Superfood Banana and Nut Butter ‘Noats’

IMG_6290[1]

 

We’re moving house this weekend so it’s fair to say I am feeling a little bit stressed! You know the drill, stuff everywhere, clothes you need are already packed and the cat thinks the boxes scattered on the floor are purely for his pleasure (That is until they all crash on top of his head!).

 I took a day off the gym yesterday following a fun filled late night of packing! I’m not even sure how I have accumulated so much stuff. I moved to Dubai a year and a half ago with only one suitcase and one hand luggage! Anyway I am going waaaaay off track…. As I was saying, I physically couldn’t get out of bed to go to the gym before work and I knew we were spending our evening moving the first load of ‘stuff’ to the new place (which went incredibly smoothly surprisingly! I put it down to the fact I have moved a GAZILLION times, so I am practically a Pro now). I made a conscious effort to stay out of the kitchen last night, which ain’t easy for me! Food was prepped for lunches and we enjoyed a well deserved meal out after dropping our things off at the new pad (I had baked Ricotta Salmon and vegetable quinoa in case you were wondering!)

I attempted to relax (something I am not great at), got into bed early and annoyingly had the WORST nights sleep ever. Tossing and turning, really anxious but excited at the same time. Kind of like the feeling you have on Christmas Eve as a kid… You know if you don’t go to sleep Santa might not come but you kindaaaa wanna catch him in the act! Yeah, that feeling. I’m babbling again aren’t I? SO the point I’m trying to make is that, I went to the gym this morning on next to no sleep and did a very brutal  leg session, which instantly made me feel better. I swear the gym is like a drug to me, I released all that nervous energy and have been bouncing around ALL day!

As you may or may not of realised, breakfast is one of my FAVE meals of the day. If I only had time to either do my hair or eat breakfast I would ALWAYS choose breakfast, hands down! Especially if breakfast means Paleo Noatmeal… (I have had them every morning this week…. officially ADDICTED!)

So here is what you will need for the ‘Noats’:

  • 3 eggs (2 egg whites 1 full egg)
  • 1/2 cup of Flax Meal
  • 1 large Banana (only put half in the ‘Noats’ mixture, other half is to go on top)
  • 250ml almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • A dollop of nut butter (I used around 2 and a 1/2 tsps)

How to make:

  1. Blend all the ingredients together remembering to leave half of the banana out of the blender.
  2. Heat in a pan, continuously stirring for 3-5 minutes until it forms a ‘oatmeal’ texture.

It really is as simple as that! The toppings used are pretty self explanatory, I used Gojiberries, fresh blueberries, half a banana, Chia Seeds, Sunflower seeds and pomegranate. Basically making this already delicious bowl of Noatmeal SUPER delicious and even more nutritionally awesome! Get in my bellyyyyyy!

Peace out Paleo peeps! J xx

Ps. Here is some past Paleo Noats inspiration for y’all!

 

IMG_6035[1]

Like I said… It is an addiction!

IMG_6271[1]

Advertisements

Broccoli crust Pizza with Crispy Chorizo and char-grilled Vegetables

IMG_6266.JPG

 

You know those hangovers that don’t kick in until day 2? Yeah, well that was my day yesterday…. Hello Hangover! Work felt like a blur all day, my head was pounding and no amount of water I drank or ibuprofen I popped was helping. It felt like the longest day of my life (Not helped by the fact we have to work Sundays in Dubai!).

Anyway, the day finally came to an end and I was secretly regretting organising a gym session with my housemate (Sorry Kels). Mainly because all I wanted to do was eat pizza and sit in my pj’s all night! BUT, I dragged myself there and actually felt amazing after it! We did a really intense full body HIIT style circuit which left us pretty dead after 4 rounds and very hungry…

My friend Zoe was coming over for a movie night and mentioned ordering a pizza in, but there was no way I could justify a greasy pizza after such a good workout! So in true Justy style I cooked up the next best thing, which actually is better than the real thing in my opinion! I guess I need to leave that for you guys to try and decide for yourselves hey…

So here it is, Broccoli crust Pizza with Crispy Chorizo and Char-grilled veggies:

What you will need for the pizza crust

  • 1 large Broccoli head, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 small red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Salt and Pepper to season
  • 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning

How to make the base:

Pre-heat the oven to 190degrees.

Blend all the ingredients in a food processor. If using a Nutribullet I suggest you add the broccoli heads gradually and scrape the sides in between blending. It should take around 10-15 minutes of blending to get desired dough like texture.

Line a baking tray with parchment paper and spread the mixture into 2 medium sized pizzas (I  made 3 mini pizzas this time around but made 2 medium ones out of the same ingredients last time I made this dish!)

Place in the oven for around 10-15 minutes or until the pizza crust looks to be browning.

For Pizza topping:

I blended organic raw passata with some oregano, garlic, salt and pepper for my tomato base. Spoon it onto your pizza and spread evenly ready for adding the toppings.

Now for the fun and creative part! I’ve made this recipe a few times and every time tried a different topping… I have put Cajun spiced chicken, spinach, roasted veggies with a baked an egg in the middle on top before, which was delicious!                           Last night however my taste buds were craving some traditional Spanish Chorizo! (Dubai struggles)

I chargrilled lots of different vegetables: Eggplant, red peppers, yellow peppers, green peppers, red onion and mushrooms but again go for what you love, it is your pizza after all! Then I fried off my chopped chorizo for 2 minutes in a pan with some paprika and garlic  to ensure it was a little crispy! I then added some fresh mozzarella to my pizza base (You can choose desired cheese) before sprinkling the vegetables and chorizo on the top. Then place the pizzas back in the oven for 5-10 minutes to allow the cheese to melt.

