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5 Vegan Restaruants in London

When I’m in town, I have a few favourite lunch and dinner spots that I always go to. A lot of high street food chains are now adding vegan options to their menu. I haven’t tried it yet but I’ve heard that Pizza Express now do a vegan pizza with vegan cheese!
Eating veggie/ vegan doesn’t have to be boring. It’s easier now that there are so many easy swaps and dairy alternatives. I have a major sweet tooth, so I always check out the dessert menu before making a reservation.

Here are five of my faves …

  1. Mildreds Restaurant
    (King Cross / Camden / Dalston / Soho)
    My favourite dish – Sri Lankan sweet potato curry & you have to try the chocolate hazelnut brownie with salted caramel ice cream! 🙂
  2. Farmstand
    (Drury Lane, Covent Garden)
    My favourite dish – Red Lentil Coconut Dahl & greens. Best to go for lunch and they do take away.
  3. The Deliciously Ella Deli
    (Bond Street/ Marylebone / Herne Hill)
    My favourite dish – Thai Yellow Coconut Curry & Fudge Brownie, oh and the smoothies are great too.
  4. Ethos Foods
    (Oxford Circus)
    My favourite dish – Sweet corn fritters & miso glazed roasted aubergine. Ethos is really great for evening dinner.
  5. by CHLOE (coming soon)
    (Convent Garden)
    I’ve heard so much about byChloe! Burgers, fries and pizza! I can not wait to try it 🙂

Where is your favourite vegan food place? Please share the veggie love, leave a comment or tag me on Insta @adrienne_ldn

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Get Active Kids!

Helping your kids to be active will have a positive impact on the rest of their lives. Over the last four weeks, Jude has been testing out the Garmin vivofit jr 2

It may not come as a surprise to you that when I was a kid, I was mega sporty! I loved athletics, team sports and dancing. I’ve always had a lot of energy and being active has always been a part of my life. I learnt so much from sports. It built my confidence, it helped me to make friends, it showed me how it feels to lose, and even as a child, sports taught me to be disciplined.

Now that I am a Mum, I really encourage Jude to be active and enjoy sports too. Kids look up to their parents, they often mimic our behaviour because they want to be just like us.

Being a kid in 2017 is pretty mad. They have everything at the touch of a button. They have iPads, Netflix, Spotify, and hours of entertainment on Youtube. There’s no denying that over the last two decades, tech innovation has changed the way we all live our lives. A lot of this can be educational and it’s aweomse that our kids have access to so much info. (I’m sure that Jude has learnt a lot from watching lego ninjago). However, it means that it can be hard for parents to encourage an active lifestyle, especially if they are not very active themselves.
In the UK, a third of children are overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school. It’s really important to encourage healthy habits as part of their lifestyle. Small things like walking to school, scooting to the park or going swimming, are all great ways to get your kids moving.

Jude has endless energy, he’s always on the go, so I definitely don’t need to worry about him getting his daily steps! But Jude often finds it hard to focus and to concentrate on one thing at a time. Doing activities like swimming, gymnastics and karate can be really good for kids development as well as boosting their self esteem too. Sports is about so much more than simply the physical benefits.

Both Rob and I, both wear activity trackers. So Jude was so excited to try out the Garmin activity tracker for kids. He’s been wearing it most days and he absolutely loves it!

Jude chose the Star Wars themed tracker. It has a personalised display, it’s completely waterproof and the best thing is that the battery lasts for a whole year! So we don’t need to remember to charge it. The tracker has a daily target of 60 ‘active minutes’ each day and you can also add your own mini challenges too. It’s really easy to use, Jude actually showed me how to set the timer.

Being a six year old is so exciting! It’s fascinating to see how Jude is growing up and to see his interests develop and change. Setting little daily challenges is a great way to encourage him to celebrate every success, no matter how big or small.

Initially, I thought that Jude might get bored of using it after a few days, but he’s still keen after wearing it for four weeks. Unlike me, he doesn’t have a single competitive bone in his body, but, he still likes to compare how many steps he’s done with Rob and I, at the end of each day. Jude’s hero’s currently include Mo Farrah, Usain Bolt and the Incredible Hulk! So who knows what the future will bring 🙂 Thank you Garmin UK for gifting Jude with this activity tracker, he may be your newest and youngest fan!

