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Guest Contribution : Foods for Fit and Fab Health

Have you for long craved a good health? Are you always at the doctor’s because your body is a frequent target of diseases? Well, there is a big possibility you have not been that careful on the choices of foods you make as part of your daily diet. The poor health that has kept you agonizing for a long time could become a long-gone memory if you put the following foods in your shopping list every time you hit the supermarket.

APPLES APPLES

Apples can be quite expensive compared to other fruits but they are among the most important pieces you missed in your daily meal. Apples fight signs of ageing by providing anti-oxidants to your body. The antioxidants found in apples are known as polyphenols and are thought to increase lifespan.

FISH FISH

One of the biggest sources of protein in the world is fish. Salt-water fish, to be specific, are the most consumed and are arguably the healthiest. Overfishing has really had an effect on the availability of fish lately, but you can still afford to obtain one once or twice a week. The best thing about fish is that, unlike cattle, they do not eat foods raised with chemicals and fertilizers.

MUSHROOMS MUSHROOMS

Mushrooms are rich in iron and proteins. They are also important in raising the immune system of your body and defend it from infections. Mushrooms have also been found to be able to fight some diseases such as breast cancer and are also becoming very important in the manufacture of medicines. Be aware of poisonous mushrooms though. Continue reading

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Chocolate Couture Dress

Is chocolate your thing? Well it certainly is mine. I want to live in a chocolate house. Something quite Wonka-esque that would embody my happiness in chocolate. I want to eat chocolate for breakfast, lunch and supper and not run the risk of getting diabetes or fat (in that order, I do have priorities here). I know that these are pipe dreams. Until I saw that there was a chocolate dress designed by Downtown Abbey costume designer, Caroline McCall, which was presented at The Chocolate Show in London. I mean, how fabulous!

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My main concern though is how do you wear chocolate in public without the very real possibility that you might end up showing your bits to the world to see once the chocolate is eaten or god forbid melts! Chocolate melts at 36 degrees celcius – body temperature. Oh this is bothering me MORE than it should but I think its because I can’t quite comprehend this chocolate dress..

chocolate-dress-2 I take my hat off to that model for not chowing down on the 132 pounts of chocolate which were required to make this dress.

xo Flea143

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Lollypups for the summer days

Hello Poutligs!

Well it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted.

I recently became a beagle mum. Wow what a learning curve this has been and I’ll tell you all about it later.

I’m always looking for ways to treat him as they are very food motivated, but still want to do it in a healthy way, so I’ve started researching and developing treat recipes.

But seeing as Summer is on the way and you will all be enjoying some ice cream and Popsicles, I will share my pupsicle recipe with you to make them for your dogs so they can also enjoy something cold on the hot days.

I made these for my Baley boy and he loves them!

Coconut, apple & Peanut Butter Lollypups

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Ingredients:
1 cup low fat coconut milk
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup apple sauce
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter

Whisk all of the ingredients together, divide into ice trays or suitable containers and pop in the freezer. It’s as easy as that!

If you want to add ice cream sticks to make pupsicles, add small sticks about 2 hours into the freezing process.

I hope your dogs enjoy them as much as my boy does!

You can follow my Baley boys’ adventures on Instagram @baley_the_beagle

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#CAKE FOR DOGS – DOGGY CAKE GOOD ENOUGH FOR HUMANS

Good Friday Morning !

So on the 29th of July 2014 was my Neapolitan Mastiff Nina’s first birthday and I just had to organise her a cake and prezzies.

Here is the recipe:

INGREDIENTS: CAKE

1 Large apple or two smaller ones
1,5 cups rice flour/gluten-free
1/4 cup corn flake crumbs
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarb of soda

1/2 cup plain full cream yogurt
1/4 oil
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons honey
3 eggs
1 cup grated cheddar cheese

INGREDIENTS: FROSTING

1 tub low-fat cream cheese
3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons plain full cream yogurt
2-3 tablespoons rice flour/almond flour

METHOD: CAKE

Preheat oven to 200 deg C
Core apple then grate it, set aside.
Sieve the dry ingredients in a bowl.
In a separate bowl mix wet ingredients, add the cheese and apple.
Then add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.  Fold together and pour into prepared small cake tin or cupcake tin.
Bake for about 30 min until golden brown.

METHOD: FROSTING

Mix all the ingredients together until it’s a smooth consistency.
I added edible colour and glitter. (optional)
I used a zip lock bag to do the piping. Just spoon the frosting into the bag and cut a tiny hole in the corner and let the decorating begin.

