Food Diary: A week in review.

Food, Healthy Food, Uncategorized

Hello and welcome. It has been a while since I made a post about my meal for the week. I have been exploring and trying many things indeed.

Here are a few of what I have had in the past weeks:

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What you see here is quiche and salad

 

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My first time trying tuna salad

 

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I was meant to have wholemeal Fajita wrap however the sauce went off so I had to improvise

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Here we have lamb burger, chips and

 

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This is one of my favourite dishes. I made this sweet potatoes mash with mixed veggies and lamb. I have tries this with hollandaise sauce. But I like this combination better

 

I will be posting a video on the preparation of the lamb and sweet potatoes dish in my YouTube channel soon.

 

Until next time, enjoy your healthy meals.

A week in review #LetsEat

Cooking, Five A Day, Food, Healthy Food, Healthy Meals, Lunch, One Of Five A Day, Uncategorized, YouTube

Hello and welcome to my blog. In the blogpost i have my a week in review. it is long over due i know so i have come to you with some of the meals i have been having for lunch.

 

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This is a Lamb burger and oven baked chips.

 

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This is a salmon salad which as avocado, tomatoes, olives, cucumber and bell peppers.

 

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one of my go to meals when i am bored with almost everything. Salmon and a variety of vegetables.

 

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This is salmon and wholemeal couscous. I mix the couscous in mixed vegetable and asparagus.

 

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Here we have white potatoes with salmon and vegetables.

 

As you can see i have vegetables in all of these lunches that i have over the past week. This is to ensure that i am getting the nutrition i need from food and as we already know fruits and vegetable are packed with the essential minerals, nutrients and vitamins require for the body to stay healthy.

I strongly believe that if you have a balance diet rich in various vitamins and nutrients you are less likely to fall ill. I choose my ingredients carefully and research on the vitamins i can get from it, if the food item provides no nutritional value then i will have to cut it out of my diet.

I will end this blog here and until next time it bye from me.

 

Iryn

 

 

What’s in my smoothie?: The perfect ten smoothie

Balanced Diet, Five A Day, Smoothie, Uncategorized
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What’s in my perfect ten smoothie

Hello and welcome to my blog. I recently made a smoothie which had ten ingredient in it. It was actually quite tasty. I initial bought the fruit to have at work and they were for to ripen at home however I left it for too long so I decided to make a smoothie out of them.

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Blend it all well together

The ingredient

Mango

Peaches

Avocado

Blueberries

Strawberries

Apricot

Apple

Spinach

Kale

Broccoli

Cinnamon

Almond milk

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Look at the vibrant colours

This is packed with multi vitamins and nutrients that the body needs to function to it optimum level. They are quite a lot and you don’t have to use it all but if your fruits are about to go off this is one way of making good use of them.

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This is how I store mine

Let me know of any strange combination of smoothie you have made before.

 

Until next time it’s happy smoothie making.

Iryn

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What’s in my smoothie?

Breakfast, Five A Day, Healthy Drinks, Smoothie, Uncategorized

Hello and welcome to my blog. This blogpost is about this week’s smoothie. Thankfully I found kale on my visit to Asda today so I bought a pack.

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More than your five a day

The ingredient in the smoothie are as follows:

Kale

Spinach

Strawberries

Blueberries

Mango

Broccoli

Almond milk

Cinnamon

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These are the ingredient I used to make the smoothie

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I didn’t use all the ingredient just so I don’t waste them.

This is your more than five a day in one glass. The last time I added kale to my smoothie I regretted it; this was a couple of years ago. I struggled to drink it as it tasted and smelt awful so this time I added Cinnamon as I have been doing. The taste is not so bad thank God.

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Here we go, all of your more than five a day in a mug. With Love 💋

 

Until next time, happy smoothie making.

Iryn

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The week in review

Cooking, Food, Healthy Food, Healthy Meals, Journey To Clear Skin, Uncategorized

Hello and welcome to my blog. So it looks like I missed last week’s week in review. I was off from work so didn’t really do much with food. No smoothie however I did retreat to the usual chicken. This post will be a mixture of last week’s and last two weeks.

