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Sunday, 30 June 2013

Deborah Milano Lipstick Review

 

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Deborah Milano is a new brand to me. I first came across them on Twitter when they were asking for bloggers to review their lipsticks, and being the massive lipstick addict that I am I jumped at the chance.

My lipstick arrived very speedily along with a few extra samples of their foundation range, which was very kind of them. I received the Shine Creator Lipstick* in shade 8 which on their website and in person is  a bright raspberry pink when in the tube. However the colour hasn’t come out well in the pictures above and it doesn’t come out so bright on my lips. Deborah Milano say that this lipstick is a light-weight, luminous lipstick that combines the shine of lip gloss with the comfort of lipstick and the moisturizing properties of lip balm. 

I first tried to swatch my lipstick but it didn't come out very well on my hand because of the moisturizing pigments in it. However when applying it to my lips I was impressed  It glides on with ease and is rather glossy. It took a couple of coats to get the colour on the pictures above so its not the most pigmented lipstick I've tried, however it is pretty good. I definitely agree that it is a 3 in 1 lipstick as it is glossy, adds colour to your lips and is moisturizing. 

Deborah Milano is the number one selling lipstick in Italy and Italians always look gorgeous  so they must be doing something right. I like to wear this shade at the office or during the day because its not so bright and more of a natural look than some of my other more matte and bold colours. Overall I was impressed and would recommend them for day to day wear if you want something that is glossy and natural looking.

Have you ever tried the Deborah Milano range of lipsticks before? Is it a brand that you recommend?

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Share the Love| Meet My Sponsors

 

It’s the end of June! I don’t know about you but I can’t quite believe how quick this year is going! With less than half the year left are you on track to what you want achieve this year? Have you relooked at your New Years Resolutions and ticked any off yet? I’ve looked back at mine and realised I need to step it up a gear to make sure I get them all completed by then end of the year.

Anyways enough of my rambling, let me introduce to you the two lovely ladies who have been sitting on my side bar this month. This month I had the joy of featuring one of my fitness blogger friends as well as a newbie to me who’s blog I have fallen in love with. Both blogs are packed full of personality so I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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“Hi, I'm Chrissy! My blog is like a little diary for me. It's full of beauty products that I love, things that I get up to, and, most importantly, my journey to a healthier, happier me! My goal is to better my body and myself and to motivate others to do the same! I post recipes, workouts I'm loving, beauty reviews, hauls, favourites... You name it, I have probably posted about it! So stop by and have a little read, it'll make me smile! :-)”

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“Hi there, my names Jennifer and I run a little blog called Infinitely Charming. Infinitely Charming started as a name for my clay charms that I started making at the end of last year. However I thought it would be a cool name for my lifestyle blog, which I could promote those charms through. My blog contains posts on life, beauty, fitness and a few of my hobbies thrown in.

I wanted to work on my blogging skills because I work in marketing. After graduating last year it was tough getting a leg-up into a marketing job, realising lately how big blogging is to companies I wanted to do it for myself and what I've found is I really enjoy it! I'm a big geek at heart so this will come across in some of my posts. I'm obsessed with nail polish and nail art. I love getting feedback so if you stop by let me know, or catch me on twitter @jambellz  :)”

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Be sure to give them all a read, I guarantee that you won’t regret it! If you are interested in featuring on my side bar then visit my advertising page for all the details.

Friday, 28 June 2013

Fitness Friday| Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor Watch Review

 

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Being a massive fitness blogger follower on all social media I regularly come across pictures of the Polar Heart Rate Monitor Watches. In the fitness blog world they are the equivalent of the Naked Palettes in the beauty blogger world or disco pants in the Fashion Blogger world, a must have!

So a few months ago I treated myself with some birthday money and ordered the Polar FT4. I got mine for about £60 which isn't bad as I think the RRP is about £100. Upon receiving it, I gave it a first go at Kendal Bootcamp Class. The whole process is pretty easy to understand; put the band on round your chest, just underneath your bra strap area, ensuring that the electrodes on the front of it are touching your skin. Then put the watch on, set it up my adding your info such as sex, age, height, weight and when you start your exercise press start twice and off you go.