Vegan Chocolate Dessert

When it comes to plant based eating, it’s all well and good, until it’s time for dessert! I LOVE dessert! and just because I don’t eat dairy, doesn’t mean that I want a bowl of mango whilst everyone else at the table is having chocolate and ice cream. You ain’t fooling me with that raspberry coulis either. Fruit is not a real dessert!
So, here is my recipe for a Vegan Chocolate Mousse. It’s super easy to make and there is no baking required. So, if you are hosting a dinner party this Christmas, you’ll definitely win brownie points with your vegan friends.

Ingredients (makes enough for 4 people)

  • 2 Bananas (ripe is better)
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 Tbsp Raw Organic Cocoa Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Cream or Soya Cream
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Bean Paste
  • Pip & Nut Chocolate Coconut Hazelnut Butter
  • Rasberries

All you need to make this chocolate mousse is a blender. I have used the Blend Active Personal Blender by Breville.

Method

  • Chop the bananas, then add the to a mixing bowl
  • Add the avocado (remove the stone and the skin)
  • Add the coconut cream or soya cream
  • Add the vanilla paste & cocoa powder
  • Add all of the ingredients to the blender & blend until smooth.

Serve the mousse and add the nut butter and raspberries to the top. Place the mousse into the fridge for thirty minutes. I absolutely love this recipe! It’s SO creamy and chocolatey 🙂 Plus it’s a great one for kids too as there is no added sugar or junk.

That’s it! So easy, quick to make, and there’s not much to wash up afterwards.
The food processor (see below) is a  part of the Breville Accessory Pack which also includes a whipping disk, grinding mill and a juicer. It is all compatible so you don’t need three different appliances for food, smoothies and juice.

Enjoy! Let me know if you try it. Leave a comment below or send me a snap on Instagram @adrienne_ldn.

*This post is a partnership and is sponsored by Breville. #BlendActive

Social Media Hacks

5 Time Saving Tip For Social Media.

Whether you’ve just started a personal blog or you’re using social media to promote your business or brand, we all know that in 2017, social media is important. The online world is fast and it’s 24/7 so it can be hard to keep up, but, you don’t need to spend every hour of everyday on your phone…

Here are 5 social media hacks that will help you to save time.

1. Plan ahead / Schedule / Timing
Repeat after me… SAVE TO DRAFTS!
Next time you’re sitting on a train for twenty minutes, instead of scrolling through Instagram or Twitter and consuming other peoples content, plan and schedule some of your own.

After you’ve edited your Instagram photo, add the caption, add some emojis, add the hashtags etc, then tap the arrow in the top left corner, you’ll get the option to discard or save to draft. It saves the whole post and caption. Once you’ve saved the image, you can then upload it later. The same goes for Twitter and Facebook too. Don’t post at a random time mid morning just because you have a few mins to spare. Post content at a time when you think that your audience is most likely to see it and also at a time when you can engage with people, answer questions and reply to comments etc. If I write a question on someones post, I’m interest in hearing what they have to say. If they don’t reply until the next day, the moment it gone and I might of lost interest in the conversation. Timing is important.

2. Go LIVE!
In complete contrast to my last point about scheduling, not all content works in the same way. Live content is a great time saver because you don’t need to edit it at all. When it comes to events like live sport or music shows, it could be far better to share a five minute live video on Instagram or Facebook, than sharing a few photos the next day. When people watch a video that is being streamed live in real time, it’s fun and it offers them something a bit different, that they might not usually see. It’s cool to see the world though another persons perspective too, that’s why Instagram stories are so addictive. If you’re questioning whether or not your life would be interesting enough for other people to wanna see a video of what you’re up to, the answer is YES! You have a unique perspective, live social media is the new reality TV.

3. Repost / Retweet
Okay so honestly, I don’t do a lot of reposting of other peoples content and that is mostly because my content is based around my personal brand/ life / blog etc. I think that reposting works better for brands and small businesses. So for example, if you’re selling your own T-shirts and someone buys one and they post a photo of themselves wearing it, then that is the perfect kind of content to repost. You can add your own comment to the original post to put it into context. Reposting someone else’s content is an easy way to save time.
(You should ask them for permission to repost via DM or a comment and also make sure that you tag them and mention them in the post too.)

4. Hashtags
If you regularly post about the same topics, then you can probably use a lot of the same hashtags. Figure out which hashtags you use the most, then write them in a list on your phone. (You can save the list in notes) Each time you post something, you can then just copy & paste the list straight into your post. I would pick your ten most relevant hashtags and then maybe add one or two that are very specific to that post.

