Finally, I has bananas :D

It is hard to keep bananas in this house, they are gone before you blink!! I managed to sneak some into my baking cupboard, which is where I store all my good snacks and no one ever looks ha ha ha ha So today I finally was able to make the http://www.deliciouslyella.com Banana Pancakes.

 

As a baking type of person, if you tell me that a pancake recipe has no eggs, milk, flour, sugar, any of the stuff we would normally associate with pancakes I would probably laugh in our face. But these WORK.

Basically, you make a ‘flour’ out of almonds and oats in the food processor, mix in water, bananas, blueberries and a couple of other things, and cook them just like you would with pancakes. The recipe says it makes 4 large pancakes, mine made 5. It doesn’t have how many servings these pancakes feed, but I’m going to go on how I felt after one of them: about 4 people could eat these. I was SO FULL, so so very full after just one.

This is what they looked like:

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And they were REALLY REALLY good. Much like everything else I have made from her blog. Not surprised…. 😀

At the moment I’m following a bit of a food plan, so I wont be making any more of the breakfasts just for now, so I’ll be moving on to the juices and smoothies from the app next 🙂

xx

 

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Blueberry and Banana Muffins

You might have noticed I’ve been loving all of the recipes so far. They are so GOOD!!!!! This time I made the Blueberry, Banana and Raisin Muffins. You might also notice that I leave raisins out of everything that says it has raisins it it. While they do have a place in fruit toast or Christmas cake, they just don’t work for me with berries, they kind of take away from them IMO so yeah….

So this is what I made:

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find the recipe at http://www.deliciouslyella.com

Now mine didn’t look particularly beautiful, and a couple even got burnt. I think that the two cups of blueberries made my mixture too moist and they refused to cook, they took like an hour and a half, so I think in future Ill make smaller ones so that they cook faster. I would maybe suggest to try less blueberries, but I love blueberries so I wont be doing that 😀 I’d prefer a bit crunch on the outside with the stacks of blueberry flavour these had over less berries any day!!

The ‘flour’ that you make from oats and almonds is really good, it said to add ground flax but I couldn’t get any when I wanted to make them, so I used more oats and almonds to make up the quantity. I will definitely use this flour again for muffins, once they were cooked it definitely formed a muffin consistency and the flavour was so good!!!

I keep going to make the banana pancakes that are next on my ‘to make’ list, but someone keeps stealing my ripe ones and eating them before I get the chance!! Hopefully I can get some and hide them, I want my pancakes!!!!!

xx

 

Second recipe, this was an interesting one…. :)

You know how  I have discussed food textures before, and I can’t eat foods that are slime? You know, things like bananas*, zucchini, eggplant, chokos, well they are all the slime foods. Well check this out:

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Deliciously Ella Chia Seed Pudding – http://deliciouslyella.com/

Have you ever had chia seeds in anything? I have them in my bright purple berry smoothies all the time, they remind me of the seeds you would have in say, raspberry jam, but in a little pocket of goo. As we all know, lots of people are hurrah-ing over their goodness, their omegas, and their ability to reduce inflammation by sweeping through the system with their slime, which is activated once they hit liquid. And oh wow, their slime was abundant in this breakfast!!! This was almond milk, a bunch of chia seeds, cinnamon and honey, left overnight in my fridge to absorb all of the super yum deliciousness that is cinnamon, almond and honey, then topped with berries when I woke up.

Now the flavour this pudding had was AWESOME. It was exactly the right balance of all of the flavours. The berries could have done with more thawing, but I was marvin and I wanted to eat it before I ran off to teach Pilates. Also, I think mine hadn’t set as well as it could, I probably could have drunk it like a thick shake, I did leave some of it in the jar and just checked it before sitting down to write this, it has gotten firmer, so maybe make a couple of jars two days out and you would be set for breakfasts for a few days. Now back to the texture….. It was slime with little seeds in it. Great tasting, but since I’m such a textural eater it might have been a bit too much goo on one big hit. It needed some crunch. So I think next time I have it, I will pair half of it with her Banana and Almond Granola Clusters (doesn’t that just sound so so yum!!!) which I will be making on Friday 🙂

So there you have it 😀 I ate chia seed pudding ha ha ha ha ha

xx

*disclaimer – yes I do sometimes eat banana, but it needs to be very thin slivers of only just ripe bananas, no slime 😀

P.S., Notice how many times I use the word slime. I am not messing around 😀

Birthday week has begun…

No, not my birthday week, my little boys 🙂 He will be four soon and this week my whole family will arrive to have his party on the weekend. When people are here food gets tricky for me, I see it as a big part of the celebration, as one of the most important elements. When people are visiting I like to eat whatever I want and not feel bad about it. So, birthday week has begun. Today I ate chocolate cake…….

My juicing in the past week has gone ok, a couple of little slip ups, but nothing huge and crazy. I’ve still had juice each day, and managed to lose 3 kilos, go me!! So the plan is, have little bits of celebrating, make some big pots of vegetable soup, and have snacks ready to go that are veggies or fruits. And that is my plan.

I’ve also been going through one of my favourite cookbooks in the past couple of days. It’s this:

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I never know what to eat when I get to winter, so I pretty much make the same three things, all winter. Thats probably not so great!! I’m thinking after juicing (cause this wont last forever) of really embracing my outlook of ‘as close to nature as possible’. I don’t always do this, I fall into bad habits of buying processed, silly foods when really it’s so simple to get the most nutrients out of whole, local and seasonal foods. So I am about to teach myself a whole new way of cooking that I haven’t really gone into before: using whats available and in season. I love when I juice fast, things that I wouldn’t normally want to eat become so attractive looking and my taste buds yell out for them, like the big plate of garlic mushrooms I saw the other day. Oh, I wanted them so much!!!

