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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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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Baobab - The Superfood That Fights Colds


This week I've been hit with a cold. Luckily I very rarely get colds or flu like bugs but if I'm going to get one then it's bound to be at this time of the year as we transition into Autumn, I think it's my body adjusting to the colder, wetter weather. When a dreaded cold hits I instantly do a few things to help fight it off like making sure I drink lots of water, get plenty of rest and eat all the greens possible! I also add a certain superfood into as many meals as I can and it's something I swear by to cure cold and flus, that superfood is Baobab.


Baobab powder is a superfood powder made from an African fruit that's packed full of nutritional goodness! Baobab is really delicious; it has a gorgeous fresh, zesty, citrus flavour to it so is perfect to add to fruity smoothies or strawberry topped porridge....hey, I even love it added to things like guacamole for a zesty kick or incorporating it into lemon vegan cheesecake (recipe here!).

The baobab tree is very famous in Africa - it's often referred to as the 'upside-down tree' because it's branches resemble roots sticking up. It holds green coloured pods that once cracked open hold a powdery white fruit where all the goodness lies! Baobab is absolutely bursting with vitamin C, in fact it has six times more vitamin C than an orange and just 2 teaspoons of baobab provides you with 33% of your recommended daily intake! Vitamin C is of course something we should get plenty of to fight against the symptoms of colds as this vitamin is responsible for aiding the growth and repair of tissues you in all parts of the body. It's also vital for skin, bone and teeth health! Without vitamin C our body becomes weak, fatigued and our immune system will suffer.
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Monday, 19 September 2016

My Journey To Bikini Confidence


As a very young girl I never worried about how I looked; I had curly, messy hair, I used to love climbing trees, making dens and riding my bike so was constantly covered in scrapes and bruises, I liked to wear jeans or shorts and a t-shirt instead of dresses and nether makeup nor nail varnish was even on my radar. But this changed.


I had been living in Oxfordshire where all the children my age were just like me - outdoorsy and carefree, but when I was about 8 years old my family and I moved down to West Sussex for my dads work and I was moved to a new primary school. I went into the school expecting everyone to be the same as they were back in Oxford but it was like going into a whole new world! The girls all had their hair plaited or in some fancy style, they were interested in girly things like nail varnish, boybands and makeup and I'm sure you can imagine how much I was teased for being the girl who still just wanted to climb trees, hunt for fairies and ride my bike around. These girls were 8 going on 18.

Being around girls like this and being teased for my bitten down nails and my untameable hair was tough and I soon started feeling self conscious. This progressed even more when I went to secondary school. Yes, every girl between the ages of 12-16 feels self conscious at some point but I felt it on a whole other level. It started by me buying makeup and straightening my hair obsessively - I couldn't be seen without concealer or mascara and I wouldn't go out without every strand of my hair being straightened dead straight. I then started becoming more self conscious of my body which is where my self consciousness gets to be a serious issue.
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Monday, 12 September 2016

Bee Pollen - The Superfood Explained


Bee pollen is one of my favourite superfoods; I love adding it on top of smoothie bowls, sprinkled on porridge and added to coconut yogurt. It's not only delicious but contains a wealth of nutrients...it's actually been said to contain all the nutrients a human being needs in order to live and thrive!


Bee pollen is the food of young bees and is often described as one of natures most perfect foods as it contains all the essential nutrients required by the body to thrive. It contains approximately 25% protein and has more amino acids than eggs or beef (gram for gram). The fact that around half of bee pollen protein is in the form of these essential amino acids is important because it means they are ready to be used directly by the body, which means it's much easier for our body to break down and significantly contributes to our body's protein needs.

Good quality protein is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits of bee pollen. Bee pollen is a source of 18 vitamins, yep 18, including almost all the B vitamins and vitamins C, D and E which reduce the risk of developing cancer, boost the immune system, maintain elasticity in the skin, protect your teeth, increase bone health and even make you feel happier. Bee pollen also hosts a many vitamins such as calcium, copper, magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc and selenium which are all needed for a healthy body.

