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Thursday, 22 December 2016

a running achievement

a running achievement

a running achievement

I've talked a lot about running on this little space, mainly about how much I hate it, in fact, I don't think I've ever had anything positive to say about it.  But, things have changed, now, don't panic, I'm not going to start gushing, I'm not going to tell you I love it, but there's definitely been a shift in opinion.  So for those of you who either don't follow me on Instagram, or haven't been reading my blog for a while, I thought I'd start at the beginning of my running journey.

Over the years, I've dabbled with running, and using the term 'dabbled' is even an exaggeration.  Prior to 2016, I think I'd been on approximately 4 runs in my life (school PE lessons not included, although it probably wouldn't bring the number up that much as I'd usually try and get out of those too!), every couple of years I'd give it a go.  I'd get kitted up, leave the house, and manage 5 minutes before giving up and running walking home.

The Mr (who is currently in training for a marathon) is a keen runner, and has run the whole time we've been together - rephrase, he doesn't run ALL the time, but he's always ran as his choice of exercise. On one occasion many years ago, I asked him to come with me, I think I was feeling particularly determined at this point, and had even downloaded the 'Couch to 5k' app, from memory, I don't even think I completed the first run.  At the time, I was incredibly unfit, and didn't appreciate the Mr's words of motivation, on returning to our house, our flatmates banned us from going running together ever again for the sake of our relationship.

a running achievement

a running achievement
Leggings - Nike, Top - Primark, Trainers - Nike, Headphones - Apple

Fast forward 4/5 years, and on January 1st 2016, I set myself the New Year's Challenge to complete Total Warrior, I've written about that endlessly on here, so I won't bore you anymore (but if you are interested, you can catch up on posts here), but as part of that challenge, I decided I had to start running.  To complete a 10k obstacle course, I was going to need a decent level of fitness, and being able to run a reasonable distance was crucial.

On the 9th January, I set out on my first run.  I 'managed' 3km, with the majority of the second km being walked. However, I was determined to do this, and I had sponsorship money on the line... I was completing Total Warrior for Pancreatic Cancer so did't want to let anyone down.  So, every weekend, regardless of time, weather or energy I set out for a run, gradually building up speed and distance.  By April, I'd hit my 10k aim.

I stuck with it until Total Warrior came around, and then hung up my running shoes.  I was already working out 5 or 6 times a week so why did I need to keep up doing something I wasn't enjoying.

But by the end of August, I was annoyed at myself, running is such a practical exercise, you don't need much kit, you're not committed to a certain time, you can do it anywhere, so why wasn't I keeping it up.  So again determination kicked in and I set myself a new target to try and run a minimum of 5km a week.  Thinking that keeping it low and achievable, I'd maintain my running fitness, and might learn to love it.  I'm also super enviable of runners, and those who enjoy, I want to be one of those people who just declare 'yeah I ran 6 miles this morning, no biggy'.

That didn't happen, and I found more excuses to not do it, and found myself hating it even more.

Then I lost my dad.  His fight against cancer came to an end on the 16th November.  I couldn't face going to my usual classes, I didn't really want to speak to people so I started running to keep up my fitness.  

And since then, I've been running several times a week, I'm getting closer to getting back up to 10km (I'm currently at 8.2), I'm getting my speed back up, and the biggest thing? I don't hate it.  I've learnt to slow my pace down a little, so that I'm not completely exhausted, which seems to help.  I've got a handful of routes that I like, none of them too far from home so if my legs (or stubborn mind) gives up, I can wander back quite easily, and it all seems to have fallen into place.

This week I ran my 300th kilometre of the year, it was my 53rd run, and a total of 32 hours (don't do the maths, you'll work out how slow I really am).  But I'm really proud of that, I'm not a natural runner, it's a real effort, and I have no intentions of signing up to any long distance runs, I definitely won't be joining the Mr in the marathon next year. But for me, this is a real achievement, and that post I wrote back in August about 'learning to love running' well I think that maybe one day, that might just happen.

a running achivement

And look how fast I am, blink and you'll miss me!

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

a christmas gift guide for the fitness fanatic

Seen as though every blogger out there is posting Christmas Gift Guide's at the moment, I figured I'd jump on the bandwagon and put together my own too.  Only mine is more of a wishlist, in fact, if I still wrote a list and sent it to Santa this is what would be on mine, but I've kept it 'health and fitness' related so it's 'on-brand' with this little spot.  And let's just say if I started compiling a list of ALL the things I want, then Christmas would have came and went by the time I'd finished this post, and that's just with the things I want from Jo Malone!

