The “Wedding Diet”

Hello everyone, happy Sunday! It’s officially 2 weeks until mine and George’s and we are beyond excited 🙂

Everything is virtually sorted so now we can just relax and enjoy the time leading up to it..

Now.. I know what you might be thinking of regarding the title… “Oh no, please don’t do a crash diet Hannah” and I’m here to reassure you that I’m not.

I’m basically just eating better quality foods, reducing the junk and processed foods, reducing my carb intake and intermittent fasting. This is what I’m going to talk about in today’s blog post.

Eating better quality food and reducing the junk.

I had gotten myself into a routine of eating a lot of junk and processed foods and my body nor my skin were thanking me for it. I was feeling bloated, tired, irritable and I was breaking out.

I decided that I wanted to change this especially with the wedding being 4 weeks away (I started this 2 weeks ago)

I went back to eating more fresh sea foods, salads, quinoa, brown rice, fruit and veg and I have really noticed the difference… I would just like to point out that I still enjoy my food, for example I do have chocolate and take aways still, just not in the quantity that I was having them and if I’m craving chocolate then I will opt for dark chocolate instead.

The food that I’m eating now has also increased my energy levels and eating less food funnily enough has given me more energy… that’s where intermittent fasting and reducing the carbohydrates comes in.

Intermittent fasting and reducing carbohydrates

Now I know carbohydrates are important for maintaining energy levels, however I was consuming carbohydrates at every meal and it got to a point where it wasn’t making me feel good. Bloating particularly in the evening after my dinner.

So I made the decision to not eat carbohydrates at dinner time. It was a struggle at first thinking about what to eat, but with the wonders of google I found some good recipes — I’ve also been living off omelettes and absolutely love them.

The best thing about this was that I wasn’t bloating in the evenings and I was remaining full. I did go through a trial stage of having fish and vegetables but that wasn’t fulfilling my hunger so I incorporated eggs into it and that worked a treat.

I also did research on foods that would promote naturally glowing skin and have been consuming them. My break outs are clearing up and my skin does have a nice natural glow, so leading up to the wedding I shall be continuing to eat these foods — fresh/frozen salmon and oily fish, eggs, dark leafy greens, salads, melons, other fruit and drinking lots of water.

That’s when I started my research on intermittent fasting and began to read and watch the benefits of it so decided to try it myself. I have a few friends who do it and say that it works wonders for them — it might not work for everyone and I would definitely recommend to research it before trying it.

How I do mine is that I stop eating my 7pm and start eating at 7am during the week and at weekends the times alter slightly. At the weekends I try to fast as long as possible but I still make sure I eat breakfast.

I mainly make sure I have at least a 12 hour fast every day. My breakfast and lunch contain carbohydrates (healthier ones) to maintain my energy levels and my evening meal doesn’t contain carbohydrates.

I’m finding that my energy levels are increased slightly, which is fantastic. I still get tired with my chronic illness but you know that I make sure I rest when I am tired and have a pretty good balance of it now.

Since starting this “Wedding Diet” I’ve decided that it’s something I’d like to continue. I’ll still have treats on occasion and enjoy foods. That’s the most important thing.

So far since doing this, I have reduced the bloat and lost 2.5lbs. It’s not all about weight loss it’s about maintaining balance 🙂 but the weight loss for me is an added bonus 🙂

I hope you’ve enjoyed this weeks blog post about what I’m eating leading up to the wedding. I’d love to read your comments below and shall be connecting with you all.

Much Love Always

Hannah xx

 

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Positivity, Recovery and Food

Hello everyone how are you all? I hope you’re having a good week. As always leave me a comment down below and we can have a good chat 🙂

Well if you haven’t seen my latest post I’m going through another MS Relapse. If you’d like to read that blog post entry and how it all came about then just click on the link here https://goo.gl/Tyg1AH

It’s almost been a week since having this relapse confirmed and I have felt very differently this time to last – emotionally I mean. I feel a lot more positive and determined to do whatever I can to help boost my recovery, the chronic fatigue is the worst of all my current symptoms but I don’t try to fight it, I just let it roll… If I want to have a sleep then guess what, I’ll have a sleep! (I actually had my first day time nap yesterday lol that felt good and yet slightly strange at the same time because I’ve never really slept during the day.  

