Clean Pizza (Omelette Pizza)

Who likes pizza?! Ok, so this may not be traditional pizza but then this blog is a healthy living blog, and unfortunately, pizzas are not the healthiest of things! This, however, is a recipe for a pizza-type dish that you can enjoy as often as you like without feeling in the slightest bit guilty about eating. (Not that you need feel guilty for eating pizza but if you’re eating it regularly, especially take-away ones, then it’s not going to be doing your body much good.) I made this last night for a quick, late dinner as I realised it had gotten to 10pm and I hadn’t eaten anything proper all evening. The clocks went forward this weekend in the UK so I blame that for messing me up with regards to an evening meal routine! Still, it’s nice to think it’s British Summer Time now. Unfortunately, the message doesn’t seem to have reached the sun itself yet…

Anyway, back to food. This pizza omelette is really easy and versatile to make. You can add whatever toppings you like and it is naturally gluten free as the base is made from eggs rather than flour like a traditional pizza. I made mine vegetarian but you could easily top with cooked lean meat, omega-3 rich fish, or even meat-free substitutes like tofu. It’s clean and lean and can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner and is packed with protein and also has chia seeds which are surprisingly filling and high in fibre.


 Recipe for Clean Pizza

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Base:

  • 3 large free range organic eggs
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Thyme
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric

To cook:

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil or other healthy oil

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  • Quartered cherry tomatoes
  • Chopped green pepper
  • Feta cheese (optional)

NOTE: If you are using meat or fish as a topping, then to make sure they are re-heated to being piping hot, it would be best to use an oven-proof or grill-proof pan and pop into the oven / grill once you add the topping and heat until the meat / fish is hot throughout.


Method:

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Place the oil in a pan and heat until hot

Pour the egg mixture into the pan and cook slowly – it should be about 3/4 cm thick

Once the top is beginning to set add your toppings and continue to cook making sure the bottom of the base is not getting overcooked (keep the gas low)

Once the topping is cooked, serve.

TIP: Once the top is just about set, flip the omelette in the pan and top with tomato puree. Then add your toppings on top.

(Optional: Add some feta cheese to make it more pizza-ey!)

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Serve on it’s own or with a baby kale and rocket salad.

Other topping ideas:

  • Olives, anchovies, and sundried tomatoes
  • Cooked chicken breast pieces, red onions, feta, and finely chopped fresh sage
  • Feta, tomatoes, basil, and spinach
  • Baby kale, avocado, and tomato
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Recipe for a Colourful Smoothie

Header As well as being a passionate foodie and advocate for healthy living, I am also an artist. This means I love, like, really love, colour! Shades, hues, and tones are all awesome to me. (I actually own a book which consists solely of annotated swatch-like squares of colour…) A new series of paintings on which I’m currently working, involves a lot of ochre pigments, specifically yellow and golden. So, I think the fact that ochre is currently on my mind is perhaps why my mind gravitated towards creating this smoothie today as the finished drink gives a somewhat light ochre’y finish! I had it as part of my breakfast.

It goes lovely with a big bowl of muesli. The fact my muesli contains a variety of dried fruit – pineapple, papya, raisins, and banana – in combination with the ingredients of the smoothie resulted in a breakfast with a pretty tropical feel. Always good to brighten up an overcast Scottish morning!

Let’s push the grey clouds away with this sunny smoothie.

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Here’s the recipe:

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  • 1/2 a fresh mango
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1cm root ginger
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

Put everything in a blender and whizz till smooth.

It’s so simple yet packed with goodness and super scrumptious and sweet.

If you like a thick smoothie, chill for a while before serving as the chia seeds and flaxseed will naturally thicken the smoothie.

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5 Guilt-free Sweet Snacks

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Step away from the biscuits, muffins, pastries, and chocolates. Here is little list of satisfying sweet snacks which you can indulge in freely and with no feelings of guilt as each one is healthy. They are all free of anything artificial, free of refined sugars, and free of added fat. Instead, they are filled to the brim with nutrients, natural sweetness, and a mouthwatering taste. Also, for those in the USA currently watching the Superbowl, this is a tempting list of snacks.

So, who’s hungry?


 1. Avocado and banana whip

  • This is a nutrient-rich snack.
  • Blend 1/2 a ripe avocado and a whole ripe banana with a hand-blender for a delicious sweet snack.
  • Add some cinnamon or fresh ginger if desired.
  • If not using a ripe banana then you may need to add some maple syrup or honey to sweeten.
  • Serves one to two.
  • TIP: Add some cocoa powder for chocolatey goodness!

 2. Sliced banana and almond butter

Simply slice a banana and top the slices with some of the nut butter.

Tip: If you don’t want so much of the nut butter, make banana / nut butter ‘sandwiches‘ instead as this will limit the amount of butter you use.

Variations:

  • Peanut butter or hazelnut also works well.
  • Dried apple rings can also be used instead of the banana

 3. Baked apple

This is a snack my mother often prepared for me as a child and I often helped by stuffing it. It is a good child-friendly recipe.

