5 {new to me} Superfoods + Recipe Ideas

21 Oct

Hey everyone, I have recently been adding some new superfoods to my repertoire and I thought I would share my thoughts. Superfoods are awesome because they provide your body with a whole lot of nutrition despite being ‘small’ in size (what I mean by that is you don’t need to consume a lot of them).

Lucuma 

This might be my favourite energy booster ever. I have noticed that if I incorporate lucuma into one of my meals/snacks I have ridiculous amounts of energy for the rest of the day, I practically become hyper (I’m talking bouncing off the walls). Plus it tastes delicious! If you are unsure how to use it, it tastes great in smoothies or you could stir it into porridge before eating or add it to raw energy bites (made with dates, nuts etc)

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Acai Bowl

No photo for this one but on a recent trip to London I had an acai bowl from Raw Press Co which was so tasty, mine was topped with granola, coconut yoghurt, fresh blackberries and almond butter. Acai is a super berry as it has one of the highest oxygen radical absorption capacities (ORAC), which means it destroys free radicals. I wish I had access to this more regularly to whip up acai bowls at home.

Cacao Butter

Cacao Butter is a key ingredient if you want to make your own homemade raw chocolate, here is a fantastic recipe  . There is something so satisfying about making your own chocolate and cacao butter is anti-inflammatory to boot. Most of the benefits that you may have heard about chocolate, are largely due to the cacao butter.

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Mulberries

I picked up these little morsels of goodness on a trip to southampton at the beginning of september.  They taste kind of similar to raisins but personally I love them even more! They are fantastic sprinkled over smoothies and porridge or mixed with your favourite nuts to form a tasty trail mix. However the best way to eat them is just simple by the handful (in my opinion!).

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Pukka Greens Powder

I bought this sample pack to try from wholefoods and it gave me a great boost in a simple smoothie I whipped up one morning. Banana, almond milk, hemps seeds and this powder made for an awesome smoothie. This greens powder contains kale, which we all know is awesome as well as spirulina and chlorella which are algae; their benefits include aiding digestion, boosting energy and improving symptoms of depression thanks to a high magnesium concentration. Research has also shown ability to reduce body-fat percentage. Spirulina is highly digestible and 60-70% complete protein which is much greater than any animal source of protein. It also helps the body to absorb minerals and protects the immune system by encouraging the growth of the healthy bacterial flora in our guts.

If you are not a smoothie person check out this awesome recipe for greens powder truffles.

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Hope you enjoyed learning about some new superfoods today!

xoxo

Pumpkin Brazil Nut Cookies {5 ingredients}

19 Oct

Hey Everyone, how has your weekend been? Mine has included lots of (window) shopping, what else? haha. The plan for today includes a 7ish mile run and baking some beet brownies. I am very excited because this time next week I will be in Scotland, in St Andrews for a holiday!

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So onto the recipe. These cookies are delicious, I adore brazil nuts and the flavour combined with the coconut? So. damn. good. But I can’t take all the credit for the recipe, as the Purely Twins recipe for 5 ingredient pumpkin cookies was the basis for this recipe. I thought I would share my tweaks as it is such a tasty combination. Trust me, the brazil nut butter takes it to a whole new level of yum.

Brazil nuts are also an excellent source of selenium an essential mineral that helps support the immune system (perfect for this time of year) and protect the heart and liver (by supporting liver detoxification).

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Pumpkin Brazil Nut Cookies

  • 1/2 cup brazil nut butter (I made my own by food processing just over 1/2 cup brazil nuts for ~5mins)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin puree

Just stir everything together then shape into cookies and bake at a pre-heated oven of 170 C for around 10 mins (keep an eye on them). Let cookies cool on the tray before attempting to take them off  eat them. Enjoy!

I think I made around 7-8 (there’s only 3 left as you can see in the photos, plus not all of the batter made it to the oven…) but it really depends on how large you want your cookies.

