Sep 16, 2014

Pizza bases...

Making your own pizza is easy... even if you don't make the dough... you can control the toppings and flavours and really bulk up on the freebie stuff and add all the herbs and seasoning to suit yourself and its fun to experiment...  

Some ready made pizza bases I've come across recently... and my own WW pita pizza..


Pizza Sorrento  - 13PP per base... 7PP per half




Pizza da Piero - 10PP per base




Tesco Everyday Value Pizza base - 21PP per base (!)


WW pita breads are 3 PP each and perfect for mini pizzas!


Bases are 3PP each...


Add a teaspoon of tomato paste to each one... 


and get building... 


You can add protein, chicken or wafer thin ham or whatever you fancy... 


Some low fat cheese to add meltiness, for 3PP... and season... look out for italian seasonings they're YUM!


Under the grill and TA DA! 


Sep 13, 2014

The Brick House - Brunch Club!



Ok, so you might pass it if you didn't know it was there but there's a little cafe in Harolds Cross called 'The Brick House'... One Saturday when the Skinny Dad and I was doing a spot of DIY shopping we pit stopped for breakkie, a working breakfast meeting you understand! Ahem...  




The usual suspects... 


and if you forget your glasses the good stuff is on the specials board... 



PLUS LOOK! P&J sandwiches!!! 






At first glance you think it's just the seats in the front but peep around the corner... 



and ta da... LOADSA room... including comfy couch to fall into! 


And if it's sunny out... there's a lovely little sun trap out the back...


If you're on your todd... there's a mini library... you can swap a book if you have one you're done with... or buy one for a €1 and the money goes to the monthly charity! Good idea if you're waiting for someone or just want to people watch and have a read... 



He had the coffee was excellent I'm told...



washed down with a full Irish and it was exactly that... FULL! It was purely for refuelling you understand...



I went for the fancy teapot for one and my usual... 



which came on toasted batch bread and was divine! 



I mean seriously... ALL the noms as the hipsters say... 


   

The boys and girls room... 




They also do lunch and the special was Coddle which I was kinda sorry I didn't get to try...



If you have little people there's a colouring-in station to keep 'em occupied 
while you catch up on the gossip... 


and right at the till to tempt you... fresh scones... 
the smell alone is enough to make you weak at the knees! 




Oh and if you're stopping for a take out, 
they cater for the fluffy pawed people in your life too! awwww... 

You'll find them on FB >>> HERE <<< 
and on Twitter >>> HERE <<< 

Sep 11, 2014

Tomorrow... tomorrow... I love ya...



You totally sang that.... 

Tomorrow is a wonderful place isn't it... housework will be done... filing will be done... diets start.... junk food ends.. it's only a fabulous day... but if you put off starting to exercise until the time is right, you'll never reach your fitness goals... There is NEVER a right time... EVER!





Q. When is the best time to start exercising?


Monday morning?
New Year's Day?
The beginning of the month?
After your holidays?
When you can afford a gym membership?


All tried and tested excuses... you heard me...

A. The best time to start exercising is NOW.
If you keep waiting for the perfect time to start working out, or for the ideal time to change our eating habits, we risk procrastinating and waiting for a time that may never come.

We're all busy... and there's never be a perfect time to start...

If you want to achieve your goals... start now... 

because NOW is always the best time to make YOU a priority.



Sep 9, 2014

Choc Shot!



Chocolate in shots... not those kinda shots but I will be experimenting with this stuff and alcohol too! Choc shot is something you've probably all heard about and seen online... I've been using it for a while now in various ways... and I love the stuff... even as a savoury kinda gal this stuff gives you the choc hit for zero PP! ZERO! I know! 

AND... it's GM, dairy and gluten free, as well as Veggie and Vegan friendly! PLUS it's low GI... winning! 




What with winter coming soon, lots of people ask me 'how can I make porridge more bearable?' Porridge is a love it or hate it kinda thing, but a bowl in the morning really will stave off hunger and cravings so it's a really good staple for me... some people love it just as it is... others add stewed fruit, banana, cinnamon, honey all kinds of things, but if you love chocolate... you need this bad boy! You literally only need a few drops of it, depending on how big of a chocoholic you are, but it give porridge that sweet choccie kick that's yum! It's so comforting and its exactly what you'll need on the dark winter mornings ahead of us...


