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TWELVE EATERY – VEGAN RESTAURANT

I had a very exciting week last week going for lots of little brunch’s. For my University project I have to create a news feature about anything we want, so I am writing one about the health benefits of veganism. This is an interesting topic for me, as I believe that one day (when I can afford really nice food) I will be a vegan. I am currently giving up meat for lent and am really enjoying it. I don’t even miss eating any type of meat as there are so many other options. I am giving myself a day off on my birthday, just so I can treat myself on my 21st!!

This restaurant Ellie, Katie and I went to is a new vegan place that has opened up in Bournemouth. I have never eaten there before so we went for a cute brunch, which ended up being quite posh. I would definitely say we had a light lunch as all of us were still hungry after but I definitely enjoyed what I ate and would recommend giving them a visit.

I am extremely interested in my health and fitness at the moment. I have thrown myself into the gym and have been eating extremely well (for a Universtiy student.) This week I have no motivation to do anything productive because I am so excited for the weekend. I am turning 21 and am celebrating with all of my friends!! Keep updated with everything on my Instagram – @emilymaythorne.

mad cucumber

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AN AMAZING VEGAN BRUNCH

For my latest University project I had to create a news feature about anything I wanted, so I decided to create one about ‘The Explosion of Vegansim.’ To do this I had to visit different vegan restaurant and gather different opinions.

Katie and I went to ‘Mad Cucumber’ at the top of Bournemouth town for brunch. As you can see from the bottom photograph it was delicious. For lent, Katie and I have given up meat which I am currently struggling with as I am going out for Thai food this evening, haha! On my birthday I did eat a little bit of meat (because it was my birthday) but I have never felt so bloated afterwards. Your body adapts extremely quickly.

This restaurant had a lot of Glastonbury vibes which made it extremely comfortable and friendly.

the real eating company & lunchd collab!

Outfit: Dress – isawitfirst & top – Primark.

On Saturday afternoon, I was lucky enough to of been invited to a bloggers event at The Real Eating Company in Bournemouth. Little did I know, this cafe would be a hidden gem down a small back road on the high street. They are currently creating a collaboration with Lunch’d, to make delicious takeaway lunch boxes which are healthy, gluten and dairy free so that customers can grab it and go.

The 1st menu will feature:

MY PHAT GREEK BOX: Aubergine Moussaka & Quinoa Greek Salad with hummus & balsamic dressing (this is the box that the Bournemouth Bloggers got to try)

JERK CHICKEN BOX: Pulled Jerk Chick Roasted Sweet potato & Quinoa Super Salad with pomegranate seeds & lime. Served with seasonal slaw.

Helena Hudson, the owner of Real Eating Company says, “we are thrilled that Lunch’d is coming to the Real Eating Company Bournemouth. Oli creates and cooks really delicious healthy food and I can’t wait for our customers to try it. It’s also great to be able to offer this opportunity to a successful, smaller company when the cost of being on the high street is increasingly prohibitive.”  The Real Eating Company has had a site in Bournemouth for 4 years now, having been names ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ at Dorset Food, Drink and Farming Awards. It is an independent business with a collection of food destinations in five towns in the South East – using local products whenever they can all day.

The Real Eating Company: Helena Hudson

http://www.real-eating.co.uk

I: @realeatingco T:@realeatingco F: @realeating


Oli Perron, founder of Lunch’d adds, “we’ve been approached before to white label for other cafe groups, but the opportunity to collaborate as a pop-up with The real Eating Company to showcase our new seasonal Hotboxes felt like a perfect match. We’ve been solely supplying offices since the first lunch in 2013, so this will be the first time non-office based customers can try us out.” Lunch’d was launched in 2014 providing healthy, gluten and dairy free meals including vegan options to companies across the county in a subscription basis and also caters for events.

This collaboration will start on the 5th March (TODAY) and will continue every Tuesday and Wednesday – customers can grab and go or dine in. Each box will be priced at £6.65.

Lunch’d – Oli Perron

http://www.lunchd.co.uk

I: @lunchd T: lunchdorset F: @lunchdorset

A lovely little cafe, hidden away in Bournemouth. The food was delicious and left me feeling extremely satisfied. Thank you Bournemouth Bloggers for letting me join in with such a nice afternoon!

 

 

a sour dough breakfast

A sour dough breakfast

At the moment I am loving sour dough bread. Cutting down on gluten is doing wonders for my body, especially while I am trying to work out 5 days a week. I am going to Malaga in less that 2 weeks with all my friends and the thought of getting into a bikini surrounded by my tiny friends terrifies me so the only way to make myself feel more confident is to act it.

“Confidence isn’t ‘will they like me,’ confidence is ‘I will be fine if they don’t.’

If I was going to recommend any diet it is a gluten free one and we are lucky enough to live in a day and age where there is a replacement for anything. Chickpea pasta, gluten free bread… so much more!! I am so excited to go back to University and cook my own meals. I have already made a huge pinterest folder full of healthy, gluten free, vegan, vegetarian meals. I am eager to experiment.

This is a really nice and easy breakfast, it is full of good fats, protein and very little gluten. It is also extremely tasty. I LOVE SALMON, I could snack on salmon all day but I need to make the most of it while I am home because I won’t be able to afford it back in Bournemouth.

The ingredients for this breakfast just include; sour dough bread, avocado, pouched eggs and salmon. So tasty!!

Chickpea, tomato & basil salad – For glowing skin

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Vegan & Gluten – Free

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 carrot
  • 10 basil leaves
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1/2 a tin of chickpeas
  • 1/2 an onion
  • Balsamic glaze
  • 1 tsp olive oil

I added feta cheese on top so there is a little more taste, I also love cheese so couldn’t have a salad without it

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THE HEALTH & BEAUTY BENEFITS

We need all these nutrients during the Summer, because they protect us from free radicals caused by higher sun exposure. If we don’t stop these radicals they can cause wrinkles and skin cancer, also making us age very quickly.

This salad can boost your immune system and prevent inflammation.

Carrots, beside being good for your eyes are also a way of making your teeth clear when you chew them. Because they contain lots of beta – carotene, they give your skin a nice orange glow.

The foods included in this salad cause anti – inflammatory, that will make you feel great and beautiful.

Sundayzzz

“This is your Sunday reminder that you can handle anything that gets thrown at you this week”

I drove back to Bournemouth on this sunny Sunday to go straight over to my friends accommodation and make a roast. What a great way to end a weekend and to prepare for a week of stress before our exam on Friday. Nothing beats a home cooked roasts, especially by my friend Tia the domestic goddess.

BLT Salad Bowl

“Skip the diet and just eat healthy”

This is a scrumptious recipe which is simple  and tasty. It is a healthy version of a BLT sandwich that includes bacon, lettuce and tomatoes but will a cheesier, sweeter taste.

THE INGREDIENTS

  • 2 rashes ofBacon
  • Lettuce (I just used enough to fill the bowl)
  • Handful of Cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 2 tsp of feta cheese
  • 1/4 of a cucumber
  • Handful of coriander

Top tip: Try and cook the bacon until it is nice and crispy. While the bacon is cooking, chop up all the ingredients and throw it into a bowl, followed by the bacon on top. 

I added balsamic glaze on top and a table spoon of balsamic vinegar to finish it off. I also chopped 1/4 of a lemon and placed it on the side which I squeezed on top as I begun to eat, to add a bitter taste into the mix and spice it up a bit.

How simple and delicious, happy eating!