All posts tagged: Dairy Free

Healthy Eats . . .

Last weekend we visited Bournemouth for a mini break by the sea. It’s half term so we really wanted to spend some time together as a family and take a break from work. One of my favourite things about holidays is the food! At home I love cooking but on holiday we go out for dinner and of course enjoy the local favourites. You can’t beat fish and chips in newspaper on the coast. We also discovered a new restaurant called The Skinny Kitchen. You may have already seen a mouth watering stack of pancakes on my Instagram feed. After a quick glance at the menu, I had high expectations for our meal and we were not disappointed. The food was fantastic! Their impressive smoothie and juice menu has everything a healthy gal could ask for. I went for this Acai berry blast and a spicy bean chilli. Oh my . . . the desserts! We ordered the sweet potato brownie and banana bread to share. (I definitely didn’t want to share either of them, …

Jude’s Pancakes

This morning Jude and I made pancakes for breakfast. Like most four year olds, Jude has his favourite dishes but I try and encourage him to eat a variety of different things. He loves helping me in the kitchen and I love watching him discover new foods. Recently, I’ve noticed that Jude has become more aware of what he’s eating. (more fussy!) For examples, I’ve always used fresh basil in our pasta sauce and after almost three years of eating it, Jude has started to pick out tiny pieces of basil and push them to the side of his plate. I’ve asked Jude to help me to make some of his favourite meals, in the hope that he might try some new foods. If nothing else, I’m sure that he’ll enjoy making lots of mess! Here is our recipe for Banana & Blueberry Pancakes. . . Ingredients – 1 cup Self Raising Flour – 1 cup Soya Milk – 1/2 tsp Baking Powder – 1 Banana – 1 Large Handful of Blueberries Method – Heat …

Cinnamon & Cocoa Milkshake

This one is delicious !!! 1/2 a tsp Cinnamon 1/2 a tsp Cocoa Almond Milk 1 Banana One tsp of Almond Butter One tsp of Nutella 2 Ice Cubes I love this smoothie as a sweet treat, it’s the perfect recovery drink after a tough workout. I have been gradually increasing my running milage over the last few weeks as I am training for the February Cambridge half marathon. All these extra miles are being fuelled by my secret weapon . . . Nutella 🙂

10 Days as a Vegan

Have you even been tempted to become a vegan? I have a few vegan friends & although these days it seems like all of the ‘cool kids’ are giving it a go, it’s not as easy as simply ordering a bean burger & switching to soya. Veganism isn’t just about what you eat, it causes you to be more mindful about where your food comes from and how it was produced. A common misconception, is that vegan diets are boring and that all vegans are hipsters & yogis, that only eat nuts! The reality is that there are hundreds of foods available for vegans. Another response to veganism is that it is ‘unhealthy’. ‘Surely you need to eat meat for iron & protein etc.’ A trusted vegan friend of mine told me that she actually became a vegan after studying nutrition & microbiology for years, I think I’ll take my chances. For the next 10 days I will be saying goodbye to my beloved Nutella & attempting to eat a completely Vegan diet. Day 1. …

Pink Milkshake

Soya Milk, Strawberries, Blueberries, Banana & Mint. This mornings strawberry milkshake. . . . Top Tip – I always have berries in the freezer, that way if I haven’t been shopping and we’re out of fresh fruit, I can just add a few frozen berries to a smoothie or to my porridge etc. Jude calls this one ‘Strawberry yoghurt juice’ 🙂 He’s not a big fan of bananas, so this is a good way for me to sneak them into his diet. (I other hand love bananas, they are by far the most under rated fruit!)

Friday’s Fuel – Banana Milkshake

This milkshake is sooooo delicious!! & it’s the perfect refuel after my friday morning run. Here is my super simple recipe for the ultimate dairy free banana milkshake! Blend one large banana, half a glass of soya milk, a couple of ice cubes & . . . (one big spoonful of Sweedish Glace Vanilla Soya Ice Cream) Yes, that’s right, ice cream!! Enjoy!

Go Green Pasta

    This is my recipe for a delicious green pasta sauce. It only takes 15 minutes to make, so it’s perfect for a quick and easy mid-week meal. Pasta is my sons favourite food, so I try to create my own sauces and I’ll add different veggies and herbs. It’s a great way to get him to eat a variety of foods, he’ll eat just about anything if it’s mixed into some pasta. I asked Jude to score this dinner out of 10. . . he gave it a 20! Ingredients A big bunch of fresh Basil A big bunch of fresh Spinach A little fresh Rosemary Garlic Olive Oil (3 Tbsp) Soya Cream (100ml) This recipe is dairy free, but Jude likes to add cheese on to the top of his. Mix all of the ingredients together using a blender. Boil the pasta for 8-10 minutes. Drain the pasta and add stir in the green sauce. Serve into a bowl, add some fresh tomatoes, basil leaves & black pepper. Enjoy!  Note- You can …

Yellow Juice Boost

Today, I felt tired & I needed a bit of a boost. I resisted the temptation to grab a spoon and dive head first into the Nutella jar! Instead I made this delicious smoothie . . . Coconut water is packed full of goodness, it’s great for rehydrating after exercise. (Also a good hangover cure) I added a little bit of coconut cream too. Ingredients Coconut Water Mango Pineapple Lime Juice Mint Coconut Cream (optional) This smoothie is quite sweet, just what I needed to wake me up, after a late 10k last night with the midnight runners. Sunshine in a glass on a grey day, enjoy!

Beautiful Blueberries !

This smoothie has only 4 ingredients but it is packed full of goodness. Blueberries have a high fibre content, which is great for boosting your digestion & they also contain a huge amount of Vitamin C. Eating these little super berries will give your gut & your skin some TLC. Ingredients – Half a cup of frozen Blueberries A handful of Cherries Half a cup of Almond Milk One Banana – Blend all of the ingredient with a hand blender or smoothie maker. This smoothie is quite thick so you can add a little bit more milk if you want to make it lighter. This easy Peasy recipe takes about 60 seconds to make. If you often head out the door in the morning without breakfast, then try making this smoothie in the evening, you can keep it over night in the fridge and it’s ready to go in the morning. Bon appetite !