MY PARENTS ARE THE CUTEST

Good evening beautiful souls,

I’m spending this evening at my parents and because I won’t see my mum on Easter Sunday she prepared this cute Easter gift bag for me from her and dad.

As I’m vegan and you know too much chocolate is never good for you haha she got me some non typical Easter treats.

There were some Maui&Sons coconut chips in the goodie bag (which I’ve always fancied buying but haven’t yet), some new Stabilo point pens (yay), a cute forever against animal testing olive soap bar in the shape of a rabbit ❤ from The Body Shop and lastly a beautiful selection of loose leaf artisan teas with intriguing flavour profiles that I can’t wait to try!

I wasn’t expecting my parents to get me an Easter egg or anything so to get these cute little treats was just lovely!!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend ahead of you! I’ll be working aha! Happy Easter weekend lovelies!

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QUINOA BUTTERNUT SALAD

Good evening beautiful souls,

I’m very excited to share one of my favourite recipes with you tonight. This dish is a perfect light delicious salad that can be eaten warm or cold, as a main or side. It’s great for a great dish for BBQ’s, garden parties or any get together really as it’s really easy to prepare and relatively quick to make too. I hope you all save this recipe, have a go at making it and let me know what you think. So without further ado let me share my favourite recipe with you:

Ingredients (for 4 ppl):

  • 1 large butternut squash
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 2 stock cubes
  • Fresh corriander
  • 250g quinoa
  • 1 onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

First of all put your favourite tunes on and make yourself a nice drink – cause cooking is always more fun whilst sipping at a cocktail and dancing around the kitchen!

Now you’re all set, peel your butternut, scoop out the seeds and chop into small bite-size pieces and put onto a tray. Next chop up your onion and garlic in small pieces and mix with the butternut pieces. Drizzle in olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper and pop in the oven to roast at 200-220 degrees Celsius (fan oven) for about 30 mins.

Next cook your quinoa, rinse first then bring 500ml of water to the boil. Add your two vegetable stock cubes before adding the quinoa and turning the heat down to simmer for about 15 mins until tender or the water is absorbed (add more water if necessary).

Next peel your pomegranate and cute up your coriander.

Once everything is cooked, mix all together (I only didn’t add the pomegranate here because my mum can’t eat it). Et voila – enjoy!!!

You can eat it warm, or pop it into the fridge and eat cold the next day – very refreshing and tasty too!

And there you have it my lovely readers, a scrumptious healthy vegan quinoa butternut salad! I hope you enjoyed this post and will try making this sometime; for now I wish you a relaxing evening and I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend.

SUPPLEMENTS

Hey there beautiful souls,

I thought this might be an interesting post for discussion. I have taken supplements on and off for the past 6 years or so and I have to admit I have never been able to tell if they make a difference; anyone else feel like that? Anyway there are a couple of supplements I have heard very good things about and am currently taking so I thought I’d share and I’d love to know if any of you also take any of these supplements or any others you find really make a difference?

The first supplements I’m going to mention are the Raspberry Ketones and Aloe Vera Colon Cleanse. I have been taking these on and off over various ‘dieting’ periods in the last few years as the combination is supposed to aid weightloss. The woman in Holland and Barrett told me she had received lots of positive feedback from customers taking both, the Raspberry Ketones in the mornings and the Aloe Vera Colon Cleanse in the evenings. Now I can’t really say if these definitely work or not I’m afraid, but when I stuck to a low sugar diet and took these regularly I did manage to loose 9lbs in 12 days. Now whether I received these results purely because of the sugar free diet or whether these supplements really did help too, is hard to prove. However as I still have some left I decided to take them again until empty in the hope that they do really help. I will however most likely not repurchase them afterwards.

Whilst at uni I seemed to get tonsillitis/ a bad throat infection a couple of times a year and was always put on penicillin. Going on antibiotics is never great because although it kills the infection it also damages the good bacteria. My mum recommended I start taking Acidophilus, a microorganism that helps maintain an acidic environment in the gut which can prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. Now these aren’t the cheapest and thus I haven’t been taking these regularly however as having a healthy gut is important I have currently started taking these again. If it becomes to expensive to take one a day I might start to just take one very second day.

Now it may not come as a surprise to a lot of you that another supplement I take is Vitamin B12. Now that I have adopted a vegan diet it was time for me to begin taking this supplement as this is supposed to be one of thing a vegan diet can’t give you enough of. I don’t feel any different for taking this supplement, but from all I have read and heard it’s beneficial.

The last supplement I am currently taking is vitamin is Vitamin D or otherwise known as the sunlight vitamin. At this time of year I barely get any sunlight and I’m not the only one, most people in the UK have a vitamin D deficiency apparently. It’s also supposed to help with tiredness, something I feel I suffer from 24/7!

Love Carina xo

WHAT I EAT IN A DAY

Good evening beautiful souls,

The other day I looked back to the beginning of my blog and discovered I use to write What I Eat In A Day posts, who knew aha! I had totally forgotten and these used to be some of my  favourite posts to write too! So I’m going to start writing them again and I hope you enjoy!

This is what I ate on Monday the 5th:

I got up early to try and get an emergency doctors appointment so I just bought an Innocent smoothie on my way to keep me going till breakfast after the doctors. On the way back I really  felt like treating myself (I always do when I am ill haha – anyone else the same?!) and so I popped into our local Sainsbury to buy an avocado and a fresh baguette. Whilst there I saw a nice barley, broccoli, bean ready-meal thing and thought it looked delicious, but instead of buying pre-made food I decided to have a go at making something similar myself and bought some more healthy foods.

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Breakfast

Once I got home at about 9.50 I finally made this tasty breakfast I had been soo craving! I toasted the baguette and then spread some vegan cream cheese on that we had left before adding the avocado which I had mashed up with some salt, pepper, chilli flakes & lemon juice. Next I topped it with some rocket salad and pomegranate seeds. To drink I just finished the Innocent smoothie I had bought earlier that morning.

Tip: Pomegranate is a fruit that literally goes with soo many things – start experimenting what you can add it too!

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Lunch

The way I usually cook is by making things up ass I go along and this was no different. I should have checked what exactly went into that tasty looking ready meal in Sainsbury, but I didn’t so I just ended up creating a veg & barley mix. It was quite tasty and full of goodness but I don’t think my aim in recreating what I’d seen had quite worked haha. I’d made quite a lot though so it’s lasted us for another two meals which is great when you can’t always be bothered to cook. So if you’re wondering what went in – pearl barely (cooked in veg stock), green lentils, black beans, kale, broccoli, carrots, spinach, onion & garlic. To drink I had a glass of squash.

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Snack

I always look to find low sugar crisps and I encourage you all to do the same. It’s crazy how much added sugars are put into savoury foods! Just pic up a couple of different brands and look at the of which sugars per 100g – you might surprise yourself. Anyway most Kettle’s aren’t too bad so they’re usually one of the brands we have in the house for snacks. I nibbled on these throughout the day and on some red grapes which I’m obsessed with at the moment but forgot to take a picture of.

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Dinner

Jessica had wanted me to try some of her Chinese food for ages so we finally had these fast food style noodles which only took a couple of minutes to cook and then you just mix your sauces together and top with peanuts and pickled vegetables. I enjoyed it, it was kind of peanut buttery. The only thing I wasn’t too keen on was the spice; I mean I like spicy food but I maybe shouldn’t have put all the chilli spice in haha.

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And there you have it – what I eat in a day! Hope you’ve all had a good day lovelies!

Love Carina xo