Chocolate Orange Olive Oil Cake

This is an adaptation of Nigella's classic chocolate olive oil cake - made with less sugar and olive oil, and an orange and hazelnut twist. This recipe calls for a hand mixer, but I actually made it in a nutribullet and it worked perfectly and the whole thing was mixed and ready in under 5 minutes! If … Continue reading Chocolate Orange Olive Oil Cake

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Choco-berry power smoothie

This smoothie is a great speedy breakfast or filling snack. It's rich in protein (which helps you stay fuller longer), plus it packs 3 servings of antioxidant rich fruit and veggies. Prunes might not be your usual smoothie partner, but they provide a burst of natural energy, plus they're a secret bone builder - in one study from Florida … Continue reading Choco-berry power smoothie

How to beat junk food cravings

It's tempting to believe your craving for a giant chocolate bar is your body telling you that you're short in something or other, but studies show food cravings are more likely to be psychological than anything else. So what's going on? We know certain foods (like chocolate and sweets) activate areas of the brain linked with reward - so … Continue reading How to beat junk food cravings

Omega 3, fasting & brain health

Ever wonder how your diet affects your mental health? Me too.... This week I popped down to the Feed Your Mind festival at Kings College London to listen to neurologist Dr Sandrine Thuret give a lecture on diet and brain health, with a focus on two areas of research - omega 3 and calorie restriction / fasting. Here's … Continue reading Omega 3, fasting & brain health

Sugar-Free Sweet Potato Brownies

For a while now I've been experimenting with healthy baking - I'll admit this has been a slightly selfish endeavour on my behalf in an attempt to satify a sweet tooth without sugar, but hopefully you'll agree it's a worthwhile effort. Sweet potato brownies have been doing the rounds for a while - Dan Lepard … Continue reading Sugar-Free Sweet Potato Brownies