Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Udon Miso Soup

Tasty, light and quick to make; it's fast food at its best. Oh how I love Udon noodles, their slightly chewy texture makes my taste buds tingle. That's always a good start when you know you've got a fussy palate. I make monthly trips to my local Asian grocery store, there's nothing more annoying than realising you've run out of a crucial ingredient half way through meal preparation. One staple I always have in my fridge is miso; it is basically fermented soy bean paste and is what makes miso soup flavourful. Feeling lazy? Why not make yourself this light Miso Soup, bacon is always optional. Next time I'm making it Vegan.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

My 26th Birthday Surprise: London

So in case you missed the memo, yesterday was my 26th Birthday! However, the celebrations kicked off a bit early with a 3 day surprise trip to London on the 19th from my boyfriend and his mum. We stayed at the Novotel Tower Bridge which was absolutely stunning! As many times as I've been to London; it's always been for business and so it was great to visit for pleasure. Oh yes, I suddenly became a full blown tourist. Even though I'm more of a small city girl who would never consider living in London as its way too busy for my liking, it is undoubtedly beautiful.


Some of the finest architecture is in London; my favourite place being South Kensington where we spent one of the three days shopping, visiting museums and of course eating. During our time in London, we also visited the Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, the Big Ben, Tower of London and Tower Bridge. If this is what it feels like to be 26, I'm so ready to take it head on. Get that coffee ready & race yourselves, I think I took a little too many pictures.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Oats, Granola & Greek Yogurt Bowl

Hello fellow earthlings, it's been seven days since my last post & it truly feels like a lifetime. The past couple of days have been some of the best I've had in a long time. The main reason behind my joy being the fact that my place to study BSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics this September was confirmed last Thursday morning. There are no words to describe how I feel, I'm just so happy. Little Nokhuthula is going to be a Dietitian; this has been my dream for a very long time and I worked so hard to get here. My boyfriend then whisked me away to London Saturday night for an early birthday treat (it's my birthday tomorrow), we arrived back late last night and I really need to catch up on some sleep. Of course, I have lots of photos and reviews to share over the next few days. 
Now, let's talk breakfast. Oats,  tropical fruit granola and greek yoghurt are a match made in heaven; the flavours compliment each other so well. Granola contains a high amount of sugar and  so no more than a 1/4 cup should be consumed at breakfast time. Greek yoghurt neutralises the sweetness of granola making it just that little bit more enjoyable. Oats are my go to breakfast most of the time and I find myself more and more inspired to jazz them up up a bit.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Quinoa & Spinach Salad

This colourful quinoa salad makes a tremendous summer dish. What would I do without quinoa. Fast fact: Unlike most grains, Quinoa contains all nine of the essential amino acids and so it is a complete Protein. Gym enthusiasts; this grain should be your best friend for muscle growth and repair. Quinoa also offers a good amount of fiber which helps moves stool down the digestive tract and iron which is an important constituent of haemoglobin. With just 222 calories/cup, cooked quinoa is worth eating.
Can we just take a moment to appreciate my new Tivoli Melamine Bowl from Lakeland's picnic range. It looks heavy right? Well it's actually as light as a feather, durable and is very pretty. I'm constantly exploring greens, the dressings and what toppings I use to keep the flavours interesting. The quinoa got coated around the spinach easily and rather quickly making this salad just that little bit more appealing. I'm currently cutting down on my meat intake and so chicken breast is sitting this one out. Eggs are a great substitute and good source of protein. Packed with different textures, this salad makes a great light lunch or dinner during these gorgeous summer months.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Toasted Avocado Bagels Two Ways

If you enjoy a cheeky bagel, this one is a delightful protein-packed breakfast treat. While they have a high fat content, avocados add a richness and creaminess to anything and are also omega 3 fatty acids, the good kind of fat, in the form of alpha-linolenic acid. After indulging in oat & smoothie bowls for breakfast most of the time; a change was definitely needed. A lot of people on my instagram were a bit surprised with the avocado & banana combo. Yes, it is an unusual combo but my goodness its tasty. These bagels are super easy to prepare & are perfect to eat at any time of the day.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Frozen Banana Dark Chocolate Lollies

As if I don't eat enough bananas as it is, I've only gone and made a snack that's completely centered around them. Whether you're using bananas that are past their best days or using fresh bananas, these lollies are a healthy, refreshing snack the kids are sure to love this summer. This is another way of getting them to eat more fruit. Let's not stop there, apart from me of I know a few adults that over-indulge in these delicious little numbers when that chocolate craving kicks in. But remember, once they are ready and out of the freezer, do not leave them standing too long as they start to 'sweat' very quickly. With how tasty they are, I guarantee they will be gone in a matter of minutes.

