Thursday, 28 May 2015

Paleo Courgette Bread With Raspberry Chia Jam (Low-Carb)


Lately, I've been craving an awful lot of carbs.

Perhaps it's my body trying to punish myself with just a few weeks until I need to get into a bikini. Perhaps it's the lack of sunshine and these depressingly grey skies and cold temperatures. Or (more likely), perhaps it's simply because I have been utterly exhausted lately, running myself into the ground in every possible way.

Anyway, in a bid to avoid those nasty, refined carbs (and, in fact, lower my dosage of carbs in general!), I've been eating a whole lot of this delicious Paleo Courgette Bread. While it may sound odd to use courgette in bread, hear me out - this is utterly delicious, especially when toasted!

And when you add homemade Raspberry Chia Jam into the mix...whoa! You are in for a treat.


Seriously, low-carb bread is the best!

Do you have any favourite recipes?

Sam x

PALEO COURGETTE BREAD WITH RASPBERRY CHIA JAM



Ingredients:
1 cup nut butter of choice
1 cup grated courgette (or zucchini)
1/4 cup coconut flour
5 large eggs
2 tbsp maple syrup
1.5 tbsp Lucy Bee coconut oil
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1.5 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
Pinch cinnamon
Pinch sea salt

For the chia jam:
1 punnet fresh raspberries
1 tbsp water
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp chia seeds

Method:
1) Preheat oven to 180C, then grease and line a loaf tin. Using a tea towel as a strainer, squeeze any excess water from your courgette. Now blitz together the bread ingredients until smooth, then pour into your lined tin. Bake for around 40 minutes, or until cooked through. Leave to cool.

2) In the meantime, make your jam by heating the raspberries in a saucepan with the water and maple syrup. As they heat up, stir until the raspberries are broken down and start to become jam-like. Keep stirring as you go to stop them from catching, then remove from the heat once they have all broken down. Stir through the vanilla and chia seeds, then leave to cool before pouring into an airtight container and placing in the fridge to thicken.

3) Once ready to enjoy, cut the bread into slices, toast gently and spread with your jam.



Wednesday, 27 May 2015

You Cannot Beat This Nail Polish


It is not often we feature a nail polish, we know what we like, right?!


  • A good nail brush to apply the polish with
  • A strong colour which does not need a minimum of four applications before you can see a hint of it
  • Quick drying
  • A shiny finish
  • Not too expensive


It's not too much to ask for, is it?

Well, yes it seems as though it is. How many times have you purchased a nail polish because you love the colour and when you try it for the first time the brush is too skinny and the colour is so sheer it looks nothing like it does in the bottle? Probably, too many times. I hate being conned yet again by a bottle of nail polish.

I wish the shops had tester bottles of nail polishes, it would make it so much easier. Although, they would have to provide nail polish remover too or we could end up with ten different coloured nails in our hunt for finding the right one to buy.

Thankfully, I have discovered Diego Dalla Palma nail polishes, which I had never tried before, do the job perfectly!  This brand is sold at Marks & Spencer, not a shop I would normally go to for beauty products, but I will be going there from now on!


diego dalla palma nail review
Priced at £9.50

It ticks all of my nail polish boxes. And what do I love the most about this range? It dries incredibly quickly. This is so important because I am one of those silly people who decides to paint her nails five minutes before leaving the house and then has to get into the car carefully not knocking my nails.


nail base filler, smoothing nail filler, nail filler,
Smoothing base filler, £9.50


I have tried the smoothing base filler and it certainly does the job on my not-so-perfect nails. Due to the fact it dries so quickly I can apply the nail colour very soon after. I love it!

There are some fab colours in the Diego Dalla Palma collection, here are the ones I am loving right now:

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Coral
orange nail polish, best orange nail polish,
Orange
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Pale pink
blackberry nail polish, dark brown nail polish,
Blackberry
plum nail polish, diego dalla palma nail polish, marks spencer nail polish,
Plum
geranium nail polsih,
Geranium
peach rose nail polish,
Peach Rose


All of these colours are fantastic shades for your fingers and toes this summer. At £9.50 each they are a lot cheaper than some of the other go-to nail polish brands; especially at the moment because there is a special offer at Marks & Spencer on these nail polishes. You would be crazy to not treat yourself to a couple of their 24 nail colours.


Saturday, 23 May 2015

White Chocolate & Raspberry Protein Cheesecake



I love making cheesecakes, but it had been months since I last got round to making them.

The creaminess of the filling combined with the delicious crunch of base is just so satisfying and, let's face it, so darn yummy!

Over the last few weeks, I've gone full circle from being a dark chocolate fiend to being all about the white chocolate (I blame the Nuts n More new flavour!). So I decided to work my favourite things into this delicious White Chocolate & Raspberry Protein Cheesecake.

Created with a healthy, gluten-free granola cheesecake crust, this is perfectly guilt-free, yet still utterly delicious. It's also free from any refined sugars - the raspberries lend a lovely, seasonal sweet hit anyway - and makes for the perfect snack in front of the TV!

