Wednesday, 28 January 2015

QUICK AND EASY FLAXSEED CRACKERS



 QUICK AND EASY FLAXSEED CRACKERS








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 Flaxseeds(linseeds) is one of the super foods everyone seems to be raving about at the moment and unlike chia seeds it is more affordable. The benefits are countless,  studies have shown that it  prevents cancer, improves blood sugar, high in fibre and heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

This is a very easy-to-make nutty, healthy and crunchy snack with just 3 ingredients. You can add more herbs and spices according to your taste. Perfect satisfying the cracker/biscuit craving.

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 cup of flax seeds
  • 1 cup of water
  • Pinch of salt
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Heat oven to 150 c 
  2. Mix water, salt, flaxseeds and and leave to soak for 15 mins 

Monday, 26 January 2015

DETOX BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE BOWL





 DETOX BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE BOWL





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After the last beetroot smoothie bowl I thought it would be nice to experiment with other fruit and veggies. I made this with hot green tea (for its detoxing properties and weight loss benefits) as the base and added fruits and veggies to make it thicker. It was surprisingly delicious and creamy tasting. Smoothie bowls are the  perfect  warm comfort breakfast, I topped this with flaxseeds for my omega oils, sunflower and pumpkin seeds and some chopped cashews so yum!

INGREDIENTS
  • medium apple
  • 1 large carrots
  • 1 cup of  green tea water 
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 3 lemon slices
  • chopped ginger 
  • 5 chopped dates
  • handful of spinach

  • TOPPING // raisins almonds, roasted and raw pumpkin seeds sunflower seeds and flaxseeds 



  • INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a blender combine the celery, carrot and green tea first. Blend until a smooth liquid. 
  2. Add the remainder of the base ingredients and blend again until creamy.
  3.  Pour into a bowl and garnish with seeds and nuts. 
  4. Eat with a spoon and enjoy :). 


Love
Nemi xoxo


   

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

5 WAYS TO STYLE A DENIM SHIRT



Hey guys, hope you are having a good week. I am starting a new style series where I will be sharing how to style some of my favourite fashion items. 

The first item in the series is the 'Denim shirt', I am a huge fan of the denim shirt  because it is comfy, stylish and suits everyone. Last year I bought 3 denim shirts, for a friend in her sixties, my sister in her mid twenties and my 6 month old nephew and it looked great on all of them. I love the fact that anyone can wear them no matter how young or old you are and they are so easy to style. 


Here are some of my favourite ways of styling a denim shirt.

Monday, 19 January 2015

HOT BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE BOWL




 Hot Breakfast SMOOTHIE BOWL


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This is the perfect comfort breakfast, warm, thick, raw beetroot and pear smoothie bowl topped with crunchy nuts, seeds and dried fruit. This is so easy and you can make it with various combinations of fruits. I find the smoothie bowl more filling and I feel satiated for longer when I add a good amount of healthy fats like avocados, flaxseeds, nuts and seeds either in the smoothie or as a topping.
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 large pear or apple
  • 2 medium sized carrots
  • ½ cup of hot water 
  • ½ a large beetroot
  • 2 celery stalks
  • ½ a lemon

  • TOPPING // Chopped dates, almonds, roasted and raw pumpkin seeds sunflower seeds, flaxseeds and coconut flakes.



  • INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a blender combine the celery, beetroot and hot water first. Blend until a smooth liquid. 
  2. Add the remainder of the base ingredients and blend again until creamy.
  3.  Pour into a bowl and garnish with chopped dates, seeds and nuts. 
  4. Eat with a spoon and enjoy :). 



  5. What do you think of this recipe, is it something you are willing to try and what fruits will you add to your smoothie bowl. Leave a comment below and let me know.

Love
Nemi xoxo


   

Friday, 16 January 2015

BEANIE CHOCOLATE FUDGE BROWNIES


A few months ago Tomi(VeganNigerian.com) created a vegan challenge where people had to create a sweet and savoury dish with the secret ingredient 'Beans' (There is another vegan challenge starting in a few days visit www.VeganNigerian.com for more deets). Anyhoo we decided to do the challenges ourselves and for me it was fun and exciting culinary journey. After lots of failed experiments, I tried this chocolate fudge brownies and it was delicious! I seriously could not believe it was so tasty and there was no hint of beans whatsoever.

I decided to test this recipe on an unsuspecting member of the public( Le Husband). After work on evening I told him I fancied desert after dinner and asked if he would be interested. Of course he said yes, so I went into the kitchen and secretly performed the beanie magic voila! Chocolate fudge brownies, crispy on top and gooey inside.  After devouring the 'creation' I asked him if any thing felt different  and he couldn't find anything other than the brownies tasting a bit gluten free....ha! 

I later revealed the secret ingredient leaving him feeling hoodwinked (insert smug feeling)!
This black bean Chocolate fudge brownies is a gluten free and healthier alternative to the usual chocolate brownies, It is especially great from women during PMS and pregnancy because it is  chock full of so many good-for- you nutrients  like...

Folate- Great for women's reproductive health
Fiber- Keeps you fuller for longer
Protein-Building blocks for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin
Copper- Balances cholesterol and an antioxidant
Manganese- Strong bones, smooth skin and controls blood sugar
IronSupply oxygen to blood, brain health and sustained energy



 Here is what you will need


  1.  1 can of 400g Black beans- washed and drained
  2.  1.5  teaspoon of baking powder
  3.  3-5 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder 
  4. Half a cup of Sugar  can be substituted with sweetener 
  5. 1 teaspoon of Vanilla extract
  6. 3 table spoons of Coconut oil 
  7. Pinch of sea salt
  8. 1 egg or flax egg if you are vegan (2 table spoons of  ground flaxseed and 6 tablespoons of water, leave to soak for 15min).







Here is how to put it together

Monday, 5 January 2015

5 KEYS TO A VERY SUCCESSFUL 2015

Happy New Year everyone and hope you had a wonderful 2014.

Did you make a New Year's resolution last year? How did you get on with it? If you are like most people it started out really good but by April you forgot you even made a resolution. If New Year's resolutions don't work, what does? I believe that making a resolution at the beginning of a new year shows peoples desire to grow and to be better versions of themselves. But if we desire to change, grow and improve ourselves, why do we give up after the first few weeks?

I believe real change and growth does not come easy and takes time, I also believe that nothing supernatural happens on the first of January that empowers you to do something that you did not or could not do last year. Making declarations of changes or resolutions will not bring about the changes we desire and over time, I have learnt that taking strategic actions with desired goals in mind is key to achieving your goals.

So in practical terms what do you need to do?

(1) Write down your GOALS for the year or a Vision List- Be goal oriented, let your goals decide the changes you want to make.  That way you are going on a journey with a destination and if you get lost and weary, people can help you better when they know what direction you are heading.

(2) Write down LITTLE changes that can help you get there- Baby steps is key to making changes, you are more likely struggle if you