Mango Pineapple Tropical Smoothie

Mango has to be one of my favourite fruits and mango smoothies make me happy, plus it is yellow and the slices of mango reminded me of sunbeams so this is a tropical smoothie to make it feel like a getaway from winter for a bit.

 

 

Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup vanilla yoghurt. I used 0% fat to lighten it a bit.

1 cup pineapple chunks + some of the juice.

2 cups mashed banana.

2 cups frozen mango chunks.

1 cap full of vanilla, about 1 tsp.

1/2 cup water.

 

 

For the bananas, I have found it helpful to make almost banana ice cubes. When bananas start to get overripe or there’s just a lot in the house, I mash them all up, put them in a plastic bag and in the freezer so there will be ripe bananas for smoothies or spontaneous banana bread. It makes smoothie have an ice cream like texture since they’re frozen.

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The ugly ( but beautiful on the inside ) banana mash cube.

 

This recipe also makes quite a bit of smoothie, which I keep in the freezer until next time I would like it. But smoothies don’t last too long and tend to get freezer burnt around 3 days after making them.

 

 

 

 

 

Directions

Put all of the ingredients into a blender, blend until smooth. Top with extra mango for more fruit and some granola ( recipe here! ) for crunch, enjoy!

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Everything ready to blend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are your favourite fruits and smoothie flavours?

 

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Simple Creamy Hummus Recipe

I hear it is SuperBowl this weekend which means good food and a healthier ( my recipe is kind of high in fat so just slightly healthier ) option is hummus. It can be eaten with veg plus it has protein and fibre to satisfy you. And making your own hummus means you get a lot more than in the package, so there’s more to eat.

 

Recipe

Ingredients

2 1/4 cup chickpeas

2 tbsp tahini

2 tbsp olive oil

1/4 table salt

1/4 garlic powder

A splash of lemon juice to taste, I add quite a bit because I like it lemony.

You can use canned chickpeas, but a good thing I found is that it’s cheaper to buy a bag of dried chickpeas and cook them up before you’re going to use them. I put them in a slow cooker filled with water overnight then in the morning they are slightly overcooked but it makes the hummus more smooth.  Also, tahini is key to making the hummus taste right, I have tried using olive oil but it alone doesn’t cut it.

 

 

 

Directions

Add all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until very smooth, it should almost look like frosting. Then enjoy! IMG_7358

 

 

 

 

I eat this hummus with everything and pretty much all of the time, it has to be one of my favourite foods and it’s fast and easy to make!

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I Changed My Hair?!

Changing up hairstyles or colour is a lot of fun. It can be a huge change and make you feel 100x more confident and it makes life a little more exciting by changing up hair. I’ve done purple ends, multicoloured ends, blonde ends and almost ombre, and a few other colours on the ends, but this is the first time I’ve dyed my full hair! It took a lot of YouTube videos and reading about how to DIY your own hair to do these, but definitely worth the research!

 

Getting to blonde

At the start of 2017, I had the ends of my hair dyed a turquoise that wouldn’t come out, apparently blue toned colours are very long lasting. It took several rounds of bleaching but, eventually, the ends became very white and I kept that for a while as almost an ombre. In the summer I dyed a bit more blonde and decided that I would go fully blonde later on in the fall. The first round of dying all of my hair turned out pretty well, but now I’m changing it to make it even better.

 

The process and products used

What I’m doing in these steps is taking my yellow-ish platinum blonde to a cooler blonde that will look more natural and re-dying the roots.

I used Argan Oil Powder Lightener from Sally’s Beauty, it doesn’t smell too bad or burn your eyes when it’s in the air so I quite like it, it’s also super strong and lifts colour off nicely. Lightener powder must be mixed with a developer, I used Argan Oil Cream Developer in volume 20. It also doesn’t smell too bad and it goes on very nicely, I just chose 20 because it was in the middle of the volume options but it works really well. I mixed a little bit together and kept adding more powder and cream as I went because if it sits in the bowl for too long it all dries up, then I applied it all over my hair with my hands while wearing rubber gloves. Personally, I find just using my hands works a lot better than the little brushes or combs, you just have to make sure that you’ve massaged the colour in and it is blended nicely.

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Waiting for the bleach.

 

Then it’s waiting time. I’m really bad at keeping track of how long the bleach has been on for, they recommend 30 minutes, but I ended up leaving it for much longer in order to get all of the colour out and the blonde that I was going for. After it had sat for awhile, I washed it all out and let my hair dry naturally for a bit while I ate lunch, then blow dried it until it was completely dry.

At this point, you can just leave it, but that’s when the blonde has yellow tones to it making it look less natural. So I decided to tone it. Toner is a mix of very light purple, blue or pink-ish dye and a little bleach. When you first apply it, it is white then it changes to the colour you wish to tone your hair after it sits. I used Blond Brilliance Lilac Toner, I let it sit for around 45 minutes to an hour then washed it all out and applied a hair mask.

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Lilac toner in and waiting for it.

 

After bleaching your hair it helps so much to use a hair mask to seal in the colour you apply ( or in this case tone ) and help heal the hair again. I used Inebrya Ice Cream Color Mask Tuttifrutti ( I couldn’t find any links to this so they might not make it anymore?? )  and let it sit for 5 minutes then once my hair was dry it was very soft, so I highly recommend this one! And that’s it for dying my hair! It turned out almost grey at first and after washing my hair for the first time after the toner it settled out to a white-blonde.

