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Thursday, 30 July 2020

I'm Pregnant! Finding Out & Symtomns


Surprise! I'm pregnant!

It feels so good to be able to say that out loud and for what's felt like the biggest secret in the world to not be a secret anymore. The past few weeks have been challenging to say the least, emotionally and physically, and all I've wanted to do is talk about it but my partner and I wanted to keep this to ourselves (and close family) until we hit the 12 week mark. When I found out I was pregnant I knew I wanted to document my journey on my blog and Instagram, the highs and lows, the reality and everything that comes along with growing a human. This first post is going to be about how I found out and my experience during the first trimester.



Finding Out & First Signs
If you've following my blog or my Instagram for a while then you'll most likely know that I have PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) and I've battled imbalanced hormones about 10 years. I've always thought I'd struggle to carry a baby as one of the main symptoms of PCOS is difficulty getting pregnant, and with my irregular periods I didn't even know if I was ovulating or if my body was working correctly.

I stopped taking the contraceptive pill two years ago (blog post about that here) and ever since then I've battled with awful pains every month and irregular periods of anything from 28 day cycles to 48 day cycles. These sometimes long cycles made it impossible to know when I was ovulating but also made it difficult to know every month if my period was on it's way or if perhaps I needed to take a pregnancy test!

In mid-June it got to around the 35th day of my cycle and no sign of my period yet, which wasn't unusual, but something felt different. My very first symptom was a change in appetite, not only was I more hungry than before but I was having food aversions to foods and drink I would normally I love - namely my morning cup of tea, chocolate (crazy!), fish and even porridge. This was teamed with a slight nausea, fatigue and a migraine-type headache, so I thought I probably just had a virus.
Fast forward a week and my period was still a no-show and my symptoms were still the same with a bit more intensity and even stranger appetite (I just wanted all the plain carbs and no vegetables!).
I knew at this point something more was up, so early on a Saturday morning I drove to a shop and picked up a pregnancy test.
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Sunday, 15 September 2019

Metis Breakfast Crumble - AD -


A fruit crumble has always been one of my favourite foods. It reminds me of being a child - tucking into a big bowl of crumble with custard or ice cream after Sunday lunch was a regular occurrence!

Ever since I got into baking I've made numerous different crumble recipes, but this one I'm sharing today is one of my favourites...for a few reasons. Firstly it's incredibly quick and easy to make with no oven baking involved, it's full of goodness so you can eat it for breakfast and last but not least the recipe stars my new favourite fruit - Metis®!

What is Metis®? Let me tell you.....


Metis® is the newest stone fruit on the block! It's the result of a natural union between a plum and an apricot, and I can assure you it's delicious.

Metis® is completely naturally bred, there's nothing artificial about this beauty! Bees play a leading role in developing the fruit, using natural cross-pollination between selected apricot pollen and plum blooms is the first step. Then the obtained varieties are expertly crossed with plum trees to give you Metis®! Pretty cool, right?

The Metis® family is made up of four members - Oxy Solar, Dark Moon, Safari Star and Sunset Sky. All have unique appearances but all taste super juicy, fresh and scrumptious. What's even better is that Metis® come ripe and ready to eat, so each fruit is perfectly crisp on the outside with a soft flesh on the inside. Yum!

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Friday, 23 August 2019

Creamy Lemon & Herb Pasta Salad (Vegan & Gluten Free)


There's still time this summer to enjoy al fresco dining, picnics, BBQ's and light dinners. My favourite thing to make at this time of year is fresh and delicious pasta salads! I love making them to enjoy as they are, or they're particularly amazing with veggie sausages cooked on the barbecue or with some grilled fish.

This vegan creamy lemon & herb pasta salad couldn't be quicker or easier to make, but it'll wow the whole family!


The recipe is really adaptable too! I've cooked up some asparagus, cherry tomatoes and yellow courgette to add colour and goodness to the dish but you could use any veggies you fancy. Try peppers, red onion, garden peas, sweetcorn or even some olives!

