Monday, 16 February 2015

SUGAR FREE CHOCODATE HEARTS AND BALLS

Happy Monday everyone and hope you had a wonderful weekend. I had a pretty chilled weekend hanging out with the Husband and catching up and some Scandal with some Chinese...twas really good :).

So like many people out there I struggle with procrastination, when I have so much serious work to do that is when I feel inspired to do mind numbing tasks. This weekend was no exception I spent a good chunk of playing with chocolate creations and honestly it was a lot of delicious fun.

CHOCODATE BALLS




Ingredients

  • 20 grams of pitted dates
  • 10grams of Cocoa powder
  • 10 desiccated coconut or cashews

Instruction

  1. Grind ingredient in a coffee grinder or blender.
  2. Scoop mixture into an ice cream scoop or measuring spoon and press till it holds its shape(the dates will ensure this).
  3. Transfer to a mini muffin case and voila!

CHOCODATE HEARTS


This is so easy to make, do you know that if you combine cocoa powder and dates  in a 2:1 ratio you can mould it and play with it as you would fondant? Well you can imagine what happened when I discovered this.

Ingredients

  • 20 grams of pitted dates
  • 10grams of Cocoa powder

Instruction

  1. Grind ingredient in a coffee grinder or blender.
  2. Mould into a ball and Bob's your uncle.
  3. Flatten ball with a rolling pin on a smooth surface and cut out exciting shaped using a cookie cutter or fondant cutter.

Was that super easy or what? The best part is that you can enjoy these guilt free as the ingredients are all natural, sugar free and and chock full of fibre.


Wishing you a wonderful week

Love

 Nemi x 





Wednesday, 11 February 2015

QUICK AND EASY BEETROOT HUMMUS

Hey guys hope you are having a fab week, if you did not read last week's Favour filled February post what are you waiting for? It is absolutely worth it!

Recently the blog has been getting quite foodie woodie, my apologies for that if you are not a foodie. Food experiments are currently trending in my kitchen, I am enjoying it and so are all the people sharing the recipes; I appreciate your support.

So earlier this week I sent Le Hüsband to the shops to buy some beetroot, I asked for some raw beetroots with dirt on them as I needed them for my pinky-red warm breakfast smoothie bowl (veggies in smoothies are better raw). He came back with some cooked beetroot as they did not have any raw beetroot- so with my smoothie dreams over I decided to get creative with these cooked beetroots.

I remember the first time I had beetroots, my Mum was going through a juicing phase cos there was this diet 'Hallelujah Diet' where you had to eat every thing raw. Anyhoo I came home from Uni and like most Mums, my complained about me looking ill and under fed. Fair enough a diet of 2 minute noodles is anything but balanced. She decide to make me some beetroot and aloe vera juice and I drank it for peace sake as It was absolutely disgusting BUT  that was not the worst part. I went for a wee a few hours later and my urine was blood red!! I thought I was dying and bleeding to death (yeah yeah over dramatic I know) but it was scary!

I have gotten over my fear of the red root veggie and I quite enjoy it cooked as the cooking process gets rid of the tangy taste and all you are left with is a potato-ey red root vegetable.

This recipe is so easy and there are many recipes online so you can make it with what ever you have at home.


INGREDIENTS
  • 2 medium cooked beetroot
  • 1 tbs of lemon juice
  • 15-20g of sunflower seeds or Tahini or 100g of canned chickpeas
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Whizzed ingredients in a high speed blender and and voila beetroot hummus.



Serve with your favourite veggies for a crunchy afternoon snack.



WISHING YOU A HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

Love 

Nemi xx

Friday, 6 February 2015

5 TIPS TO HAVING FAVOUR FILLED FEBRUARY

Hey guys, hope you are having a good week and a fantastic month. All through January, I have been telling everyone around me that February was going to be a good month for me I even hashgtagged it #FavourFilledFebruary, pretty bold huh!?!? Anyhoo this might be hard for some to believe but from the last week of January I started having incredible favour and I will be sharing some of them later in the post.

I believe favour is from God, it is neither luck nor karma but an empowerment from God for grace and success. Proverbs 22:1 says favour is better than silver and gold. Favour is available to everyone and not just a special few and following these principles below can help you walk in favour.

    ASK FOR FAVOUR- Let me start by saying it is not greedy or carnal to ask for favour as some Christians might think. Jabez in 1 Chronicles 4:9-11 shamelessly asked for blessings(favour) from God, he didn't just ask for blessings but that God would keep him from trouble and pain.  This was the perfect time for God to send in the leading prophet of the day, imagine Samuel, Jeremiah or Habakuk knocking on Jabez's door saying "Thus saith the Lord, thou O Jabez art a greedy man! How dare you asketh for blessings and no trouble and pain in this evil generation of yours. Thou shalt be stricken with the disease of the Egyptians"! Nah... the next verse 10 says "And God granted him his request". If you want favour or blessing just ask and no you will not be stricken with the disease of the Egyptians.

