Guru Nanak Dev Ji Mandala – Artist Collaboration

Graphic Design & Illustration

Hey guys! I’m conscious I’ve disappeared off the scene again – apologies, I’ve been working at the gym more than usual and bringing my illustrations up to scratch which are all going to be uploaded shortly! Well, soon anyway. But I had to share this one with you first – I’m working on a few new things within the next few weeks, I’ve decided 2017 is my year to do trials and errors and find out what works and doesnt. Anyhow – check it out!

Amazing right! So I teamed up with my better half again to produce this STUNNING piece – his recent Guru Nanak Dev Ji vector alongside Japanese inspired trees and birds overlayed onto my most recent Mandala which I timelapsed and uploaded to my instagram – you can check that out below too! 

So there’s more colour variations etc etc which unfortunately I can’t share until he uploads them too but keep an eye out for the uploads on both of our instagram pages for them – @simmyghatt & @vik.kainth and the piece will be available to buy from Viks store super soon – www.vikkainthart.com

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#VIKKAINTHAPPAREL

Fashion, Lifestyle

So you may have caught some of the flyyyy looking t-shirts in my February Instagram roundup… well basically, they’re all done by some amazing guy in my life called Vik Kainth (I know I’m so amazingly biased it’s brilliant). Now this genius, recently just dropped a new t-shirt line with some of his best designs available to buy online :- www.vikkainthart.com

Now count this blog as bit of a sneak peak into it all – because some of the snaps shown here aren’t up on the site with the t-shirts to buy just yet, but will be really really really soon! T-shirts are being sold for £22 including FREE 1st class delivery (usually arrives about 2-3 days after ordering). Drop a comment below & let me know what you think of them all – my personal faves so far have to be the Be Humble Be Ruthless, Enemy & the Mandala ranges!

Recipe:: Smoky Chicken Soup with Egg Noodles

Lifestyle, Recipes & Food!

Aloha all!

So I finally got back into the kitchen last night and tried out a different kind of recipe – similar to something I cooked last week but it smells better, looks nicer and sounds heavenly – Smoky Chicken Soup with Egg Noodles – courtesy of www.realsimple.com.

Unfortunately I didn’t take the usual midway cooking pics as I was on Skype at the time so my other half got to see the process instead of you guys (flop)! But keep an eye on my Instagram cause I’m so sure I’ll be making this one again more often.

Anyhow – ingredients. Now you can use the same amount to make into more servings, I just bulked it up a bit more to push it into 3 as I need to start eating more!:

  • 3x Sheets / Slabs of uncooked Sharwood Medium Egg Noodles
  • 40g Butter
  • 3 teaspoons Smoked Paprika
  • 2 Medium Red Onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 Bell Peppers – original stated red but I used a mix – thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2x Tins of Chopped Tomatoes
  • 2x Knorrs Chicken Stock Cubes into 600ml water
  • 600g Cooked Chicken (I just grilled mine beforehand)
  • Sour Cream & Chopped Dill for serving (optional)

Method:

  1. Pre-cook chicken – either grill / oven cook to your liking. Chop & slice up and leave to rest on one side
  2. Cook the noodles according to package instructions – usually simmer in boiling water for 4-5 minutes. Drain and leave to rest on the side.
  3. Cook the butter and smoked paprika in a large pot over medium. Add the onions, garlic, bell peppers, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, 10 minutes.
  4. Add the tomatoes, broth, and chicken and simmer 5 minutes more.
  5. Stir in the noodles to warm and serve & optional: garnish with sour cream & dill to serve.

And that’s it! Super simple, takes about 40mins in total including chicken cooking time but it smells like absolutely heavenly when it’s made. I upped the amount of paprika & black pepper used too as I covered the chicken in it when I was grilling it so it’s completely full of flavour! Macros for the recipe as stated above for 3 servings are below :

Calories per Serving: 584kcal | Carbs: 51.3g | Protein: 51.6g | Fat: 18.7g – of which Saturates: 2.2g | Cholesterol: 26.7mg | Fibre: 3.3g | Sugars: 3.8g

 

Mermaid Hair

Lifestyle

So another quick update needed as to what I’ve been up to lately! – I WENT BLUE! I know the last hair update I did, I had a full fringe… well safe to say that only lasted for all of 1 month to be precise before I reverted back to my usual side fringe.

However, I’ve always wanted to go blue without bleaching my hair, so v1 of this was the Schwarzkopf ‘Cosmic Blue’, which was almost like midnight blue, black on the surface until the light hits and *shineeeeeeee!* Except now of course, I took on their So I 2-in-1 pastels or shine ‘Electric Blue’ to brighten up my hair, again without bleaching, and my hair in the light is now bright blue (or as bright as possibly can be!)

So I’m still going to keep trying to get this brighter without the bleach, however thought I’d share just quite how in love I am with this look for the new year – new year, new look and all!

