Healthy Breakfast Pots – The Grab & Go Way

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Here at Mums In Real Life, we love these scrummy yummy breakfast pots. Made up the night before, they are the perfect ‘grab & go’ in the mornings.

Not only are they tasty, this breakfast pot is unbelievably healthy and very filling too.

Do you want to know more about the health benefits of berries? Check out this insightful link:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-reasons-to-eat-berries

Ingredients:

Handful of Frozen Summer berries

20g museli (sugar free)

1tbsp Fat Free Yogurt

Method:

Simply place your Muesli into an airtight pot, top with berries and then add the yogurt on top! Close the lid and pop into the fridge ready to grab in the morning!

Healthy Brunch – Part Two!

We honestly have been living our best lives this week, loads of beautiful food and working out (hard!) with fab friends. To top it off, the sun’s been out to play.

We had brunch courtesy of our lovely friend, M – we worked out in her home gym (amazing!) and then were treated to a brunch banquet of epic proportions. Anyway, it’s got us thinking about the wonder that is brunch – so we’ll be working on some healthy recipes over the coming weeks.

In the meanwhile, here’s M’s amazing courgette muffin recipe (courtesy of BBC Good Food) – try them, you’ll love them. (Almost) guilt free and packed full of courgette, apple and orange.

Happy Hump Day, lovely people. X

Fresh Mint Marinade – The 5 Minute Way

Here at Mums In Real Life, it’s not just the ladies who like to cook! Our partners are often getting stuck in around the kitchen.

Check out this super tasty mint marinade that was knocked up in a few minutes. We used it to marinade lamb steaks.

Ingredients:

Fresh mint – a couple of generous handfuls. Stalks off.

4tsp sugar

4tbsp Boiling water

4tbsp White wine vinegar

Method:

Place the chopped up mint into a bowl, add the sugar and pour in the boiling water. Once the water has completely cooled, add the white wine vinegar. Stir.

Enjoy!

Brunch Anyone? *Must Try* Avocado & Egg With Tomato

Recently, we were invited to our lovely friends house for a work out in her garden gym followed by brunch. What lucky ladies we are!

We started off with a warm up run, followed by circuits of planks, burpees, skipping and squats. Some kettle bells were thrown in for good measure too. Oh! And a power hoop.

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We definitely earned the brunch, we were really put through our paces but managed to laugh through all the sweat! Here’s what we did:

60 seconds of each exercise, 10 secs rest. Do each exercise 4 x times. Let’s do this!!

Round One: Squats/Leg Raises/Slam Balls

Round Two: Skipping (it’s tough!!)/Lateral Raises/Shoulder Press (with weight)/Power Hoop (if not, go for side plank – 30 secs on each side)

Round Three: Mountain Climbers/Sit Ups/ Burpees/Jump Squats

You can also download an exercise card here>>

So, let’s get on to the food. Our gorgeous host made a feast for us!

We salute you, eggs baked on Avocados! Bacon lardons, how we love you sprinkled on roasted Tomatoes! Chives, you are a show stopper! Yes, at this point we were all STARVING!

Why not team up with friends to work out? You can motivate each other, push each other to work harder and reach your fitness goals together. Life’s always better with friends! We’ve been busy with our friends at Keeling Fitness and LA Personal Fitness working on an exciting collaboration which will be on its way soon – watch this space…

Summer Fruit, Yogurt & Oats Smoothie – The (virtually) Fat Free Way

This breakfast smoothie is gorgeous, it tastes like summer in a glass but is also nice & filling – a really good way to start the day!

Ingredients:

20g Porridge Oats

2tbsp Fat Free Natural Yogurt

200ml Skimmed Milk

2tbsp Frozen Summer Fruits

1tsp honey

Method:

Chuck all of the ingredients into a blender & blitz! Enjoy!!

Let’s Dress It Up – Fat Free Salad Dressing & Chick Pea SuperFood Salad

This week at Mums In Real Life, we’re focusing on our food intake and healthy dressings which jazz up the salads a bit. We’re doing this alongside our fitness regime, so hopefully we’ll get some great results! Are you with us?

On the menu today, we have a Chick pea superfood salad topped off with a delicious Coriander dressing. It’s not only light on the lips, but on the hips too.

See our previous blog Mackerel & Cous Cous Super Food Salad – Let’s Get Summer Started – just swap the mackerel and Cous Cous for chick peas.

The dressing couldn’t be easier to make. Here goes:

Ingredients for the dressing:

500g Fat Free Natural Yogurt

Sea Salt

Bunch of fresh Coriander

1 Clove garlic

1/2 fresh red chilli

2tbsp white wine or cider vinegar

Juice of half a lemon

Method:

Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blitz.

Season with salt and pepper.

This will keep nicely in the fridge for a few days, so is a good little one to make up in advance.

