Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Vegan Protein Flapjacks | Recipe

vegan protein flapjacks
Hi Lovelies 
With the New Year here a lot of us are looking for healthier option foods, I know I sure am. I have had way to many treats over the holiday period and I am looking to get myself fitter and stronger this year and of course the biggest thing I want is to control my PCOS. Snacks can be my biggest problem area because I always seem to grab the ones like chocolate and cakes rather then the healthier options so I decided to make some healthy flapjacks to curb my bad snacking habits.

I thought this would be a brilliant recipe for people taking part Veganuary at the moment so I've made a vegan version of one of my all time favourite snacks and its flapjacks. With some research online I found  you can make healthier versions of them so I decided to give it a whirl and thankfully I did because it turned out quite well if I don't say so myself.

vegan protein flapjacks recipe
What you need

  • Baking tray 
  • Grease proof paper
  • Mixing bowl 

Ingredients 
  • 200g Whole Oats
  • 100g softened dairy free butter 
  • 2 ripe banana 
  • small handful of raisins or mixed dried fruit 
  • 2 teaspoons of agave nectar 
  • 10g of Pulsin Pea Protein
vegan protein flapjacks recipe
Method 
  1. Preheat oven to gas mark 4
  2. In large bowl put oats, raisins and pulsin pea powder
  3. Mash ripe bananas in a separate bowl then add the agave nectar and the softened butter until they are combined 
  4. Put ingredients from the smaller bowl into the large bowl and mix together with hands until thick and its like cookie dough, if its too dry add a little bit of almond milk.
  5. Put the mixture onto grease proof paper on the oven tray. Flatten the mixture to get it into an oblong shape and then add to the oven. 
  6. Let it cook in the over for about 20-30 minutes (mine too 25 minutes)
  7. Once cooked put on the side and once cooled cut into 10-12 squares.

I hope you enjoy this recipe.
What should I make next time?

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Monday, 31 October 2016

Pure Chimp Matcha Green Tea Review

Pure Chimp Matcha green tea review
 Hi Lovelies 
When it comes to green tea, I really have to be in the mood to drink it because I have a love/hate relationship with the taste of it even though I know they are many health benefits of drinking it. I have heard of Matcha Tea over the years and how its like having 10 cups of green in one go, so I have always wanted to see how it tastes and to see if it's actually a better taste than green tea.

Pure Chimp is a Matcha Tea shop and they sell lots of matcha tea products such as Tea, matcha whisk, gift sets and also skincare items too. All the Matcha is 100% natural and the brand itself is vegan society certified. An added bonus with shopping at pure chimp is they have loyalty points so you can save money in the long run.

Pure chimp also donate 5% of there profits to charity and the they also have free delivery on there products too!
pure chimp matcha green tea
How I Enjoy Matcha
There are many ways to enjoy matcha, including baking with it but I enjoyed mine as a warm milky soya matcha tea drink. Firstly I put half a teaspoon of matcha tea in my cup followed by half a cup hot water, I then mix in a teaspoon of honey and once thats melted in I fill the rest of the cup with soya milk and once again I mix it to make sure the matcha tea is dissolved. 

It tastes amazing and I can honestly say it tastes a lot more delicate than green tea bags taste. Matcha tea is very similar to green tea but  specially grown/processed green tea, so instead of being in a tea bag form its in a fine powdered form instead, so you get the full benefit of the matcha when you will only be getting part from the green tea, tea bags.

Benefits of Matcha Tea
  • Skin friendly antioxidants ( 100 times more than green tea)
  • Affordable at only 20p per serving ( half a tea spoon a cup)
  • Low caffeine at 35mg per serving 
  • Can be used in baking
  • Can be stored for up to 18 months

You can see what they have to offer here, they also have a sale on at the moment because its there 3rd birthday.
Matcha Green Tea 30g - £4.95


Have you tried Matcha Tea before? if so how do you like it?

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Friday, 17 June 2016

Dairy Free Strawberry Smoothie /// Recipe

Dairy free smoothie recipe
Hi Lovelies
If you have followed my journey on Instagram and blog so far you will see that I am on a weight loss journey and I am changing my diet for the better but with that being said I am still eating fulfilling foods at the same time. The way I am doing that is swapping crisps and chocolate for fruits, smoothies and nuts. Another thing is keeping an eye on portion control.

