Tag: Healthy

How To Make Edamame Humous

I saw a recipe for Edamame Humous ages ago, back when edamame was the big new thing.  Now everyone is bored of them I actually got around to making it!  This is just the recipe that I used, but with humous it’s all about seasoning to taste.

  • 110g Frozen Edamame
  • 35g Tahini
  • 1tsp Lemon Rind
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 35ml Water
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • Pinch Salt
  • Pinch Paprika
  • 1.5 tbsp Oil

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Tofu Steak

I found this recipe for Tofu Steak on Pinterest, but tracked it back to this It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken, a vegan recipe blog.  I always want to cook with tofu because it’s healthy, but tastes quite bland and once you open a packet it goes off within days.  This was a bit of a trial, but here’s what I did.

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Carrot and Ginger Soup

This is a soup recipe, if you’re wanting something quick, healthy, and vegetarian.  Or you have a lot of carrots to use up because boyfriend bought another bag even though there was already one in the fridge…

  • One onion
  • Six Carrots (diced)
  • Ginger (I used about 2g of frozen stuff, puree would have worked so much better)
  • 500ml Vegetable Stock
  • Cheese 🙂

Pretty easy soup!  Fry the onion in some oil until brown.  Add the carrots, stock, and ginger and simmer for 20mins ish.  Then remove from the heat, blitz in a blender, and return to the heat to warm back up.

I vastly improved this soup by putting a pile of grated cheddar on top.

 

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Ginger Almond Smoothie

Another smoothie attempt.  I should really start thinking through the flavour options instead of just throwing in everything that I find in the fridge…Anyway this time around I wanted to try adding some of the Almond and Coconut Butter I had picked up, and I used Coconut Milk so that’s kind of coordinated.

This is what I used anyway:

  • 4 Frozen Kale
  • 2 Carrots
  • 2 tbsp Frozen Raspberries
  • 2g Frozen Ginger
  • 20g Huel
  • 200ml Coconut Milk
  • 1 tbsp Almond Coconut Butter

And then just blitz in the Nutribullet.  It makes two glasses.

Nutritional Info:

Calories: 300
Carbs: 24
Fat: 17g
Protein: 12g
Sugar: 8g
Fibre: 6g

I always look at these things and think eeek!  So many calories, and so much sugar for a little drink.  I do this whilst stuffing my face with chocolates…

 

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Quick and healthy vegetarian lunch

Quick and healthy vegetarian lunch Quick and healthy vegetarian lunch today!

Today I decided to make a quick and healthy vegetarian lunch, after a few weeks of being ill and eating junk.

I boiled some sweet potato for about 15mins until soft, then threw in some sugar snap peas for the last 5 mins.  While they were cooking, I put a few handfuls of mixed leaves on my plate.  The cut up half an avocado and a quarter of cucumber and sprinkled them on top.  I broke out, and dusted off, my spiraliser.  I hadn’t used it in a while, so I spiralled a carrot and put that in the salad too.

When the potato and sugar snap peas were done I added them to the mix.  I also dolloped on some cottage cheese to get some protein.  Really this ended up with too much sugar in it from the sweet potato, and could have done with more protein and less carbs.  But…as a veggietarian it’s tricky to get the proteins…

 

Nutrition (approx):

  • Calories- 530
  • Carbs- 77g
  • Fat- 20g
  • Protein-23g
  • Sugar- 28g
  • Fibre- 19g

 

Green Kale Smoothie

Frozen Kale Smoothie

Another day, another green kale smoothie.

Ingredients

  • 40g Frozen Kale
  • 40g Apple
  • 20g Frozen Raspberries
  • 14g Huel
  • 190ml Coconut Milk

So the recipe is pretty simple, you just put everything in a blender and blitz.  I used my beloved Nutri-Bullet, which is tough enough to blitz the frozen stuff.   Frozen kale, btw, is a life saver for the semi-regular smoothie maker who does enough to buy fresh kale each week, but not enough to actually use it before it goes off.

And Huel, if you weren’t aware, is supposedly a food replacement powder.  Although really I just use it as a protein top-up.  I used the vanilla flavoured stuff, so the smoothie had a vanilla tang to it.  It’s also my ‘greenest’ smoothie yet, they all seem to come out brown for some reason.

Nutritional Information

These quantities are enough to make the smallish glassful you see in the photo. And that’s what this nutritional information is based on.

  • Calories- 140
  • Carbohydrates- 18g
  • Fat- 4.3g
  • Sugar- 10.4g
  • Protein- 5.9g
  • Fibre- 3.9g
berry smoothie

Berry Smoothie

Exciting times people, I have the Nutribullet! Boyfriend said ages ago he would get it for me for my birthday so I’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting…Anyway my birthday finally rolled around and now I can go smoothie crazy!  Starting with this Mixed Berry Smoothie.  Well we’re several iterations in really.

I have also been experiencing Huel.  Huel is a silly word.  It is also a nutritionally balanced powder that gives supposedly fulfills all your nutritional needs. It’s been designed as a meal replacement, I can’t quite get to grips on that.  Instead I am just adding it to my porridge and smoothies.  It’s high in protein, so I imagine that people use it as a protein powder.

I’ve been experimenting with smoothie recipes, and this one was pretty good.  It’s amazing how much better adding a banana makes everything taste, but also how much more calories and sugar it adds.  So I suppose my next challenge is a delicious banana free smoothie.  Also one that looks less brown…berry smoothie

Ingredients-berry smoothie

40g Mixed Frozen Berries
1 Banana (around 130g)
25g Huel
25g Kale
Chilled Herbal Tea

Nutritional Values-

Calories- 240
Carbs- 42g
Fat- 4g
Protein- 10g
Sugar- 19g
Fibre- 7g

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Healthy Lunch

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This healthy lunch required pretty much no cooking or skill, not sure how cost effective it is though.  I used a seedy pitta bread, 2 poached eggs, cucumber, Quorn chicken pieces, microwavable veg, lentil thingies, and a chunk of feta.  This was me trying to eat protein after a run, and more veg after Christmas.

I calculated it at 712 calories which seems like a lot for what looks like a salad but protein does bring the cals.

Healthy Cereal Bars 2

I posted a week ago about my healthy (and tasty) cereal bars, and since then I have augmented the recipe and made it a bit healthier. They still only have 6 ingredients and don’t require any cooking.

I added some Rice Puffs with the intention of bulking up the bars without adding any extra fat or sugar.  I was just going to buy some Rice Crispies but found them to have loads of added sugar, so I went to Holland and Barrett and bought some, slightly pricier, gluten free, Rice Puffs.

Last time I used Hemp Seeds last time which were a bit too crunchy so I omitted them this time around. The result is the bars have fewer calories, and less fat and sugar.

These quantities make 32 bars.

  • 240g Oats
  • 60g Oat Bran
  • 80g Rice Puffs
  • 170g Agave Nectar
  • 60g Coconut Oil
  • 350g Almond Butter

Cereal Bars Rice Puffs

All you do is mix the ingredients together.  You need to make sure they are all mixed evenly, so I found it easiest to mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet in another before combining them all.  Coconut oil is solid at room temperature but melts at 24 celsuis so I put mine in the microwave for 30secs first to melt it.

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Nutritional value per bar:

  • Calories- 147
  • Carbohydrate- 12.3g
  • Sugar- 4.1g
  • Fat 8.7g
  • Saturated Fat- 2.4g
  • Fibre- 2.4g
  • Protein- 4g