Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Scrambled Eggs!!... Without The Eggs?

What did the egg do when it saw the frying pan?
It scrambled!




Ok, you know it's ridiculously funny when you're laughing at your own joke.

But in all seriousness, the eggs truly did scramble when I went to whip up my lunch the other day!

You see, I have come across vegan tofu scrambled eggs more times than I will ever be able to count on Instagram, Pinterest, Blogs, everywhere!! Tofu scramble is the new avocado craze (although the avo craze is still going proud and strong by my observations!!) and yet I hadn't jumped on board??

Well, my friends, to say I was not much of a fan of scrambled eggs as a kid growing up would be a slight understatement. I would see my sister whip them up for her breakfast toast every morning before school, or my mum scramble the heebie-jeebies out of them for an egg-y dinner and the colour, texture, slimy taste... it just did not do it for me! Poached, fried and boiled for me any day!

But if you have an excellent memory (or are my personal stalker, either way) you may remember this post when I suddenly ended up with the massive craving to whip up some scrambled eggs for lunch one day. And that I did. They hit the spot like nothing else ever has for some reason and so I just went with it.

So that part of the story is to say that I now do not have an irrational disgust of the fluffy pillows of scrambled goodness and now onto the tofu part:

I bought a block of hard tofu at the shops last week.

The end.

But truly, it was just sitting there in my fridge all like; 'Use me up Steph, I'm going to go off if you don't!'

And I was all like; 'Naww, ok little tofu block, I'll put you in a searing hot pan and then digest your little soul until...' Too far??

Anywho, after a morning weights sesh of back and chest which followed a long run day the day before, my body was crying out for one thing and one thing only. Protein. And thus I took it upon myself to remove that lonely little block of tofu from the fridge, give it a little rinse, break it up into ridiculously-similar-in-appearance-to-scrambled-eggs chunks and cooked up my very own version of tofu scrambled 'eggs'
And they didn't turn out too shabby either for an experimental creation!!

So, I thought I'd share the recipe (more like a make-it-up-as-I-go-along type thing) with you guys today so you too can whip up this high protein, highly nutritious, flavoursome, incredibly similar to scrambled eggs in the texture, vegan, oil-free scrambled tofu for yourselves!!

Here we go!

Vegan Oil-free Scrambled Tofu:

1/2 block firm/ hard tofu (approx 125g)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2-1 teaspoon garlic powder (the more the better!!)
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
optional- any veggies you'd like to add in; I popped in some chopped up green capsicum
1. Heat a non-stick fry-pan over medium heat. Rinse tofu with water and then dry with paper towel.
2. Place spices (not including nutritional yeast) into the heated frypan and stir for a few seconds until fragrant.
3. Using your hands, crumble in the tofu and stir around to coat in spices.
4. Add nutritional yeast, capsicum/ other veggies and a splash of water and then cook, stirring every so often until tofu becomes golden brown in colour and fragrant
5. Remove from pan and serve! Eaten hot/ cold- both amazing!!!
Of course, feel free to add oil instead of water for that richer flavour and healthy fats, however I just wasn't feeling it this particular day and wanted to give the option to everyone that this too can be made oil-free, water works just as well!!
eaten alongside some raw carrot sticks, mini roma tomatoes, sprouted beans and celery sticks, the warming, spicy tofu scramble was most definitely the stand-out of this lunch, but the crisp, fresh veggies added the perfect accompaniment to make that scramble shine!
Filled with so much protein (approximately the same amount as 2 scrambled eggs!), vitamins and minerals and offering the comfort of traditional scrambled eggs (without the butter/ cream/ milk/ cheese/ salt) this truly is a champion go-to meal when you feel like you need that protein boost and hit of deliciousness all in one!
I was quite chuffed with this meal and it definitely satisfied the hunger bug for a good few hours (which can be quite the miracle when it comes to the Steph-hunger-bug!)
Look, I'm not going to lie to you, it doesn't taste like scrambled eggs in the flavour department (how could it, it's not eggs, it has no cheese, or milk...) but the texture is freakishly similar, the warming spices add a hit of flavour no scrambled eggs I've eaten before ever did and even though not a direct copy, tofu scramble is delicious in it's own right- perhaps a more accurate term being tofu crumble/ golden tofu curry bites, whatever you call it, you will be pleasantly surprised by the tastiness that a humble block of tofu can bring to the table! :)
Now over to you:

