Blackberry Frozen Yoghurt

This heatwave has been killing me lately, England is not built to deal with this sort of constant heat and I think the nation might just be melting. All I can think about is cold food and drinks, the thought of putting an oven on is just an instant no. I had a craving for ice cream and realised I had yoghurt and blackberries in the house and so this easy blackberry fro-yo was the result! It only has three ingredients and is the easiest thing to make ever - ideal for everyone's lethargic behaviour in the heat. It has a little honey to add sweetness, but it really has a lovely tart yoghurt flavour that is enhanced by the tart flavour of the blackberries. Blackberries are also coming in to season now and are loaded with vitamin C, antioxidants and fibre!

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So You Want to be a Nutritionist - Tips & Tricks

When I set out on this journey of becoming a nutritionist, I found it such a confusing process! You are faced with deciding between nutrition, dietetics and nutritional therapy, then deciding where to study and how long to study for, figuring out the course requirements and then getting accepted to the course, all before actually starting a course! After that, there are decisions about work experience, career paths, applying for jobs, becoming registered and so on. It is a confusing field to say the least! While I am no expert, I have now almost completed my masters degree and I am starting an amazing job as a nutritionist so I have navigated many of these problems and learned a lot along the way. So here are my tips for those interested in the field, whether you are at school, already on a nutrition programme or have already graduated.

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Apple Cinnamon Loaf

This loaf cake is the most deliciously moist cake with an amazing caramel apple flavour. A brown sugar cinnamon swirl through the centre adds even more indulgence for a truly yummy cake. It is loaded with fresh apples and is just perfect with a cup of tea in the afternoon!

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Chickpea Hash Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Hello lovelies! I have an amazing vegetarian recipe for you all today that is full of flavour and is oh so filling! I am a big fan of the English classic that is jacket potatoes, the topping possibilities are endless and you can't go far wrong with potato and gooey toppings can you? The other day I was trying to decide on something for lunch and suddenly had a brainwave to make a jacket sweet potato and this is what I ended up with. It is topped with a flavourful chickpea hash that has mushrooms, spinach, shallot, paprika and curry powder all finished off with a curried yogurt sauce, pomegranate and coriander. Lots of flavours going on here! The addition of the chickpeas also means that it is a great source of veggie protein so it is a winner for you veggie folks out there. Baked potatoes can take forever but I will share my secret tip that has them fluffy and ready to go in under 20 minutes!

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Caramelised Banana Oatmeal

This cozy oatmeal recipe is a flavourful and seemingly complex dish that is surprisingly easy to whip up in under 10 minutes! A great recipe for when you are craving something a bit different but don't want to faff around with a tricky recipe. I came up with this a few days ago shortly after we moved in to our new house when I found myself without a toaster and without many ingredients in the cupboards. I had been surviving on cereal the past few days and was desperate for something exciting, and this is what I came up with! The caramelised bananas are to-die for, so gooey and rich in flavour. The oatmeal has mashed banana in it for some added flavour and the whole thing is topped with blueberries and a drizzle of maple syrup.

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Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

This salad is a recreation of a salad I had while on holiday recently and I loved it so much I had to make it! Fruit in a salad isn't what I usually think about when building a salad but it is so fresh and delicious. Particularly at the moment because the strawberries are glorious! The real gem here is the strawberry poppyseed dressing, it is the perfect sweet but sharp vinaigrette and just look at the colour of it! This salad is very easy to make and is so refreshing for the summer months. It also tastes lovely without the chicken as a side salad.

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Pulled Chicken Burrito Bowls

These burrito bowls are a staple in my house, they are great for lunch, dinner and they are amazing to prep for school or work. They are absolutely packed with nutritious ingredients and have so much flavour. Mexican flavours in the summer are my absolute favourite, these bowls feature shredded paprika chicken, zesty guacamole, sautéed black beans, tomatoes, sweetcorn, brown rice, coriander and cheese - a real mouthful! Although there are quite a few components,  they are fairly straightforward to make and it is very easy to double up and prep some tupperwares full for lunch.

