Roasted Sweet Corn Salsa/Salad {VEGAN, GLUTEN FREE, DAIRY FREE}

With autumn and winter months fast approaching I am desperately trying to extend my summer by eating some of my favourite warmer weather foods. In my opinion grilled corn is the epitome of summertime food especially for those of us that don’t eat meat. While I may be replacing sunny days spend outside doing yoga with hours of note taking and exams my food can still be fun. But I’m going to put this out there now… This is a bit of cheat recipe because it uses tinned sweet corn. I personally like to use the salt free sweet corn (the only ingredients are sweet corn and water so it’s a relatively ‘clean’ food). For me using whole cobs of corn is far too messy and time consuming. Plus you don’t need a barbeque for this recipe so it can be enjoyed all year around.

I combined this recipe with chickpea flour tortilla/pancakes, 3 bean chilli, avocado and fresh coriander to make the most amazing gluten free vegan burritos. They are packed full flavour and delicious nourishing ingredients. I should be posting some of the other recipes in the near future.


Corn is a rich source of insoluble fibre which leads to an increased sense of satiety as well as lowering cholesterol levels. A diet rich in fibre also contributes to digestive health. Corn also offers pantothenic acid, phosphorous, vitamin B3. So it’s just a really great food to include in your diet. The other ingredients in this recipe such as tomatoes and cucumbers are also packed full vitamin C and K which makes it even more nourishing.

Roasted Sweet Corn Salsa/Salad

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy Free and Refined Sugar Free


  • 2 tins of sweetcorn (mine were each 285g)
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 150 g cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 a cucumber
  • 1 Handful of fresh coriander
  • 1 thin slice of lemon to garnish
  • Dressing – 1/2 the juice of a lemon
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of honey or agave nectar
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Open tins of sweetcorn and drain of all the liquid.
  2. Coat a large frying pan with olive oil and on medium heat sauté the sweet corn for 6-8 minutes until it has golden brown patches
  3. Remove from the heat empty the corn into a large bowl and leave for 10-15 minutes to cool.
  4. In a small bowl combine the lemon juice, olive oil and honey to make the dressing and add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Chop the cherry tomatoes in half, the cucumber into slices and then half them and lightly chop the coriander and add it to the corn.
  6. Pour the dressing over the rest of the salad and mix to combine.
  7. It can be eaten right away but it is best when left for a couple of hours. It can be stored in an airtight container in for a couple days in the fridge.

Enjoy! xoxoxo

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Color Run Birmingham

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Yesterday, I travelled up to Birmingham to do the Color Run at the NEC. After starting to run more regularly I wanted to go to a big running event and I thought this was a perfect place to start. The last time I ran with a large number of people was in junior high school competing in cross country events. I used to be so small my school t-shirt almost touched my knees so it’s been a while and running with 100 people and 8 thousand split into waves is totally different. This isn’t like other events it’s not competitive in the slightest, its main purpose is to promote healthiness, happiness, individuality and giving back to the community. After eating a big bowl of blueberry porridge covered in plenty of strawberries and some cashew butter my sister and I jumped on the train to Birmingham armed with glittery face paint, temporary tattoos and our colour run t-shirts. Luckily the train station is connected to the NEC so there was no chance of  getting lost which seems to happen all too often when I’m around.

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The event was held in one of the many halls at the NEC. There were a few stalls dotted around the edge of the hall from food stands to information desks. At one end of the hall there was a stage with a group of people. This was where people were beginning to warm up for the event.  Not my usual sort of warm up it was in a dance/zumba style but it was surprisingly fun. Being surrounded by hundreds of happy people meant I was more excited then scared. As we warmed up the atmosphere was starting to build  in anticipation of the start of the event. After, we moved over to the start chute. There was a huge crowd of people and they gradually moved us to the start line in separate waves. My sister and I were in the second wave.

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The atmosphere at the start of the race was really nice. There was music playing and everyone was cheering. Shortly after the race began my sister and I have overtaken a large majority of our wave. Since we both run fairly regularly, a 5km run is a breeze and we both probably took the running a bit too seriously but it was still really fun. Alot of other people were more focused on having fun and spent more time at each km point where you get doused head to toe in a different color. Some people were even rolling around in the paint powder (I’m slightly jealous I didn’t think to do this). The first km point was orange and I didn’t really get much paint on me but the next km point was a different story. At this point my sister and I had caught up with the first wave and at the 2nd km point I got absolutely covered in blue paint powder and spent the rest of the day with half a blue/purple face. Over the next 2km we got covered in pink and yellow paint powder and we were now close to the front of the first wave. When we reached the finish line we were handed a pack of paint powder and water. By this point we were both thoroughly covered in paint but little did we know it would only get messier.

