Personally, I don’t think I’ve ever been as thankful for a trend than I have for self care. I’m going to put it out there and say that I do think it is a trend but that I definitely hope that it moulds its way into our lives. Relaxing has, fortunately for all of our sanities, become really popular and much more of a ‘thing’ that we all focus on. Brands are encouraging it, we’re buying more products that are helping us to indulge and we’re not feeling guilty about taking time off anymore.
One of the most annoying things about eating healthy is the tendency for our fave fresh fruit and veg to ripen and go off to quickly. This is the worst thing! I mean, the period from when an avocado is good to eat and when it’s off is literally about 15 minutes, isn’t it? Here are three tips to help keep your fruit and veg fresher for longer!
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Said, someone once and now everyone’s stolen their saying. But, still, it is super important to eat breakfast because you’ve essentially been ‘fasting’ all night whilst you’ve been asleep. I don’t believe that you need to eat at a certain time, like an hour after waking, or anything like that because I’ve not seen evidence that it really matters. I usually eat about 1-1.5 hours after waking up on weekdays and it’s definitely within 30 mins on weekends when showering before eating is 100% not necessary.
The nights are closing in, it’s Bake Off season, we’re on the countdown to Christmas and summer is well and truly behind us. This means that the urge to bake (& eat) all kinds of desserts, puddings and cakes is well and truly heightened. Well, for me it is anyway!
I made these little granola-y almond, raisin, and cacao cookies the other day and they’ve turned out quite nicely so I wanted to share them. They’re fairly clean apart from the plain flour that I used but you can always replace this with almond or coconut flour for a cleaner bake but it doesn’t bother me too much. They come in at just over 100 calories each and won’t give you a sugar spike like any old supermarket biscuit will so they’re great if you’re trying to eat a little healthier but still love a sweet treat.
If you know me, you’ll know that I love a snack and I really enjoy finding something new from a fresh brand on the market. Recently, I’ve been trialling these treats from Nina’s Popcorn. These guys have developed an exciting range of naturally nutritious superfood popcorn which is packed with antioxidant and nutrient-rich ingredients. Nina’s is made using 100% plant-based ingredients and is gluten, wheat, dairy and refined sugar free.
People eat so much sugar these days, it’s in everything! While the sweet stuff isn’t all that bad in moderation, there has been a lot of talk about going sugar-free. Or at least cutting it down a fair bit. I tried clean-eating successfully for a full 8 weeks which includes basically nothing out of a packet. When you start to think about it it’s unreal how much extra stuff is in our food from the supermarkets that we don’t need. Which got me thinking about how you could do that while trying to sustain a normal life and not losing the will to love. I thought I would share with you a few tips!
Brunch is big business in Barcelona! We found that breakfast, brunch, and lunch were super easy meals to find great places to eat but dinner was a little more difficult. That said, here are my top 3 (& a bonus doughnut place) eateries in Barca for an amazing brunch. Whether you love a healthy brunch or a giant stack of pancakes I’ve got something for you here.
Just a super quick post today all about this amazingly easy and tasty protein packed bread from Jamie Oliver’s Everyday Super Food cookbook. I whipped this up the other Sunday and had a super snacky tea with some ham, cheese and chutneys and it was just delicious. You can find the recipe here but I’ll go through it quickly now too!
Our health is important as it can impact our lives in so many ways. A lot of us actively choose to lead healthy lifestyles; we exercise regularly and eat right. However, when it comes to being healthy, that isn’t always all it takes. Studies have shown that a lot of people who class themselves as ‘healthy’ aren’t as healthy as they think – shock -horror!
Festivals are pretty much one of the best things about summer (shout out to summer holidays too) and if you’re yet to don your finest festival attire – denim shorts, some kind of fringing and wellies obvs – in your lifetime for a weekend of muddy musical mayhem then quite frankly you’re missing out.