‘Can pizza ever be healthy?‘, you may be wondering, as I also did once upon a time. But being a normal human being, I absolutely adore the occasional pleasure of a salty, thin, crispy pizza with fresh basil and authentic Italian ingredients topping it off! However it’s a rare treat as I know a large pizza can easily amount to 1000+ calories, and relatively empty ones at that. SOLUTION TIME! Amazon challenged me to whip up something summery and healthy but with an indulgent touch, as part of their #NowItsSummer campaign, and I picked up that gauntlet with gusto; Pizza it was to be! In this post, I’ve experimented with a ‘healthier’ dough-base equivalent in the form of cauliflower and sourced my own high-quality toppings to complement it. The production process was a total blast, and the result is way tastier and easier-to-make than it sounds – plus it forms a delicious crust foundation to house the topping of your choice. For me, that’s anchovies (deliciousness plus the added benefit of some omega fatty acids and protein), some low-fat-high-protein cheese, some flax, tomatoes and veggies, some fresh basil and rocket, and we’re in business! Click MORE to get the full recipe and whip up something special for the next time you have some friends round!
What would the world be without dessert ?! Arguably, nothing! It would be like Juliet without her balcony, and even without her Romeo. Thankfully that was just a mental hypothetical question, and in reality, I aim to encourage my sweet tooth every now and again simply because it makes me happy! To do this, I’ve developed an array of desserts which are on the nutritious side, and yet which taste incredible. This oxymoron of characteristics (healthy deliciousness) is surprising to many who sample them, and today’s blog post weighs in as a serious addition to the roster. Bizarrely, it’s the recipe that I receive most incoming requests for (!?) and so here, ladies and gentlemen, is my Apple, Rhubarb & Blueberry Crumble, which draws upon the titular fruits, as well as seeds, nuts, oats and an array of exotic spices! Click more to read exactly how to rustle up this epic dish ahead of your dinner occasion! (more…)
Admittedly, there are healthier ‘breads’ out there, and you might (rightly) argue this is more of a cake than a bread (which it absolutely is, I make no secret of it…) but successfully existing as a human being *requires* bouts of enjoyment, the savouring of deliciousness, the thrill of the treat! Cast your eyes over the fruit bowl, and consider your banana situation; should there happen to be a few over-ripe ones lying about, the following recipe is for you! If you’re craving something sweet, this bread is made from a group of wholesome and natural ingredients, is naturally sweetened, gluten and dairy free, and will absolutely deliver a hit of intense taste that satisfies your cravings in a healthy way! Click MORE to see the full recipe… (more…)
Regular readers will know that I have a relentless sweet tooth and in an attempt to tame it, I make healthy snacks which are both sweet but also nutritious – and best of all, super easy to make! This blog post showcases the recipe for my healthy and all-natural Coconut and Chocolate Energy Balls which are perfect for dispatching that 15:00 itch! It’s also a collaboration with the innovative dental brand REGENERATE Enamel Science™, as to my mind, sweet teeth should be healthy teeth (dental hygiene is a bit of a Swedish national topic!) and this was a great opportunity to showcase that! Click MORE to see it all.
STAGE 3) PROTEIN POWER!!!
Sugar cravings under control √. Complex energy understood √. Now it’s time to fuel your training! Protein is part of any balanced diet; in the gym environment it’s often known for ‘growth and repair’ properties, but every function in our cells/organs/bodies are regulated by protein – ‘growth and repair’, yes, but also, digestion, absorbtion, healthy blood oxygenation, bone strength, antibody production, brain activity etc. With this in mind here’s a good recipe to make a yummy dish packed with high quality sources of protein!
This picture is of my healthy, home made, grilled (avoid frying) tuna steak ‘burger’. Tuna is a naturally rich source of lean protein (c. 25g of protein per 100g), and has very low saturated fat content especially when compared to red meat. The calorific content is also low, at c. 220 calories per 150g tin. It also contains healthy omega-3 fatty acids, iron, potassium, zinc, vitamins B12 & B3 and other essential fats. I topped it off with half an avocado (tasty, with essential fatty acids), rocket (for iron and a vitamin boost) and some chilli powder (to set my metabolism racing)! Also, the bun is wholegrain (complex carbs, slow release energy)!
Burger King, eat your heart out! x
Following on from yesterday’s post on KILLING THE SUGAR RAT…
STAGE 2) FEED ON COMPLEX CARBS – Why bother with complex carbohydrates? CRUCIAL! They release energy (glucose) slowly sustaining you throughout the day, whereas simple carbs turn you into a hyper 2 year-old for an hour then comatose you for the next five. Simple sugars (high GI) are in things like refined fizzy drinks, white bread or white rice, but complex sugars (low GI) are found in wholegrain loaves, wholewheat pasta, porridge oats etc. Eating more of the latter will leave you less peckish, less often!
The brown rice in this snap of Sushi (made it for lunch today, took <30 mins) contains c. 80% more vitamin B than white rice (good for energy conversion and blood oxygenation), with double the manganese (joint lubrication, maintains the nervous system), 60% more Iron (helps mental focus, bodily strength, blood oxygen and circulation) and almost 100% more dietary fibre and essential fatty acids. More importantly it’s kept me full until now, 17:30! Add to that the Salmon and Tuna (rich sources of omega fats and protein) and the vegetables (peppers, spring onion, carrot, cucumber), and you’ve got fuel for your workout (or night out!).
N.b. this dish has been known to impress people for its inventiveness, BUT it’s so easy to make!! Bon apetit, or rather どうぞ召し上がれ!!! Click below to get the recipe…