Month: June 2017

4 Healthy, Tasty and Genuinely Filling on-the-go Breakfast Ideas

4 Healthy, Tasty and Genuinely Filling on-the-go Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. It’s pretty much the first thing I think about from the moment I wake up. I always make sure to include it in my daily routine because I really see a noticeable drop in my energy levels on days when I don’t have it!

I’m a morning person. Lots of my classes or clients are booked in for early morning slots – usually starting at 6.30-7am. I’d much rather get up early for work than get home too late!

The issue with that is that during the week I’m constantly on the go. Meaning it’s very rare that I have the time to make a relaxed breakfast and eat it straight away. I read a lot of posts- and meet a lot of people- whose go-to “healthy take-away” breakfast is either juice or a smoothie, and maybe a breakfast/granola bar.

That’s not breakfast.

Not for me anyway. I’m a very active person and I need a lot of calories (for my size) to keep up with a crazy busy lifestyle. Still, even if I wasn’t as active as I am, I highly doubt that just a simple juice or smoothie would actually fill me up and leave me satisfied.

I’ve put together a list of my go-to meal prep breakfasts. They’re super simple and can all be made ahead the night before. That leaves you time to have an extra five minutes in bed! Plus I can guarantee that they’ll actually leave you substantially full to tackle the day ahead! (whilst avoiding unnecessary snacking).

On-The-Go Breakfast Ideas

Yoghurt & Fruit

It sounds a bit pathetic and very “housewife on a diet” – but trust me, my make-ahead breakfast yoghurt bowls are not to be spurned! This is my number 1 go-to and I pretty much have it every single day.

The trick to making it filling is the type of yoghurt. Try to go for the thicker types – my favourite brands are Fage and Skyr. They have much more protein than their thinner, waterier equivalents, which is key to that full-up feeling. They also have no added sugar. If you buy cheap, low-fat yoghurt, it’s often got a lot of added sugar to make up for the fats that have been taken away – meaning you’ll get a quick rush of energy but then you’ll crash hard.

I have a collection of recycled Fage yoghurt pots at home that now serve as my take-away container breakfast bowls.

Simply mix a good couple of spoonfuls with your favourite fruit. I usually go for berries and a sliced banana. From there you can get inventive. Stir some oats in to make it slightly more substantial, and also add your choice of nuts, nut butter, seeds & superfood powders. Then simply pop the lid back on your re-used yoghurt pot and store in the fridge until you need it.

Here’s my favourite recipe for breakfast yoghurt take-out bowls:

On-The-Go Breakfast Pots

Peanut-Butter Pitta

This is ideal post-work out. Yes, it’s calorific, but that’s not a bad thing! It’s also full of protein, good fats and complex carbs and is low in sugar. In other words, perfect for supporting your body’s recovery after exercise! It’s stupidly easy to make and you can wrap your pitta in some cling film or foil and take it on your way.

Lightly toast a wholemeal pitta bread, and generously spread with your favourite peanut (or other nut) butter. Slice a banana inside for extra energy- or I like to include some sliced strawberries for a fresher ‘PB&J’ style breakfast!

Egg & Avocado

For those of you who like savoury in the morning, this one is high in good fats and protein, low in sugar and is deliciously filling. Grab a Tupperware, slice half an avocado and a couple of boiled eggs and you’re good to go! I like to put some spinach and cherry tomatoes in there too, squeeze over some lime juice, and add a pinch of chilli flakes. Delicious!

On-The-Go Breakfast Ideas

(Super thick) Frozen Protein Shake

The only reason I’m allowing this to be classes as breakfast is because it genuinely is so thick and filling. It probably contains more calories than any other of the breakfasts on this list. It’s more like a frozen smoothie bowl than a drink – plus with the glorious weather it’s nice to have something cold and refreshing.

Now that we’re getting into summer I’ve started keeping a stash of frozen bananas in the freezer again. They’re great to have on hand for smoothies, smoothie bowls and of course quick healthy ice cream! Make sure to peel the banana before you freeze it!

