Daily Blog: French Toast Friday & Mexi-Bowl!

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Friday 13th January 2017 

Good morning! 
Steve has come over for a post-workout breakfast, which is much deserved after our CrossFit class. It's all prep for the open coming up, so we are being pushed harder than ever. 
I'll just give you the workout and you'll see what I mean: 

(As Many Reps As Posible)

5 min Power Snatch
4 min 200m Runs
3 min Box Jumps
2 min Burpee Box Jumps
1 min Thrusters 

Hang Snatch (1 rep max, but I practiced 5 at a lower weight)
1km Run for time

I knew at the start to pace myself, and it was definitely a smart idea. I got 85 reps in total and the run took me 4.48min. I was hesitant on the box jumps after hitting my shin again (when will I learn!) but I still felt good. I've felt less confident this week in class, but today I was quite proud of myself for being smarter about my limits.

Time for French Toast Friday! It's officially going to be a thing and we are pretty excited about it. All I did was mix a few eggs with almond milk and coated the seeded bread. Topped with lots of fruit and a little golden syrup (since we were out of maple.) And just to make it perfect, we watched the second half of Monsters Inc.!

Just catching up on some blog posts and seeing what my favorite bloggers are up to on Twitter. Reading some really great stuff today!

It's about 10am, so of course I'm hungry again. I've put together a little deconstructed sushi bowl with 1/2 cup brown rice, 1/2 an avocado, and a 95g tin of tuna. Topped with a little soy sauce and done! I've covered healthy carbs, protein, and good fats all in the one bowl. Some toasted sesame seeds on top would have made this perfect.

Just went for our usual run and both of us felt really strong today! We kept a good pace and finished earlier than usual. As a reward, we have come to our favorite place: Pure Cafe Co. I went for my favorite Mexi Bowl and Mum got an avocado bruscetta with kale salad on the side. It's delicious and has all clean ingredients, so my body is going to feel awesome. Milo joined us for a while too.

I've said it before and I'll say it again; the best thing about being an adult is being able to buy myself Kinder Surprise eggs whenever I fill up my car at the petrol station. My inner eight year old is very happy right now.

I got a My Little Pony! She's so cute.

After putting away our groceries that were delivered (how have we not done this before?! Saves so much stress) I published my blog collab with Lucy from The Blossom Twins blog! This has been in the making for a few months and I'm so happy it's finally out. You can go over to Lucy's blog and see the bars I sent her and what she thought.

I'm having a healthy wrap as an afternoon snack, filled with pesto, avocado, baby spinach, yellow peppers, and feta cheese.

Home from another crazy night of work, but thankfully I have this gorgeous plate of food to look forward to! We're having corn fritters (made with buckwheat flour) and a watermelon salad on the side. We also added some smoked salmon and tzatziki dressing to make it even better.

I was craving a smoothie bowl, so I blended frozen blueberries, half a banana, oats, and some natural yogurt. It turned out amazing! Just like fruit ice cream but without the added sugars. I have a feeling that I'll be making this a lot now!

Since I love Kinder Eggs, what treats do you buy for yourself that you loved as a kid? I'd love to know!
Steph x.

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Blog Collab: Protein Bar Swap With The Blossom Twins!

Thursday, 12 January 2017

If there's one thing I love talking about, it's food. You all know it by now, and I doubt it will ever stop being a passion of mine. My long-distance gym buddy came up with the brilliant idea of doing a comparison of American and New Zealand protein bars! Both Lucy and I share a love of food and many other things (Chuck, Chris Evans, & Harry Potter.) Also, we are both addicted to trying protein bars of all different brands and flavors. It's almost a hobby that comes with an active lifestyle and we love it!

Here are all the amazing protein bars I got to try and what I thought of them.
Make sure you go and check out Lucy's post to see what bars I sent her, it also includes some of my favorite protein cookies!

Pro Bar Base "Coffee Crunch" 

This brand was one that I tried on our trip to Seattle and I became a fan very quickly. There's 20grams of plant protein in these babies and other great ingredients to keep you going. Because of the caffeine in this one, it makes the perfect pre-workout snack. Or even as a pick-me-up after a long and tiring workout. Really excited to try more flavors on my next travels!

Taste: 4/5
Texture: 5/5

Power Crunch "Salted Caramel"

OMG Lucy how did you know this was my all-time favorite flavor!? Salted caramel protein bars are a dream come true. It's slightly lower in protein (13grams) which I like because this would make a perfect afternoon snack. I love that it's low in sugar too, so I don't have to feel bad for having a sweet treat. The smell of this one when I opened it was to die for and I really enjoyed the waffer part of the bar.

Taste: 4/5
Texture: 4/5

Robert Irvine's Fit Crunch "Cookies and Cream"

This one called to me as soon as I saw it in the box! And not just because it's one of my favorite flavors, but since it makes me feel like I'm about to eat a healthy candy bar. I can dig in without the guilt! It's super-high in protein (30grams) and I love that they used whey as the source. It tasted more like chocolate caramel than cookies & cream, but that's beyond okay with me!

