Friday, 12 January 2018

Top 3 reasons why I study in Starbucks

No, I'm not doing a degree in Anatomy and Physiology, I'm actually studying Human Nutrition and Dietetics. This is one of the many modules that come with the course and in 6 days time, I'll be sitting my very first exam. Apart from the endless flow of tea, why else would I spend so many of my precious hours studying in Starbucks? I get asked this a lot and so I might as well write up a blog post on this, you never know, after reading this you might end up giving it a try. Revision season is really not exciting, its exhausting more than anything and requires a lot effort, time and dedication. So to keep things just that little bit exciting, I study in Starbucks. No, you'll rarely ever find me in the library, I go in to borrow the books I need and that's about it. Someone suggested that it must be expensive to study in there as you'd be buying constantly. Well not exactly, there's something called packed lunches. Want to save money and still study in Starbucks, make a packed lunch and thrown in some snacks. My IBS limits what I can eat and so packed lunches have become the norm. Trust me when I say my rucksack is like a mini library and mini kitchen in one. So, why Starbucks? Well, what would be the point in studying in a library if you aren't able to focus?

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Spicy Sweet Potato, Lentil & Pea Soup

Hello earthlings, it's only me! I'm still alive, just been buried under a big pile of books the past couple of days. You see, I've got a Human Anatomy and Physiology Exam coming up, well in 10 days to be exact but who's counting. Let's be honest, revision is not exactly the most exhilarating experience but hey, it's got to be done. Once my exam is done, I'll start working through my back log of easy recipes that I've been meaning to share. As you can imagine, exam season is a bit dull so in between revisions, I've been working out a lot and of course indulging in delicious, nourishing comfort food. This sweet potato and pea soup is rich in flavour, low in calories, a good source of Dietary Fibre, it's a great way to get in some of your five a day and is easy to make. Serve with a slice of crusty bread and you've got yourself moments of bliss.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Revolucion De Cuba Cardiff Review

Happy New Year!! I hope 2018 is treating you well so far. One of my new year's resolutions is to spend more time with friends and family. Life can get very busy but it's so important to spend time with people you admire because it makes a difference when it comes to your happiness and mental well-being. I'm starting 2018 as I mean to go on and scheduling coffee/food dates with friends and family is definitely one of this year's priorities. Yesterday I had a wonderful lunch date with a great friend of mine. Her name is Erica, a future Optician and nerd at heart who loves food just as much I do. She recently came back from a holiday in Hong Kong bearing gifts for me which was a lovely surprise. I can barely wait to dig in! Anyway, two weeks ago I received free cocktail vouchers in my email from Revolucion de cuba and so it was only inevitable we would end up there. Upon arriving, we were greeted by a lovely waitress who showed us to our table promptly, she was more than happy to explain the menu to us and solve any problems we had. Located in the heart of Cardiff therefore offering easy access, Revolucion De Cuba has some delightful Tapas and even though I rarely consume alcohol, the strawberry daiquiri cocktail I had is one to remember.

Saturday, 30 December 2017

2017 in Review, 2018 at a Glance

Let me just start by saying THANK YOU! Thank you for reading, thank you for supporting and thank you for being loyal to this wee blog of mine. As 2017 comes to a close, I'm reflecting on goals met, lessons learnt and setting new goals for 2018. If you were hoping for a New Year, New me speech; I'm sorry to disappoint but that's a speech I never give. One of the goals I made at the very beginning of 2017 was to exercise a lot more and looking at my exercise routine now, I've definitely kicked it up a notch. I took up Running this year, never did I think that I'd be running 4km three times a weeks. It's also helped with keeping my IBS under control which is extremely important because as you know, University can get stressful. Stress causes IBS to flare up which isn't ideal. I plan on carrying this on into 2018 along with a balanced diet, consistency and motivation. Health truly is the new wealth so here's to thriving for top notch mental well-being in 2018 and for years to come. 

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Thai Mint Chicken Wings

Now that Christmas is over and done with, there's one more thing to look forward to. Yes, I'm talking about New Year's Eve and it's just 3 days away. Whether you're planning on dancing the night away or a nice night in, a few chicken wings are sure to put you in a cheery mood. I think chicken is the one type of meat I consume more than any other. Chicken is undoubtedly versatile, easy to cook and well, when marinated/seasoned right, it can be the ultimate get together treat. It's also a very good source of protein but are also high in saturated fats (the skin). I usually make any sort of chicken without the skin but sometimes you just deserve a treat otherwise we would all lose our minds. Chicken is far better steamed (renders fat out), grilled or oven roasted instead of deep fat frying. Just because you're enjoying the festivities does not mean your health should be out the window. From frozen, I oven roasted these chicken wings to achieve a crispy exterior. These Thai mint chicken wings are quick and darn right tasty so here is the recipe on how you can make these delightful little numbers. Trust me, it's not rocket science.
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