Snacking healthly

On my way home from work tonight I popped into Whole Foods and picked up a few healthy snacks to keep me going.

Since cleaning up my diet the one thing I have found the hardest is the snacking – I used to love nothing more than devouring a bag of crisps or a bar of chocolate whilst watching tv or whilst at work. Mindless snacking is my worst enemy and I find it especially hard when the office is full of all my favourite indulgent treats such as Malteasers and chocolate cookies.

Now I am not perfect all the time and sometimes I have a cookie or a handful of Malteasers but on the whole I have discovered a range of healthy snacks that I keep to hand which I find help keep me from digging into the calorie laden, artificial treats!

So when in Whole Foods tonight I picked up a box of Ryvita Multi Seed Thins. I love these tasty savoury treats as they are made from natural ingredients and have a great crunch so really help when I want something crisp like. I quite like eating them on their own but they are even better with a dip of some sort – like homemade guacamole or tzatiki. But be warned they are dangerously moreish!

I also picked up a packet of TriColour Quinoa which I am super excited to try! I’ll make sure to do a recipe post once I have tried them!

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I also grabbed a carton of Vita Coco Coconut Water with Peach & Mango. I love this drink and as I was planning on going for a run I grabbed one to rehydrate later.

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I have always drunk a lot of water but even I get bored with it sometimes. I have found coconut water a great alternative especially if I am in need of a pick me up! Gone are the days of turning to energy drinks – coconut water is a natural source of potassium and is a clear, electrolyte rich liquid from inside younger coconuts containing zero fat and zero cholesterol so an excellent source of natural energy.

Finally I love snacking on fresh fruit so I also grabbed a pot of pre-prepared pineapple (tongue twister!) Whenever I am wanting something sweet I turn to fruit; fresh, baked or dried and I tend to find it satisfies my craving.

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That said sometimes you just want a bite of chocolate so I have really gotten into dark chocolate. A couple of squares now and then is great plus as it is a richer flavour you find you don’t need as much!

Happy snacking everyone!

Technology void

So it’s official – my phone has died and gone to techno heaven.

Which means that I will be sans technology for the next couple of days whilst I try to get something sorted.

This does explain my lack of outfit posts as I have always used my phone to capture each day but I will try to find a solution for the time being.

So in the absence of any outfit posts I thought I could do a quick recipe based on a delicious, clean dinner I made last week…

Photo 13-06-2013 19 26 03Let me introduce this delicious Turkey Fajita supper that I created and that was utterly delicious!

Mexican food is one of my favourites and it used to involve nachos, margaritas and plenty of cheese. However this clean version was equally delicious and equally satisfying.

I would firstly like to point out that fajita can still be fajita without the tortilla wraps and you don’t need the sour cream and guacamole to make it into a mean feast.

  • Take a portion of turkey breast (you can use chicken but turkey is lower in fat) and dice into bitesize pieces
  • Slice an assortment of veg (I used red and yellow peppers along with some green beans that needed to be eaten)
  • Dice half an onion – I used red but you could use white
  • In a hot griddle add some coconut oil and once hot add the veg
  • Allow to stir fry for around 10 minutes – you don’t want to overcook them but you want them to soften
  • Then add the turkey pieces along with a pack of fajita seasoning – I used a regular pre made one from supermarket but only used half the packet. Sprinkle generously over the veg and turkey and let the mexican spices do their magic
  • Whilst this is cooking, thinly slice some lettuce and place in the bottom of a large, comforting bowl
  • Once the turkey is cooked through place over the lettuce and add a dollop of greek yoghurt
  • Eat and enjoy!

Now you could use prawns instead of the turkey or even steak but if you are looking for a light and tasty mid-week meal then this a real winner.

I didn’t even miss the wraps and dips – although I would be lying if I said I didn’t miss the cheese!

I hope this helps inspire you to look at old favourites to see how you can make them healthier.

Hope to be back up and running ASAP but in the meantime my Instagram account (sweet4ellie) will still be active!

Neon and denim

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Happy Friday everyone!

I have never been so pleased to see the end of the work week; the summer season is really kicking off for us so things are getting busy. Plus we are all going out for drinks tonight so another reason to be counting down the hours until work finishes!

Today I am wearing a neon patterned skirt that I picked up from Topshop in the sales for about £15. I love this skirt; I was drawn to the colour and pattern, but I must confess I always struggle with what to wear it with. In the past I have gone with a simple white tee tucked in but truth be told I think what it really needs is a casual crop tee as it sits nicely on my waist.

However I do not own said crop tee so I have teamed it with double denim – denim shirt from Primark and a denim jacket also from Topshop.

I think it works but I may spend this weekend hunting for a casual crop so that I can take this fabulous skirt to the next level!

On a side note my phone is broken hence the lack of photos over the last couple of weeks. Also on my errand list for this weekend is to get a new one…

Leopard, stripes and chia seeds

IMG_20130613_073045 IMG_20130613_073128 IMG_20130613_083121I can’t believe I am back in tights in June! The UK never ceases to amaze when it comes to our weather!

But in the spirit of it being Summer I have gone with shorts (plus it is rather muggy so don’t need the layers) from H&M, a striped tee from Zara and my leopard print coat also from H&M.

Thought I would also share what I had for my breakfast this morning as it was packed full with super antioxidants and yummy nutrients!

IMG_20130613_083015I had a bowl full of Rude Health puffed rice (plain and a small helping of their honey variety), banana, raspberries, leftover blueberries, almond milk, goji berries, sliced almonds and coconut. I also included a spoonful of chia seeds.

Chia seeds are the ‘new’ superfood and rightly so. They contain:

  • 5 times the amount of calcium that milk has
  • 3 times the amount of antioxidants that blueberries have
  • 3 times the amount of iron in spinach
  • 2 times the amount of fiber in oatmeal
  • 2 times the amount of protein of any other bean, seed or grain
  • 2 times the amount of potassium in a banana*these facts are all relative to 2 TBSP of chia seeds

They don’t really have a flavour so you can add them to practically anything. I like to sprinkle them over my breakfast; they soak up the almond milk and expand which means they fill you up for longer, mix them into my lunch – you can sprinkle on salads, soups, anything really and add them into my yoghurt pots.

And to top it all off they are gluten free, vegan friendly and are packed full of omega 3 fats, antioxidants and fibre!

I picked up a packet for about £8 for my local health food shop and they last ages – I bought mine about a month ago and I’m about half way through the pack. You can also get them on Amazon here

I would definitely recommend picking up a pack if you can as these litle grains of wonder will only add great things into your life.

Special thanks to Madeleine Shaw whose website is my bible and where I first heard about chia seeds – find her here