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Spiced veggie burgers with a tahini lime sauce

First…more sugar help coming your way!

Before I share this recipe, I’d thought I’d let you know I’ve decided to start blogging twice a week in the hope that I can bring your more recipes, help & inspiration around everything lower sugar life related.

I used to write this frequently when I first started the blog but in the last year things got a bit crazy with trying to study for my IIN health coach qualification, continue with my other job, develop Mentor Me Off Sugar and start to see 1-2-1 clients. So about a year ago I reverted back to once a week. However, now all my new services are established and I’m getting into the swing of things, I really want to start getting more out to you more frequently and developing my blogging skills (which includes being a bit more open – something I’ve found tricky at times).

I’m also developing a massive backlog of things to share with you all at the moment. The more I write and work and talk to people around sugar, the more ideas I get for articles, recipes and everything else. It floats in my head a lot and I need to get it all out!

What really really helps and inspires me are your emails and comments. Many of your comments and questions inspire future posts and recipes. They help me know what you’re struggling the most with and give me the best ideas to create things to help you. So the most amazing thing you can do is comment and let me know how you’re going or what you’d like me to write about. Helps me help you kinda thing.

For all of you that commented last week to enter the month’s supply of Total yoghurt competition – thank you for some amazing insights and ideas. If you haven’t, you’ve still got to the 19th of September so hit me up with some of your thoughts on Greek yoghurt to win your weight in the stuff.

Anyway, thanks for reading, I really appreciate all of your support and hope you continue to enjoy everything…including the recipe below!

Spiced veggie burgers above

This recipe I whipped up the other week and loved. I’m not a vegetarian but I’ve always liked veggie burgers. I do find they have to be well spiced to avoid that potato blandness that you sometimes get with veggie burgers.

One of my favourite places in London is Borough market and I’ve often opt for this veggie halloumi burgers they do there. I just like the fact with a veggie burger you’re packing in lots of different vegetables in one tasty form. Usually eating out, I find getting vegetables the hardest thing to find in decent supply, which is why occasionally I like veggie burgers – because in essence the vegetables are the base of the meal.

Today I’ve got a recipe for you which makes some very tasty spiced, slightly Moroccan/Asian style veggie burgers with a tahini lime dressing. They’re absolutely delicious and although the ingredient list for this recipe does look long, many of the ingredients are likely to be already in stock if you’ve got the common spices on the rack.

If you make this recipe, you can keep some of the veggie burgers for your salad or lunch the next day and you can use leftover dressing for a salad later in the week. You can even jazz up a plain omelette with a bit of the sauce and if you were really brave, have one of the burgers for breakfast!

I packed two of the burgers out with me for an early dinner before I went to an evening networking event and saved myself from being starving at it!

Spiced veggie burgers with a tahini lime dressing

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Cooks 6-8 burgers
Recipe inspired by Oh She Glows


For the burgers

  • 1 medium sweet potato (I actually used ⅓ of a courgette that was leftover too)
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled & roughly chopped
  • 1 handful of fresh coriander
  • 1 thumb piece of fresh ginger (1 cm cubed), peeled & roughly chopped
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 heaped tbsp wholemeal flour (I used rye flour)
  • ½ tbsp sesame oil
  • ½ tbsp soy sauce
  • Large pinch of salt (or to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp hot chili powder
  • 1 tsp dried coriander
  • ¼ tsp turmeric

For the dressing

  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 handful fresh coriander
  • 5 tbsp (about ¼ cup) of olive oil
  • Juice of ½ a lime
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp water
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • Salt & pepper to taste


For the burgers

  • Line a tray with greaseproof paper and preheat the oven to 180C
  • Grate the sweet potato (& courgette if using). You can do this quickly in a food processor with the grater part. Transfer to a large bowl.
  • Add the garlic, coriander, ginger and combine with an ‘S’ blade in the food processor
  • Drain and add the can of chickpeas, blend but keep a little bit of rough texture. Add to the large bowl with grated sweet potato. Mix together.
  • Break and whisk the two eggs into a bowl
  • Add the flour and blend together
  • Add all the spices and seasoning
  • Add the oil and soy sauce. Mix everything together well to form a well combined wet mixture
  • Mix this in with the grated sweet potato and chickpea mix
  • Form into 6-8 burgers
  • Bake for 15 minutes, flip and then bake for another 18-20 minutes

For the dressing

Spiced veggie burgers dressing

Add all the ingredients to the food processor and blend together to form a dressing. Add more water to get your desired consistency if you like.

