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.

Phuket and a Baby

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It has been a while since I blogged between moving apartment, growing a human who is now a Baby Boy called Anraoí and finishing an MBA, there was not enough time to fit it all in. For the past few years, we have gone on holidays in October/November, so sticking with tradition we decided to venture back to Thailand with Anraoí this year. Unsure of what to expect, we packed the suitcase and off we went to Phuket.We stayed in the Chalong district. There is a strong focus on health and fitness there, so that was right up my alley.

Travelling with a Baby

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What I learned is that when travelling with a baby the day starts early and can end anywhere between 7pm-9pm. So you learn to work the day and activities within that time frame. You need to consider nap times too. Therefore, try get accommodation that has a balcony where you can chill, practice yoga, tan, read a book or nap too. Source out restaurants that have air conditioning.

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It was a morning flight from Abu Dhabi, this helped with morning routine. The return flight was a night flight and this was brilliant as it accommodated for night time routine.Prior to leaving we arranged pick ups with our accommodation and a baby cot. For safety reasons we packed the car seat and it was helpful throughout the week. We packed a stroller and a baby bjorn sling. I know what you are thinking all this equipment for one week!

Other essentials included baby sleeping bag, suncream, baby shower gel, coconut oil, plenty of muslin cloths, light clothing, sunglasses, swim shorts and toys. The local supermarkets in Phuket stock nappies, there is even a Tesco but I brought my own supply and stocked up there too.

Eat & Drink

Munch on Protein Pancakes from The Shack

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Enjoy sunset and drinks at Kata Rocks, Phuket.

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Other places I recommend are:

The Boathouse, Phuket

The Red Duck

Santosa Phuket they offer a vegan buffet.

Pure Vegan Heaven

Greze Healthy Kitchen

Nommy Frozen Yogurt

Sweat

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You can join Unit 27, Thailand for a multitude of fitness classes every day. I joined the Primal Fitness Unit for the week because I am restoring that pelvic floor post baby, so no jumping or running movement, just yet. They have a cafe called Muscle Bar which in my opinion had the best smoothies of the week. Check out Unit 27 website for full list of classes and prices.

Fun & Frolics

Head to Nai Harn Beach and drink fresh coconuts by the sea shore.

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Old Town Phuket has beautiful architecture, street art, colourful buildings and coffee shops.

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There is an Cat Cafe in Phuket Old Town for cat lovers.

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We survived the first holiday as parents and here’s to many more.

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Wellness Travel: Ubud

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After travelling for over thirteen hours from Abu Dhabi to Denpasar Airport, Bali one cannot contain the excitement of reaching the final destination, Ubud (pronounced “oobod”). Stepping outside the airport there is a sea of people waiting in arrivals to collect tourists, its mayhem. Organised mayhem.

I had organised a driver prior to leaving, Mr Bedu’s Private Tours.  On the road to Ubud, Bali’s craft capital, the colours of Bali come alive. The sky is blue complimented by green terraced rice paddy fields, tropical flowers and mopeds are zipping everywhere. The travel time to Ubud is about two hours, depending on traffic. The streets of Ubud are bustling with locals and travelers filled with an abundance of craft shops, tattoo parlours, temples, museums, restaurants and located in the centre is the market. Ubud is peaceful and serene, life floats by freely and time was of the essence. There are so many things to do and places to eat but with only four days, I had to pick and choose wisely. Below is a list of activities and places to eat.

Accommodation

Booking.com offers accommodation options for all budgets.

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Get Around

Hire a moped – most accommodation provides this service.

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Activities

Yoga Barn  An oasis of calm in the centre of Ubud , there is a cafe and juice bar on the premises.

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Green Bike Tours – Excellent tour and the ride is down hill with the offer of an off road track and cycling through rice paddy fields.

Below is a series of images I took over the duration of the cycle in the countryside of Ubud.

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Campuhan Ridge Walk, Ubud – free and easy trek with beautiful views.

Below is a collection of images taken along the ridge trail.

