Hey guys, it’s been a while since I’ve written a new recipe but the wait was definitely worth it for this one. Believe or not, this recipe is dairy, gluten, AND sugar free. I’ve been having a major craving for mini pies these last few weeks and I’ve developed the perfect recipe for these mini custard meringue pies. The best part is that it’s basically foolproof and it tastes amazing even after a few days stored in the fridge. You could definitely make a large version of this pie but I personally enjoy the mini version better. You can also make any type of pie with this crust recipe, it also works great with apple or banana filling.
Combine all of the ingredients for the crust until it forms a crumble.
Grease your pie moulds with coconut oil spray and press the crumble into the base of the mould and the push the excess into the sides to form the crust. Use your fingers to even out the thickness of the crust.
Bake the crust in the oven at 180ºC for 10 mins or until it turns golden and hardens.
Meanwhile, cook the custard by combining all the ingredients and stirring on a low flame until it thickens (do not let it boil). You can also follow the instructions on the box.
Pour the filing into the crusts and bake on 180ºC for 10-15 mins or until the custard slightly hardens.
While the pies are in the oven, prepare your meringue by whisking your egg whites in a mixer until they turn fluffy and form hard peaks. Slowly add in the sugar and vinegar while whisking until they turn glossy but stay fluffy.
Spoon or pipe the meringue onto the tartes and change your oven setting to direct heat from the top. Bake until the meringue hardens on the top and turns golden.
Leave to cool and refrigerate, it should store well for up to 4-5 days (not that you’ll have leftovers with this one).
I hope you guys enjoy this recipe, let me know down in the comments which new recipes you want to see. Thank you for reading, please like and follow for more recipes like this one, xoxo.
Decent gluten free croissants were a myth, something I dreamed of but couldn’t have. Unfortunately. if you go gluten free it means you forgo pastries and you’re left staring at the real thing in instagram posts and through café windows. Usually, decent gluten free croissants are hard to find because pastry needs gluten to rise and get that flakiness, which is why most croissants are often hard and dry. But after craving gluten free croissant for almost a week I decided to take a risk and try making my own. I looked up several recipes but they all seemed too complicated and took too long or too many ingredients so I decided to try making my own recipe. Now, I expected this recipe to go horribly wrong and I had prepared myself for utter disappointment and inedible croissants, so you can imagine my shock when the croissants came out golden, flaky on the outside and soft on the inside. This has to be the best gluten free croissants I’ve ever had and to confirm it, I had my whole family try it out; including my non gluten-free dad who loves the real version yet went for seconds.
I honestly had to make sure I wasn’t dreaming because how the hell did they come out so good on my first try?! My second thought was sharing it with you guys because it would be a shame not to. The process is really simple and you most likely have all the ingredients you need for this recipe. Unlike most croissant recipes, this one doesn’t require complicated ingredients or 8 hours of prep time. So here it is…
500g Gluten Free All Purpose flour (I use one that’s great for bread recipes)
250ml Almond Milk (or any milk you like)
2tbsp Coconut sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
3/4 Stick of Butter
First add 5 tbsp of warm water to a bowl and sprinkle your yeast over it to activate the yeast (skip this step if you’re using activated yeast). Do not mix, let rest for 10 mins.
In a separate bowl, add in your dry ingredients; flour, sugar and a pinch of salt if you’re using unsalted butter. (You can add the dry yeast here only if you’re using the activated one).
In another bowl, mix in your wet ingredients; milk, 3 eggs and vinegar.
Now come back to the activated yeast (should form a slightly foam) and stir it well.
Combine the wet and dry mixtures along with the olive oil and the yeast. You can use a hand mixer for this but I suggest using your hand since you will be kneading the dough.
Once the dough has properly formed, let rest for about 30 mins.
Then dust your surface with more flour and scoop out the dough, start kneading with a bit of flour so that it doesn’t stick.
Roll out the dough into a thick square, slice about half of your butter into thin slices (you can roll the cold butter between two pieces of parchment paper to form a slab.
Place the layer of butter at the centre of the dough and fold the sides like an envelope.
Repeat this process with the other half of the butter, so that you have 2 layers of butter in the dough.
Now place the dough into the freezer for about 20 mins. This will make it easier to roll it out once the butter is firm.
Make sure to clean your working surface, dust it with flour and take out the dough to roll it out into thinly (about 3-5mm).
Preheat over to 200ºC.
Slice the dough into triangles (isosceles) and start rolling from the bottom of the triangle towards the tip, so that it forms the shape of a croissant. (I’ve only included the two pictures below for reference).
