Clean Cocoa Coconut Bites

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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.

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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.

Happy eating! x

The Re-Energiser Mini One Day Detox

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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…

  • Morning
    • Green tea or warm water with lemon juice
    • Coffee enima (optional but think they can be bought on the internet)
    • Green Juice
    • 20 minutes of exercise.  This can be a jog, yoga, running up and down the stairs, just get moving!
  • Lunch
    • Green tea or warm water with lemon juice
    • Green Juice
    • Eat cucumber
  • Afternoon
    • Green Juice
    • Eat some cucumber
    • Do some gentle stretches
    • Relax or do some sorting around the house etc…
  • Dinner
    • Chamomile enima
    • Green Juice
    • Herbal tea
    • 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?

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100 Healthy Days – And So It Begins

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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?!

My Green Juice - Kale, Cucumber, Avocado, Celery and Pineapple

My Green Juice – Kale, Cucumber, Avocado, Celery and Pineapple

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.

That sort of thing.

Book-Cover-2X8lTc1A few websites I have found valuable in deciding how to do this are Deliciously Ella and 100 Days of Real Food (you are allowed wine in this one, result) and Cookbooks wise it’s, Honestly Healthy by Natasha Corrett and Vicki Edgson and Clean and Lean Cookbook by James Duggan.

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.

Clean Banana Breakfast Pancakes Recipe under Delicious Healthy Recipes

Clean Banana Breakfast Pancakes
Recipe under Delicious Healthy Recipes

Needless to say I will be updating my progress intermittently throughout the next 100 day’s, don’t worry you won’t be getting daily updates, but if you don’t already you can follow this blog by popping your email address in the box to the right (on a computer, below on your phone) and clicking follow and get updates straight to your inbox.

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Wish me luck! Nx

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 26 – Salad in a Jar!

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Easy, healthy lunch on the move!

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 26 – Salad in a Jar!

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….

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  • 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.

Happy eating x

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 24 – Super Smoothie

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Love a Super Smoothie

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 24 – Super Smoothies

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.

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My Favourite Smoothie Recipe

  • 250ml of Coconut Water
  • 10 Strawberries
  • Handful of Blueberries
  • 1 Banana
  • 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.

Happy smoothing x

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 20 – Savoury Biscuits

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Little bite size of yummy

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 20 – Savoury Biscuits

This is a slight variation on some savoury biscuits that I found on the internet.  I basically have added ground oats and Linwoods amazing Super Foods mix of Milled Flax, Sunflower, Pumpkin, Sesame Seeds & Goji Berry mix and reduced the sugar to make them a little healthier.  My kids love them so they make a really good alternative to sugar additives loaded packets of biscuits.

  • 1 and a half cups of flour – whole wheat flour if you are being really good.
  • 1 tablespoon of Sugar
  • Half teaspoon of Salt
  • Quarter cup of Water
  • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of Ground Oats
  • 1 tablespoon of Linwoods Mix
  • 4 tablespoons of Butter

Basically pre-heat the over to 250 and grease a large baking tray

Mix everything together in a large bowl.

Roll the pastry mix.  I always find it super sticky at this stage so you will need lots of flour to stop it sticking.

Cut shapes with a cookie cutter & put on a well-greased tray

Pop in the over for 5-10 minutes or until nicely golden brown

And enjoy!

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 16 – Go Green

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Flood Your Body with Goodness with Green Juice

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 16 – Go Green

The thought of drinking a Green Smoothie can be a little scary, mainly because it doesn’t sound great.  It is an acquired taste, but the fruit is essential as it helps balance out the bitterness.

images-5I have found the most wonderful recipe on an awesome website for you to look at, it even includes a Beginners Juice with a softer taste so if you are interested but not 100% sure where to start, you need to visit 100 Days of Real Food.

Honestly, give it a go, it’s not that bad and the benefit is immense – balance your body’s natural pH, flood your body and cells with goodness quickly and effectively, breaking down the fruit and veg in the blender lessens the load on the body’s digestion,

You can make your juice and put it in a jam jar so you can take it with you when on the move..

Happy juicing x

 

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 12 – Drink Tea

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Time for Tea

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 12 – Drink Tea

There is now scientific proof that drinking tea is good for you!

According to scientists at University College London a cup of tea reduces levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) and according to a study by Kings College London, drinking 4 cups of tea found that drinking tea can be better for you than drinking water because of the antioxidants (which are great for preventing DNA damage and most importantly wrinkles) in tea – especially Green Tea.

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Happy Drinking x

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 5 – Clean Banana Pancake

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Be warned, once you try this recipe, you will not be able to stop eating them!

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 5 – ‘Clean’ Banana Pancake

Easiest recipe ever!

  • Take one large banana and two eggs.
  • Mash the banana
  • Whisk the eggs
  • Mix the banana and eggs together
  • Cook like a pancake

photo copyAnd that’s it!  A delicious healthy clean dessert which includes one of your 5 a day!

In this picture I have added a little no-fat yogurt and some blueberries – yum yum yum!

Just one tip – the batter is thicker than a normal pancake mix so make sure you spread it thinly and move it around the pan more – unless you want to do the American style smaller and thicker pancake – this batter is perfect for that.

Happy eating! x

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 2

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This might sound funny but stick with me…

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 2 – Switch Spaghetti for Courgette’s

Honestly this is so yummy!  I heard about this ages ago but only got around to trying it recently and it was amaze balls.  It is really filling as well.  It honestly is just as good as the pasta but so much better or you!

Switching Pasta for Courgette's

Switching Pasta for Courgette’s

I cut the courgette in half and then use a grater to cut it into wafer thin strips.  You can have it raw, the warm pasta source makes it al dente or steam it for a few minutes it you would like it softer.

Happy eating x