We know bee pollen contains an amazing amount of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and goodness but how does all this help our body? What are the benefits of consuming bee pollen?
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Friday, 9 September 2016

Maca Macaroons


I was thinking about sweet treats I always used to love and which I could recreate to be healthy, gluten free & vegan when I thought of macaroons. I used to LOVE macaroons - the sweet coconut flavour and the rich chocolate drizzle....mmmm, and I instantly thought they'd actually be quite easy to adapt into a healthy sweet treat that anyone can enjoy. I then had an even better idea, why not make maca macaroons? Yeah, I know, I'm a genius! Maca is one of my favourite superfoods and it tastes almost like caramel so is the perfect addition to these little balls of goodness.

I used Maca Powder from Indigo Herbs who are a wonderful superfoods company based in Glastonbury, England. They're all about natural health, affordable pricing and are passionate about supporting wellbeing with solutions the earth provides us, just like myself. I love their ethos, their passion and their amazing quality products. Their maca powder is perfect in this recipe as it's so smooth so mixes into the other ingredients well and it's got such a yummy flavour to it!




I made these macaroons on a Friday and they were gone by Saturday, I think that tells you just how delicious they are! They're the perfect mixture of being delightfully sweet with that familiar coconut taste, rich chocolate drizzle and soft inside. They're also very easy to make and can be completely ready to eat within half an hour, from start to finish, amazing right?
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Wednesday, 7 September 2016

My New Monthly Magazine Column


Exciting news! I'm now a columnist for local magazine Sussex Life!
Yep. Every month I'll have a column published in the magazine with a delicious, nourishing recipe included!


When I set up my blog in December 2015 I did so as a way to document my journey to a healthy, happy life as I struggled with both a PCOS and coeliac disease diagnosis. I always saw it as a place to document how I was getting on, share my advice and publish my recipes. I never looked at my blog as a business opportunity or that anything would really come of it, but I've come a long way and now I can say I've got a column in a monthly magazine...how cool is that?!

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Monday, 5 September 2016

Get HIIT Done


Today I'm talking about the form of exercise that made me fall in love with cardio and got me from being a girl who only liked yoga and walking to being a girl who loves pushing herself, getting super sweaty and even lifting weights.

I'm talking HIIT which stands for high intensity interval training. I first started HIIT around 3 years ago when I was looking to lose a little body fat and tone up but primarily I just wanted to feel fit and strong. High Intensity Interval Training particularly appealed to me because it can be done within half an hour (that's with the warm up and cool down included too!) - I'm someone who gets bored quite easily during cardio and I often don't have much time in the day so quick workouts that still push you to your limits and give you results are what I'm all about!


What is HIIT?
HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, is a training technique in which you give 100% effort through quick, shorter, intense bursts of exercises followed by a short (active) recovery period. This gets your heart rate up and burns more fat in less time. You also get an afterburner effect which means you burn calories for hours after you've finished your HIIT session as your metabolic rate is raised.
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Friday, 2 September 2016

Healthy Carrot Cake


Carrot cake was always one of my favourite cakes; the texture, flavours and spices are so mouth waveringly delicious! I wanted to create a healthy, gluten free, vegan carrot cake that still tasted just as scrumptious but without the harmful ingredients so that's what I've done! This recipe is one of my favourites yet and it's surprisingly easy too.

Almost all the ingredients I used came from the same shop, Grape Tree, which is one of the best health food shops I've encountered in terms of quality, stock and price. They sell everything from nuts to flour, chocolate to dried fruit, spices to oils and baking ingredients to teas. So hassle free and simple being able to get pretty much everything in one place! Let the baking commence...




I love a moist carrot cake with lots of flavour and a soft texture, as well as that all important creamy icing! My healthy carrot cake doesn't disappoint in any aspect and each bite just melts in your mouth and leaves you wanting more. You'd think creating a carrot cake this good would require expensive or hard to source ingredients but no, the ingredients are far more simple than you may think and inexpensive too.
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