Food

What I Eat In A Day On Holiday

Oh summer. You're so far away and aside from the glorious weather and everyone being in a way better mood, I miss my blatant overindulgences: ice cream, BBQ's and cocktails at noon. So here's a trip down a sunny memory lane, when I was in Majorca and stuffing my face.

                                      Pineapple, spinach, avocado and ginger smoothie

                                    Pineapple, spinach, avocado and ginger smoothie

To my credit I was good as well. I was active and always started the day with a healthy breakfast. In fact, Dharma Cafe in Alcudia Pueblo was my favourite hot spot for healthy breakfasts and brunches.

                                   Avocado, olives & pea shoots on toast at Dharma Cafe

                                 Avocado, olives & pea shoots on toast at Dharma Cafe

After breakfast it was pure holiday vibes with chocolate and more paella than you could shake a stick at.

Paella in Majorca

Press play for a full example of what I eat and drink in a day when I'm on holiday, highlighting how I personally like to strike a balance between the good and the bad when having a munch. 

XOXO

4 Ways To Better Rest & Recovery

Who loves feeling great? I know I do but most of us miss out on that 'feel good' factor because we don't give our bodies the TLC it yearns. I guarantee you that dedicating additional time to four simple categories of sleep, stretching, hydration and nutrition will increase your energy levels, decrease your recovery time between workouts and most importantly, lower your risk of injury. So what are you waiting for? Kickass and hop onto the happy road of rest and recovery in just 4 simple steps.

High Kick

1. Sleep

Sleep is the most important time to recover in order to repair your muscles and to aid your mental and hormonal wellbeing. Everyone's got different needs based on our different lifestyles but try to get at least 7 hours of good kip per night. 

2. Stretching

This is key! You need enough flexibility to move well and remain pain and injury free before, during and after your workouts. Include dynamic stretching in your warm-ups while saving static stretching for after your workouts. Below are my favourites. 

  • Standing Quad Stretch

Standing Quad Stretch New Balance
  • Standing Hamstring Stretch

Standing Hamstring stretch
  • Overhead Stretch 

Overhead stretch
  • Front Crossover Stretch

Tricep stretch

3. Hydration

Drinking more water is vital for your health, good energy levels, better sports performance and recovery. In fact it aids all of our functions, including our digestive system. The simplest way to check hydration is to look at your pee. If it is clear to pale yellow (without having drank alcohol) you are hydrated. The darker in colour of your urine the less hydrated you are and the more water you need to drink. Headaches and drowsiness are also tell tale signs of dehydration.

How much water you should drink depends on the level of activity that you engage in, your physical health, your height and weight and whether it’s a hot day or not but I would always recommend that drinking water little and often is the best way to stay hydrated.

4. Nutrition

Everything we eat has the ability to make us feel great or make us feel awful and whilst I don't like to recommend a specific diet, it's proven that eating clean and balanced meals in moderation is effective to remaining healthy, improving our sports performance and aiding our bodies recovery process.

I know eating well in our society is not always easy as we go out to dinner, we grab lunch on the go and most social events have food. The key is achieving balance so you get the results you want but can also enjoy life. So my advice is to plan your meals as much as possible, try to choose restaurants with healthy food choices when eating out and have a go at making my smoothie recipe below for healthy fats, nutrients and an energy boost as a post workout treat:

Hope you found this blog post really helpful and enjoy your rest. 

XOXO

In this blog post I am wearing a New Balance Ice Tank Top, the NB Vazee Rush v2 trainers, printed Impact leggings and New Balance Tenderly Obsessive Bra

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Where To Eat In Manchester | Home Sweet Home

If fast, American style burgers and hot dogs, Mac 'n; cheese and the most amazing milkshakes is what you fancy, then Home Sweet Home in Manchester is the place to be.

Home Sweet Home Manchester

There is literally nothing healthy about this place but if you lead a good diet the rest of the time then sure, it's fine to pig out once in a while. We're only human!

