Post Workout.// Fitness.

Hi All!

It certainly has been quite some time since I have posted on BlondieLovesGinger – please understand that sometimes life takes unexpected turns and priorities need to be set in which this blog did not make the cut to be a priority at that time, however things have started to look better and brighter –¬† both my partner and I are back at writing for you all through our Lifestyle Blog.

Let me start of by saying that both of Us take our health very seriously. We like to be fit and like to live an active lifestyle which does take place outdoors. We love nature, enjoy exploring and personally I believe that it is a lot better to head out on a walk/hike/bikeride or other then to run the miles in an enclosed environment such as a gym or fitness studio, however in saying that, the cooler weather makes the fitness studio more appealing ūüėČ

I have just recently thought about that there must be other options than Post Workout Protein Powders which are pre-mixed commercially, available in absolutely any sizing…yes I am looking at all of you men out there bulking up to look like the next Hulk. To live healthily, these already processed foods cannot be good.

I have therefore decided to find out what ingredients our body needs especially after a workout to allow the same effect as a protein shake purchased from our fitness studio or supermarket.

I am a lover of smoothies and I am pretty sure I have won my partner over with it as well ūüôā For my personal post workout “protein shake” I have decided to add various fruits/veggies and quark. Quark is high in protein and low in fat AND because of its high level of casein (a slow release protein)¬† does help with muscle build.

For this particular post workout smoothie recipe  which you have seen on my Instagram I used:

1 Banana, handful of green kale, handful of baby spinach leaves, one fig, handful of frozen mango and a handful of frozen blueberries and a big spoon of quark. All of these ingredients can be purchased at your supermarket.

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The result: DELICIOUSLY – YUMMY!

 

 

 

 

Micawber Restaurant Dandenong Ranges

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Out on a #Date

with my incredible other half, after heading to Grant’s Picnic Ground within the Dandenong Ranges, where humiliation took over

… how?

Well… parked the car and enthusiastically purchased a ticket to feed some wild cockatoos within an enclosure. Got the ticket + got the tray of seeds and stood within the enclosure with other people but with no birds!

Goodness it was so embarrassing especially when all these tourists started arriving wanting to do the same thing but in the end the birds did make a bit of an appearance.

However, we did go on a circle walk nearby, which was quite lovely but very muddy but of course part of the adventure.

While the majority of the morning was spent out and about, a lunch booking was waiting for us at Micawber Restaurant.

Thoughts?

As it was on a Sunday it was getting quite busy during our lunch, the food was pretty good, presented well yet personally I would have liked to get a little bit for for the money that was spent, each to their own.

All in all it was a nice day, lots of fun and adventure. Looks like I have to head off now… #Pig&Whistle is calling my name. ūüėČ

#classy  #adventures  #restaurants  #foodcritics

That time of year …

“… when we tend to rest more on the couch then we have ever before,

where thick socks and boots are your wardrobe staples,

a time we frequent our local cafes more than ever .

and all this to keep out of the cold, rainy, chilly, windy winter weather Melbourne is offering us at the moment.

While I am a #PaleoFoodie to the best of my ability, LOVE food way to much – so I tend to use winter as a time to explore and #roadtrip my way around the area in the search of some nice little tucked away cafes or english / irish taverns, various other restaurants.

Completely well traveled I would say.

While I am off into the #DandenongRanges tomorrow for some quality time with my significant other, I will most certainly keep you updated on some beautiful places for lunch, dinner and some very beautiful places to refresh and rejuvenate.

Stay Happy + Keep Looking Beautiful.

A. x

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Soon to come on BlondieLovesGinger

Rise + Shine Y’All,

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Autumn has finally hit us, yet there are still those last days where wearing shorts and a t-shirt is still the right thing to do with temperatures rising up to above 30 degrees celsius. While we are all preparing to keep up our Fitness and Health regimes, I am talking work outs to keep us in shape over the cooler period this year as well as starting to think about soup recipes, slow cooked meals (I personally do not have a slow cooker, for those that do use them!) and other autumn recipes.

It is my pleasure to announce that #BlondieLovesGinger will very soon feature a variety of Autumn recipes to keep you healthy and inspired with some easy to follow recipe ideas ranging from soups, healthy breakfast ideas (including for those always on-the-go), entertainers, lunches and dinner inspirations for your own kitchen with the majority of ingredients already sitting in your pantry!

