Tuna, Edamame and Blackberry Salad Recipe Idea

Hi there everyone,

I made a delicious salad, by just throwing in some rather 'random' ingredients together...and oh my goodness it turned out delicious!  So I decided to share with you all my recipe idea and make a video demonstrating exactly what I did.

Here is a pic of the end result:- 

Basically, my husband recently took me on a surprise trip to Southwold in Suffolk.  It is a very upmarket place where just a beach hut costs £100,000!  This is why I wanted to pay it a trip - I've heard so much about it with its quaint upper class shops, I wanted to see for myself.  

We visited the Adnams Brewery shop where I purchased some poppyseed salad dressing, so I thought I would use this dressing on my salad recipe at the end of my Southwold vlog.
This salad packs a punch of plenty of vitamins; a real variety of nutrients which will help keep your body running smoothly, including disease-fighting antioxidants and bone-building minerals.

Check out my video of the recipe here:-
Ingredients
Rocket, lettuce leaves, edamame beans, a can of tuna (drained, in brine), half a small red onion, 1 whole carrot grated, 250g blackberries, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, quarter of a cucumber cut into small pieces, 8 or 9 cherry tomatoes, 1 large mushroom cut into small pieces, chives finely cut, poppy seed dressing.

Method to the Madness
Cut the cucumber, mushroom, chives up into small pieces.  
Cut cherry tomatoes in half if desired.  
Grate carrot.  
Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl.  
Add whatever dressing you desire.  
Serve and enjoy.

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The Fitness Tag: Answering Fitness Questions with Emagrecercerto.com

Hellooo!

I have teamed up again with a very successful blogger and friend, Yamily Benigni to answer some Fitness Tag questions.

I normally visit Yamily once a week, and we discuss strategies, blogs, our latest recipe and fitness ideas amongst other things.  However, during a certain visit, we decided to answer some Fitness Qs and As.  You can visit Yamily's blog here.
We are both training for the Cambridge 5k Race for Life to raise money for Cancer Research UK, so fitness and training are subjects we have been discussing of late.  In fact, Yamily is training for her first half marathon in Copenhagen later this year, so watch this space!

Anyway, here is our video:-
You can follow Yamily on Google Plus +Emagrecer Certo and Instagram @emagrecercerto.

Also, don't forget to visit our youtube channels - mine is Healthy Lifestyle Recipes and Yamily's is Emagrecer Certo.

Take care and stay fit and healthy! X

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English Channel Fishing Trip Vlog Plus Fish Pie Recipe

Hi Everyone!

I just felt the urge to tell you all about a recent holiday I had - we went to Brighton to stay with my parents, and the highlight of our time was a fantastic fishing trip with my husband and dad.

Mmmmm...look at the fish pie we made as a result of the fish we caught on our expedition:-


My dad has a fishing boat, called the Golden Flyer, which is docked at Newhaven Marina and my husband just loves to fish - he almost lives to fish, so whenever we can, we try and arrange a fishing trip with my dad.

My dad is a very accomplished fisherman - he has been fishing with his dad since he was five, and he appeared in the Sea Angler Magazine earlier this year - having caught a 22.5lb cod.
This is the cod:-

And this is the page from the Sea Angler Magazine:-


So, anyway, I made a vlog of our latest fishing expedition; we caught a variety of fish; sole, dab, whiting, plaice and pouting, and I filmed all of it!  With our catch, my mum made a delicious fish pie.  The fish pie recipe is at the end of the video:-

Ingredients:
500-750g of fish fillets (any fish), semi-skimmed milk, salt, pepper, basil, 1kg white potatoes or maris piper, sweetcorn, frozen peas, 1 teaspoon mustard, chives, spring onions, unsalted butter and carrots to accompany the dish.

Method to the Madness:
1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees centigrade.
2. Add semi-skimmed milk to a sauce pan on a very gentle heat.  Season with salt, pepper and basil.  Add the fish fillets.  Heat gently for 10-15 minutes.
3. Place the potatoes in a saucepan and pour over enough water to cover them. Bring them to the boil and simmer until tender (15-20 mins).
4. Drain thoroughly and mash with some of the fishy milk from the poached fish fillets.
5. Extract the fish skins and any bones from the fish fillets, place in a pirex dish.
6. Add the sweetcorn, frozen peas, 1 teaspoon of mustard, chives and spring onions to the dish.
7. Add the mash.
8. Don't forget to use the fishy milk for extra moisture in the pie.
9. Mix all the ingredients evenly together.
10. Taste to check any need to extra seasoning.
11. Using the base of a spoon, spread the top of the pie ensuring it is flat and presentable.
12. Add knobs of butter to the top of the pie for a crispy skin.
13. Place in the oven and leave for around one hour, until golden brown.
14. Serve with carrots.
Alternatively, cover and freeze the pie for another day.

During the same mini-holiday to Brighton, we also caught plenty of place.  Here is my vlog on plaice fishing plus simple recipe:
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Vegan Chocolate Milkshake / Smoothie Recipe

Hi there everyone

Today, I feel I simply have to show you how to make a fantastic vegan chocolate milkshake/smoothie recipe.  Does that sound like a contradiction to you?  It certainly does to me!  "But vegans don't consume dairy," I hear you cry!  Absolutely! But that is the only title I can give to this recipe because it is so milky, chocolatey and delicious, that calling it a "milkshake" is the only name that can do it justice.

