Healthy Chilli Stew!

Anyone else hating this cold and miserable weather? All’s I want to do is eat utter crap and watch Friends over and over again in my dressing gown. Although this is amazing in terms of my relaxation, it’t not exactly the healthiest diet so I have a few healthy, naughty and filling meals which give my diet a little kick up in the backside it needs. My go to recipe is my chilli stew, its full of flavour and so filling at the same time. Win win!

I got this amazing recipe from Women’s Health Magazine, over the years of making it I’ve adapted it for my own tastes so I’ll link the original recipe above for you guys if you fancy a gander. It’s a vegetarian dish but I promise it can satisfy the fussiest of carnivores.

It takes roughly around 30 mins to cook and around 10 mins to prepare but the ingredients are pretty basic so it doesn’t involve that much prep which is just the ticket after  long day at work and a freezing cold commute home.

300g Brown Rice
1 litre of Vegetable broth (I use a veggie stock cube)
1 tin of kidney beans (don’t forget to drain them)
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
1 diced red chilli
2 tea spoons of Cumin
2 tea spoons of Chilli Powder or crushed chillies
1 tea spoon of Garlic

Basically, you throw all the ingredients in a pan together and stir well. Cover the pan with a plate or whatever you have in the kitchen to use and leave on a low heat for 30 mins. Don’t forget to stir it occasionally, to stop the rice from sticking to the pan. When the rice is cooked, its ready.

You can, like the original recipe suggests, add a dollop of guacamole on top. However, I’m far too hungry and tired at the end of the day and just fancy digging into the stew!

Let me know if any of you guys have a go at this recipe, I’d love to find out some of your fave healthy winter recipes.


Favourite YouTube Workouts 

Since I’ve been doing my home workouts for a couple of weeks now I thought I’d share with you guys the little workouts I’ve doing to help keep me in shape and tone up. 

The one thing I absolutely love about working out at home is how quick and easy it is. It means I don’t have to trek to the gym and take two hours out of my day. All these workouts are under thirty minutes which is perfect and they’re a good mixture of HIIT training, kickboxing (which I love), abs exercises and yoga (which is something I’ve really gotten into recently). 

This workout is just over twenty minutes and is perfect after a weekend of indulgence. It’s HIIT so that means it’s quick, powerful and sweaty. It also helps that the beautiful Joe Wicks aka The Body Coach is doing the exercises along side me. I’m going to lie, it’s not easy but if you only have half an hour to spare it’s a brilliant workout. 

I’ve put these two workouts together as they’re done by the same YouTube channel and are both kickboxing. The only difference is that one is only 11 minutes and one is 25 minutes long. Fitness Blender is a brilliant channel with loads of fantastic workouts but my favourites are the kickboxing ones. I do the 11 minute one when I’m super busy and have hardly any time to workout but it’s just as good as the 25 minute one. I mean seriously I did the 11 minute one a few days ago and my arms are still aching. 

The brilliant thing about the 25 minute workout is that it includes a warm up and cool down. If your feeling stressed it’s also a great reliever! 

To work my abs, I love doing this six pack workout that’s on the XHIT Daily YouTube channel. It’s about 11 minutes long and really works all the muscles in the stomach in a really short space of time. You repeat every move twice so by the end of it your abs are aching! 

Recently, I’ve really gotten into yoga. It’s a lovely way to stretch out my muscles after a long week and really relaxing. The channel I use is Yoga With Adrienne and she was loads and loads of yoga workouts for you to do from the comfort of your own home. She also really explains each move to you so if you’re not feeling a sweaty sesh give this a go! 

So there my favourite home workouts at the moment. However, I’m pretty sure I’ll get a little bored of these in a month or so and I’ll need to switch it up again but what’s brilliant with working out at home is that when I do get a little restless alls I have to do is go on YouTube and find a new workout to do. Brilliant! 

The Friday Blog! 

Prepare yourself for a blog post that consists of me rambling on about building work, making dream career plans and attempting to stay healthy! Don’t say I didn’t warn you….

The House Renovation 

All work happening in the living room has been pushed aside and put on the back burner whilst the kitchen has been ripped out and renovated. Believe me, it’s been quite hard to live with me recently as I’ve fret over the state of the house due to all the building work that’s happened. Dust has invaded every surface of the down stairs and I did all I could to not lose my shit over it! The kitchen work has been a nightmare with issue after issue (cupboards weren’t delivered, fridge freezer’s were completely forgotten and door handles were broken) but eventually it was all finished this Thursday! Phew! All me have to do now it paint it and get new accessories and then it’s back to finishing the living room off! Yay….-.-

Just going for It

As it’s the start of the new year I have decided to kick my career aspirations up a notch. I’ve committed myself to a another stand up comedy course, this time a four week one in Liverpool. Last year I only really dabbled in stand up and this year I’m fully going for it. No time like the present! I’ve also submitted myself for the Northern Writers Awards for my scriptwriting as it’ll be a fantastic opportunity to showcase my work and get  myself out there in the industry!

