Sunday, 23 April 2017

Cacao, Peanut and Bee Pollen Brownie Bites Featuring Indigo Herbs

Hello all, how are we, did you have a nice Easter? I did although I drank too much cider on Good Friday which was not great, I did enjoy having four days off work, a long weekend is always nice. 

Now I ate way too much chocolate over Easter but that seems like ages ago so I am more then ready to eat more but I'm keeping it healthy at the mo with some yummy homemade brownie bites made with lots of healthy ingredients some of which came from the fabulous Indigo Herbs. I love Indigo Herbs, all their products are so good and you can get so many great ingredients in one place, if you love healthy whole foods, superfoods and herbs then you need to check them out. 


I used some great ingredients in my brownie bites which makes them perfect for a pre/post workout snack, breakfast on the go, daytime pick me up or a pudding. I can eat cacao anytime of the day and I'm pretty sure there are plenty of you that can too! 

Cacao, Peanut and Bee Pollen Brownie Bites


Ingredients:
(makes 12-15)

1/2 cup Indigo Herbs cacao
200g medjool dates
1/2 Tbsp Indigo Herbs lucuma powder
1/2 Tbsp Indigo Herbs maca powder
4 Tbsp raw peanut butter
1 Tbsp bees pollen 
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1 1/2 cups of unsweetened desiccated coconut


To make:

Put the coconut, dates, cacao, lucuma, maca and peanut butter in a high speed blender until you get the above consistency. Pour out the mixture into a bowl then add the bee pollen and chia seeds and mix them in, these can be omitted if you want to keep the brownie mix plain. Form balls to your preferred size with your hands.


Enjoy!


Keep your brownie bites in the fridge and get them out 10 minutes before eating so they soften when you are wanting to get your snack attack on.


I've never made my own raw/energy bites before and it is so easy I will definitely be making more in different flavours so watch this space. 

Right lovely readers I need to get ready for the week ahead so I shall say farewell and hopefully see ya again this week. 

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Spring Time Smoothies in a Bowl with Dole Fridge Packs

Hello and happy April! I'm a bit late but my computer somehow got hacked and I have had to get that sorted before being able to pop in and say hi. What a nightmare I felt completely violated they got right into the depths of my computer system which was not good, thankfully though its all sorted now. Lucky as I have lots to blog about this month so I shall get on and share my first post with you.....


I was lucky enough to get some new Dole fridge packs to try out so with the weather turning warmer I new I was going to get my smoothie groove on and make some yummy smoothies in a bowl. I hardly ever have fruit other then bananas and sometimes frozen blueberries so it was nice to have other options to try out with. 

Dole's fridge packs are packaged in resealable pouches which makes them easy to store plus keeps the fruit nice and fresh. They contain ripe fruit and fruit juice only and can be eaten anyway you prefer, with yogurt or straight from the back as a snack on your breakfast or in cakes totally up to you but I new it was smoothies all the way for me. They come in 4 options Prunes, Peaches, Pineapple chunks and mixed fruit and you can find them in the tinned fruit section. They have also brought out a new range of frozen sealable fruit packs too which I am yet to try so keep your eyes peeled for those in the freezer section another product perfect for smoothies, yay! 

Prune, Cashew and Vanilla Smoothie in a Bowl



Ingredients:

5 prunes
1/2 cup almond milk
1 scoop vanilla protein powder of choice
1 handful of cashews
3 Tbsp GF oats
3 Tbsp lactose free yogurt
5-6 ice cubes

To Make:

Put everything in a high speed blender, add more milk or ice if you prefer a thinner smoothie or keep it thick and serve in a bowl topped with your chosen toppings, I had gluten free granola and hemp seeds.

Peach, Cashew and Vanilla Smoothie in a Bowl


Ingredients:

1/2 pack peach slices
1/2 cup almond milk
1 scoop vanilla protein powder of choice
1 handful of cashews
3 Tbsp GF oats
3 Tbsp lactose free yogurt
5-6 ice cubes

To Make:

Put everything in a high speed blender, add more milk or ice if you prefer a thinner smoothie or keep it thick and serve in a bowl topped with your chosen toppings, I had gluten free granola and hemp seeds.

