Scrolling through Instagram one Saturday afternoon, I chanced upon the most incredible photo of half a watermelon, stuffed with juicy chunks of watermelon, berries and grapes. Watermelon is on a list of my very favourite foods ever, so I was super psyched to find out it was actually from the Makers’ Market in Manchester city centre!
Honestly, I thought the Makers’ Market was just people selling homemade badges and scarves, so when I arrived and found all sorts of food I was so happy. I could’ve eaten everything. If you want the best of homemade fare it’s definitely worth the trip – with this being a fitness blog I’ve focused on the slightly healthier options, but you could pick up artisan pies, exquisite chocolate, and craft beers if you wished.
This isn’t an ad or in any way associated with the Makers’ Market… I just really love food and supporting small businesses! Read on to find out my fit foodie finds from the Manchester Makers’ Market and let me know whether I’ve missed anything from the food markets around Manchester.
Pancakes have experienced a prolonged moment in the fitness and health world for the past couple of years, and with good reason – you can customise them to fit your macros, plus they’re delicious with a variety of toppings. But making good pancakes escaped me for a very long time: mine would be too runny, too thick; too burned, too raw; in some cases just plain bad. I mixed and matched recipes I found on the internet that had ingredients I didn’t already have, thinking that randomly chosen substitutes would work well – this only contributed to the amount of pancake failures I suffered with.
It took me years to make my very first half-decent pancake, but now I’ve chanced upon a recipe that is pretty much fool-proof, works every time, and has decent macros whether you share with someone or eat them all. These are also made from ingredients you should already have in your cupboard, meaning no mixing and matching required!
Whether you’re a clean eater, paleo devotee, or you eat to fit your macros, I’m pretty sure we can all agree that eating fresh fruit and vegetables or food you’ve prepared yourself with no nasties added is the best way to eat. It just makes sense to know exactly what’s in your food!
If you eat that way all the time, then kudos to you, but the reality is we all live busy lives and it’s difficult to create every snack from scratch, especially when all the washing up from your meal prep is still dirty in the bowl. The best we can do at these times is try and make the healthiest decision possible, so to help you out I’ve taken a closer look at five snacks you can buy straight from the supermarket aisles on your way to work to see if any are wise choices for quick desk snacks!
Wow. OK, yes, that was a very long, very much unplanned hiatus. And yes, I fully intend to write a post detailing exactly what I’ve been up to these past four months (eek) as there’s been quite a lot going on, but today I tried out something I saw on the internet and for the first time in a long time I thought to myself, “I want to blog about this”. So, here we are.
Foodie trends come and go – many are ridiculous, require ingredients only sourceable from the ancient Maya (or perhaps Ocado), or just become too over-hyped, too quickly, for me to bother trying. However, I’m really trying to broaden my palate for healthy foods, so I’ve decided to begin a series where I try out the latest foodie trends.
Today’s is so simple that I can’t believe I didn’t think of it myself – sweet potato toast! Read on to see what I thought and whether you should give it a go yourself. View Post
Hang on.. Did you read that right? You’ve heard of the benefits of a post-workout protein shake, or maybe even a post-workout green juice, but a post-workout burger? I’ve not gone crazy – I promise!
Okay, so it’s not the healthiest to base your entire diet around burgers and fries, especially considering the latest World Heath Organisation research revealing a link between processed meat and colorectal cancer. The study also claimed that avoiding meat is not a protective strategy against cancer, so it’s simply a case of moderation – and if you’re going to treat yourself, then post-workout is the perfect time as your body is crying out for densely-packed food.
With clean eating becoming a big trend, it’s no surprise to see new healthy restaurants popping up – though us Mancunians have had to leave the city to eat clean so far, with my out-of-town favourites being Bosu Body Bar and The Yard.
That’s all change, now, with the opening of Rust & Stone, a café bar with a focus on fresh, healthy food. Set in the busy financial district of Spinningfields, it certainly has the right clientele surrounding it – that is those with extremely busy lives, who also want to look after their health but don’t necessarily have the time to spend hours meal prepping at the weekend.
I recently went along for Saturday lunch* and a juice – read on to find out what I thought.
If there’s one thing all fitness people have in common – whether they’re powerlifters, bodybuilders, CrossFitters, marathon runners, or bikini competitors – it’s that we all love food. Food in massive amounts. Healthy food and not-so-healthy food. It fuels our workouts, helps us recover, and generally makes us happy!
Some fitness people look forward to their epic cheat meal like most look forward to Christmas, and there is nothing like eating a massive meal after a hard workout. I still remember how that plate of fish, chips, and mushy peas gave me life after running the Manchester Marathon.
I try not to separate food into good and bad, though I do try to focus on creating meals from scratch using mainly vegetables, fresh meat and wholegrain carbs. However, I love the thought of going wild on food with no associated guilt every so often, and that’s exactly what I did this past weekend at the Manchester Food and Drink Festival!