Saturday, 25 June 2016

Saturday Fitness Fix #3



The holiday is looming! The bikini is staring at me. The gym is a calling!

I've had a couple of chub chub weeks which has been slightly crap on the old love handles, but this week has been a turn around one, packed full of gym time and scrummy juices! Well...also one not quite so successful green juice involving chia seeds that tasted of the ground but we'll skip over that.

If you're wanting a few easy to follow gym workouts, then give some of these a try, my whole body has definitely reaped the rewards and I've been sleeping like a log!


For a more outdoor based workout for when the sun decides to come out of hibernation, have a look at my Sunday Fitness Fix #2


MONDAY :: GYM :: WHOLE BODY

Warm up - 10 min treadmill, 5 mins dynamic stretching

Kettlebell swings - 15 reps
TRX one arm pull ups - 8 each arm
x 3 sets

Kettlebell clean and press - 8 each arm
TRX jumping lunges - 15 reps
x 3 sets

Russian twists w/ medicine ball - 30 reps
Oblique crunches - 15 each side
Leg raises - 8 reps
x 3 sets

Donkey kicks - 15 each leg
Donkey kick glute pulse - 30 each leg
Fire hydrants - 10 each leg
x 2 sets


WEDNESDAY :: GYM :: LEGS/ABS

15 mins cross trainer, 5 mins dynamic stretching

Weighted squats - 10 reps
Hip bridges w/ alternate leg raise - 5 each leg
x 3 sets

Soft plyo box- weighted step up w/ hip flexion - 10 each leg
Plyo box jump squats - 10 reps
Burpees - 8 reps
x 3 sets

Slow crunch - 10 reps
Bicycle crunches - 20 reps
Oblique crunch - 10 each side
x 3 sets


FRIDAY :: YOGA

This completely relaxed me after I really long week. I was so content in my little bubble on my workout mat doing a youtube yoga workout called Let It Go Yoga Flow with Adriene. I've followed her yoga videos before and they really do calm me down if my mind is a bit racey.


Hope these have been helpful, let me know if you try them out!

Betty x

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Friday, 17 June 2016

The New Blend on the Block :: YUYO



If you're an avid herby tea fan like myself and enjoy the sentence - ''a more sustained lift than a cup of coffee - without the crash - and more antioxidants than herbal and green tea'', then read on my friends!

I first discovered Yuyo on Twitter and was intrigued, mainly because I'm obsessed with leafy goodness in hot water and secondly because when I researched a little deeper, I was delighted with what I read!

The super plant behind these delicious blends is named Yerba Mate and apparently there is an ancient South American tradition whereby, a large batch of Yerba Mate is brewed and shared between families, friends, colleagues, classmates etc forging friendships and bonds.

I love the idea that it brings people together, especially after the horrific news this week in Orlando which I cannot stop thinking about. Such a simple idea of brewing a batch and sharing with the people you love within a community feels like a really lovely, uncomplicated gesture.




Rosie and Charles - the adventurers behind Yuyo, very kindly sent me their Yerba Mint and Rooibos Rewind infusions to try and I've been drinking a cup morning and evening. The latter is naturally caffeine free so has been perfect for a pre bedtime cosy cuppa, (maybe with a biscuit)...(OK yes I definitely have it with a biscuit!) And the mint blend I've been drinking around midday to give me a boost throughout the afternoon. They are delicious to say the least and definitely more interesting than my usual green tea which will now taste dull as dishwater in comparison.

The Betty stamp of approval, highly recommend! *****

Rosie has also offered 10% discount for my lovely readers, so follow this link to the Yuyo shop and enter YUYOBETTY as a coupon code and sup away in herby bliss.

Betty x


Ps, this is not a sponsored post, I was sent this item to sample and all views are my honest opinion.
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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

The GIANT JAFFA CAKE!



Going an entire 2 weeks without baking even a single cookie threw me into a sugarless hole that I will never enter into again I tell you! Never!

I think my White Chocolate Blackberry Crumble Cake was what did it. I consumed my entire month's recommended allowance of sugar in one cake. Not that I regret a single mouthful!

But a very special occasion this week broke my cold turkey cake ban...

WILLIAM'S BIRTHDAY! Happy Birthday Willamena.

And what better way to celebrate than with a giant Jaffa cake!!

48 hours this cake lasted, not even. I think I had two pieces...guess where the rest went... Pfft. I'll start calling him William Piglet Patrick.




What you'll need //

125g caster sugar
125g softened butter
125g self raising flour
half tsp baking powder
2 eggs
couple drops vanilla extract
1 pack Hartley's orange jelly
1 big bar dark chocolate
1 orange




What to do //

Follow instructions on jelly packet. Cling film a bowl slightly smaller than your baking tin and pour jelly mixture in approx 2-3cm deep. Leave to set in fridge for the amount of time stated on packet. (I left mine over night).




Preheat oven to 170 degrees C (fan) and grease a baking tin. Mine was 6.5in diameter x 3in deep, so adjust ingredients accordingly for your baking tin size.

Cream together butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat in eggs, baking powder and vanilla extract. Sift flour in gradually whilst mixing.

Pour mixture into greased baking tin and bake for approx 30-40 mins depending on size of tin. At around 25 mins check your cake with a skewer to see if it comes out clean. Leave to cool on a wire rack.

Slice off the domed sponge surface and carefully lift out the fully set cling filmed jelly. Tip your jelly onto the centre of your sponge and gently peel off cling film.




In a bain marie, melt your dark chocolate and leave to cool slightly before pouring over your jelly and sponge. Spread evenly and grate over some orange rind for decoration.

mmm choccie orange heaven.





For more Birthday cake inspiration, take a gander at my Crushed Oreo Cake, Fresh Strawberry Cake or (my personal fave but don't tell the others) Crushed Crunchie Marble Cake !

Happy Humpday friends! 2 more sleeps until the weekend!

Betty x


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Sunday, 5 June 2016

No Churn Banana & Honey Frozen Yogurt



It's now my 3 week countdown before I'm lying on a lilo- mojito in one hand, trashy book in t'other, getting a lovely tan in Portugal! Eeek. Ergo, I'm going to need to cool it (slightly) on the cake intake!

My sugar cravings were a-tingling the other night for something creamy and refreshing. It had been one of those steamy hot days in London so I wasn't in the mood for anything that involved an oven! So I decided to make some banana frozen yogurt to curb my cravings and stash in the freezer for a rainy day.

No fancy machine needed for this one, no siree, (mainly because I'd forgotten to freeze the machine bowl.) So, machine or no machine, this is fool proof and extremely simple to make.




What you'll need //

1 large tub/500g natural yogurt
3 heaped tbsp icing sugar
2 mushed bananas
3 tbsp honey

What to do //

If you have a machine then churn all ingredients for approximately 15 minutes until nice and thick.
If without a machine, grab a mixing bowl, sift in your icing sugar and pour in the rest of the ingredients. Whisk thoroughly for a couple of minutes. Pour into tupperware and stash in the freezer before devouring!

If you're feeling naughty, grate some white chocolate or sprinkle coconut shavings on top!

Now find the squishiest outdoor chair you own, lie back and tuck into your healthy (ish) banana-ry treat!

What's your favourite Summer snack?

Betty x

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