Friday, 19 September 2014

Recipe | Babybel Surprise Burgers

Melted cheese. Burgers. Melted cheese IN burgers. Now you just try and tell me that doesn't sound like heaven.
Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a sucker for cheese of any kind, and it's a daily struggle to avoid scoffing any of the dairy goodness that my family may have hiding in the fridge. I resist though, because 1) I know that eating a little results in eating a lot with me, and 2) because I know it's not exactly healthy for me.
That said, I do like to treat myself to a little nibble every now and then in the form of more calorie friendly snacks such as Babybels and Dairylea triangles, and the recipe which I'm sharing today is one which I've been meaning to give a try for a while as it seems like the perfect treat to indulge in that doesn't carry the guilt of a shop or restaurant bought burger.

And the best thing of all, is that they're super quick and so so easy to make!

You'll need about 500g of lean beef mince to make about 4 burgers, along with some herbs and spices (I used some dried mixed herbs and a season-all mix from Schwarz) a couple of spring onions and a Babybel for each burger. If you fancy a different flavour then it's super easy to just swap spices in and out dependant on what you fancy on the day! :)
Simply throw all of the ingredients in together and give it a mix, making sure that all of the ingredients are evenly distributed around the mince. Once everything's combined it's time to make the patties!

I used a burger press to ensure that mine were all the same shape, and put a layer of the mince mixture in the bottom, before placing the babybel in the middle and covering it up ready to press. If you don't have a burger press (although I think they're pretty cheap to get hold of), then you may need to add an egg yolk into the mixture to bind it all together a little better before moulding it around the Babybel itself in the palms of your hands.
Once you've got your perfect patties - just pop them into the fridge to chill for half an hour.

When you're ready for them to be cooked, place them under a pre-warmed grill/skillet/whatever you have at your disposal and cook for around 10-15 minutes or until cooked through, preferably on a medium heat to stop the outsides from burning before the inner bits are cooked! :)

And that is it. How simple right??? I had mine with a simple salad, but dependant on what flavourings you use, there are heaps of different things you could have with them!
Remember when making them that the leaner the meat the healthier - and you can't go far wrong. :)

So I guess the only question left is....

Who's going to be giving these a try??!

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Monday, 15 September 2014

#SB30DaySweat Challenge | Half Way Through!

So it's half way through Sweaty Betty's 30 Day Sweat Challenge already! How's everyone been doing??
Fitting it in on top of my regular gym routine as well as training for cheer has been a challenge and I have to admit that while it's been easier to fit in the fitness aspects as I can just add them onto my workout, trying out some of the recipes or wellness exercises have been a little harder to incorporate.

I will be better for the second half though!

For those who haven't signed up and want to know what's in store for the SB Sweaters from now until the end of September - here a few of the one's that I can't wait to try out:

17th: Strong & Steady - a lovely yoga flow created by SB founder, Tamara.
20th: Breakfast of Champions - breakfast is one of my favourite meals to take time over, so I can't wait to see what awesomeness Danielle rustles up!
24th: The Glute Pulse Challenge - because I'll do anything that helps me get that Beyonce booty. ;)
30th: Results Day - Time to see if/how I've improved on my original scores!

As well as wanting to see whether I've improved the amount of push-ups, burpees and pendulisers I can do it a minute, I've also taken before photos so that I have a more visual comparison - something which I thoroughly recommend instead judging progress solely by numbers on scales.

I've been toying with the idea of treating myself to some new workout gear if I did well at the challenge as I'm such a sucker for new pretty things, and Sweaty Betty have some doozies at the minute. I mean look at these things?? Aren't they super cute?!

First on my list is the GF4F Campaign Top which is super cute with it's slouchy cropped-ness baring a logo which is oh so true - it definitely is good to sweat! The Zero Gravity Leggings are also to die for, with the Camofloral Print giving a lovely spin on boring old black. In all my years of fitness I have never owned a pair of full-length leggings, and I'm thinking that these beauties would be the perfect first pair.
Last but definitely not least is this gorgeous Ultra Run Jacket in the City Lights print. I completely fell in love with this print when I saw it, and am also eager to get my hands on the shorts iconas well! Again, a solid running jacket is something which I don't yet possess (looking for any excuse here!) and this stunning combination of colours and print is just too good to pass on.

