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Sunday, 18 August 2019

Breakfast tortilla recipe

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During my week days, breakfast is a rushed afterthought so when the weekend rolls around I absolutely love taking the time to conjure up something a little more creative.


That being said, this delicious breakfast recipe is by no means a chore and can be made in a very short amount of time. It's simply a matter of making up some pico de gallo, heating some beans, grating cheese and frying an egg. Seriously, it's that simple.

This recipe was my first time using a lot of different things. It was my first time baking tortillas and creating the warm, crispy plate which the rest of this dish sat on perfectly. It was my first time making pico de gallo, which I am now a seasoned pro of whipping it up whatever the hour for whatever the dish. Learning how to make pico de gallo has seriously been such a game changer - it's so easy, but tasty as anything. An instant meal elevator. 

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THE INGREDIENTS
To make 4 tortillas.

4 corn tortillas
2 cups refried beans, warmed in the microwave
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
4 fried eggs
2 cups pico de gallo (I follow this Cookie & Kate recipe to make it)
Sasla, as much as desired

THE METHOD
Preheat the oven to 200c and on two baking trays, brush your tortillas on both sides lightly with olive oil. Bake for 10 minutes, turning over half way through.

While the tortillas are baking, fry the eggs.

When the tortillas are finished, remove from the oven and spread warmed refried beans over each tortilla

The place your eggs, pico de gallo, salsa and cheese on each tortilla as desired.

I hope you enjoy!

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Sunday, 7 April 2019

Healthy Egg Muffins Recipe

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If a food can be eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you'll find me making it. Although I love making food and trying new recipes, I'm very practical when it comes to cooking so a multi-tasking, long lasting meal that can be cooked in bulk ticks all my boxes.


When I make these veggie filled egg muffins, we'll eat them for days afterwards either as a post-workout snack, for dinner or breakfast (my personal favourite time to eat these). Even reheated in the microwave, these taste as good as they did fresh out of the oven. I love that not only do they taste great, but they are packed full of vegetables and also a hint of chilli for an unexpected warmth. The absolute BEST part about this recipe? It is SO simple and inexpensive to make. You probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen already and spending 20 minutes whipping these up creates time saved on making breakfasts, lunches and dinners for the days that follow. The return on investment is real.

DETAILS
Gluten Fee | Vegetarian | Keto | 20 mins | Makes 8
CALORIES: 136 | CARBS: 3g | PROTEIN: 12g| FAT: 9g
(per muffin)

INGREDIENTS
-1/2 white onion, chopped
-2 cloves garlic, chopped
-1 chilli pepper, chopped
-1/2 courgette, grated
-1 red bell pepper, chopped
-8 large eggs
-2 cups rocket, roughly chopped
-1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
-salt and pepper (as desired)

METHOD
Preheat your oven to 190 degrees Celsius and coat a muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside. I used an "extra deep" tin of 6 but a regular tin of 8 would also work.

Pan fry your onion and garlic, then once they are browned add your courgette, chilli and red bell pepper to the pan and sauté.

Fill the bottom of each muffin tin with even amounts of the sautéed vegetable mixture, ensuring they are patted down tightly and flat.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, rocket, cheese, salt and pepper.

Then pour that mixture evenly into the muffin tins. Do not fill completely to the top as they will rise significantly when baked!

Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until your egg muffins have risen and are golden.

Let me know if you try this recipe out and what you think in the comments below! Hope you enjoy...




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Sunday, 22 July 2018

Healthy Sprinkle Cookie Dough Bites (Vegan, Gluten Free)




I am forever scrolling through Pinterest for healthy recipes to try out. I am not a natural in the kitchen - my skills would probably be better suited in a crematorium - so I'm mostly drawn to easy recipes containing ingredients which I have around the house. This recipe is inspired by Big Man's World Healthy No Bake Unicorn Cookies, which I knew I had to try the second I stumbled across it.