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Sunday, 4 August 2019

Butterbean Falafels (Chickpea Free)


Earlier this year I discovered I was intolerant to chickpeas. I noticed I was bloated really badly after eating them and suffered serve tummy pains! As a massive hummus and falafel addict obviously this didn't please me, but luckily I've managed to find some really tasty alternatives that are just as yummy and just as nutritious.

One of those chickpea-free recipes is this one, for super simple Butterbean Falafels. The recipe is gluten free, vegan friendly and utterly delicious.


Personally, I always loved having falafels in my fridge for ready to go lunches - added to salads, wraps or pittas or even to munch on as healthy, filling snacks throughout the day.
Now I've created this recipe that doesn't bloat me (YAY) I've started making these falafels at the beginning of the week, so I always have healthy food to hand. You see, I find lunches the hardest meal because I never have the motivation to cook anything during the middle of the day but I still want to eat a healthy, wholesome, well balanced meal that's high in protein and is going to fuel me throughout the afternoon. That's why these falafels are so perfect - they just tick every box!

Try giving them a go this week, I promise you'll love them too!
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Saturday, 13 July 2019

Buckwheat Tabbouleh


Tabbouleh is one of my all time favourite summer dishes. I remember my mum making it years ago for a picnic and I fell in love with the fresh, zesty flavours!

If you don't know, Tabbouleh is traditional middle eastern salad. It contains fresh ingredients such as tomatoes, onion, parsley and mint. Traditionally this salad is made with bulgar wheat as the grain, but as I follow a gluten free diet I've adapted it and used buckwheat - which is just as delicious and makes a great alternative!


Tabbouleh is traditionally served as part of a mezze! I love to serve it at BBQ's or picnics, enjoy with fresh fish or veggie sausages, or simply make as a lunch option for the week.
It's super versatile, so summery and full of SO much goodness. It's honestly one of my go-to healthy salads as it's so filling, high in protein for a veggie salad (thank you buckwheat!) and contains all 3 macronutrients for a wonderfully balanced plate.
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Sunday, 23 June 2019

Launching My Own Granola!


If you follow me on social media (Nourishing Amelia on everything!) you'll undoubtably have seen my posts about releasing my own granola!
Around 2 years ago I had this amazing idea for Peanut Butter flavoured granola, I did a little research and was shocked to find you couldn't buy it anywhere in the UK...that's when I decided I wanted to create an unbeatable recipe and start selling batches of this delicious granola myself.
It took a while to get from that point to now because I wanted to do this all properly, but now I can happily say we're at the final destination and my crunchy Peanut Butter Granola Clusters are all ready launch tomorrow (24th June)!

Before launch I wanted to share a little bit of information with you regarding the granola and hopefully answer any questions you may have.


What Are The Ingredients?
I've sourced the best quality ingredients for this granola because I really want it to be a premium product! The ingredients are oats, peanut butter (100% peanuts), chopped peanuts, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla and cinnamon powder.

What Are The Allergens?
The granola is made in my home kitchen which will always be very throughly cleaned before I make any batch of granola. But as I use the kitchen for all my recipes I can't 100% guarantee the product is free from gluten, dairy, sesame, other nuts and soy.

I will also ensure I wear a hair net and take all necessary hygiene precautions.`

How Much Does It Cost?
I will be offering two size bags of the granola, an 100g bag which will be £3 or a 350g bag which will be sold for £6.

How Do I Pay?
All payments will go through Paypal or if you're local to West Sussex you're welcome to message me to arrange collection.

What About Postage?
I will be sending the granola via Royal Mail 2nd Class so you can expect to receive it within 3-5 working days. Postage and packaging will cost £1.99.

Will You Ship Worldwide?
Unfortunately for the time being I can only ship to the UK.

I’m so excited for this new venture and I cannot wait to share this delicious granola with you all!
Remember - LAUNCHING 24th JUNE!




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