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Fab Five: Hormone Health

Oh hormones. What would women do without them? Well, we wouldn't have PMS for a start.. However, we also wouldn't be able to create and carry children, have female characteristics or many other functions in our body! Our body uses hormones to direct and regulate many different processes so they are essential. The balance of hormones in our body is a very fine-tuned system that is constantly fluctuating, but is very sensitive to imbalances. Women in particular have dramatic changes in their hormones on a regular basis (hello menstrual cycle) and while these fluctuations are essential, it is very easy for certain hormones to get out of whack and the consequences definitely cause some unpleasant symptoms

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Miso Salmon with Purple Asparagus and Brown Rice

I am the first to admit that I find cooking fish to be intimidating sometimes. Meat and vegetables are well within my comfort zone but there is something different about fish that makes it something I often eat at restaurants, but rarely test recipes for at home. I don't know why, because the reality is that cooking fish is actually SO easy - almost easier than chicken! So in an effort to change that and to inspire some of you to cook some fish (I know I'm not alone here) I am sharing a recipe for this delicious miso salmon. Miso is a fermented soybean paste that has a yummy asian flavour that goes perfectly with salmon. This recipe marinades the salmon with some miso, mirin, brown sugar and soy sauce for easy flavour. I am also serving it with purple asparagus - so cool! I adore normal asparagus, but when I saw this in my local grocery store I had to include it, it makes this dish have even more flair. That purple colour also means lots of antioxidants in that asparagus, even cooler!

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Banana Flapjacks

Flapjacks are a true English delight, they are so buttery and chewy and go perfectly with a cup of tea or coffee in the afternoon. However as much as I love proper flapjack, the amount of butter in them means that they are much more of a treat rather than a healthy snack. So I decided to have a go at making a bit more of a nutritious one and they turned out perfectly. The mashed banana, nut butter and honey binds these together and gives them that lovely chewy texture. I also added in nuts and cranberries to give them something a little extra. They make a perfect afternoon snack or on-the-go breakfast and the oats will keep you going for hours!

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My Diet Philosophy

While it may be pretty clear that I am against diets from the food that I post about and the topics that I talk about regularly on my social media, I haven't really spoken much about what my personal philosophy is. Mostly that is because it is indeed personal and what works for me totally won't work for some people so I don't want to promote something as a "cure-all" when it really isn't. I also think it is highly triggering for people to hear about certain diets and certain rules that people are following, I know it is for me. I also don't have many hard and fast rules because as I have said before, I try to eat intuitively and I do not diet so I am definitely very laid-back (hence the photo!). However I would be lying if I said I didn't have any guidelines that I try to follow! I think most people in the nutrition field would be, it is impossible not to when you really know some of the nutrition science! Also it is totally a healthy behaviour to have some guidelines in place that you know make you feel great. So I am going to share my personal philosophy that I try to follow and what I will likely extend elements of in to my practice once I qualify. Once again, everyone is unique so please do not look at this and think "Oh I need to do z, y and z" - you don't!

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Sicilian Blood Orange Salad

I am seriously loving all of the fresh, summer flavours at the moment! The weather here in the UK has been glorious and it has totally been inspiring my cooking. I picked up these gorgeous blood oranges the other day with no clue what to make and then decided I wanted to make a juicy salad similar to one I had in Italy a long time ago! This dish is perfect for a summer BBQ with friends and is very easy to whip up. With spinach, spelt, red onion, blood orange, feta and pistachio it is packed with fresh flavour. It is then dressed with a blood orange vinaigrette that is to-die for! You may think why spelt? It has a delicious chewy texture that adds some bulk to the salad and it has loads of nutritional benefits too. Either cook your own from scratch or pick up pouches of pre-cooked spelt to make your life a bit easier. It is actually very simple to cook, I cooked mine in the morning before I made the salad and then allowed it to chill in the fridge until I was ready to assemble the salad, that way you aren't putting a warm, wet grain in to your salad! Blood oranges can be a bit tricky to come by but they are in season at the moment so keep your eyes peeled. If you can't find blood oranges, regular ones will be delicious too!

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Smoky Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet potato fries are synonymous with summer food in my opinion - they just go perfectly with everything! I consider these one of my specialties, mostly because I eat them so much, but either way, this recipe is delicious. I am a big fan of a sriracha mayo dipping sauce but let's be honest it is easy to eat a lot of mayo that way so I have come up with a much lighter alternative made with greek yoghurt that is actually so much yummier! Sweet potatoes are full of fibre and vitamin A and the smoky flavour on these combined with a crisp skin makes them a real treat.


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Breakfast Bruschetta

I don't know about you guys, but I am a big fan of bruschetta - thick, toasted bread, heaps of fresh toppings and lashings of olive oil, what's not to love! Well what about breakfast bruschetta? While thinking about what to do with this beautiful brown sourdough I picked up at a local bakery yesterday morning, I suddenly had a brainwave for this idea and it was one of those ideas that turned out to be a stroke of genius. With a spread of peanut butter, maple caramelised apples, raisins and chopped hazelnuts, this breakfast toast has plenty of protein and fibre to keep you full all morning. It feels like such a yummy treat to have in the morning! I highly recommend picking up a big chunky loaf of bread from a local bakery for this recipe, being able to cut some thick, fresh slices of bread really makes this dish.

