Cold and Flu Busting Citrus Smoothie

Cold and Flu Busting Citrus Smoothie // roughmeasures.com - fight off a cold or flu with nature's remedy.

I generally see my self as a pretty healthy person. I drink water all day long, I exercise daily, I eat my greens and devour fruit. I don’t eat meat and I barely eat dairy. Smoothies are a daily routine. I don’t feel under the weather often. But every few months, when the seasons turn, my weak spot takes a hit. The hit comes out as a cold or cough, or both, and sometimes it can take me a while to shift it. This cold and flu busting citrus smoothie is a daily ritual when this lurgy comes knocking. I keep a batch in the fridge and guzzle some down every morning.  Read more

Juicy January; Persimmon, Carrot and Turmeric & Pineapple, Grapefruit and Ginger plus a L’Equip Juicer Giveaway!

Juicy January - anti-inflammatory juices // roughmeasures.com

So far, January is looking pretty juicy, don’t you think? I do! We’re over a week into 2017 so far, David Attenborough is still alive and so are we. Not bad ey? So far 2017 is strutting its stuff. It’s a good month for us too as we are off to Whistler in 3 days time. Excited doesn’t even cut it. OHMYGODIAMBEYONDECSTATIC is a little closer. Read more

Vegan Hazelnut Hot Chocolate + a Healthy Supplies Giveaway!

Vegan Hazelnut Hot Chocolate // roughmeasures.com

Hey 2017! How ya doing? We’ve been waiting for you! Thanks for showing up, let’s make this year a cracker, yeah?! I hope everyone had a banger of a Christmas and a sparkly new year?! I spent some much-needed quality time with my family, hanging out, playing charades and eating ALL THE sprouts. I had to work between Christmas and New Year, and I’m not gonna lie, it bummed me out, but hey, I like my job and there are worse things to be doing. We had a very quiet evening on New Years Eve, curled up on the sofa under some blankets and watching films. I know everyone has been saying how sucky 2016 was, but amidst the political nightmares, the deaths and the woes, 2016 was really good to me. Continuing this blog has opened up some amazing opportunities for which I am so grateful. We bought our first (non-floating) home, settled into our new suburbs and played house. We even got 2 gorgeous cats that I have fallen head over heals in love with. Yeah, 2016 had some bumps, but it was good to me. I’m excited to see what 2017 will bring.

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Cosy Pumpkin Spice Latte (caffeine + dairy free) for #virtualpumpkinparty

I know, I know, my last post was a pumpkin recipe. But remember how much I love Autumn, well I figured I would shower you with some more pumpkin love. Things have turned even chillier here in the UK, and the last few days have just been gorgeous. Nothing says Autumn like pumpkin, so when Sara from Cake Over Steak asked me if I’d like to participate in this years #virtualpumpkinparty – she had barely finished her sentence and I had agreed. Along with Sara and myself, a whole army of bloggers are joining in, with so many awesome creations. There are over 100 (!!!) talented lovelies taking party. See the full list below. Seriously, with all these gorgeous recipes, we can eat pumpkin forever! Hey, we might even turn into pumpkins, would that be such a bad thing?

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Cucumber Peach Smoothie

Since moving into the new house, I feel I have been scrabbling at life and trying to fit everything in, whilst still trying to unpack, re-decorate and find our feet with this new life (albeit in the same town, but very different surroundings). I am more tired than I have been in a long while, and a little overwhelmed with it all. Trying to find a new routine whilst trying to do something different every day to keep my brain happy. I get a little frazzled when I’m busy. Some people thrive off it, but not me, I need to keep a few days or evenings free just to calm and re-sync myself.

Trying to make small routines every day keep me sorted. Little things like my 11 o’clock banana at my desk, 2pm mug of green tea or my regular 10pm bedtime. The newest routine which has started every day in our new home is smoothie making in the morning, together. We get up, grab breakfast and then decide on a smoothie to make and take with us into our offices. Do something different every day for sure, to keep life interesting, but daily smoothies? Keep them in your routine of repetition.

Especially this cucumber peach smoothie, it’s totally rocking my world right now.

Cucumber Peach Smoothie // roughmeasures.com

Cucumber Peach Smoothie // roughmeasures.com

This cucumber peach smoothie is a favourite of mine at the moment. It’s oh so easy and full of good vibes. I throw everything in my Froothie Optimum G2.1 , 30 seconds blending and there ya go. Great for busy mornings when you need something quick. Since moving and now having access to a constant electricity source, we have used the Optimum G2.1 every day. We’ve made dips, soups, smoothies and even sorbets!

