It has been said that Elvis Presley’s favourite food combination was peanut butter, bacon and banana.

And I’m not gonna lie, I can see why it was. Sometimes the weirdest combinations are the best. Add this combo to a burger and you have the king of burgers!

This burger is probably nowhere near as bad for you as it would have been if Elvis had made it himself, after all he wasn’t well known for his healthy diet! But healthy food doesn’t have to taste bad and you can definitely make a healthy version of this.

This burger is part veggie, I like using Quorn burgers because they actually don’t really taste any different from real beef ones and they are super low fat, which always wins for me. Here is my (as always) super easy burger recipe.

Ingredients:

Quorn burger (you can use beef burgers or make your own, see my recipe here)
2 slices of bacon (with the fat cut off before cooking)
half a small banana
1 tsp peanut butter 

Method:

1. Cook the burgers and bacon, these can be cooked under the grill or on the hob. If you use Quorn burgers there will be no fat dripping out them during cooking so I normally do these on the hob.

2. If you fry the bacon, remove from the pan once cooked and dab any fat from it with kitchen roll.

3. Spread 1 tsp of peanut butter on the lid of the roll and slice the banana.

4. Assemble your burger, with the banana on top. And you’re good to tuck in!

I had home made healthy chips and cauliflower and cheese fritters on the side. You can find my easy healthy chips recipe here.

There you have it, a healthy, quick and ridiculously tasty burger! Let me know what you think if you try it.

xxx
 
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January, the month when gyms are at their busiest and everyone is full of good intentions with thoughts of a killer bikini body in their mind.

The shops are full of workout equipment, and by this stage in January most people have given up. Now, I know that sounds very negative, but statistically people ditch their new years resolutions after 3 weeks. So if that resolution was to get fit and stick to the gym it is probably out the window already.

When it comes to fitness I think most people give up due to lack of knowledge and not seeing results quickly enough. I fall into this category, I want results, like yesterday and if I work hard on my abs I can’t understand why I don’t have a six pack already! Many people fall into the trap of going to the gym and following the same routine and not seeing any changes. And when it comes to gym instructors I generally don’t have much time for them, I don’t think they listen to what you want and for women anyway seem to follow the same cardio based routine.

Last year I decided to bite the bullet and use personal trainer. Despite dropping over two stone through Slimming World I still didn’t feel like I was where I wanted to be so thought that maybe this could help. I decided to go with Matt Wilson, a PT that worked in the same building as me and trained out of the gym next to our work.

I was nervous. Nervous about having my weight and measurements taken. I was also nervous that I wouldn’t be able to do all the exercises or be really unfit and embarrass myself.

My first session with Matt was really a consultation. He asked me to keep a food diary for three days before which he looked over and we talked about my goals, then came the weigh in and measurements. I didn’t feel as embarrassed as I thought I would, mainly because I was there for a reason and Matt’s friendly personality puts you at ease. I was given my programme which consisted of two workouts, meaning I would workout two times a week by myself and have one PT session.

The first programme I was got was strength training and I admit I was a bit nervous that I would ‘bulk up’ but (thankfully) I didn’t and there was also a nice benefit to my running that I hadn’t anticipated. Last year I signed up for two 10k runs and a 5k run, despite not being able to train as much as I would have liked due to injury I still managed to run them in roughly the same time as I would have after following a twelve week training plan. I also shaved about five minutes off my 5k time last year.

I had three blocks of sessions with Matt last year. Each time I lost inches and I reduced my body fat percentage. The third lot of sessions I lost 3kg in weight (about 8lbs) after saying I wanted to focus on weight loss.

Getting a PT was a great idea. It has changed the way I now plan my workouts and it gave me the kick up the butt I felt I needed. If you’re based in or around Edinburgh and are looking for a personal trainer then you should definitely check out Relentless Fitness. Matt provides a friendly, relaxed environment and he has a genuine desire to see his clients succeed. He will work you hard, but the results are worth it. You’ll thank yourself.