So anyway, without further ado, let me present to you Christmas gift idea's for the fitness fanatic:

1.  A Subscription to Women's Health magazine - I buy this every month without fail, but to have it drop through the letterbox so I didn't have to remember to go out and buy it, I would consider as one of life's little luxuries.  Plus I think it's significantly cheaper when bought on subscription, and they usually seem to offer a free gift, so it's win win all round really.

2. Sweaty Betty Leggings - the majority of people I follow on Instagram own several pairs of Sweaty Betty leggings, whereas I have yet to own one (sympathy please) and from the review's I've heard, these guys seem to know what they're doing when producing workout leggings, keeping those tums in place whilst looking good too.  And this marble pair are just oh so pretty.

3.  Bose Soundsport Wireless Headphones - at the moment when I go out running I just use my apple headphones, and I've developed a complicated 'loop through my armband' concoction to stop the wire getting in the way.  Wireless headphones would solve a multitude of the time I got attached to a gate mid-run, sending everything flying as I got launched backwards, true story and not one of my finer moments.  These are pretty pricey, but up there with the best from what I've read.

4.  Booja Booja Truffles - now, I'm a big Niomi Smart fan, I've been reading her blog and watching her video's for sometime, and you may recognise the name if you've heard of Sourced Box, she's one of the brains behind that business.  Niomi follows a plant-based diet, not something I have any plans of doing any time soon, but it means her chocolate choices are slightly more limited, and these Booja Booja truffles seem to be one of her faves.  And from what I've heard, Booja Booja have nailed it when it comes to gourmet chocolate, and even the biggest Cadbury fan should like these.

5.  The Nutribullet - I've had the Breville Blend Active for nearly two years now, and while I love it (it was a bargain under £20 and still going strong) there's certain things it's just not strong enough to deal with, think dates, frozen smoothie fruits, some of my baking attempts, and the Nutribullet just seems to glide through anything.  I reckon if I had one of these, my baking skills would reach new heights...ok, slight exaggeration, but I think no-bake protein balls would quickly become a regular fixture.

6.  Nike Running Pegasus Trainers - tell me one fitness junkie who isn't always after a new pair of trainers.  I am forever adding pairs to my invisible-in my head wishlists, and if I had unlimited money, I'd have one of those wardrobes like you see on cribs that is just full of trainers in every colour imaginable, so I couldn't put this wishlist together without at least one pair.  

And I'm obviously assuming that should I own all of the items above, I'd become an even healthier and fitter person than I am now, because that's how it works right? 

So once I look the part, it only makes sense that I live the part too? Ever since watching Carly Rowena's vlog of her trip to St Lucia way back in June, I've been dreaming of one day experiencing The Body Holiday myself.  It's a wellness focused, all inclusive resort and way out of any holiday budget I'll ever have, but that's the whole point in a 'wishlist' right? You just add the things you dream of having, not the ones you can afford!

What's on your wishlist this year? Are there any other fitness gifts I need to be adding to mine? Let me know in the comments, there's always time to add one or two more!

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

i've been nominated for an award - i can't believe it either!

uk blog awards

It's been almost a year since I started my 2016 challenge, the challenge to get fit and to get healthy, and to blog my journey along the way.

It's been a difficult year, and setting myself that challenge has given me something to focus on.  Blogging about it along the way has given me something to answer to.  It made me more determined to keep up all my efforts, because people were reading about my journey, leaving comments on here to say well done, and liking my Instagram photos along the way.

It's a little blog, my photography skills aren't great, my grammar not always perfect, my pancakes not Instagram worthy and my sweaty face not something people want to see. But, it seems I must be doing something right, because this little ol' blog has been nominated for a UK Blog Award, and I couldn't be more amazed.  I'll be honest, I'm in complete shock, but at the same time, I am pleased as punch!!

Me? Nominated for a blog award? Never in a million years did I expect that to happen, and it's made me think that maybe I am cut out for blogging and maybe one day I'll learn how to use a camera, I'll write a completely grammatically correct post, I'll nail the perfect pancakes, and I'll be less sweaty? Ok, so that last one probably won't ever happen, but it's good to know my blog has been recognised, and some of you lot are enjoying reading it, it's all 'heart eye emojis' over here right now.

