Monday, 18 September 2017

Slow-Cooked Sweet Potato and Chickpea Curry

With Autumn upon us and the temperature dropping rapidly here in the UK, I've begun using my crock-pot again. One of my favourite ways to prepare dinner, it's perfect for creating wholesome, mouth-watering meals without having to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen. There's nothing better than coming home from work to the beckoning smell of cooking, knowing that a tasty plate of food is just minutes away.

This curry is one of my ultimate go-to recipes - it's so hearty and comforting and is guaranteed to have you going back for second helpings! Packed with deliciously healthy ingredients, it's far better for you than a greasy takeaway.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Graduate Blues

This month marks five years since I packed my belongings into my parents' car and travelled down to Southampton for university. Not only does this terrify me (seriously, where does the time go?!), it's also evoked me to reflect on those three short years of my life and how I felt when they were over. I feel very lucky to be able to say that I loved my time at uni. Sadly, this meant I well and truly succumbed to 'graduate blues' when I returned home.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

How I Handle Incessant Worrying

I'm a notorious worrier. I've lost count of the amount of times I've lay awake at night, panicking about anything and everything: My future, the past, college/uni work, what other people think of me, a text I sent that may have been misunderstood... the list goes on! Chronic worry is something I've dealt with my entire life, although fortunately I've become much better at controlling it as I've gotten older. I've listed a number of things that always help me cope when my brain goes into overdrive... if any of the above sounds familiar to you, you may find them helpful too.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Chocolate Porridge: My Favourite Healthy Breakfast

Satisfying my sweet tooth has always been a problem when I'm trying to make healthier choices. I love a hearty slab of Dairy Milk as much as the next person and nothing has ever been able to curb my cravings in quite the same way. I've always detested the bitterness of dark chocolate/cacao and didn't think I'd ever be able to enjoy incorporating it into my diet. Therefore you can imagine my delight when I discovered chocolate porridge!

This tastes so incredibly decadent you can hardly believe it's good for you. It's like eating dessert for breakfast. The fruit counteracts the bitterness of the cacao perfectly while the flax seeds add a satisfying crunch. I always like to add a dollop of peanut butter to my chocolate porridge, too, which leaves it tasting like a warm, gooey Snickers. Yum!

Friday, 28 July 2017

My Newfound Love for Audio Books

Audio books weren't something I was ever interested in until recently. I've always favoured reading a physical book over anything else, which is why I never really understood the Kindle hype. However, as someone who overthinks a fair bit and finds it hard to unwind sometimes, I figured having something to listen to and concentrate on might help me let go of my thoughts for a while and relax.