 Blue Hair

New Year, Same Me – A Gym Overview

Gym & Fitness

So I’m super aware it has been MONTHS since I last posted – but Happy New Year to all! So looking back over 2016, I hit a lot of new gym records, personal best’s, high weights, finally achieved a 80kg rack pull for a clean 8 reps… but most of all, saw a huge change in my body!

People always laugh and joke when they hear me say “I go to the gym”. They have a bit of a laugh saying “What do you go to the gym for? You’re skinny as it is anyway?!” Skinny is not what I want to be, healthy is the goal, skinny is just a term defined by society to body shame people in todays’ world – and that’s one thing I hate. I’ve always had a bit of a complex about my weight, I’ve never felt “perfect” with it – I’ve always felt “too skinny”, “too chubby”, “too big”, “slightly fat”, all terms that make a person feel super self-conscious, and not everyone can get to that stage of thinking “f it, I’m happy with how I look anyway”.

 Anyway, coming back to it! So looking back on a 1 year and 2 year transformation, I have to say I was pretty shocked with how far I had come. So 2015 vs 2017 was 100% the BIGGEST transformation of all! Since then I have lost about 1kg, which isn’t a lot, but in terms of body fat is huge, have now got structure to my stomach & legs, definition in my back, arms are looking more toned and less “jiggly” and overall feeling so much more confident…

2015 vs 2017 transformation

2016 vs 2017 however, of course wasn’t a huge change in comparison to 2015, but still resulted in me having more toned arms, stomach structure coming in more, legs and arms actually putting on more muscular size, back looking more toned and overall actually being heavier in weight – but it being muscle mass as opposed to fat!

2016 vs 2017 transformation

I guess one of the things I love about transformation pictures is the feeling of achievement and actually realising how far you’ve come without even realising a lot of the time, and sometimes we all need that reminder of “Damn girl, you done good. You look good, you’re feeling good, appreciate this”.

So overall my gym progress within a year has been good, I have admittedly been slacking a fair bit recently, diet has gone out the window and is now creeping it’s way back in and I’m completely going back to basics with a lot of my training including new gym routines, new gym days, new diet, everything. May be the new year, but I’m still the same me, just focusing more on the journey before the end result!

And as always – I’ve had a lot of people start getting in touch with me over Instagram about training styles, diet tips, recipe ideas and so forth – I’m always happy to help even if it is just for the odd little motivational tip on “how the heck do you get out of the bed in the morning to go train so early?!”. Feel free to hit me up either in the comments or through my social media through my contact page or alternatively:
Instagram : @simmyghatt | Twitter : @simmyg22

As everyone is aware – I’m a regular gym goer with a goal to achieve and most importantly maintain a healthy beach body appearance with an awesome diet that isn’t restricted. 

So today meal prepping for work, I literally (30mins ago) just finished making 2 lunches I’m super psyched about! Beef meatballs, egg noodles with a soy sauce fused stir fry. Oh yeah, sounds amazing, smells DIVINE! 

It was super simple! 630kcal overall but everything that went into it is healthy, not full of “crap” so to speak and can help with post gym meals or protein packed lunches! Meatballs were the awkwardest part of it, but guess what, I made the whole thing in 30mins flat! 

So ingredients (to make 1 portion – double to make 2): 125g lean beef mince (I bought everything from ALDI), 1/3 of a pack medium egg noodles, 15ml light soy sauce, 15ml Olive oil, 150g mixed pepper stir fry, 1/4 diced onion, 1 garlic clove, 1tsp paprika and 1tsp mild chilli pepper. (I’m not one for massive spicy food!)

  1. Preheat the oven to 160(fan)/180(conventional) degrees Celsius.
  2. Chop the onion in half, then half again. Use 1/4 and dice finely (or as small as you can get it). Place in a mixing bowl.
  3. Peel and dice the garlic clove. Once done, place in the mixing bowl with the onion. 
  4. Add in 1tsp of paprika and mild chilli pepper to the bowl.
  5. Mix in the lean beef mince with your hands. Ensure all of the mixture is together and begin to squeeze the mixture together to make the balls.
  6. Once shaped, heat a little olive oil in a frying pan and place the meatballs into the pan. They should only be kept in there for around 2-3 minutes as you just want the outer layer of the mince to seal.
  7. Once sealed, transfer over to a foil lined baking tray and place in the oven for 20-25 minutes until cooked.
  8. For the noodles – boil a pan of water and place the noodles into the pan and leave to cook for 4 minutes until separated and more yellow in colour. Drain and serve.
  9. For the stir fry – heat a little olive oil in a wok and add the stir fry mix. Keep stirring and midway through cooking time, add in 15ml of light soy sauce. Fry for a further 1 minute then remove from the heat and serve. 

Super quick, super easy and best of all it didn’t even cost a lot to pick up! Only issue I had was the mince doesn’t come in a large size from ALDI – I was limited to having just a 250g pack however as it’s a richer red meat, it’s good to only have that in your diet occasionally.

Gym & Fitness, Lifestyle, Recipes & Food!