March favourites…

I find it slightly crazy, and very scary, that we have come to the end of yet another month. March has been a super busy one, full of exciting ventures and some slightly scary, big decisions! However, it has also been filed with many delicious food and recipes and  fun fitness events, so I just had to share them with you!

Pip and Nut and Propercorn popcorn; these two make for the dreamiestttttttt combination.  Pip and Nut is 100% my favourite nut butter (in allll the flavours); it is so creamy and tastes as natural as it is, yet is delicious!  Propercorn is the ideal combination with this; especially the almond butter flavour! It makes a great, low GI and low calorie snack (or flex bowl topper), and tastes really naughty!

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Muscle Mousse protein pancake and muffin mixes; okay, no word of a lie, these are DELICIOUS. As in, I was happily eating the mix without adding anything to it, or even cooking! They are so simple to use; you simply add water and you’re done! They’re also really macro friendly; low carb, low fat and high protein; ideal for rest day treats!

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Laid bare skincare; I loved the results I saw in my skin after just a few weeks of using this skin care and making it a part of my daily routine! The mask is exfoliating but gentle at the same time so is perfect for my sensitive skin! I use the DIY cleanser and toner in the evening to remove make up and the 9-5 moisturiser every morning and evening to moisturise my face!  The other thing I love is that it is really good value; some skincare is so expensive which I really don’t think is necessary.

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My Skillet; I LOVE my skillet; for both sweet and savoury dishes! But, I mainly use it to make my weekend breakfasts seem so much more luxurious! I love a skillet cookie, brownie, pancake, crumble, cobbler; you name it, you can make it in a skillet! Head to my blog now to find more recipe ideas!

Hannah xxx

Carrot Loaf cake…

I love carrot cake; as I was growing up, it was definitely my favourite cake of choice! However, your traditional cake is definitely not as healthy as this option and is often high in both fat and calories!

This cake though, contains 6.8g of protein per slice and only 1.2g of fat!

Ingredients:

  • 100g of plain yogurt,
  • 250g of liquid egg whites (or 4 whole eggs whisked together),
  • 40g of vanilla or plain whey protein,
  • 150g of grated carrot,
  • 30g of date nectar,
  • 50g of coconut flour,
  • 50g of dried fruit,

For the icing:

  • 20g of casein protein,
  • 100g of plain yogurt,
  • nuts and seeds to sprinkle!

Method: 

  1. Line a loaf tin and pre heat your oven to 160C,
  2. Combine all of the cake ingredients until well mixed and then pour them in to the tin,
  3. Put the tin in the oven and bake for 45 minutes or until firm to touch.
  4. Take the cake out of the tin and tip on a cooling rack,
  5. Leave the cake to cool on a cooling rack,
  6. Whilst the cake is cooling, mix together the yogurt and casein,
  7. Once cooled, spread this over the cake and then sprinkle the nuts and seeds on top,
  8. ENJOY!

 

Don’t forget to let me know if you make it!

 

Hannah x

Spiced Apple Muffins (guest recipe by @rachelehiggins)

Apple’s are brilliant in cake recipes- they add moisture as well as a delicious fragrance. Combine them with cinnamon and mixed spice and you have a match made in heaven! So when Rachel shared this delicious recipe with me, I just had to share it with you! 


So, here’s the recipe:

Ingredients

50g wholewheat flour

50g rice flour 

50g coconut flour

25g vanilla plant protein powder 

1tsp bicarbonate of soda 

100g chopped Apple 

1tsp cinnamon

1tsp mixed spice 

150g egg white 

20g melted coconut oil

250ml unsweetened almond milk 

1tsp natvia sweetner 

Method

Preheat your oven to 150C and pop 12 muffin cases in to a muffin tray.

Mix all wet ingredients together, add all the dry ingredients, then fold in the Apple. 

Divide mixture between 12 muffin tins and pop in the oven for 15 minutes or until firm to touch on top! 

Enjoy as they are or smother with a lovely layer or peanut butter! 

Rachel has a great Instagram account with many delicious recipes, so head to her page now to find more! 

Parsnip Brownies…

The ingredients in this chocolate and parsnip brownie work beautifully together – I dare you to try it. The sweetness of the parsnip perfectly complements the rich, dark chocolate. Plus, if they have parsnip in, they surely count as one of your five a day, right?

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Serves 8
Preparation time 10 minutes

Cooking time 10-15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 150g of chopped parsnip,
  • 50g of Doisy and Dam Chocolate (any will be fine for this),
  • 120g of egg whites or two whole eggs,
  • 50g of sweetener (I used a granulated one but honey, or similar, would work fine),
  • 100g of Buckwheat flour,
  • 100ml of milk (I used a strawberry flavoured one),
  • 2 tablespoons of cacao powder,
  • ½ a teaspoon of baking powder.

