I have another guest blogger with my on the Pantry this week and I'm so thrilled to be able to introduce you to her. Today we are welcoming Sophie from stunning healthy eating food blog Oatsodelicious to answer some questions and then whip up a batch of cookies for us. I saw them on her blog and couldn't resist!
Back in the dark old days when I started out on my healthy eating journey I seemed to read everywhere that a hot lemon water in the morning was super healthy. But is it really? I wanted to put this blog post together to try and bust some myths. I've sourced quotes from nutritionists to make sure I've got my facts right and hope that if you're like me and might have been sucked into believing that drinking hot lemon water has miracle powers this puts you straight.
I have a lot of dried fruit leftover from Christmas. I made homemade Christmas puddings and my cupboards are now overflowing with figs, raisins, dates and apricots. We all know I have had a complicated relationship with dried fruit in the past. So I wanted to embrace this 'banned' substance on the blog and include it in a recipe, and it's a good one.
Last month I co-hosted a January Supper Club for the Health Bloggers Community with my friend Rachael from Yoga Sound System and one of the starters was a baba ganoush dip. I haven't had baba ganoush since I was on a holiday in Greece a few years ago and I had forgotten just how amazing it is. Who needs chickpeas for a dip when you have amazing aubergine?! It's a ridiculously simple ingredients list, and here I've added basil for some extra flavour.
This year I'm taking Valentine's Day to be a serious reminder for some self-care. You may well be have struggled through January - miserable weather, fighting coughs and colds and feeling like you still haven't quite hit that stride everyone talked about for 2018. I feel you. Whether someone else buys these gifts for you or you get them for yourself - Valentine's Day should be about love in whatever form!
Worth and self-worth is something that’s been on my mind a lot over the last few months and a subject I wanted to cover for the blog. With the New Year bringing a lot of talk about mind-set and putting yourself in the best possible position to achieve your goals this year, knowing what you are worth is key. Here I share my 4 top tips to connect with your value.
Debenhams are running a Health Kickstart campaign this month and they asked me to get involved by creating a smoothie recipe I could make in a Nutri Ninja Professional 900W Blender and Smoothie Maker. Always a sucker for a new gadget I jumped at the chance and created this tasty green smoothie with sweetness of fruit and filling oats.
My next guest interview for the blog is registered dietitian Samantha Blamires from blog Nutrition Unwrapped. It's important for me to 'stick to what I know' and only share advice on nutrition where I have an expert to back me up. Cue Sam! In this interview we talk about rejecting fad diets and kicking it to 'detoxes': the perfect way to start off 2018 in the Pantry.
It’s very easy when you’ve been to a lot of health and wellbeing events to come away and think “did I actually learn anything new today?” The talks at Fresh Resolutions were really varied with a range of speakers coming from different backgrounds and with different expertise. But I noticed there were a few themes that popped up across all the talks that I wanted to share with you.
I've seen a lot of 2017 round up posts from bloggers. I've seen a lot of intentions and goal setting for 2018. Which got me thinking... What DOES work? What things did I learn in 2017 that actually stuck? If you're worried about setting goals that are going to stay with you throughout 2018, here are my best ones from 2017 that have become part of my being this year.
Cream sauces have always been my downfall, I am a total sucker for them. I'm not saying you should never eat a dairy, creamy sauce if that's what you fancy once in a while. But if you're like me and love a rich creamy sauce, but would rather do it dairy free when you're cooking at home then this is the perfect recipe for you.
This Christmas it felt only right to invite back once again the baker I know best in my life to bring us a festive recipe: my sister from baking kitchen Ella Rose Cakes. After the success of her courgette cake in the summer I tasked Ella with making The Flourishing Pantry a Christmas centre piece, with lots of lovely Christmas spices.
This week I've got another guest on the blog for you: the lovely Rachael O'Hegarty from Yoga Sound System. I'm teaming up with Rachael in January for the second of my Health Bloggers Community events in Dublin to host a supper club, with yoga, live DJ and a delicious three course meal. I ask Rachael a few questions ahead of the event to find out more about her, what got her into yoga and her relationship with food.
We've probably all heard now about the trend for sweet potato toast which I am pleased to say I've never tried. I'm sort of hoping that's going to die as a trend for 2017 and become sooooooo last season... So instead of turning it into toast, this recipe is embracing the sweet potato for all its filling potential in a breakfast with a difference.
I love introducing you guys to my favourite bloggers and Ciara from The Irish Balance is right up there. This week I've brought Ciara along to share with us a delicious snack bar that can be boosted with protein, something I've always admired with Ciara and her recipes. Have a read, including my interview getting to know her better.