This smoothie is:

  • hydrating
  • loaded with vitamins
  • flushes out toxins
  • contains calcium and zinc
  • a source of fibre
  • vegan and gluten free

 

Cucumber Peach Smoothie
 
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A hydrating smoothie for a speedy snack or breakfast. If you wanted to add oats this will thicken the smoothie and keep you fuelled for longer. Be sure to use organic fruit here. This will keep in a jar in the fridge for 2-3 days. Vegan and gluten free.
Rough Measures:
Recipe type: Smoothie
Serves: 600ml
Ingredients
  • ½ cucumber (peeled)
  • 2 donut peaches (de-stoned)
  • 2 large strawberries
  • ½ cup / 125ml dairy free yoghurt
  • 1 cup / 250ml almond milk
  • ½ cup / 125ml coconut water (or filtered water)
Method
  1. Add everything into your Optimum G2.1 (or regular blender)
  2. Blitz for 30 seconds - 1 minute
  3. Pour into glass and enjoy.
 

Cucumber Peach Smoothie // roughmeasures.com

 

 

Disclaimer: Expect to see lots more Froothie Optimum G2.1 posts as I am now an Ambassador for Froothie.  Any links to their site in this post or future posts are affiliate links. If you purchase through these links I will earn a small commission, it won’t cost you any extra though. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own. Thank you for continuing to support Rough Measures! 

Mango Mint Smoothie And The Froothie Optimum G2.1

Wow, what a weekend. I am sat here at 8pm with all the windows and doors wide open and I’m still too hot. A weekend of sunshine and warm weather hit the UK this weekend. We will probably look back in September and call these 3 days ‘Summer’.

But hot it was and we spent a lovely few days down in Dorset. We have promised each other that we’d try to escape on some camping trips more often this year, as we will both have weekends free all summer (for the first time in 8 years!) Just 2 days and nights in a different setting, can feel like so much longer. We explored the coast line, snoozed on the beach, ate far too much halloumi on our bbq and just chilled out. It was fab and I hope we have many more weekends like this one.

A few weeks back I received something I have been lusting after for a while – A Froothie Optimum G2.1 Blender. A hunk of a machine that can blitz in seconds, pulverise stones to mere dust, make hot soup, and tackle any nut butter. With a mega 2,611 watt motor (with a 10 year warranty) the Froothie Optimum is something every kitchen needs. I have been waiting to use it for weeks, and now the time had come. It took mere seconds to blitz all my mix into the smoothest of smoothies. It has 6 pre-programmed settings; Fruit, Sorbet, Grind, Nut Milk, Soup, Sauces and you can also programme it manually.  The Froothie Optimum G2.1 is currently on offer at £429 (RRP £599), it is a big investment, but one that I wholeheartedly believe is worth it, and it is something I have been using at least once a day.

It comes with a nut milk bag, a tamper tool to push your ingredients down if needed, and a 104 page recipe book. What I love is that the jug is BPA free, and to clean it, you just add some water and a drop of washing up liquid into your jug, turn it on, and voila, clean jug! The jug just sits on top, no faffy time wasted trying to get it to click into place. I love the LED touch screen display too. There is even an in built sensor which automatically turns the appliance off if it overheats. It is even more powerful than a Vitamix, just see the specs below!

Mango Mint Smoothie // roughmeasures.comScreen Shot 2016-05-09 at 08.13.37

We got back after a stuffy hour in the car and I know I needed something refreshing and summery! This blend has a sneaky hidden ingredient – chickpeas! Now don’t baulk and think ‘chickpeas in a smoothie, say what?!’ Adding chickpeas into your smoothie will mean it satisfies your belly for longer. It well help aid any mid morning or afternoon hunger pangs! You can’t taste them once they’re blended, trust me on this one guys!

Mango Mint Smoothie
 
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A refreshing, thirst quenching smoothie.
Rough Measures:
Serves: 2 glasses
Ingredients
  • ½ mango (peeled)
  • ½ cup chickpeas (drained and rinsed well)
  • 300ml coconut water (normal water is fine if you don’t have coconut water handy)
  • handful mint leaves
  • Juice of 1 lime.
Method
  1. Add everything to the blender and blitz until smooth
Notes
I added a big bunch of mint to the mix, ginger would also work really well!
 

Mango Mint Smoothie // roughmeasures.com

Mango Mint Smoothie // roughmeasures.com

For more info on the Froothie Optimum G2.1 you can visit the Froothie website and have a browse.

Find more smoothie ideas here.

Read more fab reviews from some fellow bloggers:

Thinly Spread

Planet Veggie

From Plate to Pen

Disclaimer: Expect to see lots more Froothie Optimum G2.1 posts as I am now an Ambassador for Froothie.  Any links to their site in this post or future posts are affiliate links. If you purchase through these links I will earn a small commission, it won’t cost you any extra though. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own. Thank you for continuing to support Rough Measures! 

