Top 8 Foods That Contain The Most Water

Water is very beneficial to the body and some foods contain high water levels such as:

Iceberg lettuce

Courgettes

Orange

Potato

Pear

Tomato

Cucumber

Watermelon slice

If your not a major fan of water try adding some of these foods to your diet, I personally love drinking water especially when it’s cold because it’s just so refreshing. I read once that drinking cold water is good for burning calories because the body has to work extra hard to reduce the temperature, but then I also read that it’s best to drink water at room/body temperature between 23-37°c because the body doesn’t have to use excess energy to reduce the temperature instead of digesting it properly (I think).

To be honest I have no idea if one is better than the other :/ but it definitely is good to drink, especially when the weather is warm your body needs to be hydrated. I’m currently out in Spain and the weather is so warm nothing compared to back home in the UK!!!

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Tips to help you trust in the Universe

Sometimes you’ve just got to trust in the Universe when life gets difficult, surrender yourself and simply learn to trust that things will be okay.

At first it may seem a bit hard to understand how, but in those moments when you need help or guidance the most just stay patient because the Universe is on your side.

– Realise the Universe is in you, try not to think about a distant external source because our strongest, most powerful connection is within us.

– Leave what is stopping you from moving up, let go of thinking that the Universe will automatically ‘fix’ situations for you and stop doubting yourself because anything is possible when you stop limiting your true potential.

– The Universe will ‘serve’ you but not always satisfy you, imagine you were just given a place at university/college it would be great but you would not get that true satisfaction as opposed to working hard and earning your place which would be much more rewarding.

– Sometimes it’s a gift not getting what you want, you may have to take an entirely different route or approach to what you had imagined but it’s usually the journey that has made you a stronger person.

– It’s all about the power of LOVE, basically the best way to trust in the Universe is to trust yourself.

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Thank You Dinner

I had never actually been to a fine dining restaurant and whenever I do eat out I rarely take pictures of the food so it was a lovely change to be invited by my university for a thank you meal for helping out at the skills show. I was very surprised by how professional the environment was and never expected to have 3 different courses with all the cutlery and wine glasses, it was so cool and we were even treated to champagne on arrival.

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Oh my goodness! I know how rare this may look to some people but it was cooked properly and tasted so delicious and full of flavour especially with the jus.

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I used to think that small meals would never fill me up but after eating the 3 courses I was so stuffed. I was also very grateful to be apart of the event because I really did enjoy myself and it was great to be appreciated by others. There were lots of ingredients on each dish which all complemented each other so well.

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Why do we get sad and emotional??

It’s crazy sometimes when your in a certain situation and things change, not necessarily for the worst but it’s just the change that really has an affect on your life. Why do we attach ourselves to people or memories that we know one day will change? And why is it always so hard to accept that change? I always feel like change (of any kind) is literally the worst thing in the world, especially in that moment when you know it will never be the same. Your mind goes on a whirl wind thinking back to all the great times that are now truly in the past and happiness seems so far away 😥

To be accepted by someone simply for who you are is one of the greatest things in the world that I will forever cherish and will always stay with me as a positive memory that it’s okay to be me 🙂

I do know that change is good because it shows progression and growth and your ability to challenge your mind and body in new surroundings!

Change is good and it will always be difficult you’ve just got to learn to deal with it (regardless of what is changing) and know that the future holds many more great experiences for you to endure!

                  Thanks A x

Food for a Feast

Happy Easter Everyone 🙂 hope you all have a great day and eat LOADS of chocolate!

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It wasn’t really a feast just a typical Sunday dinner, most Sundays we eat a large(ish) meal together around the table as a family. I haven’t got any recipes or methods for these foods because there are too many but I’ve put the pictures in order of how I cooked them. I know some people find it daunting cooking for family members as someone always complains about something but as long as the majority turns out okay I’m happy!

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I did gravy too but it didn’t look too appealing on camera and as you can tell I’m still working on my food photography skills and angles. This is all quite a random combination of foods but it tasted delicious and everyone’s belly’s were full which is was good.

 

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Take a Break from…

TV: at least aim to have 2 or 3 television free days per week, instead try reading, writing, yoga or meditation.

Food: try fasting for more than 6 hours without eating any food, this means a break from the physical and a closer bond with the spiritual.

Social media: once a week at least, just focus on yourself and have real conversations with real people.

Always remember to make time and do the things you truly enjoy 🙂

Chicken with Creamed Leeks and New Potatoes

This was one of my favourite recipes to make and eat, so basic but very tasty minus the creamy leeks :-\ I’m not a big fan of cream but I know it is very appealing to some people.

