We had some egg whites to use up and as many of you know, I’m currently not eating gluten, but still wanted a sweet treat and thus - these macaroons were born!
It’s just coconut, egg whites, sugar and cocoa! I added a pinch of cinnamon and some ground hazelnuts as there wasn’t quite enough coconut and they came out perfectly. Top with flaked almonds and a drizzle of dark chocolate and nom away. :D
(The recipe comes from sortedfood.com - they are called ‘chocolate chews’.)
“Don’t hate yourself.”
Something a little different I’ve been wanting to record for a while but never got round to doing… because every time I tried to record this it went wrong/I felt idiotic. If any of you know what the body gossip movement is, this video is reminiscent of that.
In essence, it’s about not hating yourself. I know I trip up and look away from the camera a lot, but who’s perfect, right?
(P.S. if it’s blurry - you can watch it in HD. :) )
“5 minute baked banana oatmeal” made with quinoa flakes in place of oats, topped with quartered fresh strawberries, coconut, cinnamon, crushed walnuts, pumpkin seeds, maple almond butter and a drizzle of agave.
Apple, almond and coconut cake.
It’s - gluten free, soy free, dairy free, corn free and sugar free! Blimey. It’s made using ground almonds, coconut oil, almond milk, vanilla, agave and eggs whipped up to create the volume. Then you pour the mix in to your tin and arrange apple slices, core side down, in a swirl from the outside right to the centre, topping with slivered almonds and shredded coconut. It’s a bit fiddly but very tasty! :)
Cinnamon quinoa flake porridge with egg whites, topped with a warm mixed berry/chia seed sauce, almond butter, a drizzle of agave and more cinnamon.
I’m trying to divvy out my meals as 1 vegan, 1 vegetarian and 1 pescatarian meal a day for the duration of this ‘acne busting’ diet! I’m missing sugar and chickpeas the most. :(
Oven baked lemon, garlic and tarragon haddock with walnut/basil pesto baby courgettes, corn and asparagus with paprika and black pepper.
Banana pancakes (2 small bananas, mashed, 2 eggs, 3 tbsps ground almonds, 1 tsp flaxseed, cinnamon and vanilla) with coconut, agave and crushed walnuts cooked in coconut oil.
I’ve been on a real pancake kick lately - I just haven’t been wanting oatmeal. Weird!
Lunch - 2x cage free scrambled eggs with paprika and nutritional yeast, rocket with balsamic and half an avocado with cracked black pepper.
Mango pancakes with coconut, pumpkin seeds, agave nectar and a mixed berry/chia seed sauce.
My mango was suuuper ripe, it was practically falling apart! So I used 1/2 a mango, mashed, with 1 egg, 2 heaped tbsps of ground almonds and a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg, all cooked in a lil’ coconut oil.
This was lovely! Light, refreshing, healthy and had a real summery feel to it. :)
Omelette (2 whole, 1 white) filled with spinach and tuna, cooked in coconut oil, with paprika and wild rocket with balsamic.
A couple of you lovely people have messaged me about the elimination diet/cutting out foods for acne and have all been very helpful! Hence why I’m eating eggs - y’all have said they’re okay. I’ve ordered a book about the “Whole 30” diet as quite a few of you swear by it to help acne. So thank you for all the help! :D
GF toasted brown ciabatta roll with maple almond butter, ground flaxseed, agave and honeydew melon.
- Quinoa flake porridge with a warm berry/chia seed sauce, almond butter, cinnamon, crushed walnuts and agave.
- Crayfish, avocado, spinach, romaine lettuce and lemon juice. 2x raspberry fruit leather.
- Apple slices with a cacao/agave/almond milk warm dipping sauce and pistachios.
- Buckwheat pasta spirals with homemade (vegan) basil/walnut pesto and broccoli. Honeydew melon slices.
As of today, for a month, I’m on the elimination diet! No, it’s not to lose weight, it’s to find out what an earth is causing my acne. (Seven years on and it’s only getting worse, not better.) It’s essentially a really long food intolerance test.
For a month you cut out dairy, eggs, corn, gluten, yeast, soy, sugar, peanuts, certain vegetables and fruits (tomatoes, bananas, peppers, potatoes, aubergines) and most meats if you eat them. You also can’t have cocoa! D: But luckily cacao is okay. You then slowly reintroduce each food group, one at a time, and wait for a reaction. E.g. if I reintroduce bananas and the next morning I wake up with 25 new spots - there’s a good chance my gut doesn’t like bananas.
So that’s what’s going down for a month! I’ve taken a before photo of my skin, and I’ll take another one on Monday 27th May to compare. I’m not too worried about sticking to it, I’m just worried about how awkward I’ll be when eating out. Steamed veggies and brown rice for the weirdo over here, please!
Crayfish, avocado, salad leaves, black pepper, lemon juice and a Dijon vinaigrette.
I hope Pret A Manger never stop making salads! They’re the best. :3
Cinnamon quinoa flake porridge topped with a warm mixed berry/chia seed sauce, crushed walnuts, almond butter and a drizzle of agave.
The sauce is just a 1/3 cup mixed frozen berries, microwaved until hot and soft, with chia seeds in to thicken. If you do this before you make your oatmeal, the seeds can thicken the sauce whilst you cook your porridge and it becomes like a jam. :)
Breakfast - my last ‘banana pancake scramble’ for a while! Topped with ground flaxseed, cinnamon, pumpkin seeds, crushed walnuts, organic crunchy pb and a drizzle of maple syrup.
I’ll explain why it’s my last one in a video tomorrow. :)