Let me know if you try the recipe!

xoxo

 

Pumpkin Pie Buckwheat Porridge

14 Oct

Hey Guys, today I’m sharing a delicious fall-inspired breakfast that I have been enjoying recently. Buckwheat porridge is really awesome because it’s raw so you get all the vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Buckwheat is an excellent source of B-vitamins, copper and magnesium and its protein characteristics enhance blood sugar stabilisation after meals—a key factor in preventing diabetes and obesity.

Pumpkin is also packed with nutrients, such as beta carotene (vitamin A), so this really is a superfood breakfast. I have enjoyed it in 2 ways, once with strawberry chia jam from Oh She Glows and once with pecan nuts ~ both were delicious! The only thing to note is you have to soak the buckwheat overnight prior to making this, this helps it blend more easily and also increases nutrient availability.

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Pumpkin Pie Buckwheat Pudding 

  • 1/4 cup buckwheat, soaked overnight
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin puree (I used homemade but canned will work)
  • 1 tbsp raisins or 1-2 medjool dates (I soaked my raisins along with the buckwheat for ease of blending)
  • 2-4 tbsp almond milk

Just blend everything together (I used an immersion blender) and enjoy!

To finish today’s post I wanted to share a quote from an article I recently read:

“Body confidence also knows no size, no color, no height, no gender.  There’s also not any group that has a monopoly on body confidence.  There is no upper limit of people who are allowed to feel good about every part of themselves.  Every single person is allowed to have complete confidence in his or her entire self.  You are allowed.  I am allowed.  Your super hot friend is allowed.  That girl puking in the dirty bathroom of the bar is allowed.  6-year olds and 60-year-olds and 106-year-olds are allowed.  Everyone.”

Amen to that.

xoxo

Supercharged Blackberry Smoothie

10 Oct

Hey Everyone, I had the most delicious smoothie for breakfast this morning and I couldn’t not share the recipe with you! Blackberries are just reaching the end of their season so this is the perfect recipe to celebrate them before they go out season. Eating seasonally is super important and blackberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, phytochemicals and antioxidants.

Also in this smoothie is the superfood lucuma (don’t worry if you don’t have it, just leave it out). Guys I’m not kidding when I say this is a truly AMAZING superfood. It gives me a real energy boost and almost sends me hyper (has a similar effect to caffeine), this might just be because I’m sensitive to stimulants (like caffeine) but lucuma is also high in fibre, vitamins and minerals like zinc, calcium and iron.

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Blackberry Superfood Smoothie

  • 1 banana (frozen if desired, I prepped mine the night before so didn’t use frozen)
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 cup liquid (I used 1/4 cup water + 1/4 cup homemade pistachio milk)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp buckwheat (or sub oats) (make sure the buckwheat is pre-soaked if you are going to be drinking right away)
  • 1 tsp lucuma
  • 1 tsp coconut butter

Just blend and enjoy!

xoxo

Recent Baking Adventures

7 Oct

With the turn of the weather (Autumn has arrived!) my baking-obsessed alter ego has come out to play. I have been baking up a storm (literally haha; look at the weather) over the past couple of weeks or so, trying out loads of new recipes from my favourite bloggers! I thought I would share which recipes I tried + my thoughts on each one.

Raspberry Jam Oat Crumble Squares 

Blogger: Oh She Glows

These Jam Squares are amazing. They make the perfect snack as they are lightly sweet and have a perfect pillowy texture. My family all loved them as well. Plus they look beautiful, mine came out (almost) as gorgeous as Angela’s photos.

Pumpkin Fudge Truffles

Bloggers: Purely Twins

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I whipped up a batch of these asap when I got my hands on some pumpkin (and hence made some homemade pumpkin puree). They are very tasty and extremely addictive, coconut butter will do that to things. I left out the chocolate chips and they still came out well. If you’re looking for a way to celebrate the change of seasons these make the perfect treat!

Grain Free Fudgy Brownies

Blogger: Top with Cinnamon

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I made these brownies with coconut oil instead of browned butter and they were still delicious! They had quite a traditional brownie taste compared to black bean brownies (which I LOVE) which are more dense and fudgy. These are light + fluffy and very moreish. Perfect for baking if you are not 100% into healthy baking but still want a healthier sweet treat

Flaxseed Focaccia 

Blogger: Healthful Pursuit

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A savoury bake now! This recipe is so inventive and tastes very good as well. Not quite like traditional focaccia but it has a craveable texture and is perfect for spreading dips on top. It is a great ‘bread-like’ option without the starch which is great for M4 or M5 on the TIU nutrition plan.

