Recipe: Healthy and Easy Banana Pancakes

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Sometimes on a weekend morning you just fancy brunch food for your breakfast rather than a green nutribullet.

However, you don't want to be naughtyyyyy 

Here is the perfect solution!


Healthy Banana Pancakes!

(high fiveeee)

All you need to make a generous portion for one, or a less generous portion for two
(it makes about 9 small pancakes)
Is:


Two eggs
Two small bananas or one big one
Two tsps of peanut butter
Two tsps of chia seeds (optional)

I add the chia seeds to add protein, but you can leave them out if you want or replace them with flaxseed

Break your bananas into pieces and place into your nutribullet with your chia seeds 
If you don't have a nutribullet just mash with a fork

Add in your peanut butter....or nutella if you want chocolate ones!

And mix again.

You want to put the PB in before the eggs or it will curdle...

When you PB is mixed in add your eggs... 

And mix again 

It should be of the consistency where if you spoon it out into a pan it will make a scotch pancake not a crepe...so more like the texture of tahini than single cream?

God what a middle class description! 

Add a little oil to a non stick pan - I use coconut oil, because I use it for everythinnggggg.

My blog on that topic is here:



And spoon in your mixture. Mine were about the size of a coffee cup base


When they start to get little bubbles on top (just before they get to the point in the picture below actually!) flip them over 


Cook for another minute on the other side (not too high a heat!)
And place to one side whilst you make more...

Arrange on a plate, sprinkle with granola, some maple syrup and a bit extra peanut butter if you are me...


Or some fat free yoghurt and granola if you are in a super healthy mood


And you have a delicioussss healthy brunch!








Comment below if you have any healthy brunch/breakfast recipes I should try!

My go to nails for Spring - Copper/Rose Gold

Tuesday, 28 April 2015


I, like most people I know, have jumped on the rose gold band wagon over the past couple of years. 

I just think coppery colours are so pretty and rose gold goes with everything

In terms of nails it suits all skin tones and if you go for a glittery version, like me, it makes you feel a teeny bit like a glowy tanned j lo goddess...just a teeny bit, but that is generally what I want to feel like!

I started with two coats of Leotard Optional by Sephora for O.P.I

And then on my ring fingers added Traffic Stopper Copper



Adding glitter to one nail is a way of making this a bit more subtle.


...but why would I want to be subtle!


I added the glitter to all of my nails and I think it looks gorgeous


I had to do a fair few coats of glitter though as more often than not each coat just contained a few bits of glitter. 


I therefore tried to kind of scoop up the glitter on the brush from the bottle, that way I had to do less coats

I then finished with a top coat 



I got both of these nail varnishes in America so below are some options for the UK ladiesss:

Nude Duchess from Barry M


Treasure Chest from Barry M


Penny Talk by Essie


Summit of Style by Essie



Comment below and let me know what your favourite nail colours for spring are!

I don't really like pastels which I think limits my choices!

Coconut Oil - Oil Pulling, Moisturising and Makeup Removal

Friday, 24 April 2015



Coconut Oil is one of those products that people rave about.





I thought I'd put some of its uses to the test and see whether it is actually worth the rave!



Make-up Removal


For the past two weeks I've been using Coconut Oil on cotton pads to remove my makeup rather than my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish.





My verdict - it definitely takes off everythingggg. Even waterproof mascara.


I used to find that by about 3pm each day I'd have a smudge of mascara under my eyes. Whichever mascara I used it still happened, so when I used waterproof mascara in Brazil and it stopped happening I stuck with waterproof!


I no longer get the smudge, but the mascara is tricky to get off...


The solution - coconut oil.


I can't really see any downside to using this as a makeup remover.




My Liz Earle is £14 for 100ml


And my coconut oil was £15 for 450g (although I got it on sale for half price at Holland and Barratt)

So £7 for 450g... you can see the kind of price difference!


Now if you have sensitive skin, or skin that breaks out easily don't go ditching your current skin routine and then blaming me if your skin doesn't like the change. I'm just writing down my experience. I haven't had any spots or any reaction at all to this change. My forehead is a bit dry...but its always a bit dry to be honest!



Moisturiser


For the past two weeks I've also been using coconut oil for my moisturiser. On my body and my face.


My skin on my body is the softest its ever been! I've even been complimented on it whilst salsaing and guys have touched my arm...not as creepy as it sounds.


