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    Protein Cinnamon French Toast Squares

    Protein Cinnamon French Toast Recipe

    Hey Guys, I have teamed up with Warburtons to give on old favourite breakfast recipe a new twist! Now if you follow me on Snapchat, you will see that I love to have a high protein breakfast of eggs most mornings. Well, this recipe is a great way to get your eggs in on the days when you have that sweet craving too! Also, by subbing out bread for a wrap, this recipe feels like you're eating little french toast pancakes! Perfect for a weekend brunch. 

     

    Ingredients

    - 1 large egg

    - 1 Warburtons Protein Wrap

    - 1/4 tsp Cinnamon (or to your taste)

    - Squeeze of Honey or Agave

    - Coconut Oil

    Toppings

    - 3 Tbsp Greek Yoghurt

    - Berries of Choice

     

    Method

     

    1. Cut the wrap into 8 square pieces using a sharp knife. 
    2. In a shallow bowl, beat together 1 egg, almond milk, cinnamon and a squeeze of honey (to your taste). 
    3. Lightly grease a non-stick frying pan with coconut oil and put on a medium heat. 
    4. Meanwhile, take each square and soak in the egg mix, before adding to the frying pan. \
    5. Fry for 1-2 minutes each side, before transferring to a plate. 
    6. Add Greek yoghurt, berries & honey to serve or any toppings of your choice!

     


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    How to Rest and Relax in Gstaad

    How To Rest & Relax in Gstaad

    This past weekend, my best friend and fellow blogger Zanna Van Dijk, invited me on a trip to Gstaad, Switzerland to stay at Le Grand Belle Vue Hotel. 

    Both of our lives are often overwhelmingly hectic, and so the idea of having some quality girl time in the Mountains was far too appealing. It’s actually kind of hilarious, that Zanna and I have to go to  Switzerland to get some quality time together despite living in the same City, but neither of us like to turn down a chance for adventure! Plus the idea of a weekend of Swiss Chocolate & Cheese was a no brainer.

    The Setting

    We arrived to the Gstaad after taking the most stunning journey on The Golden Pass Railway, a must if you want to see the stunning Swiss mountains and lakes. Once we got to the Gstaad station, we were then picked up by the hotel chauffeur in a classic Bentley (which later we discovered was owned by Sir Roger Moore, my boyfriend Jack would have DIED).

     

    We stayed at Le Grand Belle Vue in Gstaad, a 5 star hotel, which might sound fancy but was in fact the most welcoming, and delightful place I have ever stayed in. We were given a tour of the hotel by the owner Daniel Koetser, where he showed us all that was on offer. Okay, so this place had a Michelin Star Restaurant, a Sushi Bar, a Nightclub, a Wine Cellar, a Spa with about 5 Saunas, an Ice Grotto, Gym, Reformer Pilates Studio and a picture perfect Pool. Needless to say we were rather blown away. 

    Zanna and I shared a room, we were greeted with a Champagne reception and the most perfect little cakes on arrival. This was the beginning of what turned out to be a pretty indulgent weekend! But more on that later. 

    The hotel is surrounded by rolling hills, and mountains in the distance. Everywhere was green which makes a pleasant change from the concrete jungle of London. The unpolluted air and beautiful surroundings had an almost instant calming effect on both of us. Everywhere you look, the views are perfect for a postcard! Gstaad itself is a traditional town full of these stunning wooden lodges, decorated with lots of pretty flowers. It's also a very affluent area of Switzerland, with the majority of shops being designer so if you plan a visit, be sure to take plenty of spending money. 

    The Food 

    For the most part, Zanna and I chose to dine in the hotel, as it’s not short of incredible options. The breakfast buffet was a total dream, offering the most delicious bircher muesli + all the toppings you could wish for which we paired with the most perfect eggs from the breakfast menu. 

    Our first evening, we got out of our activewear for once and dressed up for a 3 course meal at the Michelin Starred restaurant ‘Leonards’. Oh my goodness, this was wonderful. A highlight being Dover Sole, with spring vegetables, ratatouille, buttered potatoes and Spinach. 

    And not forgetting dessert! If you know Zanna and I, you know that we both have an eternal sweet tooth (that got satisfied on multiple occasions…we haven’t even got to the Chocolate Shop yet). 

    The Flourless Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ice Cream was out of this world. Like a fluffy chocolate cloud!!! 

