Griffen Fitness

  • Easy Seasonal Recipe: Popeye's Omelette
  • Grow Your Own
  • Review: Thriva Health Testing from Home
  • And Finally... Fitness pug Coco eats her greens

Tracy and Coco the superpug

Hello healthy people,

The longest day has passed and we’re into summer holidays. We’ve been busy behind the scenes here at Griffen Fitness HQ, with a new shiny logo and brand new website under development. Thanks to all who completed the brief survey, your wisdom was appreciated! Continuing on the development of our web presence, it would be fab if you’d like to leave a quick review of Griffen Fitness on Google - it only takes a few seconds...

Easy Seasonal Recipe: Popeye’s Omelette

Readers over a certain age will remember Popeye cartoons and comics, where Popeye the sailorman gains extraordinary strength and power by eating spinach. Both spinach and chard are high in iron, calcium and antioxidants, a powerhouse of nutrients. Add leafy greens to your omelette for an excellent post-workout meal. Even better, you can have leftovers cold the next day with a salad lunch. I sprinkle on cubed feta cheese for extra calcium and yumminess.

6 – 12 large chard leaves or a couple of handfuls of spinach, washed and ripped up
A couple of spring onions  / small onion, finely chopped
A glug of rapeseed or olive oil
4 large organic / free range eggs
100 mL milk or a dash of single cream
½ block feta cheese, cut into small cubes
A selection of fresh herbs, finely chopped (we use thyme and oregano from the plot)-  

In a jug, combine the eggs with the milk or cream, add finely chopped fresh herbs and put aside.
- Preheat a grill to around 200 degrees C.
- In a frying pan add a dribble of oil, sauté onion and garlic on a medium heat until translucent.
- Turn the heat down low, and add chard or spinach. Cover and cook for a few minutes until leaves have wilted.
- When the leaves are tender, add egg mixture, turn heat up to medium and cook for a few minutes.
- When the egg starts to set, sprinkle on feta cheese, cover and cook for a few more minutes.
- To finish cooking, pop the pan under the grill to cook the top.
- Serve with a generous salad and enjoy!chard in the allotment

Grow Your Own

The chard for this recipe was grown from seedlings (wee plants) purchased from the pop-up shop that’s in the studio on Saturdays. 
This, That and The Other Presents a summertime pop-up shop with plants, up-cycled gifts, lovely greeting cards and Tiny Terrarium air plants. Come and have a gander, it’s on every Saturday throughout July and August at Griffen Fitness, 3 Balfour street.

Review: Thriva Health Testing from Home

When I was younger I loved sci-fi novels, somehow the future didn’t seem that far away. Recently I was actually excited upon discovering I could test my health from home by sending a sample of my own blood to a laboratory. It seemed like a very sci-fi thing to do. So I tried it. I signed up for the newly launched London-based Thriva test.

I received an unmarked box in the post, with vial and instructions. There is a definite knack to getting enough blood out of the pin prick. I had to go twice, and ended up with blood on the coffee table! Not for the faint-hearted. “It will be worth it", I thought and carefully labeled my vial of blood and popped it in the post.

Thriva tests cholesterol levels (LDL and HDL), liver function, Iron profile and Vitamin D levels. All of these things are impossible to test yourself, so often we don’t know about deficiencies until we get ill. Some workplaces offer medical MOT’s to permanent employees as a benefit. However if you think about  it, it is in the interest of the employer to know that that employee is fit and healthy, so it works both ways. If you’re self-employed, staff benefits are self-administered. So I saw this test (usually £50) as an investment for Griffen Fitness.

The results? I was normal for everything. Apparently unlikely, but reassuring nonetheless. The Thriva Doctor emailed me and told me to keep doing what I’m doing as I’m in perfect health. Good to know. You can try it by signing up here. I might try my next test the day after Hogmanay and see if the results are different...

And Finally... Fitness pug Coco eats her greens

Want to see fitness pug Coco eating kale in the allotment? Watch here!

Have a happy and healthy summer,
Tracy :)