July Favourites

It’s the end of the month! I can’t believe how fast July has gone and I can’t believe I’m 19 in a week and go on holiday in 2! Crazy! Anyway, here’s my favourites of the month guys! Hope you find it interesting and take something from it! It’s a long read so you might need a yummy snack and a cuppa!

Hope you enjoy reading it,

Leitchy xx

Ingredient

Avocados! Avocados are my new all time favourite fruit/vegetable, I know they’re a fruit but I think of them more as a vegetable, if you know what I mean.. Anyway, as you are probably aware if you’ve read my avocado boat blog post, I probably hadn’t touched an avocado until about 6/7 months ago! Why? I was scared of fats and still wasn’t educated properly in proper nutrition and wellbeing. All I was focusing on was calorie in and calorie out – read more and green mush really didn’t appeal to me! Anyway, things changed, my mindset has changed, I have a whole lot more knowledge on wellbeing and nutrition and now avocados are my new go to snack! I love to fill them with a variety of ingredients, both savoury and sweet, and just eat them with a spoon! I also love them in salads, especially Green Kitchen Stories Moroccan quinoa salad and I love them in acai bowls/smoothies/mousse and on top of porridge! The list goes on! They take on whatever flavour you decide to pair them with, they are really low in sugar (0.7g per 100g!) and high in healthy fats, have more potassium than bananas, loaded with fibre and super creamy and delicious and most importantly, satisfying!

Some of my recipes that include delicious avocados –

Chocolate and avocado porridge

Strawberry and avocado toast

 

Creamy courgetti

Avocado boats

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Recipe

Fragipan porridge or prawn pasta! Let’s start with frangipani porridge! Again if you have read up on last weeks post – Victoria sponge porridge you will know that I’m working my way through desserts, cakes and sweet treats my family and I love and trying to recreate them porridge style! You guys know how much I love porridge, well breakfast in general, and recently I’ve been only having breakfast for breakfast.. like normal people I know.. but I could happily eat breakfast for lunch and tea too! Anyway I’m trying to cut back on the sugary things and go along with the food combining guidelines and so far so good! Anyway, I’m back on the porridge bandwagon and so far I’ve created a victoria sponge like porridge and my favourite so far, apricot frangipane! It actually tastes like frangipane, not just similar! It actually tastes like the real thing! So almondy, sweet and just delicious! I’ve used quinoa flakes as they are easier to digest and are more creamy, smooth and nutty than oats. It’s just perfect and you guys need to try it when the recipe goes up tomorrow morning! My second favourite recipe is a pasta dish! Last year I went to Puglia, in Italy with my family for two weeks and I experienced some incredible meals! We didn’t have a bad meal, every night was incredible and it was the best food I’d ever had in my whole life! Just so fresh, flavoursome and incredibly delicious! That goes for breakfast, lunch and dinner! So whilst I was there I had a prawn and fennel linguine with sea bass I think.. anyway, I wanted to try and recreate the fennel and prawn flavourings, but with courgette for better food combining and tomatoes to create a sauce! Well it worked!! I mean, REALLY worked! I made a tomato, heavy on the prawns and fennel pasta sauce (with courgette) and topped with lots of parmesan and it was honestly restaurant standard.. big headed I know, but I was so proud of myself and I received so much praise and all round good feedback off of my family! It will definitely become a regular dish in my house and one for the blog too! So keep an eye out!!

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Food 

Porridge! As I just mentioned, I’m back on the porridge bandwagon, which you probably already knew if you follow me on Instagram! When I was recipe testing my breakfast book, I was eating breakfast for lunch and tea too and snacks in-between, so I ended up consuming a whole lot of sugar! Yeah they were unrefined and natural sugars but too much sugar of any kind isn’t good and it made my body very acidic and therefore added to my long list of digestive issues! So I had to cut back a whole lot to get my body functioning properly and then slowly introduce them back in! So now I only eat breakfast for breakfast, as a normal person does, and now my stomach is functioning better than it has in a long long time! Along with food combining, learning about gut health etc. I’ve managed to go from taking 25 tablets a day to 2.. big step I know! The more I learn, the better it gets! So yeah, now I can enjoy good old porridge again! Now I use quinoa flakes and buckwheat flakes as they are easier to digest, grain and gluten free and don’t cause me any trouble whatsoever! They also add an extra nuttiness to the porridge which I love and they cook a lot quicker too! You can find them online at amazon, on Ocado and Planet organic etc.

