Guest post: Healthy tums!

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Healthy Guts: Common Digestive Ailments and How to Treat Them

Many Americans are living with physical issues that haven’t been diagnosed, and stomach ailments are a common complaint. The digestive tract can be very sensitive, making it difficult to get through any dietary changes without problems arising, and when your stomach aches or causes issues related to your bathroom habits, it’s hard to stay focused on your responsibilities or feel good enough to be productive. Because your digestive tract is connected to your health, it’s important to make sure it’s in great shape no matter what your age or health issues are.

Fortunately, there are several things you can do to help your gut stay healthy and active in the right way. From tweaking your diet to ensure you’re eating and drinking all the right things to making sure your exercise routine is the best one for your needs, there are many little ways you can stay healthy and feel better. You can also make changes to your lifestyle and figure out how best to keep your body in great shape. It’s important to make sure you do a bit of research so you’re educated about how to take care of yourself.

Keep reading for some great tips on how to battle common digestive ailments and feel better.

Know Your Gut

Before you can treat any issues that are ongoing, you need to do a bit of research on healthy gut bacteria and how you can enhance it while keeping your body healthy. Your weight and diet can have a big impact on these types of “good” bacteria, so take some time to read up on how to enhance these. Akkermansia, bifidobacterium, and lactobacillus are examples of the healthy bacteria your gut needs to function smoothly.

Get Your Diet Into Shape

Your diet is one of the easiest ways to control your gut bacteria, but it’s important to talk to your doctor about the best way to approach any changes, especially if you have an existing health issue. Foods that are high in fiber, lean meats, and probiotics — such as those found in yogurt — are a wonderful place to start. However, it’s important to avoid fatty foods, excessive caffeine, and alcohol in order to keep everything working well.

Consider Changing Your Lifestyle

Studies have shown that people who eat a plant-based diet are more likely to have healthy gut bacteria and a better digestive system, so consider changing your lifestyle. Introduce exercise, as well, especially if you don’t typically workout every day. You might start with something low-impact, such as yoga, which will help you work on balance and mobility while you keep your heart, body, and mind healthy.

Give Up Bad Habits

Most of us have a bad habit or two that we could get rid of. It may not always be easy — giving up smoking takes a lot of time, patience, motivation, and drive, for instance — but if you keep your health a priority and focus on what’s most important, you can make positive changes in your lifestyle while improving your health. Talk to your doctor about the best places to begin, and keep communication open with your family members so that everyone is on the same page.

Finding ways to ensure that your digestive system is in good shape doesn’t have to be stressful or overwhelming. Start by doing some research on common ailments, and make a commitment to some healthy changes that will help you stay on track. With a good plan, you and your doctor can ensure that your physical health is a priority for years to come.

Vegan Peanut Butter Cups!

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Hey guys!

 

Since it's Christmas I thought we'd do something fun together so today I'm showing you how to make one of my favourite sweet treats- peanut butter cups! They're super easy to make, so delicious, and the best part is you only need 3 ingredients..oh and did I mention that they're vegan too?! They make the perfect Christmas gift when wrapped in little cellophane bags...that's if you don't eat them all first! If you give this recipe a go please do let me know how you get on and share your photos with me over on Instagram @claireelizabethcakes

 

Love,

Claire x

 

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Vegan Peanut Butter Cups:

100g peanut butter (choose your favourite!)
50g icing sugar
200g vegan chocolate
Optional ingredients can include salt and vanilla extract

You'll also need some mini paper cases to make your cups!

  1. Put your peanut butter in a mixing bowl and sift in the icing sugar. Beat together until you have a smooth dough..unless of course you're using crunchy peanut butter!
  2. Using your hands, roll pieces of this dough into small balls and transfer to a tray lined with baking parchment. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes
  3. Melt your chocolate and put a small amount of this into your paper cases (or you can use silicone ones!). Take your peanut butter dough balls out of the fridge and place one into each case. Pour the remaining melted chocolate on top of until the peanut butter filling is fully coated.
  4. Top each cup with a roasted peanut to decorate...or just keep them as they are!
  5. Chill in the fridge for another 20 minutes....and then they're ready to eat!

To make a non vegan version, you can add 25g of softened butter to the peanut butter dough for extra richness and flavour, and of course use any kind of chocolate you like!

 

Enjoy...and have a very Happy Christmas :-)

How to ice a cake!

Hey guys!

 

Now as you may know if you follow me on social media, I don’t do many fondant iced cakes these days…I’m all about the naked cakes! However, that being said I still think that know how to ice a cake in fondant is an important skill to have, as it’s a good finish for traditional cakes and keeps all that moisture locked in!

 

Today I show you how to marzipan and ice a fruit cake, and this technique can also be applied to any sponge cake- just miss out the marzipan layer! Thank you for watching and please do tag me in your cake creations over on Insta – @claireelizabethcakes

 

Thank you for watching 🙂

 

Vegan meringues!

So recently I did something totally crazy, and made vegan meringues from, wait for it…..chickpea water! Insane right?! I’d seen floating around on the internet other people doing this so I just had to try it out for myself, and guess what? It totally worked!

 

Now I love chickpeas, they’re such a versatile food that can be used in soups, salads, dips etc. but I’ve never actually thought about using the water, so it has always gone straight down the drain. However, this time I put that water to one side and into my mixer it went. Could it really be that this strange murky (and rather smelly) water could turn into some deliciously sweet meringues? Well, there was only one way to find out!

 

I was pretty surprised at the results..here’s what happened!

 

Remember Malted Milk?

The cows want it back!

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I was recently browsing the biscuit aisle and I spotted a packet of very recognisable biscuits that brought back such big memories from childhood. Sweet little malty biscuits with a design that features a big cow and a little calf- they’re just so enjoyable to eat you know? They bring back such fond childhood memories for me, and I’m so glad these biscuits are still around now! Since I love creating sweet treats that are reminiscent of childhood, I just had to incorporate these cute little biscuits into a new cake. Since I was kind of going with a milk theme, I just had throw in a few of those milk bottle sweets too- do you remember them? Most of the ones you can get these days don’t have that white powdery dusting like you get on jelly babies, and so I was very happy to find some that do- for me that is partly what makes a milk bottle stand out from the crowd!

 

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The result was deliciously moist vanilla cake, with Malted milk buttercream, and creamy milk chocolate swirls- what do you think? I absolutely loved creating this cake and it’s got my mind exploding with ideas about all the other cakes I could make using old school biscuits!

 

 

If you want to see how I did it, be sure to check out my little video above and give me a thumbs up if you like it!

 

What is your favourite biscuit from childhood?

 

Claire x

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Meringue kisses

 

Meringue kisses…I mean I don’t really get why they call them that- probably because they look like Hershey’s kisses- but I prefer to just call them mini meringues, which is pretty much what they are anyway!

 

I made these this week to form part of the decoration for a lemon meringue cake as they look pretty cool and add a little extra height- just look at those peaks! 🏔👀

 

I made a little recipe video on YouTube to show you exactly how they’re made so that you can have a go yourself, please do go and check it out, I’d love to know what you think!

 

Oh and don’t forget to show me any photos if you do make them, thank you muchly! 💗

 

Claire x