High Protein Low Sugar + Fat Cake Baked By My Mum ❤️

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My beautiful mama made this recipe because of her dietary preferences, she wanted a cake that would be high in protein, and low in fat as well as sugar. In addition, she wanted to cut out processed bread from her diet and replace it with something that would still provide her with energy, carbohydrates, in addition to being lovingly homemade! This is not a ‘typical’ cake, due to the low absence of fat so it is more dry and almost bread-like. Whole-meal flour was also used to boost the nutritional content of the cake!

  • 1.5 cups of flour (0.5 cup whole meal and 1 cup white flour)
  • 1 scoop Optimum Nutrition vanilla protein powder
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cube of unsalted butter at room temperature (my mum didn’t really measure the exact amount of butter, she said it’s around a 1/4 cup)

Preheat the oven to 160 C/320 F/Gas 3. Line a baking tin with grease proof paper and oil it up.

Whisk together the butter and the sugar. Add the eggs, vanilla, salt and mix well. Then add the protein powder and the milk. Make sure the mixture is well blended before gradually adding in the flour. Sift the flour and baking powder in the batter (the wholemeal flour is a bit hard to sift!) fold it in the flour mixture with a spatula gradually so you don’t add too much at a time and the batter turns too thick. Making sure the batter is still runny, keep adding the rest of the flour. Try to reach a consistency where if you pick up the spatula, the mixture should drop back down in the bowl within two seconds (if the mixture is too thick, you can simply add a bit more milk, or if it is too runny, add a bit more flour). After all the flour is folded into the mixture, gently pour the mixture into the baking tin and leave in the oven for 45 minutes until golden brown. Once cooked, remove the tin from the oven and leave to stand for a minute. Run a round-bladed knife around the inside of tin to loosen the sponge, then turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool. Once it’s cooled, it’s ready to eat! ♥

You can also add some blueberries or nuts to the batter for added nutritional content!

 

 

Super Healthy Plant Protein Pancakes

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This is a super healthy, energising, protein filled recipe and I love eating it for breakfast! It does not look very appetising but it is very delicious! Especially if you’re craving something sweet, at the same time, want something nutrious and filling, this is perfect!

  • 1-2 bananas (I usually use 2!)
  • 1 scoop of hemp protein powder (provides around 14g of protein, all the essential amino acids, fibre, and lots of omega 3 and 6!)
  • 2 eggs (around 12g of protein and high in vitamins A, E, K, B, and folic acid)
  • Around 1 tbsp of honey (or less/more depending on your taste buds! You can substitute honey for any liquid sweetener that you would like)
  • Oats (I usually add enough so the batter is at a thicker consistency, but this also adds good complex carbohydrates as well as more protein!) I usually like to add 95g to have more calories and carbohydrates.
  • Coconut oil to fry

Start off with mashing the bananas well with a fork and add the eggs. Mix well but be careful not to mix too harshly as this can breakdown some of the nutrients in the eggs. Next, mix in the hemp protein powder, and the honey. Then gradually add in the oats so the batter reaches a thicker consistency so it sticks together while frying. Pour a bit of the pancake mixture in a hot, oiled pan (but be careful because this pancake can burn quickly!) and flip it to the other side when it is golden brown. Serve with anything that you like or you can eat it plain as this pancake is a filling, nutritious meal! Enjoy ♥♥

 

Avocado Hair Mask

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Avocados are full of vitamin E, and B, as well as protein which helps to strengthen your hair. In addition, they’re full of fat, which protects hair from breakage. Honey is incredibly hydrating, to quench the thirst of dry hair, and finally olive oil, again, containing fatty acids, and vitamin E, to make sure your scalp and hair strands are well moisturised. This mask also encourages hair growth, but it’s essentially a great moisture boost, if used weekly. Continue reading

Super Healthy Layered Smoothie!

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I made the green part using avocado, kiwi, wheatgrass powder, honey and a little bit of water so it’s thick, and the orange part using persimmons, clementines, banana, honey, and a little more water so it’s less thick than the first layer. I stored both the different colours in two separate cups for 15 minutes in the freezer. Then I got a large cup, and carefully poured the thicker layer (green), followed by the second layer (orange). After I drank a bit of the orange colour, I added beetroot juice to see if it gets prettier with 3 colours!

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Golden Berries!

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I love how they’re wrapped in their pretty leaves!

Health benefits of golden berries:

  • They contain vitamins A, C, E, K1, B1, B2, and B3, fatty acids and phytosterols (which fights cholesterol)
  • Contains special antioxidants
  • Protects liver and kidneys
  • Helps immunity
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Fights bacteria

 

 

Yummy Green Wheatgrass Smoothie

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Blend together the following ingredients for a super-yummy, greenie smoothie:

– 2 Bananas

– 1 Avocado

– 2 Kiwis

– 1 Tbsp Honey

– 1 Tsp Wheatgrass Powder (available in any health store)

– Water for desired consistency

Benefits of Wheatgrass…

  • Wheatgrass juice is an effective healer because it contains all minerals known to man, and vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, l and K. It is extremely rich in protein, and contains 17 amino acids, the building blocks of protein.
  • Wheatgrass juice cures acne and even help to remove scars after it has been ingested for seven to eight months. The diet, of course, must be improved at the same time.
  • A small amount of wheatgrass juice in the human diet helps prevents tooth decay.
  • Wheatgrass juice helps to keep the hair from graying.
  • Improves digestion
  • Wheatgrass juice reduces high blood pressure and enhances the capillaries.
  • Wheatgrass juice can remove heavy metals from the body.
  • Wheatgrass juice is great for blood disorders of all kinds.
  • By taking wheatgrass juice, one may feel an increase in strength and endurance, renewed health and spirituality, and experience an overall sense of well-being.

