Friday, October 31, 2014

Weekend Challenge- Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!  May you exercise self control as the kids bring home all that candy!

To make up for any over-indulgences, I challenge you to do 1 minutes of push/press ups on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  That is it.  Only 3 minutes of your time and everyone has one minute a day to spare.

If you have 2 minutes a day to spare, add 1 minute of abdominal exercises to your minute of push/press up too.  You pick the exercise (crunches, plank, leg lifts, etc).

You can do it!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

My 2nd article with Paleo Foodies is up

Paleo Foodies has posted my second article in the four-part series of switching from vegetarian to Whole30 convert. This article discusses what to expect when you start your meat-eating journey.
This Australian website is a terrific resource for eating within a paleo lifestyle (which is less strict than Whole30 but based on the same principles of meat, fruit and veg).

Read my first post about why I was inspired to start eating meat here. 


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Product review with recipe: Powdered Peanut Butter (PPB) Chocolate Chip Shortbread

The good people at Hale Naturals sent me their new line of Powdered Peanut Butter (PPB®).  They have 3 flavors- original, chocolate flavor and sweetened with Stevia.  At 70% less fat than traditional peanut butter, PPB® is a new way to add protein and fibre to your meals and an easy way to carry around snacks (just add water).  The preparation method squeezes out the fat and oil so all that is left is the goodness.

My friend's 12 year old daughter, Zoё, loves to bake and was kind enough to take to the kitchen and develop a few PPB® recipes for you.  Unfortunately, her iPad crashed and took most of the recipes with it.  She was able to recreate this one with the PPB® she had left.  Thank you, Zoё, for all your help!

Not only did Zoё bake with the PPB®, but she also added it to her porridge and yogurt.  I like to add it to my chocolate protein shakes (but stay tuned for a new Hale Naturals product review).  What do you like adding your PPB® to?
Mixture before baking

PPB Chocolate Chip Shortbread

115g butter
55g caster sugar
170g flour
Teaspoon of vanilla (to taste)
Handful of chocolate chips (to taste)
3 heaped tablespoons of PPB®

1.  Heat oven to 190 degrees
2.  Beat butter and sugar together.
3.  Add in chocolate chips, vanilla and PPB®.
4.  Stir in the flour and bring mixture together.
5.  Turn onto a lightly floured work surface and cut into shapes (whatever you like, rounds or fingers etc).
6.  Put in the fridge to chill for 15 minutes.
7.  Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until a pale golden brown.

The end result. Yum!



Hale Naturals were kind enough to give me and Zoe samples of their PPB® to try.  All opinions are honest and my own.  If you have a product you would like me to review, please get in touch mollie@ptmollie.com.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Quickie Workout #112

Remember to go for QUALITY over quantity. If you are unclear what the exercise is I am describing, please look for a video or arrange for an in-person tutorial with me.  Please consult your doctor before engaging on any fitness regime.

Don't forget to breathe! Please email me if you want tips on how to make the quickies easier or more challenging (mollie@ptmollie.com).

Warm  up- 1 min Hop-hop-squat, 1 min run with high knees, 1 min run in place with quick feet
1 min- Bicycle kicks 
1 min- Plank
1 min- Spiderman crunch
1 min- Reverse curls
1 min each side- Woodchopper
1 min- Inchworm
1 min- Up and down on the forearms for a plank
1 min- Lunge with frontal raise
1 min- Sumo squats
1 min each side- Arabesques
1 min- Sumo squats
1 min each side- Arabesques

Friday, October 24, 2014

Weekend Challenge- Keep warm in the kitchen

Keep warm and well-fed this weekend by making homemade soup.  There are millions of recipes online, so have a look around.  If you prefer to freestyle it, check out my Kitchen Sink Soup recipe.  

Simply use what you have on-hand, heat it up, blend it if you prefer and enjoy!

What is your favorite soup to make at home?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hello again

Dear faithful readers,

Please accept my apologies for slipping under the radar.  I have been away for a family matter which has also taken a bit of my mojo away (or maybe it is just the jetlag).  Feel free to use the tags to find a quickie workout (there are over 100 now) or a Weekend Challenge if you are in the need of a boost.  I should probably take my own advice.....

I am happy to say I am back now in London and looking forward to autumnal running weather.  The Zero Calorie Advent Calendar (ZCAC) is in full production mode behind the scenes and it is going to be great this year.  We have old favorites, as well as new businesses, taking part for the 3rd year of the calendar.  Keep checking the ZCAC blog for more news and info.  The calendar itself will go live on 1st December.

The other small project I am working on is a virtual run for ROD Racing.  For those that don't know, a virtual run is one where you run on your own.  It can just be at any old time or if you are already signed up for a race, that counts too!  Adult medals for a 5K or 10K distance are only £20, with kids medals at £10.  This includes free P&P to anywhere in UK or EU.  All the info on how to register is here.  Remember all the proceeds benefit our current orphan, Marcus, who is 95% to his fundraising goal of $15,000 (£10,000).  The more people who sign up for this race, the faster Marcus goes to his forever home.

Finally, I am gearing up to do another month of clean eating.  I think that will help me regain my focus and boost my mood a bit.

I hope you have a terrific week.

In health and happiness,
Mollie

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Quickie Workout #111

Remember to go for QUALITY over quantity. If you are unclear what the exercise is I am describing, please look for a video or arrange for an in-person tutorial with me.  Please consult your doctor before engaging on any fitness regime.

Don't forget to breathe! Please email me if you want tips on how to make the quickies easier or more challenging (mollie@ptmollie.com).

Warm  up- 1 min- Step ups on a low step; 1 min- Box jumps on the same low step; 1 min- lunges
1 min-  Jumping jacks/Star jumps
1 min-  Squats with a 3 pulses at the bottom
1 min-  Wall sit
1 min-  Push/Press ups
30 sec each side-  Side plank
1 min-  Leg lifts
1 min-  Boat pose
1 min-  Push/Press ups
1 min-  Squat with an alternating lateral leg lifts
1 min-  Squat thrusts
1 min-  Push/Press ups
1 min-  Pec fly
1 min- Overhead/Shoulder press