Saturday, 22 November 2014

Chocolate Orange + Peanut Protein Balls | Clean Eating

A couple of weeks ago I received my first ever package from Myprotein and I've been absolutely loving it! Being a health and fitness junkie, I'm absolutely obsessed with trying out new protein powders and I have always been drawn to the Myprotein website for their huge selection of different flavours.
As I'm a huge lover of Terrys Chocolate Orange I went for the Choco Orange flavour and it basically has the exact same flavour, it's sooo yummy. The Whey Isolate is the purest powder that Myprotein makes and contains over 90% protein! It's low in fat and carbohydrates, contains all essential amino acids and is perfect for post-workout and if you're just generally wanting to increase your daily protein intake. I've been experimenting with recipes and my favourite creation so far is these Protein Balls!

They're packed full of protein per teeny-tiny serving (I tried to make the protein content as high as possible!), low in calories per serving, clean, healthy and pretty much guilt-free. A perfect snack post-workout or brilliant if you're fancying something naughty but nice! They're so easy to make and I literally found the ingredients in my cupboards without any prep at all!



INGREDIENTS (8 SERVINGS)
10g milled flaxseed
15g dark chocolate (I used Ombar 72%)

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1. Add all ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir until fully combined

2. Separate mixture into 8 even balls

3. Refrigerate overnight to harden

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NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (PER SERVING)
Kcals: 136
Total fat: 7.5g
Sat fat: 1.1g
Carbs: 10.8g
Dietary fibre: 10g
Sugars: 0.8g
Protein: 7g

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Check out Myprotein and all their other amazing protein powder flavours! They always have fantastic discounts and vouchers on their website, here, including free gifts and a 60% off sale. 

I hope that you enjoy this recipe, it's a little different to the recipes that I usually post here on my blog! I've been so inspired by this website, ALOHA, and their yummy, healthy dishes! They have so many healthy and tasty-looking recipes on their website, and lots of healthy-alternatives too... Such as Cranberry Shortcake... Mmm!

xoxo

Thursday, 20 November 2014

October Highlights

Hello! Long time, no blog post...
I just don't seem to be able to prioritise time to write on my blog anymore and this makes me really sad as I really love to keep my blog updated and it's lovely to look back on. I've been just so super busy with work, house-y bits and bobs and travelling back-and-forth to see family and friends.
So as I don't really get quality time to sit down at my laptop anymore, I've grown more and more attached to Instagram which I like to think of as creating tiny little mini blog posts! And as I can't really go too in-depth in my posts on Instagram, I thought it'd be a nice idea to take some time out one a month to post my favourite Instagrams and write a little more about what I've been up to :-)

I know it's quite late but I thought I'd start it off with posting about the month of October as I got up to so many exciting things! October is always one of my favourite months of the year...

"THINGS JUST GOT REAL DIRTY... THIS HAS SERIOUSLY UPPED MY BURGER EXPECTATIONS!"

I have been wanting to visit this amazing American-style backyard smokehouse in Norwich since we moved here and so I finally booked James and I a table to celebrate his 23rd birthday! It was everything I expected and more... I love nothing more than a big juicy burger and this just hit the spot. I had the 'Double Stack Cheese & Bacon Burger' with 'Double Cooked Fries' and also a side of their 'Spicy BBQ Beans'... If you're ever in the Norwich area then I highly recommend you take a visit, although you will have to book as they're always pretty rammed - they basically serve until they run out of food, which I think is fantastic. 

"I BLOODY LOVE HOTELS... IF I HAVEN'T MENTIONED THAT ENOUGH ALREADY"

James and I got away from home for the weekend to visit Alton Towers. We love to stay at a nearby hotel the night before so we're all refreshed the morning after as it's such a long drive for us. We stayed at a really interesting hotel that had such a beautiful old-fashioned bathroom! I take full advantage when being in a hotel, it's absolutely one of my favourite things in the world, haha. I spent the evening wearing the hotels bath robe and slippers...


Skip to the weekend after and James and I were in London! (I told you that it was a good month, hehe) Every year James' company has a big work do/weekend in London, all expenses included, all free to really take full advantage and chill out... Except we never chill out on these weekends! Our first night on the Friday was at the Bavarian Beerhouse to celebrate Oktoberfest and it was pretty crazy...Imagine crazy amounts of beer, macaroni, pretzels, singing and drunken German waiters...

"WHAT A BEAUTIFUL START TO THE DAY"

The gorgeous view from our hotel room in London! I absolutely love The Shard, it's one of my favourite buildings in London so it was so nice to wake up to such a lovely sight. We stay in this same hotel every year and it's so lovely and is in one of my favourite parts of london. Bermondsey is so pretty, full of cute little shops and cafes, away from all the hustle and bustle of central. Another place that I highly recommend ;-)

@ H&M REGENT STREET

An obligatory selfie while trying on goodies in H&M along Regent Street. Out of the many H&M stores in Central, this is among-st my favourite... They always seem to stock the more 'quirky' items and I always leave there feeling so inspired. My coat, jumper, trousers and flats are all from H&M, scarf from Zara and bag is Mulberry.