    On our second evening, we enjoyed Sushi in our room, which we ordered directly from the in-house Sushi Chef downstairs. We felt like absolute ballers, devouring a mountain of Maki Rolls in our hotel robes and matching slippers whilst we had a girls night in watching our favourite YouTubers. What else would we do haha?!

    We did venture into Gstaad and wander around the shops, we found the healthy hot spots, Glow HealthBar where we enjoyed a Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie. Talking of Chocolate, we made it our mission to try the truffles the Swiss were so famous for! Treating ourselves to a bag of goodies, that didn’t make it to the end of the day. Absolutely no regrets about that. 

     It's called #BALANCE, Ok?! 😉😂

    The Activities

    Like I said, this weekend was all about relaxing and recharging our very run down batteries. 

    One of our main goals for the trip was to head out on a hike, sadly due to some overcast and drizzly weather we were limited to a walk to another town. However, we made the most of it and got to see some pretty spectacular views. 

    But the true relaxation came at the hotel Spa. We booked in for a 50 minute full body massage which my body was SO thankful for before hopping form Sauna to Sauna, to the pool, to the Ice Box followed by the Jacuzzi. 

     

    Did we train on this weekend away?? NO. Did we eat all the treats, enjoy all the delicacies and lounge around? YES. 

    When you lead a life that often goes at 100mph, it’s so important to take time out, to just do something totally different to the daily grind. 

    I know a lot of you who may read this will feel uneasy about fully letting go on holiday, but your healthy lifestyle will be still be there when you return home. However, the experience of enjoying Michelin starred food and local delicacies don’t come around so often, and so take those opportunities with both hands and make the most of your holiday. 

    If you’re looking for a similar experience, a luxurious escape, incredible food and the great outdoors on your doorstep, then I strongly recommend visiting Gstaad and Le Grand Belle Vue. 

    Personally, I am hoping to plan a trip to go back in Spring when it’s a little cooler so we can take full advantage of the open fires and hot chocolate menu after hiking up a mountain. 

    This weekend was great for the girls, but it definitely would be ideal for a romantic getaway in the mountains. I mean, Fondue for 2?! His & Her Spa treatments! Champagne on the lawn?! Yes Please! 

     

    Thanks again Zanna for inviting me on this trip! It was a total dream. I can’t wait for many more trips together in the future. 

    Thanks for reading! I will be trying to blog once a week from now on, so stay tuned for more posts! 

    Tally x

    P.S This is Leonard, the hotel mascot! Actually quite a terrifying experience taking this photo, as you're up pretty high and he's not that big!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


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    A Healthy and Balanced Holiday

    A Healthy and Balanced Holiday

     

    Recently, I got the chance to go away with Natalie Glaze, a fellow fitness and lifestyle blogger. We went away for 4 days to Paphos, Cyprus for some much needed Vitamin D and boy did we get it, it was an average of 32 degrees every day we were there. We flew out with Monarch Airlines and stayed at the beautiful Almyra Hotel and Spa, which is right on the coast overlooking the Sea as you can see above. 

    It was the most beautiful setting for our little trip. Honestly we wanted to do a lot whilst we were there, sun bathe, swim in the infinity pool (seen below) workout in the Gym, do some Yoga and get pampered in the spa, visit the local town, get Gelato ( A MUST). Oh and of course, make sure we visited each of the 5 restaurants that the Almyra had to offer. So not alot then?!

    Natalie and I shared a similar ethos when it came to the holiday. We wanted to for the most part stay healthy and active, and indulge in our evening meals and local delicacies as we knew they were the parts that made the trip extra special for us.

    So I thought I'd share how we maintained a healthy balance whilst we were there!

    Healthy Habits

    These are the little things we did each day to make sure we were keeping active and healthy. Nothing crazy or extreme, just sensible tips to help us feel our best. 

    1) We did workouts every day! These workouts ranged from HIIT, to Weights, to Circuits to Yoga. Now if we went away for longer than 4 days, we most likely would have had some rest days too. But because our break was short, we decided to make sure we had a sweat sesh each day. You can see one of our full body HIIT Circuit in full on my YouTuve video below. 

