You know, I never really understood the whole peanut butter and jelly thing. It just didn’t really seem like two things that would go together. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that being allergic to nuts meant that I had no idea what peanut butter was like. Or because being in England, I had a completely different idea about what jelly was. It took me a while to realise the whole thing was actually about jam! But since making my own free from butter, I’m obsessed with this strange combo!
When I first bought spirulina I was so excited. I was convinced that I’d bought a major superfood that would boost my energy, leave me with glowing skin and make me look all around more radiant and feel amazing. I’d read that it was a great source of iron, full of Vitamins A, B, C and E and minerals such as calcium, zinc and magnesium. There’s no denying that spirulina is definitely good for you!
But like so many health foods, it has a bad reputation for not being very nice, and to be fair I can see why. After just one use I could categorically say that I really didn’t like the green powder. It’s earthy, has a very strong flavour and is basically ‘green’. I was left with a big bag in my cupboard that was left untouched for months. But I rarely give up on food, and was determined to try again. Remembering that a little goes an extremely long way!
I’m a total hummus addict. I just love everything about it; the creaminess, the light, fluffy texture and the fact that you can pretty much eat it with anything (and trust me, I do!). I used to buy ready-made hummus all the time. And would never even dream of not having it stockpiled in my fridge.
That was until I realised just how quick, easy and cheap it is to make your own. Ever since then I’ve made my own every week, and love experimenting with new and different flavours. I’ve shared my favourite, basic oil free recipe, and have used that base to create so many different flavours such as my beetroot hummus, which is bright purple and completely delicious!
Lately I’ve been experimenting with different ingredients, and one flavour I really wanted to master was carrot. Carrots are full of so many benefits and packed full of vitamin A and beta-carotene which are amazing for your eyes and overall health, as well as being part of your 5 a day. After many different adaptations, I think that I have come up with one of my favourite ever variations; a fluffy, creamy paprika spiced carrot hummus. Yep, it really is as good as it sounds!
If you’ve seen my Instagram then you know that I’m a massive breakfast lover. I love good meals that help to kick start my morning and give me a little fuel for the busy day ahead. Oats, pancakes, chia pudding or even just a shake, as long as it’s filling and nutritious, it’s good for me. But my absolute favourite thing to have is a delicious thick, chunky apple berry compote bursting with juicy berries. Now I know that I’ve spoken a lot about this puree and have posted a load of pictures featuring it; but I suddenly realised that I’ve never actually shared a recipe. How I’ve never manged to share my favourite thing is completely beyond me!
This is probably the one recipe that I make the most. This puree is so quick, simple and easy to make and tastes absolutely delicious. It’s one of things that I’ve been making for so long and so often that there really is no recipe for it. It’s more of a handful of this and dash of that. But, I think that sometimes that’s what makes it the best! It couldn’t be easier; simply peel, core and chop your apple into chunks and place it in a saucepan with your fruit of choice, a little juice and a dash of sugar to help to reduce the tartness. If you don’t like the thought of using sugar, then of course you could use a bit of maple syrup instead. I love adding fresh juice to help to really intensify the flavour, but water can always be used as a substitute.