Friday, February 28, 2014

Basil and Garlic Mash Fish Pie


My own little spin on a classic British recipe! And it was divine!

Be prepared to not have any leftovers...

Click here for the recipe!



Basil And Garlic Mash Fish Pie
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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Get Your Spirulina On!

As some of you know, I've recently taken up a college course on Clinical Nutrition so that I can become a certified nutritionist and diet advisor. It's been crazy getting my head back into the books but surprisingly not as draining as I expected. Thats because I've become OBSESSED with everything I'm learning so far!

I decided to research more in depth about superfoods and what makes each one so supremely beneficial and one of the first ones that I came across was the blue-green algae called Spirulina. I'd sort of heard of it before but didn't know much. Now I must say I'm an instant fan. When I first saw what it looked like I was a little skeptical about the taste but to be completely honest, it wasn't bad at all when added to a fruit smoothie. I add 2 teaspoons and it makes me feel fresh and vibrant all day long. I bought my Spirulina powder (only £11 or $15 for a good amount) at a vitamin shop but it's also available at health food shops like Whole Foods. Make sure you buy an organic powder that doesn't have any additives or filler in order to reap full benefits. Here's a quick breakdown of what's in it for you:


- High in protein and more nutrients than any other plant, herb, or grain.

- Easy to digest

- It has the richest supply of beta carotene (an antioxidant, anti-cancer and healthy eyes power nutrient) than any other food.

- Promotes weight loss, digestive tract health, immunity, anti-aging and stamina among other things.

- Fights free radicals and removes toxins from the body

Now, if thats not enough to convince you to give it a try, here are my super easy smoothie recipes for Spirulina! Just one a day is all you need!

Tropical Paradise

Fresh or frozen mango, pineapple chunks, 1 banana, 1 cup coconut water, ice, 2 tsp Spirulina powder

Farm Stand

Strawberries, blueberries, 1 banana, 1 apple, 1 cup orange juice, ice, 2 tsp. Spirulina powder

Supa Dupa Green

Kale, celery, 2 green apples, 1 cup pineapple juice, ice, 2 tsp Spirulina powder

Sweet Dream Cream

Non fat greek yogurt, strawberries, frozen peach slices, 1 banana, 1 cup apple juice, ice, 2 tsp Spirulina powder

Ginger Snap

Non fat greek yogurt, 1 knob fresh ginger, 2 green apples, 2 dashes cinnamon, 1 Tbs raw honey, 1 cup apple juice, ice, 2 tsp Spirulina powder

Feel free to add any extras like hemp, chia or flax seed to any of these. Enjoy and be well! xxx


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A Healthy Obsession

New year, new routines, new inspirations!

Here's everything thats part of my 2014 health and beauty regimen that I'd absolutely recommend. I'm working on picking up as many good habits as I can so I can easily push out the bad ones (candy, fried foods, general couch-potato laziness...etc) And so far, so good!

FITNESS

Workout Trainer App by Skimble
https://www.skimble.com/workouts

I use this on my Ipad at the gym and at home. It's the closest thing to having a personal trainer without dropping serious $$$. I bought the PRO upgrade which is well worth the $6.99 a month. I no longer have a problem with boredom at the gym since there are hundreds of routines and some even incorporate gym equipment with very detailed instructions on form and positioning. And it tells you how many calories you've burned after every workout. It's incredible!



Yoga Studio App by Modern Lotus
http://yogastudioapp.com/

I try to get in 15-30 minute sessions every morning in my living room. It's such a perfect way to start the day. This app only costs $2.99 but looks and operates very classy and high end. Each yoga class is shown in actual video with a soothing voice speaking so that you know exactly how to position yourself. And there are classes for every level of expertise.



Nutrition

The 8 hour Diet

As I've posted before, I follow the 8 hour diet and love it! It just works for me and is super easy for me to follow. And the best part is I can only have to stick to it 3-5 days out of the week!

My Super Blender (VitaMix or Optimum 9400)

I use the bad boy everyday. It blends anything into a fine liquid which I love because I'm not a fan of thick juices and it's actually A LOT easier and less messy than the juicer I used to have.


Bounce Bars

These cute little snacks are my protein bar of choice. All natural and only around 210 calories per bar plus 12 grams of protein to help me stay lean. And the best part is they're very small and dense so I feel perfectly full and ready for a good workout afterward.
Green Tea

I go for the whole leaf organic brands because they just taste better and give me a great energy boost. I have 2 cups straight away every morning with some fresh mint and nothing else.
Quorn
http://www.quorn.com/welcome/

We've been going lighter on our meat intake in my household and Quorn makes that incredibly easy. It's made from a mushroom and comes in every way, shape and form. The texture is much nicer than tofu and it absorbs seasoning very well. I made taco's with the mince and they tasted just like Taco Bell!
Women's One Vitamins
http://www.rainbowlight.com/womens-multivitamins-womens-one-multivitamin.aspx

I ordered these on Amazon and they've been my favorite vitamins to take. I've tried all kinds but this is the first one to get the job done in just one tablet. And it has probiotics included!
Beauty

Caudalie Face Cream
http://uk.caudalie.com/

I've been using this stuff for years and its pure magic! It keeps my face supremely hydrated and smooth and smells like a day at the spa. Obsessed!
Beeswax Hand Cream
http://www.thewiltshirebeekeeper.com/honey.htm
Burt's Bees also makes a nice one,http://www.burtsbees.co.uk/natural-products/outdoor/miracle-salve.html, I got mine at a shop in Bath and it's completely transformed my dry cracking hands and cuticles from the harsh winter cold. And only a little dab goes a long way.

Honey Mask by Fresh
http://www.fresh.com/
I use this mask about once every 2 weeks. I slather it over my entire face and let it sit for 30 minutes then rinse with warm water. It keeps my skin balanced and baby soft.

Now go get healthy and happy! Love to you all! x