Quinoa Veggie Fried “Rice”

Quinoa is one of my most favourite foods ever. This recipe popped up on my Pintrest this morning and I decided I HAD to make it for dinner.

Easy to make, tastes delicious, will freeze and reheat well I think. We served it with grilled chicken breasts.



H x


Things that happen when you don’t go to the gym for a bit

So I am at nearly 6 weeks of no gym related activities 😦 Gutted.

There are a few things that have happened since that enforced break.

1) My nutrition has gone right off the boil. I am an idiot. At a time when I need to be eating the best food I can to at least try and counteract the lack of gym I am slipping back in to old habits and eating shite 😦  For some bizarre reason I just can’t help myself. Its like I’ve gone on holiday from the gym and I am at an all inclusive hotel with zero willpower. This needs to stop

2) My thighs and arms are not as toned. As quickly as those muscles started to appear they are now disappearing 😦

3) My mental health is suffering. Tired, agitated, stressed. No outlet for it.

4) Boobs. A combo of crap food and no exercise means my boobs are getting bigger again. Some might argue this is a bonus. But now my bras don’t fit comfortably, the swimming costume I wore yesterday bordered on obscene and in my experience when my boobs look bigger, I just look fat. 

What has surprised me, is how quickly I have reverted to bad habits and how quickly my body has followed suit. Need to get a a serious grip of myself. Starting to some proper basic nutrition. Chicken and lentil curry for tea tonight it is then!

H x


Monster Soup!


Having suffered for a few weeks with headaches and dizziness and after a bit of advice from my PT I decided to up my iron and calcium intake. His suggestion was kale and spinach. I am not overly keen on either of these as vegetables in their own right but don’t mind them in things.

After a bit of searching I found a recipe for ‘Monster soup’ aka spinach and kale soup.


When the onions, garlic and ginger were cooking it smelt lovely, then we added the spinach and kale and I thought “this is going to be really bitter” but it was delicious! We didn’t add yeast flakes (mainly because we didn’t know what they were!) and we forgot to add the lemon juice at the end but it still tasted lovely. We made ours with rice but can see this would work fine with quinoa too.

The soup is very green looking so we thought our three year old would like eating monster food, sadly I think she found it too much for her little taste buds, but we enjoyed it.

H x

Feeling agitated and on edge

So I’ve got about 2 & half weeks of this medically related embargo of going to the gym and it really is driving me insane!

I am missing it, a lot.

I am missing having an outlet for stress.

I am missing getting sweaty, feeling like I am going to vomit, feeling that weirdly comforting pain in my muscles as I work them hard and then feeling sore the next day. (sounds really delightful when you put it like that!)

I am missing focussing on health.

I am finding it increasingly difficult not to slip in to bad habits. I had momentum before Christmas and it feels like I am losing that momentum fast.

I can’t wait to get back in the gym, I can’t wait to start focussing again and pick my momentum up again.  I feel like one of those little wind up toys. As long as I keep winding up Im ok, but as soon as I stop winding I stop.

I feel uneasy, agitated and on edge. I need an outlet and fast. 😦

H x

Having a break

Well for a variety of reasons and on the advice of my doctor I’m having a break from the gym for a month or so. I’m about 3 weeks in to said break (hoping to get back on it in 3 weeks time) and it is driving me crackers!

I hadn’t realised how much I had become reliant on fitness to allow me to destress, relax, forget about work, focus on myself etc.

I feel like Helen from this time last year 😦 I feel unfit, fat, depressed. Realistically I know I haven’t slipped back to that weight or fitness BUT I have definitely slipped a little. I’m finding it hard to focus on healthy eating at the moment too.

I feel lethargic, exhausted, unmotivated and sad.

What concerns me is when I do get back to it, hopefully in a few weeks time how much it will hurt again, how much of a mental battle I will have to have to get back in to it. I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again but I think it won’t be as simple as putting my trackie bottoms and trainers on and cracking on where I left off.


I can’t wait to get back in the gym and start making some progress again but for now I just need a bit of patience.
H x

Quinoa side dish with pine nuts and spring onions

The first time I tried cooking quinoa it was an unmitigated disaster. It was like frog spawn. Slimy and not very nice to eat at all.

But then I stumbled across this recipe. This recipe is absolutely delicious.  It works well as a side dish with poultry, fish and even steak.In the past I have also added chopped boiled egg and bacon to it and had it for breakfast. You can eat it hot or cold, it freezes and reheats well. I cook it with olive oil (mainly because I have no idea what canola oil is!) also I don’t put salt in it. I have made this with chicken stock but it does work with water if you don’t have chicken stock available.

Quinoa isn’t as heavy as rice. There is some debate about whether quinoa is paleo or not. It seems to come down to what your beliefs are about whether it is a legume/grain etc or not and whether you think they are allowed, it definitely seems to be open to interpretation. But it is perfectly ok if you are eating clean.



H x