National Puppy Day – 23rd March 2017

National Puppy Day! 

O.M.G I love puppies! Today is ‘National Puppy Day’ and I thought I would use this opportunity to share the cuties puppies I have ever seen! Scroll through and remember to say ‘Awww!’ – Enjoy!
Let the cuteness begin…

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Quick mum – take a picture!

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First Kiss.

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Dressed and ready for bed…. *yawn*

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Magazine shoot *Vogue*

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Just hanging out in the ball pit.

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Feeling cute.

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Always one naughty sister.

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A puppy wrapped in a Tortilla – Awww (just don’t eat him!)

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Give me attention!

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Being cute is so tiring!


Share this post to celebrate your love of puppies and share the cuteness!

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Raspberry & White Choc Cookies

Raspberry & White Chocolate Cookies 

Today I made these delicious cookies for my work colleagues and they were so yummy I just had to share the recipe so that you too can make these!     

They take 45mins from start to finish and makes up to 30 cookies depending on how you roll them.

Ingredients

  • 225g unsalted butter,softened
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 170g Carnation Squeezy Condensed Milk
  • 100g frozen (or fresh) raspberries
  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 100g white chocolate, broken into chunks

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Method 

  • Heat the oven to 180 degrees (160 fan oven)
  • Cream butter, sugar, and condensed milk until light and fluffy
  • Add in the white chocolate chunks
  • Mix the flour with your hands, to form a nice soft cookie dough
  • Gently mix in the raspberries
  • Grease and line baking tray(s)
  • Roll the cookie dough into balls and press down gently on a baking tray
  • Bake for 12-15mins until golden but not too dark

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Tips 

  • I use two baking trays at once to bake 9 cookies on each tray and bake in batches
  • If there is a lot of raspberry juice in a cookie, bake for slightly longer as the cookie will be quite wet and take longer to cook
  • Take the cookies out of the oven and out of their tray (lifting the greaseproof paper)and leave to cool slightly on the side which will allow them to harden up before taking off the greaseproof paper. Cookies will appear soft/flimsy when out of the oven but they harden up after a few minutes.

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Peanut Butter Love

Do you love Peanut Butter as much as I do? Then this one is for YOU!  

I am always thinking of ways that I can make sure I get my peanut butter fix at least once a day. From snacking to literally just scooping it out of the jar, peanut butter is so versatile and you can eat it wherever, whenever. 

Here’s 10 simple ways to enjoy #PeanutButter

  1. Peanut butter on Toast 
  2. Apples dipped in peanut butter 
  3. Banana and peanut butter porridge : check my recipe for overnight oats!
  4. Pancakes and peanut butter
  5. Make your own peanut butter cups : find out how to make your own. 
  6. The classic peanut butter and jam (or jello!) sandwich
  7. Peanut butter, jam and banana fruit ice lollies – how to make.
  8. Strawberry, Greek Yoghurt and Peanut butter #Breakfast 
  9. Chocolate peanut butter milkshake: for #delicious recipe click here.
  10. From the jar, by the spoonful. #Best

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No Bake Peanut Butter & Honey Energy Balls #Recipe

Ingredients

  1. 3 teaspoons flax seeds
  2. 200g oats 
  3. 135g smooth peanut butter
  4. 50g almonds
  5. 25g desiccated coconut
  6. 130g honey 
  7. 30g dried fruit 

Method 

  1. Mix together all the dry ingredients, melt the peanut butter for 30secs in the microwave to make it mix smoother and then mix in the peanut butter and honey.
  2. Refrigerate for 1 hour and then form 15 balls from the mixture 
  3. Freeze the balls for 1 hour until ready to serve to keep them firm.
  4. These energy balls will last up to 4 days if kept refrigerated or in the freezer, whichever you prefer!

 

6 steps to a #productive day.

Having a productive and positive day is extremely important to me, and I am sure it is important to you, too! I have put together a selection of my top tips/advice to share with you in the hope that you too will have productive and positive days!  


Have a good morning routine 

For instance, wake up when you actually set your alarm and don’t keep snoozing. Research shows that you wake up feeling better and more positive if you wake up straight away. Also, having a glass of water as soon as you wake up can kick-start your metabolism for the day and your body will absorb vitamins and iron better if you drink water before you eat your breakfast. I also plan my outfit for work the night before so that I don’t have to rush around in the morning trying to figure out what to wear!

