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Very Berry Smoothie Bowl

Very Berry Smoothie Bowl

I made this super delicious Superfood smoothie bowl for a lazy Sunday breakfast treat. I topped it off with a crunchy coconut oat granola, some dates, a spoon of peanut butter, flaxseeds and a slice of blood red orange (my fave!)

Check out the ingredients and instructions below to make your own delicious and nutritious smoothie bowl

Ingredients

Smoothie –

2 cups of frozen mixed berries

1 banana

2 tbsp of live coconut yoghurt

3-4tbsp of chia seeds

Other Toppings –

Flaxseeds

Medjool Dates

Peanut Butter

Oat Topping –

1 tbsp of coconut oil

1 cup oats

1/2 cup of shredded coconut

3-4 tbsp of sunflower seeds

1 tsp of Manuka honey or alternative sweetener


This recipe is super easy all you have to do is blend up all the smoothie ingredients with just enough water to create a thick smoothie.  Heat the coconut oil gently in a small pan and add the oats, coconut and sunflower seeds.  Stir lightly over a medium heat until lightly browned.  Add in the honey and stir through (do not cook!). 

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Pour the smoothie mixture into a bowl, top with the oat topping and the other toppings.  You can change the toppings and quantities to your liking should you wish to use other things.

Enjoy! 😀

If you enjoyed this recipe check out my other Holistic Health ideas on my YouTube channel.

Spicy Udon Noodle Soup

This is such an easy recipe to make and with the addition of the Udon noodle its such a filling and delicious soup. The Organic Miso has the added benefit of providing us with beneficial bacteria which may be good for our health and it also contains a range of other essential nutrients.

Ingredients

Vegetables – about 4-6 cups of chopped vegetables of your choice

Garlic – 4 cloves chopped

Red Chilli – 2-4 you can leave out

Spring Onions – 1 bunch chopped

White Miso – 2-3tbsp

I like to use my slow cooker for this recipe as it cooks while I am doing housework or other tasks. You can pop it on the slow cook or the rice setting a couple of times and leave it warming. You can also use a pan on the cooker or any other soup making device.

Add all of the chopped vegetables, garlic, chilli and spring onions to the pan or pot you are using and top up with enough water to cover the vegetables and a little more. Season well with salt and pepper and simmer until cooked through. You can also add a stock cube but I find the Miso adds enough flavour at the end of the cooking time.

Once the vegetables are all ready add the miso into the soup water and stir through well add more miso and hot water if necessary! Serve and enjoy!


Weight Loss Journey Vlog 5

Finally I reached my two stone weight loss target! 

Watch the video below for a full update of my weight loss journey so far!  I hope you find inspiration for your own journey or inspiration to start because I didn’t even think I’d loose a few lbs never mind two stone!  It’s amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it.

Weight & Diet Update

It felt amazing to finally reach my two stone goal!  It was a big goal for me and I still can’t quite believe I have come this far.  I worked really hard at my exercising and improving my eating habits.  I’m not vegan or vegetarian but I eat loads of plant based meals and I believe this contributed to my weight loss and general improvements of my health.  I have however gained 2/3lbs since this video due to my over consumption of stodgy comforting foods.  I blame the cold weather but I am back on track tomorrow so hopefully that will shift!  hee hee!

I’m not bothered I feel happy with who I am and will continue working towards the next goal 😉

Journaling

I have been journaling to help with my anxiety, this helps me focus on my direction, goals, to do list and change my negative patterns of thinking and just generally improves my mental well being.  I quite often struggle with my thoughts and negative thinking and this has helped me to address these issues and change them around for the better.  I’m not perfect but a work in progress!

Workout Routine

I have changed my routine a little bit from doing step aerobics everyday.  I ended up with a bit of a sore knee and realised I needed to vary it a little to avoid injury.  So because of this I have included some strength training and yoga in every second day.  This has helped with my strength throughout my cardio sessions and I’m happy with how it is working for me.