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The finishing line opened up into an area with a festival layout. There were a few stalls run by the sponsors of the event and there were also a few food stalls which were all fairly unhealthy foods and none of which catered to my array of food intolerances. Typical burger and chips sort of food which I expected but it would of been nice if they served ‘clean’ healthy foods especially as healthiness is one of the key things the event is trying to promote. But I had prepared for this by packing some of my own food in my bag so it wouldn’t ruin my day because walking around feeling hungry and having nowhere to eat is no fun.

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As well as stalls there was a stage where people who had finished the race started to gather around. Weirdly enough this was the part I was most nervous for because I don’t do well in large crowds of people but this was the most enjoyable part. There was music playing and they were getting in crowd the jump around and dance in preparation for the first colour throw. We counted down to the throw and hundreds of people threw their packets of paint powder in the air creating the most beautiful dust cloud I have ever seen. I was sneezing purple for about a day after this. Over the next couple hours there were around 4 more colour throws each time we got progressively dustier and more colourful. When it was time to go home we both really were covered head to toe in various colours of paint powder. This is when the snazzy yellow ponchos we were given came in handy for the train ride back.

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The day soon came to an end and I was back  to Rugby. I can honestly say this was the happiest 5km I have ever run and it is the most fun I have had in a long time.I would recommend it to anyone thinking of doing it. I actually enjoyed it so much that I’m thinking of doing the Night Color Run in London, I just need to find someone to do it with and I definitely will be trying some more serious running events in the future but I think this was the best starting point for me. Running is something I really enjoy so I need to start doing it more often.

My last point and probably most important, my sister and I used this event to try and raise money for the NSPCC our goal is to reach £250. We will accept donations until the 15th of September and any amount you can give will be appreciated.

‘Life was meant to be colourful.’

Hope you have a wonderful day! xoxoxo


Coconut Oil Chocolate – Goji Chia Seed and Cashew {VEGAN, GLUTEN FREE, DAIRY FREE, PALEO}

In my opinion the simplest of recipes are always the best. Few ingredients and a a non fussy method seem to make the food really shine and produce an absolutely delicious result. This is probably the easiest way to make homemade chocolate. It has few ingredients and coconut oil is used to replace the cocoa butter that is found in normal chocolate which means that the melting point is much lower so it must be kept in the freezer but nonetheless the result is gorgeous and mouthwatering. Using beautiful ingredients means that it is loaded with vitamins and minerals so it truly nourishing.

The inspiration for this recipe came from doing some research into raw chocolate and I was inspired by the delicious combinations made by companies such as doisy dam and conscious chocolate (Love potion no.9 is a particular favorite of mine. The combination of creamy chocolate and rose oil is just perfect.)


Coconut oil - Contains a healthier form of saturated fat and can boost your metabolism

Cacao Powder - Has an abudance of magnesium and iron and is also rich in polyphenols which have antioxidant properties.

*You can use cocoa powder as a replacement however it is much more refined and has less health benefits

Any topping can also help to boost the nutritional value of the chocolate

Coconut Oil Chocolate

Raw, Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy Free and Refined Sugar Free


  • 100g or 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 60g or 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 90g or 1/3 cup honey (or any liquid sweetener you want)
  • Salt
  • Optional toppings-  (you can use anything you want really)
  • Goji berries
  • Cashews
  • Chia seeds


  1. Line a baking sheet with some parchment paper and set it aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan heat the coconut oil gently until it melts.
  3. Remove from the heat and  add cacao powder and honey and whisk until smooth.
  4. Set the chocolate mixture aside for 5-10 mintes at room temperture to cool and thicken slightly.
  5. Pour the chocolate onto the parchment paper and then sprinkle the salt and your toppings.
  6. Place on a flat surface in your freezer for 20 – 30 minutes until frozen.
  7. Once frozen break it into pieces and store it in your freezer ready to eat (it will melt to room temperature)

Enjoy! xoxoxo

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