I’m back with a little update after 2 and a half weeks down of the 8 week challenge. Admittedly, after 4 days I gave up the no caffeine thing… that one latte a day is my comfort (and gives me energy to train), plus you’ve got to live a little right! Apart from that, and after a little energy slump within the first 5 days, I’m now feeling great and I think I’m starting to see some results. A few things I’ve taken from these first few weeks…
Burpees do get easier, but they’ll never be a favourite.
It is possible to sweat from your eye.
Carrots are like sweets after no sugar for 3 weeks…
20 seconds of heating something in the microwave is DEFINITELY quicker than ’20 seconds work’ at F45!
Anyway, without boring you with all these updates, I thought I’d share two recipes that work for stages on the challenge, but equally are just bloomin tasty and nutritious.
Let’s start sweet!
3 Ingredient Banana Pancakes
(Tips for challengers – stay away from these for the first two weeks of detoxing but they’re great for Phase 2. 3 ingredients and an easy carb and protein full ‘naughty’ brekkie to curb any sweet cravings)
*the ones that taste far too naughty to be healthy are the best kind.
1/4 cup gluten free oats (or regular)
Simply add all ingredients to a nutri-bullet/blender – and blend! The mixture should be a fairly thick consistency. Heat a non-stick pan with a small spoon of coconut oil then when heated, start making those pancakes… everyone knows how to make pancakes right? You could add a few toasted nuts and a drizzle of natural agave.
Asian Style Salmon and Cauli-rice
Super quick, easy and delicious low carb meal, full of colourful veggies. You know what they say, you want to try and ‘eat a rainbow’… and no, I don’t mean skittles!
1 salmon fillet
1/2 a bag of cauliflower rice (cheap and quick, but you could also blend 1/2 a cauliflower
1/2 a courgette
1 whole pepper (maybe half and half of two colours?)
small garlic clove, finely chopped
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tbsp sesame oil
Simply cut all the veggies into small cubes, heat a small spoon of coconut oil in a pan and add the veggies and garlic (apart from the cauli-rice) to the heat.
Whilst the veggies are starting to warm (keep an eye!) place the salmon fillet wrapped in tin foil on a baking tray and season with a small splash of soy sauce and pepper… you could add a few chilli flakes if you like a little kick! Cook for for 15-20 mins on 180/ until cooked through.
Fry the vegetable cubes off until softened and slightly brown, then add the cauli-rice. Heat through whilst adding the sesame oil and soy sauce.
Place the salmon on top of the rice, and if you’re feeling really extra (like moi), sprinkle a few black sesame seeds! Season to taste, and enjoy!
Just to sign off with a little something total unrelated to fitness. I know what you’re thinking, ‘Sophie all you talk about is working out, get a life’… Here’s a few things I’m loving at the moment –
Podcasts, in particular ‘Private Podcasts’ with Jamie Laing and Francis Boule. It’s totally silly, and I don’t finish listening to an episode with a whole plethora of new knowledge like I would after listening to something more educational, BUT it is so funny! I love it when you’re on your own and laughing out loud, chilling out and not thinking about anything remotely important. Everyone needs a few moments like that a week!
Winter knits = obsessed… particularly the ones in Zara. Maybe I should do an autumn/winter fashion haul, thoughts?
A few tunes I’m hooked on right now, and when I say hooked, like I listen 10 times over!
There’s no way – Lauv ft. Julia Michaels
TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME – The 1975 (God that title is long)