Place the croissants on parchment paper and mix the remaining egg for an egg wash. Gently brush each croissant with the egg wash so that they become golden brown.
Bake the croissants for 20-25mins or until golden brown on the top and bottom. Enjoy them warm or store in a cool dry place and reheat when necessary.
If there’s one recipe you need to try out from me it’s this one! These croissants did not last long in my house but I will definitely make them again. If you have any recommendations or recipe requests please let me know down in the comments. My next challenge is making pain au chocolat and I can’t wait to use vegan chocolate in a similar recipe. Thank you for reading and checking out my blog, please like and follow for more posts like this one, xoxo.
Hey guys, it’s been a while since I’ve written a blogpost but I wanted to share a quick recipe with you that has stuck with me throughout the holidays. After wanting to add a little boost to my vegan hot chocolate recipe, I came up with a healthy mocha recipe. It’s quick to make and you most likely already have the ingredients in your kitchen. I am also working on a healthy boba milk tea recipe and if you want or have any other vegan drink recipes, please let me know down in the comments.
1 cup almond milk
1 tbsp cacao powder
1/2 tsp liquid stevia or maple syrup
Mix 2-3 tbsp of almond milk with the cacao using a matcha whisk. I found that a matcha whisk that helps green tea powder mix with liquid, allows the powder to dissolve better into the milk. Mix for around 1 min until well combined. (If you don’t have a matcha whisk you can try using a blender).
Froth and heat the rest of your almond milk with your sweetener of choice.
Combine both liquids together using the whisk.
To make an iced version – opt out of heating the milk and pour over or blend it in with ice.
I hope you enjoy this quick recipe, if you have any suggestions, feel free to let me know. Thank you for reading, please like and follow for more recipes.
You may think that eating healthy is expensive and will run you dry, but this belief is far from the truth. While eating healthy can be costly, it can also be cost-effective if you apply a few of the tips down below. I think this discussion couldn’t come at a better time, especially in the current state of the world, so today we’re going to be going over a few tips to help you eat healthy on a budget.
Tip #1. Buy Frozen Veggies & Fruit
Fruits and veggies can sometimes be pricey, for example; blueberries are one of the most expensive berries. Which is why the best option is to buy them frozen; as they are just as healthy and they are prepped when they are in their prime stage. Moreover, you can use these in smoothies, your oats or stir fries.
A few good options are:
Tip #2. Choose Whole foods Over ‘Fake Foods’
By fake foods I mean, if you have to choose between your $100 Protein powder and actual fresh protein, choose the whole food. Making the right choices and prioritising is essential in eating healthy with minimum cost. Instead of buying 20 protein bars, buy filling whole foods that are less processed, because you may think that one ‘processed’ food item is cost effective but when you add up the amount you may be buying in a month, that adds up. So remember to look at the big picture and that inexpensive isn’t always the best option.
Tip #3. Meal Prep at Home
Eating out is usually more expensive than eating at home and you can be even cost effective by planning your meals or meal prepping for the week. This will help you plan you monthly food budget and avoid any food waste.
Tip #4. Make a Grocery List & Stick to it
Often we find that we go to the supermarket with a budget in mind, but end up exceeding that by an unreasonable amount and that’s because we all get distracted by and tempted by things we don’t need. This is why planning ahead can be beneficial, if you know which meal you have planned for the week, it’s easy to make a list and buy only what you need.
Tip #5. Don’t Buy in Bulk
Avoid buying fresh vegetables and fruit in bulk, if it’s possible try buying them weekly or once every two weeks. This is to avoid any wastage as most of the time, buying veggies in bulk means some goes bad before you get a chance to use it.
However, buying other ingredients such as grains; oats and quinoa, in bulk is a good idea.
Tip #6. Make Your Own Recipe
Sometimes making a product at home is much more cost-effective than buying at the store. For example you can make your own gluten free granola or protein bars at home rather than buying the overpriced product at the store. Moreover, these products often contain unnecessary sugar and preservatives, which you can avoid by making your own.
Local produce is often less expensive and a great way to support the community. Try finding your produce at a local farmer’s market, you’ll often find that it’s more cost-effective than buying at a supermarket. In addition, this means you’ll avoid unnecessary packaging/plastic used in stores, making your shopping and lifestyle more environmentally friendly.
Tip #8. Baby steps
When starting a healthy lifestyle, it’s not practical to jump into the gluten free, sugar free or vegan world, because you’ll feel lost and you’ll find the cost overwhelming. Instead you should approach it steadily, for example, buying 10 different brands of almond milk is not the way to go. What you should do is start by making some healthy food swaps, you can check out a list of my grocery staples right here.
