training.

About 30 minutes before serving, I used my hands to flatten the dough into a nice circular shape and placed in onto a greased baking tray. I baked this in a 200 degree celcius oven for 10 minutes (with no toppings!).

Once the base came out the oven it was nicely golden and held it’s shape well. Then onto the toppings. I covered it in tomato paste, fresh tomatoes (my best on a pizza), red onion, kalamata olives and mozzarella cheese.

Then baked it for approximately 20 minutes.

Served with a fresh green salad topped with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

It was delish! The recipe does need some refining, as it was quite dense. Any tips on making it lighter and less dense? Perhaps I needed to roll it thinner? But I will call it a success as we got through it with great ease 🙂

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This morning was my beautiful cousin Lauren’s 30th birthday surprise breakfast. Breakfast was very yum… I started with fruit salad, yoghurt and muesli. Look familiar?? Check out the recipe!

After the party my mum and I headed to a park to catch some sunshine. There were so many people out and about doing just the same thing.

We took our towels, got take-away coffees and enjoyed a good does of Vitamin D for a couple of hours.

I found a great quote on the Nike She Runs facebook page… and SO true!

Photo: Keep focused. Train mean. Eat clean. X
On that note, I am off to do just that… Body Attack time!
Happy Friday friends!
What are your  ‘staying active’ weekend plans?

Need some extra motivation to get moving? Check out these posts

Homemade Muesli and Lean Green Smoothie!

After a fun weekend of food, drinks and repeat I decided to come home and make something light for dinner.

My mom taped a Bill Granger episode where he made muesli.. so after watching it I was inspired to give it a try. Bill was saying he lives by the philosophy that

Breakfast should be wholesome, lunch should be light and dinner should be prepared in 20 minutes.

I so agree!

So here is the muesli. I made a few modifications to his ingredients as I just worked with what I had in my pantry. The quantities are approximate, and very easy to just tailor it to your preferences.

1) In a baking tray, add 3 cups of oats, and a handful of almonds, sesame seeds, linseed and pumpkin kernels.

2) Add 2 tablespoons of oil and about 1/2 cup of apple juice.

3) Bake in 180 degree Celsius oven for about 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

4) When ready, add dome dried fruit. I went with blueberries.

So good! What I love about homemade muesli is there are no preservatives, additives or funny ingredients.  You are in full control of what goes in and you know that the ingredients are all good for you.

I transferred the muesli into smaller containers and put some in zip lock bags – perfect paired with yoghurt for a quick and easy packed lunch.

Tonight I went with a Chobani blueberry yoghurt, and added some banana, orange and a big scoop of muesli 🙂

I then made a nice green smoothie to go with it.  Kept it very simple with spinach leaves, apple and ice.  Clean, lean and green.

Dinner is now served 🙂

What is on your plate this Sunday evening?
 

Weekend Breakfast-in-Bed Ideas

Happy Friday!

Today is officially the first day of Winter for us here is Australia.  To ‘celebrate’ we did some Winter art…

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One of my favourite things to do on Winter weekend mornings, is to make Josh and I breakfast in bed.

It certainly doesn’t need to be complicated to put together a delicious, simple and fresh breakfast to take away the chill.
Here are some ideas:

  • Microwaved egg on toast, with a side salad.  Simply place an egg in a glass bowl or cup and cover with cling wrap. Microwave on medium power for approx 30 seconds. Rock salt and cracked pepper are a great finishing touch.
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  • Muesli, Yogurt and Fruit.  Simple and always delicious! I use the natural Jalna yoghurt, and add a squeeze of honey for some extra sweetness!
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  • Oats.  Especially for chilly Winter mornings
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  • Toast topped with your favourite topping. My FAVOURITE is peanut butter, honey and banana. It is a must try!
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  • TEA (that’s a given ofcourse). Nothing more needs to be said 🙂

What is your favourite breakfast to have in bed?