It’s My Birthday! – Sweet Cinnamon Porridge

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I know it’s Monday and I’ve already posted a review but hey! It’s my birthday!! Today we are off to Manchester shopping for my holidays and to spend some birthday money and of course, treat myself as it is my birthday!

So, this year has probably been the most challenging and unexpected year of my whole life! Last summer I turned 18, I was happy, going out every weekend, being a normal teenager etc. going on a spa weekend with my best friend and Manchester for the weekend, indoor skydiving, shopping, drinking, dining and then off to Italy for our family holiday and experiencing the best food I’ve ever had in my whole life! I was busy and I was happy! Yes, I wasn’t well, and still didn’t have a great relationship with food, but I was making improvements everyday and was just enjoying the summer holidays! I then went off to college in September to study art foundation and decide what I then wanted to study at Uni, but unfortunately had to drop out late October due to being ill with depression and anxiety! I say unfortunately…I wouldn’t be where I am now if I stayed in college, I wouldn’t have written a recipe book, I wouldn’t have met the people that inspire me most at Good Roots London and I probably would still be struggling and still suffering with orthorexia! I still have problems with low mood and suffer with anxiety some days, and other days I’m the happiest I’ve been in years, but I’m a hell of a lot better than I was last October! I stopped going to the gym, seeing my friends, I slept for a large proportion of the day, I stopped going to the gym and I spent my time crying! But I got through it and I’m now the strongest and most knowledgable I’ve been in years! My blog and my first book are really what kept me going through them tough months and made me realise what I really want to do with my life! Create and share, delicious and healthy recipes with you guys! I want to write books and reach as many people as I can! Food has helped me so much mentally and physically and everyday I’m getting better and better and learning more and more! Now I’m back at the gym, I’m back seeing my friends, I’m always busy and I’m gaining more confidence every day! Yeah some days I feel like I’ve taken three steps backwards but so does everyone and I now realise, I’ve got to be patient. I can’t expect to be better tomorrow but I also know that I’m not going to feel like this forever and one day i’ll be doing what I love 24/7, feeling like a superhero, have killer confidence and be stronger than ever! It just takes time! But I’m so grateful that I now dream about the future and know who and what I want to be! I want to help others in the same boat and spread a positive message about health and wellbeing, both mental and physical health and wellbeing, as they are both just as important as each other!

I promise that i’ll fill you in in detail another time, when I’m well and strong! I mean I’m well and strong now but I mean, fully well and strong and feeling like a superhero!

But for now I’m going to enjoy my birthday and focus on the present and you are going to focus on this super simple and delicious recipe and take lots of photos for me to see on instagram!

Enjoy guys xx

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Ingredients – serves one

1/2 cup of buckwheat flakes

1 cup almond milk

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp raw vanilla powder

1 tbsp unpasturised butter

1 tbsp pure maple syrup

2 heaped tsp of full fat yoghurt

6-8 strawberries, sliced

2 heaped tsp of almond butter

8 almonds, chopped

a large pinch of sunflower seeds

2 pinches of milled flaxseeds

1 tsp maple syrup

Method

Place the flakes, milk, butter, cinnamon and vanilla into a pan over a low heat until thickened, stir through 1 tbsp of maple syrup and pour into a bowl.

Dollop on the yoghurt and almond butter.

Scatter over the strawberries, nuts and seeds.

Sprinkle with flax and drizzle with 1 tsp maple syrup to finish!

Enjoy,

Leitchy xx

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