Review: Easy, Healthy Meals with The Saucy Fish Co.


Having to cook dinner after a long day at work or Uni, or trying to whip up a quick and healthy lunch before running out the front door can be hard. We all have times when we're pushed for time so we might be tempted by a greasy takeaway or salt laden ready meal. It's happened to the best of us, but no fear my friends, I may have found a solution...

I was recently given the chance to try out The Saucy Fish Co.'s range of fish and found them so versatile, so easy to make and so tasty. They are perfect for when you're looking to impress someone with a tasty dinner, or when you're pushed for time to make a healthy meal, or you want to try a different way of flavouring fish. The Ready to Enjoy range is pre-cooked, so you can eat them straight out of the packet - ideal for flaking on to a salad at lunch - or, you can heat them in the oven along with some chopped peppers and sweet potato and voila, you have a hot dinner in 20 minutes. They also do packets of fish in one portion, ideal if you cook for one like I do. None of the ranges that I tried took longer than 20 minutes to cook or prepare and they were honestly all tasty!

Fish is so good for you; it is a lean source of protein and salmon is a great source of healthy fats, perfect for a healthy diet. If you're not vegetarian and don't hate fish then I highly recommend you add fish to your diet and the ranges by The Saucy Fish Co. is a great way of doing that. I often eat salmon but tend to only flavour it with lemon and dill and never add a sauce, so I really enjoyed tasting the different flavours that The Saucy Fish Co. have created.

You can freeze the fish too, which I did, letting it defrost in the fridge before whipping up into a tasty meal. I realise I keep saying tasty, but my mouth is salivating just at the memory of the fish as I type up this post! I shall definitely buy these and have my eye on their fishcakes too. If I'm not careful, I may turn into a fish at this rate...

The Saucy Fish Co.'s ranges are available to buy in most supermarkets, including Tesco, Ocado and Waitrose.

Health Tip: Four ways to get your motivation back

How to get your motivation back to workout and eat healthy
My motivation to workout and eat healthily comes and goes. Recently all motivation left my side, leaving me to make poor food choices and neglect the gym. Once you break the habit it can be hard to get back on track but it's important that you do- the longer you stay off track, the further you will get from your goal. I am happy to say I am once more feeling motivated and ready to tackle the flab again, so I thought I should share my top four tips on how to find your motivation after you have lost it.


1. Set a goal


Having a goal will give you a focus and a reason. It will mean you won't be going to the gym because you 'should' but because you want to achieve 'X'. It will mean having that second piece of cake isn't as important as 'X'. My goal is to get in shape for my 6 year anniversary with the boyfriend. Last year we went on holiday for our anniversary and it was so much fun, we're going away this year too. An anniversary and a holiday are great motivators for me to get bikini ready. It gives me a clear deadline and timescale. It means that I can't say I'll start eating healthily next week instead of this week, because time is ticking.

2. Plan, plan, plan


Failing to plan is planning to fail. This saying is so true, I always do my best when I have a plan. Get a workout plan so that you know what you're doing every time you go to the gym. Having a workout plan will ensure you work each body part, prevent yourself wasting time and will get the best results. You can find a workout plan online, check out Jamie Eason's LiveFit Trainer, Blogilates and Tone It Up's workouts. Or, if you have a fit friend or personal trainers at your gym, ask them to help you. Plan your meals too, this will ensure you healthy meals for the week and not get tempted by the offers at the supermarket. Which leads me onto my next tip...

3. Meal prep


Having a meal plan ensures I have healthy meals to eat every day of the week, stops me from overspending at the supermarket and removes the guesswork when it comes to cooking or preparing my meals. Once I have my meal plan and have done my food shop I then spend one or two nights, usually a Sunday and Wednesday night, to prepare my meals. I season and grill several chicken breasts and salmon fillets, chop and roast my veg (red onion, peppers, courgette and tomatoes), whip up some quinoa, brown rice and sweet potato, let it all cool then store it in tupperware in my fridge. All I need to do during the week is add my salads and steam some extra veg like broccoli, spinach and asparagus to go with my evening meals. Easy peasy!

