Healthy Kitchen Time

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

 

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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