Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Raw Berry Protein Cheesecake


When the lovely guys at First Protein sent me some samples of their products, I knew it was going to be instant love.

Made using only the very best, superior quality protein (nothing but grass-fed for these guys), they have a fantastic array of products which fitness fans will absolutely adore. The protein itself is a casein blend (ideal for taking at night time as it's a slow-releasing form of protein) sweetened with stevia and tastes utterly delicious.

Anyway, it's the protein capsules which have really caught my eye. Perfect for those who want a protein hit on the go, or for you to try before you buy, I've been taking these little beauties with me everywhere. Whatever flavour protein you love, they have it - there's vanilla, chocolate, peanut butter, strawberry and blueberry cheesecake.

Raw berry cheesecake


My eye was quickly caught by the strawberry flavour capsules, which I used to make this Raw Berry Protein Cheesecake, topped with a raw chocolate sauce. Raw and Paleo, this is utterly delicious and so nutritious that I have been known (OK, so quite often) to eat it for breakfast...

Enjoy!

Sam x

P.S Keep your eyes peeled for some more First Protein recipes, coming your way...

RAW BERRY PROTEIN CHEESECAKE

Raw berry protein cheesecake

Ingredients:

For the base:
1 cup ground almonds
1 cup dates, soaked in water for 15 minutes and drained
1/2 scoop First Protein unflavoured protein
1 tbsp almond butter

For the filling:
2 cups cashews, soaked overnight
2 cups frozen berries
1/2 cup dates
1 small pot of Co-yo coconut yoghurt
10 capsules strawberry First Protein
90ml coconut milk (cartoned)
Juice and zest of one lemon
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the raw chocolate sauce:
4 tbsp melted Lucy Bee coconut oil
2 tbsp honey
3 tbsp cacao powder

Method:

1) To make the base, whizz together the ingredients until well combined and sticking together. If the mixture is too sticky, then add more ground almonds or whey. Press the 'dough' into a 20cm springform cake tin and place in the freezer to firm.

2) In the meantime, make the filling by blending together the ingredients until completely smooth. Pour the filling over the set crust and place back in the freezer to set overnight.

3) When ready to serve (or 30 minutes before), remove the cheesecake from the freezer and start making your raw chocolate sauce. To do this, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and then drizzle over the finished cheesecake. Cut into slices and serve!


Monday, 28 July 2014

WIN! A Year's Supply of Dove Pampering Body Wash


Ohhh, we do love having a fabulous giveaway for our lovely readers - and boy do we have a treat in store for you here!

The lovely people at Dove have supplied us with a year's worth (yes, that's right - a whole year's worth) of body washes for one lucky reader to celebrate the launch of their Purely Pampering washes, which come in a gorgeous range of scents.

Dove Purely Pampering Body Wash


We've tried the Pistachio body washes and, let us tell you, they're heavenly. Not only do they smell wonderful, but they also leave skin silky smooth and soft to the touch. It's like a mini spa treatment from home!

Anyway, to win this competition, all you need to do is leave a comment below by Friday August 7th telling us why you should win. It really is that simple!

Get entering, ladies, and good luck!

Sam and Teresa x

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Elephant Superfood Snacks and my Favourite Smoothie Bowl


Wherever I can, I like to make my own snacks and foods for that dreaded afternoon slump. You know, the time of the day where you can barely stop your forehead from whacking the keyboard, and your eyes resemble pinpricks.

However, sometimes there aren't enough hours in the day to work, look after two babies AND make up healthy foods to get me through. Sometimes, a girl needs a few secret weapons in her handbag...

Step forward Elephant Superfoods, my favourite new pre-bought snacks - ready to make you stop slumping and keep on jumping! Elephant has a delicious range of three superfood snack packs (take your pick from Super Charged Chomp, Nuttin' But Energy, and Brilliant Berry Boost), each of which are loaded with nature's most nutritious, delicious ingredients.

Elephant Food


My absolute pick of the lot is Nuttin' But Energy - a delicious, granola-esque snack pack full of raw ingredients. Inside each bag are raw cacao nibs (naked chocolate and chock-full of antioxidants), energy-loving cashews, brazils and tamari almonds, organic coconut nectar (low in GI so it prevents a huge insulin spike), protein-boosting chocolate-coated buckwheat and sunflower seeds.

Honestly, I am so in love with these moreish, delicious snacks that they almost seem too good to be true (except they aren't). The problem is, they're a little bit too addictive and I can't stop at just one (or six) handfuls.

I've also discovered that they taste amazing added to homemade granola or sprinkled over smoothie bowls (check out my recipe below). Anyway, I'm off to order some more, pronto...

Sam x


BERRY SMOOTHIE BOWL


Berry Smoothie Bowl

This berry smoothie bowl is wonderfully nourishing and packed with essential vitamins and minerals. The Nuttin' But Energy and cacao nibs sprinkled on top add texture and crunch, but you can add whatever takes your fancy – and gym lovers can add protein powder too. Think of it as your get up and go!


Ingredients:
150g frozen berries
1 ripe banana, sliced
1 raw beetroot, sliced
1 tbsp nut butter or 1 scoop protein powder
1 tsp acai powder (optional)
100ml almond or coconut milk
Granola and cacao nibs to top

Method:
1) Blend the berries to a puree in a high-powered processor, then add in the rest of the ingredients and blitz until smooth. Pour into bowls, then top with fruit and granola. Enjoy!



Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Three-Ingredient Homemade Almond Butter Fudge


This divine fudge-like treat may well be one of my easiest, most popular recipes EVER.

You see, not only is this Three Ingredient Almond Butter Fudge super simple, but it's also healthy, quick to make, and one of the best guilt-free treats imaginable. I always have a few stashed away in the freezer, ready to curb those sugary cravings or mid-afternoon slumps I find all-too common.

They're easy to adapt and work with every nut butter I've tried, so have a play and then tweet me / send me your creations. Enjoy the beauty of almond butter fudge simplicity!

Sam x

THREE-INGREDIENT HOMEMADE ALMOND BUTTER FUDGE 

Homemade almond butter fudge

Ingredients:
(Makes 10 bites)
1/4 cup almond butter
1.5 tbsp Lucy Bee coconut oil
1 tbsp honey
Dark chocolate chips / dried fruit / chopped nuts (optional)

Method:
1) Gently melt together the nut butter, coconut oil and honey. Stir in any optional extras, then pour into ice cube moulds and place in the freezer to set. Enjoy!



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

Chocolate and Macadamia Cupcakes

Ingredients:
(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

Method:
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 PIES

Raw Banoffee Pie recipe

Ingredients:
(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

Method:
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


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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