Enjoy,

Sam x

WHITE CHOCOLATE & RASPBERRY PROTEIN CHEESECAKE


White chocolate raspberry protein cheesecake


Ingredients:
For the base -
1 3/4 cups Rude Health granola
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp Nuts n More white chocolate peanut butter
2 tbsp Lucy Bee Coconut Oil

For the filling -
400g vanilla (or plain) Quark
350g low-fat cream cheese
2 scoops white chocolate protein (I used Sci-Tec)
1/2 tbsp - 1 tbsp TRKG Jordan's sugar-free white chocolate syrup
1 tbsp Nuts n More white chocolate peanut butter
1/4 cup Natvia
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 punnet fresh raspberries

Method:

1) Preheat the oven to 180C. Start by making the base by blitzing ingredients together until they stick. Press into the base of a springform cake tin (I used 8inch) and bake for 8-10 minutes. Set aside to cool.

2) In the meantime, blitz the filling ingredients together until smooth. Stop to taste and sweeten more or add further cream cheese if necessary. Stir through the raspberries, then pour over the baked cheesecake crust. Place in the oven for 35 minutes, until slightly wobbly in the centre but firm elsewhere.

3) Leave to cool, then place in the fridge until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Friday, 22 May 2015

What's New To Buy From The High Street? Our Top Picks


This is one High Street Hitlist which was definitely worth the wait - there are some amazing buys to be had this week!!

Whether you are looking for clothes for your holidays, fancy some cool festival fashion or simply want to update your wardrobe for summer then you are in the right place. We have got stacks of fab dresses to suit any occasion and all of them are going to have you grabbing your purses to get your bank cards out.

There are some stunning tops, smashing jeans and a few pairs of summer shoes which we are coveting right now. Also Whistles have got a sale on all items which are NEW IN, so make sure you have a look so you can bag yourself a bargain.

With over 90 top picks for you to choose from you are in for a treat.....


TOPSHOP


topshop white short sleeved shirt,
Cut-out detail shirt, £26
white striped dress
Striped jacquard A-line dress, £50
embroidred gilet, faux fur cream gilet, topshop gilet,
Embroidered faux fur gilet, £65
topshop white jeans
MOTO cut-work girlfriend jeans, £42
pink flower skirt, flower cord skirt, pink corduroy skirt,
Rose print cord A-line skirt, £34
grey skinny jeans, topshop grey jeans,
MOTO grey Jamie jeans, £40
topshop cream playsuit,
Lace-up embroidered playsuit, £36
navy white striped midi dress
Deck chair striped midi dress, £32
white shirt dress
Casual shirt dress, £36
blue striped v back dress,
Fitted striped dress, £70
bamboo shorts
Bamboo print shorts, £35
topshop kimono,
Sheer floral print duster, £38
black fringe dress, black tassel dress topshop,
Fringe dress, £28
leopard print gladiator sandals, leopard sandals,
FIG leopard lace-up gladiator sandals, £39
green suede skirt, light green suede skirt, topshop green suede skirt,
Suede button through A-line skirt, £75
floral tie shoulder top
Floral print tie-strap Bardot top, £26
jovonna tassel coat, tassel print jacket,
Aztec print tassel hem jacket by Jovonna, £75
black print on white trousers
Tilly trousers by TFNC, £35
leaf print green dress, olive pinafore,
Premium olive leaf print pinafore dress, £68
long sleeve playsuit white
Raglan tie playsuit, £30
hawaiian shirt dress, green flower shirt dress,
Hawaiian print shirt dress, £42
white crochet top
Crochet trim tee, £45
orange sundress, orange print dress,
Scarf print slip dress, £32
white crochet top vest
Crochet halter neck top by Glamorous, £21

ASOS


first suede dress, suede shirt dress,
First & I 70s suedette shirt dress, £35
scallop edge suede skirt
First & I suedette button through skirt, £22
navy aztec poncho, navy poncho, vila poncho,
Vila aztec poncho with tassel edges, £35
warehouse white dress
Warehouse embroidered lace shift dress at ASOS, £45
green feather dress, christophe sauvat dress,
Christophe Sauvat feathers dress, £130
black whistles shirt dress, whistles lola dress,
Whistles Lola oversized shirt dress, £95
off shoulder denim dress
Denim off shoulder waisted midi dress, £40
grey print bardot dress, grey wedding guest dress,
ASOS salon midi dress in floral organza, £85
esprit black hem dress
Esprit crochet hem dress, £45
white detail dress, selected white midi dress,
Selected Noa cut work dress, £95
gestuz white dress
Gestuz Anni dress, £160
gestuz black dress lace shoulder
Gestuz Katya dress, £160
long parka
Parka with bomber detail, £70
asos kimmi jeans
Kimmi shrunken boyfriend jeans, £38
mint pleated dress,
Spot mesh fit and flare dress, £50
weekday black jumpsuit
Weekday slouchy crepe wrap front jumpsuit, £65
closet blue belted white dress
Closet roll neck belted pencil dress, £50
asos denim pinafore
Denim midi pinafore dress, £42

