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Raw Vegan Brownies

On 28/05/2015 by admin

Hola Supernova’s!

My name’s Becca and this is my first post as a guest blogger here. I usually chat at http://squatsandasideofnutella.blogspot.co.uk/ sharing my thoughts on fitness, fashion, lifestyle and FOOD!

With holidays booked and the weather warming up, it’s a time of year everyone wants to feel full of energy and confidence. So with that in mind, I’m loving trying new recipes, Vegan meals and sweet treats right now, rich in nutrients and raw plant based ingredients. When last week a friend tried a fantastic recipe, I couldn’t resist also giving it a go and whipping up these super easy and incredibly delicious raw brownies.

So here you have, the perfect afternoon activity, producing an amazing, super fudgey, super moreish, sweet treat!

Raw Vegan Brownie

Ingredients:
BROWNIES
1 cup (93 g) + 1/2 cup (47 g) raw walnuts, divided + more for topping
1 cup (150 g) raw almonds
2 1/2 cups (~425 g / 15 ounces) dates, pitted (if dry, soak in warm water for 10 minutes, then drain)
3/4 cup (60 g) cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Tbsp cacao nibs + more for topping
1/4 tsp sea salt

GANACHE FROSTING
1/4 cup (59 ml) almond milk
1 cup (~175 g) dairy-free dark chocolate, chopped
2 Tbsp coconut oil (or sub vegan butter), melted
1/4 – 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp sea salt

Method:

Place 1 cup walnuts and almonds in food processor and process until finely ground.
Add the cacao powder and sea salt and pulse to combine. Transfer to bowl and set aside.
Add the dates to the food processor and process until small bits remain. Remove and set aside.
Add nut and cocoa mixture back into food processor and while processing, drop small handfuls of the date pieces down into the food processor or blender spout.

Process until a dough consistency is achieved, adding more dates if the mixture does not hold together when squeezed in your hand. You may not use all the dates.

Add the brownie mixture to a small parchment lined 8×8 dish and before pressing, add remaining 1/2 cup roughly roughly chopped walnuts and cacao nibs and toss to combine and evenly distribute. Then press down with hands until it is flat and firm. I like laying down a piece of plastic wrap to prevent sticking and get it really flat.

Lift parchment paper to remove brownies from dish and use hands to slightly squeeze in the sides to create a smaller square – this will make the brownies slightly thicker and more dense.
Transfer back to dish and place in freezer or fridge to chill for 10-15 minutes before cutting into 12 even squares (If adding ganache, slice afterwards!).

FOR THE GANACHE:

Add almond milk to a mixing bowl and microwave for 45 seconds or until very warm. Alternatively, heat in a small saucepan until just simmering, then transfer to mixing bowl.
Immediately add chocolate to warm milk and loosely cover. Don’t touch for 2 minutes so it can melt.
Add salt and stir gently with a wooden spoon to incorporate, then add melted coconut oil and use a whisk to mix. Set in fridge for 10 minutes to thicken.
Remove from fridge and add powdered sugar a little at a time to thicken. Whisk again to combine. If it’s still too thin, add another few Tablespoons powdered sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
Frost brownies generously with frosting and then top with additional raw walnuts and cacao nibs (optional). Slice into 12 even squares.

Amazing Raw Brownie

I totally LOVE to sprinkle them with extra nuts, goji berries and icing sugar! Yuuuum!

Store brownies in an airtight container to keep fresh. Will keep for 3-4 days at room temperature, or in the freezer for at least 1 month (though best when fresh).

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for more updates! Enjoy!

B xx

Instagram @Becca_L_P
Twitter @BeccaLPow

My Journey To Body Exceptance

On 27/05/2015 by admin

Ok guys and girls, it’s time to get real. In today’s society of fat activism, skinny privilege, supermodels and average women I feel compelled to write this post.


In sociology and psychology, self-esteem reflects a person’s overall subjective emotional evaluation of his or her own worth. It is a judgment of oneself as well as an attitude toward the self.

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My name is April, I’m 21 years old and I weigh 47.5kgs, I’m 158cm tall and when I tense real hard (like, give myself a hernia kind of hard), I have a 6 pack. If you follow my instagram, you can see my fabulously filtered photos that I enjoy putting up of myself to show off my progress – butt, abs, arms; whatever part of my body happens to have a pump I will not hesitate in hashtagging the shit out of it #lookatme. But, this isn’t about my filtered photos. This is about the real me.

