healthy eating tips

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

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

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