Happy Friday guys! What a week it has been, I’ve definitely finished my twenties on a positive, today is my 30th birthday! I thought I’d schedule this post to go live this morning so I could focus on opening my birthday cards ;-) As I write this I’m feeling so strange, I’ve been reflecting on the past and thinking about the future. I feel like I have the opportunity to leave a lot of things behind me and go into my thirties with a fresh slate. So exciting! Yesterday I spent some time in the kitchen making these babies:

Photo 09-08-2012 11 27 32Gooey peanut butter brownies!

I under baked these so they were a slight fail, however they have firmed up a bit in the fridge and are still very edible! I based them on this lovely recipe of Michelle’s but exchanged 1/2 cup of flour for cocoa powder, added 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips and topped them with spoonful’s of peanut butter swirled about. I totally ate the middle one which was pretty much pure warm brownie batter, absolute heaven! I have also made myself a raw birthday cake but you’ll have to wait till my next post to see that one!

This weeks workouts:

  • Saturday – REST
  • Sunday – 30 minutes light cardio on machines in gym, Kettle bell class
  • Monday – Totally random strength and HIIT routine including single leg deadlifts, single leg squats, chest flyes, push ups etc and followed with 20 minute HIIT on bike and step machine – total workout time 55 mins
  • Tuesday – 20 minutes cardio on machines in gym, Body Pump class
  • Wednesday – Level 2 Vinyasa yoga class from Yogaglo
  • Thursday – Gym – super quick workout – deadlifts, shoulder presses, rows, chest presses, lunges etc, 10 minutes hard HIIT on the bike
  • Friday – Birthday!!! I might do a little yoga, perhaps 30 sun salutations for fun?

My fave outfit from this week:

Photo 06-08-2012 08 57 05Floral jacket: Warehouse, white tee: H&M, gold necklace: H&M, khaki trousers: Topshop, gold sandals: Next 

Last weekend I’d bought a big bunch of fresh parsley and on Sunday evening realised that I wasn’t going to use it all up. I decided to make it in to a couple of things, firstly my green goddess dressing and then some experimental pesto type thing blending the parsley with almond butter, nutritional yeast, garlic and olive oil:

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I’ve sealed the top of the jar of pesto with some oil so it will stay fresh in the fridge but I’ve been digging into the green goddess, its my favourite dressing ever! I had some on this big salad:

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It just makes everything taste even fresher :-) I also ended the weekend with lots of celery to use up so made a very simple red lentil stew with onion, celery, carrot and chopped tomatoes. I chopped up and mixed in a pre baked sweet potato and had alongside steamed broccoli:

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This week I decided to try some more eggs and I’d also bought some organic goats cheese so an omelette it was!

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I used 2 whole eggs and some red onion topped with the goats cheese and grilled. It was incredible, I’d forgotten how much I loved goats cheese! I have a recipe featuring it coming up soon :-) I also had a spare egg scrambled it in coconut oil for breakfast with half an avocado, blueberries, an orange and the most fantastic iced coffee:

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This was one of my favourite breakfasts in a long time! The coffee was so good because it was blended with full fat coconut milk and some vanilla bean paste then poured over ice. You have got to try it!

Breakfast yesterday was a slice of Courgette, date and pecan bread topped with sunflower seed butter, a chopped apple and a plum:

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Then after the gym I treated myself to a cherry, banana and peanut butter milkshake:

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Made with a ripe banana, frozen cherries, peanut flour, almond milk, ice, maca powder and a tiny pinch of salt to bring out the nuttiness :-)

On the Love List this week…

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While I was out at the gym yesterday morning my Mam snuck in my flat and decorated it with 30th Birthday balloons and banners! How lovely is that? I was so chuffed and it was completely unexpected! Also…

My best friend giving birth to her second daughter! // registering my company and domain names for the big business stuff / setting the gears in motion for setting up my charity! / re colouring my hair – it feels so good to have it freshened up // chocolate covered coffee beans // dominating my to do lists

This week has seen some huge leaps and bounds around the health coaching business / charity type stuff. I’ve had some very productive meetings and things are really starting to get moving, hopefully I’ll be able to share more details with you guys soon. The time just feels so right!

In case you missed it:

I’m going to be a bit MIA from the blog world this weekend so apologies if I’m unable to keep up with my usual comments on others blogs, but I unfortunately I will be out enjoying myself ;-) Today me and James have a special day planned followed by a birthday dinner at my parents and then tomorrow night its the big fancy dress party. I can not wait to show you my costume! As usual I’ll probably be tweeting and Instagraming everything like a crazy lady so check those out if you’d like.

How has your week been? What’s on your Love List this week? How do you celebrate your Birthday?