Eat, Move, Wear, Love, Link #13

Stylish work space

Happy Sunday! If you’re in the UK I hope you aren’t missing that hour we’ve lost too much this morning. I could have done with the extra hour sleep to be honest! Happy Mothers Day to all the lovely Mums out there (and Mums to be too of course!) I’ve had a busy but productive week with many hours spent at my desk pictured above. I’m actually glad that I have my desk in the living room, even if we did have a spare room I don’t think I’d want to have it some where separate anyway as having it like this means James and I can both be working on things but still together in the same room which is nice.


I’ve had a nice mix of healthy foods with a few treats this week, my favourite meals including…

Berry porridge with coyocustard porridge made with jumbo oats and mixed berries topped with coyo coconut yoghurt

Sweet potato porridge with nut butterSweet potato porridge with a dollop of home made macadamia almond butter

Sweet potato pancakes with tahinisweet potato pancakes with tahini

Strawberries and blueberries with coyostrawberries and blueberries with coyo

Scrambled egg strawberries and almond buttertwo eggs scrambled in ghee with strawberries and almond butter

Mackerel beetroot saladtinned mackerel in olive oil with beetroot, peppers, spinach and balsamic

Brown rice noodles with gammon and greenshoney soy glazed gammon with brown rice noodles and spring greens

Sweet potato and kale hash with fried eggsweet potato and kale hash topped with a fried egg

Mint choc chip green smoothiemint choc chip green smoothie

Blueberry froyo with cacao nibs and coconutfrozen blueberries blended with pouring yoghurt topped with coconut and cacao nibs

On Friday I was rushing about between meetings but it was so cold and wet I just needed soup! I ended up in Cafe Nero with some of their tomato and basil soup which was delicious, and a pepper mint tea to go:

Cafe nero tomato basil soup

Treat of the week has to be this caramel sea salt dark chocolate Lindt, yum!

Caramel sea salt choc with chai tea

For my community session on Friday I made a double batch of wholemeal carrot, date and walnut muffins:

Carrot date and walnut muffins

The recipe is on my Facebook page and will also be in the Uniquely Healthy Newsletter due out next week!


Gym wear pregnant

Workouts this week

  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: Rest
  • Wednesday: Gym – 20 minutes cardio on cross trainer and step machine, 20 mins strength training
  • Thursday: 30 minute pregnancy yoga workout from YogaGlo
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: Gym – 20 minutes cardio on cross trainer and step machine, 20 mins strength training
  • Sunday: 30 minute pregnancy power yoga from Kristen McGee App

At the start of the week I got some new workout wear! The grey pants are loose fitting at the waist from Primark and the pink vest is just a plain cheap vest from Sainsbury’s. I teamed it up with a fine fabric loose fitting black vest I bought ages ago from H&M. I feel so much better working out in clothing that fits better and looks more flattering. I haven’t gone to spin today because I’m making lunch for my Mam for Mothers Day, but generally I’m thinking about leaving my Sunday spin class and just focusing on the gym, yoga and walking. Plus I really feel like I need my Sunday morning chill time!


Black jeggings and denim shirt outfitdenim shirt: New Look, scarf: Vero Moda, black jeggings: Primark, brown boots: New Look

Stripy top jeans and army jacket outfitArmy jacket: Next, scarf: Vero Moda, stripy top: New Look Maternity via eBay, jeans: Mango, boots: Primark, bag: Oasis

I am having trouser issues now, nothing will do up! I found a pair of black linen pants from Tu at Sainsbury’s which have a stretchy drawstring waist that should do me for a while along with jeggings, but I think my actual jeans have seen their last wear in a while! Definitely thinking the time has come to get some maternity jeans.


Healthy grocery shop

On Friday I did an epically massive grocery shop. I just love it when I have a full fridge and cupboards! I really stocked up on healthy foods and my current obsessions including coconut oil, strawberries, coconut water, coconut milk, ginger tea and mint tea. I also got more avocados and mint to make my mint choc chip smoothie! Pizza, bread and strawberry yoghurts are James treats, halloumi is mine! Also…

One of the ladies in my community session commenting on how fit and flexible I am as a pregnant woman! // cuppa and catch up with one of my best friends Kate // great first session with my young people’s healthy cooking group // kicking my to do lists ass // the first gay marriages, so sweet to see this guys getting hitched, not before time! // the memory tapes on BBC radio 6 which where a selection of songs a friend has chosen to play for his friend who had been deaf and was hearing music for the first time, I sobbed! 


Next week is going to be a bit crackers for me, tomorrow is the big finale of the body image, health and wellbeing project I’ve been working on with groups of girls since January. It is going to be amazing! Then at the end of the week I’m off down to London too, exciting stuff!

How has your week been? Are you doing something with your Mother today? I’m making us all a nice lunch, fingers crossed we get some sunshine up here! What favourites are on your grocery shopping list right now? 

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  • Brenda Pickens

    Just recently started following you on Facebook and love your page. Please can you tell me where you get coyo yogurt from?, thanks !

    • Laura

      Thanks Brenda! I get the coyo from Waitrose :-)

  • Bron

    Definitely go out and buy some maternity jeans – you will feel so much more comfortable! I lived in mine but wasy biggest during summer so maxi dresses became my very best friend :-) looking fabulous!

    • Laura

      Thanks Bron! Yep some maternity jeans are certainly on the cards! I can’t wait for the better weather so I can bust out the maxis!

