From the Inside Out

The Best Pancakes in Town

pancakes

There’s nothing that I love more than a steaming pile of hot pancakes in the morning, so when N and I discovered these berry pancakes I knew I had to try them ASAP!

I present to you, the yummiest, healthiest, most amazing pancakes that I have ever tried! You will not be disappointed.

 

You will need:

3 egg whites

¼ cup oats

¼ cup low fat cottage cheese

2 Tbsp. quinoa flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla essence

4 tbsp mixed berries + berries on top

 

What to do:

  1. Preheat your pan
  2. Combine all of your ingredients (but only half the blueberries) in a food processor until you have your favourite pancake consistency.
  3. Fold the remaining blueberries into the mixture.
  4. Cook batter like a normal pancake.
  5. Top with some mixed berries and that’s it! Dig in!

 

We love making a big batch and keeping it in the fridge so it’s even easier in the morning to have a delicious and healthy breakfast!

 

Wooh! What a way to start the week! You can thank me later 😉

– M x

Maracattack

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“Harry’s is a Stag, Ron’s is a Jack Russell, Hermione’s is an Otter and Dumbledore’s is a Phoenix- but what’s your patronus M?” Well friend, I’m glad you asked. This has been a question that I have battled with for my entire life. I would like to think that I’m a majestic eagle who’s bravery and strength is unmatched by human or animal kind, but have slowly come to realise that my patronus (or spirit animal if you will) is slightly less majestic and animal like.

 

Let me tell you a bit about me. I’m clumsy, silly and have been known to blurt out some pretty inappropriate “jokes” creating some awkward situations (who needs a filter anyway?). I also seem to be constantly referred to as my spirit animal when I bust out my famous dance moves or fall over air (like a majestic eagle… amiright?). Yes, you guessed it… my patronus is indeed, Miranda Hart.

 

I used to get embarrassed when strangers would greet me with “wow you remind me of someone… ah I can’t remember who it is.” and then blurt out minutes later “oooh I know, Miranda! You’re just like Miranda!” but have come to accept that I too, with Miranda’s help, will save Sirius from the Dementors and conquer the Dark Lord! – Too far? Sorry.

 

When my best friend bought me Miranda Hart’s new exercise DVD Maracattack for my birthday I was pretty excited to give it a go and see how the majestic eagle-like Miranda exercises. Maracattack is described as a workout DVD that “combines fun and fitness. Presenting… ‘funness’!” I know what you’re thinking, “haha good one Miranda, there’s no such thing as funness. Exercise is the stuff of nightmares, closely followed by being devoured by man-eating spiders.” I, too thought that exact same thing (like actually the exact same thing – wow, we’re so connected!) before I gave Maracattack a go. Let me explain how Miranda actually achieves something I thought was impossible – funness.

 

She’s Miranda

Ok, so this may be cheating but let’s be honest, everything she does is hilarious so you aren’t concentrating on the fact that you are actually exercising (yuck) too much. That’s a win for me!

 

There are different levels

Miranda is joined by her tiny, fit fitness expert friend Amelia Watts who does all of the moves on the hardest scale while Miranda does them slightly less hard-core for those of us who need a little bit of practice in the workout sector. I really like this because it gives you something to work up to, plus it shows that just doing a bit is better than doing nothing!

 

Tom Ellis

Tom Ellis makes a guest appearance. I needn’t say more.

 

Skits

There are also some classic Miranda skits popped sporadically through the DVD, making pretty good distractions and breaks.

 

Short and sweet

There are routines that range from 5 to 30 minutes and you can pick and chose which one you want to do at any time (Tom Ellis on repeat anyone?). This makes it easy to do a quick workout in the morning or a long one when you’re feeling super active.

 

Friends

Maracattack is one of the few exercises that I love to do with friends! It’s like you’re having a Spanish party! (Sombreros compulsory)

 

Maracas

It’s pretty impossible to be sad when you’re waving around your maracas making some sick beats.

 

So friends, in conclusion, Maracattack is the most fun in workout clothes and maracas I’ve ever had! Definitely grab it if you are feeling like having a party, working out and joining the Funness craze!

You can pick up a copy of Maracattack from the ABC shop for only $19.99: https://shop.abc.net.au/products/miranda-hart-maracattack-dvd. And while you’re there you should definitely pick up her book – it’s one of my favourites!

 

Stay beautiful,

– M x

Juice cleanse – Finale

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WOOP! WE DID IT!

 

Three days post juice cleanse and I’m feeling good! The third day was a lot easier than the two before it and I finished on a high!

 

I’ve slowly been adding healthy solid foods back in to my diet (that muffin was healthy right?) and have been feeling really good! I cooked a chicken and veggie stir fry on Friday and have had that for my dinners and lunches at work over the weekend, which has been handy, healthy, and super yummy!

 

I didn’t lose any weight doing the cleanse but I do feel a lot better. I was feeling pretty run down before hand with uni and work and just feel a lot more lively. I have actually been having the red juice for breakfast every morning and find now that I am full a lot quicker than I was before. YAY!

 

So, the question that everyone has been asking… Would I recommend the juice cleanse? ABSOLUTELY! I was in such a slump with food before I did the cleanse and now I feel a lot better and ready to start eating healthy (apart from that muffin- sorry)! I would recommend the juice cleanse to anyone who wants to train their body to start liking healthy foods so it isn’t so hard to eat them anymore and to anyone who is keen to kickstart a healthy stage.

 

Yes, I know, it’s only been three days since I finished but I can honestly say that I feel the best I have in months!

 

What are you waiting for?! Get juicing!

 

-M x

Juice Cleanse – Day 2

day 2 jugs

day 2 fruit

It’s day two and I’m feeling it. I started today off with an exam, then headed straight to work before heading back to uni and my juices just didn’t seem to do enough. I’m feeling tired and bored of drinking all day but I did pass my exam so it hasn’t been all-bad!

 

I tried the red and green juices today and have to say, I think they are my favourites! I think I’ll definitely be making them for tomorrow so I finish on a strong/super yummy note.

 

Bring on tomorrow (actually bring on Thursday and solid foods)!

 

Stay strong troops! Remember, in the words of Troy Bolton, “We’re all in this together!”

 

-M x

 

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