Quick and simple mocktail recipe!

Mocktails. Super refreshing and perfect for hot summer days. Here is a simple and easy recipe for one that I make often:   mocktail

What you need:

Lemonade

Fresh Mint

Sugar

Frozen Berries

Ice Cubes or Crushed Ice

Lime

Recipe:

1) Put a few fresh mint leaves along with about half a teaspoon of sugar at the bottom of a glass and crush together with a spoon.

2) Add some frozen berries, followed by one or two slices of lime. At this point you can scatter an extra teaspoon of sugar if you wish to.

3) Add the ice, followed by a few more leaves of fresh mint.

4) Fill the rest of the glass up with lemonade. The berries will naturally give the drink a pinkish colour, but as an alternative you could add pink lemonade instead.

Also: As an extra, especially if you wanted to make them look more presentable for an occasion, you could add honey on the rim of the glass and dip it into sugar, followed by a classic slice of lime on the side!

Enjoy!

Bushra x

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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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STRAWBERRY AND BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIES!

Here is a very quick and easy recipe for blueberry and strawberry smoothies – a great combo! It looks great with a beautiful purply colour and tastes very summer-friendly and refreshing, while being full of vitamins! They’re also a great, healthy option for breakfast!

All you need is:                                       IMG_20160709_182507

A handful of blueberries

A handful of strawberries

A splash of milk (less to increase thickness) and some yoghurt (optional)

Optional – some ice

Simply blend all together, pour into a glass and enjoy! 😀

Let me know if you have any interesting smoothie combinations 🙂 Don’t forget to follow for more x

Bushra x

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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!

Thanks for reading, don’t forget to LIKE and FOLLOW if you enjoyed! Comment below if you have any other good ideas/tips for a healthier lifestyle 😀

Bushra x

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HOW TO MAKE QUICK & EASY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES!

Welcome 2016! For my first post of the new year, I thought I’d post a sweet recipe for some easy chocolate chip cookies 🙂

You will need: (Makes 6-8)

90g butterIMG_20160103_233847

90g caster sugar

150g self raising flour

1 egg/50ml milk

Chocolate chips (you can add your own variety here such as sultanas or dried fruit if you want a more healthier option!)

EQUIPMENT: Scales, baking tray, jug, mixing bowl, spoon, knife

METHOD:

  1. Weigh and put the flour and butter into a mixing bowl. Rub in the butter into the flour until it becomes like breadcrumbs.
  2. Add the sugar and chocolate chips/any other alternatives into the mixing bowl.
  3. If using an egg, crack it into a jug and mix with a fork or weigh out the milk.
  4. Gradually, add the egg/milk to the mixing bowl and use the knife to stir it together until it forms a soft dough. You may not need it all!
  5. Divide the dough into smaller balls and put them onto a baking tray, leaving space for them to spread. Press each one down so they are slightly flat.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until they are golden brown at 180c, Gas Mark 6.
  7. Remove from the oven once they are ready and place them onto a cooling tray.
  8. Leave them to cool before eating them! 🙂

 

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Bushra x

HOW TO MAKE SIMPLE & EASY VEGETARIAN SAMOSAS

For some reason, I was really craving an Asian’s favourite today – somosas! I love the large vegetarian puffy ones (I know, great somosa terminology) but couldn’t find them anywhere and so here is a very simple recipe (and my firIMG-20151107-WA0019st on this blog) to make your own!

You will need:

For the dough: Water, self raising flour, salt, oil

For the somosa filling:

Potatoes

1 onion

Peas (you can add any other frozen veg if you want)

Optional – sweet chilli sauce for some savoury flavouring, or your favourite herbs/fresh crushed chilli

+ oil to fry them in

Instructions:

Add the salt to the flour, and rub the oil into it. Add water and knead into a stiff dough. Flatten the dough using a rolling pin.

Meanwhile, chop IMG-20151107-WA0012and fry the onion into tiny chunks.

Boil the potatoes and mash them with a potato masher or simply use a spoon, as I did.

Stir the peas into the mash once they have unfrozen as well as the fried onion. At this point, you can choose to add any herbs/spices to spicen the filling up. I simply added some sweet chilli sauce.

Using a somosa cutter, (or if you haven’t got one, then you can use a knife to make diamond cut outs) fill the centre with a spoonful of the mix and seal the edges with a fork. Note: These somosas will look best if you make them larger than typical ones as they will be softer!IMG-20151107-WA0018

Simply let them fry in some oil 🙂

You could even make your own chutney/sauce to compliment the somosas. I simply mixed mint, garlic and chilli sauces, but if you want to go the extra mile you could make a proper chutney with things like fresh chilli, crushed garlic, tomatoes or onions 😀

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Bushra x

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