The first time I put the strap on it was very noticeable, not uncomfortable as its very elasticated, but noticeable, however I persevered and now never feel it when working out. Although I bought the watch to monitor my heart rate and see if I am actually working hard during my workouts of if I'm just slacking, I find the other tools very useful. At the moment I am calorie counting to ensure I am on track and find that knowing how many calories I've burnt in a workout is a great motivator to eat healthy for the rest of the day as I don't want to undo all the hard work I have done. The fat burning zone option is interesting however during bootcamp my heart rate is rarely in this zone as bootcamp is tough! You can very easily scroll through the different displays while working out; your heart rate, your calories burnt, how long you've been working out, whether your in the fat burning zone and the time. I normally keep mine on the heart rate display so I know when I'm warmed up, whether I am working out hard enough, and when I have cooled down.  

The watch and strap are very study, I've accidentally dropped them on the floor a few times, and my watch even survived the wettest bootcamp session I've ever been too! I'm talking ten minutes in the rain and I am soaked to my bone! So it's doing very well.

I would definitely recommend it to those who are looking for their first heart rate monitor and take their training seriously. It doesn't have millions of fancy options like GPS like some tracker do, but for a beginners watch it is perfect. I love mine, use it everyday and don't think I need anything more fancy. I couldn't actually imaging working out without it now, as I feel it really motivates me and is a great way to keep my on track and monitor my progress. 

Do you use a Heart rate Monitor when training? Do you use a Polar watch? Do you love it as much as I love mine?

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Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Wednesday's Workout| Tough Toning Workouts

 

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So as of last Friday, summer is officially here! How does that make you feel? I feel excited and motivated. I bought my first bikini on Sunday and am ordering a few others now I know what size I am! I also ordered a load of holiday clothes which this year are 3 sizes smaller than last years clothes… happy dance! Even though I am feeling happy after trying on my bikini there are a few areas I want to tone up over the next three weeks before I do jet off on holiday. These are my thighs, bum and lower abs. So for the next three weeks I am going to share with you my favourite and toughest workouts that target these three areas.

Many, myself included have been left disappointed this week after Lucy Mecklenburgh revealed she is now charging for her workouts on her Results With Lucy website. For those who were disappointed,  I just want to highlight that you don’t need to splash the cash on workouts when there are so many amazing free workout videos on YouTube. I admit there are a million videos on YouTube that are rubbish, whish is why I watch a load of them to find the best one’s out there so that you don’t waste your time on the rubbish ones. So if you want to have access to the best free workouts then subscribe to my YouTube and watch the Wednesday’s Workout Playlist, you won’t regret it!

An example of my recommended daily workout is 30 minutes cardio…. get out there and run… make the most of the sun! Then come home, get your yoga mat out and do two toning workouts. Concentrate on one area a day or two. I tend to pick one 15/20 min workout for my abs, then one 15/20 min workout for my legs and bum. I completed the bottom two on Monday night after a 30 minute run. Overall I did a 1 hour workout, burnt 520 calories and worked my muscles hard… I was definitely aching the next day! 

Have you tried the workouts above? What areas are you concentrating on at the moment?

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Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Leighton Denny Miracle Mist and Drops| Quick Drying Products for Nails


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As much as I love Nail varnish I am shocking at applying it. I have my own unique way which resembles me slapping it on, trying my best to wait until it dries, gets bored and smudges it, so just paints over the bits that are smudged… so bad I know! So when I was contacted and asked whether I would like to try the Leighton Deny Duo Set I jumped at the chance… any product that claims to dry my nails instantly is a must try for me! So I was pleased to find that I was sent to separate nail drying products to try, my review of both are below;

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What they say;Miracle Mist is 2012 Beauty Insider’s Choice. A handy way to dry nails quickly, anytime and place; Leighton Denny Miracle Mist speed-drying spray for nail polish is non-sticky mist in a convenient aerosol format that radically speeds up polish drying time. This luxurious mist also conditions cuticles as well as drying fast.”

