Category Archives: Healthy

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Retreat Cafe Putney

For my job I am spending quite a bit of time these days in Putney in South West London. Putney is a lovely area near the river but when it comes to lunch time food options it’s a bit limited. However, recently I discovered a new little gem in the area; Retreat Cafe on Upper Richmond Rd. Retreat Cafe is a vegetarian cafe with loads of healthy and vegan or gluten free options. It’s small but cosy, the staff is super friendly and it is part of @thehouseofyoga which is Putney’s first Hot Yoga studio!

“At Retreat Café we believe in wholesome nourishment. Food that promotes health without a whiff of rabbit food. Our products are virtuous in every sense of the word. Healthy never tasted so good! All of our products are home-made and carefully formulated by our very own qualified Naturopath, chef and founder, Kimberly Parsons. Absolutely everything on our menu is gluten free, refined sugar free & tastes great!”

Retreat Cafe also has a branch in Soho at Kingly Court so for you more central peeps, go check them out for your health fix. Since discovering them this week I’ve been there twice already for their Avocado on Spelt Toast with rocket and seeds. It’s simple but oh so delicious! Avocado on toast is pretty hard to beat right? [obsessed]

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Zesty Bulgur Wheat Tabbouleh Salad with Roasted Chickpeas

Summer is upon us. Well kind of anyway, as I still live in London ;) However this means BBQ season has kicked off. I often get asked to bring a salad or dish to a BBQ and this Zesty Bulgur Wheat Tabbouleh Salad has been a go-to for me for years!

It’s refreshing, healthy and goes perfectly with any type of grilled meats or fish. It’s super simple and quick to put together, the longest part being the chopping of the ingredients. I added some extra crunch to the recipe this time by sprinkling over my favourite roasted chickpeas. It’s so yummy and love how colourful and fresh this salad looks. Click below for the full recipe and instructions.

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Getting Beach Ready with Bootcamp Pilates

The last month for me has been about getting healthy! Summer is not far away now so I thought I better kick myself into shape so I feel healthy and good. After indulging a bit too much this winter I definitely was feeling a little bit more ‘padded’ than usual… So time to fix it & embrace the 80/20 diet again by healthy eating, limiting alcohol to weekends only and getting myself into a fitness routine!

I have always liked doing the occasional reformer pilates classes to tone up so when one of my friends mentioned she does the Bootcamp Pilates Beach Body package every year, I thought I’d join her to get my bikini ready. The package includes 16 classes to use in six weeks which means you have to do about 3 classes a week to ensure you get the best results.

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Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Granola

When it comes to breakfast and the weather getting warmer again in London, I just can’t help craving Granola all the time! And I like my granola fresh and homemade because the store bought ones are full of added sugars and preservatives that are really unnecessary. My usual go-to granola recipe is this Honey Nut Granola which is deliciously crunchy, nutty and healthy – but I was in the mood for something new recently. Now, it’s no secret that I am totally obsessed with anything containing peanut butter so I thought why not mix my cravings for granola and peanut butter together to create a healthy homemade Peanut Butter Granola! 

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Kale salad with pomegranate, raisins and toasted flaked almonds

Kale seems to be the trendy green these days. So obviously I jumped on that bandwagon. But not only because it’s cool and good for you, it’s also actually really tasty! Kale can seem a bit chewy and though as a salad but if you ‘massage’ the leaves then it becomes a lot more delicious and tender. Here is one of my favourite salads using this healthy green, my kale salad with pomegranate, raisins and toasted flaked almonds!

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Healthy Creamy Avocado Pasta Sauce

Avocados. I just adore them. They are delicious simply sliced on toast with a heavy sprinkling of salt, mashed up as guaca-mole-mole for dipping nachos or veggies into, cubed in a refreshing salad (like my favourite Mango Avo & Macadamia Salad) or made into smashed chilli avocado (recipe) served with perfectly poached eggs! Yumm.

Anyway, in this recipe I used my beloved avocado for making a delicious pasta sauce. The sauce is rich and super creamy but still totally healthy! Just simple and fresh ingredients like avocado, garlic, basil and lemon juice whizzed all together and you’ve got yourself a green and creamy but oh so good for you pasta sauce. I served mine with zucchini pasta but feel free to have it with regular pasta; because you are saving loads of calories already with this healthy creamy avocado pasta sauce because you’re not using any butter or cream!

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Some new healthy cookbooks

When it comes to cooking, I really don’t have a shortage of inspiration for new recipes. On top the of many cookbooks I own, there are all the food blogs I follow, plus my trusted Pinterest boards. This means I should really have plenty of recipe inspirational sources, but, then I can’t help myself sometimes with buying even more cookbooks! Here are three cookbooks I purchased recently and surprise surprise they are all on the healthy cooking front – maybe something to do with the little fact that summer is on it’s way?!

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