Tip #9. One Pan Meals
One pot or one pan meals are quick, inexpensive and everyone loves them, besides it doesn’t get any easier than throwing some protein and veggies in a pan and calling it a day. Stir-fries are also a great options for this and the best part is you can cook in bulk and save for meal preps.
Tip #10. Try Grocery Delivery
I’ve seen two types of grocery delivery services; one where you select a few meals and you’re set the ingredients for those recipes and second, where you put together a grocery basket and have it delivered. Either way, these are a great way to eat healthy on a budget and brands such as; Thrive Market and Hello Fresh claim to save you a considerable amount of money through their services so it’s definitely worth trying out.
To summarise, it’s definitely possible to eat healthy on a budget and you should never feel pressure to completely jump to the other side. Balance is key so take it step by step and you’ll find what best suits your lifestyle. The important thing is not to let your eating habits or food itself rule you, you control your habits. I hope you enjoyed this post, please like and leave a comment if you did and feel free to follow for more posts like this one. Thank you for reading, xoxo.
Hey guys, I’ve been playing up with a recipe recently and ended up making these amazing donuts. I shared it with the whole family and they love it, so I thought I should share the recipe with you! These are pretty easy to make and they are dairy and gluten free as always. You can also alter the recipe and add a flax egg for a vegan option or use a blend of erythritol to make it sugar free. So here is how you can make them:
1/2 cup Gluten Free flour
1/2 cup almond flour
1tsp baking powder
1 large egg
1 tsp cinnamon
1tsp vanilla extract
80ml coconut oil
80ml almond milk
1/3 cup coconut sugar or sugar substitute
1tsp white vinegar
Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together; flours, baking powder, cinnamon, and sugar.
In a separate bowl combine the egg, milk, vanilla, coconut oil, and vinegar.
Add your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients and fold until well incorporated.
Spray a donut pan with coconut oil and spoon the batter into the moulds until 2/3 full.
Bake in the oven for 10-15 mins or until golden. (I always use a skewer to check if it’s cooked all the way through)
Leave to cool and then you can coat it in cinammon and coconut sugar. You can store them in a cool, dry place for a few days.
This recipe is really simple and takes about 15 mins of prep time, let me know down in the comments if you try them out. Thank you for reading and please like and follow for more, xoxo.
Hey guys, it’s been a while since I’ve posted but I’m coming back with the best vegan smoothie bowl! This recipe is very easy to make and you don’t even need a high-powered blender (I used my Nutribullet) it may take longer but it’s worth it. I usually like having this as a snack but it also makes a great breakfast. You can also add any supplements/protein powder to your smoothie bowl ( I was out of protein that day). So here’s what you’ll need:
1/2 Cup frozen mango chunks
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 cup almond milk
1 tsp chia seeds
1tbsp almond butter
Pulse the mango, blueberries and almond milk for about 30 secs.
Stir with a spoon, gradually add the almond milk and pulse again.
Blend until smooth and scoop into a bowl, topping it with anything you like. You can also use any liquid sweetener you like.
Thank you for reading, comment down any of your favourite smoothie bowl flavours, I’m looking to try out new combos. This was a quick one but let me know what you think and please like and follow for more, xoxo.
Hey guys, so I just started cutting about a month ago and I thought I’d share what I eat in a day. Please keep in mind that every body is different and our caloric needs vary depending on gender, height, weight, and activity level, which means you shouldn’t determine your nutrition on what I eat. This is just to give you some inspiration and to share my progress. Also, let me know down in the comments if you’d like to know how I’ve been dealing with the cut. Keep in mind, I only eat this way during the week, I allow myself more flexibility on the weekends.
With this cut I’ve aimed to up my protein and healthy fats while slightly lowering my carbs. My calories have dropped compared to my bulking phase but it won’t remain like this for long; I will gradually increase my calories to maintenance level with time.
Definitely still my favourite meal of the day! I usually have breakfast around 10am, consisting of two eggs with gluten free toast and almond butter every morning. I usually train right after breakfast so this is a filling meal and it’s balanced with protein, carbs and healthy fats, giving me the energy I need for weight training. I also had coffee with almond milk right after.
Lunch hits at about 2pm for me and I keep it pretty simple with chicken and veg, I always love to add the carbs smart 1000 island dressing, which is a low calorie dressing. I’ve also been sticking to chicken breast most of the time as it’s more lean than dark chicken meat and I make sure I have a healthy serving of greens. I also have my second cup of coffee after this because I love it!
My snacks vary each day but on that day I had a few almonds and blueberries, sometimes I have apple slices with almond butter instead, but again I kept it simple with protein, fats, and carbs. I also have a bowl of popcorn from time to time if I’m craving something salty. I snack around 3-4 pm.
