29/04/2016

Vegan Choco Chip & Pistachio Cookies!

My friend Tara put this recipe together for me for my original blog many moons ago, but it's such a damn good recipe I felt like it had to be shared again through Blonde Ambitionz too. They aren't super healthy... but they aren't hugely fat ridden either. I feel like the coconut oil makes them a little lighter in cookie choices... OK they are just literally one of the tastiest cookies in town, you'd be crazy not to give them a go!! 


Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp kosher salt
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup extra virgin, unrefined coconut oil
1/2 cup granulated sugar (or coconut palm sugar)
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tbsp flax meal + 3 tbsp very warm water*
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup chopped pistachios, shells removed (Salted or unsalted, it's up to you. I prefer the salty kick.)
1/2 cup chocolate chips (3/4 cup if you want it super chocolatey; I use non-dairy chocolate chips)

How we do:

~Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. (Silicone baking mats aren't the best choice when working with coconut oil cookie dough. The silicone mat allows the batter to spread too much and you'll end up with thin cookies.)

~Mix flax meal and water together in a small bowl and allow it to gel and absorb all the water. Set aside. (Do not add flax meal and water mixture to sugar until it has thickened and absorbed the water. This usually takes about 10 minutes for me.)


~In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside.

~Using a mixer, cream coconut oil and sugars together until completely incorporated. I use my hand mixer to mix the oil and sugar for about 3 minutes, then use my spatula to make sure it's all creamed together nicely and not crumbly.


~Add flax meal water mixture and vanilla and beat for an additional 2 minutes. With mixer on low, slowly add dry ingredients. Mix until just incorporated. Don't over mix. Now it will be a little crumbly.

~Stir in pistachios and chocolate chips. Again, the dough will be crumbly, but it'll form nicely into tablespoon size balls of cookie dough. Place balls on prepared cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Allow cookies to cool on cookie sheet for another 2 minutes. 

Transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Devour.


26/04/2016

Snap! Crackle! Romance!

Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. 
You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. 
When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. 
Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. 
There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. 
The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. 
Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. 
In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. 
Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. 
You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. 
Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. 
You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. 
You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. 
You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. 

~ Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.
Bob Marley

George Mendonsa and Greta Zimmer Friedman - Times Square, New York
August 14th 1945 - One of the most iconic embraces in history was in celebration to the Japanese surrender and came to symbolize the end of world war II 

22/04/2016

Get In My Belly! Vitl Super-Greens Protein Banana Bread

I spent the first part of the year seriously trying to teach myself to intake more calories in a 'Bulk' before finding that I had transformed myself into a hungry hippo that just couldn't ever get full!! 
I suppose the 'Bulk' was a success, I gained the weight I wanted to... then as I do quite often, decided I felt too 'Fluffy' and wanted to shred it all back off.... Its a woman's prerogative okay? 
So at the minute I'm searching for that happy medium. I'll talk a little more in depth about the challenges I faced during my first ever 'Purpose Bulk' in a later post but moving on for now...

Desperately trying to get the abs back in shape before Bodypower expo this May (I have to at least 'try' to keep up with Michelle Lewin right?)  I've been looking for recipes that will cure my sweet tooth, fuel my body with nutrients and keep me full all at the same time... don't ask for much do I? Imagine my delight when the fairy godmother of clean eats VITL sent me a goody pack and recipe to use for their Newly launched Super Greens!! Obviously, Sunday fun day was spent in the kitchen with my favourite little helper Tatiana where we created the incredible hulk of a banana bread, PACKED with Protein & Super Green goodness which went down a treat!!






What you need: 
100g Ground almonds
50g Hemp protein
50g Ground oats
1tsp Cinnamon
4 Sachet VITL Greens powder
1.5tsp. Baking powder
4 Organic eggs (beaten)
3 Ripe bananas (mashed)



& it's as simple as:
Blend together the wet ingredients. In a separate mixing bowl mix through the dry ingredients before combining with the wet mixture. Pour into a bread tin greased with coconut oil and lined with baking parchment, then bake at 180 for 40-45 minutes until cooked through. Allow to cool on a wire rack et voila! Enjoy!! 

"Are we there yet?"
VITL Greens are the new great tasting superfood powder from leading nutritional supplement brand, VITL. Containing a plant based blend of 16 nutrient dense superfoods, VITL Greens complements  VITL’s expertly formulated nutrition packs. Bursting with goodness, this complete daily superfood powder energises and nourishes from the inside out.


