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Basil & Berries #EattheWeek with Iceland

Eat the Week with Iceland – Sporty Episode – Pancake Recipe

This weekend’s brunch is inspired by Chanel 4’s Eat the Week with Iceland. Each week there is a new episode that showcases recipe ideas for busy families. TV chef Simon Rimmer and Iceland’s frozen food experts are sharing their knowledge and teaching us the power of frozen!

I have a draw full of berries and veggies in our freezer, it’s great for making smoothies and soups. Using the freezer means that our family wastes less food and it’s also a great way to enjoy foods that are out of season. For example, I love asparagus, it’s a spring vegetable but you can get frozen veggies all year round and they’re still packed full of goodness. Winner!

Here is the pancake recipe from this Sunday’s episode. (You can view all of Episode 3’s full recipes here.)
When I first saw this recipe, I wasn’t sure if I would like the basil dressing. Basil and berries isn’t a flavour combo that I’ve ever tried before but it’s actually SO TASTY! I’m definitely going to be making it again. Ever Jude gave it a thumbs up.


Ingredients

200g buckwheat flour
50g caster sugar
2g salt
5g bicarbonate of soda
50ml melted butter
1 egg
475 buttermilk
75g blueberries
50g cottage cheese

Basil Vanilla syrup 

150g caster sugar
150g water
1 vanilla pod – seeds removed
1 bunch basil
Berries – Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries

Topping 

20g coconut flakes
Greek yogurt
Honey


Method

  • Mix the dry ingredients together.
  • In a separate bowl mix the eggs, buttermilk and butter.
  • Combine the dry and wet ingredients.
  • Fold in the blueberries and cottage cheese.
  • Heat a pan, drizzle a little oil and drop large spoonful of batter into the pan (you want them about 100mm wide)
  • Cook for 2-3 mins minutes on each side.
  • Basil Vanilla Syrup – in a pan, heat the sugar, water and vanilla seeds until dissolved and boil until syrupy.
  • Remove from heat and leave to cool.
  • Pour the cool syrup into a jug blender and ass in the basil leaves.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Place the fruits into a bowl and pour over the basil syrup. Stir gently to mix.
  • Serve the pancakes with the basil syrup infused fruit with Greek Yoghurt and honey and coconut flakes.

 

 

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#EatTheWeek

 

Check out #PowerOf Frozen and #EattheWeek on Instagram and Twitter to see more recipes from the show. You can catch the next episode on Sunday 4th June at 12.30pm on Channel.

Enjoy! x

 

This is a sponsored post for Eat the Week with Iceland. 

Run For The Oceans | adidas Parley

Do you consider yourself to be an environmentalist? Now more than ever, we can see the harmful effects that our lifestyle is causing to both the planet and to the ocean. Fast food, fast fashion, food waste, water pollution, the list goes on. The stats are scary and we all need to take some time to find out what’s really going on and how we can help.

This week I learnt more about the partnership between adidas and Parley. Together, they are working to transform marine plastic pollution into high performance activewear.

Say what? I had no idea that you could transform a plastic bottle into a woven shoe but it’s happening, each pair contains eleven plastic bottles. I’m excited to see what else they can do and what this means for the future conservation of our oceans.

A breath of fresh A.I.R …


The Parley A.I.R strategy is Avoid. Intercept. Redesign.

Avoid – No plastic bags. No micro beads. No more virgin plastic in their supply chain.

Intercept – Recovering marine debris and stopping plastic before it gets to the ocean.

Redesign – Reinventing the plastic economy. New methods. New materials. New future.

The reality is that our oceans are dying. We have all created this mess, there are solutions but we all have a role to play. It’s amazing to see adidas and Parley taking such huge steps, this is just the beginning. Go team adidas!

As well as these gorgeous trainers, the adidas Parley collection also includes T-shirts, swimwear and even football kits. Click here to see the full range – shop/Parley

Find out more about adidas Parley at adidas.com/Parley

 

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Get Happy #Mental Health Awareness Week

What do you really want? Okay, so that is the most vague question ever and I’m sure that you could write a very long list of things. I’m taking about the most fundamental things that you want in your life that will make you feel happy and fulfilled.

If you’ve never really thought about it then maybe that’s a good place to start. Once you figure out exactly what you want, you might realise that a, you already have it or b, the reasons that you don’t.

The pursuit of happiness …
I often fall into the trap of seeing beautiful travel imagery on blogs and on social media and wishing that I was traveling more. So many of my friends are creative entrepreneurs and many of them travel for both work and adventure. It’s very easy to scroll through photos of city breaks, yoga retreats and mountain views and to feel like I’m missing out because I’m not sailing around the world. Literally!

