Try This: Fuss-Free Overnight Oats

For the last year or so I have been OBSESSED with overnight oats. Super quick and easy to prepare, this delicious twist on your morning bowl is basically porridge, but soaked over night to create a creamy, cake-like texture and means when you are in a rush in to get to lectures or work, your breakfast is already sat in the fridge waiting for you to enjoy.

Just like porridge, overnight oats are also super versatile, with a simple base you can adapt and add different flavours and toppings to mix up your mornings and satisfy your tastebuds.

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Overnight Oats – The Base
Serves 5ish – Depends how big you like your portions!

Ingredients  
1 cup/ 100g Porridge oats
1 heaped tbsp Nut butter (Almond, peanut, cashew etc.)
1.5-2 cups / 375-500ml Milk of choice (Almond, coconut, soya, rice etc.)
2-3 tbsp Chia seeds
2 tbsp Honey/maple syrup
1/2 cup / 125ml Any thick yoghurt- (Optional, it makes it thicker and creamier but if you’re on a budget its not an issue to skip!)
1 tbsp Vanilla extract (also optional, I literally never have this at uni but it’s nice if you do)
Pinch of salt

Method:
1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined
2. Add more milk depending on how thick you want your oats
3. Place in any sort of jar/container/tupperware and whack it in the fridge. Its best left over night but if you can’t wait that long and fancy it for dessert after dinner, around 2 hours should give it time to set enough!

 

 

At uni I put mine in a big tupperware container and take out as much as I fancy in the morning, but alternatively to give yourself even more time you can portion them out into individual pots. That way you can also make lots of different flavours or add your toppings before so you don’t even have to think!

Variations:
You can do SO much with overnight oats to tailor to your individual tastes.

Toppings:
First off, you can change your toppings every day, my choice is normally a banana, or a handful of raspberries and blueberries. But you can also add granola for some crunch, seeds, nuts, coconut flakes and literally any fruit that you can get your hands on.
Top tip: I can’t afford too much fresh fruit at uni so I buy bags of frozen raspberries and then defrost a handful in the microwave for 30 seconds.

 

 

Flavouring:
The easiest way to mix it up is to use a different nut butter or different kind of milk to give you that variation in your life so you don’t get bored, but the ‘world is your porridge-oat’ in terms of stepping up your flavour game. My all time favourite is adding a spoonful of cacao powder (or just regular chocolate powder), and tadahh you have chocolate overnight oats! Add banana and you’re looking at banana, chocolate and peanut butter oats, the perfect combo. Add grated carrot, cinnamon and chopped nuts to get a carrot cake flavour for a morning ‘treat’, or go one step further by having cheesecake for breakfast by adding cream cheese, some lemon zest and then your choice of fruit! For any protein fiends out there, you can also get your fix, add a scoop full of your favourite protein powder and you have super-charged your morning oats with minimal effort.

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So fill your boots, (or your fridge), with delicious, fuss free overnight oats to get you going faster in the morning and see you through till lunchtime!

 

Self-Care is Selfless

Everyone has those days. You know, THOSE days. Those days when you get a bit overwhelmed, a bit tired or stressed, those days when you just want your bed, your mum, no human contact, a hug, or a combination of them all. It’ll often just be a shocking day at work, a series of unfortunate situations, or in my case at the moment, revision and exam stress.

Days like these are such an infinitely small part of our lives, yet at the time they seem so overwhelming and never ending its really hard to take a step back and realise that, this too, shall pass. With the advent of Mental Health Awareness Week last week, I fully realise that sometimes ‘those days’ aren’t just ‘days’ they can be weeks, months, or even years. And while there is no quick fix for things as all-consuming and often as devastating as mental illnesses, I very humbly offer my small contribution to this matter. I, very fortunately, do not suffer from any mental health issues, and so this post is not directly aimed for ‘people who suffer with a mental illness’, because that would be wrong of me to even attempt to assume I know what you are going through, how could I possibly know! But this, very respectfully, came out of my having a bit of a tough day, and a wish to share some love for anyone else who is having a tough day too.