Have you ever tried tofu scramble?
Favourite add-ins to your tofu-scramble/ egg-scramble?
Ever make scrambled eggs for dinner? I don't know if this was just a thing in my household but eggs on toast was quite the regular for me growing up, as were pancakes... and I loved it!

Alrighty, that's it from me today folks, have yourself a truly lovely day, do something you love, love LOVE to do, give someone a BIG BEAR HUG and as always; EAT SOMETHING DELICIOUS!! Bye for now friendly friends!! :D

Monday, 17 October 2016

Why Half My Workouts Feature Blogilates

Hide ho there friendly friends and happy... Tuesday??

Who really knows what day it is when each day is looking quite the same now in the up-coming to my very last high school exams! Basically wake up, sweat it out, eat some delicious foods, study study study, go to bed. Not much else happens and quite frankly, that is fine for the month or so I have left until it's all over- just temporary and that's what is getting me through!

On the topic of sweating it out, I wanted to talk about something I realised the other day when I was thinking about my current workout schedule.

Recently I've definitely upped the stakes with the intensity, length and quite frankly; sweat-inducing characteristics of my daily sweat sesh's (there is most definitely a rest day thrown in there to recovery though my friends!!) and I have never felt stronger or more capable of so many things ever in my fitness journey (which probably started when I first got into running around 3 years ago when I was 14).

This has included quite the increase in my weight-training sessions (yeah, I used to be one of those cardio bunnies who only really ran... and ran) which has left me feeling so much more powerful and as a side bonus, given me some awesome gains! Leg day and arm training days have become some of my favourite days as i enjoy that slow burn that doesn't require an elevated heart rate to achieve said burn, just the slow torture of lifting the weight up and down (or squatting that weight down and doooowwwwnnn :P). Sure, I still love running, but it definitely is not the main feature of my workout routine anymore- I have a lot more variation now-a-days.

Which leads me onto this: Whilst upping my training, taking on bigger and better challenges, becoming so much stronger, there has been one thing that has remained constant this whole entire time. That is the awesome-ness that is Blogilates.

I first came across Blogilates after doing PurelyTwins workouts (featuring Tabata and HIIT style routines that I instantly fell in love with having only experienced steady state, long runs) and watching some of their videos online. Whilst I loved their stuff so much, I much preferred following along with someone throughout the entire workout than printing off a whole bunch of paper for each different workout (seriously, I had a gigantic stack of PurelyTwins workouts).

So, in the recommended bar along the side I came across the infectiously bubbly, energetic and motivating Cassey Ho and instantly fell in love with Pop Pilates and the challenge it brought to my body, targeting muscles I wasn't even sure I had!!

In the early days I would do one or two of her videos before breakfast/ school, sometimes not even changing out of my PJ's and that was great for me then; just the kind of quick, efficient, heart-pumping workout I was after that still left me so much more toned and strengthened in areas that simply running cannot achieve. My daily Blogilates workouts were around 10-30 minutes long max and I fell in love with fitness all over again.

So, wouldn't one think that in these recent 5 or so months when I've stepped up the ante of my workouts and began focussing more on lifting heavier weights and becoming a heck of a lot stronger, working out for longer, that my quick little Blogilates sessions might just fall down to the way-side??

Oh no, my friends! How you underestimate the power of pilates. Sure, it may seem like an easier, girl-version of a workout, but I dare you to try out one of the Extreme Abs and not end up screaming on the floor (trust me, the screams become less frequent the more times you do it!). Blogilates hashuge range of workouts from beginners to more intermediate to insanely challenging 100x burpees burnouts. So to say I'd become bored and not challenged... yeah not gonna happen.

