Monday, 27 April 2015

Avoid the carbohydrate slump by switching to healthier versions of your favourite foods

Whilst our body may crave stodgy carbs like buttery mash, big bowls of pasta and steaming bowls of rice it's actually not as good for your body as it tastes. Carbohydrates are essential for energy but we often eat more then our daily recommended allowance (300g) which results in us not getting the energy we require. Instead of opting for the easy option why not mix it up with a high fibre wholegrain alternative that you can combine with vegetables. It will help you to stay fuller for longer and will give your body a healthy boost too.

Why should I switch? Pasta may taste amazing but it's very heavy on your system and can cause you to bloat. By making spaghetti from courgettes (yes it is possible) you're creating a lighter version of your favourite meal, which is and full of flavour and less likely to make you bloat. Courgettes are packed with potassium which your body needs to manage blood pressure.
How do I make it? For the recipe use two courgettes per person and use a vegetable peeler or mandoline slicer to make long strips of courgette. Once you have sliced the courgette use a long sharp knife to cut them into thin spaghetti strands. Soften the courgettes in a pan for five minutes with a bit of oil and serve with pesto and lentils.

Why should I switch? Chips are a easy choice when we need a quick pick me up but they're probably one of the unhealthiest varieties of potato available. Roasted sweet potato wedges are full of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that's great for your skin and your immune system. Beta-carotene has enough carbohydrate content to fill you up but a lower glycemic index (GI) then white potatoes so they avoid dramatic spikes in your blood levels which provides your body with a more balanced source of energy.
How do I make it? Cut one medium sized potato into wedges and arrange on a baking tray. Season your wedges with salt, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil and roast in the oven for 30 minutes at 200'C. Best served with grilled chicken or fish.

Why should I switch? White rice contains very little nutritional content and can contain a lot of sodium. Cauliflowers make a great carbohydrate replacement as it has a firm texture and is rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin K. As with all cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, kale and cabbage, cauliflower contain nutrients that helps your body to detox.
How do I make it? Choose a medium sized cauliflower floret, pulse it in a blender or use a grater to get a rice like texture. Sauté half a small onion and two cloves of garlic then add the cauliflower rice and cook for five minutes. Use it with meats like chicken or turkey for a tasty dinner.

Friday, 24 April 2015

ModelCo Creme Rouge Blusher in Just Peach Review

Do you want a product that helps you to create a lovely rosy glow without having to run around the block in the morning? Check out my review of ModelCo Creme Rouge Blusher in Just Peach. What did you think of the product?

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Primark Ps Love...4 Eyeshadow review

During one of my recent beauty hauls I bought a lot of beauty products from the Ps Love range in Primark. The range is available at amazingly low prices and have everything from mascara to nail art pens. Have a look at my latest video review of PS Love... 4 eyeshadow palette.

Have you tried any of Primark's beauty products yet?

Monday, 20 April 2015

Collection Lengthening Mascara Video Review

I don't try Collection mascaras that much but when I got a product in the latest Glamour box I thought I'd put it to the test.

Have you tried this mascara? What did you think?

Friday, 17 April 2015

April Birchbox Unboxing

April's Birchbox is all about celebrating the Royal baby (who's yet to be born) and claims to be a Royally good box. With five beauty samples and a beauty bonus it sounds great, find out what I thought of the contents below.

If you can't wait and just want to know what's inside, here's a spoiler:
I had a Laura Mercier Eye pencil from £17.50 but you might get a Foundation Primer or Mascara
Lola Barcelona Nail Polish in Garcia £7.50 (Birchbox exclusive)
Percy & Reed London Smoothed, Sealed and Sensational Volumising No Oil Oil £14
Liz Earle Beauty Co Cleanse and Polish and Muslin Cloth £14
Beauty bonus- Inner Me Energise Me £10