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Team West always cheer me up x

This is for the people who have had a shocker of a day at work, for the students who feel like exams are getting a bit too much, for the people who just felt a bit under the weather today. I think it is a very British thing to just power on and ware yourself down, to martyr your hard work and never stop to breathe. And so I guess, in particular directed at my fellow revising students at the moment, I preach one message to you today – self-care is selfless.

Its something I have really realised, especially since moving to university, that self care is so so important, and I implore you all today, this week or whenever you feel like its all getting a bit too much, to take a step back and look after yourself.

With that in mind, here are some super easy and mostly free ways to just take some time away to look after number one:

  1. Get some Headspace

Ok, at risk of sounding a bit ‘new-age’, everyone should download this app right now. Headspace is a free meditation app which has genuinely changed my life. The app just asks you to take 10 minutes out of your day whenever and wherever you are, and all you do is listen to ‘Andy’ guide you through breathing exercises and channels you to be more aware of yourself and your surroundings. At first I was sceptical, but by following its guidance this made me feel calm when I have been in my biggest panic modes, and while I might forget it sometimes, it has really changed my perspective on life.

  1. Take me to bed

This is basically my go-to thing to do every day during exam season, but it works wonders. Change your sheets so they’re fresh and get out fresh pyjamas. Take a super long shower, light some candles/ put on some music or a film and then crawl into your clean bed. Simple, but satisfying.

  1. Time for tea

So I might be biased because I am British and I adore tea. But even something as simple as taking time out to slowly and mindfully make a cup of tea and then sit down and enjoy it can occupy your mind for a while, calm your thoughts and just forces you to step back even for 2 minutes. Plus, it just happens to be super comforting and delicious.

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  1. Go on a walk
    (Or do some exercise)
    Things can very quickly escalate and spiral in your mind if you’re stressed and overthinking work etc. When you feel like you are about to reach panic mode, just stand up and leave your desk and go on a walk. Even if its only 10 minutes. Switching your focus even for the briefest of moments will bring down your stress levels significantly and might just give you a clearer mind when you return.

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  1. Food glorious food

Now this tip can go one of two ways. Cooking, for some, can be an extremely therapeutic ritual. Home baking is comfort food at its best, so if you love to cook, take a couple of hours out to bake your favourite treat and after sit and really enjoy it. For others, the thought of cooking after a long day is possibly the last thing that you want. If that is the case, order in your favourite takeaway or even pick up a ready meal from the supermarket. Anything which makes your life easier and helps you unwind.

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  1. Detox, without a green juice in sight

The world online can be a bit of a stressful place sometimes. I do very strongly believe if you are having a bit of a moment, one of the worst things you can do for yourself is scroll through the narrow and deceiving world of social media to make you feel even worse. I have witnessed many times when social media can be a wonderful place for support, however, sometimes taking a step away, even 15 minutes before bed can help you realise that the internet is not always accurate and the world will not implode if you don’t refresh Instagram every second of the day.

  1. Face-mask and chill

Girls and guys, there nothing wrong with a cheeky facemask. Or just a pamper in general. Whack on a face mask, pour yourself a glass of wine and just congratulate yourself that you got through the day. What’s that you say, its only Monday? Even more reason to treat yourself.

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  1. Rhythm is a dancer

A good old dance around in my room to some upbeat music always puts me in a better mood. (If it’s wrong, I don’t want to be right). So if dancing isn’t your thing, even if you are revising hard, take 5 minutes to play some happy tunes to keep you motivated.

  1. Treat yo self

Pair of socks caught your eye? Maybe you’ve ran out of your favourite expensive shampoo. Fancy a pint? Whatever floats your boat, treat yourself to something nice just because.

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  1. Sleeping beauty knows what’s up

Simple. The day can’t end soon enough, so get some rest. Tomorrow is a new day, so wake up fresh and smash it.

So whatever state you are in today, I hope these help. In general, I think this is just a message of do whatever makes you happy, and you deserve to look after yourself as much as anyone else. Self-care is selfless.

Also, genuinely true, as I was typing this my housemate came upstairs and gave me some flowers she bought from her trip to the shops. It made my evening.

