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Hello my lovely followers!

I’m sharing some very exciting news with you all… I’ve teamed up with TeaMi Blends to celebrate American Independence Day on 4th July!

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Hope you enjoy your teatox with TeaMi Blends (even more so when saving 20%!).

Mindfully, Moni x

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Mindful Eating

I just thought that as my brand identity is ‘Mindfully Moni’, I should actually explain (or try to at least) what eating ‘mindfully’ is. 

In our modern, 21st-century lives which are based around technology and the Internet, we all experience mindless eating to some degree (even if we don’t realise we’re doing it – I used to be a severe culprit before). Whether it’s munching on-the-go snacks whilst commuting, or checking our emails/ social media accounts whilst we eat lunch. Increasingly, our fast-paced and non-stop lives are reflected in our relationships with food. We’re always striving to get more done, and the result is that a lot of people nowadays are completely disconnected from what they’re eating, and how much they’re eating it. 

Through my blog and social media platforms, I’d like to promote an alternative. It’s important that we try our best to slow down and change the way we interact with our food! The effects which mindful and nutritious eating have on every aspect of our lives is incredible – so let’s make a gradual shift towards paying attention to what we’re putting into our bodies. 

Good tip from B Fresh Juice

Reasons to Eat Mindfully

1. Enhanced taste

Ever since I started eating more mindfully, I now enjoy subtle flavours in foods that hit my taste palette with a zing. These flavours, such as fruit essences, would have previously been lost to me amongst all the other tastes. If I eat something high in salt, fat, oil, or artificial flavourings, I can now feel the texture/ flavour of these very strongly (so much so that’s it’s overpowering). This just highlights that if you really listen to your body, you’re more likely to make healthier choices.

2. Improved digestion

The digestive process starts in the mouth as a mechanical mechanism, but when eating in a rush, the enzymes in our saliva don’t get the chance to start the breakdown of food properly. This means the stomach and rest of the digestive system has a harder job to do. When more mindful of food, everything runs much more smoothly.

3. Satisfaction

When I eat more slowly and chew my food properly (about 20 chews per bite), I tend to be satisfied with having less. This could particularly benefit you if you’re prone to overeating. You’re brain registers how long you’ve been eating and how many chews you’ve taken, making you more satisfied after more chews but less actual food.

How to get started…

1. Start small

Trying to alter everything at once rarely leads to long-term success, but instead will develop a craving your your previous habits and routine. Start with one meal each day to focus on eating mindfully (I would suggest dinner as its the least rushed meal but it’s totally up to you), then build gradually when you’re comfortable.

2. Embrace preparation

Enjoy the process of preparing your own food – I find cooking so relaxing and the perfect way to relax after a stressful day. If you really focus on what you’re doing, it can be a relaxing, almost meditative experience. Plus, you will be more aware of exactly what’s going into your meal.

3. Remove distractions

Because we’re always trying to save time, so many of us multitask when we’re eating. Instead, put the laptop lid/ phone/ tablet down and switch off the TV. Perhaps make it a rule that you can only eat at the kitchen table (and not the living room or your bedroom). This really forces you to pay attention to what you’re putting into your body. I find that eating with my family helps me to stay mindful as there’s no chance that I’ll bring out my phone and get submerged in something on the Internet instead of focusing on my food.

4. Eat slowly

I used to scoff my food down as quickly as possible, but I now try to slow down. Using smaller cutlery can help with this. Take small mouthfuls and chew your food thoroughly, 15 to 20 times – even count in your mind to get used to the feeling of chewing for longer. Really try to savour the flavour and textures with each bite, enjoying each taste as it hits your taste receptors.

5. Share with others

I mentioned this briefly in no. 3 but make a real effort to get the family involved whenever possible, in both the preparation of the meal, and eating it. Share with each other what you think of the food and how it makes you feel. Not only will this help you be more mindful of your eating but also establishing the tradition of family mealtimes can help strengthen relationships.

Mindfully, Moni x

Inspired by Thrive Magazine.

Hello world!

Hi everyone 🙂

I’m not even sure where to start – just that I am so excited to officially join the HBloggers world! I’ve been planning to create a food blog for quite a while now, but have always been constrained in terms of time due to school so it’s taken a while for this blog launch to actually happen… But we finally made it!

The main reason why I created Mindfully Moni is because I am a massive foodie – there’s no simpler explanation then that! My interest for nutritional eating and fitness has developed over the past few years and now I strive to inspire others to lead healthy, balanced lifestyles which aren’t extreme in one way or the other. This has motivated me to cook/ bake many delicious, nourishing meals and treats in order to raise awareness (via my social media platforms) of the nutritional value of eating a wholesome diet. I hope that with Mindfully Moni, a plant-based food and health blog, will continue this goal of inspiring others – like you – to look after their bodies from the inside and out.

