Shake It Off – January Breakfast Smoothie And Exercise Plan

Are you looking to push the reset button and get back in the driving seat of your fitness plan? Here at Mums In Real Life, that’s precisely our intention from this point onwards!

We’ve got loads in store for the week, HIIT, boot camp, Zumba, running and some regular gym sessions in between! We can’t wait to shimmy and sweat away our week with exercise!! Want to join us? Head on over to our website to see the exercise sheets available – more will be available soon: http://www.mumsinreallife.co.uk

What better to way to kick off the day with this super tasty oat, kiwi, banana & honey breakfast smoothie. Made with 150ml Almond milk and 250ml skimmed milk. This is what we’ll be making tomorrow morning to get us going (usually I’d only use 350ml Milk & 20g Oats but I have keen little kiddies who like to try some too).

Ingredients:

150ml Almond Milk (optional)

250ml Skimmed Milk (or 400ml if not using Almond Milk)

1 banana – peeled and roughly chopped

2 kiwi fruits – peeled and roughly sliced

40g Porridge Oats

1 Ice cube

1tbsp honey

Method:

Blitz all of the ingredients together for a few pulses and serve.

Give it a go and let us know how you get on!

Throw Back Thursday – Breakfast Bircher Pots – Morning Hack

For those of you who need to grab and go with your breakfast (snap!) I’ve been trying out breakfast pots, which you can make up the night before and grab from the fridge to eat whenever you get a sec on the train/bus/school run/at work. Continue reading “Throw Back Thursday – Breakfast Bircher Pots – Morning Hack”

James’ Granola Squares

Fancy a sweet treat? James has cooked up the ultimate granola squares to give you that sweet fix (with only some of the guilt).

Maple Granola Bars

Now, I hear you ask…are these granola bars healthy? Well, they are mostly oats which help regulate blood sugar by slowly releasing energy. Almonds & Cranberries are high in vitamins, so yes we will all agree they are!

They make a perfect rushing out the door breakfast or as a mid-morning snack.

Ingredients

  • 60g whole almonds 
  • 250g rolled oats
  • 80g butter
  • 125ml maple syrup
  • 60g soft brown sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 50g dried cranberries 
  • 50g chocolate chips
  • extra 2 tsp choc chips

Method

  1. Before you start, take a 20cm square baking pan and line it with tin foil. Then using some oil and kitchen roll, lightly grease it.
  2. Start by roughly chopping the almonds, they donโ€™t have to be perfect just a rough chop. Combine them with the oats and pop in the preheated oven for about 8 minutes. Half way through give them a little stir so they cook evenly.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the butter, maple syrup and the sugar along with the vanilla and salt in a saucepan and gently heat until it has all melted together into a sugary, buttery, syrupy liquid which smells divine (and is definitely the unhealthier part)!
  4. Once the oats and almonds are cooked put them in a glass bowl and then add the liquid. Mix well and leave for about 10 minutes to cool.
  5. Finally add the chocolate and the cranberries again mix well.
  6. Now pour the oat mix into the foiled pan and pack down really well. Go on – really push that mix into the corners using a fish slice or something similar, and really pack it down. Add a sprinkling of chocolate chips and pack down again.
  7. Cover tightly with more foil and then pop in the fridge for at least 3 hours (but preferably overnight if you can wait that long).

Bit of troubleshooting here, but if anything makes them fall apart a bit it’s usually either not packing down enough, or not refrigerating for long enough, so try and be patient!

Once they have hardened, they will unwrap from the foil easily and can be cut into about 12 pieces (or less if you want bigger bars!)

Any crumbs left over from cutting can be saved and makes an excellent topping for vanilla ice cream.

Enjoy! James.

Strawberry & Banana Oat Smoothie Plus Exercise Plans

Today was day 1 of our ‘Shake It Off’ plan and we’re feeling great!

Starting off our morning with a Kiwi & Banana Oat smoothie was a good way to go. Tomorrow we’re going to get motivated with this lovely Strawberry, banana and Oat smoothie. Check out the ingredients below:

Ingredients:

3-4 Strawberries

1 banana

20g oats

200ml Skimmed milk

100ml Almond Milk

1 ice cube

Method:

Roughly chop the fruit and place into a mixing bowl/jug. Add the remaining ingredients and blitz.

Pour and enjoy!

Meanwhile, here are some previous smoothies and exercise cards/plans  that we’ve recently shared and personally follow on a daily basis (accredited by a fully qualified PT)   Click on the links to take another look:

Super Slick Strawberry & Oats Breakfast Smoothie

Banana & Kiwi Breakfast Smoothie

Monday Motivation! Here’s your beginners circuits card…

Exercise cards are coming soon!

