Clean Banana and Strawberry Ice Cream

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With all this sunny weather we’ve been having, you might be missing a nice refreshing ice cream/lolly to cool you down, and if so, this is the recipe for you! All clean ice cream.

You’ll need to freeze your fruit – I went for bananas and strawberries – just for a couple of hours. And you’ll need some dairy-free milk, I went for my fave; almond milk.

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Throw it all in a blender and mix until you get a smooth serve consistency. This might take a while but stick with it! And that’s all ya need to do to have some guilt free ice cram. Enjoy!

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Clean Chilli

When I’m feeling sorry for myself, which I was tonight as I’m super poorly, all I want is comfort food. Now that I’ve stopped with the sugar I can’t reach for a bag of malteasers and instead went for something that reminded me of the home cooked dinners my mama used to make.

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What you gon’ need:

  • 200g of lean mince beef
  • 1/2 an onion
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Soy/Worcester sauce (I hate worcester so went for soy sauce but both work)
  • 1/2 tin chopped tomatoes
  • Kidney beans
  • A squeeze of tomato puree
  • Chilli powder
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Olive oil

What you gon’ do:

  1. Chop your garlic and onion and put in a pan with some hot oil and some shakes of chilli powder. Fry for a minute or two.
  2. Add the mince and brown it off and then add the pepper.
  3. Mix in the tomato puree.
  4. Add the tinned tomatoes and kidney beans, mix well and simmer for 20 mins.
  5. I served my chilli with roasted baby potatoes and veg (peas and purple sprouted broccoli) but you can also have it with a jacket potato or summer salad and Greek yogurt.

Clean Living Plan aided by Juice+

If you’ve read my ‘About’ you’ll know I’ve been following the Clean Living Plan since the beginning of March. This is basically following an Atkins-style diet (no carbs, sugar or dairy) but I also have the help of Juice+.

Juice+ sounds like one of those crazy only drink juice diets but it’s name is deceiving. They’re basically milkshakes which come in two flavours – vanilla or chocolate – and you can add all sorts of yummy ingredients to them. This morning I had almond milk, banana, honey and vanilla JP.

They can be used as meal replacements, which is how I use them, but they have a ridiculous number of health benefits and a lot of people drink them instead of protein shakes for sports or to get more nutrients into their diet.

Personally, I have seen a massive difference in my moods since drinking the shakes. I very rarely have mood swings, I can get out of bed in the morning and I am full of energy. They’ve also helped my skin a ridiculous amount and have aided my weight loss.

1 shake contains the essence of 17 fruits and vegetables and are scientifically proven to help your gums, your heart, your immune system, DNA, skin.. and the list goes on!

I would 100% recommend this plan for anybody looking to change their relationship with food (I used to be a eat nothing or eat everything in sight kinda girl) and live a more healthy lifestyle.

Hangover cure….

Usually after a night out drinking, the following morning I’d be straight onto the Dominoes or Pizza Hut website ordering myself the greasiest, meatiest pizza. But not anymore, today I had this instead…

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All I did was chuck together all the vegetables I could find with some fried bacon and let them sizzle for a little while. So much healthier than a large pizza with all the trimmings!

Snacking doesn’t have to be a bad thing…

Gone are the days when I grab a family size bag of cheese balls (sigh) or smother some lurpak on some tiger bread for a quick snack. I always had a negative impression of snacking but now I’ve learnt all you need is to know what to snack on. Today I had some purple sprouted broccoli and a hard boiled egg…

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Cate has got me into purple sprouted broccoli and so I have it as a side to most of my meals now and after a little research I learned it has some really good health benefits. Asides from being 1 of your 5 a day, it also has sulphoraphane which is thought to prevent cancer, heart disease and diabetes. It’s also packed with vitamin C, iron, calcium and vitamin A!

With my broc I also had a hard boiled egg for a little protein. Hard boiled eggs have got the good fats to stabilize blood cholesterol levels, keep blood sugar levels at a good range and regulate insulin. Eggs have also got Vitamin A to keep your eyes healthy and vitamin D to keep your teeth and bones strong.