Serve the burgers with a little salad and with the sauce drizzled on top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if you so wish and garnish with a few coriander leaves.

Any vegetarians out there? How do you find eating lower sugar as a vegetarian? What would you like me to write about in the future?

Asian soy lime ginger dressing

Low sugar Asian sesame, lime & ginger salad dressing

I LOVE Asian food. Lime, lemongrass, ginger and all that jazz. I have travelled in Asia, namely Thailand, quite a lot and a few years ago I lived off of Thai green curries, Pad Thai and okay, maybe a few too many Chang beers…but hey, I was travelling….

Anyway, upon my travels I went to a Thai cooking school which was amazing. Thinking back to it now with a lower sugar hat on however, does remind me that quite a lot of Asian sauces and cooking methods often involve sugar of some kind, which can be a bummer if you’re eating it a lot or trying to eat less sugar in general.

Over the last few (lower sugar) years I’ve not eaten as much Asian food at home due to the fact I wanted to move away from buying packets of sauces etc. Despite my cookery school experience, I am by no means an expert with DIY sauces etc.

Whilst I’m not going to not eat some of my favourite Asian dishes from time to time, I have been curious to develop a salad dressing that hits the spot on Asian flavour but without the added sugar. Most shop bought Asian stir fry sauces and salad dressings over here in the UK are loaded with sugar and I don’t think it’s always necessary.

You can make the sweetness healthier in any Asian recipe by substituting in something like stevia or brown rice syrup if you wish, however this salad dressing recipe needs no sugar substitute whatsoever. It does have a smidge of sugar as the fish sauce you buy usually contains some, but in terms of the overall recipe, i’d class it as pretty much sugar-free.

Low sugar Asian style salad dressing (makes ½ jar)

Asian soy lime ginger dressing

  • Juice of 1 lime (approx 4 tbls)
  • 5 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 birds eye chilli (this was perfect for me but these bad boys are HOT. Maybe go with half to start)
  • ¾ tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp freshly ground ginger


Put all the ingredients in a nice jar with a tightly fitting lid and shake until your heart’s content!

Asian ingredients

In terms of salad ingredients, cucumber, radishes, grated carrot, fresh coriander and prawns all taste great with this dressing. I often use spinach as my ‘green base’ and then add in the other things depending on what I have in my fridge. You can also sprinkle over sesame seeds to make it look pretty.

What are your thoughts on Asian food when it comes to a sugar-free or low sugar diet? Do you eat a lot of it and are you aware of the sugar in it? Leave a comment and share your thoughts….

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Poached salmon salad & yoghurt dill dressing

I’ve always loved salmon, however I’ve never actually poached it before. Experimenting in the kitchen is an essential habit to get into and different cooking methods count as much as different ingredients. This salmon salad recipe looks impressive but is surprisingly easy. You can also make it ahead of time and serve later on.

To be frankly honest, I’m really not a super incredible gormet chef or anything. Many of my recipes are simple tasty classics that you can use time and time again once you’ve learnt the basics. Cook this a few times and it’s so easy you should soon learn it off by heart.

I made this last Sunday when it was scorching hot. I kept some of the salmon cold for my salads later in the week. Cook once and eat twice (even thrice); one of the best healthy, time saving tips I can give you!

Poached salmon salad & yoghurt dill dressing

Recipe adapted from www.health.com (pictures my own though!)

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  • 1 celery stalk, cut into 2 inch stalks

  • 5 spring onions, white bulbs left whole and the rest thinly sliced

  • 1 lemon, halved. Half cut into slices and the other half juiced with 1 teaspoon of grated zest

  • ½ tsp salt, divided

  • ½ tsp freshly ground pepper, divided

  • 4 salmon fillets

  • ½ cup natural yoghurt

  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill

  • 1 tbls olive oil

  • 1 packet watercress

  • 10 asparagus spears

  • 4-5 radishes, sliced


  • Fill a large skillet or pot with about 6 cups of water. Add the celery, spring onion ends, lemon slices, half of the salt and pepper. Bring to the boil then turn the heat down and simmer for 10 minutes to infuse the water with the delicate flavours.

