Super Healthy ‘on the go’ Exotic Summer Fruit Smoothie!

Hellooo!

Missing summer? Anyone? Miss that warm loveliness to which you go buy something really refreshing that tastes like summer in a bowl or a cup maybe? Hmm? Well I do too! So today I’m doing a quick reminder of summer in a jar – smoothie syle!

This super quick and ridiculously healthy recipe will take your mind off the cold and chills for a little while and take you back to those exotic summer beaches we all miss oh so much.

All you need:

  • 1 Handful of frozen Mango
  • 1 Handful of frozen Cantaloupe Melon
  • 1 Handful of frozen Pineapple
  • 6/7 Frozen Cherries
  • 3 Ice cubes/spoonfuls of Low Fat Greek Yoghurt
  • 1 tsp of Chia Seeds
  • 1 Cup of Guava Juice

Put all of the ingredients into a blender and whizz it up until it’s nice and smooth, adding a little water if you need to. It turns out a stunning pastel pink colour and I’m not even going to try and describe how lush the smell is. I wont do it justice under any circumstances.

Drink IMMEDIATELY! (Then drink the other 3 you make afterwards because it’s so good immediately too ;))

This is super easy, super quick and great for breakfast,a quick snack/cooler or before and after the gym! And it’s soooooooooooo healthy!

I use the fruit from frozen because it gives it a thicker more frozen-shake type texture as opposed to the more juicy texture you get from fresh fruit. But it’s nice either way, trust me!

So if you give it a go, let me know! Hope to hear from you all! Give it a like if you want more smoothie/healthy based recipes too.

 

Love&Hugs

Roobes xxxxx

 

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Get Up and Go Healthy Breakfast!

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Hello my lovelies!

I realised I haven’t done a foody post for aaaaaages! But I made this earlier in the week and figured it’d be perfect for all you busy, up early, cramming your breakfast in type humans, or in short kinda like me. This is a super simple, super easy breakfast, or snack if you like, to get you up and about in the morning, there’s 5 ingredients:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 medium vine tomato
  • handful of spinach & ruby chard
  • 1 slice of toast brown/white
  • sprinkle of parmesan

Firstly, heat up your kettle and pour the water in to a pan on medium heat, stir the water until you get a tornado effect and pour your egg into the centre. Pop your toast down and start slicing your tomato into small/medium slices.
Keep and eye on your egg, they don’t take long to poach – about 3-4 minutes at the most.
Once it’s done, remove from the heat, and place the egg on some kitchen roll to remove the excess water. On your toast, place the spinach & ruby chard, then the sliced tomato, the egg and sprinkle some parmesan on top. Then it’s all about eating!

Nutrition Time!
Eggs: 
High in Vitamins B2 & B12, high in protein (great for filling you up and some extra energy on a morning) and high in selenium, an anti-oxidant.
Spinach: You ready? Spinach contains all of this: Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, E & K, it also contains, Omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, potassium, fiber, protein, selenium, choline. That. Is. Ridiculous. I can’t get my head around how much goodness can be packed into one tasty little leaf. AWESOME!
Tomatoes: Vitamins A, B1, B3, B5, B6, B7, C, E, K, potassium, fiber, folate, choline, iron and protein. Wow!

This breakfast is absolutely certain to give you a healthy energy boost for the morning routine!!!

Hope you enjoyed it and I’ve given you some tasty inspiration for the day!

Love&Hugs

Roobes xxxxx

Healthy Kitchen Must Haves!

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It really is important, whether you’re losing weight, living a healthy lifestyle or just trying to cut out the crap in your diet, that when you walk in your kitchen and open any one of the doors it presents you with a face full of healthy. If you don’t temptation, well, it gets the better of you, we all know it there’s no denying it! It’s like opening the door to your dream fella, you’ve just gotta get your hands all over that business!!

Anyway, out of dreamland and back to reality (sadly…) the photo above is a few of my essentials for a healthy fridge, freezer and cupboards.

