How do you enjoy the taste of chocolate when you need to be dairy-free & gluten-free for your health?
I wanted to bake an afternoon tea treat my friend who loves chocolate with a deep passion would enjoy without all the nasty side effects that milk and butter cause in my body. I also didn’t want a lot of fast-release sugar in the treat to ruin the rest of my day. Sugary snacks leave me tired, cranky and itchy – a hat trick I’m keen to avoid. And let’s face it if you have any sort of autoimmune issue it’s pretty wise to avoid gluten wherever possible (Visser et al, 2009). Continue reading “Cherry Ripe Muffins – healthy & delicious!”
My latest food obsession is baked cauliflower…I am absolutely obsessed with this easy-to-make, delicious-to-eat, healthy snack at the moment. It’s Paleo, it’s 5:2, it’s low GI, it’s just downright spectacular!
Not only is it the perfect Paleo snack,
for 5:2 lovers it is a super low calorie way of filling yourself up on fast days.
It’s the Easter Sunday tally of chocolate and hot cross buns and it’s time to get science to help me prevent pimples popping-up like bunny rabbits! In 7 days I will be standing in front of a group of gals talking evidence based health solutions and a visage resembling a pizza is not a confidence booster – it’s emergency strategy time.
Don’t believe me that chocolate and hot cross buns can cause acne? Studies on twins have proven that whilst the tendency to spots can run in families diet has a very large impact on whether or not your face has an outcrop of zits (6).
In fact the conservative Journal of Dermato-endocrinology said “nutrition is one of the most important parameters that is involved in modulating skin health and condition” (3).
The scientific research on the causes of acne:
- Cows milk including skim milk. Proven by studies on girls before menarche (onset of their period) and in adult women (6).
Do you find you are looking for something to pep you up to get through the day? Is the diet coke / coffee and chocolate afternoon snack more than the occasional go-to food?
I was talking fatigue and craving-busting strategies with my gorgeous friend Leah who is a mum to 2 active boys (3yo & 18months), a professional singer
with a busy performing schedule and a part-time student. Leah was asking me for snack ideas that were portable, affordable, healthy and most important of all helped her juggle all her daily balls…. challenge accepted. Continue reading “Energy-Boosting, Craving-Busting Snacks”