  • Add the salmon where the water just covers all of the fillets (you may need to do two at a time). Gently simmer for 5-8 minutes till the fish is cooked through.

  • Remove the salmon carefully (I did break one!) and let cool

  • Remove the ends of the asparagus and steam for 5-10 minutes until tender

  • Combine the yoghurt, dill, lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil and remaining salt and pepper in a medium sized bowl.

  • Mix well together

  • Arrange the watercress, asparagus and sliced radishes on the plates

  • Add the salmon and a large tablespoon of the dressing

  • Sprinkle with leftover spring onions and add extra salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste

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Take a picture and be proud of your efforts! You could also add some quinoa to this if you want to add a bit more to the meal. Let me know if you try this recipe, it’s great for hot summer days!

Laura x


Versatile Lentil Soup

Versatile lentil and vegetable soup

One thing on the sugar diet that makes life easier is avoiding processed or packaged food where possible. Yes, I mean clean eating. It just means that firstly, you don’t waste too much time analysing food labels and secondly, you know exactly what you’re eating. No horse meat, no odd ingredients and of course, complete control over the added sugar.

Fresh soups from the supermarket are often seen as a healthy quick choice. They are of course better than many other things but they are not entirely ‘clean’ and quite often have added sugar, especially tomato, sweet potato and squash varieties. If you’re going to eat a little sugar, wouldn’t you rather appreciate it than have it hidden in your soup!?

Admittedly, I used to eat these soups quite often. This was another shift in my diet over the last two years where I’ve moved more towards making my own. I promise you, it’s not as much hassle as it seems. With my budget and economical hat on, I will also point out that lentils are cheap and using up all the vegetables in your fridge is doing you bit against food waste.

This is my basic, super simple, super easy lentil soup recipe. I add whatever vegetables I have leftover in the fridge and cook an extremely large batch and I freeze a load of portions for emergency healthy ready meals that I can microwave straight from frozen when I am caught out.

Versatile lentil and vegetable soup

Versatile Lentil Soup

Makes approximately 6 portions of soup

• 1 1/2 cups of red lentils
• 1 3/4 liters of vegetable stock
• 2 diced carrots
• 2 diced onions
• 1 tsp thyme
• 4 bay leaves (I used dried)
• 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
• large knob of butter
• 1 tbsp cottage cheese (optional)
• 1 tbsp grated parmesan (optional)

Optional vegetables

Courgettes, sweet potato, squash, broccoli, spinach and peas. Add these vegetables with the lentils and stock.
Leeks and shallots. Fry these with the onion and carrots


1. Fry the onions and carrots in the butter in a large deep saucepan (or two separate ones). Cook for 3-5 minutes until the onions are translucent
2. Add the lentils, stock, thyme, bay leaves and pepper
3. Cover and simmer on a low heat for 35-40 minutes
4. Blend with a hand blender or you can even skip this step and serve as a ‘rougher’ soup (still tastes   nice!). If blending, add extra hot water to get the consistency you like (I like mine thick)
5. Add the cottage cheese and sprinkle with parmesan and black pepper

Never eat a ready meal again by cooking and freezing your own soup!

avocado and cucumber soup recipe

Recipe: Cool avocado and cucumber soup

I think we’ve all got a bit excited this week in the UK, because the sun finally came out to play. Sunshine straight to my head, I suddenly felt the need for something unusual and refreshing. So when I spotted an avocado and cucumber soup recipe in my Integrative Nutrition book, I had to give it a try. Tasty, quick and super simple, it would be a crime not to share this recipe with you.

Cool avocado and cucumber soup

Recipe slightly adapted from Integrative Nutrition by Joshua Rosenthal


  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 small white onion (or half if you want less oniony soup)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 4-5 generous tablespoons of natural yoghurt (I used 4% fat)
  • 250ml water
  • salt and pepper to taste

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  • Roughly chop the onion, cucumber and avocado and toss in the blender
  • Add all the other ingredients and blend until smooth
  • Add more yoghurt, water, salt/pepper to reach desired taste and consistency
  • Sprinkle a little cayenne pepper on top to garnish