Have a filling, uninterrupted and healthy breakfast

Having a filling, healthy breakfast will set you up for a great day in terms of giving you the energy to fulfill your daily tasks, focus and of course keep you nice and full so that you don’t snack unnecessarily and eat junk. I have a great recipe for a healthy breakfast – #OvernightOats I also like to not be interrupted or distracted when eating my breakfast. Have a break from social media/your phone whilst eating your breakfast so you can have your breakfast and think clearly about your goals for the day.

Set your goals and tasks for the day

Having a personal notepad and or post it notes really help me remember what it is I need to do and having a mini to-do list for each day helps me make sure I am staying on track and being as productive as possible. Crossing off tasks is extremely satisfying and I aim not to have more than one mini task left on my list to continue to the next day. These can be both work and personal tasks but I tend to keep my lists separate.

Avoid checking your phone/social media too much 

Did you know that the average person unlocks their phone at least 30 times a day! Which sounds insane. I find it really hard to concentrate on tasks if I have my mobile phone at hand when I need to be doing something that requires full concentration, particularly at work. I find keeping my phone in my work drawer or away in my handbag and only checking during breaks really helps. I also turn off Whatsapp/Social Media notifications if I do have my phone nearby to limit notifications popping up on the screen. Another thing that needs to stop when it comes to phones it having your phone in your hand or staring at your phone whilst having a real-life conversation with somebody!! Improve your social skills and focus on the real-life present moment not what is going on in your phone, you can always catch up later.

Be realistic with your time and expectations

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Only set goals and targets for what you know is realistic timewise and achievable. This counts for both work life and personal. Keep on top of your to-do list for your work but also don’t overbook yourself in your personal life in terms of meeting friends and don’t commit to plans you know you realistically won’t be able to keep.

Excercise

Whether it be going to the gym, or making sure you take a walk on your lunch break. Exercise is key to having a good day. I try to have at least a 10-15minute walk at lunch time, even if it is just walking to the shop, and then I walk home from work which takes around 45mins. Exercise helps to keep you fit, healthy and is known to improve both positivity and productivity.


I hope the above tips and advice help you to have many productive days! Frankie x

@iblogactually

 

 

British Pie Week

To celebrate British Pie Week, I want to share two of my favorite pie recipes that I swear by for lunch for work or even a quick, delicious dinner. Quick and easy to make, what’s not to love about pies?! 


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Mushroom, Spinach & Potato Pie 

Prep Time: 15mins / Cook Time: 45mins / Serves: 4

Shopping List/Ingredients:

  1. 400g Spinach
  2. 1 tbsp olive oil
  3. 500g mushrooms of your choice (I use chestnut)
  4. 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  5. 250ml Vegetable Stock (I use Knorr)
  6. 300g cooked new potatoes (cut into bite size chunks)
  7. 1 tbsp grain mustard
  8. 2 heaped tsp of light creme fraiche
  9. 3 sheets filo pastry
  10. 300g green beans & 300g broccoli – both steamed

Method:

  1. Heat oven to 200c/180c fan/gas 6. Wilt spinach in a colander by pouring a kettle of hot water over the spinach.
  2. Heat half the oil in a large pan and fry mushrooms on a high heat until golden. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute and then pour in the stock, mustard, and potatoes. Let the mixture bubble for a few minutes until reduced. Remove from the heat, add the Creme Fraiche and spinach and then pour into your pie dish and then cool for a few minutes.
  3. Brush the filo pastry sheets with the remaining oil, cut each sheet into quarters and then scrunch up and lay on top of the pie filling. Back for 20-25 minutes until golden.

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Easy Fish Pie 

Prep Time: 15mins / Cook Time: 45mins / Serves: 4

Shopping List/Ingredients:

  1. 1kg Potatoes of your choice (Maris Piper are great but I would love to try this with Sweet Potato!)
  2. Knob of butter & splash of milk
  3. 25g Unsalted Butter
  4. 25g plain flour
  5. 4 spring onions, finely sliced
  6. 400ml milk
  7. 400g of fish mix e.g prawns, salmon and cod (or you could make entirely with salmon if you like!)
  8. 1 tsp of Dijon mustard
  9. 30g frozen peas
  10. 80g grated cheese of your choice

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 200c/180 fan/gas mark 6. Put potatoes in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and the simmer until tender. When cooked, drained thoroughly and mash with a splash of milk and knob of butter. Season with desired seasoning.
  2. Put the butter, flour and spring onions in another pan and heat until butter has melted. Cook for 1-2mins. Then whisk the milk in gradually and bring to the boil, stirring to avoid lumps and avoid food sticking to the pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes until thick.
  3. Take off the heat and stir in the cheese, fish, mustard and peas. Spoon into an ovenproof dish. Spoon the mashed potato on top and sprinkle with cheese. Pop in the oven for 20-25mins or until golden and bubbling at the edge.