However, the reality, is that traveling isn’t really what I want. I sometimes believe that it is, but when I really think about it, it’s not at the top of my agenda right now.
We’re often made to feel like we should all want the same things. These things will make us happy… having a successful career, falling in love and greeting married, traveling the world, etc but what if you don’t want any of those things? Don’t assume that what you want for your life is the same as what I want for mine.

Grab A Pen…
I’ve recently started writing down daily thoughts and ideas in to a journal. There is absolutely no structure to what I write, sometimes it’s a list and sometimes it’s a few sentences but it’s great to get things out of my head and on to paper. Yesterday I wrote down a list of things that make me happy, that fill me with joy and that I thank god for! A few things that I wrote on my list are…

  • Health 
  • Being called ‘Mummy’
  • Talking on the phone (I hate whatsapp) 
  • Running
  • Deep sleep (I used to pray for a good nights sleep when I was suffering from anxiety and nightmares)
  • Singing 

The list goes on…
Writing this down not only makes me feel incredibly grateful but it also highlights the kinds of things I should be doing more of. I used to say yes to everything but lately I have learnt the power of the word no. It’s okay to say no. It doesn’t have to come with an explanation or an excuse, if you don’t want to do something and it’s no going to make you happy, you can just say no. Unfortunately this may not be the case when it comes to paying tax or doing that pile of laundry but you get my point right? Do more of what makes you happy. Can it be that simple?

Make it happen …
Sometime we have to take action in order to get more of what we want. You want to hang out with your friends more but it hardly ever happens because life is ‘too busy’.  Make plans in advance, book tickets to see a show or go to a festival this summer. You’ll never have time unless you make it. If working 24/7 is what makes you happy then that’s cool but if it’s not, you should make some changes to your schedule. Prioritise your happiness!

What happens when you don’t get that you want?
Let’s be honest, sometimes the things that we want seem unreachable and that can be frustrating. Honestly, I never really know how much to share online but this blog is my little space so hey let’s do this …
One thing that brings me more happiness than I can even begin to explain, is motherhood. My friends and family know the journey that Rob and I have been on for the last six years. It’s been very challenging to say the least but the bottom line is that we want to have more kids and it hasn’t happened yet. A few years ago this really began to consume me but somehow I was able to switch my focus and choose happiness. I’m not saying that it is always easy or that the desire to have another baby has gone, but I really do believe that happiness is a choice. Instead if dreaming about the life that I wanted the most, I began to really enjoy the life that I have been given. I’ve found a balance somewhere between hopeful and grateful.

So, the reason that I am writing this post today is because it’s Mental Health Awareness week. The word happiness may sound a bit whimsical and fluffy but in reality it is a very important aspect of mental health that we all need to priorities a little more. Actually a lot more. Essentially, I’m asking you to interrogate what happiness means you and not to just accept it as a concept that is being increasingly commodified.

How considered are you when it comes to spending your hard earned cash? How you spend your time is far more important than how you spend your money. In most cases you can get your money back, but you’ll never get your time back.

Make it your mission this week to choose happiness. I’d love to hear your ideas on this so please comment or tweet me @adrienne_ldn Oh and it’s Friday, punch the sky day! This already makes me happy!

London Marathon 2017!

It’s been ten days since I completed the London marathon, as a first timer there are definitely a few things that I wish I’d known before I signed up, so I thought I’d share my experience here for anyone that may be thinking of signing up for 2018.

So the first thing I’d say . . . is that the training is a HUGE time commitment. Ideally, you need to train for at least four months to prepare physically and mentally, especially if it’s your first time. That time is not just the hours that you spend out on the road but also the time needed before and after. For example, after each long run I would do a ten minute ice bath before having a hot shower, followed by twenty minutes of stretching and foam rolling. I also had to make time to visit a physiotherapist for regular sports massages for my legs and hips. Some days after a long run I was so tired that I’d fall asleep on the sofa at 8pm. It was a big challenge for me to stick to the structure and the discipline of the training plan. I usually run and workout because I want to and because I enjoy it. I didn’t like the feeling of obligation, that I had to get out and run whether I felt like it or not. Especially in January and February when the weather was freezing!

Reality check . . .
You have to make some sacrifices if you’re serious about training and you want to give yourself the best chance of getting to the start line injury free. I don’t drink alcohol very often so this didn’t bother me but other friends that were training for the marathon, found it quite tough to give up their ‘wine after work’ due to their early morning training run comitment.

Oo yum pasta . . .
My marathon training diet also impacted everyone else in the house. I do most of the cooking so my high carb diet was enjoyed by the whole family! Luckily we all enjoy mountains of spaghetti and garlic bread.