This  stuff can be used is SO many ways... add a dash to warm milk and you've a fat free chocolate with no powdery lumps going on... If chocolate orange is your thing you can add a bit to your toast and marmalade... Its perfect to add to the Zero PP ice cream >>> HERE <<< to give you chocolate ice-cream for zero.. you heard me... ZERO ProPoints!


Drizzle it over meringues and yoghurt, or make a coffee into a mocha for 0PP... a few drops on a pancake... it's a winner for all the sweet teeth out there... and with Halloween on the horizon we'll need to keep our eye on the ball with the chocolate goodies incoming, this is just the thing to have into cupboard to get your 'fix'! I mean the Christmas tins of roses are out already!


5PP and yes I have a lego fork! 

You can buy Choc Shot in Holland & Barrett, most of the Supervalus, and if it's not in yours ask, the managers are only too happy to help! I almost have sympathy for the manager in Churchtown at this stage, and before the autumn is out it'll be in Dunnes too! 

For my Irish readers.. here's a list of stores they are currently in... 

and you can check out more recipes online >>> HERE <<< 


Sep 8, 2014

You're worth it!

One thing I can say with absolute confidence is weight loss is not easy... for anyone... whether you have 1 lb, 1 stone or 10 stone to lose... the battle is hard for everyone, really fecking hard... but every half pound is a success... and if you close your eyes and look into the future... you can see a healthier happier you... and that's SO worth it!   




This week... think how much you want it... and how you're going to feel when you get even half way there! I'm only just over half way through my journey but I'd never have imagined I'd feel this happy even half way there... its worth it and so are you! x 



Sep 2, 2014

Detox... Hold me!

By the time this post goes live... I will be 24 hours caffeine free... and probably hugging a chair in the corner... 



Hands up, I'm a coffee junkie... But a mindless one... I'll drop into an office to pick up some work and have a 'quick' cup, then stop for one on the way home because I won't make one as fancy as they do, once I'm home and settled... kettle on again... so last week I tracked my coffees and teas as well as my food and holy moly!!! ... Hence the Detox! 

When I worked in an office full time I was drinking up to 10 cups a day... again mindlessly... one before I left home, another once I got to my desk, one to catch up with the gossip in the kitchen... one out with the smokers to see what I was missing and before I knew it I was getting the shakes! So, I go cold turkey every so often and thought I share the tears this time round! 

Now I'm not giving up for good... I love coffee and sometimes it's all I need to give me that 'full' feeling when I'm just bored or I THINK I'm hungry... but I'm pretty sure the headaches I've been getting are from caffeine overload and as much as I love a cup of tea, coffee is my thing... milky coffee... the fluffy latte kind... that ALWAYS come with a biscuit or a piece of choccie... *drool* .. yeah its time for a break... its not me coffee its you! Plus I think its good to give your body a break from certain foods sometimes, a week without bread or chocolate or crisps can do you the world of good... I gave up milk last year for a month and noticed a huge difference! So if you think you might have an allergy or an intolerance... its worth giving your body a little break from what makes you feel bloated or unwell... 

So what am I going to do without it, apart from weep ... well I already drink lots of water but I'm gonna need a little 'fix' ... 


My morning starts religiously now with lemon tea... its my kick off every morning on the way to the pool or the park... so I've upped the lemon quota in the weekly shop... 

Tip: if you can't find unwaxed lemons (they're a bit more pricey... I have NO idea why!) just boil the kettle... get a bowl and dunk your lemons in there for about 20 seconds to remove the wax on them and you're good to go... you'll see the gunk floating on the top of the water... its not pretty! 



I'm also indulging in some detox tea... just to see what its all about... I'll do a follow up post on all these 'alternatives' I'm trying out and let you know how I get on... as well as some standard peppermint and green teas... 



I'm also going to introduce some 'healthy teas' into the mix once week one is over... These are organic teas mixed with fruits and Ginseng so its all the good stuff ... again I'll let you know how I fair in the follow up post! eek! These can be found in Boots, Tesco and Holland & Barrett...  I'll instagram them as I try them too, so keep an eye out on the side bar for those... 



and if you're a real coffee/tea lover and are in Dublin on the 12th/13th of this month then check out ... 




not just for the teas and coffees but there's a 'food village' where I KNOW the Dublin Cookie Company are at... and lots of other Irish companies showing their wears! 



aaaaannnndddd my come back mug is all set to go in 12 and a half days time but who's counting! Apparently coffee soup is cheating!! pffft!