Monday, 7 August 2017

*Free & Easy Organic Three Bean Chilli

Living with dietary restrictions such as allergies, IBS, Coeliac and other food intolerances is not easy; it can be a huge challenge which is where this new 'Free From' range comes in. Last week I received a lovely package from Healthy Food Brands Ltd containing different foods from this new range to try. As you can imagine, its quite the treat as I have completely cut down my gluten intake due to my IBS so thank you to the team at Healthy Food Brands Ltd. So what is this free and easy range about? Created by a group of specialist chefs, the Free and Easy range consists of soups, ready meals, sauces, curry pastes, cake mixes and much more. These foods are made without artificial additives and preservatives,; they are also Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free, Wheat Free and Soya free. Did I mention they are also suitable for vegans and vegetarians? Well, it is. Tonight, I tried their three bean chilli with a side of brown rice and my goodness, I wasn't disappointed. Rich in flavour and ready in just 3 minutes, the free and easy range presents ideal, nutritious dishes fit for the whole family. 

Friday, 4 August 2017

4-minute Oat Breakfast Bowl

It seems I'm turning into a bit of a breakfast criminal. From smoothie bowls and eggs omelettes to endless Oats bowls; I'm cruising through life one bowl at time. We made it through another week so Happy Friday! This is probably one of the simplest breakfast bowls I've done in a long time; it seems I'm getting sucked into the wonderful world of cosmic breakfasts. Breakfast is undoubtedly my favourite meal of the day and it is also the most important. When done right, it provides the body and brain with fuel and should ideally be a good source of essential nutrients. This is the reason why I tend to go for oats (a good source of fiber) usually topped with fruit (good source of vitamins and minerals) and at times, I throw in chia seeds, nuts, dried fruits as well as good ol' peanut butter. It seems that a lot people automatically deem peanut butter 'unhealthy'. However, I feel that its the whole package of nutrients that truly matter when it comes to food. Some of the healthiest foods contain saturated fats just like peanut butter does but when you really look into it; peanut butter contains 80% unsaturated fats which means unsaturated fats only make up 20%. The health benefits offered by peanut butter far outweigh the mere 20% of saturated fats. Peanut butter is also rich in fiber, some vitamins and minerals. And besides, I love it! We have become a species that overthinks all things nutrition; what happened to food being pleasurable? Surely just eating real food is enough.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Fish & Vegetable Soup with Vermicelli

When I'm in a hurry and in need of a quick, tasty meal; Vermicelli noodles are such a great option. It's been a busy couple of days and so I'm bringing back the soups. I'm an avid fan of Asian food, the creativity and range of dishes offered is absolutely mind-boggling; they are simple dishes that almost always tastes fantastic, now that is something to be excited about. My personal favorites range from the simple Cantonese Yang Chow Fried Rice to the Hunan Steam Chili Fish Head; not forgetting Steamed Dumplings. Right, I got a little bit carried away there; now let's talk Fish Noodle Soup. This Thai inspired dish is tasty, rather comforting and nutritious. Seasoned with lots of spices, this is just perfect for any season and anytime of the day. 

MUST WATCH: 'What the Health' Documentary (Currently on Netflix UK & Youtube)



When you look at chronic disease risks, all the things that we walk around worrying 
about, actually, DIETARY CHOICES trump smoking when it comes to those risks" 
(Dr Michelle McMacken, M.D. Assistant professor of Medicine, NYU).

I watch a lot of documentaries and today I came across a new documentary called 'What the Health' which highlights the effects of consuming processed meats and dairy on our health. This documentary is truly eye-opening and if you care at all about your health or the health of those you love; I strongly suggest you give it a watch. Even though it focuses on American health, the facts are still the same and can be applied to any country and to every humnThe makers of this ground-breaking documentary describe it as "the health documentary that health organisations don't want you to see". You'll understand why after watching this hour and half long documentary. 
We all think chicken is healthier because it is white meat, well think again, chicken actually contains carcinogens! Diet is directly linked to Disease and the World Health Organisation classed processed meats like bacon and sausage as Carcinogenic.  They came to this conclusion after looking at over 800 studies from 10 different countries where they found a direct link between consuming processed meat and cancer, "The experts concluded that each 50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer". According to WHO, consuming processed meats can increase this risk by 18% and shockingly, these meats are labelled a group one carcinogen, the same group as cigarettes and asbestos. This isn't new information either, according to the documentary, some of the studies have been around for 50 years. So, what exactly is considered a processed meat?
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