I Love My Body

I Love My Body

I Love My Body

When I’m not filtered, when I’m not tensing and when my pump is all worn off, the above is me. Bad posture, stretch marks, cellulite, and uneven shoulders. Oh, lets not forget huge thighs, larger hips than my shoulders (I believe this is called the ‘pear shape’) I also have knobbly knees. Am I what society defines as perfect? Probably not. Am I what I define as perfect? Yes. Because perfection is in the eye of the beholder. Here, let’s see a close up of my beautiful stretch marks:

I Love My Body

 

I think I’m beautiful. No, I know I’m beautiful. And not just because I’m lucky enough to have a boyfriend that tells me so every day (except for when I burp or fart, apparently then I’m just gross) but because it’s my body and I have made it what it is. I want my body to look fit and healthy so I make it look as fit and healthy as I am willing to. I say “willing to” because I’m pretty sure my actions in this photo I sent my boyfriend last night is not helping my body look fit and healthy at all… ha!:

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Moderation? What moderation?

 

Loving yourself, your body and your insecurites, are important… just remember NOBODY IS PERFECT!

The first part, however, of loving my body was first of all accepting that genetics have already pre-defined it’s shape. My structure is my structure. Example – I don’t have the capability of that “thigh gap” because my mum passed down her thunder thighs… (sorry Mum!) You don’t even know how much angst those thighs caused me throughout puberty. I hated them! Finally, instead of just hating them and staring longingly at pretty girls with their pretty little thighs and their thigh gaps, I decided that if I couldn’t remove them I would simply make do with them and use them to my advantage. Once I stopped letting other people tell me what perfection was, it was easy. My journey to body acceptance came through fitness. Yours, and everyone else’s could be completely different. But it’s the first step – if you are tall then you need to accept that, if you are an endomorph (larger structure), then you need to accept that too. But the rest of it is your oyster! You can create fat, remove fat, create muscle, remove muscle – it is all possible.

How could I hate something that I have complete power over? It seems silly, really, doesn’t it? Naturally, if you don’t like something then you should change it. I do it with my bedspread all the time (not just because it’s been on for months and I really ought to wash it). And that, my friends, comes down to motivation. How badly do you really want to be happy with yourself? Whatever your goal may be, if you are not motivated to achieve it then you won’t. If you want to gain weight, you genuinely need to put effort into that. If you want to lose weight, you genuinely need to put effort into that. There’s no shortcuts. Results you have worked hard for always feel better anyway. The satisfaction of achieving something you have worked really hard for is second to none!

I know that I’m almost seemingly adding fuel to the current “media crazed version of perfection” fire by posting filtered photos to pronounce my abs, or posing in certain ways to get the best effect; but I do it, not to get validation from others or make anyone else feel bad about themselves, but because I like to see myself looking my best. Kind of like when you have a messy room, and then you clean it. Or you are going to a formal occasion – swapping the trackies for a dress and popping a bra on. I like to see myself enhanced. Because it is still my body, I haven’t altered it in any way, I’ve simply filtered it or adjusted the exposure to highlight bits that the raw photo doesn’t quite capture. It’s all still me. My beautiful self.

People that tell me I look great, I appreciate that, but I haven’t brought up that age old argument of “other people see you differently, you are your own worst critic” because this isn’t about anyone else. Their opinions on my body genuinely do not matter to me. Whether positive or negative, their opinions are just that. Their opinions. For the negative opinions, I know how hard it is not to listen to them; believe me, I really do, but once you learn to start ignoring it, it only gets easier. Use the positive opinions as fuel, but don’t let it lead you. Don’t lose sight of yourself and your own validation. And your validation is the goal you have set yourself. It’s your own validation that matters.

Your body is your body. You only get one in this lifetime. And it’s not some mystical thing with a mind of it’s own. You control it. By the food you eat, the activities you perform, how much you sleep, the way you sit…all of it. All of it is controlled by you. So, if you don’t love your body, why not? What is stopping you from loving your body? What is stopping you from changing it? What is stopping you from learning to love it?

The four words that will fix us all have to come from ourselves for ourselves. You can’t say it for anyone else, because they don’t care. You must say it for you. You must say it with conviction. You must say it and mean it. I LOVE MY BODY!

Written by April
Blog – http://www.mynameisapril.org
Instagram – http://www.instagram.com/mynameis.april

Balmain’s Oliver Rousteing Announces H&M Collaboration

On 26/05/2015 by admin

The rumours have finally be lifted as the lid was firmly blown away by Oliver Rousteing announcing Balmain will be collaborating with the Swedish powerhouse, H&M at the Billboard Music Awards. Of course no announcement would be quite as a grand without the aid of Rousteing biggest fans Kendall Jenner and Jourdan Dunn who seem to be donning what appear to be hinted as the final pieces that we will see within the range. Expect to see typical structured, sleek and uniformed pieces central to Rousteing’s design aesthetic that have turned the once middle of the road label into an icon for articulated chic.

The range will be available online and in selected H&M stores (around 250) on November 5th.

Who’s excited? We are!

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Written by Elliot Bateman
@ellioteditor

SS15 Swimwear Trends

On 22/05/2015 by admin

With spring/summer being in full swing, it’s time to squeeze your booty into a sexy piece of swimwear.