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Ingredients
50g Pine nuts
100g Breadcrumbs
5g Fresh oregano
2x Chicken breast (butterflied)
2 tbsp Olive oil for flavour
1 Egg
50g Flour
Vegetable oil for frying
250g New potatoes
1/2 Leek (finely sliced)
25g Butter
100ml Double cream
40g Broad beans
5g Fresh tarragon
Salt/pepper optional

Method
1. Wash the potatoes and leeks thoroughly and preheat the oven to gas mark 5.

2. For the crust of the chicken, put the pine nuts into a food processor with the breadcrumbs and oregano. Set aside ready for coating the chicken.

3. Slice the leek into medium sized chunks, then wash the potatoes and place on a oven tray lightly covered with vegetable oil, salt and pepper. Place in the oven for 40- 50 minutes until slightly golden and soft. (Check the potatoes are cooked using a cocktail stick the potatoes should fall off without any force)

4. To butterfly the chicken, place your hand on top of the breast and gently slice down just above the fillet until it opens out like a ‘butterfly’.

5. Put the flour, egg and breadcrumb mix into separate bowls. Take the chicken and evenly cover in each bowl until covered in crumbs, pan fry on both sides for 4 minutes then put in the oven to fully cook for 15 minutes.

6. Whilst the potatoes and chicken are in the oven fry the leeks in the butter until soft, add the double cream, broad beans and tarragon mixing well.

7. Once everything is cooked plate up and enjoy whilst hot.

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*don’t forget you can add salt or any seasonings to the chicken if you want more flavour*

Chocolate Swirl Shortbread

WOW June is already upon us, officially half way through the year. These shortbread biscuits honestly look so hypnotizing with the swirls and take a perfect picture. I love shortbread because it is so simple and tasty but I wanted to try and make it a little bit more interesting so I added some cocoa powder for a chocolate taste.

 

Plain Shortbread:
150g plain flour
½ tsp salt
50g caster sugar
125g butter at room temperature

Chocolate Shortbread:
125g plain flour
25g cocoa powder
50g caster sugar
125g butter at room temperature

Method
Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 and line two baking trays with parchment paper.

Plain shortbread: mix together the salt, flour and sugar in a bowl, then rub in the butter until it forms a dough. Wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for 15 minutes.

Chocolate shortbread: mix  the flour, cocoa powder and sugar in the same bowl, rub in the butter until it forms a dough. Wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for 15 minutes.

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Roll out both dough balls into rectangular shapes of roughly the same size and place on top of each other, put back onto the clingfilm using it as a guide to firmly roll the dough’s together to form something that looks like a Swiss roll 🙂 place back in the fridge for a further 20 minutes.

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The dough should now be very firm and ready to cut, slice each about 1 cm thick and place on the baking tray evenly spaced.


You can now bake them for 20-25 minutes in the oven.

Broccoli Burgers with Rice and Salad

I was even happier with my final super tasty vegetarian main meal! There were only a few adjustments I had to make based on the portion size but other than that it’s similar to the original. These would actually taste pretty good in a burger bun or if make into sausages so they are quite versatile to suit anyone. There has been a limited amount of oils, fats and salt therefore it is very nutritious and also delicious.


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INGREDIENTS QUANTITY
Wholegrain rice 125g
Wild rice 25g
Vegetable oil 4 tbsp
Thyme 2 sprigs
Broccoli 1/300g
Chickpeas 150g
Onion (diced) ½
Egg 1
Breadcrumbs 50g
Dijon mustard 1 tsp
Tomato passata 150g
Vegetable stock 100g
Cucumber 1/3 60g
Watercress 30g
Radishes 8
Plum tomatoes 6

Method

  • Wash off all of the vegetables and set aside. Make 100ml veg stock in a container and set aside.
  • Cut the broccoli into florets and place on a tray in the oven for 15 minutes, until softened.
  • Whilst the broccoli is in the oven finely dice the onion and prepare the salad; get a chopping board and chop the radish and cucumber into quarters and toss together with the plum tomatoes and watercress in a small bowl, set aside in the fridge.
  • Once the broccoli is done place into a blender with the chickpeas, onion, egg, breadcrumbs and Dijon mustard (season now) blend until well combined then put in a bowl.

 

  • Make the broccoli mixture into 6 burger shapes and place on a tray (brush with oil) and put in the oven for 40 minutes, until golden and crispy. Turn over after 20 mins.
  • Next put the rice into a wide pan adding the water, oil and thyme (season now). Bring to the boil then turn down to a gentle heat stirring occasionally.
  • Once the rice and veggie burgers are almost cooked use a small pan to heat the tomato passata and vegetable stock to reduce the consistency, do not boil.

 

  • Toss the salad again with a little oil.
  • Put the rice onto 2 plates with 3 burgers and drizzle with the tomato sauce.
  • Evenly distribute the salad between both plates and serve 🙂

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Hope you all enjoy this recipe, it is perfect for dinners, lunches or BBQ parties.