First smoothie in ages!

I forced myself to go to my Pilates class the other day after not getting much sleep. Seriously, it was a battle. But, guys, I did it! I promised myself that, afterwards, I’d go home and make a nice smoothie. Because all this cake baking is making me feel extra unhealthy, plus I miss making them. So here it is…

Oh, and I also used prickly pear cactus water instead of plant-based milk, and OMG, it’s the best thing ever! If you haven’t already, you gotta get yourself some and try it ASAP! Click here to buy.

Ingredients

4 tsp crushed almonds

4 mint leaves

1 parsley stem

1 tbsp pumpkin seeds

1 tbsp Hemp seeds

1 1/2 cups cactus water

1 tsp agave syrup

1/4 cup of blueberries

2 pears

1/4 cup of chopped celery

 

…yes, it’s very random but it’s yummy, I promise! Just chuck it all into a blender.

TIP:

It taste better cold so add a few ice cubes into the blender 😊 x

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Keep your light shining

Your light is what makes you, YOU. Whether it’s your laugh, your kindness, YOUR WEAKNESS (emphasis on weakness because your weakness is beautiful and only people who love you for you, will never use it against you), your spontaneity, your passion, your drive, and your presence as a whole. Don’t be ashamed of it. Does it get you into dumb situations? Yep, probably. Do you wish that you had said no? Hell yeah. Do you regret some things or would you do them differently, even though it would go against who you are as a person? No, you shouldn’t, ever. My kindness and my impulsiveness especially, got me into many stupid, sticky situations.

I am such an impulsive person, not like drinking and smoking and stuff. It’s more of a ‘don’t really think about what you do no matter how much shit it can get you in, live in the moment’ type of impulsiveness. It’s fun (and dangerous, sometimes). I admire it whenever I see someone with the same trait. BUT, this trait honestly did get me into so many stupid situations that often messed me up emotionally afterwards, as I never took the time to consider my feelings and my saftey. I hated it for a while, I blamed myself for being this way because of how much I put MYSELF through. So in a way, I tortured myself, by not acting on ANY decision impulisvely, even if it would do me good. I completely shut that side off and went for ‘safer’ version of myself, which funnily enough, blocked my creativity and completely clouded my vision of how I saw the world, my world, my dreams and my goals. In the end, I found the balance. I realised I actually liked that part of me.

I suppose what I’m trying to say is that there might be parts of you that you aren’t 100% sure about. You might think back and realise how bad they were, or how they caused you and others around you so much pain. You might not want anything to do with that side of you. You might hate how kind you are, how giving you are, because you’ve always had it thrown in your face by the ones who you loved most. You might love doing something, singing, drawing, dancing etc but always had someone put you down to the point where you genuinely don’t want to do it anymore. But, my advice is, find the balance. That thing you don’t like about yourself anymore, well, it’s a part of you and always will be no matter how much you think otherwise, so accept it.

Also, NEVER stop yourself from doing what your heart tells you to do, especially if you want to do it.

When you stop your soul from doing something that it wants to do, you are ignoring it. When you ignore it over and over again, it becomes quiet. When it becomes quiet, you may not hear it anymore. When you cannot hear the voice within you, you begin to lose yourself. Your light dims because you’ve put it out so many times by telling it it’s not worthy enough to be listened to.

Look at it like this…

Imagine constantly telling a child to stop doing something that they love, or to stop acting a certain way. Eventually, they won’t want to do it anymore because they’ve been taught not to. They’ve been taught that’s it’s wrong, that it’s annoying, or that no one likes it. They might even grow up feeling lost and not knowing what they want to do because no one ever acknowledged their true interest and passion from the start, which they end up forgetting about and may never remember again. When you tell a child to stop crying, crying is for babies, strong children don’t cry. That child will grow up thinking that crying is wrong. It will shut off its caring and emotional side (that was beautiful to begin with), it becomes this heartless, egotistic person that will look down on any real emotion because, to them, it is seen as weak.

Imagine yourself as a child; let yourself do anything it wants to do. Don’t let that child be you. Don’t tell yourself it’s wrong to act a certain way; don’t tell yourself it’s wrong for being who you are! Look back on a time where you were your happiest, and discover why. Become that happy person again, who never used to care about anything as much. Ask people around you what they love about you and what they see when they look at you. Whatever that is, that is your light. That is your vibe. BE THAT PERSON. Honor that person. Love the child within you.

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A little time…

I know I haven’t been posting a lot recently, I want to, but as bad as this might sound, I have not had the slightest bit of energy to do so. Everyday life is draining me to the max and I’m trying to deal with it in the best way I can. Not sure if I’m doing a good job but hey, at least I’m trying right?

You know those pressures you feel when you start something new, a hobby, blogging, poetry, workouts etc, but you also know you aren’t doing it as much as you should be. It pisses you off even more knowing that you want to, but can’t mentally do it. Or you can do it, but know you wont be giving it your all. That is me right now.

My minds been a blur, there’s so many things I’d like to write about, but it’s a mess up there. It’s all jumbled and I can’t seem to find the right way of writing things. I can’t express my words the way that I expect to when I begin writing. Is that normal? I don’t know. But its winding me up. It’s most probably the over thinking that builds this block in my mind, in my writing, so I suppose once I stop thinking about it, it will come naturally. That’s just the way this works though isn’t it? It’s the way the universe has always worked.

