Fit Lawyers Unite: Get this limited edition (for 1 month only)

oie_zMjy5GcwzwEXJust a little thank you to all the amazing professionals I’ve connected with via Instagram, whether you’re studying or working… and since you all loved the meme so much on Instagram, I got Bruiser to sniff out and Elle to approve a cheeky brunch or post-workout snuggly bargain…

As of TODAY you can shop this brand new limited edition sweater! Shop now.

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You have 28 days from today to get your hands on one ❤

xoxo

 

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Activewear Valentines GIVEAWAY

12801307_535229466651547_8913664360817129029_nIf you follow me on instagram you’ll already have seen that I’m feeling all loved up this week (courtesy of a post-workout high!) and I wanted to share the endorphin buzz with all of you! So I’m planning an exciting giveaway that will run EXCLUSIVELY on my instagram so wriggle your perfect peach-emojis over to @legallygymliving and keep your beadies peeled for an opportunity to win some prizes (they’re beaaaauuuuutiful, I promise!)

The giveaway will open on Valentines Day (aw!) February 14th 1933934_10153892722214571_10975500865702357_n2017, and run until 15th March 2017. That’s a whole month and a day to get your mits on some free workout gear!

Details of how to enter will be announced on instagram, so keep an eye out… but a bonus 5 entries will go to anyone who can guess why the giveaway stops on March 15th. Hint: what’s special about that day?

Good luck lovelies!

In the meantime you might want to check out Resisting Temptation: Healthy Food Swaps,  Fitting Fitness Around Relationships or Motivation 101 to keep you going.

And since this is all about spreading the love check out today’s featured recipe: the Love That Body Chocolate Shake (protein powder free!). It’s DELISH and one of my favourites! Or sex it up with the Bootylicious Berry Smoothie. They both make great breakfasts, or post-workout options!

B xoxo

Zucchini Pizza Party Boats!

10522089_10154074095539571_742486296110860964_nThese little bruschetta inspired babies are more filling than you’d think (I guess zucchini or courgette is basically all water!) and they’re a super fast option for a healthy, pizza craving busting supper after a long day at work.

All you need is:

❤ 1 courgette/zucchini

❤ Some crumbled / chunky chopped goats’ cheese

❤ Chopped plum tomatoes

❤ Black pepper and mixed herbs to taste.

It is this simple:

  1. Preheat your oven to around 180.
  2. Halve your courgettes then halve them again (so you get 4 ‘party boats’ – see picture above!)
  3. Top them with your goats cheese and chopped plum tomatoes. You could also add a little red onion or tuna to vary it.
  4. Place on a baking tray and leave in the oven for around 8 minutes (but it really depends on the power of your oven – check back regularly and some of it will be down to taste – how melty you want the cheese and how soft the courgette!)

You can have these with a mixed salad, I like mine with raw spinach, but you could also have veggies, or kale, or a little quinoa or sweet potato.

They make a nice entree too if you have guests, and they never need know how clean you’re keeping the eating for the evening 😉

Bootylicious Berry Smoothie

12963794_10154141186774571_2117300014501066370_nThe Bootylicious Berry Smoothie, otherwise known as ‘Peanut butter & I-don’t-think-you’re-ready-for-this-jelly’ is an amazing breakfast option, but also works as a post workout shake, or an afternoon pick me up!

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It’s so simple to make too. You can do it with or without protein powder, whatever your preference.

You need: a blender, and then…

2 tbsps organic natural peanut butter, honey, 1/2 banana, frozen raspberries, approx 3 tbsps oats (and 1/2 scoop natural soya protein powder, optional).

Along with maybe 1/4 cup of water, blend your peanut butter half banana, 1 handful of frozen raspberries, oats and optional protein powder until smooth. Take of the lid and check consistency – you can add more water at this stage if needed. You could even use almond milk if you really want, but that’s not my jam.

Add a little liquid if needed, and a teaspoon of honey to taste. Blend, and serve!

You can add chopped nuts, a sprinkle of unsweetened coconut or raw cacao, or a couple of fresh raspberries and some mint to garnish ❤

This is a new favourite for me, and a happy blending accident. Some of the best recipes come from improvisation!

gym bag dive: post-workout beauty secrets

12321390_10154043329909571_5635629465917082248_nI always used to find lunchtime workouts stressful – having to shower, sort your hair and makeup, and get back to the office looking half presentable after a 40 minute sweat session, and rocking back up to your desk either a few minutes late or still flushed and bare faced? Nightmare!

A lot of you have commented that it really puts you off too, so I thought I’d share what I’ve now perfected as a 5 minute post gym beauty routine… it’s not perfect, but it’s a quick fix, with some great products!

Hair

Mark Hill Get Gorgeous No Knots Detangling Spray – I have crazy thick hair, so this is a must! A few spritzs and brushing my hair is a breeze… but only with my

Best Hair Day Tangle Teaser which I got from Birchbox– if you haven’t tried one, you really must. They’re old news now, but it’s a little grooming miracle.