It's when you start doing more of the tougher, more advanced workouts that you come to realise just how strong Cassey herself is and how powerful and challenged you can be through these pilates based workouts.

When I said that leg day and arm day were on my top favourites for my workout sessions, that was just under my Blogilates days, where recently I've been known to go for about 1 1/2- 2 hours straight of doing her videos because I love them so much and that's how far my fitness has taken me. I could end up completing the equivalent of 3 HIIT sessions doing a range of her videos and not even realise it as she ALWAYS keeps you on your toes, brings new moves to every video and creates a fun and exciting challenge that leaves you motivated, excited and surprisingly sweaty!!
 The sweat is real my friends!!

On days when I want to run, but not looooong distances, but still want that burn and challenge, I simply complete a tough Blogilates HIIT workout prior to a run (you will be sweating, believe me!) and then I just pop on my shoes and head out. If you want to feel the burn, that is how you do it. On days when I want an epic leg workout but maybe not all those weights crowding up the place, I'll do a leg PIIT
which stands for Pilates Intense Interval Training and goes for about 30 minutes, plus a ton of her other challenging leg and thigh videos and by the end of the sesh, my legs will feel just as jellylike, if not more, had I been using the weights!
Post HIIT + run ^^
To give you an actual insight; today's workout looked a little something like this:

It was cardio ab day and I simply did an 8 minute cardio workout, followed by a 10 minute ab workout, 6 minute oblique workout, 2x ab PIIT,
 an extreme abs (I did number one- still so hard!! Snow bunny blast cardio workout, another ab video, an oblique song challenge, a stability ball ab workout (approx 12 mins) and finished off with my current favourite Blogilates video: Cardio beat (definitely recommend trying it out; it's just so gosh darn fun!!) finished everything off with some skipping and by then; I was done! But seriously, this is the state of my happiness just after:

Cassey is probably one of my ultimate role models because not only does she motivate me on the daily to move my booty, but she promotes so much good health, body positivity and simply loving-life mantras that she really does offer the entire package and the fact that she posts all of these videos to YouTube for free.. it doesn't get much better than that!

So, yes, that is the long-winded answer as to why Blogilates workouts still make up probably more than half of my entire fitness regime and why I absolutely love it!!

Your turn:
What's your favourite workout of the minute?
Morning or night or in the middle of the day workouts?
Favourite fitness YouTuber you follow?

I hope you found this a little interesting and perhaps even give Blogilates a go (because it really is just so much fun!). As usual; be kind to your body, be kind to others, do something you love and as always; EAT SOMETHING DELICIOUS!! Bye for now friendly friends!! :D

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Shari's Berries Are Back!

Hidy-ho there folks and welcome back to the blog all about food, fitness, health an happiness!! Plus a little bit of random here and there. And sometimes some chats entirely dedicated to nut butters. Or just running. Sometimes I just ramble. On and on and on and on and on...

Alrighty- so moving right along!!

You may recall this post from a while back from the wonderful Shari's Berries on the importance and benefits of eating fruits in season along with an awesome chart showcasing the different fruits that are best suited to each season and taste their best when naturally grown and eaten then.

Fresh produce tastes so so so much better when eaten at the right time as that was how nature intended it, and let's be real, nature knows what it's doing. I have no doubt in my mind that the reason majority of kids dislike fresh produce is because they have only tried out of season stuff for the first time, experiencing a bland, watery, taste-less experience and deciding they don't like blueberries, or apricots, or plums, when if they had tried these sensational, incredible-tasting foods at their prime, I would guarantee they would have a significant change of heart!!

Anywho, the lovely Julissa who contacted me previously about the seasonal fruit chart (seriously, guys it is soooo helpful!!) sent through another email for me, this time with a chart (just as beautiful as the first) with an additional step-by-step picture guide on how to store fresh strawberries!
Now, I'll pass over the stage to Julissa who wrote up this great intro for the chart below:

Finding fresh and organic berries at your local market is always great. They look so good that you want to enjoy them right away but, perhaps you would like to save some for later as well.  Did you know there are several storage methods for strawberries that will help keep them fresh for up to two weeks? 

