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A Sparkling Bonfire Night Gluten Free Treat! 0

When you are living with a food intolerance to gluten, you can feel like you miss out on some little treats that you used to enjoy! Around this time of year Parkin will be sorely missed as it just screams bonfire night!

 

Well fear not! If you are living life Gluten Free, we have found the perfect recipe. We have tried and tested this Parkin (yes, we know, our job is a very difficult one!) but unfortunately, we cannot take credit for this amazing creation. Full details on where to find it are at the bottom of this post!

 

Shopping List:

  • 110g Margarine
  • 170g Black Treacle
  • 80g Golden Syrup
  • 110ml Milk
  • 140g Gluten Free Self-Raising Flour
  • 55g Rice Flour
  • 25g Tapioca Flour
  • 55g Caster Sugar
  • ½ Teaspoon Xanthan Gum
  • 2 Teaspoons Mixed Spice
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Ginger (optional)
  • 1 ½ Teaspoons Gluten Free Baking Powder
  • 2 Medium Eggs, beaten.

 

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170 C / Gas 3. Line an 18cm (7 in) square cake tin with parchment.
  2. Melt the first three ingredients in a saucepan. Add the milk, stir well and allow to cool.
  3. Mix all the dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl, so that the spices are well blended with the flours. Add the beaten eggs and the treacle mixture and beat well so you have a very smooth cake mixture. The mixture must be the consistency of very thick cream.
  4. Pour the mix into the prepared baking pan and smooth out to the edges so that it is nice and even.
  5. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the cake. Transfer to a wire rack and remove the parchment. Cut into squares when cold.
  6. Freeze now if you are going to or leave to mature in an airtight tin for about three to five days. This cake keeps for about 10 days.

 

Thank you All Recipes for this treat

 

Let us know how you get on!

The Best of the Easy Halloween Treats! 0

At this time of year, we are plagued with the usual – trick or treat sweets, hot chocolates and pumpkin spiced lattes!

We are looking for something a bit different but easy to do as time is precious for everyone – whether you are just getting in from work, have little kids to run around after or anything in between.

We have put together our favourite collection of recipes we have come across and where to find the full details (we would love to claim them as our own but this was definitely due to the talent of these individuals!)…

  1. Monster Avocado Puddings (Dairy Free / Gluten Free / Nut Free)

Something a bit different for the kids and perfect for any little ones (or big ones!) who have allergies to lactose, gluten or nuts.

View Full Recipe Here

  1. Witch Hat Sandwich Cookies (Gluten Free)

This is one of those dishes that look very fancy and very intricate however it is surprisingly easy. If we are able to do it, so are you!

View Full Recipe Here

  1. Witch Fingers (Paleo / Vegan / Gluten Free)

This is bound to go down a treat and looks great at a party. It can be made as a Vegan alternative as well.

View Full Recipe Here

  1. Monster Face Pancakes (Gluten Free)

We have to be honest, the reason we love this so much is because its super easy but also it can be eaten any time of the day – breakfast, lunch or snack… you chose!

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  1. Banana Ghosts and Tangerine Pumpkins

Possibly the simplest but most refreshing of the list. When Halloween is taken over by sweet treats filled with sugar – this is a great one to get some of that Vitamin C back in the diet!

View Full Recipe Here

Want to have a look at more? We have pinned some of our favourite recipes to our Pinterest Halloween board – You can view this HERE

Let us know what you think and send us your favourite Halloween delights!

Top 5 Superfood Soups 0

If you are looking for some health inspiration for your lunch today, look no further than our top 5 list of Superfood Soups to fill you up and feed your body with the nutrients it needs!

 

Ginger Butternut Carrot Soup

The perfect winter soup for a quick and easy fix of essential nutrients that your body may be missing. Any tummy issues? – the ginger is a natural ingredient that helps settle stomach issues that may be caused by the lingering winter viruses!

Shopping List (Serves 2):

  • ½ Butternut Squash (peeled, seeded and chopped into 1-2 inch chunks)
  • 1 Cup Baby Carrots
  • 2 Cups Low Sodium Vegetable Broth
  • 1 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • ½ tsp Dried Tarragon
  • ½ tsp Fine Sea Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Ground Black Pepper

View Full Recipe Here

Red Lentil Soup

Having dinner in a hurry doesn’t mean you should compromise on health. This quick soup is full of proteins (thanks to the lentils) but feels hearty - warming you all the way through!