5. See what’s trending?
Be strategic about trends and universal calendar events. For example, if you created a blog post or a Youtube video last year about a Christmas pudding recipe, you could share that content again this year. Or if you spot a question on Twitter and you have a piece of content that is relevant and useful, jump in, join the conversation and send them a link to your article/ video. As long as the context is clear and you’re not just spamming people with links to your site, this kind of engagement is very effective and it’s another way of re-sharing when you don’t have time to create new content.

So that’s it. It goes without saying that these hacks will only really work, if your content is good. It’s okay to take shortcuts sometimes but it has to a balance between putting in the work when it’s necessary and being smart about your time.
If you like this post and you found it useful, feel free to share it / repost it. See hack 3 😉 and if we’re not already connected on social, you can find me @adrienne_ldn

What Are You Waiting For?

Imagine, what would happen if we actually did all the things that we said we were going to do?

Often the reason that we feel unhappy or unfulfilled is that we are not living our lives the way we really want to. So what’s stopping you from making a change?

Don’t put things off or allow your circumstances to dictate limits. I truly believe that if you want something enough, you will find a way to make it happen. You just have to!

Ask yourself, what do you value the most, above all else in your life? Do your actions align with this value? Are you being distracted by other peoples ideals or expectations?

I think that there are three things that often hold people back…

  1. Judgement.
    It’s really hard to put yourself out there and often we fear criticism and judgement from other people. I can relate to this! It’s funny that when it comes to social media, we can share our photos and our ideas with the whole world, but often it’s the people closest to us, who’s judgment we fear the most. Maybe you feel like you don’t want to disappoint your parents or you feel embarrassed that your friends might see your YouTube video and roll their eyes. But you know what? Other peoples opinions are irrelevant! Don’t let it hold you back! In ten years time, when you look back, they won’t care one bit about whether you started writing a blog or whether you went to that audition, but I promise you, that you will remember it or you will regret not even trying.
  2. Excuses.
    I’m too busy
    I can’t afford it
    I don’t know how to..
    I’ve got kids
    I’m too old
    I’m too young
    Etc !!!
    We all have our reasons right? I’ve probably said all of those things before, but, it comes to a point when you have to find a way to silence your own excuses! You need to look at each one and turn it around. For example, ‘I’m too busy’ so you don’t have enough time? Be honest about how you manage your time. Could you get up an hour earlier each day? Maybe you have some free time at the weekend? You have to prioritise the actions and the steps that will take you closer to your goal and eliminate distractions. Your time is SO valuable! don’t waste it.
    Whatever the excuse/ reason / circumstance is, accept that you are the only one that can change its and you have the freedom to do so.
  3. Lack of Patience.
    Again, this is one that I can totally relate to. We live in a fast world, we want to see results immediately. Patience is a total game changer! If you start something today, you may not see the results today or tomorrow, or this month, or this year, but this doesn’t mean that you won’t succeed. Your life is a marathon, not a sprint. You have time to try things, change your mind, make mistakes and to try again. I’m not naturally a patient person so I often need to remind myself of this.

Do not procrastinate for another day and please do not let someone in your life hold you back. Grab a pen and a notebook now, make a plan or write a list. Take the first step! It won’t be perfect but you have to start somewhere.

Let’s Workout Together with FIIT!

I’m so excited to announce that you can now train with me anywhere, anytime! I have joined the team at FIIT to film my own workout series.

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FIIT is an app that hosts a variety of different trainers and classes, so whether you need a high energy cardio class or a low impact strength class, you can choose to do a class that is specific to your goal. Personally, I know that when I’m busy, I have to be flexible about my exercise routine. I’m an early bird, so I often train first thing in the morning, then I’m awake and ready to take on the day. Using the FIIT app means that you can literally train whenever you want. You don’t need to go to a studio or to use any training equipment, you just need a mat.

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The best thing about FIIT is the tech! By wearing a heart rate monitor, you can easily track your progress in every session. The founders of the FIIT app all have a background in technology, theses guys know their stuff! They have built an incredible app that will help you to exercise at home, in a way that is fun, challenging and very efficient.

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My class is high energy, upbeat, sweaty, and the exercises are inspired by the beat of the music. Whenever I teach a group class or I host a workout event in London, I always want everyone to challenge themselves and to work hard, but mostly, I want it to to be FUN! I turn the music up loud and I encourage everyone to give it their all. I incorporate a combo of HIIT, cardio and plyometric exercises to create a full body workout. Get ready to SWEAT! (If you’ve been to my class, then you already KNOW I ain’t joking!)

