‘Breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ – These are words that have been drilled into us from the very beginning of time. Yet even as adults, we manage to deprive our bodies of the fuel it needs to get us through the day.
If you tend to skip breakfast because you feel you don’t have the time in the mornings, then here are some simple meals you might like to try out:
- Put a layer of plain yogurt in a cup or bowl.
- Add some sliced fruit and then sprinkle with nuts or granola.
- Add another layer of yogurt and then repeat until you have a mountain of deliciousness!
Tip: If you stick to one fruit, it makes your job much easier!
- Chop up two or three fruit and toss them into a blender.
- Pour in some water and blend until you have a smooth texture.
- Add in some oats and blend again.
Tip: Soak your oatmeal in water overnight. This will give you a better blend!
- Cut up your favourite fruit and put it in a bowl.
- Add in some nuts and seeds.
- Dress it up with some honey and orange juice before mixing together.
Tip: If you use a lot of berries, you don’t have to worry about slicing too many things up!
Homemade beet juice
- Throw two beets, 1 celery and 2 glasses of water into a blender.
- Process until smooth.
- Filter the contents into a glass using a sieve.
- Put whatever is left in the sieve back into the blender and then add some more water.
- Blend and repeat process until you have yourself a nice glass of beet juice.
- Add a dash of lemon juice and enjoy.
Tip: The good thing about this is you can prepare it the night before!
- Spread peanut butter over two or three oatcakes.
- Slice up a banana and evenly spread the pieces on top of each.
- For some added fibre, sprinkle with chia seeds.
Warning: You will probably want more than two or three of these, they are addictive!
- 10000Carrots are full of vitamins and minerals. They contain vitamins A, C and E, all needed for good eyesight, a better immune system and maintaining healthy cells – but it doesn’t end there. Since they’re also loaded with antioxidants, a regular consumption of carrots (or this energising carrot juice) can help…
- 31When it comes to granola, I’ve always thought that making it at home was far better than consuming the store-bought stuff (like most things, I suppose). Ready-made granola tends to be packed with sugar, unhealthy fats/oils and unnecessary ingredients. Homemade granola allows you to have full control of what you put in…
This 3-ingredient peanut butter cup recipe is to die for! These chocolatey treats are thick and gooey (in a good way) and just melts in your mouth at every bite. They also taste much better than the store bought versions and as always, they’re much healthier too!
- Line a baking tray with 9 paper cases and set aside.
- Melt one tbsp of coconut oil in the microwave and then add the cocoa powder.
- Mix until you have a smooth chocolatey paste.
- If the mixture is too runny, you can add some more powder.
- Once the mixture has a smooth consistency, add one spoonful to the bottom of each paper cup.
- Put in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, melt the peanut butter and the remaining coconut oil in the microwave.
- Once you have a smooth paste, you can remove the chocolate layered cups from the freezer and put a spoonful of the melted peanut butter on top.
- Put back in the freezer for about 30 minutes or until everything is frozen.
P.S They taste much nicer than they look
Let me know if you decide to give this recipe a try! xx
- 10000Since my homemade Nutella recipe did so well, I decided to share another healthy chocolate treat for you. This flourless chocolate cake is rich, fudgy and free from refined sugars and flour . It only takes 5-ingredients to make and it’s definitely more decent than most cakes out there! So here's what…
If you tried and liked my ginger and carrot juice recipe, then there’s no doubt you’ll like this one too. This anti-inflammatory juice does absolute wonders when it comes to boosting your immune system and supporting your health – lord knows we need it around this time of year!
Each ingredient has its own unique benefit, but since the main one is turmeric, I’ll give you a quick outline of what it’ll do for you (if you do decide to give this recipe a try!).
Turmeric is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatories around. It’s known to have both anti-viral and anti-cancer properties. And while it can do a great job in reducing the inflammation levels in the body, it can also help with inflammation in the skin and chronic problems such as acne.
Ideally, you’d want to use fresh turmeric.But if it’s not available to you, you could always use the powdered form too!
- 1 large piece turmeric (at least 4-5 inches)
- 1 piece ginger (about 2-3 inches)
- 5 carrots, cut in halves
- 2 lemons, squeezed
- 1 orange, squeezed
- 1 cucumber
- ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper powder
Directions with juicer:
- Put all the fruit and vegetables into a juicer and process until ready.
- At the end, add the cayenne pepper powder.
- If you can hack it, you could always throw in some ice and drink it right away!
Directions without juicer:
- Peel the ginger and the turmeric.
- Put into a blender with the rest of the ingredients and add some water to facilitate the blending.
- Process the mixture until there are no hard pieces from the carrots etc.