With so many trends, cuts and colours out there, it’s hard to pick which one will really suit you. The best thing to do is to try a few different styles and colours and pick the ones that best suit your body shape and make you feel confident.

When it comes to your bikini or swimsuit, you should always go for something bold and bright or something that really creates a statement. This season has some amazing bikinis, with a mix of fabrics and prints and cuts and colours.

Check out our favourite top 6 trends that you will absolutely love!

Trend #1 – Sporty Chic

Moschino – Logo-Print Bandeau Bikini Set: £90.00

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Bringing back the nautical trend, this Moschino bikini set combines 3 different trends in one. The sporty cuts and style will keep you up to date with the latest trends and the cute pastel colours on the back will keep your bikini looking cool and chic. Moschino is definitely the designer for you if you are looking for something different that really creates a statement.

Hot!MeSS – Rainbow Elastic Bikini: £40.00

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Elastic bikinis are definitely the one if you are after the sporty chic look. This bikini from Hot!MeSS will really create a statement and you will no doubt stand out at all of those pool parties! The mix of colours is perfect for the SS15 look and it is effortlessly funky.

Trend #2 – Cut Out/Tie Up

Agent Provocateur – Mazzy Popstar Cutout Swimsuit: £225

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Agent Provocateur’s bandage-style mazzy swimsuit is bold but flattering – the neon-pink, orange and turquoise cutouts frame your waist and hips. Boned sides ensure it is supportive, too. Match it up with some elegant accessories to really get the most out of this gorgeous cutout swimsuit.

StaySick – Printed Halterneck Top: £27.99 | Printed Lace-up Bottoms: £29.99

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Tie up bikinis are definitely on the SS15 hot list and these printed lace-up bottoms from StaySick are amazing. The best thing about StaySick is that you can match up different tops and bottoms (or even swimsuits) and get them customised in the print and colour you prefer. So, if you’re looking for funky custom swimwear, then you really don’t need to look any further! (The printed lace-up bottoms also have a matching printed lace-up top)

Trend #3 – Prints and Patterns

Triangl – Poppy Blue Crush: $89.00

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Neoprene bikinis are all the range this summer, and I don’t think there is a single fashion conscious person out there that hasn’t heard of Triangl bikinis. They look great and really do create a statement. This Poppy bikini in blue crush is bold and electric and features one of SS15’s favourite swimwear colours – neon yellow.

ASOS – Diamond Aztec Bikini Top: £20.00 | Bottoms: £12.00

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This diamond Aztec bikini from ASOS features a rugged and bold take on the standard bikini. The Aztec print creates a statement all on its own, and mixed with the added strap detail on the top and the bottoms, this bikini will stand out no matter where you go.

Trend #4 – Classic Bandeau and Triangle

Eres – Paint Show Bandeau Bikini: £270

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Eres’ paint show bikini has a brush stroked paint effect and looks effortlessly elegant. If you’re not comfortable enough to experiment with really bright colours or cuts, then this bikini is perfect for you. It’s a great classic that can be worn time and time again.

H&M – Bikini Top: £12.99 | Bikini Bottoms: £7.99

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If you’re confused about what style of bikini to go for, then it is always safe to stick to the classic triangle bikini. The triangle cut has always been in style and it is something that you can wear over and over again. This mint green bikini from H&M matches both simplicity and style in one, perfect for that hot holiday abroad.

Trend #5 – High Neck/High Waist

Mara Hoffman – Reversible Printed Racerback Bikini: £210

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High Neck 1 - Mara Hoffman

If you’re looking for something bold, bright and funky, then look no further. This stunning bikini from Mara Hoffman combines edgy prints and daring cuts. Be a little brave and go for something that will definitely create a statement on your next holiday.

River Island – Floral High Waisted Bikini Bottoms: £14.00 | Bikini Top: £18.00

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Nothing says chic like a high waisted bikini set. If you want to add some glam to your poolside look but don’t want to wear a swimsuit, then a pair of high waisted bikini bottoms are perfect for you. This River Island floral bikini screams summer and the floral print compliments the cut of the bikini perfectly.

Trend #6 – Sophisticated Style

Tory Burch – Lipsi Colour-Block Swimsuit: £200

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If you’re trying to add a little glam to your poolside outfit, then this colour block swimsuit from Tory Burch will be the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe. Be sure to match it up with some bold gold accessories for the perfect sophisticated look.

ASOS – Fishnet Insert Cupped Swimsuit: £28.00

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White is definitely the colour to go for this summer, because it pairs up perfect with bright accessories. You will be the centre of attention in this gorgeous fishnet swimsuit. It features detachable halterneck straps, meaning you can create two totally different looks with it.

No matter what kind of colour, cut or style of bikini you go for, make sure you feel comfortable in what you wear and make sure you bring sexy to the poolside!

By, Shriya Pancholi
Twitter: @ShriyaPancholi
Instagram: shriyapancholi

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