Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Ritz-Carlton Dubai

It's been a week since I arrived home from the glorious beaches of Dubai to a very dull and decidedly cooler UK. The grey skies in London weren't quite cutting it so I managed to book a very last minute holiday to the UAE with my family! We stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Jumeirah Beach, a resort which offers a marked change from the enormous skyscrapers that house many of the hotels in the city and at 250 rooms, describes itself as 'boutique'. It was total luxury; impeccable service in an absolutely beautiful setting, surrounded by a completely unique culture...

Friday, August 21, 2015

Grilled Vegetable Nibbles

My downfall at this time of year is barbecues. Not only the marinated meats and array of colourful side salads, but actually all of the savoury nibbles that come before the full-on BBQ spread. During this time, we're faced with Doritos, Kettle Chips, breadsticks, and every kind of salty nut you can dream of. It's happy hour for snackers (like myself!) So, instead of serving up the slightly naughtier nibbles, here is a really simple and flavoursome idea which is sure to keep your guests satisfied whilst they're waiting for their food, but in a much more nutritious fashion...

Monday, August 17, 2015

Amaretti Baked Nectarines

This is an adaptation of one of my Mum's amazing dessert recipes. She always makes it with peaches and traditional Italian Amaretti biscuits - they're absolutely gorgeous. So I've decided to adapt it slightly to create a more guilt-free version, which is gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free. The filling is not quite as crunchy as my Mum's traditional biscuit recipe, but it still has that incredible almond flavour that pairs so well with the lovely baked fruit...

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Truth About Almond Milk

Nut milk is a fantastic, dairy free, low-calorie alternative to your standard cows milk. A whopping seven out of ten people don't have the enzyme needed to digest dairy, so it's an incredibly nutrient-rich replacement that is full of healthy fats, Vitamin A, D and beautifying Vitamin E. However, many of the cartons you can buy in the supermarket contain and as little as 2% almonds... TWO PERCENT! They are also packed with loads of rubbish to watch out for, such as additives and stabilisers. Ultimately, if you want straight almond milk, you should try and make your own...

Monday, August 10, 2015

Quinoa Salad with Cranberries and Feta

I made this salad for a family BBQ at the weekend and it was an absolute hit. The savoury flavours of the quinoa, cheese and the pine nuts pair so well with the sweetness of the cranberries and sun dried tomatoes. If you're looking for a quick and healthy summer salad, then this could be your recipe - it's so simple to put together and jam packed with loads of delicious flavours. And not only does it taste great, it also looks pretty impressive too...

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Super Green Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowls not only make your breakfast look incredible on Instagram, but they also let you turn your favourite smoothie recipe into much more of a hearty meal. They're also a great opportunity to use your superfoods, providing you with a nutrient-rich start to your day. Basically a condensed smoothie, these breakfast bowls use much less liquid and instead, rely on thicker ingredients such as avocado or greek yoghurt for their base, which gives a gorgeously creamy consistency. And the best bit - you can finish them off with ALL the toppings you like...

Monday, August 03, 2015

Homemade Granola

I cannot encourage you more to make your own granola. There are many different types of the stuff on the market that contain significant amounts of refined sugar, especially if you opt for some of the gluten free options, which can often be misleading. If you make your own at home, you know exactly what's in the cereal you're having for breakfast each morning and what's more, it is so easy, completely customisable, and keeps for ages. Here's how...
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