Pesto Chicken Salad

This recipe was inspired by a meal I had at the Hemsley + Hemsley Cafe in Selfridges with my boyfriend. It was so delicious that I had to make it for myself. This would be perfect to take to work, school or uni and can be modified to suit your dietary requirements.

Perfect salad to take to work or lunch which can be made in minutes. This healthy salad is low calories and high in protein to refuel your body throughout the day. Healthy || Salad Recipe || Healthy Recipe || Fitness || Liz Living

Perfect salad to take to work or lunch which can be made in minutes. This healthy salad is low calories and high in protein to refuel your body throughout the day. Healthy || Salad Recipe || Healthy Recipe || Fitness || Liz Living

Perfect salad to take to work or lunch which can be made in minutes. This healthy salad is low calories and high in protein to refuel your body throughout the day. Healthy || Salad Recipe || Healthy Recipe || Fitness || Liz Living

Perfect salad to take to work or lunch which can be made in minutes. This healthy salad is low calories and high in protein to refuel your body throughout the day. Healthy || Salad Recipe || Healthy Recipe || Fitness || Liz Living

Ingredients

  • 2 Handfuls of Rocket
  • 75g Pr-Cooked Quinoa
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 1/2 Roasted Chicken Breast
  • One Tablespoon Pre-Made Pesto

Nutritional Information (Approximate)

Calories 372 // Protein 20 g // Carbohydrates 21 g // Fat 23 g // Fiber 8 g // Sugar 3 g

The rocket really adds some amazing flavour and texture to this dish and makes it super tasty. I love how much the pesto really adds to the plain chicken breast and makes it taste so decadent. I used a pesto that does contain some cheese however there are so many diary free options out there if you wanted to switch it up. This salad also has minimal ingredients and you can totally substitute the leaves for any type that you have on hand. You can totally make this higher calories by increasing the amount of chicken or quinoa in the salad.

Perfect salad to take to work or lunch which can be made in minutes. This healthy salad is low calories and high in protein to refuel your body throughout the day. Healthy || Salad Recipe || Healthy Recipe || Fitness || Liz Living
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Full Body Post-Workout Stretching Routine

After every workout it is so important to stretch. I myself brushed this aside when I first started working out but now that I have started developing more muscle, I find it vital. I was starting to get so stiff and inflexible. I used to do gymnastics when I was younger and I retained a lot of my flexibility afterwards so I was super shocked when I started becoming more and more inflexible. Stretching after your workouts allows your muscles to recover and repair. In addition it will help to reduce muscle soreness that you may experience after your workouts.

In this post I have put together a full body stretching routine that you can do after your workout. If you have all the time in the world, I would hold these for around 30 seconds each and it should take around 15 minutes. However if you are short on time, you could instead hold them for around 15 seconds or however long seems sufficient.

Standing Calf Stretch + Shoulder Stretch

Stretches Calves & Shoulders

Full Body Post-Workout Stretching Routine that will help your muscles recover after a workout. Complete these stretches each for 15-30 seconds to get a deep stretch. This stretching routine should take around 17 minutes however you can pick and choose what you want to focus on. Stretching || Post-Workout || Health || Fitness

Full Body Post-Workout Stretching Routine that will help your muscles recover after a workout. Complete these stretches each for 15-30 seconds to get a deep stretch. This stretching routine should take around 17 minutes however you can pick and choose what you want to focus on. Stretching || Post-Workout || Health || Fitness

Come into a lunge position with your right foot in front and your left foot foot slightly turned outwards. Slowly bring your left heal to the ground to feel the stretch in your calf. Then bring your right arm across your body holding your elbow in place with your left arm. To increase the stretch, pull the right arm in closer to your body using your left.

Inner Thigh Stretch + Tricep Stretch

Stretches Inner Thighs and Triceps

Full Body Post-Workout Stretching Routine that will help your muscles recover after a workout. Complete these stretches each for 15-30 seconds to get a deep stretch. This stretching routine should take around 17 minutes however you can pick and choose what you want to focus on. Stretching || Post-Workout || Health || Fitness

Full Body Post-Workout Stretching Routine that will help your muscles recover after a workout. Complete these stretches each for 15-30 seconds to get a deep stretch. This stretching routine should take around 17 minutes however you can pick and choose what you want to focus on. Stretching || Post-Workout || Health || Fitness

Come into a side lunge position with your right leg bent. You should feel the stretch in your left inner thigh. At the same time bend your right arm above your head and lengthen the right side of your body. Gently pull the right elbow towards the left using your left hand to feel the stretch in your triceps. To increase the stretch lean over to the left.

