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Monday, 14 August 2017

Crispy Tofu & Satay Sauce

I've been trying to perfect crispy tofu for what seems like forever! Tofu is most delicious, in my opinion, when it's crispy on the outside yet still soft on the inside but it can be tricky to get that combination right. My tofu never seems to go crispy enough, but I've discovered a secret ingredient that makes the crispiest, tastiest tofu ever and I just had to share it with you!

This simple yet game-changing recipe for crispy tofu and a wonderful peanut satay sauce is my new favourite thing.The satay sauce drizzled over this cubes of crispy tofu is undeniably more-ish!

The secret ingredient to make the tofu this crispy is sesame flour! I got mine from Sukrin but you could also just blend sesame seeds in a high-power blender and create the same thing. I find the sesame flour adds an amazing texture to the outside of the tofu too and adds to that Asian style vibe I was going for.

The satay sauce is a new invention of mine but I can tell I'm going to make it again and again! It's super quick and easy to make but really adds something special to this recipe and pairs perfectly with the tofu or works like a dream drizzled over a stir fry.


Friday, 11 August 2017

Red Roaster Review - Brighton

Eating out in Brighton is always a joy. There's no shortage of amazing eateries and there's everything you can think of from the cutest cafes to fine restaurants and juice bars to delis. There's also a huge selection of cafes and restaurants that cater to those with specific dietary requirements which is amazing if like me you're gluten free and following a plant-based diet!

The latest gem of an eatery I've discovered in Brighton is Red Roaster, which is located in Kemptown Brighton. It's a luxury cafe with a beautiful setting, breath-taking decor, a tranquil feel and the most delicious coffee you could dream of.

As I said above, Red Roaster is located in Kemptown (on St James Street to be exact) so makes a great stop off point for brunch or lunch before either wandering along the pier and seafront or heading to the shops for a little retail therapy. It's a central location but tucked away just enough that it isn't crazy busy or noisy whilst sitting in there - winner winner.

As me and my partner walked into Red Roaster I was amazed at the decor; it's modern, botanical, airy, light, clean, spacious and somewhat tranquil. There's a marble bar down one side of the restaurant which is in-front of an open kitchen (something I truly love) and down the other side were the tables. There was more seating upstairs as well as a cosy looking courtyard out the back, which I couldn't help but think would be an amazing place to work from or host a lunch meeting. The decor and feel of Red Roaster made a real change from the often cluttered or claustrophobic cafes you can find in Brighton! 

We were shown to a table almost immediately when we walked in - the waitress who sat us down and showed us the menus was very friendly, smiley and relaxed which gave me such a nice feeling about the place (I can't stand anything less than spectacular customer service!). 
We started by choosing our drinks - I'd already decided I had to try one of their coffees, it is what they're famous for after all, so I went for a cinnamon iced coffee made with almond milk and my partner went for a beer. My iced coffee came in the most beautiful, large glass with ice and straw....the first sip simply blew my mind! Okay, coffee's coffee but this was exquisite! The coffee was rich yet smooth and the cinnamon swirling through it gave this added depth, warmth and sweetness which was heavenly. I gulped the whole thing down far too quickly!

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Beetroot Brownie Slices

A gooey, rich chocolate brownie is my absolute weakness. I can't resist a slice of fudgy chocolate heaven with a cup of tea!

I've done my fair share of healthy brownie recipe testing in the past, but this new recipe for beetroot brownie slices has got to be up there with one of my favourites yet. Ok, you might not think beetroot would work so well in a brownie but trust me on this...it makes the brownies SO moist, perfectly fudgy and super delicious. I promise, it doesn't taste like you're eating a beetroot cake at all.

These brownies are pure indulgence - they're sweet, they're rich and they're so more-ish (I dare you to try and not eat the whole batch in a day!). These brownies may taste naughty but they're actually loaded with nourishing, natural ingredients; the beetroot means you're contributing to your 5 a day by eating a chocolate brownie, what could be better? I also used only natural sweetener from coconut sugar, raw cacao powder for pure chocolate goodness, oat and buckwheat flour for gluten free, easily digestible flour alternatives and chia seeds to help bind everything together.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

'Jelly & Ice Cream' Protein Parfait

When I first tried the Vanilla & Wild Berries protein powder from The Good Guru it reminded me of something, and that something was jelly and ice cream! Yep, this protein powder tastes so much like jelly and ice cream which is dreamy.

I knew I had to create a recipe using this protein, and I've come up with this incredible 'Jelly & Ice Cream' Protein Parfait which is my new favourite thing. It tastes like a dessert but is loaded with goodness and free from refined sugars. It's high in protein too so makes the best ever post-workout snack option!

The jelly layer is made using chia seeds which helps give that jelly like consistency! I soaked the chia seeds in almond milk blended with raspberries to give a raspberry jelly flavour. This jelly layer is also incredibly filling, high in fibre and you get a boost of healthy fats from the chia seeds too which contribute to glowing skin and shiny hair.

The 'ice cream' layer is made using yogurt (I used soya) and the Vanilla & Wild Berries protein powder from The Good Guru, which when mixed together create a gorgeously thick texture. I also mixed in some Good Berries powder from The Good Guru to give an added berry taste and some anti-oxident goodness.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

5 Helpful Tips If You Work From Home

Working from home has it's pros and cons - yes you can stay in trackies all day if you wish, you can take breaks whenever you fancy and you can choose the hours you work but it also means you have to be very strict with yourself, you have to manage your time well and you have to be a top organiser.

