Tabun Kitchen

Earlier today I stumbled across a little gem in the heart of Soho, London, and I just have to share it with you all…

Now there are thousands of places to dine in London- some good, some bad, some incredible- but sometimes this just makes life that little bit harder. There’s almost too much choice and when it comes to food-based decision-making, I have to say that I’m usually pretty indecisive. I always find myself going back to same old restaurants (my faves) time and time again, as I know that I’m guaranteed a great meal and won’t leave feeling disappointed. However, this does mean that when I do find places worthy of adding to the list, I am absolutely over the moon. Today, Tabun Kitchen made the cut!

Based on Berwick Street, Soho, Tabun Kitchen is a Palestinian restaurant. It’s intimate but airy, with a carefully crafted menu and offers dishes based around a modern interpretation of traditional Palestinian recipes. I had my eye on several of the dishes (queue the indecisiveness) but eventually opted for the Vegetarian Makloubeh- a thyme-grilled vegetable dish with rice and pine nuts. It got 10/10 for presentation and set my taste buds alight from the first mouthful.


You can choose from mezze to traditional main dishes, salads, burgers and tabun oven meals. There’s plenty of choice and even the sides were incredible. We ordered the Za’atar fries, which were unlike any chips I’ve tasted before. With a founder whose parents are from Bethlehem and Jerusalem and whose grandfather owned a large olive farm in Jordan, it’s no wonder that the menu is insane. You can view the full menu for yourself by clicking right here!

I will most definitely be heading back as soon as I can to try more from this incredible place. Thanks, Tabun Kitchen! You have gained a new regular!

 

Tenzing 100% Natural Energy Drink

Energy drinks. Always a touchy subject in the fitness world. Should we drink them? Should we not? As much as I’ll have a cheeky one every now and again (mainly after a big night out), my personal opinion is to give them a miss. Packed with sugar and god knows what else, they’re not exactly the healthiest way to fuel up. That was until the lovely guys at Tenzing got in touch and introduced me to their fabulous all natural energy drink.

Inspired by the Sherpa people and their special energising brew to fuel expeditions on the highest mountain in the world, Mt Everest, and named after Sherpa Tenzing Norgay- one of the first men to reach the top- I was more than honoured to give Tenzing a try. Made from six key ingredients of green tea, green coffee, guarana (seeds from berries that are twice as rich in natural caffeine than coffee!), Himalayan rock salt, lemon juice and beet sugar, there is absolutely nothing artificial about this energising drink.

Not only does it taste delicious, it is really refreshing and doesn’t leave you with the slump that other energy drinks can do after they burn out. I felt surprisingly awakened and didn’t have to feel bad about putting any nasty synthetic products into my body. In fact, after a tough gym session, I am actually sipping on one right now!

I’d definitely recommend this to any busy or not-so-busy-body, as it really does taste fab. It also doubles as a great alternative to a fizzy drink, for anybody trying to reduce their fizzy pop intake! I usually stick to water, but am definitely keen to pick up a few more Tenzing cans for when I’m feeling low on energy. Thanks Tenzing, you have introduced me to a real gem- sold!

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Source: TeamTenzing.com

Yummy Snack Alert: Edamame Beans

My biggest post-workout rule is to eat. If you go without fuel after exercise, then the effects can be adverse to what you set out to achieve- even if that was weight loss! It’s really important to get some kind of food into your system and I always opt for a protein rich option. However, that’s sometimes easier said than done.

I live a 45 minute commute away from my gym, meaning that by the time I get home and have a chance to cook I’m one, absolutely starving and two, my body has decided to start burning my muscle. Booo! So it’s really important that I snack straight after my workout to put me on until I can get to a proper meal. I set out to find the perfect snack for after my gym session and came across edamame.

Edamame is a healthy snack packed with protein, meaning that it’s perfect for your post-workout fix or mid-afternoon office lull! There’s around 11g of protein per 100g of edamame, which is more than what some protein products offer, without all of the other added ingredients. It’s a great source of many minerals and is low in fat and sugar. Oh and it tastes pretty nice too! Give them a try and let me know what you think! x

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Source: veganlivingedmonton.wordpress.com

MunchFit X 1Rebel

Today I woke up to a very exciting email from 1Rebel. The London-based boutique gym have teamed up with MunchFit to offer fitness food at their St Mary Axe site and it launched TODAY!

