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Nutrition/ Quick meals/ Snacks

Avocado hummus

Watching TV or when I have friends around I like to have something to snack around. Usually snacking is associated with unhealthy things but there are so many other alternatives that are good for you as well. So I am sharing my recipe for avocado hummus which you guessed it it’s incredibly good for you…food for your body and for your soul I dare to say. It’s also such a versatile dip as you can have it with celery sticks, slices of fresh walnut rye sourdough, olives or one of my favourites is fresh romaine leaves which look like a scoop perfect to hold the hummus. Why not add also a baba ganoush to have a complimentary dip to your platter? Coincidently I have a recipe for this as well…posted a few months ago:).

By now you got used to the next section of health benefits and this one is no different. Continue Reading…

Healthy desserts/ Snacks

Energy protein balls

Energy protein balls

Energy protein balls is one of my favourite snacks which you can even have as a dessert…full of protein and good fats minus the refined sugar!

The beauty of this recipe is that you can be creative. You can do whatever mixture you would like for your energy protein balls. So you can use less dates and add instead cranberries, raisins, goji berries, sultanas. The same with nuts and seeds; there are so many choices you can have: macademia, sesame, lindseeds, hemp seeds. Just make sure you soak them first. You can even add some wheatgrass powder or chlorella if you feel brave!

A few benefits of the nuts and dried fruit I used in this recipe… Continue Reading…

Sides & salads/ Snacks

Aubergine dip

babaganoush

Aubergine or eggplant is not quite everyone’s favourite but I think this little purple gem looks so pretty no one should resit it:). And this aubergine dip recipe it’s a delicious way to get this introduced into your diet.

As the colour suggests they have beneficial amounts of antioxidants that protect the heart and blood vessels and help balance blood sugar levels. Some studies have shown that aubergines can help remove harmful toxins from the body as well as helping with bowel regularity and water balance. Continue Reading…

Mains

Veggie curry with Socca

This is a recipe inspiration from my travels to South of France where the food has North African influences. So I combined the British favourite ย with socca, a chickpea flour pancake. And to celebrate autumn I am making this a veggie curry.

Some of you might remember that in August this year I went in the holiday of my lifetime:). Me and at that time boyfriend packed our Mini full of birdcages, lanterns, candles and what have you and off we went south passing the length of France and then going across Italy to get to our end destination: Florence. By the end of the week we got married in an incredible venue having the most amazing party. The funny thing is that my now husband (still having to get used to the calling him this) keeps complaining that I don’t mention him in my blog posts. Well, now he should be happy:).

As a true foodie my favourite way of experiencing a country is through the food. It’s the best way to understand a country and a culture…it tells you what the land/the sea is giving , what other populations have influenced the dishes through people coming as immigrants or as migratory populations. In Nice I have experienced Socca a chickpea flour massive pancake. Eaten by itself is a bit bland so I came up with a recipe that if full of flavour…you can call it an Indian-French fusion which I think it works very well. It’s a veggie curry served with socca as a side. Continue Reading…

Snacks

Home made chocolate hazelnut butter

Homemade chocolate nut spread

As the weekend approaches I am already thinking of pancakes! I know…I had a terrible week and thinking of something to cheer me up:). If I could I would eat Nutella everyday…but knowing the actual percentage of hazelnuts in this it’s no wonder I am coming up with a home made version of the chocolate hazelnut butter.

Believe it or not this actually has nutritional value.

Hazelnuts are high in: Continue Reading…

Mains/ Quick meals

Purple carrot soup

Purple carrots

The carrot season is here!!! To celebrate this wonderful veg I’ve decided to show an easy peasy healthy carrot soup that will protect your heart and will fight against cancer.

But these are no ordinary carrots…these are purple carrots! Carrots (both orange and purple) are rich in beta-carotenes…no wonder their names…from which the body makes vitamin A and also is known to decrease the incidence of some cancers. In addition to the benefits of a normal carrot these contain extra antioxidant pigments (hence the colour of their flesh) that will help fight arthritis and heart disease. Continue Reading…