Ali’s Superfood Protein Bars

I love a refined sugar free protein bar that is also gluten free and these are just one of my best inventions. Not only are they packed with protein and super foods but they are super tasty – they’ll keep for a week in an airtight container (if you’re lucky) – they never last that long in our house! Give them a try and let me know what you think. Ingredients ½ cup quinoa flakes ½ cup gluten free ...

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How to get legs beach ready fast

There’s still time to get your legs beach ready. Here’s how It might feel like the British summer has been and gone but if you’re heading for sun, sea and sand you’ll still want to get your legs out. Or maybe you’re just feeling the chill and sticking with short skirts and sandals anyway – after all you only get one chance to wear your summer clothes in the Uk and this is it! So whether you’ve ...

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Hummingbird Café Inspired Carrot and Pineapple Tray Bake with Coconut Lime Frosting

Sometimes you need cake that really feels indulgent. I've loved watching The Great British Bake Off over the years but i'm mostly left feeling hungry and disappointed that so many of the gluten free alterntives to traditional cakes are so dense, tasteless or packed with refined sugar. This was a superb exeriement that i undertook after I had a can of pineapple pieces left over from a birthday ...

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Best Banana Bread with Ginger Frosting (gluten, refined sugar and dairy free)

I’m a great one for saving ingredients then doing nothing with them so when I spotted 3 unripe bananas in the fruit bowl and I already had a freezer full of frozen banana pieces ready to make smoothies I thought I’d better use them up immediately or they’d be making compost in the wormery by next week. I have to say I’ve triumphed with this recipe. It is a beautiful, light, moist cake which you’d ...

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Vegetable and Chickpea Tagine with herby Quinoa

Ingredients 2 tbsp coconut oil 2 onions, chopped ½ tsp each ground cinnamon, coriander and cumin 2 large courgettes, cut into chunks about 2cm 2 large tomatoes chopped ·400g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained 4 tbsp raisins 425ml vegetable stock 300g frozen peas chopped coriander, to serve ​For quinoa 100g quinoa 300ml hot vegetable tock Handful of fresh herbs chopped - i love to use corriander, ...

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6 Fats That Don't Make You Fat

For decades we’ve believed that it is Fat that makes us Fat. Not so, we’re coming to understand that not all fats are equal and many of the healthy fats are essential to our wellbeing. Many of us have clamoured for the latest health fad or ‘revolutionary new diet’ in the hopes of dropping pounds and feeling great. One of the biggest misconceptions is that fat makes you fat. Our society is ...

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Cauliflower Pizza recipe

Is Cauliflower Pizza really as good as the hype? I've read a lot about Cauliflower Pizza and to be honest I was a bit sceptical. Miss H loves Pizza. She's a teenager so despite our healthy living lifestyle if given a choice she would opt for a pizza as a treat every time. Perhaps because I’ve probably always been gluten intolerant but never realised it or had it diagnosed I’ve never been a big ...

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Why I believe in eating plant based protein powder

When I first had a stab at being vegetarian in my 20s it was a disaster. I ended up anaemic, under nourished and ill. I was advised to return to eating poultry by my doctor, who, to be honest probably had no nutritional facts to back up his suggestion that poultry was the answer, but I duly did it. I tried it again some years late with better results having educated myself on all things nutrition ...

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Is Gluten Free for you?

Are you curious about what the gluten in your diet is doing to you or worried that you may be gluten intolerant? It's believed that 50% of the population has some level of gluten intolerance. I’m currently reading a book called Wheat Belly by Dr William Davis. It’s fascinating and explains just how different modern wheat is from the wheat we consumed in the 1930’s let alone in the 18th century or ...

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Gluten free, refined sugar free brownie jar

This chocolate brownie jar is an easy (and last minute) gift idea, that’s perfect for all occasions – birthdays, mother’s day, and thankyous. It goes down a treat each and every time and it’s a super simple gift that everyone can enjoy! You will need: 1 mason jar Label to decorate Wooden spoon optional INGREDIENTS: Dry: ¾ cup oat flour ½ cup almond flour 2 tbsp cornflower 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/ ...

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Healthy Mother’s Day Breakfast Recipes

Show how much you care with these Healthy mother’s Day breakfast recipes to get the day started right! Mother’s day is fast approaching so if you’re planning a day of treats why not start with a healthy Mother’s Day breakfast tray. Here’s my favourite breakfast recipes to kick start her day and ensure she is energised for all the fabulous activities you have planned for her. BUCKWHEAT CREPES ...

