Excited

I’m extremely and dangerously hyper right now and so I thought I needed to share it with you all.

I’ve just done something quite mad… Something I can’t yet say/announce because it may not really come about.

But now talking about it (to myself) has made feel like I’m on cloud 9 after drinking 20 cups of coffee.

Today is a good day.

Love Evie X

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GET VISUAL. STAY FOCUSED

There will be a time in life where we all fall off our pathways, sometimes its actually necessary we do so! Sometimes we need to. Life is a journey so don’t panic if at some point you feel you’re not where you “should” be or “need” to be, just embrace that flippant and unexpected moment/block/time.

 Live in the moment and keep on smiling, as long as you’re happy you’re doing something right!!

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I see a lot of my friends stressed and upset because they’re unsure of the next step or where they’re heading or even feeling under pressure because its not what they had or anyone else had expected for them. Again dont panic, sit back and enjoy the ride. Life is a learning curve, and we’re here to enjoy ourselves, to experiences things and to make the most of it!

I felt a little lost a few years ago, nothing to work for because I had no clear image of what I wanted to do or where I wanted to be. Before I found the power to let go of this pressure, it was an awful time for me. I was stressed and ever so down, I felt left behind in comparison to my friends. But its not about anyone else, this is about your individual journey and what you can do with it.

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Travelling really helped me find myself…as cliche as that sounds.

“the world is a book and those who dont travel read only one page” – Augustine of Hippo

One of my favourite quotes!! The people, the places and the experiences. Travelling will always be a passion of mine and I advise anyone and everyone to get out there and find out things you never knew about yourself and the world around you!!

Anyhow. The point of this post is to assure you that its OKAY to go do things that may not have been on the agenda, that may not have been ‘Mummys’ and ‘Daddys’ expectations, or even your childhood dreams.
The worst thing you can do is feel alone, stressed and  feeling uneasy about the future.

Firstly, if needs be, go and find yourself! Go travel, take up a few crazy hobbies, do something you and no one else would expect you to! It may take a few weeks or a few years to realise what it is you would like to do. It certainly took me around 18 months to realise all I wanted to do was to help others achieve their goals both mentally and physically. And I had the time of my life doing it.

Secondly GET VISUAL.  write down your goals. Long term and short term, and then you have something to work for, something to get excited about.
This idea got thrown upon me by a good friend and its REALLY helped me, I wrote my very own Goals List 2 months ago and I must say most have already kicked off!! Wahoo.
I’d advise to write these goals with the words – I will
For example ;
I will have saved “x” amount of money by this time next year.
I will have travelled to “x” in january.
I will have got the job promotion

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Set your goals and get excited. Life is one big journey. Positive vibes. Positive life.

One of my many goals lists and my pin up vision WALL. Inspiration everywhere 🙌

For those who like to be a little creative, how about doing a Vision board!!!
Lets get back to the primary school days and get daft with the craft..
Im talking colours, cut outs, quotes, drawings, pin-ups. You name it, just board it!
Put your dreams and ambitions up on this magical board and keep re-visiting it.

 TO ACHIEVE IT, YOU MUST BELIEVE IT… now to believe it, YOU MUST SEE IT.

For anyone digging a little deeper, I would recommend reading the book “The Secret” by Rhonda Bryne. I also found this a huge help to me and my outlook on things, Keeps your mind focused and feeling positive and thats the one thing we all need to have in life. Postivity.

Much love, sending positive vibes your way X

Ps. I would love to see your vision boards!! Send me them through and be creative!!!

WAKE UP // SHAKE UP

Bonjour le monde!
The past few weeks I’ve had a fair few people asking me if I can put together a short FAT BURNING exercise routine for them. Potentially my readers too, would like to try out one I have devised. A pure beauty she is.
Now of course for some of you, you may require in depth one on one work  to reach your goals but for most this one off routine should help blast that unwanted fat – It’s more about how much YOU push YOURSELF.
The harder you go, the more you burn!

When wanting to burn fat, the best method to go with is HIIT as I explained in my “Morning Blast” post. A style of training called Tabata is something you should absorb, it is what I use for a lot of my own training.  Note it down and research it later.

Here goes a short devised fat burning beauty;

Firstly take note; we’ll be working at a 2;1 ratio. Working out for 20 seconds, and resting for 10. No more, no less… Aim to keep within the time frames.

WARM UP

March in place for 10 seconds after each warmup exercise.

Jumping Jacks
Duration: 20 seconds

Toy Soldier
Swing left leg and right arm to touch toes. Repeat on other side.
Duration: 20 sec.

