The Scrumptious ‘3 F’ Pancake!

The Scrumptious ‘3 F’ Pancake!

Don’t we all just love pancakes? They can be quite unhealthy, especially when made with plain flour. I have recreated the pancake recipe- scrumptious yet healthier version. I like to call it the ‘3 F Pancake’ – It is fluffy, fibrous and filling! So, I thought of sharing this recipe with those of you who are avoiding piling on the pounds this winter, with a guilt free pancake! Its perfect for a healthy, filling and nutritional breakfast.


Here are the ingredients (makes around 3 pancakes):

100% Organic Oat Flakes:

1 tablespoon whole wheat flour/spelt (optional)

A Pinch of Sea Salt

3/4 cup Milk

1 Egg


Take the oat flakes, grind them into a powder in a grinder, I use the Braun Multiquick MR 430 HC Hand Blender Chopper. Now use 4 tablespoons of the ground oats in the mixture. This hand blender has been reviewed on the following BLOG Photo 03-11-2014 09 45 53

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Mix 4 tablespoons of ground oats, 1 tablespoon of whole wheat/spelt flour (optional) and the pinch of salt.

Create a well in the middle of the flours, adding the egg whites (or can add the whole egg, I prefer to use the Egg whites, as the yolk is high in fat and cholesterol).

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To this, add the 3/4 cup of milk.

Whisk the above into a batter, add more milk if you prefer the pancakes more runny.Photo 03-11-2014 11 47 27

Add 2 spoonfuls of this batter onto a hot/preheated pan to get the perfect size. Don’t forget to flip the pancake over to cook the other side. I like to have mine with honey, or home made strawberry jam (sometimes even mushed up strawberries)!

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Tempted to try this recipe out? 😀

Why not, and leave your comments below…

Bon Appétit 🍴!

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❄My Top 5 Winter Essentials❄

❄My Top 5 Winter Essentials❄

We’re almost half way into November, and its finally getting cold (yes after the exceptionally warm October we had in England!). This isn’t the best season for our skin, as well as hair. With the festive season it is not always easy to stay on top of a well balanced diet. Therefore it is important to keep our bodies hydrated and nourished with the vital nutrients and vitamins. Our skin, nails and hair also tend to dry out and get damaged.

These are my top 5 essentials to survive through the cold winter months. I am not a health expert, but these essentials may prove useful to you as they have to me.

 

1) Coconut oil hair mask: It is a white solid in the jar, but melts quickly in the palm of our hands. This oil can be used as an alternative to olive oil, or vegetable oil, as well as a great skin moisturiser. I have recently purchased the cold pressed Chi  100% Raw Organic Coconut Oil, retailing at £9.44. Personally I am not too fond of the smell on my skin, so I prefer to use it as a conditioning hair mask, to prevent my hair drying out in the winter. I try to use this hair oil mask once a week on dry hair, applying it the night before I wash my hair. Take some in your fingers and gently massage it through the whole scalp, making sure the whole head is covered with some oil. Whatever you have remaining in your hands, run it through the length of your hair, comb it through using a wide toothed comb and tie a loose braid. Keeping it on overnight helps to condition and soften your hair. Use a shower cap or a towel on the pillow if you are worried about greasing up your pillowcase, and pillow! don’t drench the hair with the oil, excess oil will just run down your face as it melts! Make sure you wash it out thoroughly with shampoo, it takes a few goes to remove all the oil. It cannot, however, be used as an alternative to a conditioner because it doesn’t rinse out well with water alone. If you do have extremely frizzy or heat damaged hair, take a small pinch (smaller than the size of a pea), rub between your palms, and pull it through the length of your dry hair (remember to use a small amount or you will end up with a greasy mess).

Chi coconut oil

 

2) Aloe Vera Gel: Click here for my post on Benefits of Aloe Vera. You can also use this as a full body moisturiser.