If you struggle to satisfy your sweet tooth, these handy bites are great to grab when you feel a craving coming on. Although they are extremely sweet, they are 100% guilt free, being only 38 calories per bite. They are also vegan, gluten, dairy, refined sugar free AND paleo (minus the sprinkles)! But if you do follow a strict paleo lifestyle and don't want to miss out on the sprinkles, here is a recipe by Oh, The Things We'll Make to whip up your own.

I find coconut flour extremely easy to work with and also like the subtle coconut taste that it gives to these bites. If you are allergic to coconut or would prefer not to use it, you can use oat flour instead, but you will need to use twice as much (1 1/2 cups). Please note, you cannot substitute the flour with regular grain flour as this is a no bake recipe and it's not recommended to eat grain flour raw. 

You need a LOT of smooth cashew butter for the recipe and I'm well aware that it's on the pricey side. So, if you want to use an alternative you can use any smooth nut butter. Cashew and almond butters will keep the bites neutral and creamy in taste, whereas peanut butter will give a strong peanut taste. 
In Big Man's World's original recipe, he used Maple Syrup instead of the Golden Syrup which I used. Any kind of natural sweetener is great to use such as rice syrup, coconut nectar or honey. Of course, it is arguable whether honey is vegan or not, so keep that in mind if you're cooking for vegan friends.

I adore the texture of these bites. They're chewy and fudge-like with a nice little bit of crunch from the sprinkles. I like to store mine in the freezer to make them more solid and crunchy, but if you'd prefer them softer, simply keep them in the fridge or at room temperature.

Please read on to see exactly how to create these tasty little bites for yourself...

Preparation time 5 mins | Setting time 30 mins | Serving size 24 | Calories per bite 38

Ingredients

3/4 cups of coconut flour
2 cups of smooth cashew butter
1/2 cup golden syrup
2 tbsp of sprinkles

Method

1. Line a plate or baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Be sure it will fit in your fridge or freezer.

2. In a mixing bowl, add your coconut flour, cashew butter and golden syrup and mix together until fully combined. If you feel that the batter is too thin and sticky, add more coconut flour. If too thick, add some milk or water.

3. Mix your sprinkles through the batter.

4. Form small balls with the batter and put onto the baking paper. Use a spoon or fork to press the balls flat. You should be able to make approximately 12.

5. Refrigerate the batter for at least 30 minutes to firm them.

6. Take from the fridge and using a knife, score the curved edges of the batter to create straight edged squares. Then cut these in half to make the rectangle shaped bites. 

I'd love to hear your thoughts and questions in the comments below!

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Wednesday, 4 July 2018

How To Respark Fitness Motivation



In April, after six long months of 4am gym sessions, endless amounts of chicken and vegetables and a whole lot of willpower, I hit my weight loss goal. In six months I lost over 20lbs and was really happy with my new toned physique. For the first time in my life I actually developed muscles and was ever so proud of my defined 4 pack of abs.

Since hitting my goal, I’ve fallen into a kind of limbo in regards to my fitness goals. I still go to the gym around 4 times a week and absolutely love it, but with no set goal in my mind my nutrition has more than slipped. To my horror, I’ve noticed that my beloved 4 pack is starting to melt away and that my body is shifting slightly away from the toned form I loved. Although I’m the strongest and fittest I’ve ever been, I want to kick start my motivation to transform my body into exactly what I want it to be. There’s no reason I can’t achieve my goals, as there is no reason you can’t achieve yours.

I’m the first to know that regaining motivation isn’t easy, and it’s taken me a few tries and fails before it stuck. Read on to see how I revived my motivation, I hope it can help reignite yours too!

ADDRESS EXACTLY WHERE YOU’RE FALLING DOWN

The first step to solving any problem is addressing exactly where the problem lies. It’s not enough to say “I need to be healthier”, narrow down exactly where you personally struggle and what prevents you from progressing. I love working out but I also love cookies, so for me, nutrition is my downfall. Knowing this has allowed me to put my energy and focus into solving this problem to help contribute to the wider aim.

