Spicy Roasted Chickpeas | Low Calorie Snacking Recipe

Whilst I've been loving the benefits of sticking to cleaner, healthier eating habits this year, it's not always easy to stick to a healthy lifestyle when you're a student; between running to campus and back, late-night cram sessions and trying to maintain a social life, meal preparation isn't always easy - and having healthy, nutritious snacks to grab on the go is vital.
These chickpeas are spicy, salty, and crunchy - the perfect alternative to crisps or high-calorie, sugary trail or cracker mixes, and the great thing is, they're easy - and cheap! - to make; you can whip up a pretty sizeable batch in about 40 minutes, and keep them stored in airtight containers for about two weeks.
Spicy Roasted Chickpeas:
Makes 2 servings.Ingredients:
  • 400g tin of chickpeas (I use these ones).
  • 2 tsp Cajun seasoning.
  • 1 tsp salt.
  1. Preheat your oven to 180°, then drain your chickpeas using a colander or sieve; the kind I use come in water, but if yours come in another solution (oil etc), you might want to give them a good rinse before continuing. Shake out as much of the excess water as possible, before transferring the chickpeas onto some kitchen towel to absorb any leftover water.
  2. Whilst the chickpeas are drying slightly, work on your spice mix, by combining spices into a large bowl; I find cajun seasoning and salt to be just perfect for my tastes, but you could also try using some vinegar to make a salt and vinegar snack alternative to crisps! 
  3. Add the chickpeas to whichever seasoning you're using, stirring thoroughly, until the chickpeas are as evenly coated as possible, before moving them onto a large baking tray. You want them to be as spread out as possible, so they'll cook evenly.
  4. Place the baking tray into the oven for about 15 minutes; at this point, take the chickpeas out and mix them up a little on the tray, just to make sure they're evenly cooked. Then place back in the oven for a further 15-20 minutes. If they seem to be getting a little too brown, at any point, just move them around again.
  5. Separate into two airtight containers and enjoy!
Calories: 290 | Carbs: 39g | Fat: 7g | Protein: 17g*
* Calorie and nutritional information calculated using the MyFitnessPal Recipe Calculator, and using the specific brands mentioned above.

Botanics All Bright Hydrating Night Cream | Review

Having 'problem skin' can be one of the most frustrating beauty complaints, and, no matter how careful or self-disciplined you might be with treating your skin, some medicated treatments and over-the-counter spot solutions can leave the skin dry, sensitive and - worst of all - scarred.
There's nothing worse than having your skin finally start to clear up, and finding you're left with a patchy, uneven skintone, which can sometimes require more concealer than your bad skin did in the first place, and this is the position I've found myself slowly easing into, lately.
Botanics 'all bright' hydrating night cream contains both hyaluronic acid and hibiscus to brighten and intensely moisturise your skin whilst you sleep, and, after reading one or two reviews of the range online (and seeing that Boots had the whole line of Botanics skin care on special offer!), I decided to grab myself a pot, in the hope it might tone down the angriness of my complexion, lately.
'All bright' is a thick moisturiser (which smells gorgeous, I have to say), with a formula that feels more like a serum than a cream, once it's been applied - not too heavy, but you can definitely feel it working once it's on, and I did notice a slight tingling sensation after a few minutes, which did make me wonder if it was going to be a little too harsh for my sensitive skin, although it wasn't particularly unpleasant. The next morning, though, I have to admit, I was impressed. After just one application, my skin was noticeably less red, and didn't feel dry or tight in the slightest, which was my main concern.
Having continued use for just over a week, now, I can confirm that I've noticed a pretty substantial difference in my skin tone, with patches that were once horrifically red being significantly calmer - whilst it's not a miracle worker, and I do still have some pretty bad scarring, I do feel this moisturiser is very helpful in creating a more even base for my foundation to be applied to, and I am using less concealer. I'd really recommend the product to anyone who's in a similar situation, complexion-wise, especially whilst the range is on special offer!
Botanics' 'all bright' hydrating night cream usually retails for £4.99 but is currently on special offer for £3.49, and is available from most Boots stores, or on their website, here.
What's your favourite skin-brightening product? Which products would you recommend for acne scarring?
Psssssstttt! Don't forget to enter my Valentine's giveaway, here!

New In | Black Studded T-Bar Court Shoes

Shoes are my biggest weakness; there's always a new style or colour of heel, pump, boot or ballerina flat that I decide my collection is sorely missing, and this weekend, it just happened to be the perfect black court shoe.
Studs aren't generally my 'thing', but these t-bars had me at first sight; when it comes to the perfect going-out shoes, if it has a strap, it's a winner - stumbling around in heels all night is difficult enough, but if I know the shoe is at least going to stay on my foot, rather than getting caught in a grate and sending me flying (unfortunately, this has actually happened), it's a pretty hefty bonus. Needless to say, I had to snap these up. Sorry, Student Finance!
Have you fallen in love with any new items, or had that 'I have to buy this' feeling, lately?
The black stud trim t-bar court shoes are £24.99 and available from some of the larger New Look stores, or online, here.
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