3 WAYS TO JAZZ UP YOUR MORNING OATS
POSTED: 16ST January 2017
Just take one look at her Instagram feed and it will come as no surprise that Ayten from EatNourishLove is our absolute favourite when it comes to all things breakfast. She is a queen when it comes to jazzing up the morning oats into something that not only looks good, but tastes good and is even better for you.
She is all about clean, healthy food- that nourish your body with all the nutrients you deserve. She takes simple foods and turns them into something worth waking up for
APPLE OATS | SERVES 1.
40g The Good Guru apple oats
1 teaspoon maca powder
1 teaspoon carob
1 teaspoon baobab
1 teaspoon lucuma
250ml apple juice
Put all the ingredients in a saucepan and cool until desired consistency- add to a bowl and top with all your favourite extras.
APPLE OAT SMOOTHIE | SERVES 1.
40g The Good Guru apple oats
1/2 teaspoon matcha powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
250ml apple juice
Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend for 30 seconds. You can heat inn a saucepan to make a really thick smoothie- add to a bowl with all your favourite toppings for a quick and simple smoothie bowl.
OATS NUTTY BERRY MUFFINS | MAKES 9.
1 cup The Good Guru berry oats
1 cup chopped almonds
1 cup granola
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 whole egg
2 tablespoon melted coconut oil
5 tablespoon raw honey
- Pre-heat the oven at gas mark 4/180°c Combine the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in a seprate bowl
- Bring them together and mix well
- Using a spoon, seperate the mixture into 9 large muffin cases
- Bake for 30 minutes and leave to cool for 20 minutes.
6 TIPS I LEARNT FROM RUNNING MY FIRST EVER MARATHON!
POSTED: 16TH February 2017
Emma Kirk-Odunubi is a 23 year old fitness and self-confessed gym machine, who loves to share her tips and tricks in the fitness world for us all to read on her incredibly helpful blog.. She has over 8 years worth of experience in the sports retail industry making custom running insoles and selling running shoes- and is in the middle of training for her second marathon.
After completing her first, she learnt some very important tips and has joined forces with us to teach them all to you- and to start amping up her training- you can see her review of our Pre-Workout here..
6 Tips learnt from running my first ever marathon!
- It's a training journey, don't fret about the high mileage on day 1. Running your first marathon can be so daunting, but it's the reason you're following a plan. By slowly building week on week you're incredible body adapts- you can do it!
- Keep your long runs slow. By doing this you are able to adapt to running further, at the closing of your programme you may want a few long runs to have a segment of marathon pace. Initially though, keep relaxed and controlled (roughly 1minute slower than marathon pace some say).
- Try lots of different nutrition brands in training. Everyone is different and so if gels work for your friend from one company, there's a chance your body may totally hate them. This will cause for upset stomachs when running and you can all guess how unpleasant that is! So buy brands of all types and test them out. Make sure you have you favourites by race day!
- Strength work is vital- especially single leg. I've mentioned this in other posts but after my first marathon everything hurt but my glutes! I knew this was wrong and this time round have taken to being in the gym twice a week and running only 3 times a week. Everyone is different but try at least once a week to focus on leg strength.
- Correct footwear is ESSENTIAL. In my training for my first marathon I was fitted correctly for footwear. During training most use one shoe throughout or even, like myself change half way through to a new pair. Get a gait analysis and make sure you're armed with the right tools from the outset.
- Lastly, nutritionally recover well! Eating correctly whilst training is essential to keeping you strong. After long runs, take on protein, such as The Good Guru Essential Whey Strength to help muscle recovery. For some, especially women, you may find your fatigue increases due to iron deficiency and the extra training. Check this with your doctor but you can always supplement this!
Overall, enjoy your first marathon experience! So they say you'll never get your first back.
Happy running :)
EXERCISE AND MENTAL HEALTH AND WHY WE SHOULD TACKLE OUR FEELINGS
POSTED: 16TH January 2017
With Mental Health Month nearly closing to an end, we teamed up with Personal Trainer Dan and Mental Health Blogger Richard to speak about their personal experience with Mental Illness and how exercise has helped them.