I hope that you get to make one of these recipes during British Pie Week, or even use for your own lunch or dinner at any other time. Enjoy x

Recipe credits to BBC Good Food

 

 

 

#Veggie friendly places to eat in London!

Being a Veggie in London is hard.  

So many restaurants cater for the meat eaters or even the pescatarians but leave Veggie’s with nothin’ but risotto or a goats cheese burger! So I have put together 8 of my favorite restaurants to eat in and some recommendations too! Enjoy x


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Canvas Cafe, Brick Lane is a place I love! A social enterprise Cafe and creative venue. Vegan and Veggie friendly with a great menu, their breakfast on weekends is amazing too! Budget friendly too! The Canvas Cafe is also home to the Happiness Museum – win!         Check out more info on The Canvas Cafe here. 

 

 

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Padella, Borough Market has fantastic pasta dishes to suit Veggies! I personally love the Olives and the Goats Cheese and Butter Ravioli.#YUM! Check out their sample menu here.

 

 

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Borough Market, in general,is an amazing place with fantastic food options to cater for all dietary needs! From gluten free bread, to Halloumi Buns and Falafel wraps – Veggies are more than catered for here! Borough Market is open on Weekdays and Weekends so visit enjoy some lunch any day of the week!

 

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Wild Food Cafe, Covent Garden the name says it all! All good here is of a natural and ethical nature and I can assure you it is well worth a visit. I LOVE the Sweet Potato Slices, Spiced Apricot Hummus and ‘Swing into Spring’ smoothie. If you are after a health kick at a reasonable price then this one is for you! See their ‘WILD’ menu here.

 

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Hummus Bros, Holborn what can I say? Hummus heaven! My go to dish when I go to Hummus Bros is the Falafel, Salsa and Tzatziki wrap and the Baklava for dessert. Well worth a visit if you are in a hurry, and food will cost you under £10. Check out their dinner menu here.

 

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Honey & Co, Warren Street serve a fantastic Lentil Stew which is so warm and delicious with the most amazing flavors.Their roasted Aubergines are highly recommended too!  This Middle-Eastern restaurant has an array of dishes to cater for all dietary requirements and the budget is decent for a meal in Central London too. Check out what other dishes they have on offer here. P.S Try the breakfast too!

 

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b93vu22cyaajdeoThe Cheese Truck, Maltby Street, Southwark serves the most amazing grilled cheese sandwiches ever! The most delicious being Rosemary Goats Cheese, Honey Walnut and Rosemary Butter Grilled Toastie! My guilty pleasure indeed! See what else the truck is grillin’ here.


Hope you enjoy these recommendations! Feel free to comment with your own suggestions.

#VeggiePower 

 

 

 

 

20 Facts About Travelling That You Will Love!

“Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aesop


Travelling for me is the most worthwhile and educating experience I have ever known!

I encourage you all to travel as much as you can when you can, whether it is within your own country and visiting a new city to hopping on a plane or Eurostar and visiting a new city or country.

I have put together 20 facts about travelling that will hopefully encourage you to explore as much of the world as possible!

1. France is the most visited country in the world.

2. Travel has the ability to make you more creative.

3. Las Vegas has the most hotel rooms of any city in the world.

4. Around 300 people get married in Las Vegas every day.

5. Research shows that travel reduces stress, keeps your body healthy inside and out, and boosts brain health.

6. Canada is home to over 3million lakes!

7. Travelling encourages you to step outside of your comfort zone and learn about new cultures.

8. In 1930, female flight attendants had to weigh less than 115 pounds (52kg).

9. Adding salt and pepper to your food is considered highly offensive to chefs in Switzerland.

10. Less than 1% of the world’s population has ever visited Antarctica.

11. Travelling helps you learn who you are and help shape you as a person.

12. It is illegal to feed Pidgeon’s on the streets of San Francisco, California.

13. Tourism accounts for over 5% of the world’s economy.

14. 99% of Lybia is Desert.

15. You’ll realize that your home is more than just where you grew up.

16. You’ll realize how little you actually knew about the world.

17. The UK generates nearly 5 million visitors to the USA per year!

18. City with the most Rolls Royce’s: Hong Kong.

19. Every day about 3,000 Euro are thrown into the Trevi Fountain in Rome and collected at night to be given to a charity.