SET A PRECISE GOAL

Don’t be vague, decide a specific goal to work towards. The thought of completing this goal will keep you motivated to push through struggles that you meet on the way and it also gives you a way that you can measure your success as you get further towards completing it. When you don’t have a goal, even though you might be doing everything right, you lose the sense of achievement and direction and can end up feeling overwhelmed and purposeless.  

GATHER YOUR INSPIRATION

Once you’ve set your goal, surround yourself with sources of inspiration to get you excited to complete it and boost your motivation. Personally, I get majorly inspired by watching fitness bloggers share tips or their own journey working towards the same goal as mine. Your inspiration can be anything from a celeb who gives you #bodygoals or a blogger whose confidence inspires you.

REAFFIRM YOUR GOALS

I firmly believe in the saying “what you think, you become” and repeating your goals to yourself (on an almost obsessive level) will undoubtedly ingrain them into your mind until they come true. Constantly remind yourself of what you are striving to achieve to ensure that your everyday actions will reflect your goal. The key is self-belief!

SWITCH IT UP 

If you've fallen out of love with your old fitness routine, it might be a sign that it's time to shake it up. If like me you've eaten chicken and vegetables solidly for the past three months, explore Pinterest and discover some new recipes to try. If you're bored of your normal fitness class, try a new exercise! Whether you swap spin for swimming or cardio for Cross Fit, make sure your workout is something you look forward to and brings you genuine joy.

BE KIND TO YOURSELF

On my second day of “I’m going to kill my nutrition from this day onwards”, I ordered Dominos. Failing at the first sign of temptation (usually in the form of a baked good) has happened to me a thousand times before and I’m sure I’m not alone. If you slip up, although you may feel deflated and like you have ruined your progress, it is only a failure if you let it put you down and keep you down. We are all allowed to have treats, to have a day off, to fall off the wagon. Giving yourself a break and being patient with the ups and downs shows that you are in it for the long haul and that you want your goal enough to walk a bumpy road to get it. In the words of Sylvester Stallone “It isn’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward”.  

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

What The F Are Macros?! Macronutrients Explained

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If you're interested in health and fitness, chances are you've heard the term macros flying around. One of the biggest things that has transformed the way I think about diet has been understanding macronutrients. But, for the longest time I dismissed taking the time to learn what macros were because I felt like calorie counting was all I needed to do nutrition wise to help me lose weight. How wrong I was!

Understanding macros has been so eye opening to me and has completely changed the way I think about food for the better. I now think about food in terms of nutrients and fuel rather than as a number of calories. Basing your diet around a healthy balance of macros rather than calories can completely make over your mindset towards food and help you understand exactly what is going into your body with your food choices. 

So, what exactly are macronutrients? 

Macronutrients are the three main nutrient groups that make up food. These nutrients provide us with the energy (or calories) that we need to both survive and thrive. The three macro groups are carbohydrates, protein and fat. 

CARBOHYDRATES

Carbs are our primary source of energy, so are the group that it's recommended we intake the most of. I have been guilty of associating carbs with being bad in the past, but have grown to love them for the fuel that they are - especially now I have a much more active lifestyle.

Good sources of carbs:

Oatmeal
Potatoes
Butternut Squash
Bread
Pasta
Rice
Bananas
Apples

PROTEIN

Protein is used for building and repairing body tissues and cells, manufacturing hormones and the healthy functioning of your immune system. Although protein is rich in a lot of animal products, there are also many sources of plant based protein.

Good sources of protein:

Lean meat
Seafood
Eggs
Beans
Yoghurt
Cottage Cheese
Nuts
Edamame

FAT

The idea of consuming fats sounds scary, but fats are an essential part of the diet for the healthy functioning and regeneration of our cells and hormones as well as being necessary to protect our organs and regulate our body temperature. 