4. Tell someone


Get yourself a gym buddy, or healthy eating buddy. Someone who will workout with you and share recipe ideas for healthy meals, maybe even cook with you. Tell someone (a partner, friend, parent, family member) that you're going to start working out and eating healthily and ask them to check in with you to keep you on track. Start a health and fitness diary. Start a health and fitness blog (like me!). Any of these will make your intentions to start working out and eating healthily known and will help to keep you accountable.

All of these four tips will help you to find your motivation again and more importantly, stay motivated. If you have any tips of your own, leave them in the comments below. Sharing is caring! Together we will become one highly motivated group of fit and healthy badasses!

Review: Infused Water with Aqua Zinger & Citrus Zinger

Aqua Zinger Water Infuser Bottle
Aqua Zinger Water Infuser
Aqua and Citrus Zinger Infusers
Citrus Zinger Infuser Bottle
I'm sure you already know or are at least aware of the fact that we should drink a lot of water each day. Around 8 cups is recommended but I aim for more when you add in the cups of green & peppermint teas that I drink. I personally love the taste of water, but I know a lot of people who struggle to drink it because they don't like the taste. If you are one of them, fear not my friend, I have something which just might be the solution!

Citrus Zinger and Aqua Zinger are water bottles that allow you to add fruits and herbs in a separate compartment so that the flavours slowly infuse into the water. The two zingers are designed to 'zing' your water with different fruits. Citrus Zinger gives it away in the name, it is designed for citrus fruits like lemons, limes and oranges and is a great way to get the benefits of lemon water and vitamin C. I personally love the Citrus Zinger because when I make lemon water by slicing fresh lemon and dropping it in a cup of water, I find that before I can finish the cup it tastes far too strong and I can barely drink it. With the Citrus Zinger, it slowly infuses so that it doesn't taste too strong!

The Aqua Zinger is designed to let you infuse your water with all sorts of fruits; from berries to kiwis to peaches to cucumbers, even ginger, mint and basil. For my first time trying out the Aqua Zinger I chose to use blueberries, strawberries and fresh mint leaves. Let me tell you, my water was delicious! Perfectly infused with the right amount of flavour, even when I refilled the Aqua Zinger.

If you're a lover of water or a hater, I think the Citrus and Aqua Zingers will suit you all. I love water, but sometimes, it's nice to have something different. Besides, infusing water has a whole host of benefits which I'll get into in another post, but I'm sure you've heard about "detox waters" already, which are waters infused with fruits. I love the Zingers and now use them all the time, I keep the Aqua Zinger on my desk at work and the Citrus Zinger at home so that I can drink my lemon water in the mornings. It's so handy! Let me know what fruit combinations you've tried.

Aqua Zinger | £24.99*
Citrus Zinger | £14.99*


Recipe: Quinoa Jumble

Easy and healthy quinoa jumble recipe
Firstly, Happy Easter to you all! I hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend with your loved ones. After all the food and chocolate consumption yesterday, I thought you may be on the lookout for a healthy meal to get you back to feeling your best. In honour of Good Friday I abstained from eating meat and cooked up this delicious quinoa dish for the boyfriend and I. He is one of those avid meat eaters who feels a meal is not complete without meat, but he loved this so it was a big win for me!

The star attraction of this dish is the quinoa, which is a complete protein, containing all eight of the essential amino acids. So, if you have any meat lovers like my boyfriend, throw this fact at them and watch them go from protesting to eating up every grain! This dish is so easy to make and so versatile. I just used the veggies that were in my fridge, but feel free to experiment with whatever you have to hand.