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Places to Eat

Clear Café Vegetarian Cafe with a delicious breakfast menu.

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Alchemy Raw. Vegan. Organic.

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La Pacha Mama Plant-based Cantina Mexicana & Cocktails

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The Elephant Cafe  100% VEGETARIAN 110% AWESOME

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Kafe Great Music, Healthy Foods, Yummy Desserts & True Espresso. I came across Kafe walking home from yoga. It has lovely salad options and sells local beer and wine.

Room 4dessert offers handmade desserts, cocktails and wine.

Have you travelled to Ubud? What is your favourite memory?

Grecian Adventure Part II: Santorini

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“Suppose we suddenly wake up and see that what we thought to be this and that, ain’t this and that at all?” , Dharma Bums – Jack Kerouac.

Better late than never Santorini part two. Santorini, one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea. It boasts spectacular views, sunsets, colourful doors, white washed walls, beaches, cliff hikes, boat rides and vibrant flowers. You can walk for hours through the little streets browsing through the boutiques and sipping an espresso freddo whilst watching the day pass soaking up the ambience.

Accommodation

For accommodation booking.com offers a wide range based on budgets.

Below is a series of images taken in Santorini between Fira and Oia.

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Have you been to Santorini? What is your favourite memory?

 

Grecian Adventure Part I: Athens

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“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.” 
― Jack Kerouac

Last week I travelled to Athens and Santorini. I had heard mixed reviews about Athens but Santorini boasts a glowing report. Why wouldn’t it, have you seen the pictures? I put the opinions of others to the back of my mind regarding Athens and decided I would make up my mind after my adventure. Needless to say, I appreciated Athens for all that it offers. It is a diamond in the rough. Santorini will be discussed in Part 2.

However, the only downfall is the challenge of procuring a nice healthy breakfast in the Plaka district at 9am on the weekend because nowhere opens till 11am. What the Greeks do well is an espresso freddo , of course they do other things well but I loved an  espresso freddo or three on the regular. So much so, I am trying to re-create it now I am back in Abu Dhabi. A friend recommended places in Athens too, that appeal to the health and fitness fanatic in me.

Accommodation

For accommodation in Athens I used booking.com and stayed in the Plaka District. This was central and it was convenient for walking all around the city.

What to do

The city is huge and you can wander around all day admiring the architecture  of Athens, there are many cafes and bars throughout the city and the more you explore the more intriguing Athens becomes.

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Watch the Sunset at Parko Thiseio. As you can see numerous gather with wine, guitars and food to watch the sunset over Athens on a giant marble rock, do not wear heels, I wore trainers.

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Walking Tour

Athens Free Walking Tour : This tour was brilliant it lasted about 2.5 hours which takes you to all the main areas around the city – see images below. The tour is free but you can tip. Entrance to Acropolis is not provided with the walking tour because it is free. I emailed a few days before arriving to secure places on the tour as spaces are limited. You will learn about the history of Greece.

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Food, Fun & Frolics

Athens is jam packed with restaurants. It is a late city and there is a great buzz about the place from 8pm onwards. Strolling the streets and from recommendations I discovered these little gems which will appease the taste buds of meat eaters and vegans.

Avocado, Plaka District- delicious salads

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Evgenia, Athens, Plaka – Dakos Greek Salad

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Nolan, Plaka District. Greek food with pan asian twist

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Ipitou the Bar – this bar is cool and plays good tunes, it is close to Nolan restaurant and surrounded by other chilled out bars.

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Other restaurants not pictured, I recommend include Koi which serves sushi at a great price and Pure Bliss which serves local produce and delicious salads, it is very laid vibe where you could sit for hours drinking espresso freddo, sampling local wine and eating scrumptious food. Located in the same area as Pure Bliss, there are countless bars and cafes.

Fitness

No trip is complete without a gym session. Whilst in Athens I got a chance to to break a sweat in Planet Fitness, they offer a pay as you service which is handy and the gym is  central. See Planet Fitness for more information.

