Meet Tina!

 

I'm Tina and I took up running just over 16months ago - never thought I would run a 5k let alone a 50k..... It's amazing how months of persistence and determination can pay off! The support and encouragement from my fellow runners inspired and encouraged me to continue to challenge my ability, I am no means fast or elite but i try and challenge and measure my ability through myself and often times my stubbornness to try every race I can!!!

Currently I am training for a mountain marathon in Wales in June - again never thought I could do a marathon let alone a mountain one....

I love food and more importantly sweet food but then who doesn't! I felt that my sweet tooth kind of took over all the good I was doing with the training so I decided why not try and make sweet treats/foods that would benefit and support me in my training goals.

I am not a hardcore veggie eater so I do try to get the nutrition from where I can - either through the dinners I make or the goods I bake. I recently completed a Diploma in Diet and Nutrition and that really opened my eyes and knowledge to eating!

For veggies I blitz them in a blender and have that for breakfast and for everything else I either bake them in yummy treats or wholesome dinners but one thing is for sure I aim to get good food into me daily - genuinely have noticed the difference on energy, muscles and overall well-being.

I try to bake twice a week and constantly write down recipes in a 'little black book' or as they come into my head so I look forward to sharing them all with you RunInTheDark'ers!

To start off with here's a healthy chocolate fix as an alternative to Easter eggs!

CHILLI AND BEETROOT BROWNIES

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of chilli flakes
  • 1 boiled beetroot
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 cup of almond flour
  • 3 tablespoons mixed seeds/flax/linseed
  • 1 cup of honey/maple syrup
  • 1 cup of raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup of hazlenuts / chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of raisins
  • 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1 cup of rice flour/millet/buckwheat
  • Optional - some chocolate flavour protein powder
  • Roughly chopped dark chocolate pieces

Method

  1. Mash banana and beetroot until smooth
  2. Add all dry ingredients together in large bowl
  3. Mix in honey/maple syrup
  4. Add in banana beetroot mix
  5. Add in your coconut oil and mix well
  6. Pre-heat oven at Gas Mark 6/200c
  7. Line baking tray with parchment paper and pour mix in
  8. Bake for 35mins