Happy Monday!

I figured that it would be fitting as it was the start of the week to set myself a few goals. It’s the middle of a 3 month summer holiday for me and it can feel very very lazy sometimes and for someone who thrives on busyness…that ain’t good!

weekly goals:

1. Get up before 7.30 during week!
2. Run and stretch
3. Sort out all shopping, there will be no more bringing back & buying! I am notorious for buying big batches of clothes and bringing them back in bits and pieces whilst buying more stuff, I am basically out of control and need to stop.
4. Buy a polka dot skirt & cute bowl. There is a really cute set of plates etc. in BHS! (evidence to follow when purchased) They are all handpainted and lovely but so expensive! I have already come to terms with the fact that they will never be a part of my life in a complete set but I have decided to purchase one bowl for £4! Also I want a cute skirt 🙂
5. For god’s sake get a hair cut! I am walking around looking like an untamed poodle. Ridiculous.

breakfast.
I soaked half a cup of oats, one cup of soy milk, tablespoon of flax seeds and cinnamon overnight then I enjoyed it warm with a sprinkle of blueberries! It worked out to be around 334 calories but hopefully will keep me going till lunch which is going to be: veggie burgers atop with Dijon mustard with a side of baby spinach dressed with balsamic vinegar and olive oil and three bean salad! (around 350 calories)

I am off to chip away at my to do list – university reading and what not, toodles! xo

oh p.s
Emma Watson really pulls off short hair, right?

Loving it! 🙂

run rabbit run rabbit.

Happy Weekend, I hope you all had a fabulous one 🙂 Well today the plan for me is to go running and then try and get through a mountain of university reading! I haven’t been running in a bit as I have got lazy and been forgetting (oops). I was previously working on working up to running for 60 minutes! I currently am running around the local park for 30 minutes then power walking the five ish minutes back home but had increased that to 35 minutes running and five minutes walking back home! I really want to get back into doing this and am starting today! I am hoping that writing this in here will give me the accountability (sp?) I need to get my bum moving! I am feeling a bit blah about exercise recently, I have occasionally been cycling but I still miss my twice a week body step class! I used to love it! It was such a fun high energy class that the 60 minutes used to fly by. Also, I miss yoga 😦 my yoga mat is lying redundant and I feel blue! to do: find a decent yoga dvd to use whilst class isn’t on. I can’t afford to get to the classes now which is why I have resorted to dusting off the old running shoes and getting back onto the roads! My boyfriend was so lovely and brought me a bright pink shuffle to help me get motivated!

It definitely does help 🙂 Any hoo, I’m off to read and drink tea whilst reading blogs. I am so THERE.

Ciao bella, xo

i like it green?

Well today’s breakfast was the usual (undocumented, oops) wholegrain bran flakes, banana, and soya milk this kept me going till about half past eleven when lunch was calling me! As my boyfriend had a meeting in London today I walked the 3 miles (ish) back home which I loved as walking is my favourite form of exercise (followed by yoga then body step then running :))

Lunch today was a GREEN MONSTER! I was so uberly excited about this and I can now safely say that I like it green!

Into the mix went 1-1 1/4 cups of soya milk, 1 banana, 1/4 cup of blueberries, 1 tbsp. of flaxseeds and of course 2 cups of baby spinach! All blended up into yummy healthy smoothie goodness!

It was so good and I am so happy that I tried it!

The main benefit of this drink is that it packs in about 3 of your 5 recommended fruit and veggie servings (depending on how much fruit and veg you decide to blend) into one drinkable package! Spinach is also an excellent source of iron, vitamin C and many others!

I think I am definitely going to include it in my diet at least three times a week…maybe more if it wasn’t such a pain the clean the blender out! Hehe!

Ciaooooooooooo, xo

aubergine = love

Happy Thursday 🙂 I am officially in love with aubergine (second to my lovely boyfriend of course) it is the most versatile and delicious vegetable ever! Well me and the boyfriend went to dinner at my beautiful mother’s house and I decided to help her out and cook a yummy vegan recipe I found in a Weightwatchers magazine and I made Aubergine (Eggplant) and Sweet Potato chilli!