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Drink

Almond milk! Other than herbal tea and water, I don’t really drink anything else but recently I’ve been enjoying a hot almond milk with a variety of spices in and maca before bed! My favourite combination is cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, maple and maca! Maca is a ‘superfood’ that works the needs of every individual! It balances out mood swings and has been proven to help ease anxiety and depression. It balances out hormones and relieves menstrual and menopause issues. It’s high in vitamins, minerals and nutrients and a great source of energy! It also helps restoring red blood cells and speeds up the healing process! So it’s great for after a workout too! But I’ve been enjoying it just before bed as a nightime drink to relax. It’s tasty, comforting, soothing and mood balancing!

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Stationary

My Watermelon notepad and sticky notes – theartfile.com. The notepad is baby blue and covered in watermelons and lemons and the sticky notes are in the shape of a watermelon and each sheet is a mini watermelon! So summery, cute and fitting with what I love to do! Plus who doesn’t like watermelons?! Inside the notebook I’ve written all my new recipes that have practiced food combining and other holistic approaches I’ve learnt about nutrition etc.

Nut butter

Hazelnut butter by Meridian! It’s basically Nutella, minus the chocolate and with added nutty goodness! I love dolloping it in, and on, cacao porridge to create that whole nutella vibe! It’s also delicious dolloped inside avocado and in smoothies! It works perfectly with raspberries, delicious with yogurt and even better just eaten straight from the jar with not a care in the world! I love it! Go buy it!

Try this –

Chocolate avocado porridge

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Fitness

Evening walks! As I mentioned last month I love a good old evening stroll! After dinner, feeling bit full, the summer sun and light evenings are on your side and you can just drive out to the countryside, go for a 30 minute to an hour stroll and just enjoy the weather, have a good old natter and get some fresh air! It clears your head before bed! (poet, I know) and it’s good for you! And super easy and not strenuous!

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Fashion

My super cool dress from topshop! It’s red, grey and white, super summery and suitable for both day and casual summer evenings! You just chuck it on with a pair of white trainers and you’re done! No jewellery needed, its super easy, super comfy and I love it!

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Restaurant

Me and my Dad were left for the weekend, so decided to treat ourselves and go out for a super delicious meal! We always go out for sushi and sushi gives me a whole lot of bloating and pain which I now know why, its because grains effect me! Anyway, we wanted to try something new and something that wouldn’t affect my IBS too much! I did a little bit of researching and came across a restaurant called VeroGusto! I’d walked past it multiple times going into town but never thought of actually going in, which I now really regret as it was incredible and the best Italian food I’ve ever had Up North!! The service was outstanding and the food was even better! Everyone was so friendly, all Italian and all authentic! We didn’t feel rushed, we felt like guests and the food was so fresh and flavoursome! It wasn’t too much and it wasn’t too less, portion size was just right and it was reasonably priced too! Definitely our new favourite restaurant and we’ll definitely be dining there in the future! Super classy and delicious! I had a scallop, prawn and monkfish bisque to start and seabass with the most incredible red onion and tomato sauce for main, with buttered vegetables and my Dad had lasagne and then we shared a cheese board for dessert and you guys know how much I love cheese! Especially parmesan and there was a good old big chunk on there! Super impressed and definitely one to try if you like bit of classy Italian food!

Song 

I’ve been in my room a lot more now I have my own workspace, so I’ve been using my speaker and iPod a lot more too! I’ve been listening to mostly old music and I’ve especially been loving a little bit of Arctic Monkeys and Haim as I know all the words to every song off by heart, it’s not too serious and not too in your face and it’s just easy listening and nice when you can have bit of a sing song whilst you work!

YouTuber

The Michalaks! To be honest, these guys have always been my favourite! So easy and enjoyable to watch! So relatable and normal! They have the cutest son and have super cool camera shots with incredible music! So calming and relaxing and just all round nice and talented people! I love to watch them when I’m stressed or anxious as they take my mind of everything! Couldn’t recommend them more! I also recommend Hannah’s new channel, she does ‘raw’ blogs and makeup videos which are also super enjoyable to watch as she’s so down to earth!