I'm very lucky that I have my own business and get to run it from the comfort of my own home, which I do love but it definitely has challenging moments. I found it a real struggle transitioning from going out to work 5 days a week to working in the same building I live in. It's harder than you might think and it's been a learning curve, that's for sure!

Here are my top tips to keep you feeling happy, motivated and organised if you work from home.

Have A Separate Work Area
I find if I'm living and working in the same space I can go a little bit crazy! I don't feel so motivated, I get easily distracted and it's hard to find the separation between what's personal space and what's work space. A good way to deal with this is to find a separate work area in your house, if you're lucky enough to have a spare bedroom or a study then that's amazing - use that, but if not is there a corner of a room you could put a desk and use that as your work station? Try and make sure the space is in a quiet area of the house, somewhere you won't be interrupted, and preferably somewhere light and airy. Having this separate area (even if its just a corner of a room) helps you have a little bit of separation and I guarantee you'll feel more productive if you have a separate space to 'go to work'.


Monday, 31 July 2017

The Healthiest Ready-Meals

Ready-meals are normally seen as an unhealthy option - they're often full of salt, refined sugars, oils and over-processed ingredients. However, as they can be such a quick and easy meal they're still ever so popular. Luckily, there is now a healthy, fresh and delicious option on the market...in fact, there's two! GoodLife Foods have brought out two vegetarian ready-meals that are loaded with goodness, contain 3 of your 5 a day and taste incredible - I introduce you to the Vegetable Masala with cauliflower rice and the 3 Bean Chilli with cauliflower rice!

Both of these ready-meals are gluten free and suitable for vegetarians, and the 3 Bean Chilli is actually vegan too which really impressed me! They both come with cauliflower rice, which if I'm honest I was a little skeptical about because I'm not always the biggest cauliflower rice fan but this one was a lot nicer than any other I've tried - I really enjoyed the larger pieces of cauliflower and found it had more taste too it, it also cooked really nicely - no sogginess, yippee!

After a very day, I didn't feel like cooking so I threw these in the oven (they can also be cooked in the microwave too) for me and my mum to enjoy. The smell wafting from the oven as they cooked was divine - if someone had walked into my house without knowing I was cooking a ready-meal no doubt they'd have thought I was slaving away at the stove cooking up a homemade meal.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Cinnamon Oat Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are a classic treat - you can't beat a choc chip cookie and a cup of tea, can you?

Today I'm putting a twist on the classic treat and I'm even making them high protein! Yep, gluten free, refined sugar free, dairy free, egg free but NOT fun free high protein chocolate chip cookies, they exist and they're great!

I used The Good Guru's new Vegan Oats product to make these cookies, which I've been loving at the moment. They're basically gluten free oats combined with pea protein powder, natural flavours (you can get either cinnamon or berry) and a little stevia for natural sweetness. Such a fab product that I had to get creative with! As this product is oats, protein powder and sweetener all in one it meant I didn't need as many ingredients for the cookies and it made them SO simple to make!

I combined the Vegan Oats in cinnamon flavour with buckwheat flour (brown rice flour would also work), 1 ripe banana for added sweetness and to help hold everything together, peanut butter - because who doesn't like peanut butter, coconut oil, a little flaxseed and all important chocolate chips (I used dark chocolate chips). Simple and so good!

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Tropical Protein Popsicles

Is there anything better than an ice-cold popsicle on a summers day? I just love them, especially a refreshing fruity flavour! I tend to make my own ice-lollies as it's so much fun creating a new flavour combination, it's super cheap, it's easy AND they are much healthier.

I recently created the best tropical popsicle recipe in collaboration with Linwoods and I just had to share it with you all! These tropical protein popsicles are not only wonderfully sweet, refreshing and loaded with goodness but they also contain a good amount of protein thanks to Linwoods new Hemp Protein+ range - which means they're the ultimate post-workout treat and they keep you feeling much fuller than a regular popsicle would!

There's three flavours in Linwoods new natural Hemp Protein+ range and I've been LOVING them in my smoothies recently, so I thought hey...why not make some delicious summer treats with them?
Any of the flavours would work amazingly well in these popsicles, but I used the one with bio-cultures, vitamin D & co-ensyme Q10. I simply blended the powder with the other popsicle ingredients to create a mixture of dreams! I found the protein powder gave the ice-lollies a thicker texture (making it more like ice-cream!) and a nutty flavour which is delicious with the fruity goodness.

Monday, 24 July 2017

My Experience Counting Macros

Counting macros is something that's becoming more and more popular. I can't scroll through my Instagram feed without seeing someone mentioning it and I certainly can't go on YouTube without seeing IIFYM (if it fits your macros) videos. But what are macros? What does it mean to count macros?

Macros is an abbreviation for macronutrients. There are three macronutrients and this is where calories (food energy) comes from - they are protein, carbohydrates and fat. Counting macros is when you track how many grams of each macronutrient you're eating in order to reach a goal (weight loss or gain) or perhaps just remain at your healthiest weight. Everyone's macronutrients are different and so many factors go in to working out what your ideal macronutrients are for the goal you'd like to reach.

DISCLAIMER - Before I get into this, I want to stress that counting calories is very un-me and definitely isn't what Nourishing Amelia as a brand is about. I promote eating in abundance, eating to make your mind and body feel it's happiest and it's healthiest and I believe it's about counting the goodness in food and going off how it feels rather that anything else! 