RIVER ISLAND


river island green leaf dress
Khaki crepe leaf print kimono dress, £35
river island white dress
White lace top ribbed skater dress, £38
velvet fringed top
Black devore fringed cami, £28
river island black tassel cape, black tassel cape, river island black kimono,
Faux suede tassel cape, £40
brown leather jacket fur collar
Leather-look faux fur biker jacket, £65
white lace dress with black collar, white dress black leather collar,
White embellished lace A-line dress, £75
orange maxi skirt, orange skirt river island,
Orange woven print maxi skirt, £35
river island black strap shoe, black strappy flats,
Black caged strappy pointed shoes, £30
black strap dress sheer, river island black midi dress,
Black embroidered strappy slip dress, £35
silver sequin midi dress, sequin dress river island,
Dark grey sequin embellished dress, £85
white strappy dress, white dress river island,
Cream embroidered strappy slip dress, £35
river island shirt dress
Black print satin crepe shirt dress, £45
black glitter espadrilles, black espadrilles river island,
Black glitter toe espadrilles, £24
river island black maxi dress, black maxi dress with belt,
Black waisted maxi dress, £38
white black striped turtle neck top, striped high neck top,
Cream stripe turtle neck top, £22
river island ripped knee jeans, river island amelie jeans, river island super skinny jeans,
Mid wash ripped knee Amelie skinny jeans, £42

OASIS


oasis white jumpsuit, white culotte jumpsuit,
Culotte jumpsuit, £60

URBAN OUTFITTERS


cooperative tweed dress, lemon tweed dress,
Cooperative tweed shift dress, £49
grey denim button dress, BDG grey dress,
BDG midi sleeveless denim dress, £56
light blue midi dress, pins needles blue dress,
Pins & Needles pintuck midi dress in blue, £66
silver ear climber earring, ear climber earring urban outfitters,
Delicate earclimber earring in silver, £6

MANGO


mango white maxi dress
Boho flowy dress, £79.99
beige fringe sandals, mango fringed sandals,
Fringe leather sandals, £59.99
tie dye midi dress, tie dye strappy dress, mango tie dye dress,
Tie-dye chiffon dress, £59.99

WAREHOUSE


cream crochet dress, crochet midi dress, warehouse cream midi dress,
Cream crochet dress, £48
blue strappy midi dress, warehouse blue dress,
Blue plaited strap midi dress, £28
yellow paisley shirt, warehouse yellow shirt,
Yellow paisley printed shirt, £32
warehouse khaki dress, khaki midi dress,
Plaited strap midi dress, £28
warehouse black jumpsuit, black jumpsuit embroidered neck,
Embroidered strap jumpsuit, £45
cream gyspy dress, warehouse cream dress,
Textured gypsy dress, £35
sequinned cape, warehouse sequin cape,
Sequin cape, £48
orange gypsy dress, yellow gypsy dress,
Fringed gypsy dress, £35

WHISTLES


whistles light blue dress, whistles shirt dress,
Oversized Chambray shirt dress, £88
whistles black white dress
Louisa mosaic print dress, £88
whistles motif jumper, hummingbird jumper,
Hummingbird motif sweater, £60
whistles black top dress,
Veloso wrap dress, £236
whistles white top, whistles white lace top,
Lace trim linen tee, £52

REISS


reiss red dress, red asymmetric dress, red v neck dress reiss,
Corvel rum silk dress, £195
reiss navy jumpsuit, navy strapless jumpsuit, reiss strapless jumpsuit,
Anouk night navy strapless jumpsuit, £189
reiss black jumpsuit, black strapless ruffle jumpsuit,
1971 Cruz black bandeau jumpsuit, £245

FRENCH CONNECTION


paisley midi dress, french connection paisley dress,
Sundown jersey paisley dress, £80
french connection trenchcoat,
Runaway drape maxi coat, £180
french connection playsuit, black high neck playsuit,
Polka plains sleeveless jumpsuit, £99

TED BAKER



ted baker t-shirt dress,
Embellished contrast dress, £169
ted baker scallop dress, white top black skirt dress
Scalloped hem dress, £159


& OTHER STORIES


stories midi dress, print tank dress,
Terrazzo tank dress, £45
stories navy maxi dress, navy maxi dress pocket,
Navy maxi dress, £69
lemon silk midi dress, rachel antonoff silk dress,
Rachel Antonoff silk midi dress, £69

H&M 


navy summer dress h&m
Patterned dress, £14.99
mustard skater dress
Sleeveless dress, £29.99
black ripped denim shorts
Denim shorts, £14.99


Yep, that is one heck of a hitlist!! I bet there are plenty of pieces you are wanting to treat yourself to; we certainly have our eyes on several items.

Hope you have a great weekend in the sunshine


Teresa & Sam xx
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