What I say; “ I struggled with this one at first, and must of not applied it correctly as my nails didn’t dry instantly but were left a little sticky. However upon second application it worked better. I wouldn’t say it dried them instantly 100% but it definitely sped up the process. The best thing about the mist is that it is not messy in the slightest. Just spray and go.

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What they say; “Speed drying at its best. Life’s too short to put on hold while waiting for nail polish to dry. I developed MIRACLE DROPS to speed up drying time so polish dries in double quick time. Touch dry in seconds. also helps stop smudging, while adding lustre to both nails and cuticles.”

What I say; I think this is my favourite of the two products. I suppose it is a bit more messy than the mist in that the drops are a little greasy if you put on too much. However if you get the dosage right so that it just covers the nail and doesn’t over flow then you don’t get the extra greasiness. The drops really do work! My nails dry in an instant! I gave them a “heavy duty” test and found that if you were to apply a lot of pressure, then they do smudge slightly. However this is only when you really press down on the nail varnish and push it. However for me the product is perfect! No more unsightly nails because I can’t be bothered to wait until they are completely dry.

Have you ever tried an instant nail polish drying product? Have you tried any of the Leighton Denny products before?

Be sure to check out Chrissy Lilly’s amazing fitness and health blog. Need inspiration? Her blog will keep you right on track. Plus she’s a lovely girl! 

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Wednesday Workout| Results with Lucy| Lucy TOWIE Workout


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I don’t know if you have noticed on Twitter, I certainly have, but Lucy Mecklenburgh from TOWIE has launched a new fitness video website and subscription service with the aim of making you look as good as her on the beach; www.resultswithlucy.com. Now I have to admit the girl looks good and its great that she’s promoting healthy living and inspiring former couch potato's to workout, but she’s not a personal fitspiration of mine, because I think it’s a bit unrealistic to think that I would ever look like her as to me she has always been slim and not struggled with her weight like I have. Plus I like a little bit more muscle tone. However I know millions of girls who would do anything for a body such as hers, so for you, she has shared her workout regime in an attempt to show you how to get #abslikelabs

Anyways after hearing about the website I was disappointed to find that there are no videos as of yet, just daily suggested mini circuits to complete at home. By the sounds of it I think when the website launches some areas of it will only be accessible after paying a fee as she is currently offering 2 free 1 year subscriptions if you sign up now.

So as the workout are just written down on Twitter or Facebook I decided to make a few little pictures so they are easier to follow and look better. The workouts themselves are designed by her trainer Cecilia and are mini circuits to be completed at home. The idea is that you complete a different circuit each day so are getting your 30 mins of exercise. as they are circuits the idea is to perform them quickly and to get your heart rate up so you are burning calories! For people who already workout a lot these workout may not be intense enough so do them a few times through, they are great if you want a quick workout.

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It think these workouts are great for those who are pushed for time and want to burn calories quickly, but as with all circuits you get out what you out in. So make sure you perform each move correctly and quickly. If you move quickly between each movement you will burn more calories. They aren’t the most technical or imaginative or circuits so for those who workout often they may not be ideal but give them ago and let me know how you get on.

Had you seen Lucy’s new website? What do you think of it, effective and fun or nothing you haven’t seen before? I would love to know what you think.

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Tuesday, 18 June 2013

The Ultimate Zumba Giveaway| Zumba Great Calorie Drive


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Today is an exciting day, because today is the my first ever giveaway! I am literally so excited to be able to give something back to you all! I have been meaning to hold one for a while, but didn’t really have the funds, but thankfully the lovely people at Zumba Fitness emailed me and asked me whether I would be interested in hosting a giveaway to celebrate their Great Calorie Drive.

