Thursday, 25 August 2016

National Burger Day August 25th 2016


Today 25th August 2016 marks National Burger Day in the UK. This day occurs every last Thursday in August and restaurants all over the UK offering over 20% off on Burgers today so get EATING :-)

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Foods to Help Eliminate Your Love Handles

Love handles. They plague men just as much as women (whether or not you care to call them that or prefer "spare tire"). Regardless, if you do in fact have the extra poundage hanging around your midsection, take a look at these fat-eliminating foods.

While these foods won’t literally incinerate the fat from your abdominals, they will promote weight loss, and aid in your long-term goals without making you feel deprived. “So many diets are bereft of proper protein,”  Instead, many guys count calories and eat tiny portions of high-sugar foods or juices that actually create a starving sensation, he adds.

The principle behind the selection of these foods is simple: You'll eat real food (Read: not a bunch of bars or shakes) that come from every major food group. “You want 80 percent of what you eat to be raw, whole, plant-deprived foods to support your system and create an optimized environment for health and wellness,Make sure to pick foods packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats to keep you energized to power through every day and any workout.- source(msn.com)




Leafy greens will provide vital nutrients, cleanse your body, and fill your stomach with healthy fiber and a surprisingly high (pound-for-pound) amount of protein. Seeds and legumes will provide additional satiating plant-based protein to make sure you never have that starving sensation, which causes even valiant men to binge on Twinkies.





Healthy fats from nuts and oils will help you drop the pounds (fat doesn’t make you fat), and keep your hunger at bay from meal to meal. Adding some lean meat into the mix will help build muscle. You want organic, grass-fed meat, and sustainably wild-caught fish. Low-glycemic fruit will cater to your carb and sweets needs, though the craving will diminish drastically after about three days.


You should eat meals every four to six hours and snack very minimally. Snacking, and eating in general, raises insulin levels, which is responsible for storing excess carbs and sugars as fat. Even with the best intentions, you’ll never lose weight if you slack when it comes to snack time. Add these eating principles and food guidelines to your daily diet, and watch that extra weight slip right off your midsection.

Almonds have always been considered an excellent source of healthy fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids, but they’re also a decent plant-based source of protein, with 30 grams of protein per cup," Elkaim says. Aisde from having the most protein of all the tree nuts, almonds are also the highest in fiber, Vitamin E, calcium, niacin and riboflavin. Keep them in your desk or car for easy snacking throughout the day.


Brown rice is staple for vegans and vegetarians because it’s filling and inexpensive. It also contains a good dose of protein (5 grams per cooked cup) and fiber (3.5 grams per cooked cup), which helps reduce blood glucose and blood insulin levels. In a recent study at Harvard University School of Public Health, researchers found that by eating 50 grams of brown rice a day, people can reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 16 percent. "Brown rice is also an excellent source of two very important antioxidants, selenium and manganese, which, among other things, prevent free radical damage, attack cancer cells and repair DNA




Kale (My Favourite Vegetable) High in nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and fiber, but low in calories, non-starchy veggies like kale, spinach, and arugula are a great way to add volume to a meal without weighing it down," Cording says. Kale has about 1.5 grams of protein per chopped cup (raw), which isn’t a ton, but you can have it be the base of your salads, toss it into smoothies and greens drinks, add it to soups, or sauté it as a side dish to add a punch of nutrients. In fact, the nutrient profile of kale is enough reason to make the veggie a focal point of your diet. It has double the amount of vitamin C as oranges (120 mg), a healthy dose of vitamin A (which helps protect your eyes), is high in beta carotene, vitamin K, and calcium, too.



Coconut oil is readily used by the body as an energy source. It's a heart-healthy fat that's been shown to improve cholesterol profiles, reduce inflammation, and rev metabolism, too. Not sure how to incorporate it into your diet? Elkaim suggests adding 1-3 tablespoons of coconut oil into your morning tea, or melting it over salmon with a bit of garlic. It's easy to cook with (because of its high smoking point) and you’ll enjoy powerful antiviral and antibacterial benefits, as well. (Plus, if you add it to rice when you cook it, you'll cut calories by up to 60 percent!



