March 4, 2010

Hey Chickpeas!

Guess what came through the post today!

Oh boy!

That’s right! I popped my protein-powder-in-a-drum cherry! πŸ˜€

I bought 3 sachets of different Spiru-tein flavours in Whole Foods when I was in London a month ago (along with 6 jars of All Natural PB&Co… ahem) and tried it in my oats. I realised that protein powder in my breakfast does not only taste good, sweetens it but also keeps me full and SATISFIED for hours! So I splashed out on this beaut and can’t wait to try it out tomorrow! πŸ˜€

Talking about breakfasts, here are my eats from the last couple of days:

Cookies N Cream me all ova!

1/3 c Oats + water + 1/2 scoop Cookies N Cream Spiru-tein + 1/2 banana + 1 plop of PB.

So good! Haven’t felt so satisfied since that morning when I ate oats AND spelt pancakes for breakfast, yeah I live it!

This awesome breakfast is usually followed by a cuppa joe but that morning I felt like cuppa tea!

Despite the coffee house brand mug

I had my usual snackplatter for lunch and had my fave kind of salad for dinner!


I will lay down the salads for dinners for the next few days, too much fiber is just not good for me, it gives me fiber babies and embarrassing gas, yes, I’ve said it!

messy desk makes for messy dinners

Yeah, if you’re wondering why that wholemeal muffin is balancing on my knife, it’s quite simple…

I’m a consistency freak, I like it crispy not soggy!Β  I also slice the muffin and instead of toasting each half I toast it together so I have a very soft fluffy inside and a crispy outside… crazy much? Don’t answer that.

I also made THE best and yummiest quick sorbet everrrr:

Ice ice baby!

I blended frozen fruit salad (which consisted of apple, melon, grapes and pineapple), a handful of spinach, splash of waterΒ  and some agave nectar.

It gave me major brain freeze but it was worth it! I will add some frozen banana and xanthan gum next time to make it not so melty.

Yesterday after a sweaty gym sesh I browsed through town and didn’t realise the time! For a quick energy fix after workout I bought this bar:

Flavour, Where Art Thou?

At first bite I thought I was gonna be in heaven! It was soft, chewy and reminded me of a goooood snickers bar without the nuts…

But then… nothing, the flavour that was supposed to be peanut butter and caramel never came. Sad.

I still inhaled it and the stats weren’t half bad:

3.3g of Protein more than I had before

Not the best for a post workout snack but it was this one or sugar+carb pressed into a handy bar.

For dinner I had to eat the rest of the disappointing squash before it went bad.

After roasting it I threw it into a bowl of Parsnip soup and it was okay.

Today, I didn’t feel like gym so I didn’t go, simple right?

I worked some more on my dissertation, wrote about 200 words but it’s still progress!

I also was a good girl and prepped my dinner this afternoon! Angela’s In a Jiffy Veggie Spelt Burgers but I halfed the recipe and instead of dill and basil I added fresh parsley and some cumin. I also left out the chia seeds as I don’t have any, you can’t get them here. 😦

I hope they will bake alright as I can imagine the gelified chia seeds might have something to do with keeping the burgers together… πŸ˜•

We’ll see what happens in a few hours!

I am out, might do some abs later on!

See yas all!



February 27, 2010

Hello chickpea-pl (see what I did thurr?)

I felt crappy today, ugh, a bit more info later, let’s see what what was eaten the last few days…


Phenom salad, specks of hummus makes this A star!

With a side of roasted sweet tatas and fried tofu. I fried it with garlic, soy sauce and some sesame oil, YUM! And sweet tatas? Well, there’s almost nothing better than roasted sweet tatas!

The whole essemble, plus a cute mini wholemeal pitta for added crunch/chewiness.

Next day Breakfast:

The next morning I tried a new breakfast, toast and eggs! Inspired by Jessica, I wanted to try something other than a big bowl of oatmeal and I wanted to test how good it fuels me for my workout.

The bread was by Vogel, YUM! I don’t usually choose toast as breakfast as I find it too light, airy, high in kcal and sugar and not very filling but this bread was just what I like! It was thick, heavy, dense, chewy and best of all, look at the stats and ingredients list!

Nutrition Information#:
SERVING SIZE: 88g (2 slices)

Contents Quantity Per Serving Quantity Per 100g
ENERGY 800kJ 910kJ
PROTEIN 7.9g 9.0g
FAT, TOTAL 0.9g 1.0g
-SATURATED 0.2g 0.3g
CARBOHYDRATE 35.6g 40.4g
-SUGARS 2.8g 3.2g
SODIUM 375mg 425mg


Water, Wheat Flour, Mixed Grains (24%) (Wheat, Rye), Skim Milk Powder, Wheat Glutten, Salt, Vinegar, Yeast.

