I actually cannot believe today is New Years Eve and the end of 2015! As NYE can make us a little reflective, I thought that I would give you all the links for the 5 most popular posts on this blog in 2015!
Holy Island by LJ Ross – Book Review – This book was such a huge success for LJ Ross and people seem to like reading about Holy Island, just as much as they like reading Holy Island. Final instalment is out this year, can’t wait!
The Problem with NOT Losing Your Hair When You Have Cancer – I remember being so nervous when I wrote this post. It is a side of cancer that you don’t hear very much about and I was worried about people’s reaction to the post. But I needn’t have been, you guys couldn’t have been kinder and I got some very sweet messages from people who had exactly the same thing. I’m so pleased this post made it onto the list.
So there they are, my top 5! Are they yours? Was there another post you preferred? Let me know in the comments. And if there is anything you would like me to write more about, please feel free to let me know about that in the comments too.
Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year!! Nx
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I tried Ella’s super easy recipe for a little treat that is also ‘clean’ and I was thrilled with the results. Even as someone who doesn’t bake, it couldn’t be easier.
The recipe includes Apple purée – which is also easy you basically boil and blend apples but they do need to simmer for 40 mins and the cake baked for 50 mins so takes a little while but hardly any ‘hands on’ time.
Even more importantly it tastes amazing. Kind of like banana bread but without the guilt, amazeballs! Of course the true taste test happens when I try to give it to my 5 and 3 year olds but it also passed that rigorous taste test with flying colours!
I bought all the ingredients from Tesco online so no need to worry about any of the ingredients being too random.
I can see this becoming a regular treat in the Bourne household.
Happy eating! X
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I never thought in a month of Sunday’s I would be able to get my children to drink Green Juice, they seem to have built-in aversions to any vegetables so hiding them is key for me.
I actually can’t take all the credit for this, as the starting block came from Peppa Pig (don’t all life affirming moments when you are under 5) and the episode when they made smoothies and juices including a Dinosaur Juice. Suddenly drinking some green wasn’t so unappealing but it still had to taste good. So I upped the fruit content et voila, the kids love it, phew!
This recipe is;
A splash of Filtered Water
2 large handfuls of Kale
2 sticks of Celery
Half a medium Pineapple
I throw everything is my amazing Blendtec (new love of my life) and 40 secs later, have this wonderful juice.
Here is the Peppa Pig episode if you think your kids could benefit from learning about Dinosaur Juice!
This is based on a recipe from Honestly Healthy a fabulous cookbook full of healthy clean recipes that I can’t recommend enough. What I love most, especially during my 100 Healthy Days and since giving up processed sugar is the snacks and desserts section. Yes they can be clean and here is one of my favourite at the moment….
I made mine slightly differently to the recipe to keep a cupcake type vibe which I knew would be more appealing to my little fussy easters.
10 fresh pitted Dates
50g Cacao powder
25g raw Almonds
200g Coconut Flakes
30g Agave syrup
1 tbsp Xylitol (I actually didn’t use this as I wasn’t able to get any in time)
2 tbsp Water (I used filtered)
I also added tiny Coconut Flakes for dusting
This recipe couldn’t be easier – Pre-heat the over to 180
Chuck the dates, cacao powder and almonds into the blender and blend until it becomes a sticky paste (I don’t have a high powered blender so this did take a while and a bit of digging it out from under the blades and restarting but that was fine).
Chuck in everything else and blend till its a touch choppy consistency.
I popped my mixture into small cupcake cases, as I’ve said I knew my kids would prefer it and I thought it would make transporting them easier.
Pop in the oven for 10 minutes.
I then sprinkled very fine coconut flakes over the top.
Allow the bites to cool completely before eating and there you have it. Yummy goodness to pacify any sweet tooth and no nasties. My husband actually didn’t believe I hadn’t included any sugar they tasted so good.
My lovely friend Nikki is a little fountain of knowledge when it comes to leading a gorgeous healthy life. A while ago she emailed me about a Re-Energising Mini One Day Detox she was planning telling me that she decided to do the detox because she had been feeling really sluggish and tired, she had seriously low energy and just generally felt worn out and run down. She had also been drinking way to much coffee.
Basically feeling like she needed to press the reset button – think we can all relate to that feeling without really knowing what to do.
So what Nikki was doing on her day….
Firstly she chose a quiet day, when there wouldn’t be too many temptations, and then kept to this plan…
Green tea or warm water with lemon juice
Coffee enima (optional but think they can be bought on the internet)
20 minutes of exercise. This can be a jog, yoga, running up and down the stairs, just get moving!
Green tea or warm water with lemon juice
Eat some cucumber
Do some gentle stretches
Relax or do some sorting around the house etc…
A good 8 hours of sleep
Drink 1.5 litres of water. Nikki boiled the water, aded a green tea bag, waited for it to cool then put it back into the bottle to sip throughout the day.