Hopefully tempting myself with workout gear will keep me on track! Are you planning on treating yourself to anything once the #SB30DaySweat is over? I'd love to hear what you've got waiting for you at the end of the tunnel! :)

If anyone is still wanting to take part in the #SB30DaySweat Challenge, then it's not too late - download the calendar here and hop on board!

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Out & About | Fit-Fashion Junkies Get Over Here!

Over the past few weeks I have been lucky enough to attend the launches of two fantastic sportswear e-commerce websites, and I was so blown away by the brands which both of them offer that I couldn't help but get a post written up for you guys ASAP so that I can spread the word to all fellow fit-fashion junkies!
With sports luxe taking the spotlight for the past couple of seasons, and lesser-known but absolutely outstanding brands coming to the forefront of the sportswear market - we gym bunnies now have the perfect couple of one-stops shops to get our fix of gorgeous gymwear.

The first of the invites to land in my inbox was that of online fashion magazine Fashercise who, after months and months of planning, had made the big step of relaunching their website to include an e-commerce add-on. As a big fan of Fashercise anyway, I was super happy for them and had an amazing time at Box Park in Shorditch where I bopped along with Natalie and Cantara to a fantastic DJ and munched on Wheyhey Ice-cream and Peach & Mango Vita Coco - YUM!

This invite was followed shortly after by Style PB - a brand-spanking new website who launched their new online store with a lovely afternoon yoga session, a sneak peak of their super stylish new site and sipping on Vitamin Water and some gorgeous cold-pressed juices from Press. Founder Natalie was super welcoming and took me through all of the various brands Style PB offered - all of which are amazing!
Style PB

Both sites are stocking fantastic brands with the likes of Lexie Sport, Charli Cohen, Lucas Hugh and Been by D'Heyere all displayed in their on-trend awesomeness, allowing us all to get hold of great performance wear that doesn't compromise on style - I can't wait to put in my orders!

Have you checked out Fashercise and Style PB yet? If you're as much of a fit-fashion freak as I am, I know they'll be right up your street!

Comment below with your favourite pieces! :)

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Friday, 5 September 2014

Personal | September Goals

So it's just occurred to me at midnight last night that I haven't written my September Goals blog post yet! Due to my whirlwind of an August, this will be a shorter post than usual as I didn't have time to set goals for last month and therefore having nothing to report back to you with... Oops!

September is looking to be a super busy month with the cheerleading season starting and training with my new team being ramped up as we up our conditioning and begin practicing the skills that we'll need to be able to perform a kick-ass routine this year. I'll also be going back to university as well as fitting in the gym, blogging, work and of course the #SB30DaySweat Challenge which you can read more about here! So naturally I want to mould this month's goals around making this month as successful as possible. :)

This time round I've decided to split my goals up into little sub-categories to make sure that I cover all bases, and also because I think it's a bit easier on the eye to read!

Health & Fitness

I guess the photos above say it all really! I desperately want/need to improve my flexibility. Not just for cheerleading (although it will help massively!), but also because you tend to lose a lot of flexibility when weight-lifting as new muscle isn't very stretchy (using all of the scientific wording there as you can see!). An added factor is that more mobile you are, the easier you will find performing certain moves, for example straight-leg deadlifts, squats and pretty much anything which even remotely uses a limb!
So I'm hoping that these photos will bare witness to the old, inflexible me by the end of the month, and I will be able to post some lovely new photos of my actually being able to do the splits by the end of September - or at least be a lot lower... ;)

Another goal is to complete Sweaty Betty's 30 Day Sweat Challenge and to be able to see some results from it. I've been really enjoying it so far as it's given me the opportunity to add extra things in to mix my routine up a little, and gives great exercises to do at home for the times when I can't make it to the gym. No excuses for not exercising this month! If you want to follow my progress don't forget to make sure you're following me on Instagram (@thebarbelle) and Twitter (@tweetrhii)!

Life & Blogging

Outside of health and fitness, my soul focus this month is to prepare and organise myself ready for heading back to university for final year and all of the time management that goes along with it. I've given myself a tough task with the amount I have taken on both academically and with extra-curricular stuff, but I know that all it takes is a little planning ahead and I should be there! Hopefully this month I will have the opportunity to perfect this technique and report back to you all with any tips which I have come across along the way. :)

What are your goals for September? Leave them below! :)

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