Saturday, 29 December 2018

Bell Pepper Chicken Soup

I hope you had a lovely Christmas!! The great thing about winter is the heart-warming soups and stews like these; ones that truly serve their purpose in the cold weather. Spring and summer on the other hand were made for lighter meals. I'm talking tasty wraps, salads, maybe soups like squash soup and of course don't forget to always get those Carbohydrates by throwing in the staples. Then again, UK weather doesn't exactly get that much warmer in the Spring or Summer so there's a chance I'll still be sneaking one of these hearty soups every once in a while.

Sunday, 16 December 2018

Prawn Medley

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.

Sunday, 9 December 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.

Friday, 30 November 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.

Monday, 19 November 2018

*Lemon Mackerel with VeeTee Long Grain Rice Pot

University has been keeping me awfully busy lately which means less time for cooking. Welcome to the sweet life of a Dietetics student. As you already know, I’m a huge rice lover but it does take time to make from scratch. With deadlines and assessments coming up, I’ve turned to VeeTee rice pots, one way to make life that little bit easier. VeeTee rice pots are great for those super busy days. However, I had always been sceptical about how microwaveable rice would taste but these rice pots taste a lot better than anticipated.

Wondering what VeeTee is? Well, it’s a company that specializes in rice, one that is praised for increasing access to quality, customised food. As a student myself, these rice pots have been a great time saver. Rice pot in one hand, microwave set to two minutes in another, just whack it in and you're good to eat. Even if you’re not good at cooking, you can still have VeeTee rice. Their rice pots come in individual portions, require no cooking skills and best of all, there are no extra dishes to wash. Here’s to a source of carbohydrates made easy. So, why not give VeeTee a try, starting with this delicious lemon mackerel served with VeeTee long grain rice.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Carrot and Berry Protein Smoothie

What's a great way to get in some fruit and vegetables first thing in the morning? Smoothies! If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I love a good smoothie. It may be because breakfast is my favourite meal of the day so I always go all out, if you have a smile so early in the morning, you're likely to have a good day right? University has taken over my life so I'm just quickly popping by to share one of my favourite smoothies, this carrot and berry protein smoothie. Want to know more, read on.

Monday, 29 October 2018

*Flour-less Banana and Cinnamon Loaf

Flour-less she says? Does that shock you, you heard right. This loaf contains no flour thanks to good ol' Oats and an imagination. I woke up on Saturday morning with the urge to bake and so I made my way downstairs to do just that. To my surprise, I was out of both Almond and buckwheat flour but I had Oats. See, my cupboards are full of Oats because they make a great breakfast especially during the winter months. I then went ahead to grab a packet of Oats which I blended into a flour consistency. That's how this little number came about, a good one at that. This flour-less banana and Cinnamon Loaf presented the perfect opportunity to incorporate some of Whitworths seeds. Thank you to the team at Whitworths for gifting me with their new range of seeds, I am seed obsessed after all.

So why Whitworths Seeds? I have a few reasons for you, they come in a convenient seal-able pouch which is handy because seeds can be a nightmare when they spill everywhere. This makes them easy to use and store. So, why not let your creativity come to life.. #Simplyadd. This recipe could be a good place to start, you never know, you just might love it. 

Monday, 22 October 2018

Fruit topped Rye Bread with Almond butter

Apologies for being M.I.A the last few weeks, it seems being a student Dietitian is a full time job. You'll be pleased to know however that though it's a tad difficult, I'm thoroughly enjoying the course. This year consists of Principles of Dietetics, Specialist Dietetics, Life Span Nutrition etc, basically all the good stuff so I'm super excited and focused. I spend most of my days  buried under a pile of books, reading through hundreds of journals and sipping on green tea. Ahh, welcome to the life of a Student Dietitian! That doesn't mean I've stopped cooking up a storm and sharing recipes. There's nothing quite like starting the day with a tasty almond butter open sandwich. Now that I've got your attention, let's get right to it.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

No bake Protein Peanut Butter Chia Bars

There are days when I get extremely peckish. On days like those, I want to everything in sight, that also includes snacking like its a sport. However when we snack, we never reach for the healthy option but its time to change that with these Protein and Peanut Butter Chia Bars.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

*Stur Water Enhancers Review

Do you drink enough? I most certainly know I should but unfornately I don't and well, that's where Stur comes in. Thank you to the lovely team at Stur for gifting me with some of their water enhancers. So, what is Stur? It is a family run company which was initially created by the owner for his pregnant wife in a bid to ensure that she drank more water. I mean, does it get any sweeter than this? They produce both satchet and liquid water enhancers. What do you do with them, simply stir into water and drink away. Their enhancers are natural fruit and tea flavours high in Vitamin C which is an antioxidant and plays a role in Carnitine and Collagen synthesis. No GMOs, naturally flavoured and naturally sweetened; drinking a glass of water has never been so exciting.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Brioche Toast Three Ways

It's my 27th birthday tomorrow, feeling blessed to be alive and in good health! 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?

