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

Mango Mint Smoothie And The Froothie Optimum G2.1


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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.

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Drink Your Greens Smoothie


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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.

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Pear and Kale Smoothie


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On the last weekend in September, we decided to take a little trip up to Pembrokeshire in Wales. The days are quickly getting cooler and shorter, and we wanted to squeeze in one more trip before we give in to a winter. Succumbing to months snuggled on the sofa next to the fire. We packed up and set off up to Wales. After sitting in a horrendous traffic jam on the M4 for over an hour, we were starting to wonder whether it was such a good idea after all. We stuck it out, and arrived at our chosen camping spot just after dark. Quickly we set up the tent, and hurried off to a warm pub for some food. We awoke the next day to the gorgeous sunshine, and a crazy beautiful view of the ocean and Pembrokeshire coast line. Snuggled under the duvet, admiring that view, the long, tiring journey was soon forgotten.

Pear Kale Smoothie // roughmeasures.com

Caerfai bay

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A Simple Summer Smoothie Bowl


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Well, this week has sped by quicker than an olympic cyclist! I’ve been in this field for nearly two weeks now, and am ready for a change of scenery! The build went so quickly, will all the crew working so hard, and eating so much! We’ve had almost 100% good weather, with the exception of a pretty magnificent storm on Friday night. It really chucked it down, and totally washed the festival out for the night! Luckily the sun came back out on Saturday and normality was quickly restored.

I’m writing this on the last day of the festival (Sunday), and all the festival goers seem to be using up their last energy reserves, for the final push, to see the end of the festival out in style. I don’t know how they do it, one night is enough for me! But they’re still dancing and singing like it’s only their first night. We watched Blur last night, seeing 30,000 people jump around to ‘Park Life’ was awesome. Fleetwood Mac are closing the festival this evening, I can’t wait, the whole crew has been playing them non stop this last week! Just need to find myself some of that energy!

We had a little day out yesterday, driving along the island’s south coast. I like to explore the areas around the festival while we are here. There’s so much of Britain that I’ve not seen, so I’m always up for a day trip. We found this lovely cafe in a small village called Freshwater. We both went for the mezze board, and it was incredible. If you’re ever on the Isle of Wight, check out The Piano Cafe, it’s a must, plus; their lager is the tastiest thing ever!

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Pineapple and Ginger Crush


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This week started on a bit of a downer. We got news on Tuesday that our current house buying venture had fallen through. The seller changed their mind and decided not to sell. It felt seriously unfair and totally sucked. But, there’s absolutely nothing we can do about it, so I’m trying to stay positive and listen to the constant ‘It obviously wasn’t meant to be’. I do try to stick to the attitude that everything happens for a reason. Sometimes it’s a little hard to swallow though. But hey ho.

However, any house buying ventures are going to have to take a backseat for a few months. As we are OFF ON THE ROAD. The road of festivals. As I mentioned before, Charlie has set up an awesome Glamping business – Dreamcatcher Cabins – which he’s now ready to take to some festivals this summer. We’ll also be working for another great company who do a similar thing. I’m going to be the cook for the hungry staff. Making sure they’re fed and watered well, keeping those bellies happy and all cheeky grins stay grinning. So, recipes might be a little haphazard for a few months. I’m going to try my best, adapting my boat-kitchen skills over to caravan/tent-kitchen-cook-extraordinaire.

I’m counting on my little caravan oven to be as lovingly, tempramental-yet-somehow-still-works as the boat oven. That if I whisper sweet nothings to it (what, none of you talk to your oven?!), it will bake me that perfect cookie, or doughy loaf of bread. It’s going to be an adventure, please do join me!

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Date Tahini Smoothie


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It’s been a bit of a hectic week on our boat. I don’t know how it’s time for my weekly post already. Time is flying by so fast these days. We’ve had family visiting, property viewings and other general day to day life goings on.

Charlie has been working so hard (and so much) since the autumn, setting up his new business venture, Dreamcatcher Cabins, (if you want to attend a festival in the UK in style, check these out because they are awesome and will make your weekend super luxurious and definitely one to remember!) Sometimes I feel like we are strangers passing in the night, a quick half an hour over dinner and then bed, before the dawn comes around and we rush off again to our separate work lives.

We took this morning off to have a stroll through the little village where we are moored at the moment, grab a coffee and some cake, then took a long afternoon walk along the canal. Life can get so busy sometimes and it’s important to take time out, catch up with each other, and relax for a few hours.

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Chocolate Avocado Smoothie


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Avocadosmoothie

OK, So I know I just did a breakfast post, but I felt this little marvel needed sharing straight away, and it’s not technically just for breakfast!

I love avocados, they are packed full with vitamins, fibre and healthy fatty acids! They also contain 35% more potassium than a banana.
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