Thursday, 26 November 2015

Black Friday at Protein Card

On Tuesday I received my first ever Muscle Food order. I know people have been singing their praises for a long time but I just never thought I'd actually save any money ordering my meat online instead of from the butcher/supermarket! I changed my mind when Protein Card sent me an e-mail with an exclusive discount code - 43 pieces of meat for £19. NINETEEN POUNDS. Signing up for a Protein Card will get you exclusive discounts from lots of big name fitness brands including Muscle food, MyProtein, Grenade, Quest, USN and Muscle Moose to name just a few! This Black Friday they're offering a half price deal on their Pro membership with a free bundle of goodies worth £130!

"BLACK MAGIC: The disappearing deal: For the FIRST TIME EVER, Protein Card is offering it’s pro membership for £15. Thats 50% OFF. Unlock a world of EXCLUSIVE discounts, only available to you. We have exclusivity contracts with the biggest brands in the business, meaning you can only get these deals from us. We price match everyone in the industry, so YOU WON’T GET THESE DEALS ANY CHEAPER, anywhere else. To get this click the link in the bio at @proteincard"

Monday, 23 November 2015

6 Christmas Gift Ideas for your Fitness Friends

It's that time of year again, when we have to start racking our brains for gift ideas for our loved ones. I like seeing someone's face when they open a gift they absolutely LOVE. Sometimes it's hard to know what to get people though... what if they already have it? What if it doesn't fit? Will they actually use it? I'm going to solve all your problems and help you find the perfect present for the fitness freak in your life, with 6 ideas that any gym goer or health enthusiast would love to find wrapped under the tree...

1. Tickets to the SFN Expo 2016! Scotland's biggest weekend of fitness and nutrition at the SECC in Glasgow - they host everything from the UKBFF Scottish Grand Prix, to Crossfit games, to nutritional seminars and protein baking workshops! The easiest, hassle free present you could buy. You'll even get 10% discount with my code "SFNAM25" as well as limited early bird prices, FREE delivery with a fancy "Golden Ticket" envelope, guaranteed to arrive before Christmas! Visit

2. Clothes. You can't go wrong with anything from Nike - personally I'm hoping Santa will bring me their giraffe print leggings!

3. MyProtein goodies - they do my all time favourite natural chocolate flavour Impact Whey Protein and I don't know about you but I'd be chuffed to unwrap a box of their protein cookies!

4. Healthy cookbooks. It seems like everyone and their Nan is bringing out a cookbook packed with healthy recipes lately. My go to book is still Hemsley + Hemsley's "The Art of Eating Well" but I quite fancy Jamie Oliver and Gizzi Erskine's latest ones. I've heard good things about the Protein Pow book too. 
(No idea why Fearne Cotton and Joe Wicks are waiting til after Christmas to release theirs but you could always pre-order them for someone!)

5. Fitness trackers... There's so many to choose from it can be confusing. If they're a runner try a Garmin Forerunner GPS watch. Polar heart rate monitors are ideal for a HIIT fan - I used mine every day til it died, sob! A Jawbone or Fit Bit is a good idea for general day to day tracking as you can wear them all day, connect them to your phone and even track your sleep!

6. Entry to a race. I was shocked when I first found out that people actually PAY for the privilege torture of running a marathon. If they're dying to run a particular race next year; a 5k colour run? Triathlon? Tough Mudder? Help them out & sign them up! 

Friday, 20 November 2015

Brewdog Five AM Steak Pie

I love sitting around a table, tucking into a big hearty dinner with the family. This weekend just past was Gordon's birthday and he had made a special request for my steak pie for Sunday dinner. It was just the two of us but I went a bit OTT and made enough to feed the 5000! The recipe is actually my Dad's but I adapted it a bit and used Gordon's favourite craft beer brand, Brewdog. Making the pie is actually really simple and hassle free but it looks impressive and is full of flavour, thanks to the Five AM Red Ale.

You'll need...

