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Christmas Gift Ideas for a Food Lover

I have been amazingly organised this year and have not only started by I have also finished my Christmas shopping! But I didn’t want to be one of those annoying people who starts counting  down from July and irritating everyone with Christmas talk! But now it’s December there will be no stopping me! It’s a time for giving, being merry, getting into the festive spirit and buying thoughtful gifts for my friends and family. I love searching high and low for the perfect gifts, and because I’ve done all of the hard work I thought I would share my finds with you all (and I will be adding to these over the next few weeks too so keep an eye out for updates!!) So today I am sharing with you all of the perfect gifts for the person who loves the kitchen, cooking baking and all things food related! Happy pressie shopping!

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Love Roo xx

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Paleo Steak and Salad at 131

I desperately want to shout out about the amazing lunch I had at 131 the promenade in Cheltenham! They had a great menu and so much choice and was thrilled to find something that was sumptuous and Paleo and didn’t make me feel like I was compromising taste and flavour just for the sake of sticking to my sometimes awkward diet! I had this delicious steak with a fresh salad topped with tomatoes, chilli and garlic. Would hugely recommend this place!

131 promenade Paleo steal and salad

Love Roo xx

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Whole 30 Diet

I’ve clearly been living under a rock because I had never heard of the Whole 9 or Whole 30 diet until I read about it in a magazine a week ago. I am really happy with my diet but never see any harm in checking out what else is out there and they all seem so similar and if there are some recipes that I can try then everyone’s a winner!

The Whole 30 diet is really similar to the whole primal, paleo, clean eating and I Quit Sugar diets but what I like about this is that it focuses on building a healthy relationship and knowledge of food. Weight loss is definitely a happy coincidence with this one.

Melissa and Dallas Hartwig founded the Whole 9 back in 2009. The Whole 9 essentially looks at the 9 things that you should evaluate in your life and improve upon in order to have a happy and healthy existence. These 9 things are:

  1. Nutrition
  2. Temperance
  3. Personal Growth
  4. Fun & Play
  5. Natural Environment
  6. Sleep
  7. Healthy Movement
  8. Stress Management
  9. Socialisation

On the back of this they have delved into the nutritional side of things and developed the Whole 30 diet which is where you cut out all of the junk for 30 days. As I mentioned above the diet in principal follows a paleo, primal and clean eating (in other words – just good sense!) approach the only the thing that is a no-no is having the paleo cheat treats such as coconut flour brownies etc. This is a no junk, my body is my temple, screw your head on right kind of lifestyle change. The reason for this somewhat drastic cutback is to help your body to heal from all of the unhealthy and hormone-unbalancing nasties that your gut can’t handle.

After your 30 days is up you can then start to reintroduce each individual food group back into your diet one at a time. As you do this you should evaluate how you feel, react and let your body tell you whether you need or want that particular food group and then you can move on to the next group and so on.

So what are the benefits?

  • It teaches you to have a healthy relationship with food and to educate you on what you are putting into your body each day. It will change the way you look at food for the rest of your life
  • It will completely reset your metabolism and let your body heal from all the junk you’ve been putting in to it

Cons?

  • This will be impossible to do without a good support base. You need to shout out about it and make sure you’ve got people who won’t try and pressure you into the “go on, one won’t hurt” mindset.
  • This will take a lot of planning, so it isn’t for the feint-hearted. If you aren’t willing to put in the effort then you will fail.

So, that’s my thoughts on the Whole 30! What do you think?

 

Love Roo xx

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Coconut Flour

Coconut flour is a great staple for the paleo diet. What’s so great about it? Well I’ll tell you; it’s a naturally gluten-free alternative to wheat, it has a high percentage of high dietary fibre which means that it will help to make you feel fuller for longer, and in turn will help aid weight loss.

One good thing to remember with coconut flour is that YES you can use it in any recipe and substitute it for any other flour. However, what you need to remember is that because it doesn’t have any gluten it doesn’t bind as well as wheat flour. So you should add 1 egg per one ounce of coconut flour because the egg will take the place of the gluten and will help to bind the flour. Happy baking!!

Coconut Flour

 

Love Roo xx

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Chia Seeds – What’s all the fuss about?