    2) We made sensible choices at the Breakfast buffet. We knew that each evening we were going to have fairly indulgent meals. So we made to get in all our essential nutrients at breakfast, turning into almost a brunch as we mostly had lighter snack-y lunches. What did I get? I went for 2 eggs wither boiled or fried, with some Chicken, Salad bits etc. Followed by a plate of the sweet stuff! A bowl of Greek Yoghurt, Bircher Muesli, Nuts and local Honey as well as a plate of fresh fruit; grapefruit, watermelon etc. So we had a high protein breakfast with carbs and fats to fuel us up for the day. This would often be after our morning workout. Before we would have a healthy snack. 

    Breakfast at Eauzone Cafe

    3) I packed some healthy snacks. I personally hate the idea of going hungry, and so will forever have snacks in my bag to prevent this from EVER happening. For this trip I packed some Quest Bars, Bounce Balls, Nuts and Pip & Nut Sachets to keep us going. We were kindly given fruit on our arrival, and so would often snack on Apple + Nut Butter for a mid afternoon snack. We often had a bounce ball or quest bar prior to training.

    4) We drank lots of water. Neither Natalie or myself are big drinkers in terms of alchohol and so we didnt actually have any drinks whilst we were there. In the heat all we really wanted was Water, and these amazing Watermelon Coolers (Fresh Watermelon, Apple Juice & Coconut Essence). So dreamy. However even these type of drinks are packed full of sugars so we would only have 1-2 a day. 

    5) We stayed active. Besides the gym workouts, we made sure to go for walks, swim in the pool (which was amazing relief from the Sun) and explored the local town. From the Almyra to the Harbour was about a 15-20 minute walk each way and we enjoyed getting to explore the area and see the locals. 

    Balancing Out

    1) We chose to indulge in our evening meals. We ate some pretty spectacular meals at each of the restaurants the Almyra had to offer. My personal highlight was the tasting menu at Ouzeri , we enjoyed the most spectacular 3 course meal of Seafood ranging from Avocado Salads to Octopus to Sea Bream and lots of the most perfect taramassalata and warm homemade Pitta bread in between. All with the most stunning sunset as our backdrop! Of course, in true Tally style I still managed room for dessert and had the most creamy Greek Yoghurt, local honey and walnuts - so simple and yet I haven't had something that delicious in a while. 

     

    2) We cooled down with the best Ice Cream EVER.  My big recommendation for anyone visiting Paphos, is to head to the harbour and go to Cold Stone Creamery. This place has the most insane menu! Basically it's not your average ice cream parlour and you can create the best combos ever. I chose to have banana ice cream, which they put on a cold stone and then mix in your favourite toppings and fillings. I went for Peanut Butter (duh!) and Dark Chocolate Chips with Chocolate Sauce. They then mix it all up and pop it in a cone. Literally incredible. You MUST go to this place!

    3) We chilled out and pampered ourselves in the Spa. Within the Hotel, is the Almyra Spa which is a complete sanctuary. Its modern interiors are so refreshing and were the perfect escape from the heat. I made sure to take the opportunity to have a 60 minute deep tissue massage whilst there. Because we were working out whilst there, this was the perfect treatment to help my body recover and stay on top form. 

    On our last day we also got to experience the Anastasia Achilleos Method which is, quite frankly, the ultimate facial experience! The treatment lasted 90 minutes, whilst we laid on a warm floating mat. It included several facial treatments and a full body massage. My skin has honestly never felt better - I felt like a new woman!! It was the perfect end to our break, as I felt that my body had been refreshed and renewed. 

     

    A note to you

    So guys, if you're heading away on holiday over the next few weeks. DO NOT STRESS. Do not worry about working out every single day or making sure you maintain a super strict diet. A holiday is just that - a chance to have a break from the every day stresses of life, to escape the grind and to have some time just for YOU. Most likely you've been putting in the hours at the gym and being mindful of what you eat leading up to your holiday so now is the time to slightly take the foot off the gas. The hard work is done and now is the time to enjoy it!

    I personally like to stay active, and make good choices as it's all part of my balanced 80/20 approach. However, it is important to say had we gone away for longer I most likely wouldn't have trained everyday and instead chosen to stay active by going on walks and exploring more (my favourite thing to do!). 

    So whatever you do this Summer, please have fun! Remember to live in the moment and make memories with the people you love. 

    Happy travelling!

