*NEW Morning Meditation

How about you ease into your day cultivating calm and ease? At times I personally can wake up a little anxious thinking about all that I have to do that day, or immediately jump online and scroll through my phone. I find when I start the day with a meditation practice, setting an intention for the day ahead that I am then calm and focused. First thing in the morning is truly my favourite time to practice mindfulness. And this practice is super short, just 3 minutes! Remember – it’s the small daily improvements and habits that lead to stunning results.

Mobility challenge. Week 3. Intro.

We are now on week 3.. New mobility flows and activations coming this week, bringing more awareness, mobility and strength to our bodies 🙂

Assessment 4. Thoracic spine mobility.

The Thoracic spine (mid/upper back) mobility is very important for achieving good posture. With working on our thoracic mobility we can improve our posture, body language and promote better breathing patterns.

Pesto Risotto. Perfect post dance meal.

I especially wanted to share this recipe because thanks to the edamame beans and chickpeas, it is really high in protein – so it is a perfect post class / performance dish to help with recovery! It makes it a nice satisfying / filling dish as well. And because risotto can keep well in the fridge for a few days and can also be frozen – it’s a good one to make in bulk.

You’ll find a list of ingredients below, and you’ll notice this can be plant-based, dairy free, and gluten free. Please remember that many of the ingredients are optional. For example you can absolutely make this without the spinach, parmesan, lemon juice etc. Even the tomatoes and chickpeas are ‘add-ons’! But this does make a gorgeous risotto with a lovely combination of flavours and textures 👌🏼

Ingredients (makes ~4 portions):

•300g arborio (risotto) rice
•100g green pesto (you can get gluten /dairy/wheat free)
•~800ml veg (or meat) stock. Note that you might need more depending on your rice!
•1/2 onion, roughly chopped
•3 cloves of garlic, crushed/minced
•Juice of 1/2 lemon
•Olive oil / spray
•600g cherry tomatoes (1/2 chopped)
•1 tin chickpeas (drained, rinsed, dried and ideally de-shelled)
•2-3 tbsp paprika (or another spice / flavour)
•35g parmesan (you can get plant-based equivalents)
•90g spinach
•150g edamame (or cooked soya) beans

Tips:

•There are different types of rice that can be used for risotto, so make sure to follow the instructions for the rice that you buy. The arborio rice I typically use only needs about 20 minutes to cook, but some need longer. That also means that you might need more stock to help it along – so just bare that in mind!

•This usually makes 4 portions for me, but of course just divide the ingredients up for smaller portions. And even when making for 4 portions (as above) you probably won’t use the whole tin of chickpeas. But I just tend to do them all as roasted chickpeas also make a great little snack as well, or can be added to salads and soups too. So just pop what you don’t use in a Tupperware!

•When roasting the chickpeas, it is important that they are really quite dry so that they become nice and crunchy rather than soggy. So once they are drained, I tend to pat them dry with a clean kitchen towel/cloth, or just leave somewhere to dry for a while first. And taking a bit of time to de-shell them first also helps with the texture (plus it’s quite satisfying!)

Enjoy,

Dr Meghan Brown x

*NEW recipe from Dr Meghan Brown

Honey & date flapjack

Try out this super quick and easy flapjack recipe! It takes less than 5 mins to put together (simply a case of mixing all the ingredients), and then a 25-30 min bake in the oven…. Voila! What more could you want!? And they are SOOOO tasty! Thanks to the sticky toffee flavours of the dates especially
Packed with lots of good stuff, including that all important fuel – carbohydrates – this is perfect for a pre class / performance snack, or a little bite to keep you going through busy schedules.

Ingredients (makes ~16 slices):
•100g dates, ideally Medjool (pitted & chopped into small pieces)
•125g honey or ~6 tbsp (use golden or maple syrup as alternatives)
•125g mixed nuts, seeds, dried fruit – any work (chocolate chips & other additions could be used too!)
•100g light brown sugar
•125g butter
•200g rolled oats (gluten free works fine too)

Enjoy!

Meghan xx