Black Bean Quesadillas

One of my goals over the last few months has been to eat a more plant-based diet. I am by no means eliminating meat from my diet, but after learning about the impact the meat industry has on the environment, I have been trying to include more veggie meals in my diet and I am loving it! I have always been a big fan of veggies anyway so it wasn’t really a big change for me. Mexican food is a cuisine that I think really lends itself well to vegetarian and vegan recipes, all the beans used in Mexican cooking are an amazing source of veggie protein. So today I would like to share this recipe for black bean quesadillas with you all. These quesadillas are packed with veggies and are served with a delicious avocado dipping sauce.

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Baked Apple Oatmeal

Today I have a dish for you that just screams Autumn/Winter, it is full of cozy flavours and is just perfect to share on a Sunday morning, which is exactly what I am doing today! Baking oatmeal is a bit of a revelation to me, it turns a standard bowl of oats in to what is essentially an oatmeal dessert. It gives a crisp, chewy top and a gooey centre with the warmest flavours. I always recommend it to people who say they don’t like oatmeal as it changes the texture and feel of the dish so much! This baked apple oatmeal is filled with apple, raisins, maple syrup and cinnamon and is topped with more apple and a sprinkle of brown sugar. This recipe serves 1, but it is so easy to turn in to a bigger casserole - just double, triple or quadruple the ingredients! You may need to cook it for more like 40 minutes total if you are making one for 3 or 4 people.

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Autumnal Fig Oatmeal

After buying some perfect figs last week, I was inspired to think up an autumnal breakfast dish that was warm and filling and full of figs and this was the result! Fig, cinnamon and vanilla porridge topped with greek yoghurt, more figs, pistachios and a drizzle of honey. The perfect transitional breakfast dish!

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Going Non-Toxic

Hello and happy Sunday everyone! I am aware that this is technically a food and nutrition blog currently, but I really want to start incorporating more lifestyle content as nutrition and wellness really does extend well beyond food, so many factors can influence our health. This is why I have made the decision to switch to green, non-toxic products in all aspects of my life.

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Oatmeal Raisin Energy Balls

Knowing that I was starting work this week, working weird hours and also knowing that I am a #hangry being meant that I needed to be on top of my snacks! So I whipped up these oatmeal raisin energy balls which are a fave grab and go snack of mine (they basically got me through my 3rd year of uni). Loaded with filling oats, peanut butter, raisins and cinnamon, these bad boys will fill you up for hours with some great slow-release energy and fibre! Also they taste like cookie dough so win-win I say!!

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Red Lentil & Sweet Potato Dahl

This lentil dahl is the perfect dish to have in your repertoire as we go in to autumn. It is quick, hearty, filling and bursting with flavour! Dahls are a staple indian dish that are simple lentil (or pulse) curries, they are vegetarian and so easy to make. This recipe has sweet potato, spinach and coconut flavours that give it a little twist. The lentils mean it is packed with protein and fibre and makes a complete vegetarian meal. It reheats perfectly so is a great meal prep option to prepare for lunches mid-week! I love serving mine with some toasted pitta bread.

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Blackcurrant Almond Loaf Cake

Happy bank holiday weekend lovelies! I hope you all have some great plans for the long weekend. After being super social yesterday, the rest of mine revolves around relaxing at home and getting some cooking in. Today's bake is this delicious blackcurrant almond loaf cake: a moist crumb cake with juicy, fresh blackcurrants and a light almond flavour. Blackcurrants are just coming in to season and these tart berries contain a whopping amount of vitamin C and antioxidants and make a nice change from your standard blueberries. Give this cake a go this weekend and share it with family and friends!

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Green Mango Smoothie

This smoothie is the easiest thing to make ever and is a great way to get some nutrients in alongside your breakfast or as a snack! Smoothies can't count as more than 1 of your 5 a day because when we blend them, we break down a lot of the fibre which increases the sugar availability. However they are still loaded with vitamins and minerals! The best thing about this smoothie is that you seriously cannot taste the spinach, so it is a great way to get some greens in if you aren't a fan.

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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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