- Use a sieve to pour the mixture into a large jar and put whatever is left in the sieve back into the blender.
- Repeat process until you have enough juice.
- Drink immediately or store in the fridge.
Most seasonal baked goods call for processed dairy, white sugar and all those things we try our best to avoid over the holidays, but fail –every single year.
This maple pecan glaze isn’t something that will make you feel bad for enjoying: pecans are full of vitamin E and maple syrup is an excellent source of zinc. This is definitely a glaze that you can indulge in guilt-free!
- 125g pecans
- 82g pure maple syrup
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 60g water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- Mix all the ingredients in a blender and process until thick and smooth.
- Add more water (a teaspoon at a time) if the mixture is too thick.
- Once the glaze has the consistency you’re looking for, it can be used immediately.
- Store in a fridge after use.
- Keep for up to 4 days.
Photo credit: Detoxinista
Since I’m slowly getting into the holiday spirit, I thought I’d be the perfect time for me to share a warming recipe that might get you to jump into the bandwagon as well – sorry, to all the Grinches out there!
This Chai latte is comforting, festive and you can even experiment with your favourite spices. Although it doesn’t have much nutritional value, your body won’t hate you for having one or two – especially since most Chai’s are saturated with sugar, dairy and calories.
So if you’re a Chai lover or a Chai-virgin, then do give this recipe a try! It doesn’t take very long to make, it’s pretty tasty and apparently Chai lattes are meant to be an aphrodisiac (do as you please with this information) J
Here’s what you need to get started:
- 8 whole cloves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 tsp ground cardamom
- Fresh ginger, peeled and grated
- 720ml water
- 240ml almond milk
- 2 English tea bags
- 1 tbsp raw honey
- Put the water in a large saucepan and bring to the boil.
- Add in the grated ginger, along with all the spices and stir while heating up.
- Turn down the heat and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and allow to steep for about 15 minutes or until the liquid takes on the flavour of the spices.
- Return the saucepan to the head and boil.
- Add the tea bags, stir and then remove from the heat.
- Allow to brew for about 6 minutes (or longer, if you want the tea flavour to be strong).
- Use a sieve to strain the tea into a separate saucepan and then discard the tea bags and any spice residue.
- Mix in the honey and almond milk and then return to a medium heat.
- Serve after 5 – 6 minutes.
Notes: If you have a milk frother, froth the milk before putting adding it in. Let the tea cool down before putting into an airtight container. Keep refrigerated for up to 6 days.
Since my homemade Nutella recipe did so well, I decided to share another healthy chocolate treat for you. This flourless chocolate cake is rich, fudgy and free from refined sugars and flour . It only takes 5-ingredients to make and it’s definitely more decent than most cakes out there!
So here’s what you need…
- 110g baking chocolate
- 3 whole eggs
- 105g coconut oil, melted
- 20g cocoa powder
- 255g of honey
- Preheat the oven to 190C and then grease a 8″ pan with coconut oil.
- Put the chocolate in a safe-oven bowl and melt in the microwave until completely smooth.
- Combine the melted chocolate with the cocoa powder, honey and eggs and then whisk well until you have a smooth batter forms.
- Pour the batter into the greased pan, and then smoothen the top of it with a spatula.
- Bake at 190C for 20-25 minutes. Once the centre looks firm, remove it from the oven and then allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes.
- Remove the sides and allow to cool completely before serving.
All you Nutella fans are probably reading this with disgust and thinking ‘How could any homemade chocolate spread compare to the one you buy in the shop – especially to Nutella.‘
Believe it or not, it is possible to find a good recipe for a homemade chocolate spread that tastes even remotely like the store-bought stuff. If you ever dared to search for a recipe online, you’d find that there are more than just a few floating around the net that don’t quite cut it.
This recipe however, is probably the closest you’d get to the real stuff and best of all, it is dairy-free and refined sugar-free too!
What you’ll need:
- Preheat the oven to 150C, then arrange the hazelnuts on a lined and rimmed baking tray.
- Toast the nuts for about 20 minutes and once the skins begin to crack, remove from heat and allow to cool.
- Remove as much skin from the nuts by rubbing them in a clean kitchen towel – don’t worry if you don’t manage to get it all off!
- Put the peeled nuts in a food processor and then process until creamy. You can stop to scrape down the sides if needs be.
- Once you have a smooth butter (usually takes about 5 – 6 minutes with a decent food processor), add the coconut sugar, cocoa powder, coconut oil and 3 tbsp of water and blend, blend, blend!
- Taste the mixture once it is well combined and add tbsp of pure maple syrup if it isn’t sweet enough for your taste buds. It will also give your chocolate spread that glossy look Nutella has (as if it isn’t irresistible enough as it is, right?)