Now this brings me onto this smoothie recipe, I have made this recipe a few times and I thought it was delicious so I thought I would share it with you all.

dairy free strawberry smoothie recipe
What you will need
~ Smoothie/Blender maker

Ingredients
~ 1 ripe banana // 89 calories*
~ 8 Strawberries // 32 calories*
~ half a cup unsweetened Almond Milk (any milk will do) // 30 calories*
~half a cup of water // 0 calories
~ 2  Generous tablespoons of Koko Coconut Yogurt  // 79 calories*
~ 1 Teaspoon of Agave nectar (honey works well too) // 30 calories*
~ 1 Tablespoon of Flaxseed // 55 calories*

*this is only a rough estimate of calories

Directions
1. Slice the banana and strawberries and put them in the smoothie maker. Pour the almond milk, water then add the yogurt, agave nectar and  flaxseed.
2. Blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy :D

Total calories: 315*


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Monday, 16 November 2015

Virgin Mary Cocktail Recipe

virgin mary mocktail recipe
 As Christmas the party season is coming I thought it would be a fab idea to start posting some fun and tasty alcohol-free options for people like myself or others who don't drink.

With so many cocktails out their a very popular one has to be the 'Bloody Mary', I have always wanted to try It so I decided to make my own version of it to make a 'Virgin Mary instead.  With so many variations online and in books I had some fun making my own variation up and I truly enjoyed it. 
virgin mary mocktail recipe
 Ingredients
Makes 1 Mocktail
- 8 Ice Cubes
- Half a Glass of ice cold Appletiser
 -Half a glass V8 Vegetable Juice
 -Lime Juice
-A Pinch of Salt
-4 Drops of Tabasco sauce
-Celery
 
 How to mix
-Squeeze half the lime in bottom on glass and put ice cubes on top of that
 -Pour V8 Vegetable juice to just under half way of the glass then add Appletiser to the top of the glass.
-Add a pinch of salt and the tabasco sauce and stir all the ingredients together with a straw or a teaspoon to make sure its all evenly mixed
 -To garnish put the other half of the lime into the glass and a celery stick onto the side of the glass or in the glass whichever you prefer

What is your favourite Cocktail/Mocktail?
 
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Friday, 23 October 2015

Vegan Berry Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

vegan berry breakfast smoothie recipe
Hi Lovelies , In the mornings I like nothing better then to make a healthy option to eat to set me up for the day- well to keep me fuller for longer till at least till lunch time.
For me smoothies are the perfect option as they are so easy to make if you have a selection of fruit and a smoothie maker which are quite easy to find and come in prices everyone can afford. I have the Nutribullet and I have that for over a year now and I cannot fault it at all as it makes the most amazing smoothies effortlessly.
Making combinations together in a smoothie maker is great and eventually you will find a perfect blend that will be a favourite, for smoothies you can use fruits, vegetables, oats and lots of nutritional   stuff too like flaxseed and chia seeds.
vegan berry breakfast smoothie recipe
 Berry Breakfast Smoothie ingredients - Makes 1 smoothie
- 2 scoops of vanilla Alrpo yogurt. ( plain yogurt works well too)
- 1 scoop of whole oats
- 6 strawberries 
- Handful of blueberries
- 1 Banana
- Half a glass of un sweented almond milk
 
 
Top Tips
- Blend for 35 seconds to make sure all ingredients are smooth.
- This works well with plain or vanilla yogurt
- Drink straight away or keep in fridge for later in the day
 
What is your favourite smoothie?
Melissa x
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Friday, 2 October 2015

Vegan Blueberry Waffles Recipe

Blueberry waffle recipe
I am a big fan of waffles and when I get a dessert or fancy a treat it always tends to be waffles and ice cream as they taste so amazing and are so warm, the combination is just amazing so that's why I decided to get me and the family a waffle maker so I can make my own waffles.
 
Me and my family really enjoy waffles and I like to make them for a treat and even sometimes for breakfast too. This recipe is one of my husbands favourites which is blueberry waffles and with the recipe below it will show you how simple it is to make delicious waffles.
 