Source: http://thechalkboardmag.com/50-reasons-to-drink-wheatgrass-everyday

 

 

Sweet Potato Banana Magic…

DSC_0179It’s one of the best feelings, to ‘bring a new dish’ to the world (no matter how simple it may be) and so I invented some crazy sweet potato yummyness. I roasted the sweet potatoes as always do, but they were white-fleshed and I didn’t like them, so I made this which was just too delicious…

This recipe makes around 8 mini-cakes:

1 white flesh sweet potato – (roasted for 1 hour)

1 banana

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Mash the sweet potato with the banana and shape them into circles using your hands, making sure they’re well bonded and stuck together. Heat butter in a non-stick frying pan, and place the mini cakes on top. Then flip carefully until the other side is golden brown. Best eaten hot, so it’s all buttery!

Yummy Egyptian Dip

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This dip is called ‘Asal Eswed Bel Tahina’ which literally translates to ‘Black Honey (Molasses) with Tahini’, and it’s an awesome dip as it acts as a full meal, which includes around 25g of protein (as much as a can of tuna), healthy fats, and calories. I would especially recommend it to those who do weight training and want to grow muscles (check out the ‘get ripped guide’ if you are interested in that), and I swear I have muscles growing out of no where when I eat this! Molasses is extracted from sugar cane and it’s a staple ingredient favourable to many Egyptians. Tahini is sesame paste, which is flavourful and nutrient dense and used in Middle Eastern cuisine.

The ingredients below act as a guideline only, so you can try it out and add more tahini or molasses, as much as you prefer.

100g of tahini (sesame paste) – you would often find it in the international section of a supermarket, or any health shops

35g of molasses – usually found at health shops

Your favourite bread (preferably pitta)

Pour the tahini in a bowl, and gradually add the molasses so it twirls on top and mix very gently until the mixture has pretty brown patterns or if it’s a light brown colour. Dip in some bread and see if you would like more or less of any ingredient to suit your tastes. Alternatively, if you would like a lighter dip, you can add some water to the tahini and mix it well first, so it’s less concentrated.

Below are some benefits of molasses and tahini (sesame paste)…

Molasses: 

Good for hair – One serving (two tablespoons) of blackstrap contains approximately 14 percent of our RDI of copper, an important trace mineral whose peptides help rebuild the skin structure that supports healthy hair. Consequently, long-term consumption of blackstrap has been linked to improved hair quality, hair regrowth in men and even a restoration of your hair’s original color! Click here for more information about blackstrap’s hair benefits.

Safe sweetener for diabetics – Unlike refined sugar, blackstrap molasses has a moderate glycemic load of 55. This makes it a good sugar substitute for diabetics and individuals who are seeking to avoid blood sugar spikes. Moreover, one serving of blackstrap contains no fat and only 32 calories, making it suitable for a weight loss diet.

Laxative qualities – Blackstrap is a natural stool softener that can improve the regularity and quality of your bowel movements.

Rich in iron – Two tablespoons of blackstrap contain 13.2 percent of our RDI of iron, which our bodies need to carry oxygen to our blood cells. People who are anemic (including pregnant women) will greatly benefit from consuming 1-2 tablespoons of blackstrap molasses per day.

High in calcium and magnesium – Blackstrap molasses contains a mineral profile that has been optimized by nature for superior absorption. For example, two tablespoons of blackstrap contains 11.7 percent of our RDI of calcium and 7.3 percent of our RDI of magnesium. This calcium-magnesium ratio is ideal, since our bodies need large quantities of magnesium to help absorb similarly large quantities of calcium. Both of these minerals aid the growth and development of bones, making blackstrap a good safeguard against osteoporosis and other bone diseases.

Additional mineral content – Two tablespoons of blackstrap molasses also contains 18 percent of our RDI of manganese (which helps produce energy from proteins and carbohydrates), 9.7 percent of our RDI of potassium (which plays an important role in nerve transmission and muscle contraction), 5 percent of our RDI of vitamin B6 (which aids brain and skin development) and 3.4 percent of our RDI of selenium, an important antioxidant.

Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/043009_blackstrap_molasses_nutritional_supplement_health_benefits.html#ixzz3B8XAqkCL

Tahini: 

It’s rich in minerals such as phosphorus, lecithin, magnesium, potassium and iron.
It’s a good source of Methionine, which aids in liver detoxification.
It’s one of the best sources of calcium out there.
It’s high in vitamin E and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and B15.
Helps to promote healthy cell growth.
Prevent anemia.
Helps to maintain healthy skin and muscle tone.
It has 20% complete protein, making it a higher protein source than most nuts.
It’s easy for your body to digest because of its high alkaline mineral content, which is great for assisting in weight loss.
It is high in unsaturated fat (good fat!)

Source: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-6997/10-Reasons-to-Eat-Tahini.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

The best natural body scrub ever?!

 

DSC_1030Mix together coconut oil, ground coffee, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla essential oil, leave for 40 minutes to set… Smells yummmy!

You can apply it on dry or damp skin to get your blood flow going for glowing skin, get rid of dead skin cells, and even improve cellulite as it contains caffeine from the coffee which is effective! What’s better is you can store it in a massive jar to use at another time.

Warnings:

Don’t put too much cinnamon, as it can irritate your skin, so only a sprinkle!

Use it on your legs and arms as it might be too strong for more sensitive areas of the skin