Anyway back to breakfast! I had (undocumented, sorry) bran flakes, a banana and soya milk! Then around twelve I was a little bit peckish so I munched my way through a crumpet with two tablespoons of baked beans. My boyfriend had a meeting in London so I left him to that and walked the three miles back to my home where my mum had brought me a yummy marks & spencers iced bun (280 calories)! I was so happy when I saw it was vegan and enjoyed it with a yummy mug of tea.

I snacked on an apple and then it was time for dinner 🙂

For dessert I fancied a little bit of yummy banana cake so I went ahead and baked some! I usually put chocolate chips in but as they were used up yesterday on the oatmeal cookies I used raisins and some cinnamon! It turned out just as scrumptious though! 🙂 The only shame is that it goes so quickly! Everyone wants a piece hehe 🙂

ingredients:

  • 135g sugar
  • 70g vegetable fat
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 mashed ripe bananas
  • 4-5 tablespoons soya milk (or water)
  • 50g sultanas
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • directions
    1.In the breadpan, roughly combine all the ingredients and sultanas with a fork.

    2. Transfer to a bread tin!

    3. Put in the oven for about 45-50 minutes at about 180 C / Gas 4! Check that a skewer comes out clean!

    Leave to cool for about 20-30 minutes (if you can wait that long) then enjoy 🙂

    One-eighth of the cake works out to be 268 calories and 1g of saturated fat! Not too bad for a yummy treat!

    This weekend I am working, shopping and will then be experimenting and making a Green Monster, very excited, eeeeeeeeeeeee! 🙂

    Byeeee, have a good one 🙂 xoxo

    first post and oatmeal cookies.

    Hiii, I’m Amber and this is Herby Love! I am just going to delve straight in and give you a post before I organize the other bits and bobs of this site otherwise it will take me forever to post as I am really computer illiterate, eee! 🙂

    Well tonight I decided to make a recipe from Alicia Silverstone’s amazing book, The Kind Diet. I have been reading this book for a while now and am the biggest fan of Alicia Silverstone EVER! But I feel my love for her is a completely different post altogether haha! The only problem I find with the recipes is that as I live in the UK the ingredients are so hard to find. The fact that I was able to make these cookies was pure luck! I just so happened to pop into Holland & Barrett’s on my way back home and happened to find one of the key ingredients, Molasses.

    Any hoo, here I present to you oatmeal chocolate button cookies.
    In the book Alicia suggests that you use walnut and dried plum but as I had neither I opted for the chocolate. I am a vegan so I had to find dairy free chocolate chips which none of the supermarkets near me seem to stock it so instead I used these dairy free chocolate buttons which were slightly big and bulky in the cookie but still tasted just as delicious! 🙂

    I think next time I make these cookies I am going to experiment and melt the chocolate buttons in the microwave and then mix them with the oatmeal 🙂

    servings: makes 10 to 12 cookies.
    ingredients.

  • 1 cup of quick cooking rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup maple sugar (I used demerara sugar)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup sunflower oil (safflower)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. molasses
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried plums or other dried fruit (I used 50g chocolate buttons)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • directions:
    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

    2. Combine the oats, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the syrup, oil, vanilla extract, and molasses. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and stir to combine. Fold in the chocolate chips or the extras you have chosen to use.

    3. This part can get a bit messy 🙂 Use your hands to roll tablespoon-size scoops of dough into balls. Place the balls onto the prepared baking sheet and press down slightly on the balls to flatten the tops. I made about 12 balls. It was quite difficult for me as I had the buttons sticking out at all angles! 🙂

    4. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer cookies to a baking rack to cool completely.

    Oh a little warning! These cookies spread! SO be warned!

    The cookies were quite crumbly when I first took them out the oven and attempted a piece but after about ten to twenty minutes they were good to go!

    If you split the mixture into 12 and used the chocolate buttons these cookies work out to be about 272 calories a pop! But they are worth it 🙂

    They may not be pretty but they sit very nicely in your tummy with a cuppa! 🙂 I’m a big fan of oatmeal so I think these have just become my new favourite treat!

    Well I’m off to make a cup of tea and enjoy these! I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night? Byeee, xo

    • How about you? Have you made these cookies and did you love them? 🙂
    • What is your favourite cookie?
    • Does anyone have any suggestions for where I can find chocolate chips in UK?