Category Archives: Cooking

My love for all things avocado 

Yes I love avocado! I love to add them to lots of different dishes or to just simply snack on throughout the day. 

  
One of my favourite breakfasts is scrambled eggs mixed with half an avocado, it’s a really delicious way to kick start the day. 

Additionally I like to add avocado to my main meals, including adding to a basic chicken salad, stir fry and most recently to fajitas. Normally everyone adds guacamole but adding a chopped avocado adds to both the taste and the texture, it works brilliantly with chicken.

Obviously avocado is fairy high in fat, but it’s good fat, I need fats in my diet and would happily eat avocados all day long. 

Benefits of Avocado

  1. It’s high in potassium, it can be said that a diet high in potassium can lead to reduce risk of heart disease and blood pressure.
  2. It’s full of good fats
  3. They’re full of fibre
  4. They are full of antioxidants
  5. It’s yummy!

  

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Blend blend blend

One of the best thing I have discovered this year is the good old fashioned blender! I had heard about the nutribullet but at roughly £84.99 thought it was a little pricey, I then found one that was very similar made by Breville and was only £29.50.

  
These blenders are brilliant because you add all of your ingredients straight into the bottle, therefore it minimises mess and washing up also! 

This blender has been a massive hit in my house with both my parents and my sister making themselves healthy shakes. I also like it for mixing my protein shake as it eliminates the yukky lumps you get from a shaker. The Breville comes with two bottles as well which is really hands, they have clip lids so are great for on the move. Simply plug the blender in, pour your ingredients in and then press go and it’s done. 

There are so many great shake recipes out there and so easy to make. I’ve included a couple of my favourite below. 

Chocolate protein & peanut butter

  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 banana 
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 3-5 ice cubes

  
Blueberry smoothie

  • 2 scoops strawberry/ vanilla protein
  • 1 handful blueberries
  • 3-5 ice cubes
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

  
For more great recipes check out this website they have hundreds.

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/proteinshakes.htm


Protein wafers

I’m trying to increase both my food and my protein intake and thank heavens for MyProtein and their wonderful protein goodies.

I’ve recently become slightly addicted to My Proteins Protein wafers. They’re absolutely delicious and contain 15g of protein per serving which is great. They come in a range of flavours including vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. I’ve tried both the vanilla and the chocolate and love them both. 

They provide a brilliant snack, they contain 197 calories and 5.5g of sugar. I have a sweet tooth so these are perfect for helping to curb that crave and to give me that extra boost of protein.

These come in boxes of 10 and are £14.99 but My Protein always have deals on and at the moment they have 25% of use code flavours25. 

My Protein wafers
  
Check out their other goodies too, they do awesome muffins and cookies too! 


Protein ice cream… Yum! 

Upon a recent visit to London I discovered wheyhey ice cream, I can’t believe I’ve never had it before! 

I have such a sweet tooth and love ice cream so I was excited to try this little tub of strawberry delight that contained 20g of protein. 

  
The texture was slightly different to ‘normal’ ice cream but the flavour was delicious and it still tasted great. The best thing is that it contains nothing artificial and no sugar, it uses an artificial sweeter called xylitol. 

  
I got my tub from a health food shop but having looked at their website it is now beginning to be stocked further afield, including in Odeon cinemas! You can also buy from muscle foods and ocado 

Check out their web page 

Wheyhey


Vitacoco coconut oil 

I love social media and recently had seen lots of posts about the new coconut oil from the guys at Vita Coco.

I love the coconut water that this company too and enjoy it as a treat after training to refresh, it’s delicious! 

  
I went to a couple of boots stores and couldn’t see it so messaged the guys on Instagram @vccoconutoiluk and they replied promptly with where I could purchase it from. Brilliant service thank you guys! 

I headed there today and sure enough saw it on the shelves, only two left so it’s obviously doing well. 

  
The price was £9.99 for a jar of 500ml, however when I went to the til it had £2.50 off so was a real bargain.

Vita coco coconut oil
The coconut oil is 100% raw and organic and can be used as a moisturiser, in your hair or to cook with. I always cook with coconut oil because it’s healthier and very light. However, I was super excited that this Vita Coco coconut oil could be used on your hair and your body. 

Tonight I used it on my hair and I’m really impressed with the result, my hair is smooth and far less frizzy than normal I’ve also noticed my dreaded split ends are looking much better. I used it as a hair mask and left it in for 20 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. In addition coconut oil has said to be a great make up remover and also good as a lip salve, I can’t wait to try both of these things out. 

Anyone else tried it, let me know what you think 🙂