Sunday, 17 December 2017

Cherry Tomato & Thyme Noodles with Cream Sauce

This is undoubtedly the most comforting meal to sit down and tuck into on a dreary, wet Sunday. Coated in tasty, creamy yogurt sauce, this is one dish that will keep you going back for more. It just goes to show that meat is not what 'makes' a meal, it is the rich flavours and textures. Deliciously simple? It is. Are the noodles versatile? They sure are. There are various ways to enjoy noodles but this one is right at the top of my list. At just 135kcal per serving (please find the full nutritional breakdown below), this is a healthy, cost effective dish that tastes great too. 

Friday, 15 December 2017

Surviving first term at University Top Tips

Its the season to be jolly and I sure am jolly because today was the last day of university term one. It feels like Freshers week was literally seconds ago and now 3 months later, the term is over. Where has the time gone? New friendships made and knowledge gained. Worthwhile? It was. It has been a hectic, fast paced term but I've never been happier. Looking back at everything I've ever done work wise, it feels so good to finally be taking the right steps towards a career I'm passionate about. Dietetics is something I had wanted to do for a very long time; no one said it was going to be easy, no one said it was impossible either so no complaints here. The course is undoubtedly intense, there's so much information to take in but I'm determined to make it work. I worked so hard to get here, every single person on my course worked hard to get where they are too; what makes you think we are about to stop now? No chance. Because we are such a small Dietetics group, we've formed good friendships and even made time to head out for a nice Christmas meal three weeks ago (photos below). Below, I'm also going to share some tips on what I found most useful this term, basically, how I survived. So, here's to a well deserved break; one filled with lots of laughter, joy and of course revision, that exam in January is not going to write itself. 

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Grilled Curry Chicken Drumsticks

As you've probably guessed by now; I'm an avid fan of chicken but it can get boring which is why I tend to explore different ingredients and flavouring to keep everything just that little bit more interesting. I've been eating curried foods for as long as I can remember, partially because my mother has always loved Indian food to the point where she learnt how to make some of their dishes at home. That's how this recipe came about, keeping things simple. This is one of the easiest things you'll ever make. These curried chicken drumsticks are delicious; they are juicy and flavour-packed which can only make them a winner in my book. Here is how you can master these aromatic, drool worthy grilled curry chicken drumsticks. 

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

A personal note: How I am learning to love myself

For many years, I've questioned whether I am happy with who I am & for many years, the answer has been no. I am that girl who hid behind make up for years. Yes I am that girl who couldn't bear to look in the mirror, was unable to meet up with friends or leave the house without it but not anymore. How could I become so dependent on it, it's as if we had morphed into one. Don't get me wrong, I think make up is an incredible thing but no one should feel that they aren't good enough without it, that's just not healthy. Hell yes I will still wear make up but I just refuse to be dependent on it so here I am bare-faced. You come to realise that its a confidence thing and as I grew older, I also realised that no one really cares whether you are wearing make up or not. Its all YOU! This is not just about the make up alone, it is about me as a person, my thoughts and how I've viewed myself for so long. The mind is truly a powerful thing but transformation begins with your inner self. Self love and self care are so important, they are the basis to a happier you and an even a happier life. 

Monday, 11 December 2017

Oatmeal Porridge with Frozen Berries

I recently discovered the joys of frozen berries, yes life just got easier in that aspect at least. I've been so set in my 'fresh fruit and veg' ways that I never actually noticed frozen produce until a few months ago. Frozen fruit is not nutritionally compromised in any way, they are actually just as nutritious as fresh fruit so don't be afraid to use them. Frozen produce is usually cheaper and of course convenient, a great way to incorporate some fruit as well as vegetables into your diet. Time is not a factor as they are an easy alternative. Fruits and vegetables are beneficial to health which is why '5 a day' is the talk of the town. The Department of Health and the World Health Organisation recommend that we consume at least 5 portion of varied fruits and vegetables a day, equating to a third of our daily food intake (Bond, British Dietetic Association 2017). There is evidence to suggest that the risk of developing stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity is lowered by the consumption of a sufficient amount of fruit and vegetables. Have a I convinced you yet? The BDA has a great Food Fact Sheet on how you can meet your 5 a day, read it here. Health facts aside, a nice bowl of porridge is so warming, comforting and satisfying first thing in the morning. I don't know about you but I'm not exactly fond of the cold.

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