Baked Vegetable and Pearl Couscous Salad

The smell of baked fennel, peppers and squash gives the summer air a warm, slightly Mediterranean feel. These vegetables are not just reserved for autumn dishes, but combined with chewy pearl couscous and mixed salad leaves, such as rocket, baby spinach, endive and watercress this recipe is a whole meal by itself rather than a…

Cucumber and Lime infused Coconut Water

This fresh and hydrating recipe sure is nicer enjoyed on a hot summer’s days. However, if you want a cool kick start in the morning for your electrolytes, don’t give it a miss! Make sure though that if you purchase packaged or canned coconut water instead of fresh coconut to read the label carefully to…

Lunchtime Special: Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Tower

Believe it or not but this dish is actually one of my lunchtime favourites! It is so quick and easy to prepare. The only things that your office kitchen will need to be equipped with are a sharp knife and a plate. I usually keep an array of frequently used condiments on my desk, such…

DIY Aromatherapy: Hot Compress for Neck and Shoulder Pain Relief

It’s near the weekend, and I’ve got the perfect remedy to start a mini-break of rest, relaxation and relief. Earlier this week, I shared the perfect aromatherapy recipe to soothe your eyes, and to close the past five days of hard work, give you the solution to Natural Neck and Shoulder Relief. Go on, take…

Healthy Snacks: Sweet and Savoury Oatcakes – Recipes

When you feel like nibbling on something but don’t want to fall into the calorie trap by gorging on chocolate bars and the like, try the following healthy snack ideas to keep your munchies in check. Over the years of my weight going up and down and up and down, since third grade to be…

DIY Aromatherapy: Hot Compress for Tired Eyes

If your everyday routine – work, commute, cleaning, cooking, maybe even handling screaming kids – is leaving you stressed and depleted, and the cold, wet summer weather is aggravating you even more, a little at-home-spa treatment with therapeutic herbs seems to be in order! I’ve been on the herb craze for quite a while now,…

Chamomile and Mint Steam Bath

It’s mid-June and rainy, rainy, rainy! The frequent weather changes, from sun and high humidity to drizzle to heavy rains, gales and thunder, have been affecting my mood as well as my physical wellbeing immensely thus far. To improve matters, I have been rifling through my old recipes and my kitchen cupboard today, scrambling together…

Yoghurt

Yoghurt is an incredibly versatile food, to be consumed as a dessert, added to savoury dishes and even to function as a skin care product. Certainly, I am not talking about those sugary, fruit-flavoured concoctions, but simple and plain probiotic yoghurt. Still, there is wide variety – full-fat, low-fat, creamy, strained, Greek-style, organic, non-organic and…

Healthy snacks

For this week I am giving you two examples of healthy snacks that will be your alternative to a sugar-laden cookie. The first is crudités (raw vegetables) to boost your vitamin levels, such as carrots (rich in beta-carotine, fibre, vitamins C and E, calcium and potassium) which can help to protect your eyesight and against…

Chocolate & Almond Energy Balls – Recipe

Before I mixed the ingredients in kind of a trial and error experiment I hardly anticipated them to be so addictive! I have always been drawn to a nice box of chocolates and had the hardest time not to eat the whole box in one go. These energy balls are similarly moreish – they even…

An Energetic Approach to a Sugar-laden Life

Is your job stressing you out and leaving you depleted of energy, especially in the afternoons? Is this rainy summer weather getting you down? Do you experience pangs of hunger and cravings for sweets hours before finishing time? If so then you could certainly do with a nice energy boost that doesn’t leave you feeling…