Shari's Berries created a helpful guide on how to store strawberries which includes 5 different methods -- and even two simple freezing ideas for later use such as smoothie bowls or sweet treats! The good news is that these methods work for any type of berry so you can enjoy them all year long!

This is another super helpful graph that makes preparing and keeping strawberries so easy to follow and with a step-by-step guide on the blog too- definitely a winner in my book (quite the visual learner I am!) And also; keeping strawberries for up to 2-weeks, without having to freeze/ dry out/ make into jam! Yes please, I always fall into the trap of buying way too many berries and trying to scoff them all down in the first few days before they start to get a little too ripe; so if I can prolong that time a bit more- naturally- that would be amazing!!

Now, thankfully for me, I have had the opportunity to taste berries when they are in season and have experienced that incredible taste myself which is why I'm so so thankful we are finally coming back into Summer here in Aus, so I can go back to enjoying my fresh strawberries, watermelon, mangoes, grapes- you name it, all the fruit I love!

Look, apples are great and all, but there are only so many apples one can eat in a week before the taste because a little on the... ordinary side.. :)

Alrighty, I hope you found this chart as helpful as I did and be sure to head on over to Shari's Berries blog to find heaps more articles with such great info laid out in such a colourful and appealing way!

Your turn:
What's your favourite Summer fruit?
What's your go to use for strawberries?
Any tips/ tricks about storing fresh food that I NEED to know about??

I hope you all have a lovely rest of your day, do something you love, do something kind for someone else and as always; EAT SOMETHING DELICIOUS!! Bye for now friendly friends!! :D

Sunday, 9 October 2016

A Day In The Life!

Hide-ho there friendly friends and welcome to one of my favourite posts to not only read from other bloggers, but also to write up for you guys! It's A DAY IN THE LIFE post!! Yayyy!!

I don't know what makes posts like this and others similar (What I Ate Wednesday/ Weekly Workouts, Friday Favourites) but I think in the end it's about finding that motivation and inspiration from others so you too might try some new things out and maybe experience something great that you never would have tried out before reading about it/ watching a YouTube video (currently so obsessed with Diana Malloy's Diet Diaries- she's just so funny and I love her videos!!

Anywho, as I said, I love writing up these posts, I hope you guys like reading them and if you want any particular posts, just let me know in the comments or shoot me an email and I'll be sure to give it a go!

So, without further a-do, this is a typical day in my life, where I'm no longer at school, rather at home preparing for my final examinations of my high-schooling!!

5am- Mornings usually start out pretty early for me, as I'm just one of those natural early-rises and when I'm up, I'm up folks!! my mind is awake, my body is awake and I'm ready to go! I've never been able to just tuck back up into bed for a few more hours (1. I would be wide awake tucked up in bed which leads on to; 2. I would be ravenous lying there wide awake in bed) so instead i just sort of go with whatever time my body has decided to wake me up with on the day and power through with a  nice little early morning workout...

And when I say little, you know I mean super sweaty-hot-mess-Steph-inducing workout :P.

After waking up around 5, frequenting the bathroom, chugging down some water, making my bed (yeah, I know...) curtains drawn, hair brushed and pulled up into a tight pony, jammy's off, workout gear on, I swing down the stairs to tackle the day's session which just so happens to be LEG DAY!!!
I secretly love leg day because that burn is so real!! And so is the sweat dripping down my face as I am on my last set of calf raises with the heavy (not sure what weight) barbell on my shoulders... in a low-wide-squat. Yep. Try that out for fun!
My leg-day workouts are usually around 1 hour-isa (sometimes a bit shorter, sometimes an hour and a half, sort of depending on how long my breaks needed to be/ how strong and powerful and energetic I was feeling on the day. This particular one was a 90 minuter I think and my legs were J.E.L.L.Y afterwards!!

7:30am- finish off the workout with some full body, deadlift, to low squat (x8... again another killer) and move to the bathroom to wash my face. Then I flow into the kitchen on my slightly shaking legs and plan out whats it going to be for brekky!! As I prefer to workout on an empty stomach, breakfast is utterly essential to ensure all those weights and squats etc. actually form into muscle. I also try and consume it pretty soon after my workout for quicker recovery.

