Farm Girl

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Farm Girl is a beautiful little holistic cafe in the center of Notting Hill and is located just down Portobello Road. You could easily miss it as it is tucked away down a little alley way. When we arrived we were greeted by quite a long queue. As it is so small and hidden away it was obvious that these people queuing clearly came out of their way to try this cafe. They most likely know about it through marketing or social media and were not passers by.

We were greeted by the man at the door who took our names and notified us that there would be a 30-45 minute waiting time. As we had come out of our way to try this healthy food we had heard so much about we decided to wait it out. Luckily the queuing time was only around 25 minutes and we were seated inside.

Farm girl has a tiny outdoor seating space and indoor space and this explains the wait. In the summer it would be lovely to sit outside but I was happy with indoors due to the weather. I would mention that the tables are very close together so not much privacy but this is fine in a casual setting.

The menu is on one board, one side drinks and the other food. I had difficulty choosing my main dish and everything sounded so healthy, tasty and wholesome.

We ordered:

  • Hibiscus Latte – Organic hibiscus matcha powder with coconut milk
  • Butterfly Latte – Organic blue matcha powder with almond milk
  • Avocado Toast – Lemon juice, fresh coriander & a sprinkle of pomegranate
    add a poached egg
  • Oven Baked Eggs – Turkish eggs traditionally baked in a tomato, red pepper & parsley sauce + Greek yogurt
  • Berry Pancakes – Benoit’s buckwheat mix with amber maple syrup, peppermint & fresh strawberries sprinkled with coconut shavings + coconut yogurt

 

When the drinks arrived they looked very colourful and Instagramable but I cant say I felt the same with the taste. Both had a very unusual taste that I wasn’t really accustomed to. The Butterfly was much better than the Hibiscus as the Hibiscus had a very powerful taste (I honestly haven’t ever tried anything like it). I thought they were interesting but for the price (£4.10)  and the taste I wouldn’t have either again. Great for a picture though 😉

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Now the food was something else, tasted very fresh and full of nutrients, ( you can see a quick video on my Instagram to really get a feel of what I’m talking about @Keziakco). The bread that came with both dishes was very small (good for me as I don’t really eat carbs). You could also tell from the taste that it was fresh, wholesome and full of goodness. The avocado was very fresh and a very generous portion was given. It was mixed with lemon oils (I believe) that gave a strong tasty flavors. The pomegranate went really well with the dish enhancing the overall taste. As I used to live in Istanbul I have eaten this egg dish on many occasion and it is one of my favorites. I was hopeful that it would have the same flavors and taste as when made in the traditional way. I was nicely surprised, the only difference was that this one was a bit more tomatoey. All in all the food was delicious and I would definitely return.

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We decided to go for dessert and had pancakes to share. This is a very large dish and I don’t believe someone could have this all to themselves but great to share or have on it own as a main. Think American style pancakes but you can taste that they are healthy and unrefined, probably baked with whole wheat flower.

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The bill was around £46 for two people. Quite pricey for a cafe lunch but was very healthy. Farm Girl has made quite a name for itself on social media so the price doesn’t put me off.

Another note I would add is that you do not need to book so you can just pop in at any time. Here is the link to their website for further information – http://www.thefarmgirl.co.uk/

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Daily Protein

When I first started my ‘new lifestyle’ or as people like to call it ‘diet’, I found it very difficult eating the correct quantity of protein. This was due to making many common mistakes, many of which are listed below:

  • Consuming too many carbs and too many of the wrong carbs
  • Not eating enough and eating the wrong things
  • Not doing any food prep so having to buy food on the go
  • When I was hungry I would choose easy instead of healthy

I ate a huge amount of bread. Bread is easy to eat for meals and snacks and its very tasty. You don’t have to wait for it to cook and takes minimal preparation. Due to my thyroid issues I now eat non/minimal break (maximum once a week). It just isn’t necessary in my opinion and something that is very easy to cut out and you will notice  the difference in how you feel and look.

Preparing your food in advance is a great help, as when you get really hungry or need a snack, you have a healthy meal ready and waiting. This is particularly important at work or on the go, especially during that 3 o clock slump we all get. It can also save you a lot of money when you plan in advance.

