Foodies

Almond Milk by Laura Scanlon

Health

After suffering from a stomach bug I decided to cut out dairy until my system returned to normal. I found myself looking for alternatives to milk and I didn't enjoy the taste of soya milk so I turned to almond milk. I am an avid coffee drinker so the thought of not having my daily cappuccino was terrifying but to my surprise I found many coffee shops stocked almond milk as an alternative. Again to my surprise it tasted yummy (not quite as creamy as dairy) but satisfying. 

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I am well aware that milk is a good source of protein and calcium and that almond milk does not contain these benefits but it does however have no cholesterol or saturated fat. It is also low in sodium and high in healthy fats such as omega fatty acids which help prevent high blood pressure and heart disease. It is also lactose free which is great for digestion.

Skin & Bones

Almond milk contains 50% of the RDA of vitamin E, which contains antioxidant properties essential to your skins health. It also contains riboflavin, which is a form of vitamin B that has been proven to work in conjunction with other nutrients like iron to regulate muscle strength and growth.

Digestion

Almond milk contains 1 gram of fibre per serving which is great for healthy digestion. It is also a great option for people who suffer from cows milk allergies, food intolerances and vegetarians.

Versatile 

If you dislike the taste of cow's milk then almond milk is your calling. Or if you just want to try something new then almond milk has a great light taste and can be used in many different recipes, such as:

-Cereal

-Coffee

-Smoothies

-French toast

-Almond milk creamed spinach

-Almond milk rice pudding

- Baked goodies

- Milkshakes

Start out the day with this healthy Almond Milk smoothie

  • ½ Cup unsweetened almond milk 
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ cup quick oats or ¼ cup oat flour
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1 large banana
  • 1½ cups frozen fruit (i.e. strawberry, blueberry, pineapple, etc)
  • BLEND 

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Enjoy :) Laura x

Healthy Breakfast Idea's by Laura Scanlon

Breakfast can be tricky one, you either love it or hate it. I tend to have a love/hate relationship with it. I often go through phases of not knowing what to have or I just get bored of having the same thing. Having said that, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Not only does it give you the energy needed for the day ahead but it can also lead to how healthy or unhealthy you will eat for the rest of the day. It also improves performance and concentration levels as well as kicking off the metabolism. I love eggs so I try to vary how I cook them. I use coconut oil when cooking an omelette and I usually add some avocado, chicken and cottage cheese. I don't add butter to my scrambled eggs, its a bad habit people have and without the butter it tastes just as good. I sometimes poach mainly just to see if I have actually got the hang of it (usually never happens, sad face) but when I am just not in the mood for eggs I would have one of the alternative options below. Get it right first thing in the morning and your waist line will love you :)

Healthy Breakfast Options:

  1. 3 Egg Omelette - Add some chicken, avocado, cottage cheese (high protein, good fats) 
  2. Plain Greek Yoghurt - Add some low sugar granola (Lizi's), berries, Honey (high grade), chia seeds.  
  3. Nutribullet Smoothie - berries, nuts, greek yoghurt, fruit, spinach, greens..the list is endless, you decide :)
  4. Granola - (Lizi's Low Sugar is the best I have come across) Add greek yoghurt, blueberries. 
  5. Egg Muffins - 3 Eggs - Add any ingredients you like, ie. spinach, peppers, onion (20 mins until cooked in pre heated oven at 180*)
  6. Bullet Proof Coffee (For those who need something quick) 100% arabica coffee, Mct oil, unsalted butter, blend and enjoy (a personal fav) ref: www.bulletproofexec.com 
  7. Porridge - Add top high fibre porridge oats, add plain greek yoghurt for extra creaminess, berries (frozen save money)
  8. Avocado & Strawberry Smoothie - Add honey, plain greek yoghurt

I am not a nutritionist but these are just some of the healthy recipes I add to my daily breakfast meal. Lets focus on the goodness here and make breakfast a love relationship. If you have any healthy recipes that you love please feel free to comment and let me know. Happy healthy eating everyone :)

Laura x