Acai and Goji Berry Ice-cream

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Although its winter, I’m still a lover of ice-cream. I’ve created a few vegan ice-creams before, but in the middle of this frosty season, i need something that will give me a massive nutrient hit to keep my energy levels up and keep cold and flu’s away.

Acai is the new wonder fruit. It has a massive level of antioxidants, and is rumoured to help kick start weight loss. It also helps your heart, promotes gut health and makes you skin glow! I use Acai in the powdered form – Organic Burst is a brilliant brand but I also use Amazing Greens as they have this fab Acai/Goji combo in small portions so they’re great for when you’re on the move.

Ingredients

1 cup of Frozen Blackberries

1 Banana

1/4 cup of Coconut Water

1 packet of Acai Powder

1 large tablespoon of Goji Berries

Method

Place all of your ingredients into a food processor and blend until you get a smooth, ice-cream consistancy

Beetroot Juice

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One of the biggest indicators of living a clean, healthy diet is lots of colour. You cannot get much colourful the beetroots! They have this amazing reddish/purple colour and transforms the look of your meals, smoothies and juices. I currently experimenting with a chocolate cake with a beet base. Haven’t quite mastered it yet but will let you know when I do. Beetroots are amazing for you gut health, with massive amounts of protein, iron and magnesium. They also aid in blood health; with tests showing a person with beetroot rich diet had better blood flow and lowered blood pressure.

I am not the biggest juicer – more of a smoothie woman. However, juicing is a great way to get a huge hit of nutrients in one sitting. You have to be careful though! Try to juice mainly vegetables, and little fruit. When you juice fruit, you remove all of the fibre and leave massive amounts of sugar. This leads to sugar spikes and it can throw off your energy levels; leaving you sluggish and tired.

This juice is great in the morning with your brekki, or as a afternoon snack with a few Carrot Cake Balls. I’ve filled it with loads of veggi’s and a little citrus to help burn fat and leave your insides squeaky clean!

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Ingredients

3 medium Beetroots

2 large Carrots

1 Apple

1 large Orange

1\2 Lemon

1 1/2 cups of Water

Method

Firstly, scrub all of your fruit and veg in fresh warm water. Try to get most of the wax and dirt off.

If you have a juicer, throw everything in your machine and juice!

or

If you’re like me (aka skint and like to get your hands dirty) you can still juice with the aid of a blender and a shower cap…..trust me.

Peel all of your veggi’s (apart from the lemon) and remove the core of the apple.

Place everything into the blender, add the juice of the lemon and then the water.

Blend until everything has combined – you’ll have a thick, bright red juice full of pulp

Now comes the dirty part!

Place a shower cap (or a jelly bag) around the rim of a large jug – make sure its securely in place!

Pour the beet pulp into the shower cap and strain all of the liquid through the fabric.

Transfer the juice into a air tight container and leave in the fridge for 2/3 days

P.S If your hands are now pink, rub them in bicarbonate of soda and rise with warm water. Works a treat!

Carrot Cake Balls

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I am a huge fan of these energy balls! They’re great for having healthy, tasty snacks when you’re in an office or on the go. I’ve got a few other recipes for energy balls but these are my new favourite!

My love for carrot cake is never ending, however this love affair does no favours for my thunder thighs! These energy balls are full of honey, spices, carrot and coconut oil! Plus a little almond butter and oats to keep hunger pangs at bay.

Ingredients

3/4 cup of Oats
1 cup of Dates
1/2 cup of Grated Carrot
2 tablespoons of melted Coconut Oil
1 tablespoon of Honey
1 heaped teaspoon of Almond Butter
1 teaspoon of Mixed Spice
1/2 teaspoon of Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of Grated Nutmeg

Method

Place all of your ingredients into a food processor and blend until the mixture sticks together and forms into a ball.

Using a table spoon, scoop out bitesized portions and roll into balls.

Place in the fridge for about an hour to set.

These last for about 4/5 days but Im sure you will inhale them before!!

Passion Fruit and Chia Seed Smoothie

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Chia seeds are a brand new ingredient for me. At work we have this amazing cafe that serves healthy, whole foods, and a lot of their smoothies include Chia seeds. In a seed-shell, they’re basically super absorbent and are an amazing energy booster. They contain tonnes of omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, antioxidants and calcium. By adding a tablespoon to your morning smoothie or cereal, you can feel your energy sky rocket and you’ll be buzzing around the kitchen!