If you are unaware of what I’m talking about let me explain. Zumba  Fitness have been on a mission to burn calories to raise money for the Untied Nations World Food Programme. So far this drive has helped Zumba Fitness donate over 98,000 meals to the World Food Programme… how amazing is that! They have even got the gorgeous Olympian Louis Smith MBE and Sugarbabe Jade Ewen in on the act, both are now Zumba ambassadors.

From April till the end of June Zumba is encouraging people to check-in to classes via a free, downloadable smartphone app to donate the average number of calories burned in a Zumba class (750) to the United Nations World Food Programme. They are saying “Don’t just burn calories, donate them!” So while you are dancing your bum off in your Zumba class, you are not only getting fit and toned you are helping fight one of the worlds greatest health risks: hunger. Check out the video below to find out more.


So to help spread the word and encourage avid Zumba fans such as me, or newbies to get in on the act, they have given me the opportunity to giveaway the ultimate Zumba Fitness Package. This package includes everything that is in the picture above;
With this package you will look the part, be inspired by their upbeat mix of  music, and be able to get super toned and fit with the help of their 4 disc DVD Collection. To be in the chance of winning this amazing package just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter below.

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The giveaway is open until the 30th June and is only available to resident in the UK and Northern Ireland.
Good Luck!

For more information on the Great Calorie Drive visit www.greatcaloriedrive.com and to be part of the drive visit www.zumba.com to find your nearest class, and download the free Zumba smartphone app to donate your calories visit- Apple app store or the Android app store

Have you already taken part in Zumba Fitness great Calorie Drive? Are you a huge fan of Zumba like I am? Did you see my blog post on the weightless results I got thanks to incorporating Zumba Fitness into my regime?

Monday, 17 June 2013

Mondays Meals| Healthier Pizza| Tortilla Pizza


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My original low cal pizza is even healthier than this version, however I am yet to perfect it, so you will just have to make do with one of my other healthy pizza recipes for the time being. Now along with cake, pizza is one of my absolute favs! If I had to live off one food for the rest of my life it would be pizza, in fact when I traveled Italy a few summers ago I had pizza everyday for 11 days… that’s a lot of pizza!

Now my love of pizza obviously doesn't fit in well with my new healthy lifestyle… damn you Dominos! So I have been trying to find alternatives to the usual high fat and high calories pizzas you get in your takeaway or supermarket. Many of you will already know of this option, but for those of you who don’t welcome to the Tortilla Pizza!

It’s a very simple, very quick recipe. But if you have a pizza craving and are trying to eat healthy, this recipe will satisfy your craving and still be kind to your waist line. All you need are tortillas, passata/ tomato puree, mozzarella cheese and your choice of toppings.

Simply top your tortilla with your tomato base, then sprinkle mozzarella onto and then add your toppings. Place the tortilla pizza into the oven and bake for around 7-10 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the edges are browned.

Now although this isn't the healthiest of meals, it is still a million times more healthy than your local takeaway. Just look at the nutritional content of this pizza compared to the equivalent in Dominos. By making your own Tortilla Pizza which would be ready in half the time it takes for your takeaway pizza to arrive, you could save yourself 667 calories and 34.8g of fat. 

Nutritional Value for the whole pizza- 491 Calories, 27g Carbs, 28g Fat, 33g Protein, 

Dominos Small, Regular Crust, Pepperoni Passion - 1158 Calories, 104.4g Carbs, 67.8g Fat, 56.4g Protein,

Do you have any other homemade takeaway recipe equivalents that you make when you have a craving? Any other healthy pizza options that you would recommend? 