Breakfast finally ready, this particular day's deliciousness involved some freshly-baked choc nut butter granola with a big banana-mango green smoothie- favourite breakfast of late!
For the granola I simply placed 2 tablespoons of Mayversfood choc nut butter into a small bowl with 1/3 cup almond milk and microwaved for around 20 seconds until warmed through. Then into a bigger bowl I popped 3/4 cup rolled oats, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 large handful wholegrain, reduced-sugar cheerios, some maca powder and then rubbed in the warmed nut butter and almond milk.

Placed on a baking tray lined with baking paper and into the oven at 180 degrees celsius for around 15 mins until fragrant and crunchy on the outside!!
The smoothie was simply 1 large frozen banana, 1 large handful frozen mango chunks, 1 large handful frozen zucchini, lots of kale and spinach, greek yoghurt and a splash of water- whizzed up until smooth and deliciously creamy- SO GOOD!
I love enjoying the separate crunchy, rich flavour of the granola (as well as eating it straight form the oven and not worrying about melting the smoothie) and then the cool, refreshing, thick, creamy smoothie to pair it off perfectly!
Truly delicious:

8:30am after eating breakfast and scrolling through Instagram and Facebook and checking emails and the like, I head on upstairs to take a shower as my hair is a sweaty, truly mess and I am a sweaty mess, thus for the sake of the people involved in my day I shall clean thyself!

9:00am Showered, cleaned, dressed, teeth brushed and this is the time I usually post something to Instagram and then get on with the day!

This day featured a trip to the shops to hand in some resumes for a Summer job because 3-ish months of nothing after exams is going to become pretty dull without one! So hopefully I can land something for that break, if not I shall have to think of something else.

I also head up to the library to get some reading stuff to keep me occupied in this little break (around 3 weeks before WACE).

12:15 I have lunch at around 12:15pm today because I am quite hungry, surprise, surprise and today's lunch featured some oven roasted veg with lots of steamed peas layered throughout:
This bowl featured roasted pumpkin, parsnip, sweet potato, regular potato, beetroot and swede- simply coated in extra virgin olive oil and roasted in the oven at 180 degrees celsius for around 50 minutes to an hour.
I have an absolute obsession with roasted veggies and probably consume roast veggies at least 4 times a week- roasted pumpkin is my weakness! That texture and flavour though!!
After lunch, as I am not starting up my study routine again until after graduation (I don't want to burn out before my final exams!) I use this time to just do what I want to do, so the afternoon is typically pretty chilled, involving watching some netflix, possibly typing up a blog post, scrolling through Instagram, reading a book/ magazine and anything else I think to do.

I pretty much did all those things on this day and it was fabulous!

3:30pm This is typically when I get hungry again and thus my still all-time favourite afternoon snack of fruit entails and I enjoy every single bite!

As I'm a creature of habit, I always eat my snack watching my favourite YouTubers... one of my guilty pleasures/ favourite times of the day.

4:30pm- 5:15pm Now I always get really cold for some reason, so it is shower time once again, head upstairs, shower, change into comfy, warm pyjamas and head on down to the kitchen to prepare whatever it is I am making for dinner!

Dinner typically occurs around 6:30-6:45pm for me and my family and tonight I was feeling super lazy and decided to whip up a 5-minute dinner. No exaggeration:
This rice bowl featured a microwave packet of rice and quinoa, some chopped capsicum, celery, chickpeas, tomato, spinach and nutritional yeast-all mixed together and then microwaved for 4-5 mins until everything is heated through and tender:
Super simple and sooooo delicious!! My favourite type of dinner!
After dinner there pretty much is always a guaranteed after-dinner snack/ dessert as I need to ensure I am properly fuelled for whatever workout I've planned for the next morning!! Or maybe I just always need a little something extra after dinner :P. Either way- Tonights dessert featured two pieces of Lindt 90% cocoa chocolate (so creamy my friends!) and some ice-cold refreshing soy milk- deeee-licious!