Ingredients
-200g self raising flour
- egg replacer
-Handful of Blueberries
-2 teaspoons of Sugar
-Roughly 100ml of soya milk
-Pinch of salt
-1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
-Teaspoon of golden syrup
- Cooking Oil Spray (olive oil)
 
Method - Makes 4
-Preheat waffle maker ( I bought mine in Argos)
- Mix the self raising flour, sugar and salt in large bowl, then add the blueberries
-Make a well and add the egg replacer, vanilla, golden syrup and the milk and whisk them altogether tomake a cake kind of mix but runnier as it needs to pour into waffle maker
-Spray waffle maker with olive oil spray and pour the mixture evenly into the pans and close the waffle maker, leave to cook for at least 3 minutes so the waffles are a golden colour.
-Enjoy with cream, more blueberries or yogurt.
 
 
 
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Sunday, 21 June 2015

Date and Strawberry Smoothie

date and strawberry smoothie
Hi Lovelies
For me smoothies are just perfect as they are so versatile and you can make up any flavour combinations you want, even if you don't like what you make its just really fun making them, saying that most of the time smoothies taste delicious and are so refreshing, especially on a very hot day.

Smoothies are a simple way of getting fruit and vegetables in your diet and making up new smoothies is just brilliant and I came up with this smoothie a few days ago while opening my fast this Ramadan(Iftar) and its so simple yet so tasty with the main ingredients of almond milk, strawberries, bananas and of course dates.
Date and Strawberry Smoothie Recipe
Serves: 2 

Ingredients 

  • 12 Strawberries - Strawberries are perfect at this time of year and taste so much sweeter than any other time of the year so its great to make the most of them.
  • 4 Dates - I like most varieties of dates and any will work well in this smoothie, don't forget to take the seeds out the dates.
  • 2 Bananas - The riper the better, I like bananas spotty as they are so much sweeter.
  • 300ml Of Unsweetened Almond Milk - Any milk will work with this but almond milk is nice and light and quite refreshing especially if its been kept in the fridge.
  • 2 teaspoons of Chia seeds - I use these as a topping on the smoothie, they look great as decoration and so many health benefits too.
Method 
This recipe is very simple and I just put all the ingredients apart from the chia seeds into my nutribullet and the smoothies were made, any smoothie maker or blender would work well though.
Sprinkle the chia seeds over the top of the smoothies once in the glasses.
Enjoy!

What is your favorite smoothie?
Melissa x 

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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Mango Smoothie Recipe

Hi Lovelies
Smoothies are a delicious healthy option in the morning or can be enjoyed as a yummy  snack during the day. During the summer months they are a perfect treat and you can make the most of the summer fruits that taste amazing at this time of year, such as O&J Pakistani mangos! Pakistani mangoes are only avalible for a couple of months of the year and they are the most delicious mangoes ever.

Mangoes come in many varieties and this recipe can be made with any mango you like but to me it tastes so much nicer with these mangoes as they are very sweet and versatile with desserts.

 

Ingredients
-1 Mango ( I used Pakistani Mangoes)
 - 1 Ripe Banana
1 Teaspoon of vanilla
2 Teaspoons of chia seeds
2 Tablespoons of yogurt
200ml of milk (any milk would be fine in this)

Method
Just simply add them to a blender, I use my nutribullet and it works wonders and the smoothie is a nice thick texture but not to thick that you can't drink it.

What is your favorite smoothie?
Melissa x
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Thursday, 11 June 2015

Vegan Carrot Cake Recipe



vegan carrot cake recipe
Hi Lovelies
I just love baking cakes and one of my all time favorite cakes has to be the good old fashion carrot cake. Carrot cake can be made in so many different ways but I challenged myself to make it without eggs and with vegan butter so that its suitable for vegans, I love baking I want to share my recipes with everyone.

