Tahini And Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

I made these cookies for my bestie Venetia’s birthday on Friday and as someone that makes cookies a lot, they were very well received and potentially my best yet. I usually make tahini cookies with ground almonds but when coming to make these late on Thursday night I discovered I didn’t have any so I improvised and used oats and coconut. The coconut gives such a nice texture and the oats actually make them less heavy than when I use almonds. I’d been to an event that night too and had a bar of Lindt sea salt dark chocolate from it in my bag so decided to break up some of that and mix it in too and therefore ended up with my best cookies yet. The key is not to over bake them and to allow them to completely cool before handling them. It’s hard to resist but worth it! We enjoyed them with booja booja ice cream and it was heaven. 

Giving Up On The 5 Year Plan And Focusing On Everyday Life Goals

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 I’ve always had a strong idea of what I want my life to look like but I’ve never really had a 5 or 10 year plan. I remember thinking from a young age that I just want to be happy every day. I do change my mind a lot and I like to change things up too which is probably why I live the freelance life but some days all I want to do is move away from London and open up a little Pilates studio and cafe by the ocean and have a routine. Then the next day I’m loving London life and the fact every day is so different. The world we live in today is fast paced, things change daily and so do we. If you change your goals or change your mind it doesn’t mean you don’t know who you are or what you want.

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Realistic Morning Routine Goals For Summer

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I’m such a morning person in the Summer. The fact it gets light before 6am helps me feel energised and I usually can’t wait to start the day. Sometimes I love to have lazy mornings with breakfast in bed, reading and the curtains pulled open so the sunshine is coming through but I also love to start my day with early morning movement a few times a week. I caught up with you back in March pre my 10k run in Greenwich park and how I was getting motivated to run in Spring, read the post here, so I thought I’d update you on my running goals and my new Summer morning routine plan.

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The Most Delicious Nourish Bowl

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Since writing my last blog post about my Spring reset, I had a little relapse. I got hit by the flu which completely wiped me out for a week but surprisingly it actually put me right off coffee and chocolate (two of my hard to budge vices), and I’ve launched nicely into my Spring reset this week-lemon water, green tea and lots of yummy fruit and vegetables. The illness also helped get me started on another of my Spring reset points which was to read before bed. The TV and my phone was giving me such a headache so I actually finished the book I was reading and am on to my next. I hate to say it but thank you flu. On Sunday, I was feeling well enough to take a trip to the farmers market and spend some time in the kitchen. I was craving all the vegetables to feel nourished from the inside out and I made my Mum and I this delicious nourish bowl. What is a nourish bowl?

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Getting Motivated To Run This Spring | 10k Training

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My Mum, the perfect example of a “non runner” perhaps even “non mover” at one stage set a goal to complete the couch to 5k last year and she did it. I hate to say that as though I’m surprised but she hasn’t really stuck to something fitness related ever. She stuck to the guidelines and schedule even during our family holiday in Portugal. Mum even continued to get her trainers on post the set 9 weeks and I went to a couple of Saturday morning 5k park runs with her near our home and it made me so proud seeing my mum cross the finish line. Since then, we’ve had a chat and realised that she needs a focus and new challenges to keep her motivated. Post Christmas she completed Race At Your Pace, receiving a little medal through the post as a sign of how she’s improved her fitness. After taking on my first fitness challenge last year and cycling 45 miles for the Princes Trust Palace To Palace Race and seeing Mum’s motivation recently I decided it’s time I signed up to a running challenge. 

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My Current Fitness Routine And Goals

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We are half way through February and I thought I’d talk a little bit about my personal fitness routine, goals and how I stay motivated. I have some weeks where I’m less active than others usually the week before my period or when I’m travelling but I feel like I have been quite consistently motivated for the past 6 months due to a few reasons like finding more routine, having buddies to workout with and getting to know my optimal time to workout. There’s still things I’d like to improve which I’ll talk about too. 

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Tahini and Pistachio Porridge

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So a pretty famous recipe amongst my retreat and event attendees is a tahini and pistachio cookie I learnt to make when on retreat with one of my favourite chefs, Kimberly Parsons. I make batches all the time for my boyfriend and to take to friends houses too. I love the creamy nutty combination of tahini and pistachio and it’s what inspired this porridge recipe because why not turn a cookie recipe into porridge so you can enjoy it every single morning! As you know I’m partnering with the NEW Oat So Simple Protein and bringing you yummy porridge recipes throughout the winter months. The protein sachets comes in two variants; Original and Cinnamon and this recipe works perfectly with the cinnamon one. This breakfast is delicious and convenient for any busy morning routine or pre workout. Porridge and Pilates is becoming my motto for life 😉

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Jasmine Hemsley’s Quinoa and Coriander Seed Flapjack Recipe

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If you haven’t heard of Jasmine Hemsley and her latest East By West, Mind Body Balance recipe book then where and what have you been doing these last few weeks? She’s the glowing girl of the moment and her new recipe book is a hit in my house. I’ve always been a fan of the Hemsley and Hemsley girlies and their recipes for years after meeting them at a Supper Club a few years ago. Last year, Jasmine Hemsley opened a pop up cafe just off Regents Street called East By West which was inspired by Ayurveda; Jasmine was there one day I visited, glowing from head to toe as she always does and bought over a golden spoon to our table.

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How I Rebalance After A Busy Day, 7 Minute Yogi Tea Pilates Flow Routine

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I live a health conscious lifestyle and have done for many years now and my approach is very holistic; I strongly believe in the balance between body mind and spirit. When they aren’t in balance things don’t flow smoothly and I simply don’t feel well. This is something I’ve become much more aware of in the last year. Sometimes the day flows smoothly, I wake up and feel motivated, productive and calm. Other days when things don’t run as smoothly and I constantly feel distracted; there’s a few things I do to feel more balanced and in the flow again. It might be that I’m overwhelmed with work or rushing from A to B and this is when there’s nothing I love more than to get home switch the world out and find that inner balance again. When I start to feel stress building up, I know I need to simplify life. I close all my tabs, shut my laptop down, unload my rucksack, have a shower and then there’s nothing more I love doing to feel refreshed than enjoying an aromatic brew of tea and get my body moving…