Healthy* Festive Food Delights 2

Happy first day of Advent!
Ok, so you skimmed over my last post and want to go all out cholesterol-conscious this year instead. I get it, the health and fitness industry is booming, and we’re reminded everyday how sugar, meat, dairy, gluten are gradually ruining our bodies and the environment. To keep trim and ever so slightly smug over the Christmas period then, feel free to indulge in these healthy recipes that don’t scrimp on flavour and flamboyance:

Christmas Mains + Starters:

Herbed Wild Rice and Quinoa Stuffing – KitchenTreaty.Com

Vegan/Vegetarian Dinner Alternatives:

Root + Nut Traybake –
Mushroom, Chestnut and Cranberry Tart –

Christmas Pudding:

  • GF, Vegetarian Christmas Pudding The perfect way to still enjoy the traditional Christmas tradition, catered to your dietary needs!
  • Lighter Christmas Pudding Not vegan, but a healthier alternative that doesn’t compromise on flavour or spectacle.
  • GF Apple Christmas Cake A lighter offering than the aforementioned Christmas puds, this should go down a dream.
  • Winter Pudding Bombe This is pictured below. Just look at it! The heavy stodge of its traditional sibling has been replaced by ice-cream, and that sounds just fine to me.
Winter Pudding Bombe –

[Vegan/Vegetarian/GF] Pudding Alternatives:

Chocolate Chip Cookie-Dough Blizzard –

Will you be going for the healthier alternatives this year? Maybe it’ll mean you can devour a whole selection box for breakfast guilt free.. Or maybe not.


Fitness Update #2 Inspiring Instagrams

I’ve only just got a brand new phone which finally allows me to use a fully-functioning Instagram account. I’m yet to actually post anything, as it is a sort of terrifying prospect being so late to the party, but I’ve had an account where I can follow people and see what is posted daily for some time now. And it’s been great. Amongst the makeup madness and enticing interiors shots, there are a lot fitness fiends’ hot-bods, and endless bird’s eye view photographs of deliciously nutritious dishes of food on my Home feed.  
Like I said in my previous #1 post, when you witness good things, you want to go on and create your own good things. Beginning with people themselves, I find a mixture of trainers and generally beautifully-bodied people help provide motivation for reaching the level of fitness I aspire to have. I will probably never have highly ripped abs, or indeed a year-round golden glow, but the posts provide escapism and a positive influence for those lazy days we all have..

The Fitness Fiends 

Body By SimoneThe latest account I decided to follow. Formerly a dancer; Simone is a fitness instructor who holds exercise classes based in dance, but also provides programmes for you to purchase yourself. I am yet to buy any workout plan, or invest in a personal trainer, but her Instagram is jam-packed with short clips of high intense dance-workouts which you can easily. and freely, take inspiration from. I’m weirdly feeling like I need to belt “Sistaaaas, are doing it for themselves.” So there we go, I just did.

FGC’s Instagram has such a wide variety of images, largely consisting of meals and snacks created, and the Fit Girls working out, with a good all-round mixture of everything you need to feel properly motivated. Their blog however, is where the juicy goodness is really at. With recipes, fitness routines and articles on global Fit Girls, it is a brilliant resource that I highly recommend you to read!

Who hasn’t heard of Kayla Itsines these days? The Australian bronzed babe is motivating and transforming hundreds, probably thousands of women daily, each with their own story to tell about the journey they’re on. She usually posts “before and after” shots of those who have undertaken the Bikini Body challenge, as well as “motivational” quotes, what she’s been eating that day, and her set of cracking abs. Not… Jealous…. At. All.

Progress shots of someone who  is on the BBG programme. Source
Consisting largely of success stories like Kayla’s, Joe often posts his “Lean In 15” meals in photographic or short video form, as well as quick clips of himself working out. He’s incredibly encouraging towards his trainees, and has a great sense of humour, the latter no doubt being a life saver for those moments where you’re wanting to pack it all in. I also discussed the workouts he posts online for free in this post.

The Foodie Fiends

Not actually a professional chef, Steph is a dancer who has an incredibly active and hectic lifestyle, having just back-up danced on Britain’s Got Talent. She’s great to follow if you’re looking for lunch ideas when on the go or for lunchbox inspiration at work.

Pauline’s photographs are truly works of art. Each tinted in what I assume is a VSCO filter, the colours are beautiful, and consist largely of round bowls of breakfasts, salads, and the odd sweet-treat of pancakes or waffles. Check it out even for just the aesthetic pleasure alone.

LTHC’s Berry smoothie bowl topped with rhubarb crumble, pecans, puffed quinoa, blueberries and bee pollen


Jen’s shots are highly saturated, with every photo a snapshot of the rainbow. She often posts healthy versions of the “naughty” treats we all love – caramel slices, cupcakes, ice-cream, burgers.. you get the gist. 

Probably the queen of the breakfast/smoothie bowl. The images are a delight, drenched in colour with a careful detail in her decoration, Meghan describes herself as a “Vegan Wellness warrior, health blogger and plant-based foodie.” She also lives in the UK, so I have no excuse for not being able to source the ingredients she uses in her magnificent creations!

Evelyn is an inspiring woman who has used the knowledge of nutrition and how food can empower and restore to help her recover from an eating disorder. A tender topic, it is something Evelyn openly posts about, whilst also encouraging other girls who may be experiencing similar issues to help take care of themselves nutritionally. Like the previous accounts mentioned, her vegan and gluten-free dishes are also painted in every colour imaginable. The posts range from chocolate peanut bars to nachos, doughnuts to lasagne. De-lic-ious. 

Fructose friendly, raw vegan cheesecake Source

About to head off to university, Siobhan is a veteran in the glorified breakfast smoothie bowls and is well clued up in all things “free-from” and health. We both share a love of bananas, dates and oats which immediately got me hooked. Siobhan is always finding new simply ways of recreating gluten or animal-based foods for the vegans, vegetarians or Coeliacs out there.

The Fabulous Famouses

Just look at her! Rosie doesn’t really post many photos of her bod or what she’s been eating, but I know she follows the Body By Simone fitness programme and I unashamedly use her glorious physique as something to examine and motivate myself with. Not fancying a workout today? Oh, RHW’s just posted a pic of her latest red carpet event and magazine shoot. To the workout mat you sprint.

I love Karlie. She seems completely down to earth and is very into fitness and maintaining her athletic physique. Like Rosie, she isn’t a full time health or fitness coach, and has too busy a schedule to be posting every meal in perfect composition, but you can expect to find a good amount of workout photos and videos peppered amongst her usual lifestyle photos.

Karlie workin’ it. Source

So which Instagram accounts do you follow who help to provide that kick up the bum in the morning? What’s your favourite meal to make post-workout?