Low Lunge Stretch

Stretches the Hip Flexors & Groin

Full Body Post-Workout Stretching Routine that will help your muscles recover after a workout. Complete these stretches each for 15-30 seconds to get a deep stretch. This stretching routine should take around 17 minutes however you can pick and choose what you want to focus on. Stretching || Post-Workout || Health || Fitness

From standing, step your right foot forward and bring your left foot backwards. Bend your right knee to come into a lunge position. Keep your left leg straight and place both hands to the left of your right foot. Sit into your right leg to open up your hip flexors and to feel the stretch in your groin.

Kneeling Quad Stretch

Stretches Quads & Hips

Full Body Post-Workout Stretching Routine that will help your muscles recover after a workout. Complete these stretches each for 15-30 seconds to get a deep stretch. This stretching routine should take around 17 minutes however you can pick and choose what you want to focus on. Stretching || Post-Workout || Health || Fitness

Step your right foot forward coming into a lunge before lowering your left knee to the ground. Place your right hand on your right knee and hold your left foot with your left hand. Make sure that your right leg forms a right angle and that your chest and hips are both facing forward. You should feel this stretch in your left quad and hip.

Pigeon Pose

Opens the Hip Joint and Stretches the Glutes & Groin

Full Body Post-Workout Stretching Routine that will help your muscles recover after a workout. Complete these stretches each for 15-30 seconds to get a deep stretch. This stretching routine should take around 17 minutes however you can pick and choose what you want to focus on. Stretching || Post-Workout || Health || Fitness

Bring your right shin onto the mat with your left leg extended outwards.  Then slide your leg so that your right foot is pointing towards your left hip. Keep your hips facing forward. You can either keep your body upright or for a stronger stretch, rest your body on your front leg.

Kneeling Hamstring Stretch

Stretches the Hamstring

Full Body Post-Workout Stretching Routine that will help your muscles recover after a workout. Complete these stretches each for 15-30 seconds to get a deep stretch. This stretching routine should take around 17 minutes however you can pick and choose what you want to focus on. Stretching || Post-Workout || Health || Fitness

Start at a kneeling position before bringing your right leg in front of  yourself with your left knee directly below your body. Bend your body towards your right leg and pull your foot towards you. You should feel this stretch in your hamstrings.

Butterfly Stretch

Stretches the Adductors

Full Body Post-Workout Stretching Routine that will help your muscles recover after a workout. Complete these stretches each for 15-30 seconds to get a deep stretch. This stretching routine should take around 17 minutes however you can pick and choose what you want to focus on. Stretching || Post-Workout || Health || Fitness

Come to a seated position, bringing both feet in towards each other so that the soles of your feet are touching. Sit up tall before bending forwards as much as you can. Make sure your feet are as close to your body as possible and your knees are as low as they can go.

Seated Side Stretch

Stretches Back of Thighs & Side of Body

Full Body Post-Workout Stretching Routine that will help your muscles recover after a workout. Complete these stretches each for 15-30 seconds to get a deep stretch. This stretching routine should take around 17 minutes however you can pick and choose what you want to focus on. Stretching || Post-Workout || Health || Fitness

From the butterfly position, bring your right leg out so that it is straight out to the right. Straighten your back and stretch the right side of your body towards your right leg. Make sure that your body is kept outwards to feel the stretch up the left side of your body.

Seated Forward Bend

Stretches the Hamstrings & Calves

Full Body Post-Workout Stretching Routine that will help your muscles recover after a workout. Complete these stretches each for 15-30 seconds to get a deep stretch. This stretching routine should take around 17 minutes however you can pick and choose what you want to focus on. Stretching || Post-Workout || Health || Fitness

In a seated position, bring both legs out straight in front of you. Sit up straight before bending forward to pull your feet towards your body. You should feel the stretch in both your calves and your hamstrings.

