Ultimate High Protein Porridge Recipe

We’re becoming increasingly concerned with the importance of a high-protein diet, but it can be a struggle for some to incorporate protein into their breakfast. Maybe you can’t face eggs or meat first thing in the morning, maybe you’re vegetarian, or maybe you’re just stumped for ideas. 

The ‘easy’ way is to just simply add a scoop of whey protein into your oats – and that’s great! But it’s not for everyone. I struggle with protein powders – I can drink them after a workout but if I add them to anything I feel like it ruins the food I’ve added it to! 

I’ve come up with my own little recipe that I’ve become obsessed with, and my boyfriend loves it also! 

What You’ll Need: 

  • Oats (your desired amount) 
  • 1tblspn powdered peanut butter 
  • 1-2tblspn chia seeds 
  • Almond milk (desired amount) 
  • 1 egg white 
  • Walden Farms Caramel Syrup 
  • Optional – bananas, blueberries, strawberries, chopped up protein bar or any desired toppings 

Okay, the thought of adding egg white into your oats might sound a bit scary if you’ve never tried it before but TRUST me you can’t taste egg and it just makes it creamy and amps up the protein! 

You can purchase the powdered peanut butter (I use Dr Zak’s) and the caramel syrup from Muscle Food and you can even use code HM498301 to get some extra FREE goodies at the checkout like a loaf of high protein bread, protein pizza, chicken breasts….. 

The chia seeds were picked up from Tesco for just £1 a pouch – a steal when you look at chia seeds in Holland & Barrat for instance which cost around £15 for the same product! 

Method: 

  • Add your oats and almond milk to the saucepan on a medium heat (to your desired consistency – some like theirs thin, I like mine gloopy!) 
  • After 1-2 minutes when it’s all stirred in, add your powdered peanut butter and chia seeds 
  • Continue cooking and stirring for a further 4-5 minutes 
  • Add your egg white and stir well
  • Continue cooking and stirring for around 3 minutes or until fully cooked 
  • Place in a bowl and drizzle Caramel Syrup 

Voila! High protein oats without the whey protein taste! Full of goodness to keep you going for the day! 

Hels xxx

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Clean Eating’s Dirty Secrets. 

I stumbled upon a really interesting programme that’s available on BBC iPlayer right now called Clean Eating’s Dirty Secret. 

It’s a documentary starring Grace Victory, a Vlogger on beauty, fashion, body image and mental health. Throughout the programme, Grace explores the recent ‘trend’ of ‘Clean Eating’ that’s sweeped social media and become a lifestyle for many. 

In short, she compares insta/YouTube famous ‘nutritionists’ opinions with scientific, factual information from a qualified dietician. I’ll begin by clearing up the difference between a nutritionist and a dietician. ANYONE can call them selves a nutritionist. In fact, Grace herself took a 20 hour, £30 nutritionist course online in the programme which enabled her to claim she’s a raw food nutritionist, despite her not even having any real understanding or passion for nutrition. The difference with a dietician is that they must have studied at university to gain their qualification and it’s perhaps more factual and less opinionated. 

Through the programme we see some (in my opinion) crazy diets from all potato, to virtually protein free banana based diets and 100% Raw and vegan. At the start, they do mention how clean eating is dairy, meat, egg and gluten free. I have to say I don’t really agree with this (I’ll come onto that in detail) as to me, clean eating is eating natural which includes meat and eggs so I would say that’s only some peoples version of clean eating. 

That gets me on to the fact that pretty much EVERY diet/nutrition/fitness person has a way of doing things and pretty much think their way is the only correct way. There’s some magnificent claims made, for example Freelee – The Banana Girl eats around 30 bananas a day and claims that protein is like acid for the body!? And that the human body receives most of its protein through your own flesh!? Of course this was totally rubbished by the ‘real’ dietician. Another claim by Deliciously Ella is that milk damages your body. Again, rubbished by the dietician who stresses the importance of the calcium that milk offers to the body. 