No added sugar. πŸ˜€

I smeared my lovely sliced of bread with cream cheese and had a 3 egg white omlette with some tomato sauce.

It sure was nice and I didn’t feel blown up like I do when I have my oats, so I skipped to the gym half an hour later and did a great workout!


45 mins treadmill intervalls, 3.5%

I say intervalls but I don’t slow down just decrease the incline and stay on a high speed until the end when I crank it up for a sprint.

Upper body:

Alternating bicep curls 5kg!!! (Too soon I think, I struggled lifting it up the 4th time, so I’ll stick to 4kg for now)


Shoulder press

Bend over renegade row

3 times through.



Reverse Crunches

Leg lift obliques

3 times through

Felt awesome! Toast and eggs are a winning combo, might do this from now on and have oats less. I think having sweet breakfast messes with my blood sugar a bit…

After I showered, I usually put on the undies, bra and top on and put the rest on outside, I was just drying my feet when one of the staff came in and asked if I minded if their maintenance guy came in to have a look at the shower.

At that time there was one other woman in the changing room (it’s TINY btw, 9 lockers, 2 showers, 1 toilet and 2 benches) who was already dressed and almost ready to go.

I sat there bottomless with wet hair and was like “errr…”

Then she said: “Don’t worry, he won’t look at you, he’ll just go straight to the shower.”

Me: “Well can I get dressed first?!”

Woman: “Oh yeah sure, put on some trousers first!”

Off she went.

I was quite annoyed and the woman with me only rolled her eyes and left the changing room.

I mean, her excuse that he won’t look is really NOT GOOD ENOUGH. I wouldn’t have minded if she asked if he could come in once I’m dressed but to ask while I was still half naked?! HELL TO THE NAH.

I got dressed and left without drying my hair. :/

As I was out of the gym early I went into town on the hunt for some sweet nothings and other random stuff I don’t need.

I ended up with a beautiful heart necklace (it was cheap) some new tea and an AWESOME new food discovery (will review this at some later point when I actually takeΒ  a pic of it).

I came home and had some lunch.

Boring, I know but I love snackplatters.

This was the real star though, supermarket had mangos half price, Β£0.99 for some hughjass mangos, I picked the softest, biggest and reddest. πŸ˜€ SO GOOD, when you get a good mango it’s like heaven!

Did some major washing ups/laundry/cleaning in general. I think I am on a total clean trip right now, I like everything to be done and not pile up! Plus I enjoy doing the washing up while listening to audiobooks. πŸ˜€


LOVED this salad! I think the dill cuce on top added so much to it! Topped with cottage cheese and specks of hummus, winning combo, will be repeated soon.

On the side, the rest of the half block of tofu again fried with garlic, soy and some agave, and some butternut coquino squash fries.

Don’t be fooled folks, it looks amazing, it smelled amazing yet the taste was very disappointing. 😦 I picked it out in the supermarket a few days ago instead of butternut because I just wanted to try something new and it looked almost exactly like a butternut and the description was similar so I thought I’d give it a try. Well it was watery and bland and wasn’t crispy despite the crispy appearance. I’ll stick to my beloved butternut from now on!


The supermarket also had pomegranate on offer, so I bought one and yum, will buy again, hopefully it’s still on offer tomorrow! LOVED it in this little fruit salad.

Today was my rest day, I got up at around half past 8 and did some washing up, yes life is exciting!

Then I made myself a weekend breakfast! Stovetop oatmeal:

Jumbo oats, 1/2 a banana, cinnamon. topped with cherry jam and peanut butter.


With Coffee on the side and a sunny day!

It later on rained while the sun shone and I smiled to myself. My mum used to tell me when I was little that when it rains and the sun shines at the same time, the tigers celebrated their wedding. It’s some Korean myth thing I think. πŸ˜€

It also reminded me of life itself, when it rains and the sun shines, there’s usually a rainbow as a result.

For something beautiful, it needs the good as well as the bad.

Life is beautiful but it needs both the good experience as well as the bad experience.

Anyway, enough of that, the rest of my day:

I bought this tea yesterday and it’s GREAT! The blueberry flavour is really good and it’s delicious without adding any sugar. I think I will try their other flavours, one of them was Strawberry and Vanilla fool. πŸ˜€

Lunch was pretty much the same as yesterday, had some more mango ❀ and tons of puffed wheat as a snack while I was working on my dissertation, ugh.