Kneeling Groin Stretch

Stretches the Groin

Full Body Post-Workout Stretching Routine that will help your muscles recover after a workout. Complete these stretches each for 15-30 seconds to get a deep stretch. This stretching routine should take around 17 minutes however you can pick and choose what you want to focus on. Stretching || Post-Workout || Health || Fitness

Start on your hands and knees before slowly sliding your knees outwards as far as you can go with your shins parallel to one another. Either hold yourself up on your hands or elbows making sure that your bum is in line with your knees.

Seated Twist

Stretches the Outer Thighs & Glutes

Full Body Post-Workout Stretching Routine that will help your muscles recover after a workout. Complete these stretches each for 15-30 seconds to get a deep stretch. This stretching routine should take around 17 minutes however you can pick and choose what you want to focus on. Stretching || Post-Workout || Health || Fitness

Begin in a seated position with both legs straight in front of you. Bend your right leg over your left and reach you right arm behind you to stabilise yourself. Pull your right leg with your left hand towards the left making sure your right foot is as close to your body as possible.

Pretzel Stretch

Stretches the Glutes

Full Body Post-Workout Stretching Routine that will help your muscles recover after a workout. Complete these stretches each for 15-30 seconds to get a deep stretch. This stretching routine should take around 17 minutes however you can pick and choose what you want to focus on. Stretching || Post-Workout || Health || Fitness

Lie on your back with both knees bent. Bring your right ankle onto your left thigh just above your knee. Bring your hands around your left thigh and gently pull inwards. You should feel this stretch in your glutes.

Supine Twist

Stretches the Glutes & External Obliques

Full Body Post-Workout Stretching Routine that will help your muscles recover after a workout. Complete these stretches each for 15-30 seconds to get a deep stretch. This stretching routine should take around 17 minutes however you can pick and choose what you want to focus on. Stretching || Post-Workout || Health || Fitness

Lying on your back bring both arms out to either side. Bring your right leg across your body pulling it with your left arm. Slowly rotate your upper body in the opposite direction.

Lower Back Release

Stretches the Lower Back

Full Body Post-Workout Stretching Routine that will help your muscles recover after a workout. Complete these stretches each for 15-30 seconds to get a deep stretch. This stretching routine should take around 17 minutes however you can pick and choose what you want to focus on. Stretching || Post-Workout || Health || Fitness

Lie on your back and draw both of your knees into your body. Hug your knees with your arms and your head towards your knees.

Chest Opener With Forward Bend

Opens Up the Chest

Full Body Post-Workout Stretching Routine that will help your muscles recover after a workout. Complete these stretches each for 15-30 seconds to get a deep stretch. This stretching routine should take around 17 minutes however you can pick and choose what you want to focus on. Stretching || Post-Workout || Health || Fitness

Full Body Post-Workout Stretching Routine that will help your muscles recover after a workout. Complete these stretches each for 15-30 seconds to get a deep stretch. This stretching routine should take around 17 minutes however you can pick and choose what you want to focus on. Stretching || Post-Workout || Health || Fitness

Stand with your feet hip width apart. Interlace your hands behind you and squeeze your shoulder blades together. With your legs straight, fold your body about your hips and bring your hands over your head.

Upper Back Stretch

Stretches the Upper Back

Full Body Post-Workout Stretching Routine that will help your muscles recover after a workout. Complete these stretches each for 15-30 seconds to get a deep stretch. This stretching routine should take around 17 minutes however you can pick and choose what you want to focus on. Stretching || Post-Workout || Health || Fitness

Again stand with your feet hip width apart and interlace your hands in front of your body. Bring your arms up to shoulder height and curve your back tucking your head inwards. Whilst you are doing this stretch you should be pulling your shoulders forward.

Full Body Post-Workout Stretching Routine that will help your muscles recover after a workout. Complete these stretches each for 15-30 seconds to get a deep stretch. This stretching routine should take around 17 minutes however you can pick and choose what you want to focus on. Stretching || Post-Workout || Health || Fitness

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What I Eat In A Day #2

Today I am again sharing with you my meals that I eat throughout a day. Last time I showed you what I ate in a day on a day where I worked out, whereas today I am not working out. Despite this, my calories are only a little bit less. Recently I have been trying to do intuitive eating. I recently got into a pretty bad mindset with my food so I decided to stop tracking my calories all together, and not worry about feeling bad if I wanted a snack.