Burgers & Fries at Home Sweet Home
Manchester Home Sweet Home

I demolished sweet potato fries, a fried chicken & cheese burger with half a portion of mac 'n' cheese and a chocolate and marshmallow milkshake. I felt as though I waddled out of the door. So much food!

Milkshake Home Sweet Home

Was it worth the calories? Yes. It tasted amazing but I won't/can't be eating it everyday.

Loads of food coma love

AJ

xoxo

Mac 'n' Cheese

Jaloff Rice & Chicken

I was born and raised in Blackburn Lancashire to two Nigeria parents meaning that I have always had the lifelong pleasures of experiencing African cuisine. This dish is one of my favourites; jollof rice and chicken. 

Made with rice, tomatoes and any number of variable meats, spices, stock and vegetables, Jollof rice is a hugely popular dish within many West African countries, especially Ghana and Nigeria. 

Every country has its own version of how it should be served and at home, my mum has always served it with different things, from salad to fried plantain with black eyed beans. On this particular day we ate it with chargrilled chicken, sausages and spicy tomato sauce.

Whether you add okra, plantain or fish comes down to personal (and sometimes regional) preferences, but all varieties have one thing in common – they're delicious.

Have you ever tried jollof rice? How do you eat yours?

AJ

xoxo

Live For What You Love with SNOG Frozen Yogurt

I'm all about following a passion and so are SNOG Frozen Yogurt. Aside from being passionate about making tasty frozen yoghurt, they're all about living for what you love.

#SnogYourHeartOut AJ Odudu

I've been fortunate enough to team up with SNOG and a whole bunch of creatives for the official launch of their frozen yoghurt pots to enjoy at home, in a campaign called #SnogYourHeartOut. 

#SnogYourHeartOut AJ Odudu

When shooting the campaign video earlier this summer, I got to hang out with my super talented jewellery designer friend, Cat Meffan and together, we shared our dressing room with Daisy Lowe before entering a giant, pink room where I personally demonstrated some of my favourite workout moves, spun some tunes on vinyl and sported my most colourful fitness wear. I was was also treated to a post video-shoot SNOG frozen yoghurt of course. Wonderful!

Now that the full video is ready for viewing pleasure, I realise just how many other talented people were involved in the campaign. Each person is completely different. From me, the TV host who adores all things fitness, to the majorettes, hula-hooping their way through life! 

#SnogYourHeartOut AJ Odudu

Tattooists, dancers,  professional doodlers and even those that create art on banana's (true story) are also featured, highlighting the fact that this campaign really is a celebration of what makes each and every one of us unique.

#SnogYourHeartOut AJ Odudu

Check out the full video here, I'm hoping it'll put a massive smile on your face. The track in the video is pretty awesome so turn it up!

Here's to smiling in the mirror, pursuing our passions and embracing the imperfections that make us special, facing new challenges as we go because that's what life's about.

Happy Monday!

AJ

xoxo

*This post is in collaboration with Snog Frozen Yogurt to promote their new frozen yogurt pots now available in most leading UK supermarkets in three flavours: Strawberry & Raspberry, Passion Fruit and Original, for you to enjoy at home. #ad

Where To Eat In London | West Thirty Six

Situated in the heart of West London by Notting Hill, West Thirty Six is an all-day grill house and cocktail lounge and I swung by there for a delicious lunch with a couple of my girl friends, Mollie and Chloe.

The venue is beautiful, featuring  an open grill, quirky lounge spaces and an incredible roof terrace, the latter being where my friends and I dined. 

I ordered the salad, lamb cuttles and chocolate bar and peanut crunch which was all, sensational. If only pictures could capture  the wonderful flavours on my palette. Luckily, food envy wasn't a problem as I sampled the girls's lemon sole and chicken dishes too which were equally as pleasant. The salads are sexy, chips are chunky and West thirty Six plays the likes of Alicia Keys in the back ground. My idea of heaven.

Whether it's a dinner date venue you're after, a relaxed environment for a business meeting or simply somewhere to pop in for a drink, this venue ticks a lot of boxes. I think this just might be my new favourite place.

Let me know if you know of any other nice places to eat in London. I'd love to try them. 