I know it's pretty unlikely I'll win, I'm up against some incredible talent, you know the kinda blogger I really want to be, and to get this far is incredible.  But, just on the off chance you are one of those people that enjoy reading my posts, I'd be ever so grateful if you voted for me, at least a handful of votes would be a little less embarrassing than none, and it turns out I can't vote for myself...goddammit.

So, if you don't mind my asking (which actually makes me a cringe to do), then maybe you could head over here and help a girl out?

And I really will appreciate it very much.
total warrior - i did it

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

pancreatic cancer and me


On May 26th 2015 my dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after several weeks of pain, self diagnosis of everything but cancer, and three days earlier walking me down the aisle with a bottle of morphine in his pocket.

On November 16th 2016 my dad lost his battle.

He fought this cancer for 17 months.  At initial diagnosis the doctor's predicted 12 - 16 weeks.

I'm sure some of you are probably wondering why I'm writing this post on such a personal topic.  Well, yesterday was the funeral and one of the hardest days I've ever been through.  The other hardest day was the day he died.

My dad was a fit and healthy man, he'd wanted to live to the age of 90, and had cancer not got to him first, I'm certain he would have made it.  He started most mornings with a bowl of fruit and yogurt, with a small helping of muesli.  He always got his five pieces of fruit and veg a day, and he stayed active, walking and cycling regularly.  He was never ill, barely had a day off work in 40 years, and didn't approve of laziness.

Then there was me, a class a couch potato, always choosing to say sitting on the sofa with a chocolate bar in hand than getting up off my ass and doing anything. Walking the 10 minutes to work every day was the most exercise I ever got.

Dad's diagnosis struck a chord.  If someone as healthy and well as him could get hit with such a horrendous disease, then what hope is there for someone like me, and what chance would I have of fighting it.

The doctor's were all amazed by my dad, he tried everything to give himself more time, pancreatic cancer is one of the worst, and I can see why, the symptoms are horrendous and it's not surprising so many survive mere months, no-one would want to live with that.  But dad kept fighting, and the doctor's believe that he's general good health was part of the reason he survived so long.

On January 1st 2016 I set myself a challenge, to complete Total Warrior in August of this year, to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK.  Part of me wanted to do something to help fight such a terrible disease, to try and contribute towards one day finding a cure, and hopefully preventing others having to live through it.  But the other part of me realised I had to get fit, I couldn't keep denying the fact I couldn't run for a bus without getting out of breathe, and vegetables only made it on to my plate once a week.

In August I completed Total Warrior, and my dad was there to see me do it.  So now, more than ever, it's important for me to stay fit and keep healthy, and that's what this blog is all about.  So while my dad is my inspiration, my readers are my motivation to keep at it.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

madeleine shaw's post workout protein balls

madeleine shaw get the glow

protein balls ingredients

post workout protein ball

It's probably just over a year ago that I really started my 'fitness journey' as much as I hate that expression, that's what it is.  I started exercising in the run up to my wedding, but mainly did easy, low impact (read: minimal sweat) classes such as yoga, body balance and bums n tums, and really focused on a healthy, probably a little too low calorie, diet in order to lose weight.  I didn't go crazy, I lost about a stone for my wedding, and was really happy with how I  looked.

Shortly after the wedding, my dad was sadly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and that's what really kick started my efforts into getting fit.  My dad has always been an advocate of eating well, and maintaining high fitness levels.  I, on the other  hand, was always happier sitting on the sofa, with a bag of minstrels.  When my dad got ill, it really made me appreciate the importance of healthy living, and keeping active, how can you expect your body to stay well, if you don't look after it.

So last year, I started upping my fitness, I went to high cardio classes, like body combat and circuits, and in January, in my quest to complete Total Warrior (you can read all about that here if you're interested) I started running.  

Then I started thinking about my diet, if you've read any of my previous posts, I don't do macro capping, or calorie counting or anything like that.  I try to focus on a balanced diet, (ahem: gives me a good excuse to still eat cake and chocolate) with lots of protein and fruit and vegetables. For the last year, me and the mr have talked about making protein balls, but have just never got round to it.  It might be partly to do with the fact for the last couple of months I've been drowning in protein bars!  But, with a little bit of time on our hands yesterday and the mr around all week to help me eat them, we finally decided to give them a go.  