Aloe Vera Gel from Boots

 

3) Lip Balm: My favourite is the one with Burts Bees Beeswax Vitamin E & Peppermint for £3.69. Having used Vaseline and other lip moisturisers in the past, discovering Burts Bees was the best thing the could happen. It stays on for long, you do not need to keep reapplying it the way you would with Vaseline, it is super moisturising, the Vitamin E soothes dry chapped lips, and the Peppermint oil refreshes the lips. The fact that the product is made from a natural ingredient, bees wax made it even more attractive. The tube is more hygienic than using a lip balm from a tub, and it also fits easily into your small clutch bags or pocket. Its good value for money as you don’t need to keep re-applying it and it softens and conditions the lips, especially in the winter. I also apply it before I do my make up, and keeps my lipstick from cracking.

Burts Bees

 

4) Green Juice: Check out my Greeeench Juice recipe. I like to have this every morning for breakfast, as I get my 5 a day as well as a good intake of water to kick start my day.

Green Juice

 

5)Lip Scrub: Mint Julips by Lush Handmade Cosmetics for £5.50. I try to use this once every fortnight (frequent use can have negative effects). This lip scrub tastes like mint chocolate chips, and also acts as a moisturiser. It eliminates all those cracks, rough bits and bleeding of the lips. You only need a minimal amount of the scrub, rub it gently on your chapped and cracked lips, and you can lick it off after using it. The small pot lasts a long time, I have had mine for 2 months, and its not even near the half way mark.

It contains:

Caster Sugar (coarse): helps to exfoliate and hydrate the skin

Peppermint Oil: Cools the skin by stimulating nerves and dilating blood vessels

Organic Jojoba Oil (from the jojoba seeds): Readily absorbed by our skin epidermis is the nourishing and softening

Vanilla extract: For flavour

Tagetes Oil (from the marigold flower): Contains antimicrobial and anti fungal properties keeping the skin clear.

Mint Julips Lush

 


 ❄Comment with your views or any suggestions of your Top 5 Winter Essentials❄

Share the goodness with friends and family 😊

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Greeeench juice

Greeeench juice

My go-to healthy smoothie, a great detox drink that keeps me filled up. Rich in antioxidants, its a good smoothie to kick start the day. The best bit is that it does not taste bitter, infact it tastes like regular juice out of a carton, just that its freshly made and the healthier option.

These are the key ingredients I choose to use, the base of greens is parsley(can also use spinach or kale), followed by cucumber, apple, grapes, freshly squeezed orange and/or lemon juice, and a small slice of ginger gives a nice kick to the drink. Add 1-2 cups of water, or enough water to help blend the ingredients. I tend to add ice at the top, or even use frozen grapes instead. It tastes best when its consumed immediately after blending. I use the Moulinex Optiblend 2000 (AAW945) blender to make this refreshing smoothie.

Available at: http://www.moulinex.co.uk/pages/food_AAW945.htm?OnpageA=1

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Handful of grapes
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Organic apples. If is difficult to source organic apples, peel off the waxy skin.
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Lime, apple, ginger, grapes, cucumber and parsley
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Add the leafy greens first, followed by the remaining ingredients in which ever order. Don’t forget to add around 1-2 cups of water, depending on how thick you want it.
The final product
Happy Juicing!

Try it out and leave a comment below 🙂

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Home Made Tabbouleh Salad

Home Made Tabbouleh Salad

 Tabbouleh is a quick and easy lunchtime meal I usually have, especially when I’m on the go. Tabbouleh is a staple food  in a number of Middle Eastern and Northern African countries. It consists of finely chopped parsley, tomatoes, bulgur (cracked wheat), spring onions and seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice and salt. The strong flavours of parsley are complemented by the lemony citrus tang. It is normally served with pitta bread and hummus, or wrapped in a romaine lettuce (the healthier option!). Tabbouleh has become a popular dish.

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Not only is it healthy, but it is very filling and tasty too, in addition is considered as a good detox because of the parsley. As introduced to me by a friend; Mariana, this is how I make Tabbouleh salad, as a side with pitta and hummus, the perfect lunchtime meal.

  • Wash and finely chop one bunch of parsley.
  • Finely chop one tomato.
  • Soak 2 tablespoon bulgur in half a cup of boiling water, for 15 minutes, or until the bulgur is softened.
  • Finely chop spring onion (optional)

Mix the parsley, tomatoes, bulgur and spring onion (optional).

Now add:

  • The juice of half an lemon/lime.
  • One tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.
  • Salt to taste.

Enjoy your home made tabbouleh 🙂

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