Why I Started
A little while ago I decided to try macro counting for the first time, after seeing so much information about it and hearing so many people rave about it I thought I'd give it a go myself to see what results I'd see from counting my macros consistently. I was intrigued to see if my body would change at all and I was also interested to see whether I was eating the optimum about of protein, carbohydrates and fat for my body type and lifestyle. I used IIFYM.com to calculate my macros with the goal being slow and steady fat loss (and hopefully muscle gain at the same time, although this isn't always possible!), and I used popular food tracking app My Fitness Pal to track what I was eating in each day in order to reach my macronutrient goals. I didn't set out to reach a certain weight and I didn't really have any expectations. 11

Friday, 21 July 2017

Nutty Chocolate & Vanilla Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are my biggest obsession at the moment. The warmer mornings means I don't normally fancy a steaming bowl of hot porridge, but I still crave my AM oats so overnight oats are a real winner. They satisfy that oat craving, keep my stomach feeling full, energise me until lunchtime and they taste delicious too!

My newest flavour combination is this nutty chocolate & vanilla protein overnight oats which are just the dream - especially for a hump day breakfast or indulgent weekend breakfast. Yes, they may be chocolaty and they may taste like a dessert but they're loaded with nutrients and contain the best ingredients to nourish your body and your mind.

I always have to make sure I'm getting enough protein in the morning - if I don't I tend to feel sluggish and be hungry an hour or two after breakfast, so I mixed in some Vegan Vanilla Protein Powder by The Good Guru to my overnight oats to give them a protein boost and a subtle vanilla flavour.

This breakfast choice isn't just completely scrumptious, full of goodness and super filling but it's also so quick and easy to make! You simply mix the ingredients together the night before you'd like your overnight oats and it'll be ready to grab and go in the morning, perfect for those mornings when you're in a rush or when you want a little more of a lie in. You can also make a double batch and you'll have a perfect breakfast ready for 2 mornings in a row!

Friday, 14 July 2017

Raw Berry & Vanilla Sandwich Cookies

Today I'm sharing a recipe using one of my current favourite products, Good Berries powder by The Good Guru. I've actually become quite obsessed with it over the last few weeks - I add it to porridge, I blend it into smoothies, I stir it into yogurt and I love incorporating into sweet recipes such as these amazing Raw Berry & Vanilla Sandwich Cookies.

I love sandwich cookies, they always remind me of the classic oreo and I think they're such an indulgent treat. This recipe is the best sandwich cookie for Summer as it's not rich and chocolatey, it's not too heavy and the berry flavours just scream 'summer time'.

The cookies are made simply out of oats, ground almonds, coconut oil, medjool dates and coconut oil. The creamy berry filling is made out of cashews, honey or maple syrup, coconut oil and the key ingredient Good Berries powder by The Good Guru, so really they couldn't be any more natural!


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Goji & Mulberry Granola

I'm a granola fiend; if there's granola in the house I guarantee it won't be there long! I love the oaty goodness as cereal with almond milk and berries, topped with coconut yogurt, sprinkled on smoothie bowls are just to nibble on as a snack during the day. It's safe to say I'm a granola addict.

My newest granola recipe obsession is this Goji & Mulberry Granola I've made in collaboration with Of The Earth Superoods. It's just the perfect summer granola recipe with the two delicious super-berries, naturally sweetened with Yacon Syrup and a few chia seeds thrown in there for some added healthy fats and fibre. I used goji berries, mulberries, chia seeds (all under £5!) and yacon syrup all from Of The Earth Superfoods for this recipe which are all totally organic.

The granola base is made using traditional oats, you just can't beat that oaty texture. But I mixed it up by adding superfood berries from Of The Earth Superfoods for a difference in flavour and some amazing anti-oxident power - did you know goji berries are super high in vitamin C, and mulberries are high in iron?

For a natural sweetener I used Yacon Syrup which I actually had never tried before but it's my new favourite thing. It's derived from a Peruvian root vegetable (has to healthy then, right?), and it's also a natural pre-biotic (meaning it's great for that gut health!). Plus, it aids calcium absorption and has a low G.I so it's suitable for those with diabetes! It has a rich taste that's simpler to date nectar or dark maple syrup - so yum.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Coping With Mental Health Setbacks

Setbacks happen to all of us and they can be challenging to overcome, but how we deal with our setbacks can affect us in such different ways. Dealing with setbacks is a part of life, whether it's in your place of work, in your financial situation, during sickness or anything else they can leave us feeling angry, upset and scared but by taking it step by step, trying to look at the positives and by moving forward you can turn a bad situation into a good one.

I'm talking about this, because I've been experiencing a few setbacks in my life recently and I've been finding them extremely challenging, as well as mentally and physically draining. I've found myself feeling more anxious again and more self conscious than I have done in years, I've also had a physical setback (an injury) that's preventing me from exercising - something which isn't helping my mental clarity. I have to admit, I do have days where I wallow, where I can't see the positives and where I feel like I'm not going to feel better again but I'm learning to accept these knock-backs and trying to remember they happen to all of us.


Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Smokey Red Pepper Hummus

Hummus is one of my favourite things ever! It's the best savoury snack with carrot sticks, rice cakes, sliced pepper, crackers, pitta bread or on toast and I love topping my salads with it or pairing it with roasted veggies. Classic hummus is amazing as it is, but sometimes I fancy something a little different such as this smokey red pepper hummus!