I find many ingredients go beautifully with a carrot cake but my personal favorite way of making it is with rasisns, whole carrot and some spices, it just adds a kick and goes so amazing with an iced coffee or anyway you like. 

yummy vegan carrot cake recipe
Ingredients

For the Cake-
  • 100g of self raising flour ( I just use tescos own brand works well for me)
  • 100g of Caster Sugar 
  • 100g of vegan butter 
  • 2 Tablespoons of Alpro Plain Yogurt 
  •  1 Medium Carrot
  • 1 and half teaspoon of cinnamon 
  • 2 Tablespoons of Raisins 
  • 2 Tables Spoons of Pineapple Jam

For Icing 
  • 50g of melted vegan butter
  • Icing sugar 
  • Grated raw carrot

Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees
  2. Grease 2 21cm cake tins with the vegan butter with kitchen roll.
  3. Put the carrot into a blender, I used my nutribullet
  4. Put all the cake ingredients apart from the jam into bowl and whisk till a good thick consistency.
  5. Pour the cake mix evenly in the cake tins and spread evenly with the back of a spoon to get the cake mixtures roughly even.
  6. Put into the oven and let cook for roughly 25-30 minutes, keeping and eye till the are golden 
  7. Let them cool for at least 30 minutes 
  8. While waiting for the cakes to cool this is when you make the icing, melt the butter by putting bowl over a warm water then add the icing sugar until it has a frosting consistency, once that is achieved get cakes out of the tin and stick them together with pineapple jam.
  9. Frost the top of the cake only with the frosting and put the grated carrot on the top of the cake.
  10. Enjoy!!
What should I bake next ?
Melissa x 

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Friday, 15 May 2015

Kale and berry smoothie recipe

          
A day doesn't go by without using my nutribullet, I'm just so in love with making differeng smoothies everyday that I can't forget to get a refreshing mix of fresh or frozen fruit or vegatables and best of all easy to make any time of the day.
My husband works for a delivery company and works long hours, so I like to make sure he's had a smoothie that's full of energy boosting properties and you can go wrong with this kale and berry smoothie!
 

Ingredients


    • Handful of kale


    • 1 Banana


    • 5 strawberries


    • 6 raspberries


    • 8 blueberries


    • Half a cup of coconut water


    • Method


      1. Wash all of the ingredients


      2. Chop all the fruit so they all fit in the smoothie maker. I use the nutribullet.


      3. Blend until smooth, I put the smoothie maker on for at least 1 minutes so all the ingredients are nice and smooth.


      4. Enjoy!


      5. Till next time

        Melissa x
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      Friday, 10 April 2015

      Banana Bliss Breakfast Smoothie

      Banana Bliss Breakfast Smoothie Recipe
      Banana Bliss Breakfast Smoothie ( Vegan)

      I just love having a smoothie every more and have had a smoothie everyday most days now, its part of my healthier routine and I just love how refreshing they make me feel in the morning and not only that they are so much more filling then breakfast cereals.

      For every smoothie I make I try get a much fruit and fiber as possible into it to make my start to the day as good as possible. This is a blend of bananas, pineapple, oats ,yogurt and water, a beautiful and tropical way to start the day.
      Banana Bliss Breakfast Smoothie Recipe
      Ingredients.
      • 2 Ripe bananas ( They taste so much sweeter)
      • Half a cup of frozen pineapple
      • 30g of rolled oats
      • Strawberry and banana alpro yogurt 
      • Half a cup of water
      • Teaspoon of maple syrup (optional)

      Method
      • Pour the frozen pineapple into the smoothie cup and wait about 10 minutes so they are soft enough but just cold enough to make the smoothie chilled.
      • Slice the 2 bananas into sections, ripe bananas work best with this smoothie as they are a lot sweeter and they is no need to add sugar to this recipe then. 
      • Measure out 30g grams of rolled oats and scoop them over the ingredients in the smoothie maker
      • Add the yogurt to the top of the oats, I used the strawberry and banana alpro yogurt.
      • Pour the water over the top of that and blend for about 30 seconds until the smoothie is complexly smooth
      • Enjoy !!

      What is your favorite smoothie? 


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      Tuesday, 17 March 2015

      Lotus Biscuit Cake Recipe



      Lotus Biscuit Vegan Cake
      I've always loved baking since my nana taught me to cook when I used to visit her on weekends, she taught me how to make different cakes and I have never forgotten and I am so thankful for her advice on how to cook and bake. I have set myself challenges on making different versions of cakes but obviously vegan versions without using milk and eggs and now I am getting used to using different alternatives in not just baking but in cooking and making smoothies too.

      Lotus biscuits are one of my favorite biscuits to have with coffee and I just thought why not make a cake with the lotus biscuit spread and crushed biscuits as a topping and the combination is just divine.

