Breakfast at Iryn’s

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

Hello and welcome. So this mornings post is to encourage you to be adventurous with your breakfast. I have been innovative with my breakfast lately and thought share this one today.

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Here is another nutritious breakfast full of vibrant colours and essential minerals.

For today I have red, yellow and green bell peppers and Shredded Courgette which I tossed in the pan for a bit. I also have diced tomatoes and scrambled eat with chorizo.

And as always I have my greek yogurt with chia seeds, honey, peach, blueberries and Strawberries.

What a good way to start the week. I like how my breakfast has transformed over the months and all this ideas I got from going on one holiday. Sometimes it goes to go away to a different surroundings for fresh ideas.

Until next time, happy Monday.

Iryn

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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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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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