The programme showed the physiological dangers also associated with the clean eating hype, that often go alongside the physical. Many more girls/boys are suffering from Orthorexia Nervosa – an obsession with eating foods that are deemed as healthy by the person. I took this little Orthorexia Self Test which showed that I may have a modest case of Othorexis and I must say I may agree. When I see these (mainly) girls on Instagram with crazy clean meals and insane workouts, it almost makes me feel guilty when I go slightly off course. It’s probably phycological but I actually feel healthier and more attractive when I’ve been ‘eating right’ and restricting myself as opposed to eating what I really want. I must add this isn’t a worry for me, as I do regularly make food choices that aren’t ‘clean’ just because I want to. 

Another one to add is gluten free. I do try to eat a gluten free diet due to it being a trigger for my IBS (and no one likes looking 8 months pregnant for no reason) but I can’t for the life of me understand why anyone would CHOOSE to be gluten free if they don’t need to?! It’s so restricting. The other day I went for lunch with friends post-training and wanted a Caesar salad which the menu said came as a gluten free option. So of course I presumed the croutons would be gluten free maybe? Nope. The server came out and said that the gluten free option would literally be chicken and lettuce and is this okay? At £10 uhmmmm, nope. Oh and the sweet potato fries? Coated in flour. So if you think gluten free is easy, you couldn’t be more misguided. Not to mention the fact that gluten free options can be 3 times more expensive and can contain all sorts of nasty chemicals and additives! 

I think the most important thing I took away from this is that each individual is different. You can’t follow someone else’s lifestyle in its entirety because every persons body is different. You wouldn’t see my trainer giving a 13 stone lady the same workout as me and this applies to the diet even more so! You need to find what works for YOU and remember you can have everything in moderation. It’s useless trying to cut out certain food groups in their entirety because chances are, your body needs them! Just try and cut back on the things your body doesn’t agree with and that you know aren’t good in large quantities. 

Oh, and don’t believe everything you read online. 

Hels xxx
*Clean Eating’s Dirty Secret can be found on BBC iPlayer. 

* I am not a nutritionist or dietician, I just have an interest in food and fitness. 

* Any major change in diet requires an all-clear from your GP or dietician. 

Cocoa+ Protein Chocolate

I’m pretty obsessed with adding as much protein to all meals/snacks as possible, but admittedly I do get a little sick of meat, eggs, fish etc. Sometimes you just need that little sweet fix without all the guilt and WITH all the protein. 

You might want to sit down for this because you may not beleive what I’m about to tell you….. Protein chocolate IS a thing. A real thing. 

The amazing people at @cocoa.plus were so kind as to send me some goodies to try. I am officially in love. When you hear ‘proteion’ attached to any of your favourite foods, you automatically assume it’s going to be dry or have a weird after taste or something. NOT the case here. 

Cocoa+ tastes exactly the same as a rich, high quality chocolate. You’d never know it contained over 27g of protein per 100g. This is whey protein isolate that’s infused into the chocolate – pure luxury without the guilt. I’ve been having a square or two each evening and it’s just enough to feel like you’ve had a treat. It’s also amazing for cooking – I whipped up these little banana-coconut-Choc clean icecream using a couple of smashed up squares and also these clean peanut butter cups! (I will post recipes if anyone is interested!) Basically, it’s an all round winner and you’re mad if you don’t stock your cupboards up with it. Everyone needs a treat sometimes and it’s better to reach for the high protein alternative to your usual sugary, non-nutritional fav’s. 



You can order yours here (the ordinary Choc one is my fav but the crunch ones are all unreal) at Cocoa Plus

Enjoy! Hels xxx

Clean PB/White Choc ‘Cookie-Dough’ Bites. 

Good afternoon! 

Scrolling through instagram, it’s easy to see that a lot of people on a health kick sacrifice taste in order to get their dream bod. Plain chicken, bland rice and some soggy broccoli is all good and nutritious, but how sustainable is a diet where you don’t have any enjoyment from what you’re eating? 

I find people struggle with snacking healthily. Too much fruit and you’ll be over your sugar levels, rice cakes are bland and not especially nutritious, shop-bought bars can contain all sorts of nasties and calories…. This leads to snackers breaking their diet and reaching for sugary, processed junk. 

In comes my clean PB/White choc cookie dough bites….. The guilt free way to curb sweet cravings and snack without breaking the diet. What’s even better is that you can add all sorts into the recipe to make it your own! 