I find that tracking your food can make you have such a bad relationship with food. You could eat some low calorie food which doesn’t have any nutrients so that you feel better about yourself rather than eating good whole foods. Now I’m not saying I eat perfectly, I do like my chocolate, all I am saying is that I try and eat as healthy as possible. However if I want some sweets, I will have them (but I do try and limit them). As I am not trying to lose weight, I don’t need to be too strict with my diet, but I just want to eat until I am satisfied. I hope this post helps you find some new recipes to try out, and that you find it helpful.

Throughout this day I did not track my calories or nutrients until the next day so that my food choices weren’t dictated by what a calorie tracker said. Spending time tracking every gram of food that you eat isn’t something that is maintainable. Maybe if you have really specific goals that you want to achieve, you should be conscious about what you are eating, but if you are just trying to live your life, it is not necessary.

-BREAKFAST-

What I Eat In A Day to stay healthy and to maintain my weight. Low Calorie, whole foods that your body will love. Healthy || Fitness || Diet || Healthy Diet || Maintain WeightIf you saw my last What I Eat In A Day, you would have already seen this breakfast however I have added some new components to make it even more tasty. I have really been trying to increase my fruit intake, and eat more so that I am less likely to want to snack on unhealthy foods later in the day. I am trying to avoid drinking dairy milk as I do think that it has a major influence on my skin. I have suffered with pimples since I was probably around 12, and they have never really gone away. Although I do try and reduce my dairy intake, I don’t completely eliminate it. I do know that my protein powder does have whey in it which is dairy, but I don’t think that this is what causes my outbreaks. However I will keep you updated on this topic in later posts.

Ingredients
  • 50g Whole Rolled Oats
  • 150ml Alpro Almond Milk  (25ml in porridge, remaining amount in coffee)
  • 1 Banana Chopped
  • 12.5g (Half a Scoop) MyProtein Cinnamon Danish Impact Whey Protein
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
Method
  1. Mix the porridge oats and around 1 cup of water in a bowl before putting in the microwave for 2 min 30 sec (or until desired consistency)
  2. Stir the porridge and make a hole in the centre. Add the milk to the centre before adding the protein powder. Stir together until well combined.
  3. Top the porridge with some cut up banana and sprinkle some cinnamon on top.
Nutritional Information (Approximate)

Calories 336 // Protein 21 g // Carbohydrates 44 g // Fat 8 g // Fiber 7.1 g // Sugar 8 g

-LUNCH-

What I Eat In A Day to stay healthy and to maintain my weight. Low Calorie, whole foods that your body will love. Healthy || Fitness || Diet || Healthy Diet || Maintain Weight

Recently I have loved switching up my salads a little. Today I have added an egg and some houmous to my salad and have instead used a mixed bag of leaves. As I did add the egg and I was also running low on chicken, I only used about half a serving I would normally have. Either way this salad was so delicious with the houmous as a dressing, and it was also so filling. I will probably continue to eat this salad for a few weeks or so until I get a bit sick of it and then switch it up again.

Ingredients
  • Generous Handful of Mixed Watercress, Spinach and Rocket Salad Leaves
  • 7 Cherry Tomatos
  • 25g of Sweet Chilli Houmous from Tesco
  • 40g Smoky BBQ Chicken Chunks from Tesco
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 50g Cooked Quinoa
  • 1 Poached Egg
Nutritional Information (Approximate)

Calories 476 // Protein 26 g // Carbohydrates 48 g // Fat 23 g // Fiber 18 g // Sugar 23 g

What I Eat In A Day to stay healthy and to maintain my weight. Low Calorie, whole foods that your body will love. Healthy || Fitness || Diet || Healthy Diet || Maintain Weight

Straight after my salad I was still hungry (mainly because I hadn’t let myself fully digest and process my food yet), that I decided to try out one of these strawberry bear fruit yo yos that made me feel like a kid again. They are pretty much a healthier version of a fruit rollup and I absolutely loved it. It also hit my sweet craving perfectly.