Taste: 4/5

Lenny & Larry's The Complete Cookie "Double Chocolate"

Oh my, these cookies have stolen my heart. On our recent trip to the States I picked one of these up at a cafe in Santa Monica after I saw Lucy raving about them. Everything about these cookies are superb and they have that freshly baked texture. Apart from being a little high in sugar, these are the perfect treat for an active lifestyle. Even better when heated in the microwave and eaten as dessrt!

Taste: 5/5
Texture: 5/5 

Oh Yeah Nutrition "Pumpkin Pie"

There's no better flavor to have at this time of year! I have to say that the macros in these bars are pretty impressive. Any bar that's high protein and low in sugar is a winner in my books! Once I opened this one I fell in love and even more when I finally ate it. It was like biting straight into a pumpkin pie! The texture is quite smooth and soft, but there's a little crunch in there too and it made this bar perfect for me. I tried this bar last, but now I wish I had eaten it sooner!

Taste: 5/5
Texture: 5/5

The US definitely has a better range of bars and flavors than here in New Zealand, I've very jealous of all the treats available! I will definitely try and pick some of these up when I can.

A big thank you to Lucy for sending these delicious bars my way and for collaborating with me once again. It's always a delight to work with you! Make sure you go and check out her blog that she shares with her awesome sister Kelly. It really is one of my favorites to read. You can check out her post of all the New Zealand bars and how she liked them while you're there!

What are your favorite kind of protein bars?
Steph x.


Daily Blog: Meal Prep & High-Protein Foods!

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Tuesday, January 10th 2017

Back to 6am starts! With everyone on holiday, there have only been CrossFit classes at 9am and 5pm. I really enjoyed the 9am crew we had for the two weeks, made some new friends too! But it's back to normal times and getting these workouts done before breakfast. 

Not gonna lie, today's training was quite the challenge. We started with strength, which was:
5 Clean and Jerk 
5 EMOM  for 5 min (Every Minute On The Minute)
1 min rest
5 EMOM for 5 min 

I did 25kgs for the first five, then increased it to 29kg for the next five. My technique feels like it's getting better and I'm certainly getting a lot of practice lately. 

Next was one of the hardest metcons I've ever done, but in a good way:

(for time)
30 Back Squats
20 Hand-Stand Push Ups
30 Front Squats
20 Toes To Bar 
30 Over-Head Squats
20 Pull-Ups

I finished it in 16.08min, but I feel like I could have gone harder. The over-head squats were by far the hardest part. The movement feels really un-natural and they're so killer on your arms that everyone was just using the bars, no weights. The burn was real!

But a positive was that during the warm-up I managed quite a few double-unders! (skipping, with the rope passing twice in one jump.) Stubborn me wasn't going to try but my coach (bless him) made me do it anyway. With the help of the bf's Reebok rope I got the hang of them quite quickly. About time too!

Home to this sleeping beauty. He never gets up before 9am.

Just having a bowl of porridge for breakfast. No bananas in the house, but we did have raspberries and strawberries ready to use! I topped them with a little coconut sugar and energy seed mix. It was amazing!

Getting organized for then next few weeks! I'm really excited for some of the posts I'm going to be putting up.  

I had a big craving for eggs this morning and I needed something to tie me over before I go for a run. We didn't have any bread for me to make toad in the hole, but I had this packet of brown rice handy and it's worked even better! A healthy option that's packed full of protein and healthy carbs. I also added a little soy sauce and sweet chili for taste. So good!

Run time! It's a beautiful day, so I'm looking forward to being in the fresh air.

Time for lunch and I'm having my meal prep. I added some avocado for texture (and because I'm obsessed!) Topped with a little soy sauce and it's one great lunch bowl. 


Still trying to get more fruit in my day and this goes down so well after lunch. 

Feeling very motivated to write lately! I'm really enjoying keeping my blog about motivation and healthy lifestyle.

A cheeky after-noon snack is needed today. I think with the strength based workout this morning, plus a run, my body needs some extra nutrition. I never feel guilty for eating a few extra calories than I should, especially when it's what I need to fuel myself. 

I'm taking my dinner to work tonight and I'm so excited to dig in. It's a lentil salad with roast vegetables and grilled halloumi.There's a nice chili hit in there too!

I'm helping Steve with his meal prep tonight. I love cooking, so I'm happy to do it! Option one is pork meatballs and vegetables (rice to be added later.) And option two is chili chicken with roasted sweet potato and broccoli. For a vegetarian, I've gotten quite good at baking chicken until it's cooked and juicy.

I also munched on some popcorn while I cooked. Sweet and salty is my new favorite flavor.

 How are you staying motivated in 2017?
Steph x.