Adidas Runners hits Abu Dhabi

IMG_8097I am happy to share the exciting news that Adidas Runners has now arrived in the capital.  It is a great way to get fit post summer holidays whilst meeting like minded people. There is a great community spirit amongst Adidas Runners and you are free to run at your own pace.

IMG_8100There will be weekly sessions that you will not want to miss so head on down and meet new people and the Adidas coaches that will help you attain your fitness goals. The first run will be held on the 16th September 2019. For more details and to get involved download the runtastic app

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I hope to see you there.

Brunch by the Ocean

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Sun is shining, cool breeze blowing through the palm trees, glass is frosted ready to sip a passionfruit mojito, you can hear the laughter from tables as the band “Cuba Libre”, play music on the terrace. This enchanting place allows one to unwind and escape the madness of a busy week, “Chino Latino“, brunch by the ocean at Asia De Cuba and you can even have cake, just like the song!

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The dishes are cuban flavours with an asian twist. There is ceviche,  shrimp salad , BBQ meats, fresh seafood , tropical fruit and cheesecake lollipops. Feast your eyes on the mouth watering dishes.

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Choose from three different packages: the cleanser at 325 AED, the live mojito at 425 AED or the Champagne brunch priced at 525 AED. For more details visit Asia De Cuba

Eat the rainbow, don’t chase it.

Salted Caramel BB Brownies

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At the moment I am loving black beans in savoury and sweet formats. They are versatile little bundles and great in your lunch box or dessert. At the beginning of the week I make a black bean salad – 2 tins (rinsed), tbsp. apple cider vinegar, 1 tbsp. toasted sesame oil, 1  tamari sauce, tbsp. garlic & chilli flakes, lemon or lime juice, salt and pepper. Add avocado or roasted cube sweet potato to the mix to hit them macronutrients.

Today, I am writing about the sweet side of black beans and a creation called “Salted Caramel BB Brownie”.

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To make these delectable BB brownies from scratch you will need to acquire the following:

Recipe

2 tins Black Beans – ( rinse and dry) – I used Epicure brand from Lulu’s Hypermarket they have no added salt.

14-15 Dates (these are used to sweeten and added for caramel texture)

2 Tbsp. Instant Coffee

1 Tbsp. Almond Milk or milk of choice

1/4 cup Stevia

1/3 Cacao Powder

1/4 tsp. Baking Soda

1/4 tsp. Sea Salt, will sprinkle more on top at the end.

2 Eggs ( use 2 Tbsp. flax or chia seed for egg substitute mixed with water prior to baking)

2 Tbsp. Rice Malt Syrup/Honey

  • add chopped nuts, raisin, orange peel, coconut nut, cherries for extra texture.

Make from Scratch

  • Preheat oven , 170 degrees , fan oven. 8×8 baking tray lined with greaseproof paper (handy stuff , saves on washing time in the kitchen).
  • Blitz black beans in food processor till smooth mixture. Add 2 eggs, stevia, cacao powder, baking soda, salt. Mix in processor until combined.
  • In separate bowl add 10 dates, 2 Tbsp. instant coffee, almond milk, rice malt syrup/honey – use hand blender to create a smoothie like texture, it will be thick. This is used to sweeten the brownie mix. Chop the remaining dates into small pieces add some to the bb brownie mix and leave some to sprinkle on top.
  • Pour the black bean brownie mix into a large mixing bowl followed by the date & coffee mixture. Combine and fold the mixture.
  • Pop into lined baking tray. Sprinkle dates and coarse sea salt flakes on top.
  • Allow to bake for 45 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. Drizzle honey or dark chocolate for richness on top at the end before devouring. Store in fridge once cool and if there is any leftover.
  • Enjoy with homemade protein ice-cream and peanut butter.

Be sure to keep me posted if you try and test these recipes by posting on Twitter: @WhelehanLynne or Instagram @makeandbakefromscratch #makeandbakefromscratch and Facebook: Make & Bake From Scratch

Eat the rainbow, don’t chase it x

 

Feast

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By combining Flapjacked protein pancake baking mix, Buff Bake white chocolate peanut butter, Sweet Spreads peanut butter powder, glenisk greek yogurt, berries, Walden Farms chocolate sauce and toasted almonds, I crafted the perfect friday morning feast after a gruelling Ultimate Circuit class in Haddins, Abu Dhabi.

All ingredients are available from my trusty source Sporter.com. I have been using Flapjacked protein pancake baking mix for a while and they are delicious. Nice consistency and fluffy texture. My favourite is the buttermilk baking mix. You simply add water to the mix and leave it to thicken for three minutes. For Irish followers Bodyfirst Nutrition sell Flapjacked protein pancake baking mix online.

Make from Scratch

  • Flapjacked Protein Pancake Baking Mix – follow instructions on the packet;
  • Buff Bake White Chocolate Peanut Butter;
  • Sweet Spreads Peanut Butter Powder;
  • Berries (Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries);
  • Walden Farms Chocolate Sauce;
  • Glenisk Greek Yogurt;
  • Toasted Almonds.

Be sure to keep me posted if you try and test these recipes by posting on Twitter: @WhelehanLynne or Instagram @makeandbakefromscratch #makeandbakefromscratch and Facebook: Make & Bake From Scratch

Eat the rainbow, don’t chase it x

Athleisure: Gym-to-Street Became the New Uniform

Athleisure, sportsluxe, activewear – if you are like me, you have your gym uniform which is for working-out but you also have your “Sunday best” uniform. The word athleisure stems from athletic and leisure. I have become rather fond of the athleisure uniform for shopping , coffee, catch ups and travel. Pair the uniform with a crisp white tee and sneakers.