Leave in conditioner – my hair is naturally very dry so I always have one of these two in my gym bag – Toni & Guy, or Aussie are my favourites.

Styling – From here, my favourite post-gym styles that take seconds are the Balmain high pony (do a real one or use this!), a side braid (or fishtail – see Zoella tutorial here for a quick how-to if you have very quick fingers!) as these disguise you if you still have damp hair but still look tidy and smart enough to return to work (or life outside the gym!)

Makeup

My aim is to be quick, but look like I’ve made an effort. I also like to take advantage of feeling healthy post-workout and fresh post-shower to let my skin breathe!

Grab these for your gym bag, and you’ll get your after-workout face on in literally seconds!

If my under-eye area is a bit dark, I’ll throw on some concealer, but my main gym rush makeup tactic is to focus on the lips.

My two favourite post-gym vibes are:

Rimmel London Kate Moss Lipstick Nude 40 – I love this nude for a natural, chilled look

Max Factor Colour Elixir Bewitching Coral 827 Lipstick – I am really into beachy tones, and this is a bit of a bolder lip, but feels fun, girlie and energetic, and it’s nice for a sassy post-workout glow.

Because I’m always feeling my most ‘sparkly’ after a workout, I like to team both of these with lipgloss. My favourites these days are these Beauty Rush Flavoured Glosses from Victoria’s Secret. Pictured is the Candy Baby  flavour, but I take Sheer Tropical Pineapple and Sheer Sugared Watermelon just as often, and I REALLY want to try the Sheer Mango Blush because I think the name is really evocative haha!

Queen Bee Vaseline – An alternative to lipstick and gloss, especially in Winter, is some nourishment. It gives your lips a subtle sheen too. Go queen bee for power woman lips!

Fragrance

I love scent, and am notorious for collecting perfumes. I picked these three for my gym bag recommendations as they’re my most-used post-workout scents, and they cater for low budget, mid budget, and a little higher.

I think scent is really evocative of mood, so I like to choose ones that prolong my workout high, and feel suitable for whatever’s up next!

Adidas Women Fizzy Energy – Super cheap, I picked this up for a couple of quid in Sports Direct, believe it or not! It’s a very simple scent – lemony, zesty, and energetic – exactly what it says on the bottle. Suitable for going back to work revved up again, or prolonging your endorphin-happy and feeling fresh, clean and light. I think the scent is a bit sporty and androgynous, so if you’re feeling that kind of vibe… do it! It doesn’t last long though, you do need to keep re-applying.

La Vie de Boheme, Anna Sui  – this bottle makes me so happy! Keeping the clean, fresh vibe of the above fragrance, but with fruity and floral tones. It’s very sweet and girlie, and usually that wouldn’t be my kind of perfume (I like them quite heady, spicy, woody) but it really keeps me in a post-gym mood. It’s light and playful, and a little bit magical. And I love the story it tells:

Born of a heart that embraces life to the fullest, the woman who seeks La Vie De Bohème is a poet. She lives half in the past with a nostalgic love for vintage, while firmly in the present with her own definition of style. She prefers authenticity and individuality to society’s norms. She won’t be tamed by convention, or controlled by the world. Self-expression and freedom are important to her, in a live-for-the-moment way. She’s playful and free-spirited, creating her own world one day at a time. La Vie De Bohème opens with a blend of feminine pink florals, rich burgundy berries, and a kiss of electrifying, sensual woods. The juxtaposition of fruity florals plays against mysterious woods to deliver Anna Sui’s signature good girl-bad girl ideal in a captivating, addictive fragrance. Life is beautiful. Life is romantic. Life is La Vie de Bohème. Notes of: Turkish Rose, Pear, Red Berries, Dragon Fruit, Magnolia, Peony, Freesia, White Wood, Skin Musk, Red Raspberries, Vanilla.

– fragrance description, Debenhams

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle – again, keeping it fresh. This can be a little sweet for me (I’m more of a Coco Noir girl!) but after a workout that can be too heavy. Coco Mademoiselle feels feminine, with a little boldness. Still a floral heart, but with a bit more punch. Wear to march back into meetings at work with determination!

 

So go ahead girls, pack your gym bag!

B xoxo

Love that Body chocolate shake (protein powder free)

12801307_535229466651547_8913664360817129029_nA lot of you like the idea of a healthy shake that can double as a quickie breakfast, pre or post workout snack, or something to sip on mid afternoon to keep those office biscuit cravings at bay. So many of you have been asking for recipes that fit these criteria that you can make confidently without protein powder – and still get that great taste.

We’ve been doing a little taste-testing and concluded that this is the best of the bunch!

It’s a useful one to whip out if you’re staying with friends or relatives who don’t have protein powder in the house, or if you don’t tend to buy and use protein powder generally. I was never a shake fan at all before I discovered making my own natural protein shakes. Just remember to use them as part of a healthy balanced diet – they shouldn’t be used consistently as meal replacements.