 

 

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The final product – white blonde!

 

 

Have you DIYed your hair or want to try any fun colours?

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DIY Gingerbread Latte

It’s the holiday season and festive drinks are one of the best parts! Instead of spending money on fancy coffees that also pack a lot of calories in one drink, making your own can be less heavy, cheaper and faster!

 

The Coffee

I happen to have a milk frother for making lattes, but instead of that you can use whip cream on top or skip the milk/cream on top in general.

The gingerbread syrup is adapted from this one by Billy on All Recipes.

1 cup of water

1 cup dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon ginger – it is pretty intense and spicy.

2 cinnamon sticks + 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon cloves

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

 

Directions

Combine sugar, water and all of the spices in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil then let simmer for 25 minutes. Once it has simmered, take cinnamon sticks out and let the syrup cool. Enjoy!

Add to coffee, or to the cream before frothing, top with a bit of cinnamon for decoration! I put wayyy too much cinnamon on my coffee in the picture and ended up breathing it in and coughing for a while after haha.

 

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Face Masks

People seem to be pretty obsessed with face masks. Often on Instagram or Snapchat people will have pictures of themselves with face masks. I don’t really have acne so I haven’t done much for skin care, but I do have lots of blackheads and pretty dry skin. I decided to try out some DIY masks and see how they are. This is what hours of being on Pinterest does to you.

 

Cinnamon mask

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This one was kind of terrifying looking. I mixed about a tablespoon of cinnamon with 1 tbsp honey and lemon juice until it became a paste the I could spread around. Honey moisturizes, cinnamon has antibacterial properties and lemon lightens scars. This mask burned. Which I guess meant it was working? Or just that it was so spicy from all the cinnamon. I didn’t see any visible changes after using it once, maybe after a few more times it’ll show up. All day after this all I could smell was cinnamon, too, it was super hard to wash it all off.

 

Gelatin mask

I’ve always been really curious about gelatin masks. There are a lot of recipes on Pinterest for different gelatin based masks so I just winged it.

 

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Gelatin mask recipe

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp non-flavoured gelatin

2 tbsp milk

Mix everything into a thick paste in a microwavable bowl, then microwave the paste for 30 seconds. Mine bubbled up a lot so I would just watch it to be sure that it doesn’t bubble over. Once it’s cooled down a little spread paste all over your face or on places that have blackheads.

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The paste it made was very weird and after awhile it dried up into a jelly, it was more like dried glue on my face. The gelatin is supposed to stick to blackheads to get them out, honey is sticky too and moisturizing and I’m guessing milk helps with the moisture as well. Again I didn’t see any visible difference after doing this one time, my face just felt very stiff, but it was better than the burning of the other mask.

 

Do you have any favourite face masks?

 

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Gluten-Free Muffin Experiments

I’ve been very gluten-free baking curious, often my stomach doesn’t like regular flour so I usually just avoid it but I had been craving muffins REALLY BADLY, so I decided to do some experiments with gluten-free muffin baking. Muffins are generally quite forgiving and you can not follow a basic recipe at all and they’ll still turn out pretty well.

 

The first try – testing flours.

Rice vs coconut

I, unfortunately, did not get any pictures of the first try because I was half awake while doing this. I had just woken up and decided that I needed muffins, looked up a recipe, then stumbled downstairs pre-caffeine to make these.

There was a bag of coconut flour and a bag of rice flour, I didn’t see many recipes with the rice flour and I hadn’t baked with coconut flour before so I decided to do a test mug muffin with both flours based off of this recipe for a coconut flour mug cupcake. Muffins are just cupcakes without icing.

Both of the test muffins were actually pretty awful because I didn’t put in vanilla or anything for flavouring, but it gave me a good idea of the flours. The rice flour muffin was almost gummy, I’m guessing the rice protein made it that way. It also seemed to require a lot more flour since it was very soupy, I then added another 2 tbsp of rice flour to that one. The coconut flour had an almost nutty taste to it. It was also pretty soupy but I later found out that coconut flour needs to sit with the wet ingredients for a bit to soak it in. Overall the coconut flour was much better.

 

Blueberry muffins

After deciding on the type of flour I was going to use I looked for some coconut flour recipes and found this one, which made quite a bit of muffins and gave an explanation on why there are so many eggs. Instead of 1/2 cup of coconut oil I used butter, which was probably too much butter, but they were really buttery and delicious.

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The batter was more like a dough, pretty crumbly and thick but they still turned out nice and fluffy.

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The texture was almost the same as regular flour muffins. All in all I really like them!!

 

 

Double chocolate muffins

Originally, I wanted to try to make these with black beans, but then I wasn’t sure if my brother would eat them then plus there were no black beans in the house, so that’ll have to be another experiment later!

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These I made from this recipe, which again, is for cupcakes. The muffin would be really great frosted actually, I might just do that.

I didn’t change anything from the recipe, the only thing I might change is try adding in some fat or apple sauce, or something because they’re a little dry. Or the frosting could help with that.

 

 

The best kind of experiments are baking ones.

 

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