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She's back! Our favourite food blogger, What Joanna Ate, has returned and brought with her some rather tasty tips to keeping your bikini bod in check. Oh, we do love her so! And while we're all frantically trying to squeeze into our two-year-old bikinis, mine's definitely older, Joanna is bashing the gym full belt and dishing out easy-to-do's on keeping trim this summer. Read on to get the lowdown, and report back for her next installment this weekend.

Sun's Out, Guns Out 

"It’s finally May.  The sun is (nearly) out.  It’s therefore time to hit the gym, hard. And get those limbs ready for shedding layers and coats.  Here are a few of my favourite ways to refuel after a sweaty spinning class, or to simply take the place of a rather more decadent meal out."

What Joanna Ate

Refuel on the go:  Just juicing isn't enough. And with the latest trend for cold-pressed juices on the rise,  (the fruit/veg is pressed, with no heat in the machine, apparently maintaining more nutrients and giving a better flavour) you might think you have to go out of your way to find them. Roots & Bulbs in Marylebone however, offers a fridge full of green and orange coloured bottles – I tried the G1 juice, crammed with cucumber, celery, spinach, lemon, ginger and spices.  It tastes surprisingly lovely, and you'll feel very virtuous indeed. They also deliver, so you can stock up on green juices from the comfort of your desk!

Refuel when out for lunch/dinner: It’s sometimes hard to eat out in a lighter way, with lots of menu temptation or heavier handed butter/salt/sugar than you would cook with at home.  I always turn to Japanese, with sashimi, sushi, and lots of vegetables.  In London, my favourite is Roka (if someone else is paying), or Tsunami for an excellent, more affordable option.


Refuel in the kitchen (with a few books for help):  I’ve got an ever-growing library of cookery books, but there are a couple I leaf through when I want wholesome yet delicious recipes.  Diana Henry’s new book, A Change of Appetite, contains lots of pretty, fragrant, light recipes, full of wholesome grains, fish and interesting spicing.  Another is Yotam Ottolenghi’s cookbook, Plenty, which is the perfect way to get some of your five portions, or is it now seven, a day thanks to his vegetable-only recipes.

Now you've got food sorted, why not treat yourself to a brand new bikini? We think you deserve a new one too.


Words courtesy of Joanna Carroll.

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