5 things you can do for your gut health

Confession: I first discovered the anti-inflammatory diet from Spencer Pratt. Yes, that Spencer Pratt. For the record, we both have sensitive skin so when I read his self-care routine on Fashionista, I thought the anti-inflammatory diet could solve my own skin and overall health woes too. Another reason to be thankful for Speidi, right?

When I first started looking into the anti-inflammatory diet I have to admit, I found the topic of gut health (Leaky gut! Microbiome! Good bacteria! Bad bacteria!) and the sheer amount of information on this topic to be completely daunting. While I’ve introduced aspects of the anti-inflammatory diet into my life – namely, my turmeric obsession –  it wasn’t until I interviewed a nutritional therapist last week about allergies (FYI, hay fever is caused by inflammation too) that I decided I really need to take this more seriously.

If, like me, you find the whole subject of gut health and anti-inflammatory food to be confusing and overwhelming, here’s 5 easy things you can do to look after your gut health today: Continue reading “5 things you can do for your gut health”

All out of vegan breakfast ideas? This blueberry oat parfait will hit the spot

Whether you’re looking for a vegan breakfast recipe or you just want a healthy snack to pop in the fridge while you’re on the go, this blueberry oat parfait will do the trick.

As mentioned in my 5 Morning Rituals post, I’ve really been trying to make time for breakfast these days and this recipe has become a morning staple. It’s an easy plant-based recipe for anyone looking for breakfast ideas that don’t involve eggs and, if you’re not vegan, you can use dairy yoghurt or honey – whatever you fancy!

vegan snack recipes berry parfait lisa hughes blogI usually use blueberries for this breakfast recipe so I can start my day full of antioxidants but I’ve also made this recipe with fresh raspberries and it’s equally delicious that way.

You can eat this blueberry parfait straight away but I find that leaving it overnight in the fridge makes it become firmer and the blueberry juice oozes into everything making it even more juicy and delish. Stop me, I’m drooling. Continue reading “All out of vegan breakfast ideas? This blueberry oat parfait will hit the spot”

5 ingredient no bake date and pecan bites

Hands up if you ate a little too much chocolate over Easter! While I didn’t eat a single chocolate egg this year (yes, that sound you hear is the sound of my inner Chunk from The Goonies sobbing) I definitely overindulged on the food front and will be blaming Easter feasting for my next crotch blow-out. No regrets though.

As I mentioned before, I’ve really been trying to cut down on sugar in my diet so I’m always looking for sugar-free snacks to satisfy my sweet tooth and stop the nagging sugar cravings, especially after dinner when I would steal sweets straight from a baby. Continue reading “5 ingredient no bake date and pecan bites”

Seriously addictive no bake date, Brazil nut and dark chocolate squares

I made these no bake date, brazil nut and dark chocolate squares last weekend and they are to die for, if I say so myself. So you can guess what recipe I’ll be rustling up again this weekend to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

If you’re looking for a vegan snack recipe that will only take about 30 minutes to make, look no further than this no bake recipe. Not only are these squares a delicious way to get more nuts and oats into your diet but I can guarantee you will want to eat them all yourself. Continue reading “Seriously addictive no bake date, Brazil nut and dark chocolate squares”

Cozy up with this comforting sweet potato soup recipe

Today I realised that I’ve eaten soup every single day since last summer. Yes, that includes Christmas, birthdays and everything in between. Do I qualify for My Strange Addiction yet?! I know it’s really basic but there is nothing better than fresh soup when you’re starving, don’t have time to eat (note to self: make time!) or feel under the weather. It feels like a lazy choice but soup is an excellent way to get your 5-a-day or if you’re trying to adopt a plant based diet but you’re not sure what to eat, soup is the place to start.

For this Wellness Wednesday, I wanted to share the recipe for my favourite soup which I’ve been pretty much living on this winter. Of course, it contains sweet potato (told you I have a problem) and the sweet potato makes this the perfect soup to cozy up with if you’ve got the winter blues. Trust me, it’s so comforting. If you’re looking for an easy vegan lunch recipe, the leek and celery give this soup a reviving quality I just love, especially at lunch time when my face feels ready to fall off and I need a pick-me-up. Continue reading “Cozy up with this comforting sweet potato soup recipe”

Energising beetroot smoothie recipe for when you feel completely zapped

If I hear myself complain about being tired one more time… But we’re all in a collective state of tiredness, right? Welcome to adulthood.

In winter, I seem to feel particularly sluggish and there’s something about the cold weather that makes me reach for junk food quicker than the healthy snacks I usually take smug pride in gobbling. I’m also trying to quit caffeine which is all kinds of fun. I’ve been using the excuse that it’s too cold for smoothies but today I decided to get back into my daily beetroot juice routine, in the hopes it’ll give me a much needed burst of energy. Continue reading “Energising beetroot smoothie recipe for when you feel completely zapped”

Baked sweet potato bean burgers recipe

How much sweet potato is TOO much sweet potato? That’s one of life’s big questions, really. Even though I’m this close to going a shade of oompa loompa with all the beta carotene, I’m unapologetic about my sweet potato obsession and I’m always looking for new ways to eat it.

If you’re not a sweet potato addict (explain yourself!) and you’re wondering why sweet potatoes are so good for you, rest assured – these starchy root vegetables are a nutritional rock star. Rich in antioxidants, high in fibre and bursting with vitamins and minerals – these are just a few of the health benefits of sweet potatoes.

Whether you’re a committed vegan or just taking part in Veganuary and you’re looking for a quick and easy, nutritious vegan recipe, these baked sweet potato burgers will not only give you another excuse to stock up on sweet potatoes but they’ll really hit the spot. You could also make this recipe into small falafel style bites, if you fancy a savoury vegan snack. Continue reading “Baked sweet potato bean burgers recipe”

4 ingredient date and cashew energy balls recipe for when you’re too busy to bake

Dear reader, please forgive me. I fully intended to post a round-up of easy vegan snack recipes for anyone who is looking for healthy snacks for Christmas but I just haven’t gotten around to it, thanks to the unpredictability of being a freelance writer. This weekend I managed to escape into the kitchen for half an hour, listen to a podcast (Leah Remini discussing Scientology on Ru Paul: What’s the Tee? – I 100% recommend it) and make these unbelievably easy date and cashew nut energy balls.

Similar to my recipe for coconut and cashew cookies, these balls are vegan, you only need 4 ingredients and there’s no baking required so, even if you’re time-strapped or not exactly Nigella in the kitchen, you’ll be able to make them. So, if you’re looking for a really delicious but healthy snack before you overindulge over the festive season, give these date, cashew and coconut energy balls a go. Continue reading “4 ingredient date and cashew energy balls recipe for when you’re too busy to bake”

Try this banana oat breakfast bars recipe for a healthy snack on the go

What’s the story with recipes that include a 2000 word intro before you’ve even seen a photo of a vegetable? Is this another one of those things that only annoys me, like Reply All email chains or text messages beginning ‘Hi’ not ‘Hi Lisa’ (ruuude)? I promise, I will never start a recipe with a long essay. But…

I will preface this banana oat bar recipe by saying that I first started making this recipe because I used to eat those ‘healthy’ cereal bars a lot, before I realised that there’s more sugar in them than in a cupcake and they’re pumped with palm oil, additives and all sorts of nasties. When I don’t eat on the hour, every hour, I get hangry, so I needed a healthy snack to pop in my bag and eat on the go. Continue reading “Try this banana oat breakfast bars recipe for a healthy snack on the go”