Weekend Challenge- Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 31, 2014

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!

My 2nd article with Paleo Foodies is up

Thursday, October 30, 2014

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. 

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

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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.

Quickie Workout #112

Sunday, October 26, 2014

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

Weekend Challenge- Keep warm in the kitchen

Friday, October 24, 2014

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?

Hello again

Monday, October 20, 2014

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,

Quickie Workout #111

Sunday, October 5, 2014

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

Weekend Challenge

Friday, October 3, 2014

Photo from All About Fifth
Not sure what the weather is like where you are, but here in London autumn has arrived. The air is chilly and rain this morning makes it feel a bit colder.  The leaves are turning orange and filling the roads.  I am more inclined to stay bundled up and warm inside with a good book or watching a movie.

Autumn brings many new flavors and foods onto the table. Different vegetables are in season in the produce department. In America (and probably UK too), it is time to pick apples and make cider (I think you Brits might call what I am referring to 'apple juice').

This weekend I encourage you to make a meal from scratch.  Cook all the different bits and get family and friends involved. Try to get fresh fruit, vegetables, and meat.  Avoid processed foods out of a packet or tin.  The love you put into your meal as you prepare it will make it even more tasty.

Send me a photo of want you made and I will add it to this post.  Happy cooking!

Product Review: Lizi’s On The Go Treacle Pecan Granola

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Lizi's Granola reached out to me and gave me the opportunity to review their newest product, Treacle Pecan on the go.  Unfortunately I was on my Whole30 journey, so I asked my friend Laura (who reviewed some muesli for me last year) to try it out.  Thanks Laura!

Product ingredients:  Jumbo Rolled Oats, Lactose-Free Dried Milk (15%), Rapeseed Oil,Desiccated Coconut, Fructose, Pecan pieces (4%), Black Treacle (3%), Oligofructose, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Golden Linseeds,Natural Flavouring.

Even though this product contains milk, the levels of lactose is low (< 150 ppm), making it suitable for people with lactose intolerance.  Pretty neat for a filling meal on the go!

As a lover of Granola was really keen to try this new product. However, I must admit I was slightly apprehensive about the dried milk as I usually have yogurt with my cereal. The Granola was tasty but maybe a little bit too sweet for my liking however the milk was actually ok and not as alien as I was expecting! I think if you like tasty hearty breakfast cereal this is definitely one to go for, I really was full up until my lunch which would co-inside with the low glycaemic index of this cereal.  I loved that the packaging comes with a little spoon which is super handy if you are in a rush or having to eat breakfast at work. I am someone who likes to take my time over breakfast so would probably not buy this product normally however I would be keen to try other Lizi products as the cereal was fab. Overall I would give it 7/10.

Nutritional Information

Typical Composition
Per 100g
Per 45g
of which sugars
of which saturates

A box of 12 sachets is £12 plus P&P.

Lizi's Granola was kind enough to give me this sample.  I was not paid for this review.  All opinions are honest (and of my friend, Laura).