My last meal of the day right before 6pm, I had beef stir fry with chickpeas. I always use lean grass-fed beef, it’s great protein along with the chickpeas. Again I’m addicted to this banting dressing! I also had a piece of Sweet Switch 70% Dark chocolate after dinner; it’s dairy and sugar free! I usually have tea after, I’ve been loving this Chocolate Roobois Blend, or if I’m being reckless I have coffee, but I’m still working on stopping that. (Just keeping it real nobody’s perfect).
Check out my last what I eat in a day Bulking edition right here!!!
Thank you for reading this post! I hope you enjoyed it, if you did please like and comment. Follow for more posts like this one, xoxo.
I understand that not everyone has the resources or the care for a 10-step skincare routine, some of us want a minimalistic approach that is still effective. So I’ve decided to bring you 3 skincare products you do not want to live without. There are days when I don’t want to go all out on my skincare routine, but I always make sure to get these three in. Taking care of your skin doesn’t have to be expensive or take a lot of time and this post is to show you that there are no excuses. If you want to check out my full skincare routine, you can do that right here and even pick out what you want in your regimen.
Ancient civilisations used a variety of natural products to protect their skin from sun damage; Ancient Egyptians used extracts of rice, jasmine, and lupine plants. Chemists invented the first sunscreen in 1930s, made with a mixture of cocoa butter and red veterinary petroleum and it has evolved over the years since.
Sunscreen protects your skin from UV rays and you should always wear it, regardless of your skin colour or tone. UVA light is responsible for premature aging and skin cancers. You should even wear sunscreen when it’s covered, when you’re inside and during winter, because over 80 percent of the sun’s rays can pass through clouds and glass and even snow reflects UV rays. Therefore, you need SPF to decrease your risk to sun exposure and damage. I always aim for broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher, you can also opt for water-resistant or hypoallergenic sunscreens.
prevents premature ageing
lowers the risk of skin cancer
helps prevent discolouration and maintains your skin tone
Moisturising is essential for any skin type; it balances the skin and applying it daily helps with both dryness and oiliness, which can help reduce acne. Moreover, keeping the moisture in your skin helps reduce the signs of ageing and wrinkles, so do not skip out on moisturiser.
Maintains the balance of your skin, protecting it from irritation.
There are Different types of moisturisers for each skin type; oilfree lotion or richer creams.
Your skin fails to regenerate cells without moisture, moisturiser gives you a healthy complexion
Cleansing is a highly important step in your skin care routine and while over-cleansing is a thing; a gentle cleanser is still necessary to remove impurities and the build up of bacteria and sebum. This is essential in preventing breakouts and keeping the skin fresh. There are several types of cleansers; gel, cream, foaming and milky. Find the one best suited for your skin type; foam cleansers tend to dry out the skin. Here’s a tip; if your skin feels tight after use, the product is too harsh for your skin.
Removes the build up of bacteria, makeup and impurities from pollution.
Balances the pH of your skin
Essential in allowing your skin to absorb other products
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this minimalist post. Please like and follow for more skincare tips and let me know if you’d like to see a budget friendly skin care routine, xoxo.
Hey guys, I thought I would address one of the major problems in our society today regarding women and young girls. I’m sure that, just like me, you grew up with the idea, that losing weight was the best possible thing to happen to a girl. Being told that we lost weight was a compliment and it made us feel better about ourselves. We were fed the ‘diet mindset’ by society and the media, throughout our lives and we ended up fearing our weight and food. That mindset is still very present and it is still destroying the mental and physical health of so many girls. DISCLAIMER: I know that simply saying these things won’t solve our problems, it will take a lot more to do that, however I do hope to increase its awareness.
1.DIETS ARE THE HOLY GRAIL
I want you to think about how many times you’ve said ‘I am going on a diet’ in the past. Just saying those words gave you a feeling of relief, but why is that? Growing up as young girls we are led to believe that the slimmer or the skinnier you are, the better. Moreover, we are duped into believing that skinny equals healthy. I remember when I was overweight and would go for a checkup, doctors would always tell me to lose weight. However, no showed told me the right way to do so and I delved into the world of endless diets. Long story short, none of them lasted long or had lasting effect.
One thing we need to establish and preach is that food is not the enemy. Instead of banning foods and being afraid we need to have a healthy relationship with them which takes time. That means making the healthy choices most of the time and indulging occasionally, but most of all knowing that ‘healthy’ doesn’t mean punishment or steamed broccoli everyday. You don’t need a cheat day once a week or the guilt of enjoying food you love. Our main goal should be a sustainable healthy lifestyle. I want you to view the food you eat as energy for your workouts, because at the end of the day, that is how your body processes it. You need energy to lose weight and thus food.