In order to manage my daily protein I checked my macros on MyFitnessPal and you protein intake should be a minimum 20% of your diet. This doesn’t seem like a lot but can be challenging especially when finding snacks that don’t take you over your sugar limit. Great snacks to eat filled with protein are:

  • Billtong
  • Nuts
  • Protein shake
  • Protein bars
  • M&S packet of ready to eat chicken/ ham
  • Greek yogurt
  • Boiled egg
  • Edamame peas
  • Chia pudding

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These are some different protein filled snacks I have tried and my review:

  • Maxi Nutrition Pro Max Milk – you can purchase this from Maxi Nutrition

It contains 30 g of protein which is very high for a snack product so excellent for boosting protein content. It tastes very sweet but a nice flavour to it, similar to a strawberry milkshake. It contains 16.5 g of sugar which is very high for a snack item. I would recommend this for taste and protein but its far to high in sugar. I would consider this snack to be more of a treat item, certainly not for daily consumption.

It contains 20g of protein, still very reasonable for a snack item. It tastes nice but does take some getting used to. It is rather chewy and has a chocolate but synthetic flavour. If you enjoy the taste it can be consumed daily as there are only 3.3 g of sugar in these. Almost guilt free 😉

This has 9 g of protein and contains 13.5 g of sugar. Despite it being labelled a protein bar  this is far from guilt free. This is a one off treat item and should be treated the same as having a biscuit. It tastes like any regular chocolate covered flapjack, very good!

  • Chocolate Caramel Protein Bar GEN P – you can purchase from Maxi Nutrition

Similar to the above, it only contains 10 g of protein. It tastes very sweet and synthetic – similar to a Mars Bar (not that I’m complaining). It contains 11 g of sugar so watch out for this one as well.

Always read all the ingredients when purchasing ‘healthy’ products as their marketing is out there to fool us.

My go to health bars are now Grenade Carb Killa bars. As the name suggests, they are high in protein and low in carbs.

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Lots of tasty flavours, over 23 g of protein per bar and as little as 1.4 g of sugar. Not only do they taste like regular chocolate bars but they are also extremely feeling and cut out cravings. I definitely recommend!

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My Favourite Dinner

Tonight I had my favourite, smoked salmon, scrambled eggs and avocado.

  • 2 slices of smoked salmon
  • 1 avodcado
  • 2 eggs scrambled (only one egg yolk)

This meal equates to

  • 37g of protein
  • 12g of carbs
  • 40g of fat (good fats)
  • 36% of daily vitamin C

This is quite honestly the quickest, simplest, and most satisfying dinner I can recommend. Prep time is about 5 minutes and then dinner is served.

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I used https://www.myfitnesspal.com to calculate this. I used to use this website daily to calculate my macros and make sure I’m on track for the day / week. I now pretty much know what I should and shouldn’t be eating the quantities to consume so I use the app a little less often now. I highly recommend it if you are just starting your healthy journey.

You’re probably thinking, that is a lot of fat, shouldn’t we stay away from fat? That is completely wrong, especially if you are on a low carb diet. I would recommend learning about your fats before you start meal planning as I am not suggesting you go away and enjoy cheese fondue every night. The types of fat we should be consuming is UNSATURATED fat and they come in two categories – polyunsaturated and monounsaturated. This is because the body can break down these fats easily and they don’t sit there and contribute to our waist lines. I won’t go on and bore you as to how and why (being the Biology graduate that I am) but instead here is a list of fatty foods that we should be consuming within moderation:

  • Nuts
  • Avocado
  • Nut butters
  • Olives
  • Olives oil
  • Flaxseed
  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Dark chocolate
  • Tofu
  • Seeds
  • Edamame
  • Chia seeds
  • Eggs
  • Lean grass feed beef and pork
  • Milk
  • Yogurt

The trick is to educate yourself on food and then you can’t be mislead by the advertising campaigns. The truth is too much of anything is unhealthy, just as nothing of something isn’t very healthy (with most things).

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