Once you put so much thought into something, it’s as if the thought no longer exists and it becomes nothing. You lose sight of the bigger picture, you lose sight of what you wanted in the first place. That pure original thought ends up being replaced with worry, doubt and ego.

So long story short. I’m working on it.

We all gotta work on what ever is dragging us down emotionally, spiritually and mentally. But at the same time, making sure to remember that it is okay to take a little break from things. No matter how much you love doing them. No matter how much you know you want to do them things. It may be, that all we need, is a little time to rediscover our pure intentions again.

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Benefits of Cornflower Tea

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Cornflower has antiseptic properties guysss! (only the blue coloured ones though). You can use it externally as well as internally, to help heal wounds and reduce inflammation. I had no idea, I originally purchased the petals for decoration for my smoothies, so you can imagine how amazed I was to learn how great this flower really is.

  • It’s high in calcium and Vitamin C!
  • Good for the digestive system – Constipation.
  • Rich in folic acid
  • Known to help protect the liver

So literally add a teaspoon of dried cornflower petals into a pan of water and boil for 5 minutes. Or just add the petals directly into your cup of boiling water and sit for 5-7 minutes.

I found my cornflower petals on Amazon, £2.75 for 5g jar, it’s small but seeing as you will only use a teaspoon every now and then, it will last you long enough!  – click here to view/buy.

Herbal tea is amazing for you! Seriously, if you are the type of person to get quite hungry during your meals, make a tea! It helps with cravings because they normally taste really nice plus it’s completely natural.

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Chia, Pineapple and Blackberry 🌼

Note to self: NEVER drink coffee on an empty stomach.

I don’t even drink coffee but before making this smoothie, I attempted to make a cinnamon and chocolate latte for you coffee lovers. Yeah, it sounds nice but it really wasn’t. Thought it might have just been me as obviously coffee is not for me, but nope, my mum (who LOOOOVES coffee) also hated it.

Okay so, I currently feel really sick. Coffee does this thing to me where it makes my heart beat really fast. SO FAST! Not sure if that is normal…it doesn’t feel normal.


On a more positive note,

Pineapple and Blackberry combined together taste AMAZING!! You guys have to try it, if you haven’t already.

 

 

The bottom layer is Blackberry

and chia seeds.

• Middle layer is blackberry, chia

seeds and a handful of pineapple

(The pineapple will make the

smoothie go a lighter shade

purple).

• The top layer is just pineapple.

Easy 😌

TIP

Chia seeds help to make smoothies thick enough so that you can layer them. Just add it to the fridge for a few minutes before using it.

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Vegan rice dish with vegetables and mango and peanut butter sauce

I find that adding a flavoured sauce to any dish with vegetables makes it 100x more appealing. Plus if you’re not a veg fan, it makes it so much easier to eat.

INGREDIENTS – serves 2 bowls

For the rice:

1 cup of basmati rice

2 tablespoons of Paprika powder

1 tablespoon of cinnamon

For the sauce:

2 tablespoons of coconut oil or any other oil

1 clove of garlic

Half of a white onion

1 tbsp of ginger

Half a mango

1 can of coconut cream

2 cups of hot water

vegetables:

1 clove of Garlic

1 tablespoon of Salt 

1 tablespoon of Lemon

Half an onion, chopped

Handful of olives, cut in half

Whole packet of Asparagus 

Half a mango, cut into small squares

 5 chopped mushrooms, cut into big thin slices

1 pepper (any colour)

DIRECTIONS

  1. So first, boil your rice with the paprika and cinnamon powder (vegetable stock if you wish) on high heat for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Whilst the rice is boiling, you are going to make the sauce. So heat up the coconut oil on a frying pan, add the chopped onions, ginger and garlic to it and fry for 5 minutes. Once they are frying, drain your rice and leave to sit.
  3.  Add the coconut cream into the frying pan with the onions, garlic and ginger, along with the peanut butter and mango. Stir until all ingredients have combined.
  4. You then need to add the sauce into the blender, blend until it becomes smooth. The peanut butter may make the sauce become too thick , if so, pour some hot water into it and just stir.
  5. Pour the blended sauce into a pan with a lid and leave to sit. Now, prepare to fry the vegetables. To do this, add the coconut oil, garlic and a few onions. Once golden, throw in all of the vegetables except from the mango and olives and cook for 5 minutes on high heat.
  6. After 5 minutes lower the heat. Add, salt, lemon, pepper, olives and mango to the pan and leave to simmer for another 5 minutes.
  7. Once the vegetables have cooked, you are now ready to serve your food in any way that you like.

      Hope this helped x

 

‘Budgie Smoothie’ according to my mum…

So it kind of went like this,

Me: “Mum if I wanted to name this smoothie, what would be a good name?”

Mum: “Hmmm, I’m not sure”

Me: whilst holding it and walking next to my budgie: “Omg look, it matches lily(my bird)”

Mum: “That’s it! Name it budgie!”

Me: “No mum that’s weird”

Mum: “Oh shit, you can’t any way, it’s supposed to be vegan”

😂😂😂

This yummy smoothie contains:

• Two large handfuls of Spinach and 1 pear.

• A whole mango with half a banana just to thicken it up so that I can layer both flavours because my blender is absolutely rubbish that it can’t really blend frozen fruit. Should probably invest in one. I much prefer frozen fruit to layer. But the smoothie still tastes quite amazing 😌

• Blend the different layers separately and place in the fridge to thicken and cool before pouring it into your glass.

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