So before my workout I have a pre-workout shot made with the Motion Fitness Superfood Powder .  I have found it to be a powerful blend and it has helped give me a boost especially throughout my cardio sessions.  So I like to have this 30 minutes before my workout to give it time to absorb and do its magic!  I use my smoothie builder to make a healthy repair smoothie for myself.  This helps me to repair my body and top up my energy stores after my workout.  I love using my Smoothie Builder to make up my repair smoothie.  Sometimes I make smoothies which are not based on this format but this is pretty standard for me.

Smoothie Builder

I have shared my ‘Smoothie Builder’ sheet in this video, of which you can find below.  It details the categories of foods I add to my smoothies and you may find it helpful for your own smoothie combinations.  In the video I mentioned a variety of super foods that I included in my smoothies from time to time.  I have detailed where you can buy those below.  Remember that the name Superfoods is just a marketing term and they are just foods which are nutritionally potent in various ways and turned into pills or powders (some are also fresh).

‘Super foods’ –
Barley Grass
Spirulina
Wheatgrass
Acai Berry
Bee Pollen
Maca Root
Cacao

If you want to learn more or do your own Super food research then I would recommend checking out David Wolfe and some of his training courses.  There are also a good selection of training courses on Mind Body Green they are definitely worth checking out and are affordable.  Patrick Holfords selection of Nutrition books are also worth a read.  They are packed with the latest health and nutrition research.

This image is what I do for my own personal smoothie making it is not dietary advice!!!
Please do your own research when it comes to your health needs and requirements.

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If you have any questions then please drop me a line in the comments below.

Lots of love and good luck on your own health and fitness journey!

Angie Milne

Weight Loss Vlog 3

So I’m back from my holidays with a sun tan and a 4lb weight gain ha ha ha!

Actually I’m not that bothered about it really as I know it will come off once I start eating a nutritious diet again.  If your going on holiday this year, don’t count calories, perhaps take your running shoes or do some walking but don’t worry about your weight and any possible gain!

Life is way too short not to enjoy yourself now and again!

My next weight loss vlog after this one will be when I hit my 2stone target!  I’m going to be filming some new videos over the next few weeks on a variety of lifestyle and foodie subjects!

Look forward to sharing them with you all!

Love Angie x

 

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Cacao Halva Fudge

Such an easy recipe and its really quick too, you could change the ingredients around a little to make a change!  Enjoy! Angie x

Grey Berry Smoothie

Ok I know the colour is absolute yuk…but not all of my smoothies come out in beautiful pastel colours! lol! 😉

Super easy to make, simply blend all of the ingredients in the list and add in some of your own if you wish.

Ingredients

Handful of Blueberries

A few tbsp of live coconut yoghurt

A tbsp of Cacao Powder

Banana

A tsp of Super Mushroom powder (you could add in a Superfood Mushroom supplement of choice)

Chia Seeds

A splash of almond milk and Water

This is a super nutritious blend combined together.  Check out some of the links below for further research and information on these superfoods.

Cacao Powder

Cacao powder is chocolate in its raw and natural state, its super nutritious.  Click below for access to a really interesting article on the benefits of Cacao Powder.  There is loads of information online regarding the health benefits of Cacao, I would recommend doing further research in this area.  You can also make your own Raw healthy Chocolate with cacao powder…yes chocolate can be healthy.  You can buy Cacao Powder in the supermarket but I find its better value to buy it in bulk.  Check out the brand below for a high quality raw product.


Sevenhills Wholefoods Organic Raw Cacao / Cocoa Powder 1kg

Super Mushroom Powder

I use a blend from Indigo Herbs, I absolutely love their products and find their powders deep in colour and very high quality.  They are a Uk company.  I’ve added a link to the super mushroom powder that I use below.  There are instructions provided with how much to take, do your research and go easy, its very powerful!

 
Super Mushroom Nutri-Complex – 100g – Indigo Herbs

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Any questions regarding this recipe please drop me a comment below.

Love & Smoothies

Angie xx

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Easy Fruit Salad with Chia

I used some Lemon Coconut yoghurt to make this awesome and super quick fruit salad with chia seeds and walnuts.  Me and the boys shared this after lunch and it was divine!

