Category Archives: Food & Nutrition

Super Easy Raw Bliss Balls

 

Raw Bliss BallsHappy Monday Everyone!

I am struggling to keep up with my blog at the moment. This winter seems to be really busy for me, which is a good thing of course. I just want to share quickly very easy recipe for my raw bliss balls that I’ve made another day, they are so tasty and very nutritious. I am a great fan of nut bars for breakfast, but I’ve decided to follow the trend and make some nutty-chocolaty bliss balls for a change!

You will need (for 16 balls):

100g walnuts
100g peeled almonds
10 dry dates
2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
2 tbsp natural sweetener (honey, maple syrup, stevia etc)
2 tbsp almond butter
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tbsp raw cocoa powder
1.5 tbsp chia seeds

Remove pits from dates, blend all nuts and dates till the mixture resembles a paste. Place it into the large bowl and mix in chia seeds, then add all liquid ingredients and mix well. Sift in cocoa powder. Than roll small balls (if you with, roll bliss balls in some coconut flakes), refrigerate for a couple of hours and they are ready! Simple as that. As I’ve mentioned before I like to eat mine for breakfast or they are great for a healthy afternoon snack. But I wouldn’t really advise to have more than 3 in one day, as they are so rich and nutritious. Most of the things are good for you in moderate amounts only.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

Goat’s cheese and Spinach Potato Tart

potato-tart

Today I would like to share one of my new favorite recipes – Goat’s Cheese and Spinach Potato Tart. I love quiches and tarts, but I am not too keen on the pastry that comes with it (gluten and butter are not my best friends). In this recipe you actually replace pastry with slightly fried potatoes…how genius is that? I’ve got this idea from browsing numerous recipe websites, unfortunately I cannot remember where exactly I saw it. So I followed my usual recipe for goat’s cheese and spinach quiche, replacing pastry with potatoes and it came out so tasty! I couldn’t even believe it, well anyway for me potato is always a winner. It’s much easier to prepare than quiche or tart too. And it’s so nice…we actually ate  the whole piece in like couple of minutes with my mum, it was just too good…So here is the recipe for you to enjoy!

Ingredients:

4 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced the same way as crisps.
2-3 tbsp oil (I use rapeseed oil)
200g spinach
1 small onion
6 large eggs
200ml whipping cream
100g grated goat’s cheese (I love hard St Helen’s cheese, but you can use soft goat’s cheese too)
For seasoning I used a tsp each of salt, coarse black pepper, dry parsley, dry basil, 1/2 tsp of garlic powder and a pinch of dry oregano.

Preparation:

Before you start making your tart make sure you have cake tin, with removable bottom that doesn’t leak…otherwise you might end up with a complete disaster. I used one that is 23cm in diameter.

Once you’ve done the hardest bit – peeling and slicing thinly the potatoes, heat a tbsp of oil in the frying pan and start frying potato slices. They don’t need to be cooked, just soften a bit. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Now chop the onions finely and fry it until golden. Then blench the spinach and leave veggies to cool down.

I buttered cake tin with a bit of vegetable spread, but actually potato slices are quite oily so you don’t really have to do it.

Potato Tart Preparation

Now layer potatoes on the bottom and the sides, without leaving any gaps. In the mixing bowl, beat together whipping cream, eggs and seasoning until well blended. Layer spinach, onion and cheese on top of the potato. And cover with the egg mixture. Put in the oven for 30 minutes until it’s firm and golden brown.

Enjoy while still hot!

Three Small Routine Steps I Love

Balance Your Body & Soul

 

You know when you read articles where people reveal what are their little secrets to feel better or to look good…well I’ve decided to do one with my own discoveries. I will share three little beauty (and body) secrets that I feel really make a difference to how I look and feel!

1. Use Face Serums. It’s super easy step but is often overlooked and neglected by many women in their skin care routine (including myself till only recently). I’ve always been sceptical about layering products as I didn’t want to annoy my oily skin. So for me it’s been cleanser, toner, light face cream and face mask as a treatment maximum. How mistaken I was not to use serum…that’s what really treats your skin, I would go as far as to say that if you have a really good face serum it does not matter what other skin care you use. The thing is that if you have some skin concern like pigmentation, dry skin, sensitivity you won’t sort it out with cream or cleanser…serums on the other hand specifically target different skin problems and as they are so easily absorbed – they really make a difference! At the moment I am in love with Antipodes Apostle Skin Brightening & Tone Correcting Serum (£40.85). My next step is to introduce eye serums to my routine, but I am still making some research about it.

2. Eat one avocado every day. This is again such an easy thing that makes a huge difference. Ok, I know some people love avocado some people hate it, but ladies if you want to have healthy skin and hair just eat it. There is a whole list of super foods that are supposed to be good, but I’ve tried many and didn’t see the difference. With avocado I get the results – if I don’t eat it let’s say for 3-4 days I get so many breakouts and my hair doesn’t look good. Once I start eating it daily my skin gets better almost immediately (without changing anything else in my diet). For me avocado is the most reliable source of healthy fatty acids that are so so important for healthy skin and hair. I’ve never liked avocados that much, but now I got so used to eating it I get stressed if none is left in the fridge! You can do quite a few things with avocados, but I usually add it to salads or eat it on its own as a snack.

3. Yoga. This one is not as complicated as some people might think. I am not talking about doing fifteen inversions of headstand in one go. Even small 10-minute flow few times per week can make a difference. I practise yoga for a bit more than a year and I should say that I’ve never felt so much in piece with myself and with my body. I can wright about how I feel now for ages but I think I will leave it for another post. I will just say that through my yoga practice I’ve learnt so much about my body and I don’t treat it as my enemy anymore that accumulates fat in the places it shouldn’t…now I respect my body, I embrace it the way it is and I understand it much better. And I am not even talking how yoga effects my mind state. Again I could wright quite a lot here but in short it made me much more relaxed person and helps me to be very present and focused without wasting my thoughts on things that don’t really matter!

That’s my little every day routine steps that make my skin, body and mind feel much better… Hence making me a happier person. I hope this little list could help someone too!