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This was Mondays lunch. Mix vegetable bulgur and left over lamb

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This is a mix vegetable and turkey Wholemeal noodles. I believe I had this on Tuesday. I will blog about the recipe later

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I had this for dinner on two occasion. Oven baked chips, bread chicken and mix vegetable. What you see on the chips is Nando’s perperi salt

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This salad I had on Wednesday doesn’t look appetising lol but yes it was nice

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This is Wholemeal turkey fajitas. I made this a couple of weeks ago and kept a bit of it in the freezer just so it does go off. Thursday’s lunch

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Fridays was a very colourful lunch with chicken, vegetables and bulgur

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This was last two weeks lunch. It’s mixed vegetables bulgur and chicken

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Different shaped sweet potatoes and vegetable

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Oven baked chips, chicken and mixed vegetable

The fruits I had from work fruit box

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I had a bit more bananas this week as the tangerine and apples were quite difficult to eat. They were not as sweet as previous weeks fruits. 😬

As you can see from my lunch, I am trying to have a variety of meal and this is because I am not a big fan of food so I am trying to have different meals available to encourage myself to eat.

Until next time, it’s bye from me.

Iryn

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How I clean and oven bake my chicken

Balanced Diet, Cooking, Food, Grocery, Healthy Food, Healthy Meals, Uncategorized

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today’s post is about how I marinade and cook my chicken.

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Making of the chicken

The clean

To clean my chicken I use lemon and ensure I take off any unwanted extra fat or hard bit on the legs.

The mixtress mixes spices too

I usually mix my own spices to marinade the chicken. It is only recently I have started adding other cudes and powdered spices. I usually crate onions, garlic and ginger. I then melt 2 knorr and let it cool. Adding a bit lemon and chilli powder as well.

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Onions, ginger and garlic

When the spice meet the spice

I let this stay as is for a while while I do something else or due to laziness just leave it there for a while. I then eventually place it in the oven to slow cook for about 2 hours at 100 °C. Ensure you regulate the temperature or cook it longer.

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Melted knorr cubes

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I use 2 to 3 of this cubes depending on how many chicken I am cooking.

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Some more seasoning. Not ideal I know. The aim to ensure you know what you are putting in your food.

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Mix it all together. I squeezed a bit of lemon on it too

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I put this on a foil and then put it in the oven to bake or cook whatever you want to call it. I use a foil all the time as I feel it better that way healthwise. Let me know if this is how you cook yours.

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This is how it looks after 1.5 to 2 hours. I cut parts of it so that the marinade will go on the inside.

You can now have this however you want it. With couscous, salad, rice potatoes or by itself.

Until next time, happy cooking.

Iryn

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What’s in my smoothie?

Five A Day, Food, Healthy Drinks, Healthy Food, Healthy Meals, One Of Five A Day, Smoothie, Uncategorized

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Hello and welcome to my blog. This week’s smoothie had a bit of a twist. I added avocado for the first time. It does taste any different but obviously you will taste the hint of avocado in it.

The ingredient is as follows

Broccoli

Spinach

Strawberries

Blueberries

Avocado

Beetroot

Lemon

Cinnamon

Maca

Water

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The smoothie ingredients minus Broccoli

This is basically your more than five a day in a glass. I wanted to add kale but could not find one in Asda.

 

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Viola, ready to serve…

Until next time, cheers.

Iryn

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The week in review

Balanced Diet, Cooking, Five A Day, Food, Grocery, Healthy Food, Healthy Meals, Journey To Clear Skin, Uncategorized

Hello and welcome to my blog. As you may have noticed I have not been posting about my lunch meals lately. I will be doing this on a weekly basis just to ensure that the post is properly prepared. For now let’s call it The week in review.

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For Monday I had potatoes, vegetables and lamb with gravy

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On Tuesday I had mix vegetables with couscous and chicken Nando’s lemon and herb sauce

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Wednesdays lunch was star shaped sweet potatoes with mixed vegetables and chicken

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On Thursday I wanted to have couscous but turns out the cous cous had gone off due to the heat. Preservation issues. So I had vegetables and lamb.

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Friday was mix vegetable brown rice and chicken with chilli sauce

I bought organic chicken this time because the free range available was to be on display till Monday. I noticed the taste was slightly different. It was really delicious. Might be due to how I cooked it.

As you can see I am trying to incorporate vegetable at every given chance. I am very strict about having a balance diet while ensuring that I have enough carbs and protein to maintain my weight.

In addition to this I have morning fruits thereby having all the nutrition I could possibly have.  So I am basically having more than five a day.

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I would also like to invest in a juicer. A good one is very expensive so I am going to save up for that.

Until next time, eat well and you will feel better.