Ingredients

(Serves 2)
- 120g Quinoa
- 2 Handfuls of baby spinach
- Red pepper
- Yellow pepper
- Courgette
- 2 Celery stalks
- 40g Light Feta cheese
- 1tsp Brown linseeds (optional)
- 1tsp Sunflowers seeds (optional)
- 1 Vegetable stock cube
- Dried basil
- Dried parsley
- Paprika
- 1tbsp Liquid aminos (optional)
- 1tbsp Melted coconut oil

How to make

1. Put the quinoa in a saucepan and rinse well. Add 360ml water to the pan and bring to boil. Add half of the vegetable stock cube. Turn down the heat and let simmer until all the water is absorbed and the quinoa is cooked. Put aside.
2. Add the coconut oil to a large frying pan or wok. Add the courgette and celery to the pan, stirring frequently. Allow the veg to soften slightly.
3. Add the basil, parsley, paprika and remaining vegetable stock cube. Stir well.
4. Add the peppers and liquid aminos. Stir well until cooked.
5. Add the cooked quinoa to the vegetables and stir well to mix.
6. In your bowls place a handful of the spinach in each. If you'd like, mix in 1tsp of balsamic vinegar with the spinach.
7. Spoon the quinoa jumble on top of the spinach.
8. Crumble the feta on top and sprinkle over the linseeds and sunflower seeds.
9. Serve and enjoy!

That's it! Super easy to make, super healthy and super nutritious. Serve it as a main like I did, or as a side to some lovely grilled salmon or roasted chicken- whatever you fancy really! Let me know what you think of this recipe and if you make it. Enjoy!

Be:Fit London 2014

Gymbags and Gladrags and The Blonde Ethos at Be:Fit London
Lorna Jane Sports Clothing Spring Collection at Be:Fit London
Linwoods Flaxseed at Be:Fit London
Nakd Bars at Be:Fit London
Gymluxe Sports Clothing at Be:Fit London
Vegesentials Fruit & Vegetable Juices at Be:Fit London
Vivid Matcha Drinks at Be:Fit London
Be:Fit London Haul
Last week I met up with Natalie from The Blonde Ethos and we headed to the Be:Fit London Women's Health and Fitness Event in London. It was a big event with over 100 of the best health, wellbeing and fitness related brands showcasing their products. It was lovely to meet the people behind many of the brands I know and love and find out more about them, as well as try some very tasty samples and get a few show discounts!

The Lorna Jane stand was bright and colourful, with their beautiful Spring/Summer collection on full show. I resisted the clothes however, and picked up the 'More' book instead. After getting the Lorna Jane diary as a present from my boyfriend, I have wanted the More book and I was lucky enough to pick up the last one at Be:Fit! I have been a fan of Linwoods Flaxseed for quite a while now and after trying the flaxseed, cocoa and berries variety I just could not resist. The Nakd bar stand was frenzy - hands from all directions were reaching for the bite sized samples of all the flavours - and who could blame them? Nakd bars are delicious and the prices at the show were amazing. After following Gymluxe for quite a while on Twitter, I was already an admirer of their clothes, but after seeing them in person I just could not resist buying something. It was this drape jacket that I ended up bringing home with me- I just love it! My favourite stand was Vegesentials. After reviewing the juices on my blog it was just lovely to meet the founder in person, she is such a nice lady! Matcha is something I've read up on and had on my 'to try' list for quite some time, so I was excited to see a few stands about Matcha, one being these Vivid Drinks, which are the first ready mixed, ready to drink matcha drinks. They tasted delicious too, my favourite was the Grape and Elderflower flavour. I ended up buying a pot of Miracle Matcha tea to bring home with me- if you're wondering what I'm blabbering on about, don't worry, I'll be doing a blog post on matcha!

I had a great time at the event, I also took part in an exercise class run by Louise Hazel and had a Health MOT check by Nuffield Health. My arms ached from all the bags I had picked up throughout the day but luckily I had worn my Nike Frees so my feet were fine. I was in absolute awe of all of the beautiful, fit women who were also at Be:Fit. Just seeing all of their bodies in their sportswear was great motivation! I definitely recommend everyone to go next year if you're even remotely interested in health & fitness, or want to find out more about the different brands in the industry. I'll definitely be going back again.

Photos in order: Myself and Natalie. Lorna Jane. Linwoods. Nakd. Gymluxe. Vegesentials. Vivid Drinks. My Haul.