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What will you be eating on Shrove Tuesday?

16 Feb

Tomorrow is Shrove Tuesday, which is now often referred to as ‘Pancake Day’. For many people, this involves an evening of indulging in crepes topped with lemon and sugar… but it doesn’t have to be a fattening event.

There are lots of recipes for healthy savoury pancakes online, but I’m more interested in sweet pancakes.

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Last year, the lovely folks at MyProtein.com sent me some maple syrup protein pancake mix to try. If you’ve been following my blog, you may have seen some of my earlier posts where I tried it out. It’s really easy to make, you just need some of the powder and some milk:

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Heat some oil in a pan (I used coconut oil) and then pour some batter in.

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If you’re a skilful cook lucky, then your pancake will turn out golden brown and even:

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Alternatively, if your cooking skills aren’t quite up to scratch, you may end up with a slightly messier pancake, but I can guarantee that it will still taste delicious!

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The mix that I used is the maple syrup flavour. It smells and tastes exactly like maple syrup, but there are several other flavours available:

  • Unflavoured
  • Chocolate
  • Golden syrup

Have a look at the great offers available on the website.

Are you going to have pancakes tomorrow? What’s your favourite topping/filling?

7 Christmas stocking fillers for cyclists (or runners, or swimmers, or triathletes)

22 Dec

OK, so I’ve been a little slow off the mark with this, but that matches my life… I’ve not quite finished my Christmas shopping yet either (and my wonderful OH’s birthday is on Christmas Eve, so there’s extra pressure here!) Here are seven different Christmas gift ideas for the athlete in your life.

  1. A tube of nuun (£6.00 from nuun.co.uk)
Nuun

Nuun

A tube of nuun is a perfect stocking filler. If you’ve not heard of nuun before, it’s an electrolyte hydration tablet that comes in a range of delicious flavours. (If you’re buying some for me, Kona cola is my favourite flavour). Just drop a tab into a 500ml bottle of water and you’ve got a sugar-free drink with all the electrolytes you need to keep you going. A single nuun tube has enough tabs to make twelve 500ml drinks.

  1. A work of art relating to your friend’s interests, such as a Spilsbury print: (£30.00 from http://spilsbury.bigcartel.com) or a print from Sisu (£40.00 from https://www.madewithsisu.com/ )

Spilsbury print

A bit more than your average stocking-filler, but for £30 you get a signed and dated poster from one of the UK’s leading cycling artists.

Alternatively, you could get something a little more personal (assuming you can lay your hands on your friend’s Strava or Runkeeper data). You can choose between 4 different colours for the route (orange, yellow, blue or pink); you also choose the time-scale and the title of the poster. (Glancing at mine, I’m surprised by just how much time I’ve spent at the track this year, and it’s also pretty easy for me to recognise Southampton parkrun).

A poster created using my Strava data

  1. Some innovative sports nutrition from Mule Bar (£7.99 for a pack of 5 from mulebar.com )

Mule bar savory

Dorset-based Mule Bar were already known for producing organic, fair trade energy bars with creative flavours like Licorice Allsports and Summer Pudding – now they’ve  launched a savoury bar, Eastern Express, to put a tang in your ride – I’ve not tried this flavour yet, so I’m hoping that someone will put some in my stocking!

(Alternatively, a healthy eating cookery book is a great gift if your beloved athlete has enough time to spend in the kitchen. If anyone can recommend a smoothie book with lots of suggestions for using spirulina, please let me know!)

  1. BodyGlide (£6.46 from wiggle.com )

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Despite sounding like something you might find in Ann Summers, body glide is loved by triathletes to eliminate chafing from their wetsuits. (It can also be used on your feet to avoid blisters, if you’re prone to them when running… and on your thighs if your legs are slghtly larger and you like short shorts!)

Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than a good anti-chafe balm, so this one should be a firm favourite over the festive period. (If I’m going to complete the Scilly Swim Challenge, I think I’m going to need to take out shares in this company!!!)

6.  For female cyclists, I recommend some new SOAS kit (from http://shop.soasracing.com/cycling/) – for chaps, I’d recommend anything from Castelli (from http://www.castellicafe.co.uk/castelli-winter-mens-collection)

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7. Finally, as it’s the festive season, how about a bit of indulgence? I’m not talking about a chocolate orange, I’m thinking of some whey protein in a special seasonal flavour http://www.myprotein.com/sports-nutrition/impact-whey-protein-christmas-flavours/10879659.html (£15.79, but you can get 20% off using the discount code: CHRISTMAS).

– Cherry brandy

– Irish cream

– Marzipan Christmas cake

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What’s on your Christmas wish list?

Spiru… what? Pond gunk or superfood?

7 Dec

Recently the lovely people at myprotein.com sent me some spirulina, so I thought I’d give it a try.

The first time I heard of spirulina was nearly a decade ago when  crazy “doctor” Gillian McKeith talked about it on ‘You are what you eat’. McKeith’s credentials have since been rubbished, but that doesn’t mean that everything she talked about was wrong – few people would argue with eating a healthy diet including plenty of fresh fruit and veg.

