Sunday, 28 September 2014

Quick and Healthy Grilled Peach Dessert

I'm always on the look out for new recipes that are quick and easy to make and today I found a dessert from the 'Cook with M&S' app, originally the recipe was grilled peaches with maple syrup and a black pepper glaze. I had to modify the recipe slightly because I didn't have all the ingredients to hand at the time. So instead I just had grilled peaches with some Carte D'or vanilla ice cream, but I have to admit it was as yummy and delicious as I expected it to be. The recipe was super simple and the app makes it so easy to follow meaning that just about everyone will be able to make this amazing dessert.

I thought I'd give you the original recipe to follow then you can make modifications that follow your own personal taste or depending on what you have in your kitchen cupboards.

Ingredients (for one person):
2 scoops of mascarpone (or vanilla ice cream)
1/4 pinch of ground black pepper
1 tbsp of maple syrup
1 peach

1. Halve and stone your peach.
2. Place the peaches cut side up on a baking tray lined with foil.
3. Grill under a moderate heat (I used 170 degrees fan) for 3-4 minutes or until the flesh starts to darken slightly and blister.
4. Spoon the maple syrup evenly over each peach halve letting it trickle into the stone cavities.
5. Pop back under the grill and cook for another 3-4 minutes until the syrup is bubbling and the fruit is very tender.
6. Carefully lift the peaches onto a serving plate or bowl and spoon a generous dollop of mascarpone cream (or vanilla ice cream) alongside.
7. Now sprinkle or grind some fresh black pepper over the fruit.
*Nutritional Values (1 peach with 2 scoops of Carte D'or Vanilla Ice Cream): 168 kcal, 3.5g Protein, 27g Sugars, 4.5g Fat, 4g Saturated Fat, 0.1g Salt.

As you can see with only 7 simple steps the maximum amount of time this recipe will take you is 10 minutes, perfect for someone who doesn't have a lot of time on their hands, but still wants that sweet and relatively healthy treat after their dinner. Obviously you can make this more or less unhealthy by reducing some of the sweeter ingredients, such as the maple syrup and mascarpone, or get rid of them all together. Although I think having a little bit of something sweet with the peach is what really sets this dessert off. I also think this recipe would be nice with the addition of some raspberries over the top or even substitute peaches for nectarines, its so simple that it allows you to add your own personal twist to it, be creative and enjoy!

Thank you for reading!♥

*DISCLAIMER: The nutritional values I've added are only approximate, as they're what I've added up myself although where possible I'd like to be able to add them as it makes it a lot more realistic for you all.
Also please excuse the picture quality, I was unable to use natural lighting because it was quite late at night but I wanted to get up another post!

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

welcome to 'thehealthylife'

This all feels a little bit strange typing up a blog post that currently know one will be reading, but its something I'm used to. I'm Amy, a 16 year old A Level student, aspiring personal trainer, who has a passion for all things related to health and fitness. Blogging isn't new to me I previously created a fashion and beauty blog around 4 years ago named 'Amor', at the time this was my major passion in life I had a huge influence from my older sister who worked in that industry and I formerly wanted to be a make-up artist so I thought blogging about something I loved would help me to get stuck into that field of work, especially if I was successful. However 4 years down the line with 18 followers to my name it all seemed a little pointless, who was I actually writing my posts too? And it had dawned on me that it wasn't my main interest in life anymore, and all my posts became a little lacklustre and were being posted infrequently, two things that are sure to make a blog doomed.

 I've always loved playing sports from a young age. In primary school I started playing netball and as I gradually got older and started my years at secondary school I began to participate in every sport possible rounders, basketball, athletics, hockey etc. However, it wasn't until around a year ago that I realised this is the career path I want to go down and around 6 months ago I decided that personal training was the way forwards for me. As well as all the sports I play I also attend the gym 4-6 times a week, try to go on a run once a week and I also try my best to lead the healtiest possible lifestyle I can, although of course I'm prone to eating the odd digestive biscuit..or two..okay, five. But all in all I find with running my life like this I am a lot happier and my body definitely thanks me for it because 5 years ago I was the one slobbing out on the sofa demolishing the entire contents of the biscuit tin every day, I was just lucky with my high metabolism I didn't put all the weight on at the time.

My life is now revolved around exercise and staying healthy and that's something I want to be able to share with everyone and I think that knowing health and fitness is definitely the career path I want to go down, I will be a lot more motivated into putting more time and effort into blogging a lot more frequently, which hopefully will allow me to build up a bigger following of people. Of course I know blogging isn't all about the number of followers you stack up but when no ones interested in your blog for such a long period of time and there's people around you that have succeeded in much shorter periods of time than you, you cant help but feel, that in a way, you've failed.

Anyway, what I really wanted to say was, hello and welcome to 'thehealthylife'!! On here you will find a range of blog posts from quick and healthy recipes, workout tips and tricks to fitness fashion. I can honestly say I'm truly excited to start blogging again and I've already got so many ideas up my sleeve!

If you would like to follow any of my social media accounts then you can currently find me on twitter as @thehealthylife9 and on bloglovin' that you can find on the right hand side or on if you would like to follow my blog. Also if you would like to personally get in touch with me then you can email me through I'm soon to be creating an Instagram account and will update this post as soon as that's done so I can give you the details.
 Thank you for reading!♥