@ AND OTHER STORIES REGENT STREET

How absolutely stunning is this ring!? I don't usually spend so much money on costume jewellery but it was so beautiful that I couldn't leave it. Any one else go into And Other Stories and never actually leave with any clothing? Everything else is always so appealing! Definitely a must-visit every time I'm in London.


Who goes to London without stopping and having a cocktail? Not us :-) We spotted this little place while exploring the Carnaby lanes and the cocktails were very yummy. James had a delicious cucumber mojito that I wish I had gotten and I had some sort of twist on a strawberry daiquiri... The presentation was amazing, the waiter brought my cocktail out with a pomegranate on top, he then set it on fire with a lighter and asked me to blow it out - I have to say I'm easily impressed, haha.

My outfit for the evening of Saturday in London... I love the contrast of the red and different shades of pink! Mostly all from H&M again - top and skirt from H&M, bag from Topshop and bangle from & Other Stories. 

"THE BATTLE BETWEEN BEING HEALTHY AND BEING ADDICTED TO CAFFEINE... TEA AT 9PM CANNOT BE GOOD"
@ HOME

The adorable little cups that I found in Londons' TIGER... Aren't they just so sweet? I think they cost something silly like £2! I'm constantly craving caffeine all the time - if only I didn't love the flavour of tea and coffee so much...

@ HOME

A cheeky photo before leaving the house for a night out in Norwich with James and friends. I kept it really casual in all H&M again! Are you surprised? I adore this jumper, it was such a good find, it's so soft and cosy with some really lovely detailing on the back and hem line.

@ HOME

Here's the cutest picture ever of my adorable little piglet all snuggled up in bed <3 She is growing up so fast, I can't believe how big she is already! Is your heart melting yet?...

"THE TASTIEST HANGOVER CURE"

Just proving my love for burgers even more. You can never go wrong with GBK and it cured my very sore head quite nicely! I decided to go for something different this time and I had 'The Don' which included American cheese, Gorgonzola, onion jam, rocket, mayo, pickled onion and my favourite ingredient of them all... BACONNAISE! Mmm, I just can't get enough of it. This is my new favourite burger from there :-)

"NILS FRAHM - OUTSTANDING"

Nils Frahm actually came to Norwich and played in such a tiny venue! This was my 2nd time seeing him live and he was just as amazing as ever, just as I expected and more. He is a true artist and if you haven't heard of him then I really recommend you having a little Google. He's a German classical composer best known for combining classical and electronic music... He plays two pianos at once and absolutely loves heavy bass... What more is there to love?

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So there was a little insight into my month... I hope you enjoyed reading!
Follow me on Instagram for more photos if you fancy @francisdodson
And if you're interested in what I'm eating and when I'm working out then you can follow that too @franciseatsclean :-)

x x x





Friday, 3 October 2014

Curried Squash, Lentil + Coconut Soup | Clean Eating

How excited are you that the days are getting colder and it's fast approaching soup season! Soup is one of the only things that makes me look forward to the colder months. Pumpkin, parsnips, squash, sweet potato.. just some of my favourite vegetables to use in soups. I stumbled across this curried soup recipe whilst browsing for Indian inspired dishes and I've since made 2 big batches of it, so I thought I'd share with you my slightly modified version.

This vegetarian soup is perfect if you enjoy the delicious taste of curry and it's extremely mild and also very sweet so it's even great for those of you who don't particularly enjoy spicy foods. It's very creamy, filling and is one of those dishes that's perfect for freezing as food prep! It tastes best when served with buttered naan bread, but I have also enjoyed it with a wholemeal pitta, and a seeded wholemeal bun which was equally as yummy.

The ingredients I have used are 100% clean although I do tend to have this soup as more of a treat or perhaps without an evening dessert also, as it is fairly high in saturated fats (due to the coconut) and although they're good, natural fats - I personally like to keep my sat fat intake as low as I can so I can squeeze in an evening snack, or two!

INGREDIENTS (SERVES 4)
1 (about 660g) butternut squash, peeled + deseeded + diced
200g carrots, diced
100g red lentils
1 tbsp curry powder, must contain turmeric
700ml vegetable stock (I used Boullion)
1 can / 400ml reduced-fat coconut milk
1 tbsp oil (I used rapeseed)
coriander
your bread of choice to serve

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1. Heat oil in a large saucepan. Add the diced squash and carrot, stir and sizzle for 1 minute

2. Add your curry powder, stir until all vegetables are coated. Cook for about 1 minute whilst preparing your stock

3. Tip in the dried lentils, vegetable stock, coconut milk and stir. Bring to a boil, turn the heat down and simmer for 15-18 minutes or until the vegetables are tender

4. Use a hand blender to blitz until smooth

5. Season with salt and pepper if you wish and serve scattered with coriander and the bread of your choice

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (EXCLUDING BREAD):
Calories: 313
Total fat: 12.2g
Sat fat: 10.7g
Carbs: 47.15g
Sugars: 10.4g
Fiber: 7.1g
Protein: 9.6g

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Enjoy!
xoxo