Discovery 

Food combining and eating smaller but often, and lots of healthy fats! As you guys know from either this post or ones before, I’ve changed the way I’m eating, not lots! Just a little bit as I was already eating healthy and nutritiously. Now I’m practicing food combining in my recipes, eating a sensible sized portion, rather then enough for two people, which also means I can snack in-between meals and I don’t suffer from bloating and cramps hardly ever! I’m also eating lots of healthy fats as I was doing already but now I’m only eating unpasteurised butter and cheese as its raw and again easier to digest and better for you as it hasn’t been processed! All of these things combined have cut my medication right down and cut down my cramping and bloating, I’ve got more energy and my gut is finally healing! Before I never knew when I was hungry and now my stomach actually rumbles and I got those hungry feelings again which is amazing! My appetite is coming back and I’m a lot more knowledgable and happier! So yeah! Lets hope it keeps working as I’m sure it will!

Cookbook

This month I’ve been coming up with lots and lots of new recipes, practicing what I’ve learnt so far and so far so good! I’ve hardly reached for any cookbooks and I’m being a lot more experimental! I’ve ditched the scales, I’m doing everything mostly by eye and I’m loving it! It’s a lot more free and exciting and I’m getting a lot of good feedback from it too! It’s helping me so much physically and mentally too!

Photo

I was cooking up breakfast the other day and my Dad was taking photos of me for an exciting project I’ve got coming up (fingers crossed) it looks like its going to happen though! You’ll know if it does! Anyway these are some of my favourites –

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Instagram

Ines arroyo! Super fashionable, flies all over the world and wears some gorgeous clothes! Great for style inspiration all year round! Also, gorgeous photography and surroundings!

Snack

Salted coconut chips from any brand and lemon and ginger cookies from Rhythm 108! Lets start with good old coconut chips! Salty, biscuit like goodness! A low sugar, totally delicious and addictive, healthy snack! I like to grab a bag of these when my head is feeling bit funny due to my low blood pressure! (that’s lowered a lot now I’m snacking and eating smaller but more regular) They are also great when you are craving something salty on a hot day or if you just want a crisp like snack to munch on as you can place the bag on your desk and snack away as and when you please! They are just so buttery and strangely taste like biscuits (I’m not complaining!) They remind me of Nice biscuits, malted milks and viennese whirls from Marks and Spencer! Basically my childhood! I love them so much and couldn’t recommend them more, there’s nothing not to like! A great biscuit, crisp, chip and everything in-between snack alternative for both children and adults!

Now lets move on to actual biscuits! These lemon and ginger cookies are unbelievable! Take them out their packaging, serve them to guests and kids and they would have no idea that these were healthy! For one they taste incredible and remind me of these citrus biscuits I used to make and take into school when I was little (love a little bit of food memory triggering!) Secondly they are the first health product I’ve come across that have actually created something healthy that tastes amazing, looks like the real deal and most unusual, have managed to get the exact same texture as a buttery, good old tea dunking biscuit we all know and love! It’s crazy how healthy but how unhealthy this biscuit tastes! In a good way obviously!! Honestly guys, you NEED to try them!!

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TV Programme

Suits is back guys! Its about an American law firm that don’t stick too much to the law and go through a lot of drama and there’s the usual relationship dramas and you know! But anyway, its really good, it doesn’t get repetitive or boring and you don’t find yourself looking at the clock or your phone whilst you watch! I really recommend!

Film

Concussion staring Will Smith! Me and my brother recently watched this on Sky store. Its about American footballers and how the amount of concussions they go through in their career can lead to a number of mental health problems and most of them ended up killing themselves as they couldn’t find a cure and at that point didn’t know that the concussions were the reason that they were all ending up seriously ill with mental health problems. Will Smith is the main doctor and the one who does all the research to find what was causing them all to get so ill and what is actually happening to the brain every time it takes a blow! Really interesting and I really recommend giving it a watch!

So there you have it guys! My favourites from the month of July! Hope you enjoyed reading this and maybe even go buy a few snacks and things to try!

Leitchy xx

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