A cold creamy green bowl of goodness, I really enjoyed this and I can’t get over how easy it was. My age old blender coped fine. It was quite onion pungent though. I’d suggest going easy on the onion at first or maybe trying half of one, especially if you’re heading out later and don’t want to have onion breath. Just putting it out there!

avocado and cucumber soup recipe

Have as a mini starter or with a side of some ham and hummus on crispbread to make it into a more substantial meal. If it was really hot you could even have this first thing and you’d be getting some nutritious breakfast vegetable love. I’d definitely go easy on the onion though as this is one thing I still struggle to have earlier on.

avocado and cucumber soup recipe

The only problem with this soup is that I made two lots and it’s now raining today. I just don’t fancy it quite so much. However, I’m blaming the temperamental British weather rather than the soup for that.


healthy salad recipes

Healthy salad recipes: 3 tasty ideas to try

I eat a lot of salads, even when it’s freezing. I just find my own healthy salad recipe is the easiest way to get a perfectly balanced nutritional meal with the least hassle. You can tweak it to perfection, adapt to your own taste, and make it as big (or small) as your appetite requires.

Admittedly however, sometimes I make rather ‘standard’ healthy salad recipes. Plain tuna and pesto chicken I am somewhat over. Those are order of the day when I’m in a rush and I just stick to what I know, or what’s left.

Last week, I made a real effort to try out some new things to add to my salad repertoire. So here’s some healthy salad recipe inspiration as we head into Spring (at last!).

As you will see, I have a pretty staple basic salad with the same ingredients. It’s makes the weekly shop easy and practical (I like easy and simple).

Healthy salad recipes

Roasted squash, goats cheese and seeds

healthy salad recipes

  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Raw mushrooms (one of my favourite salad ingredients!)
  • Red pepper
  • Olive oil drizzled over
  • Goats cheese
  • Mixed seed mix
  • Roasted squash (roasted in coconut oil and cinnamon = delicious)


Smoked trout & rocket salad

healthy salad recipes

  • Spinach
  • Rocket
  • Cucumber
  • Yellow pepper
  • Raw mushrooms
  • Half an avocado
  • Smoked trout
  • Quiona/ryvita/slice of rye bread (optional)

For the dressing:

  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • Olive oil
  • Black pepper (lots)


Wasabi prawn salad

healthy salad recipes

  • Spinach
  • Rocket
  • Cucumber
  • Red pepper
  • Raw mushrooms
  • Olive oil drizzled over
  • Quiona/ryvita/slice of rye bread (optional)

For the prawns and sauce:

  • Cooked prawns
  • 1tbls sour cream
  • Wasabi paste (to taste)

Prawns tend to need sauce. Shop bought sweet chilli is usually sugar ridden and marie-rose usually has ketchup, which has sugar. Mayonnaise is OK but it isn’t the best, mainly because it’s processed and it does contain a little invisible sugar (Note low fat mayo usually has more sugar than regular).

So…I made my own wasabi sauce with no sugar, based on sour cream. You could do something similar with creme fraiche or full fat natural yoghurt. It turned out OK and wasabi gives a tasty kick.

Healthy salad tips and tricks

If you make a big salad base in one go, you avoid excessive chopping everyday and it makes the whole affair a bit quicker (my geeky past as a process consultant coming out here).

Suffice to say salads really don’t have to be boring, unsatisfying or lack in taste. If yours looks so amazing, your colleague/friend/partner is eyeing it up over their cheese and ham baguette, I’d say you’ve done well with your healthy efforts.

Good luck my salad friends!

I know I need to improve my food photography skills...but you can see it still looks nice!

Quick Easy Recipe: Lemon Lamb Meatballs

Wondering what to have for dinner tonight? I have a friend who quite often goes “Lauraaa…tell me what I should have for a healthy dinner tonight pleeeeasse?”. Katie, here you go…why not try these super simple Lemon Lamb Meatballs, a recipe that is now firmly featured in my staple collection for ease and convenience.

I know I’ve predominately blogged on breakfasts and snacks previously, mainly because these are the biggies to overcome with sugar. However, easy healthy homemade meals at anytime of the day, help you avoid any foodstuffs out of a packet that may contain ‘invisible sugar’, another important one to keep an eye on.

There are lots of reasons why I like this recipe. It’s probably fair to say these are general trends of the types of recipes I like…

  • I know I need to improve my food photography skills...but you can see it still looks nice!

