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Recipe 95: Brandy snaps…the most annoying thing in the world!

Good evening everyone, and also happy Mother’s day to all the mummys out there! I have been out with mine for the afternoon and for a stroll with the puppy so it has been lovely to spend some time with her. The past couple of weeks have been a mix of being busy and a bit fed up – job hunting can be so depressing, as I’m sure many people are aware! It’s the “we have candidates with more experience” line that just makes you think, what is the point in this?! But, let’s not linger on these things, and move onto a bit of baking.  Continue reading

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Meal planning Monday

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Hello all!

Here is my very simple meal plan for this coming week, lots of juices too as I had a naughty foodie weekend and I need to rebalance! This week’s fast days are Tuesday and Thursday, which I always dread but shall endure. Of course though, it is pancake day on Tuesday…which means I will have to postpone it till the Friday when I can enjoy it instead of feeling like a failure for not sticking to <600 cals.

Have a good week!

(Linked to Mrs M’s #mealplanningMonday)

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Let’s Juice

Hello everyone, I hope you have had a good week! I have been applying for jobs nonstop this past week, which is driving me insane – full of disappointment and endless application forms.

In my very first juicing post, I said that I had bought a Nutribullet due to space confinement and lack of wanting to mess around cleaning it for hours on end. Luckily, I was given a £50 voucher this week by my mum, and I took to Amazon in search of a cheap juicer. Low and behold, the Philips Viva Compact was only £40, so I snapped it up!

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It only arrived yesterday and I am already in love with it; it means I don’t have to sieve all the pulp. However, the difference is clear – this is going to use up a lot more fruit and veg as the juicer removes much less than what I’m used to.

Anyway  – let’s go, 5 more recipes!

IMG_20150210_091622Banana Split Smoothie

  • 1 scoop protein powder (unflavoured)
  • 300ml almond breeze (or milk alternative)
  • 150g frozen banana
  • 150g Total 0% yoghurt
  • 100g strawberries
  • A few drops of banana and strawberry flavdrops
  1. Blend all of the ingredients together.

Chocolate milk

  • 1 x frozen banana
  • 250g Total 0% yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cacao powder
  • 300ml almond breeze (or other milk alternative)
  • Honey or 5 dates to sweeten
  1. Blend!

Beetroot Smoothie

  • 2 x large oranges
  • 2 x medium carrots
  • 2 x golden delicious apples
  • Small wedge of beetroot
  • 1 banana
  • 200g Total 0% yoghurt
  • Ice
  1. Juice the oranges, carrots, apples and beetroot.
  2. Blend with the banana, yoghurt and ice.

Pretty in Pink

  • 2 x golden delicious apples
  • 2 x oranges
  • 200g strawberries (frozen is best)
  • 200g watermelon
  • Ice (if not using frozen strawberries)

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Walking on Sunshine

  • 1/2 large pineapple
  • 3 x golden delicious apples
  • 1 x unwaxed lemon
  • 2 x large oranges
  • Ice
  1. Juice all of the ingredients and blend with the ice – alternatively, pour over the ice.
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Meal Planning Monday

Hello all!

I hope you had a good week, onto the next! I must say, I’m looking forward to this week, it promises to be lovely food-wise. I have calorie counted up until Friday, with the weekend having a few treats in store. I’m also back on the Fast Days since I have recovered from the awful tummy virus that was going around.

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Juicy Juicy

Good morning everyone! I hope you are having a good week thus far, and perhaps would have read my post last Wednesday about doing a juice detox. As I was ill last weekend, it is nice to now start getting my appetite back to normal and to have things that don’t fill you up too much; having a juice or smoothie for breakfast or lunch is certainly helping.

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I just thought I would mention that I have done the craziest thing I could think of and signed up for a 100km (62 mile) non-stop walk. Last year, we took part in a 10km run, which was challenging but we raised £700 for Macmillan; however, I think it is fair to say that even though I tried my hand at running, I’m not totally convinced it’s for me. The Grand Union Challenge sets off from Paddington and finishes in Bletchley…no stopping overnight, no sleeping, just constant walking. Our target is to raise £1000 for Macmillan this time, so if there is anyone reading this, why not have a look at our Just Giving page… -bats eyelashes-

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Or, why not take part yourself! You don’t have to do the whole 100km, there are also 25, 50 and 75km options. Have a look here!

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So as promised, here are 5 more recipes for some healthy and satisfying juices/smoothies. Enjoy!

Oh so green

  • 2 x large oranges
  • 150g pineapple
  • 30g spinach
  • 1 x golden delicious apple
  • 1 x large pear
  • 200ml coconut water
  • Ice
  1. Juice the oranges, pineapple, spinach, apple and pear.
  2. Mix with the coconut water and blend with ice if desired. IMG_20150127_103918

Lychee Surprise

  • 1 x golden delicious apple
  • 1 x conference pear
  • 1 x large orange
  • 200g pineapple
  • 150g lychees (tinned for ease + add a splash of the juice from the can)
  • Ice
  1. Juice the apple, pear, orange and pineapple.
  2. Blend with the lychees and ice

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Banana Protein

  • 120g (frozen works best) banana (or 1 large banana)
  • 100g 0% Greek yoghurt
  • 250ml milk (dairy or alternative, e.g. almond milk)
  • 25g unflavoured protein powder
  • Optional: toffee flavour drops (these are amazing, buy them here)
  1. Blend everything together!

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Pick Me Up Smoothie 

  • 1/2 – 1 scoop unflavoured protein powder
  • 100g 0% Greek yoghurt
  • 150g frozen mixed berries
  • 200ml almond milk
  • 1 medium banana
  1. Blend everything together!