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Vegan, gluten free protein boosted Black Bean Chilli

This vegan chilli is gluten free and packed full of protein! As a family we make an effort to eat vegan two or three days a week but with a very sporty teenager in the house I like to know we’re keeping up with our protein intake too. When I was vegetarian in my early 20s and 30s I had such a low protein diet that over time I became quite ill. I was living on carbohydrates and sugar and it really ...

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Ali’s Gluten Free Carrot Cake

I made this new gluten free carrot cake recipe for Mr H’s birthday and it went down so well I think it will become a monthly treat. It’s gluten free of course and also dairy and refined sugar free so would even double as a snack on our 30 days to healthy living programme. We’ve created our own gluten free flour blend - recipe below - which I’ve used here but you can just as easily use a gluten ...

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Healthy snack ideas to keep you satisfied

Easy to make nutritious snacks ideas to keep your healthy eating on track! One of the things that has kept me on track with my new ‘healthy’ way of eating is to have plenty of healthy snacks at the ready when I feel the munchies coming on. I always concentrate on the things I can eat rather than fixating about the things I can’t. There are far more positives to eating a healthy wholefoods diet ...

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How I quit sugar – 10 tips from a former sugar addict

Giving up sugar is one of the greatest things that I have done to improve my health. Quitting sugar was also one of the most difficult things I have done. Not just personally but for people around me too. There’s a sugar conspiracy in the UK. When I first started to say I didn’t eat refined sugar people tutted at me. It’s was as if not eating sugar made me less fun! Yet they don’t react in the ...

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How to start a sugar free diet

Keen on reducing sugar intake and having a sugar free diet? Keep reading… Are you tempted to join BBC Radio 2 Presenter Chris Evans on his ‘sugar free February’ but worried about where to start when it comes to a sugar free diet? Here’s my top tips and guide to going sugar free. I quit sugar over three years ago and have never looked back. For me it has been a life changing journey of rediscovery ...

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Gluten Free Flatbreads

I’ve really struggled to find a good substitute for ‘normal’ bread and naan breads etc and then I came across this recipe from Tom Kerridge in his new book Tom Kerridge’s Dopamine Diet... Dopamine is a natural happy drug found in all sorts of foods and eating this way is now a way of life for Tom. It’s a similar philosophy to the clean eating philosophy I teach and it works. Tom’s lost 13 stone ...

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Christmas treats – the healthy version

It’s sometimes really difficult to be good and stay off the wheat and sugar at this time of year. Having a few healthy treats in the fridge or cupboard for when the munchies strike or to divert your focus when the Quality Street start to circulate will help. Here’s a few of my favourites: Ali’s Coconut Lemon Meltaway Snowballs I love having tiny treats available for when the munchies strike and ...

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Raw chocolate Bites

Miss H has a chocolate habit. She rows 5 times a week so she can afford to have it but I still don’t want her eating cheap chocolate and ending up diabetic like Olympic Rower Steve Redgrave. I often make a batch of these delicious raw chocolate bites to keep her going. At this time of year they are great in her rowing bag but in the summer it’s a no-no as they melt too quickly and are best eaten ...

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Alison’s Coconut Lemon Meltaway Balls

These little balls are so easy to make and mouth-wateringly delicious. You simply put everything in a bowl, mix for a little, roll them into a ball shape and they are ready to eat in a matter of minutes. Children will love making them with you too. They are raw, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, refined sugar free, and even paleo-friendly? But what I really love is that they are ...

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How to go sugar free

I’ve been refined sugar free for nearly four years and it has completely changed my health. If you think your sugar addiction has got out of hand, and want to know how to quit, for good, then read on. My problem with sugar came to a head when I was on holiday in France a few years ago and suffered from really bad night sweats. I thought I was going through an early menopause and did a bit of ...

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Guilt free snacking ideas

If you’re just starting out on a wholefoods, clean eating programme there’s a vast amount of information out there and you’re probably super confused. It really can seem like a minefield. It’s simpler than it looks though, especially when you discover guilt free snacking! I know what you’re thinking. This is going to be one of those posts filled with ingredients you’ve never heard of from unknown ...

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