Sunday, 12 June 2011

Homemade Pizzas...

Although they can come in unhealthy forms (depending where you get your pizzas from) I believe you can try and make a pizza a little more healthy so I decided to try it out.

The only part of my recipe that was a little bit on the naughty side would have been the pre-made base from Marks and Spencer.

You will need: 
1 pizza base

For the tomato sauce: 

1 can of tinned tomatoes
Tomato puree
1/2 Onion
2 Garlic Cloves


Mushroom, Sweetcorn, Olives, Grated Cheese, Onion.

To make the sauce:

1. Fry the onion and garlic in a little bit of olive oil (2minutes)

2. Then add in the tinned tomatoes and simmer for around 10-15 minutes

3. Add in a generous amount of tomato puree

 (The consistency should look like this below)

4. Finally blend the mixture and season with salt, pepper and herbs of your choice I used Oregano which is great on pizzas.

To prepare: 

1. Put your pizza base on a plate

2. Coat it with a generous topping of the tomato sauce

3. Sprinkle on a cheese of your choice (I used reduced fat cheddar)

4. The add your toppings

5. Put in a pre-heated over for around 15 minutes.

It should come out a little something like this... 

Not only did these pizzas taste fresh - I also go a satisfaction out of making them myself and felt reassured that I knew exactly what ingredients had got in.

Give it a go yourself.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Have you tried King Strawberries?

Yesterday, my partner James offered to get in a few bits for dinner. To my surprise he was very excited to show me these wonderful 'King Strawberries.' (Almost as big as my hand!)

They were purchased from Marks & Spencer, who are currently selling air freighted king strawberries from the USA for a special offer price of £4 for 600g (normal price £7). 

Apparently M&S is one of the few places you can get hold of these at present. 

These are the best strawberries I have ever tasted in my whole life and they look too good to be true and are presented beautifully and last very well indeed.

In actual fact I would compare it to eating an apple. 

I would highly recommend a try! 

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Why exercise on holiday?

When it comes to my holidays I am rather back to front with the whole thing.

Personally on my "time out time" I prefer to actually act more healthy than I am at home. I see it as time to focus on getting my health back in check.

I wonder when people see me head to the gym on a sunny beach location, what they are thinking "is she mad to exercise in this heat?" "why isn't she sunbathing instead?" numerous questions!

In fact, on my last holiday the gym was horrendous and I still made the most of a bad situation. Here's a photo to prove it!

Generally my holiday routine is this: 

* wake up and have breakfast
* head back to the room to get changed
* visit the gym (20 minutes on the cross trainer, 10 minutes of arm weights, 10 minutes of Pilates and 10 minutes of sit ups.)
* dive into the pool for a few lengths
* sun bath until my heart is content with numerous dip ins to cool down and swim
* head up to the room to shower and change for dinner
* have a healthy dinner
* my only sin hit the bar!

I probably go to the gym more and exercise on holiday than I do at home!

Anyway whether I have an obsession or not, it is something that I enjoy, and also something that makes me feel happy, and isn't that what a holiday is all about! I wondered if I was the only one who liked to exercise on holiday? Do let me know your thoughts.