 

Spring Sunshine Cocktail

Something about spring gets me all excited inside. Butterflies in my belly at the first signs of daffodils. Giddy when I see the new bunnies and lambs in the fields. Snowdrops twinkling along the canal brings a warmth to my heart. All these signs that we are getting out of our long, wet winter, and soon, we will be basking in the great British sunshine. Even the wild garlic is making an appearance.

This week, we had an unusually mild, spring evening. I was cycling home and heard a pop. I’d hit a sharp stone and my tyre had punctured. I was 3 miles from the boat and cursed myself for not having a spare. So I walked back, dragging the bike along, taking in the mild evening and the pink skies. I cycle this route every day, but my head is down and I’m focussed on the pedalling. Walking a route brings you the time to take in the surroundings and truly experience the nature and the joys of Spring.

Markets are now brimming with their spring produce, which gets me jumping for joy, especially when I see those juicy Sicilian Oranges (blood oranges to you and me). Bursting with juices and flavours, these beauties are packed full of Vitamin C, fibre and potassium, woop! Another of my favourite fruits to get me excited for summer is grapefruits. Growing up, I watched my mum eat her way through a lot of these sharp, strange fruits, vowing that I would never like them. Fast forward 10 years and I can’t get enough of them.

Spring Sunshine Cocktail // roughmeasures.com

Spring Sunshine Cocktail // roughmeasures.com

By the time I eventually got home on this mild evening, I was in need of something to drink, involving alcohol and to celebrate the appearance of Spring. A long day at work with an even longer commute makes for one thirsty Sus! I headed over to thebar.com to gather some inspiration. thebar.com is a fab website full of tasty cocktails and drinks, whether you like something simple and classy, or something with a bit of fizz, thebar.com has it all. You just type what ingredients or spirits you’ve got into the site, and they’ll find you a drink to match, perfect! There’s some amazing Easter themed ones on there, like this decadent Baileys Egg Nog and I especially like this Marmalade Collins. I mixed this Spring Sunshine Cocktail together and sat on the roof of the boat, enjoying the last few moments of daylight.

Spring Sunshine Cocktail (v) (gf)

Makes 2

INGREDIENTS:

25-50ml gin (I like Tanqueray)
Juice of 4 blood oranges
Juice of 2 pink grapefruits
A couple of sprigs of thyme
2-4 tablespoons coconut or maple sugar (to frost the glasses)

For the Thyme Syrup

250ml water
125g coconut sugar
1 bunch thyme

METHOD

The day before; In a pan, dissolve the sugar into the water. Bring it to a bubble and add the thyme. Leave it to steep overnight.

Strain the thyme mix through a sieve, into a jar and pop into the fridge. This will keep for a while.

Zest all the fruit, and add it to a bowl with some coconut sugar. Set to one side.

Slice all the fruit in half, and squeeze out the juice into a jug. I do this through a sieve to catch the seeds.

Get your cocktail glasses, dip the rips into water, and then dip them into the sugar/zest mix to garnish the rim.

Pour the gin into the glasses, then 25ml of the thyme syrup, followed by the fresh juice. Give it a good stir. Sit back, relax. Happy Spring.

Spring Sunshine Cocktail // roughmeasures.com

Spring Sunshine Cocktail // roughmeasures.com

This post was sponsored by thebar.com – Many thanks to them for their sponsorship which enables Rough Measures to keep going! All opinions are my own. Please drink responsibly.

How are you spending your Easter? Do let me know, you can keep find daily updates on my Facebook and Instagram!

Here’s some other fab cocktails from my foodie friends;

Smirnoff Marmalade Collins from Hedgecombers

English Garden Cocktail from The Veg Space

Tall Coconut Cocktail from Hungry Healthy Happy

Easy Bloody Mary from The Petite Cook

Hemp Milk Hot Chocolate

I have spent a few weeks dropping little hints. Mentioning the ‘V’ word now and again, slowly planting those little seeds (or so I thought). A strategic walk around the Valentines isles in our local supermarket, pointing out bouquets, drying out roses on the boat and placing them around to ‘look pretty’. I do not expect a grand gesture, just maybe a little card. One that tends to only happen if I drop enough hints. All this however seems to have fallen on deaf ears or a forgetful mind, or (what Charlie seems to be very good at) having just simply not noticed what else is going on in shops / society around us. So, I did not get a gift, or even a card. When I produced his one to him, his words were, ‘What’s this?’, when I said ‘Happy Valentines Day!’ his face said it all. This time I was not surprised, and not disappointed. I made a little mental note to drop some bigger hints for future important dates, clearly this is something that needs more strategic planning.