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So, if you want to try my class, join the waitlist CLICK HERE  Make sure that you sign up asap!

Also, I will be hosting a giveaway next week over on Instagram. I’ll be giving away a years subscription to the app plus a FIIT heart rate tracker , mat & a few other goodies too. I can choose TWO winners, so keep your eyes peeled over in my page @adrienne_ldn 

 

10 Ways That Running Will Change Your Life.

I have been a runner for the last four years. I have run early in the morning and late at night. I’ve run in the sunshine, rain, wind and snow.  I’ve run in 14 different cities around the world. I’ve raced through the streets of London at midnight and earlier this year I completed the iconic London Marathon!

Running is a constant challenge. Running answers my questions. Running can never be conquered. Running will change your life.

  1. PATIENCE
    I am not naturally a patient person, but running has taught me a lot about patience. When I first started running, I ran for 2 miles. I felt frustrated that it was so hard! Eventually that 2 mile route got easier, as I got fitter, faster and stronger. It didn’t happen overnight but every single run counts, I know that if I’m patient and consistent, it will pay off.
  2. INSPIRE
    You’ll feel inspired and you will inspire others. I found out that I had a place in the London Marathon in January this year. Initially, I felt terrified, but I also felt inspired. It was a huge challenge for me both physically and mentally. I was inspired by other peoples stories and their reasons for running. I documented and shared my journey all the way to the finish line, in the hope that I could inspire other women to realise that if I can do it, then so can they.
  3. COMMUNITY
    I’ve said this so many times, running people are the BEST! They are friendly, supportive, encouraging and inclusive. I am a part of a community both online and IRL. We are all different ages, abilities, sizes etc, it really doesn’t matter. Running is universal, everyone can be a runner! Being a part of this community means so much to me and it’s all thanks to running.
  4. CONFIDENCE
    When you strive to achieve something, you work hard for it and you earn it! It gives you a huge sense of achievement and boosts your confidence. At mile 19 of that marathon, I literally ran straight over my self doubt! Knowing that I can do something today that once I couldn’t, really makes me believe that I can do anything that I put my mind to.
  5. PRIORITY
    Our priorities constantly change due to whatever is happening at that time, in our lives. One thing that I believe should always be a priority, is health. I am very fortunate and grateful that I am able to move my body each day. I never want to take my bodies strength and health for granted. I make running a priority because I am so lucky that I can.
  6. SLEEP
    Ah there is nothing like the joy of sleep, especially the night after a long run! If you have trouble sleeping, running could really be a game changer for you. When I know that I’m running early in the morning, I’m more disciplined about going to bed earlier too. Sleep deprivation has a huge impact on our health and has been proven to shorten your life! Aim for 7/8 hours each night.
  7. FAILURE
    Failing is an inevitable part of life and we all need to find our own way to deal with failure. Running has taught me that somedays I will fail. What you do afterwards is what will determine who you are. Unfortunately for many people, the fear of failing holds them back from even trying. If you’re afraid to try running, then just remember, it doesn’t matter how far you go, or how fast you run, you are still a runner. If you failed yesterday, get back out there again today.
  8. EXPLORE
    My favourite way to explore a new city, is on foot. Wherever we’re going on holiday, I will always pack my trainers and shorts. It’s amazing to run through a city early in the morning, it feels like the whole world is asleep and you have the whole city to yourself. Entering races is also a great way to explore a city. Running has taken me to countries that I never would have been to otherwise.
  9. CHALLENGE
    Running will make you challenge you physically but more importantly, running will change your attitude, your expectations and your limits.
  10. FREEDOM
    Running gives you freedom! Time on your own with your own thoughts. Free from distraction, work, stress, and noise. You can run whenever and wherever you want to. There are no rules.

Running is AWESOME !!

Don’t just take my word for it, here are some quotes from women that have inspired me to run. I asked them, how has running changed your life?

Robin Arzon @robinnyc
Running has taught me that I have survived 100% of my worst days’
Laura Murray @murraylaura
‘Running has made me believe in myself. I had no idea that I could run a marathon, but I had to believe that I could… and without trying I never would have known what I was capable of.’
Lavia Nielsen @laviai
‘I love the thrill I get when I push my body to the limit and the feeling of flying when I am the fastest I’ve ever felt. Running has made me feel alive!’
Charlie Watson @therunnerbeans
‘Running has helped me to address my own mental health issues as well as raise money to support others with theirs. Running makes me proud, it makes me happy and gives me a drive and determination that transcends into other areas of my life.’