All inclusive Thomson cruise (Aegean Titans)

Hello everyone,

I am very delighted to say that I am lucky enough to post to you from a lovely thompson cruise which has currently stopped in Turkey! Todays post is dedicated to tips on how to survive an all inclusive holiday without eating your body weight in food, but still enjoying the lovely delights on offer (aswell as the sun and sights obviously!) My days have been starting off with a buffet breakfast, which can be an absolute mind field when trying to stay healthy. My tip is, think about what you would usually eat. Do you really need 7 pastries to survive until lunch? I stuck to what I usually have, fruit salad, dates, dried fruit and seeds topped with jam. I have to say I think I am getting peanut butter withdrawals, and may have to buy some tomorrow when we stop off in Greece! There is also lots of other healthy choices you can make such as muesli or cooked scrambled eggs and tomatoes. For lunch there is a buffet as well. This is alot easier to stay healthy as their are loads of choice in terms of salads and veg, so you can really get creative. Before dinner I have been attending the gym, but not doing anything too strenuous as I have been out in the sun all day. However I have been really enjoying myself doing cardio circuits, somthing I will definitely adopt when I get home, sadly minus the nice sea view :(. My circuits have included timed intervals of low intensity, cycling, cross-trainer, running and rowing machine. Finally for dinner I have been attending the waiter service resturant, where the head waiter (shout out to the lovely Herbert) has been very accommodating. I have been served 3 vegan courses every night, which have been very diverse from tofu and stir fried veg to tempura. I have been avoiding drinking wine with meals ect. Beacuse its calorific and I want to be able to enjoy the sights the next day!! But I have been enjoying the odd cocktail in the evening with thenighttime entertainment šŸ™‚

*A side note from being super healthy, my mum organised a surprise birthday cake for me when I was on the cruise (100% vegan) and it was absolutely delightful as well as the staff singing abi-birthday which was very entertaining! Due to the fact I couldn’t take the cake on the plane back and was determined not to let it go to waste I basically had half the cake for my dinner and breakfast the next day hahaha. I will post a picture of my cake on my instagram so you can have a look šŸ™‚

Happy making healthy choices!

Stay happy, stay confident

Abs xox Ā  Ā  Ā Ā 

Cakey cereal barsĀ 

First off i’d I would just like to wish everyone a Happy mothers day šŸ™‚ I hope you had a nice time with your loved ones and family. Secondly, its recipe time! Over the next couple of weeks I am going to be travelling about a bit, so decided to come up with a recipe for a snack that is filling but easy to pop in a bag, all ready if I get a bit peckish. The bars are quite dense, but moist enough not to crumble and I have tried out two flavours.

Strawberry and chocolate:

1/2 punnet grated strawberries 

2 handfuls of rasins

2 spoonfuls of coconut oil

1/4 teaspoon baking powder 

200g self raising flour

50g oatmeal

Pear and pumpkin seed:

2 grated pears

2 handfuls of raisins 

2 handfuls of pumpkin seeds

50g oatmeal

200g self raising flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder 

2 spoonfuls of coconut oil

Add all the ingredients into a bowl and mix until the mixture is easily rolled into a ball. If the mixture isnt moist enough, add some soya milk. Line a baking tray with coconut oil, then press the mixture into a square shape, an inch in depth. Drizzle with sugar-free syrup then bake for 30 minutes at 180 celsius. Let them cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars. I wrapped my bars in clingfilm then freezed them.  Enjoy!

Stay happy, stay confident.

Abs xox 

Creamy Banana Vegan IcecreamĀ 

 Since switching to a healthy lifestyle, I tried to supliment icecream with frozen yoghurt, but it just doesnt have the same indulgent effect! My recipe for vegan icecream used coconut milk, instead of cream but it still has the same creamy taste! 

What you need:

4 bananas 

1 tin of coconut milk

Sugar free syrup 

Raisins 

Brown sugar (optional) 

2 teaspoons of cornstarch 

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and blend with a hand blender or whisk until smooth. Place into a container and mix every now and then during the freezing process. It should be ready to eat after an hour in the freezer. 

I served 2 scoops of my ice cream with fruit, soya yoghurt, dried fruit and nuts. 

Enjoy!!

Be happy, be confident 

Abs xox

“What actually is that though?”

In light of my recent veganism, my diet has definitely changed and I have been trying lots of new foods. For example, depicted bellow is a standard meal for me; cous cous, tofu, veg and humous.  I also am also a liquorish fanatic, and I frequently get asked stuff like “I know that’s liquorish, but what actually is that though?” Therefore, I have put together some facts to answer questions that you prehaps have, or have possibly never thought of. 

1. What is tofu? 

Tofu is condensed soy milk, squished into white blocks.

2. What is liquorish? 

Actual liquorish flavouring is from the root of the Glycyrrhiza glabra plant (what a mouthful). But the squishy stuff you can buy from health food shops is made up of Molasses syrup, wheat flour and the root extract. 

3. What is Quorn? 

Quorn contains mycoprotein which is derived from fungus (yum) and can be grown by fermentation on garbage basically (extra yum) which is sustainable I guess. 

4. What is Quinoa 

Firstly, for my own benefit you pronounce quinoa like keen-wa, bit of a personal reminder since I always pronounce it horribly wrong. Anyway, quinoa is actually the starchy seeds of a plant in the goosefoot family. Quinoa is also a super crop because its totally awesome and contains all of the essential amino acids and has a really long list of health benefits. 
I hope you have enjoyed learning some food facts, yay learning fun. Have a nice day

Abs xox