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It feels like ages since I have enjoyed  smoothies in a bowl and with this warm spring weather I shall be enjoying them a lot more, especially these ones they were both so creamy and delicious and perfectly filling for breakfast, a great start to the day : )

Ok thats me for today, I hope you have been enjoying the sunshine today and have something fun planned for tomorrow, until next time x 

Friday, 24 March 2017

Thumbs Up

Hello all, how are we? I'd love to say I'm feeling fabulous but that would be a lie, I cut the end of my thumb off with a mandoline on Tuesday evening and it bloody hurt! Yes I was a complete kitchen fool and forgot there was a guard that I was supposed to use with it and I slipped and sliced the top of my thumb off.......I spent 5.5 hours in A&E, got bandaged up and sent on my way not the best way to start the week but hey lessoned learned....I will never use a mandoline ever again! 


Luckily I have today off so 3 day weekend yay and I only have to work Monday and Tuesday next week then have a week off which is good as there are so many grabby hands at work that put me on edge. I went to the docs today and had the dressing changed, the nurse said it looks healthy its just going to take a while to heal so no thumbs up from me for a while! 

Anyway enough about my sore thumb I've been eating some yummy food lately and wanted to share my food pics from this week.......


I like some weird flavour combos and peanut butter, marmite and cheese on toast is one of them, I love it. And this M&S gluten free bread is a total winner for me, if you have to eat gluten free you know how hard it is to find bread that actually tastes nice not just toasted but as a sandwich and this poppy seed loaf is so soft and fluffy perfect for a good old sarnie or as toast. I would definitely recommend trying it if your gluten free. 


Work lunches these days look a lot like this, veggies and rice either as is, with nuts or a protein. We make a meal the night before (enough for 4) and then box up half for the next days lunch. Above was rice with salt and pepper cashews and tomato pesto veggies, so delicious and filling perfect if your eating lunch in the car too! 


It seems like ages since I have eaten an avocado and this beauty was perfectly ripe and topped with a little pink himalayan salt which made the flavour pop. Avocados are one of my favourite food items so I'm definitely going to be getting them more often then I have, they're perfect for snacks and as part of a meal or smoothie so they need to be on the shopping list from now on. 


Cake! I love cake, obviously who doesn't, and this was so tasty although I think it could of done with 5 more minutes in the oven but it was yummy all the same. Another different flavour combo was used for my cake, lemon, rose and courgette to be precise which worked so well that I'll be trying it out again hopefully today if I can cook with my angry thumb! If it goes well I'll be sharing the recipe with you guys as I know you all love cake as much as me : )

So friends have a fab weekend and I'll be back to check in soon. 

Friday, 17 March 2017

Its All About Pomora Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Hello peeps, how are we and how is March treating you? I'm all good, work is busy as ever but I am definitely feeling a little more settled there which is nice maybe I was a little quick to judge?

Lucky me I have a 3 day weekend so I thought I'd drop in and say hi and share with you a post that I have been meaning to do for months! Ages ago I was sent some delicious Pomora extra virgin olive oil to try out and boy have I been trying it out its awesome and so tasty, it literally changes the depth of a meal and makes my taste buds sing. Before I share some yummy eats I have made with my oils let me give a little background on Pomora and how their company works...its really cool!

Pomora is an adoption programme, you adopt an olive tree and receive olive oil throughout the year. Pomora don't have any physical shops so they cut out the middle man which means more money goes to the farmers and the local community, they use sustainable farming methods looking after the land and giving you high quality product which you can definitely taste. There are two different regions to choose from which each have their own unique taste, to me both are really good plus you can choose from plain olive oil or a range of flavours. You can check the details out here


I have been making all sorts of different meals with my oils so here is a few ideas I have been revisiting time and time again, because they taste so good! 


Pesto....I have been making pesto with cashews and either parsley or basil and the plain extra virgin olive oil.


It makes a great dressing for pasta with veggies and using the cashews in the pesto makes this really filling, this would be a perfect meal for the spring season that is upon us.


For fish I have definitely fallen in love with the lemon and chilli oils they make a perfect combo to drizzle on a prawn stir fry they just liven up with meal and the chilli gives a good kick! 


The lemon oil goes really well with this flaked trout, carrot and rice combo....hmmmmm I need to eat this again it was so good.


More veggies and pasta! Drizzled with garlic oil oh yes hello!