So fruits wise, it’s always handy keeping your fruit bowl topped up, keep it somewhere you pass by regularly, mines at the bottom of my stairs in the hallway, so I pass by all the time, if I’m feeling peckish a healthy snack is like, right there. However, keeping some fresh berries in the fridge is handy too for being ready to eat and pick at is nice BUT, for only £2 each ladies and gentlemen are the huge packs of mixed berries hiding at the back of the picture above from my local super market. They last ages and have all the berries in the world in there. There is the Black Forrest Mix and the Summer Fruits Mix, Berries are full of anti-oxidants and vitamins, so they’re amazingly good for you, however, they’re great multi-purpose little things… Frozen fruit kicks ass in smoothies, it ads a whole different, more sorbet texture to your smoothies, also, if you let them defrost a little, they release a thick juice, pour that into a pot of natural yoghurt/low fat greek yoghurt, with a bit of natural honey, you’ll have a party in your mouth. That specifically is a great breakfast to start the day, for a bit of extra goodness and longer fuller feel, add some granola, mmmmmm granola…

Also, it’s good to have carrots and cucumber hanging around too. (Dirty minds switched off thankyou.) Cut these up into sticks with some hummus or tzatziki is a great little snack to keep you going, really energizing too. You could even put some in a salad with some Kale or Spinach and some tomatoes and it’s a bit of a throw it together type salad, but scrummy.

Definately have a healthy fresh juice in your cupboards/fridge too. It’s handy for a quick boost and great to have with breakfast. Dilute juices can be full of all sorts of rubbish so having some fresh tasty juice hanging around is really beneficial.

I’m a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuge fan of feta cheese, the tiniest bit can add SO much flavour to a salad, it’s fab, just don’t add too much because of the salt content (yeah that’s the bad bit…). Mozzarella however, is a very low fat cheese, but is pretty filling, ripped up with some tomatoes, spinach, olive oil and balsamic vinegar YUM!

Olive oil is lovely and flavorsome, it’s healthy too, it’s rich in anti-oxidants, aids in lowering blood cholesterol and blood pressure, also it has a phytonutrient, which helps reduce inflammation, then on top of that, oh yeah , there’s more, yes it’s high in calories, but can be an aid in reducing obesity and have other benefits towards your bones; which confirms 100% it was made by Dumbledore. It’s magical on another level.

Now for the protein. Protein for breakfast is awesome, it’s filling, aids in keeping weight steady as well as giving you a good boost of energy AND making you feel fuller for longer. WINWINWINWINWINWINWINWIN. Eggs, poached is the best option, are great for breakfast with a bit of asparagus and tomato. Also I make sure I always have Quinoa. Quinoa is BIG in the vegetarian community as it thrives in protein and its a superfood, it has huge health benefits that go on for a life time and it’s REALLY tasty. I prefer cooking my Quinoa in chicken/vegetable stock for a bit of extra flavour and grilling or roasting some veg, then, tadaaaaaaa, you have a quinoa salad. Happy Days.

So that’s a few of my most important things to have hanging around the kitchen cupboards, fridge and freezer. By the way, did I mention coffee. Everyone needs coffee. Mornings+juice/teas=end of the world, Mornings+coffee/costa=Best.Day.Ever.

Hope this has given you a bit of inspiration, if you liked this post check out my FOOD page, where there’s loads of healthy, yummy recipes that I really enjoy, and are great for cooking up for friends and family. Check it out on the link below and let me know what you think:
https://polkadotsparkles.wordpress.com/food/

Love&Hugs

Roobes xxxxx

 

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Breville’s Blend Active – My New Kitchen Toy!!!

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I’ve always loved smoothies and wanted a smoothie machine instead of just using my food processor (I like having specific kitchen gadgets for specific things, is anyone else like that or am I just a bit strange…?). I saw this on Amazon recently, on offer to, OH YEAH, so I figured why not, it looks good, it had rave reviews and for £20 down from £30 it must be okay right…

So in le pack you get 1 600ml bottle, one 300ml bottle and the processor machine, but, get this, the bottle you make your smoothie in you just take off of the processor and walk away with. You don’t need to faff around pouring your smoothie from one container to another you literally just take it straight off with you and the lid is like a gym/protein style bottle so it’s really secure to carry around with you. Awesome!

