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Low fat strawberry and rhubarb frozen yogurt

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This is great for any ice cream lovers out there who are trying to cut back, a low fat alternative way of eating your favourite dessert. Although I’ve chose to do a fruity strawberry and rhubarb frozen yogurt, you can experiment at home with any of your favourite yogurt and fruit flavours.

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For this frozen yogurt, all you’ll need is:
300g fresh strawberries
450g Rachel’s organic low fat rhubarb yogurt
200g natural Greek yogurt

Method:
Step1) First of all, measure out all of your ingredients, then place in a large bowl. With a hand blender, blend all of the ingredients together to form a smooth and creamy liquid, which should be pale pink in colour.

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Step2) Find a clean empty plastic container with a lid, and pour the creamy mixture in, place in the freezer to set. This will take a few hours, but once it’s set it’ll be ready for you to enjoy. It’s so simple to do, let me know how you get on and what other flavours you’ve experimented with!

Healthy new year…

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Isn’t it everyones resolution, but nobody can usually stick to it and gives in to all those chocolate treats…

But with these yummy, yet low calorie snacks you’ll be able to resist temptation.

Why not try swapping crisps for popcorn? With only 87 cals per bag and a range of flavours from sweet and salty to sour cream and chive.popcorn

Try swapping chocolate dessert mousses and full fat yogurts to fat free yogurts, Rachel’s Strawberry and rhubarb is my favourite!

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and finally, instead of buying a bag of your favourite sweets, swap for a bag of dried fruit, very sweet and much healthier than jelly sweets. My personal favourite would be dried mango! mango  So next time you’re craving sweet and naughty snacks, try replacing them with these treats instead and keep on track to shed those few pounds.

I’ll post some healthy snack recipes and ideas throughout this month, so keep an eye out!

Double chocolate coated sparkle brownies

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These brownies are scrumptious and perfect bite sized treats if you’re hosting any christmas parties or events this winter. They’re simple to make and even simpler to eat, they’ll go down a treat.browniesss

For my double chocolate sparkle brownies, you’ll need to follow my organic fudgey brownie recipe, then…

You’ll also need:

340g Light cocoa candy melts

100g white chocolate

Edible glitter

Step1) Melt the candy melts in a heat proof bowl over simmering water until all the buttons are completely melted and smooth. Then coat the sliced brownie squares in the cocoa mixture until fully covered, then place in the fridge to set.

Step2) In a heat proof bowl over simmering water, melt the white chocolate, then once the candy melt as set on the brownies, drizzle over the white chocolate with a spoon to create a nice drizzle pattern. Then finally sprinkle over the edible glitter and enjoy.

Halloween ghost cupcakes!

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These fun ghost cupcakes are simple to do and will certainly impress your halloween guests! 1380396_10152013611989388_1428548594_n

All you’ll need for these cupcakes is Betty Crocker’s red velvet cupcake mix (Yes I cheated, but these are all about the decoration :p) So follow the easy step by step instructions on the cake mix box before decorating with the marshmallow frosting.

Now for decoration (Marshmallow frosting):

4 eggs whites

250g caster sugar

60ml water

1tsp vanilla extract

Black icing pen

Method:

Step 1) In a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water whisk together the egg whites, sugar and water for 10-15 minutes until thick and glossy. Leave to cool before adding the vanilla extract and giving a final whisk before spooning into a piping bag.

Step2) When piping onto the cupcakes, do it as if it was a snow man in three squeezes to create the layers and look like a ghost. No need to wait for the frosting to set before icing on the eyes and mouths as it’s quite firm like a marshmallow.

Once iced they are ready for you to enjoy!

Atomic burger bristol

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Okay, it isn’t exactly cake based, but atomic burger has to be the single best burger place i’ve ever been. With an exciting menu of food (great for film lovers) you’ll be spoilt for choice, so I highly recommend! 1385818_10151979890164388_1421210676_n

I had the Boris Karloff burger which is make it yourself (frankenstein), so you choose the burger, from beef, chicken or veggie, then choose three toppings and a side dish. So I had BBQ pulled pork with bacon and american cheese, along with fries. It’s such an exciting experience, with so much to choose from you’ll be going back again and again for more.

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Atomic burger Twitter 189 Gloucester RoadBristol, BS7 8BG U.K.

Mini iced buns

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Thought i’d try something new which i’ve not tried baking before, which are also one of my favourite baked treats, iced buns! This recipe is reasonably simple and super tasty.BTpn0CkIQAEwfbw

For this recipe you’ll need:

500g strong white bread flour

100g caster sugar

40g unsalted butter

14g yeast

2 medium eggs

135ml warm milk

125ml warm water

To decorate-

Icing sugar and water

Method-

Step1) Preheat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. In a bowl place all the ingredients and give a good mix with your hands before kneading in the bowl to form a wet dough. Next place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for 8-10 minutes until the dough becomes very elastic.

Step2) Place the dough in a bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and leave to rise for an hour, i’d suggest a window shelf that gets sun. Once the dough has doubled in size, tip onto a lightly surface again and knead for a minute or so and divide into 16 even portions that resemble a sausage shape and place on a baking tray to rise until doubled in size once again, cover with a tea towel.

Step3) Once they’ve doubled in size, place in the oven for 10 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked, you may need to tear one apart. Leave to cool on a cooling rack before decorating with icing sugar and sprinkles if you wish.

The life of a student foodie

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When people think good food, they don’t tend to identify it with students, who typically eat packet noodles and Junk food. That isn’t me unfortunately, I say unfortunately because I like good quality and expensive food, I shop in waitrose and it doesn’t help that I also work there part-time and seen as i’m a poor student it doesn’t exactly fit with my lifestyle.

So as I start back at university for my second year my goal is to try and cut down on the food I buy, not the intake but maybe downgrading supermarkets, this makes me very sad. I’ll still have to visit waitrose for my Cawston press juice (apple and elderflower, its so good you have yo try it!) and the odd product, but generally try and buy cheaper foods.

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Here’s some tips for people who enjoy good food on a low budget:

  • Visit food festivals and markets- Though this isn’t the cheapest way to buy food,  you can get lots of great free tasters from meat and cakes to alcohol! plus  you can always try and haggle the prices.
  • Look out for independent shops that offer student discount- Unfortunately this one only applies to students, but a lot of independent shops offer discount or things along the line. A local bakery of mine in Bath, which is across the road from me offers student discount after 4pm, so I can go and grab some cheap cakes and bread. Not only that, many restaurants also offer discount for students.
  • Graze box– It’s only £3.89 per box, which you can have delivered as much or little as you like, I have mine delivered every two weeks, meaning I only pay £7.78 a month, in which I receive 8 individual treats (4 per box) I receive things such as popcorn, brownies, flapjacks, dried fruit and nuts, compotes and chutneys, all of which are reasonably healthy and super tasty!
  • Discount apps- I use Voucher cloud which is free to download on Iphone and offers a range of discounts for great restaurants, there are also lot’s of other similar apps and websites on the market offering discounts and offers.