Much Love x

Naughty but Nice: Revision Snacks

Snacking during long periods of revision, hard days at work or when you are just plain bored is the biggest weakness for most of us. It is so easy to reach for a handful of biscuits or a packet of crisps, which gives us a spike of energy, only to make us crash an hour later. I know for a fact that staying relatively healthy around deadline season is near impossible, after I post this I am probably going to dive into my bar of salted caramel chocolate which is just staring me in the face. However, if you’re like me and like to pretend that you can fight the urge and remain healthy for a little while longer, here are two great, easy to make and store snacks to keep you going.

Roasted Chickpeas

Once again my favourite versatile legume takes centre stage for this super easy savoury snack.

They say having a handful of nuts a day is really good for you (so while I’m at it there is a great fuss-free revision snack right there), but if you are anything like me and want to save a few pennies here and there, a bag of almonds or pistachios can be pricey sometimes. Not to mention they’re only really good for you if you get them plain and not swimming in honey or salt.

Enter the mighty chickpea. Packed with protein and fibre, these little wonders are the new, cheaper replacement for nuts, trust me.

Ingredients:

1 can of chickpeas
1 tbsp smoked paprika
Pinch of salt and pepper

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200’c, drain the water from your chickpeas and then place them on a couple of sheets of kitchen roll to soak up excess water
  2. Once they’re mostly dry place on a baking tray and cover in the salt, pepper and paprika
  3. Chuck them in the oven for around 30 minutes – you basically want them to dry out, go golden brown and be crunchy when you eat them

Place them in an airtight container and keep them in your bag for the perfect on-the-go snack to see you through revision, work, long train journeys etc.

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The best part about these is you can experiment with lots of different herbs and spices mix up your snacking. For example, try adding some mixed herbs, cayenne pepper, chilli flakes, lime or garlic, the world is your chickpea!

Apple Crisps

Perfect for the times where you just want to reach for the packet of biscuits or a chocolate bar when you are seriously slumping during revision, or 3pm on a work day, these apple crisps are naturally sweet and easy to keep in your bag.

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Ingredients:

2 apples
1 tbsp cinnamon

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 120’c
  2. If you have access to a mandolin/ some form of slicer, then make use of that bad boy now. If not, (like me) using a knife, cut the apple into thin slices, the thinner the better!
  3. Arrange on a baking sheet and dust with cinnamon, and a bit of sugar if you want them extra sweet
  4. Place in the oven for about 40 minutes and then remove and leave to cool. This is the crucial bit, leaving them to cool is where most of the ‘crisping’ will take place, so don’t be tempted to move them straight after you take them out of the oven or they will remain slightly soggy!

 

So whether you are slaving away in the library, stuck at your desk all day or just need some better ways to snack, give these a try. They are perfect in an airtight container left in the bottom of your bag, so when that inevitable temptation to reach for the biscuit tin creeps in, you have something delicious to stop you, at least for a little while!

 

Scientific Monday Blues

So, its Monday 16th January 2017. In my eyes, and I am fairly sure to the rest of the world, a fairly normal Monday, the same kind that comes and goes every seven days, and the same kind that marks the start of a new week. However, I was surprised to realise, that this Monday was apparently not an ordinary Monday, it was in fact the annual occurrence of ‘Blue Monday’.

So I feel like I am a bit behind the hype of this anniversary, but with the help of some quick googling, today, or most specifically the third Monday of the month has been SCIENTIFICALLY labelled the most depressing day of the year. A group of scientists actually came up with a formula back in 2005 that calculated when the population of the Northern Hemisphere would be feeling at their lowest. And I am not sure about anyone else, but my goodness the fact someone wanted to calculate that made me sad!

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But it wasn’t until about half-way through my day that I knew Blue Monday was a thing, and before and after then I had actually had an alright day. I woke up, (however I had a small adult headache due to enjoying a couple glasses of wine last night to celebrate finishing my exams and getting some good essay results), walked onto campus and sat and did some uni work, went to a lecture about something that genuinely interested me (that was however interrupted by a fire alarm half way though so we had to stand out in the cold), and then I went to do some more work before walking home and retreating to my room to write this. Now, while that doesn’t seem like a spectacular day, and I could have done without the headache and the fire alarm, and the uni work to be honest, I didn’t once think ‘ugh well it’s blue Monday so that explains it’. It got me thinking, if we weren’t aware of it being said dreaded day, would we see the not so great things that happened to us as bad and depressing? Or would we do what I did and not even register them as anything.