- Keep processing the mixture until it reaches your desired consistency. If it’s too thick, add one tbsp of water at a time (5 tbsp are usually enough).
- Store the finished spread in a sealed container in the fridge for no more than a week.
If you’re big into snacking, then you might like this healthy cracker recipe. The original ingredients for this recipe didn’t quite tickle my fancy, so I thought I might throw in one or two things of my own.
What you’ll need:
- 180g flaxseeds
- 60g sesame seeds
- 40g sunflower seeds
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 250 ml water
Feel free to add dried fruit or some honey if you’d like.
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
2. Combine the flax seeds and sunflower seeds with the water in a small bowl and allow to soak for at least 15 minutes. They will naturally begin to stick to one another – almost like jelly!
3. Meanwhile, heat a clean pan on medium heat and then add the sesame seeds, tossing frequently so they don’t burn and then set aside to cool.
4. Add the olive oil and sesame seeds to the flaxseeds and mix well – at this stage you could add some dried fruit if you’re using any.
5. On a baking tray lined with baking paper, spoon the mixture on and smooth out with the back of a spoon.
6. Put in to the oven for about 25 minutes or until nice and crispy. Be sure to check every few minutes towards the end as they burn easily.
7. You will know they are ready when they are nice and crispy, they should snap apart quite easily.
8. Return to the oven if they’re still soft.
9. This makes around 16 crackers depending on what size you break them in to.
10. You can have it on it’s own or with some salmon and tomatoes!
Do let me know if you decide to give this recipe a try 🙂
After having devoured a not-so-healthy pizza yesterday evening, I think it’s only natural that I share this recipe with you.
Now, I’m going to have to be honest. This pizza recipe didn’t go down well with my brothers. But then again, most boys don’t even think a healthy pizza recipe should even exist so I guess that really says it all.
If you like to eat healthily but still seem to have a weak spot for pizzas (a bit like me), then this recipe is definitely worth giving a try – don’t worry, it won’t kill you!
Here’s what you need for the pizza base:
- Half a head of cauliflower, chopped
- 65g grated cheese
- 5g chopped parsley
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
- Salt & pepper to taste (optional)
- Preheat oven to 230°C.
- Put the cauliflower in a food processor and blend until shredded (it should look a bit like rice).
- Boil this in an inch of water and let it cook for no more than 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and drain into a strainer.
- Transfer to a clean dishtowel, wrap it up and twist it until all the excess moisture is out. The more liquid comes out, the better!
- Put in a bowl and mix it with the rest of your ingredients – it’s okay to use your hands.
- Once the mixture begins to hold together, put it onto a prepared baking sheet (without the baking paper it will stick so make sure you don’t leave it out).
- Press and shape it into the pizza crust of your desire and then bake for about 20 minutes or until the crust is firm and golden brown on top.
- Remove from oven to add some sauce with your favourite toppings.
- Bake for an additional 5 -10 minutes until toppings are cooked.
- Slice and serve when ready.
Hopefully you get the chance to give this a try. If you’re adventurous with your pizza toppings this recipe could make for the perfect pizza – that’s what I try to tell myself anyways!
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I have recently become obsessed with beetroot. I know, it’s a weird obsession to have, but I suppose it could be a lot worse.
Beetroots are well-known for helping the whole detoxification process. They help purify your blood and your liver, so if you’re on a juice cleanse or if you need something after a night of heavy drinking, then this is the stuff for you.
If you’re a fitness junkies, then you’ll be happy to hear that beet juice helps improve stamina. So if you want to last longer during a workout – of any shape of form, then a glass of beet juice can help you do that.
If that’s not enough to get you juicing this superfood, then I don’t know what is!
Here’s what you need:
- 1 beet
- 1 stalk of celery
- Water to facilitate blending
1. Put all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
2. Filter the contents into a glass using a sieve.
3. Put whatever is left in the sieve, back in the blender and add some more water.
4. Blend and repeat process.
I hope you get the chance to give this recipe a try, it’s so simple make and actually tastes pretty good!
Carrots are full of vitamins and minerals. They contain vitamins A, C and E, all needed for good eyesight, a better immune system and maintaining healthy cells – but it doesn’t end there.
You ready to get started? Here’s what you need:
2 large carrots
Thumb-size piece of ginger
Zest of lemon
1.Throw everything into a blender with water and process it until it gets frothy.
2.Filter the mixture into a glass using a sieve or a cheese cloth.
3.Put the remainder back in the blender with more water and repeat.
4.Serve right away or keep in the fridge.
Note: Carrots are naturally sweet so you don’t need to add any honey to it. For extra hydration, you can add some celery to the juice!
Let me know how you get on with this!