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Thursday, 22 December 2016

A Guilt-Free & Body Loving Christmas


Repeat after me, I love my body.


It's taken me a long time to say those words and actually mean them, to look in the mirror and be happy with what I see and to feel comfortable in my own skin. I'm a big believer in self love and guilt-free living and really wanted to share that with you all as I know Christmas or Winter in general is a time of year many people feel especially self conscious, experience food guilt or generally feel quite low about themselves, but that shouldn't be the case. Christmas is the most magical time of the year and should be filled me love, laugher, food, family, friends and enjoyment, not feelings of self-loathing or pressure.

Loving your body is so important, but trust me when I say I know how difficult it is. I love my body and all it's capable of now but rewind a couple of years ago and this was far from the case; I couldn't look in the mirror without crying, I'd cover my body from the neck down, I felt ashamed of the way I looked, I felt was too self conscious to leave the house and I longed to be somebody else. All of these thoughts and feelings were completely toxic, life destroying and looking back, irrational.
It's taken me a long time to learn to love the body I have and it's definitely been a struggle, but I've accepted I'll never have slim thighs, I'll always have a few stretch marks, my boobs won't ever be big,  I'll never be naturally super bronzed and some dresses just look horrendous on me. But you know what? That's okay because nobody is perfect! Don't get me wrong, I still have days where I feel a self conscious or I can't find an outfit that looks good but generally I'm happy with the skin I'm in and I don't let my insecurities become a big deal because life is too precious!
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Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Spiced Cranberry Cookies


I love baking all year round but there's something special about baking at Christmas time. The delicious spices, getting the whole family involvement, the joy everyone finds in festive food and sharing my creations with loved ones. I've been spending a lot of time in the kitchen this month, coming up with some indulgent, delicious and nutritious treats that are just perfect for these cold Winter days.

Today I'm sharing the recipe for these spiced cranberry cookies which are just heavenly! They're soft and buttery on the inside with a perfect crunch to the outside, they contain fruity cranberries and spices such as cinnamon & nutmeg that bring out will no doubt bring out that festive feeling in even the biggest of grinches!




My cranberry cookies are gluten free, vegan and refined sugar free but you wouldn't believe that for a second if you didn't know! They taste almost buttery with the perfect amount of sweetness and pair perfectly with a steaming cup of tea. As they're allergen free they'd be the perfect cookies to bake if you're having people over o if you know someone with allergies or food intolerances - they're suitable for all! Hey, you could even make them with the kids and leave them out for Father Christmas!

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Monday, 12 December 2016

Christmas Gift Guide


It can be tricky thinking of presents for loved ones at Christmas time and unless they've given you some ideas or dropped a few hints it can be easy to feel stick at what to get them.
I've put together a selection of what I think are the best Christmas gift ideas for anyone who's into health/fitness, enjoys a healthy lifestyle or is just a massive foodie! I've got ideas for a smaller budget as well as slightly more luxurious options, so hopefully there'll be something for everyone.

The Subscription Box
I love the idea of giving a subscription to something for Christmas, it's exciting having something new come in the mail every month. There's lots of subscription boxes on the market, but the Superfoodio box is one of the best I've come across in terms of quality and quantity of products as well as price. Superfoodio boxes are monthly gift boxes full of the tastiest food products that are made with natural ingredients, free from refined sugars or any hidden nasties and all 100% vegetarian friendly! In each box you get a selection of healthy snacks and cooking ingredients, and the box is always packed full! I received the December box the other day and couldn't have been more impressed with it.The box come with 8 goodies inside including tomato pesto popcorn, a little jar of Winter spiced nut butter (so yum!), Christmas pudding energy bites, raw bliss balls, raw millionaire bites by Liva's Kitchen which are entirely vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free (unreal!), a porridge pot, Christmas spices and golden turmeric mylk kit which I can't wait to try. I was so excited by every single product, as would any foodie be! A 3 month subscription to Superfoodio is £56.85.



For The Tea & Coffee Lover
Have you got a friend or family lover who's a hot drink addict? I've got the perfect gifts for them!
We Are Littles is a company who produce the most delicious flavoured coffee - I'm currently addicted to their vanilla and hazelnut flavours. For Christmas they've not only brought out a Christmas spirit flavour coffee which is infused with natural cinnamon, orange and vanilla flavours but they are also selling a selection of gifts such as the mug and coffee jar set pictured below. You get a retro enamel mug along with a jar of Christmas coffee - what better gift for a coffee lover?!

