Monday, 31 July 2017

*Orwell Organic Gluten Free Green Soybean Pasta

There's nothing quite like a good bowl of pasta; things can only get better when it turns out to be organic and gluten free. Thank you to the lovely team at Orwell Health for gifting me with one of their green soybean pasta for reviewing. For all you gluten free pasta lovers out there, this is one product you just might enjoy. So, who is Orwell? Orwell creates nutrient-packed healthy foods that are 100% Organic. All their Soya products are made from raw soybeans sourced from a friendship farm in Russia meaning the whole farming process is free from chemicals or pesticides. This is clean eating at its best, it's vegan friendly and using my little package, I've whipped up a nutritious, protein packed carrot and mushroom stir fry perfect for a gorgeous summer's day. Just toss the pasta in with olive oil, all your favourite vegetables and some seasoning. Oh yes dear friends, you're already half way there. 

Friday, 28 July 2017

Banana, Melon & Kiwi Smoothie Bowl

Breakfast smoothies have been apart of my diet the past 4 years and ever since I started serving them in a bowl; they seem to taste even better. It's almost like having soup for breakfast. There's something so much more appealing about eating with a spoon than drinking the smoothie from a glass. The addition of toppings is the icing on cake; its satisfying and suddenly, the smoothie becomes so much more than just something you drink. It becomes a truly filling, absolutely delicious breakfast bowl. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I'm eating more smoothie bowls and experimenting with different flavours. The past 2 weeks have been all about Kiwis so lets get right to it.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Linguine Vegetable Medley

The summer holidays have begun which means those of you with families have a busy summer ahead and we all know everyone becomes just that little bit more indulgent in the summer. One of the easiest ways to get in your five a day is by cooking up this colourful Linguine vegetable medley. One that's flavourful; the chilli powder gives it a fiery kick, lemon adds a hint of sweetness and citrus, mixed herbs enhance the overall taste and turmeric gives this dish it's gorgeous, bright colour. Of course, the range of vegetables in this medley ensures that your taste buds pick up the variety of textures, you will not be disappointed.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Tenkaichi Sushi & Noodle Bar Cardiff Review

School's officially out for all and so we decided to head out for food to celebrate. Being the budding Scientists that we are, we decided to skip the usual steak for a change & go for a healthier option. Only one thing came to mind, Japanese food. They offer healthier, more nutritious options and so it was only inevitable we would end up at Tenkaichi Sushi and Noodle Bar. The authenticity of food from this independent, family run business differs greatly from that of a chain like Wagamama. Located at the bottom end of busy City road, it's the perfect place to kill time with good friends. We were greeted with a smile by the friendly staff and promptly seated. Just like the many other Japanese restaurants, Tenkaichi's interior decor is minimal consisting of bare walls, bright lighting and communal seating. This relaxed, informal seating can be uncomfortable if you're unlucky enough to be sitting in the middle. Having to get up numerous times for other guests to leave is rather unsettling. As for the food, you'll just have to read on to find out. 

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Boyfriend's Graduation: First Class Honours Master of Chemistry Degree

Today has been a very special day; my other half graduated with a First Class Honours Master of Chemistry Degree! Words cannot describe how I love and am proud I am of this guy. I've been there during his time at university and I've seen his drive. I remember how we always resorted to having dates in Starbucks because he had research to complete or an exam to revise for, he's had numerous breakdowns and there were times when he just wanted to give up. Well, I'm ecstatic he didn't give up on his dream because look at what he can do. He worked tirelessly to achieve this outstanding degree classification and I couldn't be more excited for him to begin the next chapter of his life.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Gluten Free Vanilla Pancakes

The past weekend, I went shopping for my boyfriend's graduation gift which was a bit of a mission. Why are men so hard to shop for? Something did catch my eye after a good 3 hours and I'm so glad that's sorted. He graduates with a Master in Chemistry Degree Tuesday and I am one proud girlfriend. All my IBS'ers where you at? Today, I'm throwing a gluten free treat your way & these gluten free vanilla pancakes got me needing an excuse to scoff them down all day, everyday.