Hackey Sack
Tap left ankle with right hand. Repeat on other side.
Duration: 20 sec.

High Knees 
Duration: 20 sec.

ROUND ONE-
Remember 2:1

Jump rope/Skipping rope  ( if no jump rope, use your imagination! )

rest

Burpees 

rest

Jumping squats

rest

Jumping jacks into squats

rest

Repeat all of above and move straight into –

ROUND TWO

Fast Feet – sprint on spot

rest

Pushup

rest

Quad Touch Jump Squats
Place hands on quads, jump and reach with hands to ceiling. Land in squat position.

rest

Mountain Climbers

rest

Repeat all of above and move straight into

ROUND THREE

Skaters

rest

T Jacks
Start with arms in a T. One touches the floor while the other is still out in a T.

Rest

Single Leg Burpees

Rest

Fast butt kicks

Rest

Repeat all of above and move straight into

ROUND FOUR abs-mazing

Plank Ups
From plank position, place right palm down, then left, to get in pushup position. Then, come back down onto forearms.

Rest

Bicycles

Rest

Supermans

Rest

Crunches

Rest…END

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HALLEJUAH. This style of workouts is SO effective when performed to our best ability! Only you can make a change to your body, only you can push yourself to the end! Make it happen. Why not start today?
Get off your bums and put your laptop down, go grab a big glass of water and sweat towel and jump into some comfy clothing. Whizz some pumping music on, and get to work.
20 seconds GOGOGO, 10 seconds rest.
Try this every morning before breakfast if possible and if the timings not all good for you in the morning then do this workout when you can fit it in EVERY DAY.. theres no excuses. You DONT need a lot of time for this and you DONT need a gym.
Give it 2 weeks maximum of doing this routine each morning and I promise you you’ll see and feel the difference phsically and mentally. Not only will fat be dripping off you, your cardio ability will actually improve!!

Double whammy, Enjoy and let me know how you get on!

Much love X

FREE FROM DELICIOUS CAKE

Oh that Sunday feelin’ is here!
Last week I spent my Sunday experimenting in the kitchen (my home kitchen…the one which actually has an oven!) like a mad professor trying to come up with something oh so delicious but also nutritious…. and my oh my did I do it!
Trialling the bad boy I made with my friends, and of course it was an absolute hit!! Therefore, I want to share this magical cake with you to try at home and make your own!

It kind of fits with the whole Christmas spirit at the moment as it actually oozes spice  s and cinnamon flavours. A fruit cake for all… so god damn easy so god damn good.

Ingredients-
170g Gluten free flour
50 g ground almond
80ml orange juice
250 g mixed dried fruit
1 tsp mixed spices (I used my Grandmas own concoction)
200g chopped dates
300 ml water

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Okay so now what you want to do is –

Throw the dates and the water into a pan on a high heat until the water is boiling. Once boiled, lower the heat and allow the mixture to simmer for 10-15 minutes / until the mixture is soft and combined.

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Whilst the dates are stewing, sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl and add in all the other ingredients. Mix all together thoroughly.

Take the dates of the heat and allow to cool for 20 minutes.
Now we can go grab a coffee or make a juice, and await… Time seems to go by rather slowly now but do not pick at the dates… I have to tell myself this, all the time.

Now add the dates into the mixing bowl and use your hands to combine everything together nicely! Oh yes, let’s get sticky!!

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Wash your hand and grease and line a BREAD tin so that its ready for you to scoop on in your beautiful creation. The ‘fruity tootie’ mixture.

Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the mixture is a golden colour and when you test it with a knife, it comes out clean.

Done?? Yey, smells good eh?

Serve it hot or allow to cool and keep for all the friends and family.
Be warned though, it is very addictive! Do not leave out for creeping hands.

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Send me in your fruity specials!

Much Love

Evie  X

Appy A’lloween

Hello friends! Been a short while, I know; a good week?

I do apologise for the delay in publishing my posts. I’m really not this slack usually, just been insanely busy with other forms of work. Happy days!!

Okay, as mentioned in my previous MINI MOO post, I love this time of year… SO many exciting events to look forward to! Festive… Festive… Festive.

It’s nearing Halloween and so I decided I’d get crafty with a fellow fitness hunk (absolutely helpless in the kitchen…lost soul) and go wild with the classic Halloween icon…. the petrifying pumpkin!

