Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Paco Rabanne Black XS For Her Sensual Body Lotion

If there is one thing I strongly believe you should take care of is your skin! When I was younger, I struggled with dry skin and very few lotions worked for me; most didn't seem to hydrate my skin. Then I met this 150ml miracle in a bottle, Paco Rabanne Black XS Body Lotion.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

*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, 13 April 2018

Pan Fried Chicken Liver

Liver anyone? I was never a fan, it seems I've turned a new leaf. Chicken liver is rich in B vitamins and Protein. It is also a good source of Thiamin, Zinc and Manganese, Riboflavin, Niacin and Pantothenic Acid. The main reason why you should be eating liver is that it is the highest source of Iron and out-performs some of the most nutritious foods we know, like spinach. I've never been keen on liver to be honest but you know what, I cooked it pretty well today. After trying out a few different recipes, changing them up and making them my own; I've come up with exceptionally flavourful pan fried chicken liver fit for inquisitive taste buds.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Dark Chocolate Protein Brownies

Today is the last Friday of our 3 week Easter break and I cannot believe it's over. Greetings, I know its been a while but I've been so busy revising for my upcoming exams. Now we are all aware that exam revision and snacking go hand in hand and so I've also been working on some easy, healthier snack options to get me through this rather stressful time of year. So on this lovely Thursday evening, I come at you with these dark chocolate protein brownies. I created these with delicious, incredibly fudgey brownies in mind and my goodness are they close to the real thing. This recipe makes around 12 good sized brownies, so what are you waiting for?

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

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. Having fruit with your breakfast is a great way to get in some antioxidants and of course they count towards your 5 a day. Who ever said you can't put fruit on toast?

Friday, 30 March 2018

Teapigs Mao Feng Green Tea Review


With it's delicate, refreshing taste that feels like a warm summer's day, Mao Feng sure is a top contender. All my tea lovers where you at? Summer's approaching fast and with the weather getting warmer, tea will most likely be left behind which is very unfortunate. Well it sure won't be left behind in my world. Hot or cold, tea is my number go to beverage due to its comforting ability as well as the health benefits that come with it. Teapigs have been on a mission since 2006; their mission, to get the nation drinking tea again. A mission I'm more than happy to support as I'm an avid tea drinker, one that always goes for the mug that tells a story.This is the first of their teas I've ever tried and of course I went for Mao feng green tea; a strong favourite of mine. Now the most important question as always is what is in this tea? Absolutely nothing but pure Mao feng green tea. Now that's music to my ears.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

LIFE UPDATE: Working with BBC Wales

Back in November 2017, an email from BBC Wales dropped into my inbox. I thought to myself, why on earth would the BBC  be contacting little ol' me.? Turns out they were launching something new this year and they wanted to work with me and a friend of mine (Erica, pictured right). I'm currently studying a course that leads me to my dream job and now I've been given the chance to work with the BBC. How on earth do things like this happen to me? I'm just extremely grateful. I've been dying to share this news with you guys, it feels so good to let the cat out of the bag. We had our very first filming shoot on Wednesday and I think it went well. Obviously we were shaking like leaves the first few takes but after a while, we really got into it and actually had a great time.
Never realised just how fun filming with the BBC could be, especially if you're doing it with a good friend. Here's a mini vlog of our first day made by Erica. Want to know more? Read on..

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Gluten Free Carrot Loaf

After what felt like a long week, I made it to the Easter holidays in one piece. My stress levels have been at 110% the past few days and so I took to baking this morning. The sheer amount of assignments and revision I have to complete over the next three weeks makes me quiver. On the bright side, I'm absolutely loving Dietetics, there is SO much to learn but the course is so interesting. I love it! Now I can't be the only one who finds baking therapeutic? This little number is Gluten free and can be dairy free too, I've included alternatives in this recipe so you've got the best of both worlds.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Thai Chicken and Pineapple Fried Rice

Are you a fan of sweet and savoury? Yes? Well this one's for you. One pot dishes have become my go to on busy days as they don't require much effort. I don't know about you but I'm not a fan of dishes either so just having one pan to wash is a bonus. This Asian inspired dish is full of flavour, it's colourful and is an easy weeknight meal. Its also budget friendly and is a great way to incorporate more fruits into your diet. Besides, its absolutely delicious and that should be incentive enough to give it try.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Prawn Medley