500g lean stewing steak
2 bottles Brewdog Five AM Red Ale (or any other ale of your choice!)
3 medium carrots
1 large onion
200g button mushrooms
1 beef stock cube
1 pack Jus Roll puff pastry

You can serve it with any veg and sides you like, but I rustled up a feast of brussels sprouts, crispy roast potatoes cooked in traditional goose fat, good old Paxo sage and onion stuffing and some redcurrant jelly. If you're feeling fancy you could make your own but I'm a big fat cheat.

Season and brown your meat in the pot first and then chuck in the onions, mushrooms and carrots (all chopped), pour the beer over the lot and stir in the stock cube. Turn the heat down low, put the lid on the pan and go find something else to do for the next few hours. (I prepped my veggies and rustled up a sticky toffee pudding from The Art of Eating Well!) Slow cooking the filling means that your veg will soak up all the flavours from the beer and your meat will literally fall apart.

It should only take a couple of hours but leave it as long as you possibly can. Mine was on for roughly 4 hours, before I took the lid off and allowed it to reduce to a thicker gravy. About 30 minutes before your sides are ready, you can assemble the pie. Let the pastry sit for 5-10mins so it comes up to room temperature. You could always make your own pastry but I'm trying to keep this as quick and easy as possible! Pour the filling into a deep oven proof dish. Roll out the pastry sheet, cut it down to size and pop it on top of your dish. We like a soggy bottom in our house (sorry Mary Berry) so I laid the pastry straight on top of the filling. Gordon got all artistic for me and carved the Brewdog logo out of the leftover pastry - pretty impressive don't ya think?

Pop the pie in the oven for around 20 minutes, until the pastry starts to turn golden brown. Remove it from the oven and dish everything up...

Enjoy! :)

Monday, 16 November 2015

I'm an Official SFN Expo Ambassador!

What a shock I got when I checked my e-mail tonight. The other day I applied to be an ambassador for the SFN Expo 2016. I quickly filled out the application form/rant space while lying in bed, thinking about going to the gym, and then got on with my day and forgot all about it. I am absolutely shocked and chuffed to have been selected among all the inspiring athletes and fitness/bikini models! 

(FYI I've never even owned a bikini.)

Early bird tickets for Scotland's biggest Sports, Fitness and Nutrition Expo at the SECC are on sale NOW - a perfect Christmas gift for the fitness lover in your life! You can get 10% discount with my code - SFNAM25 at

If you're not sure what it's all about, I wrote about my experience at this years show here. Hope to see you there fitties!

Monday, 2 November 2015

The Jolly Botanist, Edinburgh

Throughout the year myself, Gordon, my sister Laura and her friend Gemma have been raising money for SAMH. Between us we've raised over £2000 with more donations still to come in - I couldn't be prouder. The four of us coming together for the final challenge in Edinburgh (read about the abseil here) could only mean one thing... cocktail o'clock! 

We met up the night before the abseil for an evening of food, curiosity and bafflement drinks and rugby at The Jolly Botanist in Edinburgh's West End. The bar was buzzing with rugby and gin fans alike, and we waited patiently to score a table so we could order some dinner with our drinks. (I say patiently, we practically pushed a group of girls out the door). The Jolly Botanist is a Victorian inspired gin bar with over 40 different gins listed on their menu, who knew that many even existed?! I'm not even that big a fan of the drink but give me it in cocktail form any day, I recommend the raspberry Edinburgh Fizz and Gin, Glorious Gin! I'm just gutted they weren't served in these cute teacups...

Dinner at the Jolly Botanist was a perfectly lovely, hearty affair. Gordon and I devoured our massive haggis scotch eggs, while the vegetarians opted for charred bread and olives for starters. For mains we enjoyed slow braised beef shin in a tomato ragu with parmesan cheese mash, a surf n turf made up of fillet steak, king prawns, chips and veggies, a sweet potato veggie burger and a roasted red pepper and spinach risotto. I'll let you guess who ate what...

If you're in the Haymarket area, The Jolly Botanist is worth a visit - find them at 256-260 Morrison Street. I'm pretty sure they serve breakfast and afternoon tea throughout the day as well! 

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