So give it a try! Nina also received some gifts and of course shared her cake with Donatella! Let me know what you think and comment below! Also remember that a healthy dog diet should consist of good quality pellets with a higher percentage of protein. Cooking food or left overs is not good for your pet. Dogs can’t digest cooked bones, it’s not good for them. This cake is a treat that my dogs will be getting on their birthdays. Just as we have treats on special occasions. Some of us more than most. lol.

Remember that your pets should be treated with respect and love, but as the Dog whisperer puts it… remember that: first it’s an animal, then a species, then breed, then a pet.

Lots of Blessings

Muchluv, Sandylashxx

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Getting High on Sugar at 15 On Orange

Macaron Workshop 04If you like to live life in the sweet lane (rather than the savoury) or occasionally like to dabble into the art of baking or like to hang out at the latest coffee spots or just watch the #foodporn tag closely on Instagram when you’re hungry you surely would of heard of a Macaron/Macaroon. I am not cool like the rest of you and I had certainly heard about Macaroons in the past but I have never been offically introduced to one. This weekend was my chance and it was not only an introduction but an entire crash course into the the true art of making them.Macaron Workshop 01

Being inherently lazy by nature baking in all forms always seems like a lot of hard work, or should I say, the cleaning up after baking seems like a lot of hard work! So I generally steer rather clear of messy things. With that being said though, I do silently envy all the talented people in my life who seem so domesticated I wonder where my convent school upbringing sent me on the wrong path. So, being given the oppurtunity with the group of ladies who I have grown to call friends at #BWB to go and learn the art of Making Macaroons, my heart initially skipped a beat because OMG I CAN’T BAKE TO SAVE MY LIFE and my brain said – YOU CAN DO IT. So, needless to say I jumped at the opportunity to learn and eagerly responded to Heather, the founder of #BWB from FemmeLifestyle with an eager “I’ll be there!!”.

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Upon arriving and being greeted at the breath-taking, ultra modern Crystal Towers 15 On Orange, African Pride Hotel by Executive Chef Sanel and Chef Retha – who is undoubtedly the Queen of all Things Sweet, in a beautiful set up room with counters for us to share together, they spoke about the humble beginnings of the Macaroon and that it is in actual fact called a Macaron (and do not go to France and ask for a Macaroon as you will get stared at funny) but we in SA have butchered the name a bit. They taught us (or shall I say me, as all the ladies I was with already knew) the basics of how to whip up a merengue which is the basis of any macaraon but with added ground almonds or coconut.

A macaron shell is distinctive as it has a crisp crust and a soft interior which are light and airy but still slightly chewy…. The fun is really in the fillings. We were taught how to make Salted Caramel and Chocolate Ganache. Not being the biggest salted caramel fan in the world, I tried it but steered clear and it was Chocolate Ganache the whole way for me. I was initially very intimidated by making either of these fillings but they are really so simple and even I could do it…. that is saying something! 😉Macaron Workshop 03

We received extra tips and tricks for making these sweet morsels and the variables that can utterly end up with them being made to be put into the dustbin like the age of eggs, the heat of the oven according to its size and make or even the humidity levels of the kitchen. We were also shown how to pipe them correctly which is an art form in itself, it’s all the wrist!

We got an impromptu tour from Executive Chef Sanel and Chef Retha where chaos was the order of the day with LOTS of photos being taken, mirror selfies, and lots of giggles with some of my favourite ladies.

The Macaroon Workshop offered by 15 on Orange, African Pride Hotels is for groups of 12 or more and is not the only workshop they offer. For more information, call the hotel and ask to speak to banqueting on 0861 11 9000.

A huge shout out and thank you to Executive Chef Sanel, Chef Retha and everyone at 15 on Orange for an unforgettable experience and for the oppurtunity to learn how to make macarons/macaroons, You will definitely be seeing me again soon!  I am not sure if any will be coming out of my kitchen in the future, for now I think I’m going to be practicing how to make merengue and take it from there.

Be sure to check out African Pride Hotels on Facebook and Twitter @APHotels

x flea143

Disclaimer: This Workshop was offered to all the ladies from #BWB or #BloggersWhoBless and has in no way altered my view in anyway.

Related: {BWB} The Art of A Perfect Macaroon {Lauren of Lipglossed Ninja}

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