I trialed it for the first time yesterday and I must say putting all the clever taking your bottle with you straight off the press, it being easy to clean and all that jazz, the functionality of it is spot on. The blades are crazy sharp so it can even deal with frozen fruit/veg really well (I much prefer using frozen fruit in smoothies, the texture is smoother and more like milkshake. NOM) and it works preeeeetty fast. The quality of the plastic is very strong and very sturdy. I had to give it a flick to find out if it was glass or plastic (I was having stupid a moment okay?!) and the lid stays put; it’s not one of those really annoying lids that seriously test your brain capacity because when you turn it the full way and it should stop, but, it doesn’t and it’s the most annoying thing in the world and makes you want to cry and then it pours it’s entire contents all over your bag and instead of wanting to cry you just do.

For any health lovers or general smoothie lovers I would definitely recommend investing in one of these! They’re a big time saver and really handy for being on the go.

Mine is the better half of me. That’s not weird to say right?

Love&Hugs

Roobes xxx

FOOD

CURRIED BRUSCHETTA

 

Sounds weird right…
It’s scrummy yummy I promise!

I love this as either a starter or for lunch with a rocket and red onion salad goes down well with me, or if your in a snacky mode, it’s not all too bad for that either 🙂

Firstly slice into tiny strips 1 chicken breast, then your going to need to marinade the strips in 1tbsp of ground coriander and 1 tbsp of ground cumin until completely covered, then lightly cover in a thin layer of curry paste; I prefer Tikka Masala, but Rogan Josh is good too.
Take a griddle pan to cook your chicken strips, only turning when completely cooked on one side, this should only take about 4-6 minutes. When you have turned your chicken to cook on the opposite side, grab 2 chunky cut slices of ciabatta bread and drizzle some olive oil lightly on one side only on each. Once you’ve done your drizzling, put them on the griddle pan to cook slightly on either side (it looks prettier when you do it like this if you don’t have a griddle pan/don’t really care what it looks like, whack them under the grill). This should literally take 30 seconds on each side.

Whilst your chicken is finishing off and crisping up, on your ciabatta’s put: 2 thin slices of a beef tomato, a sprinkling of rocket, a small handful of your curried chicken strips, a sprinkling of crushed pine nuts, a few drops of low fat natural yoghurt, a few fresh corriander leaves and a little lime wedge on top.

Now eat it.
And eat it.
And eat it.

Then end up going and making some more with the left overs because it tastes so good like I always do…

Hope you enjoy this guys, let me know if you make it and what you thought?!
Thanks for reading!

 

Love&Hugs

Roobes xxx

FOOD

ROSEMARY CHILLI CHICKEN WITH ROASTED GREENS

I love this recipe, it’s full of goodness and a hearty meal too, especially now the colder weather is coming in! You can change up this dish a bit if you’re not a spice lover, just swap the chilli with lemon. Happy Days!!

 

First and foremost boil your kettle and add 300ml of boiling water to a jug, add 1 chicken stock cube (or if you’re feeling awesome and you’ve got some to hand add some home made stock!) and stir until completely mixed. You must allow your stock to cool a little until its warm-hot, if you add it into the pan when it’s boiling it’ll start to cook your chicken. You don’t want this to happen because this dish is a slow cooking one, if the stock is too hot you’re chicken will cook too fast, then it’ll be tough and it’s the end of the world. No one wants that.

Now, take 2 garlic cloves, half of your big red chilli, chop these nice and thin take 2 shallots and chop them slightly thicker, vertically. In a medium sized deep pan on medium-hot heat, put a good lug of olive oil and fry the garlic, chilli and shallots until softened, put a pinch of salt and pepper in the pan and add 1 skin on chicken breast. Now make sure when you put your chicken in the pan you put it skin side down first, fry it for about 3 mins on either side.

