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Friday, 2 December 2016

Why Taking A Magnesium Supplement Can Be Beneficial


Magnesium probably isn't the first mineral you think of when you consider taking supplements but magnesium actually plays a really important role in your body and a deficiency in the mineral is a leading nutrient deficiency in adults, with around 80% believed to be lacking in this vitamin mineral.


Magnesium deficiency can cause really negative symptoms in the body, including muscle aches or spasms, poor digestion, worsened PMS and even raised anxiety levels. It's involved in over 300 functions in the body, such as regulating heartbeat rhythms and is crucial to your overall health, so it shouldn't be overlooked.  The body loses magnesium stores every day through normal functions such as muscle movement and hormone product, and although we only need a relatively small amount of magnesium each day it's very important to replenish regularly so taking supplements can be really beneficial.
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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Crispy Thyme Roasted Potatoes & Brussels Sprouts With Cranberry Sauce


Can you believe it's December tomorrow? This year is just flying by! As scary as it is that it's the last month of the 2016 tomorrow I'm so excited because that means it's nearly Christmas!

Christmas is my favourite time of the year, I love everything about it...especially the food. So, of course I'm treating you to a few festive recipes over the next few weeks, starting with my Christmas porridge a couple of days ago and moving onto a recipe for the most delicious crispy roast potatoes and brussels sprouts with cranberry sauce.

 

Everyone loves roast potatoes, don't they? But brussels sprouts seem to be a much unloved veggie. I've always loved them though and believe it's the way you cook them that determines how nice they are; boil them then you're just asking for bland disappointed but roast them with herbs and spices and you're onto a winner! I roasted the potatoes and sprouts with lemon, garlic, thyme and pepper which creates this mouthwatering flavour that can't be beaten. Paired with the zesty cranberry sauce you just can't go wrong!
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Monday, 28 November 2016

Christmas Porridge With Cranberry Compote


December is creeping up on us and it'll be Christmas before we know it! I love all things Christmas, including all the delicious food that comes with it. This bowl of Christmas porridge with a zesty cranberry compote is the perfect breakfast to get you in the Christmas spirit!


I love all the wintery spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger and can't get enough of zesty oranges so this porridge which combines all of these is a total winner! The oats are so warming with a hint of sweetness from the honey and the cranberry compote topping with the delicious orange zest is so fruity and mouthwateringly yummy, add the chopped nuts and you've basically got Christmas in a bowl! 
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Monday, 21 November 2016

Peanut Butter Energy Balls


Everyone loves peanut butter, right? If you're a nut butter addict like me you're going to love these peanut butter energy balls! You'll be obsessed with them from the first bite and may have to hide the batch before you devour 6 all in one sitting (just a warning!)

These sweet treats are so easy to make, so mouth-wateringly tasty and only made with the most natural, good-for-you ingredients. 



I've made lots of energy ball recipes before but these may be my favourite. The taste and texture is so spot on and they taste like such a treat even though they're full of goodness like healthy fats, energy boosting carbohydrates and protein too. I love to eat these with a cup of tea or as a post workout snack!

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Friday, 18 November 2016

Why I Love Having Plants & Flowers In My Room


I love having living plants and flowers in my bedroom. Yes, they look really pretty but there are actually so many more benefits to having real plants in your home than just for decoration.




Improves Mental Health
Even just glancing at a bunch of flowers makes me feel happier, perhaps it's because I associate them with whoever bought them for me or just because they're beautiful but science shows flowers are actually good for our mental health. Research has shown a link between indoor flowers or plants with wellbeing - they've been shown to reduce anxiety, fatigue and the scent of flowers can increase happiness levels. In addition to this, the bright colours of flowers have been shown to trigger receptors in our eyes and transmit feelings of calmness to the brain!

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Monday, 14 November 2016

Mushroom & Red Pepper Quiche (Vegan & Gluten Free)


Quiche, a food that's normally not gluten free and certainly not vegan but that's about to change! Quiche was something I didn't used to have very often but when I did I really enjoyed it, so I set myself the challenge of creating a healthy, plant-based version and I've got to say...I'm pretty proud of how it turned out. Not only is it easy to make but it tastes so delicious, especially with lots of salad and a dollop of hummus! You can eat it warm straight from the oven of keep it in the fridge for a couple of days to eat cold.


The base of this quiche is made using chickpea flour (or gram flour), oat flour and flaxseed which creates a really simple yet delicious pastry that's entirely gluten free and full of plant-based goodness. Then the filling is made using grated courgette, tomatoes, red pepper, mushrooms and the seasonings which really do add so much to this quiche - basil, oregano, garlic, chilli flakes, salt & pepper! I also added soaked chia seeds which help to hold the ingredients together and give you an omega-3 boost which is essential for a healthy, happy body & mind!
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