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 😉

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 🙂 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!

 

 

 

 

Homemade Muesli.

Packed with super yum and healthy nutrients and of course a lot of energy to get you through the day! Personally I think stepping away from all the preservative foods, pre-made meals will keep you healthier already.

The same goes for food, of course I can purchase muesli bars at my local supermarket or health food store but isn’t it nicer to made something yourself?

Something that has

a) no preservatives

b) is not pre-made

c) packed with healthy goodness

I have to admit that I owe credit to the owner of this delicious recipe.

Ingredients:

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup desiccated coconut

1/2 cup wheatgerm

1/2 cup sesame seeds

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup pepitas seeds (pumpkin seeds)

1 cup sultanas

125g butter

1/2 cup honey (I used Pureharvest Organic Honey – Raw)

1/3 brown sugar

Method

Grease and line a baking pan with baking paper, I had no baking paper so used a little bit of butter in the pan to avoid the muesli sticking to the pan later on.

Cook oats, wheatgerm, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds in a saucepan over medium heat until golden in color.Transfer to a bowl allow to cool then stir in the sultanas.

In another small saucepan cook the brown sugar, honey and butter. This process is done over medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until sugar has dissolved. Bring to the boil then reduce heat to a simmer. Mixture should form a soft ball when a little amount is dropped into cold water. Add to the dry ingredients and stir until combined.

Spoon mixture into pan and use the back of a spoon to press down firmly, let cool.         Store in an airtight container for up to seven days.

Yummy goodness!!!

Have a great day,

The Team at

Blondie loves Ginger

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Seed. Plant. Harvest

With Autumn now happening here on the East Coast of Australia, or as one wants to refer to as ‘happening in the slowest of paces’ with temperatures still within the 30’s. Our passion for gardening had had my Partner and I literally head to our Garden Centre Bunnings twice in the last twenty-four hours.

What a bargain we made though!

Gardening pots for only two bucks, so cheap when the original price was eighteen dollars …

This makes you question how expensive gardening can become don’t it?

Anyhow, as herbs are currently a big ‘go to, easy to do’ kinda thing, we sure did buy some seeds which we then planted in our new pots.

Let me note here that my Partner was wrapped all the way home from the store and while planting the seeds to have found this incredible bargain, that we ended up going back for a second purchase of another two pots! Who could blame him?!

After planting and having added a teeny tiny bit of fertilizer, my significant other half kept running outside to see if any of the seeds have started growing yet

#blondemomentbutheisginger

The herbs we planted are parsley, rosemary, dill, chives and basil but we decided to also seed european kohlrabi as well as some lavender.

Please check back here for updates on how things are growing !

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If you are a gardener, have a passion for the outdoors and/or gardening or simply are just interested in planting a few “bits and pieces”, we would love to hear from you.

Until then, take care from

BLG x

26 – teen

New Start.

New Goals

New Opportunities.

New YOU.

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Why I somewhat think that it can be seriously over the top to plan an entire year, filled out with goals to achieve and changes to be made – I do believe to have a small amount of things I either want to work towards, achieve or simply to have new things i would like to try out.

For this year, I have decided to do more Studies, this time focusing on Equines, horses and their nutrition, the majority of girls love horses, right?

In addition I already have looked into becoming a qualified Pilates + Yoga Instructor … the full outlook and intentions are still being kept under wraps. However, as it does qualify to be within the Fitness category of this Lifestyle Blog, I can tell you that my goal in #2016 is to ride the point-to-point two-hundred-and-ten Gold Fields Track with my partner of three year, yup… he is the kind of laid back, outdoorsy, adventure seeking kinda guy with enough charm and sense of humor to put comedians to shame!

Let 2016 begin …

A.x x

 

Little Thai Princess

So.. for those of you living in Melbourne, AU I am seriously telling you to check out this absolutely beautiful restaurant,

‘Little Thai Princess’

located right across from Gardiner Station or if driving take the Burke Road Exit.

It has been my very first time there and while it is very beautiful it is also quite unique and stunning in architectural design and its interior design choices.

I certainly can say that I absolutely enjoyed my Meal there, its great being there with a small group this time it was my boyfriend and his mom, his sister + her boyfriend…quite the cozy group I must add.

While we dined on a Princess Platter, Coconut Prawns, Cashew Nut Chicken, Chicken Satay, Green Curry + Jasmine Rice along with Roti Bread with homemade Peanut Sauce, I could not help but think about what a nice Cuisine Thai, Asian Cultures actually have. As you can tell I always love to try new foods and this was definitely an experience beyond expectations, it was simply delicious!

For anyone wanting to try new foods or for those who enjoy these dishes its literally the place to go to! Excellent Customer Service all within an adorably nicely presented setting.

Foods to indulge in that is for sure.

Have a great day,

A.x

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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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