 

Iryn

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The making of my Shea body lovin’ butter (Nkuto) and a few health concerns about beauty products on the shelf

Beauty, Body, Carrier Oils, Hair, Journey To Clear Skin, Moisturiser, Natural Products, Uncategorized

Hello and welcome to my blog. It appear my first blog regarding this topic was not saved. It actually contained a lot of useful information so lets see if I can recollect my words. I have used shea butter ever since I was born. Being Ghanaian this was a staple body butter in my household in addition to cocoa butter.

My love for shea butter (Nkuto) and black soap explained

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Shea butter in a container. The ones I purchased from up north usually comes in the rock form. But the lady was not available to send it on a short notice so I had to settle with this.

These are natural moisturiser which can be used on the hair as well as the body. In a hot climate your hair will be shiny when applied whereas in a cooler one I guess not so much.

Yes I am a mixtress in case I have not confessed this before.

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Instead of melting the butter I blended it together with the other carrier and essential oils in order to maintain it properties and thus it potency

Being in the UK, this is usually my request when a family member goes on vacation to Ghana or a friend is visiting the UK. My other request being the black soap locally known as alata samina. This soap I believe is extracted from the leaf of plantain, when used it gives you a very good clean; you then need a good moisturiser to restore the skin or your hair back to nourishment. To use on hair, make a soapy water and massage on your scalp.

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The black soap in avocado flavour and the unflavoured one from the market. Although it is called black soap it is actually dark brown in colour and solid.

They now also come in different flavours such as lemon, avocado and aloe Vera. You can purchase the non flavoured from the markets in Ghana I believe.

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I add the oils and then blend to a creamy texture.

My aunty usually source this from the women in the northern part of Ghana so it is the unprocessed or unrefined shea butter. I would like to think that it is ethically sourced as it is being purchased directly from the women in the villages up north and thus paying them what they demand or the right amounts for them by way of appreciating the work they put into making it.

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The carrier oil and essential oil I added to the blend are: Avocado, Coconut, hemp, flaxseed, jojoba carrier oil and lemon, cedarwood, lavender and rosemary essential oils to give it a nice aroma

I purchase the essential and carrier oils from Naturally Thinking which a company based in Croydon, UK.

I recently learnt that, there are different flavours such as the cocoa butter shea scented shea butter. I am not too sure if they are just cocoa butter in the tablet or cocoa butter scented. When I was growing up there was just one type of shea butter and then there was cocoa butter.

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The cocoa butter in a cup form

Cocoa butter is the by product of the cocoa puds or beans when it is being manufactured into the cocoa powder for chocolate and Ghana is one of the highest producers of this. It smells like cocoa butter so I will just call it cocoa butter not shea butter cocoa flavour edition. 🤭

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The yellowy colour is from the avocado oil and jojoba oil I added.

I recently receive the shea butter and the cocoa  butter from Ghana but have only managed to make a mixture with the raw shea butter. I added some carrier oil and essential oil for a bit of fragrance. The carrier oils are pH balanced so I am confident my skin is getting the nourishment it needs. And this is how it looks (Please see picture below and above). This mixture works well for my skin in summer however in winter due to dryness and itchiness I use Dove. I will try this mixture this winter and see if there are any changes. I am not too sure if I have dry skin or as stated before the black soap gives me a proper clean and thus drying to the skin.

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After struggling to find a container for the mixture, I came across

Recently I heard on the radio that shampoos and some beauty products for women have plastic in them which is harmful for us women especially and the environment as well. I will be switching back to the natural ingredient that I used to used. Although these products on the market are pH balanced(so they say) the majority of cosmetologist guru on Instagram are ambassadors and will not say anything bad about these products on the market unless it has a bad effect on them. Before, the natural hair YouTubers were advocates of natural product but now, not so much.

I will continue to use my shea butter  and black soap as those before me used them in the absence of the manufactured ones and were fine. So thank you and no thank you.

I will end this here.

Until next time, take care.

 

Iryn

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What’s in my smoothie?

Balanced Diet, Food, Healthy Drinks, Healthy Food, Smoothie, Uncategorized

Hello and welcome to my blog. This week’s smoothie is a repetition of last week’s.

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I decided to lay them out differently this time 😊

The ingredient is as follows:

Broccoli

Spinach

Strawberries

Blueberries

Beetroot

Cinnamon

Ginger

Water

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I am still using water as based and as I have stated before due to the Cinnamon the taste is not too bad. I wanted to add kale but could not find one in Asda.

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How do you like my design effort

Until next time happy smoothie making.

 

Iryn

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