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Grey Restaurant, Cardiff Review

In this modern world, it can be difficult to find the time to relax, the time to do something as a couple, yes I'm talking about date night. My boyfriend and I are very much into food, we are self confessed foodies. Date night is something we try and have every week, even if it means just heading out for pizza and the cinema. We recently headed out for a lovely sit down dinner at Grey Restaurant and Lounge which is located in the Hilton hotel here in Cardiff. The decor, modern and minimal, the location, central and the food, read on to find out.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Warburtons Thins

Anyone who knows you will tell you that I love all things bread! If I could just live out the rest of my days by a bread market, I would. So today I brought out the Warbutons brown thins after a leg session in the gym. This is probably the quickest sandwich I've ever whipped up, talk about feeling ravenous after an intense workout. These warburtons thins can be prepared in a variety of ways to suit you, thats the best thing about them. Toast them, fill them up or simply top them, either way they are pretty delicious. What did I do to mine? Read on to find out.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

*Chicken Pilaf with greek yoghurt and chives

I love food but I enjoying cooking for other people even more. Last night I took some time out to cook a delicious dish for a few friends. I made a pot of Chicken Pilaf which went down a treat. Do you ever take the time to sit down and have dinner with your loved ones? Eating with other people somehow makes food more enjoyable and I guess that may be because food is a very social thing. Making this dish was made easy by Uncle Ben's Long grain & Wild Rice. Thank you to the Uncle Ben's team for kindly sending over an exceptional package. Cooking doesn't have to be hard, there's always a way around it and well when it comes to rice, Uncle Ben's is a good place to start.  

Monday, 30 July 2018

Oatmeal porridge with Bananas, Frozen berries and blueberries

Today is the last day of July and frankly, I cannot believe it! This year is flying by and I'm not quite sure how I feel about that. Still, I'm having a really nice summer, no assignments, no university, bliss. Might as well enjoy it to the fullest since I don't exactly have a summer next year. Oatmeal is my go to breakfast most of the time because they are so versatile. The list of toppings that can be added to them is endless, the taste can be manipulated in a variety of ways and they are convenient. Started the day with this colourful, fruit-filled bowl; a great way to add to your 5 a day.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

*Vivid Matcha Green Tea Powder Review

There is no love than that of tea! Okay so maybe I'm being a little dramatic but anyone who knows me will tell you that I'm an avid fan of all things tea, particularly matcha. The lovely people at Vivid Matcha kindly sent me their Green tea powder to try and can I just say that it didn't disappoint. But it doesn't stop there. Why make it tea alone when you can go a step further by making a delicious batch of Matcha pancakes. So let's dive right into the details. 

Friday, 13 July 2018

BSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics: Year 1 complete

It's official, I passed my first year of Dietetics with a 74% average. Words can't even explain how happy I am, all those hours spent in Starbucks doing assignments and revising paid off. I am just really proud of myself and I'm one step closer to my dream of being a Registered Dietitian. Here's to an even better second year which is set to be extra interesting. I re-enrolled for second year a few days ago and had a look at the modules. I'll just say that I'm really excited to get back to University and to head out on my very first placement. I'm going to work even harder, I've got to keep this momentum going.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Butter Bean Steak Sandwich

Have you ever tried Butter Beans? They are creamy-coloured and a lot bigger and smoother than regular beans. Butter beans can be incorporated into a variety of meals including salads, soups, stews, sandwiches and more. That's how this little number came about, it seems that with warm weather comes more colourful, 'dry' meals. British weather has been absolutely glorious the past few days, we did not see this coming. So much so that we are missing the rain a little, the humidity is a tad much. So here's a delicious sandwich that is sure to take your mind off this heat.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Blue Planet Aquarium Review

To celebrate the end of my first year in Dietetics, I headed to North Wales (Wrexham) to visit my aunt for a week. She's been living there the past year and really loves it up there. Did I have a great time, you  bet you I did! There is so much to see up there, it was a nice break that opened my eyes to just how beautiful nature can be as well as ocean life. See, Wrexham is on the border with England which is how we ended up at Blue planet Aquarium in Chester. It has Europe's largest collection of sharks and lots of different types life to see. It may be small but Blue Planet Aquarium offers a reasonably priced experience, perfect for a family day out.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Broccoli and Beef Casserole

Now that we've established the fact that I cook way too many casseroles; lets make it official. It might be an idea to create a Casseroles category on this blog; it will be so much easier for you casserole lovers to find my recipes. Anyway, I decided to make a casserole this evening because they are super convenient. As I'm coming to the end of my course, I barely have any free time and so cooking in bulk saves me having to cook the next day or two. This nutrient packed casserole is a great way to get in your five a day from just one dish; of course it wouldn't hurt to throw in a fruity desert. Not fond of broccoli? No problem, the spices I use in this will completely change your outlook on the smallest trees nature has to offer.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Simple Pork Pasta