20. You have the opportunity to educate yourself and learn a new language!

 


“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine

Explore.Dream.Discover  


 

 

 

 

5minute Avocado DIY Face Mask

Left-over Avocado? Why not make a face mask using just 3 ingredients?

After seeing some leftover ripe Avocados in my fruit bowl I decided to whip up a quick 5-minute face mask. After all, it is the weekend and time to detox.

Literally taking minutes to make I used the following:

Ingredients:

  1. 1 ripe Avocado
  2. 2 Tablespoons of Honey
  3. 22g of raw oats

Method:

  1. Put all in ingredients in a blender until smooth (or like me, you can put all together in a jug and mash together)
  2. Generously spread over face and leave for 15-20 minutes or until it starts to dry up
  3. Wash off with warm water, you will love the results! Literally, cannot stop stroking my face because it is so soft!

Enjoy your smooth skin – you can thank me later! x

Like oats? Check out my breakfast recipe for Overnight Oats.


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#Oreos

OREO’s – do you twist or dunk?

9 insanely delicious things to do with your Oreos…

1.Dunk them in milk – obviously!

2.Cholocate Cupcakes topped with Oreos (see video below! #Delicious)

3.Whip up an Oreo Milkshake – Recipe 

 4.Oreo Donuts #NomNomNoM – Recipe 

5.Minty Fresh Oreo Ice Cream #Lovestruck – Recipe    

6.Love Oreos AND Cheesecake? Why not make an Oreo cheesecake? Recipe 

7.Eat them for breakfast – like cereal #LicksLips 

8.Pop some Oreo popcorn Check out the recipe!

9.Settle down with an Oreo hot chocolate #Mmm How to make it…

You can find lots more exciting recipes on the Oreo Website #Yum!

  Check out Tanya Burr’s video on Baking Oreo Cupcakes!

Delicious!


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20 cool activities to do in #London this weekend!


#LONDON – The City of Dreams. The Big Smoke.

#London has got to be the coolest city to be in for the weekend!

There are so many cafès, markets to shop around, parks to visit, a Hogwarts Express to catch….

I have constructed a list of twenty cool activities to do in #London on a reasonable budget which I think you will enjoy.


 

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Visit a museum: Most museums in London are free, although certain exhibitions you have to pay for. I recommend the Imperial War Museum  Museum of London &  Natural History Museum – enjoy as many free exhibitions as you can!

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Go on a tourist attraction: London Eye, London Dungeon, Madame Tussauds, London Duck Tours – go on, be a tourist for the day!


Visit a market: There are so many markets in London to visit, grab a bite to eat, have a coffee, find some unique items that only you will own! The list is endless.My favourite markets are Spitalfields Market, near Liverpool Street (food, antiques, art and clothes) & Borough Market, near London Bridge (food, fresh produce, cakes, olives etc)


Wander around one of London’s beautiful parks!  There are so many beautiful parks in London just waiting to be explored. The biggest park close to central London is St. James Park – just opposite Buckingham Palace. I also suggest checking out Hyde Park, Greenwich Park or Richmond Park (you might even see some Deer roaming around here!)


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Get the Hogwarts Express: sadly, not literally! At Kings Cross Station, they have a very cool photo opportunity for you to take on the 9 and 3/4 platform! Check it out here!


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Southbank is one of the coolest places to be! Lots of restaurants, street performers, market stalls and even a skateboard ramp – what is there not to love? Check it out here.

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Love to bowl? Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes has to be one of the coolest venues to go bowling! With regular themed Hip Hop nights plus karaoke rooms you are bound to have a great night! 

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Have a delicious breakfast at The Breakfast Club- various locations – London Bridge is my fave! Note: You will need to book in advance if you want to avoid waiting in line.

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Go Shopping; two very famous shopping areas in London are Oxford Street and Covent Garden. Both of these areas serve a variety of luxury and high street brands – if you are after visiting department stores such as House of Fraser or Selfridges, then I suggest Oxford Street. Both areas have great food options too!

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#Theatreland London is also known as Theatreland! There are countless theatres that are showing a huge variety of performances, at least one of them is bound to take your interest. A favourite show of mine is The Lion King at The Lyceum Theatre in Covent Garden. Lots of restaurants also do ‘pre-theatre’ dinners, so look out for some great deals.

