Posts Tagged ‘ Healthy ’

Five Tips For Maintaining Excellent Skincare


Beautiful skin is a timeless, classic trend. Magazines manifest the art of beauty by showcasing model’s with idyllic skin. Hectic social life, stressful work-load and unpredictable weather can take it’s toll on your skin. Diminish autumn blues by being attentive to your skin- care needs.

Here’s the must have secret tips for flawless skin. Continue reading


Clean Eating Fish Pie


I know I haven’t done any Christmassy recipes yet (I promise they are to come!) but I am already planning the meals that will get me back on a healthy track when gloomy January comes around. This fish pie will help you overcome the post-Christmas slump when the sight of a mince pie or nan’s christmas cake is enough to make you heave in your sweatpants which are all that fit you right now (Mean Girls joke, sorry)  Keep this recipe on hand for a light, satisfying recipe that is filled with nutrient rich fish and vegetables. Continue reading

Ciara’s Weekend Treat : Rhubarb Crumble


Yay it’s rhubarb season!! I have always preferred rhubarb pies and crumbles to the regular apple versions. I can’t wait to try out Rachel Allen’s Rhubarb and Custard Pie soon, sounds like my dream pie…. Anyway, this rhubarb crumble is not exactly the way your nan used to make. But that is probably a good thing for your waistline 😉 Instead of the usual white flour, sugar and butter combo to create the crispy crumble topping I have used oats, ground almonds, a little bit of skimmed milk and a tiiiiny itsy bit of brown sugar (I think it would be classified as breakfast without it so I had to!!) There is no refined sugar in the stewed rhubarb however, I sweetened it with orange juice, zest and some honey. Continue reading

Food To Warm Your Winter Appetite

The colder, darker days are approaching and that means…reaching for the porridge. If the idea gives you a shudder then have a look at some of the ways you can make your porridge burst with flavour and even add more nutritional goodness to your breakfast. Porridge doesn’t have to be that grey-brown goop that I know you are thinking of…I swear! As we have always been told, breakfast is the most important meal of the day meaning we should make it as nutritiously beneficial as possible. Oats are a low glycemic index grain meaning that porridge will keep you satisfied until lunchtime, guaranteed! If you absolutely cannot stand the thought of porridge then try granola (baked oats) or some healthy pancakes! Whatever you choose just make sure it satisfies both your taste buds and a healthy diet this winter!

Porridge Recipe Ideas

  • Stewed Apple, Sultana and Cinnamon

Simply put diced apple pieces into a bowl along with about a tablespoon of water and some cinnamon and sultanas. Put it into the microwave stirring frequently until the consistency is stewed. Add sugar if desired. Stir mixture into cooked porridge.

  • Honey, Whiskey and Cream

An indulgence to say the least and not the healthiest but we can make this Sunday’s porridge! And it helps that there is always whiskey in the drinks cabinet this time of year! Make porridge as instructed, stir in a tablespoon each of the honey, cream and whiskey.

  • Maple and Pecan

Make porridge as instructed then add a tablespoon of maple syrup and a handful of chopped pecan nuts.

  • Banana and Golden Syrup/Honey

Make porridge as instructed and add sliced banana and a tablespoon of golden syrup.

Granola Recipe

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 Banana
  • 2 tblsp. runny Honey
  • 5 tblsp. Water

1.) Blend the above ingredients together using a hand blender or otherwise until combined and smooth.

Dry Ingredients:

  • 3 cups Oats
  • ½ cup of hazelnuts/almonds/walnuts
  •  Handful of pumpkin seeds
  • Handful of coconut flakes (dessicated)
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg.

2.) Mix all of the dry ingredients together well.

3.) Add in the wet ingredients and mix until combined. If the combination looks a little dry, add a little more water. But it is always better a little more dry than too wet.

4.) Spread the mixture onto a baking tray and put into the oven at 180 degrees Celsius taking it out regularly to turn and break apart.

I don’t like dried fruit but if you prefer you can add as much as you like, I would suggest putting it in after the granola has cooled from the oven, unlike seeds and nuts, fruit doesn’t toast very well!

5.) Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.

6.) Serve with fresh fruit and yogurt.

Really Healthy Pancakes



  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Egg

Blend together and fry it up the exact same way you would a pancake!

Add whatever toppings you fancy. My favourite is maple syrup and streaky bacon. Or Nutella.

If you want to bulk this recipe up a bit, try adding some pumpkin seeds or oat bran.

Because of the banana’s slow releasing energy and the protein from the egg, these pancakes make a great pre-run/workout snack. Just don’t overdo it on the toppings!