Spanish Traditional Gazpacho – Recipe Video

Whilst in Barcelona, my mum and I did such an amazing cooking class where we learnt how to make some traditional Spanish recipes including a Spanish omelette, paella, creme de catalana and a gazpacho.

The gazpacho was so tasty and the healthiest and easiest of all the recipes we learnt so I wanted to share it with you in this little video. Gazpacho is a cold soup, made of vegetables, a little vinegar and olive oil and it’s so refreshing. I really loved it and it honestly is so easy to make and can be enjoyed straight away as a light lunch/dinner or stored in the fridge as a delicious drink or snack…

Raw Coconut and Quinoa Bites

Snacking is probably my favourite hobby! I used to love any kind of cereal bar before it became common health foodies knowledge about the fact they are actually very unhealthy, processed and sugary! I now would only enjoy nakd bars as a shop bought packaged snack as they literally only contain dates and nuts but after finding so many amazing healthy food blogs online I discovered the bliss ball/snack ball/round bite wonders that are simply raw ingredients blended together and frozen.

These Raw Coconut and Quinoa Bites are seriously good, so good infact that I left a Tupperware of them in the fridge and my boyfriend had devoured three of them by the time I’d got home and this is saying something when it comes to my boyfriend and anything remotely healthy let alone ‘raw’ and ‘vegan’.

There is no sweetener added to these as they really don’t need it. The medjool dates make them delicious enough blended with quinoa flakes, pecans and chia seeds making them a perfect afternoon energy boost, quick morning out the door breakfast or delicious dessert combined with some coconut or greek yogurt.

I decided to use quinoa flakes as an alternative to oats as they are gluten free but are generally the much healthier option, really easy to digest, a complete protein and contain high levels of antioxidants…

Overnight Oaty Avocado Bowl

Two of my favourite breakfast options are overnight oats and avocado smoothie bowls so I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to combine them. One morning last weekend, I was about the dig into my amazing overnight oats and caught a glimpse of a little lonely avocado on the side. It was a “ah ha” moment.

You have to try this! The combination of soaked oaty chia seeds in nut milk and mashed banana with the crunchy tasty bits of pumpkins seeds and cacao nibs is then blended with the creamy avocado to make the most amazing filling and super healthy brekkie. I would definitely recommend this breakfast if you need to be kept going for a few hours.

Ingredients

1/2 banana

1 cup of homemade almond or any non dairy milk you love (I use a variety but homemade almond milk is the best)

4 to 5 tbsp oats

1 tbsp chia seeds

handful of pumpkin seeds

handful of cacao nibs

1/2 avocado

1 tsp honey/maple syrup (optional)

Method…

Feta, Mushroom and Kale Salad

Remember their is no one perfect diet for everybody. The perfect diet for me is not the perfect diet for the person next to me. Just eat real food.

As we go into warmer sunnier days, there’s no better lunch then a fresh salad.

Salads can be so exciting and fun. I love creating new combinations and by playing around with a variety of vegetables and wholefoods you are guaranteed to get goodness! Salads leave me feeling light and energised for the afternoon with an air of confidence that I’m filled with yummy nutrients.

This week I’m enjoying this fresh yet hearty salad. The base is kale, if you are not already including kale in your diet then make sure you go out and get this rich source of beta-carotene, chlorophyll and vitamins. Kale helps balance hormones, lower cholesterol and gives you an antioxidant boost! In this salad I enjoy it raw but massaged with my super healthy salad dressing containing lemon, tahini, olive oil and apple cider vinegar. You can watch me make this dressing here.

The two toppings I’ve gone for are organic mushrooms and feta. Mushrooms are known for their anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects. The mushrooms I’ve used are white which are one of the few non animal sources of vitamin D.

I love using feta in my salads as just a crumble can add such a strong flavour and texture and can completely change a boring old salad. Cheese gets a bad name but as long as you can digest it alright then it can be a great source of protein and calcium when consumed in moderation as part of a healthy lifestyle. I probably have about 25g once or twice a week…

Healthy Habits Video Series- Simple Nutritious Salad

Changing your lifestyle isn’t an overnight job, it takes time to change unhealthy habits. I believe the key to good health and maintaining a healthy weight is balance and consistency. Start by making small changes. You don’t have to change everything at once and become a healthy guru, that’s when things start to go downhill when you can’t keep it up.

My “healthy habits” will be a series of videos to help you make small changes to improving your lifestyle with a new healthy habit to adopt each week.

My first step is to look at the sauces and dressings you are using. Salad dressings in supermarkets and restaurants are full of unhealthy ingredients including trans fats and sugar! In this video I show you how to make a simple dressing from scratch and it can be used in so many different ways. On your salad, rye toast, chicken or fish.

Watch the video below…

Homemade Healthy Tomato Sauce Recipe

One of my favourite meals as a child was pasta with tomato and basil sauce. It was the first thing I learnt to make myself as it was so easy and quick and it’s such a comfort food. The combination of tomato and basil is a winner every time, unfortunately most of the store bought packaged tomato sauces have a little too much sugar and salt in that we would really want.

My homemade version is super easy to make and only has a few simple ingredients. With no added sugar, salt or nasties, you can enjoy your tomato sauce knowing that you’re only getting goodness with every mouthful. I like to have mine with a simple salad or mixed with brown rice pasta. I’ve also added chilli and prawns before. It’s so versatile.

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Watch my video below to find out how to make it and also see below for the list of ingredients you will need.