What you’ll need:

  • Scottish Oats 
  • Agave nectar/honey/alternative
  • No Added Sugar/Palm Oil free peanut butter 
  • White chocolate chips 
  • Almond milk (or alternative) 

You’ll notice I’ve not added amounts onto the ingredients list. The reason behind this is that it’s really personal choice, so just play around and see how you get on. 

  1. Blend oats in a nutribullet or blender until they’re a fine powder/flour. 
  2. Add peanut putter (I used around half a tub) a few squeezes of agave nectar (depending on how sweet you like them!) 
  3. Slowly add small amounts of almond milk and mix until the texture is that of cookie dough. 
  4. Add white chocolate chips or get creative with dried fruits, coconut flakes, dark chocolate etc. You could also add flavour drops or spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. 
  5. You’ll now need to shape your cookie dough. This can be done in balls or flattened out like I did. Lay on grease proof paper. 
  6. Leave at room temperature or chill if preferred. 
  7. Enjoy! 

Clean PB/White Choc ‘Cookie-Dough’ Bites. 

Good afternoon! 

Scrolling through instagram, it’s easy to see that a lot of people on a health kick sacrifice taste in order to get their dream bod. Plain chicken, bland rice and some soggy broccoli is all good and nutritious, but how sustainable is a diet where you don’t have any enjoyment from what you’re eating? 

I find people struggle with snacking healthily. Too much fruit and you’ll be over your sugar levels, rice cakes are bland and not especially nutritious, shop-bought bars can contain all sorts of nasties and calories…. This leads to snackers breaking their diet and reaching for sugary, processed junk. 

In comes my clean PB/White choc cookie dough bites….. The guilt free way to curb sweet cravings and snack without breaking the diet. What’s even better is that you can add all sorts into the recipe to make it your own! 

What you’ll need:

  • Scottish Oats 
  • Agave nectar/honey/alternative
  • No Added Sugar/Palm Oil free peanut butter 
  • White chocolate chips 
  • Almond milk (or alternative) 

You’ll notice I’ve not added amounts onto the ingredients list. The reason behind this is that it’s really personal choice, so just play around and see how you get on. 

  1. Blend oats in a nutribullet or blender until they’re a fine powder/flour. 
  2. Add peanut putter (I used around half a tub) a few squeezes of agave nectar (depending on how sweet you like them!) 
  3. Slowly add small amounts of almond milk and mix until the texture is that of cookie dough. 
  4. Add white chocolate chips or get creative with dried fruits, coconut flakes, dark chocolate etc. You could also add flavour drops or spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. 
  5. You’ll now need to shape your cookie dough. This can be done in balls or flattened out like I did. Lay on grease proof paper. 
  6. Leave at room temperature or chill if preferred. 
  7. Enjoy! 

High protein, clean, vegetarian breakfast ideas. 

Breakfast is probably my FAVOURITE meal of the day. I can’t be the only one who decides what they’re having for breakfast whilst lying in bed the night before? Not only is breakfast my favourite meal, it’s also the most important. You’re setting yourself up for the rest of the day’s diet and mindset – if you start the day off badly you’re more likely to make bad food choices throughout the day. Also, you’re fuelling yourself for a busy day ahead. 

My mum is embarking on a new high-protein diet plan, however as a vegetarian, it can be hard to get the protein in. Therefore, we’ve started experimenting with different ideas. 

I always try to get a good balance and protein and fruit/veg and also add a few good carbs into the mix. Understandably, most people don’t have the time to create beautiful breakfasts each morning but you can take inspiration to adapt to your lifestyle, and remember you can always prep the night before! 

   

 Protein Porridge 
I use the sachets of vanilla protein porridge from MyProtein – these are great if you’re on the go as well! I use almond milk and add a tablespoon of chia seeds for some extra nutrition. I like to add some fruit or have some on the side as well. These sachets pack 16g of protein per serving so you’ll have plenty of slow releasing energy throughout the day. A simple alternative is just adding a scoop of protein powder to your usual oats. You could prepare this the night before or take a sachet to work to pop in the microwave! 