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Feeling Generous?  There are lots of exciting street performers in both the Covent Garden and Southbank areas. If you are feeling generous after watching their performance, why not donate £1? There are also lots of people dressed as interesting characters that you can donate to get your picture taken with as a souvenir of visiting London.


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See the stars at The Royal Observatory in Greenwich. The have plenty of experiences, photography exhibitions, and opportunities to view the stars, explore and discover planets. Perfect for astronomy lovers!

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Alexandra Palace is a wonderful old palace and public venue which has acres of land to explore, a golf course, boating lake, indoor ice rink and event a farmers market. Alexandra Palace is in the North of London but easily accessible.

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Ride the Thames on a Thames Clipper! See the sight’s of London on one of the Thames Clipper River Cruises and ride the waves of the choppy Thames!

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Like being in the sky? Ride the Emirates Airline Cable Cars at the 02 Arena. Enjoy panoramic views of London – and there is no extra charge for beautiful nighttime rides!



Love Pasta? Have Lunch at Padella in Borough Market – there are often lines outside which do move quite quickly, however, this was voted #WorthTheWait 2016! The food is delicious!


Like jokes? If you are into your comedy then The Comedy Store is the place for you. With regular Stand Up shows on Fridays and Saturdays and plenty of special events you are guaranteed to have a great time.

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Visit Trafalgar Square and admire the wonderful fountains, architecture or get involved in special events that often take place in this public square. Look at what the square has to offer here.

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Speakers Corner If you are feeling sassy and want to exercise your free speech visit Speakers Corner at Hyde Park – this public space is used as a positive platform to exercise freedom of speech – but this is not an opportunity to offend anybody! Keep it positive!


Hopefully, you get to enjoy at least one of these activities to do in #London this weekend!

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#MondayMotivation 


#HAPPYMONDAY

MONDAY Already?! 
Another week, another chance to start a fresh week with a positive vibe!

I always look at Monday’s as a new opportunity to forget any setbacks from the past week, reflect on what I can do better and look ahead to having a great week!

So how can we make sure we have a productive, positive and great week? 

  1. Set goals for the week: been putting off going to the gym? Make a goal with yourself to attend at least once this week! This can apply for anything you have been putting off.
  2. Set a daily target for the week: my personal daily target this week is to wake up 30 minutes earlier each day so I can start my day settled, calm and ready for the day!
  3. Create a personal to do list: on Monday mornings, write down everything you need to/hope to achieve this week and cross each task off as you go!
  4. Make time for friends and family: all too often we can get caught up in our daily lives of work and hobbies that we forget to make time for our loved ones and friends! It is important to maintain these relationships within our daily routines as we all need somebody someday! Make some plans to meet up with friends and loved ones if you can, if not catching up with a good phone call will do!

Have a slogan for the week: 


Quit slackin’ and make shit happen! This is my personal slogan for this week and I will follow this each day to make sure I achieve my maximum potential this week.

Here’s hoping that this blog post has helped you have some #MondayMotivation! Have a great week!

Live, love, laugh … x

@iblogactually
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#OvernightOats

Overnight Oats? What are they I hear you say!? 

Recently, I have discovered the best breakfast that works extremely well for me in terms of nutrition, quickness and of course taste!

Simple and healthy breakfast for work and I just want to share this quick, simple recipe with you!

So…what are overnight oats?

Literally porridge oats soaked in either milk,water or yoghurt overnight!

You can add lots of delicious seeds, fruit and toppings (I like strawberry and peanut butter!) and you will not regret it! Once soaked overnight, you do not even have to cook the oats you literally just eat straight from the fridge (don’t knock it until you have tried it!)

Whats the recipe? 

You will need: 

  1. A container/jar that has a lid
  2. Porridge Oats
  3. Milk/Water/Yoghurt
  4. Any desired toppings/seeds/fruit (frozen fruit is great for keeping costs down!)

How to make (my own preference!)

  1. Weigh up 80g of milk/water/yoghurt and place at bottom of container
  2. Add 60g of oats and pour on top of milk
  3. Add any fruit/seeds/toppings (I add Flax Seeds, Frozen Strawberries and Peanut Butter)
  4. Pour one more splash of liquid (milk/water/yoghurt) on top and place the lid on the jar
  5. Leave in the fridge for everything to soak in overnight – and VIOLA you can eat for breakfast in the morning!

There are so many different flavours to experiment this versatile yummy breakfast with!

You can check out more recipe ideas on Quaker Oats website.

Enjoy this delicious breakfast and of course your journey to simple, delicious yet healthy eating!

Live, love, laugh… x

@iblogactually

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