I'm back! Apologies for being M.I.A the past few days, I've been buried under a mountain of books. Assignments have stacked up and I have exams coming up so just trying to focus as I want to do well. Still I'm back with a good recipe, one I think you'll love. Never thought I'd see the day when I would be absolutely loving Seafood. Yes ladies and gentlemen, I have turned a new page, fully indulging in all things Seafood and it all started with one restaurant visit last year. After a long day at university or work, the last thing you want to do is to spend more than hour cooking. Why not go for dishes that are easy and quick to make as well as nutritious like this Prawn Medley. With a variety of flavours and textures, this delicate prawn dish is set to become a firm favourite.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Linguine Vegetable Medley

Yes, little me is still alive and well, just extremely busy which is why I've been slacking a bit on blogging. My course has become quite intense very quickly. I've got a lot of work to do so just trying to keep on top of it all in a calm manner so I'll make this a quick one. One of the easiest ways to get in some of 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.

Monday, 26 February 2018

*Feel Good Contacts Hot Compress Eye Mask

Your eyes are probably one of the most vulnerable parts of your body and there are a variety of environmental factors that can irritate them. This includes dust, wind, hot air, smoke and even air conditioning. All these can lead to dry eye syndrome, something I experienced a few months back. There is nothing more annoying than the sandy, gritty sensation that comes with dry eye syndrome. It's like having sand in your eye that you just can't quite remove. Unfortunately things like eye liner and mascara can also lead to the blockage of the glands in your eyelids resulting in inflammation. Apart from growing self confidence, eye health is one of the reasons I have stopped wearing makeup but of course, I whip it out for special occasions. Anyway, I bear good news I promise thanks to Feel Good Contacts. Started in 1998 as a wholesaler supplying contact lenses to opticians, Feel Good contacts has become a leading retailer offering affordable contact lenses and eye care products. The lovely team at Feel Good Contacts were kind enough to send me one of their Hot compress eye masks to try out and review. This is the perfect accessory to help conquer symptoms of inflammation, dry eye, puffy eyes, sore eyes, sensitivity to light, blepharitis, shall I go on? The eye mask if filled with Flak seed and works by externally heating up the eyelids thereby stimulating the glands and relieving pain. Sold at a reasonable price and no prescription needed, this is something that's worth having. Can you really put a price tag on your health? Examining your priorities in life every now and then is crucial.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Scones

Exam season is creeping up fast again and I'm slowly starting to feel the pressure. I have 3 exams in May to mark the end of my first year; Biochemistry, Human Anatomy and Physiology and Nutrition. As you can imagine, there's quite a lot to get through but when the stress comes creeping, take it out on the dough. Baking has always been rather therapeutic for me, I'm not just creating a delicious batch of comfort food, I'm calming myself down. One of the best things about baking is the smell of the finished product and of course sharing my creations. My little brother presents quite the challenge when it comes to increasing his dietary fibre intake; the boy doesn't like brown bread, he doesn't like oats, heck he rarely ever touches his vegetables. And so I've been forced to come up with a few creative ways to help my mom tackle this problem. Bake it, Spiralise it or Blend it, these are my three go to methods! That's exactly how these cute little numbers came about. Each scone provides 10.8g fibre, that's half of his recommended intake of fibre/day, success! At just 200 calories per scone, they are way more impressive as those choc chip muffins he loves so much. 

Friday, 16 February 2018

*Get Wonky 'Give wonky fruit a chance'

Within the food and drink industry, fruit has to meet strict aesthetic standards to make it to the supermarket shelves. Unfortunately, crooked/misshaped fruits do not make this cut resulting in huge amounts of perfectly good fruit and vegetables being wasted. So what's the meaning of, '1 beetroot and 2 apples were saved making this drink.' Well, it means exactly that thanks to Get Wonky, a new business that gives wonky fruit a chance. Most of us recycle right? So why turn a blind eye to food waste. Get Wonky consider these drinks as a medium to create change, spreading awareness of food waste a bottle at a time.
Founded by Maciek Kacprzyk and Karina Sudenyte here in Cardiff, Get Wonky are standing up to food waste by turning misshapen produce into delicious juices, using recyclable bottles instead of ones that have to be discarded and of course, they are supporting local growers by shifting the wonky produce rejected by supermarket chains. Get Wonky drinks are available in 4 flavours and taste incredible, my favourite being Strawberry and Apple. Now I'm not just saying that, they really do taste incredible and that's the beauty of 100% pure fruit juice. Aesthetics do not matter. A misshaped strawberry is still a strawberry, offering the same taste and nutritional benefits. Can we really afford to discard misshapen produce?