This smokey red pepper hummus is a total dream. It's got all the creaminess of classic hummus with so much more added flavour from the roasted red pepper and the smoked paprika. It's my current obsession and I couldn't be more excited to share the recipe.

Hummus is a wonderful addition to any meal, and as I said above it's one of the best snacks you can have. It's high in protein and fibre to keep you feeling full and balance those blood sugar levels, it's low in sugar, it contains healthy fats and plenty of vitamins and minerals too! Pairing it with veggie sticks really boosts that vitamin intake or pair with pitta bread, crackers or rice cakes for a delicious post-workout snack.

Try sprinkling some fresh herbs and dried chilli flakes into this hummus for even more flavour and contrasting colour.


Monday, 3 July 2017

Free-From Dinner Party With Schwartz

Going out for a meal either at a restaurant or for a dinner party at a friends has always been one of my favourite things to do, as it is for most foodies. However, having any kind of dietary intolerance or allergy makes this experience a little less enjoyable! I suffer with both coeliac disease (meaning I can't eat gluten) and a dairy intolerance, so I know how stressful and sometimes upsetting it can be when you go out for a nice meal and there's little or sometimes nothing on the menu you can actually eat. The best way to take away that unwanted stress of eating out but still have that wonderful experience of social eating is to host your very own dinner party!

Schwartz recently challenged me to host my own 3 course dinner party using their new range of gluten free packet mixes and sauces. This range has all the same amazing taste of the original Schwartz products but with none of the gluten, giving those with coeliac disease or a gluten intolerance the opportunity to enjoy a wide-range of delicious recipes you might have otherwise thought you couldn't eat. Schwartz have made it so 'free from' dinner parties and supper clubs are just as enjoyable and equally yummy as any regular meal - plus the mixes make cooking for 4+ people so easy, so fuss free and inexpensive too.

Creating a dinner party menu using the Schwartz gluten free mixes was so easy - there are 8 recipe mixes in the range that are all super versatile and can be adapted to fit loads of different recipes. I decided to get creative, and use the mixes in imaginative ways rather than what they're made for - I used the spaghetti bolognese mix in my stuffed mushrooms starter and the fajita mix to make fajita bowls, I then made ginger & lemon cheesecake bites using Schwartz Ginger for a sweet and refreshing treat at the end of the meal. All washed down with a glass of bubbles, of course.

Here comes the fun bit! I didn't tell my guests that I had used Schwartz recipe mixes until the end of the dinner party, I thought it would be interesting to let them all think everything was 100% homemade and only let on I had actually done very little work at the end of the meal. I personally think the Schwartz mixes taste so fresh, so natural and completely homemade so I was interested to see if my guests thought the same. Keep reading to find out what they thought!


Friday, 30 June 2017

Ice Cream Party With Booja Booja

Ice-cream is just the ultimate summer treat; there's nothing quite like a few scoops of your favourite flavour creamy ice-cream on a sunny day! My absolute favourite ice-cream brand is Booja-Booja - not only because they're dairy free and refined sugar free but their ice-cream is the most indulgent, creamy, sweet, luxurious ice-cream I've ever tasted.

This is the very first summer that Booja-Booja's exciting new range of organic dairy-free ice-creams will be available and it's also ten years since the company first launched ice-cream as part of its offering - definitely something to celebrate!
Booja-Booja's new tubs are made with the simplest of ingredients such as cashews and agave nectar, they look completely beautiful (good packaging always wins me over) and of course they taste out of this world. Plus, the ice-cream has won many taste awards including The Great Taste Awards 2016!

To celebrate the tubs first summer outing, there's ice-cream parties taking place up and down the country with five deserving winners receiving the ultimate ice-cream party package including enough ice-cream to feed an army, up to £250 to spend on party goodies AND lots more. Exciting right?!
The lucky finalists have been announced and you can vote for who you'd like to win here this delicious and super fun prize here.

As Booja-Booja is pretty much the love of my life I absolutely had to get involved in this #BoojaParties campaign, so today I'm sharing with you how I would serve Booja-Booja's Raspberry Ripple ice-cream at my Summer ice-cream party!

The Raspberry Ripple flavour is my current favourite (although this changes constantly - they're all just too delicious for words). It's an impossibly smooth and creamy vanilla ice cream with sweet, rippling raspberry sauce running through it, and just wait until you read the ingredients. This ice-cream is purely made from water, agave syrup, cashew nuts, freeze dried raspberries and vanilla extract....yes, that's it....although I'm sure there's some sort of magic fairy dust sprinkled in there too.


Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Wild Berries Breakfast Smoothie

Smoothies are my go-to breakfasts during the summer months. When it's warm and sunny outside there's nothing better than a cold, refreshing smoothie to kick-start your day! I also love how many different flavour combinations you can come up with and the amount of goodness you can cram into a smoothie. I always make sure I get a good mixture of carbs, healthy fats and protein in the morning so ensuring my smoothie contains ingredients that'll give me all those macronutrients is very important!