Ever since she emailed me about it I have been dying to know how she got on because I actually think this sounds like quite a cool day. I finally caught up with her this week and she said
“I felt fantastic, I can’t explain what a difference it made. We had family staying the week before it had been so busy and I felt so depleted but after that day, I felt so well again and just boosted. Plus the bloating I was feeling from too much indulging on rich food was gone. I can’t recommend it enough.”
Well that’s me sold! This will for perfectly into my 100 Healthy Days so I have actually scheduled my detox day in my diary for 3rd August so I don’t make any other plans and am going to have a quiet Sunday with the family where I can detox and recharge. Will let you know how I get on but if you are feeling like you need a re-charge, maybe its worth a try? What do you think? Any detox tips?
Today is Day 2 of 100 Healthy Days. If you have read my blog previously you will probably know that I am a total sugar addict, adore carbs and live for cheese. Anything that your not supposed to eat on a healthy diet, I am totally and irrevocably in love with. And its true love, the kind that lasts a lifetime. So how do I break up with this love? I figure its by loving myself more?!
I’m tired, I have put on weight, I had cancer which has strong links to diet. I go through phases of eating well then eating crap then somewhere in the middle and this is what has led me to 100 Healthy Days. I have seen the 100 Happy Days on Facebook and 100 Active Days on Twitter, there seem to be many versions of this 100 day campaign going on so I decided to make my own that would suit me. They say it takes 30 days to make or break a habit so I am hoping after 100, it will become standard behaviour, even to a sugar-freak like me – that’s the plan anyway?!
I have found many versions of healthy eating and exercise, all with varying degrees of strictness so here is what I am going to do – I am not ‘giving up’ anything. I know me (surprisingly) and if I do that, I will do nothing but think about what I can’t have and be eating chocolate covered ice-cream before you can say Green Juice. This for me will all be about making better and healthier choices; for me that means;
Making fruit and vegetables the bulk of my diet.
Drinking at least 2 litres of water a day.
Drinking a Green Juice everyday.
Switching white for wholemeal grains.
Choosing homemade food from fresh and clean ingredients.
I don’t believe good health just come’s down to food, it’s exercise too. For that my mantra will be Move More! So even if it is just to walk somewhere locally that I would normally drive too, that will be more movement and get me my ‘Move More’ gold star for the day… Ohhh, I may actually make a sticker chart to hang next to the kids, such a geek, I know!
Sticker charts aside. My first day went well eating wise and today has gone well moving wise. Tomorrow I’m hoping for a bit more of a combination of the both. But I am pleased, all moving in the right direction. Just knowing I have decided to do this for 100 day’s seems to have made a big difference in my dedication to what I’m doing.
Coincidently, flicking through Good Housekeeping last night I found an article about giving anything up for 100 days and the impact it can have (what are the chances) and the author was specifically referencing the website Give It 100, you can do absolutely anything as long as it’s for 100 days and the site encourages users to post a daily blog charting their progress. They are inspirational and worth a look even if you aren’t sure about going ahead, or maybe you will be inspired to do 100 of something else.
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If you are taking lunch somewhere, I think one of the most of putting things about salad is that it either required a big box, or you have to take all the bits with you to keep it fresh, the lettuce goes soggy in the dressing etc, etc….
Well not anymore! Since hearing about this idea I’ve become a little bit obsessed by it, partly because they just look so pretty and I love a jar!
Basically you want to make sure the dressing and harder parts are at the bottom and leafy bits at the tops so they don’t mix until you are ready to eat your salad so,
Take your empty jar….
Pour in your salad dressing
Then add hard chopped vegetables like carrots, cucumber, bell peppers etc…
Next you add your grains and pastas including things like chickpeas, cooked rice or pasta etc…
Softer vegetables such as avocado and tomotoes, or any soft fruits like strawberries or dried apricots etc… go in next
This is where you would add nuts like pine nuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds and any softer more absorbent grains such as quinoa, Cous Cous etc…
Finally, fill the rest of your jar with lovely leafy greens.
You can add meat, fish, hard boiled egg cheese etc… but just be aware that you would only want to add those on the day you are eating the salad. But otherwise, salads can be made a few days in advance so you can do a few at a time and grab one in the morning as you rush out the door.
Do you have any delicious salad receipts? Let me know in the comments box.
I love a smoothie. I just love imagining my cells being flooded with goodness as I drink them. So yummy and the fruit helps settle my sweet-tooth as well.
My real tip though is use Coconut Water in place of Milk. Great if you want to cut down on lactose and Coconut water is fantastic and rehydrating your body naturally. And the Coconut flavour goes great with fruit.
My Favourite Smoothie Recipe
250ml of Coconut Water
Handful of Blueberries
Tablespoon of Oats (keeps you fuller for longer)
Also, hoping the summer weather stays, you can chuck a lot of ice cubes in to make it seriously refreshing.