My Favourite Ways to Include Veggies and Fruit into My Diet

Being healthy and eating food that makes you feel good is so important. You can eat pizza, chocolate and cakes in moderation – just as long as you also balance your diet out with healthier options. I am no expert in nutrition, but I would like to share some meal ideas for anyone who finds it hard to think of healthy and tasty meals (or anyone who wants to be and feel healthy).

Personally, I do eat pizza and chocolate as well as the odd fizzy drink. However, at times, this can make my body feel unhealthy. Therefore, I like to make sure that I am feeding my body with the health and energy that it needs. Of course, I understand that not everyone has the same tastes, and so the things I love may not be to someone else’s liking – but I hope that it gives you inspiration to try out different ways to eat healthy!

First things first: think of what you enjoy eating.

There must be a selection of fruits and vegetables that you love to eat – for me, I love kiwi, bananas, melon and strawberries (I love most fruit, but these are my favourite). In terms of vegetables, I love pretty much all of them! My favourite ones being potatoes, sprouts (I know), carrots, broccoli, peppers, and red cabbage.

These are the foods that you need to try and have at least five portions of a day. Remember, from what I have researched, this can be tinned, frozen or fresh. I have found that tinned carrots and baby potatoes are just as good as fresh. The carrots come soft in the tin, so are useful for making soups, quick stews, adding to bolognese, or for having on the side of your meal. As for tinned potatoes, they are also useful for making quick stews or soups, as well as adding to salads or on the side of a meal.

Frozen vegetables, as well as onions and peppers are very useful and are a cheaper alternative to buying fresh. Both work equally as well and although fresh can be better for some meals, if you want or need to save money, I recommend going for frozen – especially for things you don’t use regularly enough to buy fresh. Fruits can be a bit difficult in terms of having fresh or frozen. This is because frozen fruit only tends to be useful for adding to porridge, yogurt, or for making a smoothie. I usually go for fresh fruit as I prefer the consistency of it – but give frozen a go to see if you like it!

Now that we have discussed the many ways you can get and store healthy fruits and vegetables, here are 5 of my favourite meals and snacks that I eat to incorporate fruits and vegetables into my diet:

1. Simple fruit and yogurt

I love to use strawberries or melon when making myself a bowl of fruit and yogurt. Personally, I like to use plain natural yogurt with a little honey to add to my bowl of fruit. This is my favorite choice for breakfast or for a snack at lunch time. This really helps to keep myself feeling healthy and fresh for the day.

2. Healthy Salad or Wrap

When I want to prepare something healthy for my lunch, I always opt for a nice pasta salad or wrap. For a pasta salad, I like to use tinned tuna along with peppers, cucumber, and tomatoes to create a tasty meal – I like to use tuna infused with lemon and herb to give a nice flavour to the pasta as well as occasionally adding chunks of cheese for my dairy intake. For wraps, I use cooked chicken, along with peppers and spinach or green salad leaves. I then add a drizzle of mayo or salsa – depending on whether I have a cold or hot wrap. These meals can easily be created into a vegetarian option by using meat alternatives.

3. Carrots, Cucumber and Peppers with a Dip

This snack is my go-to for when I need to eat a bit healthier. I like to cut up fresh carrots for the nice crunch, cucumber, and red peppers to snack on. Then, I usually buy a pre-made dip, such as hummus, to add a bit of excitement to my snack. You can make your own dips, if you like, and to make hummus, you just need to blend olive oil, chickpeas and a few other things together – here is a couple of links that I found that show you step-by-step how to create the perfect hummus:

https://www.bbc.com/food/recipes/quickhummousandolive_71473 

https://frommybowl.com/best-hummus-recipe/

4. Bolognese 

This has to be one of my favorite meals on earth. It is so easy and relatively quick to make, and you can incorporate so many veggies into it! Also, this is a great way to have a vegetarian-style meal using quorn mince instead of beef mince.

All that you need to create the perfect bolognese is:

  • Two tins of chopped or plum tomatoes.
  • 250-500g of beef or quorn mince.
  • 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar.
  • 1 tsp each of basil and oregano (dried or fresh).
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste.
  • 1/2 tin or a handful of tinned carrots, chopped (can also use fresh, but may need to be boiled to soften beforehand).
  • Celery, chopped.
  • 1/2 red onion, diced (fresh or frozen).
  • Red pepper, chopped (optional, but good to add more veggies).
  • Pasta – 2 handfuls for each person.
  • 1 beef oxo cube (beef mince version only)
  • Olive oil.