  Protein Pancakes
These Maple pancakes are another MyProtein product that adds ease to breakfast making. I simply add 1 1/2 scoops of pancake mix to almond milk, give it a stir and fry in coconut oil. Simple! You can sweeten if desired with honey, agave nectar or any syrup you fancy, or top with fresh fruit and nuts. The pancake mix packs a whopping 34g protein per serving and taste like an absolute treat. These can be made the night before and eaten cold or heated up in the microwave. 

  Scrambled Eggs and Avocado on Ryvita 
Simple and fast! Half an avocado mashed, 2 eggs scrambled, on top of ryvita, a sprinkle of black pepper. Sorted! I teamed it up with some frozen berries and passion fruit. 

  Chia Seed Pudding
I’ve spoken all about the wonders of Chia Seeds in a previous post. These magical littles seeds absorb liquid to create a pudding-like consistency that can be flavoured all sorts of ways. Add different nut milks, vanilla or almond essence, fruit, syrups, nut butters, anything! 

Enjoy! 

Hels X 

MyTeaBott – Drink Yourself Skinny 

You will never catch me without a bottle of water or flask of green tea tucked into my handbag. I’m a firm believer in staying hydrated for a number of benefits from keeping your skin bright and healthy, keeping water retention at bay, and generally just for good health. 

You can imagine my excitement at receiving a MyTeaBott in the post yesterday. It’s a thermos glass bottle with a bamboo lid that keeps drinks hot or cold for hours…. Basically it’s perfect for any type day, whether I’m out for a day of castings, on long train journeys for a shoot, at the gym or just out for a day with friends.  

 It comes with a removable infuser so you can add loose tea leaves and a filter so you can add fruit to create your own health drinks. It’s so versatile, I’ll be using it all year round. 

On my mind at the moment is detox waters. Although it’s still cold out; it’s starting to get so much brighter and sunnier and it’s getting me in the mood for summer. Mixing fruits and herbs into your daily water can have so many benefits for the body including:

  • Flushing the body of toxins and excess waste
  • Increasing energy 
  • Aids weight loss 
  • Strengthens immune system 
  • Improves skin and hair 
  • Helps remove belly fat 
  • Improved sense of well-being     

A few ingredients I will be using for my detox waters: 

  • Blueberries 
  • Strawberries
  • Cucumber
  • Frozen mixed berries 
  • Lemons and limes 
  • Ginger 
  • Mint leaves 
  • Fresh rosemary 
  • Watermelon 
  • NudeyTea Day Time blend 

A little tip – after you’ve used your herbal/green tea bag in the morning, add it to your detox water for a delicate taste and some extra goodness. 

  

Grab your MyTeaBott now using code GIMMIE20 for 20% off and let me know what you put in yours! 

Hels x

   
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Cloud Bread: Carb-Free Gluten-Free Bread Alternative! 

Just yesterday I stumbled across what I thought must be ‘click bait’ when I saw a link on Facebook claiming there was a carb-free gluten-free bread alternative…

Upon opening the link, I discovered IT’S TRUE. Well, it appears to be anyway. So of course I MUST try it. I adore bread but my stomach doesn’t agree with the gluten so if I can pull this off I will be amazed! A quick scan of Pinterest bought up a range of pictures, and you’ll probably agree they look amazing with sweet or savoury versions! 

   
   
I’ve decided to go with garlic and rosemary to season mine. They’re in the oven as I type and smell amazing so I hope they turn out well…. Whilst I wait, il give you a few facts I’ve found. 

So, they’re carb and gluten free as I mentioned so great if like me, your stomach doesn’t really agree with gluten or you’re on a low carb diet. However, they do contain more fat due to the cream cheese (I’ll tell you the full ingredients further down) but fats aren’t the enemy so don’t be too concerned about this. Also, they lack fibre but that’s not a problem as long as your overall diet is balanced. 

What you’ll need:

  • 4 eggs
  • 3tbspns cream cheese 
  • Half tsp sweetener 
  • 1tspn bicarbonate of soda 
  • Any seasoning you wish (I used garlic powder and dried rosemary) 

Simple as that. 

