29/04/2019

Cod with Mango & Avocado Salsa

Literally nothing more refreshing as cod and salsa on a summers night, this meal has a great balance of protein, healthy fats and carbohydrates! Tastes best served with some Jasmine sticky rice!

You will need:
1 x Mango cut into cubes
1 x Avocado cut into cubes
1 x Lime
1 x Lemon
1 x Red onion, finely sliced
1 x Red pepper, finely sliced
1 x Small handful of coriander
450g x White Cod (Fresh not frozen)
3 x Garlic cloves
1tbsp. Olive oil
1.75tsp. Salt.
0.25tsp. Pepper

Method:

Preheat the oven to 200 celcius and grease a medium baking dish.
Place the fish into the baking dish and top with the olive oil, minced garlic and 1.5tsp salt.
Cover with foil and bake for 10 minutes.
To make the salad, in a small bowl combine the mango, avocado, red pepper, red onion, coriander, squeeze the lemon and lime juice, add the remaining salt and pepper, and mix together well.
When the cod is cooked, serve with the salsa on the top!
Super simples! Super tasty! Enjoy!




26/04/2019

Honey Basalmic Chicken Recipe!

Guys You Guys!!! Hello!!!

Today I am going to give you the quickest lunch prep chicken everrrr and it is going to change your life!!
You can thank me later!
Okay here goes, preheat the oven to around 190/200 celcius.
Single layer a baking tray of some form with some juicy chicken boobies.
In a small bowl mix together 2tbsp honey, a good glug of basalmic vinegar, some chilli flakes, pink and salt and pepper and sesame seeds!
Pour the mixture over the chicken breasts, top with some sliced spring onions and bake for 30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through!
Told ya it was easy!!!


24/04/2019

Simple Breakfast Egg Cups!

The following recipe is a great one for prepping ahead a breakfast or even just a snack. I like to make up a batch of these when I'm shredding as a low carb, high protein food with some good sources of omega!

Makes 12:
12 whole organic free range eggs
1 red bell pepper diced
1 white onion finely diced
1 large handful of spinach
1tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic granules

First off, these do tend to stick to the pan, so you want to grease your muffin tray well.
Preheat the oven to about 190 celcius
In a medium bowl whisk together the eggs garlic granules and black pepper.
Add some ripped up spinach, red pepper and onion to each of the egg muffin holes then pour your egg mixture over the top.
Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the egg mixture has set.

To lower the calories on this further, you could do 6 whole eggs and 200ml of egg whites instead.



Fat Lil's Review!


There are two things I love more than anything, time with my loved ones, and a good ole cheat meal!!
So recently when I discovered Fat Lil’s, a cute little retro eatery in Witney, Oxfordshire – It was love at first sight!


Literally everything about this place is bang on the money (and worth every penny you spend when in there) from the rock music playing loud enough to set a vibe, but not too loud that you can’t hear yourself speak. To the cosy seating arrangements and atmosphere from the staff who are clearly treated well by management.
I think you can tell a lot about how a place is managed from the vibe the staff serving give.
Now, about their chicken wings – safe to say.. I ordered 2 portions… as a starter! Also on our table we had ciabatta with olives, basalmic vinegar and light olive oil.
My main was a L.A Street dog – a classic hot dog sausage (except I swear it tasted better than any other hot dog sausage I had ever tried) wrapped in streaky bacon, jalapenos, diced peppers, grilled onions, ketchup and mustard… oh em gee… it was massive!! This amazing dog came served with a side of  fries and homemade coleslaw.
Safe to say, I am a girl with a big appetite and I was defeated… maybe it was something to do with the 2 starters… yeah okay fine 3, I tried some of the bread too. The bill for 2 people, a little person, including drinks came to under 50 squibbles.
VALUE FOR MONEY!!
So, if you’re in the Witney area , and in need of an epic cheat meal I could not recommend Fat Lil’s more!




*This post is in no way sponsored and like all posts, reflects my genuine, personal opinions only.

22/04/2019

Coconut Vanilla Protein Cheese Cake Recipe!


I’ve been wanting to work on my protein based desserts for a while now… I am a sucker for a sweet treat… but I also want something that is a little lower in calories… so you know, I can have a bigger slice…
The following cheese cake is made with Time4Nutrition coconut vanilla whey. You can make it with any whey  you like but it has to be an easy to blend protein. I love Time4Nutrition for their smooth creamy easy blend yumminess.
You will need:
5 low fat digestive biscuits
680g low fat cream cheese
250ml of egg whites
250ml fat free greek yoghurt
45g Stevia
1 Scoop of protein powder
Method:
Preheat your oven to 175 celcius and  spray a medium sized cake tin (I use the ones with the lose bottom to get the cheese cake out in one piece easily at the end)
In a food processor crush the biscuits into crumbs and layer the bottom of the baking dish.
In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, egg whites, greek yoghurt, stevia and protein powder.
Whisk until smooth, I wont lie, this bit is easier with an electric whisk… I didn’t have one to hand so a good arm workout did the trick.
Layer your cheese cake mixture on top of the biscuit crumbs and pop in the oven.
Bake for 35 minutes or until the edges start to brown and crack, and the middle feels firm to touch (may still wobble a tiny bit as long as it’s not looking liquidy)
Remove from the oven to cool, then put into the fridge to finish setting.
In about 2 hours, you’ll have yourself a delicious, healthier dessert option! Enjoy!!



