Giving Up: Dehydration

January 23, 2015

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So I got this idea at the end of last year to give something up each month for the upcoming year, for example to give up gluten for one month or to give up alcohol for one month, that sort of thing.

So when January came around and the time came for me to give something up giving up dehydration seemed like a good place to start. I’m terrible at remembering to drink enough water during the day, I can go days without drinking any water and not notice so I decided that needed to stop asap.

So in order to give up dehydration that meant I had to drink the recommended daily allowance, which for us ladies isn’t 2 litres but rather 1,6 litres. It was all about finding a balance as too much water can be harmful, it dilutes your minerals and your body struggles to absorb any nutrients.

The benefits of drinking water daily are countless! We all know it’s good for us yet most of us still struggle with it. The improvements I’ve noticed with myself over the past month are:
– Weight loss
– No bloating
– Clear, smooth skin
– My dark circles under my eyes aren’t as dark
– Less tired
– Gives my muscles extra energy when I work out
– My focus and concentration levels have increased
– Less lower back pain

And this is just after a month of drinking 1,6-2 litres of water a day! Oh and by the way, it’s free!

Song of Style posted this flavoured water recipe on her blog a couple of months ago and I thought it would be the perfect inspiration to get you motivated and moving to drink more water if you not currently doing so.

What’s your water story? Do most of you struggle like I used to?

xxx EJ

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RECIPE FOR 5 DIFFERENT FLAVOURED WATER COMBOS:
Cucumber-Lime, Blueberry-Clementine, Strawberry-Mint and Lemon-Pineapple.

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Ingredients:
½ of a pineapple
1 Lemon
2 Lime
2 Clementine or Tangerine
1 container of Blueberries
1 container of Strawberries
1 Cucumber
1 bunch of Mint
1 bottle of Sparkling water
Couple trays of Ice (pre-made with filtered water)
Couple pitchers of filtered water
5 Mason jars or any glass cups
2 Empty ice trays
**Just so you know, I’m just demonstrating each recipe for one serving for each flavour  You can choose your pick and make a whole pitcher.

Don’t forget to wash your fruits and veggies!

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1. We’re going to freeze some blueberries with mint and strawberries with mint. Simply drop 4-6 blueberries in each tray slots and a couple of mint leaves as well. Cut the strawberries into thin slices and add a few in and mints as well. Fill the tray with water and freeze it for about 5 hours. 

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2. Next cut the lemon, lime, clementine and the cucumber in very thin slices and keep them aside. 

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3. Here’s how you cut a pineapple. First, place the pineapple on its’ side on the cutting board and remove the stalk right through the skin.  Cut the bottom of it too.  Stand the pineapple and cut the skin off of the sides from top to bottom in strips following its’ shape, sort of like a crescent.  Continue cutting strips all around. Make sure you get rid of the brown blotches.  Then from the same position, cut it in half or fours and remove the core. Finally, cut it in small bite sizes.

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4. Now, here is the fun part.  You will prepare the fruits in the glass before you add the water.  Going to start off with the blueberry-clementine so grab a mason jar. If you’re anything like me, you want it not only to taste great but look pretty, right? So here’s how you do it. First, drop a slice of clementine flat on the bottom of the jar. With a wooden spoon, slightly press down and give it a twist a few times to burst the flavours out. Then drop a couple of ice cubes that we made in the jar and one by one, slide in each slices of clementine all around against the wall. The ice will support and keep in place the slices from falling forward or floating around.  Add a handful of blueberries and keep it in the fridge for now.

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5. Lemon-Pineapple.  Same way, you will drop a slice of lemon flat down on the bottom of the jar and release some flavors and again sliding the lemons all around the jar. Add a few pineapples and put aside as well.

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6. Next running up is the Cucumber-Lime. Repeat the same steps using the lime. With this one, I added a long thin strip of cucumber right above the lime. 

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7. Last but never the least, Strawberry Mint. For this one. I simply chopped the strawberries in halves and took a good amount of mint leaves and dropped it in the cup. SOO easy right?