Simply blitz together a whole frozen banana, a handful of frozen berries, a generous portion of oats, a scoop of unflavoured (or vanilla) protein powder and about 400ml of either water, coconut water, milk or milk equivalent. I usually use soy milk and water half and half. I also like to add a spoonful of peanut butter because…well because I add it to everything!

What’s your go-to on-the-go breakfast? Or your favourite meal of the day?

Italy Itinerary:  3 Favourite Tuscan Towns

Italy Itinerary: 3 Favourite Tuscan Towns

When I was about 14 years old my life ambition was to open up my own little ballet school in a small town in Italy.

It was the perfect plan, combining both my love for dance and also for the Italian language and culture.

Obviously life has this habit of not really going to plan. Actually, I’d completely forgotten about this one little dream of mine…until I found myself back driving through the Tuscan countryside in a little fiat rental car at the start of last month.

It was the first time since Christmas that I’d had a holiday and I don’t think I realised how much I needed it until we were actually on the plane. I was nervous at first, leaving London for a whole week of no work- and therefore no pay- #freelancerproblem.

It was definitely worth it.

5 Day Italy Itinerary: Some Favourite Tuscan Towns

Here’s a bit of a breakdown of our Tuscan itinerary for the five days that we were there:

Lari

Lari is the name of the tiny village 5 minutes walk from our AirBnB. It’s very quaint and picturesque. You can walk the perimeter of the main town in around 20 minutes or less and you definitely get that small town sense of everyone knowing one another! Still it’s friendly and pretty with a couple of coffee bars to choose from, a small convenience store and about three restaurants. The main attraction is the Castle around which the town is built. A short walk up the castle stairs and you’ll be rewarded with stunning 360 views of the Tuscan countryside. Tom and I came here a couple of times to get some training done on the top of the castle grounds. We did collide with a school trip on one occasion, who quickly gathered into a captivated audience when Tom pulled out a few flips and stunts!

Lucca

Lucca is one of my favourite Tuscan cities. It’s beautiful and has so much history. The old town is completely surrounded by ancient walls that were built before Italy was united. They were used as a defence mechanism to keep out the people of Pisa, its biggest rival state. Inside the walls there are lots of green spaces as well as a whole host of shops, cafes and restaurants. Lucca is home to over 100 churches, and is also the birthplace of Puccini. It’s a lovely place just to wander around aimlessly. It’s also very reasonably priced to rent bikes and cycle the around the city walls. Great views and you can work off the ice cream too!

5 Day Italy Itinerary: Some Favourite Tuscan Towns

Firenze (Florence)

One of my all time favourite places, we spent my birthday in Florence. I couldn’t have hoped for a better place to celebrate. I’ve been a couple of times before, so we avoided the main tourist hot spots such as the Cathedral and the galleries.

Instead we relaxed inside the botanical gardens and had a wander around the outdoor and covered central markets. We got amazing pizza at a little organic restaurant down one of the side streets. There was also hands down the best gelato of the holiday from the gelateria across the road. I love finding the best places by wandering off the beaten track- far far away from the overpriced generic restaurants in the main squares. Nothing annoys me more than restaurant hosts badgering you to come inside. We did have a wander across the Ponte Vecchio, which always offers stunning views of the River – and had a toast to our birthdays at a little wine bar along the river. Perfecto!

5 Day Italy Itinerary: Some Favourite Tuscan Towns

I’m glad we got to have another trip to Europe together before our adventures to the Southern Hemisphere! Especially as Brexit will have taken its toll by the time we get back to the UK. Italy will always be one of my favourite places, even if my little Italian ballet school is now no more than a childhood dream!

5 Day Italy Itinerary: Some Favourite Tuscan Towns

Happy Anniversary! FlexFit Dance is one year old…

Happy Anniversary! FlexFit Dance is one year old…

My shortest post yet, this is just a really quick note to mark FlexFit Dance’s one-year anniversary. I’m not normally the sort to get sentimental over things like that…But I’m pretty proud of sticking by this little project and I hope(!) I’ve improved as a blogger along the way. My photo’s certainly have…

It’s been a crazy and very eventful year, but I won’t bore you with that. If you’ve been following my posts, chances are you know most of it already anyway.

However, I’d like to raise a toast to my first ever blog post. I’d love for you to take a look.