15/04/2019

Mirror Talk - Power Thoughts


There are days when I wake up feeling like a total badass bitch with my shit together.

And then there are days when I need a lil pep talk… a little looking in the mirror and telling myself what’s what.

These are the days, I need my power thoughts:

“It’s just a thought, and thoughts can be changed” – my number one boomer towards anxiety.
“What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.”
“Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness”
“The only time you fail, is when you fall down and stay down”.
“Doing your best at this moment, puts you in the best place for the next moment”
“I am not limited by any past thinking”
“I am willing to change and grow”
“I forgive everyone in my past for all perceived wrongs, and I release them with love.”
“You absolutely can do it, in fact you always could”
“Now, is your time”


 

12/04/2019

Hinching Myself Happy!

I’ve fallen in love with another woman!!!

Okay not quite, but I am in total admiration of the domestic goddess that is Mrs Hinch!

 A small town warm hearted woman from Essex has over the last 2 years taken over the gram with hundreds of cleaning tips and home d├ęcor idea’s. She makes rubber gloves look glamerous and finding a bottle of Zoflora exciting.

In  a world of women going over the top to make their appearances ‘something else’ it’s been so refreshing to stumble across Mrs Hinch and her humble approach to life, peace and home.

Our home is our zen, our peaceful place, our safe place to snuggle away in and be away from the rest of the world and Mrs Hinch has taught me how to make the most out of what I have in terms of a home, make old things shiny and beautiful again & like me, Sophie is a total sucker for a bargain!!!

Who needs a designer clock on the wall when you can create one for £7.99 on ebay!!!!

To me having my home in order, is a part of ‘having my shit together’ so…. If you want to learn some of the cleaning tips I’ve been lucky to stumble across I highly recommend you check out “Hinch yourself happy” - Not only will you not be able to put it down - You’ll laugh, you’ll update your Spotify playlist and you’ll be hinching away at your home by the end of it!

Honestly, I’ve got all the women in my office, hooked on hinching! Lucky husbands with happy wives living happy lives!

10/04/2019

Feta Stuffed Meatballs!

I’ve been really into my cooking lately and loving trying out some new recipes…. The fact I am supposed to be sort of shredding… is by the by! Here’s a great meatball recipe that goes nicely with a tomato based sauce, some wholewheat linguine… and if you’re me… bread… (there’s always room for bread on my desk!)

What you will need:
450g lean steak mince
0.5 white onion finely diced
3 spring onions finely diced
50g feta cheese diced into small cubes
1 egg
1 tbsp. mustard
3 tbsp. tomato puree
1 tbsp. clear honey
1 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. black pepper
0.25 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. Paprika
1 tsp. cider vinegar
1 tbsp. coriander
Method:

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celcius, and line a baking tray.

In a large bowl mix together all of the ingredients well.

Roll into 2 inch round balls with your hand (yah it’s a little messy but totally worth it)

Place the meatballs a few centimetres apart from each other and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Allow them to cool and any juices to settle for a few minutes, and then serve!
 
 

08/04/2019

Comparison stole my joy!!!

We all have days, when we just don’t feel inspired in the world… or feel like we aren’t adding value to the world with our content, with our presence.
Well… I’ve had months like that…. Months of writers block.
Struggling to create and stick to goals.
Struggling to create media content I’m happy with.
Uploading, self-criticizing and then deleting.
If I’m honest, I’ve come so close to shutting down all of my media and blog every week for the last few months.
But I couldn’t work out why?
I mean I know I’m not the same girl I was 4 years ago when I started Blonde Ambitionz, but if anything I’m better – I have learnt so much about myself, so much more about nutrition, fitness. If I thought I had something to say then that added value – why don’t I now?
The mind boggles….
Then as I drank my morning coffee, scrolling the gram I found myself in comparisonville…
I don’t have abs like that anymore..
Why do my pancakes always look like they have been hit with a hammer…
I wish I knew how to style my hair like that…
How is her makeup so flawless….
What the hell am I doing comparing myself against all of these incredible people?
I’m my own, incredible person! I should be embracing, sharing that. Not thinking I don’t got what it takes just because her bloody pancakes look better than mine…
So I’m going to make a conscious effort, to leave this city of comparisonville… go back to the beginning and start sharing again, all of the things that are me, Janine… aka… Blonde, freaking Ambition!
Organically.
 
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