I have been quite sparse with my posting lately haven't I? Well that's because I have been reasonably occupied with stuff here and there and then I decided to take some time off to spend time with family and friends as well. So I have been busy trying out new experiences, visiting new places, and trying out new meals as well! I am such a foodie and I think I may have gained about 2 kg in the month of October! So I have started my workouts again and this time I decided to take advantage of the relatively cheaper gym subscription fees here in the UK.
But back to food, my sis took me out for lunch after church one Sunday to Giraffe, and we had a beautiful mocktail called "strawberry smash" that I loved so much, I think I would call it my second favourite cocktail/mocktail after the mojito! I think it's the mint and lemon in it that just does it for me. If you haven't tried this before, trust me you want to!
It was my sister's birthday and we had cake and sparkling white wine. Do you see where I am going with all this? It has not been easy trying to eat healthy, what with my sister's husband always trying to get me to try new goodies and just spoiling me with treats, like mince pies, fish and chips, courvoisier chocolates etc. #lesigh.
He really loves cooking and we would walk round the shop and pick up things like oxtails, lamb and stuff and I would be thinking, "Gosh Fola all this is gonna make it more difficult for you to stay in shape whilst you are here!".
So I have been trying hard to curb the fatty and unhealthy foods and eat in moderation, trying to stay in shape and work out, eating plenty fruits and veggies etc. But really, why do the unhealthy foods taste so great and the good, healthy ones, not sooooo great? It's just not fair!
Anyway, I discovered bubble tea about 2 weeks ago. It's basically like a smoothie and the "bubble" part is actually flavoured jelly-like bubbles that you crush in your mouth-you can see the bubbles in the green smoothie on the right. If you ever see Chaboba anywhere please go right in and get yourself a cup of this-it's too real! My cuz had the green apple with honeydew bubbles. As for me, in my quest for the healthy option, I had green tea, red guava with strawberry bubbles. Didn't taste great at all compared to my cuz's choice! I think I will leave my healthy teas for when I am home.
Healthy meal discoveries
I discovered some new meal combos and foods that are not just healthy but also very tasty-just be moderate with your portions! For example, I have tried scrambled eggs with tomatoes, alongside low-calorie rice cakes. I usually have some fruit by the side.
I have also been LOVING granola and no-fat Greek yoghurt (not the sugar and preservative-dosed ones). I am so obsessed with this. It is so high in fibre, nutritious, healthy as heck, and tastes glorious! I just hope granola and active yoghurt is something I can readily find in Lagos.
A few times, I ate yoghurt with my fruit. If you haven't tried it, please do-it's awesome.
I have been sticking to things like basmati rice, fruits, veggies and healthier options as well.
Sudden Gym Rat
So I don't know if any of my Nigerian readers know how much cheaper it is to be a gym member in other countries compared to Nigeria? I mean I can't even afford a gym membership on my own because it is really highly priced in Naija, but in the UK for example, you can do a 4-month membership for just a 100 pounds or whereabouts. I was excited about being able to go to the gym whilst in this country so what I did was to book a couple of gym sessions and exercises classes such as spinning, strength training, step exercises, aqua-aerobics etc. I am really looking forward to seeing results in a month or so!