Friday Faves

Here are three little treasures I’ve found recently for happiness and health ✌🏻️💕🌿

1. The Body Shop

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For me, living a more conscious life is about making little changes often. Trying to save the planet is too much to take on all at once and I would imagine you are less likely to succeed and more likely to become down trodden with guilt because in this day and age, it’s pretty much impossible to live without doing something that is damaging to your body and/or the environment.
One little step I have taken recently is to buy these beauties from the body shop:

*Coconut milk body lotion
*Coconut shower cream
*Vanilla body mist

They are all vegan (I checked their list of vegan products). Ethics aside, my skin feels softer than ever and I smell like ice cream – yes! I would highly recommend these items to anyone and I’m looking forward to adding to my collection.

2. Big Magic

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Elizabeth Gilbert is a goddess. She is honest and humble and absolutely hilarious. If you’re feeling a little lost on your life path and need a few words of encouragement, Big Magic will be your go to ‘pick-me-up.’

After living in my new home for over 6 months, I finally set up my recording studio in my bedroom and started writing music again. I also downloaded a few photo editing apps to fiddle around with for my food photography. My yoga practice has become part of my daily routine again and I feel more connected to my body now than I have in a long time.

Creative living beyond fear is a reminder that the reason any of us creates anything is because we enjoy it. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt in life so far, it’s that happiness is the key to everything. We don’t have to impress anyone, we don’t have to become successful in the eyes of others. Success is found in a life of fulfilment, having friends to laugh with, partners to love, family ties and activities to inspire us. Thank you Elizabeth Gilbert for giving me the kick up the arse I needed!
3. Hot For Food – Mac N Peas!

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Going vegan is one of the best decisions I ever made. I have found it incredibly easy and also really exciting coming up with new recipes and sharing them with friends and family (although I do have to tell my friends that I’m okay with it if they unfollow me on Instagram as it’s mainly pictures of food and that’s not everyone’s cup of tea).

As we are on the topic of Instagram, I love trawling through pictures of food and picking up tips and ideas for my next meal. I also love YouTube for this. Most online vegan ‘youtubers‘ really annoy me but I’m a little bit obsessed with Hot For Food‘s channel. Last week I tried their Mac N Peas recipe and OH MY. Wow. It’s so simple and easy to follow and the result is the most comforting, indulgent dinner I think a vegan can have. A massive thumbs up from me and I dare you to give it a go yourself, you deserve it! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=510fDkRzNz4

Happy creating!

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Paprika & Lime Falafel

Hello lovely people ✌🏻️

So it’s the Bank Holiday – the one bank holiday where it is actually sunny outside and the Graphic Designer husband has to work for a deadline… So here I am wondering what to do. Falafel it is!

Falafel is a wonderful thing and I wanted to create a yummy recipe for you all to enjoy on this springtime long weekend so here goes:

What you will need (makes 10 falafels)…

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– 40 minutes of your precious time
– 1/4 onion finely chopped
– 2 mushrooms chopped
– A handful of fresh coriander
– The juice of a lime
– 1 clove of garlic finely chopped
– 240g chickpeas
– 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
– 1-2 tsp smoked paprika (in this photo is hot paprika but smoked is so much more flavourful)
– 1/2 tsp cinnamon
– 1 tsp salt
– ground black pepper (season to taste)
– 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
– 1 tbsp olive oil
– 3 tbsp plain white flour

Step one
Fry off the onion in a little olive oil on a low heat. Once translucent add in the mushrooms and when they soften and brown add the garlic for a minute or so.

Step two
Put all of your ingredients into a blender. (Sometimes the chickpeas are quite tricky to blend so you might want to have a go with a potato masher first to smash them up a little bit first).

Step three
Roll a spoonful of the mixture into a ball then repeat until all of the mixture has been used.

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Step four
Fry the balls in a little olive oil for 2-3 minutes to seal them.

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Step five
Put the falafels in an oven preheated to 180 degrees celsius (fan oven) or 200 degrees celsius (conventional oven).

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And there you have it. Paprika and Lime Falafel! You can add them to a salad or put them in a wrap for a yummy lunchtime feast.

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Nutritional Spotlight

*If you’re like me and like to know what’s in your food, you’ll be happy to know that these are healthy falafels!
*Rewired isn’t going to count the calories for you as there aren’t enough in them for you to worry about.
*I can definitely tell you that the ingredients in these falafels have many benefits and I will list just a few:
White onion is an antioxidant. Onions help with immune function and collagen production.
Mushrooms are known to help with metabolism and energy use.
Coriander is a blood sugar stabiliser. It can lower cholesterol and help with weight loss.
Chickpeas are fantastic for iron metabolism and red blood cell production. They also help with heart, muscle and immune function.
Cumin is a detoxifier. It aids digestion as well as being very good for the immune system.

Happy creating!

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