Avocados are the ideal healthy fat because they "keep you full by slowing down digestion.What's more, the fruit is packed with potassium, which fights bloating, so all that hard work you've done on your abs will show. "Avocadoes have about 14 grams of healthy fat per half a fruit, so they’ll increase your post-snack satiation (meaning you’ll be likely to eat less at the next meal), and on top of its good-for-you fats, avocado consumption actually aids in the absorption of vital nutrients when eaten with other fruits and veggies. Just be careful not to go overboard—even healthy foods can pack on the pounds if you're not careful. 



I didn't know this until I came across this online, Red palm oil comes from the palm tree family (just like coconut oil), only it's thicker in consistency, has an earthier taste, and actually contains the highest amount of vitamins A and E of any plant-based oil. "Blend it into your morning smoothie, or melt it over meat to get satiating fats, tons of Vitamin E, and heart-protective benefits, which will fuel lifelong.


Chicken- Protein helps you stay satisfied and helps your body build and repair muscle tissue to get you looking lean," Cording says. Chicken is especially important if you're trying to drop your love handles and build muscle because it has all the essential amino acids your body needs.


Monday, 22 August 2016

World Jollof Rice Day- August 22nd 2016

Good Monday Morning Foodies, it's my Birthday today and today also marks World Jollof Rice day.

Jollof Rice is my favourite Nigerian Food so I'm definately going to be double celebrating today..

No Nigerian party is complete without Jollof rice, so wherever you are take this jollof rice and celebrate with me as it also happens to be my favourite Naija food :-)


Wherever you are, make sure you celebrate with me :-)






Leran easy steps to cook Jollof here-


Friday, 19 August 2016

World Humanitarian Day 2016

Happy FriYay :-)


Today 19th August 2016 is marked as World Humanitarian day, a day to celebrate the work of aid workers to alleviate suffering all over the world.



Humanitarian work can be many things – incredibly rewarding of course, but often frustrating, exhausting, dangerous and lonely. Yet it is a sector that thousands of people have been drawn to. The latest figures (pdf) from ALNAP estimates that there are 274,000 humanitarian workers worldwide.

World Humanitarian Day, on 19 August, was established in 2009 as an initiative by the UN to raise awareness of those men and women working tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of 130 million people around the world.- source-guardian.com
 
 
 

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Restaurant Review- Banana Tree (Milton Keynes)



I love this segment of my blog as I get to share my experience with my readers :-)

If you are a constant reader of my blog, you'll know how much I love to eat out and review food/restaurants...

I have been to Banana Tree Milton Keynes before but didn't really enjoy my time as my baby just didn't let me enjoy my food just because she wanted Mummy's attention.

Now this time, I visited when she is much older and could sit on her own high chair with a couple of colouring paper and pencils to play with.

For those who don't know, Banana Tree is an Indochinese restaurant that serve Vietnamese, Cambodian, Thai, Malaysian and Chinese Food.

Les start the review....



For starter I had Crispy Seafood Moneybags that contain King prawn, white fish, vegetable stuffed parcels, served with sweet chilli dipping sauce.

My Verdict- I really enjoyed them but I feel like there isn't that much stuffing in the bags, so it could have done with a bit more stuffing.




Main Course I had a mixture of things as I wasn't too pleased with the set menu so I kind of ordered a few things together for my main.

So I had the Blackened Chilli Beef (Bayswater) which consists of  Thin sliced steaklets in aromatic dark soy, palm sugar, chilli garlic & ground spices served with chilli.

I then ordered 2 more extra portions of Rice as this didn't come with the main, so a bit gutted we had to order that separate. And also the portion size is small.

I really enjoyed the Food, I must say the fresh taste got me and the authentic asian spices used just made it taste even better.







For drinks I had a Wild Strawberry Sparkler Mocktail that consists of Strawberry syrup, lemonade and squeezed fresh passion fruit and hubby had the Jack Daniels/ Contreau spirit.



 Even though I feel like their portions aren't generous, I was really full up by the time we finished our meal.

