Sunday was my fourth The Body event and I can honestly say they have been the best mornings of my year. The Body event is a Sunday morning to boost your body, mind and soul and this September one felt more needed than ever, for me and for my beautiful guests. The group was smaller this time and I felt a overwhelming sense of sisterhood in the Covent Garden hidden gem SIX3NINE which has been the location for the event so far.
In the Pilates class we used therabands. Therabands are my favourite piece of mat equipment to use as they give a similar feeling of resistance to the Reformer machine and you can really work deeper into muscles and stretch a little more using it. Everyone loved the variations apart from maybe the donkey kicks where we used the band around our foot on our hands and knees and kicked back one leg creating a lot of burning in the booty!
After the class comes the best bit, the brunch! Brunching post Pilates is a must! At this event, we enjoyed the delicious Spoon Cereals which I must say I have been devouring for breakfast…and dessert every day since! It’s delicious and they have two flavours, Cinnamon and Pecan or Peanut and Apple or you could mix them both together which is insanely good! I love my granola best with brown rice milk but I think it also tastes good with yogurt, fruit or topped on porridge.
Brunch is not complete without delicious nutritious juices and Supernatural provided us with the tastiest green juice and my favourite beetroot juice! I’ll be popping along for more at their new site in Paddington soon and keep your eyes peeled for a collaboration!
I also made my famous (well I like to think they are famous) Tahini Peanut Choc Chip Cookies but I actually used cashew butter this time instead of peanut butter which went down a treat and my guests will be able to experiment making these using their Meridian Nut Butter’s which were in the goody bags.
The show stopper of the brunch was Faye Saunders Breakfast Muffins from her blog Misc Muffins. I met Faye at my The Body event in July and was introduced to her blog then. After she then came to one of my reformer Pilates class with a minted yogurt muffin for me, I was hooked on Faye and her baking and was so pleased that she agreed to just creating a muffin for my The Body event. These breakfast muffins are simply perfect. Check out Faye’s blog post for some fun ways of eating them and have a scan through her other creative muffin recipes! I’m planning on booking out a whole weekend for Misc Muffin baking.
Faye’s Breakfast Muffins
200g ground almonds
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1.5 tsp ground ginger
1 ripe banana mashed
2 eggs beaten/ flax eggs
80g date syrup (or just use 160g honey in total)
60ml coconut oil
100g blueberries or raspberries
60g chopped pecan nuts (or other nut of your choice)
2 tbsp chia seeds (if you don’t have chia seeds you can use sesame or poppy seeds or for a completely different twist used desiccated coconut)
Preheat the oven to 200 C/160C fan/gas mark 6.
Combine all the dry ingredients including the spices into one bowl. Mash the banana with a fork. In a jug measure out the yoghurt and add the mashed banana and mix well. Add the eggs, honey, date syrup and coconut oil and mix well. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet mix. Mix well and once all combined add the fruit, nuts and seeds.
Prepare a muffin tin with either normal muffin cases or use some fancy tulip muffin cases which you can find in most general supermarkets. Separate the mix between 10-12 muffin cases – depending on how big you like them. Place in a preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and when you insert a knife into the centre it comes away clean. Remove from the tin and allow to cool for 5 minutes or so.
As an optional topping, spread the tops with some date syrup or honey and then sprinkle over some seeds – I used chia seeds. You could also use pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame or poppy seeds or even desiccated coconut. Alternatively spread your favourite nut butter or tahini over the top.
Munching on our healthy treats we sat around and I talked the girls through a holistic health exercise called the Circle of Life which helps us identify areas of our lives that might be a little unbalanced. I feel strongly that having the most perfect diet and fitness regime isn’t enough to find true health and happiness and we should put as much attention into our relationships, career, spirituality and minds. I am a couple of weeks away from graduating from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition as a Holistic Health Coach and can’t wait to start coaching.
The girlies left armed with a bag full of goodies that I personally love including Neal’s Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm, Clipper Teas Green Tea, Staks of Wellbeing, Meridian Nut Butter and Mio Skin Workout Wonder Gel.
Thank you so much to everyone who made the event possible and for the wonderful souls who attended! My next event will be in December. Ticket’s released very soon. Make sure you are signed up to my newsletter to get the exclusive early bird offer on tickets.
Love, Lottie x