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From using and abusing the delightful orange head, to making wacky faces… we also made pumpkin & spiced apple delights with a gluten free crumble-like topping. Baked inside miniature pumpkins, dazzled with cinnamon, they are scarily good!! In fact, freakishly delicious. Not to mention, frighteningly healthy – BLOODY PUMPTASTIC!!
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Parents, this is a great way to engage and inspire your children to learn tasty and healthy recipes whilst having a ball, improving their art and craft skills. Boo-ya! Winner!!

Go and get your hands on;

1 large cooking apple
3 miniature pumpkins (munchkins)
1 large pumpkin
1 tsp grounded cinnamon
1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar

Topping-
60 grams gluten free plain flour
30 grams unsalted butter
30 grams brown sugar

For the centre goodness, lets get everything prepped.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
Large pumpkin –  chop the top off and spoon out as much of the centre as possble. Then cut into quarters and place on a baking tray, then into the oven until softened.

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Large apple – peel and chop the apple into small squares and place in a pan with a 100ml of water. Turn the heat on high and add in the cinnammon and the sugar. Stir and keep stirring. Once everything has softened and combined together, taste it to see if it’s as sweet as you’d like it. If not, add in more. Remember you can always add more. You can’t take away.

Once both of the components are ready, take the pan off the heat and the pumpkin out of the oven. The pumpkin should be easily stripped away from the skin. It should be extremely soft. Using half of the baked pumpkin, spoon the pumpkin off the skin and dice. Throw it into the pan and stir. Heat for a little longer if necessary.

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For the topping-

Using a large bowl, sieve the flour and the sugar and then throw in the butter. Using your finger tips (this is where it can get messy), rub the mixture together until it forms into bread-crumbs. Dont over-rub!

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Once all the goodness is done, cut the tops off your munchkins and spoon out the middle. Using a knife, make some incisions into the pumpkins insides and rim. Now sprinkle cinammon over and a little brown sugar …and, if you like things sweet, a drizzle of maple syrup.

Now fill in the munchkin with the apple and pumpkin mixture and top it off with the gluten free topping.

Boom, now we are ready to go! Place it into the oven for 10 minutes until the topping is golden and the pumpkin is slightly soft and crisp on the outside.

Once crisp, take it out and well… enjoy!!! Get messy with your pumpkin.

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Happy Halloween, all!!

Much Love X

More on Raw

As we’re an all raw foods company, I thought it may be of your interest to understand a little more on raw. mint010

It seems we are becoming more health conscious as a world which is fabulous yet many of us still make bad food choices and see no wrong.

Now I’m not saying never eat a chocolate bar or a fast food meal but be aware that what you’re continuously putting into your body is affecting your physical and mental health.

When researching on this topic: I came across a statement made by Dr. C . Everett Koop, a former American general surgeon.

Food sustains us,… Yet what we eat may affect our risk for several of the leading causes of death for Americans, notably, coronary heart disease, stroke, arteriosclerosis, diabetes, and some types of cancer. These disorders together now account for more than two-thirds of all deaths in the United States.” 

With this in mind, you must understand that because we have so many options of ready meals, cheap meat, and quick snacks; we are being consumed by a retail world that cares nothing less than the money in their pockets. These foods are all riddled with chemicals, additives and have little nutritional value. These foods are what cause illnesses. Our bodies were not designed to absorb man made chemicals…

So… Why Raw?

As raw food is kept in the purest and natural form, it means that there is nothing artificial that your body will be harmed by.
When we cook things, we actually destroy the vital and essential nutrients that we need to stay healthy. Cooking food actually kills off plenty of the enzymes that our bodies NEED to naturally digest…. It’s a no brainer?!

Now I’m not going to sit here and say I eat raw 24/7… because I don’t but I do make a conscious effort to eat Raw or choose things that aren’t processed and full of rubbish.

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So why not start today: swap that ready meal for something home made or better yet try out a raw dish! They are super easy and just as delicious.
I will follow up this blog post with one of my favourite raw dishes so you can have a go yourself if you are struggling with ideas.

Before your next mouthful… think more! THINK RAW.

Much Love

Evie Xo

A smile for a smile

I noticed today that the sound of laughter makes me smile.

The sight of friends rejoicing makes me feel warm inside.

On my way home from work today, I saw a young boy showing off his car to his Grandma, holding his (what I believe to be) driving test papers… I couldn’t stop smiling for the rest of my journey home.

It’s funny how little things like that can have an impact on someone else too… someone else out of the situation.