The passion fruit and coconut water gives the smoothie an amazing, refreshing tropical taste. Coconut water is fab for rehydration and passion fruit has tonnes of vitamin c & a.

Ingredients 

6 passion fruits

1 large banana

1 orange

1 cup of coconut water

1  tablespoon of chia seeds

Method

Peel your fruit and scoop out the innards of the passion fruit

Place all of your ingredients into a blender and blend until most of passion fruit seeds have broken down

Serve immediately!

 

Ways to Make Water Wonderful

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Water is so essential for your body to function. When you’re fully hydrated you’re more productive, you can loose weight quicker, it makes `your skin glow and it energises your muscles so it’s fab before, during and after exercise. However, adding a few more ingredients to you 2 litres a day can increase the benefits of your water consumption tenfold!

Weightloss

Lemon – Citrus fruits ignite your metabolism which aids in burning more calories. It also contains a certain type of fibre that fights cravings and hunger pangs.

Hydration

Lemon & Cucumber – Cucumber is predominantly water, but the vegetable has heaps of vitamins and nutrients that maintains a good body temperature and gets rid of toxins which affect the efficiency of your organs.

Detox 

Green Tea – This sounds a bit nuts, but before you go to bed boil up a few pints of green tea and leave to cool overnight. Hot Green Tea is an amazing detox and cleanses your body of free radicles and other horrid toxins. By sipping it cold throughout the day, you can get the continual benifits of continally drinking green tea! It’s also easier if you’re constantly on the go and at the gym.

Healing

Lemon and Honey – Honey has an huge amount of antibacterial properties which cleanse and aid in healing sore throats and colds. The lemon also acts as a antiseptic! Have this hot in the morning, or cold throughout that day as a natural relief when you’re feeling under the weather.

Fat Burner

Cinnamon and Honey – In the morning combine water with a teaspoon of honey and half a teaspoon of cinnamon. Cinnamon has special properties which increases your body’s ability to boost insulin and can benefit people who have high sugar levels.

Immune Booster

Ginger – Add a few inches of ginger to your water to help your immune system fight against disease. It fights against micro-organisms which create bacteria in your body which can lead to infection and illness.

Vitamin C

Raspberry and Orange – Vitamin C is one of the safest and effective nutrients you can have and Oranges and raspberries contain huge amounts. Vitamin C helps your skin, cardiovascular health and is a good all rounder for keeping you happy and healthy.

Cacao Brownie Mug

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I’m discovering more sweet treats!

This brownie is fudgey, spongy, naturally sweet and so intensely chocolatey. Made with cacao powder, a little protein powder and gluten free coconut flour, the Cacao Brownie Mug is an amazing balance of taste, treat and healthy. Cacao powder is literally the best thing on earth – it has hundreds of antioxidants and tastes just like chocolate!

Although it’s a little naughty, it is a perfect thing for weekends spent in bed, binge watching Netflix.

Ingrediants

1 tablespoon of coconut flour

2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder

1 teaspoon of baking powder

2 scoops of vanilla protein powder (or just add another tablespoon of coconut flour if you don’t want to use protein powder)

1/2 cup of almond milk

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence

1 tablespoon of honey

Method

Add all of the dry ingrediants into a large mug and mix with a fork

Then add the vanilla essence and milk and mix until the lumps are gone and you’re left with a runny batter. Then add the honey

Microwave on high for about a minute – keep an eye on it because the brown likes to grow quickly!

It’s mandatory to eat this straight away, in your PJ’s, under a blanket!

10 Things about 2014

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1. I graduated from Falmouth University with a 2:1

University was the most challenging, life changing experience ever. I started university on a Theatre degree, but after 4 months I awoke to that fact that Theatre won’t get me far in life…and I was bored out of my brains. So, I transferred into the second year of English Literature with Media Studies. Two years, two dissertations, several breakdowns, lots of tears, more laughs, thousands of pages read and 60,000 words later, I graduated and couldn’t be happier.

