Blueberries…a tasty topping!

We all know that blueberries are super healthy for us, but I have to admit I don’t eat them enough. They can be a bit expensive but I do think are worth it. I bought some recently and they are like tiny bullets of sweetness. Delicious!

Of course, the baker in me wanted to cover these blueberries with batter to make muffins or whip up a batch of blueberry pancakes smothered in maple syrup. But there was a tiny voice inside me screaming about how my hips didn’t need it. So I pimped my breakfast instead. Yes I know you are disappointed in me.

Just a handful of blueberries on top of your morning porridge or granola can really give it a lift. I had some homemade granola, topped with blueberries and natural yoghurt. I could have added some honey but didn’t want the sugar content to go through the roof. It was fresh and yummy.

I get bored of eating porridge every day so I am always looking for ways to mix it up. I also like to freeze the blueberries and when you bite into them they certainly wake you up! What do you guys have for breakfast? Let me know!

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Bored of the same lunch? Try something new…

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at my boring sandwich or same old salad for lunch and thought, surely I can eat something else? Especially in the winter, I long for something warm that won’t make me feel sleepy all afternoon.

So today I decided to make leek and potato soup, and it was very satisfying. I didn’t add any cream (even though I really wanted to!) because as a weekday lunch I didn’t want it to be full of calories . All I did was fry a medium sized chopped onion, two garlic cloves, 2 sliced leeks and one small sliced potato in some olive oil. I let them sweat down a little bit and then added some chicken stock. I boiled it until the potato was cooked through and then added a splash of semi-skimmed milk, seasoned with salt and pepper and blitz until smooth. I also added some fresh parsley to give the soup a bit of a lift.

I think soup is a great idea for lunch, you can make a batch on the weekend and then freeze into individual portions for the week and off you go. I’m not a fan of those packet soups because who knows what is in them and they taste a bit watery to me. I like to know that I am getting some real veg in me. And there are so many different combinations you could try, such as sweet potato and carrot soup or tomato and red pepper soup. What flavours do you like?

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Make your own healthy coleslaw!

As it’s summer in the UK, everyone is in barbecue mode! And why not? Who doesn’t love grilled chicken and veg in the garden? But sometimes I get a bit bored with a simple salad on the side with a lonely baked potato.

So I decided to make coleslaw but a healthy version of it. I didn’t have the guts to make it with a bucket full of mayonnaise. My waist line is already growing from all the baking, but that’s another issue.

This coleslaw is made with zero fat yoghurt, a teaspoon of mayonnaise (because I couldn’t ignore it) and dijon mustard. Its so simple! Add all these ingredients in a big bowl and season with salt and pepper. I bought a white cabbage and chopped it finely, then grated a couple of carrots and finely chopped half a red onion. I mixed this in with the yogurt mixture and sprinkled in some fresh chives.

I can honestly say that it tastes so much better than the shop bought coleslaw and you feel less guilty afterwards! It’s great for lunch or a side at dinner. Now I don’t have to force myself to burn it off afterwards. Although I should burn off that chocolate mousse I had…

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