Cheesecake Mess

I tried to make a delicious cheesecake for my friend but it failed, not because it wasn't absolutely delicious but because It didn't set in the fridge, so when taking it out it turned into a sort of Eton mess but cheesecake style, hence the name of the post. I couldn't waste a fabulous cheesecake recipe on myself so I thought I'd share it with you guys, and if you want make it into a real cheesecake feel free but here is the recipe for my cheesecake mess if you'd rather be a bit outside the box. 

You will need: 

500g of Cream Cheese (I used Philadelphia) 
200ml of Double cream 
100g of Vanilla Essence
1 Tablespoon of Icing Sugar 
100g of Biscotti Biscuits 
50g of Butter 


3 Biscotti Biscuits 


-Melt the butter in the microwave or on the hob and add to crushed biscuits then mix. 
-In another bowl add the cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla essence and whisk until mixed and smooth. 
-Fold the double cream into the mixture and slowly stir until mixed. (It should not move when you tip the bowl). 
-Add the biscuit mix to the cream mix and stir. 
-Place the mix in the fridge and leave for for 5+ hours. 
Serve in little bowls, crush the rest of the biscuits and sprinkle on top. 


French Paradox

I've been living in Annecy, France now since the end of June and as someone that takes a keen interest in food, I've been watching how people around me eat constantly which may sound pretty boring but it's been quite interesting to see the difference between the French and British diet. A lot of people go on about the 'French Paradox' of French people eating lots of cheese, bread and red meat without putting on weight and not having a higher risks of heart disease and obesity. I'm no medical expert so please don't go changing your whole lifestyle because of what I say but here are some of the reasons I think the French (well certainly in Annecy) appear to be healthier than us Brits. 


Everybody here exercises, and I mean everyone. On a Sunday morning you'll get up and everyone is either hiking up a mountain, going for a bike ride or doing some other kind of mad sport. Even in the office that I work at people go for a run on their lunch break or do some sort of outdoor activity after work to ensure that their body is moving after a static day in the office. Now i'm not quoting everyone in the UK, but most people I know go home after work and continue to sit down and watch TV which isn't helping. The people here take part in a lot of cardiovascular activities which is fantastic for the heart and burning calories which could explain some things. 


I try to eat as many veggies as possible but I don't love them. At lunch time here everyone fills their plate to the brim with all different types of vegetables. Although people may also have high fat cheeses and bread at lunch, these seem to be in moderation and the majority of the plate is taken up by vegetables. Therefore you can pack much more in because veggies are not very calorific but contain lots of good nutrients for the body. 

Moderation is key 

Yes people eat red meat and cheese and bread and croissants and chocolate, but they don't stuff their faces. In England the portion sizes seem to be much bigger, you can get extra large portions and you'll be eating far more calories than you realise. With there not being many fast food restaurants in Annecy it means there are a lot less options for takeaways but even during meals in the home, people don't eat masses of meat and cheese. Just enough to appreciate the quality and taste; quality over quantity. 

Fresh, Fresh, Fresh 

I can't speak for the whole of France as I haven't been everywhere but fresh and locally produced food is HUGE over here. So many people go to the market to get their food, there are plenty of cheese and dairy farms and even the supermarkets have sections dedicated to local delicatessens. This means that there is less chance of people eating processed foods and fruit and veg covered in pesticides. Plus, properly made cheese and yoghurt is full of bacteria which can be great for maintaining a healthy gut which we all need. 

So, although I don't have any scientific evidence to prove the French people are healthier than British, from what I've seen the 'French Paradox' doesn't seem to be a paradox at all. People just lead active lifestyles, eat a variety of fruit and vegetables and don't eat too much, seems simple right? 


Chocolicious protein balls

It's true that the majority of people who go to the gym these days take some form of protein supplement in order to help their muscles repair and grow, and I am making it my job to find the tastiest ways to incorporate protein in my diet, starting with these delicious protein balls... 

You will need: 
3/4 Cup Rice of Flour (or any other type) 
1/4 Cup Cacao Powder (no added sugar) 
1/2 Cup Chocolate Protein Powder (I used Chocolate Brownie) 
3 Tbsp Crunchy or Smooth Peanut Butter 
6 Tbsp Soya or Nut Milk
3 Tbsp Honey

Topping Ideas: 
Chopped Hazelnuts 
Dark Chocolate 
Cacao Powder

-Mix all of the dry ingredients together. 
-Add the peanut butter, milk and honey, then mix. 
-The mixture should form a dough like texture so add milk or flour as needed to get this consistency. 
-Scoop the mixture with a tablespoon and roll into a ball with your hands. Do this until all of the mixture has been used. 