Good sources of fat: 

Avocado
Eggs
Dark chocolate
Fatty fish
Nuts
Full-fat yogurt
Olives 
Cheese


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Sunday, 28 January 2018

Too Faced Glitter Pop Eyeliner Review

Too Faced Glitter Pop Eyeliner review

It's been a hot minute since I fell hard in love with a new product, but these eyeliners by Too Faced are changing the game and your girl truly can't put them down. 

The Too Faced Glitter Pop Eyeliners are everything a glitter junkie could dream of and more. Available in 8 different shades, they can provide a subtle touch of glitter or a full blown explosion of vibrant shimmer. 

I own 7 of the 8 shades in the line, here is a description of those 7 shades below, and you'll be pleased to know that the liners are as fabulous and sassy as their names:

Fairy Queen - Lilac
Yes Way Rosé - Rose Gold
I'm Half Mermaid - Teal/Aqua
Super Fun Night - Silver
Glitter Ghost - Holographic/Iridescent
Kitty Glitter - Pink 
Lucky Bitch - Gold

I am no eyeliner master, so for me good applicators are essential when it comes to eyeliner, otherwise I end up just making a hot mess. I tend to gravitate towards angled applicators which I find give me a massive helping hand when it comes to winged liner, so I'm not going to lie and say the words 'oh no' didn't flash across my mind when I first latched eyes on these applicators. They are quite short and straight which instantly made me feel like I was going to make a horrendous mess. I was relived to quickly experience that the applicator actually made for really easy applying, and for someone who dreads the thought of putting on her winged eyeliner, I manage to do it quickly and neatly with these liners. For me, that's everything I could ever wish for.

In addition to the dreamy application, the product itself is to die for. The glitter swipes on fairly sheer but are buildable so you can create shimmery wings that are as pigmented as you want them to be. The buildable coverage also means this would be great as a pop of glitter in your inner corner or a subtle layer of glitter on your lips - it's a great product for versatility. 

I can't express enough how impressed I am with the vibrancy of the shades. When applied, they look gorgeously bright, but they dry down to an even more spectacular gleam of glitter. I'm particularly obsessed with I'm Half Mermaid and Glitter Ghost. The aqua tones of I'm Half Mermaid make my blue eyes pop and while it's a bold colour, I actually find it really wearable, especially as it makes me feel confident enough to work it. At the other end of the spectrum, Glitter Ghost is the most subtle of all of the shades, but arguably the prettiest. The slightly pink, iridescent shade is so bloody beautiful, it truly doesn't get more fairy princess than that. And that's totally the look I strive for.  

Too Faced Glitter Pop Eyeliner review
Wearing Yes Way Rosé and I'm Half Mermaid

Now, let's talk about the peel off aspect of the eyeliner. I don't take shortcuts when it comes to my skincare, so on a day to day basis, I'm more than happy to properly remove makeup even if it takes me a little longer. That being said, I was excited to try the peel off eyeliner as it's not something I've come across before. Let's just say, it's kinda cool and kinda peel off, but it's not something I'd ask you to get excited about. In some places, it peeled off really effortless which was nice and it did feel satisfying to be able to pick it off. But, with some bits I felt like I really had to scratch at my eye to peel it which I just didn't like. If I had to choose between cleansing balm and scratching the fuck out of my eyes, I know which one I'd rather be doing. 

That being said, this really is such a minor part of the product and it hasn't stopped me wanting to use these every time I apply my makeup. Seriously, every single time. I really do adore these products, they are something pretty special. 


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Sunday, 14 January 2018

How To Get Up Earlier

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I love being a morning person. Don't get me wrong, I love a lay in as much as the next person, but for the most part, I love the feeling of rising early. While I'm certainly not trying to sit here and tell you how to live your life (if you wanna snooze until 12pm, who am I to stop you?!), I do want to explain the benefits I've experienced of starting my day earlier. And if it's something you've dabbled in the idea of but haven't been able to take the plunge, read on for my tips on how I make that 4am alarm easier to bare.