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(Wearing – Dark Lily Yoga Pants by The Upside, H&M White Basic Tee and Princess Reebok Classics)

What are your favourite apparel brands?

Peanut Butter, Banana & Blueberry Protein Bites

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Last week I got my paws on Quest Protein Powder – peanut butter flavour, my kryptonite. My source is Sporter.Com. Personally, I find Sporter great. It saves so much time going to the store, delivery is fast and their prices are reasonable. I am not getting paid or sponsored to write this either, they provide a good service.

Moving on, I decided to whip up some protein bites after a gruelling leg session to munch on over the course of the weekend or evening as they don’t last long!

Bake from Scratch Recipe

3 Bananas

2 eggs whites

2 scoops Quest Peanut Butter Protein

1 tsp. Cinnamon

3 tbsp. Biona Coconut Flour

1/4 tsp. Baking Soda

1 tbsp. Koko Coconut Milk

Handful of Frozen Blueberries – you can use other berries if you fancy.

Make from Scratch

  • Preheat oven 180 degrees.
  • Food processor: add bananas and whip them to mush. Add peanut butter protein powder, egg whites, cinnamon – blitz until well combined.
  • Mixing bowl: pour mixture into large mixing bowl. Add coconut flour, baking soda and coconut milk. Mix well with a wooden spoon. Next fold in the frozen blueberries to the batter.
  • Baking tray: I used a square baking tray (8×8). Grease with kerrygold butter. Pour in the batter. Bake for 20-25 minutes , ovens will vary. I left them till they were golden brown, use a toothpick to poke the centre and check if the centre has set and the bites are ready to come out of the oven.

Be sure to keep me posted if you try and test these recipes by posting on Twitter: @WhelehanLynne or Instagram @makeandbakefromscratch #makeandbakefromscratch and Facebook: Make & Bake From Scratch

Eat the rainbow, don’t chase it x

Vote for us – Blog Awards 2015

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Greetings Folks,

Pretty please with cacao nibs and peanut butter sprinkled on top to vote for me or my blog “Make & Bake From Scratch”, in the Irish Blog Awards 2015. It has been nominated in two categories. See below. Click the link and select “Make & Bake From Scratch”, then hit the “done”, button. It is as simple as that. Thank you in advance.

  1.  Best Diaspora: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PP7NDYC
  2.  Best Health and Wellbeing Blog: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PPBJNMZ

Lynne x

Thai Green Curry Chicken Salad

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Everytime I make a trip back to Ireland, I love planning a day in the big schmoke. Of recent I have become particularly fond of Staple Foods, Dublin. It is a chilled out spot that offers decadent salads and coffee. I know chocolate cake is decadent but so are the salads created in Staple Foods. These salads are shredded with roast chicken, homemade pesto , toasted hazelnuts and celeriac. Back in Abu Dhabi, I am yet to root out any salad that matches the abundant flavours present in the Staple Food salads. So , I decided to construct my own and I present “Thai Green Curry Chicken Salad”.

Recipe

(Serves 2)

2 Free Range Chicken Breast

Thai Choice Green Curry Paste

1 Garlic Glove

Giant handful of Spinach Leaves

1 Carrot 

Fresh Pineapple Chunks (I bought pre-chopped pineapple from the supermarket)

Handful Fresh Basil 

Handful Fresh Coriander

Avocado

Squeeze lime juice.

Make from Scratch 

  • Poach chicken breasts with one garlic clove – allow to cook through. Once this is done, pop the chicken fillets in the food processor , one garlic glove and 1/2 tsp. green curry paste (add more if you want spicey).
  • Wash all veggies. Peel and grate carrot. Cut the pineapple into chunks. Add fresh spinach to the food processor and shred , be careful not to overdo it. Tear the fresh herbs into small pieces. In a large mixing bowl add shredded spinach, grated carrots, and freshly torn herbs. Mix together with hands.
  • In a separate bowl add chopped avocado, squeeze of lime juice and pinch of salt.
  • Layer up. Get your plate and layer up the all the salad. Add chicken, avocado and pineapple. Toasted nuts would be nice on top too for extra flavour. I sprinkled blue cheese on top!

Be sure to keep me posted if you try and test these recipes by posting on Twitter: @WhelehanLynne or Instagram @makeandbakefromscratch #makeandbakefromscratch and Facebook: Make & Bake From Scratch

Eat the rainbow, don’t chase it x

Blog Awards 2015 – Shortlist

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Greetings,

“Make & Bake From Scratch” has made it onto the Blog Awards Ireland 2015 – Shortlist (Personal/Individual)!!! The blog has been shortlisted in two categories –  Best Diaspora and Best Health and Wellbeing Blog !!!

Don’t forget the public vote will open on 7th September 2015 and stay open for 2 weeks. The Blog Awards Ireland – Finalists will be reduced from the shortlist via public voting.

Blog Awards Ireland 2015

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Greetings Beautiful, Radiant Readers,

Hope everyone is great. This year Make & Bake From Scratch has made it onto the Blog Awards Ireland 2015 – Long-list! I am very excited to receive recognition for two categories in the Blog Awards 2015.

Make & Bake From Scratch has been long-listed in Best Diaspora Blog and Best Health and Wellbeing Blog. The long-list will be further reduced to a short-list, which will be announced on the 2nd of September 2015. The shortlist will then be opened up to a public vote which will begin on  7th September 2015 and stay open for 2 weeks.
Thanks for all the support.
Lynne x