I gave my husband the milkshake after I'd made it to try it out. Now, just to let you know, he is someone who HATES healthy food, healthy recipes and anything 'out of the ordinary'.  However, he cautiously drank a sip, then kept on drinking more and more, asking me, "What's in it?"

So this is an excellent trick to get your kids/friends/family members to get some goodness and vitamins inside them without them suffering from realising it is a healthy superfood recipe!

Now the suspense is killing me, so here goes:-

Ingredients
One mango, one avocado, one tablespoon of cocoa powder, 500ml of coconut milk (you can use almond milk instead).

Method to the madness:
1. Add all the ingredients to a blender.
2. Add a handful of ice.
3. It is not necessary to add sweetener.
4. Serve and enjoy!
I posted this on Instagram a couple of days ago, so if you don't follow me, feel free to follow me here @healthylifestylerecipe

I hope you enjoyed this recipe, and if you want to see more of my recipes on a video format, don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel here.

Feel free to read my blog article on the health benefits of cocoa here and the health benefits of avocado here.

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Take care and stay healthy! X

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Michelin Guide and Starred Restaurant Reviews

As a frequent diner in fantastic, world class Michelin Guide and Michelin Starred restaurants, I have decided to dedicate some of my free time to creating restaurant reviews; documenting my experiences.  However, I have decided to deliver my critiques with a twist; create video reviews rather writing an article!

We can sometimes feel cheated when something isn't quite right, but we have paid a high price for a certain product or experience.  Nowadays, in our fast-moving, postmodern society and lifestyle, social media has allowed any type of news to become viral in an instance.  This is why I have decided to use my blog, youtube, facebook and twitter  accounts to communicate and deliver restaurant reviews to the rest of the world.  I want people to know if somewhere is worth writing home about!

On 26th March 2015, we visited Alimentum; Mark Poynton's 1 Michelin Star restaurant in Cambridge and we opted for the 10 course taster meal.  You can find out what happened here:-
Three days later, we continued celebrating my birthday in our hometown of Cambridge, but this time we treated my parents to Midsummer House's 10 course tasting menu:-
It is important to note, at this point, that, when reading other people's restaurant reviews and food writers' columns, it is clear that the negative (and therefore by default, funny) reviews are by far the most popular.  The science is simple; negative narratives are more entertaining as they often use humoristic metaphors and conjure up an absurd image in our minds.  They can be enthralling to read and pure and simply put, it is fun and more interesting to read a bad review than a positive one.  

This is also linked sub-consciously in our minds with the "social comparison theory"; where we compare our own reputation and careers to other peoples'.  When we discover someone is going through a tough spot and is not too successful at what they do, this can boost our own self-confidence.

I, personally, do not get a kick out of tearing down someone's reputation and taking the mickey out of someone's career failings.  For these reasons, you will not find any overly negative comments in my restaurant reviews.  I am an eternal optimist, and I always see the bright side of things and the good in people and peoples' efforts.  I am, however, honest, and I will tell you the truth of my experiences, and whether I liked things or not, and why.

Feel free to see the next restaurant review; in early March 2015, we visited Menu Gordon Jones in Bath:-
My lovely husband took me on a surprise holiday break to Padstow in Cornwall.  I made a little vlog about our trip, including reviewing Rick Stein's The Seafood Restaurant:-
I posted this on Instagram a couple of days ago, so if you don't follow me, feel free to follow me here @healthylifestylerecipe

Feel free to check out my other vlogs here

Also check me out on Twitter and Facebook.

Take care and stay healthy! X

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Blueberry Recipes and Blueberry Health Benefits

Recent scientific research has suggested that blueberries can slow cognitive degeneration in humans. A study in the USA has shown that over a sample of twenty thousand women, eating one or more portions of blueberries a week slows memory decline by up to five years.  The science behind the findings state that flavonoids - specifically anthocyanidins which are found in strawberries and blueberries are able to localise the regions of brain which control memory.

Check out this unusual idea for a blueberry dessert recipe idea:-
Ingredients:
375g blueberries, one tablespoon of chia seeds, whole tub (180g) of Philidelphia lightest cream cheese, 4 tablespoons of Greek 0% fat free natural yoghurt, 2 tbsps of sweetner (Splenda or Stevia), 1 tea spoon of vanilla extract and cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper.

Another very similar but simpler dessert recipe is this one:-
Ingredients:
300g blueberries, 500g fresh strawberries, 8 tablespoons of Greek 0% fat free natural yoghurt, 2 tbsps of sweetner (Splenda or Stevia).

Try out this delicious blueberry muffins fat-free recipe:-

Ingredients:
1 cup of oats, 2 bananas (or 3 small avocados), 1 egg, 1 egg white, half a cup of Greek 0% fat natural yoghurt, 200g blueberries, chia seeds, 3 tbsps sweetner (stevia or splenda), 1 tea spoon of cinnamon, 1 tea spoon of vanilla extract, 1 tea spoon of baking powder and bicarbonate of soda.

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