If tea is more...well...their cup of tea, then these collection tea boxes from Twinings make a great gift. I know I love trying out different flavours of tea so these selection boxes are brilliant, there's a fruit & herbal infusions box which contains peppermint, lemon & ginger, blackcurrant & blueberry and camomile or a green tea box containing pure steamed green tea, green tea with jasmine, green tea with lemon and green tea with mint.

For someone who's always on the go this travel 'Open Your Heart To New Adventures' mug and cosy earmuffs set is such a lovely gift! The travel mug is made of a reusable double walled ceramic exterior and ceramic lid which keeps the drink inside nice and warm for much longer.



For The Cook
Do you know someone who loves to bake and to experiment in the kitchen? These super easy do-it-yourself kits are brilliant for anyone who loves making their own food from scratch or wants to spend a little more time in the kitchen. First up are the Creative Nature baking kits which I think are truly brilliant - they're allergen free, organic and inexpensive. There's a chia & cacao chocolate chip brownie kit and a chia & mulberry muffin kit, the latter is my personal favourite!

What better gift for a wannabe chocolatier or chocolate lover than a raw chocolate making kit? This Choc Chick chocolate making start kit includes everything you need to make your very own chocolate! Plus, it's gluten free, vegan, refined sugar free and soy free. If you've never tried making your own chocolate yet this is a great gift, it's so much fun!


Luxury Gifts
If you want to spend a little more on a loved one or fancy getting a gift that has luxury written all over it then the next two gift ideas will fit the bill. It's always nice to give chocolates has a gift but Booja Booja chocolates are truly exquisite, the most delicious and indulgent chocolates ever. They're organic, dairy free, soya free and seriously just melt in your mouth! The box pictured is truffle selection no.1 which contains the following flavours - fine de champagne, cherry cognac, stem ginger and around midnight espresso....my mouth is watering! They come in a luxury box and should be really savoured.

My final gift is one of my favourites. I'm a huge candle lover, especially during the Winter months I always have a candle lit in my bedroom - I love the scents, the glow of the flame and warmth they bring to a room. I believe you get what you pay for when it comes to candles and Neom candles really do take some beating! The Christmas Wish 3 Wick Neom Candle comes beautifully packaged in an expensive looking box, the candle inside is heavy and just beautifully cased and the smell is one of dreams. Christmas Wish is a blend of 13 pure essential oils including mandarin, cinnamon and tonka bean and once lit it fills the room with a beautiful aroma. It's relaxing, comforting and has been expertly designed to reduce stress levels and promote a calming effect on the body. I love it!


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Friday, 9 December 2016

The Best Festive Tea By Bluebird Tea Co.


I'm such a tea-aholic and not even the tiniest bit ashamed to admit it! I love the variety, the tastes, how deliciously it goes with a piece of toast or a biscuit and skipping my morning cup of tea just isn't an option. I drink tea all year round, of course, but during the Winter months I find myself drinking a lot more of the good stuff mainly to warm me up but also because I have a slight obsession with festive flavours! Anything spicy, sweet or zesty is going to get the thumbs up from me during this time of year and dare I say it but I think I've found THE best festive teas on the market.

Bluebird Tea Co. is a unique tea mixology company on a mission to make people happy with tea, and they've 100% succeeded with me! Bluebird Tea have the most incredible range of tea flavours and their Christmas range is one of dreams, featuring Gingerbread Chai and Christmas Cake flavours along with the some great tea inspired gifts that would be ideal for tea lovers!




Let's start with the Christmas Cake flavour tea, as that was the one I was most excited to try! Cake tea? Yep, it's as good as it sounds. This is a blend of ceylon black tea with vanilla and almond pieces along with cinnamon, cloves, orange peel and spruce needles - it's the most comforting and festive cup of tea I've ever had the joy of drinking. Christmas Cake tea is perfect on it's own but even more delicious with a splash of oat milk!
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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Real Health Manuka Honey & It's Benefits

Manuka Honey, produced in Australia & New Zealand, is one of the most beneficial and unique forms of honey in the world. Manuka honey is famous for it's health boosting properties and it has a range of healing powers that I'll be talking more about later!


