Now, I love catching up with my friends during on weeknights, but going out for dinner a lot can affect my trying to be healthy ‘8020 diet‘ plan. So discovering new healthy restaurants in London is always a huge winner. Ethos restaurant is one of those places. Ethos is a self-service restaurant in central London, just near Oxford Circus making it very handy for a mid-week post work catch up! They offer a vegetarian buffet that works on a ‘choose – then weigh – then pay’ system.
Whilst the lovely Roz is away enjoying the last of snow, the rest of us in London are starting to think about the impending Summer that is drawing closer. And of course with that, comes bikini season. I love food. I love brunch. I love going for a cocktail with the girls. So starting summer prep now, means that you don’t have to deprive yourself of wonderful carbs and crash diet two weeks before your holiday, and you can still have fun.
There are things you can start doing day-to-day, and the one big thing is looking at your daily meals. Try this easy breakfast switch. Instead of a bowl of porridge in the mornings or toast, make this smoothie. It’s full of good fats and protein, and tastes like a chocolate milkshake, but its good for you! Don’t believe me?
Take a look at the ingredients of this healthy breakfast smoothie.
During the weeknights when I cook dinner at home, I try to eat as low-carb as possible to stick to my 80/20 diet. This can be a simple salmon stir-fry, a delicious meal salad (like this butternut squash & chorizo one) but more often than not dinner features zoodles. Zoodles? Well you can call them zucchini noodles, courgette noodles, zucchini pasta or spaghetti – whatever floats your boat really but they are the best! I use them as a replacement for pasta dishes like Spag Bol (my go to recipe here), or add them to salads or noodle soups! Today’s recipe is a super quick, easy, filling and healthy dinner or lunch dish; Baked Salmon with Lemon Dill Zoodles.
Now I love anything peanut butter flavoured. I don’t know why but I have always been totally obsessed with the stuff. I have it on my porridge almost every morning, I spread it onto bananas, apples or rice crackers for a healthy snack – or I could easily consume it by the spoonful from the jar really. Another favourite combination for me is peanut butter and chocolate. Growing up in the Netherlands we have a sandwich topping called ‘Hagelslag’ which is pretty much large chocolate hail that you sprinkle (generously) onto a slice of bread slathered in either butter or in my case peanut butter. Yummmm!
Anyway, when I was at the Good Life Eatery in Chelsea (review here) recently I tried their raw peanut butter cups and instantly fell in love with their healthy alternative to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. So I thought, I need to learn how to make these at home so I can have my bite-size peanut butter and chocolate fix at any time. Turns out there are quite a few variations on the Internet for healthy peanut butter cups recipes, some completely raw or vegan but I decided to just go simple and use only 3 ingredients. These homemade healthy peanut butter cups are rich, sweet and decadent while being nutritious, sugar free, gluten-free and without the excess calories, fat, sugar and strange additives & preservatives that are in the store-bought version. And this recipe for homemade peanut butter cups is really quick and easy to make too!
Did you know that tomorrow is Shrove Tuesday, or also better known as Pancake Day? Pancake Day is the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. It was traditional to eat pancakes on this day because they contain fat, milk, butter and eggs which were forbidden during Lent. Now, Pancake Day or not – I just love a good pancake so thought I’d treat you to a great little recipe for this today!
But it gets better….because what if I told you that this pancake recipe doesn’t contain much fat or naughty things at all? These pancakes only include three simple ingredients and no flour or oil/butter whatsoever! There are a lot of these banana & egg style pancake recipes floating around on the internet (I was inspired by this recipe from The Skinny Confidential) and I was sceptical at first too, but wow they are super tasty and filling! So what are you waiting for, check out my three ingredient healthy pancakes recipe below.
Being Dutch means that me & a bike pretty much go hand-in-hand. As a little girl I learned how to bike and there was no looking back after that, because growing up in the Netherlands means you use your bike every single day! And even now that I live in London; I have a big Dutch bike that I use as my main form of transport around the city. I bike to work every day and will avoid using the tube where possible. I only really take the underground if it’s pouring down with rain or if I am planning to have a few drinks that evening ;)
However, I still don’t see my daily commute or biking around London in the weekends as exercise. Sure, it keeps me healthy and it’s a lot better for me then just sitting on the bus or tube, but I still don’t count it as a workout. No lycra outfits for me on the bike – just my regular clothes, and by that yes I mean even skirts and heels; the true Dutch way! Now when it comes to exercise it’s no surprise,being a bike-lover and all, that I am a big fan of spinning as a way of keeping fit. The high pumped energy of a spin class is a great workout and will definitely make you feel the burn. But a few months ago I discovered something even better….let me introduce you to my new fitness obsession; Psycle!
Another one of my new years resolutions this year was to try really try to make and bring in my own lunch a bit more. It would mean saving some cash, plus help me to stick to a healthy ‘diet‘. I was talking to a friend about this and she said she often makes a Chorizo Stew, which she can then take to work for lunch, or freeze for a quick and delicious weeknight dinner. So I decided to copycat her, and cook myself a Chorizo Stew one Sunday evening. I loved it so much that I have made it a couple of times since, experimenting with different ingredients depending on what I had left in my fridge. This Chorizo Stew recipe is so easy to make and will give you 3 hearty servings that you can simply have for dinner, take to work or freeze for another time to enjoy!