My valentines weekend couldn’t have been made better with a card, or a bunch of roses. It had already been made awesome enough just hanging out with my man. We’ve spent the weekend cosying up in front next to the fire (too narrow on our boat to sit in front of anything), watching the latest Tom Hanks movie, giggling over owl books in our local book store, eating one of the best brownies ever with some coffee, drinking rum and eating some spicy-as-hell Caribbean food, testing out some pies here, yeah there’s a general food theme here. Today we went climbing at our local wall, something Charlie does often, but I have been putting off as I thought I’d suck. Chas gave me the confidence to give it a go, giving me tips and acting as my cheerleader when I got to the top (yay), making me push myself because he knew I’d feel so good once I’d done it.

Yesterday, I had one of my (sadly) regular wobbles. I was trying to get some recipes shot, but was finding the low light levels, on our dark boat, oh so trixy. Chas gave me some pointers, and we had a little photography lesson and workshop. Me cooking, him helping me with shots, and then, of course, duly consuming the goods. He inspires me to try to be the best version of myself, he doesn’t let me flap, and when I do, he sorts me out.

That’s the best V any day present right there. Having my man support me whatever I do. Biggest kisses of all to you Chas <3.

Hemp Hot Chocolate // roughmeasures.com

Onto this weeks recipe!

The days here are getting longer, I can now get home before it’s too dark. It’s getting easier to get out of bed in the mornings. But it’s still got that harsh winter chill, reminding us that we’re not quite out of the woods. Days like these call for warming mugs of hot chocolate. Happy Monday lovelies.

Hemp Milk Hot Chocolate (v) (gf)

INGREDIENTS:

1 mug hemp milk (homemade or store-bought)
2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1 tablespoon date syrup
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

METHOD

Add all ingredients into a bender and blitz for 30 seconds

Pour into a saucepan and heat onto the hob until just under boiling

Pour into mugs and get cosy

Hemp Hot Chocolate // roughmeasures.com

Hemp Hot Chocolate // roughmeasures.com

 

 

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Drink Your Greens Smoothie

Wow, it’s been nearly a month since my last blog post. I wasn’t intending to have a break over December, in fact I’d actually planned (in my head) that I would try to get some more recipes created and online. But, as we all know, the festive season is so BUSY! Good busy, but busy! Friends come back to their home town, catch-ups are in order, Christmas parties are happening left right and centre, and then there’s the downtime when you just want to eat your body weight in food, lie on the sofa watching re-runs of Home Alone, or have a marathon Pictionary session with your family. I hope you all had a wonderful Festive season!

I’ve totally enjoyed the time with friends and family over the last few weeks, why does it always go by so quickly? Now it’s January and it’s all over for another year. January brings a wave of resolutions. Most will no doubt be broken by then end of the month, some will keep to them well. I try to avoid making any, as I only end up breaking them and then feeling guilty. Life is not about feeling guilty. Life is about balance. And greens, lots of greens.

This smoothie is a great way to stick to your New Year’s healthy eating resolutions if you made any- or just a great boost of vitamins and nutrients. Packed full of goodness, ready in seconds, this will you keep you energised for the rest of the day. Think of it as a post-Christmas cleansing smoothie, to help you glow from the inside out.

There’s twice the vitamin C content in Tenderstem® than in the same fresh weight as oranges. It’s high in potassium and also Vitamin A, and is a great source of iron, vitamin B6 and calcium. What more could you want?

Drink Your Greens Smoothie // roughmeasures.com  

Drink Your Greens Smoothie // roughmeasures.com

Drink Your Greens Smoothie // roughmeasures.com

Drink Your Greens Smoothie (vegan + gluten free)

 INGREDIENTS

4 stalks Tenderstem®
1 apple (core and seeds removed)
250ml coconut water
Teaspoon grated ginger
½ teaspoon Matcha powder (optional, but will give you a slow energy release throughout the day)

METHOD

Add all ingredients into your blender

Blend for 1 minute until smooth

Pour into a glass, over ice if desired, and enjoy!

 

How was your Christmas? Did you stay in for the New Year, or party till your socks fell off?

Don’t forget you can follow me on Facebook, and if you make this juice, be sure to follow and tag me #roughmeasures on Instagram

Drink Your Greens Smoothie // roughmeasures.com

Drink Your Greens Smoothie // roughmeasures.com

This post was sponsored by the lovely people at Tenderstem® – all opinions are my own. Greens are great! PPSSTT they’re running a fab giveaway on their Instagram where you can win a NutriBullet – perfect for making this smoothie! Head over now and enter!

 

I’m entering this recipe to some fab link-ups:

#recipeoftheweek from A Mummy Too

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