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Berryful Breakfast Bowl

I do love a good Oats breakfast bowl. With university keeping me on my toes,fuel is the only thing on my mind first thing in the morning. My course is getting really interesting! In the Nutrition module we are currently covering Micronutrients, in Human Anatomy and Physiology we are covering The Renal System (kidneys) and in Public Health we are learning all about Obesity. Waking up everyday to attend lectures knowing that I'm going to end up in a career that I love makes it all worthwhile. Let me let you in on a little secret though. I always thought I was clear on what I would want to specialise in after I qualify as a Registered Dietitian but you know what, I'm not so sure anymore. There are just so many routes a Dietitian can take and this excites me. I've decided not to think about one particular specialism right now and just enjoy the different aspects of Dietetics. I'll decide a few years after I qualify, after all there's no rush. So breakfast; I'm getting in some fibre from Oats and a few different micronutrients like potassium, Vitamin A and C as well as antioxidants. The RNI for dietary fibre for adults is currently set at 30g/day and statistics show that the majority of the population are not meeting this guideline (SACN 2015). Oats are an easy and quick way to increase your daily fibre intake.

Monday, 5 February 2018

Meat Free Quorn Mince & Sweet Potato Stew

After witnessing some of my friends indulging in Quorn Mince, I decided to cook up a mini storm for my boyfriend who surprisingly had never tried it. Quorn mince is a great alternative to meat and helps with leading more of a plant based lifestyle. You don't have to abandon meat completely, the idea is to increase plant based proteins in the diet and well, Quorn is a good place to start. With university keeping me fairly busy and working out four times a week, Quorn helps with building and maintaining muscle, it helps with meeting daily protein intake and is so easy to incorporate into meals. Here is to high quality protein that not only tastes great but requires minimal effort to rustle up.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Gluten Free Vanilla Pancakes

Any pancake lovers out there? I love a good batch of pancakes with a few simple toppings first thing on a chilly morning. Even though flipping pancakes still drives me bonkers (just can't quite do it perfectly), digging into them is a different story. It would be wonderful if I could magically make my free time in the mornings longer so that these tasty little numbers could make more of a regular appearance. But alas, I have no magic wand. These Gluten Free vanilla pancakes are super easy and quick to make; all you need is an appetite and four main ingredients. I like them simple, ones that ensure exceptionally delightful results every time.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Yakitori #1, Cardiff Bay Review

Yakitori #1 is a Sushi and Japanese Grill which offers endless menu choices as well as noodle dishes. So, if like me you are a Japanese food lover, this one's for you! Food has always been a very social thing for me, have you ever noticed how meals just doesn't taste as good when you're eating on your own? Well, that's partly because as humans we are naturally oriented towards others. Our lives revolve around social interactions and food is very much part of that interaction, it brings people together. After being hidden under a pile of books for a few weeks, my boyfriend and I headed out to meet a few friends for some food. This was quite the treat for me because I don't get out much these days. So if you're thinking of studying a degree in Dietetics, I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news.. Your social life will dwindle fast! With it's simple, authentic food, attentive staff, contemporary decor, Yakitori #1 for me is one of the best Japanese restaurants in Cardiff.
Just to let you know, I got my Human Anatomy and Physiology Exam results yesterday and I'm happy to say I passed with a staggering 89%. Still cannot believe it myself but I'm now more motivated than ever! Anyway, my first visit to Yakitori went really well as you can probably tell. Because it was a Friday night, the place was very busy but the waiters made every effort to come by every once in a while to check if everything was okay. This is what made our night even better, a thumbs up for the great customer service. Opened in 2013, Yakitori #1 is definitely one to watch in the Cardiff food scene. Now let's talk about the most important part, the food.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Quinoa Porridge with Honey [Dairy & Wheat free]