I feel we’ve become a world where there is less and less eye contact with strangers, less warm smiles to walkers by, and less “please” and “thank you”. I’m too sure why we all think we’re better than the person next to us not to crack a smile because at the end of the day no matter who we are, we are all on the same path and it may just be you can change a strangers day with just one smile…

A few of my personal friends reading this will probably be cringing at how soft I sound but I felt I needed to write this as honestly I bounce off peoples energies and although I was already buzzing inside with happiness, seeing that small moment of laughter and joy made my cheshire cat smile grow even more.

The more you smile, the more everyone else will.
The more you love, the more love you’ll feel around you.
The more you compliment, the more positive air you’ll be surrounded with.
Make someone smile today!

 
It’s friday, enjoy

 

Evie X

 

A mini moo

Thrivin’ Thursday!!

I’m calling to all the chocolate fans out there, to all the sweet toothed gods and godess’. I have just perfected my delicious mini pot of chocolate heaven. A pot of pure raw goodness. Now my beautiful mother is absolute sweet fiend ( and I am too at heart ) and so I gave her a weeny pot to let her use her magical sweet taste buds to do their thing and give me their verdict. OH YES. We have a winner, she asked for another!

Okay, now sometimes you’re having one of those days/nights, you’re sat indoors and if in england, it’s probably raining outside and all you’re craving is something sweet, something delicious, something oh so dreamy.. BUT WAIT you can’t. You promised yourself you’d be good and stay clean. Sigh.

Eh presto, rub the nearest lamp next to you and I’ll give your wish. I dare you.

A GUILT FREE TREAT!

2 large soft avocados
1/2 banana
A splash of almond milk
1 tbsp of cacao powder
A drizzle of agave
1/2 tsp of coconut oil

So simple, all you need to do is get yourself a blender of some form, whack in all the ingredients and whizz and voila, you have yourself a RAW HEALTHY DELICIOUS CHOCO MOUSSE. Boo-ya. Just scoop it out in however many dishes you like and refridgerate for about an hour to ensure they’re cold yummy beauties when devoured.

 

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Topped with Chia seeds

Please have a go and Let me know! I would love see your mini moo’s.

Much Love X

 

Uni : the be all or end all

Firstly, this is just an article on how to keep yourselves in fine shape through those party months of your new chapters.

Hello European Lovers!
It’s that time of year again for us to get started or head back to university. Summer is, unfortunately, over now and term is just beginning!!

Just dropped my brother back off at Leeds university , unbelievably excited for him to start his last year of uni adventure! I’m sure a lot of you, who are just starting off in the first year of university, are feeling a whole mix of emotions! Well let me wish you all the best and assure you its all going to be tip top toe!!
Words of wisdom; Get social, and throw yourselves into uni life. Make it count!!

This post today actually applies also to the ‘travelling souls’ (my favourite kind of people!!) as well as Uni students; it goes one way or another…. I hope you’re all getting my drift.

It happens to all of us, to grow or shrink in size, so to be speak.
Don’t let Uni life get the better of you!! Keep on top of what you’re consuming, what you’re ‘downing’, and how active/inactive you’re becoming, because, trust me, this lifestyle change brings big physical change.

We all say it, think it and know it …so don’t do it!

It’s hard at uni, especially for the Freshers. For those who are heading back, you’re in a routine, you know what to expect, keep up with the good habits.
For Freshers, alcohol is going to take over your lives!
And what goes hand in hand with being blindly drunk? Fat bloomin’ food! UH OH…

TIPS FOR THE UNI BUMS –

1) Do your 15 minute morning HIIT!!
Blast that fat, dedication, determination and commitment – do not slack. Keep winning at life. Check out my ‘morning blast’ post for some ideas.

2) drink VODKA, LIME AND SODA. Oh yeeeeeeeee, my one and only. I personally believe this to be the queen and king drink of health in the alcohol society. Hallelujah. As I hope all of you know, drinking = calories. It’s ze juices and fizzy pop that contain a lot of the crappiness that ends up sitting on parts of our body we hate. Muffin top mania! SO sticking to V.L.S is the best way forward, a ‘guilt-free beverage’!  The soda also keeps you hydrated, meaning no stinky headache the next day! Hurrah!!

3) KEEP A LOCK ON THE GOODIES CUPBOARD. Now this is my WORST habit, that I seriously need to lock down. I, somewhat, turn into a fatty food eating monster when I come in from a heeeeeavy night out. It’s just not okay… I hope there are a few of you out there that can share my pain… but, yes. stay away from the midnight feasting. It’s never pretty.