No one knows how long the recovery of a relapse will take, I always say it will take as long as it does, however that does not mean that I’m not going to do everything in my power to help boost things a long and I’d like to share with you all what I’ve been doing over the last few days/week to keep my spirits up, my positive mindset thriving and my recovery boosting.  

(Imagine taken from an Instagram account surviving_multiplesclerosis)

This might sound funny to some people but I honestly feel that the food in which I’m fuelling my body is really having a positive effect on my mental health. When I think back to my 2nd relapse of this year in June I was very emotional, suffering from anxiety and severe stress – I feel a lot more relaxed with things in general. Obviously I have periods where anxiety creeps out but I feel so much stronger and in control of that now. 

Food 

Since changing my eating habits to a vegan/plant based lifestyle I’ve really felt a positive improvement. It’s unfortunate that a relapse has occurred and there have been a few times where I’ve doubted the vegan lifestyle wondering if that caused my relapse, however like my wonderful partner said ‘You can’t select one route for the cause of an MS relapse/flare up, no one yet knows how they’re caused’ which filled me with determination to continue and adamant to treat this relapse with delicious whole foods and fingers crossed my recovery speeds up.  

For breakfast at the moment I consume a delicious super green smoothie every morning. Since this relapse I have been having this every morning no matter what and the ingredients in which I use are:- 

1x medium banana 

2 handfuls spinach

1x Apple

1 handful mango (frozen)

1tbsp ginger (ground)

1tsp cinnamon

1tbsp coconut sugar

Water

Blend that up in my smoothie blender and apply to face.  

At around 10:30 ish I will have a snack… These can vary depending on the fatigue. Sometimes I’ll have half avocado on toast with tomato, or some Ryvitta crackers peanut butter and berries, some nuts or raw veggie sticks and hummus.  

Lunch – as you all know George and I Bach make these on a Sunday and Thursday so I’m very thankful that I don’t have to think about making those – If you’d like to see what I have in my sandwiches then check out my blog post about ‘Becoming Vegan’   https://goo.gl/JcxnUC 


Dinner has been challenging at the moment, mainly due to the chronic fatigue so I’ve been trying to keep is fairly simple and quick. The last could lead of nights I’ve made vegan Mac & Cheese (yes CHEESE!) haha… The recipe for the cheese sauce is:- 

1/5 cup of soaked cashew nuts (soak overnight or I sometimes use boiling water and leave for about ½ hour) 

2 jarred roasted red peppers

3 sun dried tomatoes

1 tbsp turmeric

2 tbsp Nutritional Yeast (this gives it the cheesy flavour) 

Honestly this is absolutely delicious and I love it!!  

I think the main thing I’ve been doing so far throughout this recovery is… REST and lots of it! Even sleeping during the day if my body wants to. I’ve basically been listening to my body for once and just doing whatever it wants to do – also watching ALL of the Harry Potter movies on repeat! The first one is definitely my favourite, it’s just so magical!  

We’ve got a sofa bed at home and I can honestly say that it’s been an absolutely godsend. It’s allowed me to come downstairs during the day because let’s face it when I’m in bed (upstairs) I generally feel worse! But when I’m downstairs on the sofa bed I’m able to sleep when I need to but also get up and move about too 🙂

I’ve had some lovely comments on my previous post so I wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who has written to me, I love all of your comments 🙂

Love to you all

Hannah xx

Food and MS

Hello everyone, how are you all? 

‘Food and MS’ I’ve read and heard a lot about this recently ‘What to eat to help MS’ ‘Food cured my MS’ ‘What not to eat’ etc and it got me thinking… Is any of this true? Cutting out a lot of ‘Main Food’ groups would actually benefit me? Example, cutting out red meat, dairy, sugar, saturated fat, becoming full on vegan, becoming raw vegan, cutting out gluten, cutting out caffeine? 

We already have enough to think about and deal with/manage every day, do we really want to be over thinking about what we are eating? I used to watch a lot of YouTube videos ‘What I eat in a day’, ‘Vegan Recipes’, ‘Quick an easy recipes’ ‘Quick and Easy Meal Ideas’ and the only thing that these had in common… They didn’t suit me! 

No matter how much I tried to make it work, when I come home from work at 6:15pm the last thing I want to do is stand or be in the kitchen for 30 minutes plus cooking a meal with a load of ingredients… I want SIMPLE, QUICK, NOURISHING, EASY meals and so after a lot of research and deciding to try ‘cutting out a few basic things’ first I have come up with a simple structure that actually works for me!

