Rest days, good eating and small treats!

After my testing the knee ride so cycling is ok. Running not so much, probably time to get the knee supports on again.

Comrade Boris is cancelling all Christmas plans… I was suppose to be in the English Lakes for a few days camping and hiking but that’s not happening now so it’s stay at home activities…… 🤔

The Rapha Festive 500 it is then.

But first… rest the body, get some work done and relax

This is what that looks like:

Eating well

Start the day with a proper meal!
  • Sourdough toast
  • Avocado
  • Crushed pumpkin seeds
  • Vegan sausages
  • Poached eggs

OMG…. this could be the best thing I make! Well it’s certainly my favourite breakfast to make.

Evenings eating

  • Wheat tortillas
  • Vegan mince
  • Oinion
  • Pepper
  • Mushroons
  • Jalapeños
  • Lettuce
  • Guacamole
  • Skin on fries
  • Sweet potatoes fries

Finish the day with home made vegan delights!

Evenings treat

A wee dram to warm the cockles!
  • Single malt
  • Cups made of horn!
  • Awesome!

And enjoy a warming drink….


Vegan delights

If you happen to be in Leeds at the right and hungry for some truly delicious food then I can thoroughly recommend eating at Punk Vegan. Links these guys food was awesome.

But ya can’t eat out every day, so inspired by the punk vegan “Nude Burrito 🌯 “ I decided to make my own… none nude version.

What’s in it I hear you ask?

  • Meat free mince, mixed with Fajita seasoning and bbq sauce
  • ice gem lettuce
  • Lime and coriander rice pack
  • Onion
  • Peoper
  • Mushroom
  • Spring onion
  • Tortillas
  • Skin on potatoes and sweet potatoes
  • Jalapeños and chilli flakes
  • Guacamole

Now it was soo good… like I ate too much at once and had to have a lie down soo good.

Totally Vegan, most healthy and my god delicious!

Make it yourself it’s great food, kids loved it, e

Even the wannabe carnivore approved!

Sugar free, gluten free rhubarb and blackberry crumble.

Gluten free oats, almonds and some honey
Rhubarb, black berries, and a dash of Orange juice.
Glazed with honey

Smash up the oats and almonds

Boil stir and squash the fruit until nice and soft

Pour into an oven dish and cover with the oats and almonds mix

Drizzle with honey… because why not!


Proper tasty dessert! You can add ice cream or custard to it, but then why have it sugar free.

Home made training fuel.

Recipes found, (thanks Google) ingredients bought, kitchen setup and away we go making my own home made training drink with electrolytes, energy balls, recovery shake and granola bars

Recovery Shake

Take half the banana or a small one.

Glugs of, spoons of, dash of the rest of the ingredients, play with whatever works for you consistency wise

Put it in a blender / smoothie maker



Energy Drink – Electrolytes

  • Water
  • Green & Berry tea
  • Calcium magnesium
  • Salt
  • Fruit juice
  • Honey

Boil the tea bags, salts. Calcium, honey, and allow to cool

Strain the liquid into a storage jar/bottle

Add the fruit juice

Lucozade, or Gatorade this is not! Looks weird… murky. But surprisingly it tastes ok.

Will test it out tomorrow.

Bars and balls

The energy balls recipe I’ve previously posted, the granola style energy bars are very easy again.

  • Trail mix
  • Choc chip (dark)
  • Honey
  • Golden syrup
  • Ground up rolled oats

Make as much or as little if this as you want / need, it should be sticky in consistency to bind together after heating.

Make the mixture to you liking the fun thing with this is that you can add any dried fruits, nuts, berries you want to and it always tastes good.

Spread it on a greased tray, foil or grease proof paper prevents it sticking.

Bake at 160-180’c for 25mins, or until the edges start to go brown.

Take out, chop up whilst it’s still warm into shapes or bars of your choice.

Try not to east it all at once! 👍


Electrolytes drink needs less salt! Orange rather pineapple juice may improve that balance of sweet and salty

Update: 2

Definitely less salt… so thirsty now! And stuck with the taste of salt in my mouth. In fact the “swamp water” as my son described it probably wants a total rethink. Maybe more diluted juice with a touch of salt…. will have to try again.

In the mean time… more water!!

Veggie post ride refuelling

Yup… those look like pig 🐷 sausages but the are in fact Quorn ones and they’re bloody delicious, mixed with mushrooms, onion, pepper, garlic, jalapeños, tomatoes, 3 eggs and a sprinkle of grated Vegan cheese.

Could have eaten it twice!

Fills me up until lunch time and mostly healthy… mostly.

Food for fuel

Since returning to proper exercise and training I’ve been mostly eating normally and then on long rides buying bars and energy gels. Which are fine for the energy output but don’t agree with the rest of my digestion system.

So as I have a 80% vegan diet (exceptions are eggs and some meat once a week) I thought there must a natural option. Quick google search and I find this site

With a great recipe for “energy balls” took me 10mins to make, packed 4 into a sandwich bag and took them on my 2 hour run. Had one every 30mins and felt great, good energy levels, tasty, no digestion issues. And for the cost of the ingredients being less than a single rides worth of snacks and gels. Plus there’s so much I should be set for the next 4 weeks long runs and rides!

I replaced the coconut with ground nuts from the fruit and nut selection (because I forgot coconut despite having a list with it on)
In a bowl, mix it and jobs a good in!
The artistic shot!