Mega seed on the block the Chia seed. Everyone has been raving about these so I thought I would find out what all of the fuss is about! So what’s the crack? The chia seed is one of THE richest plant source of omega 3, this is super important as the body needs this but can’t make it, so we need to find sources that can supply it so we can have happy and healthy joints, heart and brain. Another great thing about chia is that it is a great add for weight loss because it helps to curb and reduce those food cravings which is what always causes us to slip up if we’re on a portion controlled diet. Chia Seeds So how should you consume them? Well there are a few ways to eat them. The first way is that if you soak them in water until it becomes gel like and then you can add it jellies, jams or salad dressing. Chia seeds in their “gel” form are super hydrating for the body. Check out this recipe for vegan and gluten free jam:   http://thehonoursystem.com/2013/12/11/raspberry-chia-seed-jam-vegan-gluten-free/

Or you can make a grain free chia buckwheat paleo pizza http://nyoutritious.com/grain-free-chia-buckwheat-pizza/

Or you can go for a sweet dessert and try making some raspberry and coconut chia pudding pops! nom nom nom!

http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/08/raspberry-coconut-chia-pudding-pops.html

The possible uses for this little seed are amazing and I will be posting recipes of my tried and tested chia tasting so watch this space!  

Love Roo xx

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Sweet Potato Cookies Drizzled in Dark Chocolate

These cookies are almost paleo! To make them paleo you can swap out the peanut butter for almond butter 🙂

My other half seemed really dubious about these because lets be honest sweet potato cookies does sound a bit odd! So firstly insisted he should watch me eat one in case it was horrible and I wouldn’t be able to hide my reaction, then he wanted to eat a bit of mine in case he hated it, followed by him grabbing one off the plate and saying “mmmmm……they’re REALLY nice! I could eat more! But I shouldn’t….”

Sweet potato cookies

Ingredients:

  1. 1/2 cup of peanut butter (or almond butter for paleo option)
  2. 1 sweet potato
  3. 1 scoop of protein powder
  4. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1 tbsp of vanilla extract
  6. 1 egg
  7. 1 tbsp honey
  8. Dark chocolate

 

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C and then bake the sweet potato for 40 minutes
  2. Remove the sweet potato from the oven and remove the skin
  3. Mash the flesh in a bowl and then add the peanut butter, vanilla, egg and honey. Mix thoroughly
  4. Then add the cinnamon and the protein powder and fold in completely.
  5. Once this is done you should put some baking paper on a tray and spoon the mixture on to the sheet and this should make around 10 – 12 cookies
  6. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes and then take out to cool.
  7. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in a bowl
  8. Once the cookies have cooled slightly you can spoon the melted chocolate on to each cookie
  9. Put in the fridge for the chocolate to set.
  10. Eat and enjoy!

 

Love Roo xx

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Coconut Oil – 25 Things You NEED To Know

Everyone who knows me or who has been following my posts will know that I am OBSESSED with coconut oil! It’s on my wonder product list and here’s a list of reasons why as well as some handy tips on what you can do with your coconut oil. Here in the UK it seems to be quite a pricey product to get hold of so I thought I would let you know that the cheapest one I found was KTC Pure Coconut Oil which I managed to find in my local Sainsbury’s and came in at just under £3. Bargain!

  1. It’s Paleo friendly
  2. It’s Vegan friendly
  3. You can use it to fry food at high temperatures
  4. Use it for popping popcorn and make it as healthy a snack as possible
  5. You can use it instead of butter on toast
  6. A lot of people add it to their coffee (blended not stirred) to add a natural energy kick
  7. The same can be done to add some flavour to tea
  8. You can use it when baking; great for baking sweet potatoes
  9. You can use it for skin complaints such as eczema, acne and psoriasis
  10. Can be used in the diet to manage diabetes, heart disease, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, thyroid conditions, energy, and boosting the immune system.
  11. is used for weight loss by boosting metabolism
  12. Suppresses your appetite
  13. You can use it as a skin moisturiser
  14. You can use it as a hair moisturiser
  15. You can add it to bicarbonate soda and a drop or two of peppermint oil and use it as a home made toothpaste
  16. Oil pulling – by putting in your mouth until it melts and by sucking and pulling it around your mouth for 15 – 20 minutes you can help whiten your teeth (spit into the toilet not your sink otherwise it could block the pipes!)
  17. Mix with cornflour, baking soda and essential oils of your choice and you’ve got a home made deodorant
  18. Removes makeup
  19. Can be used as a shaving cream
  20. Add some sugar and it becomes a body scrub
  21. Helps to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy
  22. Natural SPF4 sun protection
  23. Great for soothing sunburn
  24. Mix with essential oils for a massage oil
  25. Helps to fade age spots