Concluding, Athens was fantastic trip filled with history , long walks,  traditional greek food and wine, chilled out bars, street graffiti, espresso freddos,a few gym sessions and a new passion for front doors.

 

 

A Health Guide to Melbourne

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I recently had the pleasure of travelling to Melbourne for a week. On my trip I discovered many scrumptious health food cafes and shops in the Prahran and Brunswick area.

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For accommodation I sourced it on Air B&B , it was very central perched in the middle of Chapel Street, perfect location.

St George Accommodation –  the ultimate cosmopolitan lifestyle is right outside the door on the vibrant Chapel Street in the heart of stunning South Yarra.

Chow Down

Top Paddock – this place is packed on Sunday morning , bit a waiting time but worth it.

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Isit Cafe 

Quinoa Bircher or Porridge are delicious and almost too pretty to eat.

Tall Timber

Good food. Good coffee. Good people. That simple!

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The Kettle Black

Seatrout Salad with Poached Eggs.

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Mr. Miyagi

Walk in restaurant and the waiting list can be at least two hours – worth the wait , Nori Taco’s are a must try.

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Tokyo Tina nice place to chill on a Sunday evening whilst devouring this deconstructed Nori Roll.

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Smith & Daughters

Delectable vegan food bursting with flavours.

Stores

The Source Bulk Foods

♻️ Zero waste grocery shopping!! ♻️ 26 amazing bulk wholefood stores all around Australia.

Here I picked up freshly made grain free cacao granola, peanut squares and cacao nibs covered in dark chocolate for the flight back to Abu Dhabi.

Prahran Markets

Prahran Market is proud to be Australia’s premier food market, famous for fine fresh produce, hard to find specialty items and good old fashioned service sealed with expert advice.

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Break a Sweat

Goodlife Health Club

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Gold Dust

Mister Nice Guy’s Bakeshop

Melbourne’s first vegan bakery. Est 2010. Specialising in vegan, kosher, sugar + gluten free baked goods, shakes + deli sandwiches. I got this delicious vegan chocolate cake, smile on my face says it all and we celebrated in Brother Wolf Barber & Shaving Parlour.

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Journeyman

|| Speciality Coffee || Breakfast || Brunch  || Lunch ||

Enough said, double drool.

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Butterbing™ Cookie Sandwiches

Melbourne’s OG brownie cookie sandwich. Est. 2014 in our little home kitchen. This is a gluten free chocolate cookie sandwich with peanut butter. No words are needed to describe this, the picture says enough.

Sold in Darling Cafe 

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Be sure to keep me posted if you check out any of these places  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 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

Orange & Passion Fruit Buckwheat Protein Pancakes

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Buckwheat protein pancakes are super easy to make. Once the weekend lands, I love to spend some extra time making my breakfast. These pancakes are a luscious treat to fuel your weekend work out or indulge post workout. To get the perfect round shape, I used silicone egg rings from Lakelands. By using the egg rings the pancake mixture made 10 mini pancakes. However, you do not need to use egg rings, you can just pour the batter on the pan and make bigger versions.

Ingredients

6 eggs (3 egg yolks)

¼ Cup Buckwheat Flour

½ Banana

1 Sachet Natvia

¼ Baking Soda

1 Tbsp. Greek Yogurt

1 Tbsp. Milled Flaxseed (optional)

1 Scoop Vanilla Whey Protein

Orange & Passion Fruit Greek Yogurt

1 small tub Total Fage Greek Yogurt

Juice of Orange

1 Tbsp. Orange Zest

1 Natvia Sachet

2 Passion Fruit

How to Make from Scratch:

  • Preheat Oven 180°
  • Pancake batter – in a large mixing bowl add eggs, buckwheat flour, banana, natvia, baking soda, greek yogurt, flaxseed and whey protein. Use an electric mixer to blend the pancake batter to a smooth, runny consistency.
  • Cooking – in a large frying pan add some coconut oil (1/4 tsp.) place egg rings on the pan, leave some space between them. Pour pancake batter into egg rings using ¼ cup measurement, don’t fill to the top, half fill the egg rings. Once you see bubbles forming remove from pan. Finish cooking in the oven. See next step.
  • Oven- on a lined, greased baking tray, place the egg ring on the tray and gently remove the pancake by gently pushing it out. Give it a quick wipe to remove the excess batter and repeat the process until pancake batter is completely gone.Regularly flip pancakes over in the oven to ensure they are cooked evenly.
  • Orange and Passion Fruit Greek Yogurt- in a mixing bowl add greek yogurt, juice of an orange, orange zest, natvia and passion fruit- stir until combined.
  • Viola – plate up and enjoy.