Dan Smullen is a personal trainer from Dublin, has been in the industry for over 9 years and has a Bsc. In Sport Science- and blogs at http://bloke.ie
The Science-y Part:
Although we are determined and more motivated than ever to stick to our New Year's resolutions, for most of us January is a complete struggle. We are broke, it’s cold and dark and we just want to crawl back into bed. The statistics from the Samaritans Suicide Statistics Report 2016 show that for every 100,000 people in the UK and Ireland, over 10.8% lose their life to suicide. With January being Mental Health Wellness month, it is important that we tackle our feelings and do not give into them.
Exercise for your feelings not just to lose weight.
We start our New Year's fitness resolutions to lose weight but unfortunately by February, about 10% of us drop off and give up. By the end of the year, 30% of us will have given up only to repeat the cycle again. Maybe our reasoning for getting fit in the new year is wrong? Exercise has been proven to combat depression. Without us knowing, exercise can impact your feelings. For example, when you are tired or sad you move slower and when you’re anxious, you either rush around or stop completely and are left feeling paralyzed. As exercise can reduce your feelings of anxiety, you can help manage your feelings by exercising daily.
Give in to exercise and improve your feelings.
The list of reasons you may not want to exercise can be endless. It’s even harder in January when you see brands leveraging body beautiful imagery in their messaging and advertising to get you to buy their products. These cover models get paid to look like that and are often photo-shopped to the moon and back so we shouldn’t set our expectations that high. Not achieving our goals is one of the biggest reasons we give up and stop going to the gym. When we start a new exercise regime, we try to follow one set by one of our role models. Instead of always focusing on exercise for aesthetics, we should exercise to feel better within ourselves. Getting 30 minutes of exercise in daily as a goal is much more attainable than getting a “6 pack in 6 weeks”! If continued for 66 days, scientists have shown that we will form a new habit out of exercising. By April you will have another way to deal with and help manage your feelings and if you can move away from the mentality of exercising solely to lose weight, you will have much better success long term.
The Personal Part:
Richard Taylor is a Mental Health Blogger and Vlogger for RichBiscuit.com. He has suffered with OCD and Depression for many years, and openly speaks about his experiences on his blog and social media. He has just recently appeared in a documentary on Channel 5 ‘My Mental Illness and Me’ and was appointed the Youth Chairman for the OCD Action panel.
“When you live with a mental illness, performing regular tasks can be very tough and motivating yourself to exercise daily can be even harder to do. It’s even more complicated when one of your mental illnesses physically alters how you approach said exercise. I have OCD and Depression and although exercising is in no way a miracle cure at all, it does offer a slight reprieve from the feelings of total hopelessness that can accompany my mental illnesses. I first found the benefits of exercising and eating healthily after discovering Joe Wicks, The Body Coach and his #LeanIn15 videos on Instagram. I was hooked on his enthusiasm and positivity and it was easy to follow his YouTube videos.
I’ll admit that it was hard at first to keep up with the intensity of his workouts but I eventually found my own rhythm and started to notice changes. I was able to exercise for longer and push myself harder each day and I could see my body physically changing and becoming fitter. However, exercising not only had a positive effect on me physically but mentally I was less susceptible to negative moods and getting into a slump. I always used to argue that exercising would do nothing for my mental health but I’ll be the first to encourage someone to take up some form of daily exercise now. And okay, some days I let it slide and give myself a break but that’s totally okay! It shouldn’t be something you feel you have to do every single day, you know what’s best for you! But I would say that introducing exercise into your life and having a positive attitude about it whilst giving it a real chance can definitely help to improve not just your physical wellbeing, but your mental health as well”
blogging over at Bloke.ie
Twitter/Facebook Page - @richbiscuit21
Website - www.richbiscuit.com
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FOOD AND FITNESS INFLUENCER MAXINE FROM SUNSHINE AND WAFFLES CREATES THE MOST HEART EYE EMOJI HEALTHY RECIPES ON HER INSTAGRAM PAGE THAT WILL JUST MAKE YOU WANT TO GO BACK FOR MORE AND MORE
POSTED: 16ST January 2017
We challenged her to create her tastiest recipe using our Oats and she did not disappoint.Her Protein Cookie gets a 10/10 from us.
