Almond Butter Oat & Coconut Balls by Laura Scanlon


Ingredients

  1. 1 cup of rolled oats

  2. Half a cup of desiccated coconut

  3. A quarter cup of cocoa nibs

  4. A quarter cup of honey or agave syrup

  5. 2 tablespoon of coconut oil melted

  6. A half ripe banana (optional)


Method

  • Melt coconut oil

  • Add all ingredients to a blender and blend

  • Mix well

  • Roll mixture into 1 Tbs sized balls and roll some left over desiccated coconut over them.

  • Leave in fridge for at least 30 minutes

  • Enjoy as a healthy snack option

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Almond Butter Oat & Coconut Balls

Healthy Sweet Potato Cottage Pie by Laura Scanlon

Sweet Potato Cottage Pie

This is the perfect Sunday dinner or easy mid week dinner. It is honestly so tasty you won’t want to stop eating it.

Ingredients

  • 500g extra lean beef mince

  • 1 small onion finely diced

  • 1 carrot peeled and finely diced

  • 1 stick of celery finely diced

  • 2 cups salt-reduced beef stock

  • 1/4 cup of peas

  • 1 clove garlic crushed

  • 2 tbsp tomato paste

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce Or Tabasco

  • 3 large sweet potatoes cut in half longways

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Method

  • Preheat oven to 170C

  • Line a baking tray with baking paper and place sweet potato halves on tray.

  • Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle a little cinnamon and place in the oven for 50 min.

  • Heat remaining olive oil in a large pan over a medium/high heat.

  • Add mince to the pan and break up with a wooden spoon to remove lumps. Cook, stirring regularly, until mince has changed colour and is cooked through.

  • I like to drain excess fat off meat before next step.

  • Add garlic and onion to the pan and fry, stirring constantly, until the onion is transparent.

  • Add carrot, celery and peas to the pan and continue to stir mixture until vegetables have softened.

  • Pour beef stock, worcestershire sauce OR tabasco and tomato paste into the pan and bring the mixture to the boil. Reduce to medium/low heat and allow to simmer and thicken for 10-15 minutes.

  • While beef mixture is simmering, remove sweet potato from the oven (when cooked through and soft) and allow to cool slightly.

  • Being careful not to burn yourself, scoop sweet potato flesh out of each half using a large spoon and place in a mixing bowl. Discard the skin.

  • Using a potato masher, mash the sweet potato with a little butter until smooth.

  • Pour beef mixture into a large baking dish and top with mashed sweet potato.

  • Place in still hot oven for 15min to turn sweet potato golden and thicken the meat mixture further, then serve.

  • Enjoy

Don’t forget to #laurabodyzone if you post your delicious meal on on Instagram ;)

Laura xx

Green Juice Recipe by Laura Scanlon

MY GO TO GREEN JUICE RECIPE 

This is my favourite GREEN juice recipe that I like to make at home. I use a Nutribullet but you can use any blender you have. Lots of people enjoy buying fresh juices in local juice stores but they are missing out on the pulp which is full of fibre. The bulk of the vitamins and minerals are in your juice but I like to get extra fibre into my diet by juicing at home.

INGREDIENTS 

1.   A handful of spinach

2.   Cucumber (aprox a thumb and a half)

3.   1 Celery stick

4.   1 Green apple (peeled)

5.   Lump of ginger

6.   A full lemon squeezed

7.   Cold water

Method

·      Peel the skin off all fruit and vegetables

·      Chop all ingredients into small parts 

·      Add to the blender and add cold water to the water line mark

·      Blend & enjoy

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Simple Home Bodyweight Exercises by Laura Scanlon

Hey guys, 

I love creating simple home workouts for you. Below are 6 bodyweight exercises that you can do any place, any time, no equipment needed. Great for new Moms at home who are looking to get back slowly into exercise.

4 Sets:

  • Air Squat
  • Static Lunges
  • Push up (scaled)
  • Glute Kicks 
  • Side Plank Hold
  • Bird Dog

Scroll down for picture demonstration of each exercise.

Simple movements, yet effective. Targets lower body, arms, glutes, core. 

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Air Squat

20 repetitions 

How to Air Squat

  1. Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Then engage your core muscles and push out your chest slightly by pulling your shoulder blades towards each other.

  2. Bend your knees and push your butt and your hips out and down behind you as if you were sitting into a chair. Keep your weight in your heels and knees pushed out.

  3. Come down until your thighs are below parallel to the ground, or as far down as you can get them. Make an effort to keep your knees externally rotated (don’t let them fall inward). As you lower down, raise your arms in front of you no higher than parallel to the ground. Make sure to keep your torso upright.