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Blueberry & Banana Baked Oatmeal

Hello, I hope everyone is having a great week so far! I am in the midst of cramming/procrastinating for my final uni exam EVER that is tomorrow. I cannot wait to be done with exams and all the stress that comes with them! Having been tied to my desk slaving over revision for the last week, I have been craving allll the comfort food. Baked oats were something that popped in to my mind this morning and immediately I decided I needed to whip up a recipe and have them this morning, and before I knew it I had photographed a recipe too! If that isn't a sign of procrastination then I don't know what is. Either way this recipe is delicious and is such a comforting, filling way to start the day. With a warm gooey centre, juicy fruit and a crisp top it is sort of like getting to have pie or crumble for breakfast, which is pretty great if you ask me. The addition of egg in these oats really makes it a filling dish that keeps me full all morning. It is lovely with any sort of fruit and also reheats perfectly in the oven the next day!

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Almond Butter & Dark Chocolate Popcorn Bars

I have a seriously yummy recipe for you guys today! If you are a fan of the Pret popcorn bars, you are going to LOVE these. The amazing Portlebay Popcorn recently reached out to me to create a recipe using their delicious popcorn and this is what I came up with. With sweet & salty popcorn, honey, almond butter, almonds, raisins, seeds and dark chocolate these bars are packed with goodness and make a great afternoon snack. Even better, they are no-bake and gluten-free! If you have never tried a popcorn bar you definitely need to, they are so much better than a regular cereal bar, the fluffy popcorn gives them a delicious texture.

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Sunday Share: 5 Baking Recipes

Hello and happy Sunday lovelies! I decided to start a new little series over here as I am always stumbling on amazing recipes from fellow bloggers so I thought it would be nice to share a few of my favourite ones with you all every once in a while. I think sharing each other's content is such a nice way of spreading inspiration and supporting each other. So to kick it off I am going to start with 5 baking recipes for any of you looking to do some Sunday baking!

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Easy Blueberry Smoothie Bowl

This smoothie bowl is possibly the easiest recipe to make and yields a beautiful deep colour! With only 4 ingredients and one step, its a winner for a quick breakfast! Amazing with any toppings, smoothie bowls are a great way to get a nutrient boost in the morning. Blueberries are absolutely packed with vitamins and minerals and are one of the richest sources of antioxidants! I topped mine with some figs, blueberries and a sprinkle of granola.

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Orthorexia & Social Media: When Being Healthy Becomes Unhealthy

We've all been there, scrolling through your instagram feed and stopping on an image that makes you feel utterly shit about yourself. Whether it is a girl flouncing around in her gym kit with abs to die for, a plate of the "cleanest" food that painfully reminds you of the burger and chips you had for dinner tonight or even someone having the most productive day, smashing their career when you are feeling truly unmotivated and confused about your life. Social media is a blessing and a curse. It allows us to connect with like-minded people, make friends all over the world and share beautiful images, but it also leads to comparison, jealousy, low self-esteem and a whole host of other problems. Perhaps one of the most concerning aspects to me is the corner of Instagram devoted to clean eating, perfect bodies and wellness. Orthorexia is up and coming in our society and I bet a few of you reading this probably identify with a lot of the characteristics, I know I certainly do. 

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Ultimate French Toast

I have an absolute whopper of a recipe for you all today, my ultimate french toast. I have posted photos of my french toast a few times over on my instagram and have been swarmed with messages asking for the recipe so I am finally going to share it with you all! This isn't just any french toast, this recipe uses thick thick slices of indulgent brioche bread and that is what takes this recipe to a whole new level. It is perfect with just a drizzle of maple syrup and some berries or with some ricotta, strawberries, honey and mint as I am serving it today - perfect for Sunday brunch! Look for brioche loafs in the fresh bakery section and look for one that is nice and chunky and isn't already sliced, you want to be able to cut some nice thick slices yourself! I find it regularly in Whole Foods and Sainsburys. If you can't find brioche bread, look for a nice chunky loaf of white bread from the fresh bakery section, not in a bag! Again, buy it unsliced. To get the best french toast, cut your slices of bread and leave them out for a few hours or overnight before you cook them to let them get a little stale - this makes for the best texture in your french toast!

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