If you scroll aimlessly through social media: whether it be Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter; you will likely fall on a post where some fitness freak is spouting tosh about finding balance in their life and everyone should do this, that, and the other to achieve it too. That’s great. Finding balance in life is an incredible thing and it has truly changed me – my personality, my outlook on life, and everything that is involved with the fitness world.
I created quite a few recipes for Christmas last year and I enjoyed every minute of it. When I first started my Instagram page and blog two years ago, I never went out of my way to create recipes to share. I made them because I was either craving the food at the time or wanting to try something different to mix up my diet and if it was good, then I’d post the recipe here. I had a lot of fun last year and I couldn’t wait to get started on writing more recipes this year.
Now I’m sure most of us would agree that it’s incredibly important to be healthy right? That’s kind of a no-brainer. But what happens when we focus so much on eating the “right” foods and doing the “right” workouts, to the point where we are extremely stressed out about what we put in our mouths and how often we workout. You see there is so much more to health than just food, exercise, and our physical body. Health includes ALL kinds of health – physical health, mental health, emotional health, and spiritual health. However, most people now-a-days only focus purely on the physical side: trying to cut back on their calories, restricting certain macronutrients, while spending hours every single day “killing” it at the gym.
I posted a similar avocado on toast recipe not so long ago, but this whole combination is my go-to meal, especially if I’m after more fats and protein. Sometimes i’ll only have the chickpea version and other times I will only have the tomato version, and when I’m feeling especially creative, i’ll go for both. I love it. It’s filling, full of fats, protein and omegas, and it’s good for you.
I know I posted a BBQ sauce recipe with my shredded BBQ Slaw sliders, the other day. But, I feel that a separate post dedicated to this delicious condiment was necessary. Plus, it has taken me over a year or longer, to create a BBQ sauce that actually tastes like BBQ sauce and not a spiced version of tomato sauce. So, I will stress that the molasses and all spice are essential in this recipe, and while the liquid smoke is optional, I still highly recommend it. I’m also not one to toot my own horn when it comes to my own recipes, but this BBQ sauce is bloody good and I’m so pleased with myself for making it – too much horn tooting? Anyway, make it and thank me later.
I’ve always wanted to try and make my own nut butters. It started four years ago when I first started to lose weight – I became obsessed with everything coconut and coconut butter was something that I really wanted to make. Next thing you know, my blender is spitting and spatting, and it gave up the ghost – too weak to handle the heat.
I love Autumn. I love the crisp, fresh air, the changing colours and the seasonal ingredients: figs, apples and the obvious pumpkins. For me, Autumn is what Christmas is to a child – It just excites me.What comes along with Autumn is comfort food and porridge is one of those foods that can comfort you at any time of the day. My usual go-to porridge is chocolate and chia (you can view a variation of it here), but when I have the time, I like to make something a bit more ‘fancy’. Even so, now that I no longer have to use a saucepan to achieve creamy, delicious oats; I can eat fancier porridge every day if I wanted to and this bowl of Apple pie porridge is a perfect example of that.
Do you often find yourself debating whether or not to pick up those frozen veggie burgers, whenever you come to the frozen aisle in a supermarket? I’m a sucker for it. I love veggie burgers and after 10 years of eating only veggie burgers (no meat), you’d think I’d be sick of them by now, but I’m not. They hold a special place in my ice cold heart and they probably always will.
Around 15 years ago, when I was the tender age of twelve, my family and I travelled to Spain by car: to Dover, over to Calais, through France and eventually we got to Spain three days after leaving Wales. My parents said they would never do it again ( miserable sh*ts) but my sister and I loved it. It was an experience we would never forget.One of the main things that has stuck in our heads from this three week holiday, is picnicking on the French Pyrenees. We had been travelling for hours, before finally stopping at a french supermarket to pick up some essentials; fresh, blood-red tomatoes, crispy lettuce, crusty baguettes, crisps and a garlic and herb cream cheese that was to die for – with the addition of a knife to cut said bread. It’s this meal that has been a favourite of ours ever since and we’ve eaten it many a time over the years (the same cream cheese is actually available at Lidl). Obviously now we’re older and we no longer do …