Parsnip Teff Bread

Blogger: Me!

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So the recipe for this has sweet potato in , but I decided to replace it with parsnip! It definitely has a slightly different taste but it is still yummy and you still get the sweet nuttiness of teff coming through. Definitely try subbing parsnips if you are ever out of sweet potato.

Raw Chocolate

Cookbook: Honestly Healthy

I recently got some cacao butter from whole-foods, so I knew I had to try out making my own chocolate. I used My Sweet Freedom for sweetness and it was amazing to eat the chocolate that I made myself.

Cacao and Quinoa Crispy Treats

Blogger: Deliciously Ella

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These are so great as they are a perfect chocolatey pick me up, but have loads of amazing superfoods in them so they give you sustained energy. I love them sprinkled over porridge (just crumble one up) ~ the chocolate gets all melty and adds deliciousness to each bite!

My Thoughts on Finding BODYpeace

28 Sep

Hi everyone, how has your week been? I visited Nottingham on Friday and it was a beautiful afternoon to look round the university campus. Also I discovered that creamed coconut (found in boxes) is essentially the same as coconut butter but much cheaper (I got the biona brand)!

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Two blogging ladies I love, Heather and Kasey, are about to release a new book on finding peace with your body. The book sounds amazing and a great tool for anyone to help them feel more at peace in their bodies (which we have for life so why not love them!). Heather and Kasey also recently held a glow retreat which looked fantastic and I would have been there in a heartbeat were it not for living on the other side of the atlantic :/

In honour of their upcoming book I thought I’d share some of my thoughts on body image. I have noticed how my body changes depending on the ‘type’ of workout I do. When I first started getting into fitness I did a lot of “cardio” which led me to lose a lot of weight (that I needed to) and gave me quite a small but not so toned figure. Then I started getting more into weights (and kettlebells!) and I gained some weight back but got more muscular and athletic. I loved my body in both states but I wish I’d learned to love it even before I initially lost the weight.

However I still have days/ moments when I’m not happy with my body, I think this happens to everyone, and BODYpeace looks like a great book to help put in place techniques to prevent these moments from taking over your life. Also body peace is about ditching the food rules which I love as I’m trying to work on this myself.

What are your views on finding peace with your body? Do you have a positive self-image?

P.S Although this has nothing to do with health + fitness sometimes I find myself getting frustrated with my brain, that it’s ‘not good enough’ when trying to answer hard questions. I think this has the same roots in insecurity as negative body-image. I try very hard not to fall into the comparison trap with this either!

Raw Bite Bar Review

23 Sep

Hey Guys, how has your week been? I had a great active weekend, I busted out a 7.4 mile run on sunday at an average 8.04 min/mile pace which I’m super proud of :)

Recently I have noticed Raw Bite bars popping up in health food shops, curious I decided to try a couple and now I want them all! I thought I’d let you know what I thought of the flavours I tried and which flavours are on my must-try list.

Coconut

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I had this bar this morning after a super HIIT workout and it was amazingly delicious! The coconut flavour is really prominent and it had the perfect amount of sweetness for me. The ingredients list is pretty awesome too, with just dates, cashews, coconut, almonds & virgin coconut oil.

Protein

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This is literally the most perfect protein bar; clean ingredients, great taste and 10g of protein per bar! I loved the flavour and texture of this bar, it left me wanting more (in a good way) but proceeded to keep me satisfied for a long time after (super filling!). There was no hint of protein powder flavour as well.

Bars I want to try…

Vanilla Berries

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This flavour looks sooo good. I currently have a bit of a dried mulberry obsession, they are so darn delicious so I can’t wait to try out this bar.

Spicy Lime

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So this flavour looks super interesting. Raw Bite recommended it to me on instagram, and it definitely seems like super creative flavour and pretty unique so it will be fun to try! I’ll let you guys know what I think.

xoxo

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