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Friday, 22 July 2016

Top Tips For Dining Out Vegan

Veganism isn't as difficult as some people like to make out - there's so many delicious meals and amazing foods out there that are all completely vegan, cutting out the animal products doesn't have to be tricky, time consuming or expensive! The one thing that can be a little tricky if you follow a vegan diet is eating at restaurants or cafes but there are a few simple tips I can give you to make dining out easy peasy!

Preview The Menu Beforehand
Preparation is key, right? Don't just turn up to the restaurant on the day with no clue as to what they can offer you. Hopefully you'll find a completely vegan dish to suit you but if not at least you're prepared to ask for modifications.

Ring The Restaurant Before Your Meal
If you've looked at the menu and you can't find any dish suitable it's worth ringing the establishment if they could modify any of the meals to suit your dietary requirements. Most restaurants/cafes are very understanding and will help in any way they can.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Green Tea Mojito Mocktail

Sipping on a mojito in the sunshine on a Summer's evening is one of my favourite things. Mojitos with fresh lime and refreshing mint are such a winner, especially during this time of year! I do love a classic mojito but I took it upon myself to come up with a healthy, non-alchocol alternative and I have to say....this drink is pretty damn good!

This healthy take on a mojito contains no sugar, no alcohol and nothing artificial, it's all pure goodness! I added green tea for a little nourishing twist which works really well along with the mojito flavours. The green tea I used was from a company called We Are Tea and it's their gunpowder supreme green tea which is a whole-leaf tea that's truly delicious - a new favourite of mine! I added fresh mint, lime, ice, coconut sugar for added sweetness and sparkling water for yummy fizziness. You can use any pure sparkling water but I'd recommend checking out CanO Water if you're interested in sustainability, CanO doesn't come in nasty plastic bottles but instead they use aluminium cans which have the highest recyclable rate of any drink on the market, plus it's got a resealable lid which is pretty damn cool!


Monday, 18 July 2016

5 Tips For Staying Sun Safe

When the sun comes out it's so tempted to wear the most minimal clothing, perhaps slather on tanning oil and lay out in direct aim of the rays in the hope of catching a tan but it's one of the most dangerous and damaging things you can do to your body. Unfortunately there's no 100% safe way to get a natural tan but there are things you can do to avoid the harmful effects of UV rays.

Sunburn increases your risk of cancer, in fact the major cause of skin cause is exposure to UV radiation from the sun. Not only this, but repeated sun exposure can damage the eyes, nervous system, immune system and contributes majorly towards premature ageing.
Even when it's cloudy you have to be careful of the strong sun rays, so don't let the fact it's not bright fool you! Being sun-safe is incredible important, so stick to these 5 top tips to protect your precious body from unnecessary damage.

Stay In The Shade Between 11am-4pm
This is the time the sun is at it's strongest and most capable of burning you and doing your precious skin harm. Find a cool, shaded spot out of the direct sunshine to read a book, listen to music or chat with friends.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Blueberry & Seed Quinoa Bircher Muesli

Now the weather is slightly warmer I don't always fancy a big bowl of hot porridge for breakfast but nor do I always crave a smoothie so I've started making delicious bircher muesli to start the day. 

If you're not familiar with bircher muesli it's traditionally rolled oats and any other ingredients you fancy (like fruit or seeds) soaked in milk overnight to create a porridge like consistency that's completely yummy, satisfying and energy-boosting. As I said, traditional bircher muesli is made using oats but my favourite bircher recipe incorporates quinoa too for added texture, protein and delicious-ness!

This is my go-to breakfast at the moment, you just have to give it a try! I promise you'll be a quinoa bircher muesli addict after the very first bite.

The mixture of oats and quinoa are not only truly scrumptious but they're so energising too which is perfect for those early starts! Both oats and quinoa are slow-releasing carbohydrates so instead of getting a sudden burst of energy you'll get long-lasting energy that's released slowly throughout the day and will keep you feeling satisfied until lunch time. Quinoa is a particularly great addition because it's high in protein and contains all 9 essential amino acids, plus lots of fibre for good digestion and iron to help oxygen get transported around the body. I added chia seeds to the bircher muesli to help thicken the consistency and pack a real nutritional punch of goodness with high amounts of omega-3, plenty of iron and fibre and a good amount of calcium and magnesium.
Them there's the blueberries which give the muesli a fruity taste as well as adding powerful antioxidants and vitamin C and the mixed seeds for a great crunch and portion of healthy fats!


Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Natural Hay Fever Remedies

Hay fever season is well and truly upon us and as a sufferer of seasonal allergies I know just how irritating  and uncomfortable it can be. You don't want to be all bunged up and constantly sneezing all day, it can really take the fun out of a day in the sun!

Seasonal allergies are the result of a confused immune system; when the nose inhales pollen from flowering plants it causes an allergic reaction in some people with the body responding in the same way as if it were being invaded by bacteria or virus. Inflammation of the sinuses, eyes and respiratory system occurs which is what causes the sneezing, watering & itchy eyes and scratchy throat.

More and more people are reaching for over the counter solutions such as eye drops, nose sprays and pills for allergy relief but these drugs contain a whole load of other ingredients that really aren't going to be doing your body any good. Reaching for herbal remedies is far safer and actually works better too!

Monday, 11 July 2016

Matcha & Mint Chocolate Cheesecake Bites (With Pure Chimp Matcha)

I've got quite the obsession with matcha, I probably use it at least once a day whether that's to make a matcha latte, a smoothie or even in porridge I'm not fussy! I love the taste and the health benefits of this super-green powder are undeniably amazing too, it's got everything from cancer-fighting properties to metabolism boosting powers.

Pure Chimp is one of my favourite Matcha Green Tea brands as not only are all their matcha powders completely natural and unrefined but they're made the traditional Japanese way using real Japanese Matcha leaves and 5% off all their profits go towards charity -a round of applause please!-
Pure Chimp Matcha Powders are delicious and so versatile too, so I thought I'd share with you my favourite recipe using their Mint Matcha Green Tea Powder.

Say hello to Matcha & Mint Chocolate Cheesecake Bites...

These vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free cheesecake bites are a total dream! Yes, they taste as delicious as they sound and they're loaded with amazing, nourishing goodness too so you can enjoy an indulgent dessert whilst knowing you're putting only good-for-you ingredients into your precious body.

The base of these cheesecakes is made from almonds, medjool dates and coconut oil for a hit of healthy fats to make your skin glow and your hair shine, lower cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease, vitamin E to protect your cells, magnesium for vital enzyme function and a protein hit too! The medjool dates add an amazing gooey sweetness that'll satisfy even the biggest sweet-tooth without causing a nasty blood-sugar spike.
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