Now I’ve been doing this for just over a month now and the only thing I’ve noticed so far is that my anxiety levels are dramatically reduced and I’m a lot calmer since I’ve stopped consuming caffeine… I drink caffeine free beverages now and always check the packaging to make sure it doesn’t contain caffeine… however I had no idea that caffeine is in more than just beverages – yes I know I’m’ naive! So I try to avoid it to the best that I can. 

I also try and have at least 1 vegan or veggie meal a day, this is normally breakfast in the form of smoothies. Lunches are usually Sandwiches and dinner definitely consists of vegetables and something tasty but maybe not lean, fat free etc all of the time. 

I thought I’d give you a five day plan of what I eat in a day that’s actually simple for me and helping me 🙂 obviously I know this won’t work for everyone and it’s just there to help people who struggles with planning perhaps? 

Day 1 – Breakfast:- Fruit Smoothie made with mango, spinach, banana, oats, almond milk & water, a little coconut sugar, cinnamon and a little ginger.

Lunch:- A small sandwich (bread roll) with tuna, Mayo, sweet corn, cucumber, lettuce I then usually have a dairy free yogurt, a piece of fruit, carrot sticks and hummus and a Eat Natural Bar.

Dinner:- Roast chicken (One already cooked from the shops), a couple of potatoes, peas, carrots and broccoli

After dinner treat (only sometimes):- Dairy free ice cream with a couple of dark chocolate drops

Day 2 – Breakfast:- Smoothie made with banana, almond milk, cocoa powder, peanut butter, ice cubes, cinnamon and a little ginger – my little guilty pleasure chocolate smoothie

Lunch:-  A small sandwich with 1 slice of ham, 20g cheese, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, spring onions then the same a dairy free yogurt, a piece of fruit, carrot sticks and hummus and a naked bar.

Dinner:-  Usally ledt over chicken with a couple of potatoes, broccoli, peas and carrots

NO after dinner snack

Day 3:- Breakfast:- Smoothie made with raspberries, blueberries, banana, spinach, oats, almond milk and water, cinnamon and a little ginger

Lunch:- A small sandwich with falafel, hummus, lettuce, cucumber and grated carrot, a dairy free yogurt, a piece of fruit, carrot sticks and hummus.

Dinner:- homemade pizza with bbq sauce, chicken, pineapple, sweet corn and mozzarella – this is a treat because George is normally out in the evening.

Day 4:- Breakfast: A small English fry up with 1 sausage, 2 eggs, baked beans and 2 hash browns (I like to have a change up and something that I like). 

Lunch:- a small falafel Sandwich with hummus, lettuce, cucumber and grade carrot, a dairy free yogurt, a piece of fruit, carrot sticks and hummus and a Eat Natural bar.

Dinner:- Fish pie with a couple of potatoes, peas and broccoli

After dinner snack:- Fab Ice lolly

Day 5:- Breakfast:- A fruit smoothie with Mango, Pineapple, spinach, almond milk and water, oats, cinnamon and a little ginger

Lunch:- A small Chicken Sandwich with a little may, lettuce, carrot shavings, and cucumber, a dairy free yogurt, a piece of fruit, carrot sticks and hummus, and some Youshi Pea snacks

Dinner:- Toad in the hole with peas, green beans, carrots and broccoli.

No after dinner snack

So.. That is one of my five day meal plans, I don’t cut everything out because how I look at it… I will not let MS stop me from enjoying the foods that I love! I have adapted my diet to a balanced one and changed a few little things and have come to love them… But if there’s an occasion where I want a burger or a Chinese… The I will have one and enjoy it 🙂 

I finally feel happy about food and don’t feel that I should be eating a certain way for my health.. it’s also all simple and easy prepared food which honestly does’ take long.. Yes some of it is cooked in the oven.. But I need simplicity in my life at the moment.. and this works for me.. 

How to eat Healthy when Sick

Hey everyone.. so whilst being off work sick there have been times where actually preparing and cooking food have been really difficult and sometimes I physically can’t do it.. so I have put together a little meal plan to help me through the day at home alone.. 

All the food I’m mentioning I have mostly prepared with help from my partner on a Sunday so we have things for the week. 