You could use these oils drizzled on hot food or simple salads to liven things up whatever your food groove is these oils will up the anti and make your meals even more awesome definitely worth a try if you ask me. So if like me you love getting your daily does of good healthy fats you need some Pomora in your life, check them out and let me know what you think.

Right I'm off to meet my sister and a friend for coffee so I better get ready, have a fabulous Friday readers : )

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Gluten Free Sweet Potato and Tuna Patties

Hello. 
See I'm back, thats the second time this month already hopefully I can keep on a roll! 

I had a pretty lazy weekend, I got up for my hot yoga session Saturday morning then went home to hibernate away from the rain and cold which was lovely. No where to be I just got to hang out with Sid and catch up on some series I have been watching. I did decide to try out a pattie recipe that has been sat in my mind on Saturday night and it was a hit so I thought I'd do a quick blog post and share the recipe with you as they rocked! 

I love fish cakes/patties and the flavours I used worked and other then the oil they were cooked in these are pretty healthy which is a bonus.

Gluten Free Sweet Potato and Tuna Patties


You need:

2-3 medium sweet potatoes
2 cans of tuna
1 bunch of spring onions
2 eggs
gluten free plain flour
2 slices gluten free bread
1 tsp chilli flakes*
salt and pepper
olive or coconut oil for frying

To Make:

Wash the sweet potatoes (if needed) then put in the microwave and cook on high until all potatoes are soft.

Chop the spring onions and add to large mixing bowl along with the tuna, chilli and 1 egg, mix then once the potatoes are cooked scoop out the flesh and add to the bowl and mix. Season with salt and pepper and mix again.

Use an electric chopper and blend the bread into breadcrumbs and put in a bowl, whisk the other egg  put in a bowl and add 2-3 Tbsp's of gluten free flour in a third bowl. 

Make patties with your hands to whatever size you wish (I went big) and pat into flour, dip in the whisked egg then finally the breadcrumbs and set them down on a board. Once you have made all the patties get a frying pan on the hob.

Put either coconut oil or olive oil in the warmed pan and heat until a few bubbles appear (you'll need 2-3 Tbsp's of oil) carefully place your patties in the pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until each side is golden brown. 

Serve with salad and enjoy! 

*I use lazy chilli in a jar, you can obviously use fresh I just didn't have any to hand. 

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See an incredibly easy recipe to make these really tasty patties which are also very filling, I made 4 giant patties but you could make more and probably feed 4 people. Me and Dale are just piggy! 

Let me know if you get a chance to try these bad boys out, have a great Tuesday! 

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Happy Belated New Year!

As the title says Happy Belated New Year, oh and happy 1st of March! Yes its taken me a while to get sat here in front of my computer screen but better late then never right?! 

This year has started with a bang for me this side of the screen unfortunately on screen it started with a slow crawl due to our internet not working, we didn't get it sorted till mid January which is when a lot of course work/training started at my new job so I have been getting my head down doing that which has had my eyes going square so I haven't exactly been motivated to sit in front of the screen for more time writing posts but I got here finally! 

My new job has been full on but the weeks go so quickly and having weekends and evenings off has been pretty sweet, if I'm honest I don't know if its the perfect job for me its very different to where I was which is good but it also has some bad points which I am still mulling over. The training aspect is awesome I have just started my Care Certificate and will be also doing a QCF qualification which is all good for my career so I am focusing on those things rather than the parts of the job I am not so keen on plus now I am working for the local council it has opened up a lot more opportunities which can only be a good thing. 

As I mentioned above having weekends off has been lovely and I have been taking full advantage by meeting up with friends for coffee and cake dates, well with the weather being so crappy coffee and cake has definitely been needed : )


A couple of weeks ago I met my friend Annie for a catch up and we went to a coffee shop in Hastings Old Town called Sham City Roasters, they make freshly roasted craft coffee and all the food is vegan as well as offering some gluten free treats which wins my vote. The coffee is awesome and my gluten free brownie was pretty good so if your in Hastings Old Town I would recommend you stop off and treat yourself to a cuppa and a piece of cake you won't be sorry. 


Another place I have been meeting friends and getting my caffeine and cake fix is a little cafe in St.Leonards (my neck of the woods) which is small but so inviting and they make some awesome raw treats like the raw carrot cake above plus everything they serve is gluten free so I'm sorted whenever I go in. Its called Cafe Gratitude and again the coffee is delicious and they have good window seats for people watching, always a plus for me. 