Using the freshest, high quality ingredients the team have developed meals for three different training goals; BURN (fat loss and shredding), BALANCE (weight management) and BUILD (muscle gain).

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Source: 1Rebel Email

With the meals designed to accelerate training results and have a direct impact on energy levels, it all sounds like a very smart idea. The team are even on hand to offer advice around which meals you should opt for in order to see the best results. I don’t know about you but I’m eager to see what’s on offer!

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Source: 1Rebel Email

How Much Water Should You Really Be Drinking?

We all know that we’re supposed to drink a certain amount of water per day, yet there’s so much nutritional information in the media today that it’s not always easy to filter through it all. Not only that, many people don’t realise the importance of drinking water.

So, why do we need to drink water?

Our bodies are composed with a whopping 60% water. It is used to transport nutrients, regulate our temperature, as lubrication and is the environment in which every single chemical reaction in the body takes place. As little as 2% loss of water seriously comprises our mental and physical performance. Our energy levels slump, blood pressure lowers (causing less blood to the brain and reduced concentration), headaches set in and muscle function decreases. In fact, with insufficient water intake we put ourselves at risk of death. Did you know, although not healthy or recommended, we can live for over a month without food yet if we were to go without water for a week we would die!

OK, how much water should we really be drinking then?

2 litres per day if we haven’t exercised. That’s a minimum of 2 litres and must be increased if we take part in any physical activity. We lose 2-2.5l/day alone just through breathing, sweating and urination. 1-2l/hour is lost during exercise!

Sounds like a lot! How can I ensure that I hit 2l?

I recommend to carry 2l water bottle with you each day and sip it throughout the day. If you’re not used to drinking so much, you might find that you need to go to the toilet a little more that usual. This is normal and will settle down after a couple of weeks! Also, we do get some water from the food that we eat. This shouldn’t be confused as part of your 2l! That’s additional water that is vital for our bodies to function.

And if I’m exercising?

Take a sports bottle with you to drink throughout the session. Refill at the end to ensure maximum re-hydration. You can see my favourite ones right here!

Is any fluid classed as part of my 2 litres?

Definitely not. Diuretics such as alcohol and caffeine (found in tea, coffee and most soft drinks) actually dehydrate the body and shouldn’t be counted as part of the 2l. In fact, they should really be avoided.

It may not be easy to hit 2 litres a day, but it is important. People who don’t usually hit the recommended amount can notice huge differences in their concentration and performance just by upping their intake! If there’s one thing that you do today, make sure that it’s to drink your water! x

Physalis- The Fruit That You Need To Discover!

You know when you find something that’s absolutely delicious and good for you and you get a little bit too excited? That’s me right now, telling you guys about my favourite fruit. I’ve been a fan of physalis for a while, but to my surprise not all that many people know about it. Well if you haven’t heard of physalis before, you have now…

It’s not exactly a household fruit. In fact, the first time that I came across physalis was actually, typically, as a decoration on my dessert. My gran told me that they were called Chinese lanterns and I went on calling them that for years. That was until I grew up, stumbled across them in the fruit aisle on my food shop and realised they’re not called Chinese lanterns at all. Their real name is physalis.

OK, so they kind of sound like a disease but I promise you that they are absolutely delicious. If you have a sweet tooth, I recommend that you swap your bag of sweets for a bag of these as a healthy alternative! Honestly, they’re that good (ish). Super sweet and super yum, as well as having a number of health benefits such as helping to improve eyesight, protecting the kidney and liver, aiding healthy pregnancy and helping to relieve arthritis pain. I picked mine up at Sainsbury’s for £1 per bag. Give them a try and let me know what you think!

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Hot Lemon, Honey & Ginger

We’re smack bang in the middle of Winter and (may I assume) have spent the majority of the last month partying and no doubt mistreating our bodies. It’s only natural that we’re probably going to start suffering for it soon… This is my favourite winter remedy to warn off colds and flu.

Ingredients

1/2 lemon

2 teaspoons of Manuka Honey (ordinary honey will also do)

1 teaspoon of finely cut ginger

300ml of boiling hot water

Step 1

Add water to kettle and set to boil.

Step 2

Squeeze half a lemon into a mug Add 2 teaspoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of finely cut ginger. You can add the squeezed lemon remainder into the mug too (just make sure it’s not waxed).

Step 3

Once boiled, pour hot water over the ingredients in the mug. Stir well.

Step 4

Find somewhere cosy to sit and enjoy.