STAY FIT AND STUDY?

“Workout early in the morning, before your brain figures out what you’re doing.” Whether we like it or not, school’s back. I think many of us dread this season: summer drifting away, colder weather approaching, late night homework sessions dominating. I don’t know about you, but I shudder whenever I hear the word ‘September’ or see a ‘Back…

THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA

This week my blog turns one year old. Hold up..does that make me an official blogger yet?! Starting my blog was a bit of an experiment really. My parents have backgrounds in graphic design, and my Mum is a keen writer and photographer. She noticed my keen interest in cooking and baking – which later expanded…

SKIN SUPERFOODS: FACE MASK

If you browse through the internet, you’re sure to discover many recipes for homemade face masks, many of which are bizarre and often gross concoctions of ingredients like tomato, banana and egg, which you’d never dream of putting on your face, let alone rinse down the sink, clogging up the drains (trust me: been there, done…

GONE BANANAS? NICE CREAM

What’s that sound?! No, it’s not Mr Whippy’s ice cream van, instead it’s the nice cream stall rolling in! As nostalgic as the classic ninety-niner is, that whipped to perfection sweet treat is loaded full of refined sugar and processed ‘dairy’, not to mention its humongous calorie count! This healthy version could soon replace your tubs of Ben & Jerry’s. I know…

SUMMERTIME ACTIVITIES

“Have a sweaty summer!” Hooray…school’s out! Long evenings, pool parties, lie-ins – there’s just something so special about the summer months. Many of us set goals of ‘being fit for summer’, or ‘having Pinterest-worthy summer workout plans’. Others simply sunbathe and snore their way through the summertime – I mean, we are teenagers after all;…

BEATS ON. WORLD OFF. HELLO BEASTMODE.

Music. So much more than just sound; my motivation, my coach, my inspiration, my workout buddy. It’s like that pushy coach that no-one wants to work with, despite the fact that they know they’ll always get the best out of themselves with them around. This also happens when I’m listening to music, loud music, that…

16 STRETCHES FOR RUNNERS

If you’re a runner, you’ll know – probably all too well – the aftermath of most runs. I call it my post-run slump, which consists of returning home and collapsing on the sofa. The next 15 minutes are usually spent checking all the data from Runkeeper (my favourite running app) and sipping on some ice-cold water. After my phone…

BEATING THE HAYFEVER BLUES

As summer rolls in, it’s prime season for  a – – a – – achoo…! I mean: hayfever season! I’ve suffered from hayfever for the past few years which became progressively worse until my early teens, when it slowly began to settle down. That being said, I still sneeze several times throughout the day and…

SPICED APPLE BUCKWHEAT CRÊPES

These crêpes are so delicious, they’ve become a brunch staple! I was tempted to call them pancakes, but they’re really more like crêpes: thin with a soft centre and crispy outsides. The apple filling makes this recipe so good; it’s spicy, sticky and sweet – almost like toffee sauce! They’re easily adaptable, but can be enjoyed by…

WHAT I EAT IN A DAY: SCHOOL EDIT

“Do you actually eat healthy food on a daily basis?” One of my most asked questions is about how I eat healthy on a day-to-day basis, juggling school work and general teenage life. I thought it would be interesting to do a ‘what I eat in a day’ style post to show what I eat…

GRANOLA

My latest discovery is homemade granola. Strangely, I’d never really thought about making my own; why make the effort when it’s readily available in the shops? After a little experimenting, I’ve come up with a recipe that makes the shop-bought versions look woefully lacking (or should I say overloaded with unhelpful stuff). It’s crunchy, flavoursome,…

SWEET POTATO BROWNIES

Here, I’m sharing my sweet potato brownies. The recipe was inspired by Deliciously Ella’s Sweet Potato Brownies, which I have tweaked to make them, in my eyes, just right. Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene – hence the bright orange colour – which converts to vitamin A (retinol) in the body, essential for clear vision…