 Even though flipping pancakes still drives me bonkers (still cant do it perfectly), it would be wonderful if I could magically make my free time in the mornings longer so these can make a regular breakfast appearance. Alas, I have no magic wand.  Gluten Free vanilla pancakes are easy and quick to make; all you need is an appetite and four main ingredients. I like them simple and straightforward; ones that ensure exceptionally delightful results every time.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Sautéed potatoes and vegetables *vegetarian friendly*

Sometimes all you need is simple dish after a long day, one that is comforting and wholesome. I'm probably rice's biggest fan but unfortunately it's one of my triggers and so I've had to cut down. Yes you got me, I am cheating on rice with potatoes. Being faithful to just one staple food is proving rather challenging, after all, it is said that variety is the spice of life. I've been studying recipe books a lot lately, trying to put together my own recipes that are IBS friendly with lots of flavour. In case you haven't noticed, I've got a really fussy palate. Potatoes are one of my favourite things to cook because of their versatility, a quick vegetable mash up.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Singaporean Fish Head Curry

When you're happy; make a good Curry! I've only gone and made my very first Singaporean fish head curry, yes you just read fish head. Let's focus on the nutritional value of this dish for just a moment. Fish offers high quality protein, omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin D. Why do you need these nutrients? Protein is required by the body for repair and growth. Omega-3 fatty acids are not synthesised in the body, they can only be acquired from food. They are an important part of cell membranes throughout the body affecting the cell receptors. Just to name a few. omega-3 fatty acids regulate the contraction and relation of the artery walls as well as blood clotting; they are crucial! Vitamin D regulates calcium and phosphorous absorption in the body, it also helps maintain healthy teeth and bones. We wouldn't want those teeth falling out for no reason now would we?


This is something I would've never tried a year ago but thanks to my Seafood obsessed boyfriend, I'm now open to trying out different foods at least once. I mean, what's the worst that could happen? I'm aware that the whole point of a curry is to also enjoy the soup that comes with it but unfortunately I'm not really a soup kind of girl and so my plate always consists of mainly solids. The recipe I used is so easy to follow and the flavours in this dish go so well together. It will be making a regular appearance, don't knock it until you try it.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Peanut Butter & Kiwi Breakfast Bowl

I strongly believe that preparation is the absolute key to a healthy lifestyle. Planning out your meals and workouts a few days in advance will help keep you motivated and on track. Your diet and workouts go hand in hand which is why it's important to allow plenty of time. A good breakfast is one that makes you feel amazing, one that's nutritious and keeps you going until lunchtime. Unhealthy snacking be gone! Oats are my go-to breakfast option most of the time and this is mainly because they are so easy to prepare and versatile. The list of toppings you can choose from is pretty much endless, it's all down to preference. Its a gorgeous, sunny day which calls for this peanut butter and kiwi breakfast bowl. 
It's been a while since I had the kiwifruit. There are a few health benefits associated with Kiwis and one of them like many other fruits and vegetables is Vitamin C. This vitamin is a crucial antioxidant and nutrient. Collagen (a hard and insoluble fibrous protein) which is the support system of the skin is reliant on Vitamin C. Kiwis have also been associated with better sleep in adults experiencing sleep problems (read the study Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition). The kiwifruit has high potassium content which can help reduce high blood pressure. Their taste is a cross between nectarines, strawberries and bananas; where else can you get that kind of mix?


Wednesday, 5 July 2017

School's Out

The past 9 months have been tough; education wise & personal life *phew* but they have also sparked a fire in me. It's been a while since I felt this strongly and determined about what I want to achieve in life. I've really taken the time to reflect, I've thought about what makes me happy and what's best for me. Acknowledging change, facing hardships and overcoming challenges is all part of the process. There comes a time when you have to LOOK AFTER YOURSELF and this is only the beginning.
As you're all aware, I've been studying an  Access to Biosciences course at CAVC the past 9 months and it involved three subject areas; Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biology. After numerous breakdowns, tears and sleepless nights I am proud to say I successfully completed the course 3 weeks ago. This was a hard course which required a lot of self-study, determination and time. I did not have a life and I mean this in the exact way you're thinking. My life revolved around never-ending assignments, tests and practicals. I was in Starbucks everyday including Saturdays and Sundays studying and there were times when I just wanted to quit. However, I had a goal. This was a step I had to complete to get closer to my goal and so I kept on swimming. I also rediscovered my love for Science *gosh I sound like such a geek*. I had always believed I was better at Biology than Chemistry; turns out I'm better at Chemistry than Biology which was a bit of an eye opener. I also compiled a playlist of uplifting songs that I listened to every day which helped. The greatest thing about music is that it can be translated in many different ways to fit different situations. The most played song on my playlist is...
So why did I put myself through these grueling 9 months? Well, the answer is simple.

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