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Foodie Finds – October 2017

Firstly, where did October go?! And secondly, how are there only 8 weeks until Christmas…madness! Mind you, that’s not a bad thing as I love the countdown to Christmas 🙂

This months finds contain lots of random goodies such as chocolate orange coffee, white chocolate spread…and a very strange fruit 😉

1) ALDI Red Thai Curry Pea SnacksIMG_8788[1]

These taste just as interesting as they sound, whenever I’m eating them I always get someone asking me about them! I love the fact that they’re made from marrowfat peas, which ups the protein intake, but also it makes them a healthier alternative to crisps. Whats more, they’re baked so they’re no way near as greasy as regular crisps making them the perfect snack. I’ve never tasted flavours like this in any crisp, so worth a try.

IMG_8763[1]2) Beanies Chocolate Orange Coffee

Personally, I’m more of tea kinda girl, but this chocolate orange Beanies has me questioning. Admittedly, the taste is rather subtle but I think this suits something as strong as coffee, although you do still get that chocci orange aftertaste. I love the sound of a few others in their range of strange flavours such as pumpkin spice and cinder toffee which I shall be giving a go.

3) Graze Protein BitesIMG_8661

I was curious after seeing these in my local Tesco, and of course had to buy them especially as graze are renowned for their quirky snacks. The banana flavour actually tastes natural, unlike that artificial banana flavour. You most certainly can’t go wrong with the oat and banana combo, and these certainly do it justice. Also, the packaging is pretty cool with its whole organic theme (such a sucker for nice packaging!).

IMG_90144) Persimmon

Am I the only one who has never heard of this fruit?! When I googled it, it’s also called Sharon fruit…which I have heard of :’) The only way to describe this fruit is that it’s like a sweet pear/kiwi. I added slices to my porridge and pancakes, but for me, the fruit is way too sweet…and that is saying something!

 

5) Soreen Halloween malt loaf IMG_8895

These loaves came in toffee apple or blood orange and chocolate flavours. I love the cake-like texture of Soreen, and when combined with their autumn-inspired flavours, it takes it to the next level of cakey-goodness 😉 Both flavours taste amazing, but I preferred the toffee apple.

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6) Grenade White Choc Protein Spread

This stuff is actually amazing (and so addictive)! I’ve been adding it to pancakes, porridge, toast and smoothie bowls…just about anything I can. It is quite pricey at ÂŁ6.00 a jar, but it tastes just as good, if not better than their grenade protein bars.

 

Thank you for reading my October foodie finds…now let the Christmas countdown begin,

Jazzy B ❤

Blog, Snacks

Strange Snacks

I am such a snacker. Snacks are what keep me going throughout the day, as I prefer to eat smaller meals, and then have a couple of healthy snacks in between. Often, I’ll just stick to my Staple Snacks, but as with everything you’ve got to mix things up to keep them interesting. So here are a few of what I like to call ‘strange’ snacks, as they aren’t you’re typical piece of fruit 😉

Seaweed Thins

These make the perfect snack for when you’re a little bit peckish, they’re very light and I just find the concept of eating seaweed so novel. Also, in my opinion, they look so much better than your bog-standard crisp…they’re Green! Normally, they come flavoured with sea salt, but I have tried some green tea infused thins before which were just as lovely.

IMG_7255Go Ahead Crunchy Dippers

Something a little sweet! When I saw these I just had to give them a go, especially as most snacks with breadsticks are savoury, and as I have a massive sweet tooth…they had me at hello ;). They are so worth the 148 calories, the perfect pick-me-up. Don’t fear if chocolate isn’t your thing, as they also have salted caramel and coconut and vanilla dippers…yum!

Protein Bars

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Yes…that is a Mars protein bar you see, and it is the bomb!

My new obsession. If I have had a really good gym session or I fancy some chocolate (always ;)), then I will reward myself with one of these bars of heaven. My favourite brands are Grenade, Quest, Mars, and Fulfil, as I find these all have the lowest sugar content and the highest protein. They can be quite expensive at ÂŁ2.50 a bar, but it’s SO worth it. Also, if you haven’t tried heating one up the microwave you definitely should, it turn into a gooey chocolate pudding.

 

IMG_7287Walkers Poppadoms

These really are sensational, the flavour combinations work wonderfully together. Also, they’re only 63 calories and I’ve never seen a packet of crisps that low. If anything I would try them for the flavours, they’re unlike anything I’ve tasted.

