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Healthy rhubarb flapjacks

Good evening all!

I’ve had a lovely day at home today with Lil making, tortillas, our lovely turkey chilli for dinner and we’ve also made flapjack.
I have made this recipe once before for family at easter and they went down a treat despite some dubious faces when I said they didn’t contain any sugar, syrup or butter!
I posted the pic of them through instagram and as promised, here is the recipe.
Start by making an orange and rhubarb compote. I used 2 oranges, 3 sticks of rhubarb and an inch of freshly grated ginger. Put in a pan and simply let it reduce down.
Pre warm your oven gas mark 5.
Whilst that’s working it’s magic, mix all other ingredients in a bowl,
150g oats
100g dates, blitzed in a blender with a splash of water.
50g pumpkin seeds
50g sunflower seeds
2 mashed bananas
3 tbsps of honey
Approx 10 almonds chopped up

Place half the mixture in a greased tin lined with grease proof paper. Then layer on some of the compote and finally place the rest of the mixture on top like a flapjack sandwich.
Bake in the oven for approx 45 mins.
Yummy yum! A seriously good, guilt free treat to accompany a cuppa!!

I have some compote left over so I’m going to add that to my bircher for breakfast!

You could add all sorts to this flapjack, play with the flavours! I will be and will keep you posted!

Much love
Sam
Xxx

My best gal and I made homemade tortillas today!
Myself and Lil love wraps for our lunch so I decided to try making our own as a healthier option and they were goooood!!
So so easy, 1 cup of wholemeal flour and half a cup of water, that’s it!! Roll super thin and dry fry in a frying pan for about 45 seconds and hey presto, a wholesome, delicious wrap!
I will absolutely be making these again and not buying from the supermarket, homemade are much better :)
We served them with spinach, beetroot, cherry toms, chicken and cucumber. Lovely homemade popcorn on the side too :)

Healthy rhubarb flapjack absolutely Yummy!! Recipe coming on my blog soon!!
#treat #eatwell #nutrition #healthyoptions

Healthy rhubarb flapjack absolutely Yummy!! Recipe coming on my blog soon!!
#treat #eatwell #nutrition #healthyoptions

Bircher prepared for breakfast in the morning, #yum natural yogurt, grated apple, dried cranberries, honey, pumpkin seeds, raspberries and oats. I’m off to bed so I wake up faster!! #eatwell #instafood #nutrition #bircher

Bircher prepared for breakfast in the morning, #yum natural yogurt, grated apple, dried cranberries, honey, pumpkin seeds, raspberries and oats. I’m off to bed so I wake up faster!! #eatwell #instafood #nutrition #bircher

A while back in one of my posts, I wrote about making pesto.
I usually buy jars and pesto is the only sauce I don’t make from scratch.
I finally got round to making it and it was goooood and so so easy.
I spent a little time looking up recipes and I wanted to make a healthier version so I got some ideas and went for it!
I roasted 2 red peppers, then blended them with 2 garlic cloves, a good couple of handfuls of fresh basil, about 30g of walnuts,  a glug of olive oil, 3 sundried tomatoes, juice of half a lemon and seasoned with pepper. Seriously yummy!! 
These are ingredients I had in and also I wanted to try without parmasan and pine nuts, firstly so it is a lower in calories and also cheaper! 
I served it with whole wheat spaghetti, pancetta, onions and peas.

I made enough to make another dish so tonight I fried up some onions, green pepper, Turkey steak, stirred in the pesto, added some spinach then courgettes noodles, again just bloody yum! 

I have seen courgette noodles used alot recently in healthy eating recipes and to be honest I wasn’t sure. I decided to try them out and I will most definitely make them again. I just grated the courgette length ways to make long spaghetti like strips and voilà! Super duper good for you and filling!!

A while back in one of my posts, I wrote about making pesto.
I usually buy jars and pesto is the only sauce I don’t make from scratch.
I finally got round to making it and it was goooood and so so easy.
I spent a little time looking up recipes and I wanted to make a healthier version so I got some ideas and went for it!
I roasted 2 red peppers, then blended them with 2 garlic cloves, a good couple of handfuls of fresh basil, about 30g of walnuts, a glug of olive oil, 3 sundried tomatoes, juice of half a lemon and seasoned with pepper. Seriously yummy!!
These are ingredients I had in and also I wanted to try without parmasan and pine nuts, firstly so it is a lower in calories and also cheaper!
I served it with whole wheat spaghetti, pancetta, onions and peas.