 Last but not least I have decided in order to control my nerves on stage better I’d give acting on stage another go. This Thursday I had an audition for a theatre company in Liverpool. When I was growing up I absolutely loved acting so this will not only help cure my nerves but it’ll give me the opportunity to do something I love once again. 

Health, Fitness and Food

This week has consisted of a food overhaul after me and the boyfriend get over our week of takeaways due to the kitchen work. We’ve made sure we’ve ate home cooked meals all week and we’ve done really well to stick to it. My favourite thing I made was a Pasta Bake with Brocolli and Sweetcorn in. It was that big it lasted us two days! I also really enjoyed my lunch on Wednesday which was a bagel with avocado and egg, so simple and delicious! 

I didn’t exercise on Monday as I didn’t have enough time but made sure I fit a workout in every other day this week. But as I have been painting and up and down ladders I’ll count that as exercise. On the weekend I’m going to buy an exercise mat so working out at home can be easier. I’ve done quick HIIT workouts on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and I’m doing to attempt some yoga or barre core on Saturday morning. Now I workout at home it’s so much easier to fit in a workout! 


What I Eat In A Day

So healthy eating hasn’t really been on top of my agenda recently…

It’s the result of Christmas and indulgences and getting the kitchen done which meant being without a cooker for a week. That meant a week of takeaways which although felt good at the time by the end of the week I was craving a good home cooked, nutritious meal so much. 

This week me and the boyfriend got our acts together and decided we would make sure we ate as healthily as possible to make amends for our sins. So I decided I’d share with you guys what I eat on a healthy day! 


Two weetabix with raspberries

When I was a kid I hated weetabix I absolutely hated weetabix I thought they had absolutely no taste or flavour! However now I’m a 22 year old adult I love the stuff! They’re so good as they help get fibre into your diet which important for me as I’m a veggie! I added raspberries to have one of my five a day and inject some colour. 


Toasted Bagel with Mashed Avocado and oven baked Eggs

I saw a recipe on Instagram quite similar  to this and knew I had to try it. I gently toasted the bagel before topping it with the mashed avocado then breaking an egg and putting it on top before putting in the oven for 15 minutes. I added chilli flakes, pepper and sea salt for flavour and it was a total treat for the stomach! 


Potato and Leek Soup 

My boyfriend bought a hand blender a week ago and has been dying to try it! This soup is perfect for cold winters night dinner and also tastes yummy. Extra points to the boyfriend!


I got a little peckish watching the Natinal Television Awards but instead of reaching for the chocolate I was well behaved and finished off my raspberries. 

And that’s what I ate in a day! Today was a healthy day so please be aware they’re are days when I’m literally scoffing pizza and chocolate like a pig! Moderation guys! 


Why I Quit the Gym: A Confession 

I have a confession to make…before Christmas my motivation was at an all time low. I mean a serious low. 

It got to the point where the thought of going to the gym just depressed me and the awful weather didn’t help either. I was paying £17 a week for a weekly bus pass literally just to get the bus to the gym in the rain, hail, frost and wind. So I just stopped going.

You see, it’s not that I hate exercising or even going the gym. When I lived in Cardiff I loved the gym and all the different classes I went to. Since moving back to Liverpool and joining a new one though it’s a whole different story.  

My nearest and best gym in Liverpool is a twenty minute bus ride away and it’s cold, unfriendly and just not worth the hassle in my opinion. I found I felt I wasn’t getting my money’s worth so therefore I quit. Yep! That’s right, I quit the gym! 

If anything it’s more money towards myself and my home renovation so there are upsides! 

The thing is I found I just wasn’t having worthwhile workouts and missed doing circuits and boxing classes. Also, I literally had to set aside an hour and a half out of my day just to do a 40 minute workout…ridiculous! 

So after much deliberation I decided instead of joining a new gym or paying for some faddy diet and exercise plan that I’d literally stick to for all of five minutes. I decided I would start exercising from the comfort of my own home. I found that YouTube have a vast range of workout videos and channels which vary from boxing classes, circuits, Tabata, HIIT, Yoga and Pilates workouts. Basically it’s the exercise I like to do but it’s free and I don’t even have to leave the house! 

It’s brilliant because I can mix it up everyday, get fitter and have a shower straight after. I’ve been working out like this for nearly a month now and I must say I’ve already noticed the difference in my body. The HIIT and Tabbata workouts I do leave me leaving energised and refreshed whereas being stagnant on an exercise bike or cross trainer. Plus, most of the videos are so ridiculously quick that I’m done within half an hour!

I’ll workout about five to six times a week and I just tailor it around what type of day I have planned. At the moment this sort of exercise routine is perfect for me as its adaptable to my lifestyle, way cheaper (it’s actually free!) and easy. 