     

    Tally 

     

     


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    Chickpea Cookie Dough 2 Ways

    Chickpea Cookie Dough

     

    I discovered this weird and wonderful recipe over 2 and a half years ago, when I was in the early days of my health and fitnees journey. I was all about finding healthy versions of my favourite treats, and the idea of having a cookie dough made of wholesome ingredients was ideal. 

    So yep, the magic ingredient in this recipe is Chickpeas - now I know, it's hard to get your head round, but think 'sweet silky smooth hummus' and you're almost there. I like to add protein powder to my recipes, however this is totally optional and I have no doubt you can try it without. 

    The Basic Recipe (serves one)   

    125g Raw Chickpeas, washed and drained.                            

    1 Scoop Vanilla Whey Protein 

    1 tsp (or tbsp 😉)  Smooth Peanut Butter or Nut Butter of Choice

    3-4 Tbsp Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk 

    Cinnamon (optional)

    1/4 Cup 70% Dark Chocolate Chips

    Method

    1) Add all ingredients to a mini food processor or Nutribullet. Seal and shake together. 

    2) Pulse and blend until silky smooth. If you're using a nutribullet, there is a high possibility it will stick to the sides etc. You will need to blend for about 30 secs at a time, and then use a spatula to bring it all together before blending again. If mix is a little dry you may also like to add 1-2 tbsp extra of unsweetened almond milk. 

    3) Serve, and stir in your chocolate chips or sprinkle on top! I love adding a drizzle of Choc Shot sauce too for extra indulgence. 

    I personally like to leave this to chill in the fridge for 30 minutes or even 10 minutes in the freezer, but it can also be eaten straight away too!

     

    Chocolate Casein Cookie Dough Recipe (serves one)

    Casein is a slow releasing protein that works best before bed to help optimize muscle repair and growth. This dessert in particular makes the perfect night time treat! 

     

    125g Chickpeas, washed and drained              

    1 Scoop Chocolate Casein Protein

    1 Tsp Cacao or High Quality Cocoa Powder

    1 Tsp/Tbsp Smooth Peanut Butter 

    1/4 Cup Unsweetend Almond Milk

    1/4 Cup 70% Dark Chocolate Chips

    Method

    The method is the same as above! However, you may find you will need a little extra liquid during the blending process, so make sure you keep an eye on the blender and add the almond milk 1-2 Tbsps at a time. 

     

     

     

     

    Enjoy your sweet treats!

    Tally x

     

     

     

     


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    My Top 10: Snapchatters 

    My Top 10: Favourite people to follow on Snapchat

     

    I am a big snapchat fan! First it was the photos to friends, then it was the stories to watch and my own to share, and now with the addition of filters I feel like the ghost has upped it's game to another level. And I am addicted. 

    It's become my favourite form of social media to follow a huge varity of people from my favourite fitspos to youtubers to celebs. I feel like it's a behind-the-scenes look into someones life, and being the nosey person that I am, it feeds my desire to know even more about the people I love to follow. Not only that, but it's so easy to be yourself and show people the real side of life outside of the perfectly filtered and edited content that bloggers like myself produce. 

    I also LOVE the interaction I have with you guys too! That makes it even more special for me. It's so cool to actualy put a face to a name, have chats, video conversations and hear your views on things! So if you have me on Snapchat, please know that my snaps are open and you are always welcome to say 'Hi', ask me a question or snap me your omelette (snapfam know 😉). 

    And if you haven't already, go ahead me on Snapchat: talitharye

     

    So without further a do, here are my TOP 10!!

     

    1) Adrienne 👻 you_adrienne

    Adrienne is a fitness blogger, fitness model and mum to the cutest child on earth, Jude. She's also hilarious, a super talented ex-dancer and ultimate fit mum! Not only do you get an insight into Adrienne's workouts and her super busy life but you'll also get to see many a cameo from her little boy Jude. This little munchkin loves to recreate Star Wars, have fun with the filters and just generally be adorable. Follow for feel good fitspo and cute children!

      

    2) Zanna Van Dijk 👻 zanzapan 

    Okay, maybe I'm biased because this girl is my best friend. But she's also funny, motivational, no bull-sh** blogger who is a breath of fresh air. I love following Zanna on snapchat for multiple reasons. Of course, I, like you are always intrigued as to exactly what she's getting up to, whether that be her outfit that day or who she's hanging out with - I need to know! It also massively helps when we havent seen eachother in a little while. I also like to see how hard she works, the fact that she's honest and open about her job and the hours she has to put in - it motivates me to work hard too. Follow this balanced blonde for a real insight to life as a fitness blogger, the good, the bad and the ugly. 