I also drank way too much today. Can you over-hydrate yourself? Yes you can! The worst thing is that the symptoms of over-hydration are much the same as dehydration, headaches, nausea etc.

I had 2 cups of coffee, 2 cups of tea and a lot of water because I thought the sickness came from dehydration.

I felt queasy so I decided to shut down the computer and lie down for a bit, it helped.

When dinner time rolled round I wasn’t really hungry but I wanted to hit the hay early so the earlier I eat the more time will my stomach have to digest. It was quick and easy today:


Chickpea and spinach soup with 2 sliced of Vogel bread.

I had some fruit salad (kiwi, mango, pear and grapes) for dessert and now I am tired and going to bed.

Good night everyone!



(1280 words in this post, wish it was that easy to write my dissertation!)

Balls of steel

February 25, 2010

Okay, after the hefty post here are my eats and workouts of the past few days:


Breakfast staple:

The pool of agave makes my mouth water right now!

The usual morning coffee, served in a sponge.

My packed lunch, the foil ball is actually a mini wholemeal pitta. Apple on the side and a Wallaby bar!

It had decent stats though I think the protein came mostly from the yoghurt coating…

The taste? Not my fave, it was chewy and crunchy from the rice krispie type of filling, not overly sweet but I was disappointed in the yoghurt coating which didn’t add anything AT ALL to the flavour, except actually reducing the flavour to waxy nothing. Ginger came through but I’m not the biggest fan of ginger in my sweets, apart from gingerbread men of course!

This dinner was a bit too warm. This sounds weird, I mean everything was cooked and it was a bit overkill, I need something refreshing on the side! The white stuff is egg white scramble with sliced mushrooms, roasted broc and sprouts on the side and a generous helping of BBQ sauce.

Your typical lunch snack platter with a skitmark of hummus, yum! Oh and the reason I still use a xmas plate is because it’s either this or the HUUUGGGEEE a$$$$ plate from Ikea or the teeny weeny tiny plastic one also from Ikea, I really need some more dishes…

Yum yum, yesterday’s dinner! It’s a quesedilla made with Lloyd’s Grossman Chapatti, filled with a Southern Style Quorn burger sliced in half, lots of BBQ sauce, Laughing cow wedge and lashings of BBQ sauce, folded and toasted in a sandwich press. Delish!

On the side, for the freshness a simple salad with a little honey mustard dressing to get it going.


This isn’t actually today’s breakfast since I did NOT have time to snap any pics.

I had a meeting at 11am this morningΒ  at uni which means I have to leave the house by ten.

Okay, I set my alarm for 5.30 to squeeze in a workout, was there at 6.30 when it opened, twas awesome. πŸ˜€

My workout:


– 20 mins crosstrainer on intervalls + 5 mins cooldown

Upper Body Workout

– Hammer Bicep Curls – 5kg 12 reps

– Tricep Kickbacks – 4kg 10 reps each side

– Shoulder Press – 5kg 12 reps

– Chest Press on Bench – 4kg 12 reps

– Bent over Arm Rows – 5kg 12 reps

3 times through

Shiiiii! I used 5kg for the very first time today and I barely could lift it for the bicep workout! I did my reps so…JUST.


Crunches 15 reps

– Leg lift side crunch (Obliques) 12 reps

– Reverse Crunch 12 reps

3 times through

– Heel touch 12 reps 2 sets



3.5% Incline

0-3 Warmup at 7.0

3-5 at 7.4

5-6 at 7.6

6-7 at 7.8

8-10 at 8.0

10-12 at 8.2

12-14 at 8.4

14-16 at 8.6

16-18 at 8.6 2.5% incline

18-20 at 8.6 1.5%

20-22 at 8.6 0.5%

22-25 at 8.6 0% incline

25-30 cooldown

I then showered, dressed and dried my hair, I was out exactly 2h later so had enough time to bum around.

I went into Waitrose and browsed for aaaages, my buys included a super huge, soft juicy mango which was half price, yay! Puffed wheat, Vogel bread, cream cheese, 2 pears (a pair of pears), Oat bake choc chip cookies and hummus.

I paid and went home and it wasn’t until I walked through the door and glanced at the clock that I realised I had to leave in HALF AN HOUR!

I hadn’t put on my face, or had breakfast or prepped lunch and I had to put away the shopping AND pack my bag!

So I skitted around the kitchen, chopped chopped away, packed my lunch while my oatmeal was cooking, then threw together my stuff and put on my face while simultaneously trying to eat my oats.