For me, the reasons for getting up early are lifestyle orientated. I enjoy being able to get some personal tasks in before I start my day at work. Whether that's blogging, working out or just doing some house work, I like to start the day proactively but also calmly without rushing. I like to make the most of my day and rising early gives me the time to do that. I also find I sleep better and don't wake up at all during the night, and when I do wake up I don't feel as lethargic and shattered as I used to. 

Read on to see my advice for uncaging your inner early bird...

Go to bed early

I mean, duh. Getting up early does not mean compromising your length of sleep, so you will need to go to bed earlier. For some people, this is a really hard cycle to break so I recommend either trying to do this little by little or going straight in, do your first early wake up on your normal bed time which will leave you tired enough to want to go to bed naturally at the earlier time. If going to bed early feels like a waste of time to you, know this: everything that you would of done in the evening, you can do in the morning and you will probably do better because you've got a fresh mind.

Do exercise

When I don't do any exercise my quality of sleep and ability to wake up majorly suffers. I don't mean you have to hit it hard at the gym 5 times a week, but even 30 minutes of light cardio or yoga 2 or 3 times a week can make a massive difference. I don't know the science behind it, or if there's any science behind it at all, but this is an exact correlation that I have massively noticed in my own life. My physical activity really, really effects the quality of my sleep, I sleep so much better when exercise is a core part of my routine. And I love a good sleep so pass me the fucking dumbbells please. 

Cut out electricals an hour before bed and/or put your phone on a low light

The bright, artificial light of phones, TV or computer screens makes our brains feel more awake so not only make it harder to get to sleep but also affect the quality of your sleep. Combat this by cutting out staring at a screen before you go to bed, you will honestly notice the world of difference. If you absolutely have to refresh your Twitter feed up until the second your head hits the pillow, you can put your phone on a low light setting which adjusts the tone and intensity of the screen light in sync with sunset and sunrise.

Set more than one alarm

I know everyone is different but I absolutely need more than one alarm. Sometimes I can get up with one no problem, but there's always the chance of the dreaded 'woops, I've fallen back to sleep for an hour' situation. It's always better to be safe than sorry so I would stagger two or more alarms so your sleep is definitely interrupted and you absolutely do get yourself up. 

Have something to wake up for

I know that sounds deep and meaningful but it's really not. I'm simply talking about something like a cup of tea or a book you can't put down. For me it's the gym, blogging or just an extra 30 mins to spend sitting talking to James before I spend all day at work. Before you go to bed get a task in your mind that you want to wake up early to do. Get excited about it, that way when you wake up you'll instantly be buzzed to do this and have a surge of energy. 

Wake up warm

Waking up early is especially difficult in the colder months. Who the fuck wants to rip themselves from their toasty duvet when it's pitch black and freezing outside? The answer is no one. It makes getting out of bed so much easier when you're warmer, which is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a pair of fluffy, cosy pyjamas. If you get too hot in the night layered up and prefer to sleep with less on, one of my favourite tricks is leaving a super cosy jumper and slippers folded next to my bed so when I wake up I simply reach out and grab them and then change into them under the warmth of my covers to make getting up a lot easier.

Eat and drink right

Your food is your body's fuel and make no mistake in thinking that it doesn't have an effect on every part of your everyday functions, including your sleep. Apparently good nutrition helps boost the cell rejuvenation which happens while we sleep and I wholeheartedly believe I've experienced this myself. When I am well hydrated and am eating (fairly) balanced, I sleep like a baby and wake up actually feeling refreshed. For me, the worst thing I consume for my sleep is alcohol. I freaking love a cocktail every day of the night, but whenever I drink I play catch up on my sleep for a while afterwards. 

Use a dawn simulator 

I have personally never used a dawn simulator, but I have heard rave reviews about them. Dawn simulators act as a light alarm clock by gradually increasing in light in order to wake you up more gently and naturally, as opposed to the dreaded iPhone alarm sound we all know and loathe. By gradually increasing in soft but bright light, the eyes and body begin to wake up steadily over time rather than being jerked out of sleep from the rude awakening of the standard kind of alarm.

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