Like the majority of humans, I have a faithful, loving and super-rewarding relationship with chocolate. We’re perfectly compatible, rarely quarrel, and see each other as often as possible… but not usually at breakfast time, for you see, chocolate isn’t really a morning person. This post is about how I made chocolate wake up and get ready with me in the mornings; the recipe for my home-made, healthy superfood Nutella-esque spread! Click MORE to get the ‘what’ and ‘how to’…
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THE BREAKFAST POT !!!
Easter has been and gone, and whilst I stayed on the straight and narrow, it was a tough old time! This recipe is inspired by my love of sweet things, and helped me keep control in the mornings, which kept me on track for the rest of the day. It’s naturally sweet (from berries, fruit and a sprinkling of cinnamon), has a low GI, healthy fats, plenty of protein, is filling, and is super-delicious. It takes hardly any time at all to make – 5 minutes tops, depending on how fastidious you want to be with your presentation! It serves as a great breakfast pot, dessert or indeed cheeky snack. My ‘recipe’ is by no means the final word; get creative, bring in colourful fruits to suit your emotions, and make your pot reflect your mood 😀 Click MORE for the ingredients list, and some more pics of my little compilation 🙂
‘QUORN FATTOUSH SALAD’ RECIPE !!!
I recently enjoyed an awesome day of shooting with my friends at Quorn Foods in a super-cool Shoreditch loft, which housed the most gorgeous, bright-and-airy kitchen I’ve ever seen – the dream! It was part of our collaboration to come up with some healthy recipes featuring their meat free products; a sort of ‘Cooking with Faya’ event, where I had the opportunity to whip up my latest healthy green salad recipe, the Quorn Fattoush Salad. As a pescatarian (fish, but no meat) I’ve always used products like Quorn Meat-free Chicken pieces as a high-protein, low-saturated-fat source of nutrition – something I personally consider to be a key part of any healthy diet. This recipe is super quick and easy-to-make, requiring no more than 15-20 mins of your precious time (max!) – depending how quickly you chop and toss the salad! Click MORE to get the ‘how-to’, as well as some of my behind-the-scenes pics!
MY HEALTHY EGG MUFFINS !!!
I haven’t posted a recipe for a while, so here’s another super healthy, quick and easy one to add to your repertoire! These little Egg Muffins contain some great lean protein, healthy fats, plenty of fibre and a host of vitamins & minerals. One observation I’ve made during my pursuit of a healthy lifestyle is that often, we overlook the concept of ‘presentation’. Whilst you may be ‘food-prepping’ six tupperware containers every evening, I think occasionally its important to sit down and really enjoy a proper meal, because after all we eat with our eyes (as well as with our mouths!). But the presentation bit need not amount to hours of painstaking fussing; instead I’d argue this little recipe is a perfect example that mouth-watering presentation can be pretty quick, clocking in at under 15 minutes total! These muffins can be stored in the fridge for circa 2-3 days as well, so whip up a batch and see what you think! Get the recipe and how-to here…
HEALTHY HADDOCK RATATOUILLE !!!
This utterly delicious dish was inspired by my admittedly childish love of animation. If you haven’t seen it, Ratatouille is a laugh-out-loud Pixar movie which I think works just as well for adults as for children. Regardless of that side-track, whether you’re a cartoon fan or not, this dish is, as ever, healthy, super easy to prepare and packed with overwhelmingly gorgeous flavour. I teamed it with some fresh Haddock from the local fish mongers which I poached in a filtered water-bath. The main activity involved in crafting a Ratotouille masterpiece is a whole lot of chopping (great cardio), so sharpen your knives and lets go! (more…)
‘QUORN CHICKEN KORMA’ RECIPE !!!
Today, I’m super excited to announce a collaboration with Quorn, who have asked me to create a series of tasty recipes on my blog using their products! Being a Pescetarian myself (that’s fish, but no meat) I’ve previously cooked with their meat free mince in my recipes (most recently HERE), as I’ve always liked it as a high-protein, low-saturated-fat source of nutrition – something I personally consider a key pillar of any healthy diet. Their products make up a regular component of my weekly shop, so I was only too happy to work with them on this project! Quorn are sponsoring me to produce these dishes with their products, and I’ve decided to accept the challenge, starting with this healthy ‘Quorn Chicken Korma’ which is super quick and easy to prepare, and which tastes utterly delicious (if I do say so myself)! Click continue reading to get the ‘why’ & ‘how-to’… (more…)
ALL TIRED OUT !!!
You’ve likely seen Strongman competitions on TV or youtube; vast, planetoid men flipping mega-tractor tires around, stacking novelty-sized sandbags, manually pulling vehicles, heaving some hulking Atlas Stones around etc… As much of a bewildering demonstration of muscularity as this is, the good news is that this hugely functional discipline of strength training can be incorporated into anyones training. Tire Flips are a fantastic way to target your entire body (especially the posterior chain), in order to build overall strength and power you can actually use. This post runs through the ‘why & how-to’ of these fabulous exercises – just click MORE…
MY HEALTHY FESTIVE PANCAKES !!!
INDULGENCE ALERT! December holds so many relentless temptations; sugary cocktails, heavenly mince pies, calorific festive dinners, and all the other trimmings. Whilst the FitnessOnToast ethos encourages regular engagement with your ‘cheat treat’, it certainly doesn’t condone the tragicomic 7,000 calories that the average Brit will eat on christmas day! So for now, here’s my latest tasty recipe to help you stay on track with your fitness goals this December; Healthy Festive Pancakes! The ingredients are all natural, the taste is naturally (and modestly) sweetened, the texture is somewhere between regular and American pancakes (filling and thick, yet light and fluffy, with a deliciously full flavour). The result crushes future urges and/or temptations! Click MORE to get the ‘How To’… (more…)
BREAKFAST: SUNDAE FOR SUNDAY?
This post details a quick, easy and healthy recipe suggestion for tomorrow’s breakfast. As part of the superfood elite, chia seeds slightly defy the laws of physics; whilst each seed is tiny, its superpowers are disproportionately sized, as if they’re some kind of ‘David & Goliath’ of the nutrition world! They expand by 900% in water so that you’re fuller for longer, they’re antioxidant rich, a great source of protein (c. 20g per 100g) and healthy fats (8x more than salmon!), plus they’re awesome for skin, hair and nails! Aside from having used them to create some mixologist-quality dessert flourishes, this recipe is a little more savoury breakfast take on it. It’s super easy to make, ultra-healthy and very filling! Click MORE for the recipe. (more…)
MY AVOCADO, BROCCOLI + CHICKEN VELOUTE !!!
To combat the frosty chill of winter, some of my favourite warming recipes are unquestionably soups. But beware, not all soups are created equally. You might think they’re healthy because of all that cuddly ‘hearty’ and ‘homely’ PR that goes into them, but take a little look at the label first: a lot of those you’ll find on the supermarket shelves are super-high in sugars and fats, so that they taste impossibly supreme, and because they’re in liquid form, they get metabolised very quickly. These soups are calorie ‘wolves’ dressed in sheep’s clothing! One way to be sure about what you’re nourishing yourself with is to make it from scratch, which helps to ensure added freshness and keep costs down. That’s always my procedure with soups, and is exactly what I did for this healthy and warming ‘Avocado, Broccoli and Chicken Velouté’, bursting with healthy fats, high quality lean proteins, and a metabolic boost to kick! Click ‘MORE’ to find out why it’s healthy, to get the ‘how to’ and see the recipe! (more…)