Category Archives: Healthy

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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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Ethos Restaurant, London

Now, I love catching up with my friends during on weeknights, but going out for dinner a lot can affect my trying to be healthy ‘8020 diet‘ plan. So discovering new healthy restaurants in London is always a huge winner. Ethos restaurant is one of those places. Ethos is a self-service restaurant in central London, just near Oxford Circus making it very handy for a mid-week post work catch up! They offer a vegetarian buffet that works on a ‘choose – then weigh – then pay’ system.

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Get The Skinny – Breakfast Smoothie

Whilst the lovely Roz is away enjoying the last of snow, the rest of us in London are starting to think about the impending Summer that is drawing closer. And of course with that, comes bikini season. I love food. I love brunch. I love going for a cocktail with the girls. So starting summer prep now, means that you don’t have to deprive yourself of wonderful carbs and crash diet two weeks before your holiday, and you can still have fun.

There are things you can start doing day-to-day, and the one big thing is looking at your daily meals. Try this easy breakfast switch. Instead of a bowl of porridge in the mornings or toast, make this smoothie. It’s full of good fats and protein, and tastes like a chocolate milkshake, but its good for you! Don’t believe me?

Take a look at the ingredients of this healthy breakfast smoothie.

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Baked Salmon with Lemon Dill Zoodles Recipe

During the weeknights when I cook dinner at home, I try to eat as low-carb as possible to stick to my 80/20 diet. This can be a simple salmon stir-fry, a delicious meal salad (like this butternut squash & chorizo one) but more often than not dinner features zoodles. Zoodles? Well you can call them zucchini noodles, courgette noodles, zucchini pasta or spaghetti – whatever floats your boat really but they are the best! I use them as a replacement for pasta dishes like Spag Bol (my go to recipe here), or add them to salads or noodle soups! Today’s recipe is a super quick, easy, filling and healthy dinner or lunch dish; Baked Salmon with Lemon Dill Zoodles.

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Homemade Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

Now I love anything peanut butter flavoured. I don’t know why but I have always been totally obsessed with the stuff. I have it on my porridge almost every morning, I spread it onto bananas, apples or rice crackers for a healthy snack – or I could easily consume it by the spoonful from the jar really. Another favourite combination for me is peanut butter and chocolate. Growing up in the Netherlands we have a sandwich topping called ‘Hagelslag’ which is pretty much large chocolate hail that you sprinkle (generously) onto a slice of bread slathered in either butter or in my case peanut butter. Yummmm!

Anyway, when I was at the Good Life Eatery in Chelsea (review here) recently I tried their raw peanut butter cups and instantly fell in love with their healthy alternative to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. So I thought, I need to learn how to make these at home so I can have my bite-size peanut butter and chocolate fix at any time. Turns out there are quite a few variations on the Internet for healthy peanut butter cups recipes, some completely raw or vegan but I decided to just go simple and use only 3 ingredients. These homemade healthy peanut butter cups are rich, sweet and decadent while being nutritious, sugar free, gluten-free and without the excess calories, fat, sugar and strange additives & preservatives that are in the store-bought version. And this recipe for homemade peanut butter cups is really quick and easy to make too! 

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