 

So that concludes my strange snack round-up, I hope you’ve found something to spice up your snack cupboard (yes…I have a whole cupboard dedicated to snacks aha), until next time,

Jazzy B ❤

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Foodie Finds – September 2017

For me, September is all about new beggings. It’s the time when I welcome the new academic year along with all its challenges and successes, not to mention all the comforts that autumn has to offer. Normally I’m a summer person, but this year I’m going to make an effort to really enjoy autumn and all its beauty. But for now I’m clinging on to whatever may be left of summer, and sharing with you my summer foodie finds. I hope you enjoy.

1) Oomf Protein Porridge Pots

I packed this in my suitcase whilst going abroad so I had something to have in the morning…as it was an awful flight time! Normally pots like this leave me feeling hungry about an hour after I’ve eaten them, but this one left me satisfied! The flavours are also great, I tried the golden syrup and cinnamon flavours which were both so tasty. I also love that they allow enough room for you to top them with whatever you like. With a whopping 22g of protein and only 10g of sugar, and no washing up 😉 you can’t go wrong! These little pots also feature in my latest blog post, How to Stay Healthy on Holiday.

2) Dr. Zaks Salted Caramel CookieIMG_7732

The thing I like most about this is that it’s like a cookie that you get from a bakery. Normally the texture of protein ‘cookies’ are like rock hard biscuits, which is so disappointing! For me the texture is spot on, it’s so gooey and just melts in the mouth, and the flavour is delicious. Of course, the macros are also excellent with 15g of protein and 2.4g of sugar. They also have a chocolate chip and triple chocolate…deffo on my list to try ;).

3) Pulsin and Beyond Raw Chocolate Chip Brownie

I’ve had a lot of ‘raw’ brownies, but nothing quite compares to this one! The taste is so rich and chocolatey making this treat so moreish. Also, it’s raw (which seems to be the craze at the minute) as it involves all natural ingredients, which haven’t been cooked, therefore helping to retain the nutritional benefits, plus it’s vegan too. If I ever want a natural alternative when I’m fancying something sweet, I shall definitely be returning to this. I had my brownie on top of some porridge oats, which worked a treat making this bar so versatile, but, you could also top your pancakes with it or have it as an evening sweet treat.

4) Grenade Banana Armour 

Grenade has done it again! There isn’t actually a single bar that I don’t love, they’re all so good and this one certainly was no exception. I’ve heard a lot of people on social recommending to heat the bar up in the microwave, and that’s just what I did. It went from an amazing protein bar to an even better protein dessert. It’s also limited edition so I’d go and grab one now!

IMG_76275) Sparkling Ice Water

This is one of those random drinks that I picked up at the airport, I fancied something fizzy, flavoured and kinda healthy and this is what I bought. It was strawberry and Kiwi flavour, and oh my gosh I loved it. Definitely one of those drinks that you can’t stop sipping on…it didn’t even make it on the plane, I’d drunk it that quickly. The whole bottle had only 12 calories, and if that doesn’t convince you enough…it’s green, so novel!

 

Well, that’s my September foodie roundup complete, stay tuned for what other groovy things I can find in October,

Jazzy B ❤

breakfast, Recipies

Vegan Lemon & Chia Seed Pancakes

I love having pancakes for breakfast so much, that I’ve created a vegan version of my Protein Pancakes. I’ve not yet met a person that doesn’t love pancakes for brekkie, so thought I’d share the pancake love with you all, vegan style.

 

 

Although not a vegan myself, I have nothing but admiration for those who are! Having tried a lot of vegan pancakes recipes they tend to use fancy and expensive ingredients, which is great if you’re planning to have pancakes some other day and are willing to buy the ingredients, but if you’re like me…I want them when I crave them ;). Therefore, this recipe uses very basic ingredients which you’ll probably have lying around in your kitchen anyway.

These lemon pancakes, are exactly like the classic pancake day combo of lemon and sugar, except a lot healthier and you can eat them for breakfast.

Ingredients

Serves 1, making 6 – 8 small pancakes.

  • 45g of oats (blitzed into a powder)
  • 1/2 a ripe banana, chopped
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 2 tbsp of lemon juice, plus extra for flavouring
  • Agave nectar syrup
  • 75-80ml Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 2 tbsp of Alpro Go On yoghurt
  • 1tbsp of chia/poppy seeds

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Method

  1. Blitz the oats into a powder
  2. Add all the other ingredients into the blender (adding the milk bit by bit)
  3. Pour the batter into a preheated pan with some coconut oil, as these take longer to cook than my other pancakes
  4. Stack them up, top with more Alpro yogurt, lemon juice, and drizzle agave nectar all over.