Method: 

  • Pre-heat oven to 140•
  • Line trays with parchment paper. 
  • Separate egg whites and yolks and put in two separate bowls. 
  • To the yolks, add the cream cheese, sweetener and bicarbonate and mix until smooth. (I also added the garlic powder)
  • Whisk the egg whites until they create stiff peaks. 
  • Fold the yolk/cheese mixture into the whites gently. 
  • Spoon the mixture into discs on the parchment paper lined trays. 
  • Sprinkle with rosemary if desired. 
  • Pop in the oven for 15 minutes, check, leave for longer if necessary until golden brown. (Mine took around 25 minutes) 
  • Gently peel from the parchment paper and cool on a rack. 

     

 Ta daaaaa! I had been really sceptical but they turned out well. They have a slightly eggy taste to them and a soft inside. Try adding some chicken and rocket for a light version of a sandwich! Let me know in the comments if you have/do try this! 

Hels x

Protein Shakes |Fitness Goals|Exclusive Discount

How is everyone getting on in their New Year fitness goals? 

I find that when I let myself relax on the fitness and clean-eating over Christmas etc, I really struggle for the first few days of trying to get back into it. That’s why I was so thankful to receive a lovely package from my friends at Nudey Tea. 

They’ve started a new range of supps to promote good health as well as fitness and aesthetic goals. I received their new multivitamins and protein shakes and a handy little protein shaker bottle. 

  Nudey Shake in Skinny Coconut. 

Women often worry about protein shakes making them bulky or fat – that’s REALLY not the case and if you’re trying to build lean muscle, a protein shake after a workout is a great addition to your diet. You absolutely can’t get fat from protein – your body uses what it needs and simply gets rid of what it doesn’t. Don’t think of it as 150 extra calories because 150cals of chocolate in comparison will have a majorly different effect on your body. It’s all about nutrition. 

Nudey Shakes contain a massive 31g of protein per serving and only 1g of fat and 3.9g carbs. This makes it super lean. Not to mention, it also contains CLA and green tea which are great fat burners.  

 Nudey recommend one scoop after a workout or as a snack, or alternatively 2 scoops as a meal replacement. I don’t personally recommend skipping meals in favour of shakes so prefer to take mine after a workout. However, if your trainer or doctor recommend this to you, then go for it! 

  Post workout shake. 
The shakes come in two amazing flavours – Coconut and strawberry (with more flavours coming soon!) and they both taste amazing. I’ve mentioned their detox tea’s many times – they work perfectly together for a massive kickstart on your new bod. 

My followers can now get an exclusive 20% discount on their ENTIRE order! Simply add your items to your cart and enter the code HELEN at checkout. There, your 20% discount will be applied to your goodies. Shop Here.

Hels xxx

Winter Warmer: Beetroot and Apple Soup. 

I don’t know about you, but it’s rather chilly, frosty and currently a little snowey where I am. This sort of weather makes you want hot, warming meals but that doesn’t mean you have to fall away from your diet! 

My beetroot and apple soup recipe will warm you right up, whilst giving you all of the goodness you need to achieve your health and fitness goals. 

  
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that beetroot is incredibly good for you. Known as a ‘superfood’ beets contain copious amounts of vitamins and antioxidants, whilst being really low in fat. The deep red vegetable is packed full of iron, vitamins A & C, fibre, folic acid, manganese and potassium, making it a great addition to your diet. 

  
It can be an ‘acquired’ taste, but I’m sure you’ll love this sweet and savoury take on a superfood soup to keep you warm and healthy in this cool weather. Give it a go. 

What you’ll need.                                     1kg beetroot (cooked or raw but not pickled/in vinegar)                       2 apples peeled and finely chopped   1 whole chopped onion                       800ml vegetable stock (2 cubes)       2 tsp dried thyme                                     1tsp dried cumin                                       1.5tsp unsalted butter (or alternative)                                             Natural yoghurt to serve 

Method.                                                     Chop up your beetroot and lay in a baking tray. Coat with the thyme and cumin and place in the oven for 15 minutes (if pre-cooked) or 45 minutes if raw. 

  
Meanwhile, add the butter and chopped onion to a large pan and sauté for 10 minutes. Next, add the chopped apple and sauté for a further 5 minutes until soft. By now your beetroot should be ready to stir in, along with your stock. Once all of the ingredients are added together, simmer for 10-15 minutes. 

  
Blitz your soup in your choice of blender (I use my nutribullet) and serve with a dollop of natural yoghurt and enjoy. 

Hels xxx