Healthy cookie recipe

healthy cookies

healthy cookies-natural sugars

I pretty much never follow a recipe exactly so you will have to play a little to get the consistency of these healthy cookies right for you. This one seems to always need a bit more help sticking, adding more honey- or sometimes a bit of water helps. The good news is this one seems to always turn out yummy no matter what I do!

125g flour
150g oats
1/2tsp bicarbonate soda
pinch of salt
cinnamon to taste- i have also added ground ginger and tumeric before
100g sugar—I substituted Molasses(treacle?) last time, about 4tbls=AMAZING
4tbsp maple syrup, or agave, or honey
1 large carrot grated – might try fresh ginger next time too!
100ml olive, or coconut oil
100g chopped dried fruit- raisins etc
100g chopped nuts or seeds

mix all together- should be sticking together itself or you need more liquid probably. bake 180c/gas 4/350f
8-10minutes
I recommend making double batch as they don’t last long! Let me know if you try them!

Little Changes

My New Years resolution was ‘eat less sugar’….that lasted the typical two weeks until my over indulgent sweet tooth won out. Two months ago I decided my goal need to be more defined, tangible and achievable.

‘go one day a week without refined sugar’

-no cakes, cookies, biscuits, bars, yogurts, hard candy, juice etc.
-fruit, honey etc is all ok.

My sweet tooth hasn’t got the best of me this time. The no sugar days are getting easier and I feel good because I am achieving this goal. If you are looking to make a change in your life, it is better to start small, with something that is manageable and sustainable.

Things I have been eating instead of the usual sweets-

Home-made granola with fruit and plain yogurt
Tahini, honey and oat bars
Oatie biscuits made with honey, molasses
Dried Dates

Want to join my no sugar days challenge? Comment below if you would like the recipes too;)

Asparagus and Noodles- Easy Asian twist recipe

This is another easy spring recipe.  I hope these make sense.  If you have questions please leave a comment or send me an email.  Here is a quick link to the Nettle Recipe

Ingredients
asparagus- handful per person
soy sauce tbls per person
sesame oil tsp per person
lime juice tsp per person
sesame seeds handful or so
2-3 crushed garlic
egg noodle estimate per person

 Method
Cook asparagus (I usually steam about 7-8 minutes). Cook egg noodles according to packet.  Mix rest of ingredients together a few minutes before and let rest.  Toss altogether and serve.  Might need to add more sauce according to taste.

 

asparagus noodles

5 minute super simple healthy recipe- tomatoes, nettles, barley or quinoa

People have been asking me for recipes lately, which is flattering, but intimidating to share.  I am a very lazy cook, and I don’t follow many rules so I am not too sure about quantities.  Things are simple and easy (I think).  I thought I would share two spring seasonal recipes that I have been enjoying lately. Here is a link to the Asparagus recipe.  If you try them I would love to know what you think.  And if you like them, please share with friends!

This stew is very flexible.  You can make it 3 ways-
1. plain add nothing but ingredients
2. spicy add hot sauce or a bit of chilli
3. italian add herbs like basil, oregano, thyme

Ingredients (serves 2-3)
1 can chopped tomatoes
handful of greens per person- kale, nettles, cabbage, spinach
handful of carrots per person
handful of frozen peas or beans per person
handful of pasta, barley, rice, quinoa per person
stock, or spice optional.

Method-
Put tomatoes and 2-3 cans of water in a pot.  Add your starch depending on cooking time.  Add your veg depending on how you like them cooked- add carrots first usually and leave them in longer if you like them mushy, shorter if you like them a bit crunchy.  And greens like kale, nettles, cabbage, spinach last as they don’t take long.  Spice to taste if you like.  We make it without stock for the baby and add in a little later if needed.  Enjoy!  (this recipe is also fairly cheap and a great way to get at least 4 of your 5 a day!)

A note about nettles-
I really encourage trying this tasty wild food.  Nettles are best when young.  Use leather gloves to pinch the tops off and then wash well.  You can use nettles in spring time for any cooking recipe that calls for spinach or kale.  The first time you try it you may be a little skeptical.  You may not be that impressed, but your body will love it and you will soon crave it.  We have been eating them for four years now and I can’t tell you how much I look forward to them each spring!

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Yoga for babies, mums, toddlers, children, pregnancy and adults

Yoga for babies, mums, toddlers, children, beginners, pregnancy and families

Yoga in Cullingworth
Mondays 6:45-7:45 and 8-9pm
Yoga in Cullingworth is a dynamic class, including a variety of poses, breath work, mindfulness and relaxation. Suitable for all levels, beginners included.  £30 for 5 class yoga pass you can use for two months.

Pregnancy Yoga in Saltaire
Thursdays 7:30pm to 8:45pm
Pregnancy yoga- a practice to help you manage the changes to your body during pregnancy, prepare and strengthen for labour, rest and relax, as well as help with emotional and mental changes associated with parenting.  Suitable for all, no prior yoga experience necessary.  5 classes for £40. Or £8.5 pay as you go after 35 weeks. 

Yoga Explorers Toddler Yoga in Saltaire
Tuesdays 10am
Yoga and mindfulness practices for crawlers to four years old.  We have fun learning about our breath, to help calm us down.  We practice yoga poses to help build strength, balance and coordination, using music, singing, stories, and play.  And a little bit of relaxation. Carers and little ones enjoy bonding through this practice. Regular courses, Term time only.  Cost is £6 for block bookings or £6.5 pay as you go.

Post-natal/Baby Yoga in Saltaire
Tuesdays 11am
Breathing, singing, movement, and relaxation, yoga for mums and babies.  Each session is different, as they are completely baby led.  Join us to learn practices to help baby and mummy bond, stretch/strengthen and relax after birth.  Cost is £6 for block bookings or £5.5 pay as you go.  Suitable for birth to crawling.  Regular courses, Term time only.

***Please contact Kellyannyoga@gmail.com or 07965582530 to book on or with questions.

For more information on what to expect at each class please see- About Yoga

Private classes- tailored yoga practice, for one or more people, in your home. Please contact for more information.

Yoga and Mindfulness in School- Help students to develop confidence, stay calm, focused.  Mindfulness helps improve student’s well-being and concentration.  Sessions tailored to school’s preferences and needs.

Kids Only Yoga Sessions once a month in Saltaire at Heather Yoga.

Family Yoga Sessions once a month in Saltaire- BOOK NOW