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Me enjoying that wine…

But there are two outcomes I have seen come out of today, one of which I found frustrating and the other filled me with a bit more hope.

  1. The first, sadly, goes back to good old consumerism. Whilst flicking through my Instagram feed I noticed that any company/ clothing brand/ anyone that sells anything had latched on to this ‘Blue Monday’ idea with a firm grip. All would tell you that if you’re feeling blue, buy some clothes to cheer yourself up, grab some product to make you look or feel better, buy some food to comfort your sorrows. Anyone and everyone had used this ‘scientific discovery’ as a marketing push to get you to bust those blue with spending money – something which seems illogical because the ‘formula’ actually takes into account your debt at this time of the month.

I guess the real point I’m getting at here is it made me pretty sad that once again, like many things, this piece of research has been turned into a mass marketing campaign set to drive us to spend money.

 

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But if there was a cocktail deal on this evening, I probably would have been there quicker than you can say ‘2 for 1’ 

However, in a very non-cynical frame of mind, people have to make money somehow and its actually quite clever of them to use this to ramp up their numbers after January sales finish, which sort of leads me to my next point…

2. Blue Monday is actually going quite far in raising awareness for mental health and just the populations’ general well-being. So, its sad that someone has formulated when the most depressing day of the year is, but, does that not mean that people can look out for each other at this supposed ‘trying time’ in our lives? Charities are promoting mental health awareness, universities are offering free yoga classes, bloggers and websites are offering their tips to help beat the blues and promote healthy mental well-being.

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I go for walks with my family to cheer me up and have some thinking time.

So, yes, it seems as if Blue Monday has fallen prey to the world of consumerism and marketing just as all things do. But not all marketing is bad, to see that people were using this research to try and help and support others, filled me with an enormous sense of pride and hope in people, which made my ‘Blue Monday’, decidedly less blue.

So if you’re feeling glum, hug a friend, hug a pet, do some yoga, eat a pizza, call your mum, have a nap, talk to someone, read a book, dance around your house naked, you get the picture. Do whatever you want to do and what makes you happy, don’t sweat the small stuff and look for the positives in life, no matter how much adversity you face, but ultimately, stick together and support each other.

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

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But sometimes staying positive can be really tough so here are some really great people/charities to call, get in contact with or check out if you ever need that extra support:

Mind: A charity and place for advice and support for anything mental health related http://www.mind.org.uk

Young Minds: For information and support for anyone concerned about a child or young person http://www.youngminds.org.uk

Samaritans:For anyone feeling distressed, needs support and someone to talk to http://www.samaritans.org

PANDAS Foundation: A charity focused on helping mothers with pre and postnatal depression  http://www.pandasfoundation.org.uk

Nightline: For students who need someone to talk to if they are walking home alone or just need someone to listen http://nightline.ac.uk

(Note there are a lot of worthwhile charities that help with mental health and these are just a small selection and mainly UK based)

I realise again that this was a pretty hefty post, so thank you if you stuck with it, but I hope that at least one of you found it interesting or helpful… It’s my first sort of ‘opinion’ piece that I’ve ever really written/posted so its a new adventure for me to write and you to read!

Much Love x

Older, But No Wiser?

It is fast approaching my 19th birthday, meaning it has nearly been a year since I legally became an adult, and 19 years since I popped into this world, clueless and crying. I would love to say that the cluelessness and crying has ceased, however as I begin to make my way into the adult world, I feel it has only increased!

I have learnt a lot over my few short years of living, but there are also a plethora of things I am yet to discover and understand so here is a post about the first 18/19 years of my life, lessons I have or have not learnt and I guess advice for those experiencing the same.

