SMART STRIDES AHEAD

“Running won’t get rid of your problems, but it will run your problems away.” Whilst I’m sure aiming to have brainwaves as strong as Einstein may be setting the bar a fraction too high, there is a secret that may just help you achieve those A*s. “What, what is it?! Tell me!!” I hear you…

‘EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SINK’ CARROT CAKE

In my eyes, you can’t beat a good square of carrot cake on a wintery afternoon, cosied up with a blanket. Inspired by Hemsley + Hemsley’s recipe, this version is rustically warm, spicy, nutty and sweet – in all the right ways. Plus, it contains a whole lot of delicious shredded carrot; I get so frustrated by those recipes which claim…

SWEATING IN PUBLIC?

I’ve always preached against going to the gym. Why spend half an hour staring at a wall, when you could be enjoying the view while [insert activity here] outside? Fresh air – that’s what’ll do you good, not stuffy, conditioned gym air. And what do they say? – “If you look good after your workout, you…

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…