EXPECT - This is so important because you can have a favour filled experience and miss it if you are not expecting anything good to happen. Have you met one of those 'Debbie downers' that are soooo pessimistic and always complaining about everything? When was the last time something amazing happened to them? Being expectant does not mean you should become this carefree, 'walking on sunshine' optimist with your head in the clouds because quite frankly 'ish' happens and life has a way of knocking you off that sunshine! Instead being expectant is being real, seeing the good in situations and expecting more of that good in your life. Your expectation is not from people but from God.

SPEAK FAVOUR OVER YOUR LIFE- Personally, I believe this is the most important point because   what you say affects your life in many ways. Proverbs 18:20-21 talks about your life being filled with the 'fruit of your mouth' or in today's speak 'your words. It also says life and death are in the power of your tongue. Have you noticed that the more you say you are tired, the more tired you feel. If you want to have favour in your life say I am blessed and highly favoured everyday and please please please don't undo it by saying 'why don't I ever catch a break' or 'why do bad things always happen' to me or any other favour killing quotes you have in your repertoire. 

Side bar:  Single Ladies please stop saying there are no good guys around, that is a favour killing statement, the more you say it, the more it becomes your reality and truth!



BE A RAINBOW IN SOMEONE'S CLOUD:
 I saw this Maya Angelo quote and I was really inspired. You want to be blessed and highly favoured right? When was the last time you did something amazing for someone?  Being kind will bring you extra kindness, smiling wins more friends than frowning.  Favour and blessings usually come through people; Luke 6:12  in the King James says Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. The part about men giving to you is often skipped in-fact many translations remove it entirely.Wouldn't it be fab if God would rain £100 from the sky, the reality is that God works through people like you and I. Be open to doing something amazing for someone for no absolute reason.

SHARE YOUR FAVOUR: When you start walking in favour be a blessing by sharing (not bragging) your testimonies to encourage others to believe and expect. You have no idea how much hope your little story can give. 
So my #FFF (Favour filled February) stories as promised earlier. I won a hamper from a vegan challenge, I am a huge snacker so this was a huge treat and unexpected. 
I went to the hair dressers for a £6 treatment( with a voucher) and left with a trip to London, hung out with leaders in the hairdressing world, Anne Veck (google her) walks up to me and says don't touch your hair anymore anything you want to do come see me! Free hair treatments till further notice, and most importantly I got the chance sit with her over carrot cake and chat about life as a leading female entrepreneur, raising a family, fitness and many more random stuff . We are practically besties ha!

It did not end there, I have been working on a business on the down low for a while and if you have started a business you probably understand how difficult it can be sometimes. I received the most amazing encouragement and from a young female entrepreneur. This favour got me jumping on my bed...( I went all Tom Cruise!). Anyhoo guess who my other new bestie is?  Yes Cassandra Stavrou the CEO of Propercorn whoop whoop! Yes Cass wrote to me about my business saying I should give her a shout if I need feedback or advice. Now to some people this might be nothing but if you are working on an app and the CEO of Apple Tim Cook writes to you how would you feel? Well that is how I felt.


It is just the first week in Feb and I am so excited about what else this favour filled month would bring. I have been praying for people around me and for this favour to spread and can't wait to hear testimonies of favour, will keep you guys posted. 

Have a great weekend and a Favour Filled February
Love 
Nemi



Friday, 30 January 2015

SUNFLOWER CREAM SALAD DRESSING(vegan)

Quick and Easy Vegan Creamy Salad dressing

So I was experimenting in the kitchen today and came up this amazing and delicious dressing.
I also discovered that sunflower seeds get all thick and creamy when whizzed and is a great replacement for vegan mayo or other vegan creamy condiments.

Anyways back to the dressing, you probably already have 90% of the ingredients and if you don’t they are very easy to find in your grocery store. This dressing  initially started as a kale salad dressing made with all the ingredients from my favourite Kale chips then I realised it goes with almost everything.

Speaking of Kale chips you can mix this dressing on some fresh Kale, bake at 150 c for 20mins and hello delicious crunchy kale chips.



Here is how to make the dressing.




Ingredients

  • 50g-70g Sunflower seeds- The more sunflower seeds you use the creamier your dressing will be.
  • Juice of one lemon or 2 tablespoons
  • 25g or 5 pitted dates or dried raisins
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt( you can add more according to your taste).
  • 1 Clove of garlic
  • ¼ of a medium onion or 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 100-150ml of water- Depending on how thick you want it.
  • Optional ingredient-  ¼ teaspoon of Xanthan gum (It is 100% vegan, natural, it thickens and helps the mixture not separate). To find out more about it check out this article.

How to

Put all ingredients in a blender and whizzzzzzzz till it is thick and creamy and voila!! Delicious, healthy, creamy dressing

You can Stir it into Pasta, Kale, Spinach ,Ceasar Salad or Steamed Veggies. OR use it as a dip for carrots, celery or bell peppers

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