No greasiness, no gluten, light on the tummy and more than satisfying to those pizza cravings…This recipe really does have a pizza my heart. (Ok I will shut up now)

ENJOY pizza lovers! J x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moreish Sweet Potato Brownies with Peanut Butter swirl 

 

So I am having one of THOSE weeks (Ladies you get what I am saying). I am tired, a little run down and I honestly feel like I could eat for the whole of Dubai!!
I struggle to keep my sweet tooth at bay at the best of times but this week the devil cravings were coming in fast and strong! The constant battle between the devil on one shoulder and the angel on the other: “Sugar, I NEED sugar!” “No you don’t Justine, control yourself. Think abs!” Enough was enough, the guilt of devouring a mini bag of malted milk biscuits on Monday night was too much and it was time to get baking, healthy style!

Ok, so I know what you must be thinking, sweet potato? In a brownie? Doesn’t seem too appealing does it… Kind of sounds like Rachel from Friends Shepards Pie Trifle disaster recipe?! (That has to be one of my favorite Friends episodes by the way, LOVE) but did I mention these sweet potato brownies are chocolaty, soft and moist just like REAL brownies. Now I’ve got your attention hey….

Here’s the thing you DON’T need bags of sugar and flour to create a yummy sweet dessert to fulfill your cravings . Save yourself the calories and the guilt and try these babies out!

What you will need:

  • 1 large sweet potato (2 cups gratinares)
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • 1/2 cup of melted coconut oil (I use Organic Larder Virgin Coconut Oil)
  • ⅓ cup raw honey
  • 3 tablespoons Coconut Flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocao powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons of raw peanut butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of Whey Protein Powder (I used Chocolate Fudge) *this is optional if you choose not to use it add an extra half cup of cocao powder*

For extra chocolateyness you can add:

  • ½ cup Dark Chocolate Chips (use Dairy Free/Sugar free chips for Paleo or remove completely)

For those not  fan of peanut butter you can add almond butter/ butter or I have even made these with desiccated coconut and no nut butter! All delish!

* For Paleo version completely remove the Whey Protein Powder (you can add a little more desiccated Coconut for extra sweetening) then substitute the regular dark chop chips  for Dairy Free/Sugar free chips.

Mix SPB

Get baking!

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees. Use a fork to puncture holes all around your sweet potato, then throw in the microwave for 10-15 minutes or until soft and cooked through. Peel off the skin and mash it up in a bowl.

Now add your wet ingredients to the bowl: eggs, coconut oil, honey and mix together. Then add your dry ingredients: coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, desiccated coconut, cinnamon, salt and chocolate chips and mix it all together! (Make sure you give it a good thorough mix !)

Put mixture into a tray lined with good baking paper ( I used 8×8 tray), spread evenly and bake for 30-35 minutes.

Once baked sprinkle some more desiccated coconut on the top or coconut sugar and try not to eat them all in one sitting!! Not so easy trust me….

CLose up brownies

Orange, Lemon & Herb Roasted Chicken

IMG_5868

Ok so I know sticking to a high protein, low carb diet can be a little tedious at times. I sometimes feel like all I eat is chicken and vegetables or salad… I have friends saying “Don’t you get bored of eating the same way all the time?” or “How can you be bothered to cook so often?!” The truth is I rarely eat the same dishes and what is two nights out of your week when it contributes to long term results?! I mean realllyyyy!

 

I did NOTHING with my day off Saturday,mainly  due to overindulging at brunch Friday. By nothing I mean sweet FA, no food shopping, no food prep… I was literally a slave to my bed.  The guilt had well and truly kicked in by 7pm, which drove me to set a 6.30am gym date on Sunday before work (Just the thought of it was making me feel slightly queasy). But as always I was so glad I dragged my ass out of bed!  Not only did it mean that I had got my gym session done  by 7.30am, but it also meant I had the whoooole evening to do all the things I should of done Saturday…. FOOD PREP!

I always like to experiment with my poultry and play around with recipes and I was feeling extra adventurous last night so decided to try something totally new! Some recipes turn out better than others, obviously, but 9/10 times it is a success and this dish was a 12/10!

This is a Orange, Lemon and Herb Roasted Chicken. It came out ridiculously tender and juicy with a perfect kick to it!

Here is what you will need chicken lovers:

2 large chicken breasts, sliced
2 oranges, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
1 onion, diced
1 cup fresh orange juice (1 large orange squeezed)
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (1 medium lemons squeezed)
1/4 cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tbsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp Chilli flakes (optional)
1 tsp of thyme
1 tsp of fresh rosemary sprigs
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Get cooking!

Preheat your oven to 190degrees.
In a bowl, combine olive oil, garlic, orange juice, lemon juice, dried oregano, paprika, diced onion, chilli flakes, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Place half the orange slices and half the lemon slices at the bottom of a baking dish.
Place the chicken pieces on top of the sliced orange in the baking tray then top the chicken with the thyme, rosemary, and remaining orange and lemon slices.
Drizzle the orange-lemon juice mixture all over the chicken.

Place in the preheated oven and bake, uncovered, for 45 to 60 minutes.

I made some garlic cauliflower mash and Mediterranean oven roasted veg to go with mine which works just perfectly!