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Carrot, Apple & Orange Juice 

  • 2 x Golden Delicious apples
  • 2 x Oranges
  • 2 x medium carrots
  • 1 medium Banana
  • 150g 0% Greek yoghurt
  • Ice
  1. Juice the apples, oranges and carrots.
  2. Blend with the banana, yoghurt and ice.
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Meal planning Monday – That time again!

Hello everyone, good evening!

I must say, I was dreading making this meal plan as I had an awful weekend…I caught the norovirus or winter sickness bug on Friday and it just went through the house like wildfire. Still feeling a bit worse for wear, but we had all the bits I bought from the supermarket and obviously couldn’t use them. So you can see some similar meals as there is no point wasting it all!

I lost 5lbs in one day, that’s how awful this virus is…so since I just want to get back to feeling normal, I think it is best to not have any fast days this week and just go easy with small meals/light meals and juices etc – I had a pizza express for lunch today and I have felt full from 2.30 – 10.30pm – not like me at all!

Ignore Monday as that hasn’t happened as planned, nevermind! Linked up to Mrs M’s blog for #mealplanningmonday as usual.

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Juicy Wednesdays!

Good morning everyone!

Since I seem to be on a health kick (permanently) at the moment, I thought I would talk a bit about it.

IMG_20140810_150931 I first got into ‘juicing’ around August before I was due to take part in the Run to the Beat 10k; by going on a 3-day juice fast I was promised that I would lose about 5lbs…which I did (7 to be precise!). Before I could do such a thing though, I had to decide on what appliance I was going to buy, since there is about a million or so of these things on the market. I went through this process:

  • How much is it? I don’t want to spend over £100 on it
  • How big is it? I don’t have the room for HUGE machines
  • Is it easy to clean? I don’t want to regret buying it if it takes years to clean

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I then saw the Nutribullet, this was before people were gushing about them…Kate Middleton has one don’t you know! £100, perfect. Compact enough to sit on the kitchen counter, fab. The blade and cup just needs a rinse..fantastic! Since the Nutribullet isn’t a juicer, but rather an incredibly powerful blender, I blend the fruit with water, then sieve the pulp – doesn’t take too long and if you’re not fussy you can drink it with the fruit fibre, but it isn’t for me – just something to note within the recipes. So armed with my nutribullet, I was ready to start my juice fast.

If you’re thinking what on earth is a juice fast? Then let me help you.

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Essentially, a juice fast involves no eating, but just juice for 3-7 days; if you’re desperate you can reach for a raw fruit bar, an avocado or a piece of fruit but nothing else (if you can). The idea is to completely detox your body of all those naughty things you may have been eating/drinking, and give you a clean slate for the next stage of your plan (if you have one).

IMG_20140812_213452 There are so many out there who advocate doing a juice fast, or a reboot, and I have to say that I have to be one of them. I’m waving that flag for juice HOWEVER, in my opinion, it should be about 3-days and that’s it. Why? Well, who wants to go without food for any longer once you know your body is pretty much clear of the added sugars, caffeine and the like?!

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Essentially, the weight you have lost doing the fast (logically) can return, so it is about getting the balance right once the fast is finished. So, reduce your calorie intake, eat more fruits and veg, drink more water and get more exercise. I have only completed a juice fast once more since August, and that was straight after Christmas; so after times of feasting, but come a time of fasting to balance it all out.

IMG_20140824_135330What you can do though, is incorporate fresh juices and smoothies into your diet along with your main meals; I have grown to prefer a juice/smoothie/shake for breakfast rather than a meal for instance. Add a scoop of protein to them to make them a bit more filling perhaps, add oats and flaxseed…the possibilities are endless and once you start enjoying what you are making and having, the discoveries of flavour combinations becomes more and more exciting.

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Every week I am going to post 5 juice/smoothie recipes from my notebook so let’s start with the first 5 (these all serve one person). Also, please note that if you have a nutribullet, and prefer to have no pulp, ‘juice’ the fruit and sieve them, then blend with the remaining ingredients.

Green & Tropical

Ingredients:

  •  30g spinach
  • 1 x golden delicious apple
  • 200g pineapple
  • 125g peach (tinned in fruit juice or fresh)
  • 60ml coconut milk
  • 150ml coconut water
  1. Juice the spinach, apple and pineapple (if using a nutribullet/blender, blend with water then sieve the pulp)
  2. Blend with peach, coconut milk, coconut water and ice. Serve straight away or store in the fridge in an airtight bottle. IMG_20150112_195813

Grapefruit Delight

Ingredients:

  • 1 x pink grapefruit
  • 1 x large orange
  • 1 x golden delicious apple
  • 1 x small-medium carrot
  • 150ml yoghurt (alpro/total 0% yoghurt)
  • 1 x medium banana (fresh or frozen)
  • Ice
  1. Juice the grapefruit, orange, apple and orange.
  2. Blend with everything else.

IMG_20141004_113302 Ginger, berries & oats 

Ingredients:

  • 25g spinach
  • 5g fresh ginger root
  • 30g oats
  • 75g blackberries
  • 100g strawberries
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar/honey/maple syrup
  • 200g total 0% yoghurt
  • Ice
  1. Juice the spinach and ginger.
  2. Blend with everything else.

Pineapple, Kiwi & Mango

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pineapple
  • 1 x large orange
  • 30g spinach
  • 1 x mango
  • 2 x kiwi
  • Ice
  1. Juice the pineapple, orange and spinach.
  2. Blend with the remaining ingredients.

Orange crush

  • 1 x golden delicious apple
  • 1/2 lemon (with rind)
  • 2 x orange
  • 2 x peaches (or 1/2 can of peaches in fruit juice)
  • 150g 0% total yoghurt
  • Ice
  1. Juice the apple, lemon, and oranges.
  2. Blend with the remaining ingredients.

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What’s your favourite juice combinations? I’d love to hear them!