This edition of Weekly Loves I've decided to switch things up a little and chuck in my first ever 'What I Ate' feature alongside it too. I've always wanted to write up a What I Ate feature but in all honesty, I've never really been majorly excited by what I've eaten over a significant period of time!
This week, I've had a very productive week in the kitchen, whipping up new recipes from scratch and guess what? Spontaneously, I haven't had a single drop of refined sugar this whole week. Say what?! I know, I know, I'm basically Deliciously Ella...
In all honesty, this is where I'm the DULLEST health food blogger, as Monday-Sunday I almost always have the same old breakfast. My raspberry, dark chocolate and almond butter porridge is something that will probably end up being the last meal I'll ever eat, that's how much I love it! Some people may think it sounds revolting, others (and high five to you) will find this is something totally up their street
- Half a cup of Organic jumbo oats
- Half a cup of Rude Health Almond Milk
- Half a cup (and a bit extra if necessary) of water
- 1/2tbsp chia seeds
- A handful of frozen raspberries
- 1 sqaure of 85-90% dark chocolate
- 1tbsp almond butter
Chuck the oats, milk/water and chia seeds into a pan on a low to medium heat. As it begins to thicken, throw in your frozen raspberries and stir until they've completely defrosted and the porridge is a beautiful pink.
Take off the heat, break up your dark chocolate and sprinkle into the porridge (don't stir!) and add a dollop of almond butter. Carefully fold the porridge over, and quickly pour into a bowl. You will have pools of melted dark chocolate and almond butter as you dig your way through!
This week thing did change up a little with some avocado toast on a very time-short morning and began and avocado on sourdough this morning for a lazy Sunday brunch. Yum!
I'm fortunate (or not so fortunate, depending on how you look at it!) to only live 10 minutes away from work, so on my lunch break I tend to come home for lunch as a sandwich/fish and chips/carb heavy cooked lunches are not really my cup of tea. One day I came home and simply had a big green smoothie (the Green Goddess from Madeleine Shaw's latest cookbook, Ready Steady Glow - so creamy yet so fresh!) and that happily kept me going until 5pm. Today, James treated me to a super tasty Sunday lunch at a really cute, cosy pub just down the road from us. I had roast chicken which was so lovely and not too heavy! My tummy was very happily satisfied!
This is where things have been a little more adventurous and exciting! I love cooking from scratch, but even more so when the preparation and cooking time alone is quick and easy. You'll find I mention this book in just about every single blog post I'll ever write but Madeleine Shaw's Ready Steady Glow has totally been changing and saving my life!
Her Red Thai Salmon Curry went down a complete treat with James and I (WINNER when your boyfriend enjoys a healthy meal!) - though admittedly, we actually had this for lunch last Sunday! It took 30 minutes in total - yes that includes preparation time!
Another winning meal was her Pan Fried Seabass with Spicy Butterbean Stew - so easy and so delicious. Both recipes I will 100% make time and time again. I seriously recommend picking up a copy of the book, there is something for everyone. I'm really keen to make her Chicken Fajitas next with homemade chickpea wraps!
I don't tend to snack too much, though late in the day, usually around 9pm when I begin to unwind in front of the TV is where I can crack and a days worth of healthy meals gets stamped on with chocolate. Instead, I've been tackling my tastebuds with a big mug of Peppermint Tea to sooth my sweet tooth, and it's totally working. Otherwise, staying hydrated has been key so having a big bottle of water with me at all times has seriously helped and staved off any 'hunger' pangs. I also made Anna Jones' Super Raw Brownies from her book A Modern Way To Eat, but made them into teeny little snack balls. I'm not a big fan of dates and did adapt the recipe ever so slightly but these are seriously delicious and any overpowering taste of dates isn't detectable!
- This weekend! I've had a really lovely weekend, which feels like the first in a long time! We visited Lacock Abbey, which for any Harry Potter fans is a must visit - they filmed the courtyard scenes here and also the scene in The Philosopher's Stone where Harry sees his parents in the mirror (sob). It was all so beautiful and it was lovely to see some new scenery for a change and get out in the countryside.
- My new Converse. Ok, so maybe my feet aren't loving them too much (breaking in new shoes has to be one of the most painful things), but they go with everything and I love that this pair in particular don't really look too obviously like Converse. Oh, and maybe I'm just imagining things but they somehow make my legs look ever so slightly 'nicer', or at least they somehow seem to be quite flattering. Big thumbs up.
- Boyfriend jeans. I picked up a pair from Topshop (though I'm contemplating returning as the waist is so bloody enormous - small waist, massive hips/bum/thighs problems), and also picked up two pairs from ASOS and these are totally my new favourite style! I live in my black skinny Joni jeans but seeing as I'm pretty self conscious of my legs all over, when I'm having a low self-confidence day, looking in the mirror and seeing two massive sausages squeezed into a pair of tight black jeans isn't the best. Boyfriend jeans help anyone with a larger bottom half as they're looser at the bottom which means everything balances out better. Teamed with a stripey top, my Topshop Aviator/Shearling jacket and my new Converse, I'm feeling totally Pinterest worthy!
- My new hair! If you didn't see on my Instagram, and Twitter too, I recently got my hairs all did the week before last and it's some transformation! It's taking a little adjusting to my new shorter length. I often reach for my hair to pull over to one shoulder but oh! It's too short for that! I'm also loving the balayage blonde, and even though I am partially offended no one has really commented on the enhanced blonde, it's a good thing as it's very subtle which is what I wanted anyway! I've armed myself with some Aveda hair care (my bank balance is quietly sobbing away in the corner) and also picked up a bottle of the Joico Colour Endure Violet Shampoo to avoid any brassiness.
- The spontaneous sugar free diet. Perhaps it was my body telling me 'enough of the birthday and Easter chocolate already!', but last Sunday night I decided I would spend the week avoiding refined sugar at least for the week. One week later and I'm proud to say I did it! I hope to keep it up, or at least chill out a little on my refined sugar content. One of my goals this year has been to completely give up refined sugar, or to follow a low sugar diet. It's a big ask but hey, this is a step in the right direction and it honestly hasn't been too bad! Also, after several weeks of horrible skin, I've been seeing MAJOR improvements, with the odd painful cystic spot on my chin (hey hormones). So far, I'm thanking the power of water.
- Kate La Vie - Baked Egg Hash with Pomegranate Salsa
- Media Maramalde - A Guide To Clifton: See, Eat, Shop
- Hello Annabel - The Clear Skin Experiment
- Bloomin' Rouge - 25 Banging Beauty Tips
- The Love Cats Inc - Nutella Stuffed Double Chocolate Cookies
- Minimalist Baker - Creamy Pineapple Cucumber Smoothie
- Wholeheartedly Healthy - Can We Ever Really Be 'Balanced'?
How has your week been? What have you been loving this week?