Another benefit of my new super moisturised skin, my faketan has lasted longer than usual. I tanned 8 days ago...and I'm just getting to the point where I would like to again. Plus I've had two baths as well as my usual showers and baths normally soak your tan off a bit more than a shower would.


So I'm very pleased with the results!


I use about a ten pence piece worth of solid coconut oil per section of my body (10p per leg, one for my back, one of my front and then one between my two arms).


The oil soaks in a lot easier than I thought it would (I don't feel greasy afterwards) and the coconut smell is lovely and not too strong.



Result!



In terms of my face, I've used about a 5p piece worth over my face in the morning and before bed. I haven't really noticed much difference, my face feels smooth and I don't have any spots - but I'm quite lucky so that's pretty standard for me. 


The logical thing to think is that putting oil on your skin makes it more oily. And I have a bit of an oily TZone anyway...but the opposite is actually the case. The oil on your face tricks your skin into thinking your skin is oily enough so it doesn't produce as much...there's a fun fact for you!

I've noticed more of a difference on my body, but will continue using it on my face too.



Oil Pulling


Until about a week ago I didn't know what oil pulling was - and no one I've spoken to knows what it is either.


The basic principle is every day you put between 1tsp and 1tbsp in your mouth and swish it around for 20minutes.


Now 20 minutes is a long time so its more of a pulling it around your mouth than swishing it as aggressively as mouthwash.


Why on earth would you put oil in your mouth you ask?


Welllll. Apparently it:



  • Whitens your teeth naturally without bleach
  • Strengthens teeth and gums
  • Prevents cavities and generally promotes oral hygiene
  • Helps with bad breath
  • Relieves headaches, migraines and even hangovers!
  • Improves sleep quality
  • Detoxifies the body

You might have seen on Instagram all the TOWIE lot posing with sachets of CocoWhite




I assume they've been paid to do so...lets be honest!


CocoWhite are a brand that sell sachets of coconut oil (various flavours) for oil pulling. 


The sachets are £20 for two weeks worth... whereas my whole tub of coconut oil was £7...


Definitely more cost effective to buy your own coconut oil than pay for the name and for the oil to be measured out in sachets!


I thought I would give it a try...


I started with a tsp as I didn't want to have too much in my mouth! It is oil after all and I didn't want to be overwhelmed and accidentally swallow it!


The coconut oil is solid so it kind of melts in your mouth and then you swish it around. It's best to do this whilst your doing something else, like watching TV or even doing your hair and makeup in the morning...otherwise you will be clock watching and thinking about the fact that you can't swallow!


That was the hardest bit for me - not being able to swallow for so long. The first day I managed it for the full 20 minutes but then had to trot swiftly to the bin to spit it out as I couldn't handle it any longer!


Don't be tempted to spit it down your sink...or you could get a clogged sink! Not ideal.


Because of your saliva adding to the oil (and apparently toxins) the oil kind of doubles in size in your mouth. I therefore recommend sticking to a tsp of oil unless you have a really big mouth!


The second day I could only handle about 12 minutes. I really needed to swallow and I wasn't doing anything to distract myself so I couldn't bear it any longer!


I don't think only doing it for 12 mins is an issue though, as I've just looked at the cocowhite website and it says start with 5 minutes and work your way up!


On the third I was better. I did my hair and makeup whilst swishing the oil around, so I managed to do 20 minutes without noticing too much. 


Same with day 4, 5 and 6 - as I was distracted I didn't even notice the 20 minutes...

When you spit out the oil make sure you brush your teeth and rinse out with water, otherwise you have a kind of oily film in your mouth.



My teeth were quite white before.



Why does my nose look obscenely large in this picture...

But I do think they look pretty white now too. 

Not that much difference, but I can see it a bit in person...this picture was only after 4 days so let's see how white they are after 14 days!

I'm going to keep doing this, because although I'm not sure about it drawing out toxins, oral hygiene is something I think is really important. Bad teeth are just plain gross and I had a lot of different types of braces as a child to sort out my huge overbite (I sucked my thumb all day everyyy day) so I want my teeth to stay nice.


If this is a way of whitening your teeth without bleach then I am all forrrr it! Plus my teeth feel so shiny. Like someone has polished them! I keep rubbing my tongue over them because they feel so smooth!