7:00pm- 8:30/9:00pm After dinner I take my magnesium tablet and head upstairs to watch some telly and typically zone out and also typically doze off at around 8:30 wish where I finally manage to get up and take myself to my bed for some much-needed sleep time! Yep, early to bed, early to rise (definitely not a night-owl!!)

Aaaand thats a typical day-in-the-life for me, I am a creature of routine but do find that I sometimes need to switch things up to keep me from getting down/ anxious. Change is good my friends- I need to keep telling myself that!!

I also love looking back at these posts to see just how much has changed in my day-to-day life over the months/ years, kinda cool to have that stored away to look back on!

Ok, that's enough rambling from me- gosh this post is a lot longer than anticipated- props to you if you made through the whole thing! now tell me:

What's a typical morning look like for you?
When do you prefer to fit in your workout?
favourite no-fuss dinner? Rice/pasta bowls, or toasted sandwiches etc. are usually the go for me! Yum!

Alrighty, I hope you have an awesome day, do something you love to do, smile lots, be kind to everyone and as always; EAT SOMETHING DELICIOUS!! Bye for now friendly friends!! :D

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

What I Eat The Night Before A Long Run

Hidy-ho there friendly friends and HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY Thursday!!

And why on Earth am I so happy about this particular Thursday??
Because it is the first day after I have finished ALL of my school based assessments! Yep, my mock exams are over O.V.E.R. and now it is simply the WACE (state exam finals) to go! I can't even believe it!

Any who, I am taking a good solid few days off after these past few weeks of utter studying craziness (do not want to burn out! Must restrain self!) and am mighty, mighty happy about that!

Now, onto the post that was sparked at the end of my long run today (yep, long run Thursday for a change- Saturday's weather forecast wasn't looking too great and I wasn't too keen to do another 2-hour wish session on the treadmill like last weekend!) when my mind flicked back to a post I read on Meredith's blog about what to eat the night before a long run.

I love reading posts like this because in the grand scheme of things my what, 3 years + wish of running is not actually all that long compared to a whole heap of runners out there and I definitely have only dabbled in long runs (previously, before decreasing my mileage significantly for a running break I was up and around 20-22km for my long runs; now I'm working back up and am around 16-18km) and thus I am still in that sort of experimentation phase of figuring out what works best for me performance wise.

When I was doing the longer runs a couple of years back, two dates or two dried figs seemed to work best for me pre-run (at like 4:30am in the morning because I chose to do these runs on school mornings for whatever reason!!) and i could simply pop them in my mouth and head off no trouble at all. This time round I simply can't have anything in the belly prior to a long-run as I just feel sick and feel it all moving around inside my belly with every step. So I do my long runs completely fasted with last nights dinner fuelling the kilometres.

I know a few people would say this is definitely not the best way to train, but for me, it works and it's what works best for you that really matters. Also, as shown above, what works for you at one time might not work for you later on! And that's ok too!!

However, going completely fasted for a long run lasting over an hour, you have to be pretty smart about your pre-run dinner the night before, because not feeding yourself enough to have those glycogen stores on standby in the muscles and liver is going to wreak havoc on your run. Trust me, I've been there.

Again, this is what works best for me the night before a long-run, and like Meredith mentions in her post, some people can tolerate protein, others can't, some need high amounts of fat, some just need straight up carbs, others need only vegetables, whilst some squirm at the idea of consuming any vegetables prior to a long-run because they know it is utterly detrimental to their run. So, this is not a post about what you should eat before a long run, this is a post about what I eat before a long run from my experiences (however small in comparison to seasoned runners) and what works best for my stomach, my energy levels and my overall enjoyment of the long run ahead of me!