Check out more of her recipes at
KICK START YOUR DAY WITH A BRILLIANT BREAKFAST
SALMA S. KHAN, THE GOOD GURU NUTRITIONIST
POSTED: 31ST January 2017
The saying, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” should not be taken lightly. Much research backs up this saying, and stresses the significance of not skipping breakfast.
By the time we wake up and get ready to have breakfast, we technically have fasted overnight while sleeping. So skipping breakfast adds to this fasting period - it may disrupt blood glucose balance, consequently affecting energy levels and concentration. Studies suggest that due to this disruption in blood glucose, breakfast skippers may develop a higher tendency to overeat during the day, since they crave more unhealthy foods to provide a quick-fix. Consequently skipping breakfast may also mean your body is playing catch up all day to try to make up for missing breakfast. Interestingly, some studies suggest that eating breakfast regularly may lead to improved mood and better memory, as well as giving the metabolism a boost which could benefit weight loss and management.
Not only is eating breakfast important, but so is what you eat for breakfast. Consuming sugary pastries and a coffee is not the best breakfast option because these food items may upset your blood glucose balance. A rapid rise is usually followed by a sudden slump, which may result in a range of symptoms including fatigue, poor concentration, irritability and cravings for a sugar fix.
After this overnight fast, breakfast may kick start your energy levels if you choose healthy, slow energy releasing foods. So ditch the bowel of sugary cereal for a bowl of porridge which should prevent you craving unhealthy snacks. Ideally, it’s best to consume breakfast within 1 hour of waking. Here are some brilliant breakfast choices;
• A bowl of porridge with milk of your choice (e.g. cow's, almond, hemp or coconut milk), with 2 tablespoons of ground almonds or walnuts, and a small handful of blueberries or raspberries.
• A bowl of nut and seed muesli with milk of your choice, and either a small handful of berries, a chopped apple or grated carrot.
• Overnight Cold Oats - Soak 4 tbsp of oats in milk of your choice with 2 tbsp of ground nuts/seeds and add in a small handful of chopped strawberries or 1 chopped banana. Sweeten with a dash of raw honey or maple syrup if desired, and refrigerate overnight - you may need to add a little extra milk before consuming.
• Chia Seed Porridge - To prepare this breakfast option, soak 4 tbsp of chia seeds overnight in milk or fresh juice of your choice. Add in 1 mashed banana for sweetness and a chopped pear or peach. Refrigerate overnight - again you may wish to add a little more milk or fresh juice prior to eating.
• Either 2 poached/boiled eggs or 1 poached/boiled egg with 2 pieces of smoked salmon on a bed of watercress, with half an avocado and 1 slice of wholemeal granary toast or 1-2 crisp breads (e.g. rye or spelt based).
• Two wholemeal slices of toast with 2 tsp of nut/seed butter on each slice (e.g. hazelnut butter or pumpkin seed butter) with fruit of your choice (e.g. 1 peach, kiwi, apple or pear)
• A 2 egg vegetable omelette prepared with vegetables such as spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms or peppers, with 1 wholemeal granary slice of toast or 1 wholemeal tortilla. For those avoiding bread, simply add in some slices of pre-cooked potatoes.
If you're not a breakfast person, try to gradually get into the habit of having breakfast. Start your day with an easy to digest smoothie made with a serving of protein powder or 2 tablespoons of any unsalted ground nuts and seeds, 1 banana, a handful of mixed berries, and some water or milk to get the consistency right - a convenient breakfast option that can be taken into work when on the go.