I love a healthy treat I can have in the freezer for when I need a quick pick me up or energising treat. These are a real hit in our house. They work just as well as a gift for a dinner party host too. Yes really, these are so good you could package them in a pretty box and gift them - believe me your friends will love you.  

Ingredients

Coconut Filling

  • 150g deglet nour dates, pitted.  Just cover in hot water while you get the other ingredients together.
  • 2 heaping cups large coconut flakes unsweetened

I love recipes that simply rely on essentials readily available in the pantry. This dish was inspired by a recipe my daughter sent home form Uni after her first term. We’re a really foodie family and she often sends me pictures of what she’s cooking and I do the same to her.

 

Ingredients

For the flatbreads

40ml olive oil 

60g coconut flour

15g powdered psyllium husk

1 tea spoon baking powder

½ tea spoon salt

250ml boiling water

 

I love the Autumn. The long nights that have us hunkering down with a mug of cocoa by the wood burning stove. The seasons shift in the colour of the trees and cold crisp days. Then along comes pumpkin season and my joy goes to another level.

I’m happy to carve a pumpkin for Halloween but I’d much rather cook with them! Expect a plethora of pumpkin recipes this year as the UK is experiencing a pumpkin glut! You can substitute them for butternut squash if you don’t have pumpkin but right now is perfcet for a bit of pumpkin fun.

It’s not very British is it but these pumpkin breakfast cookies are so delicious you’ll be making them throughout the pumpkin season. Packed with goodness from oats, seeds and nuts they’re really filling and super nutritious.

Makes about 20 cookies

Ingredients

2oog gluten free rolled oats

50g unsweetened desiccated coconut

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda 

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

2 flax eggs* 

120g pumpkin puree

150g almond butter

100ml agave syrup

75g sultanas

Are you worried that at your current level you’ll never have the energy to pull off a Christmas to remember? There’s so much to do at this time of year and so often we put ourselves last on the list - eating badly, drinking too much to help us relax and sleep and ending up stressed, short tempered and depleted of energy.

If your energy levels are at an all time low and the thought of picking yourself up and making those Christmas memories is filling you with dread, then I’m here to help.

It’s Autumn and this year the UK is experiencing a bumper crop of Pumpkins! These Pumpkin Protein energy balls have become a firm favourite in our house. Super simple to make, you could even leave them in the hands of the kids once the pumpkin has been cooked and pureed.

Ingredients

150g pumpkin puree (see note below)

2 scoops Arbonne vanilla protein powder (20g protein)

300g oats

75g flax seed (I like to give it a quick blitz in my nutribullet so it’s not completely whole)

Starting out on a new healthy eating lifestyle can be overwhelming. What can you and can’t you eat? What’s supporting you to provide optimum nutrition and what’s better used as an occasional add-on to your diet?

It really can seem like a minefield but when you discover guilt free snacking it becomes simpler than you think.

If like me you are looking for a healthier alternative to wheat based, sugar laden, breakfast cereal or need a snack on the go, then look no further. This super quick shake recipes is great and taste like the famous chocolate Snickers bar!

Packed with protein and brimming with vitamins and minerals smoothies are a great, and nutritious way, to start your day.

One of my rules is to get 30 different fruits, vegetables and herbs into my diet each week. It really helps to support your digestive system and add an extra boost of fibre and digestive enzymes to your gut. When I’m passing an International store I always take a look to see what different veg I can buy. Last week they had some beautiful ripe plantains in the store I visit most often on the way into Leicester. PAK foods is packed with things I’ve never even heard of and you’ll often find me googling ingredients to see what I can make before I buy it.

I love using red cabbage to make an Asian style slaw and add all sorts of ingredients depending upon what is in season. My favourites are the long Mooli Radish (also known as Diakon)  I get at the Indian store on the outskirts of Leicester, fresh carrots and Kohlrabi which seems to keep turning up in our Riverford organic box and now comes in both a purple and a white variety.

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