Method:

  • Heat a large frying pan on medium heat and add a drizzle of olive oil once heated.
  • Add the mince and brown.
  • Add the red onion, celery, carrots, and red pepper.
  • Stir until all mince is completely brown and add both tins of chopped tomatoes.
  • Stir and add the oregano and basil, along with the balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the pasta to a pan of boiling water along with a drizzle of olive oil to avoid sticking – stir occasionally.
  • Crumble the oxo cube into the bolognese and stir. Lower the temperature to allow the bolognese to simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Once the pasta is soft, drain and serve with the bolognese.
  • Eat and enjoy!

5. Making a soup or stew:

One great way to include veggies into your diet, and how I like to, is by making a good old homemade stew or soup. By using potatoes as the base, you can add whatever vegetables you like to make a stew or soup – just blend it all together with a cup or two of boiled water – give it a go and try out what works the best! For stews, adding chicken or beef if you like meat is a great way to add some protein or a bit more flavour to your stew. By using some stock, you can create a tasty stew. Have a look online for different ways to make a stew or soup.

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Autumn Fashion & Beauty Haul

Hey everyone! After a few weeks away from blogging, I have decided to share a post about my current purchases.

Autumn is one of those seasons that I have a love/hate relationship with. It is the season of colourful leaves, soup, jumpers, and hot drinks. But it is also the season of a whole new colour pallette in regards to fashion and makeup!

Yes, it gets cold – and thus, the reason why I hate it at times. I love the summer and the warmth it brings, as well as the longer days (silently dreads the dark, gloomy days ahead). However, I do love the different shades of dark red that it brings to my style. That is why, recently, I have gone shopping to buy a few new items for my wardrobe!

Burgundy button-up dress and check fitted skirt, both from New look:

I love both of these new pieces and I would really love to buy the dress in black too! I decided to buy these because I thought they would be good to wear for work or possibly interviews if styled with a blouse. The thing I love best about fashion at this time of year, is the ability to layer different pieces together to create different outfits.

Now for the skincare and makeup. I recently went shopping to stock up on a few things that I needed. They may not all be related to autumn, as they are useful all-year-round, but I decided to try them out!

Garnier Skin Active Gel Face Wash, under £2 on offer at Boots:

I love this so far! It is so nice to use and it really feels like your skin is being cleansed properly without becoming oily or dry. This one is designed specifically for combination-oily skin, so I definitely recommend this if you are prone to oiliness, but can also get dry skin at times. Every skin is different, I know, but it is definitely worth a try if you want a great face wash at a budget price! They also do a micellar water range in this type of gel face wash, which I also need to try out because I love their micellar water products.

St. Ives Apricot Blemish-Prone Face Scrub, under £5 at Boots:

I have bought and used this before many times, especially during the summer months to keep my skin bright and exfoliated. I have recently ran out of this product, so I HAD to buy more! I love the St. Ives range of scrubs and they do a different one for every skin need. I am prone to blemishes, so I like to use this specific one, but there is another that I would like to try – it’s a nourishing one that keeps your skin soft and nourished – find it on this link!

Soap & Glory Mother Pucker Matte Lipstick in the Shade Cinnamon Beige:

I bought this because I have been wanting to try the Soap & Glory lipsticks for a while! So far, I am not too sure about it. The consistency is great, and not too drying like some of the Mac ones. Also, it seems to last a good amount of time before having to reapply the product.

However, for me, this shade does not work. I think it comes out more of a brown tone on my lips – as mine are quite dark in colour naturally! I do think that it is the perfect shade for autumn, so I may have to give it another chance to see how I feel about it. I can’t remember how much I paid, but I think it was £9 (I also got myself some student discount as Boots were giving 20% off!).

Essie Nail Lacquer in the shade Bordeaux:

I LOVE this colour. Dark red is my favourite anyway, so I usually hate it during the summer when I feel like I have to wear lighter shades on my nails (I usually just opt for a brighter red). The consistency, thickness, everything about this nail varnish is great. Ok, it’s not dead cheap – under £10 but it does work well and applies evenly and stays put quite well with the use of a top coat. A must have autumn shade for me!


I hope you liked this post. If you want, share some thoughts on your favourite products or clothing pieces for autumn…let’s get a conversation going on beauty and fashion! Thanks for reading!