Lots of foodie love, AJ 

xoxo

Where: West Thirty Six, 36 Golborne Road, North Kensington, London, W10 5PR | 0203 752 0530

Favourite dishesHeritage tomatoes, cheese and avocado salad (starter) |  Lamb cutlets (main) | Chocolate bar & peanut crunch (dessert) | Cauliflower & pomegranate (side)




Baked Eggs In Avocado With Bacon

Joe Wicks is an online nutrition coach and I follow him on Instagram for two reasons. 1. He's hilarious 2. His 15 minute meals.

Basically, he creates a range of healthy meals that take no longer than 15 minutes to make and condenses it into a 15 second video Instagram post. This is a recipe I pinched from his Instagram @TheBodyCoach; baked eggs in avocado with bacon.

Pre & post workout breakfast

Easy to make this is the perfect post workout meal or healthy breakfast/brunch, oozing with flavour, good fats and loads of protein and what's more, it's super easy to make.

The Body Coach Receipe

I simply sliced my avocados in half, deseeded them and flattened the bottoms before cracking the eggs into the hollows where the seeds were, bunging it into the over for about 5 minutes whilst grilling a couple of slices of bacon and preparing my salad at the same time.

Baked eggs in avocado

My eggs were a little on the large side leading to an egg white spillage into my baking dish and in hindsight, it would have been much easier to eat had I scooped the avocados out of it's skin before baking but nevertheless it tasted and looked fantastic!

Healthy Brunch

I scoffed it with brown toast, cucumber, tomatoes, fresh coriander and spinach and made enough for two! 

Healthy Breakfast

I shared the post on my Instagram @AJOdudu, got the thumbs up from TheBodyCoach himself and even TV chef Lorraine Pascale suggested her own take on the meal, which I'll definitely be trying.

TheBodyCoach & Lorraine Pacale

Check out my Youtube video where I show you exactly how I made it.


It was filling and delicious so definitely give it a try and let me know what you think.

Loads of love, AJ

xoxo  

For more healthy recipes and fitness videos check out my YouTube channel


Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Let's talk breakfast, my favourite meal of the day. Breakfast provides fuel for your body and brain to function after an overnight fast by restoring your glucose levels. I always eat breakfast after an hour(ish) of being awake and in that time, I'd have already drank a pint of water. Here's a snap shot of some of the things that I've been eating for breakfast, which will hopefully help you decide how to tickle your taste buds in a healthy way, even before you've barely woke up.

 Cucumber sticks, cherry tomatoes, a slice of brown toast, one poached egg and a small glass of orange juice.

Cucumber sticks, cherry tomatoes, a slice of brown toast, one poached egg and a small glass of orange juice.

 One slice of rye bread with half and avocado, cherry tomatoes, 10 grapes, 10 almonds and a small handful of blueberries. Also drinking a cup of hot water.

One slice of rye bread with half and avocado, cherry tomatoes, 10 grapes, 10 almonds and a small handful of blueberries. Also drinking a cup of hot water.

 Grilled mushroom, one slice of brown toast with butter, two grilled rashers of bacon, a poached egg with a sprinkle of pepper.

Grilled mushroom, one slice of brown toast with butter, two grilled rashers of bacon, a poached egg with a sprinkle of pepper.

 Two poached eggs, one slice of rye bread with half an avocado crushed onto it. Cherry tomato, cucumber and spinach too.

Two poached eggs, one slice of rye bread with half an avocado crushed onto it. Cherry tomato, cucumber and spinach too.

To nip my sugar cravings in the bud bright and early, occasionally I have a small glass of orange juice also good source of fibre, energy and antioxidants. As you can see I love eggs for healthy fats and protein. Rye bread and grainy toast with butter or coconut oil on it are my carbs (which aren't the devil by the way) and avocado is full of healthy fats, vitamins and potassium.  I eat with my eyes too so I like to keep my plate colourful with whatever salad vegetables I have knocking around in the fridge and the bacon, grilled mushroom and poached egg combination is my healthy alternative to a greasy English Breakfast fry up. Yum! What do you have for breakfast?

xoxo