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Friday, 14 June 2013

Fitness Friday| Not all calories are created equal


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Today's post is kind of following on from Wednesday as I’m going to talk more about calories. Now I don’t normally talk about calories on here as I didn’t like to restrict myself to calorie counting as I find it to be quite boring. However if you are new to losing weight or trying to learn about nutrition then I would recommend it, as it is a great way to figure out exactly what is healthy and nutritious and what isn’t.
I have recently started calorie counting again for the next couple of weeks just to make sure that I am in fact eating right and not eating things that I didn’t know were high in calories, because it’s quite surprising at what is high in calories of sugar. Food and beverage companies know that health and diet related products sell, so they try to badge up as many of their good as possible knowing people will buy them thinking it will help them lose weight, but if you actually inspected the nutritional value on “healthy” cereal and bars you would be surprised! However I will save this for another post.
Todays post is my attempt to help those who are attempting to calorie count and don’t have a clue where to start. One of the biggest things I have to say is please never ever eat less than 1200 calories at day! Any lower than this means your body has to use your muscle as fuel. 
Onwards from the lecturing, many people calorie count and it does work for them, however one of the biggest complaints with calorie counting is “oh my god I’ve eaten all my calories and its only half way through the day!” “Oh my god 1200-1500 calories is not a lot!” This is a lie! As the title suggest, not all calories are created equal, the picture above demonstrates perfectly that if you eat nutritious and healthy food 12000-1500 calories is a lot more than you would think.
The biggest thing that calorie counting has taught me is how to fuel your body correctly, yes if I ate 2 slices of toast with butter and jam for breakfast, a sandwich and bag of crisps for lunch, a chocolate bar as a snack, I could already be nearing 1200 calories before I even sat down for my dinner (estimate that breakfast- 250cal + lunch 500 cal = snack 250 cal = 1000) However if you make simple changes and chose healthier lower calorie options, then you will have enough calories to eat throughout the day and still feel full. I’ve found that filling up of fruit and veggies as we should all be doing is a great way to feel full and not exceed your calorie count. Experts say that every meal we have should be half filled with vegetables. Perhaps this isn’t realistic for breakfast, but for your other meals it’s very easy to do.
Do you calorie count? How do you find it? Any other tips on how to keep your calorie count down?
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Thursday, 13 June 2013

Chocolate inspired Cupcakes


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As everyone knows my love of baking and cupcakes, my birthday presents this year obviously reflected this. I received a gorgeous big heavy mixing bowl, the beautiful cake stand above, multiple molds and tools as well as a cupcake book full of exciting recipes. I think one of the things I love most above cupcakes is how versatile they can be; any flavour, any combination; any toppings!
For my birthday last month the theme was cupcakes and champagne… perfection! So I spent most of the Saturday morning baking about 40 cupcakes. I hadn’t yet received my cupcake book so came up with some flavours of my own; Malteser, Oreo and Rolo. You can see them all above. They were all super simple to make but very tasty. To make them I used my simple vanilla cupcake recipe and then did the following;

Malteser Cupcake
Bash up a load of Mastesers into medium sized chunks. Mix this Malteser dust into the cake mixture. Bake the cakes as normal, then ice them with vanilla icing once cool. To finish top the cupcake with a Malteser.

Oreo Cupcake
Bake the cake  as normal, the magic happens with the icing in this cake. Bash up mini Oreos into a thin dust… make sure there are no large chunks otherwise the icing doesn’t come out of the icing tube. Once you have your Oreo dust mix into buttercream icing and pipe it onto the top of your cakes. To finish top the cakes with a mini Oreo. These cupcakes were the biggest hit with my guests.

Rolo Cupcakes
Part bake your cake mixture then after 10 minute bring the cakes out of the oven and gently push a mini rolo into the centre of each of them. Place the cakes back into the oven to finishing baking. Once cool, ice with buttercream icing. To finish top with a mini Rolo and if you have  it drizzle with caramel sauce.

What is your favourite cupcake flavour? Tell me some interesting recipes and I’ll give them a go!

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Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Wednesday’s Workout| 100 Calorie Workouts| The Truth!

 

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It is that time of year when everyone starts to panic about that bikini and the body they are going to be showing off on the beach, and already I have had people email and ask me how did I lose weight and how long did it take, well I lost weight through hard wok and commitment and it took me what many would say is a long time. I started to work on my “bikini body” in January! This is probably not the answer that you were looking for and are already clicking off my page and Googling “ how to lose weight quickly,” and it is because of these tweets I have been saying that this post was created.