*pre-heat your oven to Gas Mark 6/200C/400F*

Your stock should have cooled down by now (if not add a teeny bit of cold water), it should be hot enough for you to dip your finger in and keep it there for about 20 seconds before getting too hot. Add into your pan then with the remainder of your chilli, keep the green stalk on and slice into strips. By keeping the stalk on it ensures the chilli strips stay attached, then lay it on top of your chicken breast and sprinkle a handful of fresh rosemary leaves on and around your chicken. Put the lid on your pan and turn the heat down to medium-low. You need to leave this for about 30-40 mins.

Whilst chicken and friends have a party in the pan, take a roasting dish and oil the base. Now for my greens I like broccoli, green beans, asparagus and kale, with a strip of fresh vine tomatoes but the great thing about this dish is it’s a lovely mixer and matcher, if you’re not into you’re greens and prefer roast squash/peppers/carrots use them instead it’s just as yummy! Take a small handful of each of your greens, including your vine tomatoes and coat them in garlic salt, pepper and olive oil, lay them all out evenly *EXCEPT THE KALE PUT IT TO ONE SIDE FOR NOW*  in your roasting tin and pop them in the oven after about 10-15 mins add in your kale and leave for another 10 mins.

Check your chicken, if you have a thermometer it should be 75C+ in the middle, if not, when you cut it it’ll be pure white in the middle.

The stock should be reduce massively and much thicker now, take your roast greens and place on your plate, on top of your veg place your chicken and pour whats left in the pan over the top. I think if you sit the half chilli and vine tomatoes on top of your chicken the dish looks just that bit more attractive, like it or not we eat with our eyes!

 

ENJOY!!!!!

 

Let me know if you tried it and what you thought!

 

Love

Roobes xxx

What’s in my gym bag???

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey there lovely ladies! I’ll be honest, when I was packing my gym bag for the first time in a while I was seriously umming and ahhing about what I really needed to take and what would just consume unnecessary space in my bag. Due to my epic dilemma, I figured I could share with you what my ‘keep it simple’ gym bag concept consists of…

 

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Gym bags are always quite interesting, they’re either full of your entire life or full of more a less nothing much at all. I try and keep mine down to the essentials and the simple things I need, in small volumes; it’s not the kind of thing you want to be carting round with you all day if you, like me, go to the gym straight after work and don’t have time to pick it up from home/go home and get changed first.

I always make sure I’ve got make up remover, always. Sweating is actually incredibly good for your skin and helps to excrete some of the rubbish that’s hiding away in there, so having a full face of make up whilst exercising causes your pores to clog with quite a grotty layer sitting between your skin and make up, which turns your face into a sweaty, sticky patchy make-upped mess. Yum.

Deodorant, spare bobbles and hair clips go without saying alongside my gym bra,top,pants,trainers and socks.

One amazing feeling that comes after a beast of a work out is a good long hot shower and giving your hair a deep shampoo and conditioner to get rid of the speed-grease your hair gathers. I love Alberto Balsam, I personally think it’s very underrated purely because of it’s low price. My hair feels as soft and lovely as it does using Alberto Balsam as it does using Bed Head, Paul Mitchell or any other big brand. I swear by the stuff. However if you’ve not done a too hard core work out, sometimes I like to just get a quick shower, which is where my hair clip, shower cream, shower puff and towel come in handy (I know gyms usually have their own shower gel in the cubicles but it always smells dead weird…). Lathering yourself in shower cream after a grim work out = best feeling ever.

I prefer to moisturise when I get out of the shower wherever I am, but after a work out splodging a world of moisturiser on your feet after your trainers have shown them whose boss is heavenlyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. As always and forever, I bring my mini bottle of Aqueous BP Cream.

My water bottle is my life saver. I bought it from the gym for about £6.00 but it’s great for taking on runs, bike rides and walks… It sits pretty compact and it’s strong for a water bottle ya know…

If I’m going to the gym on a weekend straight from home, I usually reduce everything by half. I take my shower puff, moisturiser, towel, shower cream, water bottle and hair clip, which live happily ever after in my hand bag. Oh yeah, handbag gym bags FTW!

Hope this came as a bit of help/guidance for you guys.

(Ooh I forgot. HEADPHONES!)

 

Love&Hugs

 

Roobes xxx

 

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