Let’s Get Saucy – Salad Dressings & Dips

The sun is shining, the mood is good. Here at Mums In Real Life, we’re preparing to get saucy for the weeks ahead. The aim will be to complement our healthy lifestyle with additional deliciousness. We’re talking sauces, dips and dressings and we can’t wait to get started!

We are therefore kicking off with this ever so simple, yet scrummy salad dressing. Things don’t get easier than this.

Ingredients:

Olive Oil

Dijon Mustard

Mixed herbs

Seasoning

Method:

Pour 150ml Olive Oil into a jar/bowl. Add 2tbsp of Dijon Mustard along with 2 tsp of mixed herbs. Season well and stir.

Bring Morocco To Your Kitchen – The Homemade Way

Whilst travelling around parts of Morocco, I totally fell in love with the cuisine. It’s not hard to do. Vendors, nestled amongst Artisans, sell the most aromatic and visually tantalising displays of herbs and spices, every spirally turn you take through the labyrinths of the Souks.

We tasted many a memorable dish, the best of them being cooked and served straight out of a families home in Marrakesh. We dined in their living room on the tastiest of mez dishes and the triumph of the night was their roasted chicken, served piled high with Cous Cous. Unforgettable.

This is a nod to my time travelling and I can guarantee it’ll leave your kitchen smelling divine. Your taste buds will be begging for more! The heady smells of the herbs and spices take me directly back to my wonderful days wandering the world. I hope it takes you there too !

The most amazing thing is, it is so easy to cook! Let’s go!

Ingredients:

Medium to Large Chicken

1tsp Paprika

1tsp Ground Cumin

1tsp Ground Coriander

1/2tsp Cayenne Pepper

1 Onion, quartered

4 – 6 Cloves of Garlic (or more – Garlic usage should come from the heart)

1tbsp Butter or low fat butter spray

2 cups of water

Seasoning

Spoonful of cooked chickpeas to decorate

Fresh coriander (optional)

Method:

Preheat your oven to 180•C.

Put the herbs and spices together in a bowl, stir.

Put the chicken onto a baking dish and rub it with butter, or spray with a low fat option. Next up, work the herb and spice mixture into the chicken well.

Generously twist some pepper on top and sprinkle with salt.

Around the chicken add your crushed up garlic and onions. Add the water.

Pop into the oven for an hour, basting generously. After an hour, cover the chicken loosely in foil, turn your oven down to 160•C and cook for a further hour.

Remove from the oven and allow to rest for at least 15 minutes. Transfer to a serving plate and drizzle with the juices. Add cooked chickpeas and fresh chopped Coriander.

Plate up and enjoy with some Raisin and Paprika Cous Cous, topped with coriander.

In addition, how about adding some braised Courgettes and Carrots to the dish?

This went down Mighty well at home. Seconds all round!! Bonus.

Here at Mums In Real Life, we’re always seeking out tips and love to hear your tales. Please comment or email us at:

hello@mumsinreallife.co.uk

Kick Start Your Day With This Breakfast Smoothie – Pineapple, Oats & Aloe Vera Juice

Kick off your day with this Oats smoothie – it’ll make you feel great!

Did you read our blog yesterday on the benefits of Aloe Vera Juice, our Michelle Inspired Mocktail? If not, click on this link to learn more:

Beetroot, Spinach And Aloe Vera Cocktail – Let’s Talk Health Benefits

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Let’s rave about Pineapples as well, not only are they delicious but they are packed with nutrients and compounds which can help fight disease and inflammation. Learn a bit more here: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-pineapple

Ingredients:

15ml Aloe Vera juice

• 1-2 slices of pineapple (skin off) cut into chunks

• 100ml Soya Milk

• 100ml Skimmed Milk

• 20g Oats

• Generous blob of honey

Method:

Chuck everything into a mixing jug and blitz! Add honey at the end according to your taste requirements!

Admittedly, the Aloe Vera Juice does make these a bit ‘poky’…but no pain, no gain. Right?!?!

Beetroot, Spinach And Aloe Vera – Michelle Inspired Mocktail – Let’s Talk Health Benefits

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Thank you so much for all of your feedback from our ‘Shake It Off’ week!!! We have received some lovely messages and can’t believe how many people followed it!! Thanks guys, here at Mums In Real Life, it means a lot!!! We hope you are all feeling as good as we do!

Several friends got in touch with us about the health benefits of Aloe Vera Juice. Thanks for pointing us in this direction 👍🏻

Benefits, to name but a few:

Liver function

• Hydration

• Clear skin

• Constipation

• Nutritional boost

• Aid digestion

• Indigestion relief

However, it’s very important to note that it can have Possible Side Effects/Contraindications. Take a read:

https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-607/aloe

So, after reading all of this and weighing up the pros and cons I decided to give it a go.

Ingredients:

Half of a Beetroot (precooked)

Handful of spinach

Juice of 1 lemon

20ml Aloe Vera Juice

Glass of cold water

2 Ice cubes

Method:

Place everything into your blender and blitz!! Mine came out quite grainy, so I then sieved it into a glass .