Healthy Meal Ideas

Healthy Meal Ideas

Some Healthy Meal Ideas:

 

Breakfast – Oats, berries and shaved almonds

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Breakfast – Boiled egg on rye toast with coriander

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Breakfast – Fat free greek yoghurt, kiwi, honey and shaved almonds.

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Breakfast – Scrambled eggs, low fat cottage cheese, spinach and tomatoes in a wrap.

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Lunch – Salmon with lettuce, tomato, spinach, cucumber, tomatoes, low fat cottage cheese, red pepper and avocado.

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Lunch – Chicken with bean sprouts, cucumber, raw carrots, avocado, spinach with soy sauce dressing.

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Lunch – Roasted butternut with home made chicken skewers

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Dinner – Chicken meatballs, quinoa, chickpeas, avocado, cottage cheese and carrots

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Dinner – Broccoli, mushrooms, cabbage, chicken carrots and rice vermicelli noodles.

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Dinner – Salmon on Quinoa, tomato, onion and cucumber.

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Dinner – Home made tuna fish cake with avocado, cucumber, zucchini, tomatoes and spinach

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– January 2017 Favourites

– January 2017 Favourites

Things I have been loving this month:

 

 

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iPhone Lightning Dock – I love having this little charger on my desk. It keeps everything neat and tidy and works as a nice stand for your phone. (Love the rose gold colour!)

iPhone Lightning Dock – $75

Aesop  Hand Balm- I received this as a birthday gift and absolutely love it! This is one of those products that is so nice and feels so luxurious that you are almost too nervous to use it, in case it finishes. I will definitely repurchase this for myself once I am done. It makes your hands feel SO soft, smells delicious and also absorbs quickly.

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm – $31

Sinful Colors Nail Polish- the shade is supernova. After getting back to reality after the holidays I was still in the festive mood so decided to keep my nails sparkly for a little while longer. This is a great formula that lasts quite long. 

Sinful Colors Nail Polish – $4.95

Chanel Chance – I had been searching for a new “signature scent” for so long I just could not find one that I was happy to spend a lot of money on and I would wear every day… And then this came along! I was very lucky to get this beautiful scent as another birthday present. I cannot even describe what this perfume smells like. It changes throughout the day and you only need to spray a small amount. It’s a summery scent that can be worn day or night – without that strong fruity smell. 

Chanel Chance Eau de Toilette – $130

L’Oreal Infallible Stay Fresh Foundation – I had read/watched many reviews on this foundation so I decided to try it for myself. It is a great, full coverage foundation that lasts all day.This foundation controls shine and covers up blemishes. It is also sweat proof and definitely has no mask effect.I would recommend applying with a beauty blender. My final touch up after doing all my makeup is applying a little bit on the beauty blender and then dabbing at any imperfections to blend. It provides great coverage.There are many shades to choose from – they do tend to be quite dark (darker than what they look like in the bottle).My skin looked so great on photos as well – which is always a win!

L’Oreal Infallible Foundation – $31.95

Adidas Pure Boost Raw

Adidas Pure Boost Raw

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I love how a pair of training shoes can just motivate you to get right back into the gym routine… I am pretty damn motivated!  Not only because these amazing shoes look so pretty and girly but also because they have solved a major issue for me…

I had been struggling to find a pair of proper training (cross-training/gymming) shoes for such a very long time.. Unfortunately I have quite wide feet..  It got so bad that I even had to go for that much, MUCH dreaded bunion operation a year ago. I had been putting it off for so long. I had actually not realized at the time how bad my bunions were for my age… They should not have been giving me so many hassles. So I went for the operation on the one foot. I was out of training for 3 months which upset me more than the actual pain of the procedure.

So after that long sob story I decided that I was not going to wear heels anymore and I was going to get a proper pair of training shoes… ANYTHING to avoid having to go through that painful operation again…  So I searched and I read and I just could not find a pair that ticked all the boxes. I thought that if someone on the internet advised on a pair that are “the best training shoes for bunions for women” then all my issues would be solved.

I decided to just go in and try a few on for myself. I kept in mind the suggestions of my Doctor and just went to try on… I knew which shoes to avoid – which unfortunately were SO many… I don’t know why all the big brands assume that all women have dainty, slim feet. I avoided anything that would press onto my bunions and restrict my feet in any way… So I picked the Adidas Pure Boost Raw (which just happened to be a very good looking shoe… in white and pink as well).