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To make:

  • Core an apple using a corer. Make sure you line it up centrally or you’ll end up with it going in diagonally and leaving part of the core remaining (I speak from experience…)
  • Once cored, fill the apple with sultanas, honey, a little coconut oil, and cinnamon.
  • Bake the apple in an oven for 15-20mins (or until soft) at 200C.
  • Serve with Greek yoghurt

TIP: This also makes a great dessert.

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4. Oats

Oats have to be one of my favourite ingredients ever. They are very versatile, can be eaten as they are, or cooked, and can be added to both sweet and savoury dishes.
These can be used to make hot or cold bowls of deliciousness.
NOTE: If you require it to be gluten free just use gluten-free oats rather than ordinary ones.

Ideas:

  • Cold: Serve oats with milk, honey, grated apple, and pecan nuts.
    Or try this cold serving idea
  • Hot: Cook oats with water (milk or 50/50), and stir in frozen berries or fresh berries. Sweeten with maple syrup if desired.
Cold serving suggestion (see link above for method)

Cold serving suggestion (see link above for method)

Hot berry oats (porridge)

Hot berry oats (porridge)


5. Frozen banana ice-cream

This is unbelievably cool. Get it, cool?! (Sorry, I can’t help making that joke…)
But it is honestly a really incredible snack when blended in a blender because it develops the look and consistency of banana ice-cream. (Albeit, ice-cream with no unhealthy refined sugar, added colouring, and cream.)

  • To try for yourself, simply cut a banana into chunks, and freeze.
  • Once frozen, place the banana pieces into a blender, and blend until the pieces are combined into a thick, ice-cream looking substance.
  • NOTE: Do not, as I did the first time (very rookie mistake), freeze a whole banana with the skin on. It’s not difficult to work out why that failed to work!

Frozen banana ice-cream


Hope you enjoy the snacks as much as I do. They are ones which I regularly make for myself.


Disclaimer: Biscuits, muffins, pastries, and chocolates are, of course, fine to eat in small amounts, occasionally, just not all the time! And anyway, once you’ve tried the above snacks, you may no longer be tempted by those ones.


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Pina Colada Style Drink

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This is a superbly delicious drink which is made from only three ingredients and takes just a few minutes to prepare. It is cool, creamy, and sweet yet has a hint of heat from the stem ginger adding a subtle kick. As a non alcohol drinker, this is a great alternative.

I have seen a few pineapple and coconut ‘juice drinks’ sold in shops which consist of pineapple juice from concentrate, sugar, sweeteners, water, coconut ‘flavouring’, and sometimes even added colouring. Pineapple and coconut is, in my opinion, a match made in heaven so in creating this recipe, you can enjoy the taste of the two flavours combined, but in an entirely natural and wholesome way free from anything artificial.

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This is the sixth smoothie recipe in my January smoothie series aiming to help you kick off the new year in a healthy way. Links to the previous recipes can be found at the bottom of this page. Back to this post now.

Pina Colada Style Smoothie

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Here is the recipe:

  • 1 cup chopped pineapple (either sweet fresh pineapple or drained unsweetened tinned pineapple)
  • 1 cup chilled coconut milk (I tend to use a coconut milk that is made like other nut-milks, such as almond, i.e. it has water added and is not the sometimes high fat tinned versions)
  • Approx. 1 1/2cm slice fresh stem ginger

NOTE: The amount of ginger varies depending on the size of the root, and of your liking of ginger – add more or less as desired)

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Method:

Add everything to a blender and blitz until thoroughly blended and smooth.

Garnish with a sprinkling of desiccated coconut and/or a wedge of pineapple.

Sit back and enjoy!

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Tips:

  • For an extra cool drink add 1/2 cup ice cubes before blending
  • If you would like an alcoholic version then add some rum

Here are the links, as promised earlier, for my previous smoothie recipes:

  1. Creamy Green Energy Machine
  2. Tropical Dream
  3. Breakfast Smoothie with a Kick
  4. Good Morning Smoothie
  5. Detox Green Smoothie

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Smoothie 5: Detox Green Smoothie

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This post focusses on my tried and tested ‘Detox Green Smoothie’ recipe. Since the beginning of the year I have been drinking a number of smoothies regularly – usually to start my day. See earlier posts. This green smoothie is one of my recent creations. It contains many green elements: avocado, kale, kiwi, celery and pear. Sweet and savoury blends are the best way to go when making green smoothies to avoid the unappetising watery-veg-puree which will often occur if you fail to add anything naturally juicy, such as a pear, to a smoothie containing leaves such as kale.

The smoothie is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and fibre. In addition, the water adds hydration and naturally occurring sugars provide energy. This is an ideal smoothie to drink in the morning but can easily be enjoyed at any time of the day. If you have never eaten kale before, though, it may be better to use spinach first as it will ease you into the taste of green smoothies (spinach is milder and easier to blend). Also, if you have a hand blender rather than a full-sized blender then spinach may again be a better option as the result will be smoother. You can use a hand blender with the kale if you don’t mind a more textured smoothie. I use kale with both hand blenders and full-size blenders as I’m not fussed but I know other people who insist on smoothies perfectly smooth so the option is yours!


