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Welcome to the Lylia Rose UK money and lifestyle blog.  My name is Victoria Sully.  I'm a busy mum of two, wife, full-time blogger and online money-maker who’s always trying to make and save more money.  I’m passionate about making money online, healthy living and blogging.  I’m a mama on a mission to be healthier and wealthier!  Please join me on my journey.

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  1. Blueberry, Banana & Bee Pollen Smoothie Recipe

    Isn't this a fab colour?  It's kind of like a milkshake too thanks to the frozen blueberries.  It's lovely and sweet so great for after a meal.  It's just as delicious as its delicious colour which I'm obsessed with.  I've been adding bee pollen to lots of recipes since discovering them and their incredible health benefits.  They're also pretty delicious too, in small quantities.

    purple blueberry bee pollen smoothie - healthy food blogger uk lylia rose

    purple blueberry bee pollen smoothie - healthy food blog uk lylia rose

    Simply blitz all the below ingredients in a blender until smooth and then adore the fabulous colour.  My favourite kitchen smoothie maker is my Nutri Ninja.  it's by far the best piece of kitchen equipment I've purchased and I use it at least once a day.  It's great for smoothies, milkshakes and even making a super smooth batter in two seconds!  I highly recommend this.  It's super easy to clean too, just rinse out once done.

    5 tablespoons frozen blueberries
    2 frozen bananas (or fresh are fine too)
    1 cup almond milk
    1/2 cup coconut milk
    1 teaspoon honey
    1 teaspoon bee pollen
    Obviously you can switch the milk for your fave and the honey for a syrup instead or take it out all together and enjoy the sweetness from the blueberries only.
    All you need to do is blitz all the ingredients together in a smoothie maker like the Ninja and it's ready in ten seconds or so.  Easy peasy.
    Never heard of bee pollen? Here's a snippet from one of my previous blog posts outlining some of its many benefits:
    'Where do I begin with bee pollen?  This stuff is supposedly magical.  If it’s good for you, bee pollen more than likely contains it.  I read somewhere that if you were stranded on a desert island with only water and bee pollen, you should easily survive and may even be very healthy indeed.  Please don’t try this though!

    It is supposedly a complete food containing nearly all the nutrients humans need.  Gram for gram it contains more protein than any other animal source.  Bee pollen is full of vitamins including B-complex, folic acid, minerals, fatty acids and enzymes.

    It is thought to be good for aiding digestion, improving skin, maintaining fertility, increasing energy levels, reducing certain allergies, strengthening the immune system, aiding weight loss, improving PMS, increasing physical stamina, soothing stomach problems and more and more.

    It is possible to be allergic to it, so be careful if you try it.  If you are allergic to honey, bees or bee stings then definitely steer clear.'

    Have you ever heard of bee pollen?  I'd recommend it for adding to smoothies, sprinkling on muesli and adding to energy balls.  You only need a tiny bit so the upfront cost may seem quite large, but you only use a small amount at a time so it lasts ages.

    Try Holland and Barrett or a health food store if you're wondering where to buy some.

    Related blog posts:

    Green Goodness Smoothie Recipe and Nutriseed £5 Discount Code 

    Why you need to reduce your refined sugar intake

    Your ultimate inspirational guide to being truly healthy

  2. peanut butter protein bites balls homemade easy recipe raw food blog lylia

    peanut butter protein bites balls homemade easy recipe raw food blogger lyl

    Peanut Butter, Cacao & So Much More Energy Balls

    I've jumped on the bandwagon with creating protein (or energy) balls.  I've seen them all over blogs, online and even for sale in shops!  I decided to make my own homemade versions and let me tell you - they are unbelievably delicious, so good for you and really simple and quick to make!  Plus you can literally chuck in anything you want from ingredients you may already have in your cupboards.
    For this batch I mixed a handful each of desiccated coconut, goji berries, pumpkin seeds and raisins with a tablespoon of chia seeds, a heaped tablespoon of cacao powder, a tablespoon of flaxseed, a squirt of honey and five tablespoons of crunchy 100% peanut butter.
    Simply mix the ingredients together really well, roll into balls using your hands (they are quite sticky) and pop into the fridge overnight or for a few hours.  This mixture made 10 good sized balls (a couple made it to my mouth before setting which were super sticky and super tasty!).
    These are fantastic for a quick healthy energy boost or snack at any time of the day!
  3. chocolate shake with cacao & moringa - healthy food blog smoothie recip

    chocolate shake with cacao & moringa - healthy food blogger smoothie re

    Scrumptious Coconut, Chocolate & Moringa Shake
    If you love deep chocolatey milkshake then you're going to love this.  I'm sure the blueberries bring out the intense chocolate flavour even more.  The flavours definitely compliment each other.
    Here's the yummy recipe:
    2 Bananas
    4 Tablespoons Frozen Blueberries
    1 Heaped Teaspoon Moringa Powder
    1 Heaped Teaspoon Cacao Powder
    1 Cup Rude Health Coconut Drink
    Blitz the lot together in a blender until smooth!  A rich chocolatey milkshake full of goodness!
  4. A Roundup of May

