Health & Fitness ~ Peaches & Cream Overnight Oats

Happy Sunday all you Beautiful people!

And a very happy Fathers Day to my Daddy, the best dad in the world 🙂

My Sundays tend to consist of getting up around 10am and going to my local supermarket to do a weekly shop. Then when I get home I try to prepare at least breakfast/lunch/dinner for the next day.
In general, I like to double my dinner recipe so I have some to take to work for my lunch. I try to eat only 1 – 2 servings of ‘carbs’ (Oats, rice, pasta, bread, potatoes) per day, so I’ll either have them with breakfast & lunch, Lunch & dinner or breakfast & dinner!

I thought I’d include my typical shopping list this week, to give you an idea of what I’ll be eating for the next 3-5 days. I’m not sure if this really interests people, but personally I’m a very nosey person and LOVE to know what people buy!

Meat;-
Lean Chicken
Lean minced beef (for spaghetti bolognese, meatballs, home made burgers)

Fruit & Veg
Peaches
Blackberries
Blueberries
Mangos x 2
Bananas
Nectarines
Red Pepper
Green Pepper
Yellow Pepper
Onion
Garlic
Cucumber
Cherry tomatoes.

Pantry items
Herbs/Spices
Tinned tomatos
Chopped hazelnuts
Chocolate chips
Diet energy drinks (can’t live without!)

Peaches & Cream Overnight Oats

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Overnight oats are a delicious, easy to make breakfast that takes about 10 minutes the night before to prepare. I personally hate eating first thing in the morning, so I bring these to work with me and have them at 9am. As I have to get up at 6am to be in work for 9, I never really have time to make breakfast first thing anyways, so these are great to grab out of the fridge on my way out the door!

This recipe serves one. I haven’t put exact measurements down as I usually just throw things in together and hope for the best!

Ingredients
Rolled oats
Skimmed milk
Fat free peach & nectarine yogurt
1 Chopped peach
1 chopped nectarine
Small handful of blueberries
Small handful of blackberries
Small handful of chopped hazelnuts.

  • Method!
    Prepare your rolled oats, in your air tight container (i.e mason jar, lunchbox etc.) as per instructions on the packet.
  • Once the milk and oats are mixed, add in the peach yogurt.
  • Add in all of the fruit and stir until they’re evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
  • Seal the container and store in the fridge for at least 3 hours. I made mine at 1pm today and i’ll be eating them around 9 am tomorrow!
  • I also prepared the dry ingredients for Tuesdays overnight oats. Hazelnuts & oats are measured out in their container, fruit is ready to go. All I’ll need to do on monday night is add the milk, yogurt and fruit and pop it in the fridge!

This particular recipe smelled so good, it was actually difficult not to eat it there and then!

Have you tried overnight oats? What’s your favourite recipe? I think I’ll be trying banoffee (caramel, banana) next! I have a tonne of sugar free, low calorie flavoured syrups that I bought for my coffee addiction, but I had a thought just now that they could be delicious in oats!

XOXO Amy

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Health & Fitness ~ Chicken Curry

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*pictures from @fitnessplace instagram

About three years ago I started my fitness journey, which I’ve spoken about in a previous post. This was 100% diet based. I lost around 3 stone which I am so happy about. That brought me from almost 13 stone to just under 10 stone which also gave me a healthy bmi.

I was always very shy and often had panic attacks in the gym. My sister and I started doing TRX and since then, I’ve never looked back.

I’ve now started to go to the gym 3-4 times a week and I love it! I’m mainly doing classes and weight lifting. A lit of women seem to think weight lifting will turn you in to the hulk- believe me, that won’t happen. I’m learning to cook healthy meals from scratch.

I won’t lie, I’m currently having a bad time on the diet end. I’m eating well, cooking all my breakfast / lunches and dinners from scratch, however I find myself gorging on crap as well! Mainly when I’m stressed in work. This I really need to work on.

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For the next 3 months, I’m going to try my very best to continue going to the gym 3 times per week and get my diet in check. I would love to lose around 8lbs and tone up. I’m considering a weekly blog, posting my favourite recipes from that week as well as my favourite workouts.

This week’s recipe is a super easy chicken curry.
* ingredients vary depending on your tastes and how many you’re cooking for

Ingredients:
Chicken breasts
Onion
Garlic
Red pepper
Green pepper
Curry paste
Curry powder
Tin chopped tomatoes
Mango chutney

Method:
Chop all veg and your chicken.

In a bowl, mix together your  curry powder, curry paste, tinned tomatoes and mango chutney.

Dry fry (or use a light cooking spray/ extra Virgin olive oil) your chopped vegetables and chicken. Once the chicken is almost cooked, add your mixture and bring to a boil. Once it’s boiled, reduce to a low heat and simmer while covered for around 40 minutes.

I had this on its own for my lunch today however I would advise a small portion of rice!

Bon apetit!

XOXO Amy

Slimming World && Bootea Teatox Review!

Slimming world, Weight watchers, Dukan Diet, Clean 9. Diets; the majority of us have been there.

I have a serious sweet tooth and used to be a ridiculously picky eater. ‘Vegetables’ were a foreign concept to me and crisps and sweets often featured as my ‘five a day’.

When I was 18, I got a job as cabin crew where day in and day out I are bad foods and enviously looked on as my friends lost weight and they’re uniforms got smaller and smaller. I decided if I was ever going to be comfortable, I’d have to cop on.

I’d attempted Weight Watchers with no such luck. Counting ‘points’ was confusing and too much effort. Then along came Slimming World. Easy to follow and for a novice cook like me, there was always an option. Within 6 weeks I’d lost over a stone and a half and dropped 2 dress sizes. I wasn’t starving, I ate more than I could ever imagine on a diet! It compelled me to try fruit and veg I’d never have considered before and now, three years on from that first fateful class, I’m down three stone and maintaining.

A month or two ago, I realised I was bloating all the time. I also decided I wanted to lose another 10 lbs. Sluggish and constantly tired I decided to try a teatox to kick start my metabolism before embarking on slimming world once again.

Bootea –

In a box you receive a packet of ‘morning tea’ and a packet of ‘bedtime tea’. The Morning Tea contains 14 tea bags and the Bedtime tea contains 7 tea bags. You take a morning tea every morning for 14 days and a bedtime tea every second night. You must cut out caffeine and it’s recommended to cut out sugar, meat, refined and processed foods.

Me, being me, didn’t manage to stick to plan 100% but still managed to lose 4 lbs in 6 days.

It was very easy to follow, only I stupidly started during a week I knew if be going out for dinner a lot!

I’m going to warn you guys right now, that the night time tea does have a laxative effect which is not pretty the first couple of times, but your body will get used to it!

The bootea website had a meal plan that they recommend you follow, however it’s not 100% required. I however found their meal plan fantastic and very easy to follow.

If you’re in the UK or Ireland, Holland & Barrett stock both the 14 and 28 day detoxes and sometimes they’re included in the buy one get one half off which is fantastic. RRP in Ireland is approx €30 for the 14 day but I highly recommend you try it at least once!!

I’ve now purchased a second box and intend to start – and commit- starting next Monday after a christening I have this weekend. I’m actually excited and can’t wait to see the results from the full 14 days!

Have you tried Slimming world or Bootea? Let me know how you got on in the comments below.

Bubye for now,
Xoxo – Amy

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