     

     

     

    3) Mollie Bylett 👻 @molliebylett

    I think pretty much everyone would envy Mollie's job. She's a blogger who gets paid to travel the world, explore beautiful countries and have once in a lifetime opportunities on a regular basis. Mollie's snapchat is my outlet for wanderlust. I love travelling with her, seeing the realities of living life out of a suitcase and all the incredible food she gets to try. Follow this gorgeous girl if you're looking for an escape. 

     

    4) Viviannadoesmakeup (Anna) 👻 viviannamakeup

    I think I've mentioned Anna in almost every 'my favourite person to follow' post I've ever done. I think that qualifies me as a big fan. Okay, I said it, I'm a big fan on this girls work! My fave beauty blogger for a variety of reasons; down to earth, relatable, great sense of humour, loves a fluffy dressing gown...etc. She also does beauty talk pretty damn well and I definitely trust her judgement. However, I love the snapchat for her vlog-style snaps that document her day. From the workout clips to the ootd's, i just can't help but enjoy them all. Follow Anna for some down-to-earth beauty business and all round entertainment. 

     

     

    5) Shona Vertue   👻 shona_vertue

    This Aussie babe, is just SO refreshing! She lifts weights, she does HIIT and she's a strong Yoga ninja who makes it all looks so easy. But on Snapchat, she's more than that, she is: HUNGRY HANNAH. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, HH (let's call her), is Shona's Snapfilter alter-ego who likes to avoid carbs and eat raw spinach for all meals. Of course this is Shona's way of laughing off lots of nutrition myths and it never fails to tickle me. Follow Shona for some HH skits, positive and practical motivation. 

     

     

    6) Chrissy Teigen 👻 chrissyteigen

    I just love Chrissy Teigen. She's beautiful, hilarious and just gives no f***s about what people think. I've followed her on twitter and Instagram for a while, but like I said before, Snapchat takes it to the next level - and its so cool to get that extra inside look. Also, you get to hear her husband John Legend singing quite a bit and I adore his voice and they have an adorable baby, so bonus points for Chrissy for family goals! Follow her for a bit of sass in your day! 

    7) Julianne Hough 👻 jujucaroo

    Julianne is my all time hair crush. It's just the flawless, tousled lob that I dream of. But that's not the only reason I follow her on Snapchat. I love having a peek into her LA lifestyle, her workouts, events and family days. I find her love for staying healthy and happy inspiring too, and gives me an extra boost to go and train on the days when it's harder to get out the door. Follow Julianne for some LA sunshine, her healthy lifestly and all round positive vibes. 

     

    8) Twice The Health 👻 twicethehealth

    These two are the ultimate fitness & foodie pair! Only recently they took on the Grand Canyon, running 50K, and when it comes to food, chef Emily has it covered on the dinner front whilst Hannah is queen of the flexbowls! I love snapchat to see their workouts (always pretty tough!), and for Emily's step-by-step recipes and healthy meal inspiration! Go follow this duo for your daily dose of good food and fearless fitness. 

    9) Rupy Aujla 👻 doctors_kitchen

    I recently started following Rupy and I have a lot of time for his snapchat! This guy is a full-time doctor working in A&E. In between shifts, he cooks and campaigns for there to be more education for doctors so they can give better nutritional advice to patients. What a guy! Sounds like he would a super serious person to follow, but in fact he's light hearted, entertaining and share's his top health food tips! Give him a follow for health from a slightly different perspective. 

     

    10) Steph Elswood 👻 stephelswood

    AKA Healthy Chef Steph! This girl is a ball of hilarious energy and she never fails to make me laugh! Her snaps range from clips of her boyfriend singing (he's AMAZING go check him out!), to food porn of all varieties, healthy/indulgent and all the hilarious moments in between. She's often out and about, creating mischief with Chessie King and something ridiculous no doubt always happens. I recommend following her for good food, good music and a good time!

     

    I hope you've found some fun new people to follow from this list!! I would LOVE to hear your top 10 too, as I am always on the look out for new people to add. 

    Have a great weekend and happy snapping!

    Tally x