The amount of people I've heard saying that they are avoiding pasta because it makes their blood glucose levels spike is unbelievable. This is a myth! I'm sorry to burst your bubble but you might be surprised to know that most grains actually have a low glycemic index including good ol' pasta. Foods of low glycemic index such as pasta offer a slow and steady release of glucose whereas foods with a high glycemic index release glucose rapidly.  Low GI foods help to keep your blood glucose levels under control. Need more information on the Glycemic Index? Read more from Havard here. I love wholewheat pasta and I think you've caught up with that already. It's so easy to make and versatile, the list of dishes you can make from it are endless. So why not give this little number a try.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Ground Beef Quinoa

Quinoa has all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete Protein. F A C T! Now why isn't quinoa gracing your plate yet? These itty bitty seeds contain more iron per 100g than brown rice, also containing Zinc, Potassium and Magnesium, some important micronutrients. But of course, apart from its impressive nutritional value, quinoa is delicious and can be cooked in a variety of ways. It seems I too have become a self proclaimed quinoa addict, can you blame me? Here's how to make this gorgeous dish, no fuss.

Friday, 25 May 2018

Melon Yoghurt Bowl

Exams are finally over, I've finished my first year of Dietetics, woohoo! Where has the time gone? It feels like yesterday I was walking into a room full of strangers for Induction. But I must say, it felt so good sitting my last exam yesterday, now I'm off for the summer. FREEDOM! I've really enjoyed first year, Human Nutrition and Dietetics is a very challenging but interesting and rewarding course. Hopefully I've passed the exams to get into the second year. This is my first long summer in years but it's also my last and so I plan on travelling around the UK quite a bit, eating lots and trying new things. And of course, I'll be delving back into the world of Dental Nursing, I have kind of missed working full time. Anyway, let's talk yoghurt bowls; easy, quick, versatile. Melon anyone?

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Our first recipe video with the BBC: Ginger & Maple Syrup Royal Cheesecake

Who doesn't love a good Royal wedding between a commoner and a Royal? So Great Britain, Happy Royal Wedding Day! In celebration of the royal wedding, we bring you this delicious Ginger and maple syrup cheesecake, one that will leave your taste buds wanting more. Its super easy to make and this time instead of typing up the recipe, its on video for all of you to see. We had a great time filming this video and I am so grateful to be working alongside the BBC. I won't bore you any longer, I mean the recipe is what you came here for:

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

My first Vegan Burger at Anna-Loka Cardiff

Today I sat my first of three exams and I'm so glad that it's out of the way. Being a self confessed foodie meant that there was only one way to celebrate, food of course. I am not Vegan but I quite like sampling all kinds of foods. After bumping into a friend of mine and fellow Dietetics student (she's Vegan) in Anna-Loka, she suggested that I give a Vegan burger a try. Hands down the best post exam treat in the history of exam treats. Um, is there even such a thing? Anyway, I had the Anna-Loka Rodeo burger which consists of a seitan patty topped with an onion ring, vegan cheese, gherkins and tomato smothered with BBQ and burger sauce with a side of sweet potato fries. Phew, that was a mouthful!

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Sweet Potato Muffins

No mess and quick to make, these Sweet Potato and Banana Muffins are quite the combination. They are slightly fluffy and moist with no added sugar, their sweetness is from bananas and of course sweet potatoes. Probably one of the easiest recipes to follow, no oil or butter required. Just thought I'd let the natural ingredients do the talking for a change. I'm not quite sure what it is about Spring and summer that makes me want to eat a lot of mashed starches. I'm talking butternut squash, pumpkins and of course sweet potato. Now, why don't you give this one a try.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Parsley Chicken & Vegetable Medley

With exam season in full swing, quick meals are the only way to go and that's how this 20 minute recipe came about. To achieve a burst of flavour, make use of fresh herbs and don't be afraid to mix it up a bit. How did I learn what herbs complement each other? By chucking them all in and hoping for the best. Give it a try, you'll get it just right for your taste buds. I often use Parsley, Rosemary, Thyme and Basil in my cooking but with this dish, I'm focusing on my two favourites, Parsley and Thyme. An effortless and family-friendly dish that showcases healthy ingredients; one that won't disappoint on the flavour front.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Spinach and Strawberry Protein Smoothie

Good morning and happy Sunday. Do you ever those days when you just cannot be bothered to make breakfast? Well here's breakfast made easy, why not take this spinach and strawberry smoothie for a spin? Fruit and vegetables are sources of micronutrients and this is an easy way to get them in as well as increase your five a day. It's so important to try and reach that five a day recommendation every day as there a various health benefits associated with it. Want to but not quite sure how to do it? Here's a FACT SHEET by the British Dietetic Association to help you out. Here's to a beautifully blended smoothie.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Banana Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins (no added sugar)

Here's to a delicious, guilt free treat. If you're a big muffin lover like me, you'll always find a way to make these delicious balls of goodness just that little bit healthier. Home-baking is a great way to do this, you have control of what goes into your mix and of course total power over the flavour. This morning I baked a lovely batch of healthy Banana chocolate chip muffins for breakfast. They are under 250 calories and have no added sugar which will make your teeth very happy. I can safely say that these are my favourite muffins to date; they are moist and make a delicious breakfast or snack.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

*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. 

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?

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.

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.

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