Protein is key! It keeps you feeling fuller for longer, it aids your body's recovery after a workout, it's energising and every function in your body relies on it. I always add a protein powder to my smoothies, it's just the most convenient way of making sure I get enough protein in there and if you get a flavoured protein it adds amazing taste too! The protein I'm currently all about is the Vanilla & Wild Berries vegan protein powder from The Good Guru - it's the ultimate summer protein powder (it tastes kinda like jelly and ice cream!) and it's bursting with goodness. I thought I'd share with you the best smoothie recipe using this protein powder so you can all try the deliciousness too!

I always add this protein to smoothies with lots of berries to enhance the flavour even more and give a really fruity taste, a hit of antioxidants and of course that wonderful colour. I also add a frozen banana which really thickens this smoothie up, some oats for a slow releasing carbohydrate to keep you feeling fuller for longer and boost your energy, some almond butter for healthy fat and vitamin E, and some flaxseed for added fibre.

The Good Guru Vanilla & Wild Berries Protein is made up of a mixture of pea, pumpkin seed and sunflower seed protein and flavoured with forest fruits, raspberry, strawberry and vanilla. It's such a fresh, summery tasting protein powder and I find it's super easy on digestion, blends really well into smoothies and doesn't have that earthy after taste that some vegan proteins have. My favourite at the moment, particularly in this smoothie which you've gotta try!

Monday, 26 June 2017

Watermelon, Aloe & Mint Cooler

I've got the recipe for the perfect refreshing drink for a Summer party, BBQ or picnic. It's bursting with nutrients, tastes amazing and makes a great cocktail alternative! Introducing this Watermelon, Aloe & Mint Cooler - (Yes, it's as good as it sounds)!

I'm excited to share this simple yet incredible recipe as I've been really enjoying it throughout these warmer days. It quenches your thirst like nothing else, tastes so summery and looks super pretty too - making it ideal for a Summer party.

Watermelon and mint are classic ingredients, and are often seen together but aloe vera but seem a little out there...just trust me! I used 100% pure, organic aloe vera juice from Simplee Aloe (stocked in Sainsburys, Waitrose, Ocado, Asda, and health food stores nationwide), which was so convenient and meant I could get all the amazing aloe health benefits with no faff whatsoever.

So, why aloe vera? What's so great about it? Aloe vera juice is a true superfood in my eyes. It's known for being beneficial as a beauty supplement as it soothes skin irritation, treats burns and can even be used as a moisturiser, but it's just as great for you when it's consumed.

Simplee Aloe have picked up on this and made a range of products all infused with 100% pure and organic aloe vera juice, meaning we can simply purchase it ready and safe to use! Aloe vera is unbelievably anti-inflammatory, it can boost your immune system, it promotes healthy digestion and it can even reduce blasted - ideal in this warmer weather!

I used the Aloe Vera Supplement from Simplee Aloe in this recipe which is 100% natural and organic aloe vera so that I could really get creative and add my own flavours, but Simplee Aloe also sell ready-made aloe vera infused juice drinks which are super yummy - my personal favourite is the super berries flavour!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Cold Brew Coffee & Coconut Smoothie

It's estimated 82% of adults are regular coffee drinks, but on hot summer days is drinking a mug of coffee really the best refreshing drink? I don't know about you, but I really go off tea and coffee during the warmer months but sometimes I just crave that delicious coffee taste. That's where cold brew comes in to save the day!

I've recently discovered Califia Farms who's products have just launched in Sainsburys. They have a range of incredible plant based milks, as well as plant based cold brew coffees! My favourite is the
Unsweetened Black & While Cold Brew made with almond milk - it's 100% GMO free, free from gluten, suitable for vegans and soy free too. This cold brew is a dream enjoyed just by itself, but I love blending it into smoothies to create a refreshing, cooling, summer coffee drink. My go-to recipe is a coffee & coconut blend, and lucky you....I'm sharing the recipe in this blog post!

This Coffee & Coconut layered smoothie tastes so indulgent (almost like a dessert!) but it's also loaded with goodness, only contains natural ingredients, there's no added refined sugars and it looks pretty too! If you want, you don't have to create two smoothies and layer them but simply add all the ingredients in one go - I just like the contrasting colours and it makes it super fun to drink.

The cold brew coffee layers are made with frozen banana, almond butter and the Califia Farms cold brew coffee - delicious, rich and super flavoursome! The coconut layers are made using frozen banana, desiccated coconut and Califia Farms coconut milk which I love as it has no added sweeteners or artificial ingredients (plus it tastes so creamy!).


Saturday, 17 June 2017

Cookie Dough Protein Balls

Protein or energy balls are my favourite home-made snack. They're so easy, quick and fuss free to make, they don't require any baking and there's minimal washing up - winner! I also love how many different combinations of flavours and ingredients you can come up with. My current favourite protein ball recipe is for these Cookie Dough Protein Balls made with The Good Guru Vanilla Protein Powder and delicious dark chocolate chips!

The main ingredients are oats and cashews which are inexpensive and easy to find in the supermarkets, and they make the best cookie-dough like texture. I also used cashew butter which adds a slight creaminess to these protein balls as well as holding the balls together, with a little help from the coconut oil and medjool dates.

I used The Good Guru Vanilla Protein Powder in this recipe which is entirely vegan. It's blend of pea, pumpkin seed and sunflower seed protein with natural vanilla flavourings and a little stevia for sweetness. The protein blends so well into these protein balls and is great for adding that vanilla cookie flavour! Adding protein powder to these balls also helps to make them super filling, as protein is considered the most satiating of all three macronutrients.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Purezza Review - Plant Based Brighton Restaurant

I've got another Brighton food spot recommendation for you!

