Quick Quinoa Pizza Crust

Pizza ! A stable on most people menu seen as an indulgent treat which also has an unhealthy stigma attached to it. Well that last bit can certainly be change. My quinoa crust pizza base is so indulgent but is a super healthy and gluten free alternative ! It’s super easy to make and you only need a good quality food processor.
Time to make: 35 minutes

Difficulty: Easy to medium
Ingredients to make one small/medium pizza for one:

95g of quinoa

20ml of apple cider vinegar or the juice of one whole lemon

1 teaspoon of Oregano

1 teaspoon of hot chilli flakes

1 and half tablespoon of tomato purée or if you are feeling the need for some spice I can strongly recommend Harissa

Then your choice of topping – spinach, pepper, tomatoes, olives, rocket, mushrooms. FullSizeRender.jpg

The list is endless, versatile and is all down to personal taste.
First step is vital and one usually most people forget. Soak the quinoa in water for at least 9 hours – the water should be around 1cm higher than the quinoa in the bowl and just leave it in the fridge overnight and the next day.

After that time, drain off any excess water but usually I find there is hardly any. Pour the quinoa, apple cider vinegar, oregano and chill flakes into the food processor and use until a smooth paste is formed.

This usually takes around 5-10 minutes.

Line a baking tray with grease proof paper and pour the batter on the baking tray.

Using the back of a knife carefully shape and flatten the batter to resemble your pizza crust. It’s up to you what shape and how thick you want it but I usually go for a little bit bigger than a one pound coin thickness.

Cook this at 190 degrees fan for 15 minutes until golden brown.

Remove from the oven, spread on your base (tomato purée for instance) and add your topping.

You can either eat this raw or return it to the oven for another five minutes. The choice is yours or either steam your toppings and add once the pizza base is completed in the oven.

Then enjoy. It’s a very simple and quick recipe to transform your beloved favourite recipe and as its healthy you could have it more than once a week!

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Balance 

I was recently at an event when one person approached me and asked “I thought you would be wearing your trainers?” This certainly got me thinking.
There was a time when I would have agreed. Having an eating disorder meant that I got stressed very quickly when I did not do my regular exercise routine everyday so I would always be in gym kit but this was not the correct balance to strike with exercise at all. It resulted in my ability to never wear gym kit as even walking up the stairs would wear me out.

Now however, I have found the balance which I think is so difficult for many people to find in some aspect of their life for me this was a mental balance involving exercise for some balance is crucial in a physical aspects such as balancing on a tightrope. Either way, one needs to achieve a middle point which might be hard to achieve.

After much education and learning to look after my only body I have. I discovered it needs rest as much as it needs the odd run or gym session in the week. It also needs a lot of fuel from food to keep going on both days which you do and do not exercise. Without either of these two objectives we cannot achieve our personal bests or even perform an exercise routine well. This might seem common sense to you but my mind was very distorted and I simply find it difficult to find the right amount of exercise to amount of food needed.

So I think it’s vital to learn not to go over board with fitness but really fine tune your ears to listen to what your body needs on a regular basis. Once you have found that perfect balance for you, it’s a great foundation for perhaps pushing yourself that little bit further on your next run but not overdoing it to cause harm.

So that’s why I have this mentality:

Listen to your body !

Nourish it and finally …

Love your body !

These simple steps certainly made my exercise routines more purposeful, fun and enjoyable. It also provides a great platform for someone who wants to get into exercise so find your equilibrium and enjoy it.

Cruelty Free Make up Brushes

I am not a big fan of using my dogs fur to apply my make up are you ? But so many brands out there are happy to supply us with make up brushes commonly made from squirrel, horse, mink hair.

Every year, millions of these animals are slaughtered, captured, beaten or skinned alive just so you can have that perfect brush to apply your make up on a regular basis. While the United Kingdom does have strict animal cruelty laws, many countries which we import such goods from don’t.

There is NO need to have real animal hair in your make up brushes as there are so many high end synthetic brushes for us to choose from. BareMinerals, a well known brand still use pony and goats hair and so does MAC.

I strongly recommend EcoTools or The Body Shop. Both brands are relatively cheap and are high quality. The brushes are soft and feel luxurious on your skin.The Body Shop facial powder brushes are extremely soft on your skin, while their eye makeup brushes give you good control to perfect your eyeshadow. Even better are the fact that Ecotools donate part of their revenues to helping the environment and their packaging is recyclable.DSC_0372.JPG

They both are synthetic so thats right, no animals are harmed in the making and they apply make up the same or even better quality than those brands made with animal hair. So my question is why are people fuelling these businesses with demand for animal hair make up brushes ? There simply isn’t any need and most of the time people are not even aware about what hairs are in their make up brush as long as it does the job. I think its time these industries stopped using animals in this manner especially when the alternative is just as good or even better.

Chia Seed Jam

Sometimes you wake up and you fancy oats with a jam, or even jam on toast. It made me realise that sometimes it’s the simple things in your everyday life, which although you may have on a regular basis is usually the best.

I did not want to recreate such a classic stable in everyones cupboard but when I realised how many addictive, artificial flavours and added sugar in one supermarket shop jar I felt obliged to recreate a healthier version.

This recipes does create a lot so if you are only looking for a spoonful, I suggest storing this in the fridge after use. Below is one whole serving on top of ginger oats, which you can barely see:

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This recipe is also very adaptable, one could use blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and more. So I recommend getting creative with this one even adding spices. Below is my ginger raspberry chia seed jam:

Difficulty: Easy

140g raspberries (or any berry for that matter)

1 tablespoon of Chia Seeds

1 teaspoon of Ginger

On the stove add the berries of your choice until partly stewed. Then remove from the heat and add the tablespoon of chia seeds and the teaspoon of spice. Leave to rest for around 15-20 minutes in the fridge and then serve or if you like it a thicker consistency leave overnight.