  1. Never will you have so much free time

    I am still getting the hang of this one, but between the ages of 0-22 (ish) never will you have so much time and so little responsibly to do absolutely anything you want. In-between the times you are at school/college/uni you have 6+ weeks of summer where 9 times out of 10 you do not have any work to do apart from a part time job which means the world is your oyster. Unfortunately I can remember a few summers where I have worked ridiculous amounts and then on my days off stayed in bed because I am knackered and by the time its up I wonder where all the time has gone. But as I am fast approaching the end of a very intense year at uni, I am ready to make the most of every free day I have in the summer and I advise all those who can to do the same.

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2. You can’t make everyone happy, and not everyone will like you

I really struggle with this one a lot because I always want to make everyone happy and to feel liked. However, I have learnt that it is impossible to be liked by everyone and that is ok. Sometimes people will disagree with you but as long as what you are doing what makes you happy, the people that matter will stick by you.

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3. A postive outlook on life makes positive things happen 

I know this sounds a bit hippy-dippy and like I am advocating karma, but I am not. This is something I believe in quite heavily, even if I do not practice what I preach sometimes – If you have a positive mental attitude, and see the bright side of things, 90% of the time good things will ‘happen’ to you. Not in a karma sense, but in the sense you notice more good and positive things when you think in a positive way. Now I am famous in my family for being good at getting in a grump, but when I do remember to keep positive, it helps.
A smile goes a really long way. 

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4. Admin days are bloody great

If you are in that college/uni stage, you are gradually having to do more ‘adult’ things such as book appointments, write important emails, pay bills, buy essentials etc. Setting aside a day to get all of these things ticked off a list is one of the most satisfying things and makes you feel incredibly productive.

5. Do not pay attention to the media

We all fall victim to it, I do all the time, but if you can help it, stop valuing yourself based on what you see in magazines, on tv, Instagram, Facebook etc. IT IS NOT HEALTHY. Sure the internet and media can be a place of great inspiration and motivation, but it is also a breeding ground for unrealistic expectations and a large kick in the teeth for self esteem. If you want to feel good about yourself spend time with your family and friends, go for a run or eat a piece of cake, whatever floats your boat but the media is not the place to look for validation.

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6. Tea is glorious

I am British, and I am sorry, I have not grown up enough to condition myself to like coffee even if I wanted to, but tea on the other hand is a gift I wish I could give to everyone. Cold? Cup of tea. Feeling sad? Cup of tea. Having a afternoon snack? Cup of tea. Tea is like having a warm hug on the inside, comes in many different varieties and if made correctly is a sure fire way to cheer me and much of England up. Take note.

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7. It is far better to be fool for a minute than it is to be a fool forever 

I can recall more occasions than I wish where I have stopped myself from asking a question to clarify, understand better or just because I simply did not hear which has caused me more grief than it was worth. So I have learnt the hard way, many times, that it really is so much better to be a fool for a minute and as a question than it is to suffer in silence and be a fool forever.

8. Dishwashers are amazing 

For real, after moving to uni halls this year and having no dishwasher I have never appreciated one more.

9. “I am only going to have a couple of drinks tonight” is the biggest lie ever 

Everyone has good intentions when they have stuff to do the next day or are short on money, so we vow to take it easy on the drinks and have an early night. Oh how we lie to ourselves. 90% of the time this is the night you get so drunk that you end up with half a burger in your bed and not a clue how it got there (guilty). And so accept it and quit lying to yourself, its ok that you spilt that tequila down your top at 2am, everyone does.

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10. Enjoy the little things 

I may have stolen this from Zombieland, but it is still valid. Enjoy the little things in life that make you happy and you will appreciate life and everything that comes with it.

So here are a few of the many things I have learnt over my short existence. Some were a lot more soppy than I intended but life is great and we should all take the time to reflect every once in a while.

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Much Love x

A Year in a List

Yes, I am fully aware it is March and not the 1st of January or even the middle of January anymore, and while I am a strong believer in having a good starting point, I also believe that change and challenges can be started at any time. Hence, this list.

I was really struggling for my next blog post already until I realised a few things,

  1. I love lists
  2. I love to challenge myself
  3. There were a lot of things I wanted to do/ change in this next year

I have been punishing myself about my weight and fitness for a while, and every other day I am dreaming about adventures  or things I want to do and so, I have created a list. Between the date today (March 7th 2016) and a year from now (March 7th 2017) I aim to complete as many things on this list as possible.