      Ingredients 
      Cake ingredients
      • 250g of plain flour 
      • 250ml of water 
      • 200g Caster Sugar 
      • 2 Table spoons of Vitalite
      • 1 Teaspoon of cinnamon
      • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
      • 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
      • 2 teaspoons of lotus biscuit spread

      Icing and topping
      • 150g of icing sugar
      • 2 teaspoons of lotus biscuit spread
      • Vanila extract
      • 4 Lotus Biscuits   

      Method 
      1. Preheat the oven 180c
      2. Put all the cake mix together into a mixing bowl and then whisk together with an electric whisk until cake mix is quite thick, if need add more water.
      3. Grease the cake tin, so the cake mix won't stick to the tin and the cake will be easier to get out the tin after.
      4. Put the cake mixture into the cake tin and put into the over for about 25 - 30 minutes till the cake starts to get a golden colour.
      5. Once cooked, leave to cool, then place the cake onto to a plate
      6. whisk the icing ingredients together, more or less water might be needed, my advice would be use a teaspoon at a time. Mix all together until thick and apply to the top of the cake and add the crushed biscuit to the top of the cake.
      7. Enjoy!

      What cake should I make next time?

      Melissa x


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      Saturday, 14 March 2015

      Strawberry Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

      Strawberry Breakfast Smoothie
      Strawberry Breakfast Smoothie (vegan) 
      Serves: 1
        
      Every other morning I like making myself breakfast smoothie to get as much fruit and nutrients as possible to start my day off right. I got the nutribullet for my birthday off my husband as I wanted to eat my fruit in vegetables in my diet, ever since then I eat so much more fruit and vegetables not just in smoothies but with other meals and snacks too.

      We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day so its great  to start it with a blend of healthy fruits and oats, this blend is a healthy mix of stawberries and oats perfect for a quick breakfast or even breakfast on the go if your in a rush. Make the most of breakfast and try this fruity oat mix smoothie.
      Strawberry Breakfast Smoothie Recipe
      Ingredients

      • 2 Ripe Medium Bananas 
      • 6 Strawberries 
      • Almond Milk 40ml
      • 3 Tablespoons of Alpro Vanilla Yogurt 
      • 30g of Rolled Oats
      • Toppings - dried banana and dried currants 
      Method

      • Scoop 3 tablespoons of alpro yogurt into the blender cup then add the scoop of rolled oats with the almond milk.
      • Slice the bananas and then the strawberries then add them to the mix in the blender, then put the lid on and put on the nutribullet and wait till the all the fruit and oats are like yogurt  consistency.
      • Once the smoothie is like yogurt consistency add the dried fruit (you can add any topping you like, I like eating the topping first with a spoon).
      • Enjoy your smoothie!

      What is your favorite smoothie?

      Melissa Zia x

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      Tuesday, 3 February 2015

      Apple Pie Smoothie Recipe

      apple pie smoothie
      I have had the Nutri bullet for months now but I haven't used it for absolutely ages and its been hidden in my cuboard since the summer when I first bought it. I know its terrible what a waste, but the main thing is its out of my cupboard now and I will be using it more often now and trying to make more smoothie combinations and sharing more recipes with you all.
       I am trying to loose a bit of weight and tone up a bit more so I have decided to try get more fruit and vegetables in my diet, I know 5 a day is enough and I already get that but  I really tend to want to have like 7-10 portions of fruit and vegetables seeing as I am vegan and the fact I enjoy fruit and vegetables so much .

      Ingredients 

      • half a cup of Almond Milk
      • 1 tea spoon of Almond butter
      • 1 small organic apple
      • 2 bananas
      • 3 heaped tablespoons of oats
      • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon 


      The nutriblend was brilliant and made making this smoothie look easy and even for me I found it easy to use and has very clear instructions in the manual . The smoothie was smooth like yogurt consistency and easy to drink and was not time consuming.
      So pleased with the outcome with this smoothie and it tasted divine and it filled me up for lunch time and I didn't go snack like I usually do. This smoothie tasted a lot like an apple pie but a lot  healthier obviously but I must admit it tasted so lovely I will have to make it again soon. 



      What is your favorite smoothie?

      Melissa x

       
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