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Deliciously Ella’s Sweet Potato Brownies Review // Guilt Free Eating

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Deliciously Ella is a blog, and now two books, by Ella Woodward. After transferring to a plant based diet free from gluten, preservatives and processed junk food, including refined sugar, she has ridden herself of the awful symptoms she experienced from having POTS. On her blog and in her books she creates and shares recipes of healthy food. My sister bought me her first book for Christmas and I have enjoyed looking through it and making some of the recipes. As a fussy eating, acid reflux suffering vegetarian, I find it hard to find healthy foods to eat. I also used to hate cooking – this book has changed that. So much so, that I pre-ordered, and now own, her new book.

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Ella’s 1st and 2nd books.

If you think that the ingredients are going to be expensive, let me tell you that you are wrong. They aren’t expensive. The brown rice flour only cost me £1.89. The cacao powder was £4.99 from Tesco but will last me so long as you only need a small amount to create a lot of flavour – half the amount of cocoa powder you would use. 

I also love the smoothie bowl from the second book. I add almond butter to it and I was surprised by how much protein, not to mention vitamins and nutrients that it has in it. A great breakfast for a vegetarian. I don’t even like avocados but this smoothie bowl has some in and you can’t even taste it nor can you taste the almond butter – lots of goodness without the nasty taste!

I could say lots of good things but I mustn’t waffle on. Let me get back to the brownies. I do not have a steamer so instead used a colander over a saucepan full of boiling water which worked perfectly well. I do not currently have a food processor but I do plan on getting one in the future so I used my smoothie blender which took a little work and I had to pull a few lumpy bits out but we got there in the end. So if you don’t have a steamer or a processor don’t worry you can work around it like I did. My blender is a cheaper version of the Nutribullet but works just as well. There were no other issues I faced whilst preparing and cooking. I waiting 20 minutes and checked it with a fork which came out dirty so put it on for another 5 minutes and it came out clean. 

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I only had a Pyrex dish so this is how it turned out. Yes I was too eager to taste it before photographing it. I was only going to have a bite but it tasted really nice so I ended up having more!

I was a little worried about these because I had read on a tabloid newspaper article that they weren’t worth the hassle. It really wasn’t a hassle in my opinion. There were other bad reviews too. I can see why the brownies wouldn’t be to everyone’s taste because you can taste the dates in them and I think that people are trying to compare them to chocolate brownies that are full of unhealthy ingredients and you shouldn’t do that. You cannot compare healthy food to unhealthy food. They are in a completely different category to each other.

The matter of the fact is that healthy food will never taste like unhealthy food but your tastes buds do change after eating this way for pretty short time and you will end up preferring to eat this way, without your stomach and energy levels complaining. This way you can feel good and positive about eating completely guilt free brownies.

This recipe is from her first book but you can also find it on her blog here.

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The Best Tip Ever If You Struggle With Motivation to Study

This tip can be applied to anything. Studying, blogging, a hobby you are trying to get into, work, writing, exercise, yoga and I could go on forever.

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And repeat.

This little tip got me back into studying after I took an extra long Christmas break. The more behind I got the harder it was to get back into it as I just kept thinking about how much I had to do and how many hours I had to put into it. This is why this works. You are just thinking about those 20 minutes and your break. You’ve got nothing to lose. It’s actually interesting and surprising to see how much I got done in 20 minutes as I was very focused. Hopefully it will help you too. Do you have any tips that helps when you are struggling with motivation.

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Why You Should Embrace Your Creativity // INFP Personal Growth

INFPs are creative. It’s considered a strength of ours. However, when I first read that we are suppose to be good at art my first thoughts were along the lines of ‘I’m not talented so what is the point.’ When I think about other art created by other people I can appreciate it but I am very picky with what I like and often would say I like something to please someone else. Creating your own art is about creating something you like and has nothing to do with anyone else’s opinion. It is solely for your taste and a way to express yourself, something that INFPs struggle with as we find it hard to talk about our feelings.

Thinking back now I used to sew and do crafts with my Nan most weekends and I did spend a lot of time alone writing but it wasn’t fiction. It was lists of my favourite things, films I have watched, books I had read and the occasional journal entry. I did take art GCSE and got a B but still couldn’t draw well. I study science and now work in a lab and I could never see myself being any kind of artist because I’d ruled that out years ago when I thought I wasn’t good enough.