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Static Lunges

10 repetitions (each leg)

How to Static Lunge

  1. Stand with your feet together and your hands at your sides.

  2. Take a long stride forward with one foot, pointing your knee and foot in the same direction.

  3. Keep your torso upright and your centre of gravity directly above your hips.

  4. Bend your rear leg until your knee almost touches the ground

  5. Push up and transfer your weight to your forward leg while straightening your rear leg. 

  6. Don't let your forward knee move past your toes. 

  7. Allow half your weight to shift to your rear leg as your rear knee bends almost to the ground. 

  8. Repeat.  


Push Up - 10-12 repetitions

How to do a Push Up on kitchen Counter

  1. Face the countertop and place your hands on the edge, roughly shoulder-width apart. Step your feet backward. Lift your heels up so that your body forms a plank. Don’t let your back round or arch.

  2. Lower your chest toward the counter while keeping your elbows in. Then press your body back to starting position. Do as 10-12 reps and rest.


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Glute Kicks

12 repetitions (each leg)

How to do Glute Kicks at kitchen counter

  1. Stand tall and place your hands on your kitchen counter . Put all the weight in your right leg, keep both legs straight, and lift your left leg directly behind you.

  2. Let your glutes do all the work. Keep your left foot flexed and work on lifting your heel as high as you can without leaning your torso too far forward.


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Side Plank Hold

30-60 seconds hold each side

How to Side Plank hold

  1. Lie on your side, tighten your abs and glutes then lift your hips off the floor, your feet and forearms should be holding you up.

  2. Keep abs tight and head in proper alignment.

  3.  Hold for 30-60 seconds then repeat on other side.


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Bird Dog

12 repetitions (each leg)

 

How to do Bird Dog

  1. Begin on all fours with your hands directly under your shoulders and your knees directly under your hips.

  2. Pull your abs in to your spine. Opposite arm to opposite leg.

  3. Return to the starting position, placing your hand and knee on the floor.

  4. Do 12 reps each side.


 

Stunning set from OTG Active

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Be the best version of you

 

Home Bodyweight Training by Laura Scanlon

Home Training

Life can be very busy at times and having spare time to go to the gym can be hard to find. That is why using your body as your gym can be such powerful tool and you can do this in the comfort of your own home. The idea behind my website www.bodyzone.ie is using your body as your own gym and having no barriers to entry with regards to exercise. I love the challenge and buzz you get after a bodyweight workout. Think of those wet, cold wintery mornings that you really do not want to leave the house. Well as hard as it may be to not turn over in bed, simple get up and get moving. Using gravity and your body's natural resistance is an amazing way to kick up your metabolism, while toning the body in all the right places.

Feel free to download my FREE bodyweight workout ebooks available on my website now. Sign up to receive all my latest fitness tips & workouts

Benefits of Home Bodyweight Training 

  • No monthly gym fees required.
  • Inexpensive (gym mat required)
  • Saves time by eliminating traveling to and from the gym.
  • Convenience — training in the comfort of your own home.
  • No queuing to use your favourite piece of gym equipment.
  The plank is a versatile exercise that targets the whole body. Wearing  Fitgymwear

The plank is a versatile exercise that targets the whole body. Wearing Fitgymwear

Is Bodyweight Training Effective?

Simply put, yes. Once you are prepared to put 100% effort into your workout the benefits are real. Bodyweight training is low impact on the body, meaning you are less likely to injure yourself. People forget to realise that in order to back squat (with weights) you need to be able to perform a bodyweight squat with correct form. The same goes for push ups, do not underestimate how difficult and challenging a push up can be. These can be modified for beginners levels. (see video). 

See the workout below for one of my go to bodyweight workouts.

4-5 Rounds with 30 seconds between rounds

  • 20 Air squat
  • 10 Squat + leg side raise (10 each leg)
  • 15 Tricep dip 
  • 20 Plank arm raise (10 each arm)
  • 20 Low plank hip dips (10 each side)
  • 15 Sit ups + 2 punches
  • 10 Push up (modified)
     

Bodyweight Exercises to get the Heart Rate Up

Plank jacks, mountain climbers, jumping lunges, jump squat's and burpee's are all examples great bodyweight conditioning exercises. These movements will be sure to get you sweating in no time, which means you are increasing your metabolic rate (heart). To challenge yourself as you progress with bodyweight workouts you need to increase the rounds you complete and also reduce the rest time between rounds.

 

 

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Always stretch before & after a workout

 

My favourite GREEN juice recipe 

This is my favourite daily GREEN juice NUTRIBULLET recipe, you can use any blender you have.

 

Ingredients 

1.   Handful spinach

2.   Cucumber (aprox a thumb and a half)

3.   1 Celery stick

4.   1 Green apple

5.   Lump of ginger

6.   Lemon squeezed

7.   Cold water

Method

·      Peel the skin off all fruit and vegetables

·      Chop all ingredients into small parts 

·      Add to the blender and add cold water to the water line mark

·      Enjoy

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Add a green juice to your daily diet

Happy training, 

All the looks in this blog post are from Fitgymwear

Laura x