What’s Underneath… Quadriceps Muscles

My previous post in the What’s Underneath series explored the posterior group of the thigh muscles – the hamstring group – which we saw as an overall important group for flexing the knee and extending the thigh at the hip joint. The next group I am going to write about it the quadriceps femoris muscle…

What’s Underneath… Hamstring Muscles

The muscles in the posterior compartment of the thigh are most commonly known as the hamstrings and allow the leg to carry out a range of functions. They extend the leg at the hip, flex the knee and pull the pelvis down into a posterior tilt. Weak hamstrings can cause a lot of pain in…

Feel Good Week: Day Seven – Spicy Lentil Burgers

Red lentils have fast become one of my favorite pulses because of their high versatility. Not only do they make a delicious Moroccan soup or Dahl, as seen in my earlier posts, but they can even be molded into delicious pâtés or burgers. Once you soften the lentils, all it takes is draining them and…

Feel Good Week: Day Six – Three Berry Ice Pops

Nothing gets me like the sweet summer nostalgia of childhood days in Ireland. Chasing after my neighbors with water guns, freezing in the garden whenever I’d hear the bees, making cardboard houses for worms and creepy crawlies, and running into my Mum’s dinners at sunset after an afternoon outside playing hide and seek (40:40 as…

Feel Good Week: Day Five – Chocolate Chickpea Balls

The longer you spend each day scrolling through social media, the more you should focus on what accounts you follow. Positivity, which influencers like Dr. Ciara Kelly exude, is what we need during our chill out time. When we are scrolling, we so nonchalantly take on advice, sometimes not even realizing it has an effect…

Feel Good Week: Day Four – Chicken/Tofu Marinades

If you find yourself with an hour or two to spare on a Sunday evening, meal prepping is one of the most beneficial things you could do. Firstly, you can plan exactly how you want your diet to pan out for the rest of the week without risking any impulse decisions in the work cafeteria,…

Feel Good Week: Day Three – Baba Ghanoush

It took me a while to discover this dish because, like much of Middle Eastern cuisine, the exotic names on these dishes in restaurants and on blogs can make trying them a bit tougher sometimes. These days I try to be braver about what new dishes I try – after admiring the images that come…

What’s Underneath… Arm Muscles (Posterior)

Welcome back to the latest post in my What’s Underneath Series, which introduces you to some easy learning about human anatomy – in particular the muscles of the body – along with my top exercise picks for strengthening these muscles. My last post talked about the anterior muscles of the arm, and now we’re going…

Feel Good Week: Day Two – Chickpea Curry

There’s a reason why Steve and Dave called themselves The Happy Pear; the recipes I’ve tried from their website or social media channels have always left me fulfilled with a touch of a smile. A recipe like this one proves that the best, freshest dinners can also be the cheapest. Stocking up on your spices…

Feel Good Week: Day One – Blueberry ‘Cheese’cake

You don’t need to be a qualified nutritionist to know how different foods can affect your mood. The main reason I developed a love for healthy eating was because of the link I made with it and a healthy mindset from a young age. Everybody reacts differently to various foods, so it takes each individual…