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Monday, 30 March 2015

Creamy Berry Smoothie and the Perfect Poached Egg -- Nutritionally Balanced Pre or Post Workout Breakfast

This is the perfect breakfast as it is very nutritionally balanced and especially good for a pre or post workout meal.

·         High amount of protein from the egg, goat’s milk and yogurt -- Essential for muscle growth and repair.
·         High levels of calcium from the goat’s milk and yogurt -- Essential for supporting bone strength and cell signalling in the body.
·         Potassium from the banana -- Replenishes electrolytes lost from sweat, supporting your body’s water balance.  
·         Plenty of antioxidants from the berries -- It has been suggested that very intense exercise can increase excess free radial production. The antioxidants help lower excess free radial levels in the body.
·         Steady release carbohydrates from the wholemeal bread -- Primary energy source for your body.

For the smoothie:
~1 medium banana
~1 cup of gooseberries
~1 cup of blueberries
~2 table spoons of a berry flavoured yogurt
~100ml of goats milk (I use this as I like the tangy taste but can be substituted which any milk of choice)

For the poached egg on toast;
~Dash of vinegar (roughly two teaspoons full)
~1 free range egg
~1 slice of wholemeal bread
~Plus spread of choice, I used clover. Or mush half an avocado on top which adds some vitamin E to the meal.

Cooking methods:

For the smoothie simply blend all your ingredients together. This is a thick smoothie so if you would like a more dilute one add more milk or some water.

To create the perfect poached egg, you need to follow these three steps:
1.       Have the water already boiling
2.       Add a dash of vinegar
3.       Carefully create a whirl pool in the water

Once you have done this add the egg into the whirlpool cook for 2-4 depending on how runny you like it and you will have the perfect poached egg.

Now simply toast your bread add spread or avocado and top with the egg. 

Happy cooking! 

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Ariel's Must Visit --The Waffle House Norwich

I recently visited some good friends of mine in Norwich, and as they know I am a massive foodie they recommend we go to The Waffle House on St Giles Street for lunch. I can tell you now I was definitely not disappointed!

The restaurant itself is bright and well set out, I found the staff were very friendly and eager to help. They have a fantastically diverse if not slightly bizarre menu that is obviously centred around the humble waffle. A definite plus of this place is they also offer wholemeal and gluten free options, plus if you don’t fancy a waffle with your savoury option they do a wild rice and basmati blend.

The savoury section of the menu is particularly varied and has something for everyone from seared tuna steaks to a rich Lancashire cheese and mushroom sauce. One of my friends got the hummus, balsamic and olive oil dipped sesame waffle as a starter, which I did steal some of and I will definitely be purchasing myself next time I go!

The dessert part of the menu is not as varied as the savoury but is well balanced and there should be something for everyone.  As I am definitely more of a sweet toothed person I skipped the savoury and opted for the fresh fruit salad waffle. Which was a plain waffle with vanilla infused Greek yogurt and fresh seasonal fruits. It was delicious!

I am currently writing this post back in London and I am heartbroken this charming little restaurant is not within waking distance.

I will leave you a photo of my chosen waffle and a high recommendation that if you are in Norwich you must visit the Waffle House! 

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Lush Review -- Dragon's Egg

It’s common knowledge that I absolutely adore Lush.  Often to the point where a lot of my friends think I spend far too much time and money in there! As lush products go I love nothing more than a good bath bomb, melt or bubble bar. I love baths and without exaggeration I spend hours in them till I am a shrivelled up little prune.  

In this post I will be reviewing the Dragon’s Egg both bomb from lush that costs £3.35. 

To be honest this isn't the most visually stunning bath bomb lush has to offer, it’s mainly an off white and you can see some circles of colour within it.

This bath bomb has a very strong fresh citrusy smell that carries brilliantly. I love keeping this bath bomb in my room before I use it as it makes my bedroom smell great. 

When popped into the bath this bath bomb takes a while to get going, but when it does it floods the bath with a bright amber colour ending with a gold glitter centre. 

There is enough glitter to be visually appealing but what I like is that there’s not enough glitter to stick to you and cover you in it for days. 

This bath bomb is great if you’re feeling a little under the weather. I find if I'm feeling ill all the sweet florally scents don’t appeal to me. This one is perfect as it’s fresh and strong so perks you up.

Do I think this would make a good present?
Yes, the actual bath bomb is very exciting when in the bath, I just wish the appearance matched this.  This is all as long as the person you are buying for loves very citrusy smells, if they are more of floral or sweet fan this bath bomb wouldn't be for them. 

Happy shopping!

Monday, 9 March 2015

Leave in Conditioner Reviews -- Herbal Essences

A few years ago I had my hair dyed blonde ombré from dark brown and unfortunately I was hugely unlucky with the salon I went to. They absolutely butched my hair by leaving in the bleach lightener for seven hours over two days!  My hair had never been dyed before this, so I had no clue as to what should have been going on. 

Due to my hair being so damaged I depended upon leave in conditioners to stop the ends breaking off. I didn't want to spend a fortune and so tried a number of high street brands. So here's a review of the best and worst I found. 

I found one I absolutely loved which is the herbal essences bee strong leave in conditioner. It left my blonde ends soft, shiny and manageable. It stopped my hair getting dry and prevented the ends snapping off when I brushed it. 
It costs around £3.99 in Superdrug and is often included in offers. 

One bottle would last me around a month, with me using it just on the bottom half of my hair nearly everyday. 
The downside of using a cheaper leave in conditioner is that they often contain silicones that coat the hair strands and that's what makes them so shiny. So I would definitely recommend using a cleansing hair treatment every two weeks to counter this.  

However if you have damaged hair and can't bare to cut it but are on a budget. Herbal essences bee strong leave in conditioner is definitely going to become your best friend! 

On my search I also found one I absolutely hated. Which is the beautiful ends split end protection by herbal essences. I was shocked to find that my favourite and least favourite leave in conditioner were from the same brand!

I found the beautiful ends solution was too thick and sticky, leaving my hair looking greasy no matter how little I used. To further annoy me when it was washed out my ends felt drier than ever! I would definitely avoid this one if you have fine hair like me. Although it may work better on those blessed with thick hair. 

Thanks for reading!