12 weeks training has started

So the time has arrived! Yes… 12 weeks of hard work before we hit the finish line of the Richmond half marathon.

I am using a Nike+ app to help me with the training. This app is amazing as it tells me how much and how often to run. It measures my pace and distance.

Unfortunately my feet haven’t fully recovered from bad blisters yet, therefore my training had to be postponed, but I’ll be back on track in couple of days. I have found appropriate bandage to keep my feet going.

Healthy diet will be a huge part of the training. For breakfast or snack at work I’ve been having chia seeds granola pudding with fruits. It is a nutritious breakfast to start with (even Cookie loves it) ๐Ÿ˜†.

Wish us a luck and lot of strength. These 12 weeks will be challenging.

Thanks for your support.

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Sunday Smoothie: Detox Smoothie

I hope you all had lovely weekend. It’s been some time since my last post. Unfortunately I got cold for past week and wasn’t able to continue my training. I’ve realised how much I miss running. While I was sick I didn’t feel like eating much, all I wanted is to finish work and go home and sleep. I didn’t even have a smoothie once and during the absence of smoothies in my diet I realised how much difference they make. Do you drink smoothies regularly? Do you feel any different when you stop drinking them? I felt more tired than usual and even my skin experienced few breakouts. Of course being sick and lack of sleep took a big part but skipping smoothies didn’t do any better.

I felt like I needed some tasty detox smoothie and here is the recipe:

1 chopped pear
1/2 lime (juice)
Handful of spinach
3 chopped celery sticks
2 kiwis

Sometimes I add a cucumber too. It makes this smoothie even more refreshing.

I hope you enjoy this smoothie.

Hopefully I’ll be back on track with training and eating clean within next few days. I haven’t been too good with food last few days and it makes me feel more tired. Please support us by sponsoring us during out mission to help Matthias.

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Summer arrived to London

Summer has finally arrived and I’ve been loving this weekend.

On Saturday I met my training buddy and sister in crime Erika…. We went to a park for picnic. I cooked some chicken marinated in basil & pine nut pesto with mix of azuki beans, red and green lentils and chickpeas.
To freshen everything up we had spinach salad with avocado and fruits on the side…later in the evening we had a dessert (chocolate avocado mousse with fresh strawberries).
Later in the evening we went for a run (4.89k). We both felt great and switched our brains from everyday routine. It was such a lovely Saturday.
I am so grateful to have such a good friend who inspires me and I can rely on. During the training we support each other and keep positive spirit.

Today I have been relaxing most of the day. I cooked lunch (sweet potatoes, halumi cheese, spinach & avocado salad and eggs). For the rest of the afternoon i relaxed in the garden with my kitty and was catching some rays.
I feel relaxed and refreshed and soon will head out for a run.

Please sponsor us during the training and half marathon which we will run in September. All the funds go directly to Matthias’ charity account for his life saving surgery. Thanks to everyone for all the support.

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Sunday Smoothie: Green Machine

Hello everyone,

It’s Sunday again and I am showing you another smoothie recipe. This time I chose to do completely different one compare to last week.
This week we focus on veggies. I’ve never been huge veggie lover, but recently I eat lot of it and smoothies help me with my daily veggie intake.
With my smoothie I snacked some fresh strawberries & grapes with organic smooth peanut butter (I absolutely love this stuff). Peanut butter with anything :p

I called this smoothie ‘Green Machine’ as it gives me energy and restarts my system ๐Ÿ™‚

Green Machine recipe:
1 cup of spinach
1 cup of kale
1 rape avocado
1 small celery stick
1/2 cup of organic apple juice
1/2 cup of water
Splash of lime juice
1tsp of spirulina

Optional:
Mint leaves

It is even more refreshing when you add mint. I recommend this smoothie especially to those who are starting with their veggies. This way you will get all the nutrients without having to eat ton of vegetables.

Enjoy! And I hope you like this post.

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Perfect Sunny Day & After Run Lunch

Today is absolutely beautiful and this weather suppose to continue until Monday….ton of opportunities to get out of the sofa and go outside for a jog.
This morning I went for a very light jog as my legs have not recovered from my last long distance run yet. I ran 3km and did long stretching session to help my muscles in recovery process. I also decided to do some strength training with my own body weight. It is important to include strength training while you doing your cardio.
I am fortunate for the beautiful park I have close to my house. I absolutely love running there, even tho it’s in the city it still feels like country side.

After I returned home I made a quick rocket, spinach & quinoa salad with some mozzarella cheese and eggs. It’s light, but it fills me for a while.

