Healthy eating and simply adopting a healthier lifestyle has never been a strong point of mine. I’ve always been determined to try and be that bit healthier but it all ends up a disaster in the end. After trying and giving up after so long, I thought it was about time that I seriously did this whole healthy lifestyle thing. Rather than going for the extreme, I have been taking small steps in trying to reduce my sugar intake and trying out healthier recipes. Although in order to make myself that more determined to succeed, I need a little inspiration. So I thought I would share my favourite people, blogs, books etc. that give me a little inspo!
If I can get the glow like Madeleine then I will be very happy indeed! Madeleine is a great source of inspiration as she has so many platforms sharing great advice, recipes and also yoga poses. Her blog and her books are the best sources as they offer so much great inspiration for cooking. Her website is super sleek and easy to navigate with great posts of advice and is always updated with some great recipes that I am always desperate to give a go (particularly the sweet treats!). For even more online access, she has a great YouTube channel all about healthy living as well as her Instagram and Snapchat accounts which always provide a good chunk of inspo! Lastly, I have to mention her books. She has two cookbooks out at the minute, I currently own the second Ready, Steady Glow which is really good and packed with some delicious looking recipes. I have only tried out a couple from the book but I am desperate to give more ago especially her Oat Vegan pancakes, yum!
I am sure many of you will be aware of Ella from Deliciously Ella as her books are ever so popular and she is a blogger favourite! Again she has a couple of books out and I have her Ella, Every Day book which I have been loving. The quinoa and turmeric curry (pictured above) is incredible and I am so excited to work through the book, with one of her risotto recipes next on the list! Again like Madeleine, she is available on so many platforms. Her website is great and filled with some amazing recipes, I particularly love her energy ball recipes. It is definitely worth checking out before picking up the books! She also has a skincare collab right now with Neals Yard which looks awesome as well as having her own energy balls available in Whole Foods. Definitely one to be inspired by!
The Green Life
After scouring the web/instagram for healthy recipes, I came across this blog which is packed with a wonderful selection of mostly vegan recipes. The photography is so beautiful and there is a great selection of really simple yet different recipes. Basically everything she features looks incredible particularly her ice lollies! I have made quite a few of her recipes and they have been ones I have stuck to for ages, particularly her drink recipes like this strawberry shake which is delicious!
Also other instagram accounts to check out for swoon-worthy food inspo: @izyhossack, @vegfoodvideos, @simplyquinoa and @rachlmansfield
Where do you find lifestyle inspiration?
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I’ve been on a bit of a food mission lately by trying to cut down on my sugar addiction and just learn to eat more healthily. I’ve became glued to blogs and books in order to find the best ways to eat without consuming too many nasties! Snacking is one of my main problem areas when it comes to food as I just love to snack so I’ve been loving trying to find new healthier alternatives to snack on during the day. A lot of the recipes that I’ve used have many common ingredients and I’ve really learnt about the importance of particular ingredients and how much they can do for me. Therefore, I thought I would share my top 5 ingredients that I just need to have in my kitchen!
Plant Based Milk
I always try to avoid consuming too much dairy as it can be bad for my skin. I tend to stick to a little yoghurt in the morning but try to steer away from too much milk! Instead, I’ve been opting for a plant-based milk, in my case Almond Milk. Opting for a plant based milk also supplies you with a whole lot of goodness for your body too so you won’t be lacking in calcium! I also opt for an unsweetened milk so I am not consuming anything with added sugar.
Nuts are such a great cupboard staple, they are super versatile and can be used for snacking, main meals or dessert options. There are many different types of nuts with so many different nutritional values. I like to keep a mix and particularly favour almonds and cashews.
Cutting down on sugar can be a difficult step for a sweet tooth! However there is healthier sweetener options! Maple Syrup and Honey are both great options to add a little sweetness to a dish. There is a little stigma around the likes of Maple Syrup and how healthy it is however like honey it does have its nutritional values and is packed with antioxidants. Obviously though it is all about eating in moderation however I never feel like I need to add loads anyway!
I have never been the biggest fan of dried fruits so dates were never of interest however they make a great addition to so many sweet treat recipes. Medjool dates can be pretty pricey but they do last really long so I do like to buy in bulk, Amazon is always a charm! Again they are super nutritious and the Medjool kind are super gooey so add a beautiful creaminess and sweet taste to many recipes. I particularly rely on these for making a batch of energy balls!
Last but not least, Cacao is what every sweet treat lover needs. Cacao powder is essentially raw cocoa. It contains the great cocoa taste (although much stronger so you need a good bit less than normal cocoa powder!) yet isn’t as processed as cocoa is. Again it is super nutritious with antioxidants and is a great energy booster. It works perfectly in many snacks and baked treats to get that chocolate-y taste yet in a healthy way! Again it is pricey although I like to buy it in bulk and you only use a little as I said the taste is pretty strong!
What healthy ingredients do you rely on?
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