Almond Milk Recipe

If your after super easy homemade Almond milk check out this recipe video below. I’ve also given you a quick tour of my new Nutramilk nut milk machine, its pretty awesome and has saved us loads of money so far making our own dairy free milk and will continue to do so in the future.

We are loving the machine so far, I would recommend checking the company out by clicking the Nutramilk link below.

I’ve used my Nutramilk machine to make the almond milk and it comes with a hard back high quality cookbook containing around 200 recipes.

https://nutramilk.co.uk/

Click the image above to view the Almond Milk recipe video



Natural Lip Scrub Recipe

This is a super easy recipe for a natural homemade lip scrub that nourishes and soothes the lips especially in the colder weather. It’s particularly good for dry lips and is safe for the kids to use also.

The ingredients are completely organic and natural and are even edible so you don’t need to worry about it accidentally being swallowed! It tastes good too!

Check out the recipe video below for full details.



Monthly Food Planning

Hey Everyone!

I have saved so much time and money by shopping and meal planning on a monthly basis. I wanted to share my method with you all and hopefully you will also benefit from this method in some way.

Budget

So lets talk money first! I budget £25 per person per week, my children are all eating fairly large meals now but If you had smaller children you could perhaps budget £25 per adult and £10-15 per child. It is entirely up to your own requirements and circumstances but I feel £25 a week per person works out well for us.

So as a family of five our monthly food budget is £125 x 4 = £500 per month

Meal Planning –

I use cookbooks and my own family recipes to plan our meals for the whole month. I usually just plan for Monday to Friday as the weekends can be pretty busy and we tend to eat out sometimes at the weekend so I like to keep options open for the weekend.

I plan all the evening meals, two soups for the week, two baked snacks(cake etc.) for the kids, I also buy several sandwich fillings and have a soup and sandwich most days. I keep the breakfasts pretty loose and buy in ingredients to have porridge, eggs, smoothies etc. Sometimes if I have extra time I will plan a few different smoothies for each week but I tend to make up my own super food smoothie recipes if I am not using my smoothie book.

I also buy in all of the kids school snacks, lunch box items and any other snacks that they like to eat. We don’t really buy biscuits and sweets apart from the odd bar of chocolate but do eat treats when we are out and about. I find if we stock lots of unhealthy snacks in the house the kids and myself included will eat them up too quickly.

I buy all the toiletries and household goods in bulk and any other items needed on a daily basis. I also like to bulk up on a couple of items for the larder/pantry cupboard and choose a couple of things to bulk up on per month such as rice, pasta, tinned foods etc. I find it works out cheaper this way and reduces my monthly shop overall in the long run.

Shopping –

I split the budget up as follows –

1 Monthly Bulk Shop – around £200-250

3 Weekly Mini Top Up Shops – £30-£50

1 Monthly Bulk Order of household, toiletries, larder/pantry goods (usually from amazon) – £100

Sometimes I will have money left over, sometimes I am slightly over budget but it all works out in the end.

This method saves me so much time, money and effort I can’t imagine swapping it for any other at the moment.

Click on the videos below for a look at my monthly hauls and weekly mini top ups. Any questions drop me a line.

Love and happy meal planning!




Apple Fall Recipes

Awesome Apple Recipes

I have four delicious apple recipes to make use of my homegrown apples and apples from friends.  These recipes are so easy to make, even supervised children could make them.  My favourite is the toffee apple smoothie!  If anything try this recipe!

Click the video below for the recipes.  You can also find the recipes further down this post.

Toffee Apple Smoothie

2x chopped apples

2-4 x medjool dates

3+ cups of Hemp Milk (or other milk)

Dash of maple syrup

1 Tsp of Cinnamon

Add all of the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.  Add in a little extra milk if necessary.  Share with family and friends!

Apple Recipes

Peanut Butter Apple Sandwiches

Oh these are so delicious!  Be warned they are addictive! 😉

Apple Slices (seeds removed)

Crunchy Peanut Butter

Chopped Nuts/Dried fruit/fresh fruit

Slice and remove the seeds from the apples (you can see how I did this in the video above).  Spread a tbsp of peanut butter on one slice, top with chopped nuts or fruit etc. and top with another slice.  Serve like mini apple sandwiches!  These make great after school snacks.

Overnight Apple Oats

I love overnight oats, they are so easily digested once left to soak the whole night.

1 x apple

Organic Oats

Hemp Milk

Additional fruits/veg (I have used pomegranate seeds in the video some grated carrots would be good too)

Cinnamon & Allspice (optional)

Grate the apple into the glass jug or bowl and stir in the oats, add in the additional fruits/vegetables (grated) into the bowl.  I used pomegranate seeds as I needed to use them up from the fridge.  Add in enough oats for 4 people (or less) and top up with hemp milk.  I topped up the hemp milk up and over the oats so that they have enough moisture to soak up. 

