Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Healthy Chocolate and Macadamia Cupcakes

I nearly cried in joy when I whipped up these Chocolate and Macadamia Cupcakes. You see, they're so light and fluffy, and so perfect with a cuppa, but they're also completely and utterly free from any nasties or wheat.

Made using nut butter to replace the traditional fats used in cakes, as well as coconut and almond flours which are both low-carb and gluten-free, these cupcakes are perfect for most diets and intolerances. They're also so delicious that they passed the toddler test with my son - the ultimate seal of approval!

Sam x


Chocolate and Macadamia Cupcakes

(Makes 3)
1 egg, beaten
2 tbsp chocolate nut butter (I used Hognuts Marquise - Chocolate and Macadamia), slightly melted or runny
3 tbsp ground almonds
2 tbsp coconut flour
1.5 tbsp hazelnut milk
0.5 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp stevia
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch salt
2 tbsp dark chocolate chips
2 tbsp macadamia nuts, chopped

1) Preheat the oven to 180C then line a muffin tray with 6 cases. Mix together the dry ingredients in a  bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients, then fold into the dry.

2) Stir in the chocolate chips, macadamia nuts and add dollops of the batter into the cases. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Getting Back The Pre-Baby Body With Sweaty Betty

I always thought I was a born fashionista. For years, I was at my happiest, my most confident, when I was prancing about in floaty dresses or skintight leather trousers and skyscraper heels.

That, it seems, is no more.

Perhaps it's partly down to becoming a mum, or perhaps it's simply my changing lifestyle, but I now pretty much live in stylish, cool workout gear. Give me some printed leggings and neon trainers, and I'm a very happy lady.

So when Sweaty Betty (those of the colourful, stylish sportswear which every woman needs in her wardrobe) asked me to review their leggings, I leapt at the chance. I had just had Leo and was starting to embrace a new fitness regime, determined to get that six pack back.

I also have to confess to being a bit of a Sweaty Betty addict. Their clothing makes up about 80% of my workout wardrobe. Why? Well, I quite simply adore their gorgeous printed leggings, their range of neon tops (the Athlete vests are a huge favourite of mine) and their micro running shorts. It's gym gear for the fashion crowd.

Sweaty Betty Mermaid Leggings

As soon as I saw Sweaty Betty's 3/4 Mermaid run leggings, I knew they were the ones I wanted to review. With their all-over statement print and neon back zip pocket (did I mention that I love neon?), I instantly fell in love.

And, although they're made for runners (they have a sweat-proof, lightweight fabric which makes them ideal for high intensity workouts), I couldn't wait to wear them to Kickboxing - my latest fitness addiction, and probably the ultimate comfort test for leggings.

So, what did I think? Well, not only do these leggings look great (maybe not quite as good as on the fitness model, admittedly!), but they're also ridiculously comfortable. They stretch and bend with every kick, every move and every punch. They keep me cool even throughout the most intense circuit training "warm-ups" and I've received a tonne of compliments too.

I've also been wearing them throughout Yoga and Pilates workouts and, in this heat, I've been playing in the garden in them with the boys too!

Sadly, these leggings have now sold out, but I've spied a few more beauties on the Sweaty Betty website that I just HAVE to have. Here are my picks of the rest - and some of the sale bargains I'll DEFINITELY be snapping up...

Salabasana Ombre Yoga Capris, £37 (sale price)
Limitless Run Vest, £38 (sale)
Ombre Yoga Vest, £26 (sale)
Sleeveless warm-up sweat, £32 (sale)
Do you also love Sweaty Betty? What are your top picks?

Sam x

Monday, 21 July 2014

Deliciously Healthy Raw Banoffee Pies

The second I made these beautiful, mini Raw Banoffee Pies at the weekend, I knew I had to share them with you right away. You see, not only do they taste absolutely delicious and look incredibly pretty, but they're actually full of nutrients and natural, unprocessed ingredients.