Trial and error . . .
As soon as you can, start trying different ways to fuel your body before and during your long runs. I didn’t get this element right on the race day and I really struggled through the last seven miles. During my training, I often had stomach pains which resulted in me running home to use the loo. It might sound funny but the fear of pooing your pants on race day is a genuine concern for lots of runners. I figured out that I couldn’t eat veggies the night before a long run and that dry carbs were the best breakfast. Some toast or a croissant worked well. I was always a little bit worried about the energy gels upsetting my stomach so I only ever took one or two whilst training. That was fine for up to three hours but after that my energy levels crashed and I felt terrible. In hindsight I should have fuelled a lot more throughout the race.

Race Day!
So after all of the hard work and preparation is done, it’s time to take on the most epic 26.2 mile race of your life…

Team work makes the dream work . . .
Get your cheer squad and make sure you make a plan to see them along the way. I couldn’t have got through it without them. First up was my Mum at mile three, then my running buddies were at mile six. I saw Jude’s beaming face in the crowd with Rob at mile twelve, he was so excited and it gave me a massive boost! Later on at mile twenty one I saw my sister and my brother, I was really struggling and I was so grateful they were there. Plus the support on the day from the crowd is absolutely mental!


Get to know . . .
Make sure you reach out to people for advice and top tips. There are lots of runners out there and they all love to talk about running! 🙂 I got some great advice throughout my training and that really helped me on the day. Except for when I crossed the finish line and as I hobbled towards the bag collection, I saw people taking off their trainers and putting on flip-flops, I was mega jealous as my feet were so sore and no one had told me about this very important info. Fail.

My advice would be to go to some of the talks at the expo on the day that you collect your race number. They’ll tell you everything that you need to know, including the logistics for the day. Travel, meet points, safety etc

Say YES!
Lastly, if you manage to bag a space in the race, go for it! It wasn’t easy but I’m so glad that I took on that challenge! I’d be lying if I said that I enjoyed every minute of it but it is life experience that I will never forget. We never really know what we’re capable of until we try.

Here’s my London marathon video highlights –

HIIT workout with adidas London & Karlie Kloss 

Yesterday I hosted a workout for adidas by Stella McCartney along side Zanna Van Dijk. We were also joined by global supermodel and fellow adidas ambassador, Karlie Kloss!

It was amazing to see over a hundred women coming together to kick start their day with a mega tough workout. It was a celebration of sweat, strength and empowerment!

It’s not everyday that you get to work out with a super model!

I know that everyone in the room would agree that Karlie looked absolutely incredible. She was wearing the latest adidas by Stella McCartney and FYI she told us that the high neck sports bras are her favourite piece from the new collection. Karlie’s schedule is crazy! You’ll know if you follow her on snapchat that she literally travels through time zones on the daily. Jet set life. So how the heck does she make time to workout? Well, she told us that she always packs a pair of ultraboost trainers in her suitcase so that she can hit the gym or head out to the streets for a run, where ever she is in the world.

Who Run The World?

We worked it out to Beyoncé before heading to the photo booth for a selfie. Often on social media we see our fitspo post a pre workout snap looking fresh faced and glowing, but the reality might look a lot different after an hour long HIIT session or a 5 mile run. But who really cares if you’re red faced and your hair is a mess!? The focus should be on how you feel after a great workout instead of how you look.

After the workout Karlie lead by example and was the first one to pose for her photo. One word … GOALS!

‘We sweat, and we don’t care’ KK

So if you still haven’t been to adidas womens studio in London … what are you waiting for!? Go to Facebook and sign up the adidas womens page and hopefully I’ll see you at the studio soon. Head over to my instagram @adrienne_ldn to see more.

#HERETOCREATE
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London Marathon – 1 Week To Go !

With only one week to go, before I take on the biggest running challenge of my life, I thought I’d share a final update …

THE RACE
It’s no doubt that the London marathon is one of the most iconic races in the world! To be honest, I don’t really know what to expect as I’ve never run a marathon before but as it gets closer to the big day, one thing I know is that I want to actually enjoy it! I may never run a marathon again, (never say never) so I’m just gonna do my best and take it all in. I don’t want to let other peoples expectations or pressure ruin it for me.

ME, MYSELF AND I.
I’ve always been very competitive, ever since I was a child, it’s not something that I’m proud of but it’s just the way that I am. It’s not necessarily about being the best at something or winning, but anything that I do, I have to give it absolutely 100%, nothing less.
Well, one things for sure, training for a marathon is incredible humbling! This is a race that I definitely aint gonna win! It has not been easy and at times I’ve questioned if I would even be able to do it. I have never trained for an endurance event before, the last three months have been as much of a metal challenge as it has been a physical one. Doing something that you’re not naturally good at is really tough and trust me, endurance running does not feel natural for me at all!