There are so many more uses for coconut oil! Try googling it and find some recipes to try at home, and let us know what you’ve been trying and what you use it for!

coconut oil

It’s also really important to remember that there is no such thing as a miracle product, whilst it does promote and aid all of the above (in particular the medical conditions) this is alongside other treatments prescribed by your doctor, and by living a healthy and active lifestyle. The coconut oil is a great product with a million and one uses which is why it’s on my wonder product list, it’s not magic!

 

Love Roo xx

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3F’s Today!

Ok so me and one of my girlfriends went for a run around the village this evening and the following conversation sums up my day:

Roo: “Oh boy, this is hard work tonight, I’m tired and sooooo hungry! sorry I think my belly is going to growl in a minute, lets just pretend it’s distant thunder ok?.”

Friend: “I know, I’m struggling too, oh mmmmm….I can smell someone cooking bacon”

Roo: “Actually mate, I think that’s the smell of my thighs rubbing together”

Roo & Friend: Giggling like mentalists!

I have failed on my 3F’s; food, fashion and fitness, today but whilst I am gutted I am still smiling and laughing! All the planning in the world can suddenly be undone in an instant but rather than get myself down in the dumps about it, I learn and pick myself up and turn 1 step back into 3 steps forward!

How have I failed:

Food – I forgot to take snacks to work with me today because I thought I had already left some at the office (I hadn’t), so I’ve been starving and grumpy and craving naughty food all day! But I didn’t cave so I’m ok about that. I bought some lovely ingredients for a yummy dinner tonight but I ended up getting home so late because I was having cuddles with my friend’s new baby boy (he’s GORGEOUS by the way!) and then went for a run, and that meant I wouldn’t be eating it until 9pm so had to settle for eggs instead. My belly is so mad with me right now!

Fitness – Today is my day off from Focus T25 but I still decided to go for a run (having eaten next to nothing all day) and with aching thighs from a lower focus workout the day before, my legs felt like lead and I could barely get a stride going, hence the thighs rubbing and the bacon smell!!! Ha ha!

Fashion – My running trousers kept falling down 🙁 So not only could I barely move my legs but my leggings suddenly started to look like harem pants with the crotch around my knees! Why they decided to do that I have no idea!! It’s not easy running whilst holding your trousers up and trying not to give yourself a wedgie!

Better planning now! I’m cooking up a nice lunch for tomorrow, and prepping some bits for tomorrow nights dinner too, and healthy snacks are ready to go. I WILL do better tomorrow! Oh well, I’m only human and it’s a lesson learned ;P From now on I will make multiple meals and but them in the freezer so there is a quick fix, I won’t be wearing those trousers again, and I will organise my time better and finally when Shaun T tells me to take a day off I will make sure I’m having it!!

 

Love Roo xx

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Asparagus Wrapped In Parma Ham – Paleo Recipe

So I borrowed a recipe from Nom Nom Paleo and it turned out really well. What I loved about this is that it was sooooo quick and easy that I didn’t have to plan 2 hours in advance of when I would feel hungry, I felt peckish and boom 10 minutes later I was chopping down on these bad boys!

Paleo Asparagus and Parma Ham

Ingredients:

  • Asparagus
  • Parma Ham (1 slice per piece of asparagus)
  • Coconut Oil
  • Salt

Method:

  • Preheat the grill to about 200C
  • Put 1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil on a baking tray and heat under the grill
  • Chop the ends (not the tip!) off the asparagus
  • Wrap a piece of parma ham around each stem
  • Take the baking tray out from under the grill, and carefully roll each piece of parma ham wrapped asparagus around in the coconut oil to coat all sides, then sprinkle with salt
  • Place the baking tray back under the grill and cook for 5 minutes, take the tray out and carefully turn them over and cook for a further 5 minutes on the other side.
  • Put on your plate and eat

The added bonus is that you can eat these with your fingers so it means less to wash up! Yay! Now that’s what I love about these quick and easy recipes! Not sure if that counts as a different form of “clean eating”!!

 

Love Roo xx

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