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Happy hydration!!!

Back At It: Full Body Workout

September 24, 2014

So I’ve been pretty lazy over the past couple of weeks with regards to exercising and staying in shape. Thankfully I’ve been walking and cycling around to all my meetings so things haven’t gone too downhill.

But enough is enough! It’s time to pull myself towards myself and start working out again. Below is a simple full body workout I really enjoy and depending how many times you stop to rest it should take you around 45min to complete. Best part of all… you don’t even need a gym.

I’m in Durban the moment, just arrived at my hotel, as I have a two day shoot here and I even packed my skipping rope so I can work out right here in my hotel room. No excuses this time!

If you have any questions about the below workout or what each exercise means just leave me a comment and I’ll get back with a more detailed description.

xxx
EJ

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  • 10min warm up run
  • x10 burpees
  • x30 jumping lunges (15 each leg)
  • x15 pushups
  • x15 sumo squats
  • x60 mountain climbers
  • x15 leg raisers
  • x24 commandos
  • 2min skipping

REPEAT

10 Yummy Snacks Under 100 Calories

April 1, 2014

Here are some smart snacks to help keep you energised and fight off the hunger during your day. They all quick and easy to make and super yummy!

1.) Five strawberries dipped in two squares of melted dark chocolate. Great snack to take on a picnic, and they rather romantic too.

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2.) Small frozen banana drizzled in dark chocolate or sugar-free chocolate syrup.  Pop the banana on a popsicle stick for the kiddies. They’ll never know the difference 😉
chocolate-banana3.) Two celery stalks with one tablespoon almond butter/peanut butter. Celery has no calories and peanut butter is full of healthy, natural fats. Swoop you peanut butter for almond butter to make it an even healthy treat.

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4.) One cup of Edamane beans with a sprinkle of Maldon salt. This must be the quickest snack to prepare and they super filling.

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5.) Definitely one of my favourites, two cups homemade roasted sweet potato chips made with olive oil. Slice up the potatoes and roast them in the oven, sprinkle with some salt and some rosemary for flavour.

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6.) Two stuffed figs with one tablespoon reduced-fat ricotta cheese, sprinkle a little cinnamon on top for additional flavour.

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7.) Fifteen pretzels dipped in one teaspoon reduced-fat cream cheese. Whats great about this little snack is the fact that it will help fix you salt and crunch craving.

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8.) Half a cup fresh pineapple with 3 extra lean slices of ham. Grill the pineapple for a savoury treat that is completely guilt-free.

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9.)  Chocolate Milk! 175ml skim milk mixed with 2 teaspoons chocolate syrup or skinny hot chocolate.

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10.) Baked Apple, one tennis ball-sized apple sliced and sprinkled with brown sugar and cinnamon and baked until tender. Apple pie without the carbs!

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Low calories don’t have to be boring, you can eat quite a lot of you favourite yummy treats still, such as chocolate and peanut butter, it’s just all about the amount you have and self control.

Get snacking and let me know by commenting below what your favourite low calorie snacks are.

xxx EJ
Enjoy.

A Beginners Guide to Green Juicing

March 13, 2014

Ever wondered how to start green juicing? Well here is the perfect quick tutorial to get you started. From what veggies to use to how to clean your veggies. I’ve also included 3 of my favourite juicing recipes below for you to try out.

The Green Monster:
– Half a cucumber
– Handful of lettuce
– Handful of spinach (or kale)
– 1 pear, or half a pear if it’s a large one.
– 2 stalks of celery
– Handful of broccoli
– Piece of ginger for flavour

Winter Booster:
– 2 oranges
– Bunch of carrots
– Ginger
** (For this recipe the amount of carrots needed depends on the size of them. I generally use about 8-10 carrots and 2-4 oranges.)

Morning Glory:
– 1 medium pear
– 15 leaves peppermint leaves
– 1/2 pineapple
– 1 cup strawberries

Enjoy
xxx EJ

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