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Simple Running Plan

Tangy Orange Smoothie

To keep everyone motivated during the half term, here is a throwback post:

So far, so good. Between the two of us here at Mums In Real Life, our ‘Shake It Off’ week is going beautifully. We’ve shimmied Monday and Tuesday away so far with Boot Camp, abdominal Zoning and lots of Cardio.

Have you seen our exercise cards?

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We’ve been following our breakfast smoothie plan and we have another delicious breakfast drink to share.

Tomorrow it’s all about the Orange. We all know that Oranges are bursting with Vitamin C, are a good source of Fibre, B vitamins, vitamin A, Calcium and potassium (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/28497905/)

What’s not to love?

Ingredients:

1 Orange

Half of a Banana

250ml skimmed milk

2tbsp Fat Free Yogurt

2 Ice Cubes

Method:

Peel the orange and break into segments. Peel and roughly chop half of a banana. Place the fruit, milk, yogurt and ice cubes into a mixer bowl. Blitz until smooth.

Give it a go! Here at Mums In Real Life, we’re always looking for new tips so please share yours ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

The Mighty Mango & Perfect Pear Smoothie

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Here at Mums In Real Life, our healthy living reset is going well. How can we tell? Between the two of us, we have sore legs, sore arms and the ab zone is killing!

Check out our exercise cards, which have been generously created by our friend PT Craig at Keeling Fitness:

https://keelingfitness.com/

If you’ve been following us and joining (thank you!) in, you’ll know that we’ve started each morning with a breakfast smoothie! How simple and delicious – my youngest counted to 63 and my breakfast was prepped and blitzed!

The smoothie for Day 4 is Mango and Pear. In case you didn’t already know, Mangoes are a great source of Vitamin A & B. They’re also high in fibre, a good source of antioxidants and are low in calories.

Check out more info here:

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/health-benefits-mango

For this smoothie, we’ve married our Mango with Pears – a marriage made in heaven!

Pears have stacks of nutritional value and are a proven recipe aid to weight loss.

Check out more info here:

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/pears.html

So, let’s get this party started!

Ingredients:

1/2 Mango – peeled and cut into chunks

1 Pear – cut into chunks

10g Porridge Oats

100ml Soya Milk

150ml Skimmed Milk

2 Ice Cubes

Method:

Pop all of the ingredients into your blender and blitz!

Healthy Brunch – Part Two!

We honestly have been living our best lives this week, loads of beautiful food and working out (hard!) with fab friends. To top it off, the sun’s been out to play.

We had brunch courtesy of our lovely friend, M – we worked out in her home gym (amazing!) and then were treated to a brunch banquet of epic proportions. Anyway, it’s got us thinking about the wonder that is brunch – so we’ll be working on some healthy recipes over the coming weeks.

In the meanwhile, here’s M’s amazing courgette muffin recipe (courtesy of BBC Good Food) – try them, you’ll love them. (Almost) guilt free and packed full of courgette, apple and orange.

Happy Hump Day, lovely people. X

Brunch Anyone? *Must Try* Avocado & Egg With Tomato

Recently, we were invited to our lovely friends house for a work out in her garden gym followed by brunch. What lucky ladies we are!

We started off with a warm up run, followed by circuits of planks, burpees, skipping and squats. Some kettle bells were thrown in for good measure too. Oh! And a power hoop.

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We definitely earned the brunch, we were really put through our paces but managed to laugh through all the sweat! Here’s what we did:

60 seconds of each exercise, 10 secs rest. Do each exercise 4 x times. Let’s do this!!

Round One: Squats/Leg Raises/Slam Balls

Round Two: Skipping (it’s tough!!)/Lateral Raises/Shoulder Press (with weight)/Power Hoop (if not, go for side plank – 30 secs on each side)

Round Three: Mountain Climbers/Sit Ups/ Burpees/Jump Squats

You can also download an exercise card here>>

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So, let’s get on to the food. Our gorgeous host made a feast for us!

We salute you, eggs baked on Avocados! Bacon lardons, how we love you sprinkled on roasted Tomatoes! Chives, you are a show stopper! Yes, at this point we were all STARVING!

Why not team up with friends to work out? You can motivate each other, push each other to work harder and reach your fitness goals together. Life’s always better with friends! We’ve been busy with our friends at Keeling Fitness and LA Personal Fitness working on an exciting collaboration which will be on its way soon – watch this space…