If you have any other uses for coconut oil let me know! 
I am obsessed and having taken to carrying my jar round the house...maybe I need a jar in every room!

Lush Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar - Review

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

My flat is pretty nice....but it is missing a bath.

I loveeeeee a bath and Jess (http://jessicaannmartin.blogspot.co.uk/) always makes me jel by putting up bath bomb reviews!

What it does mean though is that whenever I go home to my parents I have at least one bath.

So I often pick up a treat from Lush in Victoria Station to use whilst I'm there!

As you can see from the date, these pictures are a little out of date, but hey I've been in Brazil - don't blame meeee


I picked up the Unicorn Horn

Look how fun and colourful that is!


More like unicorn poop than a unicorn horn though..

Unicorns have silver horns duhhh


I broke it in half to spread it over two baths..


And ran it under the tap to create bubbbblesssssssssss






It did a pretty good job bubblewise and it smelt of lavender, but not crazy strong lavender that would send you to sleep.

More of a relaxing experience than a sleep inducing one



I was a bit disappointed though as I thought the bubbles would be multicoloured! 

The white bubbles were a bitttt of a bore to the eyes.

They should have made it more colourful I think... Like this!



This just looks dull in comparison right?



Despite the non-colourful bubbles, my skin did feel really soft afterwards, so I would repurchase it again.

I really enjoyed the smell as it wasn't a potent over the top granny smelling lavender!


What's your favourite lush bubble bar? Let me know so I can get a new treat for my next trip home!


Nutribullet - Adding Natural Supplements

Wednesday, 15 April 2015


I genuinely had no idea what to call this blog...I basically wanted to call it "Adding Magic Powders To Your Nutribullet" but thought that might seem a bit odd...


Basically I'm talking about adding stuff to your Nutribullet which isn't fruit or vegetables.




Natural Supplements... which have all the vitamins you need, extra protein, fibre, antioxidants etc.


All the stuff your body needs but sometimes you don't get enough of.


My Mum is seriously into powders and potions and anything which is good for you really!


P.S. If you live in Crawley and the surrounding areas and want to do Pilates or Yoga then check out my Mum's website.





You even get the chance to see my beautifullll face on the home page and you get a Free Group Taster session if you're new.


Anyway enough family promotion.



I went home this weekend and (with permission) raided my Mum's boxes and boxes of supplements.


I've always kind of judged her for drinking weird green smoothies - but I guess I've come over to the dark side.


Lets start...



Chia Seeds


The first thing I put in is Chia Seeds. I already own a packet of these so I didn't need to raid my Mum's supply:
  • Chia seeds come from a flowering plant in Mexico and were apparently a staple in the Aztec's Diet.
  • They provide fibre and omega 3 so aid digestion and a healthy brain
  • They also contain manganese and calcium so help with healthy strong bones. Plus phosphorus which helps with cell and tissue growth and repair and are a great source of vegetarian protein.
I think you can tell why these are the one supplement I've actually forked out for at Holland and Barrett.

I bought the naturally milled kind and a 200g bag was £6. I only put about a teaspoon or two in my Nutribullet per day though, so its lasting me well


Flaxseed

  • This stuff is meant to help to prevent every kind of disease, diabetes, skin cancer, breast cancer, lung disease etc etc.
  • Now who knows if all that is true, but it does contain a lot of fibre and omega 3 fatty acids.
  • Fibre helps keep you fuller for longer and omega 3 promotes healthy skin and hair so this is a good one if you want to look your best
  • It also adds manganese and the vitamin B1 to your diet, as well as protein, zinc and iron
Plus I quite like it in my Nutribullet to add texture.

A bit like when you get a really naughty smoothie and it has granola in it....kind of like that but the healthy not quite as nice version...


Bee Pollen

This looks different to the others....its crunchy not powder. Kind of like tiny pieces of honeycomb? That's the best way I can describe it.
  • It is rich in vitamins (B12, E, B1, B2, B3, B5 C and D) plus it contains all 22 amino acids plus calcium, manganese, phosphorous, iron, sodium, potassium, aluminium, magnesium and copper.
  • It also contains hormones, enzymes and antioxidants.
  • Now that's a lot! It is a natural antibiotic and can also aid minor illnesses and allergies. 
  • It can even help prevent things such as skin degeneration, depression and hair loss.
This one actually tastes nice too and Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Middleton all eat it to stay looking young

I've tried to fork out for my own bag of this but SHOCK they don't do it in Holland and Barrett. Which is odd....so I'm going to have to go online!


