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All you healthy food junkies out there; pay attention! If you haven’t heard of the Good Life Eatery yet, it’s about time you had. Located on Sloane Avenue in West London, it’s one of London’s hottest health-food cafés and its first free-standing cold-pressed juice bar. Owners Yasmine Larizadeh and Shirin Kouros, both raised in the States, spotted a gap in the London market for a deliciously healthy food café and decided to set up shop. And I am sure glad they did.
Because the Good Life Eatery is very small, seating 25 people max, it means that you are likely going to have to wait to secure yourself a table at this healthy hotspot. When I got there a few weeks ago for brunch with friends, I got lucky and managed to secure myself a table after about a 15 minute wait. The cafe menu is scribbled onto blackboards behind the counter. I always get a little envious when I see those, if only I had such cool and neat writing! Anyway let’s move on, so not only does everything on the menu sound delicious, it’s also healthy and won’t affect your diet or waistline! Well, as long as you can ignore the (healthified) cakes right by the entrance that is ;)
For brunch we ordered the Zucchini Fettuchini; which is pretty much a superfood salad containing raw courgette noodles, almond pesto, edamame, broccoli, herbs, sundried tomatoes and goats cheese, the So-Fresh and So-Clean (Poached Eggs, Red and White Quinoa, Kale, Sweet Potato, Omega Seeds and Spinach Cashew Cream) and I went for the Skinny Benedict w/ wheat free Chia Bread.
The food was delicious, fresh, super healthy and filling! I loved my skinny Benedict. I usually never get Eggs Benedict because I don’t actually like Hollandaise sauce (I know, I am weird like that) but the skinny twist on this classic dish at the Good Life Eatery is that the benedict sauce is made from yoghurt and saffron and it was yum! I can’t wait to come back to try some other winners on their menu for lunch or dinner like the Goodness Bowl, Avocado on Toast or the Egg White Frittata.
The only negative comment I have to mention about this cafe is that I wish that they offered table service. Basically to order your food or drinks you have to line up at the counter (and that line can get pretty long) and I find that can distract from a nice catch up with friends because you’re all going up individually to order food. I think if they had table service people would get served quicker and this would also help with the wait of getting a table. Food for thought perhaps for their second location – which a little birdie told me may be on the cards this year! Fingers crossed it’s somewhere near me.
To finish brunch with something sweet we picked up some of their treat bowls. There’s the Sport Bites which contain apricots, raw almonds, hemp seeds and coconut oil & my new obsession; their Peanut Butter Cups made from organic peanut butter, spelt, cocoa and non-hydrogenated sunflower spread. These little healthy versions of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups have been on my mind ever since I had them, they were sooooo good. I am exploring Pinterest at the moment to find the perfect recipe so I can try to recreate them at home. Watch this space!
Have you been to the Good Life Eatery yet?
Smoked salmon, avocado, and eggs are some of my favorite things. Naturally it made perfect sense to put these delicious pieces together to create a healthy breakfast! To kick-start the new year the best way possible, I have decided that in January I am going to be super healthy, which means zero alcohol, limited carbs and plenty of exercise.
Usually my go-to breakfast is porridge (I am addicted to the stuff) but in January I am trying to limit my carb intake during the weekdays, so I was trying to come up with fast but delicious low carb breakfast options. And this great tasting Salmon and Avocado Omelette has been one of my favorite new ways to start the day. It’s full of nutritious foods that really fill you up and get you going!
Healthy Salmon and Avocado Omelette
- Good non-stick pan
- 2 eggs
- Smoked salmon (2 slices)
- A quarter of an avocado (sliced)
Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat and spray with a thin layer of cooking spray or olive oil // Break the 2 eggs together in a small bowl and whisk with a fork until mixed and slightly fluffy // Pour the egg mixture into the pan and swirl the pan so the eggs cover the bottom of the pan // As the egg begins to set, begin to pull the cooked egg back from the edges of the pan and tilt the pan so any excess egg mixture runs into the open spaces. Repeat! This makes for a fluffier omelette! // When your egg omelette is ready, season with salt & pepper and slide onto a plate // Now it’s time to add the goodies; place the salmon slices on the egg and top with avocado slices in the middle. Fold and garnish with some rocket or spinach if you fancy an extra boost of greens. Serve and enjoy!
Super simple and oh so delicious. Hello, fresh and healthy omelette, I like you, a lot! Here’s to a healthy January. What healthy recipes are you loving at the moment?
Sometimes nothing beats a cosy night in on the couch, watching a movie and tucking into a big bag of greasy microwave popcorn! However, unfortunately delicious buttery microwave popcorn isn’t all that great for our waistlines.