Using Madeleine Shaw's recipe for post-workout protein balls, they genuinely couldn't have been easier.  Why we waited so long I have no idea.  Basically, the recipe, in a nutshell, bung everything in a mixer, whizz it up and roll into balls.  Job done.

madeleine shaw post workout protein balls recipe

protein ball ingredients
peanut butter
chopped dates

protein ball mix

post workout protein balls

We substituted half of the peanut butter for almond and vanilla butter, don't hate on me, but I'm really not a peanut butter fan, and I'm pretty sure you could use any nut butter you fancied.  We also added a squeeze of maple syrup just to help bind the mixture together, and there you have it, easy peasy protein balls that taste good.

Now, the Mr loves them, I'm a little on the fence (its the peanut butter!) so now I'm the hunt for a chocolate recipe, can anyone help a girl out?! 

post workout protein ball

P.S. Don't forget, I'm also running a giveaway on my blog at the moment, you could be in with a chance of winning a pair of Gola trainers, go check it out and get entering HERE!

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

fancy winning yourself a pair of trainers? yeah you do!

Gola Trainers

Gola Trainers

Gola Trainers

Gola Trainers

Gola Trainers

When I think about Gola, the first things that come to mind are cool retro styles in suede, pretty patterned collaborations (think Liberty) and the classic two stripe design. While I'd never have dismissed them as a top trainer brand, I wouldn't have considered them as one of my first ports of call for workout trainers. 

Turns out I need to re-consider, as these guys are actually pretty good at active wear, and while they still maintain their sleek design, they've upped their features, meaning it's not just style over substance!

Me and the Mr quickly headed out to give our new kicks a trial run (see what I did there) because not only did they look great, I couldn't get over how light and comfortable they were so wanted to see how they performed.  Now I'm no expert, I've only been running a few months, so wasn't sure how much of a valid review I could give, hence why the hubby came too, he's in training for a marathon...

So after a cheeky little photoshoot in the park, yes I genuinely was stretching in preparation for a run, this wasn't all posed (*cough cough*) off we went.  I felt like I was running on air, these really are the most lightweight trainers I've ever worn, but still provide a supportive sole.  And you feel like you're wearing socks because of the jersey fabric they're made from, which also means I can't imagine they'd ever rub, hurrah for not needing plasters for the first few wears. 

They also have a few other elements going on including super breathable and flexible fabric, and a sole which provides durability and shock absorption, probably not overly important for my little 5k jogs, but definitely required if you're going the distance.

And they must have been doing some good, because I actually ran faster that day than I had for several months, so I guess I've got these trainers to thank, because I can't think of any other reasons...ok, maybe the bowl of protein weetabix I'd had for my breakfast?!

But do you know what else I like about them? They look really good, the grey pair I've already worn a few times when I'm not exercising, other than converse, I don't tend to wear trainers, the simple style means they look good with jeans and are smarter than you're usual white sports trainer.  So it's fair to say, I'm a big fan.

Now after a review that good, I'm assuming you might quite like to get your hands on a pair yourself? Well, count yourself lucky, because Gola have only gone and said I can giveaway one pair from their Autumn/Winter range (check out the catalogue here) to not one but two lucky readers, you just need to use the rafflecopter below to enter, go go go:

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

my first ever spin class, and I survived

my first spinning class

Last Sunday I decided to pluck up the courage and give spinning a go for the first time.  I say ‘pluck up the courage’ because I’ve been wanting to try it for about a year, but always managed to find excuses to not go.  I’ve done every other class at my gym so why I had ‘spinning fear’ I don’t know, maybe it was the rumours I’d heard about people mopping a pool of sweat up off the floor after they’d finished, or getting off the bike and falling over because their legs were so weak.

Sunday’s are usually for Body Combat, but I was running a bit late, and I just couldn’t quite muster up the enthusiasm.  I noticed that spinning was starting 15 minutes later, with a teacher I know, and the thought of spending the next 45 minutes sitting down just seemed that bit more appealing.