In the future when the weather gets nicer I might start going for runs in the park but for now I’m once again a home workout convert! 


Healthy Snacks! 

It’s January and along with everyone else I’ve been trying my utmost best to try and stay as healthy as possible. Of course, this has proven quite difficult with me hardly having any kitchen to use for most of the month!

One thing that’s truly helped me stay on track is swapping my naughty snacking habits for more healthier alternatives. Here is four of my favourite snacks that I’ve particularly enjoyed munching on. 

Meridian Peanut and Cocoa Snack Bar

This bar is just gorgeous! For me it’s a bit like a really healthy version of a snickers bar. It’s the perfect replacement for them naughty chocolate digestives that we all reach for come break time at work!

Trek Cocoa Chaos Wholefood Energy Bar

Now, as much as I used to love a good Trek bar they do get a bit samey after a while. Also, they’re quite a hefty amount so you do feel either sick or really full after eating one. These bars are perfect for people who are into clean eating or vegan style diets and do a lot of exercise. This bar is packed with protein so ideal! 

Cliff Bar in Chocolate Chip

This is as far from chocolate chip as it gets! If you’re looking for an energy boost and aren’t really bothered about fixing your chocolate urges then this is perfect. If you don’t need the energy though and do want a healthy chocolate treat stick with the Meridian.

Bounce Protein Energy Bites

You have no idea how happy I was when Bounce brought out these energy bites! I love Bounce Balls especially the cacao orange ones as the taste reminds me a little bit Terry’s Chocolate Orange. The bites are basically smaller versions but taste just as nice! 

And there you go! The four healthy food snacks that have been getting me through January and keeping my chocolate cravings at bay!  


The Friday Blog! 

Yay! It’s another edition of The Friday Blog, were I fill you guys in on what I’ve been up to this week! I’ve been a little under the weather this week and erm (PMSing) so haven’t really been up to much I’m afraid but I really wanted to do a Friday blog so anyway, here we go!


This week beauty hasn’t really been that high on the priority list if I’m honest with you. I do however really need to purchase a new face powder as I’m afraid my trusty MAC Studio Fix is on its last legs. If you guys have any recommendations for me, please comment below! I’ve also started using hand cream again as in the winter my poor hands go so dry and sore that it actually gets quite painful at times! I’m trying to find a cream that helps me without leaving my hands feeling all sticky and greasy and every year it proves impossible, if you guys have any recommendations please again leave me a comment! 


I’ve been rather under the weather this week with a cold and PMS so fitness (just like beauty) hasnt been that important to me. I did on Monday however get up at 6 and manage to go the gym for a hour. I’m also planning on going today before a family brunch I have planned and Sunday.  I found a new exercise machine that’s a killer but really pushes you it’s called the Stairmaster and it pretty much simulates you walking up stairs but you can adjust the level to make it harder or easier, I swear I’ve thought so much whilst walking up stairs. The way I look at it, as long as I go at least three times a week I’m happy. At the moment I’m not beating myself up over not going that much as I’ve got a lot going on at the moment. 


Healthy eating hasn’t been a biggie on the agenda either (just like beauty and fitness, hey! Noticing a pattern?) I don’t know about you guys but when I’m ill I just wanna eat crap and feel sorry for myself. I am trying my hardest though, I swear next week I’ll be better!

 I did have one fairly healthy meal this week surprisingly and that was when I went for Brunch with my Nannie which is odd as she’s usually encouraging me to eat all kinds! I went for Eggs Florentine, which may not be the healthiest thing in the works but the eggs were a source of protein, and the spinach were my greens. For me, eggs florentine is my go to brunch choice when I fancy a treat that isn’t too bad for you and it makes a welcome change from avocado on toast! 


I’m on the second week of my masters course and I’m still loving it, the commute can be a bit of a nightmare at times and it means I no longer have Thursday nights but it’ll be worth it in the end I’m sure. One programme in absolutely addicted to still is Great British Bake Off and now especially more so since it’s moving to channel 4 and won’t be the same anymore! I’ve always loved baking and cooking in general, so it’ll come as no surprise that me and my girlfriends are booking to go to The Good Food Show once again, a day of food and drink? Could I resist?! 

At the moment we’re enjoying peace in our house as from next week the building work starts on my house and I won’t have a living room for a month! Yay! 


So Autumn has well and truly hit Britain this week, this means it’s time for me to invest in some good quality chunky knits and ankle boots. If there’s one thing I truly love about Autumn it’s the clothes you get to wear. I’ve always been a jeans and boots girl, always will. I’ve seen some gorgeous knits in the likes of Topshop and H&M so I think this weekend may include a few sneaky purchases! 

And that’s The Friday Blog for this week! I know, I know it’s not the most exciting and glamorous blog I’ve ever done but hey that’s life some weeks are action packed some are tea and telly in your pjs!