Now, because today's long run was such a good one, where I felt energised, my legs felt strong and carried me through and I didn't feel sick or bloated at all, I thought I'd share with you last night's dinner that prepared me for this morning's run:

Funny story with this one actually. Yesterday morning I had done a long ab-sesh with a full Blogilates Ab PIIT workout, followed by multiple ab/ oblique videos, Fitness blenders stability ball ab workout and some cardio and skipping to finish it all off, I was pretty hungry the entire day. So when I poured out some high fibre pasta into a pot, about 20 minutes later when I was about to go cook it up, I knew by the hunger rumbling in my belly and the planned long run ahead of me that I was going to need a little more pasta to power me through- pasta is our friend people!!

So boiled high fibre pasta with steamed broccoli, brussels sprouts, peas, spinach and vegan cheese made it (somehow managing to fit!! :P) into my bowl and I devoured the creamy, cheese goodness filled with delicious pasta carbs, green veggies packed with vitamins and cheese, protein packed goodness of homes and nutritional yeast!

As you can see, I am one of those people who can stomach veggies (and quite a lot of them too!) prior to a long run and also a high amount of high fibre (lower GI/ slow release energy) carbohydrates as well. It's also evident that the protein content is a little lighter in this pre-run dinner as it is mainly the carbs and veggies my  body desires to power me efficiently through a big run.

Last weeks pre-long-run dinner was much the same, this time featuring: PIZZA:

Topped with no-added-salt tomato paste, mushrooms, capsicum, cherry tomatoes, black olives, steamed pumpkin and parsnip, home-made pesto all on top of my home-made spelt base- it's once again obvious that those good ol' carbs topped with all the veggies is what powers me through with all the energy and stamina I need for a good run!

Alternatively I find if I don't have a good sized serving of carbs in the form of wheat, rice, spelt etc. then I definitely feel it in my run. Even simply subbing in a whole baked sweet potato for my carb source doesn't quite do it for me and my legs feel tired and heavy and I'm just out of breath and struggling through the run a lot faster than if I had a tummy of pasta, pizza, bread etc. from the night before.

I've read about a lot of runners who are the complete opposite to me- requiring a chicken breast with steamed veg on the side, or perhaps a simply sandwich with peanut butter and jelly instead of any veggies/ meat and that's absolutely fine! Again, for me, it's just a matter of a bunch of carbs, a bunch of veggies, not heaps of protein and a big enough serving size to last me the longer distances!

And post-long run?? That's when I fill up on the protein (and carbs) once again; for example with this morning's post-run green smoothie (and this is only like half of it by the way, the rest did not fit in the jar, so I ate pretty much another jar full from the Vitamin whilst this guy sat patiently in the freezer!! Gotta get that fuel in folks!)

2 large frozen bananas, 1 large handful frozen zucchini chunks, 1 LARGE handful of spinach, about 3/4 cup rolled past soaked in almond milk for around 10 mins, 3 scoops of greek yoghurt, a scoops of vegan vanilla protein powder and water- whizzed up until SMMOOOTHH! So delicious and so quick for your muscles to take up and use- perfect post-workout recovery fuel!!

Or last weeks bright orange turmeric oats in a jar:
Oats, banana, turmeric, cinnamon, almond milk- bubbled away until absorbed, greek yoghurt stirred in at the end, popped in an almost-empty jar of crunchy PB- devoured.

Again, higher protein with a big serving of carbs to replenish all those lost stores from the run! And the awesome anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric taking breakfast to a whole new level! BREAK FAST OF CHAMPIONS!!

Alrighty, so that's a little insight into what powers me through my fasted long runs the night before and maybe it can give you a little inspo to try out some new meals/ methods of feeling up the night before a long run. Even if you're not running first thing in the morning, your meals the day before still play such an important role in how your body will perform on run day/ any workout day- which is why it's so important to continue to properly fuel your bod on rest days even if you aren't doing anything; you're ledgy the next day will thank you for it!

Over to you:
How do you fuel before a big run?
Favourite night-before-a-big-run/workout meal?
Favourite breakfast/ post-workout meal to refuel those muscles??

I hope you all have a splendid day, do something you love, look after your body, listen to your body and you will do great things! And as always; EAT SOMETHING DELICIOUS!! Bye for now friendly friends!! :D
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