Breakfast

Smoothies 


As you can see in the above picture there’s a freezer bag with alsorts in.. on Sunday we chopped up some bananas and put them in a freezer bag combined with frozen fruit and some spinach, we did this 5 times social have smoothies for breakfast or snacks for the week. 

All I needed to do this morning was out the bag if frozen ingredients into my blender with some liquid and blend it up.. I also added a tbsp of ground flax seed mix. 

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Granola with fruit and yogurt


I’ve had this meal for breakfast a lot whilst being off.. the fruit we normally prepare the night before as sometimes I’ve needed help so in the morning all I need to do is add my chosen yogurt (soy plain) and granola (Jordan’s raisin and Almond) 

Lunch


Lunch we’ve been keeping very simple and easy.. I’ve been using up the ham and cheese we have in the fridge so again on Sundays we’d make sandwiches for the next 3 days and also chop up some carrot sticks, pepper and celery, some fruit usually melon, some crisps and a snack bar.. I out all this (apart from crisps and bar) into the fridge so then when I’m home alone I can just grab food put the fridge to eat that’s already prepared.. this has been great whilst I’ve been off poorly! 

Dinner


So for dinner.. my partner has been cooking for me because I’m struggling to stand up for periods of time.. I do sit at the table and help prepare salad.. again we’ve been keeping this very simple.. we’ve been eating a lot of “bowl food” lol.. so rice, lots of salmon and veggies with usually a dash of sweet chilli sauce.. 

This is much better than heading for that take away which I’m not going to lie.. I have been to the take away a few times whilst I’ve been off poorly.. you just have to eat what you fancy but I’ve definitely felt an improvement on my health eating good wholesome foods. 

I hope you enjoyed this blog post, please leave me any comments in the comments section below and I’ll be sure to answer them 😊

Much love

Hannah xx

What I Eat In A Day – 3 – Sunday Edition

Hey everyone… Me again! I hope you’ve all had a great week and weekend!? Let me know what youve been up to 😊

As the title would suggest, this is another “What I eat in a day” post… I think my last posts got a few hits, so I’ll continue to write them. 

Now this “What I eat in a day” is going to based around Sunday… This is my normal day off work and Sundays is a day of slight indulgence for us.. as well as still trying to keep on the healthy side too.. 

I’ve also filmed a YouTube video on this topic too.. so if you’d like to visualise this post then click on this link below… http://www.YouTube.com/hannahsmithswj

Right… Let’s get onto the meals…

Breakfast – Traditional English Fry Up

We very rarely have this but a classic English Fry up is just so comforting and delicious!! There’s not much to say about how i cooked this as it’s quite self explanatory and a lot of people like to cook fried breakfasts differently than others.. here are the things that I used to make my fried breakfast a little more healthier. 

Fry light cooking spray (1 calorie spray – no oil!!)

Bacon Medallions – contains virtually no fat

Baked beans

Tesco lighter sausages

1 slice toast (from 400g loaf of bread)

2x eggs

If any of you reading this follow the Slimming World plan.. I’m pretty sure that this breakfast would be quite low in syns, which even though I don’t follow the plan anymore, Still try maintain what i learnt on the Slimming World plan. 

Lunch – Buddah Bowl (Vegan)

Now this recipe is not only vegan, delicious and super filling.. but also so quick and easy to make! George and I absolutely love this recipe ever since we found it on “Myvirginkitchen” YouTube channel…Barry Lewis made this delicious vegan recipe requested from one of his subscribers I believe and once George and I saw it.. we wanted to create it ourselves!! 

You can find the recipe on the My Virgin Kitchen Website which is http://www.myvirginkitchen.com and also on his YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/Myvirginkitchen 

Here’s what we used – 

Red and yellow pepper

Coconut fry light

Kale

Coconut oil (only oil we use) 

Chick peas

Mild curry powder

1 red onion

Sirracha

Sweet chilli sauce

Seasame seeds

I definitely think you guys should give this a go.. i absolutely loved it and I’m all about quick and easy meals at the moment 😊 this gets a massive *thumbs up* from me lol.

Dinner – WeightWatchers beef hotpot with steamed veggies and mashed potato

Dinner time!! Now this is the time when my fatigue starts to kick in.. especially if I’ve been at work all day or been busy, which is why i like to make sure that my evening meals are not only healthy but quick and easy too.. 