For the Love That Body Chocolate Shake, you will need:

1/2 ripe banana

1/4 cup or 3 generous tablespoons of natural yoghurt (greek yoghurt adds too much of a tang; you ideally want natural yoghurt with live cultures. I like the Yeo Valley one. You should try to avoid fat free varieties as they often have added sugars and flavourings. A little good fat is not bad for you!)

1 heaped tsp raw cacao powder (if you’re in the UK, you can find this at Holland and Barrett. This Choc Chick Organic Raw Cacao powder is my personal favourite!)

Optional – 1 tsp organic honey or agave nectar

1/2 cup of water (if you want it to be milkier, you can use almond milk here, but you may be surprised how great it tastes with just water… try it out for a lower calorie version)

Blitz your ingredients in a blender and serve!

This mason jar is from Paperchase, and I like to have my shake with a handful of fresh raspberries, but you can vary and have it with strawberries, a sprig of mint, or even add a little chilli into the mixture for an extra kick.

What are your favourite healthy shake recipes?

‘Rum Truffle’ Protein Potion (natural!)

12801252_10154029063109571_7977042735221010885_nYou can do this a couple of ways – plain, the way I opted for this evening – essentially a cacao protein shake, great for a post-workout smoothie or a snack to keep you going if you’re gonna have to work all evening and can’t make dinner. Or, you can ‘FriYAY’ it a little, with or without alcohol. I’ll let you decide ❤ This was inspired by The Aztec, which is a delicious (treat day!) chocolate tequila cocktail which I first tried at Freud, London – you can find yours here. It’s significantly less healthy than this brew though, I’ll tell you right now!

There’s lots of ‘approving’ in this recipe; don’t worry too much, and you may want to season a little differently to suit your tastes anyway, for example, I’m not a huge sweet tooth, but you might be!

You will need:

Approx 3/4 tablespoon raw cacao powder

Approx half a cup of oats

Approx half a cup of cold decaf coffee (you can use caffeinated, but if you’re making the alcoholic version it’s best to use decaf!)

3/4 scoop soya protein powder (natural flavour, but you could use chocolate). Whey is also ok, but I prefer soya for numerous reasons. Have a little read up on protein powder and pick what’s best for you.

Splash of water or almond milk to fix the consistency

1/2 a frozen banana (if you are more of a sweet tooth, you may prefer a ripe, fresh banana instead!)

FriYAY extras:

1/2 tsp vanilla extract (for non alcoholic version – optional)

1 tsp honey (for non alcoholic version – optional)

Splash of dark rum (optional)

Fruit & cocktail umbrella to garnish (strongly recommended!!)

 

This is SO SIMPLE and quick to make, I promise.

Put all ingredients in your blender.

Blend.

Pour.

Serve!

 

Enjoy. Happy Friday, folks.

 

 

Protein magic, & clean carrot cake recipe

12809559_10154022763194571_8624223923645781642_nThis tip changed my life… seriously

One of the best nutrition tips I ever discovered was originally something Katrina Scott mentioned in a Tone It Up video… that you can use protein powder to replace flour!

I suddenly had a ‘eureka’ moment. All of those foods you really want when you’re eating clean that you know would dent your progress… pancakes, waffles, cookies, cakes… suddenly became available… in a major, healthy, high protein way!

Sure enough, google and lots of kitchen experimentation later, I became hooked on including all of those old favourites, but in a healthy way. I’ll include more protein powder based recipes over time, as these are my specialty!

Clean carrot cake (makes approx 8, or 4 ‘shell sandwich versions’)

You will need:

1 small grated (or very finely chopped!) carrot

vanilla extract (optional)

2 tsps organic honey

1/2 scoop of protein powder (my preference is Nature’s Garden soya protein powder [I buy the isolate], and for this recipe I use the natural flavour)

cinnamon

1 medium egg or 2 egg whites

1/4 tsp baking powder

dash of water (or almond milk if you prefer)

Cake

  1. Beat your egg and whisk in with the protein powder, and several shakes of cinnamon.
  2. Add in your honey and baking powder. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Check the texture and add a dash of water or almond milk to thin the texture if needed.
  4. Gently stir in your finely grated carrot.

 

I use a madeleine mould for mine to make the pretty shell shapes – mine was a present from France, but I’d highly recommend you get a similar silicone flexible one from here, it makes the cakes so simple to remove – but any cup cake cases in a tin will work!

10 minutes in the oven at around 180 degrees should do the trick, but this depends on your oven.

Icing

If you’d like to ice them, or sandwich the shells together, you will need:

2 tbsps cream cheese

1 tsp organic honey

3 or 4 shakes of cinnamon

dust from your carrot gratings

  1. Combine all of the above (except your ‘carrot dust’) to make your icing, and spread on your cake.
  2. If this is your finished product, garnish with your carrot dust.
  3. To make the ‘shell sandwich’ version, sprinkle your carrot in the middle and then stick two shells together.

Enjoy, and sparkle