I live just outside of Brighton so love venturing down to the unique and wonderful city to explore to quirky shops, stroll along the seafront and try out new food places. Luckily, there's no shortage of restaurants and cafes with vegan options in Brighton but I'm always on the lookout for new places to try. So when Purezza got in contact to ask if I'd like a meal at their completely plant-based restaurant I was super excited!

Purezza was founded in 2015, and was the first vegan pizzeria in the UK and still are the only wood-fired vegan pizzeria in Europe. Purezza are real plant pioneers and they aim to make their plant based menu superior to the traditional alternatives!

Purezza are completely plant based but they also have a wide range of gluten free options too! Unfortunately the pizza isn't coeliac safe as it's cooked in the same area as the other pizza's but all the other gluten free food is prepared separately which limits any risk of cross contamination.

So, Purezza is 100% plant based....what about the cheese, you may be wondering! Purezza have spent over two years developing their very own vegan mozzarella! It's made using a blend of rice milk, chickpeas and olive oil and honestly, it's the best vegan cheese I've ever tasted! Even my boyfriend agreed that it tasted like the real thing! It's not just mozzarella though, they also have their own ricotta style cheese and a creamy coconut cheese. Purezza also serve pasta dishes that include lasagne and mac & cheese, vegan burgers, salads and even a vegan cheese board!

The interior at Purezza is really cool, it's got a rustic feel that's really relaxed and comfortable yet smart. It's very clean, light, airy, open and it was a lovely room to sit in for a meal.
We were greeted by a friendly waitress who showed us to our table and explained a little bit about Purezza, before handing us the drinks menu and main menu to have a look through. I browsed the drinks menu and was impressed with the range of beers, wines and cocktails the restaurant had to offer but was a little disappointed in their lack of soft drinks. I'm not one for an alcoholic beverage during the day so asked for the Blueberry Kombucha, which unfortunately they'd run out of. I asked the waitress if they had any other soft drinks that weren't on the menu, such as fruit juices but she said they didn't so I was left with water. A shame because I do like a nice drink with a meal and it's a bit unusual for a restaurant not to offer even a simple orange juice or apple juice!

To start we ordered the gluten free cheesy garlic bread, which arrived in the shape of a pizza with the cheese all melted on top with sprigs of rosemary scattered around too. The garlic bread was delicious - the base was perfectly thin and crispy, the cheese was wonderfully melted and the addition of rosemary added something special. The only negative I have to say about it is it was a little bit too oily for my liking, but that's just me being fussy!

Monday, 12 June 2017

Three Recipes With Linwoods Snackettes

Finding healthy yet delicious and satisfying snacks can be a little tricky. I find meals super easy but snacks a bit more challenging, especially on the go - because taking a pot of hummus with carrot sticks around isn't exactly practical. This is why so many people reach for bags of crips or chocolate bars, they may be easy and mess free but they're not going to help you feel your best, they aren't loaded with nutrients and they can have negative effects on your health when eaten regularly.

Linwoods Snackettes (cutest name ever, right?) are one of my favourite on-the-go snacks. There's a selection of 3 flavours - all gluten free, vegan and free from preservatives and artificial ingredients, they're filling, they're high protein, they taste great, they're mess free and they come in handy little packets that can easily be thrown in your bag or kept in your desk draw. Luckily, Linwoods Snackettes are becoming more available too as they're launching into Holland & Barrett stores! To celebrate this I'm sharing 3 serving suggestions for the Snackettes, 1 for each flavour - because they can be enjoyed on their own but they're also very versatile and are delicious paired with other foods too.

Spicy Tomato (With Vegan Chive Cream Cheese)
The spicy tomato flavour is my favourite! They're made with golden flaxseed, sesame seeds and spicy tomato flavouring (tomato powder, garlic, coriander, onion, sea salt) and are just such a yummy savoury snack. The spicy tomato flavour is a dream on it's own but my favourite way to enjoy these seeded snacks is with my homemade vegan chive cream cheese! The combination of spicy tomato and creamy chive cheese is unbeatable.


Saturday, 10 June 2017

Berry Bounty Slices

You're in for a treat with this recipe for Berry Bounty Slices! These squares of indulgence my be perfectly sweet, creamy, rich and delicious but they're also 100% raw, vegan, gluten free and free from refined sugars....not that you'd believe it!

Bounty's are a classic, so I decided to put a Nourishing Amelia twist on the classic chocolate bar and make these Berry Bounty Slices complete with creamy coconut filling and dark chocolate topping. The star ingredient is the Good Berries powder from The Good Guru which not only makes these sweet treats look super pretty and bright but also adds a heavenly berry taste that pairs wonderfully with the coconut and chocolate.

The base of these bounty slices is made from ground almonds and oats which creates an almost biscuity texture, then the middle is made from desiccated coconut and coconut cream as well as the Good Berries powder by The Good Guru which is a superfood berry blend made from blueberry, blackberry, cranberry, cranberry and raspberry freeze-dried powder - it's loaded with nutrients and antioxidants, tastes amazing and gives this beautiful pink colour! I then topped the bounty slices with all important dark chocolate.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Healthy Chocolate Hobnobs

Everyone loves a chocolate hobnob. Am I right or am I right? I know I used to love dunking a sweet hobnob into a cup of tea, and I miss doing that since switching to a plant-based diet so I decided to create my own hobnob recipe - Nourishing Amelia style!