TIPS:

  • It really helps to have a good non-stick pan when making pancakes.
  • Always preheat your pan on a low heat whilst blending all the ingredients.
  • Add some coconut oil to the pan after each mini batch of pancakes.
  • Only flip the pancakes when lots of bubbles appear on the surface, and you should get perfect vegan pancakes…can you tell I’ve made these a lot?!

Nutritional Info

  • 359 calories
  • 40.7g carbs
  • 14.5g protein
  • 13.1g fat

Jazzy B ❤

 

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Foodie Finds – August 2017

Wow, what a month August has been! Although pretty shocking weather throughout, it looks like the UK summer wants to keep us all on our toes and start at the end of August…gotta love the UK!!

On a better note, I’ve made some great foodie favourites this month which have now become staple foods in my diet, so let’s get into it…

1. Tesco Finest High Protein Farmhouse IMG_6992

I don’t tend to eat a lot of bread, but when I do this is my go-to. Brown bread is great for providing fiber and carbohydrates, and that’s pretty much it! However, with this bread, two slices will provide you with 10g of protein and 20g of carbs. This is an absolute macro game changer, especially as you could easily double the protein content depending on what you have with it, such as prawns, tofu scramble or cottage cheese etc. I love making my Toffee French Toast Waffles with this, as it’s a perfect size for the waffle maker.

2. Cookie Dough Carb Killa by GrenadeIMG_7129

I. Love. This. It tastes amazing, it’s high in protein and low in sugars…what more can I say!? Grenade does some of my all time favourite protein bars, although slightly pricey at ÂŁ2.50 a bar, you do get 20g of protein, covered in chocolate and a few minutes in heaven…so I’m definitely down! They also do other great flavours such ‘jaffa quake’ & ‘banana armour’, so if you haven’t already, give them a go and thank me later. 😉

3. Tesco High Protein Natural YoghurtIMG_7220

I’ve have used this in so many of my recipes, such as my Protein Pancakes and Protein Smoothie Bowl. Per 150g this yoghurt offers 15.3g of protein, which is great if you’re following a vegetarian/pescetarian diet like myself. It also makes a great snack when topped with berries and nuts.

4. Tesco High Protein Fusilli PastaIMG_7339[1]

Pasta also tends to be a food which offers little other than a whole load of carbs, which is why I use this pasta to try and up my daily intake protein. At first, it does look very small but it will turn out like normal pasta once cooked. Each 170g of cooked pasta will give you 16.8g of protein…result!

5. Chocolate Protein bites by BodydesignIMG_7340[1]

I picked these up from Superdrug for ÂŁ0.99. If you like cornflake cakes, then these will be right up your street, as they’re like the miniature version of that. They’re the perfect size when you fancy a chocolate fix, and you’ll also be getting 5.3g of protein. When they taste so good, it would be rude not to!

I realise this post makes me look like the protein police :’) but when you follow a pescetarian diet you’ve got to be on the hunt to get a suitable amount of protein from other sources.

Well that wraps August up now bring on September,

Jazzy B ❤

Recipies, Snacks

Caramel Brownie Protein Balls

Protein balls have become a big thing, and after making these, I can see just why. Think gooey brownie bites with a hint of caramel and that’s what these beauties taste like. IMG_7267[1]

I find the snack so convenient to make ahead, especially as they last for up to 4 days in an airtight container, so you know exactly what to have next time the chocci cravings call.

I’ve experimented a lot with this recipe, but this was definitely my favourite batch as the texture is like cookie dough, making them so moreish. Also, they’re great when rolled in coconut, as all the flavours work brilliantly together. If you prefer protein balls less gooey, then you could always increase the oats and water.

This recipe uses cacao powder instead of cocoa powder, as it’s less refined meaning you’ll also be getting a good dose of magnesium and antioxidants…a winner all round!

Ingredients:

This recipe makes 8 balls,

  • 15g of oats
  • 10 pitted dates
  • 40ml water
  • 2 tbsp of desiccated coconut
  • 2 heaped tbsp of cacao powder
  • 1 scoop of chocolate caramel protein powder

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Method:

  1. Add all the dry ingredients into a food processor whilst slowly adding in the water
  2. When the mixture clumps together, then you can start rolling into 8 even balls
  3. Roll the balls in some desiccated coconut or flaked almonds, if you like.

