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Sunday, 4 August 2019

Butterbean Falafels (Chickpea Free)

Earlier this year I discovered I was intolerant to chickpeas. I noticed I was bloated really badly after eating them and suffered serve tummy pains! As a massive hummus and falafel addict obviously this didn't please me, but luckily I've managed to find some really tasty alternatives that are just as yummy and just as nutritious.

One of those chickpea-free recipes is this one, for super simple Butterbean Falafels. The recipe is gluten free, vegan friendly and utterly delicious.

Personally, I always loved having falafels in my fridge for ready to go lunches - added to salads, wraps or pittas or even to munch on as healthy, filling snacks throughout the day.
Now I've created this recipe that doesn't bloat me (YAY) I've started making these falafels at the beginning of the week, so I always have healthy food to hand. You see, I find lunches the hardest meal because I never have the motivation to cook anything during the middle of the day but I still want to eat a healthy, wholesome, well balanced meal that's high in protein and is going to fuel me throughout the afternoon. That's why these falafels are so perfect - they just tick every box!

Try giving them a go this week, I promise you'll love them too!

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Buckwheat Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh is one of my all time favourite summer dishes. I remember my mum making it years ago for a picnic and I fell in love with the fresh, zesty flavours!

If you don't know, Tabbouleh is traditional middle eastern salad. It contains fresh ingredients such as tomatoes, onion, parsley and mint. Traditionally this salad is made with bulgar wheat as the grain, but as I follow a gluten free diet I've adapted it and used buckwheat - which is just as delicious and makes a great alternative!

Tabbouleh is traditionally served as part of a mezze! I love to serve it at BBQ's or picnics, enjoy with fresh fish or veggie sausages, or simply make as a lunch option for the week.
It's super versatile, so summery and full of SO much goodness. It's honestly one of my go-to healthy salads as it's so filling, high in protein for a veggie salad (thank you buckwheat!) and contains all 3 macronutrients for a wonderfully balanced plate.

Sunday, 23 June 2019

Launching My Own Granola!

If you follow me on social media (Nourishing Amelia on everything!) you'll undoubtably have seen my posts about releasing my own granola!
Around 2 years ago I had this amazing idea for Peanut Butter flavoured granola, I did a little research and was shocked to find you couldn't buy it anywhere in the UK...that's when I decided I wanted to create an unbeatable recipe and start selling batches of this delicious granola myself.
It took a while to get from that point to now because I wanted to do this all properly, but now I can happily say we're at the final destination and my crunchy Peanut Butter Granola Clusters are all ready launch tomorrow (24th June)!

Before launch I wanted to share a little bit of information with you regarding the granola and hopefully answer any questions you may have.

What Are The Ingredients?
I've sourced the best quality ingredients for this granola because I really want it to be a premium product! The ingredients are oats, peanut butter (100% peanuts), chopped peanuts, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla and cinnamon powder.

What Are The Allergens?
The granola is made in my home kitchen which will always be very throughly cleaned before I make any batch of granola. But as I use the kitchen for all my recipes I can't 100% guarantee the product is free from gluten, dairy, sesame, other nuts and soy.

I will also ensure I wear a hair net and take all necessary hygiene precautions.`

How Much Does It Cost?
I will be offering two size bags of the granola, an 100g bag which will be £3 or a 350g bag which will be sold for £6.

How Do I Pay?
All payments will go through Paypal or if you're local to West Sussex you're welcome to message me to arrange collection.

What About Postage?
I will be sending the granola via Royal Mail 2nd Class so you can expect to receive it within 3-5 working days. Postage and packaging will cost £1.99.

Will You Ship Worldwide?
Unfortunately for the time being I can only ship to the UK.

I’m so excited for this new venture and I cannot wait to share this delicious granola with you all!
Remember - LAUNCHING 24th JUNE!


Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Curried Sweet Potato & Lentil Patties

These lightly spiced curried sweet potato & red lentil patties are full of flavour and nourishing goodness! They make the perfect lunch paired with a side salad or even some pitta bread, or you could have them as a more filling meal with some brown rice and mango chutney! They'd even workout fabulously as a starter to an Indian feast!

Sweet potato & red lentils are the perfect pair, their flavours accompany each other so well and of course the colours are a dream together. I've used a medium spiced curry powder and turmeric powder in these patties for a beautiful curry flavour and of course a boost of antioxidants. Talking of nutrients, these patties are brimming with vitamins and minerals! Sweet potato is a brilliant source of vitamin B and vitamin C as well as beta-carotene which coverts to vitamin A once consumed. Red lentils contain plenty of folate, iron, B6 and of course plant based protein. Of course both sweet potato and red lentils are rich in fibre too which is super important for gut health.


Sunday, 26 May 2019

Vegan Raspberry & White Chocolate Cookies

Chewy, soft, sweet cookies...can you beat them?
This recipe for the most delicious gluten free and vegan cookies is absolutely unbeatable. The texture is perfect, the most is more-ish and the flavour of fresh juicy raspberries and vegan white chocolate is mouth-wateringly good.

The cookies are super quick and easy to make but taste like you've put SO much effort into them. They'd make the perfect afternoon sweet treat with a cup of tea, a delicious dessert with a scoop of ice-cream or even a wonderful foodie gift for a loved one.

In terms of the ingredients they're all gluten free, vegan and apart from the vegan white chocolate they're refined sugar free too! I used a tasty and inexpensive vegan white chocolate from Sainsburys but there are so many on the market these days. If you couldn't find white chocolate you could always use dark chocolate instead, or even chopped nuts would be delicious. The recipe is super adaptable so do some experimenting!

I know this recipe is going to go down a treat, as it did in my household! I look forward to seeing your creations!

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

How Stress Effects PCOS

If you've followed me for a while you'll know I suffer with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) and am always up for talking about my experiences with the syndrome. It's a condition that 10% of women of child-bearing age deal with and it can be a real struggle. There are so many factors that I find really effect my PCOS symptoms such as my diet, exercise routines and even my sleep but something I've become more conscious of lately is stress.

When you have PCOS your hormones are already working against you, but when you become stressed this gets so much worse! High levels of stress can cause cause your hormone levels to become more disturbed and it can also increase inflammation - which in turn makes inflammatory PCOS symptoms such as acne and weight gain worse. It's a vicious cycle though, as ladies with PCOS tend to actually suffer with greater levels of stress due to the unpleasant side effects of the condition. We can't catch a break!

I've always known that stress and PCOS are supposedly linked and I've definitely felt stress about having PCOS but I'd never really considered just how much my stress levels were directly impacting my health and my PCOS symptoms until fairly recently.
I'm in a good place with my diet and my exercise. My diet is balanced and full of veg, it's relatively low sugar, anti-inflammatory and contains all the good fats to nourish my body and help to balance my hormones. I don't obsess over exercise any more and no longer endure 1 hour long HIIT sessions 6 times a week (which is not good for PCOS by the way!). So, why are my symptoms and pain out in full force? I put it down to stress.
Live Happy, Live Healthy


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