Humanity is pre-programmed to love the carby sensation of pasta – especially at this time of year, when the cold weather leads us crave it. Physiologically, it’s thought that the body’s asking for more Tryptophan, an amino acid which helps produce serotonin, which in turn regulates our mood, helps with digestion and sleep cycles. I’m often asked if I know any “healthy hearty meals”, and whilst the likes of spaghetti, creamy soups and breads don’t typically come to mind, this post is an attempt to prove that hearty can be healthy! Click MORE for the recipe & how-to. (more…)
Posts tagged 'Food'
THE IMMUNE-BOOST ROCKET!
Summer vanished some time ago, and even Autumn has nearly given up the ghost (small post-Halloween gag?). The clocks have gone back, which means that the impending wintery weather will be waging an assault on your immune system, if it hasn’t already! This post is about a quick little cold-pressed juice recipe which acts as a much-needed and intense immune boost! It’s an all-organic vitamin bomb that’s bursting with flavour – a combo of sweet, fresh and tangy – but also packs a serious health punch, right at the time of year you’ll need it most! Click MORE to get the ingredients list and more…
EGGS FROM THE FOREST !
I couldn’t legitimately claim to call it Fitness On Toast if I didn’t whip up the occasional recipe on toast! This ‘Eggs From The Forest’ is one of my all-time favourite recipes which is super easy to make, fabulously healthy and boasts serious waves of delicious flavour and awesome texture, which work equally well at breakfast, lunch or dinner! Click MORE to see it all & get the recipe…
THE BENEFITS OF SUSHI !
Last weekend, I was invited along to the fabulous UNI Restaurant in London’s Belgravia for a Sushi-making master class. You might remember that in the early days of Fitness On Toast, I had a [relatively successful] stab at making brown rice sushi, here… This post runs through the health benefits and drawbacks of traditional sushi, as well as giving a round-up of the tips & tricks I learned at the UNI masterclass! MORE here…
PERSIAN SALAD !
One of my closest friends is Persian, and I’ve been spoilt many times by her delicious, flavoursome cooking! The salad I’ve just made is traditionally called Shirazi; it’s super-nutritious and absolutely bursting with flavour and incredibly easy to make! Persian salads don’t rely on heavy, creamy or sugary dressings, but instead use swathes of herbs and spices to flavour a dish naturally. Click MORE to see the full ‘recipe’, and get the ‘benefits of’ the ingredients. (more…)
8 KEY BENEFITS OF HEADSTANDS !
These days, Instagram is awash with mega-flexible Yogis dispatching pin-like headstands in all manners of exquisite locations. On my recent active escape to Ibiza I re-learned this liberating manoeuvre! Of course as a child, it was a daily activity, but as an adult it’s not something I have too much cause to practice often! In the photos below, my friend and yoga legend Mel demonstrates some of her favourite poses and how to do them correctly. I was a little apprehensive at first to enter the headstand pose (a.k.a. Sirsasana), but after reviewing the benefits and under expert guidance I gave it a shot! Click MORE to get the full 8 reasons you might like to try it too (with pro supervision!)… (more…)
PRAWN AND MANGO SKEWERS !
Recipe time: this delicious dish, as ever, is supposed to be quick, easy and healthy, whilst being loaded with nutritious flavour. My personal favourite part is the mixture of the sweet, smooth mango against the crispy fresh salad, the tangy ginger, lime and warm grilled prawns. It’s got such an awesome diversity of texture, temperature and taste, the holy trinity of ‘T’s’ 😀 I’ve added a touch of chilli, as I love a bit of a kick to fire up the metabolism. ‘Accessorising’ this salad with a skewer proves once again the breadth of variation open to you with these leafy dishes; experiment with salad, as it’s not limited to a tragedy of mere cucumber and tomato… (more…)
MEN’S + WOMEN’S HEALTH FEATURES!
A super quick post to say how thrilled I am to have featured in two of my ultimate ‘wellness bibles’ this month – Women’s and Men’s Health. I’m a massive fan of both magazines, and routinely flick through them to access fresh inspiration, so it’s an absolute dream to be a part of them! In Men’s Health I’m wearing a gorgeous blue and white striped ‘Leda body suit‘ by Lucas Hugh (the founder of which I interviewed HERE) paired with some white high wedged Converse trainers. In the Women’s Health shoot I went all autumnal, with an asymmetric top from NikeLab, Casablanca Active capris from We Are Handsome, and a mean pair of Y3 shoes! The magazines are out now, so feel free to pick up a copy and let me know what you think 🙂 Faya x
THE HOUSE OF DHARMA !
I love discovering new fitness brands, especially when their ethos totally strikes a chord with my own. This post sheds light on the enchanting bohemian collections of House of Dharma, a brand of earthy-toned beautifully-designed resort & activewear founded by two sisters (and best friends), Kayleigh and Carrie Curneen. Their operation is based partly in Bali and partly in Ibiza (where I first met Kayleigh years ago), and the clothes have a unique aesthetic which I’ve not encountered elsewhere; it’s a blend of free-spirited ancient silhouettes/shapes, impossibly soft and relaxed floaty materials, tribal patterns and themes, gorgeous natural tones, and ethically sustainable local production values. The result is glamorous, feminine, chic, and effortlessly inspirational! I met up with the founders in London’s Primrose Hill for a full interview on all things Dharma. Click MORE to see the pictures we shot, along with reading their responses! (more…)
SKINSPIRATION, PART 2…
It’s my firm belief that the best way to nourish the skin is from the inside out – through exercise, keeping hydrated, enjoying a good amount of sleep and eating plenty of organic and fresh produce in a well-balanced diet. You might remember I recently listed some of my favourite tips to get glowing skin HERE. I know myself that when I’ve been out partying for a few days, (a little alcohol, some late nights, limited sleep, perhaps too many sugary foods etc), I’ll be feeling and looking tired with circles under my eyes and the occasional break out! This post is the second and concluding part to my efforts to eat & live healthily, supported by the Scandinavian skincare company Imedeen, in order to improve the quality of my skin. Click MORE to see some of the data from my scans, and these photos we took at the stunning Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat in France during a recent trip… (more…)