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Peanut Butter Espresso Smoothie

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This one’s for the coffee lovers. Try this espresso peanut butter smoothie to start your day. The banana, peanut butter and almond milk will keep you full all morning and the coffee will give you your morning pick me up.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter (I use myprotein peanut butter)
  • 1 espresso shot
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey
  • 200ml almond milk
  • Ice cubes

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Enjoy!







Benefits of a Training Partner

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The Sunderland Run Festival was a huge success the weekend before last. Well done to the 4,000 people who took part in the 3K, 10K and half marathon.

IMG_4179I took part in the 3k run with my 4 year old son, Max. We had great fun, he absolutely loved being a part of the event. The smile on his face as we crossed the finish line was priceless. He was over the moon with his first medal, and he’s been wearing it all week. His goal is to catch up with my medal tally.

So, it looks like I’ve got myself a little running partner and some healthy competition!

Have you got a training partner?

If you haven’t, I’d definitely recommend it. There’s lots of benefits. It doesn’t matter what your preferred method of exercise is, whether it’s running, weight lifting, cycling, walking, you could definitely benefit from having someone to train with.

Let’s take a look at some of the main benefits:

  1. Your Workouts Will Fly Over.

    If you’re having interesting conversations with your training partner it will seem like the time passes quickly, which is a massive bonus for those people who don’t enjoy working out. As long as you actually work hard while you’re talking of course. Don’t let the conversation slow down the intensity of your workout.

  1. New Ideas.

    If you get bored of your workouts easily, ask your partner if they have any new ideas. They might have some different exercises to try in the gym or some new routes to run, which is great to freshen up your training. You could also try alternating workout plans; one week you design the workouts, the next week let your partner decide what you do.

3. Accountability
Having a partner is great for those days when you can’t really be bothered to workout. You’re less likely to skip a workout if you know you’re going to be letting someone else down.

  1. You’ll Work Harder.

    Whenever you workout with someone else, the intensity is always going to be greater than when you’re alone. In the back of your mind, you don’t want to be the one who quits early. If you’re both on the same level, chances are you’ll both want to quit at the same time, but you’ll probably end up going a little longer if your friend is still at it.

  1. Healthy Competition.

    Most people tend to perform better in competitive situations. Training with a partner can unlock your competitive drive no matter how chilled out you usually are.

  1. You’ll Probably Get Better Results.
    Surrounding yourself with people who are active and eat well encourages you to do the same.

    Researchers at Harvard University found that you can “catch” obesity (along with smoking habits and happiness) because it spreads like an infectious disease. The experts found that your risk of becoming obese rises by two percent for every five obese social contacts you have.

    Fortunately, the reverse is true, too. If you’re overweight, you’re more likely to lose weight if you spend time with your fit friends —and the more time you spend together, the more weight you lose, according to a 2016 study published in the journal Obesity.

 

So, if you haven’t got a training partner then give it a try. You don’t have to do every workout with them, even if it’s just once a week, you will start to see some of the benefits above.

Your training partner could be a family member, a friend, neighbour, or just someone that goes to the same gym.

It’s worth noting that you can get all of those benefits from group training too. Boot Camp is great for all of those things. If you would like to try boot camp you could start with a 7 Day Trial. www.eastcoast-fitness.com/kickstart







Sunderland Echo Workout 10/5/17 – The 777 Workout

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The 777 Workout

The aim of this workout is to complete 7 repetitions of the 7 exercises below, and complete 7 rounds. The workout targets all parts of your body, from head to toe.

7 SQUAT JUMPS

7 PRESS UPS

7 WALKOUTS

7 SIDE STEPS

7 SIT UPS

7 SQUAT JACKS

7 BURPEES

 

60 seconds rest

(advanced fitness levels rest for only 30 seconds)

 

Repeat another 6 rounds so that you complete 7 rounds in total.







Sunderland Echo Workout 3/5/17

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The aim of this workout is to work for 10 minutes without rest.

However, take a rest if you need it. Make a note of how long you have been working, then next time you try this workout make sure you beat your time.

Complete the 3 exercises continuously without rest.

10 SQUATS
10 PRESS UPS
10 LEG RAISES

If you complete the workout and still have energy left, have a rest for 1 minute and complete another round of 10 minutes work.







Chocolate Coconut Crispie Squares

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IMG_3851I think these are my new favourite snacks when I need a chocolate fix. They taste great! The contain healthy ingredients, but they are quite high in calories so be careful not to eat too many!

Makes 16 squares

Total time 20 mins, plus chilling

The squares keep for about 3 days in an airtight container in the fridge

Ingredients:
50g natural cacao powder
50g coconut oil, melted, plus extra for greasing
3 tbsp Pip a Nut coconut almond butter (alternatively, you can use Meridian coconut and peanut butter)
1 tbsp ground turmeric
2 tbsp maple syrup (or you can use date syrup)
3 balls of stem ginger, very finely chopped, plus 3 tbsp syrup from the jar
100g puffed brown rice
50g goji berries or dried cherries, chopped
40g pistachio kernels, roughly chopped

For the top layer
150g coconut oil
80g natural cacao powder
6 tbsp maple syrup
Method:
1 In a large bowl, mix together the cacao powder and coconut oil until the mixture is smooth and glossy. Stir in the nut butter, turmeric, maple syrup, diced step ginger and syrup until completely combined.