    I know I need to improve my food photography skills…but you can see it still looks nice!

    There are not a load of obscure ingredients that I don’t have, or that I have to buy especially.

  • Lamb is very filling. This makes for a very high protein meal that is going to satisfy you, reducing the temptation for sugar or refined carbohydrates.
  • It’s so easy you don’t need instructions after cooking the first time. I’m pretty sure even the worst cook could not completely bodge this up.
  • Extremely versatile. Try with hummus, greek salad, haloumi cheese…or maybe even a tomato based sauce. Yum.
  • Save any leftovers for your salad lunch the next day (I did this yesterday!)

Lemon Lamb Meatballs

Recipe adapted from Balanced Bites

Makes 12-15 meatballs


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  • 1x pack of mince lamb
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • Chopped garlic clove
  • 1x tbls of mixed herbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Put the herbs, garlic, salt, pepper and lemon zest in a bowl and mix together with the minced lamb.
  2. Form into meatballs and place in a glass casserole dish. Place over a few slices of lemon (this looks good)
  3. Bake in preheated oven of 180C for 15-20mins until the meatballs are cooked all the way through or slightly pink inside
  4. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil, greek salad, hummus and even a little natural greek yoghurt.

Granted, it’s not down to a slick Jamie Oliver 15 minutes, but this is going to take you less than half an hour. With so few steps and ingredients, it’s a thumbs up for any busy bees like my friend Katie.

leek and feta breakfast casserole

Recipe: Feta & Leek Breakfast Casserole

As much as I’ve grown to like a cooked breakfast, time’s not always on your side. Scrambled eggs and avocado, whilst relatively quick, does take longer than a cop out bowl of cereal. However there is an excellent time savvy solution – the almighty breakfast casserole.

Once cooked, the breakfast casserole is, quite simply, brilliant for the following reasons:

  • leek and feta breakfast casserole

    It’s quick (microwavable)

  • It’s transportable
  • It’s high in protein
  • It’s a way of getting vegetables in your breakfast
  • You can chuck pretty much anything into it
  • It’s rather tasty (well mine certainly are)


Here’s my favourite breakfast casserole recipe to date. Note, you don’t have to use all these ingredients, you can swap and mix up what you’ve got leftover in the fridge. Economical and efficient. I like.

Feta and Leek Breakfast Casserole


Adapted from a base recipe from Our Life In Food

Makes about 6-8 portions


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    3 sliced shallots

  • 1/2 grated sweet potato
  • a few florets of broccoli
  • 1/2 courgette
  • 1 leek sliced
  • 1 pot of full fat cottage cheese
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/3 block of feta cheese
  • Knob of butter or olive oil
  • Good tablespoon mixed herbs, salt & lashings of pepper


  1. Fry the shallots, sweet potato and courgette in the butter or oil for 5mins until softened and steam the broccoli
  2. Grease a large casserole dish with a little butter and preheat the oven to 180C (fan) and 200C otherwise
  3. Whisk the eggs in a large bowl and add the cottage cheese, herbs, pepper and salt to taste
  4. Mix in all the other cooked vegetables and stir well
  5. Pour into the greased casserole dish and sprinkle the feta cheese on top
  6. Bake for 40-50 mins until the eggs are set and the top is golden. This might vary depending on the size of your casserole dish and the thickness of your casserole so check every now and then.

leek and feta breakfast casserole

Enjoy for dinner with some extra vegetables or for breakfast with some wilted spinach and tomato. In a rush? Wrap up a slice in tin foil and take for an ‘out and about’ breakfast or lunch. Even freeze a portion or two for the next week. You can never complain about time again!

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Any suggestions for what would make an even better breakfast casserole? Sausage? Ham? Cheese? Please enlighten me!

Experiment with toppings to make it interesting..

Why Homemade Soup Beats the Shop Variety

Lovely and warming, can’t beat soup in Autumn and Winter!

Soups can pack in the portions of vegetables and they officially increase your satiety – the fullness feeling that means you eat less calories to feel satisfied. Many advise towards the soup starter in a restaurant to stop you gorging later on in the meal – just watch it’s not a ridiculously creamy number which can whack up the calories. For more weekly tips like this sign up to the Happy Sugar Habits mailing list.