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4) Choose wisely.
Okay so we all know that healthy foods costs a lot more ‘dolla’. Because that makes sense doesn’t it??? Students on a tight budget welcome to your array of Mcdonald’s burgers, whilst the other half can have champagne and caviar. Okaaaaaaay.

There are ways around this – Don’t use the money thing as an excuse, because if you’re that determined, and that well driven, maybe you’ll think that you don’t need that pair of shoes this week or you don’t need to go out boozing tonight… No, instead you’re going to help yourself to something else, bar the super noodles.
Try having eggs for breakfast, value eggs? They’re still eggs. Learn to love eggs. I adore them. Have your lunch, whatever that may be, and, perhaps for a dinner, Chilli con carne. Use turkey mince (leanest meat) as your base and go ahead as normal. Make a big batch and freeze the rest for later use.

Most of all, just be active. Join a sports team, get a job, or even dance all night… All of these things, although different, allow your amazing machine (body) to move and stretch and twist whilst being SOCIALLY ACTIVE too.

Do not turn Uni life into Sloth life. Be aware of the environment you are in. Enjoy it but stay on top.

Remember:

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Much Love X

SWEET POT : RED PEPP : COCO MILK WARMING SOUP

Holy effin’ Moly,
Unbelievable that September is here and SO winter is already on it’s way to our front doors… Don’t get me wrong, this time of year I love!! I’m the biggest festive person. Hurray. If we jump ahead a month or two : I loooove wrapping up snug, having fires, getting huuuuuge sausages, delicious hot chocolates and mulled wines at the christmas ( german ) markets ( so blooming excited!! Yes… 4 beautiful months away), going ice skating and doing all those other winter things. OH YES, IT’S BECOMING THAT TIME OF YEAR.

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However, ( and that is a strong however) as I’m sure the majority of you, who too experience cold winters will agree with me, the delightful winter chill is just not okay; not being able to button up your shirt properly because your fingers are frozen, or catching the lovely cold that seems to pass round like wild fire or even looking so pale it’s ghostly. Meh.
WELL I guess my positive inner self is meant to jump in at this point and say ; “Where there’s a high, there’s a low” . But  SERIOUSLY eh presto, CHRISTMAS IS ROUND THE CORNER.

Anyhow I’ve gathered you all here today because I want to share a little loco something with you, so read  c a r e f u l l y  because I’m bringing to you… as promised, a bloomin’ loco with coco soup. Boo’ya!

How does this tickle your fancy – SWEET POTATO, RED PEPPER AND COCONUT MILK SOUP. Eh?

Absolutely spandanglin’ delightful.
Okay here goes; you may want to note this down for your next food shop-

 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 large onion – diced 
 60 mL Coconut oil
freshly ground black pepper
3 Celery stalks  – chopped 
3 large Carrots – chopped
3  cloves garlic, minced
4 large roasted red peppers – coarsely chopped
1  Litre vegetable stock
250 ml  coconut milk
Large handful of fresh sweet basil, thinly sliced

Okay firstly preheat your oven to 190 degrees, then prep all your veg as advised in the ingredients list.
Done??
Now the boring bits over, lets get down to it!

Place the sweet potatoes and the onions on a baking sheet. Drizzle with a teeny bit of the Coco oil and sprinkle black pepper to taste. Toss to coat and roast those babies for around 20 minutes or until golden.

Time over?? Fab, now set aside.

Heat the remaining coconut oil in a large  pan over a medium-high heat and then throw in the celery, carrots, garlic and seasoning(  I, for one, do not use salt…it’s the devil but If one loves the salt rocks, add in as desired.) Stir in the roasted red peppers and sweet potato mixture and cook on medium for 10 minutes.

Oh yea, now it’s time to get LOCO WITH COCO. Add the vegetable stock and coconut milk. Season with salt and pepper and increase the heat  in order to bring the bubbles alive. As soon as it starts boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer soup, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes. Once done,  remove from heat and allow to cool for five minutes before using a blender.

I use a blender but you can use whatever instrument fits in order to puree the soup to the desired consistency. I loooove it thick and creamy with a hint of spice ( got to love the pepper ) but YOU can tweak it to make it  your own.

Finalement, garnish with basil or coconut shavings and boom, you’ve just got bloody LOCO with COCO in a winter special soup.

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Let me know how you go and please send me your versions!! I would love to see how you go. Go get cosy on the sofa, get the fire lit and round the troop up.
Enjoy your loco with coco soup!!

Much love X