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 party. I'd been tasked with re-creating one of those 1970's inspired hedgehogs of cheese and pineapple spikes! It was a triumph and thankfully this cake was too.

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.

Ever had that sinking feeling when you put your trainers on post holiday and head back to the gym? You know the feeling; when your leggings feel a little tighter round your waist and thighs (and you thought lycra was super stretchy); when your heart races a little faster at just the thought of the stair stepper and you haven’t actually chosen a programme yet; when hovering at the vending machine looks 'oh so inviting' and a great excuse not to get started!

Pancakes always give a breakfast the feeling of having a treat but now you can feel good about it too. Packed with energy, these chia and flaxseed super soulfood pancakes really pack a punch. They are filled with healthy omega 3, fibre and protein. It’s quite literally rocket fuel for a plantpowered diet.

 

Ingredients

For the flaxseed egg

3 tablespoons ground flaxseed

6 tablespoons filtered water

 

For the pancake

1 cup buckwheat flour

2 cups brown rice flour

2 ½ tablespoons potato flour/potato starch

I came back from 10 days of glorious sunshine in Italy to a wet and cold UK summer! Burr… where did the beautiful weather I left behind go too. I even lit the wood burner on Monday evening it was so chilly! I also returned home to a lavender hedge which is nearly over but for a few fresh flowers. Not wanting my lavender to go to waste I’ve been cooking up  some treats in the form of these luscious Lemon and Lavender protein balls. They are super easy to make and absolutely delicious.

Ever felt like a terrible mother? That was me two weeks ago as I put Miss H on the school bus which was taking her to the airport and a 10 hour flight to Sri Lanka for a hockey tour. I know what you’re thinking, how lucky is she? And yes she is, so why did I feel so bad?

 

We’re about to break up for summer. The dreaded GCSE exams come to an end and the summer is ours to play with.

For me that means fun, unexpected opportunities to socialise with friends, family and my gorgeous Arbonne team and an increased pressure on how to eat and stay healthy especially when travelling. That’s why it’s important to always keep some essentials with me at all times so I know I can feed myself when the beige breakfast buffet or BBQ table appears.

Here are my top tips for staying healthy on the go, all summer long.

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As it’s Smile Month I’ve asked my lovely neighbour, and National President of the British Association of Dental Therapists, Amanda, to share her top tips for keeping our teeth and mouth healthy. She’s a great advocate for dental health and is always keen to raise awareness of Oral health especially in the great month of Smile Month 2017. It’s an initiative which has been going for 25 years!

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