Price- A bit on the pricey side, a meal for 2 adults and a toddler cost us around £55 which includes Mocktails & glass of spirit

Ambience- Very child friendly, my daughter loved it as she got her own high chair that was connected to the adult chair, so it felt like she was seating on an adult chair even though its a high chair.

The waiters are so polite, the environment is very conducive and overall very comfortable, which even had a plug socket for me to charge my phone.

Overall I rate it 95% just because I would have loved if the portion size were a little bit more than it was. But all in all, I would definately recommend :-)






Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Love Chin Chin Snacks Review




Hello Foodies..

So the guys at Love Chin Chin sent me some box full of goodies to review and share with my readers.

Being a food blogger, food enthusiast and a food critique,  I'll give you guys my very honest opinion :-)

Chin Chin are a sweet West African snack similar to biscuits or breadsticks.

They sent me all their 4 flavours Chilli, Lemon, Cinnamon & Vanilla and I must say my favourite is the Vanilla flavour. OMG I absolutely loveeeee it; my daughter also loves it and believe me I am hiding them away from my hubby, otherwise they'll all be gone before I know it.







One thing I also like is the fact that their brand is promoting the African heritage, and one thing that also wowed me is the packaging, they definately stand out from all other snack packaging around. The packaging is very catchy, you cannot walk away from them.

They describe their slogan as "crunches like a biscuit, tastes like a cake" 

As a West African myself, I have tasted a host of chin chin and as much as I love them, I always find that some are either too crunchy, too sweet and not up to standard, but I can guarantee you that these are just too perfect.




I will also be creating and pairing chin chin with a few recipes on my blog, so stay tuned to them.

I will give you my take on each individual flavour below:-

Chilli- Even though this is meant to be chilli flavour, it's not spicy at all. Its almost perfect

Lemon- As soon as you open the pack, the tanginess of the lemon hits you, which makes you to want to try it. My husband and daughter both love this one the most.

Cinnamon- The cinnamon was my 2nd favourite, it just has a taste to it. It kind of reminds me of a certain breadstick I like.

Vanilla- Defo my favourite, I love the fact that you can actually taste the sweetness of the chin chin; giving this a 10 stars for me


They are available in over 400 Asda & Tesco stores. 

You can also purchase staright from their website at www.lovechinchin.com

As you can see below, I enjoyed mine with a nice glass of bubbly :-)



This is a Sponsored review

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

7 Things every girl must do before going to Bed




Happy Tuesday, this month is going by so quickly I feel like we haven't had a summer :-)

Getting a good night's sleep is important for your mood, your energy levels, and your overall health. It's also dependent on what you do during the day—how much physical activity you get, what you eat and drink, and how mentally stimulated you are—especially in the hours before you crawl into bed.

"When people suffer from insomnia or other sleep issues, it's often because of something they're doing, probably unintentionally, when they should be preparing for rest,"

Here are some of the things you need to be doing as ladies before you go to sleep :-)


Wipe off your make-up- Going to bed with your make-up on is a surprisingly bad thing to do, It might not seem like a huge deal but trust me it is. Sleeping in your make-up increases the risk of breakouts because your products will clog your pores. And also as you go through your day, your face picks up debris & bacteria that need to be removed as well. So when all that gunk transfers to your pillowcase, you have the same issues the next night even if you do remove your make-up.


Use a facial Cleanser-Once you remove your makeup, use a facial cleanser to remove any dead skin, dirt and sweat. Facial cleansers are different than soap, so buy a product designed specifically for cleansing the delicate skin on your face. Pick a facial cleanser that’s right for your skin type.


Brush your teeth- Poor dental hygiene can have a negative impact on your overall health. Gum disease can also lead to heart disease if you are not careful so it is really important to brush your teeth before going to bed.

Moisturize all over- Moisturising all over your body before you go to bed helps the product/moisturiser to soak into your skin and works like magic. If you've got dry skin, it can be really tight and itchy preventing you from a good nights sleep; so its important to moisturise before going to bed.

Wear your hair down- I'm actually a rebel to this as I prefer to wear my hair in a pony tail with a scarf tied before bed. Experts also say that as your move around, all the elastics can tear & damage your tresses.

