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Guilt Free Popcorn

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!

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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!

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*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 :)

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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?

  
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Secrets to Summer Confidence!

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.

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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…

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Don’t quit!

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!

Whenever you feel like quitting

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 :)

  
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Mango Avocado Macadamia Salad

Do you ever have a BBQ or to go to and then remembered you had promised to bring a salad and want to whip up something quick that’s a bit more exciting than your usual green garden salad? Well then this is your lucky day! This Mango Avocado Macadamia Salad is one of my go-to summer salads. It’s not only super delicious and bound to impress everyone, it’s also incredibly easy to make!

This recipe makes one giant bowl to feed a crowd, or a hungry family/group of friends. You can of course also make it smaller by adjusting the ingredients accordingly.

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Mango Avocado Macadamia Salad

Ingredients:
2 large mangos, cubed
2 avocados, diced
3/4 cup macadamia nuts, roasted and salted (I just buy them like that from the supermarket in a packet, easy!)
Large bag of rocket/arugula salad leaves

Dressing
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp honey
Pepper
Dash garlic powder (optional)

Directions:

Slice and dice both the avocados and mangos into large cubes. Mangos can be slippery little buggers to prepare but it’s one of my favourite fruits so over the years I’ve mastered the skill. This is my handy tip on how I chop mine (link) in no time.

Now very roughly chop the macadamia nuts. It’s fine to leave most of them as halves. Place the diced avocado, mango and macadamia nuts in a large bowl. Then combine all the ingredients for the dressing and keep this (and the rocket) aside until you are ready to serve the salad. If you put it all together too quickly it will just become quite soggy!

When you are ready to serve, toss it all together and drizzle over the dressing. Top with some fresh black pepper and dig in!

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This Mango Avocado Macadamia Salad is so refreshing and therefore goes perfectly with BBQ chicken, steak or sausages. Or enjoy oit on it’s on for a lighter lunch or dinner. Whenever I’ve made this, I’ve always received so many compliments and many of my friends are actually waiting for this blog post so they can steal the recipe. So definitely let me know what you think of it once you’ve made it.

  
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No Carb Lunch – Broccoli Bread

After my pasta, bread and all things delicious ‘binge’ in Italy I decided to try and focus on being a bit more low-carb then usual for a few weeks. Just to get me back into a healthy balanced diet once again and feeling good. At the moment I am eating a large fruit salad with greek yoghurt for breakfast, salads or sashimi for lunch and for dinner a form of protein with loads of vegetables. You can read some of my favourite healthy low carb dinner examples here, here and here. I do this about 4-5 days a week and the other days I ‘cheat’ here and there to ensure I don’t go crazy ;) I love food too much to deny myself things all the time and that doesn’t work anyway – the 80/20 diet is the one and only ‘diet’ for me.

Anyway recently I discovered this great new lunch option in London called Plan Bread, who claim to offer the healthiest sandwiches in London. They basically create sandwiches with delicious fillings using UK’s lowest calorie, lowest carbohydrate bread which is made from broccoli! I know, carb-free broccoli bread sounds questionable, but this actually tastes absolutely amazing and it’s very filling.  Here are some of the sandwiches I ordered recently (£4.50 each and free delivery).

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So how do they make their broccoli bread? Well they don’t give their secret recipe away but this is what they say about their low-carb bread:

“The broccoli flour is the most important component. We take our broccoli florets we cook them for only a couple of minutes to retain as many nutrients as possible. These are then drained and carefully dehydrated to remove some of the water. The resulting broccoli florets are then combined with some gluten free fibre as well as some fresh herbs and milled to a flour. This flour is the main constituent of the bread. From this point we proceed in a similar way to a standard bread recipe but we omit yeast so that bloating problems are avoided. Air natural gets in the the mix during kneading and mixing. There is some added egg white and a small amount of soft cheese to boost the protein content and help with the texture and moisture. Hence the bread is not suitable for people who have intolerance or dietary preferences that include any of the ingredients mentioned. We then choose our sandwich fillings appropriately to compliment the broccoli bread.”

Pretty clever isn’t it? I have so far tried the Moroccan Falafel and Houmous, Smoked Salmon & Taramasalata, Shredded Beef & Soy Sauce and Roast Chicken & Bacon with guacamole sandwiches. All were super tasty and kept me full all afternoon! Check out their full range of sandwiches (incl. nutritional stats) HERE.

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For you London healthy people out there, I urge you to give this broccoli bread by Plan Bread a go! So if you want to try it – I can offer you a 20% discount on any order you place for the rest of July. All you need to do is go to www.planbread.co.uk, chose the sandwiches that you like and enter the promotional code dutchessroz at the checkout. I’m curious to know what you think of this new healthy lunch option! Do let me know :)

  
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