Spirulina has been described as a ‘super food’ as it is high in protein, iron and vitamin B12 – as a vegetarian, this is great news. The benefits of spirulina are described below:

Spirulina for good health

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But what is spirulina? It’s an algae or cyanobacteria, which doesn’t sound particularly delicious, and I’ll be honest, it doesn’t look terribly appetising.
So, what should I do with the spirulina? I knew that most people use it in smoothies, but what should I combine it with? I turned to Pinterest for inspiration: http://www.pinterest.com/nutrexhawaii/spirulina-recipes-we-love/
Unfortunately, I’ve not done my weekly shopping yet, so I had to choose a simple recipe that included ingredients that I had in my house:

Spirulina Green Juice

1 cucumber
2 medium-sized apples
1 small lemon or lime
1 teaspoon Spirulina powder

Adventures with spirulina

I gathered together the required ingredients, which was easy enough. There were no instructions with the recipe, but I figured that it should be easy enough to make a smoothie. I don’t have a juicer, but that didn’t worry me. I chopped the ends off the cucumber and cored the apple. I decided that peeling the cucumber and the apples was probably unnecessary. Then I got to the lemon – hmm, what should I do with it? I carefully zested it and then cut off the pith and removed the pips.

I chopped the ingredients a little and then threw them into my blender with a little water.

After I had blended the ingredients, I added a teaspoon of spirulina powder.

My spirulina smoothie

My spirulina smoothie

I will admit that the finished result looked somewhat like the murky water in the lake that I swim in :-S On the plus side, it did smell good.

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Ready to taste it…

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Delicious 🙂

I took my first sip and was pleasantly surprised. It tasted good 😀 There was enough for two glasses, so I gave the other one to my husband, Stu.

Stuart trying my smoothie

Stuart trying my smoothie

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Stuart was a little more wary, but I think his feedback was generally good: “It tastes of lemon, but has a green thing texture. It’s a bit chewy.”
Overall, I think it was a success, but I probably need a better blender and adding a little more water may have helped! I sipped the smoothie before adding the spirulina and although I noticed a slight difference, it wasn’t unpleasant.
If you’re thinking of improving your health in 2015, there are plenty of free courses (MOOCs – Massive Online Open Courses) that are available online. I’m thinking about doing ‘The body matters’ on EdX: https://www.edx.org/course/body-matters-mcgillx-body101x#.VIHfd9aAYzwd
Have you tried spirulina? What did you think of it? Can you recommend any recipes?
If you’d like a discount on spirulina, visit: http://www.myprotein.com/voucher-codes.list
To find out more about the myprotein.com Spirulina, visit this site: http://www.myprotein.com/sports-nutrition/spirulina/10530515.html

Mmmm maple protein pancakes

25 Nov

As a vegetarian, I’ve had an interest in protein for a long time. There’s lots of conflicting information about the healthiness of vegetarian diets, with some people arguing that it’s not possible to get enough protein from plant sources. I disagree with this, but as a very active person who is trying to lose weight, it is preferable for me to increase the amount of protein in my diet, so that I’m relying less on carbs to curb my hunger. Protein is also good for building muscle, and with the cross-training sessions that I’ve been doing, that’s definitely something that I need help with!

The lovely people at myprotein.com recently sent me some protein pancake mix and some Spirulina powder to try.

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What a great slogan – I’ve got lots of ambition and it definitely needs fuelling!

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I’ve tried protein powder before, but have only used it in a smoothie or porridge. I’m not a great baker, but I love pancakes, so I was excited to try the protein pancake mix.

On Sunday morning, I went out for a training run withe the Marafun people. I ran up to the meeting point, and then we went out for a 10.5km run. The group I was in was being led by Rob, a coach from my running club, and Pete a Run Leader from my running club. They’re both lovely guys and experienced runners. Rob is a firm believer in Maffetone training for endurance sports – this is aerobic training (low heart rate). Unfortunately, it’s a tough kind of training to start off with as it involves lots of slow running initially. My husband is trying it at the moment – I hope it works out as well for him as it has done for his friends.

It was cold and wet when we were out running… and I felt even colder after we had stopped for a chat at the end. Fortunately, we had a short run to get home and help me to warm up again. Overall, I ran just over 15km, with most of it at quite a fast pace… which meant that I felt I deserved a treat. Maple protein pancakes were on the menu.

I was pleasantly surprised by how easy the packet was to open and even more surprised by the heavenly aroma that greeted me. I had expected it to have a synthetic smell; instead, it smelt exactly like a jar of maple syrup – delicious.

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The next step in the process was to weigh out the powder and mix it with milk or water – I decided to go for a combination of milk and water. A true chef would have weighed out the powder and then slowly added the liquid whilst stirring to form a smooth paste… but I’m not a true chef, so I weighed out the protein powder in my measure jug and then topped it up with the liquid. It was a bit lumpy and took a bit of whisking to smooth out the lumps – oops! I think it would also have been possible to mix it in a smoothie shaker, but I don’t have one.

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I heated some oil in my omelette pan and added the mixture. It smelt so good that I was desperate for it to be ready. It was looking great until I tried to turn it over… my culinary skills let me down, so it didn’t quite go as planned.

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At this stage, I must point out that this is what always happens to my pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. I have never fried a perfect pancake first time, but I usually get it right before I run out of batter!  I also believe in the authenticity of my blogging – this is my real life, it’s not just someone’s beautifully staged instagram account – so I thought I should share these images with you.

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I dished up the pancake anyway, as I was desperate to try it. It tasted a thousand times better than it looks. I had thought that it might not taste as good as it smelled, but it was much better. I thought it might need some additional maple syrup, but it was perfect as it was.

Fortunately, there was more batter left, so I was able to make some more pancakes, which turned out much better:

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I made up the mixture as described on the packet and was able to make 4 large pancakes. They all tasted really good, even if they didn’t all look perfect.

So, next up is the Spirulina… I’d love to hear whether you’ve tried it before and what your recommendations are. I’m hoping to be able to make some delicious smoothies for after training.

If you’d like to try some myprotein.com products, there are some discount codes available here: http://www.myprotein.com/voucher-codes.list