Ingredients

Chopped up fruit of choice

Coconut flavoured yoghurt or other dairy free yoghurt

Chia Seeds

Chopped nuts of choice

Maple Syrup (optional)

Basically all you need to do is chop up all of the fruit you wish to use and top with the yoghurt, sprinkle with some chia seeds and chopped nuts of choice and its ready to serve!  You could also drizzle a little maple syrup over the top if you wish for that sweet tooth family member.

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Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds are super awesome and have been used for thousands of years.  Check out the link below for some further reading!

Chia Facts

They are pretty easy to purchase in most supermarkets these days.  I bought mine from Tesco but you can get them online also.  Click below to buy them in bulk.  I find this particular bulk option is cheaper and obviously lasts a lot longer.
Suma Wholefoods Chia Seeds 1 Kg

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Three Easy Salads

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Three Easy Salad Recipes

I don’t make enough salads but when I do I really enjoy them!  Here are three very easy salads to make at home and they all compliment each other perfectly.  These are great as side dishes to a BBQ, Pizza or Greek style dinner night.  I just love all the beautiful colours they create together.  I’ve provided the recipes below, I haven’t added any specific quantities on some of the main ingredients as it’s always better in this case to tailor the desired quantity to your own tastes and diet requirements.  If you wish you can watch the recipe video on Natural Living YouTube Channel with assembly instructions, click on the link below.

Please feel free to print out this page and keep as a reference.

I would love to see your finished creations please post your pics on my Facebook Page ‘AngieMilneNaturalLiving’ (a link to my page is at the bottom).

Now lets make healthy salad!

Pita Bread Salad

Ingredients:

Pita Bread (cut into squares and lightly fried in olive oil)

Baby Gem Lettuce (chopped into square shaped bits)

Tomato

Cucumber

Green Pepper

Mint or Coriander (freshly chopped or other choice of herbs)

Red Wine Vinegar (about 2 tbsps)

2 tbsp olive oil (cold pressed & preferably organic)

Lemon Juice (about 1 lemon)

3 Tsps of Za’atar Herb Mix

Pomegranate Seeds (1 Pomegranate)

Himalayan Pink Salt or Sea Salt

Mix all the chopped and prepared ingredients together in a large bowl add the desired quantity of mixed dressing ingredients, season and serve with some additional herbs & perhaps a slice of lemon on the top to make it look all pretty.

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Pomegranate Rice Salad

Ingredients:

Cooked Rice

Pomegranate seeds (1 pomegranate)

Juice of 1 Lemon

Chopped Fresh Parsley or coriander

Sliced Red Chillies

Sliced Red Onion

Himalayan Pink Salt

Black Pepper

Leave the rice to cool a little, then add in all the ingredients and season.  Serve with the other salads.

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Tomato and Olive Salad

Ingredients:

Tomatoes

Freshly chopped basil, coriander or some parsley

Sliced Red Onion

Chopped mixed olives

Lemon Juice (about 1/2-1 lemon)

Olive Oil (around 2-4tbsp)

Pink Himalayan Salt or Sea Salt

Freshly Ground Pepper

Mix all the prepared ingredients together in a large bowl, add the seasonings and dressing ingredients to taste and serve with a sprinkle of additional herbs and extra olive oil if necessary.

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Pink Himalayan salt…

…has many health benefits and you can even purchase it in larger supermarkets now.  Personally I would recommend getting your own grinder and buying it in bulk as it can be over priced in places.

If you click on the image above it will take you to my favourite brand of pink salt.  I’ve always used this brand and would recommend it.  You can also use a cup of this salt in a hot steamy bath and enjoy the benefits of that.  Here are a few links to several further studies and information relating to the healing and health benefits of Pink Himalayan Salt, some of which are referenced.

https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/himalayan-crystal-salt-benefits/

https://www.reference.com/health/benefits-himalayan-pink-salt-43cc8a4f87d61ace#

Za’atar Herb Mix

You might be wondering what the ingredient Zatar is??  Well…its a middle eastern inspired herb mix which you can buy in bulk already premixed.  It’s awesome in salads, dressings, stews, bakes and once you have a batch it lasts a long time in the cupboard.  I would recommend the Greenfield’s brand of Za’atar.  It smells so delish!  Click on the image for further details.

Angie x

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