As a meat lover, I could never follow the raw diet 100% of the time. However, I do think that, every once in a while, it pays to enjoy raw foods and treats if you can. They tend to be loaded with vitamins and minerals (which aren't killed by the cooking process) and seem to sit lighter on the tummy.

Raw Banoffee Pie

Anyway, these Banoffee Pies are made with a Paleo-friendly ground almond pastry base and topped with a smooth dairy-free mousse, formed with bananas, my favourite Hognuts banoffee almond butter (available here from Protein Pick and Mix) and dates. I like to serve mine with whipped coconut cream and salted date caramel, but add whatever takes your fancy!

Sam x


Raw Banoffee Pie recipe

(Creates 6 mini pies)
250g ground almonds
170g dates, pitted and chopped
2 tbsp Hognuts banoffee flavoured almond butter (or use normal)

For the filling:
4 ripe bananas
5 tbsp Hognuts banoffee flavour almond butter
5 Medjool dates
Pinch salt
150ml almond or coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

1) To make the pastry, blitz together the ingredients in a high-powered processor until smooth. Knead together into a dough. If the mixture is too try, add a splash of milk. Too sticky, and add more ground almonds, or a touch of coconut flour.

2) Press the dough down into loose-bottomed mini tart tins, working it up the sides. Place in the fridge to set.

3) Make the filling by blending together the remaining ingredients, then pour over the hardened tart cases. Place in the freezer to set.

4) Once ready to serve, remove from the freezer and allow to thaw slightly, then top with chopped bananas and drizzled dark chocolate. Serve with coconut cream, or whatever takes your fancy!

Friday, 18 July 2014

Friday's High Street Hitlist

Happy Friday lovely ladies! It's been a while, but we're back with Friday's high street hitlist. Hoorah - get those credit cards at the ready and sharpen those elbows, ready to hit the shops!

There's plenty of new clothes in at the stores (and, bizarrely in this heat) lots of Autumn picks, such as pastel beanies and wool coats. Our favourite store at this week has to be & Other Stories - just check out the beautiful dresses and prints! We are drooling.

Let us know what you'll be buying,

Sam and Teresa x

Shirt Dress
Monochrome Shirt Dress, £50
Jersey Pleated Midi Dress, £32
Sporty pencil skirt
Sporty Waistband Tube Skirt, £25
Printed skorts
Tiger Print skort, £35
Printed lantern skirt
Aztec Mono Lantern Skirt, £45
Tile Print Trousers, £28
Folk Print tee
Folk Mirror tee, £28

Mesh insert dress
Vesper Sexy Lacy Pencil Dress, £58
White lace shirt
Warehouse Boxy Shirt, £40
Spot Print Dress With Drop Waist, £32
White peplum dress
Peplum Dress, £35
Pleated culottes
Pleated Midi Culottes, £40
Giraffe print jumper
Monki Giraffe Print Sweater, £30
collar tshirt
The Laden Showroom X Even Vintage Wave Collar T Shirt, £42
Crop Midi Dress
Double Layer Crop Midi Dress, £32
Logo tshirt
Striped Merci t-shirt, £18
Blue floral body con dress, £45


Zara striped blazer
Striped jacket, £59.99
Magenta satin dress, £35.99
Sheer blouse, £25.99
Silver pleated midi skirt
Silver Foil Midi Skirt, £29.99
Mesh court shoe, £49.99
Pointed ballerinas, £29.99
Rhinestone Necklace, £29.99

Printed sweatshirt
Jaguar printed sweater, £39
Horn ring, £12
Kaleidoscope dress, £79
Printed shirtdress, £95
Printed skirt, £35

Draped dress, £24.99
Knitted cardigan, £29.99
Printed loafers, £9.99
Beanie, £6.99
Jersey dress, £14.99
Heart print blouse
Heart print blouse, £9.99

Kourou printed skirt, £155
Anais floral print blouse, £155

Voila striped knit, £115
Feminin logo tee, £45

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