Ever heard of Quinoa porridge? Yes, it's a thing and I only really looked into it a few of months back. Oats have always been my go to but lately I've been indulging in Quinoa porridge. This protein packed (quinoa contains all 9 essential amino acids), dairy and wheat free breakfast is creamy, rich, low in calories and absolutely perfect for these cold winter mornings. Like oats, there are endless possibilities when it comes to toppings. I mean, what would be the point of breakfast if you didn't have the option to jazz it up a bit? I don't know about you but I'm totally a breakfast person. So, if you're not on board just yet with never skipping your breakfast, you should start thinking about jumping on the bandwagon. Quinoa porridge can be made the night before and reheated the next morning if you are pushed for time. During the summer months, I was no doubt over indulging in homemade smoothies for breakfast. As soon as the temperature fell, I moved on to oatmeal and quinoa porridge; ahhh there is nothing quite like a nice warm bowl of porridge to get you fueled up for the day. Speaking of which, I need this fuel for the 2 hours of Biochemistry ahead. After all, the Metabolism module  is not exactly the easiest thing to grasp. Quinoa porridge to the rescue.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Exam season is over

I'm back! Exam season is over and I couldn't be happier. As you already know, I sat my Human Anatomy and Physiology Exam yesterday and I'd like to say that it went well but you never know with these things. I'm now focusing on fitness, self love and self care once again because I strongly believe that mental well being is so important. Gym gear on, No make up on, who is this girl? Ever since I started really delving into exercise, I've started to feel more positive & I'm feeling a lot more confident in myself. Exercise is another way I'm learning to truly love myself & grow both mentally and physically. Feeling good about yourself and everything around you changes your outlook on life and can help you achieve your goals. So, a mini life update? I think so.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

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.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Top 3 reasons why I study in Starbucks

No, I'm not doing a degree in Anatomy and Physiology, I'm actually studying Human Nutrition and Dietetics. This is one of the many modules that come with the course and in 6 days time, I'll be sitting my very first exam. Apart from the endless flow of tea, why else would I spend so many of my precious hours studying in Starbucks? I get asked this a lot and so I might as well write up a blog post on this, you never know, after reading this you might end up giving it a try. Revision season is really not exciting, its exhausting more than anything and requires a lot effort, time and dedication. So to keep things just that little bit exciting, I study in Starbucks. No, you'll rarely ever find me in the library, I go in to borrow the books I need and that's about it. Someone suggested that it must be expensive to study in there as you'd be buying constantly. Well not exactly, there's something called packed lunches. Want to save money and still study in Starbucks, make a packed lunch and thrown in some snacks. My IBS limits what I can eat and so packed lunches have become the norm. Trust me when I say my rucksack is like a mini library and mini kitchen in one. So, why Starbucks? Well, what would be the point in studying in a library if you aren't able to focus?

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Spicy Sweet Potato, Lentil & Pea Soup

Hello earthlings, it's only me! I'm still alive, just been buried under a big pile of books the past couple of days. You see, I've got a Human Anatomy and Physiology Exam coming up, well in 10 days to be exact but who's counting. Let's be honest, revision is not exactly the most exhilarating experience but hey, it's got to be done. Once my exam is done, I'll start working through my back log of easy recipes that I've been meaning to share. As you can imagine, exam season is a bit dull so in between revisions, I've been working out a lot and of course indulging in delicious, nourishing comfort food. This sweet potato and pea soup is rich in flavour, low in calories, a good source of Dietary Fibre, it's a great way to get in some of your five a day and is easy to make. Serve with a slice of crusty bread and you've got yourself moments of bliss.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Revolucion De Cuba Cardiff Review

Happy New Year!! I hope 2018 is treating you well so far. One of my new year's resolutions is to spend more time with friends and family. Life can get very busy but it's so important to spend time with people you admire because it makes a difference when it comes to your happiness and mental well-being. I'm starting 2018 as I mean to go on and scheduling coffee/food dates with friends and family is definitely one of this year's priorities. Yesterday I had a wonderful lunch date with a great friend of mine. Her name is Erica, a future Optician and nerd at heart who loves food just as much I do. She recently came back from a holiday in Hong Kong bearing gifts for me which was a lovely surprise. I can barely wait to dig in! Anyway, two weeks ago I received free cocktail vouchers in my email from Revolucion de cuba and so it was only inevitable we would end up there. Upon arriving, we were greeted by a lovely waitress who showed us to our table promptly, she was more than happy to explain the menu to us and solve any problems we had. Located in the heart of Cardiff therefore offering easy access, Revolucion De Cuba has some delightful Tapas and even though I rarely consume alcohol, the strawberry daiquiri cocktail I had is one to remember.
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