Put your trainers on and join our team in a mission to raise money for Matthias’ surgery.

Enjoy the sunny day everyone โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜œ

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Chocolate Avocado Mousse

There’s something about the dessert. It just completes a good meal and we all love them.
I love chocolate mousse desserts, but since I have started eating clean I have found a perfect replacement for regular mousse. And let me tell you…this tastes so much better.

Recipe:
4 very ripe avocados
1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup of agave or honey
1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 of almond (coconut) milk
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp Himalayan salt

Melt the chocolate chips and let it cool on the side. Blend rest of the ingredients with the melted chocolate to get this lovely smooth chocolate mousse.
As a topping I chose to caramelise banana in coconut oil. You can add popcorn instead or any fruit you like.

Topping:
1 banana
1tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp coconut or brown sugar

– melt the coconut oil and stir the sliced banana until brown. Add sugar to caramelise banana slices.
– once the banana is ready add it on the top of the mousse and place in the fridge to chill for at the least 3 hours.

ENJOY!! ๐Ÿ˜›

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to kill cravings: Raw chocolate cinnamon kale chips

We all get cravings and sometimes it’s hard to resist and yes I know… You go and clear the fridge or your treats cupboard. There is nothing wrong with occasional cheating, but we still can make the right choices when the craving time arrives.
Recently I have discovered kale raw chocolate and cinnamon chips. It’s a healthy option that will satisfy your cravings and at the end you don’t have to feel guilty.
You can buy these in Whole Foods store and luckily my local small nutrition store supplies them too. It’s definitely worth trying. If you are a chocolate lover, you still can have a piece of chocolate…just make sure you eat good quality dark chocolate and have just a piece. When you try to eat clean, make sure you avoid all the processed food, sugar and saturated fat.
We are training hard to achieve our goal of raising enough money for Matthias. Please support us if you like our blog and efforts.

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Sunday Smoothie Recipe: Keeping it simple

Here we go it’s Sunday again and I can’t believe how quickly the weekend has gone.
We will be posting every Sunday smoothie recipes we like, have already tried or experimented with. Please feel free to comment and add more ideas. It would be absolutely fantastic if you could donate ยฃ1 or more if you feel like to help us to raise money for Matthias’ life saving surgery.

Today I decided to keep it very simple and used one of my top favourite fruits.

1 banana
Handful of strawberries
Handful of raspberries
1tbsp of chia seeds

Chop the fruits and add everything to the blender and blend until smooth. I usually pour little bit of water to make it less thick. But you can do it without adding any water, depending on your preference.
Sometimes I add plain soy yoghurt or Greek, however as I’m avoiding dairy the soy option works for me fine.
I hope you like this smoothie and if you do please donate ;).

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Era Lecsรณ

Lecso is a traditional Hungarian dish. It can be prepared in many ways depends which part of Hungary you are. My lecso is not similar to any of it as I vary the doze of ingredients to my taste. Here it is Era’s paleo way, feel free to change and make it your own! The ingredients I use are for 2 big plates.

I love meat therefore I use chopped smoked bacon (from Lidl) and Pick Spicy Paprika Sausage (from Tesco deli counter, which by the way not hot-spicy at all). I put them in a pan with some ghee and cook it for 5 minutes before I throw (3 big) chopped onions on the top. When the onion is soft I add the chopped paprika. I usually use 2 bigger paprika per person and slice them into small pieces so it becomes softer-faster. Put the kettle to boil as much water as you can and cut a shallow X around your tomato from top to top, put them in a bowl and pour the hot water on it. After a minute or two, you can carefully remove the skin of the tomato easily. Now chop it up and add it to the lecso. It will became very juicy but after another 5 minutes you can add 2 eggs to the whole stew to dense. And voila, the lecso is ready.

Enjoy your meal and do not forget if you find this post useful donate a pound or two by clicking on the justgiving.com logo on the right side. The aim is to raise money for a lifesaving surgery for Matthias. Read more about him and his journey here: http://helpmatthias.com/

 

Chia seeds pudding

Do you have a sweet tooth but don’t want to feel too guilty for treating yourself?! Here is a delicious recipe for healthy version of a pudding. Chia seeds are high in fibre and are very beneficial to your body.

Here’s the recipe: (makes one serving)

2 tablespoons chia seeds
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
a pinch of salt
1 tablespoon honey or agave syrup

For chocolate version you can add two tea spoons of good quality cocoa powder.

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