Nutritional Info:

(Per Ball with desiccated coconut)

  • 88 calories
  • 11.6g carbs
  • 4.8g protein
  • 2.6g fat

I hope this recipe works for you all, and good luck having just one 😉

Jazzy B ❤

Recipies, Treats

Chocolate & Salted Caramel Banana Bread

Despite the title…this is actually a healthy, high-protein, yummy alternative.

I love baking, however recently I haven’t been able to bake as much as I would have like to, what with uni and work keeping me busy. However, no matter how busy I am, I can always spare some time to make this treat. Also, it’s a great way to use up those sad, overripe bananas that no one likes!IMG_6777[1]

Another thing that I love about banana bread is that it will last for a good 3-4 days in an airtight container, so I know it’s always there when I need my 3pm-pick-me-up.

So here’s the recipe for this weekend treat, I hope you enjoy it just as much as I do 🙂

 Ingredients:

  • 85g of wholemeal flour
  • 50g of oats
  • 1 & 1/2 scoops of salted caramel protein powder or chocolate (6 smaller scoops for Protein Worlds powder)
  • 1/ & 1/2 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 tbsp natural yogurt
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of Maca powder (optional, but adds to the caramel taste)

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Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 170 degrees and lightly grease a loaf tin
  2. Combine all of the dry ingredients
  3. Add the mashed banana, egg whites, and yogurt and mix together
  4. Place any toppings of your choice on top (I used pumpkin seeds, oats, banana slices, and a drizzle of agave nectar)
  5. Pour the mixture into the loaf tin and place in the oven for between 25-35 minutes

Nutritional Info:

Per Slice (serves approximately 10-11 slices):

  • 85 calories
  • 12g carbs
  • 6.3g protein
  • 1.1g fat

Jazzy B ❤

breakfast, Recipies

Protein Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowls are one of my go-to breakfasts, they’re a great way to pack in your micro nutrients, and whats more they’re surprisingly filling.

I like my smoothie bowls like a mousse, there is nothing worse than a ‘sinking’ smoothie bowl where all your toppings just sink to the bottom…certainly not instaworthy ;).

However, there is a knack to making these bowls, I only use the same amount of fruit as I would eat in one sitting otherwise, what with all the toppings, they can end up a fruity calorie bomb. I would also recommend buying a protein powder that will compliment any fruit combination such as vanilla or berries and cream.

The following recipe makes one smoothie bowl.

Ingredients:

  • 2 handfuls of fruit (frozen fruit makes it more creamy)
  • 80-140ml of your choice of milk
  • 2 tbsp of natural yogurt
  • 1 scoop of protein powder (I used berries & cream)
  • Your choice of toppings

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Method:

  1. Place the fruit, yogurt, and milk in a blender
  2. Once blended, then add the protein powder and blend for a further 30 seconds
  3. Serve and add your choice of toppings.

Nutritional Info:

  • 200 calories
  • 3g fat
  • 15.8g carbs
  • 26g protein

Jazzy B ❤

 

 

breakfast, Recipies

Protein Pancakes

Forget #Stackurday…hello stack ’em high Sunday!

There is nothing better than the smell of pancakes being cooked on a Sunday morning, especially if they’re chocolate orange flavoured! I love the fact that with pancakes the possibilities are endless, you can pretty much throw any flavour combos together and it will still work.

 

Sunday breakfast is one of my favourite weekend meals, the midweek morning rush is over, and now the time to enjoy a delicious breakfast has come. These healthy pancakes are so easy to make and are packed full of protein, so why not give them a go?

Ingredients:  

Serves 1, (5-6 small pancakes)

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 a ripe banana, chopped
  • 30g oats
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 2 tbsp of natural yogurt
  • 50-60ml of your choice of milk
  • 1 scoop of chocolate orange protein powder*
  • coconut oil (or oil of your choice) for the pan

*If you don’t have this, you could use orange extract and 1tbsp of cacao powder

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The ingredients used to make the pancakes.

Method:

  1. Put the oats in a blender and blitz to a flour
  2. Add the egg and banana and blitz for a further 30 seconds
  3. Once mixed, add the remaining ingredients (I would recommend adding the almond milk in small amounts, as I’ve found this can vary a lot.)
  4. Once you’ve got a batter consistency, pour the mix straight from the blender into a pre-heated pan (low-medium heat) with some coconut oil in
  5. Flip the pancakes when lots of bubbles appear on the surface
  6. Repeat and stack ’em up!

Nutritional Info:

  • 375 calories
  • 8.1g fat
  • 37.9g carbs
  • 36.1g protein

(for the pancakes only)

Jazzy B ❤