Nutritional Information (Approximate)

Calories 27 // Protein 0.19 g // Carbohydrates 6.3 g // Fat 0.02 g // Fiber 0.8 g // Sugar 3.78 g

-AFTERNOON SNACK-

What I Eat In A Day to stay healthy and to maintain my weight. Low Calorie, whole foods that your body will love. Healthy || Fitness || Diet || Healthy Diet || Maintain Weight

I tend to have an afternoon snack smack bang in the middle between lunch and dinner to tie me over. I have been loving my new and improved Protein Ball Recipe that I shared with you 2 weeks ago. They taste so delicious and sweet, but are pretty low calorie. I think it is super important to listen to your body and eat a snack if you are getting a bit hungry. You need to trust your bodies natural hunger signals. However if you aren’t 100% sure that your body is hungry, have a glass of water and wait 10 minutes and reassess. But anyway, there isn’t anything wrong with a good healthy snack.

Nutritional Information (Approximate)

Calories 106 // Protein 6 g // Carbohydrates 7 g // Fat 6 g // Fiber 1 g // Sugar 7 g

-DINNER-

What I Eat In A Day to stay healthy and to maintain my weight. Low Calorie, whole foods that your body will love. Healthy || Fitness || Diet || Healthy Diet || Maintain Weight

Tonights dinner was my own healthier version of a Nandos with this peri peri chicken with spicy rice and salad. It was super yummy and spicy and was so filling (because of the massive amount of rice I ended up making). You could totally make this dairy free by using mayo which doesn’t have any dairy in it and excluding the cheese. And you could probably do without the massive amount of rice I made. Normally I just use a measuring cup to measure out rice but because I wanted to calculate the nutrition I used a scale and it made so much rice. This meal shows that you can make a really tasty meal without using shop bought sauces. This peri peri chicken sauce was so delicious and spicy! I gave the chicken so much flavour.

Ingredients (Serves 2)
  • 1 Red Chilli
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Tbsp White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Chipotle Paste
  • 2 Tbsp Tomato Paste/Puree
  • Drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Around a 1 Tsp)
  • 2 Chicken Breast
  • 1 White Onion
  • 1 Yellow Pepper (Or any pepper of choice)
  • 1 Chicken Stock Cube
  • 1 Tsp Ground Turmeric
  • Drizzle of Vegetable Oil
  • 100g Basmati Rice
  • 26g Light Mayonnaise
  • 1 Lettuce Heart
  • 10 g of Shredded Cheese
Method
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees celsius then begin by finely chopping your red chilli into little pieces before rolling and cutting your lemon in half.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the white wine vinegar, the chipotle paste half the red chilli and half the tomato paste with the juice of half the lemon. Put in a tiny drizzle of olive oil and a generous amount of salt and pepper.
  3. Add the chicken to the chipotle tomato marinade and ensure the chicken is well covered. Then put the chicken on a tray lined in foil (to help with cleaning up) and put in the oven for 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, boil a kettle, dice the onion and yellow pepper. Then dissolve the stock cube in 300ml of water along with the remaining tomato paste and the turmeric.
  5. Heat a large pan with a lid with a drizzle of vegetable oil on a high-medium heat. Once it is hot, cook the onion and pepper for around 4 minutes until just soft. Then add the rice, tomato stock and remaining chilli and bring to a boil. Then once it has been brought to a boil, reduce the heat to low and cover for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, combine the mayonnaise with the juice of half a lime and a small drizzle of olive oil to make a dressing for the lettuce. Roughly chop the lettuce and top with the mayonnaise lemon dressing and a pinch of grated cheese. Once the other two elements are complete, serve all together and enjoy.
Nutritional Information per Serving (Approximate)

Calories 581 // Protein 44 g // Carbohydrates 63 g // Fat 19 g // Fiber 5.1 g // Sugar 13 g

-DESSERT-

What I Eat In A Day to stay healthy and to maintain my weight. Low Calorie, whole foods that your body will love. Healthy || Fitness || Diet || Healthy Diet || Maintain Weight

Now whenever I skip out on dessert I never feel satisfied. I always try and have something sweet after my dinner to satisfy my cravings and to stop me from being a bottomless pit of an eating machine later in the night. The night time is when I struggle with cravings and wanting to eat everything the most. To try and avoid this, I like to actually just give my body a dessert to stop it from going into a crazy binge mode later on. Yes my dessert may be filled with sugar and dairy, but it won’t kill me, and it won’t affect my body goals. Life is about balance and there is not point being super skinny if you aren’t enjoying something you really love which is eating.