2. I left the seaside and moved back to The Shire

The down side to graduation – I had to leave the Falmouth. I loved my little house, my old job, never ending chats with my housemates, fighting with the boys over their girlfriends, coastal walks, Durgan Beach and hot chocolate at Gylly. Six months later and I’m still in mourning – I joke(ish). I left behind so many amazing friends. Actually, they are more like my family than my friends and, although I still speak to them constantly, it’s not the same as popping round the corner for brownies or spontaneous sleepovers.

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Falmouth – I’m on a Boat!

3. I cut my hair for the first time two years – 6 inches off baby!

My hair grew to my waist, and being 5’11, I think you can imagine how bladdy long it was. It was frizzy, looked like rat’s tails and I couldn’t do anything with it; also, I moult like a golden Labrador so hair was everywhere.

For my Graduation Ball, I figured I’d make an effort and have it cut and…it grew back in 6 weeks. That’s when I remembered why I never cut my hair – there is no point. I’m am destined to look like a woodland creature for eternity.

4. I got my first grown up job

After moving back to The Shire I needed something to do with my time aside from binge watching Harry Potter and The US Office. After looking at internships in London with various casting agencies, I realised I was broke and couldn’t afford to live in London for free. So, I started working for Louse Johnston Management – a boutique talent agency in Cheltenham. She represents Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones and other amazing actors. I learned so much from her, and she got me the job at Cheltenham Film Studios. I’m on that ladder and climbing baby!!

5. I finally started writing my novel

Seven years of thinking, brainstorming, procrastinating, reading, researching, editing and planning, I actually started writing. I didn’t realise how much I had devised over the years. Working in a surf shop during the winter leaves A LOT of time on your hands so whenever my mind wondered I wrote it down on till-roll and shoved it in a envelope. It was only after I finished by degree when I looked at what I’d written and started to piece the plot together. Everyday my ideas are growing and more often than not, I’m daydreaming.

6. My Momma Moved Out

As I’ve said, my parents split about a year ago. In March my dear mum moved out of our family home and is renting a little house in Bishops Cleeve. There is not a day that I don’t wish she was still living with me but I’m looking to the future. She’s happier, I’m happy for her and actually everything is starting to look up. We got through our first Christmas together, with many tears, but this horrible, uncomfortable corner has been turned and its all goooood.

7. I went to the Harry Potter Studios

My wedding day won’t top my day at Leavesden Studios. I drank butter beer, saw costumes, met Hedwig, rode a broom, took selfies in the Mirror of Erised and bought a Gryffindoor scarf. I also cried twice and then shook like those tiny, ratty dogs because I was so excited. You may think I’m pathetic but I have no shame.

Me & My Little Bro at the Gates of Hogwarts
Me & My Little Bro at the Gates of Hogwarts

p.s I also was sorted into Hufflepuff

p.p.s My wand is Rowan, with a dragon heart string core, 13 inches and quite flexible

8. I read A Song of Ice and Fire (a.k.a Game of Thrones) series in about 6 weeks

Don’t judge me! I was unemployed and due to my degree I have a abnormal reading speed. Plus, they’re so mind blowingly, stomach churningly, additively, obscenely AMAZING!! I had to have multiple pots of tea to calm me down.

9. I finally understood protein shakes

I will put my hands up and admit that I was at the forefront of the protein shake haters. I waged that war, armed with my lentils, broccoli and legumes, and argued that it was pointless. However, one of my friends lost about 3 stone using Protein World’s Slender Blend – and now I’m a hypocrite. I tried it, and loved it. After actually educating myself I know that when used in the right way, protein shakes really do help transform your body.

Sorry to all those who I forced to listen to my rants

10. I started Love & Berries

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When I moved back to The Shire I was not in the best place. My whole life was upside down, my mum had moved out, I had no job, no degree work, a new room, I couldn’t see my uni friends everyday, living with my dad, by brother was at uni, and I needed a way to take control of what I was doing with my life. I’ve discovered so many amazing and supportive people during this processes and I love how this blog is helping me grow in such a positive way.

I finally took control of what I ate, which is something I’ve struggled with in the past, and for the first time, in a very long time, I feel centred and…happy. Of course I have off days, most people do but I’m looking forward. 2015 has so much to offer and it’s the first time in my entire life when I don’t have any plans. I’m in a place of such optimism and it’s the most refreshing mindset I’ve ever had.