For the month of January Matt has an offer for 20% off and there are still a few days to take advantage of this.

You can also check out Matt’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

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I love finding healthy alternatives to yummy and normally naughty food. There’s no better feeling than eating something delicious with zero guilt! I’ve tried sweet potato brownies before and been surprised by how good they tasted. I wanted to give making them a try.

These have no flour or eggs in them, only six ingredients and take less than ten minutes to prepare!

Ingredients:

half a large sweet potato
1/2 cup of nut butter (I used Meridian Coconut and Peanut butter)
1/4 cup of My Protein chocolate and peanut butter powder (you can use cocoa powder instead)
2 tsps of honey
handful of black cherries (frozen ones are good as they are already pitted)
good splash of almond milk (use as much as required to give your mixture a slightly wet texture)

Peel and cut up the sweet potato, put in a microwave bowl and cook for 8 minutes. While the potato is cooking add all other ingredients to a bowl and mix together. Once the potato is cooked mash up and add to the rest of the mixture.

Split the mixture evenly into a silicone muffin tin (no need to grease this), you should get 6 muffins. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 200 degrees celsius. When you take them out of the oven leave to cool before taking them out of the muffin tin.

Enjoy your guilt free brownies with a cuppa!

xxx
 
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Every so often I get a notion to try something new, I have no idea if it will taste nice. Mark is a pretty good guinea pig though!

This version is actually my second attempt at the dish, the first one was a spur of the moment idea that didn’t have quite right the measurements.

As with most things I make this is pretty healthy, and really easy to make. I’m all about dinner being quick and easy to make!

Ingredients:
3/4 of a pint of chicken stock (using half a chicken stock cube)
2 tbsp of peanut butter (I use Meridian, 100% peanuts without the added oil and sugar)
2 turkey breasts
baby corn
sugar snap peas
tin of water chestnuts
2 sheets of dry egg noodles

Cut up the turkey breasts, baby corn and sugar snap peas. Using Fry Light spray fry the turkey until cooked and slightly browned on the outside. While the turkey is cooking start making your sauce. In a pan add half a chicken stock cube to 3/4 of a pint of boiling water and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. Bring to the boil and reduce the heat to simmer and allow the sauce to thicken.

Once the turkey is cooked through add the baby corn and cook for a few minutes before adding the sugar snap peas and water chestnuts.

Cook 2 sheets of egg noodles for 4 minutes in boiling water. Once cooked, drain and dish up on the plates. When the sauce is ready add to the frying pan and mix with the turkey and veg. Serve over the noodles and enjoy!

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Last week I put up a picture of breakfast muffins I’d made and promised to share the recipe with you guys so you could whip up a batch yourself. So here it is!

I’ve posted a recipe for breakfast muffins before, but the great thing about them is that you can have so many flavour varieties. They’re also easy to make and great to have on the go if you don’t have time to eat breakfast before you leave the house each day. Plus, they’re healthy.

Today’s combination is banana and peanut butter, seriously delicious. These are made with porridge oats unlike my previous muffins which were made from weetabix.

Ingredients:
35g old fashioned porridge oats
1 (very) ripe banana (the riper the better)
1 egg
2 teaspoons of peanut butter (I like to use Meridian peanut butter as it is 100% peanuts and has no added anything!)
3 dessert spoons of fat free natural yogurt

Start by mashing the banana, this is much easier when there’s nothing else in the bowl. Then add the rest of your ingredients and mix well. Spoon even amounts into a silicone muffin tray. There’s no need to grease these before as the muffins will easily come out.

Turn the oven to 200 degrees celsius and bake the muffins for 20-25 minutes. Check they’re completely cooked through by inserting a cocktail stick in the centre of the muffin, it this comes out wet you need to pop them back into the oven for a few more minutes.

Once ready leave the muffins to cool for around 10 minutes and then take out the tray. These can be made the night before if you’re short of time in the morning or made when you get up and enjoyed hot.

If you’ve got any other yummy flavour combinations let me know!

xxx
 
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