Nutritional Information (Approximate)

Calories 108 // Protein 2 g // Carbohydrates 10 g // Fat 7 g // Fiber 0.2 g // Sugar 8 g

Today I was actually surprisingly full. I really enjoyed all of my meals and my cravings were for the most part kept at bay. As I haven’t been tracking my calories at all recently, it is nice to know that I can trust my bodies natural hunger instincts, and it is good to know that I am in fact meeting all of my nutrient goals. I have really been trying to increase my protein and I think I have achieved that.

Total Day Nutritional Information (Approximate)

Calories 1650 // Protein 100 g // Carbohydrates 176 g // Fat 59 g // Fiber 32 g // Sugar 60 g

I hope you have enjoyed this post and that it has given you some ideas of some meals that you could make yourself. I am not perfect by any means, but I do try and eat wholesome foods. Remember that everyone is different and you may need way more or way less calories than me. Try and just listen to your body to see what you should be doing. Let me know if you want to see more What I Eat In A Day posts in the comments.

What I Eat In A Day to stay healthy and to maintain my weight. Low Calorie, whole foods that your body will love. Healthy || Fitness || Diet || Healthy Diet || Maintain Weight

5 At-Home Workout Essentials

I am a massive fan of working out at home. It makes life so much easier and saves so much time, not to mention, it gives you no excuses not to workout. If you want to get an idea of what type of workouts I do at home, check out my last fitness post here. From working out at home, I have found that there are a few essential items that make the workout more enjoyable and that are sometimes necessary.

5 At Home Workout Essentials || Fitness || Healthy || Workout

Yoga Mat

This is an absolute must! In order to protect you and your flooring, you should really invest in a yoga mat. However that doesn’t mean that it needs to be a super expensive mat from Sweaty Betty, you can get any old cheap mat provided it has some sort of grip to it! Mine is from Tiger for under £10, but you can get whatever yoga mat meets your budget. Amazon has a variety of yoga mats for a variety of prices, but you could also get a good cheap one from the likes of Primark.

Cute Workout Clothes

5 At Home Workout Essentials || Fitness || Healthy || Workout

Whenever I get new workout clothes I am so much more excited to workout in the morning. If you lack some motivation to workout or to get up to workout, by simply buying workout clothes that you look cute in, will definitely motivate you to actually workout which is half the battle. Again you can get workout clothes for a variety of prices. ASOS is great for workout clothes as they have all of the major brands, but you can again get some great workout items from Primark which are just as good. As long as you look good and they pass the squat test, you are good to go.

Headphones

5 At Home Workout Essentials || Fitness || Healthy || Workout

I don’t think I could actually workout without music. Music is so important for your mood when you workout, and I find that wireless headphones are the way forward. Mine are these, and I absolutely love them. They are so easy to connect to my phone which saves so much time and they are noise cancelling so that you can disconnect from the world when you workout. You can also get specific sporty versions of the beat headphones I use but I thought they looked a bit bulky as I also use them for everyday use.

Weights

5 At Home Workout Essentials || Fitness || Healthy || Workout

As you start progressing in your workouts, you might start to hit a wall, and not see any progress. When this does happen you should definitely invest in some weights. You could simply start off by using 2L water bottles as weights or you could go all out and buy a whole set of them. Again these don’t need to be fancy, as they are literally something to lift that will make your workouts a little harder. At the moment I use a mixture of water bottle weights and a 3kg weight.

Resistance Band

5 At Home Workout Essentials || Fitness || Healthy || Workout

Again if you start reaching a plateau you may want to make your workouts harder with a resistance band. These can really make a difference and make easier moves so much harder. They are especially amazing for leg and glute workouts! Here is a link to a good set of resistance bands you could buy which also comes with some possible exercises you could do. I haven’t personally used these however they appear to look like they are good quality. Also below I have a list of some resistance band workouts you can do to get a sweat on. Also let me know if you want to see a resistance band workout post.

Resistance Band Abs & Booty

15 Minute Resistance Band Booty Workout 

Major Booty Burn

I really hope that you have enjoyed this post and found it useful! What are your workout essentials? What is your favourite workout clothing brand?

5 At Home Workout Essentials || Fitness || Healthy || Workout

Chicken and Chorizo Paella

Today I am going to be sharing with you one of my favourite dishes! It may not be the lowest of calorie foods, however as you are making it yourself, you can see exactly what is going into it. This is super easy and is a one pot dish (so less cleaning up yay)! The chorizo makes the dish taste so delicious and makes you feel like you are in Spain sitting by the beach. If you want to make this more calorie friendly, you could reduce the amount of rice used (and water) as this is a large portion of the calories. Or you could experiment with using cauliflower rice instead (using no stock & water at all).

