Hello everyone, hope you are well! I’ve had a funny old couple of days to report on. Yesterday I was hit with a mystery tummy bug so I feel like I’ve been playing catch up with myself since then! Monday had actually got off to a good start with pancakes for breakfast:

Strawberry and Coconut Grain Free Pancakes (vegan, serves 1)

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  • 1/2 cup of gram / chickpea flour
  • 1 tbsp of coconut flour (optional)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup of non dairy milk (I used kara coconut milk)
  • 1/4 cup of water (don’t add this if you are not using the coconut flour)
  • 1/2 tsp of coconut extract or 1 tbsp of desiccated coconut
  • Oil for frying (I used coconut oil)
  • 1 punnet of strawberries
  • 1 tbsp of softened coconut butter
  • 1 tbsp of syrup – maple / agave etc (I used coconut nectar)

Begin by mixing the flours and baking powder together in a bowl. Add the coconut milk, 1/4 cup of water if using and the extract / desiccated coconut and combine well. Heat a frying pan to medium high, add the oil for frying then pour out the batter to your desired pancake size. While the pancake is frying you can add a few chopped strawberries into the batter before flipping. Keep the pancakes under the grill to keep warm as you use all the remaining batter. Plate up the pancakes spread with coconut butter and top with chopped fresh strawberries. Pour over your syrup and dig in!

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These were delicious, the subtle coconut flavour pairs so well with the sweet strawberries and the pancakes themselves are lovely and spongy with an almost custardy taste from the gram flour, yum!

We decided to have a trip into town for a coffee, it was chucking it down again! Outfit of the Day:

P1060316 Trench: Debenhams, coral tee: Topshop, turquoise and gold necklace: Forever 21, tan leather belt: Topshop, tan leather bag: Mango, turquoise ring: Forever 21, skinny jeans: H&M, tan leather boots: ASOS.

I got the trench out again, hope this weather improves soon!

Lunch was leftover roasted veggies with a baked sweet potato, hummus and salad. It was delicious, I’m not sure if this is what made me ill but 2 hours after eating this I started feeling very poorly indeed :-(

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However I am lucky as whenever I tend to get a poorly tummy it never seems to last much longer than a few hours. By 7pm I was craving peanut butter so I knew I was on the mend. I decided to make myself a Cure All Green Smoothie:P1060329

This contained romaine, spring cabbage, frozen banana, frozen mango, ridiculous amounts of crunchy peanut butter, coconut water (for rehydration), spirulina, ground ginger (can help combat nausea). I then topped it with chopped crystallised ginger (again, for the nausea) plus freeze dried berries and chocolate covered sunflower seeds, cause a girl needs some form of chocy when she’s feeling sorry for herself! This was perfect though, it really settled my poor tummy. After I ate this I started feeling so much better, I was actually ravenous so had a bowl of granola with apple and coconut milk too.

This morning I felt almost back to my usual self so started the day with Yoga For Runners. I followed that with a green juice containing cucumber, celery, lemon and ginger. A little later I had this wonderful bowl of muesli:

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Two chopped apples, my home mix muesli, brown rice puffs and kara coconut milk. I love how the chia seeds and oats in the muesli absorb the milk!

This evening I headed to the gym and did 30 minutes of cardio intervals on the usual machines before heading to my body pump class, unfortunately the instructor didn’t show up! I was gutted as I had been really looking forward to the class. I ended up just doing a few squats, lunges, rows etc with the bars on my own instead.

Dinner was whole wheat spaghetti with spiralised courgettes and a lentil, tomato and mushroom sauce topped with fresh basil and olives:

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Such a great meal! Dessert was a pumped up version of my raw cacao coconut frappe in a bowl as I used a scoop of chocolate sun warrior protein powder instead of the cacao for the added protein post workout:

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So good!

I know that for a lot of people dry toast is all they can stomach when they are ill but that green smoothie really did the trick for me! What is your cure all meal when you’ve been ill?