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healthy eating for healthy life



Will an apple a day keep the doctor away? Is saturated fat really bad for you? How about those new breakfast cereal bars? They look pretty OK?

We are constantly bombarded with images and views of what we should be eating, overloading our already busy lives with more and more decisions to be made, until we're a quivering mess, unable to decide between an orange and a banana.

When did it all get so complicated?

My aim with this blog is to provide clear and easy to use healthy eating tips and recipes. If you'd like to be the first to receive the latest blog posts and recipes, straight to your inbox, sign up here. Otherwise, for these and other tips, follow me on facebook

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Smoked Mackerel Pate

Posted by food hugs on October 22, 2019 at 8:20 AM

Oh me oh my, you make me cry, you're such a good looking lunch!

I love a lunch that sings to my senses and ticks a number of boxes at once. This is one of them; healthy fats from smoked mackerel pate, good bacteria boost from homemade sauerkraut, curry salad dressing made with kefir and organic leaves from McNally Farm. 

Smoked mackerel...

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Quick Dinner; Tuna Pasta

Posted by food hugs on October 22, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Busier days call for a quicker dinner and this is one of ours.

Usually served with pasta or buttered spaghetti, I thought potatoes would be a nice change (peeled, chopped, onto an oiled tray, salt, cook for 40 mins at 200C. Throw some cooked peas on about 5 minutes from the end).


The tuna sauce is dead easy;

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Easy Oat Bread

Posted by food hugs on October 9, 2019 at 9:45 AM

This recipe is a regular one in our house on Monday's when the oven is generally on for roast chicken or the like.

It's super easy to make and bake and is easy to make gluten free by choosing gluten free oats and baking powder.


1 large tub of low fat natural yogurt (500ml)

2 tubs of fine porridge oats (mill the...

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Healthy Hazelnut Chocolate Spread....yum, yum

Posted by food hugs on November 28, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Here's a recipe I hadn't made in a long time.

Amidst all the shiny recipe books and scraps of paper, I find myself rediscovering old recipes that are now novel again. Hurray. There's a nice sense of renewal, rather than always looking for something new. 

This is a great one for a little treat. Plus as a way of incorporating some healthy fats from nuts and coconut oil and minerals from raw cacao into the diet.

This does have a ...

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Dairy Free Healthy Wellington Squares

Posted by food hugs on November 15, 2018 at 10:50 AM

This recipe was written by Michelle Hunt of the Peachy Palate, devised for the Happy Pear, a whopping 5 years ago! Doesn't time fly.

I'm always returning to old favourites, because I'm a total creature of habit. This recipe in particular has such a nice combination of nuts and sweetness to deliver that feeling of a treat, without worrying about the hangover from a massive sugar high. Perfect as a post run snack, or a little bite on a dreary afternoon with a cup of herbal tea....

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