Wednesday, 24 August 2016
Creamy, thick, sweet chocolate smoothies are just a dream, right? Nothing compares to sipping on an ice cold chocolatey beverage and nothing compares to this recipe I have for you today.
Yes, it's healthy & loaded with nutrients but does it taste like it's lacking anything? No. Does it taste indulgent? You betcha!
The difference between this healthy chocolate smoothie and others is that it contains no fruit! Yep, no bananas or hiding within there and there's nothing that'll spike your blood sugar levels or make that carbohydrate intake suddenly increase. The secret ingredient? Avocado! Before you judge, trust me when I say you can't actually taste avocado - it just takes on the flavour of all the other wonderful ingredients but creates the smoothest, creamiest and insanely thick texture that you'll want to just bathe in.
Monday, 22 August 2016
Do I always eat 'clean'? This is a question I get asked quite a lot and I think it's something that's important to discuss. Firstly, I don't particularly like the term 'eat clean' because it insinuates some food is 'dirty' or 'bad' which I don't think is a very healthy attitude to have but my understanding of 'clean' food is non-processed, natural, plant-based, whole foods which of course are miracle workers for overall health & wellbeing. But do I always eat a completely natural, unrefined diet? Nope. I don't. Surprised? I hope you're not.
My focus is always on eating a nourishing, wholesome, natural diet because that's what makes my body feel amazing, gives me energy, keeps my mood lifted and I love the tastes, flavours & textures but that doesn't mean every single thing I put into my body is 100% natural and I think that's healthy. To me, health doesn't mean restriction or deprivation but it means enjoyment and happiness so why would I tell myself I'm not allowed certain foods just because they contain sugar or artificial ingredients? No, I'm not going to eat these more processed foods every day because I end up feeling sluggish, depressed and the tastes aren't as fresh and flavoursome but if I'm out and want a sugar-laden dessert, a fancy cocktail or some crisps then I will have them and not feel bad for doing so.
Friday, 19 August 2016
Oreo's are the worlds best-selling cookie with well over 450 billion being sold since their debut but they're not suitable for those following a plant-based diet. Yes, they're vegan (weird, I know) but they're loaded with artificial ingredients and refined sugars, as well as containing gluten which is something many of us avoid.
I decided to make my own super healthy, super delicious version of the Oreo cookie with a very special twist....matcha cream filling! I've collaborated with Rise Organics to bring you this recipe and I can honestly say that their matcha makes this recipe...it's the purest, yumminess matcha I've ever tasted and goes alongside the chocolate cookies so well.
The cookie part of this recipe is one I'm really proud of; the ingredients are simple yet the consistency is absolutely perfect! You'll need oat flour (pre-bought or just blend up your own oats into a flour), ground almonds, raw cacao powder, maple syrup and coconut oil. The biscuit comes out with a nice crunch but still has that delicious slight softness we all love in a cookie!
Wednesday, 17 August 2016
Yoga, pilates, running, HIIT...they're all hyped up forms of exercise, and rightly so, but there's another form of exercise that doesn't get the same attention when actually it's one of the best ways to get your activity levels up!
I'm talking walking! Walking is a great, easy, low-impact way to stay active, improve your fitness and get some fresh air but I think it's such an underrated form of exercise. Sure, it probably shouldn't be the only form of exercise you do but walking is brilliant for your body, it calms the mind and it can be super fun too! Whether it's a quick 30 minute walk around the park or a long hike I'm here to encourage you to walk more and explain why I'm trying to do it more often.
I've always had dogs so I've always been a walker, but recently I haven't been walking quite as much just because I've been so busy with work and have been focusing on more intense forms of exercise like HIIT alongside gentle yoga. A few weeks ago I decided I wanted to get outside to exercise and since then I've been going for walks most days and loving it! Yes, it doesn't make me work up a sweat quite like an intense circuits session will but it gets my heart pumping, the blood flowing and my mental clarity has improved.
Monday, 15 August 2016
Eating enough fibre can have a really positive impact on your overall health but research shows the average person doesn't consume enough fibre in their daily diet.
A fibre rich diet is primarily essential for healthy bowel function, which effects all sorts of other functions in the body and if your digestion isn't as it should be you'll be left feeling sluggish, fatigued, malnourished and bloated. Not only this, but studies have found fibre rich diets can reduce the risks of certain health issues such as cancer, heart disease and obesity.
Skipping on the fibre can also make it difficult for the body to control blood sugar levels and appetite because fibre regulates the speed of digestion and contributes to the feeling of being full up.
Getting more fibre into your diet is a lot easier than you may think and if you have a healthy lifestyle with the focus on eating wholesome, plant-based foods then the likelihood is you get enough fibre.
If you don't think you are consuming all the fibre you should be simply start by ensuring you're getting your recommended 5 portions of fruit & veg a day, make wholegrain the focus and processed grains history and add legumes (lentils, chickpeas, etc) to your diet on a regular basis.
Here are my top 8 fibre-loaded foods -
(Foods that contain 6g fibre or more per 100g are considered to be high fibre)
Friday, 12 August 2016
Porridge is traditionally made with oats, but since being diagnosed with coeliac disease and becoming more conscious of my digestion I've released oats aren't necessarily the best thing for me personally to be consuming every morning. I find they can make me feel slightly sluggish and my body definitely finds them a little trickier to digest, so I started hunting around for an alternative and came across buckwheat flakes. They look like oats, you cook them like oats, they make a porridge consistency and they taste delicious! But why is buckwheat better than oats? I'll explain...
Buckwheat is actually a seed so is naturally gluten free, high in fibre, high in protein and easier on the digestion than grains. It normally comes in groat or flour form but you can buy buckwheat flakes from health food shops, Waitrose and Ocado which look just like oats and can be cooked in the same way. In fact, I find them better in the mornings because they take far less time to cook....perfect if you're in a rush or just can't wait to get some food in your belly!
So, what's so great about buckwheat? Well, where do I start?! Buckwheat is a true superfood that's loaded with plant-based power, nutrients and all the goodness!
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