  • Your eats and outfits look amazing as always! Your food shop looks great – I tried some of that coconut water at Be Fit yesterday and it was so good. x
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    • Laura

      Thanks Lily! I do like that coconut water, I’m wishing I’d bought more now!

  • Love how your eats are the epitome of good nourishment and always vibrant with color! You’ve had a lovely, productive week :) . Oh and is spin not considered high-intensity for pregnancy?
    I too feel absolutely terrific after a good stock-up of my fave foods! Right now..some must haves are: bananas, Honeycrisp(!) apples, yogurt, butternut/sweet potato, greens..
    Oh goodness I am loving coconut oil. I started stirring a spoon to my oatmeal,(remember my skeptism!) , and you’re right – it adds in a lovely dimension of flavor and texture :D.
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    • Laura

      Thanks :-) Well with spin you can usually go at your own pace so I was going quite light anyway, but it’s actually my position on the bike that feels weird, plus I worry I might topple off! Coconut oil is the BOMB! Best stuff ever, glad you are enjoying it!

  • Karina

    Second what Bron said, as I lived in mine(so comfy:)! I got a Benetton Maternity pair via eBay for pennies(in good condition too:). Looking fab Laura:)


    • Laura

      I’ve just bought some black ones on eBay so I hope they hurry up and arrive!

  • Nicky

    Fab eats and outfits as always!! <3 And I love your little desk space..I can't wait to have my own when I move out of my student place in summer..I hope mine is as cosy as yours! :)

    Nice grocery haul…currently obsessed with greek yogurt with frozen blueberries (this has been ongoing for many months now…still addicted!), canteloupe melons, and the chot shot chocolate sauce which I use as oats/yogurt topping as opposed to a hot chocolate. Oh and corn cakes..getting through those rather quickly these days ha!

    Sounds like you have an exciting week ahead! Quite jealous of your London trip..I must go down there in the summer..I have a froyo and Wholefoods splurge craving ;)

    • Laura

      Thanks Nicky, I have to say I love that little corner of our flat! Oh you’ve made me want to buy more chot shot, they should really re market it as a chocolate sauce instead of the hot chocolate thing! Corn cakes are so good aren’t they :-) and you’ve just reminded me I need to make time for some froyo when I’m in London!

  • Cat

    I bought some tahini this week for the first time in ages – think it was seeing it drizzled over your blog so much hehe! Haven’t spotted that lindt flavour yet – on the look out…
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    • Laura

      Hope you enjoy the tahini, I’m so addicted to the stuff! I’ll have to blog the recipe for the paleo tahini muffins I’ve been making, they taste like halva!

  • I just want to faceplant into the sweet potato porridge, mint chocolate green smoothie and berries with coyo. Colourful, gorgeous food all round – you can tell most of your aversions have gone!

    I’ll wish you a Happy Mothers Day in advance ;)


    • Laura

      Haha, oh yes I’m glad I’m happy to eat anything and everything again ;-) Thanks for the advance mothers day wishes! Can’t believe that next Mothers Day I’ll have a 5 month old!

  • So much delicious looking food here! Hopefully the soup days are behind us for a bit now!
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    • Laura

      Oh I hope so too! I need some sun :-)

  • Your porridge looks amazing! I planning to introduce some grain soon and SO excited about oats ! And i am with you in the big shop – I am just buying tons of celeriac to make homemade coleslaw – its so good!
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    • Laura

      Oh that will be interesting, you’ll have to share how you get on with oats! I wish I could get along with celeriac but I can’t unfortunately!

  • Your meals all look lovely! I bought some tahini this week, to make your bean and tahini salad but haven’t got round to making it yet!
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    • Laura

      Let me know what you think when you make it!

  • Those muffins look and sound lovely! Yum.
    I had such a lovely day yesterday with Ben’s mum and my mum. We had afternoon tea (of course ;) and just enjoyed a nice relaxing afternoon.
    That BBC music thing sounds lovely. I saw a clip of a woman hearing sounds for the first time on BBC news after getting cochlear implants and it was amazing.
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    • Laura

      Glad you had such a lovely day, I’m having two afternoon teas this week, yey!

  • I skpyed my mamma then went out with Dales for a yummy lunch, hope you had fun with yours x
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    • Laura

      Sounds lovely Tamzin, we did have fun although squeezed in our little flat eating lunch off our laps!

  • Looks like a great range of eats- lots of colour too! I am in love with green smoothies at the min, need to try your mint chip one.
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    • Laura

      Thanks Lauren, do let me know if you try the mint one, I’m addicted to it!

  • Gorgeous looking eats Laura, I’m glad I found a fellow fan of the Caffe Nero soup – it’s amazing! You’re looking fab, love the shirt – I just bought a similar one from H&M :)
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    • Laura

      Thanks Claire! I have to say I was impressed by the soup, would definitely have that again :-)

  • I still haven’t tried sweet potato pancakes. I am definitely missing out I think.
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  • Thanks for the link. :-)
    Losing an hour on Sunday really confused me. My Garmin was showing the old time when I woke up but after I’d gotten back from my run it had updated itself without me realising! Cue much panic and rushing later on in the day to get back to my Mum’s!
    We always have a ‘treat’ from shipping trips as well. Usually chicken tikka sticks to tuck into on the way home!
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