MARKETING: A TRAITOR IN OUR MIDST

Think you’re tucking into a perfectly healthy, nutritious snack? You may need to think again. The packaging is – most likely – telling a load of fibs. Lucy from @thefashionfitnessfoodie I feel is the main whistle-blower when it comes to highlighting misleading information on packaging. Her clever calorie comparisons are fast becoming famous on Instagram, paving…

SPORTS-BASED NUTRITION

I firmly believe that food and fitness go hand in hand. Get on top of nutrition and the rest will fall into place. Think of your body as a car, food as fuel. It’s logic: you have to fill the engine with the best fuel in order for it to perform at its optimum. Food…

SUGAR: THE BITTER-SWEET TRUTH

Sugar has been in the headlines a lot lately, accused of all manner of atrocities and labelled as the ultimate enemy. People instructing us to treat sugar as poison, claiming consumption of the seemingly sweet treat is worse than smoking, Jamie Oliver’s sugar tax in a mission to fight child obesity. If we don’t start…

BANANA BLUEBERRY PANCAKES

If Sunday mornings aren’t made for pancakes, I don’t quite know what is. This particularly delicious stack is drizzled with the sweetest, ooziest, stickiest blueberry sauce. Just how I like ’em.If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know the routine: post-run pancakes, pretty much every weekend. Whilst some are addicted to their smoothie bowls and…

CRANBERRY OAT COOKIES

Sugar: the crushing point in most healthy-eating attempts. When those cravings kick in, there’s all too often no going back. Here, I’m sharing my recipe for spicy, chewy cranberry oat cookies that are blissfully free from refined sugar (the sweetness comes from coconut sugar which is an unprocessed natural sweetener from coconut blossom nectar). The recipe makes…

‘EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SINK’ CARROT CAKE

In my eyes, you can’t beat a good square of carrot cake on a wintery afternoon, cosied up with a blanket. Inspired by Hemsley + Hemsley’s recipe, this version is rustically warm, spicy, nutty and sweet – in all the right ways. Plus, it contains a whole lot of delicious shredded carrot; I get so frustrated by those recipes which claim…

GONE BANANAS? NICE CREAM

What’s that sound?! No, it’s not Mr Whippy’s ice cream van, instead it’s the nice cream stall rolling in! As nostalgic as the classic ninety-niner is, that whipped to perfection sweet treat is loaded full of refined sugar and processed ‘dairy’, not to mention its humongous calorie count! This healthy version could soon replace your tubs of Ben & Jerry’s. I know…

SPICED APPLE BUCKWHEAT CRÊPES

These crêpes are so delicious, they’ve become a brunch staple! I was tempted to call them pancakes, but they’re really more like crêpes: thin with a soft centre and crispy outsides. The apple filling makes this recipe so good; it’s spicy, sticky and sweet – almost like toffee sauce! They’re easily adaptable, but can be enjoyed by…

WHAT I EAT IN A DAY: SCHOOL EDIT

“Do you actually eat healthy food on a daily basis?” One of my most asked questions is about how I eat healthy on a day-to-day basis, juggling school work and general teenage life. I thought it would be interesting to do a ‘what I eat in a day’ style post to show what I eat…

GRANOLA

My latest discovery is homemade granola. Strangely, I’d never really thought about making my own; why make the effort when it’s readily available in the shops? After a little experimenting, I’ve come up with a recipe that makes the shop-bought versions look woefully lacking (or should I say overloaded with unhelpful stuff). It’s crunchy, flavoursome,…

SWEET POTATO BROWNIES

Here, I’m sharing my sweet potato brownies. The recipe was inspired by Deliciously Ella’s Sweet Potato Brownies, which I have tweaked to make them, in my eyes, just right. Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene – hence the bright orange colour – which converts to vitamin A (retinol) in the body, essential for clear vision…

ADOPTING THE EATWELL PLATE?

I’m sure many of us are bored of learning about the ‘EatWell’ plate; it’s usually taught in the lower years of school when we didn’t give a second thought to nutrition or portion control (…having seconds was a regular thing, and don’t even start on pudding!) But, back in those days, most of us could…