I look forward to learning and sharing the benefits of balanced eating with you and many others world-wide! Please feel free to leave comments on my posts, share my recipes and check out my social media accounts which supplement my blog. If you recreate one of my recipes, I would love it if you could use the hashtag #mindfullymade and tag my social media handle so that I can admire your food creations.

Mindfully, Moni x

Banana Bread French Toast

BANANA BREAD FRENCH TOAST 

 

Ingredients

French Toast:

1/4 banana, mashed well

1 large egg (vegan substitute: flax egg)

50ml unsweetened almond milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 slices of bread

Topping:

1/2 sliced bananas

handful sliced strawberries

2tbsp greek yoghurt or coconut yoghurt

1 vegan chocolate square 

  

Instructions:

  1. Whisk the mashed banana, eggs, milk and vanilla well.
  2. Dip bread (one at a time) into egg wash and cook toasts on a non-stick pan sprayed with cooking oil spray until browned on both sides.
  3. To serve, layer toasts with banana slices, strawberry slices and yoghurt and drizzle with maple syrup. Grate the chocolate over the top or alternatively use chocolate chips! 

 

    Recipe adapted from here.

    Remember to use the hashtag #mindfullymade on social media platforms to share with me your creations 🙂

    Mindfully, Moni x

    Strawberries & Cream French Toast

    STRAWBERRIES & CREAM FRENCH TOAST 

     
    Ingredients

    1 egg

    2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk

    ½ tablespoon natural sweetener/sugar of choice

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    2 tablespoons low fat (or fat free) cream cheese

    ½ tablespoon (extra) natural sweetener/sugar of choice

    4 – 5 sliced strawberries (enough to cover one toast)

    2 pieces of bread of choice (I use sourdough because I love it, but you can use anything your heart desires) 

     

    Method:

    1. Whisk the egg, milk, sweetener/sugar and vanilla together in a shallow bowl until combined.
    2. In a separate bowl, combine cream cheese and the (extra) sweetener/sugar.
    3. Spread both pieces of bread with the cream cheese mixture, and add the sliced strawberries to one slice of bread.
    4. Top with the second piece of bread and gently press the edges down to ‘seal.’
    5. Dip the sandwich into the egg mix, and turn to coat.
    6. Heat a non-stick pan with cooking oil spray over low-medium heat.
    7. Fry sandwich for about 3 – 5 minutes on both sides or until golden brown and cooked through.
    8. To serve, dust with (optional) icing sugar and drizzle with maple syrup.

      

    Recipe adapted from here.

    Remember to use the hashtag #mindfullymade on social media platforms to share with me your creations 🙂

    Mindfully, Moni x

    Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes

    STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE PANCAKES

     

    Ingredients:

    1/2 cup chopped strawberries

    1/3 cup whole wheat flour

    2 tbsp coconut flour

    2 tbsp rolled oats

    2/3 tsp baking powder

    1/8 tsp salt

    1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

    1 tbsp stevia

    1 tbsp agave nectar

    1/3 cup water 

    optional: 1tbsp cocoa powder 

      

    Instructions:

    1. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl, then add wet. Mix, but don’t overmix. Cook on an oiled (or sprayed) pan, on low heat, flipping each pancake once.
    2. Stack them up and top with chopped fruit, syrup or some yoghurt.

    Remember to use the hashtag #mindfullymade on social media platforms to share with me your creations 🙂

    Mindfully, Moni x

    Chocolate Covered Raspberry Crepes

    CHOCOLATE COVERED RASPBERRY CREPES 

     

    Ingredients

    CHOCOLATE CREPES:

    45g flour e.g. buckwheat

    2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

    1 tbsp sweetener e.g. stevia, agave nectar

    80ml liquid egg whites or 2 egg whites

    170ml milk

    ½ cup fresh raspberries

    CHOCOLATE YOGHURT FILLING:

    1 tbsp cocoa powder

    100g yoghurt e.g. Greek, coconut

    CHOCOLATE SAUCE:

    1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

    1 tbsp agave nectar  

     Instructions

    1. Combine crepe ingredients in a bowl and whisk until batter is smooth
    2. Pour ¼ of batter onto the centre of a pan on low-medium heat to cover the base and create a thin crepe. When dark in colour and set to the touch, flip
    3. Remove when cooked and repeat with the remaining batter
    4. While crepes are frying, prepare the chocolate sauce in a ramekin/ small bowl
    5. Fill each crepe with the yoghurt filling and fold over
    6. Top with fresh raspberries and drizzle with chocolate sauce plus any other fruit/ toppings you want 🙂 

     
    Remember to use the hashtag #mindfullymade on social media platforms to share with me your creations 🙂

    Mindfully, Moni x