When I say “quick and easy” I also mean as little effort as possible… I’m not a massive “ready meal” fan, however when i do eat them I make sure I chose wisely and make sure their healthy ones..Eg Slimming World ready meals are my favourite. 

So tonight we had a “Weight Watchers” ready meal each (they’re quite small portions) and this one was the beef hotpot… I’m not a massive fan of the weight watchers meals, but this one happens to be my favourite. 

With this I added some steamed veggies and I made my delicious creamy mashed potato.. NO BUTTER used!! Here’s how I made my mashed potato “creamy”

I added 1tbsp semi skimmed milk and then…. 1 egg! Yes 1 raw egg to the potato.. this is a Slimming World secret lol.. well i learnt this in group one time.. and by mixing in 1 egg it just turns the potato into an absolutely perfect creamy consistency and you don’t taste the egg at all! 

It was such a “hassle-free” meal to prepare so if you’re struggling with fatigue or anything and would like a quick, easy meal then I would definitely recommend this.. chose the right ready meals and they aren’t as bad as you think (obviously have in moderation)

And that everyone is my 3rd “What I eat in a day”… I hope you all enjoyed reading this.. and don’t forget to have a little look at my YouTube channel for the video version of this 😊 I also pre-made my breakfast for Monday too from Niomi Smart’s “Eat Smart” recipe book.. which is in my video. 

I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend and have a great week ahead and I’ll see you all next week. 

Much Love

Hannah xx

What I Eat In A Day – 2

Hey everyone!!

In my most recent YouTube video I filmed a ‘What I Eat In A Day’ video… I’ve had some requests to film this and since I’ve been meal planning again to help a) Lose some weight and b) help me manage my MS I thought I would get back into filming those videos.. and here is the blog post to go along side it… My YouTube channel link is http://www.youtube.com/hannahsmithswj

bullet journal food plan

Breakfast

Breakfast for me really is THE most important meal of my day… I find that if I don’t eat breakfast then fatigue really affects me throughout the day.. even if I don’t have a decent breakfast either.. I remember on the Slimming World weight loss/lifestyle change plan there would be people who would only eat a small little Slimming World bar and a piece of fruit for their breakfast… or just fruit and yogurt… I mean each to their own.. but I need a hearty breakfast to ensure I won’t snack on those biscuits that are sitting round the corner at work..

Porridge with strawberries & Raspberries

I have porridge virtually everyday for my breakfast, I find it so filling and I always like to make it delicious too.. I love looking on different YouTube videos to find delicious ways to make porridge healthier.. there’s one YouTuber that I follow and her name is Liezel Jayne and her channel is amazing.. I love her ‘What I Eat In A Day’ videos and they inspire me to have a go at making the delicious recipes.. the link to her channel is http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK2d_KfjVPwh9gqoczQ9sSw/videos

Right.. getting back to my porridge and the recipe – Majority of the ingredients used for this was from Lizel Jayne’s videos

1/2 cup porridge oats

1 cup water

1/4tsp cinnamon, 1 flat tsp pure maple syrup and 1flat tsp coconut oil

(Once the porridge is cooked – mix in the above ingredients)

Toppings

4x strawberries chopped up

1/2 cup frozen raspberries

1tsp almond butter

A light splash of almond milk

This breakfast is so delicious and literally fills me up until lunch time without the need of snacks!!

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Lunch

So for my lunch I try to prepare and make it all the night before (There’s nothing worse than waking up in the mornings and  realizing that your don’t have lunch!!) Now because my evening meals I’m keeping really really simple.. it gives me enough energy to be a little more creative with lunch… but still keeping things simple.. we don’t wanna be burning precious energy on a massive lunch do we?

For lunch today I had mad myself a ‘Falafel Salad’.. I had bought some falafel balls from my local supermarket and created a delicious filling salad with it.. trust me once I had eaten it I was totally full!!