LET IT ALL GO.
I’ve chatted to so many people about the marathon, most people are incredibly encouraging and offer their support and advice but the big question they all want to know is . . . ‘What time are you aiming for?’
Maybe before I started training, I would have said ‘Oh, I don’t really know. Around 4 hours or less’ How naive of me! Running a sub 4 hour marathon is incredibly difficult, especially for a first timer like me.
There are so many things to consider on race day, somethings you can control but somethings that you just can’t. I know that I have worked really hard over the last three months, I’ve put the miles in, I’ve been disciplined with strength training, stretching and foam rolling, as well as making changes to my diet too. It has been a huge commitment. All I can do now, is run as best as I can on the day.
One guy asked me about my ‘goal time’ and then scoffed and replied ‘Four hours? What are you going to be walking it?! What a dumbass! Other people have said things like ‘Oh you’re mega fit, it will be easy for you’ easy? EASY! You do know that it’s 26.2 miles right? and my favourite one was ‘You look really fast’ How can someone look fast? I’m sure that it was meant to be a compliment but it kinda makes me feel under pressure to live up to other peoples ideas.
Anyway, I’m letting go of any pressure and letting go of my ego. I believe that anyone who is willing to take on a marathon is incredibly brave and I’ll be proud to cross the finish line, even if it takes me all day!

BRING IT ON.
The night before the race, I will be going to bed early with a belly full of pasta. I’ve written down a list of things to remember …

  • You are brave
  • You are ready
  • You are raising a lot of cash for a great charity
  • You can do it
  • Smile, you might be on TV!
  • Remember to charge your GPS watch!

I’m raising money for Epilepsy Research UK – I really appreciate every sponsor, big or small. Here is the link to my Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/AdrienneVLM17

The latest …

There’s been so much going on over the last few weeks so here’s an update on what I’ve been up to lately …

I flew to Stockholm to celebrate International Women’s Day. I went to visit my friend Hannah and to lead a fitness class in her brand new studio! Hannah is a fellow adidas ambassador and we first me last September in Copenhagen. I had previously followed Hannah on Instagram (obvs). Her account, @fashionablefit is a mixture of stylish three striped workout gear, empowering messages and Hannah looking so damn sexy & strong! I was joined by my fit pals Hayley and AJ, two ladies that totally inspire me, both for different reasons. The whole trip left me feeling like a total girl boss! I still can’t believe that my life now involves casually hopping on a plane for a thirty six hour trip to Europe. All because of this blog and social media. I’ll write a separate post about my thoughts on this maybe.

I ran the North London Half Marathon! I was invited to lead a warm up for ten thousand runners at the start line of the race. Looking out to see that many people doing synchronised lunges was mental! I even got to sound the klaxon to officially start the race, before joining the crowd and taking on 13.1 miles around Wembley, and man was it tough! To say that the course was hilly would be an understatement, but I really enjoyed it. It’s worth mentioning that as well as water stations along the way, the race officials also hand out haribo! Now that’s my kinda race!

If you follow me on any social media then you will know that I’ve been training for my first marathon since January. As well of lots of training, I’ve also had to schedule time for rest, recovery and treatments to ensure that I arrive at the start line in one piece. A few weeks ago I went to the Aqua Sana Spa for a day with my friend AJ. We went for a swim and sauna before putting our running feet up to enjoy an express facial. Running outside in the elements can dry out your skin a lot, so I’m using face masks regularly and drinking lots of water too. If you’re running a marathon this year, (physically or metaphorically) I defiantly recommend that you take a little day trip to a spa. It was just what my tired legs needed.

Last week I recorded the first in a series of three podcasts. I’m mega excited about his project and I will share more info about it as soon as I get the green light. I only started listening to podcasts about a year ago and now I’m obsessed. I’ve even replaced some of my running playlists with podcasts. If I’m going out for a long run, I find it helps me to relax and I can keep a more consistent pace too. My current faves are ‘Stuff To Blow Your Mind’ – HowStuffWorks.com & ‘Run To The Top’ – The Ultimate Guide To Running.
I’m looking forward to recording the next two podcasts next week, watch this space.

I also spent last week teaching fitness classes at the adidas studio on Brick Lane. My class ‘Flex to The Beat’ is high energy, fun and LOUD! If you haven’t been down to the East London studio yet, what are you waiting for? There’s a weekly timetable of free classes and run clubs. Click here to find out more and sign up. I’m heading back soon to join the Wednesday evening women’s only run club. It’s perfect if you’re quite new to running, the girls are all lovely and make sure that no one gets left behind.

Schools out for the Easter holidays, so I’m taking some time off to hang out with the boys. I predict that this weeks training will be fuelled by mini eggs. 🙂 Winner!

So . . . that’s the latest!