FITNESS

INTUITIVE FITNESS

One of the biggest buzz words to come from 2017 (apart from turmeric and anti-inflammatory) is ‘intuitive’. Everything from intuitive living, intuitive fitness and ‘eating intuitively’.

But what does that even mean? (more…)

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APPLE CRUMBLE

Oh.My.God

Apple Crumble

Kayla Itsines has created the most amazing healthy Apple crumble recipe EVER and I’m telling you it tastes exactly like the naughty store-bought version!
Easter has left me craving sweet food and all I wanted last night was a hot cross bun, so I figured I’ll try this instead seeing as it’s similar flavours. I died.

INGREDIENTS
1 Apple
10g desired nuts (I used almonds)
30g oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tblsp water

METHOD
1. Set oven to 130 degrees C and core Apple (not all the way through or your crumble will come out the end!)
2. Put all other ingredients in a blender and blend to desired consistency (I used the thermomix on speed 9 for 2 seconds)
3. Spoon the crumble mixture into the Apple and put the Apple in the oven to cook for 30 mins

I had left over crumble, so am totally using it tomorrow night for dessert! I also added a scoop of Greek yoghurt and a teaspoon of date paste once cooked. Seriously…yuuuuuum

 

* I wouldn’t normally post a Kayla H.E.L.P recipe, as it’s from her paid and copyrighted recipe book, but I saw she has actually posted the recipe herself a long time ago so figured if she has shared the yummi-ness already then why not

L U X E

Since I stopped working full time hours in retail, I have noticed a slow change in my wardrobe. I have forgone my heels for Nikes and my structured blazers for loose tanks, bralettes and knits tied at the waist. A trend that seems to be ever emerging… ‘Sports Luxe’. One company that has this trend down pat this Season is Cotton On(I will confess to purchasing some of their ‘boys’ tees and jumpers and wearing them myself!) & Cotton On Body.
2 of my favourite purchases so far are these tanks

Sports Luxe Crushing at  www.amirankin.com

Sports Luxe Crushing at  www.amirankin.com

Sports Luxe Crushing at  www.amirankin.com

Sports Luxe Crushing at  www.amirankin.com

And of course there’s always some pin-spiration as well from various pinners and the lovely ladies from Citizens Of Style

P L A N N I N G

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A friend of mine recently posted an article on Facebook that I found really interesting. It talked about the importance of girls ‘lifting weights’ and the stigma attached to that. Girls ‘don’t want to get too muscly’ so the majority of us stick to cardio alone.

The article went on to explain how important weights are to improve muscle tone and achieve that lean, slender body we are all striving for. Of course the weights have to be hard to lift, you need to raise your heart rate and break a sweat…otherwise what’s the point? You will have just waisted an hour of your life doing a pointless workout at the gym!
Another interesting point it made was that a weights session improves metabolism, so much so that you can eat ‘pretty much whatever you want’ an hour or so after a workout and not put on any weight. Now, not to take that to the extreme obviously and pig out on a block of Marvellous and a Big Mac…but it’s nice to know that the ‘fear’ of carbs can be overlooked and a yummy big chicken and salad sandwich can be enjoyed, rather than feared.

Another obsession I have had for a while now is writing out my weekly goals on my Kikki K planner (pictured above). I literally can’t live without it anymore, and feel so lost if I haven’t filled out my week’s goals by Monday lunch time. I feel so much satisfaction when ticking off ‘to dos’ and of course, my days are so much more productive! It helps me make sure I get in every workout that I plan on (without skipping any!) and prompts me to drink the 2L of water I should, but hardly ever do! And those small weekly goals will eventually lead me to my bigger goals, without me even realising!

You can read the full weights article, mentioned above, here.