Such as my healthy breakfast this morning:

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Oats

Almonds

Blueberries

Melted Dark Organic / Fair trade Chocolate

Full-cream Milk

+ a coffee to get me going.

So stay tuned & stay healthy.

A. x

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#stayfit   #stayhealthy   #staybeautiful   #recipescomingsoon   #staytuned   #autumn   #inspiration

A trip to the green fields…

A trip to the green fields…

A surprise trip to the green fields and the nice relaxed scenery at Sherwood Park Orchards just before the Toonimbuk Road turn off, way past the many Estates within the Victoria’s south eastern suburbs…this of course is for those living in Australia, wanting to visit or those living local.

So many beautiful Country products from twenty different ranges of chutney to my pickled onions of which there is a particular memory that goes with this grocery item of course it is a different story altogether. They also stocked many varieties of fruit and amazingly we found non- alcoholic wines, again in many different forms.

Leaving the shop along the Hwy with my Man, one punnet of strawberries and non alcoholic Sparkling Grape Juice in hand we made our way back home. The next idea just as we pulled in the driveway… A Strawberry Smoothie, suggested of course by my Partner…who would’ve thought haha

It was beautiful – you basically just add milk to the strawberries.

Maybe not quite but the recipe doesn’t involve all too much just a mixer to cut up the strawberries then some full cream milk and a good stir, you can add some strawberry topping if you like to make it a bit sweeter if you wish.

It was a beautiful relaxing day that would suit you once in a while too.

Stay happy

A. x

Health Foods + Glowing Skin

Been a busy few days? Long Days? Running out of Time or ideas for a healthy Breakfast…or simply got no tiny idea about what healthy meals consist of?

Want to be healthy? Have glowing skin and feel good about yourself? Then its time to start with the things you consume. It is important to have a healthy Meal to start your day, no pizza from last night, no ready meals out of the microwave and the meal needs to spell out HEALTH … literally!

My perfect example for a healthy + hearty Breakfast is Omlette, with a slice of German Pumpernickel (can be bought at your local Deli or at Coles Supermarket for those living Down Under), a tiny amount of butter, two slices of raw/uncooked salmon and some grated cucumber to garnish.

While it might not look like enough, trust me it is. It is healthy and full of healthy goodness. Of course there is different varieties which you can make up yourself but its a basic example of a quickly made healthy Breakfast.

Enjoy + Think Healthy Goodness, your Body will thank you later!

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When the warmer weather hits…entertainment calls.

When the warmer weather hits…entertainment calls.

Of course with the warmer weather approaching quite fast and seeing that the days get longer, the sun rises early in order to enjoy the day fully, important are also the times spent with family at BBQ’s’s or catching up with friends over a glass of wine after a busy day to wind down or champagne even (if there happens to be anything to celebrate…usually there is…)

While there is millions and billions and even trillions of recipes out there to have as an Entertainer or Finger Food as some of might call it, I have come across possible a favorite recipe of mine, while flicking through the Coles Recipe Book of November twenty fourteen.

Just imagine … its Summer, a sunny day + absolutely beautiful weather, clear sky. Your first thought? A get-together with family and friends or your Neighbors from next door over some Appetizers and a nice BBQ.

Lamb cutlets, steak, turkish bread, a variety of salads served as Mains, but what to do when guests arrive and the BBQ is not get ‘ready to go’? Help is here with Prawn Cocktail Sliders, easy made and absolutely delicious, your guests will talk about this recipe for quite some time to come.

Prawn Cocktail Sliders

24 (6 pkts) Bake at Home Coles white dinner rolls

1 x Herbed Aioli

2 tbs finely chopped dill

48 (about 1.5kg) cooked, peeled prawns (halves lengthways)

1 baby cos lettuce, finely shredded

have some Wedges to serve also.

Method

1. Bake bread following packet instructions.

2. Cut Prawns lengthways

3. Wash + Shred Baby Cos Lettuce

4. Take bread out of oven and cut into halves

5. Spread Aioli onto both halves

6. Add cos lettuce, prawns and some dill.

Enjoy !

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