Fit Foodie: Moving and having a bit of fun over Christmas

This week I’m sharing a partner workout perfect for getting everyone up, moving and having a bit of fun over Christmas. 

For my recipe, it’s leftover turkey and ham bake plus baked pears with maple and vanilla.

I like to try and keep active in the days around Christmas. It makes a huge difference come January and means I start the year feeling great. In the past I trained as normal, putting in some extra work on Christmas Eve in order to be able to take Christmas Day itself off. I would climb fences on St Stephen’s Day to get access to the track but those days are firmly behind me!

These days, I am a lot more relaxed with my training so I just fit it in around the Christmas
festivities the same way I do with my normal life all year round.

If the influx of family and visitors makes it difficult to stick to your usual routine, don’t stress, simply look for other ways to get moving.

It may take a little bit of extra planning but trust me, staying active over Christmas will help to energise you, reduces stress and give you a break from it all.

This partner workout is great as everyone can get involved no matter what their ability. It’s all about getting our bodies moving and having some fun too.
It requires no equipment, just some space to move and a little bit of Christmas spirit.

Partner Workout Circuit

Plank claps x10

Get into a high plank position facing your partner. Engage your core and maintain a straight line from head to toe. Lift your right hand off the floor and give your partner a high five.

Return to start position and repeat with left hands. Continue, alternating hands as you go.

Sit up high 5s x10

Lie on the floor with knees bent and feet flat. Using your core muscles, raise your upper back and shoulders off the floor and reach your hands towards your knees.

Clap hands with your partner and then lower back down to the starting position.

Abs cycle x10

Lie on the floor with legs bent and feet flat. Engage your core then lift your feet off the floor and touch the bottom of them to your partner’s. Perform a
bicycle crunch while
maintaining a connection with your partner’s feet the entire time. Reach opposite elbows toward opposite knees to work the sides of the abs as well.

Back to back wall sits x 30 seconds

Stand back to back with your partner, linking
elbows can help with stability throughout the move, and simultaneously lower down into a squat position. Hold for 30 seconds before returning to the standing position.

Squat pulses x 10

Get down into a squat position opposite your partner, holding hands out in front for support. Gently pulse up and down keeping your head and chest up for good posture. Sit back into the squat and keep the weight on your heels.

Travelling burpees x 10

Facing your partner, do a burpee. Jump up and across so you are standing next to where your partner was originally. Turn to face your partner and do another burpee.

Push up with shoulder tap x10

Get into a push-up position facing your partner with your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Bend at your elbows until you reach a 90-degree angle
while lowering your chest towards the floor. Push through the palms of your hands to straighten your arms and return to the start. At the top of your push-up position, lift
right hand and tap your partner’s left shoulder.

Repeat, alternating the shoulder that you tap after each push-up

Plank hold and jump over x10

Partner A holds a forearm plank throughout this move, shoulders directly above elbows, core tight and back straight. Partner B will stand at A’s left side and jump over A, landing lightly on the toes and
immediately jumping back as quickly as possible. Complete as many times as suggested then switch roles and repeat.

Repeat x 5 rounds with a one-minute rest in between rounds

Fitspiration

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Creamy Turkey and Ham Bake with Parmesan Crust

This is the perfect one-pot wonder for St Stephen’s Day and is a fantastic way to use up any Christmas leftovers.

The sauce tastes deliciously creamy but is lighter than traditional versions thanks to the mixture of milk and stock used. If you are extra hungry then some crusty bread would go with it perfectly and leftovers can be boxed up ready for lunch the next day.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 250g leftover turkey meat, roughly chopped
  • 250g leftover ham, roughly chopped
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 250ml water
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 100ml full-fat milk
  • 2tbs cornflour
  • 200g breadcrumbs or
  • leftover stuffing
  • 100g parmesan, grated
  • 3tsp dried oregano
  • Heat oven to 180c.

Method:

Place meat and broccoli in an ovenproof dish. In a saucepan bring the water to the boil and stir in the stock cube. Reduce heat and simmer for five minutes. Whisk milk and cornflour together and whisk into the hot liquid. Increase heat and continue whisking until sauce begins to thicken. Pour sauce over contents of ovenproof dish. In a bowl mix together the parmesan crumbs or stuffing and oregano. Sprinkle over the rest of the ingredients. Bake in oven for 25 minutes and serve piping hot.

Baked Pears with Maple and Vanilla

This recipe is so simple and it makes for a pretty healthy dessert. It’s best made with pears that are in season and deliciously ripe — but it’s no big deal if you want to use tinned pears. It’ll take just 15 minutes for the pears to bake and they will send the most amazing aroma wafting through your kitchen. You need to eat them as soon as they come out of the oven — piping hot and preferably with a dollop of cold Greek yoghurt.

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup/ honey/ agave
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 ripe pears, peeled
  • 4 tbsp Greek yoghurt, to serve
  • Heat the oven to 180C/
  • Gas 4.

Method:

Mix the hazelnuts, maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla in a medium bowl and set aside. Use
a sharp knife to cut the pears in half lengthways. Hollow out the cores using a teaspoon. Slice a little off the rounded side of each pear half so that they sit flat. Arrange the pear halves, core side up, in an ovenproof dish. Carefully spoon the hazelnut mixture into the hollows of the pear halves. Bake for 15 minutes or until tender. Divide the pear halves
between warmed serving plates. Finish with a
dollop of Greek yoghurt and serve without delay.



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