It’s not a massive list, and I imagine not even very interesting to you out there – but here it is. I’ll blog about each thing as I complete it, and update this page when they are completed.

But for now here it is – let me know if you have a list which is similar, or want to share different things on yours to make me feel like I’m not the only one trying to get their shit together!

Health and Fitness:
  • Be able to run a 5K
  • Be able to run a 10K
  • Up my yoga fitness and strength
  • Master the head/hand stand
  • Complete a 30 day squat challenge
  • Be able to do 5 chin ups
  • Do a colour run
  • Complete a 30 day ab challenge

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Blogging and Social Media: 

  • Update blog at least every 3 weeks – (I know that isn’t a lot, but with uni deadlines all the time, it is more realistic)
  • Get total views to 1000 – (again, not a lot, but I am a tiny beginner blog, so any views are good views)
  • Write a blog post that gets over 20 likes
  • Blog about each thing I tick off the list

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Travel: 
  • Visit 3 different countries
  • Visit every main beach in the area I live
  • Take a spontaneous day trip to somewhere in the UK
  • Go to a Christmas market somewhere else in the UK
  • Visit winter wonderland in London
  • Visit Joe/Matt at uni

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Getting Organised/ Work/ Uni:
  • Learn to do leaves on coffees at work
  • Start learning to drive
  • Write more for the student paper
  • Have something published in the physical paper
  • Have my phone sorted and fixed  29/03/16 (I won’t blog about this as it is highly uninteresting to me and to you – but in summary it was a nightmare I wish to never repeat) 
  • Complete my first year of uni with over 60%
  • Save £2000 from working the summer

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Personal: 
  • Be up to see a sunrise in the UK
  • Be up to see the sunrise in Costa Rica
  • Do something for charity (or at least apply to)
  • Give blood
  • Read 15 books for fun – (This does not sound like a lot, but when studying for a history degree, I don’t have a lot of time to read ‘normal’ books)
  • Buy a new practical coat which I will actually wear

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Food:
  • Make my own hummus
  • Try a week being Vegan
  • Try a week being Gluten free
  • Create a book of recipes i make all in one place
  • Try proper sushi
  • No Dominos for a month – (I am a student, Dominos deliver till 5am, I drink, it’s a lot harder than it sounds)

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Much Love x

3 Delicious Avocado Recipes

Avocados, lets just appreciate that they are simply delicious, nutritious and as it turns out, super versatile. So if you are a lover of this little green fruit of goodness but do not know quite what to do with them, or you are simply bored of your avocado and want some inspiration, here are a few ideas to satisfy your taste-buds…

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Baked Egg and Avocado

I discovered this beautiful combination a few weeks ago and never looked back. This recipe is perfect as an afternoon snack, or breakfast, it is packed with protein thanks to the eggs and satisfies those avocado cravings.

Ingredients:

1 Avocado
2 Eggs
Pinch of Salt and Pepper
Sprinkle of Paprika (optional)

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to around 200 °. Halve the avocado and remove the stone, then carve out a third of the flesh so it makes a bigger hole in the middle (big enough for an egg).
  • Then crack the eggs in the middle of the avocado – note you might want to use a small egg as when I first tried it with a large, white went all over the sides!
  • Then simply season as required, I add a bit of paprika to mine for a nice kick but you could always add a few dried herbs for a different taste.
  • All that’s left is to pop in the oven for around 15-20 minutes (If you prefer your yolk to be a bit runnier, try cooking for only 10-15) and enjoy!

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Smoothies

This is not so much a recipe as it is a tip, avocado in smoothies is revolutionary. While it does not add much more to the taste (the other ingredients do that), the avocado makes any smoothie thick and creamy without having to add unhealthy alternatives such as yoghurt or milk. Here is a recipe you could try…

Ingredients:

½ Avocado
Handful of frozen mango
Handful of leafy greens (spinach or kale works best)
1 banana
Squeeze of honey
Water

Method

Blend the leafy greens with the water for the base. Add all the other ingredients, blend again and bask in how healthy you look without compromising on taste.