My “flipper feet” were in heaven. Nothing was pushing on them and restricting their movement. I secretly did half a squat in the store to feel how my feet felt – and that was the final box ticked. Bring on the squats and new years’ resolutions!

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Volume With Velcro Rollers

Volume With Velcro Rollers

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I have been on this magical quest for as long as I can remember to create volume in my long, flat, super straight hair. I know that is asking for a lot, as “long hair” and “volume” usually don’t go together. But for some reason, hair sitting flat against my head just does NOT suit me.

One thing I found seems to work are these cheap magical things called Velcro Rollers. My mom let me use hers when I was playing dress up as a kid. When I “play dress up” now, I swear by them.

One of the questions Victoria Beckham was asked as her “73 Questions with Victoria Beckham” on the Vogue Youtube channel (which you can find here) was “What’s one thing you cannot live without”? Mrs Beckham’s answer? “My Velcro rollers”. #justsaying

Well let me tell you….

  1. Wash and dry hair as normal.
  2. I only use the rollers on the top section of my head, where I want the volume. Use bigger rollers at the back and smaller rollers near the front.
  3. Take small sections of hair and roll the hair starting from the bottom up until your scalp.
  4. You will find that you don’t need to clip them into place as the velcro keeps the sections down.
  5. Leave the rollers in for about 15 minutes. Now is a good time to do your makeup or finish getting ready.
  6. Spray some hair spray over the rollers. I like to use the Schwarzkopf Push Up Volume Hair Spray.
  7. Slowly unravel the hair from the rollers.
  8. Style as usual.

: )

Recipe: Breakfast Banana Smoothie

Recipe: Breakfast Banana Smoothie

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I’ve really got into this whole smoothie thing since buying my Nutribullet. I have found what works and what doesn’t.

I like to make this smoothie in the morning as it keeps me full until lunch time. I like to add a scoop of protein powder on the days that I am running/working out.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Banana
  • 350 ml cold water
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1 Scoop Powder Vitamin C
  • 3 Tablespoons Rolled Oats
  • 300g No added sugar, fat free Vanilla Yoghurt

Blend it all together and enjoy!

: )

 

Veet Saves The Day

Veet Saves The Day

This is just one of those products that has to be shared. Without being too dramatic, I have to say that it changed my life in a tiny way….

I have always struggled with dark, “quick growing” underarm hair that was just too stubborn for anything. It made me self conscious even though I shaved every morning and tried to not lift my arms up too much – for them to be exposed. The problem wasn’t so much the hair but more the dark patch that was  in my arm pit. Unfortunately because I have fairly pale skin (I mean who tans in their armpit anyway?) there just seemed to always be this dark patch where the hair usually was.  Before trying laser hair remover (which is quite costly), I decided to try this Veet hair removal business, which was recommended to me by a dermatologist.

I tried the in shower one because it is a lot more convenient and quick. From the first use I already started to see a difference in the colouring of the skin under my arms. I was sold! I have been using it for a year now and am so much happier and more confident. It gets rid of the hair and that dark patch that I always hated.

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A few tips that I can give:

  • Always do a patch test on a small area of skin, a day before.
  • Do NOT leave it on for too long, it will burn your skin.
  • Ensure you wash all the product off after the recommended time.
  • Do not scrape the product off too roughly with the little sponge provided.
  • Use before bed, as I would not recommend using deodorant afterwards.
Recipe: Protein Pancakes

Recipe: Protein Pancakes

So every now and then you want a “treat” but will feel better about it if it is relatively on the healthy side. Showstopper: the protein pancake.

Serves 2 people.

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Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 scoops of any flavour protein powder (I used the double chocolate, which is why the pancakes are that dark colour)
  • Chocolate chips (optional)

 

Instructions:

  1. Whisk the four eggs in a bowl with a fork.
  2. Mash up the bananas in a separate bowl with a spoon (my picture looks like scrambled eggs).
  3. Add the whisked eggs, mashed bananas, baking soda and
    protein powder in a bowl.
  4. Add all of these to a blender and blend until the combined ingredients are a smooth consistency.
  5. Heat a pan on medium heat. (REMEMBER! The first one is usually a flop!
  6. Using a large spoon, add a bit of the mixture to make a round pancake in the middle of the pan (the bubbles forming is a good thing). You can add the chocolate chips on the top now, if you wish.
  7. Using a spatula, flip over the pancake and cook the other side.
  8. Serve. (I cheated a bit with the Nutella) : )