I didn’t get off to a good start.  I got to the class later than anticipated, I wasn’t actually late, but I’d wanted to get there early so I’d be fully set up (preferably on the back row) before all the regulars arrived.  Turned out I was the last to arrive, and not having a clue what I was doing, I needed the instructor to help me set up my bike.  So she picked a bike for me (right in the middle, great!) she positioned the seat, got my feet strapped in, and showed me how the screen worked.  Then asked me to have a go and peddle.  Nothing happened.  With a bit more effort, I tried again.  Still nothing happened.  I was either definitely not cut out for this, or the bike was knackered.  Turned out it was the bike, not me.  By this point, the class was running late and I was the cause, I could feel eyes burning into the back of my head and I would have quite liked to get up and walk out there and then .

Anyway, bike number 2, I was set up and ready to go.  Warm up starts and I seem to be going ok.  Then we start to up the pace, the intensity and the incline (yep, all three!).  I spot a woman just in front of me whose screen I can see, she’s shall we say a good few years older than me (ok, thing maybe twice my age) so I figured I’d be able to match her gear levels and reps.   And then we start to climb up what felt like the tallest mountain ever, and just when I think we’re good to scale the top, it turns out we’ve got quite a hike to go, and the gears have to keep going up.  My legs are like jelly, and I’m slower than the lady I’m trying to keep up with, and we're upping the gears again!

Next up is speed, so this has gotta be easier right? I can sit back down, lower my gears, and then peddle my legs like crazy.  Yes it’s definitely easier, but now I’m shattered and we’ve got another 5 rounds to go.

The sweat starts flowing, the legs are crying and I’m only two thirds through!

Somehow, I do get some inner strength from somewhere, I make it to the end of the class and almost cry a little with relief (just like my legs).  According to the instructor I did really well, I'm sure she's just trying to make me feel better, and it works.  Feeling smug, I wobble home on legs ready to collapse.


Convinced I’ll struggle to get out of bed the next day, I have a bath and let my legs relax.  Turns out it wasn’t my legs I needed to worry about, but a bruise on each bum cheek from the saddle makes sitting down the next day pretty uncomfortable...nobody warned me about that.

I haven’t been back to spinning yet, it’s probably going to take me another few months to pluck up the courage to go back, but at least I did it, and that’s something to be proud of, right?!

Friday, 28 October 2016

53% protein - that's good, right?!

coconut multipower bar

At the moment, my Instagram feed is full of people opening boxes of the latest banana flavoured Grenade bars.  I've never tried a Grenade bar, but these things seem to be 'the bomb' in the world of fitness bloggers and macro counters.

If you've read any of my previous posts, you'll know that despite trying to fool myself into thinking that I might be a 'health and fitness blogger', I actually am doing a pretty bad job.  And while I'd love Grenade to send me a box full of their bars (hint hint Grenade!) I'd be reviewing them purely on taste because 23g of protein means nothing to me, I do like the fact they're called carb killa's though, and for that reason alone, I'd probably eat a box full in one go.

Anyway, the lovely people at Multipower have been following my quest to get fit and healthy, and whilst they know I'm not really any good at the science of it all, they keep sending me their products to review, and I'm not complaining.

multipower protein bars

Last time it was their protein smoothie's which got a big thumbs up from me, this time it's their new low sugar high protein bars.  Again, the protein content means nothing to me, but emblazoned on the front of the bars it declares '53% protein' and I figure, that's gotta be good.

I haven't tried many protein bars, ok, I haven't tried any other than these, so I have nothing to compare to, but I imagine they're a bit like a glorified chocolate bar, only not as sickly sweet and you can fool yourself into thinking you're eating something that's good for you.  However, a little internet research tells me that's not always the case, and actually a lot of them have as much calories and sugar as a normal chocolate bar...not ideal.

I guess the appeal of them is the ease, I'm often leaving a workout knowing a won't be eating again for a couple of hours, and don't have the time (or kitchen if I'm not heading home) to whizz up a quick shake, so carrying a protein bar in my bag means I've always got it to hand, and it's a quick fix after my class. 

So what do I think? Well in terms of the nutritional information, they're 200 calories a bar, they've got 23g of protein and 1.5g of sugar.  Being a previous myfitnesspal junkie, those 200 calories don't please me, but, I understand in the world of protein bars, this is actually pretty good. And 1.5g of sugar? Yeah, that's nice and low too.

But back to the 200 calories, in all honestly, I'd rather eat a mars I know that's not the point, but these aren't quite hitting the spot for me.