Here is the recipe:                

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Detox Green Smoothie

                                               

Ingredients:

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    1 cup raw kale

  • 1/2 of a ripe hass avocado
  • 1/2 kiwi
  • 3/4-1 cup water (depends how thin you like the smoothie)
  • Approx. 1/4 stalk celery
  • 1 ripe conference pear

Method:

1. Make sure everything is washed, peeled, and in suitably sized pieces.

2. Add all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth

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3. Check consistency to decide if you would like to add more water.

4. Serve and enjoy

Note: Green smoothies are not to everyone’s taste but they are VERY good for you so hopefully you’ll enjoy this one!

If you would prefer a completely different type of smoothie, try this ‘Tropical Dream’ smoothie (recipe here).

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Smoothie 1: Creamy Green Energy Machine

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Smoothie 1: Creamy Green Energy Machine

This is a rich, creamy and very filling drink full of energy and nutrients. Bananas are a fantastic source of potassium, vitamins, manganese and fibre. Similarly, avocados are a great source of fibre and vitamins, such as A and E, while, on the other hand, they are also sources of folate and pantothenic acid. The creaminess comes from the creamy, buttery consistency of avocados as well as the soya milk which for some reason gives smoothies a great creaminess which you’d almost think would have to come from cream but in fact is entirely from the soya itself. This makes a great quick breakfast, on-the-go snack, or part of a breakfast. The main ingredients, banana and avocado, successfully provide good nutritional content for both pre and post-workouts making it ideal to drink on the way to the gym or after the gym.


Recipe for: Creamy Green Energy Machine

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 a super-ripe avocado
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened soya milk (make sure it is made from non-GM whole soybeans) or use unsweetened almond milk
  • Optional: 1/4 cup water to make it slightly less thick
  • Crushed ice-cubes
  • 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds

Method:

1. Remove stone from avocado and scoop flesh out and into a tall jug or a smoothie maker. 2. Add the peeled banana in chunks and pour in the milk If using chia seeds add these too 3. Blitz for a few minutes with a hand blender or smoothie maker until smooth

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Serve as it is, or, if you would like it thinner, add water /or ice-cubes Enjoy the tasty goodness!

Helen x

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6 Salad Ideas

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This collection of salads can be used as individually plated starters or in a larger serving bowl and dish from which guests can help themselves. I have not included quantities or methods because I think for salads it varies from person to person how much of each item we enjoy most in salads so I’ve given some suggestions of things that go together well but you can decide with what quantities you’d like to go with. For me, creating any dish with food is about experimenting and I stopped following recipes years ago (I’m only in my 20s but have been cooking since I was in primary school!) There used to be a TV show here in the UK called Ready, Steady, Cook which inspired me greatly as the chefs would have a limited time to prepare dishes based on ingredients they only got to see a couple of minutes prior to beginning cooking. Who else was inspired by this programme? I’d love to know. Leave a comment below or tweet me @hldcblog! I found the methodology of the show to be a brilliant way to inspire ideas and hence, I often like to do the same – find 5 or 6 ingredients and give myself limited time to see what I can make them into! Back to salads, however, here is my selection of ideas. If I was in charge of creating a salad menu for a food establishment, these would most probably feature! Quite a few of these salads are gluten free.

TIP: If you are looking for festive salads, the last two ideas will probably suit best.


1. Mango, rocket, bulgar wheat and avocados with balsamic glaze

• The sweetness of the mango is offset by the peppery rocket, while the avocado and bulgar wheat add contrasting textures and the balsamic glaze finishing it off by adding an acidic sweetness.


2. Prawns, cucumber, avocado, served on a large romaine lettuce leave Lemon juice dressing

• This is quite a classic salad style although brought up to date with the avocado, which is certainly and rightly so, in my opinion, a popular fruit at the moment. (Gluten Free)

• A recipe for a similar salad can be found here.


3. Strawberries, rocket, balsamic glaze, and fresh basil leaves

• Surprisingly enough balsamic vinegar complements strawberries a lot, and the addition of rocket gives another flavour while the fragrant basil leaves finish off the dish creating a wonderful journey for your tastebuds! (Gluten Free)


4. Goats cheese, beetroot, spinach, balsamic, tomatoes

• Goats cheese is my favourite cheese at the moment and it features heavily as a protein source in salads I make for myself. The other ingredients I suggest combining it with go really well with the creaminess of the cheese, giving contrasting textures and flavours. (Gluten Free)


5. Festive side salad

• Dried cranberries, wensleydale, apple, pecans, rocket, watercress, lemon and balsamic vinegar dressing

•  This is a selection of sweet and sour, nutty and savoury ingredients which creates a pleasing festive salad perfect for adding a healthy supplement to Holiday dinners! (Gluten Free)


6. Cous cous, pomegranate seeds, apricots, butternut squash, rocket, and an orange-balsamic dressing

• Again, this is quite a festive salad although a somewhat alternative one as the ingredients are non-traditional. Pomegranate seeds with their deep ruby colour however can be likened to little jewels and add a festive touch. This salad would go particularly well with duck.


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