'Girls Night In' 24 Feb 2015

'Girls Night In'

My friends and I love a good old fashioned 'Girls Night In'. No makeup is essential and PJ's are required. We just sit around, eating and chatting until early hours of the morning and it is becoming a habit of just waking out share bags of sweets, crisps and cakes. Obviously this is fine every once in a while, but I thought it would be a good idea to introduce a few new idea to the sleepover, to show how we can still enjoy pigging out on tasty treats, without completing ruining our progress. I have put together a little collection of recipes that are beyond simple, made with minimal ingredients and so easy to throw together.

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Classis Chocolate Covered Strawberries Chocolate covered strawberries are hands down my favourite treat of all time! I don't know what it is about them, they are just SO good. The ingredients for these are literally just a box of strawberries and 70' cocoa organic chocolate of your choice. You can also use Raw chocolate however it is a little harder to find in most supermarkets. You melt the bars of chocolate either on the hob or in the microwaves and dip each strawberry into the chooclatey bowl of goodness. Place on parchment paper, on a plate in the fridge until they harden. The strong taste of chocolate really compliments the sweetness of the strawberries, mmm just dreamy!

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Chocolate Orange and Cashew Crunch Anything dipped in chocolate is bound to be delicious, right? I experimented with orange segments dipped half way with chocolate and then coated with crushed cashew nuts. The 3 flavours compliment each other really well, plus getting in that extra touch of good fats with a crunchy texture. There are different ways to 'crush your cashews' but my method is by putting them in a zip lock bag and bashing them on the kitchen surface with a rolling pin :) image *I can confirm I licked that bowl clean!*

Carrot and Celery Sticks with Organic Hummus is always a good idea! It is a good 'starter' for everyone to nibble on arrival.

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Oat and Raisn Flapjack Bites

These 'flap jack cookie-things' are not just a treat, they are FULL of health, and can be eaten on a daily basis as a snack to break the morning munchies or to have with a cup of caffeine free tea in the evening. They are made with natural ingredients and take so little time to prepare, you can make a patch and keep them in the fridge for the week.

Ingredients 1 cup jumbo oats 1 cup quinoa flakes (or another cup of oats) 3 bananas 2 TBS almond milk 1 handful crushed walnuts (or more if you want it extra nutty!) 1 handful dried raisins 1 TBS flaxseed 1 scoop of Protein Powder (optional) Cinnamon to taste (a good couple of TSP brings out a nice warming flavour) Nutmeg to taste

Directions 1. Blend the bananas and almond milk in blender or mush together with a folk until runny 2 Mix dry ingredients and pour in the banana/milk mix 3. Add in the nuts and dried fruit of choice 4. Place on parchment paper in mini bite shape of choice, keeping them reasonably flat. 5. Pop in the oven at 180 for 30 minutes until begin to golden on both sides

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It can be fun to make these together, as they are so simple to prepare. If you have a number of guests coming, you could all bring a dish! One of my lovely friend made a really different fruit salad of lychee, kiwi, blueberries, orange melon and grapes! The coconut muffins recipe is yet to come as my talented friend is yet to supply me with her recipe! I hope you have some fun recreating these recipes, let me know how you get on! I want to see photos of your NutriPaige Girls Night In @NutriPaige

xo Paige

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