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Be Happy : Blog Refresh!

15 May

Everyone deserves a little spring clean – and that doesn’t just apply to the car, or your home …

I’ve given my blog a little refresh ready for summer!

So welcome to the newly refreshed …

 

Train Hard, Eat Well, Be Happy

 

In the weeks to come, I’d like this site to become a tool for anyone interested in health, fitness and food!

A place to share tips, information, recipes and inspiration and motivationΒ to others, along with my blog updates on my own training.

So to the gym-goers, fitness freaks and foodies – whether you are training for a marathon, want to lose a few pounds or just enjoy a good run around the park, this is for you!

Regular updates to be developed over the coming weeks will include:

Monday’s Motivator;Β for when you need that little bit of inspiration after a busy weekend!

Wednesday’s Workout; short and sweet workouts for you to have a go at – from exercises you can do at your desk, to stretches in the kitchen – and the best bit being, you won’t need to go out of your way to include a Wednesday Workout in your week!

Friday’s Facts;Β whether it’s fitness related, or general health and diet – tips and reminders to keep you on the straight and narrow just before the weekend!

Sunday’s Serving; I love to bake and cook but Sunday afternoon is my only free time to do this, and so I plan to test out new gluten-free recipes on Sundays, and share them with you here.

 

I’m forever updating the site, and looking for ways to improve and keep it interesting and useful – therefore if anyone has any comments or questions they’d like to share, I’d LOVE to hear from you.

 

Meanwhile, Happy Wednesday!

Charlotte

– a fitness-freak with a passion for food and life!

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Be Happy : Friday’s Health & Fitness Fact

10 May

Treat yourself to that Friday night takeaway!

But stick to the tomato-based dishes …

Miracle foods do NOT exist, however some foods can help to increase your metabolism, and get your body burning more calories, even while you’re resting.

Spices such as cinnamon, mustard, ginger and cayenne have thermogenic properties, helping elevate your metabolism by 20% for two hours after eating.

A mere half-teaspoon, or a dash of Tabasco sauce added to your meal is enough to give you the full thermogenic effect!

And for a further calorie-burning boost …

Wash the spicy serving down with an ice-cold glass of water, and you’ll burn even more calories, as your body uses energy to warm the water up!

Eat Well : Gluten-Free Fudge Bars

26 Feb

Best eaten straight from the freezer! πŸ™‚

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of pecans
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cacao powder
  • 10 medjool dates – pitted and chopped
  • 3/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup orange/apple/coconut water or water
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

 

Method:

  1. Using a food processor, blend the pecans until finely ground. Add the cacao powder and mix well.
  2. Add the dates, almond butter, juice, honey and vanilla – pulse again until the mixture becomes dough-like.
  3. Line a baking tray with parchment paper, and roll the dough into golf-ball-size balls, placing them on the tray. Put the tray in the fridge and chill.
  4. Store the balls in a plastic container in the freezer.

 

Nutritional Info per Power Ball:

  • kCalories : 180
  • Fat : 13g
  • Carbohydrates : 18g
  • Protein : 3g
  • Fiber : 4g

Handy Hint:
If you can’t get hold of almond butter, hazelnut butter works nicely, and failing that, peanut butter works just fine too πŸ™‚

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