I have seen for a long time the pictures detailing workouts that “Burn 100 calories now!” “Burn 100 calories in two minutes!” “Do this 10 minute workout every day for 2 weeks and lose a stone”… you get my gist! However I have seen hundreds of those workouts over the past few weeks from girls hoping that a 10 minute workout will help them look fab in their bikini, so I thought I would take on a few a see if you really can burn 100 calories in 2/5/10 minutes.

I decided to do the two workouts above that I found on Youtube and monitored my calorie burn with my new Polar Heart Rate Monitor. So after filling in my age and weight to the watch and securing the electrode band to my chest I put in 100% effort for both of them, and here are the results. 

Workout 1

Wow this is tiring! The burpees definitely got my heart rate up and you move very quickly from one move to the next. I burnt in 75 calories in the 7.07 minutes.

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Workout 2

Again a very tiring workout! This one flows a little less smoothly than the other, so I feel like I waste precious seconds moving from lying down to standing up, but still a good workout. However I only burnt 63 calories in the 5.25 minutes.


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Now obviously the calories that each person burns in a workout varies depending on your own age, weight and fitness level. This is why I thought these “100 calorie” workouts were a load of rubbish. So even though I burnt between 60 and 75 calories, typically a person who weights less than me would burn less calories in that workout and a person who weights more than me would burn more. But again it all goes down to your fitness level and the effort you put in.

So even though I didn’t burn 100 calories in the above workouts, what I need to stress is that yes burning 100 calories in a workout is all well, but to lose 1 pound you would need to burn 3500 calories, so doing these 100 calories workouts once a day for 2 weeks isn’t even going to help you lose half a pound! If you are going to keep your diet the same and use these 100 calorie workouts to lose say 4 pounds in 2 weeks you would need to do the workout 140 times! Which works out at 10 times a day, so a solid 1 hour and 10 minutes of exercise every day for two weeks! And I bet to do these workouts 10 time through giving it your full effort would be tough but more importantly boring! So as I said at the beginning… to lose weight quickly you need to work incredibly hard! Do not buy into quick and easy fixes, they just don’t work and they aren’t healthy either!

What do you think of these 100 calories workouts… do you dislike them as much as I do? Have you seen any other “Quick Fixes” that people are being lured into under false pretences  Are you upping your effort over the next few weeks to make sure you are bikini ready?

 

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Monday, 10 June 2013

Monday’s Meal| Carrot Fries| Healthy Fries

 

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This weeks Monday meal is dinner related. Now we all have to eat our veg, if you are aiming for correct portion control, half of your plate should be filled with vegetables. So surely there are fun ways to get your fill of veg instead of them being steamed or boiled... Fear not I have an option.... Carrot fries! 

Now like many if you I often replace potatoes for sweet potatoes or even parsnip so that they are not so carb heavy. However last week I found a recipe for carrot fries and thoughts would give it a go. They were surprisingly very tasty, very fries like and incredibly easy to make.

You will;  500g carrots, 1 tbsp cornflour, 1 tbsp oil, black pepper. (Serves 2)

Simply slice your carrots into skinny fries shape and mix them in a bowl with the cornflour and black pepper so that they are all evenly covered. Then spread the carrots onto a baking tray and bake in a hot oven for 40-45 minutes, turning and shaking them around halfway through. There you go… super healthy and tasty fries that you can serve with a variety of dishes.

Nutritional info: 164cal, 2g protein, 25g carbs, 6g fat, 8g fibre

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Friday, 7 June 2013

Fitness Friday| Clothes and Equipment Haul

 

Fitness Clothes and Equipment Haul

Today’s Fitness Friday is a little different, being that it is in video form. You will find below a video showing you what clothes and equipment I recommend. There are also some buying tips as I have had a few questions about what clothes and equipment to buy so certain activities. I decided to film a video since I haven’t done one in a while, as much as I enjoy filming them now it takes so much time to edit them! Anyways you can expect some more videos in the near future to do with my fitness and health related posts.

I hope you enjoy it. Let me know what you think or if you agree with my recommendations.

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