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Method:

  1. Grease and line a small baking tin (I actually used a loaf tin),
  2. Pre heat the oven to 160C,
  3. In you blender, pop all of the ingredients.
  4. Blend until they are well combined,
  5. Now pour the mixture in to your prepared tin and pop in to the oven for around 30 minutes or until the brownies are firm to touch,
  6. Take out of the tin and then leave to cool on a cooling rack,
  7. Once cooled, use a sharp knife to cut in to squares.
  8. ENJOY!

UFit drinks… my thoughts.

The sports nutrition industry has become littered with new brands that claim to be the best and provide you with the nutrition to produce ultimate performance. So, when it comes to know what to buy, how good it is and if you can actually trust the brands claims, it can all become a bit mind boggling. So, when I received a lovely looking parcel of protein shakes from UFit drinks, I wanted to see if their ‘on-the-go high protein health & wellness drinks for active men & women’, were as good as they look on the bottle.

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The taste test:

  • When trying the drinks, I based their taste on what I feel the flavour ‘normally’tastes like and, coming up trumps, for me was the banana flavour. It tasted SO good; like I was drinking an actual banana shake.

The texture:

  • The chocolate was thick and creamy, just as I like a shake to be
  • None of the shakes were runny, so as a meal replacement, they are ideal because you feel as if you have actually consumed something of substance.

The nutritional content:

  • In the ‘normal’ size bottle, the drinks contain a whopping 22g of protein, 11g of carbs and around 3g of fat; ideal to help you recover post work out.
  • In the UFit 50 drinks, there is 50g of protein for only 336 calories! FIT PRO50 is naturally rich in essential amino acids, the building blocks of your body. Essential amino acids cannot be produced by your body, meaning they must be obtained from foods and drink.  They also contain vitmains and minerals and are low in fat, again, ideal post workout!

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Baking, making and creating with UFIT:

  • The drinks are SO versatile to make things with; you can sub any liquid in a mixture for the drink and can make the ultimate protein pancakes.
  • To make the pancakes, simply blend a banana, one UFIT drink and some flour together and then cook in a frying pan!

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The price and where to find them:

 

Goldenberry protein bites…

You’re probably wondering what on Earth a goldenberry is and, to be quite honest, I was too when I received them! So, google (and my life saving iPhone) came to the rescue with all the answers I needed. Basically, a goldenberry is a dried physalis; a Peruvian fruit that has a nice sweet flavour and is high in both iron and fibre. Therefore, I just had to add it to a recipe! 

These bars couldn’t be easier to make; they’re a simple chuck it in the blender and blend until blended kinda thing.. and, if you don’t have goldenberries? Well, sub them for any dried fruit you like! I feel that dried mulberries and apricots have a similar flavour! 

Anyway, find the recipe below! 

Ingredients: 

– 50g of dried golden berries,

– 50g of dried figs or dates,

– 2 packets or 60g of seeds (I used good4unutrition),

– 40g of protein (I used a vanilla flavour),

– 20g of crunchy peanut butter,

– 25g of agave nectar,

– 50g of liquid (I used milk).
Method:

1. Line a baking tin with clingfilm,

2. Pop all of your ingredients in to a blender and blend until well combined,

3. Tip the mix into the baking tin, press down until nice and flat,

4. Pop the mixture in the fridge to set,

5. Cut in to squares and enjoy! 
Hannah x 

The HollyBush, Witney… my thoughts.

Last week, I felt very lucky when heading to The HollyBush to try their food (and drinks). After talking to my friends who live in the area, I was promised great things, and the meal didn’t disappoint.

Firstly, when we arrived at the pub, it was really easy to park on the road outside, we had a 2 minute walk to the door (if that) and Witney has many places available in which you can park for free! We strolled in, were greeted with lovely smiling faces and seated at a lovely table near a fireplace!

The atmosphere in the pub was brilliant; background music that wasn’t overpowering and many other customers happily chatting (and drinking) away!

The drinks menu was the first thing I looked at and the cocktail options, as well as beers, wines and soft drinks, were amazing! So much so, that I didn’t know which cocktail to go for. In the end, I chose Passionella (because it contained Limencello, my favourite) and it was delicious! A great way to start the evening!

The Menus (the normal one and specials) had so many tasty options; I was stuck for choice! Normally, I am really fussy and don’t like many things on the menu, so being stuck for choice, says a lot (in a positive way)! In the end, we chose smoked salmon with sourdough bread and scallops with a cauliflower puree for starters, follwed by a chicken and stuffing wellington and a prawn Vietnamese noodle soup for mains!

When our starters arrived, they looked amazing and they tasted just that! They were really nicely laid out on the plate, of a great temperature to eat immediately and both tasted great! The scallops tasted SO GOOD; I would definitely order them again!

The mains were of the same level of taste and appearance as the starters; I’d never had the soup before, so was excited to give it a try! I loved it and it is definitely something I will have a try at making myself!

Overall, I feel that the price, taste and atmosphere was all brilliant and, due to this, I would definitely return!

Hannah x