Over the last 10 months I’ve had to relax my workout regime due to changes at work and a longer commute. I don’t always have the energy any more to wake up at 5:30am and fit in a pre work gym session six days a week, and usually the last thing I want to do when I walk through the door at 7:30pm is get straight into my gym gear. As hard as it is to say (mainly because I know people who take ridiculous joy in me being less fit), my body has changed since I reduced my gym time.
I still try and work out 4-5 times a week, but I don’t put as much pressure on myself to stay a certain shape anymore. I’m also a lot more relaxed in my eating habits. If I want pizza (24/7 btw), I eat it and if I don’t feel like getting out of bed at 5:30 on a Monday morning I don’t. Pretty simple really.
That being said, my natural tendency is to beat myself up over every little thing, so as I sit here writing this I’m also picturing my thighs and my stomach is full of dread and I feel like I might have a panic attack. Completely irrational because deep down I know I’m a completely healthy, normal size UK8 human being but I don’t know why my brain works this way. It’s a learning process…
*ps I know the above cows are not dairy cows but they’re cute and they live near me
One thing I have learnt to do for myself over the last ten months though, is to treat myself without holding
as much guilt. I discovered on one of my many daily trips to Chiswick’s Waitrose the most incredible yoghurts ever. And I mean ever. Those days when I’d reach the 3pm slump, instead of crawling under my desk and crying I’d nip out and grab one of these little glass jars of goodness and suddenly the world wasn’t so bad anymore. I’m a simple gal.
So when the lovely people over at Glenilen Farm offered to send me a selection I could barely contain my excitement – It was gonna be a good week for snacking. Thick, creamy and layered with fruit (my favourite so far is strawberry but I’m yet to try the rhubarb which sounds right up my street ) Glenilen Farm are a small family run business resting on the banks of the River Ilen. Created using only natural ingredients, their products contain no artificial additives or preservatives – ideal for breakfasts and 3pm snacking. Layered with natural yogurt and a fresh fruit compote, their pots are more than enjoyable to eat alone however, for those of you who’re also struggling with mornings, I’ll leave you with a recipe that’ll hopefully brighten them. Enjoy!
Strawberry and apple Bircher muesli
Bircher muesli is probably one of my favourite foods to wake up to in the morning (other than bacon), and it’s super easy to prepare! You can also leave the oats and almond milk overnight in the fridge if you’re into a thicker consistency. This one is a good mix of both fruit and seeds, but if you’re not a fan of the added crunch just omit the toasted seeds at the end!
Prep Time – 10 mins (plus overnight soaking if you like your bircher thick)
Total Time – 10 mins
Serves – 2 people
1 cup of oats
200ml almond milk (or milk of your choice)
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla essence
1 tbsp chia seeds
Handful of fresh strawberries
1 pot of strawberry Glenilen Farm yoghurt
Combine the oats, almond milk, chia seeds and vanilla essence into two small bowls and stir. (Here you’d leave overnight if desired)
Grate the apple and keep to one side
Pop the pumpkin seeds into a dry frying pan, sprinkle with the ground cinnamon and toast until slightly brown
Take your already prepared bowls of oats and top each bowl with the grated apple
Sprinkle over the toasted pumpkin seeds and finish with a generous topping of Glenilen Farm yoghurt and fresh strawberries