Food · Uncategorized

Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

I’m currently sat writing this blog post in the biggest food coma EVER! If you have a sweet tooth, or you’re just a general cheesecake lover, like myself, then this is the recipe for you.

Before we get started, I would just like to give full credit to Tanya Bakes, by Tanya Burr, for coming up with this wonderful recipe, and I will leave a link to her baking book below, and make sure that you grab yourself a copy if you can!

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Ingredients:

300g Double Chocolate Cookies

100g Melted Butter

Zests of 2 Oranges

250g Full-Fat Cream Cheese

150g Icing Sugar

200g Terry’s Chocolate Orange

150g Double Cream

Method:

  • Begin by crushing the biscuits into crumbs, I find the best way to do this is to pop them all into a food bag, and gently bash them with a heavy rolling pin. Mix in the melted butter and zest of 1 orange, add to a 21cm round loose-bottomed cake tin, to create the base of your cheesecake.
  • Combine the cream cheese and icing sugar using an electric whisk, set aside until needed.
  • Melt the 200g of Chocolate Orange in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Whiles the chocolate is melting, in a separate bowl whip up the cream so that it forms soft peaks; if you tip the bowl over your head, it shouldn’t fall out! You then want to set this aside and wait for the melted chocolate to slightly cool, before mixing it into the double cream.
  • Add the chocolate mix to the cream cheese mix, and gently fold in, until well combined.
  • Pour the final mixture over the biscuit base, and leave to set. I find it best to make the cheesecake the night before serving so that it has the whole of the night to set. Just before serving decorate with the remaining chocolate orange, and the orange zest.

I’ve never really been a fan of chocolate orange, and could give or take it when given the opportunity, but this cheesecake, I can assure you, is one of the best things you’ll ever taste, and its NO BAKE!!! What more could you want! I hope you enjoy, if you’re an avid baker like myself, I highly recommend Tanyas’ book!

All my love,

Han xx

Food · Uncategorized

Healthy Pizza Recipe

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Yep, you read it right; this post is all about HEALTHY pizza!! Anyone who knows me will know that I LOVE pizza, or just Italian food in general, but am also into my fitness, so pizza doesn’t always fit into my diet. That was until I came up with this healthy pizza recipe that also tastes SO good. It’s around 400 calories, which is around 400-600 less calories than the average supermarket pizza, which tend to come in at about 800-1000 calories, sometimes even more.

There is no real secret to this; its just about making food swaps. So I love the thin and crispy pizza base, therefore when replacing this I came up with the idea of using a wrap, instead of dough. Not only does this majorly decrease the calories, but it also stops me from feeling so bloated after eating.

INGRIDIENTS

  • 1 Wrap
  • Tomato puree
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Mozzarella Cheese (optional)
  • Toppings of your choice

METHOD

  • In a bowl mix together the tomato puree, mixed herbs and also a tablespoon of water. (Adding water just thins the puree slightly, making it easier to spread)
  • Spread the tomato puree mixture over the wrap, if you like the base quite strong add more tomato puree.
  • Add on the cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese alongside any other toppings of your choice.
  • Pop in the oven at 180 degrees for around 7 minutes, although you do want to keep an eye on it as it may take longer/shorter to cook depending on your oven. I tend to take them out when the cheese is completely melted.
  • Enjoy!

This is probably one of the quickest and easiest dinners I’ve ever made, it’s perfect if I’m in a rush or just want something quick after a full day at university! I’m very plain Jane and like to just have cheese and mozzarella on my healthy pizza, but if you’re more adventurous than I am, chuck on what ever takes your fancy, providing its not pineapple, pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza.

I hope to see you all in my next post!

All my love,

Han xx

Fitness · Food · Uncategorized

Is Green Tea Really Good For You?

I’m sure you’ve heard multiple people say it before, but green tea is one of the healthiest drinks around. It has multiple powerful antioxidants and nutrients that have amazing effects on the human body – such as improving brain function, increasing your metabolic rate, and even lowering your risk of multiple diseases.

I’ve been hooked on drinking green tea for a good 6 months now, I’m so glad I discovered it. It always helps to wake me up, start my metabolism, and get going for the productive day ahead. I’ve done my fair share of looking into whether green tea is actually as healthy as claimed, and I think after plenty of research and trying it out myself, I can answer, that yes, it is. I’ve tried to condense my research into 5 key health benefits for you.

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CONTAINS BIOACTIVE COMPOUNDS

Green tea is know to have multiple bioactive compounds and powerful antioxidants like flavonoids and catechins which protect the cells within your body from damage. These powerful antioxidants are also known to help reduce the signs of aging, which I’m sure everyone wants to put off for as long as possible.

IMPROVES BRAIN FUNCTION

Green tea contains caffeine, which I wasn’t aware of until I began researching it. Being someone who hates coffee, finding another way to try and get some caffeine in me to wake me up was always hard, until I found green tea. Although green tea doesn’t contain as much caffeine as coffee, it contains just the right amount to have an effect, but not make you jittery. Not only this, but it contains essential amino acids, that are proven to improve brain function.

HELPS TO LOSE WEIGHT

Green tea is well known for helping to boost your metabolic rate, eventually leading to helping you to lose weight. Although this does depend on the person, as metabolism is different for everyone. It is also known for particularly helping to shift fat from around the abdomen.

LOWERS RISK OF DISEASE

Its powerful little antioxidants are also known to help reduce the risks of various diseases, including cardiovascular disease, heart disease and also stroke. This is due to it helping to lower cholesterol and protecting LDL from oxidation, which is the leading cause of heart disease.

PREVENTS INFECTION

Green tea helps to kill of bacteria, which essentially leads to your risk of infection being greatly lowered. I’m not saying that green tea is a miracle worker and you’ll never be ill again, but your chances are lowered dramatically!

I could go on about the benefits of green tea forever, but I wont because I’m sure you will all get bored! Basically everyone needs to drink green tea and we’ll all live-forever, that’s the gist I get!

All my love,

Han xx