Monday, 18 September 2017

*Taymount Clinic '50 Foods in 7 days' Challenge

A couple of weeks back I was contacted by the great team at Taymount Clinicthe world’s first faecal microbiota transplant clinic and experts in digestive health. They challenged me to eat 50 different foods in 7 days and this is mainly because The Taymount Clinic recommend that to maintain diversity in your gut, you also need to have diversity in your diet. Of course, I jumped at the chance to learn more about my own gut health, I received a chart to record all the foods consumed during the 7 days. Doesn't sound like much of a challenge right? Wrong. Duplicates were not allowed, so things like buns, pizza, bagels etc did not count as different things; you guessed it, they are all wheat. That for me is what made the challenge tricky but on the bright side, oils, spices, vinegars and spices did count as individuals. I have never appreciated my love for spices and herbs as well as my kitchen cupboard more than I have the past 7 days. I was also sent a basket with different healthy foods to help get me on my way. 
Being an IBS sufferer means planning ahead when it comes to your food, it also means you are already quite limited food wise so this was a really tough challenge to complete. However, I did manage to finish at a surprising 58 different foods in 7 days, if that's not impressive, I don't know what is. This regime worked well for me, my abdominal pain has lessened, bloating has pretty stopped and my stomach is feeling a lot more 'normal' than it has the past 8 years. I have learnt so much about my own gut and how diversity on the plate really does lead to diversity in the gut flora. 

Saturday, 16 September 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.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Spinach and Beef Quinoa Stir Fry

It's official, I'm a BSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics student *woo* and I'll be starting University in a week. I've wanted to do this for such a long time that sometimes I smile to myself just thinking about it. Who in this world doesn't want to build a career around their passion. Anyway, let's talk about this spinach and beef quinoa stir fry that's been giving me all kinds of feels. Spinach has become a staple in our house; we have it with pretty much everything and that's not only because of it's nutritional benefits. When spinach is cooked right, it makes one tasty side. It's also great to throw into stir fries adding some much needed colour. This is a tasty and simple stir fry that will have you coming back for seconds, a recipe that's purely a result of my cravings.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Blueberry and Apricot Breakfast Bowl

Not all my breakfast bowls make it to my blog but all do make it to my INSTAGRAM so why not give me a follow so you never have to miss a post again. We are half way through the week so good morning and happy Wednesday! I'm starting the day with this Blueberry and Apricot bowl. I had never tried apricot until a few days ago which is such a shame because I've definitely been missing out. Thanks to my food-loving boyfriend, I'm trying lots of different foods everyday, seafood included and we all know I've never really been a fan. The fruit kingdom is so vast and I won't rest until just about every single fruit in the world has been a topping in one of my bowls at least once. Challenge accepted! So what are the health benefit of apricots? Apart from being oh so sweet and oh so golden, apricots are packed with ample doses of essential vitamins, plenty of fiber, potassium and of course low fat content. Even though they contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, apricots are particularly rich in soluble fiber which helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels and blood glucose. Vitamin A which apricots are a great source of, is important for proper immune system function, normal vision and maintaining a healthy soft tissue, teeth and skin. Need I say more?

Saturday, 2 September 2017

*Yutaka Vegetarian Ramen Review

I love love love Japanese food and so I was pretty excited when I was contacted by the lovely team at Mad as a March hare regarding trying out and reviewing Yutaka Noodles. I was intrigued as I had never heard of this brand; it seemed like the perfect opportunity to try something new and so I jumped at the chance. Its always interesting to see how different noodles compare in both taste and texture. The Yutaka range offers authentic Japanese food products. The name behind the Yutaka brand is Tazaki foods, a leading supplier to restaurants, food suppliers and hospitality industries in the UK. Yutaka means good harvest and after having my first taste of these noodles, I can safely say that this was an excellent harvest. One 260g packet conveniently serves 2 people meaning you don't have to enjoy such great food alone. The recipe on how to prepare the noodles is on the back of the packet  and is fairly simple and easy to follow. Unaccustomed to Asian cuisine but want to try it? This is the product for you. Ready in 3 minutes, flavoursome, MSG free, rather filling and delicious in their own right, these Yutaka noodles are sure to be a crowdpleaser.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Brioche Toast Three Ways

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day; the possibilities are endless and that my fellow beings is what I live for. Brioche bread is a light type of bread; one that's very rich and undoubtedly delicious. Its 'pillowy' interior is what makes this bread so special, of course it makes an exceptional breakfast candidate. As for the toppings, fruit is always a great idea. Eating fruit on an empty stomach allows the digestive system to break down the sugars in the fruit quickly allowing us to get the complete nutritional benefits. Fruits are a great source of antioxidants, Vitamin C and Fiber. Happy September by the way!! It only took me a good five minutes into this post to realise we've made it to another month. That means Christmas is just three months away, where has this year gone? I didn't see it. 
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