All inclusive Thomson cruise (Aegean Titans)

Hello everyone,

I am very delighted to say that I am lucky enough to post to you from a lovely thompson cruise which has currently stopped in Turkey! Todays post is dedicated to tips on how to survive an all inclusive holiday without eating your body weight in food, but still enjoying the lovely delights on offer (aswell as the sun and sights obviously!) My days have been starting off with a buffet breakfast, which can be an absolute mind field when trying to stay healthy. My tip is, think about what you would usually eat. Do you really need 7 pastries to survive until lunch? I stuck to what I usually have, fruit salad, dates, dried fruit and seeds topped with jam. I have to say I think I am getting peanut butter withdrawals, and may have to buy some tomorrow when we stop off in Greece! There is also lots of other healthy choices you can make such as muesli or cooked scrambled eggs and tomatoes. For lunch there is a buffet as well. This is alot easier to stay healthy as their are loads of choice in terms of salads and veg, so you can really get creative. Before dinner I have been attending the gym, but not doing anything too strenuous as I have been out in the sun all day. However I have been really enjoying myself doing cardio circuits, somthing I will definitely adopt when I get home, sadly minus the nice sea view :(. My circuits have included timed intervals of low intensity, cycling, cross-trainer, running and rowing machine. Finally for dinner I have been attending the waiter service resturant, where the head waiter (shout out to the lovely Herbert) has been very accommodating. I have been served 3 vegan courses every night, which have been very diverse from tofu and stir fried veg to tempura. I have been avoiding drinking wine with meals ect. Beacuse its calorific and I want to be able to enjoy the sights the next day!! But I have been enjoying the odd cocktail in the evening with thenighttime entertainment 🙂

*A side note from being super healthy, my mum organised a surprise birthday cake for me when I was on the cruise (100% vegan) and it was absolutely delightful as well as the staff singing abi-birthday which was very entertaining! Due to the fact I couldn’t take the cake on the plane back and was determined not to let it go to waste I basically had half the cake for my dinner and breakfast the next day hahaha. I will post a picture of my cake on my instagram so you can have a look 🙂

Happy making healthy choices!

Stay happy, stay confident

Abs xox       

Can you be healthy at a hotel? 

Over the weekend, I spent a few nights in the Hallmark hotel in Cambridge. Everyday, I used the gym facilities to do my normal workout, and swam lengths for about 15minutes to half an hour. So I wasn’t worried about not keeping my fitness up! My main concern was eating out and not binging of fatty foods and carbs just because I was in a holiday setting! However, on the first day I was greeted by vegan afternoon tea which was very nice and still healthy! I had a few salad sandwiches with wholemeal bread, and they had used green pesto instead of butter, which I think was a really good idea, as it kept moisture! I also had, strawberries and cut up granola bar.

From the breakfast buffet each morning, I was very pleased with all the healthy options available to me to choose from. There was a lovely selection of fruit and berries and I topped these with pumpkin seeds and dried fruit!
For my included three course meal on one of the evenings, I opted for the tomato soup for a starter which included no milk or cream, and asked them not to bring it out with bread. This way I was not tempted to eat it and it didn’t go to waste. For main I had a lovely quinoa salad, which had a lovely twist as it had rosted butternut squash and pomegranate. For desert I went for the fruit salad and asked for no cream/ ice cream, a sweet way to end my lovely meal.

Overall, all the staff were really nice and accomidating and even gave me a jug of soya milk each night so I could have a hot drink in my hotel room before bed 🙂

So there you go… it is possibly to stay healthy in a hotel!

Stay motivated

Abs xox

Protein pancake review

Hello everyone, this is just a quick post in regards to me trying myprotein’s chocolate pancakes for my desert tonight!

I used the recommended 2 scoops, but chose to use almond milk instead of regular, and they still came out fine. The chocolate flavor is really rather pleasant, and tastes similar to the protein shake mix. The pancakes themselves really rise and come out spongy, not sure if this is because I used a hand blender to mix? either way they were very filling, and I found the thicker pancakes came out the nicest. Tonight I topped mine with half a chopped banana, a drizzle of honey and my absolute favorite myprotein peanut butter, to add a bit of moisture!

Let me know what you think of them if you happen to try them, i’d love to hear your opinions 🙂

Tomorrow I will be posting my own recipe for a tasty snack/desert so look out for that!

Have a lovely evening

Stay confident, stay happy

Abs xox