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!
I'm approaching 100 recipes on the blog! As I look back at the collection I realised something... I don't have a single salad recipe. A glaring omission you might think for a health food blogger? Well the truth is... I'm not a massive salad fan! Here's my answer to a salad, I think you'll approve.
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.
For the New Year I wanted something zingy and fresh rather than rich and chocolately and these fit the bill perfectly. Made with cashews for the cheesecake filling they're full of goodness and the biscuit base is to die for. In fact it was so good I had to crumble it on top as well!