It didn’t work too well and I ended up having to leave in 1 min and a half eaten bowl of oats. So instead of throwing it away I put it in a tupperware and packed a spoon. YES, I completely intended to eat my oatmeal on the uni bus!

I thought, it’ll be fine, I’ll sit in the back (it’s a bendy bus) and there aren’t many people in the morning any way, at least not until it gets to studentville.

So I rushed out in time and having watched The Hills too!

Then when the bus came I cried a little inside, it was a SMALL BUS!

And upon entering I realised that it was full!!! I had to sit next to a woman and I was contemplating if I should just forget it and scoff it down cold on campus.


So I got out my oatmeal and my spoon and because I nuked it before I went out (so it’s still nice and warm in the bus) it was STEAMING. Arghs! Furhter embarrassment.

I steel-balled it and ate it and ignored the looks which were definitely boring into the back of my head. I’m glad I did too! πŸ˜€

The meeting went ok, the girl who set it for 11am got her timetable wrong so we could have met at 12 instead but oh well, we sat in the SU from 11-1pm and after the beeeznasss had been discussed we gossiped and chatted about horrible yet amusing TV.

In my Evil module my tutor demonstrated the size of hand luggage and how to pack it (for our trip to Poland in march!) I am a packing expert, done the cheap flights, handluggage only for yeaaaars, the trick is to fill every cavity (TWSS) with socks, underwear, anything! And roll up your clothes and stuff it into the corners, booyaaa!

Now I’m off to cook some dinner and maybe cram in some work (very unlikely).

Ciao for niao.



Power food

February 21, 2010

Hello peeps!

Yesterday was a pretty random and awesome day!

I got up without any plans to go to the gym, I thought I’ll take the day off.

I’ve had my lovely breakfast which was banana oats/oatbran sweetened with reduced sugar strawberry jam and a dollop of natural smooth peanut butter.

It was filling, satisfying and overall pretty awesome.

I bummed around a bit on the internet until I felt a sudden urge to go to the gym.

I thought to myself “Just a quick sesh of cardio and I’ll be outta there!”

So I put on my gym stuff and rushed out within an hour after my breakfast.

At the gym I stretched my calf muscles (I do that before any cardio because I had tendonitis not very long ago and it still sometimes pinches me) and hopped on the treadmill wanting to complete at least 20 mins of slow-medium speed running.

Well then guess that happened?

I completed my 20 mins and then I ran another 45 mins!!!

That’s right, 65 mins of treadmill!

My personal best before was 40 mins and that was at a time where I ran all the time and was at my fittest.

I was amazed how awesome the run felt and how my body adapted to this, just fantastic!

So my run went like this:


3.5 incl

5 mins warm up at 7.0

5-7 mins 7.2

7-10 mins 7.4

10-12 mins 7.6

12-14 mins 7.8

14-16 mins 8.0

16-18 mins 8.2

20-25 mins 8.4

25-30 mins 8.6

30-35 mins 8.4

35-37 mins 8.6 (2.5 incl)

37-45 mins 8.6Β  (1.5 incl)

45-55 mins 8.6 (2.5 incl)

55-60 mins (0.5 incl)

60-65 mins 7.0-4.8


I was litteraly SOAKED after the run, I haven’t been this sweay since… I have no idea, last year when I did a long run?

Anyway, I did a quick upper body workout afterwards:

Upper body:

Bicep curls 3kg 12 reps

Triceps kickbacks 3kg 10 eps each side

Chest fly 3kg 12 reps inclined bench

Shoulder press 3kg 10 reps

3 times through

I stretched and showered and felt strong and chipper!

So naturally my lunch was a little bigger than usual:

3 egg white omlette with ketchup

1 large carrot

1 celery stalk


1 braeburn apple

Loved the omlette, very big for only 3 egg whites!

I treated myself for my great workout and made my fave salad in the world!

Roasted sweet potato and apple salad!

I roast cubed of sweet pots, sliced of apples, sprinkles everything with cinnamon, s+p and roast for an hour on low-medium heat.

Then I throw a typical salad together (i.e. spinach, rocket, green beans, peppers, onions, cuces and cherry toms)

add the roasted nosh from above, toss in lemon juice + light vinegrette and top it with cottage cheese.


This morning I had my fave breakfast:



This photo was good enough to become my header. πŸ˜€

Today I also cleaned up the flat, it was about time!

I guess I was procrastinating and thought I might as well do it right!

Finally got to use my new duvet covers, sooo pretty!

That’s it folks, tomorrow is uni and normal workout day, i.e. 30 mins cardio + upper + lower + abs!