Abbey and Lily, also known as the Clean Kweens, are two 21-year old best friends and dietetic students with a passion for health and fitness! Abbey and Lily say the kitchen is their happy place, they enjoy developing super simple and healthy recipes that are achievable for every skill level. They aim is to prove that living a healthy and balanced lifestyle does not have to be complex, time-consuming, expensive or restrictive, but can be something fun and totally diverse that you look forward to!
A typical day for us normally involves plenty of uni work and study, but we always manage to make time for some exercise. We try to be organised with our food, forever mixing up our snacks and meal-prep so that it never becomes a chore!
We are lucky enough to live together in a little share house close to the uni, so we make sure the other is out of bed, dressed in active wear (of course) and making breakky, ready to smash the day. Breakfast normally consists of 2 fried eggs on a slice of wholegrain toast with avocado and vegemite! We literally go to bed each night looking forward to this meal, it is the BEST combination and is packed with fibre, healthy fats, protein and complex carbs to keep us nice and full.
We carpool to uni, making sure we are there early as parking is honestly a nightmare. We are so lucky that our gym is also on campus at the uni, so fitting in a workout before class is a breeze! At the gym we love smashing out a good HIIT workout that gets us sweating and our heart rates up. We often do a full body circuit workout, including exercises such as squats, sprints, burpees, pushups and loads of other functional movements. This normally only takes about 30 minutes, followed by stretching and of course, a nice big cappuccino from the gym café.
Once we are settled in to the library we eat our morning snack that we have packed. This normally consists of a piece of fruit and either a Chobani Fit yoghurt or a protein bar (sometimes homemade, sometimes store bought). Our favourite protein bar brands are The Bar Counter or Blue Dinosaur Bars, yum!!
Come lunch time, Lily has already had about 4 long blacks from the library café and we are more than starving! We are creatures of habit when it comes to packed lunches, finding it very quick and easy to prepare a simple salad with some brown rice or roasted sweet potato and then pack a tin of tuna to throw in on the day. It’s so quick to make up in a Tupperware container the night before! We often top our salads with a drizzle of tahini and lemon juice; very easy, budget-friendly and delicious.
After lunch, we normally have a uni class to go to or continue working on assignments in the library before heading home around 3pm. We LOVE to make protein shakes as an afternoon snack, especially in summer! We honestly crave them, especially our version, consisting of chocolate protein powder, dates, peanut butter, almond milk and frozen banana. We live in a beautiful area with plenty of parks nearby, so if our afternoons are not spent working they are spent walking around the block listening to music or podcasts.
Dinner consists mainly of either meat/fish and salad, curry and rice, or a big bowl of tomato-based vegetarian pasta. We find these options affordable and super easy to pack in extra veggies, fibre and protein. If we are doing a big curry or pasta dish, we will take leftovers for lunch the next day and pop the rest in individual containers in the freezer!
We ALWAYS have an after-dinner sweet craving! Most nights we have a home-made baked good that we have cooked on the weekend, using our simple and sweet recipes from out Instagram page @cleankweens. Our chocolate raspberry brownie is probably our fav, yummm.
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