Saturday, 30 August 2014

Low Fat Vegetarian Pizza Recipe

Since I got back from Italy I have been desperate to try and create a healthy pizza and today (with my boyfriend off on holiday) I finally got the chance with this spur-of-the-moment lunchtime idea!

I had minimal ingredients (hence why this is a recipe for white pizza- no tomatoes!) and not much time so fussing around with yeast was out of the question. 

The combination of wholemeal and white flour helps lower the GI index of the pizza (in plain speak: it'll keep you fuller for longer). Adding sweet potato again adds nutrients whilst keeping the GI low and I used low fat cream cheese spread. 

Ingredients: (serves 2 for lunch or 1 hungry person for dinner)

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Product Review: Cocio Chocolate Milk

I love this product for a few reasons but the best has to be the lack of ingredients (only 4 in total). I find a lot of low fat products are pumped up with extra sugar or tonnes of artificial ingredients. This apparently only has 1%

Monday, 25 August 2014

3 Things I Learnt In Italy

1) Italian driving is a little scary!
    Especially in rush hour. I guess being a Brit means I have an inherent, subconscious urge to find a queue to join and sit quietly to wait my turn while demonstrating my frustration at the traffic with

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Pasta Pecorino

This quick and easy pasta sauce recipe has been a family favourite in our house for as long as I can remember. It's great because it's relatively healthy, has a good balance of protein and carbs and tastes a million miles better than pasta sauce from a packet!


All Things Pasta

With one day to go until Italy I figured I'd do a few posts on Italian food.

Pasta has always been a staple food in my diet because it is such an easy carb to cook with and it goes with so much! The dried version made with durum wheat has been around since at least the 11th century and its popularity probably derived from its ability to be stored for long periods of time.

The different pasta shapes which have developed over the years effect the pasta's ability to interact with a sauce; some types (for example the tortelli shown in the top right hand corner) are deliberately shaped to catch a more liquid sauce while others (like the lasagne sheets) are used with more solid sauces.

Wholemeal or White?

Wholemeal. Everytime. Although it takes a little longer on average to cook wholemeal (or brown) pasta, its nutritional benefits far outweigh the extra minutes you'll spend by the hob. Wholemeal pasta is higher in fibre (which is super important to a healthy digestive system and diet) and has double the calcium levels of white pasta, along with other added nutrients. With a similar fat and carbohydrate content in both types it really is a no-brainer to eat wholemeal!

Well-cooked or Al Dente?

Historically pasta was cooked for hours on end but by the 19th century people started to prefer theirs with a little more bite. The practice of cooking pasta until its soft but chewy (aka. al dente) is actually beneficial health-wise: al dente pasta has a lower GI rating meaning it takes your body longer to digest. This makes pasta a great choice for before a workout, just make sure you give your body at least an hour to recover after eating before jumping in the pool or hitting the gym!


Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Andiamo a Italia!

It's mid August and the UK swimming season has finally ended which for me means only one thing: holidays!

As the countdown reaches single digits I am (for once!) surprisingly organised. My main suitcase is already packed and will be heading to Italy tomorrow before I join it on Friday, I have plenty of Euros and I've even pre-charged my SLR (get ready for the photo overload in the following weeks).

The one remaining task I have is to learn Italian (and prepare my stomach for some awesome italian food, but more on that in my next posts). Obviously I don't need to be fluent but my ABSOLUTE BIGGEST pet hate is tourists abroad who don't even bother to say their Ps and Qs in their destination's native tongue. So, in order to avoid being a massive hypocrite I started a course in Italian on my Duolingo app a few weeks ago... problem is I lost internet last week so I've completed all of two units and know approximately 6 italian words (minus ciao... because everyone knows ciao!).

For those of you who haven't heard of Duolingo, it's a fantastic free language learning app for phones and tablets. As a linguist myself (I speak Northerner, Spanish and a little French), I'm all for opening up free language learning to the world, especially given the prices of some language software (we're talking £££s for the basic levels). Although the pre-recorded pronunciation can be a little confusing at times I found it really helpful for refreshing my French skills and I would definitely recommend it for any budding linguist or traveller.

That's my first post done, along with my first review (sort of). So... umm... Grazie for reading this and I hope you come back soon!

Ciao for now


Sunday, 3 August 2014

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