These oaty hobnobs with smooth, dark chocolate topping may be entirely vegan, gluten free and refined sugar but you'd never know it! The biscuit is perfectly oaty with the perfect crunchy/soft balance, deliciously sweet and incredibly moreish with a dark chocolate topping that's so rich and indulgent. Every mouthful is utter heaven, and they're even better dunked in an English Breakfast Tea or enjoyed with your afternoon coffee.

These healthy hobnobs couldn't be easier to make too! The ingredients are pretty basic, there's only a few steps in the recipe and the biscuits only take 10 minutes to cook in the oven. Winner!

Friday, 2 June 2017

15 Minute Chickpea Masala Curry

Curry is one of my favourite meals; I have a homemade curry pretty much every week and I love to experiment with different flavours and ingredients. Curry typically takes a little while to cook, which means it's not ideal if you're after a quick mid-week meal but I'm about to change that with this recipe for a chickpea masala curry that takes only 15 minutes to cook!

This 15 minute curry may be a fast dinner but it tastes like a meal you could've spent hours cooking. It's loaded with flavour, tastes so fresh, is packed full of nutritious ingredients and is so satisfying thanks to the chickpeas. It's a new favourite of mine and I'm excited to share the recipe with you below.

As I mentioned above, this curry is bursting with flavour! I've included a variety of different spices in this dish such as ground cumin, coriander and turmeric which all hold anti-inflammatory benefits. I kept the dish with simply chickpeas and spinach, I find that curries full of loads of veggies can taste amazing but sometimes your taste buds can get a bit confused and the flavours become lost. Chickpeas are wonderful in a curry as they absorb spices well, are super filling, hearty and are packed full of goodness like fibre and protein to keep you feeling fuller for longer! The spinach boosts your iron levels as well as vitamins K & A.

This curry is delicious served with brown rice, quinoa or even simply on its own! Keep in the fridge for a meal-prep option for up to 2 days.


Saturday, 27 May 2017

Mexican Inspired Lunch Wrap

Lunch can be one of the most difficult meals if you're trying to eat a little healthier - especially if you're working all day. Salads can be a little boring, sometimes there isn't time for meal-prep and anything else can be difficult to take on the go. 

I'm sharing the quick, easy, healthy recipe for one of my favourite lunches at the moment. It's a delicious Mexican inspired wrap with hummus, salsa, black beans and other goodness! It's filling, high protein, with some healthy fats and plenty of nutrients. 

You can use a wholemeal wrap for this recipe if you're not avoiding gluten but I love the sweet potato wraps from BFree foods - not only are they gluten free but they're vegan, high fibre and high in vitamin E too...oh and they taste delicious, which is of course very important.

The wrap is full of so much plant-based goodness including hummus and salsa which add so much flavour to the wrap but also help to hold it together. There's black beans which I love and are a great source of protein, there's tomatoes and onion too as well as chopped coriander and black pepper for plenty of flavour. You could use guacamole instead of hummus for even more Mexican inspired flavour, but I just prefer hummus and find it pairs really well with the black beans.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Tesco BBQ 'Shroom Buns (+ Tesco Vegan Offerings)

It's amazing to see more and more supermarkets widening their range of vegan products, focusing on plant-based ingredients and making plant-based cooking so much more accessible. Recently, Tesco have really upped their game with this and you can see they're really making an effort to cater for people following a vegan or plant-based diet. Not only is there a big selection of vegan friendly products on their shelves but they're sharing delicious meat, dairy and egg free recipes over on their website too!

One of their recent vegan recipes is BBQ 'Shroom Buns created by chef Derek Sarno which are a yummy seeded bun filled with BBQ mushrooms, lettuce, herbs, spices and onion. This recipe is great as it gives an almost meaty substance thanks to the mushrooms which is bound to satisfy both the veggies and the meat eaters out there. It also shows just how versatile veggie products can be - mushrooms aren't just for throwing in stews! I recreated Derek's recipe at home (see below) and it really was scrumptious.

Tesco sharing recipes that showcase plant-based ingredients is really exciting - they're really proving that vegetarian or vegan meals aren't bland and boring, they're not tasteless and unsatisfying but rather they're full of colour, textures, spice and herbs! They're getting the point across that you don't need meat to make a meal and that putting your focus on lots of veggies can be really beneficial to your health and it tastes incredible too. Hey, it's not all carrot sticks and hummus you know!

Tesco's Food Love Stories campaign is all about finding that story behind a meal and proving that special dishes don't need to be laden with sugar and salt to be delicious. Often it's about making simple swaps but will boost the nutritional value of your meal, make you feel incredible and perhaps even make your meals that much tastier. Derek shares his passion for cooking with plants and the inventive recipe in a short video, which you can watch here. You hear why he loves incorporating plants into his dishes, his philosophy that food should be more than just what it tastes like but whether it's good for the environment and whether it's sustainable, which I think is really important too.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Mango, Passion Fruit & Baobab Tropical Smoothie

As it's coming into Summer I thought I should share my favourite tropical smoothie with you all, featuring one of my favourite superfoods.

This mango, passion fruit & baobab smoothie with zesty lime is just the perfect afternoon snack, cool drink on a warm day or you could even have it for breakfast perhaps with some protein powder and/or oats thrown in too. It's so filling, so full of tropical flour, so bursting with vitamins and minerals and most important, so delicious!

