- Welcome to 2018
- Lean and Green in Leith
- Easy Seasonal Recipe: Super Easy Lentil Soup
- Article: Fitness is for Life…. Not Just for January
Hello healthy people,
Happy new year! I hope you had a hootin’ hogmanay and restive festive season and are now raring to go for 2018. We’ve got lots of new plans in the pipeline for the new year, whilst still continuing the top quality coaching you know and expect from Griffen Fitness.
We’re pleased to announce that Griffen Fitness is a national finalist in the Small Business Awards for Green / Ethical Business of the Year. I am very proud of our green credentials, and in fact the whole Griffen Fitness ethos focuses on the environment, either exercising in green spaces, eating mindfully or using less consumables to stay in shape.
Coco the resident fitness pug is now also qualified as a Therapet and later this month we start visiting elderly residents at Findlay House, Seafield.
Easy Seasonal Recipe: Super Easy Lentil Soup
This is such an easy recipe and is ready in under half an hour. Use whatever vegetables you have in the fridge. There’s not much in season in January, and tinned tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamins… You can also toss in some frozen peas or other veg, chopped carrot works well in this too. Here’s the basic recipe, enough for 4 medium bowls:
1 onion or leek chopped finely
1 – 6 cloves garlic, chopped finely
Drizzle of your preferred cooking oil
Tin chopped tomatoes
1L vegetable stock
1 cup dried red lentils
– Saute onion and garlic in a drizzle of oil of your choice.
– Add red lentils and stir well.
– Add tin tomatoes and vegetable stock, cover and cook on a medium heat for around 20 minutes.
– If you leave it overnight, it become thicker and dahl-like, you can add garam masala / curry powder for an authentic flavour and serve with toasted wholemeal pita bread.
Fitness is for Life… Not Just for January
January is a great month for preparing and planning. Some people use the first few weeks of the year to try and nullify the ‘damage’ they have done over the festive season. It’s a much more sensible idea to ease yourself into the new year with exercise.
Nutrition is something you can start on straightaway, perhaps do a food diary to make yourself accountable. I use www.myfitnesspal.com as it is easy to use, especially with the smartphone app.
Exercisewise, remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day. You may not bee as fit as you were last summer, so your ‘usual’ run or ride may be a touch too far or fast. Start with a shorter route, take it easy and build up your mileage. The days are getting longer by half an hour each week (yay!), so we’ll have even more weekend at the end of this week.
I’ll be blogging for a famous-ish cycle race over the next few months, so check out the Griffen Fitness Facebook page for training tips and advice.
Have a happy and healthy January,