So when people look at me like I have two heads when I say I’m on a juice fast, there are more benefits for me than just weight loss or being special and annoying ha ha ha ha. It really does hit a ‘reset’ button, and clears my mind to take on a whole new way of thinking.

Also, I don’t know you you guys are fans of Jess Ainscough (you have seen me post about her and her book before, I really like her) but she has posted in her blog lately about Jon Gabriel and the Gabriel Code. I got this program a little while back when I was finding it hard to control my stress and anxiety, especially when I was eating badly to find energy while studying, and it wasn’t doing me any good at all. Jon Gabriels’ program introduced me to a different level of calm that I hadn’t really gotten before, I find it funny that when I see his interviews on Food Matters or blogs I instantly relax, it’s so weird, his voice just has this hypnotising thing going on 😀 But yeah, I recommend having a look into what he does. I’m really not sure if the program ‘melts away the kilos’ or not but wow, on the visualisation and meditating side of things, it definitely does help.

http://www.thegabrielmethod.com/

On that note, I have a big day of party prep, cooking and uni lectures ahead of me tomorrow, I’m off to have a listen of my night time visualisation, and have a great sleep 🙂

xx

Day eight reboot / Day 3 juicing: Still going strong

Well yay its working 😀 The results were almost immediate. And that is such a good thing!! I’m such an instant gratification person, and work better when I get immediate results 😀 Its day 8, and I’m on the third day of juicing only. I feel awesome, not a bit tired, not a bit hungry, and I’ve managed to lose 1.4 kilos (3.1 pounds). So that is entirely cool 🙂

The first time I did a juice fast I felt revolting for a good week, I also didn’t gradually build up (down?) to just juicing either, I went cold turkey from lots of junk straight into the juice. But this time I feel great already, so either it’s because I was clearing out junk I’d accumulated over a LOOOOONG time and this time it’s only been a little while, or the stepping into it slowly has been the difference. Either way, yay!!!

The only negative I can feel (and it may or may not actually be related) is that my skin has gotten a bit dry. But that could also be because of the drop in temperature and me having hotter showers, so I decided to add a small handful of nuts, and also some chia seeds into my plan just to keep the omegas and good oils in the system. Can’t hurt 🙂 Also satisfies the need to chew something (‘chewing’ liquid makes me feel a bit stupid* ;)).

So yay for the juice fasting, not sure how long I will go on for, if i can keep going like this, a while is my guess 😀

See ya xx

*chewing helps to release digestive enzymes, so because I am not actually chewing what I’m ‘eating’, I ‘chew’ the juice to help these get going…..

Day six reboot/day one juice only = success :D

Yup you read it right, success 😀 Yay I didn’t even cave in to garlic bread ha ha ha ha ha

Pretty happy with todays outcome really, I’ve had 4 out of 5 juices so far, with one saved for when I start studying in a minute, had my coconut water, my peppermint tea, although I disguised that as coffee, it didn’t work…..

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And thats it 🙂 Had a yum juice this afternoon, pineapple, lime, lemon, ginger and celery, that was good 🙂 Had one carrot, ginger and apple juice and two of the green lemonade juices that I tried the other day, so far so good!

What I found really interesting was that I am not ‘hungry’. Not food hungry anyway. It’s a totally different feeling…

I watched a documentary the other night called Superjuice Me. Its like Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead in that it promotes juice as a way to get loads of nutrients into the body, but a bit different in that it takes 8 individuals with LOADS of diseases between them, and sees what difference a 28 day juice cleanse makes to their lives. And its AMAZING. I totally recommend giving it a watch, the link is here:

http://www.superjuiceme.com/28-day-juice-plan/

What really made sense from the documentary was this: Remember every time you have ever gone for like, Chinese food or something, and you stuff yourself stupid, then you get home and you are all kinds of hungry and could eat that whole entire thing over? Well if you think of your body as a whole bunch of cells needing nutrients to keep everything going and running properly, and then when they have enough power from food to run smoothly they switch off your hungry signals, well, your Chinese dinner doesnt do this. Instead, you eat all the food, you don’t take in any nutrients, and your cells say “well that was all very well and nice, but I’m still hungry for nutrients so give me more food!! I will make you eat until I have my nutrients!!!!” And so you are hungry again, despite your digestive system trying to work its way through the four plates from the buffet you just scarfed down.

So today I have had four juices. And I’m not hungry AT ALL. I have an ’empty’ feeling, but its not a real hunger that I would normally get, telling me to eat crackers and coffees and bread and salty food, its just not there today. I made dinner for my little boy, which looked and smelt really good, but I didn’t have the urge to eat anything myself, I just didn’t get the ‘it’s dinner time’ signals I usually get. I think my cells have said “good work, we are full now, you did good” 😀

And that is a happy thing 🙂 Yay for day one juicing working out 🙂

xx

Day five reboot: Its time to get serious :D

So it’s my last official ‘food day’ today, tomorrow the juicing begins. And it couldn’t be worse weather for it ha ha ha ha 11 degrees and currently raining, nothing says hot soup and toast more than a night like this.

But it will be ok. The fridge and fruit bowls are overflowing, the couple of ‘off the menu’ foods I have eaten this week were enough to remind me how rubbish I’ve been feeling and how much I need to do this right now.

I also know that this page and my fb don’t need to be inundated with a billion photos of jars of juice every day ha ha ha ha So I won’t be posting each day, there really won’t be much to say, but I promise I will post an update at least one a week 🙂

So, I better get back to my study, biochemistry does not study itself and magically appear in my brain on exam day, unfortunately 🙂

See you tomorrow xx

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*this right here is about to be my most best friend and important thing in my whole kitchen 😀 again 😀