I made enough to make another dish so tonight I fried up some onions, green pepper, Turkey steak, stirred in the pesto, added some spinach then courgettes noodles, again just bloody yum!

I have seen courgette noodles used alot recently in healthy eating recipes and to be honest I wasn’t sure. I decided to try them out and I will most definitely make them again. I just grated the courgette length ways to make long spaghetti like strips and voilĂ ! Super duper good for you and filling!!

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A little peek of our wonderful wedding :) The whole day truly was amazing, so happy and full of joy!! I think this little video sums it up well, more pics to come xx

Lunch today :) quinoa with beetroot, avocado, spinach, seeds, tomato and lemon juice. Yum! #healthyoptions #eatwell #instafood

Lunch today :) quinoa with beetroot, avocado, spinach, seeds, tomato and lemon juice. Yum! #healthyoptions #eatwell #instafood

Reaching your goal and life after

I have been pretty awful at posting recently. I’ve so much I want to post about and I’m really not the best at organising my thoughts. I work much better when I don’t think too much… I’m spontaneous, yeah let’s go with that!!

At the moment I am sat telling myself I don’t want a biscuit, I really do want one but I don’t need it. Grrr! I remember thinking way back when I had a huge amount to weight to lose, that when I do eventually get slimmer, I’ll eat whatever I want. I’d think that because I was slimmer, the weight would stay off and I would dream about eating anything and everything. That’s really not case is it?!

For me, losing weight was, once I got into it simple. Eat less, look at the nutrition info of food being consumed, make healthy choices. I am finding my feet maintaining weight a bit trickier. I don’t really want to lose more weight or put any on. I look at nutrition info of everything and if I have treats, I try to balance it out over the next few days by eating lower calorie options. Its all about realising and taking responsibility of your eating habits. I know this and I stick by it, I suppose it’s just new and getting used to this lifestyle which is much much better and happier!!

I do, just a teeny, tiny bit (hmmm..) envy people who don’t have to think about food as much and just maintain their weight. Myself being someone who has spent most of my life being very overweight, I wonder if that could be how I will be eventually. I worry about slipping back into old habits, but then I’ll have a little word with my irrational head, and I’d have to slip back pretty far. In actual fact, the food I used to eat, I really don’t like as much. So there’s a silver line :) When we was on honeymoon in Northumberland, we ate loads of lovely food. Eating out for 4 days left me feeling, tired, bloated and I’ll be honest constipated (sorry!!!) I was excited to get back into healthy eating habits again and to feel fresher. I did enjoy myself though despite the blockage!!!

Another little thing for me and reaching my goal is, everybody has an opinion. I’m all for opinions and think absolutely everyone has a right to one, but… I now feel I am justifying myself a little sometimes. I have been asked if I’m eating, yes I am, lots, I love food, that hasn’t changed. I got called a bag of bones recently, I’m really not, still plenty of meat on these bones! Now I know these comments weren’t said in a nasty way, it just got me thinking about opinions and the effect they can have especially to do with our image.

When people compliment me on my weight loss, it’s lovely and does make me realise how far I have come. I haven’t discovered a new way to lose weight though and I think that is what some people expect or that I eat boring food or in fact just don’t eat!!

Basically, weight loss comes with a whole load of other issues besides weighing less and wearing smaller clothes. I think it should celebrated and you do whatever makes you happy and feel better within yourself.

I think we talk about weight soooo much, sometimes it is so extreme from one scale to the other. Super healthy vs super un healthy. Surely meeting in the middle is much more sustainable.

I would love your thoughts on this one, and any advice :)

Any who mini rant over, Easter this weekend, let the chocolate monsters be unleashed!!! I think next week, I will make some soup and salads!

Much love

Sam xxx

#relax #chill #bliss

#relax #chill #bliss

Gorgeous walk to work! #York #sunshine #springisintheair

Gorgeous walk to work! #York #sunshine #springisintheair