In the morning you could pop the oats into a tray and warm in the oven.  I topped with some live coconut yogurt and a dash of maple syrup. Delicious!

Apple Turnovers

These are really handy little snacks for kids and are great for packed lunches or for school break snacks.  My kids had these all week!

Ready to roll puff pastry

Chopped Apples

Cinnamon

Allspice

Caster Sugar

Leave the pastry to come to room temperature and unroll.  You can also make your own pastry but for a super quick recipe ready to roll does the job nicely!  Cut the pastry into rectangles and then into smaller triangles (as seen in the video) then add in some chopped apples and a sprinkle of cinnamon, allspice and a sprinkle of sugar.  Fold in half and close with a fork pressing into the edges.  Sprinkle sugar over the top and serve!  😀

If you enjoyed these recipes please check out my youtube channel for more recipes, holistic health tips and ideas.

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Speed Cleaning 15 Minutes

These fifteen minute power cleans are saving my house at the moment!  Check out this video for my fifteen minute clean on the kitchen clutter worktop!

Set your timers and go!!!

You might be wondering why I’m talking about cleaning when my passion is health and wellness, but looking at my health holistically and all that has an impact on it, I have to take my housework into consideration.

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My housework causes me anxiety, stress and makes me feel like a failure if its not done!  I struggle for time though…I really struggle for time!  I am a busy mum of three messy little people and they need so much of my time and so much cleaning up after (which I don’t mind of course because I love them to pieces).

I can however spare fifteen minutes, knowing that in fifteen minutes I can get surprisingly a lot done!

  1. Pick the worst area of your home!  (yeah I mean it, go for it!)
  2. Set the timer to 15minutes!
  3. Ready Set, Clean!
  4. Clean likes there’s no tomorrow!  Solid cleaning for fifteen minutes! 
  5. Stop when the timer stops and leave the rest for the next session

You’ll be surprised how much you can get done in fifteen minutes, I know I was!  I was surprised!  If you don’t get a whole area clean, that’s fine just work on it next time you have a 15 minute block free!

I hope this helps to reduce your stress and anxiety around cleaning and remember if you are reading this or watching this then you are taking steps towards a better, cleaner house so give yourself a wee hug for that!  Your doing a great job!

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Angie Milne


Naturisimo Beauty Haul

One of my favourite websites for natural beauty products and they have a large selection of organic and vegan products available!  Check them out at Naturisimo they are an awesome company and I buy a lot of products from them.  I’ve found most things to be of really high quality and just work for my skin!

Click the video below to check out my natural haul!


Slow Cooker Weekly Meal Plan

Check out my awesome Autumn weekly meal plan for some nourishing slow cooker family meals!  5 Days of warming meals for a busy week!  Pop your ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning and relax knowing that a healthy family meal will be ready by family dinner time.

 

I love taking advantage of kitchen gadgets to take the pressure off now and again!  I would recommend the Morphy Richards Accents Sear and Stew Slow Cooker 6.5L 48705 Brushed Stainless Steel Slowcooker it has worked so well for us and one of my favourite slow cooker recipes books is the Superfood Slow Cooker: Healthy wholefood meals from your slow cooker there are some amazingly healthy recipes in this book and it is one of my faves for slow cooker family recipes.  Check them out if you need inspiration!

Pinterest is also worth a search for ideas and I also love the BBC website search facility too.

I hope you find some inspiration here in this video for your family slow cooking experiments!

Enjoy my video below by clicking on the play button, if you have any questions or need any help drop me a line in the comments below.  What are your favourite slow cooker recipes I would love to know 🙂

Love Angie x


Vivera Steak Test

Trying out the new Vivera steak!  I must admit I don’t eat fake meats very often but I do really love the new Vivera producs!  They are fab!  My fave is the new kebab meat it is sooooo good! 🙂

I liked this one but not as much as the kebab meat!

I made a lovely recipe out of it, love xx

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Family Exercising Cycle in Scotland

Click on the video below to watch our awesome Scottish Highlands adventure mountain biking through the Rothiemurchus Estate! 🙂

Follow us through the Scottish Highlands as we try to keep fit together as a family!  There’s a few accidents and a beautiful stop at a beautiful Scottish Loch!  Can you guess where we are?

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Sainburys Healthy Food Haul

I’ve been doing a bit of shopping at Sainsburys lately, I absolutely love the healthy dairy free products they are stocking at the moment! Especially the ones with all of the live cultures. 🙂

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Check out my quick shopping haul below for a look at what I’ve been buying for my food shops!  I do small food shops now and usually plan meals when I am organised, it doesn’t happen every week and in the school holidays my good meal planning often falls to pieces lol 🙂

Enjoy, love Angie xxx