                                                                                                 - This blog post contains a paid advertorial from Real Health but all opinions are my own, as always -

Historically honey has always been used for it's medicinal properties but due to modern manufacturing methods and industrialisation honey isn't what it used to be. Not all honey is created equal and the honey you can buy at low cost in your corner shop isn't the same as a pot of pure manuka honey. Generally, you get what you pay for and most conventional honey is pasteurised and filtered and really no different than high-fructose corn syrup!
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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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Wednesday, 9 November 2016

6 Ways To Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder


Seasonal depression/seasonal affective disorder or S.A.D is type of depression that effects millions of people each year. It generally kicks in as Autumn/Winter appears, the hours of daylight decrease and the weather gets colder, and can last until Spring or event longer if you live in a country such as the UK!

The other week the clocks went back and Summer has well and truly gone so many of us may be experiencing the Winter blues. We experience long periods of miserable weather in the UK (sigh) and it's really important to be mindful of how this can effect you and the things you can do to stop S.A.D taking hold. Do you feel fatigued, moody, irritable, anxious, depressed....think you might suffer with seasonal depression? Here are some tips to get you through -


1. Take A Vitamin D Supplement 
Vitamin D, which is also known as the sunshine vitamin, is a really important vitamin to make sure you're getting enough of. Unfortunately the can only naturally absorb vitamin D from the sun which means in the dark Winter months it's impossible to get your daily dose, so supplementing is vital. A vitamin D deficiency is linked to depression, many forms of cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and bone loss.

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Sunday, 6 November 2016

With Love Subscription Box


I love the idea of subscription boxes but I so rarely find one I think I'd love every month and would be worth spending the money on but when With Love contacting me about trying their subscription box I was really excited. After taking a look at their website I instantly knew it was the box for me - full of British brands, bespoke products and all natural, ethnic goodies.

With Love believes in taking things back to basics, a concept I absolutely love. Each mostly box you receive at least one item from each of the following categories: food & drink, beauty, office supplies and decor essentials. This is a great way to ensure you'll never get bored of the contents and you get a variety of products every month.





                                                       - This blog post contains a paid advertorial from With Love but all opinions are my own, as always -

With Love boxes are themed each month and I was so pleased to get my hands on the Autumn box - seeing as it's my favourite season! When I opened the box there was a pretty dried flower sitting on top of the tissue paper - a lovely touch, and inside the tissue paper was the most gorgeous selection of goodies.

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Wednesday, 2 November 2016

5 Benefits Of Maca For Women


Maca is an ancient food source from the Andes region and has been around for centuries! Maca is world-renowned for it's powerful health benefits and it's rich supply of vitamins and minerals which has led it to become one of the most popular superfood powders on the market today.

Maca powder is beneficial for both men and women as it contains so many essential vitamins and minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron and zinc which all promote healthy does, healthy blood cells, a normal blood pressure and strengthen your immune system. But maca is especially beneficial for us ladies as it's a known hormone balancer and I'm going to share with you 5 benefits wonderful maca powder has in the female body.


Fertility
There's no concrete evidence to show maca supports female fertility, however it does balance hormones which can only help your fertility. Research has also examined the impact maca has on fertility in animals which showed promising results! Studies has also shown maca powder increases the serum luteinizing hormone which is associated with fertility.
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Monday, 31 October 2016

Why I Love Pumpkin Seeds


Happy Halloween!
I figured the season of pumpkins is the perfect time to talk to you about my love for pumpkin seeds, why I eat them every day and why I think you should too.

I put pumpkin seeds on everything from porridge to toast and smoothie bowls to salads - I've got quite the obsession with them, not just because they taste delicious and add such a yummy crunch to any dish but because they're absolutely loaded with essential nutrients.



Magnesium
Pumpkin seeds are really high in all important magnesium which has a wide range of health benefits to your precious body - including the creation of energy molecules, DNA synthesis and bone formation...so it's pretty vital!


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Friday, 28 October 2016

Mocha Energy Balls


Coffee & chocolate - a match made in heaven! I've always loved that mocha taste and am obsessed with anything coffee flavoured. One of my favourite super quick & easy healthy sweet treats to make are energy balls, so why I hadn't thought of making mocha energy balls before is beyond me but now I've done it and they're SO delicious I just had to share the recipe with you all.


These mocha energy balls are little bites of heaven, they really don't taste at all healthy because they're so rich & chocolatey but they are in fact only made with natural, wholesome, unrefined ingredients that your body, mind and tastebuds will love!

