I’ll admit it, I initially attempted to make granola bars but I got the liquid ingredient measurements clearly wrong – basically, the bars instantly disintegrated.
But I’m an improviser so I made granola instead. Yeah, I just let it crumble a bit and used it as normal granola. I’m still a legit food blogger, right?! I’m sure I could make an inspiration quote out of this story.
You’ll notice from the recipe below that I don’t believe in measurements. Put in as much as feels right to you and seems to level out to create balance. I’ve used Biscoff spread because I absolutely love the caramelised flavour (it’s great on toast as well) but you can use peanut butter or any other nut butter, depending on the kind of flavour you’re after.
The dry stuff
- puffed quinoa by Indigo Herbs
- pumpkin seeds (as much as you want)
- chia seeds
- some sliced glace cherries (or raisins, goji berries, cranberries)
The wet stuff
Mix up the dry stiff, gently heat in a saucepan the wet stuff, then combine it all together. Spread out and flatten on a baking tray (with parchment or greased) and bake for about 20 minutes. Serve with (vegan) yoghurt and fresh blueberries.
Today I received an exciting package in the post from Nutribuddy – their vanilla breakfast shake to review! I’ve heard great things about this brand before so I’m interested to see how I get on with their breakfast shake. I’m doing Veganuary this year and trying to move from a vegetarian to a more vegan diet, and finding a breakfast shake with no animal products at all has been a bit tricky, so I was pleased to come across Nutribuddy.
My first impressions
It took a while to get into the parcel because it was so carefully and properly packaged – no breakages possible. Because Nutribuddy favour glass over plastic, they sent the product in a glass clip-top jar, which requires much tougher packaging. I really like the look of the storage jar as well and it fits quite nicely on the kitchen worktop – clear glass jar, classic design, no garish colours.
Looking at the actual shake powder I can see it has real oat flakes in, which I think will make it an interesting texture. What is normally so unsatisfying about weight loss shakes is that they are just drinks and you don’t feel like you’re eating food, so I feel like the oat flakes will be a good addition. I’ve read on the Nutribuddy website that their breakfast shakes are organic and suitable for vegans; they are also gluten, soy, and sugar free, and are high in fibre, so really it ticks all the health boxes.
It comes with two little spoons for the shake powder that are a good size and fit inside the storage jar, which is handy. The bottle for the shake is again thoughtfully designed and has a handle so you can drink the shake on the move.
Overall, this feels like a really good product that perfectly fits the branding – I’m impressed with the eco-friendly choice of glass for the storage jar, I like that it has oat flakes in, and I like how it looks in my kitchen. Very excited for this 14 day trial and to see how I feel! I’m hoping to lose a little bit of that post-Christmas excess tummy and to see how much energy I have for a day’s work after this shake for breakfast. Sometimes when I walk into work instead of drive I don’t have much time for breakfast, so hopefully this will give me an easy way to get nutrients and stave off hunger with very little effort on my part! Stay tuned to read my review at the end of the 14 day trial of the Nutribuddy vanilla breakfast shake
I know that egg replacer has been around for ages and it a pretty decent alternative to the real thing in terms of baking, but I never expected that science could replicate the true uniqueness of an actual egg.
Science has done just that: there will soon be such a thing as a vegan boiled egg. There have been several attempts at cornering this much-anticipated market of egg-desiring vegans, but the most recent news this week seems to offer a very promising effort.
A group of students scientists based in Italy spent 18 months perfecting their vegan egg until they matched the texture, consistency, and flavour of the real thing. It is made from protein from a mystery vegetable and, most significantly, it has a yellow yolk.
You don’t even have to be vegan, veggie, or a science fan to be intrigued; health freaks will be impressed by the lack of cholesterol. The students have patented their product and will be looking to get food companies on board.
There’s plenty of other methods of consuming eggs to get on with replicating in the meantime: scrambled egg, poached egg, fried egg… they had better get cracking! (Ho ho ho ho….)
Being a tea drinker is an unavoidable part of being British, we know this, but we’re not very good at drinking herbal or fruit teas in this country. It’s more of a social occassion than something we do for our health. I’ve managed to get in the habit in recent years of (usually) not drinking any caffeine after 6pm – that includes “normal” tea so I’ve been drinking the fruity or relaxing herbals kinds instead.
I’ve been interested recently in exactly how healthy or not tea is for us, in any of its delicious varieties. If you want a more detailed look at how different types of tea are harvested, click here but basically there are 4 types: black tea, white tea, green tea, and oolong tea. Remember that all tea hydrates, is warm, cosy and edifying, and performs a social bonding function that does more good than chucking down vitamin tablets could ever achieve.
Here we have 10 teas and how they can help your health.
- Green Tea – the Messiah of the Teas. Green tea has an antioxidant called catechin and some studies suggest that drinking one cup of green tea per day can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease by 10%.
- Chamomile Tea – the ultimate relaxer and my personal favourite, it also helps with a range of ailments including hay fever, muscle pain, insomnia, inflammation, and menstrual disorders.
- Echinacea – often overlooked, echinacea tea can help prevent commons colds and reduces the risk of infection.
- Lemon & Ginger tea – not my favourite but again, another tea that fights bacterial infections.
- Oolong tea – the fat burner. Can help you to burn fat faster than you might otherwise as it stimulates an enzyme that prompts weight loss.
- Black tea – has the highest caffeine content and can lower cholesterol levels. Crucially, drinking 4 cups of tea a day can cut the risk of stroke by over 20%.
- Blueberry tea – now we enter the realms of flavoured tea. If you choose a tea flavoured with a superfood like blueberries you get a double whammy of antioxidants (but avoid the nonsense sweetened versions.)
- Peppermint tea – does wonders. Aids digestion, cures bad breath, boosts the immune system. Smells delightfully minty.
- Rosehip tea – this is a new one on me. Apparently a great plant source of vitamin C, so it helps skin and tissue health.
- Rooibos – 50 times more antioxidants that green tea! Thwarts those free radicals like a mother. Good for digestion and lowers blood pressure.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about tea. I hope you enjoy all aspects of tea.
Here are some photos off tea.