2 Add the puffed brown rice and three quarters each of the goji berries and pistachios. Carefully stir together until the mixture is evenly covered in chocolate.

3 Tip the crispie mixture into a lightly greased 20cm square non-stick baking tin, and flatten the mixture with the back of a large spoon. Put in the fridge to chill for 1 hour, or until set (or put in the freezer for
20 minutes).

4 Meanwhile; for the top layer, heat the coconut oil in a small pan until just melted. Stir in the cacao powder and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Stir in the maple syrup and leave to cool and thicken slightly. Spread over the set crispie mixture in the tin and sprinkle with the rest of the goji berries and pistachios. Return to the fridge until set. Loosen the crispie cake at the edges then cut into 16 squares.







Tortilla Pizzas 🍕

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If you love Pizza and haven’t tried these tortilla pizzas yet, you must give them a go!

They contain way less calories than normal pizzas and taste just as good 😋 They only take a few minutes to put together and take 8 minutes to cook!

Ingredients:

1 wholemeal tortilla
1 tbsp tomato puree
Dried oregano (optional)
Hand full of mozzarella cheese, grated
Topping of your choice (if you choose meat make sure it’s pre-cooked because the pizzas are only in the oven for 8 mins)

Instructions:

Pre-heart oven to 200 degrees.

Lay the tortilla on a pizza tray and spread the tomato puree evenly over the tortilla using the back of a spoon. Sprinkle over the oregano if using. Then spread the grated mozzarella evenly over the pizza and finish by placing your toppings on top. Place in the oven for 8-10 minutes.







Plus Size Workout – 5 Min Low Impact HIIT

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The aim of this workout is to work for 5 minutes without rest.

However, take a rest if you need it. Make a note of how long you have been working for and next time you try this workout make sure you beat your time.

Complete the 3 exercises below continuously without rest.

10 SEATED SQUATS
10 LOW IMPACT STAR JUMPS
10 CRUNCHES

If you complete the workout and still have energy left, have a rest for 1 minute and complete another round of 5 minutes work.







Sunderland Echo Workout 26/4/17

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This weeks HIIIT workout is split into two parts. The first part is for your lower body (legs and bum), and the second half is for your upper body (arms, chest, shoulders and core).

 

Round 1 (lower body):

 

The aim is to complete all 8 exercises for 20 seconds each without rest in between them.

 

20 seconds SQUATS

20 seconds SQUAT KICKS

20 seconds SQUAT JACKS

20 seconds ISOMETRIC SQUAT

20 seconds LUNGES

20 seconds REVERSE LUNGES

20 seconds LATERAL SQUAT JUMPS

20 seconds SPEED SKATERS

 

Rest for 1 minute.

 

Round 2 (upper body):

 

20 seconds PRESS UPS

20 seconds PLANK

20 seconds NARROW PRESS UPS

20 seconds T-PLANK

20 seconds PLANK GET UPS

20 seconds REVERSE CROSSOVERS

20 seconds TRICEP DIPS

20 seconds 1 ARM PLANK

 

Rest for 1 minute.

 

Aim to do this twice, so that you complete two lower body rounds and two upper body rounds.

 

 







Sesame Chicken Strips (Healthy Chicken Goujons)

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These Chicken Goujons are crispy and succulent and even more importantly, they are healthy!  These are perfect for kids! For a real treat, dip them into some Garlic Mayo or Sweet Chilli dipping sauce.

 

Serves 8:

Ingredients:

120g ground almonds

70g sesame seeds

2 tbsp melted coconut oil

2 eggs, whisked

800g chicken breasts

Himalayan Salt

 

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas mark 6.

Combine the ground almonds, sesame seeds and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the melted coconut oil and whisked egg.

Cut your chicken into finger-sized pieces. Use one hand to dip a piece of chicken into the egg, then use the other hand to dip it into the almond-sesame mixture. Using separate hands will stop the mixtures clumping. Repeat with each piece of chicken.

Lay the chicken out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and cook for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Flip them after about 20 minutes.







Plus Size Workout 20/4/17

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If you goal is to lose weight, but you have problems with your joints or you have low fitness levels, then give this workout a go.

It will raise your heart rate, which is needed to burn calories, without putting to much pressure on your joints.

The aim is to complete the eight exercises below for 20 seconds each with no rest in between them….

20 seconds SEATED SQUATS
20 seconds LOW IMPACT STAR JUMPS
20 seconds LOW IMPACT HIGH KNEES
20 seconds 4 STEP SHUTTLE WALK
20 seconds LOW IMPACT SIDE STEPS
20 seconds BRIDGES
20 seconds CRUNCHES
20 seconds PLANK
60 seconds rest.
Aim to complete at least 4 rounds. Ideally 5 or 6 😃👍







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