How to make healthy (and tasty) chocolate vegan fudge

How to make ketogenic chocolate fudge brownies low carb

If it was my choice, I'd eat Haribo fried eggs for breakfast, a tub of Ben & Jerrys for lunch and an entire red velvet cake for dinner - but let's face it, I don't think I'd be fitting into my leather skinnies if that were the case. So with that in mind, I've decided to introduce you guys to what is potentially the healthiest chocolate fudge recipe around. Sugar free, vegan, low carb and good for you? Oh it's possible.

Ingredients

200g ground almonds
2 tbsp almond milk
2 (very ripe) bananas
2 tsp raw honey
1 tbsp carob powder (or cocoa)
1 tbsp stevia

 

Directions

Mix together the almond milk and ground almonds in a microwavable bowl. Chuck it in the microwave for 30 seconds to help thicken the stuff! It should come out fairly light and fluffy.

Next mash up the two bananas in the bowl. The riper the better (AKA the more brown and gross they look, the better), as it'll make for a smooth consistency once smushed. 

Add in the carob/cocoa powder, honey and sweetener to taste, and mix together.

Spread the mixture into a plastic tub (or tray lined with greaseproof paper) and chuck into the freezer to er, freeze. It should only take 1-2 hours depending on your fudge thickness.

If you're impatient like me you could always eat it straight from the freezer (sensitive teeth-ers beware), but if you want a more authentic fudge texture just leave it on the side to thaw for a few minutes. You're welcome.

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Will you be making this?!

Fruiteatox Review

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As a lot of you will know from my last health and fitness post, I've been doing a spot of carb-free dieting lately (although my friends Ben and Jerry beg to differ at this moment in time). Now how about a little back story? I've been drinking tea excessively for years. Two sugars, a glug of milk, then about ten more cups after the first one. Since going on this diet I've managed to cut out my black tea consumption all together, and instead I've become obsessed with all things herbal.

I was given the chance to try the Fruiteatox 14 day trial a few weeks ago, and even though I see everyone raving about how wonderful their teas are on Instagram, I've never really given in to the hype. I've tried a few different brands but I've never gotten past the second day - they all tasted that bad. This however? I actually miss drinking it for the taste, not just what it did for my body.

The idea behind it is that you drink the Daytox Lemon once a day - preferably in the morning. It tastes beyond amazing and has a real kick of sweet lemon at the end, which made me wish I was able to drink more than just one cup a day (#teaproblems). As for the Sleeptox Orange, you're meant to drink this little sucker every other day, as it contains Senna - a light laxative - which thankfully didn't effect me all that much. Moving on..

In terms of weight loss, this wasn't something I was overly looking to do on a big scale. Instead I was jut looking to lose a bit of bloating and sort my skin out, which has been playing up for what seems like forever. The end result? Well, I'm bloated now considering I just ate my way through an entire pot of Cookie Dough, but despite my lactose intolerance my stomach's never really looked flatter!

Of course I have been doing the no-carb diet as of late, which helps a lot in terms of de-bloating, and I've also been going to the gym three times a week as well, but I really did notice a huge difference once I actually started this whole tea-drinking thang. My skin's pretty much back to it's usual state, too!

At £19.99 for the two week detox, it's not the cheapest thing in the world for just a few bags of tea, but I'd definitely recommend it if you're looking to shift a few pounds or de-bloat without any real commitment. It's actually the main thing that's helped me transition from overly sugary tea to more natural remedies, which will help keep that tummy pouch at bay!

Do you guys think you'll ever try a tea-tox?!

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How to make (tasty) roasted kale chips

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After letting you guys in on my latest health kick I've had a few questions about the Ketogenic diet (full post coming soon on that one). Long story short, this diet pretty much means no carbs, which means snack options are very, very limited. Anyone with remote access to the outside world knows the overwhelming benefits of kale, but it's not exactly the tastiest veggie on the planet. I decided to try my hand at making some crispy kale chips, and - whilst they might not taste as good as my usual fat-packed potatoes of choice - they definitely help with my cravings!

You will need:

One bag of curly kale
Coconut or olive oil
Sea salt (or seasoning of choice)
A baking tray

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Step one:

Wash your kale and leave it to dry. If you're impatient like me you'll just empty the bag straight away, but I'd definitely recommend giving it a rinse before hand. Make sure your kale is completely dry before you move onto the next step, otherwise it'll pretty much shrivel in the oven!

Step two:

Next go through the leaves (yes, all of them) and pick out all of the large stalks. It may be time consuming, but you definitely don't want to be munching on gooey kale bits later on. Trust me on that one.

Step three:

The next thing to do is to coat your kale in your oil of choice. Personally I like to use coconut oil, which I warm up by rubbing between the palms of my hands (it's also really good for your skin, score!). To coat the leaves I dip my oil-covered hands into the bowl and rub them around to make sure every piece of kale is fully covered.

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Step four:

Now it's time to add your flavourings. You can pretty much add anything you want, but my personal favourite is a pinch of sea salt with some balsamic vinegar. I've heard parmesan cheese chips are excellent. Mm, cheese. Spread them evenly over across a baking tray, making sure that they don't overlap and drench them in your toppings!