Here are the instructions for the different toppings...

For chopped hazelnuts: Place a good amount of chopped hazelnuts in a bowl and with a fork or toothpick dip the protein balls in until completely covered. 

For dark chocolate: Heat the chocolate in a glass bowl over pan of hot water until melted. Place the bowl of chocolate to the side and use a toothpick or fork to dip each ball into the chocolate. 

For the cacao powder: Place the powder in a bowl and with a fork or toothpick dip each ball into the powder until covered. 

Once you have topped the protein balls, place them on a non stick tray and keep them in the fridge for 20 mins. Store them in a container in the fridge for the best consistency. 



Top 5 Yoga Studios in Manchester

Yoga has quickly become very popular, with celebrities posting their downward dogs and yogis showing us impressive moves on Instagram it's hard not to want to give it a go, and there is no reason why you shouldn't! Yoga has a million and one benefits for your mental and physical health and is often suggested as an alternative therapy for many different illnesses, so here are my 5 favourite places in Manchester to do yoga...

1.Sadhana Yoga 

Based in Monton, Eccles, Sadhana yoga provides yoga and pilates throughout the week for all levels, so no matter if you're a beginner or a pro, you're going to get something out of the class. There are also baby and toddler yoga & pilates sessions on a Monday for all of you mums that want to get out and exercise but struggle with conventional places. My favourite thing about Sadhana Yoga is the atmosphere, you feel welcome from the moment you walk in and the teacher is super friendly. Unlike a lot of places where there can be quite a serious vibe to the class, here it's all about enjoying the experience, which is exactly what yoga should be about.

2. Manchester Yoga Central 

If you're really into yoga I am quite sure you'll love it here. Based inside Victoria Warehouse (next to Manchester United's stadium) it's a place of complete relaxation, when you walk into the studio it's like being in a whole new world. If you aren't sure about which type of yoga you prefer this is a great place to start as they offer a variety of different styles such as Ashtanga, Hatha, Yin, Dynamic Flow and specific classes for the mind. They also offer other holistic therapies so you can get the whole yogi experience all in one place. 

3. Gym & Juice 

Right in the heart of the city centre, Gym & Juice is probably one of the coolest gyms i've seen, ever. And what's better, they've even started yoga classes on a Thursday evening so you can build your strength and cardio in their classes like Asspiration and Total, then compliment these workouts with a mix of Vinyasa and Yin yoga. All you have to do is look at their Instagram page and you'll be hooked, find out more on their website... 

4. Lululemon St. Ann's Square

Yoga session then shopping for yoga clothes afterwards, what more could you want? The Lululemon shop in St. Ann's Square offers yoga classes every Saturday morning for anyone to try out. Tucked below their store, the yoga studio is decorates with fairy lights and whisks you away from the bustle of the city. The store invite different teachers to come and give the classes so you never know what you'll get from one week to the other which is pretty exciting right?

5. Yoga Express 

Like to keep your workouts short? Yoga Express is for you then, with 45 minute lessons, they are great for people on the go that want to get in a quick yoga session during their lunch break or after work. They provide dynamic yoga classes to leave you feeling refreshed and full of energy, as well as building your strength and flexibility, there is more information on their website here


Legs 11 and Booty Building

Getting good legs doesn't mean you have to hit the leg press everyday and be lifting heavy weights, of course that helps but there are plenty of bodyweight exercises than can help you to achieve your desired look and keep you legs toned. I have chosen a few of my favourites that help to target the hamstrings, quadriceps, glutes and calves. 

Squats help to tone all of your legs, especially your quadriceps and glutes, they are a simple move than can be achieved by most people anywhere. In this video there are several variations to the squat to help target different muscle groups as well as burn fat. The jump squat increases your heart rate and gets your legs burning, whilst the sumo squat works the inner thighs and the pliĆ© squats focus on your calf muscles. 

Lunges are again another all round leg exercise, they can be reversed to help people that may have knee problems and find it difficult lunging forward. Again, jump lunges are great in a HIIT workout to get your body pumping and the side lunge works the inner thighs too, these are all different variations that can give you a well rounded workout. 

Finally, fire hydrants, donkey kicks and side leg raises all help booty building. These exercises cover all sides of the glutes to help gain muscle, giving you a fuller look. However, building muscle in the glutes doesn't just look good, they are the biggest muscles in your body and can cause injury to your hips if they weak due to muscle imbalance, strong glutes also takes some of the impact off your back and prevent back injury, so big bums are good! 

If you have any questions on these workouts of alternative ones, feel free to comment.