The cookies and cream, and berry yoghurt are a slightly odd texture, really chewy and rubbery, is that normal? Well if it is, it isn't for me.  Also, given they're so low in sugar they're super sweet, but again, that might just be me.  If you're a fan of yoghurt coated raisins/berries then you'll love the berry one, but it's just not to my taste.

The chocolate and coconut on the other hand, I'm a much bigger fan of.  The coconut was kinda like a more chewy bounty, and the chocolate tasted more like your standard chocolate bar.  

I guess not being a connosseur, I have nothing to compare them too, but in terms of ease they're a winner.  The coconut and chocolate I'd definitely have again.  The berry and cookies n' cream, I'll leave for those with a sweeter tooth.

And I'm guessing these are good for my macros too, right?!

gym bag

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

the mid afternoon office slump

salad lunch

I know I'm not the first person to say it and I definitely won't be the last, but working in an office really doesn't help with my attempts at sticking to a healthier diet.  It's rare that a day goes by without someone buying a packet of biscuits, cakes, chocolates, doughnuts, sweets to share with everyone, and they're always placed directly in my eye line.  I can practically smell them while I sit at my desk typing away.

I was reading Women's Health earlier this week, and there was an article about how to avoid putting on weight while at work...I don't mean literally putting on weight while you're sitting at your desk, starting the day weighing 10st and leaving weighing 14, but all the things that contribute to a those muffin tops within the office.

The article mentioned various 'fat traps' from things like being too busy to take a proper lunch break, being stressed, and apparently even being too cold can have an affect (who knew being chilly makes your body store fat...on goes the heating!).  I'm generally pretty good at taking my lunch break, if I can, I'll even squeeze in a yoga class, I'm not usually too stressed, and in the main, the office is pretty toasty.  

But the one that did leap out? 'The Food Bully' - this is that person that always encourages you to have a slice of cake, a cheeky doughnut, an extra chocolate, because it's someone's birthday, it'd be rude not to, it's the bake off tonight, you catch my drift! And apparently, I quote WH, 'if just one of your team is obese, your own risk double's'.  Now there's no-one in my office that is obese, in fact, I think we're a pretty trim team as it goes, but I do sit on a bank of desks with two 19 year old guys (yes, I feel old every day!) who eat whatever and whenever they want.  So trying to tuck in my lettuce leaves and plain chicken while they're chowing down on a Maccy's D and a chocolate muffin for pud isn't always so easy.

Over the years, I've actually got pretty good at food prepping, and taking in my own lunch (just take a look at my Instagram to see what I'm usually eating at my desk), but recently I've relaxed my diet, and the treat table seems to be piled higher than ever.  The fact we take part in our game of Bake Off doesn't help the situation, and it would rude for me not to sample the competition.  Our office Bake Off came to an end last week, so I'm determined to try and get back into eating better, my meals are generally good, I just need to curb my snacking.

drawer snacks - wotsits and cereal bar

I can't be the only one that hits 3pm and hits that wall.  You know the sort I mean, the sort where you're struggling to keep your eyes open, all the numbers in the spreadsheet in front of you are jumping about and the thought of concentrating for another 2 and a half hours is enough to make you get up and walk out there and then? Ok so maybe that's an exaggeration, but you catch my drift.  

And it's true, I'm not that only one who feels like that,  when my dad was still working, he was very much an advocate of the 3pm banana, he believed it's what got him through the rest of the afternoon, I should take note.

carrot sticks and cucumber

Anyway, the good people at GoToMeeting have come up with a list of snacks that are not only healthy, but also boost energy and productivity, something that I definitely require when I hit my 3pm slump.  

So it's goodbye to the stash of chocolate covered cereal bars and low calorie crisps I've got hiding in my top drawer, and not to reach out for crackers and houmous (high in protein, iron and antioxidants apparently) and yoghurt and banana smoothies (lots of fibre to maintain fullness, and full of magnesium to help maintain energy levels).  Despite the benefits of eating hard boiled eggs, I'd still like my colleagues to be my friend so I'm not sure I'll be whipping those out mid-afternoon any time soon, but I'll definitely start thinking about reaching for a handful of trail mix before I crack open the biscuit tin.

Ok, that's a lie, I'm not a big nut fan, so I'll definitely be thinking about the biscuit tin when I open the trail mix packet, and let's be honest, the raw cacao at the top of this list of 15 energy boosting snacks is definitely the one that's got the most of my attention...

raw cacao
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