Have you ever wondered what makes photo’s pop? Why food magazine just makes everything look so much more appealing than your own creations?
It’s all to do with the right setting…when we make food it is so much more than just for nutrition it’s about the experience… you have to tell a story. That’s where backdrops come into play.
A backdrop is essentially a background usually an image or surface structure on which to mount your food, while it sounds straightforward but it really does make a difference! I have tried a lot of different items to create this illusion such as wooden boards, white plate there is something about a textures surface that brings things to life!
I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to try a backdrop supplied by Backdrops by Lucy, through the UoN BlogSoc. First thing I noticed was the texture and quality of the product it’s very flexible so perfect for taking for manipulating for different angles.
The texture itself was quite varied across the backdrop which gave multiple different textured photographs all with the one backdrop which is quite impressive.
Now even with a backdrop lighting is everything…I did find that with some photo’s the backdrop overpowered the image, mainly when using darker colours on top of this particular pattern…however when adding a white light the food item stood out a lot more.
I was actually delighted at the results… although I knew backdrops where good I was pleasantly surprised by how they elevated a straightforward dish into something quite extraordinary indeed. Here are a few examples below including the recipe for Gingerbread Tiramisu
The quality of the backdrop is outstanding, the texture and flexibility allow for a wide range of applications and lots of different photo opportunities. Personally, I would require a heat sensitive backdrop as most of my food photo’s are hot dishes, but for all the photographs I took the quality was excellent. Backdrops are quite expensive this is one of the downsides, but they really do help to tell the story of your food…so I would definitely recommend a backdrop to anyone who is thinking of purchasing one!
Peanut butter the glue that holds the world together or at least in a few peoples world mine included but with each new jar comes the dreaded task….stirring in the separated oil to get that smooth indulgent spread!!
When I bought my first jar of natural nut butter awhile back now, but I was like what the? Should this oil be here? Don’t worry it is normal; oil is less dense so naturally precipitates to the surface ( feeling all nerdy but its true so don’t panic)
1.Turn that jar upside down…as crazy as it sounds it honestly works! Turning the jar upside down, so the oil naturally raises to the new top, i.e. the bottom =) instead of a mess on the top that is waiting to jump out the jar!!
2.If in doubt blend it all together – if you are anything like me and you will snap up a nut butter deal whenever there on offer…because you can never have too much peanut butter right?
After a while, the oil can be hard to stir in so, the most straightforward way pop the whole tube in a food processor and blend until smooth then transfer back to the container. Maybe taking a cheeky spoon while you are at it! This works well with big tubes!
3. If like me you can’t wait to tuck into a new jar then I suggest investing in a latte/ sundae spoon to get right down to the bottom and avoid getting your fingers sticky!
4. Maybe most important lol never leave nut butter unopened!
Hope these tips help
Is anyone else missing the build-up to Christmas? All the baking, excitement and treats! Forget all the fads, forget the restriction…you don’t need to give up Carbs or anything like that.
There is always a way to enjoy foods you actually enjoy…or healthify recipes…I love Gingerbread… the smell, the warming spices….how does a FOUR ingredient protein version sounds!
Yeah…only 4 Ingredient…no fancy ingredients and a tasty, chewy biscuit (These are a chewy biscuit due to the coconut oil)
30g GoNutrition Gingerbread Whey
15ml Vita Coco Coconut Oil
30ml Two Chick Egg White
Happy New Year!
While everyone else is busy making new years resolutions, a little reflection was in order…reminiscing about the past year is never a bad thing. We can learn from the past…it can shape our future and goals moving forward to the new year!
What I find useful is taking out a notepad and writing down everything you have achieved the past year…good or bad! Remember that tough times bring resistance…the greater the resistance, the stronger you become!
My motto for the past year was “Meet People Make Friends”….for the majority of the population this will be an easy task but for some of us…putting ourselves out there, would be a challenge. However, like resistance training the more you expose yourself to situations that challenge you the easier it becomes, and the more you thrive on the experience.
I am grateful…to the people I’ve met this year….to the experiences I’ve had the opportunity to be a part off and to have grown both physically and mentally! It all started in February going to the MeettheukFitFam event which little did I known would be the catalyst to change! And the realisation that actually, I CAN socialise!
There have been plenty of ups and downs this year…Times when I have felt like giving up….times I wanted to allow the voice to win but I fought harder. A real turning point for me was investing in myself…through joining Revive Stronger!
As weird as it sounds the gym has saved me…I have made a fantastic friend in Pascal and meeting some of the team was just incredible, hearing everyone’s stories and goals is inspiring. I was quite lost when I first joined Revive, but over time I have grown stronger for mentally than physically. I have developed a passion for training and now finally have a better “balance” cringe at that word but its true. I have the freedom to eat out…go on holiday although it wasn’t perfect. Nothing ever is and only over time can I learn and evolve as freedom comes.