Also in my Bullet Journal food diary I had allowed myself some snacks:- these snacks are healthy (ish) ones and stop me from eating all of the crisps and chocolates!! Today my snacks were:- some fresh mango, 1 babybell light cheese and 2x oreo biscuits (that was my naughty snack)

Falafel Salad

3x falafel balls chopped up

1 1/2 tbsp reduced fat hummus

green salad leaves, tomatoes, cucumber, spring onion, beetroot and sweet corn

Snacks

No added sugar Caprisun, 2x oreo biscuits, 1/2 fresh mango and 1x light babybell cheese

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Afternoon tea

Before anyone says anything I DIDN’T have actual afternoon tea lol.. around 3:15pm I made myself a three mint tea by Pukka.. I LOVE these tea, its so refreshing and if my stomach is bloated then it just reduces that, which is great.. IMG_20170307_151452

Dinner

It’s come to that time… DINNER!! In the evenings my fatigue is the worst so I like to make sure that my evening meals are as simple as possible but also healthy too.. This is where I’ve found the Slimming World ready meals so useful and helpful to me, I can just get home from work and choose a delicious meal.. put it in the oven or even microwave and in little time you have a meal all ready for you! I do like to add veggies and either potatoes or rice with mine as well because George and I share the meals between us.

Tonight I have had the Chicken in Black Bean sauce for dinner and because George is having let over Chinese (birthday part two lol) I’ve given him some of the Slimming World meal for his lunch the following day. I also added a Tilda Microwavable rice bag to the meal and some steamed broccoli (Remember I halved all of these things with George) I’m also trying to dish things up onto a smaller plate to try and control my portions sizes, which seems to be working well too at the moment… The meal itself was absolutely delicious and very filling.. I did however have a little desert of 1x Apple with reduced fat peanut butter and 1x banana with 2tbsp nutella and that was the cherry on top of the cake as I felt satisfied and I ate until I was full! I didn’t eat anything else for the rest of the day and after my final meal I actually went and brushed my teeth so therefore I wouldn’t want anything to it lol.

Lol I know my plate in this picture does look large, but if you head on over to my channel and watch the video of this blog post.. I actually compare the plate to my hand and it is actually a small/medium plate… not one of my larger ones lol.

I hope you have enjoyed this blog post.. Please let me know what you thought to it and leave me any comments to which I’ll be sure to answer.. I hope you’re all well and have had a good weekend.

Big Hugs and Love

Hannah xx

What I eat In a Day – Day 1

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Hey Guys how are you all?

So… I LOVE food!! Let’s just get right to it and say it lol.. If I’ve had a ‘bleh/meh’ day at work.. I like to come home and cook a delicious reasonably healthy meal and then obviously post it to Instagram.. (BTW Instagram account is hannaheliza_1990 go ahead and have a look at my page :0))

I’m trying to eat better/healthier from now on.. and instead of having take – aways twice a week etc.. just have them once in a blue moon.. same with crisps and other junk etc.. If I’m having a particularly chocolate craving then I’ll look for a recipe for something deliciously chocolatey and fairly healthy too and that normally stops the craving!

So.. As the title says I’m going to take you through ‘What I eat in a day’ to stay healthy.. Not necessarily to lose weight but just to keep healthy.. losing weight will be an added bonus..

I’m going to talk about three different meals and snacks – All reasonably healthy and some even Vegan friendly (I think!! I am NOT vegan and I don’t say that I am.. but sometimes I cook vegetarian/vegan things for the pure simple fact…they’re tasty) I’ll also post where I found the recipe or if I adapted it myself and obviously the ingredients and how you can create these delicious healthy dishes… Okay… Here goes!!

Breakfast  – 1

Blueberry oats with a dash of almond milk

Ingredients

  • 1 cup/3tbsp oats (You can add more of less depending on how hungry you are!)
  • 1tsp cinnamon (I love cinnamon so add a lot lol)
  • 1/4tsp coconut sugar (Holland and Barrett sell this.. or Amazon)
  • A pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt (Optional)
  • 1 flat tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2tsp pure maple syrup (Optional)
  • 1tbsp reduced fat peanut butter
  • 1 cup fresh/frozen blueberries (or fruit of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened Almond milk

Method

  1. Put your oats into a saucepan with 1 1/2 cups water and bring to the boil – as soon as they start (and I mean start to bubble) turn the heat down and stir until creamy and thick
  2. Once to your preference, take the porridge off the heat – Add the cinnamon, coconut sugar and sea salt and stir in well – Can you smell the flavours?!
  3. Next add the coconut oil and mix in well – This is a new thing I’ve been doing and it makes the oats so creamy and delicious!! And then add the maple syrup and mix well.
  4. Now your ready to add your oats to the bowl and add your toppings 🙂
  5. Firstly add the Peanut / Nut butter to the centre of the oats
  6. Secondly add the fruit – I always like to use a loads of fresh blueberries to mine and sometimes a banana chopped up
  7. Finally add the Almond milk.. This just makes everything so delicious and creamy! You can even heat the almond milk up a little in the microwave (only for about 10 seconds) if its a particularly cold day!

