How to make a healthy purple smoothie!

I thought I’d experiment around with different berries/fruits and ingredients as you do in hot summer weather and ended up making this purple berry smoothie – it’s very IMG_20170710_170304refreshing, healthy and easy to make! All you need is:

A handful of blueberries

A handful of blackberries

1 banana

2 large spoons of Greek yoghurt, or plain if you prefer

Half a cup of milk (use less if you want a thicker consistency)

(Optional) A tablespoon of mixed fruit/seeds – I just used a sachet of  mixed dry banana, dates and seeds from Tesco: https://www.tesco.com/groceries/product/details/?id=290596363

Simply wash and then mix everything in a blender thoroughly (cut the banana into smaller pieces), serve and enjoy!

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BANANA AND MANGO SMOOTHIE!

As you can probably tell by my previous post, ever since I bought a mason jar, I’ve become obsessed with making smoothies as they look so good in them! It’s a great way to add some fruit into your daily diet, and also make amazing breakfast smoothies! Here’s the recipe for this amazing combo:

All you need is (to make 1 serving):            IMG_20160710_170441.jpg

One mango

One banana

A splash of milk

A tablespoon or two of double (or single) cream

You could also try some ice to make it extra summery!

Simply chop everything to make it easy to blend, before blending them all together! Then pour into a glass and enjoy! 😉

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Thanks for reading,

Bushra 😀

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EASY TIPS FOR A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE

HEALTH. Something I’m definitely no expert on, but it’s clear that being more healthier allows you to not only  feel better about yourself, but focus better and work harder on your goals, giving you ultimate confidence. I’m striving to change my addiction to junk to healthier options to give myself a fresher outlook and healthier mindset as I approach college exams, without drastically changing my general lifestyle seeing as I’m only a teenager. But here are some small changes I’ve made recently which definitely contribute to having better concentration and a better feeling about yourself, without turning into a different person overnight. Enjoy!Healthy_Fruit

1. Be more conscious of your diet, and make small changes that go a long way. You may assume that a couple of chocolate bars to satisfy your temporary hunger is fine, but it’s not necessarily the best habit when you consider the amount of fat you’ll be consuming daily, simply in snacks. It’s far easier to switch from chocolate to fruits, fizzy drinks to juice or water, and generally purchasing and choosing lower fat or diet alternatives. It’s okay to eat some fatty foods in moderation, but I find that stuffing myself in chocolates as a norm isn’t great in the long term.

Drink more water! This is such a cliche, but you’d be surprised at how much of a significance this can have on your health and outlook. I usually drink a glass of water each morning before breakfast which is so refreshing and so important to have throughout the day as often you can confuse hunger with thirst which can lead to over-eating!

Eat less meat. This might sound random, but it’s an important one. Generally, vegetarians have greater health prospects and still benefit from getting their protein through other vegetarian means. Though you don’t have to completely cut out meat/chicken from your life, you can definitely benefit from eating less and having more vegetable based options. I know people who eat meat/chicken almost every single day and while that doesn’t necessarily make them ‘unhealthy’, you can lack protein from other food sources. While I’m not 100% vegetarian myself, I eat way less meat than last year and now consciously choose vegetarian options, incorporating more plant based foods which has definitely made me feel healthier internally.

Eat 3x a day at set times. It’s definitely important not to skip meals, even if it’s something light, especially breakfast which gives you the energy boost for the day. For dinner it’s best not to eat no later than 8 as you become less active and therefore cannot burn calories as well. I’m definitely guilty of this!

And most important of all: Keep your intentions right in the process! Be sure that you’re changing your diet for yourself only, not because you feel pressured to or drawn in by the media’s ridiculous notions of what beauty/healthy means. If it’s coming from YOU and YOU ONLY, you will definitely make progress as you please, rather than setting false goals in an attempt to satisfy other’s ideals which will only harm you mentally if you feel like you can’t do it!

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Bushra x

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How to make a simple and easy breakfast smoothie!

Smoothies for breakfast (or whenever you like!) can be so refreshing and so here is a really simple and easy recipe for one! There are endless variations in making them and you can get as creative as you wish! For this berry version all you need is:

A bananaIMG_20151121_221635

Mixed berries  – I used frozen as not only are they far cheaper than fresh ones but taste just as good, as well as lasting longer.

Half a cup of milk

Single or double cream (optional)

Plain yoghurt – you could add any sort of plain yoghurt you’d like. Greek yoghurt would give the smoothie a nice texture but I only had the standard plain yoghurt 🙂

Simply blend everything in, and voila, a simple smoothie! 😀

Bushra x

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Review | Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Control face scrub

So this review will be on the Neutrogena visibly clear spot control face scrub. I previousely used the Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit daily scrub, and the results were amazing – I had soft, clear skin which people complimented! You can view full details here on the Boots website: http://www.boots.com/en/Neutrogena-Visibly-Clear-Pink-Grapefruit-Daily-Scrub_1110483/

But anyway, I fancied a change and so I bought this one. I kept to the same brand of Neutrogena as it’s one of my favourites for skin care but also because it was the same as my previous face scrub. I have been using it for about a week and can see some similarities and differences. I use a pea sized amount as it lathers up quite easily, and lasts for ages at 150ml.                                            IMG_20141114_064124

Smell: I have to admit that the reason I loved the first scrub so much was because of the delicate but fruitful smell of grapefruit which made me want to use it. This one, however, has a very contrasting smell. You have to smell it as it’s one of those indescribable scents, but I would say it’s slightly minty, yet refreshing. To be honest and open, I didn’t like the smell the first day or two of trying it but I suppose that would be expected seeing as I was so used to the fruitful scent of the grapefruit facial scrub. However, after a week now I really do like the refreshing scent, yet woulden’t recoomend it if you really can’t stand mint or ocean like scents, or if you prefer fruity or floral scents.

Effects: The effects on my skin was fairly the same as the previous one. It removes dirt and helps clear clogged pores and really refreshes your face, unlike some facial scrubs. You really do feel fresh faced and cleansed after usage. I guess the only difference is that this one claims to maintain ‘spot control’, though many of the Neutrogena products aim for the same thing, and the grapefruit one does the same, so this is nothing new. My skin feels so soft and smooth after using it each time, and it’s one of those things you need after you’ve just had a face of make-up!

Price: It’s available in major drugstores like Boots and Superdrug for under £5 and even shops like Asda and Tesco, where I got mine on sale for £2.33! To be fair, I would buy it for more anyway as it will last beyond months.

Overall I would recommend it if you want clear, soft skin with lasting results. #TeamNeutrogena

You can view it here on the Boots website :http://www.boots.com/en/Neutrogena-Visibly-Clear-Spot-Stress-Control-Daily-Scrub-150ml_1114067/

Bushra xxx