I saw a photo on Pinterest that inspired me. It is the third pin on this page. I was only searching on Pinterest because of Rachel Aust, a Youtuber and a minimalist. Although I am not a minimalist and don’t wish to become one, I do like the mindset behind it and some of the décor. I set off to IKEA with Carl the next day and I bought 2 table tops, 2 sets of legs, another Bonsai tree and a desk protector. I will be going again on Thursday to buy two sets of drawers, as they were out of stock, which will act as legs in the middle of the desk. Right now the middle of the desk is being propped up by random boxes. I will be uploading photos of the entire study once it is complete but there are quite a few things I want to do to it first. Two table tops make a double desk and at the moment Carl has been using the other to glue together some Warhammer models. The desk is huge and I’ve always wanted a desk large enough so I don’t have to constantly pack away things I am in the middle of whilst I do something else. The plan is to study and blog on one side and do creative things on the other.

There I am going off on a tangent. My point is that interior design is a form of creativity and something I am going to be focusing on this year. Choosing furniture, editing photos for the wall and getting inspired from Pinterest is making me happy right now. It’s fulfilling something inside of me. I’ve never really focused on having a beautiful home before. I haven’t had the money before to do what I really want to and I didn’t really care that much because we are in rented accommodation and hoping to buy in a couple of years.

Since putting my desk together I have spent most of my time here. I am still sat here at 8.22 pm when I’m normally sitting on the sofa watching Netflix, which now I can easily do at my desk whilst in pursuit of some other creative task.

So far those tasks have included finishing projects that I started last year but had not bothered to complete such as painting miniature birdhouses for decoration, cutting things out of magazines that I purposefully saved to stick into my scrapbook (something you do as a kid but still just as fun), candle making, deciding what to do with some broken up slate that I collected off the side of the road and editing photos to put on a gallery wall.

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My beautiful new Bonsai tree. I used broken a piece of slate and a white pencil to create this label. 

Thus, I have learned that you do not need to be a famous artist or work in the field to embrace your creative side. There are such small simple things that you can do to help fulfil this part of your life. For years, I put my talents down and so did not partake in any creative activities for long periods of time and I deeply regret this now. I did not see the point in starting but it has brought more meaning and satisfaction to my life and I really want to carry on the way I have begun. If you do not think that you are a creative INFP change it. Try something new and see if it brings you pleasure.

Learning about my personality type has been nothing but helpful in my journey of personal growth. There will be more posts in this series coming soon.

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What I Want In A Job // INFP Careers

freedigitalphotos.net by Sira Anamwong

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The problem with us INFPs doing our dream job is that it may not pay a lot and, although we don’t care a lot about earning a ton of money, we still understand that we need money to live. We are quiet, sensitive people who don’t like the corporate world and dead end jobs that gives us no happiness. We want to do our own thing and not go by the ideals of other people.

I’ve thought about what job I want for many years and have never come up with an answer. I know don’t like working for an employer. I want to work for myself. I have no start up cash and no amazing ideas so I am currently forced to work for an employer. I’ve been a laboratory technician for about 4 and a half years and working for this particular company for 3 and a half of those. They are a great company to work for and the job is suited to me. I do not want to say anything else about it on here. I I recently wanted a change and thought that changing shifts would do the trick. I love working 12 hour shifts because I get so much time off. I would not want to go back to working five days a week unless it was for a pretty amazing job. Anyway, here are the things I want in a job:

  • No set breaks – I hate having set breaks. I hate having breaks when I’m not hungry and having to force food down me because I will be starving later and I hate going for a break an hour after I started feeling hungry. Can’t I just go when my stomach wants me to? I work very poorly when I’m hungry and when my blood sugar levels drop. You can’t just eat at your desk when you work in a lab. Salmonella sandwiches, anyone?
  • Working alone – Being an introvert, this is a very important thing for me. Working with others is draining. I do like it but in small doses please with positive people. Certain people suck all my energy away and, unfortunately, every workplace seems to have at least one of these types and when they get together it is soul sucking.
  • Different things every day – I like variety. A lot. I get bored doing the same thing over and over again.
  • Something I care about – this is very important. I like science but to get a decent job in the field you need to have a degree in a specialised field. Other ideas of  I’ve had are environmental projects, conservation, animals and that’s about it!
  • Working for myself – something I’ve always want to do but it doesn’t offer my stability and I don’t have any money to start up or fall back on. I also have no business knowledge and don’t like to talk to strangers so it would be a challenge to make it work. Things I’ve thought about are property management, crafts, blogging and writing.
  • Freedom to do my job my way – I want to make my own choices with no one telling me what to do.

Does anyone else share the same wants? I’m worried I am never going to find the job for me. I would love to be a blogger full time but unless you get thousands of views and are sponsored by brands it is very difficult.