So what if I told you that I’ve discovered a super easy way to make popcorn at home. No stovetops, no pots and pans or no fancy popcorn popping machine required…nope, all you need is a microwave and a paper bag. Oh and did I mention it is healthy? Yes people, this is the ultimate guilt free popcorn recipe right here!
It is actually ridiculously easy and all you need to do first is buy a pack of simple flat-bottomed brown paper lunch bags. I just got mine from eBay here.
Guilt Free Microwave Popcorn
Step 1: Depending on how much popcorn you need, measure ½ or ¼ cup* of popcorn kernels and pour them into a medium sized flat-bottomed brown paper bag.
Step 2: Fold the top of the bag over twice to seal it, as seen in the picture below.
Step 3: Stick bag in the microwave and cook for about 3 minutes on high, or until you hear pauses of about 2 seconds between pops. Listen carefully because depending on the power of your microwave; the popcorn may be done in as little as 2 minutes and no one wants burned popcorn.
Step 4: Carefully open the bag (avoiding steam) and pop into a serving bowl plus add salt or other seasonings to taste. Now go and enjoy your guilt free popcorn!
*Did you know that 100 gram of un-popped popcorn contains 375 calories and that 100 grams of normal popped microwave popcorn contains about 400-500 calories per 100 grams. The real difference is however that 100 grams of un-popped kernels is about 1/2 of a cup which will make a LOT of popped popcorn. I think about 25 grams per person is the perfect amount and that’s only 100 calories when using the healthy microwave popcorn recipe! Winning :)
Need some ideas for flavouring your popcorn?
Then try these toppings for some gourmet popcorn fun:
- Spicy citrus: add chilli powder, orange zest, lime zest, salt and some dark-brown sugar
- Classic: a shake of salt with a pat of butter (or olive oil)
- Garlic: shake in onion powder and garlic powder and some salt
- Cheesy: mix in Parmesan cheese with a little salt
- Sweet tooth: a dash of cinnamon, a sprinkle of sugar (plus optional drizzle of honey)
- Herbs: mix dried rosemary or thyme, with salt and garlic powder
Tip: Spraying the popped popcorn with a little olive oil or coconut oil spray will help the salt or other seasonings stick to the kernels.
Are you popping with excitement yet to try recipe this at home?
Even though it feels like summer has already finished in London I am seriously hoping that we’ll still get some hot and sunny weather for the next few weeks before autumn officially arrives. SimplyBe is currently running a campaign about ‘summer confidence’ and how to feel fab when at the beach or soaking up the rays by the pool. They did a survey in the UK and found for example that 70% of women feel self-conscious about their tummy whilst on holiday, and 18% of women admitted to crash dieting and doing extra exercise prior to their break. Something we all can relate to right? Below are some interesting statistics and tips on how to feel confident and fabulous this summer.
The theme behind the info-graphic is summer holiday confidence. The tips cover swimwear, beauty and lifestyle as well as providing statistical insights into women’s holiday confidence. At Simply Be, we believe that every woman should love their body just the way it is; these secrets give advice on how to feel fantastic on and off the beach. The data, which was gathered from a survey of 1000 UK women, provides added information on how women feel on holiday in terms of body confidence and the measures they take to make themselves feel more confident.
To find the perfect swimwear for your holiday, check out Simply Be’s swimwear collection.
Have you still got a beach/summer holidays planned this summer? I don’t unfortunately so am crossing my fingers and toes that there are still some summer days to come in London as my Turkey holiday tan is fading fast…
Hello! Boy am I glad it’s hump day/midweek today. Why? Because I am totally counting down the days until the weekend. It’s not because of something specifically amazing I am looking forward to this weekend but more because this week I am on a 5 day juice detox. I know it sounds gruelling, and let me tell you it’s definitely not easy. I am now on day 3 and am still craving foods and am really missing my dinners after a long day at work. But I keep telling myself; Roz don’t quit!
And why did I start this detox? Well for starters, I am a curious creature and I wanted to test my will power to see if this would be something I could do – live of just 4x juices a day for five days. Thats me, the girl that loves her food! Also I’ve read so much about juice diets and it’s supposed to give your body a detox by cleansing you from the inside which should lead to more energy, boost your immune system, fewer digestive issues, make your skin glow and reduce your risk of illness and disease. For more details about the juice programme I am following click here.
Sounds pretty good right? Well I am trying, trying very hard to keep this up. They say the first 2 days are the hardest so let’s hope I am over the hump now. Have you ever tried a juice detox before?
Whatever you need this inspiration for today, remember why you started and don’t quit! Happy Hump Day :)