Drink a glass of water- Water is very essential to a healthy body & when you sleep, you go several hours without hydration. By drinking a glass of water before bed, you boost your intake and protect your body while you sleep. 
Keep the stress aside- When lying down to sleep try to thrash away all the worries, tensions and work that you faced the entire day such as trying to study and learn, chasing after kids, seeking from appreciation from the boss or trying to seem appealing to your respected man. At that point of the night all that needs to be done is, setting everything aside and enjoying the particular moment you’re breathing in to achieve peace and tranquility. Ladies, trust me on this if you practice this every night you’ll thank me once you wake up because you’ll have such a sound sleep by letting lose off all the things that bring distress to your life and those which provoke you to think. :-)

Have a good week...
source-http://beauty.allwomenstalk.com/


Saturday, 13 August 2016

Day 7 of The Rio 2016- Team GB claim 3 more Gold Medals



Sir Bradley Wiggins and the cycling pursuit team set a world record to beat Australia which puts team GB third in the medal table. Whoop whoop well done :-)

That also  followed two golds for Britain's rowers.

Heather Stanning and Helen Glover won the pairs, while Alex Gregory, George Nash, Constantine Louloudis and Mohamed Sbihi took the men's four.

Britain also claimed silvers in the dressage, trampolining and swimming.

British Olympic Association chief Bill Sweeney told BBC Sport that Team GB were on track to realise their goal of at least 48 medals in Rio. (source-bbc.co.uk)

Check out the full schedule & results below:-



Well done team GB, I am super proud of them as they've done so well. The last time I checked the medal table, team GB was on number 9 and voila they are now 3rd on the table.

A job well done to you guys, keep pushing and we can defeat team USA lol...

Check out the medals table below to see how your country's team are performing :-)



Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Plantain Pancakes


This is probably one of the most basic and simple recipes I've shared on my blog so far but trust me it is worth sharing.

 Alot of people love their pancakes & at the same time alot of people have overripe banana and plantains and never get to actually use them, they tend to just leave it to the side or end up throwing them away.

I love the fact that Plantain is very versatile & you can get to do so much with it, I make this alot at home, its almost our go to breakfast :-)

Video tutorial available here
If you have any of those, don't chuck them away, make a sweet pancake with it :-)



Ingredients to make 3 pancakes:-

2 eggs
1⁄2 a glass of fresh milk
1⁄2 a teaspoon of cayenne pepper (optional)One tablespoon of vegetable oilAbout 50g of Flour (any type) or 4 to 5 tablespoons1 ripe Plantain
Utensils:-A blenderA non stick frying pan




Method:- Break the eggs and place in the blender, cut the plantain into pieces, add into the blender, add the milk & flour. Blend until thick.
Now heat up the frying pan for 3 minutes and add the oil, pour the mixture into the pan and fry each side until nice and brown (roughly for 3 minutes each side). Jazz it up with some syrup, or fruits :-)

Breastfeeding Awareness Month- August 2016

Happy Breastfeeding Awareness Month,..

August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month. The breastfeeding campaign, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, hopes to empower women to commit to breastfeeding by highlighting new research showing that babies who are exclusively breastfed for six months are less likely to develop ear infections, diarrhea and respiratory illnesses, and may be less likely to develop childhood obesity.


I am in support of Breastfeeding until any age, my daughter is currently 14 months old and still breastfeeding and proud. The connection between us is beyond amazing and her energy level is on top of this world. Apart from that, the best decision I've ever made being a First time mum was to exclusively breastfeed her until 6 months and solids after that. It was so much easier and fun at the same time.





The World Breastfeeding Week 2016 theme is on raising awareness of the links between breastfeeding and the Sustainable Development Goals. By recognizing that breastfeeding is a key to sustainable development, we will value our well being from the start of life, respect each other and care for the world we share. 

I also shared my view on Breastfeeding in Public here- 

"Breastfeeding is not only the cornerstone of a child’s healthy development; it is also the foundation of a country’s development."- (source- WHO)