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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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