Spicy Chicken and Chorizo Spanish Paella which is quick and easy to make. This one pot dish will be ready to serve in 30 minutes. It is super tasty and healthy.

Spicy Chicken and Chorizo Spanish Paella which is quick and easy to make. This one pot dish will be ready to serve in 30 minutes. It is super tasty and healthy.

Spicy Chicken and Chorizo Spanish Paella which is quick and easy to make. This one pot dish will be ready to serve in 30 minutes. It is super tasty and healthy.

Spicy Chicken and Chorizo Spanish Paella which is quick and easy to make. This one pot dish will be ready to serve in 30 minutes. It is super tasty and healthy.

This recipe serves 2:

Ingredients

  • 100g Chorizo
  • 2 Chicken Breast (approximately 300g)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Chicken Stock Cube
  • 150g Basmati Rice
  • 1 Tsp Smoked Paprika

Method

  1. Cut the chorizo and chicken into bite size pieces.
  2. Heat a large pan (with a lid) on a medium to low eat with the olive oil.
  3. Once it is hot, add the chorizo for a minute before adding the chicken for a further minute.
  4. Meanwhile, deseed and cut the pepper into think strips. Then add to the pan and cook for around 4 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile prepare the cloves of garlic and put into the garlic press and dissolve the stock cube in 350ml of boiled water.
  6. Once the chorizo, chicken and pepper are ready, add the rice, minced garlic and smoked paprika to the pan and stir so that the rice is covered in the oil and spice. Then add the stock and bring to the boil over a high heat before reducing to a very low heat, covering the pan with a lid for 10-15 minutes (until the water has been absorbed).

Nutritional Information (Approximate)

Calories 686  // Protein 54 g // Carbohydrates 66 g // Fat 22 g // Fiber 3 g // Sugar 4 g

Let me know if you try this dish! Also what is your favourite food to eat?

Spicy Chicken and Chorizo Spanish Paella which is quick and easy to make. This one pot dish will be ready to serve in 30 minutes. It is super tasty and healthy.

At-Home Full Body HIIT Workout

Today I thought I would give you my very first workout post. This is a full body workout so it is sure to get your whole body moving. HIIT workouts are great because they get you really sweaty but they don’t take too long. After completing a HIIT workout your body actually continues to burn fat throughout the day whereas if you simply did a run, you would only be burning calories during the run. This is a workout I actually did recently and I found it to be a really effective so I thought I would share it with you.

15 Minute Full Body HIIT Workout. High intensity to get your heart pumping and to lose maximum fat. || Fitness || Workout || At-Home

15 Weighted Squats – Stand with your feet shoulder width apart with your toes slightly turned outwards and hold the weight with both hands. Bend your knees so that your thighs are parallel with the ground then come back up again. Make sure you are driving your weight into your heels throughout the exercise.

Modification – to make this easier, have your feet wider apart

10 Push Ups – Place hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart with legs straight behind and your feet together. Lower torso to the floor with elbows tight to your body. Straighten your arms and press your body away from the floor.

Modification – to make easier, do on your knees

1 Minute Plank – Place elbows directly beneath your shoulders, lift your hips and put your legs straight behind you with feet together. Tense every muscle in your body and hold for 1 minute. Make sure your body stays parallel with the floor the whole time.

10 Dips with Straight Legs – Place your hands on the chair with arms extended and shoulders directly above your wrists. Straighten your legs out in front of you with your heels on the floor. Bend your elbows and lower your hips to the floor before straightening your arms back to the starting position.

Modification – to make easier instead bend your knees 90 degrees at the starting position

10 Squat Side Kicks – Start in a squat position with your feet shoulder width apart and toes turned outwards slightly. Shift weight to one leg and straighten whilst leaning your torso to lift the opposite leg to hip height. Kick the elevated leg leading with your heel. Return to squat position and do a small bounce before repeating on the other side. Each squat bounce + kick is one rep.

Modification – to make easier either remove the bounce or start from standing

Repeat these 5 exercises for 15 minutes which should be around 3-4 repetitions.

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