    Why hello June, the first month of a beautiful long hot summer I do hope! It is also the start of birthday season for me, Ben, Bella, plus ten more members of close family from June to August! Summer is always a fun and rather busy time!
    May was pretty fab.  Not as sunny as April, but still plenty of lovely hot days in among the rainy ones!  It's also been a very busy month and just seemed to fly by, like they all do.  
    victoria bella reuben tall ships new rug cheese rolling may blog photo lyli
    New Rug from Homesense, Tall Ships, Wedding Fun & Cheese Rolling Flyer
    We've continued with the garden & house interiors as much as possible.  We saw lots of friends and family in May, which also included a wedding and a birthday party.  Sadly we were unable to make it to the Cheltenham Jazz Festival (next year hopefully), but did pop along to Gloucester Tall Ships and watched the Cheese Rolling (whilst enjoying a BBQ) from our house!   The cheese rolling is a really crazy event and those taking part must be a little crazy too!  If you've not heard of it, YouTube or Google 'cheese rolling Gloucester'!!
    bellas bubbles may blog photo lylia rose
    Bella enjoying her new bubble machine
    One of the best things we bought was a bubble machine.  Bella absolutely loves bubbles so it was a great buy.  It blows out so many bubbles it fills the garden.  It's magical to watch them all floating around and to see Bella so ecstatic!
    bella may blog photo lylia rose
    bella princess may blog photo lylia rose
    I can't believe it, but Bella will be turning three tomorrow! It's come around so fast.  We'll be off to Cotswold Wildlife Park next Saturday to enjoy a family day out.  They have a large range of animals and a fantastic park with tree houses!  You can also get up close to the giraffes which is my favourite part.  It's a full day out and lots of fun, so I can't wait.  We've been the past two years for mine & Ben's birthdays!  Bella is enjoying play school and definitely ready to start preschool in September.  She absolutely loves playing with other children and learning, so it will be a fantastic environment for her.  I know I'll treasure the time we do spend together even more.
    reuben may blog photo lylia rose
    reuben first night in cot may blog photo lylia rose
    Reuben's first night in his big cot
    Reuben will be three months old this week.  Wow!  He's now the same size Bella was at 5-6 months and we moved him into his big cot two nights ago for the very first time.  He has totally grown out of his Moses basket already!  This means I've started rearranging the room and really making it his.  You can see how it did look by clicking here I'll post an updated blog post of his room once I've added a couple more bits!  He's doing great though, becoming more aware of his surroundings and interacting with us and his toys.  I can even have a babbling conversation with him which is so cute!
    Though I'm still being pretty shattered due to broken sleep(!), I am really enjoying my maternity leave and feel very content recently!  It's such a great feeling to have.  I'm also starting to feel happy about our house; more rooms are near completion and I now get to add decor to make them homely.  It's nice to have my usual good health back now I'm no longer pregnant.  It's also so wonderful to have completed our family and be a family of four.  I feel very lucky and settled.
    My blog posts have slowed down a little as Reuben is now only waking one or two times a night!  Before he was waking at least every two hours so I used the time to write blog posts whilst he sleepily fed!  I have lots of great ones coming though including my first raw chocolate recipe, peanut butter protein balls and a Toucan Box review so pop back soon.
    May really was another great month.  2015 is definitely a great year so far :)
  5. diy super muesli - lylia rose superfood food blogger uk - goji berries oats

    diy super muesli - lylia rose superfood food blogger uk - goji berries oats

    DIY Super Muesli

    I start my day nearly every morning with some delicious homemade(ish) 'super' muesli. 'Super' because it's packed full of nutritious energising ingredients including superfoods.  
    I haven't yet found my perfect shop bought muesli.  Many have added sugars or aren't that tasty.  I decided a while back to buy a basic muesli (oats, a few dates and raisins) - the cheapest organic version which had no added nasties or sugar and add my own ingredients. 
    I fill a big Kilner jar with the muesli plus goji berries, coconut, almonds, cashews, Brazil nuts, dates, raisins, milled flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds & white mulberries.  Then just twist and shake it all together!  You really can add any fruit and nuts you like.  Mine will vary depending on what I have in the cupboard!
    It is SO delicious! A real mix of goodness.  I use Rude Health almond, oat or coconut drink as my 'milk' which makes it even more amazing.  I look forward to my yummy cereal as I get ready in the morning.  It really is worth getting out of bed for!