Saturday, 28 November 2015

Chia Puddings, 3 Ways

Chia puddings really are wonderful.
So easy, so tasty, so nutritious. I cannot praise them enough. The simplicity of mixing seeds into creamy milk and being presented with a delicious nutritional powerhouse the morning after really is a force to be reckoned with.

I love the fact that a mere spoonful of something can boost the goodness in a dish by miles.The three used in this recipe are all staples in my kitchen. The beauty of chia puddings are that the tiny black or white chia seeds boast an impressive level of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, making it a perfect start to the day for breakfast or a mid afternoon pick me up to help the energy levels. I find when I've had a chia pudding for breakfast, I'm still content come 11am and happily hungry by lunchtime, rather than the awful tummy rumbling and craving sugar by 10am (we all know those mornings..).

I think food is more than just the taste;
A good dish really has to hit as many senses as possible. Colourful dishes really do make such a difference, the visual hit of bright colours just makes you want to eat them so much more! I loved getting these chia puddings out of the fridge in the morning and seeing the vibrant colours they'd turned into. So beautiful and of course, delicious!


Wednesday, 25 November 2015

One Pot Chunky Curry

Winter to me means...
cosy nights tucked up under a blanket in front of the fire watching Christmas movies with loved ones. One of those loved ones just happens to be a big piping hot bowl of goodness, preferably involving wholesome seasonal vegetables with a generous side of flavour and spice.

I love a good veggie curry;
at the best of times but I'm not a fan of all the washing up. So I decided to pick out some ingredients and whack it all in a pot and see what happens. The result was this nourishing, warming pot of chunky curry, with a gorgeous coconutty, spicy taste. 

The beauty of this dish...
is that you can add as much or as little spice as you like depending on your preference, along with picking and choosing different veggies depending on what you have to hand. Mushrooms would be a great addition to this curry.

One Pot Chunky Curry -

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Classic Breakfast Oats Smoothie

“You know, kid, in times like this my buddy Timon here says, ‘You got to put your behind in your past...’”
“No. No. No. Amateur. Lie down before you hurt yourself. It's ‘You got to put your past behind you.’”
One of my most favourite moments from The Lion King

I thoroughly enjoy smoothies;
I love starting the day with a new combo of ingredients to fill my body with wonderful nutrients. Oats are a fantastic way of digesting slow releasing energy so that you don't find yourself reaching for the sugar packed snacks.

This smoothie combines lots of natural energy,healthy fats and glorious sweetness that stays on your taste buds for hours. Gorgeous!


Friday, 13 November 2015

Foods That Help Relaxation

If someone asked you to choose one thing that you could have more of in your everyday life, what would it be? More money? More free time to do the things you love? More time with family? More time to study?  How long would it take for you to say, ‘more time to relax’?
Could you honestly say that in your busy day/week/month – in between working, studying AAT, family commitments and social events – you schedule enough time purely for yourself to relax? My guess is no. You know that when you’re tired, eating bad foods and feeling overworked, your memory doesn’t perform as well as you want to.
Source: Google. Not my photo
There are the well-known ways to relax such as having a hot bubble bath, curling up in a comfy armchair with a cup of tea and a good book, exercising for a release of endorphins (the feel good hormone) and having a technology free start to the day. There are also certain foods we can eat to help reduce cortisol and catecholamine (the stress hormones) and relax that little bit more. Great news for us students.


Sunday, 8 November 2015

My Blog is One! & A Big Birthday Giveaway

So having just celebrated my 23rd birthday, it's now time to celebrate another! On the 17th November, Nourishing Chloë turned one year old! The time has flown, I've learned so much and I've had such a wonderful first year blogging.

To celebrate the past year, I have decided to hold a big birthday give away!  


Saturday, 7 November 2015

My Favourite Recipe Apps

I love recipe apps, I think they're the perfect way of getting inspiration for meals when you're short of time or on a long train ride.  In this day and age, although I absolutely adore recipe books and have plenty, it's sometimes just purely easier and more practical to open up an app, pick a recipe and get cooking. 

Some apps have some really great features, such as being able to choose recipes based on the meal you want to cook for, or being able to type in a specific ingredient to show recipes you can make with it. I personally find this a great way of using up foods without them going to waste. Some apps even display the cooking method with a tick list and in built timers. It's great! 

Soooo with all of that being said, I thought I'd share a quick list of some of my favourite apps for you guys! These are all wonderful in their own way and each different from the last, so I get something different from each one. I regularly use these to inspire me and to teach me new methods of cooking different cuisines, exploring new ingredients and new ways of cooking certain foods. 

Not all of these apps are strictly vegan, or gluten free, or dairy free; I've just set my preferences and found dishes that I can eat. It's all about exploring!

So check my favourites out, get downloading and enjoy!

Green Kitchen Stories
Filled with tasty and inspiring vegetarian food. Perfect for trying new cuisines and their photos are to die for!

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