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Funnily enough, I don’t often drink nut milks (or any milks), but having just given a private workshop to a delightful couple who wanted to get some healthy eating inspiration, I have been reminded about just how delicious fresh homemade almond milk is. It is NOTHING like the stuff you buy in the shops. You can drink almond milk straight, sweeten it, use in in cereals, add fruit to it, use it to make raw soups creamier etc etc.
In the last few weeks I’ve got into making my own pickled vegetables. Cultured/fermented vegetables are unbelievably easy to make and said to be VERY good for you – the process of pickling apparently makes trillions of beneficial bacteria for your gut. Many people swear by cultured vegetables as one of the absolute roots of good health and point to the numerous ways in which humans have incorporated fermented foods into their diets over the centuries. Now, bear in mind that I’m a recent convert to this, so no expert. However, the process is so easy that I am going … Read More
If you’re anything like me, you often want chocolate…and you want it NOW! What you don’t want is lots of faff and time making it. Long and involved chocolate making can be lovely and creative some of the time, but when that chocolate urge is shouting loudly, SPEED is the name of the game. Here is where this delicious and ultra-quick chocolate truffle mix comes in. It can be made with either cocoa powder or raw cacao powder, and the only other ingredients you need are coconut oil, which is of course very good for you, and a syrup as … Read More
A post about Olivia Newton-John may not be the most obvious subject for a blog about healthy sweet treats. However, this week ONJ was on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, talking not only about her career, but also about what she eats.
Ever since stevia was made legal in the UK, the major sweetener companies have been jumping on the bandwagon and producing their own versions of this sweetener. Whilst it’s great news that stevia is going mainstream, I have to admit to some scepticism about the products that these big companies are coming out with.
Maca is one of the many superfoods to hail from South America. It was one of the first to reach the attention of the west - I remember first coming across it in Byron Bay, Australia when I was travelling there in 2002. Maca grows in a harsh climate - very cold in winter and very hot in summer. It has to be tough to survive, and is said to pass on this quality to those who eat it. Locals chew on it when they go on long journeys to give them the endurance necessary to make the trek. Maca is also … Read More
Lucuma is probably my favourite superfood – apart from chocolate! It is the dried buttery yellow powder of a Peruvian fruit and quite literally tastes of butterscotch and shortbread. It is mildly sweet, so using it in recipes means you tend to need less of other sweeteners. It also has a low GI (glycemic index) so it should help to keep your blood sugar levels balanced. Apparently, the lucuma fruit (also known as an egg fruit) looks a little like papaya. I say apparently, because I’ve never been to Peru, and this fruit is only allowed out of the country … Read More
I’m loving this delicious, versatile, caramel tasting, crunchy, low GI sweetener, ethically grown and processed in Indonesia. Some facts to tickle your taste buds: Coconut Sugar has a low GI (glycemic index) of 35 (compare to honey at 55 and cane sugar at 68) It is a nutritionally rich product, containing high levels of potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron. It also contains Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and C as well as other nutrients that slow down absorption. The particular coconut sugar that Sweet Sensations currently sells (as of March 2012) is not raw, but it is a very pure … Read More
This fun relaxed workshop in Muswell Hill, North London, gives you the opportunity to taste some of Liz’s raw chocolate recipes whilst you sit back and enjoy yourself. At the same time you will learn loads about raw chocolate, superfoods, the various natural alternatives to sugar and how all these ingredients work together. In the second half of the workshop you will be shown some unique and delicious recipes you can make at home – a versatile Chocolate Bar/Truffle recipe with various flavourings, Butterscotch Fudge and Mini Melting Marzipan Cakes. During the workshop, you get to sample a variety of … Read More
This is an exciting time to be involved in the world of natural sweeteners. The list of healthier alternatives to sugar gets ever longer, so I thought it was high time I listed my top favourites here and explained what’s so good about them. So here goes… Xylitol There’s a separate article about xylitol on the site so I won’t repeat myself too much here – suffice it to say that xylitol looks and tastes like sugar but has a glycemic index* of just 7 (whereas that of sugar is 68). It also has only 60% of the calories of … Read More