Apple & Almond Cake

A better-for-you apple and almond cake

This delicious red apple and almond cake has all the fruity goodness of a traditional apple cake, but without the usual quantities of refined sugar. In fact, there’s no added refined sugar at all, thanks to the natural sweetness of the apples and a big dollop of honey. It’s also dairy free and gluten free, using olive oil instead of butter, and ground almonds instead of a regular grain flour.

This is the perfect healthier alternative for those times when you crave something sweet yet nutritious. Enjoy a slice of this cake with your afternoon tea or as a dessert after dinner with a scoop of natural yogurt.

Peanut Butter Hummus

Creamy hummus without the tahini

Whether you’re looking for a posh dip or a convenient yet nutritious spread for your toast, hummus could be just what you need. A smooth, nutty swirl of hummus is perfect with chopped carrots and cucumber, but works equally well on a sandwich or salad.

Fresh, homemade hummus is so much more delicious than the oily, store-bought version, yet not many of us have tried making our own. It’s actually very easy to make and can be ready in minutes.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

The perfect sweet-yet-savory snack

Sweet potato fries are becoming increasingly popular and no wonder – they are a fantastic choice for when you are craving something salty and sweet, but are still full of plant-based nutritional goodness.

These fries are crispy on the outside, soft in the middle and perfect for dipping or serving alongside your main meal.

The paprika, cinnamon, and thyme seasoning is sophisticated enough for grown-up comfort food, but so deliciously tasty that children will love them too. If you are looking to introduce different vegetables to younger kids or just to add in an extra serving of vegetables, these are a great option.

Wild Rice Stuffed Pepper

Go With The Grain

Grains have been in existence for centuries and come in many varieties. Barley, amaranth, quinoa, teff, wild rice, millet, spelt, and bran are just a few of the grains that have sustained man for over 10,000 years. A grain consists of a protective husk; the bran, a good source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals; the endosperm, a starchy source of complex carbohydrates;  and the germ, the embryo of the grain, which contains a small amount of protein, vitamins and minerals.

Whole grains have not been manipulated or refined; they contain the endosperm, bran, and germ of the grain. The bran and germ contain that largest amount of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Refined grains do not contain the bran and germ, only the starchy endosperm.

Whole grains offer an array of benefits including antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Other than being an excellent source of fiber, whole grains provide B vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium, and iron. The medical community has acknowledged the health benefits of whole grains in lowering the risk of obesity, diabetes, stroke, and cardiovascular disease.

Banana Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Ice cream that’s actually healthy!

Think ice cream is off the table when you’re following a healthy lifestyle? Think again! This banana chocolate chip ice cream is both delicious and good for you. Made from frozen bananas, it is dairy free, gluten free, paleo, raw, and vegan! Yet still feels just as indulgent as real ice cream.

Rainbow Salad with Honey and Mustard Dressing

Stuck for salad inspiration? Eat a rainbow!

Everyone knows that salad is good for you, and one of the best things about a salad is that you can throw pretty much anything in there.  If you find yourself reaching for the same few ingredients each time you make a salad, try ‘eating a rainbow’ instead! Think about choosing vegetables and fruit in lots of different colors, and not only will you guarantee a wider range of amazing nutrients, you may also surprise yourself with some delicious new flavor combinations.

Sweet and Tangy Beet Salad

Beet the Challenge

Beets have the reputation of being one of the more challenging foods of which to acquire a taste for. They’re really one of those foods that is loved or despised, usually resulting from good or bad childhood dining experiences. Generally, the red beet is the most popular and recognizable, however there other delicious beet options – golden, white, and “candy stripe” beets.

Candy stripe beets (as they’re commonly referred in culinary environments) are formally called Chioggia beets. When sliced, they are red and white striped and have a sweeter taste than the red, golden, or white beet. The Chioggia beet hails from Chioggia, Italy and can be found in most specialty supermarkets.

This chilled beet salad will convince your taste buds how juicy and delicious beets can be, when prepared correctly. Sweet, tangy, savory, crunchy, and spicy, this salad has it all and is perfect for the heat of the summer.

Thai Pork Lettuce Wraps

A beginner’s guide to Thai cooking

Thai cuisine is full of sweet, salty, sour, and hot flavors that dance together in aromatic curries, spicy stir fries, and warming soups. The distinct flavors come from cooking fresh ingredients quickly on a high heat so they retain their goodness and texture. This makes Thai food a great option for quick and nutritious meals and snacks.

In this recipe, fresh herbs, salty pork and fragrant Thai flavors are wrapped up in crisp little lettuce parcels, making for a delicious snack to eat on the go. Alternatively, you can serve with rice for a more substantial meal.

Lentil Soup

Lentils 101

Lentils are pulses, which are the edible seeds of a plant. Their name is derived from the Latin term –lens, most likely due to their shape that resembles a convex optic lens. Lentils have been in existence for over 8,000 years, originating in the Near East and Mediterranean; back then they were known as a poor man’s food and often shunned by the rich. Today they are recognized as an excellent source of protein and are often utilized as a primary source of of it, particularly for vegans. About 50% of the world’s lentils are consumed in India. The flavor of lentils is a very earthy, savory flavor and, like mushrooms, they tend to take on the flavor of the cooking liquid, be it water, chicken, vegetable, or beef broth.

Avocado Dip, Baked Salmon, & Broccoli Rice

Healthy weeknight dinner

This is a slightly different take on the usual salmon and steamed broccoli, and so delicious! The oven-baked salmon is teamed with lemony broccoli rice and a gorgeous spicy avocado dip for a light yet filling summer dinner. Ready in under 30 minutes, it’s the perfect dinner for a busy weeknight!