Set yourself goals and targets
Don’t go overboard with the party food and drink shopping
Everything in moderation
Make healthy substitutions
As a parent with a lactose intolerant baby at one time in life, I started my search for dairy free alternatives a long time ago. When we were first diagnosed with Kian’s condition, I was upset at the thought of him missing out on milkshakes, ice-cream and all the other ‘good’ stuff I knew he would enjoy, but when I looked more in depth at the facts, I realized that it’s not just 1 of my children that could potentially live a healthier life if they don’t consume dairy.
Higher dairy intake has been linked with high cholesterol levels, diabetes and several cancers as the primary milk protein (casein) has been proven to be susceptible to cancer initiating carcinogens.
There’s no doubt that the calcium levels in the lactation fluid are high but a recent study published by Dr. David Ludwig and Dr. Walter Willett from Harvard, showed a lack of evidence on the government’s recommendations that we should all be drinking 3 glasses a day and found no data to support the claim that the consumption of dairy leads to better bones, weight loss, or improved health.
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For example, a Cadbury’s flake contains 18g of sugar but your average apple juice contains around 25g in a single 250 mil glass. Now I’ve got your attention haven’t I?
But it’s not just these health hazards that have been on my mind recently. Being the self-proclaimed germaphobe that I am, I spent some time researching how to get the parts of my Nutribullet clean just recently and was quite astonished by what I found. A study in 2011 found the effects from serving drinks from unclean juicers to be incredibly dangerous with salmonella and E.coli present if they were not washed properly. Harmful bacteria can hide in the many crevices within the devices and pose serious health threats for you and your family. The raw pathogens can potentially cause diarrhea, vomiting and in worse case scenarios, kidney failure! I have been scrubbing then soaking mine in boiling water ever since this discovery!
So what are the best low sugar fruits and vegetables to juice with?
1 – First and Foremost – Give Yourself Some Love
2 – Get a Partner
3 – Keep Track
4 – Work Out with Your Baby
5 – Set Goals and Reward Yourself
It’s fair to say that I am pretty obsessed with aubergines. If I could find a way to combine them in my morning coffee, I probably would! Along with tomatoes, potatoes and bell peppers, the aubergine (solanum melongena) belongs to the nightshade plant family (Solanaceae). In fact, aubergines grow in a manner much like tomatoes, hanging from the vines of a plant that grows several feet in height. The most popular variety of aubergine looks like a large, pear-shaped egg, hence the American name ‘eggplant.’
2 large eggplants
2 cups plain yoghurt
2 medium onion, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon dried mint
Salt and pepper to taste
1/3 teaspoon turmeric
Vegetable oil or olive oil
- Make 2-3 cuts in each eggplant to let the steam out and prevent it from bursting in the oven. Place the eggplants in a baking dish and cook in a 200°C/400°F pre-heated oven for about 30-40 minutes until soft. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
Remove the skin by chopping off the stem and peeling with your hands, then chop eggplants into small pieces and place in a colander to drain.
- Heat 2-3 tablespoons of oil in a skillet over medium heat, add the onions, sauté until golden, add the turmeric and sauté for another 1-2 minutes.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the fresh garlic and combine all ingredients, mixing well. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Transfer into a serving dish, garnish with fried onions and a sprinkle of coriander if you have any.
- Serve cold or at room temperature with warm bread.
My eating habits:
After all, no-one ever got a compliment for having a lie in!
What health benefits are there?
When I was young, my dad would make us these amazing omelettes on lazy Sunday mornings and I’d look forward to the smell and sizzle that filled the house while he stood patiently over the cooker working his magic, all week. His Persian culinary skills taught me simply that “everything begins with an onion” and his omelettes were no exception to that rule, which is lucky for us as I rarely plan our meals but I know you can’t go wrong with any dish by starting it with an onion fried gently and by adding the right herbs and spices – it usually is the beginning of something delicious in our kitchen!
If you’ve never grated a sweet potato into your omelettes, then you’re missing out on a taste sensation that really adds substenance to an already filling dish, but with the slow release energy of this complex carbohydrate you really won’t feel hungry for a very long time! Whatever vegetables you have in work great with a meal like this but here’s what I did and what Ste told me was “the best omelette I’ve ever tasted!”
I began by washing and grating a sweet potato (skin on) into some heated coconut oil in a deep frying pan. I fried it gently until softened, then added a chopped onion, half a tsp of turmeric, half a tsp of smoked paprika and a sprinkle of garlic salt and placed a lid on, allowing it to caramelise for around 10 minutes whilst stirring now and again. After it was all lovely, soft and golden I added 2 chopped rashers of smoked bacon, half a tube of tomato purée and 2 big handfuls of spinach and after stirring, replaced the lid allowing it to continue to cook on a low heat. After around 5 minutes of occasional stirring, I made a couple of holes in the mixture and dropped in 4 eggs, again replacing the lid to allow the eggs to cook through.
For additional yum, this is so tasty with cheese grated on top, then melted under a grill but I left out those additional calories for today!
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Hope you’re having a great day.
Love from Leyla
If a better quality highlighter exists in the world than I have yet to find it! I remember searching for this shade of Skinfinish last year after reading some ‘glowing’ reviews but couldn’t get my hands on it anywhere! Sellers on eBay were profiteering from it at the time and my ‘Watch’ list contained a couple at around £60 per product! Anyway, I’m glad I stuck with whatever I was using at the time, because now Soft and Gentle is back in stock and only £23 for the 10g, dome shaped compact.
The new window compact comes in 5 shades – Lightscapade, Gold Deposit, Cheeky Bronze, Global Glow and Soft and Gentle (which I opted for). Mac describes it as:
A luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish. Smoothes on: adding buffed-up highlights to cheeks and brows, or an overall ultra-deluxe polish to the face.
The compact has a magnetic close and although it lacks a mirror, I think it feels both sturdy and luxurious to use. The colour looks marbelized and on application to the cheekbones, tip of the nose and a little swirl on the forehead, it shimmers to perfection creating a healthy glow that can be used day or night to contour the face.
I love a healthy glow and some nights are so disturbed around here, I would look poorly if I didn’t reach for my makeup in a morning! Today, I’m wearing it with Estee Lauder Double Wear in Tawny, Mac Skinfinish in Medium Dark, Sleek Brow Kit in Dark (full review here), Max Factor 2000 Calorie mascara and Collection 2000 eyeliner pen, Mac blusher in Early Morning with All Fired Up lipstick, again by Mac (full review here).
I purchased mine from Mac at Selfridges, Manchester, but it’s also available on Amazon. Hope you’re enjoying your day!
Love from Leyla