I've used mango in this smoothie as it creates such a thick and creamy texture, especially with the added banana too. It also gives a beautifully tropical taste which is taken to the next level with the passion fruit and lime. The magic ingredient however is Bumbleroot Baobab Powder.....carry on reading to find out why.

These smoothie is brimming with fruits that are full of vitamins, minerals and anti oxidants to help your skin glow, boost your energy, fight off any colds and just leave you feeling incredible. The ingredient that really adds a huge boost of vitamins is the baobab powder which is one of my favourite superfoods! I've used Bumbleroot 100% Organic Baobab Powder in this smoothie which is super high in vitamin C, is a great source of dietary fibre, has even more antioxidants than blueberries or acai and tastes so yummy!

Baobab powder comes from an African fruit that's packed full of nutritional goodness! The baobab tree holds green coloured pods that once cracked open hold a white powder where all the goodness lies! Baobab is most famous for being high in vitamin C - in fact it has six times more vitamin C than an orange! Vitamin C is a crucial vitamin in our body - we need it not only to fight off illnesses but it's also responsible for aiding the growth and repair of tissues in the body, it's vital for skin, bone and teeth health and without the super vitamin our body would become weak and fatigued. So, making sure you're hitting your daily recommended dose of vitamin C every day is important!

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

SUPA - The Superfood Subscription Box Review

There's a million and one foodie subscription boxes on the market and more are appearing every single day, so it's hard to find one that really stands out and us a uniqueness about it. So when SUPA contacting me about trying their new superfood subscription box I kinda of expected the same as every other box out there, but I was delighted to see that SUPA was that bit different.

SUPA is a monthly subscription box service that shares the world's most powerful and nutritious foods. Their aim is to help everyone enjoy the taste and discover the health benefits of real powerful superfoods in a convenient way and be inspired by easy, nutritious recipes which are included in the box. What's different about SUPA is that their products are more superfood ingredient based rather than snack based, and each month brings a new theme. For the month of May, SUPA delivered a little taste of India right to my doorstep and I was so excited to see the diverse, exciting, bright products inside the SUPA box.

The May box, inspired by India, was full of amazing products. Some of which I'd tried before and some of which I hadn't! There was moringa powder which is amazing in smoothies, organic turmeric powder which is traditionally used in curries in India but I also love it in soup, turmeric lattes, dips, hummus and even porridge, star anise which is a fabulous spice, himalayan pink salt crystals which I totally swear by - so much tastier than regular salt and far better for you, saffron and a packet of ready-cooked beluga lentils which are actually one of my favourite products, I love adding them to chilli, to salads and mixing them together with loads of veggies and a tomato sauce.

Also included in the SUPA subscription box was a booklet that firstly introduced you to this months box and explained the reason behind the theme, then went on to give you a little bit of information about each product and it's place in Indian cuisine and then at the end of the booklet there was a recipe using each of the products from the SUPA box. I think the recipe section is great, it's bursting with beautiful photographs and I found it really inspired me to get in the kitchen and start using my new superfood products straight away! It also means if you receive a product you're unsure of you'll always have a way you can use it.

You can purchase a trial box from SUPA for £19.99 which may sound a little pricey but you really do get top quality products and wonderful recipes to keep. There's also absolutely no commitment if you choose to subscribe to the box - you can cancel at any time with a money back guarantee.

I'm genuinely really impressed with the quality of the SUPA box. You can tell real thought has gone into the products, real passion comes from the team and the added details like the recipe inspiration makes a huge difference. I think this box would be ideal for anyone who loves cooking and would make a thoughtful present for wannabe chefs!

- this blog post contains a paid advertorial from SUPA but all opinions remain my own, as always -

Monday, 8 May 2017

Banana & Blueberry Waffles - Gluten Free (Feat. Mornflake)

This week is Coeliac Awareness Week so I've teamed up with Mornflake to create a delicious Banana & Blueberry Waffle recipe using their amazing gluten free jumbo oats!

I myself suffer with coeliac disease and was diagnosed 2 years ago, so this week is really important to me as I want to raise awareness for what a life effecting, serious disease coeliac is. If you don't know, coeliac disease is an auto-immune condition which means your small intestine is hypersensitive to gluten, causing it to become very inflamed and unable to digest foods and absorb nutrients. I was very unwell before getting my diagnosis and continue to struggle with the condition 2 years on.

It's incredibly important to avoid all traces of gluten if you have coeliac disease, which means purchasing certified gluten free products to make sure you're not running the risk of cross contamination. Luckily Mornflake have two varieties of certified  gluten free oats which make eating porridge and healthy baking that much easier for me!

This is a quote from the Mornflake website which will really put your mind at ease if you suffer with coeliac disease -

'Our fields are checked meticulously to make sure there isn't anything growing in them that's not meant to be there! After we've harvested our oats, we store them ready to be milled. Here, we test each and every batch for gluten, as well as at an independent lab to make extra sure! So, not only is our Gluten Free Range the great quality and taste you've come to expect from us, rest assured it's also well and truly gluten free'

As I mentioned above, Mornflake have two varieties of gluten free oats (which are coeliac approved!) - porridge oats which are super fast to cook and a delicious texture, as well as jumbo oats which are perfect for baking. I used the Mornflake jumbo oats in this waffle recipe to create wonderfully crispy yet light waffle texture that just can't be beaten!
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