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

Guest Post: Zanna Van Dijk & Protein Pancakes

This weeks guest post is provided by Zanna Van Dijk. Check out her Bio:

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Hey, I am Zanna! I’m a personal trainer, nutrition consultant and fitness model based in London. I run a fitness blog where I talk about all things health, fitness and nutrition. When I am not instagramming or tweeting, I post video blogs over on my YouTube channel related to food, fashion and fitness. When I am at home in the kitchen, I love to create health and delicious recipes; I have even managed to put together two ebooks full of them!  I really hope that you like this pancake recipe, it is one of my favourites and perfect topped with some ooey-gooey nut butter.

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Pancake Recipe

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These pancakes are the badgers nadgers, the bee’s knees, the dogs… You know what I mean! They are amazing. I love pancake recipes that contain bananas, as they add a fluffy texture and mean that the pancakes retain moisture when you add in more drying ingredients like protein powder!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large mashed banana
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 heaping scoop of banana protein powder
  • 1 tbsp dark chocolate chips
  • 1-2 tbsp milk (I recommend unsweetened almond milk)

Mash the banana and whisk it with the eggs. Then slowly add in the protein powder, whisking as you go to ensure there are no clumps. Then stir in the chocolate chips and add between 1-2 tablespoons of milk until a perfect pancake consistency is reached. Heat up some oil in a pan to a medium temperature (I recommend coconut oil) and pour in your pancake mixture. Flip when bubbles appear on the surface. Simple.

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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

Egg Muffins

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This week I was strolling around the supermarket in Abu Dhabi and I stumbled on Golden Irish Fresh Free Range Eggs. Needless to say, I stashed a dozen in the basket whilst deciding what to make. A poached egg, fried egg, boiled or an omelette. Then I had a light bulb moment and thought Egg Muffins. I had an array of vegetables in the fridge and egg muffins are a great recipe to use up all the veg. Egg muffins are a convenient snack for when you are on-the-go , breakfast or like me after the gym.

To the mix I added mashed sweet potatoe, red peppers, garlic, chives, mushrooms, dijon mustard and topped with smashed avocado, chilli, lime and toasted pine nuts.

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Recipe

(makes 12 Muffins)

12 Golden Irish Eggs

145 grams Sweet Potatoe, mashed

Medium sized Red Pepper, chopped

1 punnet Mushrooms, chopped

1 Garlic Clove, grated

Handful of Chives

Dijon Mustard

Make from Scratch:

  • Preheat oven 180 degrees.
  • Boil: sweet potatoe, leave skin on , until soft and mash with  a dash of butter or liquid ( I use Koko coconut milk) and dijon mustard.
  • Wash, chop and saute: red pepper, mushrooms, grated garlic until soft. Mix in with mash potatoe.
  • Crack: eggs into large mixing boil, whisk. Add drop of coconut milk, chives. Mix in vegetable mix.
  • Grease: muffin tray, use 1/4 cup measurement to pour egg muffin mixture into the tray.
  • Bake: for 18-20 minutes until golden brown.

On the side I served smashed avocado, cherry tomatoes, chilli, lime and toasted pine nuts. Delicious.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the Golden Irish Eggs in your supermarket :

Golden Irish Logo “On our farms the crack is mighty and our hens run free. Just like us humans, hens need lots of fresh air and plenty of room to roam around and stretch their legs, in wide-open spaces. Healthier hens mean more nutritious and better tasting eggs”.

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