Thursday, 16 November 2017

Seafood Shack, Cardiff Review

A restaurant whose main focus is offering a wide variety of seafood, FINALLY! Say hello to the Seafood Shack, a venue that launched June 2017. I'm not exactly seafood's biggest fan but after contemplating a visit for a while, I took the plunge. Well, I'd be lying if I said it was my idea. My boyfriend is a huge 'sea foodie' and so it was only inevitable that I'd end up walking through its doors with seven other people. The quality as well as the food choice was excellent, all offered with a burst of flavour and style. With its gorgeous decor, an open kitchen so you can see how meticulous the chefs are, good portion sizes and relaxed atmosphere, Seafood Shack is a restaurant that's definitely worth a visit. If like me, you're not a seafood fan, they have other options on offer like Steak and beef burgers, you're definitely not limited when it comes to choice. But as with anything, there were some bad points that I will discuss in more detail.



Saturday, 11 November 2017

Grape, Apple and Mini Marshmallows Oatmeal Bowl

Who knew mini marshmallows would make a brilliant extra topping for my Oats breakfast bowl? When you work so hard, you deserve a treat every now and then; in my case marshmallows suffice. This has made it as one of my all time favourites because of all the colours, it's amazing how we eat with our eyes before our mouths. Surely its a crime for there to also be so much nutritional goodness in one bowl *phew*. Oats have been my go to breakfast for years (sometimes I feel like that's all I eat) mainly because of their high fiber content and of course, they are very convenient. A breakfast that takes just under 5 minutes to prepare in this day and age is a winner in my book. Since this bowl contains lots of apples, let's talk about the apple. Apples are actually my favourite fruit, their crunchiness wins me over every time. They are rich in flavanoids, important antioxidants and dietary fiber. Research conducted by Havard back in 2016 showed that increasing your intake of foods like apples and blueberries can help with weight control. The research was published in the British Medical Journal and you can read it here. Good ol' apples are an easy go-to snack and since they are about 85% water, they help fill you up with little calories. Say goodbye to that chocolate bar, grab an apple instead.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Chicken & Green Bean Curry

It seems I'm so busy lately I barely have anytime to unwind and so I turned my focus to cooking this evening for a change. There is nothing quite like a delicious chicken curry to get your mood up after a long day of schooling. The British Heart Foundation publish some awesome, nutritious recipes on their website and yes you've guessed it; that's where I found this little gem. I'm more than willing to cook up anything curry related, the flavour and aroma keeps me going back for more. I did tweak the recipe a little but this is because of my fussy palate. This chicken & green bean curry is absolutely delightful; a heart warming dish that the whole family can enjoy.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Red Kidney Bean, Chickpea and Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potato

Undoubtedly my favourite vegetable, sweet potatoes are not exactly the most aesthetically pleasing with the skin on but when it comes to taste, they sure are a worthy contender. I'm stepping away from all the stews and hotpots for a change with this simple stuffed sweet potato. Don't let its simplicity fool you, the red kidney bean, chickpea and chicken topping's flavour is anything but simple. Sweet potatoes are a low glycaemic index food, are naturally gluten free and contain just 84Kcals/100g (Nutrimen, 2016) when boiled like this one. They a good source of starch, potassium, phosphorous as well as an excellent source of the antioxidant Beta-carotene which is converted into Vitamin A in the liver (two molecules of Vit A are formed from one molecule of beta-carotene). Red kidney beans and chickpeas are a good source of starch and Iron, Spinach a source of Calcium and of course chicken has the Protein covered. Apart from all these nutritional benefits, sweet potatoes are ridiculously tasty. If you were wondering why they are my favourite vegetable, that's why. What's better than a naturally sweet vegetable gracing your plate? This is a simple meal low in saturated fats, calories and salt; a meal that's hearty and delicious.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

*Apple & Raisin Oatbran Porridge

Happy November! I'm kicking off this new month with some breakfast inspiration in collaboration with Rachel's Organic. It's grey, its cold and so it only seems right to start the day with a nice, warm bowl of porridge. Apart from being versatile; Oat bran is a great source of Dietary Fibre, an essential nutrient that enables the gut to function normally. Dietary Fibre includes carbohydrates called Oligosaccharides (a carbohydrate whose molecules are composed of up to 10 monomer units), Polysaccharides (a carbohydrate whose molecules are composed of many monosaccharide units) and Lignin. According to the British Dietetic Association (2016), the average adult in the UK only consumes 60% (18g) of their daily recommended fibre intake which should be 30g/day. It's important to try and reach that intake of 30g/day as part of your balanced diet and foods like oat bran, potatoes with skin, pasta, brown rice, whole grain bread etc are excellent choices for fiber. This apple and raising oat bran porridge offers a nutritious breakfast that keeps you going until lunchtime. No more snacking, just a great tasting, fibre rich breakfast.
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