As I sit writing this, thinking about my journey over the last few years, thinking about how it was I wanted to express myself, with a blog, with writing, I think about how the intention for this space started.
When I started it up it was called ‘EB Organic Beauty’, with the intent to blog about organic beauty products and ways to share my ideas about ‘true beauty’ and tips on how to create healthy habits etc. All the good stuff. Truth is at that time in my life was probably pretty turbulent, the blogging world and social media was so new to me, I was suffering with social anxiety and a huge lack of belief in myself because at the time the direction of my life was some what questionable, knowing I was in a dead end relationship that was starting to come to an end after nearly six years, I had thus far not really invested much of myself into learning or education, I definitely was not in a career that I was particularly proud of or aligned with any of my beliefs and I had slipped into a strange part of my soul that was embodying some kind of Bridget Jones’-esque lonely nearly-to-be singleton, devouring wine and sharing sarcastic observational humour, and had become ‘that friend’ that you could turn to for some ‘real’ advise, which at that time would be ‘absolutely just fuck that babe, drink wine and say “matters” to it all’.
I’m now a little older, wiser, so much more connected to my path and finally able to truly start expressing myself. All areas of my life are starting to congruently represent my heart, from my relationship to my career, it’s all making sense. And I want to share with you over this space how I am continuing to create it.
One of my first ever introductions to yoga, an absolute beautiful human who I owe a massive amount to for inspiring me to begin my own yoga journey, writes about ‘walking in beauty’. For me, aligning with that truth is being able to be vulnerable, to hold space for myself, to explore the deeper parts of my soul and truly access the pain and start to work towards creating something beautiful with it, to truly walk through my life with clarity, empowerment and courage. That to me is true beauty. That to me evokes true inspiration in people, for them to be raw, authentic and connect to their true self. And this is from now on what I am hoping to bring to this blog. Because I want for you what I want for me; f r e e d o m.
Walk in beauty.
100g coconut oil
100g almond butter
50g raw cacao
100g raw honey
Pop the almond butter and coconut oil in a blender and whizz into a paste. Add in the cacao and honey and mix in until you get a chocolatey paste (technical foodie term), pour onto some baking paper placed on a plate and pop in the fridge for 1 hour to set.
Want to cook up nourishing veggie feasts but run out of time mid week? Fear not, Merchant Gourmet foods have it covered! (You should be able to get these packets in most supermarkets usually down the rice isle). I really don’t do a lot of packet stuff and if I do it’s with things that have as few ingredients as possible and definitely no horrendous additives, these guys are genuinely pretty great for a grab and go kind of vibe! This dish was whipped up in all of about ten minutes, tasted super delicious and there was enough of it for lunch the next day too.
1 x courgette (if you have a spirulizer, if not you can cheat even more with pre made courgetti)
1 x pack of Merchant Gourmet Tomatey Puy Lentils
1 x pack of Merchant Gourmet Super Seeds with Quinoa & Chia Seeds
1 x glass bottle of good quality tomato and herb passata (or add your bolognese herbs at home)
Pinch of salt and pepper to taste, and a little basil and oregano if you have them 🙂
Throw the Merchant Gourmet mixes into a pan with a little oil, a pinch of salt and pepper, a little basil and oregano and then mix in the passata. Let it all heat through whilst in a separate pan you slightly warm through the courgette with a little coconut oil and pepper (its a little easier on digestion when warmed, you could also steam). Wait until it’s piping and then serve.
These are super delicious, made in 5 minutes and will totally satisfy any rocky road craving you’ll ever have. Thank you to Neals Yard for bringing this belly loving soul food recipe into my life. If you want to nerd out about a few of the benefits of superfoods, the ones added into this compliment one another to bring about a beautiful sense of calming energy to the nervous system, literally after one bite you’re totally energised and satisfied. Full of vitamin C, magnesium and omega 3 to say the least, these are a great go to snack to keep in the fridge.
200g Dark Chocolate (make it as vegan as you like with your %)
2 heaped tablespoons goji berries
2 heaped tablespoons of mulberries
2 heaped tsp of chia seeds
2 heaped tablespoons of chopped almonds
1 tsp of maca powder
1 tsp ashwangandha powder
1 tsp baobab
Melt the chocolate in a pan and throw in all of your ingredients, mix and then spread over a piece of baking paper before popping into the fridge to set for an hour <3.
You’re welcome xoxo
5 Minute prep time, 35 mins bake time
500g Buckwheat Flour
4 / 5 Ripe Bananas
½ teaspoon of Baking Soda
1.5 teaspoons of Baking Powder
2 teaspoons of stevia / coconut sugar
4 teaspoons of coconut oil (melt it before blitzing)
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
Dark chocolate (to taste)
I blummin LOVE a chocolate and banana combo and after seeing it posted at least five times over the past week over various feeds I took it as a calling to make some myself. I read through a load of different recipes and got the general jist of what was needing to be done, popped it all in a blender and hoped for the best. Voila!
Preheat oven to 180. Grab your bananas, coconut oil, cinnamon and sugar (or whatever you’re going for here) into a food processor (I used my Blendtec which is like a Vitamix and it worked perfectly). Blitz until you get a creamy paste and then pour out into a bowl (I used a saucepan as I never have any kitchen equipment – note to self, maybe get more?). Add in your flour, baking powder and baking soda and mix in. Then grab your dark chocolate and either just break off chunks and stir in or get yourself some dark chocolate chips. Now pop the mixture into your pre-lined loaf tin (and maybe wedge some more chocolate chunks in on top for good measure, then get your BAKE ON.