I went to Germany studying Economics (which is scary for a Food & Nutrition student)… but walking along the streets of Berlin at 7 am…I had no fear. I felt at peace like anything was possible. A feeling I’d not had since I was a little girl…playing with old friends and having water fights inside the house. Yes INSIDE, safe to say my parents were not quite as amused but it’s been great catching up with old friends and making new friends this year!
From Meeting all the amazing people at BodyPower….to going to Fitness meetups in November seeing so many like-minded people just makes me smile. Being a part of something so much bigger than a personal goal but a community of people who uplift, connect and are genuinely the kindest people I’ve met. Let’s not forget all the Instagram friends…Yes, much to peoples disbelieve…I have made some fantastic friends via Instagram. Which is also another achievement for me…actually speaking to people online and just being me!
It’s liberating…looking back at all the fantastic adventures, all early morning train trips to London…Joining an online blog community…starting a Uni society. All things that this time last year would have scared me to the point of paralysis!
So the main point of this post is not only to share a few highlights of 2017 but to show you that you don’t have to wait to become something or be afraid that things will never change! Because they can and they will…just believe in yourself and go out and get what you want to achieve!
Happy New Year
Are you making a New Year’s Resolution?
If so here are a few things to consider…Is it SUSTAINABLE?
The unfortunate thing about new years resolutions is that everyone either takes extreme measures to achieve a goal such as crash diets or those around them are negative and don’t believe in your goals, so you feel disheartened!
Having a goal is great…it gives you something to work towards, A purpose but making it sustainable is even better. Thinking about a long-term goal or outcome isn’t as exciting but breaking in down into mini goals along the way not only makes it achievable but it gives you that satisfaction to keep you going.
Focus on the PROCESS….what you can do in your daily life, how can you positively impact your life on a daily basis? How do you want to feel on a regular basis?
I would suggest getting out a notepad and answer these questions =)
First ask yourself,
What did you achieve in the past year? What went well? What did you learn? What could you do better?
Take some time to reflect on all the things you have done in the past 365days; chances are you probably did more than you thought! It is a long time…think about all those goals big and small.
Now you have your list….Ask yourself what do I want to achieve by this time next year?
How do I want to feel? What kind of things to I want to experience?
Although it’s tempting to think of the outcome you want to achieve, think about how you are going to achieve it!
So let’s say your goal is to get “Fitter.”
That’s not specific enough…how are you going to get fitter? How can you break that down into different areas of your life to enable you to reach that goal?
If this is all a bit overwhelming don’t worry, try to break it down into different areas of your life.
These are examples of sub-areas, think about each section and write a few goals of each area, what would you like to see change/ improve or even maintain in a particular area of your life.
This is an example but, I would make 2/3 goals for each section and make a plan of how you will achieve those goals. Now don’t for one minute think I am perfect at doing all these things! No there are many things on my list for this year, and I can go into that in another post as I don’t what this to be too long!
Change takes time, don’t be hard on yourself. Celebrate the small victories and look back on these goals and try to make small changes even if it’s one change a week that’s 52 changes in a year! Imagine what you could accomplish.
A wise person once told me “You Have the Power To Change Your Future.”
If you have seen my Instagram lately you will know I have become quite partial to the odd Lindt Truffle…It got me wondering whether I could make a chocolate truffle style sweet treat as a little alternative to all the chocolate over the holidays!
I wanted to keep it super simple…chocolatey, soft and blender free!
So I had a little experiment and came up with this 5 ingredient chocolate truffle bombs!
25g Go nutrition Chocolate Whey (Can change for vegan)
15g Sukrin Coconut Flour
10g cocoa powder
6g coconut/sprinkles to roll your balls
1.1C (1.6f 0.5s)
Hope you enjoy the recipe and have a Lovely Christmas
Be sure to tag @Fit_Foodie_Fan if you try them out …. check out the other Xmas recipe Gingerbread Tiramisu
5 Ingredient and No bake… what could be better! It’s no secret that I am obsessed with anything coffee related SO a tiramisu Gu style pot was the perfect little treat. I tried this recipe a few weeks back and really got a kick out of it.
But with the holiday season just around the corner I thought well I need to add a little Gingerbread man
15g Oats (Gluten Free if Required
10g Protein works zero Syrup (Honey or fruit syrup will do)
100G Greek Yoghurt (Vegan AlproGo)
2g Crumpets & Coffee Gingerbread Coffee (Alternative coffee granules with Ginger Spice)
2g Cocoa Powder
Additional extra ( but highly recommend)
Enjoy Jenn x
Be Sure to Tag @Fit_Foodie_Fan when you give it a try =)
Macros (not including gingerbread man)
14.4g C (2.5f, 3.7s)