Its not only having weekends off I've been enjoying, having the evenings at home has also been a bonus of my new work week, being home and being able to cook my evening meals has been a joy. I love cooking especially my evening meal so its been fun getting back in the kitchen and getting inspired again to cook an assortment of meals during the week. One thing I have been loving lately is gram flour, it makes awesome gluten free wraps (socca's) and a perfect pizza base as you can see below....


Using gram flour is so simple you literally add water to gram flour and whisk it up for a basic batter mix then fry it in a little oil, I always add salt and pepper for seasoning and herbs/spices to jazz it up a bit. Above is a curried quorn and vegetable wrap with a little feta, I know what your thing curry and feta? But believe me it works and it tastes so good! 


Pizza! I love pizza but the gluten free options you can buy from the shop or order in send my tummy in a tail spin plus they don't taste very nice so I decided to try a socca base pizza and it works really well and it even gets a crispy edge which is what a pizza is all about right? And if I make my own I can use lacto free cheese which doesn't send my skin mental and that's important for me especially as my skin seems to be pretty good these days (up date on that soon). 

Other meals have been mostly veggie orientated with the odd meat dish thrown in to keep Dale happy and I have been making a lot of meals that I can use for the next days lunch which is handy now I work days, I like to be prepared to just go in the morning with no hassle to be sorting out lunch. 


So what else have I been doing over the past two months other then work, eating and drinking coffee well obviously I have been hanging out with the family cats! My little Sid has started the year on a high, at the end of last year he fell really ill and it was touch and go for a while there which was devastating for me I love this little guy like he's my baby and the thought of him dying was just awful but thankfully he pulled through and has just got better and better so fingers crossed he has many more years left in him. 


I have also been hanging with my sisters beauties as she has been away a few times and I have been the baby sitter which is always a pleasure especially for this cutie. 

I can't quite believe its March already the past two months have gone so quickly and I am pretty sure the year is going to fly by just as quick, I feel more big changes are coming my way for 2017 and I plan to keep you updated and blog about my goings on so keep tuned, I promise I'm back! 

Enjoy your day peeps x

Saturday, 31 December 2016

2016 Round Up



Well I can't quite believe I am writing my last post of 2016, not that I've written many posts this year but thats not the point! This year has been busy to say the least which is one of the reasons I haven't been around here much but also if I'm honest I kind of lost the bug for blogging all the time and just wanted to live without documenting it so much. I think that was because my job until December was so full on and the hours were so draining I just felt tired all the time but with a new job and new hours I am feeling so much more like myself and I am keen to get back online and start sharing again with you all in the new year. 




I haven't been on here much but this year has been pretty awesome in many ways, I have been away to Ireland twice once with Dale and then again on my own. Me and Dale also went to Morocco which was awesome, I would love to go back and see more. 


We tried out Airbnb for the first time with some friends, we stayed in Brighton in the cutest little house which I would gladly live in, so cosy and very cool. 



I spent days off with Dale on the bank, with family and friends and I have enjoyed every moment shared : )



I got some more tattoos to add to my collection, which is growing nicely. I don't have much space left on my arms so one of my legs is now becoming a lot more pictured and I don't plan stopping anytime soon!

I changed jobs this month from working in a supported living house to a day centre, still working with Adults with Learning Disabilities but on a much larger scale. The hours are much better, I'm actually working my first Monday to Friday job and having my weekends and evenings off which is a dream. I still have a few clients but not so many that I'm run ragged which is way better. 

My own fitness unfortunately has taken a slide due to a knee injury but I am still waiting to find out what I've done there so more on that next year! 


All in all this year has been a good one, it has been exhausting at times but also really fun and I am looking forward to whatever 2017 brings, I have a good feeling about it and I have lots of things I am looking to achieve which I plan (hopefully!) to blog about. I am going to do a monthly post about goals, yearly and monthly things I am hoping to achieve which will hopefully be of some interest. I also have some posts planned with a few of my favourite brands which I am looking forward to sharing so watch this space. 

I have now got to get things ready for tonights celebrations so I am wishing you all a fabulous New Years Eve and looking forward to reading your blogs in the new year and sharing more on my own, have a good one! 


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