Step five:

Now it's time to get cookin'. I've found that settings generally vary when making these little guys, but I'd say the best temperature to start off with is 180 degrees, as it cooks them quick enough (so that you don't drool all over your floor) but also lets you keep track of them too. There's a fine line between crispy kale and completely charcoaled kale, so be sure to keep your eye on them the first time around to make sure you don't end up with a tray full of disappointment.

Step six:

After around ten to fifteen minutes they should be done! Now this is the hardest part of all: take them out of the oven and leave them to cool for around five minutes. These five minutes will be the toughest five minutes of your life, so brace yourselves - it's going to get emotional. But once the five minutes are over? Get stuck in!

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Let me know if you try these! Also leave your favourite healthy snack in the comments section below!

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My Fitness Routine & The Ketogenic Diet

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Once upon a time I went to the gym - no seriously, I really did just go once. I paid for membership for around three years, made my way through my - incredibly embarrassing - one hour induction and then pretty much never stepped foot in there again. Sound familiar? 

Now this might seem like a complete #skinnygirlproblem but personally I've never really had to worry about my weight. Every so often I'll binge on a few (thousand) bags of sweets, but the most that ever did was give me a filling in my tooth and bloat my stomach out a little. Obviously I'm not complaining at all about my metabolism, but after living with a guy that's all fitness, all the time, it finally dawned on me that maybe my insides matter just as much as the outer parts do too. Go figure!?

So with that in mind, near the end of 2014 I decided to sign up to my campus gym. It was cheap, cheerful, and it meant that I would be more inclined to go if I went to University with my gym kit on. I started my training with just a few half an hour sessions of light cardio, and slowly worked my way up to squats, bench press, leg press and even a little bit of dead lift here and there. I was doing everything I was meant to, and after one month all that had changed was the size of my ass which has pretty much doubled in size, so off I went to my boyfriend, once again complaining about the impracticality of exercise, and how I was simply doomed to be that slightly bloated, Haribo-guzzling girl for the rest of my life. Oh, with a big ass now as well.

At this point Ollie had been trialling the Ketogenic diet, which is which is essentially low carb, high fat, a bucket load of vegetables...and absolutely no cakes and sweets. Dammit. I noticed that after just a few days of him being off of carbs, he lost all sense of bloating and any unwanted fat just seemed to drip off of his body. Obviously I had to give it a go.

The basic idea behind Keto is that you deprive your body of carbs so that you start using and burning off excess fat, which in turn makes you look leaner. I won't go too much into detail on the diet right now (but let me know if you want me to do a post on it!) because it's not something I can just bang out in one evening, but I genuinely have never seen so much of a change in my body as I have when doing Keto. My energy is high, I've lost any wobbly bits on my belly and - most importantly for me - I've stopped being bloated completely.

Saying that, I am typing this blog post with a belly full of pizza and a stomach so swollen that it makes me look like I'm going to take off any minute, so it's safe to say I'm not going to become a health and fitness freak any time soon. Instead, from now on I've decided to start featuring a few healthy(ish) recipes and easy fitness tips that have kept me in shape lately. No OTT detoxes, no thirty day squat challenges and absolutely no dieting pills, but just a few things that pretty much anyone will be able to do to make their lives a little more healthy. First on the list? Kale chips! Stay tuned boys and girls.

What's your favourite way to keep fit in the winter?

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Gym tips and tricks

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Let me make this quite clear: I do not look like this when I go to the gym. Instead, imagine me bright red, no makeup, greasy/sweaty hair and a constant look of pure dispair on my face. There, now you're a little closer.

I'm sure we're all familiar with the usual Tumblr and Pinterest fitspiration pages (oh internet, you really are the source of all my insecurities) rights? Skinny girls, tight abs, tanned skin, not a drop of sweat in sight. Sure, those girls exist, and I'm completely aware that I'm naturally pretty tiny as it is - both in size and height - but let's face it, it's not the most realistic thing to aspire to when you've just started out at the gym.

Needless to say, I am in no way remotely knowledgable when it comes to the gym. Thankfully, Ollie knows one or two things when it comes to working out, so whenever I have any real questions I head over to him (or my good friend Google). But let me just put this out there - I am way more interested in my next burger consumption than my next gym trip. Extra cheese pls.

Anyway, enough about my love for carbs and hate for crunches, if you're remotely interested in reading about what gets me through a rigourous gym exercise then head on down! And if you want me to keep you all update with my gym happenings, just let me know!?

Make an angry playlist
It'll help you train harder and feel more motivated. I mean, are you really going to run your fastest when listening to the Frozen soundtrack? 

Wear something you don't look great in
My stomach is what I'm trying to work on, so I always make sure I train in a cropped top to remind myself of why I'm there in the first place!

Do lift weights
Trust me, it'll take a lot more than lifting a few weights to get huge arm muscles. I find I get the most results when I lift as opposed to just doing cardio, and I'm still no popeye!

Treat yourself afterwards
This doesn't exactly mean a massive cake or burger, but I always make sure I head to the gym straight after Uni. Then, when I'm done there I know I can head home and get straight into my PJs. And eat cake.

Leather jacket from Warehouse (cheaper here)
Sports bra from Calvin Klein (also here)
Grey sweats from Front Row Shop (similar here)
Leather BRYCEE sliders from Steve Madden (in black here)