At only 25 calories, VITL Greens can be mixed with water, coconut water, your favourite smoothie or juice, as well as added to porridge and meals for an extra greens boost. Formulated with natural vanilla and the sweet, caramel tasting maca root, VITL Greens is also perfect for  sneaking greens into sweet treats.
Designed for a generation inspired by Apple design and Uber convenience - VITL products provides all round nutritional support that fits effortlessly into a modern busy lifestyle.




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21/04/2016

BLONDE LOVES: RHYTHM 108 GUILT FREE DESSERT!!

This Blonde is excited about.... RHYTHM108: The Good-For-You Dessert Bars, inspired by The Yogi & The only wholesome, healthy and gluten-free snack bar that can be heated-up to be enjoyed like a warm dessert. Banana Muffin... get in my belly!


Following huge successes in over 500 stockists in Switzerland,  this month sees the launch of RHYTHM108 snack bars to UK stockists. They are the only Good-For-You snack bars available on the market that can be enjoyed warmed up with the same satisfaction as many other unhealthier desserts. RHYTHM108 believe in the “Eat Real, Be Real” ethos, inspired by The Yogi. Each bar is crafted with wholesome care and love, whilst their pocket sized design means that they are perfect for grabbing on the go, as a dessert alternative, or for that much needed 4pm pick-me-up.

With an ever-increasing amount of consumers in the UK becoming aware of their wellness, Certified Organic RHYTHM108 provides the answer for the health-conscious consumer looking for a sweet treat. With an all­ natural, organic ingredient list, their authentic recipes take a heart and soul fuelled approach using the highest quality ingredients such as rich cacao paste from Peru, Sicilian almonds and Swiss organic milk. They’re a powerhouse of natural calcium, fibre and energy, hand made, in­-house in Geneva by expert patissiers with over 30 years of experience, meaning no bar compromises on quality or taste. Uniquely packaged with an innovative parchment tray, RHYTHM108 allows the consumer to easily warm the product in a microwave or oven (like a brownie) for maximum indulgence.

RHYTHM108’s innovative brand reinvents notoriously well-loved snacks in the form of a healthy and convenient product ideal for urban living. With calorie counts as low as 159 per 42 gram bar, the alternative dessert bars come in five flavours - Apple Pie, Banana Muffin, Choco-Walnut Brownie, Coconut Macaroon and Lemon Cake.

Founded by Siddhi Mehta, a graduate from Oxford university with a masters in Engineering. Siddhi worked in the City for management consulting firm McKinsey & Co., before following her love for food, travel, and entrepreneurship to found Rhythm 108: a company bringing imagination and fun back into healthy eating. An avid fan of all­ things ­creative and the maker movement, RHYTHM108 was born from an appreciation of real food, ancient cooking knowledge discovered on her travels, and the love of crafting innovative recipes through trial and error.

Siddhi Mehta says; “We’re really excited to bring our Good-for-You Dessert Bars to the UK.  As someone who loves food, I believe healthy eating should be less intimidating, especially in context of today’s urban living.  We pride ourselves on doing just that by bringing you real food from The Yogi’s ancient secrets - tasty and nutritious Good-for-You Dessert Bars, so that you don’t need to sacrifice your sweet tooth.”

RHYTHM108 bars RRP­ £1.60 per bar

You'll find me here:  All Revital stores, The Natural Kitchen,, Heartcore Studios,
Good Vibes Studios, Yoga West,, Bumblebee Natural Foods London, The Health Zone Wimbledon, And other independent health stores.

*This is a collaborative post

20/04/2016

RUN THE WORLD'S MOST ICONIC ROUTE AS THE VITALITY BRITISH 10K LONDON RUN RETURNS!

Runners will once again be racing their way past world-famous landmarks in Westminster, the heart of central London, as The Vitality British 10k returns to the capital on Sunday 10th July.

15,000 runners took part in 2015 clocking up over 150m kilometres between them and this year, race organisers are expecting it to be more popular than ever before.

Jamie Warren, Head of Marketing from new race organisers, said: “We are delighted that the 16th Vitality British 10k is returning to the capital – our participants tell us it’s the perfect race with a landmark packed, central London route and an ideal summer date. We can’t wait to let everyone know what we’ve got planned to make the race day even more exciting for both the runners and city spectators alike – watch this space!”

Starting on Piccadilly outside The Cavalry & Guards Club on Hyde Park corner, runners will make their way past huge crowds and London landmarks including the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. The route proves hugely popular with both new and seasoned runners, attracted by the chance to run one of the most unique routes in the world and be spurred on by tens of thousands of spectators lining the route from start to finish.

The iconic route will see runners head along Piccadilly towards Piccadilly Circus, taking in Regent Street, Pall Mall and St James Palace. It’s then a right turn towards Trafalgar Square, before taking a left into Charing Cross Road. The route then drops down to the Embankment, before turning left towards the City. Following the Embankment, runners will take a left into Temple Place, where they’ll follow the length of Temple Place before making a wide turn back onto the Embankment westbound, soaking up the atmosphere for almost 2km before turning left onto Westminster Bridge.