Shopping List (Serves 4):

  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Small White Onion
  • 2 Tomatoes (Diced)
  • 1 tsp Cajun Spice Blend
  • ½ tsp Fennel Seeds
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 4 Cups of Vegetable Broth
  • 1 Cup Red Lentils
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Knob of Ginger (Minced)
  • Salt and Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
  • Lemon Juice for Serving

 View Full Recipe Here

Carrot Peanut Soup

Eating this flavourful Asian inspired soup will get you your healthy dose of fats from coconuts and peanuts whilst boosting your immunity with the presence of ginger.

Shopping List (Serves 2)

  • 2 Medium Carrots (Peeled and Chopped)
  • ¼ Cup Peanuts
  • 1 Medium Onion Chopped
  • 1 Tomato
  • 5 Garlic Chopped
  • 1 Inch Ginger
  • ¼ tsp Pepper Powder
  • 2 Tsp Olive Oil
  • Salt to Taste

View Full Recipe Here

Vegetable Superfoods Soup

Completely Vegan Friendly and Gluten Free, its light in calories and packed full of nutritious goodness.

Shopping List (Serves 2)

  • 4-5 Cups of Water
  • 3 Baby Bok Choy
  • 3 Ounces Mushrooms (Sliced)
  • 3-6 Ounces organic Silken Tofu (Cubed)
  • 1 Small Onion (Halved and Sliced)
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic (Minced)
  • 1 tsp Korean Powdered Pepper (or Red Pepper Flakes)
  • Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Mellow White Miso

View Full Recipe Here

Split Pea Soup

Perfect for a simple yet tasty soup to keep you warm as the nights and days get colder. Peas have a high level of protein in them as well as being a great source of Fibre, Vitamin A, Iron, Folate, Thiamine, Vitamin C and Manganese.

Shopping List (Serves 6)

  • 6 Cups of Vegetable Broth
  • 2 Cups of Dried Green Split Peas
  • 1 Medium Onion (Chopped)
  • 1 Cup Carrots (Chopped)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (Minced)
  • ½ Teaspoon Dried Marjoram
  • ½ Teaspoon Dried Basil
  • ¼ Teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon Pepper
  • 5 Tablespoons Shredded Carrots
  • 2 Green Onions

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10 Foods to Improve your Mood 0

As we head in to winter, the amazingly warm and sunny summer we have just had can seem like a distant memory leaving you feeling down.

The food that you eat and the drinks you have all have an effect on your mood so, to help you combat some of those woes, we have put together our list of favourite mood enhancing foods.

  1. Dark Chocolate

High quality dark chocolate stimulates the production of endorphins (the chemicals in the brain that create the feelings of pleasure) so if we ever needed a better reason to eat chocolate, we have one here.

  1. Beans

Due to how your body digests them (slowly), these help with reducing blood sugar highs and leave you without that irritable and tired side-affect that comes from the crash.

  1. Berries

Blueberries, Raspberries or Strawberries…these little fruity snacks can reduce the production of Cortisol (the hormone released when we are stressed).

  1. Herbal Tea

Swapping your usual high caffeine coffee or tea can drastically help mood swings however that’s not the end of why you should indulge in this herbal alternative. There are links between tea and relaxation and concentration. With so many flavours – we don’t think you will get bored!

  1. Coconut

Just smelling the scent of coconut has shown to reduce stress (anyone else think of a tropical beach?) however eating coconut regularly has proven to reduce anxiety and lower blood pressure.

  1. Turmeric

Studies show that this powerful root can help fight the symptoms of depression. This is due to the anti-anxiety properties and the ability to help with chronic fatigue.

  1. Nuts

Eating these little snacks has been found to increase serotonin levels in the brain which can lead to brightening mild depression. The recommendation is to grab your daily intake of walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts and feel a bit brighter.

  1. Seeds

One of our biggest superfoods at the moment and, in particular Chia Seeds, carry major health benefits (as well as being able to keep you fuller for longer). They also have a hidden and very important side affect, they improve your mood due to being rich in Omega 3.

  1. Spinach

Any leafy greens that you can include in your diet are proven to lift your mood. They contain magnesium which increases Serotonin levels and in turn boosts your mood.

  1. Water

Quite frankly, the most important of all. The more water you drink, the better the mood and it’s that simple!

What is your go-to mood boosters? Let us know in the comments below!

Top 5 Smoothie Recipes of 2018 (so far…) 0

A constant struggle for anyone trying to eat healthily but also grab something convenient and quick for breakfast – say hello to the breakfast smoothie!