Now… sit back… relax and ENJOY!!  I found the recipe from a YouTuber who I watch and love! Her name on YouTube is Liezl Jane – her YouTube channel is….www.youtube.com/channel/UCK2d_KfjVPwh9gqoczQ9sSw

This is such a warming and delicious breakfast and as you’ll see on Insta – I have it quite a lot for work and LOVE it! I highly recommend you to try it and let me know what you think.. and adapt it to how you like 🙂

breakfast

Lunch – 1

So… As you all know I have MS.. So to help myself out.. I like to ‘Batch Cook!!’ I mean when you work full time its just the easiest way.. So I normally cook a big meal and make sure that I have left overs for lunches over the next few days.. Its great and means I’ll have time to do other things 🙂

This week I made Tuna Past salad – Nice, quick, easy and healthy and I made enough of it to last over a good couple of days, so that was great! When I got home I only had to cook dinner… I’d already sorted out lunches (HELPING FUTURE YOU!)

Okay… Here’s how I did it

Ingredients

  • Pasta of your choice (I did about 4 cups between George and I as I wanted a lot left over)
  • Tinned tuna in spring water
  • 1tbsp extra light mayonnaise
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Method

1 Put some boiling water into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Once boiling… add the dried pasta with a little salt.

2) While the pasta is cooking, drain the tuna and put into a bowl, then add the mayonnaise and stir well.

3) Once the pasta is cooked drain it and then add the tuna to it – Mix well and set aside

4) Let’s build the salad – The pasta is going to be the main part of this lunch, so I try and make the salad part as light as possible (Cucumber, Tomatoes, salad leaves, spring onion and pepeprs)

5) Add the tuna pasta to the salad with a little salt and pepper (I also add 1tbsp light salad cream) and jobs done!

This meal I just created at home.. I’m sure there’s a proper recipe out there somewhere… but I didn’t use anyone else’s specific recipe. It’s so quick and easy to make.. So if you’re like me and want something easy & Healthy for lunches? This is it!!

easy-lunch

 

Dinner – 1

BBQ Pulled Chicken Tacos

Ingredients

  • 4x Chicken breast fillets
  • 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 2tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 4tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1tsp mustard powder
  • honey to taste (I did add 3 tbsp to mine)
  • 3-4 tbsp bbq sauce as well (Optional for added flavour)
  • 1 medium onion chopped

For the Tacos

  • Lettuce – shedded
  • Avocado
  • a little cheese – grated
  • sour cream

Method – Slow Cooker method

  1. Add the chicken breast fillet to the slow cooker with the rest of the ingredients and cook on medium for 8 hours min (preferably overnight) or if you’re at home cook on high for 6-8hours
  2. That’s pretty much it really, once the chicken is cooked you’ll be able to get your fork and start to pull it apart.. if if tender enough it should just fall apart – this means its PERFECT!
  3. Now to start preparing the rest of the toppings for your tacos – put the shredded lettuce into a bowl, Next get your avocado, cube it and put that into a bowl – I like to add a little lime juice for extra flavour. Then put the grated cheese into a bowl
  4. Finally get your mini taco tortillas and microwave them for 10-15 seconds and then… you’re ready to devour!

I absolutely LOVE my slow cooker because same as above… Its EASY!! You can just added all your ingredients and then put it on when you have to go to work.. then when you come home… that delicious smell that fills the air will make any ‘bad day’ so much better!!

This was a delicious meal and good new is… I’VE GOT LEFT OVERS!!! yay!!

dinner

Snacks, snacks and more snacks

When those times come and you get hunger pangs… instead of heading straight to the chocolate and crisps.. have a go at these delicious healthier treats as an alternative.

Banana with a little Nutella and Apple slices with low fat peanut butter

I am loving at the moment banana cut into chunks with a little nutella spread over them and then some apple slices with peanut butter (Sounds strange but it really is delicious!)

fruit

Good old fruit!

Now I’m not a massive fan of fruit but when I do eat it I LOVE Clementine, apples, bananas, mango and melon.. they’re my favourite..

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Take Care

Hannah Eliza xxx