2. CARBS MAKE YOU FAT
Now it is true that some bodies react better to carb intake than others and low-carb diet can make you lose weight however carbs do not make you fat. Let’s break down why you may think carbs make you fat. When we eat carbs, our body breaks it down as glucose, thus rising our blood sugar and our pancreas in return produces insulin which signals our cells to use up the glucose. 50% is used by our brain and our muscles and liver store the glucose as glycogen, so as you can see, extreme low carb diets can have a debilitating effect on your health and muscle growth. Finally, the rest of the glucose is stored as fat, which is why people are afraid of carbs.
However, know which types of carbs are best for your body. Stick to complex carbs such as oats and quinoa and avoid simple carbohydrates that spike your blood sugar and provide little to no nutrients. You do not have to eliminate carbs completely from your nutrition, it isn’t sustainable and besides carbs release serotonin (your happy hormone) so don’t deprive yourself. There is only one way you can put on weight or fat and I clear that up down below.
Now, let’s get the gist of all of this. The only way you can lose weight is through a caloric deficit through nutrition or increased physical activity, similarly you will only put on weight/fat if you are in a caloric surplus. If you are working out; combining resistance training with some form of cardio, your body needs the carbs and the calories. Someone who is not active at all would require the same caloric needs. The key thing to understand is that no one’s nutrition can be exactly the same and you will have to change your nutrition throughoutyour fitness journey.
For example; right now I am trying to build muscle in my end goal to have a lean physique. Which is why I am in a slight caloric surplus and it’s a carb fest for me (I am literally having a bowl of overnight oats while writing this). In a few months, I will slightly decrease my carb intake simply to help my body burn fat faster (your body will still burn fat if you are working out, regardless of your carb intake). I am definitely going all out on my workouts but I am enjoying the process. I like to call this lean bulking.
3. WEIGHTS MAKE YOU BULKY
This is one I hear pretty often and I have to confess that I used to believe that as well when I was younger. Many women believe that if they pick up a dumbbell that’s heavier than 2kg, their muscles are going to puff up in 2 seconds, but that is not the case. For a woman to be able to bulk up like a man, she would need a ton of supplements/drugs. We don’t have the levels of testosterone that men have, therefore lifting weights will not give you a manly physique, instead it’ll help you lose fat and achieve a lean build much faster.
Lifting weights has done a lot for my physical and mental health. We’re led to believe that we need to override on cardio to achieve our ideal body, but I call that torture. I do incorporate cardio into my workouts in the form of HIIT training but I mostly focus on resistance training. One thing to takeaway from this is to try out different types of workouts and choose the one you enjoy doing, not the ones you dread.
Let me know your views or other myths down in the comments. The main objective is to create a healthy community and encourage this mindset. Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. Please like and follow for more, xoxo.
Hey guys, welcome back to my blog. In this post, I’m going to share the 3 snacks I alternate between in a week. I always aim to be completely honest with my content, because I believe that transparency is necessary especially with health/fitness influencers. So, as you can tell, my snacks are loaded with carbs. Now, let me first say that carbs are not the enemy, it is true that some bodies thrive on a higher-protein diet, but that does not mean everyone will or that carbs are evil. I love carbs, they make me happy and they fuel my workouts which is why I have them in every meal. You can easily add more protein to these snack ideas with a few tweaks, but anything works as long as you’re using whole foods with real nutrients.
#1. Banana Toast
I love this combo, it’s something I’ve seen my family have plenty of times and I am here for it. You may think carb on carbs is scary but it’s a great pre-workout snack, especially when you’re going all out. I sprinkle some cinnamon on top and if you want you can add almond butter as well. You can use any type of bread you like, but I always have gluten free bread, I either bake it (here is the recipe) or buy this one.
#2. Banana Coffee Smoothie
I’ve talked about this one a couple of times and you can find the recipe here. However, a few alternatives that I’ve been liking are cacao-coffee with raw cacao powder and cacao nibs and vanilla protein. I also have a new recipe coming up so look out for that.
I love popcorn, it’s salty and crunchy and just fun to eat. This is my usual late night snack; I use raw popcorn kernels (I like this one), pop it in a small saucepan with a little bit of olive oil for 5-10 mins or until the popping slows down and sprinkle in some Himalayan pinks salt or garlic salt.
That’s it for today’s post, it was a quick one but I hope you enjoyed it. I’d love to know what are some of your favourite snacks so let me know down in the comments. Please follow and like for more recipes and health posts, xoxo.