Sugar gives your baked goods the golden brown crust and keeps your cake moist. The most natural way to replace the sugar is with fruit and vegetables. Vegetables- Carrots, parsnip, beetroot, sweet potato, squash and courgettes all provide a natural sweet taste. Fruit- Banana, mango, apple and pineapple are very sweet fruits that are great … Continue reading Alternatives to use in your baking…
Nut butters can be really expensive for a all natural sugar free one. I eat so much of it I needed to find a cheaper way of supplying my addiction. I kept seeing all over instagram people using homemade nut butters and I thought I'd give it a go. I was surprised how easy they … Continue reading Easy Peasy homemade Nut butters
Does anyone look at the back of the packaging to look at the ingredients and how many calories it contains and wonder how on earth to read it? Some of us who have obsessed over food for years likely look at it and check things like the fat content and calories but how many of … Continue reading Understanding food labels
Welcome back to Thrifty Thursday. If this is your first time here then this blog is all about a money saving tip or bargain I have found to help the pennies go further. I have always loved using fresh herbs in my cooking. They give a far better taste than the dried stuff in some … Continue reading Thrifty Thursday… Using up your fresh herbs
Breakfast is seen as the most important meal of the day yet we probably consume most of our sugar allowance in this meal. I am a firm believer in convenience but in a healthy way and unfortunately for most of us there is nothing more convenient than a bow of cereal that takes less than … Continue reading What are the best choices when choosing cereals?
So I completed my nutrition coaching course at the end of last year and I received the confirmation I had passed just before Christmas. It seems very strange to think I am now qualified to coach others in nutrition. Someone that a year a go was sobbing into the arms of my loved ones because … Continue reading Qualified as a Nutrition coach but what now?
So to complete my trio of meals made with my extra large chicken I have had a few requests for my chicken chowder recipe. Now this was another experiment that actually turned out delicious. I found a basic recipe online and then made tweaks to it to make it easier using the things I had available. … Continue reading Chicken Chowder
Its that time again for another Thrifty Thursday. This weeks money saving tip goes to these huge bags of frozen fruit I found in Lidls. For 750g these bags of mixed berries and a bag of strawberries cost me £2.39 each (Jaw drops to the ground). I am a massive lover of frozen fruit. I … Continue reading Thrifty Thursday… Frozen Fruit
This is a delicious pie to make with your left over chicken. Check out my Thrifty Thursday...making your meals go further where I give you ideas on how to make the pennies go further by turning your large roast chicken into 3 meals. This pie is a huge hit in the Barker household and better still as … Continue reading Chicken, bacon and mushroom Pie
Finding ways to get the kids out and about and moving instead of sat in front of the telly can be so hard, especially in winter. I was never an active person until I started running, and even that didn't come easily. It still doesn't. But my girls have spent the last few years watching … Continue reading Fitness with the kids…how I keep mine active