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Avocado Chocolate Mousse

For those of you who have a bit of a sweet tooth, here is something a little more indulgent, and lets all agree it can count towards our five-a-day, probably. Now this serves 6 so adjust accordingly, or don’t, I would quite happily eat it all in one sitting.

Ingredients:

150g dark chocolate
2 large avocados
2 tbsp coca powder
2 tsp vanilla extract/ vanilla paste
3 tbsp maple syrup
160g coconut cream

Method

  • Place a bowl over a pan of simmering water, break the chocolate into the bowl, allow to melt and then set aside to cool.
  • While it is melting halve and stone the avocados and scoop the flesh in to a food processor or blender
  • Add the remaining ingredients and blend for a few seconds
  • Pour in the cooled chocolate and blend again until smooth
  • Divide the mixture into six small bowls and then chill for at least 30 minutes and enjoy!

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AGAIN – MASSIVE DISCLAIMER ABOUT THE AWFUL LACK OF POSTS, I HAVE A MILLION AND ONE ESSAYS DUE (2 OF WHICH I SHOULD BE DOING RIGHT NOW) 7 DOWN 6 TO GO!

Much Love x

Are You Still Alive?

So it has officially been over a month since my last post ‘festive drinks’, great start right? Three posts in and I disappear for the whole of January! So this post will be a bit of a boring update for most of you about what I have been up to in the last month, and then I do actually have some more interesting posts planned, I promise.

I had a wonderful Christmas with my family where I got spoilt rotten and ate so much turkey I thought I would turn into one! It was a very relaxing few days with just my mum, dad, little brother and enough food to feed an army.

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My New Years’ was equally as fun but not quite as relaxing as I worked it! When I am not studying I am a part time waitress at one of my local restaurants and we had a big party to bring us into 2016 before we shut for the winter months. I would say that it was extremely gruelling serving almost everyone in the village a drink behind the bar, but I spent most of my shift drinking myself so I really can not complain!

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(IT WAS UV THEMED SO WE HAD A LOT OF PAINT AND GLOW STICKS ON)

But all good things must come to an end, and so once my celebrations were over, it was back to revision as I had an exam on the 6th. After spending days revising my Greek philosophy module after two hours it was all over and time to get back to my lectures, which seemed far too soon, and seeing my flat mates, which felt like forever ago.

One of the things which stopped me from posting for over a month was this simple fact: After a week of lectures, I realised I had no less than thirteen essay deadlines this term, and it worked out to AT LEAST one a week. Now the prospect of this totally freaked me out for about a week and I was a total ball of stress, and to be perfectly honest I still am as the next ten weeks will be as close to hell as I will care to go, but this week I handed in my first two so only eleven more to go…

In other news, this term has also brought good things, last week my flatmates and I booked a trip to Amsterdam in June which I am SO excited for as I have been meaning to go for so long. That was quite nice to do because it made me feel like I had something right after exams to work towards and it means I get to see my flatmates for one last time before we go home for the summer.

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I have also been on a bit of a mini ‘health kick’ recently (how cliché of me), but thanks to my grandparents I now have a smoothie blender so I have been trying out lots of recipes, some sound nice, some have been described my family and friends as ‘questionable’, but I promise you they all taste amazing. Some of the girls I live with and I have also started getting our run on, by that I mean we have started this week… and I have really got back into yoga so I will keep you updated on that progress, if you do not hear anything, I am probably face deep in a pizza instead, but I have set myself a challenge to be able to do a free standing headstand so wish me luck! I have quite a few posts planned to do with food and health stuff as well as some weekly challenges I am setting myself so keep your eyes pealed… (I love how I am writing this like any more people than my dad reads this, but you have to dream).

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(MY NAN DESCRIBED THIS A ‘SLUDGE’ – IT’S ACTUALLY KALE, BANANA, AVOCADO AND MANGO)

So that is me for the last month! Very busy and very stressed with uni work but also glad to see home for a month and also back surrounded by my friends again and I guess this is my unofficial promise to try and post more regularly about interesting things rather than this waffle. But thanks for reading if you got this far, much love x

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