Although making your own homemade soup does seem like extra hassle and time, it has some serious plus points against the old shop bought variety. The main benefit is that you know exactly what’s going into it. Shop bought soups these days seem like a healthy choice but not all are on equal par and this is another one not to be wrongly mistaken on i.e. eating something healthy when it’s not as much as you think!

Tinned vs. Fresh

Tinned soups are a great store cupboard emergency but do tend to contain more sugars to help preserve them and can also have a large amount of salt. They should really only be used when you can’t move a muscle to go any better i.e. suffering a miserable cold or flu. Those with a good protein source of lentils, beans or chickpeas are a better choice over just a vegetable variety as they will keep you fuller for longer and slow release energy into your bloodstream.

Fresh soups are a healthier option to tinned, but be aware you may be eating more sugars than you can directly taste or realise. Half a carton of Sainsbury’s fresh tomato and basil soup contains 17g sugar – the equivalent of just over 4 teaspoons. Tomatoes are technically a fruit so whilst most is naturally occurring, there are added sugars in the mix to be conscious of. Cooking your own means you know there is 0% added sugar and you can add some pulses which turn the soup into a more balanced meal containing a suitable protein amount. Bulk up with something like a sweet potato and you can eliminate the need to add a side of bread or toast, where your carbohydrate source is much more nutritious.

Experiment with toppings to make it interesting..

Another benefit of homemade soup is that you can cook near enough your weight in it, all in one satisfying go. Ok a slight exaggeration, but this means you can either share the soup love with friends, eat for lunch during the week, and still have portions left over to freeze for those ‘I can’t be bothered to cook’ emergencies.

Did you used to eat a lot of soup when you were younger? Did your mum used to make it homemade or was it always a classic tin of Heinz tomato pulled out of the cupboard? I know mine was the latter!

Portions of veg for the day...check!

A Healthy BBQ Suggestion

With the flurry of the Olympics and the ridiculous affair that has been this year’s British summer, it seems the sun is finally out and I am soon to head to a BBQ! Woo hoo :) The rarity makes it all the more exciting but I thought I would quickly post talk about a few healthy BBQ suggestions.

Now that I have newly started my ‘health blog’ (which I am loving :)), I am somewhat fearful of getting a slap on the wrist from friends when I dive into anything remotely associated with sugar! I guess they expect you to practice what you preach but seriously, not all the time – one of my friends regularly makes cupcakes so good I will never want to resist. My whole inspiration for starting the blog was to advocate some healthy habits here and there, particularly where sugar’s concerned – but ultimately just enjoy life as you would anyway.

However in healthy willing, I have made some haloumi cheese pesto kebabs for this afternoon, which I am ever so proud of. These will be accompanied by lamb and mint sausages (yeah didn’t fancy making those) along with a chilled bottle of Pinot Grigio as my contribution to the takings. Party on indeed!

Portions of veg for the day…check!


Sun, sausages and wine. Need I say more.


This morning I attended my very first British Military Fitness class. I was a little nervous as had this image of them frantically yelling at me do proper press ups (I can only do ‘girls’ press ups on my knees, which thankfully most of the other girls were doing too). Surprisingly I found it all quite enjoyable where the sun was shining, the grass was green and the instructor was a nice chirpy Australian guy. I ate some yoghurt with mixed berries and a little muesli when I got up and then my favourite weekend eggs-spinach concoction for lunch when I got back. Starting to read all the other health blogs out there this weekend I am excited to try out lots of new recipes and start to share some of my own.

Anyway, feeling at the moment I need to add in a few sugar/health notes to each post where this has been a more unstructured but excited ramble….On the topic of BBQs,  it’s a fun occasion that you want to fully relish (ha ha get it?!) for all it’s the glory. If you do want to be careful then load up on salads and proteins like chicken, lamb kebabs; watch out for sugary dressings or sauces; and go for brown rolls if you can. Otherwise just enjoy! Let’s hope this summer lasts till October – I will never forget last year being in a summer dress late September and catching mince pies in the supermarket – now that is keenness!

What are you up to this weekend in the sun? BBQs all round? I know over in the US they have a healthy summit. I would love to be there one day, not least because I have never even been to America, but to meet all these fabulous blog-savvy women that have truly inspired me this week. Ahhh one day!