Beats a bag of crisps any day!

 

How many colours are in your dinner?

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It’s been a few days since I’ve blogged about my healthy eating habits; mostly because I have fallen off the wagon slightly, in that I have spent the past few nights getting wasted on G&T’s (not completely unhealthy!) so haven’t made any sexy looking dishes… Until tonight that is!

 

I wanted to make a lovely colourful dinner, so I went for a vegetable curry with all the vegetables I could get my hands on, and it’s so easy to make.

What you gon’ need:

  • Peppers (red and green)
  • Onion
  • Sweetcorn
  • Chickpeas
  • Spinach
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • 1 Sweet potato
  • 250ml vegetable stock
  • 50g brown rice
  • 1tbsp tumeric
  • A shake of cumin
  • Olive oil

I haven’t put how much of each veggie you need as you can use as much or as little as you like!

  1. Get your brown rice rinsed off and on the hob simmering away
  2. Peel and chop the sweet potato
  3. Chop up your onions and peppers and add to a pan with some hot olive oil
  4. Add the sweetcorn, potato, spinach and garlic and stir well
  5. Add the tumeric and cumin and stir so everything is pretty much covered
  6. Then add the tomatoes and stock and simmer for about 20-25 minutes
  7. Present on a plate and eat hot! It’s as simple as that.

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Get me to the pub.

Get me to the pub.

If, like me, you love a good drink but dread to think of the calories (209 calories in a jagerbomb!!) do not fear, all hope is not lost.

On the Clean Living Plan, alcohol is not allowed, because it’s never gonna be good for you and it’s full of bad toxins. But I couldn’t possibly cut alcohol out of my diet so instead I just changed my habits.

I used to be a voddie and full fat coke kinda gal, followed by a few jagerbombs and of course, some tequila shots but gone are those days.

I now opt for a G&T (or three), and if you’re feeling guilty about the extra calories, just remember you’re unlikely to get a hangover as the tonic is hydrating and that tonic water has quinine in it which helps prevent malaria. So not all bad…

Clean Chicken Curry

Tonight, I didn’t get home til gone midnight but after listening to Capital FM’s midnight mix on the way home I was full of energy to decided to make myself a delicious clean dinner. Of course, I chose a curry.

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What you gon’ need:

  • 50g of brown rice
  • 1 large chicken breast
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 a tin of tomatoes
  • 250ml of chicken stock
  • 1tbsp of tumeric
  • 1tbsp of cumin
  • Greek yogurt
  • Olive oil
  • Salt to taste

What you gon’ do:

  1. Get your brown rice cooking as this is gonna take the longest, leave on a medium heat for about 22 minutes.
  2. Slice your chicken into bitesize chunks and then add into a pan of hot oil with the chopped onion and garlic.
  3. After a couple of minutes, add your tumeric and cumin and mix around.
  4. Add the tomatoes and then the stock and mix well.
  5. Leave both pans to simmer until the rice is cooked.
  6. Stir into the curry mix a spoonful of greek yogurt.
  7. Serve with a side of veg (I added some carrots) and add a few leaves of spinach if you please.

 

Quick and Easy Dinner

Quick and Easy Dinner

I’ve recently started working a late shift, meaning by the time I get home it’s already about 10.30pm at the earliest, so some days I am just way too shattered to even think about cooking something like a stew or a curry.

Tonight was one of those nights so I just threw what I had in the fridge in a pan and it actually turned out pretty tasty, so I thought I’d share it all with you.

I used a few rashers of bacon, fried em in a pan, added an onion, a red pepper, some broccoli, peas and spinach leaves and cooked through. When everything was pretty much cooked I threw in an egg and stirred it through until cooked (literally like a minute) and hey presto!

Feeling Peckish?

Feeling Peckish?

If you’re looking for something to tide you over til your next meal, I’d highly recommend Nakd bars as a little treat (but only 2/3 times a week).

They’re free from dairy, wheat and gluten and are made from only raw fruits and and nuts. There’s no added sugar and even though even the thought of it sounds gross, they’re actually pretty tasty!