Hemp Protein Powder
  • Hemp is a complete protein which is the best kind of protein you can get from plant matter. It contains 21 amino acids - including the 9 your body can't produce for itself.
  • It contains Omega 3 and Omega 6 so again you're getting a healthy brain as well as good hair and skin.
This is the first powder that is green...and doesn't taste the best.

I therefore recommend only adding a bit to your Nutribullet...otherwise it tastes like genuine pond water - don't go for a full on tablespoon!


Now the rest of these are also all green powders...which taste a bit like pond so go easy on them!

We've clearly eaten a lot of Thai Chicken Soup in my family in the past!

Chlorella
  • This is derived from freshwater single-celled alga - and yes that does make it smell as bad as it sounds...
  • It's super concentrated with vitmain C, pro-vitamin A, chlorophyll, lutein, thiamine, riboflavin, pyridoxine, niacin, pantothenic acid, folic acid, B12, biotin, protein and 18 amino acids.
  • I could have just written random words down there and I think some people wouldn't know the difference. I think I am one of those people...
  • I haven't a clue what some of those things are, but it is apparently a super-detox supplement.
  • It is a blood purifier which works to filter toxins out of your body and boosts your immune system.
  • It aids digestion, promotes the growth and repair of tissues and promotes optimal blood pressure.

Spirulina
  • This is said to be the richest and most complete source of nutrients of any single food on the plant. A big claim!
  • It contains all of the essential amino acids and is a complete protein.
  • It is about 70% protein but also contains, iron, calcium, B12, chlorophyl, antioxidents, cell salts and 2000 different enzymes.
  • As well as nearly every letter vitamin.
  • It is meant to be a great digestive aid, is cleansing and nourishing.
  • It helps support eyesight, strengthens your immune system, slows down the ageing process and helps maintain beautiful skin.

Wheatgrass
  • I'm sure you've heard about all the trendy people in LA doing wheatgrass shots...well this is the stuff.
  • It is full of chlorophyll and contains vitamins A, C, E, K and 82 our of the 92 minerals found in soil including calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc etc.
  • Might be why it doesn't taste great...
  • It is a powerful detoxifier, cleansing the blood and liver. A good one if you drink too much!
  • It also promotes healthy skin and hair, and is taken for its antiaging properties.

Barleygrass
  • This contains loads of enzymes, vitamins and minerals including potatssium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper etc etc.
  • It also contains the antioxident superoxide dismutase.
  • It is detoxifiying and energising and is taken to slow down the aging process, aid digestion, prevent fatigue and boost the immune system.


And exhaleeeee. That is it.




As I've mentioned the green powders (everything from Hemp Protein down) don't taste that nice.

But sometimes you've got to do things which don't taste or feel the best to get good results.

I don't always enjoy exercising...or having green tea rather than regular, or eating a rice cake rather than a biscuit...but sometimes you have to do things that don't feel the best at the time to get good results.

All of the above are super good for you and I'm hoping that I'll notice the difference in adding them to my diet, even if it is just that my skin is a bit more glowy and my hair more shiny.

Those are the results that show on the outside, but a healthy body on the inside is obviously the most important.


In terms of how much I add....I put about a tablespoon of each green powder, plus the bee pollen in a little pot with about two tablespoons of the flaxseed. I then mixed this all up and put on the lid.

Each day I put 1-2 teaspoons of this mixture in with my nutribullet plus a heaped teaspoon of chia seeds.

I've found that if you put anymore in your nutribullet tastes horribleee...no matter how much fruit and veg you put in!



Also a warning....they make your nutribullets this colour....

Appetising...


Another natural supplement I'm really into is coconut oil, I use it to take off my makeup, deep condition my hair, cook and moisturise my whole body.

I've run out so I've been using other moisturisers etc but I bought a big jar yesterday (its half price at Holland and Barratt at the moment! £7 rather than £14).

I think I'm going to put it to the test and use it twice a day on my body and face and see if there is a difference - I'm sure you'll read a blog about it soon!


Apologies for the very wordy blog, but I hope it is informative.

Let me know in the comments before if there is anything you swear by in terms of supplements!


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