I used a mixture of ground almonds and cashews which are so delicious combined together, flax for an omega boost, sticky medjool dates for natural sweetness, the all important ground coffee then coconut oil for adding goodness and to help hold everything together! Simples!
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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Pumpkin Spiced Cake With Orange Cashew Frosting



'Tis the season for all this pumpkin! October rolls around and everything is pumpkin flavoured or pumpkin scented, from porridge to candles and lattes to pancakes. I decided to jump on the pumpkin bandwagon this year and make some delicious pumpkin spiced cakes with a creamy orange cashew frosting! Gluten free, suitable for vegans and refined sugar free but the most amazing texture, mouth-wateringly tasty and full of flavour.


Pumpkin is an amazing food to eat all year round - it's bursting with vitamin A which is essential for your eye health and helps to maintain glowing skin and shiny hair. Pumpkin is also full of fibre, vitamin C and vitamin E! The pumpkin combined with baobab and orange in the cashew frosting makes these cakes true immune-boosting sweet-treats and they'll help to fight off any nasty colds that are lingering.
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Friday, 21 October 2016

Broccoli & Cashew Stir Fry With Vita Coco


If you know me at all you'll know I'm a huge coconut oil lover, I use it every single day without fail! I add it to my coffee, stir it in porridge, cook with it, bake with it, use it as a moisturiser and even put it on my hair for a deep treatment, so when my favourite coconut oil company Vita Coco contacted me asking me to create a couple of delicious recipes for them I was delighted!

Vita Coco asked me to come up with two savoury recipes for them, one of which I shared on my blog a little while ago and one has been put on their website, Swear By It.



The broccoli & cashew stir fry pictured is one of my favourite meals - it's utterly delicious, super easy to make, full of flavour and contains all the goodness you need. It's high in vitamins & minerals, with health fats from the cashews and cold-pressed coconut oil and good carbs and protein too.

You can find this recipe over on the Swear By It website, just click here and get cooking!

You can find the other scrumptious recipe I created with Vita Coco on my blog or by clicking here - if you haven't tried cauliflower rice before you then this is the recipe for you.








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Monday, 17 October 2016

3 Reasons To Ditch The Sports Drinks


Sports drinks are often marketed as healthy or like they'll somehow aid your body in a positive way but actually they're not a good thing to be drinking, especially if you're goal is to get fitter, stronger & increase your overall health.



They're As Bad As Soda
You wouldn't drink coca-cola or pepsi max and think it was healthy, would you? Unfortunately sports drinks normally contain just as much sugar and nasty chemicals as soda....sometimes even more! The ingredients tend to be extremely artificial and won't do your body any good in the long term.


Coperate Ties To Junk Food
If you look into the manufactures of your favourite sports drink the likelihood is they also manufacture junk food products. E.g Powerade is made by the Coca-Cola company. You think the same company who purposefully targets poor countries with their cheap, rubbish filled drinks are interested in your health & wellbeing? Nah.
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Friday, 14 October 2016

Cashew & Vanilla Protein Fudge


Fudge is one of those sweet treats that I've always loved; my mouth waters at the thought of it and I could easily eat a whole box of the good stuff! It's something I have really missed since going dairy free and embarking on a healthier lifestyle but no-more as I have created the most incredibly creamy, smooth, sweet & delicious fudge recipe that's 100% natural, refined sugar free, vegan and only contains 4 ingredients - you're welcome!

I used Nutristrength Vanilla Protein Powder  in this recipe which adds something really special - a yummy sweetness, that familiar vanilla flavour and a protein hit too! Nutristrength is one of my favourite brands for protein powders and this flavour just seemed perfect for the fudge recipe.



                         - This blog post contains a paid advertorial from Nutristrength but all opinions are my own, as always -

This unbeatable fudge recipe is made using cashew butter, coconut oil, Nutristrength vanilla protein powder and a little maple syrup - that's it! It couldn't be simpler, you just combine all the ingredients and let it set in the freezer for an hour or so then the result is the creamiest fudge that just melts in your mouth!
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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

5 Reasons To Eat More Sweet Potatoes


Sweet potatoes are one of my favourite foods - roasted, baked, mashed, made into wedges, blending in soups, cut into chips, etc etc... I just love them! They're so soft & tender when cooked and absorb any flavourings you put with them really well, plus they go with pretty much anything which is always a bonus. Sweet potatoes don't just taste heavenly, they're also amazingly good for you too and are considered one of the worlds healthiest foods.