Here runners will u-turn in front of the South Bank Lion Statue and towards the spectacular backdrop of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, take a loop of Parliament Square and then head towards the finish straight ready to cross the finish line on Whitehall.

Cllr Robert Davis, Westminster City Council cabinet member for the built environment, said: “I am delighted that Westminster will once again be welcoming more than 15,000 runners to the heart of London. We work incredibly hard to maintain the City of Westminster’s beautiful heritage so that it can continue to inspire as it has done for hundreds of years. There really is no more scenic route in London and I am sure that our iconic landmarks will serve as the perfect motivation to those taking part.”

For 2016, all runners will receive a free finishers technical t-shirt from race partner, Brooks, a medal and the opportunity for a post-race massage on race day. It's the perfect summer 10k and this year is set to be spectacular so don't miss out and join us at www.thebritish10klondon.co.uk where entries are now open. 

Nick Read, Commercial Director of Vitality, the title sponsor of the Vitality Run Series said: "We are delighted to announce the return of the Vitality British 10k London Run in July 2016 for Year Three of the Vitality Run Series. We’re really looking forward to seeing the runners take part on the new and exciting course."

The Vitality British 10k London Run is proud to be supported by a number of partners and charities, every year our runners consistently raise millions of pounds for hundreds of good causes. Our Official National Charity Partners include Epilepsy and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, official charity partner of the Vitality Run Series. 

Jo Finnerty from official charity partner Epilepsy said: “This is such an exciting opportunity, and in our 25th anniversary year too! What a fantastic event to raise awareness for epilepsy and increase the research we’re able to fund. I’m really looking forward to supporting Team ERUK throughout this 10k and we’re so grateful to everyone who signs up!”

Patrick Ewe of Laureus said: “We’re all excited about the 2016 Vitality British 10k London Run. Our runners loved the central London location last year and all the sites they took in. We have lots of runners coming back once again this year and bringing their friends to raise money and help change young lives in London. Team Sport for Good can’t wait to get on course both running and cheering.”

To find out more about the British 10k and sign up for the event please visit: www.thebritish10klondon.co.uk



19/04/2016

Taking care of your intimate health

This blog has always been mainly based around Health, nourishing your body and lifestyle, I feel like there are so many area’s that I still haven’t touched base on yet. The more I write the more I feel like I want this blog to become a knowledge base, a go to place for all things health and fitness related… so I feel like I should get my Carrie Bradshaw on and explore the sexual health side of things too.
Should I marry, the guy I will marry will be my best friend, my lover, my confidant, and he has to make me laugh until the point of tears. Finally, but most importantly  Intimacy. For me Intimacy has always been a key feature in maintaining a healthy relationship. None of us want to lose that special spark, the counting down of the hours until your back in the arms of the man that can you make your knee’s weak at the touch of his lips.. & I’m not alone - Statistics show the top 4 ways to make a woman feel closer to her man are; 1) Laughing together 74% 2) Talking 67% 3) sharing special moments and life milestones 65% 4) sex and intimate moments 55%
But what happens when things unexpectedly go a little ‘dry’ in the south? A friend of mine recently suffered this very problem. Dealing with anxiety and stress in her working environment she was suffering to relax and connect with her partner at home, add to that the stress of not being able to intimately connect with her partner she started experiencing ‘performance anxiety’ – the same kind of stage fright that causes men to find it difficult to get an erection whilst under pressure – we women suffer from it too! After months of avoiding the bedroom and worried she may be pushing her partner away with her intimacy withdrawal yet too embarrassed to seek medical advice she found her new secret weapon through a little bit of research and her local boots store -  ‘Vagisil’s New ProHydrate range’  - which relieves intimate dryness so that you can feel comfortable, confident and enjoy intimacy when you want to.
The Vagisil Prohydrate Range is available at both Superdrug & Boots and includes the following:
Vagisil ProHydrate Internal Hydrating Gel (relieves vaginal dryness so you can enjoy your intimate life at any moment)
Vagisil ProHydrate External Hydrating Gel (relieves and replenishes dry uncomfortable vaginal skin to make intimacy more comfortable
Vagisil ProHydrate Intimate Wash (especially designed for the unique needs of intimate skin, gynaecologist tested and gentle enough for daily use, leaving you feeling comfortable and fresh all day long)
And if you don’t believe me (ofcourse you believe me) here’s what Sexual Wellness expert Kate Taylor has to say on the matter!

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