Full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to promote good health, we have rounded up our favourite one’s for you to try (and where to find the full recipe – we unfortunately can’t claim them as our own!):

  1. Banana Ginger Smoothie

Loaded with the essential vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy and balanced diet, this smoothie is great for both lowering blood pressure due to the high-quality honey used and can help with stomach issues such as sickness or nausea due to the high concentration of ginger.

Ingredients that you will need include (Serves 2):

  • 1 Banana (Sliced)
  • 6 oz Vanilla Yoghurt
  • 1 Tbsp High Quality Honey
  • ½ Tsp Freshly Grated Ginger

Combine all the ingredients together and blend until smooth – Voila! 

View Full Recipe Here

  1. The Very Berry Breakfast Smoothie

Helping to fight against Cancer, Heart and Circulatory Disease and Age Related decline, this simple and fruity smoothie packs a lot in to that one glass.

Ingredients that you will need include (Serves 2):

  • 1 x Frozen Unsweetened Raspberries
  • ¾ Chilled Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • ¼ c Frozen Pitted Unsweetened Cherries
  • 1 ½ Tbsp Good Quality Honey
  • 2 Tsp Finely Grated Fresh Ginger
  • 1 Tsp Ground Flaxseed
  • 2 Tsp Fresh Lemon Juice

Combine all ingredients together in a blender and add the Lemon juice according to your taste.

Read Full Recipe Here

  1. Detox Green Smoothie with Chia Seeds

With our favourite superfood, Chia Seeds, this smoothie is designed to give you a boost in the morning and stay fuller for longer, helping with weight loss and that sometimes hard to resist snacking that can happen mid-morning (don’t worry, we are all guilty of it!).

Ingredients that you will need to include (Serves 1):

  • 1 Cup Spinach Leaves
  • 1 Banana (sliced)
  • 1 Cup Frozen Pineapple Chunks
  • 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk

Once again, blend and enjoy!

Read Full Recipe Here

  1. Green tea, Blueberry and Banana Smoothie

With another one of our favourites, blueberries, this smoothie is a high source of antioxidants as well as being low in calories. This is the perfect start to the day if you know it is going to be a hard day – the green tea has been known to help brain function (to name a few health benefits).

Ingredients that you will need to include (Serves 1):

  • 3 Tbsp Water
  • 1 Green Tea Bag
  • 2 Tsp Honey
  • 1 ½ c Frozen Blueberries
  • ½ Medium Banana
  • ¾ c Calcium Fortified Light Vanilla Soy Milk

Microwave Water until steaming and add tea bag to stew. Once stewed, removed tea bag and add honey (stir till dissolved). Blend the rest of the ingredients and add tea.

Read Full Recipe Here

  1. Pumpkin Coconut Smoothie

Suitable for a range of diets which include Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan and Vegetarian, this is great for potentially improving sensitivity to insulin (thanks to the cinnamon), lowering blood pressure and providing powerful anti-diabetic effects.

Ingredients that you will need (Serves 2):

  • 1 Cup of Coconut Milk
  • ¼ Cup Organic Pumpkin Puree
  • 2 Teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 Frozen Banana Sliced
  • 1 Cup of Ice

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Read Full Recipe Here

Let us know how you get on or what your favourites are.

How to Make a Flax Egg 0

It can be hard to find good substitutes in recipes for eggs, but this flax egg is easy to make and works well in most recipes. A flax 'egg' has the same effect in baking, it doesn't quite bind or stiffen in the same way as a regular egg, but is a good substitute for pancakes, biscuits and brownies.

  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed 
  • 2 1/2 tbsp water

All you need to do is mix the two together and leave to thicken for about 5 minutes.

Use in recipes in place of 1 medium egg.

Recipe || Overnight Vegan Oats With Superfoods! 0

Overnight Oats with Maca, Chia Seeds & Goji Berries

Everybody loves oatmeal! It can warm you during the winter or cool you during the warmer months. Overnight oatmeal is the solution! This Oatmeal Parfait is just what you’ll need.

You’ll have to make this before you go to sleep, so when you wake up, all you have to do it get the glass from the fridge and add superfoods and fresh fruit. Easy, healthy and fast!

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 5 to 6 tbs oats
  • 1 mashed banana
  • a pinch of cinnamon
  • superfoods like goji berries and mulberries
  • fresh fruit like raspberries and blueberries

Stirr the almond milkoats and the mashed banana in a glass. Add the cinnamon and mix well. Put it in the fridge for a night, the next morning, top it off with superfoods and fresh fruit. Enjoy, that’s it!