Here's a list of 5 reasons you should add more sweet potato goodness into your diet -


• Sweet potatoes contain a wealth of vitamin A and one average size spud gives you a massive four times your daily dose of the vitamin! Vitamin A is essential for strengthening your immune system, fighting infection and keeping your skin clear and glowing.
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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Roasted Mediterranean Vegetable and Cauliflower Rice


This roasted mediterranean vegetable and cauliflower rice dish is so simple but so amazing! It’s super quick, easy, inexpensive and most of all delicious. The cauliflower rice makes a great option if you want a light meal but you can substitute it for brown rice if you would like a heartier, more filling meal. 


These flavours and textures are truly mouth-watering! I love the fresh taste of thyme and basil mixed with zesty lemon and perfectly roasted vegetables. Every bite like heaven and I can just feel all the plant-based goodness nourishing my body. There’s loads of fibre from all the veggies to promote healthy digestion and a huge array of vitamins! Courgette and pepper provide you with vitamin C for a strong immune system and there’s lots of antioxidants in them too! Aubergine doesn’t just taste good and soak up all the flavours it’s cooked in but it also contains B&C vitamins, magnesium and manganese to promote a healthy body. Everything in this dish will do wonders for your body with powers to lower blood pressure, reduce your risk of heart disease, give you a load of antioxidants, promote eye health and do your liver, kidneys and bones good too!




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Monday, 3 October 2016

How To Take More Steps Every Day


Many healthcare professionals recommend we should be aiming for 10,000 steps per day, which sounds like a lot doesn't it? Some people may exceed the 10,000 steps with no problem - especially if they have an active job or are on the go all day but those of us with office jobs or jobs that mean we're sedentary for long periods of time those 10,000 steps could be a little more tricky to reach.

Walking more is super important, so I've put together a list of 5 ways you can up how many steps you're taking every day really simply. If you try to incorporate this advice into your everyday life you'll be hitting that 10,000 number in no time!


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Friday, 30 September 2016

Savoury Vegan Pancakes


Since getting more and more into plant-based eating I've loved experimenting in the kitchen to create dishes that normally wouldn't be gluten free, vegan and 100% natural to make them completely plant-based and just as delicious! I love playing around with ingredients and discovering what tasty food I can make! Today I bring you savoury vegan pancakes that are totally delicious, packed full of plant-power and are super satisfying too.



The pancake batter is made from a mixture of chickpea flour and buckwheat flour which are both naturally gluten free, easy on the digestive system and loaded with protein. I added flaxseed to help bind everything together and provide a boost of even more protein and omega-3, then I added grated courgette & carrot which give these savoury pancakes a great texture, wonderful veggie flavour and amazing vitamins and minerals. I'm all about the flavour so I chopped some fresh chives into the mixture along with crushed chilli flakes, paprika, dried herbs, zesty lemon juice and a generous amount of salt and pepper.
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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

3 Easy Ways To Help You Reach Your 5 A Day


The government guidelines recommend we all eat 5 portions of fruit & veg every day, although actually experts suggest we should be eating at least 7 portions to maintain optimum health & wellbeing. I'm a fruit & veg lover, always have been and always will be, so I have no problem getting in 10 a day but I know some people struggle with incorporating fresh fruit & vegetables into every meal. I have 3 easy, cheap and quick ways to help you reach your 5 (or more!) a day -


Zoats With Berries
Many people eat porridge or oatmeal for breakfast, it's a nutritious and delicious start to the day and will fuel you until lunchtime but have you tried zoats? Zoats are zucchini (courgette) oats...yeah, sounds weird but go with it, you make your oats on the stove as usual and add in grated courgette to the end. The courgette mixes into the porridge perfectly, adding extra volume and a potation of veg! I was wary of zoats but trust me, once the grated courgette is mixed in you can't taste it at all and now I really miss my zoats if I have no courgette in the house! Try topping your zoats with berries for extra fruity goodness.
Zoats recipe here.

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Monday, 26 September 2016

8 Ways To Boost Your Metabolism


Everyone wants a super speedy metabolism, right? Some people are lucky and naturally have fast metabolisms meaning they find it harder to put on weight and it's easier to maintain their currant weight, and some people's metabolisms are perhaps a little sluggish. Fear not, there are some things you can do to kick your metabolism into gear naturally!



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