Showing posts with label food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label food. Show all posts

Monday, 16 May 2016

Thoughts on healthy eating

This week I was going to write a recipe for a quick mid week pasta dish, but last Friday I came across an article about the wellness and clean eating trends by Ruby Tandoh that made me stop and think. Ruby was one of the contestants in The Great British Bake Off in recent years and since then has been writing about food for The Guardian.

Her piece is here and I would recommend you read it because if you are a foodie or care about your health you will find it interesting and thought provoking.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

7 healthy hacks for work

Being healthy has become a driving force in my life and although it may look like one has to make massive lifestyle changes to be healthier, the truth is that there are very small things we can do every day. Here are 7 super easy things that will make your working day healthier!

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Quick lunch: sweet potato and broccoli bowl

This year I am trying to avoid buying lunch every day. Last year I worked out that if I made my own lunch every day I could save £1,000 a year. Yes! £1,000! That is a week long yoga retreat and spending money for it! Not to mention the fact that when you make your own lunch you know what's in it and eat much more healthily.

However, sometimes it can be so hard to think of what to prepare the night before. I often take leftovers and I also make massive stews that I freeze and then use up throughout the month. For other days, something really simple and tasty like this bowl is the kind of thing I like. Easy, quick and healthy, with a big emphasis on easy.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Spinach and avocado smoothie for hangovers

Today's post is completely a last minute thing. Earlier this week I asked my friends on Sunshine & Glow's Facebook page what I should write about, and the consensus was quick lunches to take to work. I had every intention to look for some interesting recipes that were quick to prepare and good for taking to the office, but then it was my birthday yesterday and I wanted it to be a nice relaxing time instead of being busy writing a post. I celebrated it last night and had a few glasses of prosecco and well, let's say that I have been feeling a bit delicate today!

I had made peace with the thought of taking a break this weekend, when I suddenly thought I could share the recipe of the green smoothie I have pretty much every time I feel a bit hungover. Whenever I feel under the weather I love eating something really fresh and healthy, as it makes me feel like I am doing something good for my body.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Perfect autumn porridge

After six weeks I'm finally going back to work tomorrow. I hadn't had such a long break since I finished university too many years ago, so there is no wonder that I am a bundle of nerves. I am excited and looking forward to seeing everyone and to get stuck in work (I have really missed it!), but at the same time I have that feeling you used to get the night before going back to school after a long summer.

This week will be a test of how well I am, and I want to give myself the best chance to be full of energy, so I've been playing with different breakfasts that will keep releasing energy throughout the morning. As the weather has been getting colder this past week, I thought I would make porridge this morning and make it an autumn one.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Recipe for the authentic Valencian paella

Yesterday I was in a bit of a panic because I had nothing written or photographed for today. It's been a full on week at work and whenever I wasn't worrying about work I was trying to evade myself and staying as far away from a computer screen as you could find me. And in evasion I found this week's post! One of my oldest friends is staying with me for a few weeks this summer. Our dads were best friends and we grew up together near Valencia. Yesterday we went to visit one of his friends who lives in Leicester and who cooked a paella for a few of us. For me, the food from where I come from has the ability to send me on a trip down memory lane in seconds, and I can talk for hours about all the stories associated with eating that food, which in the case of paella involves family celebrations and helping my father cook it from a very early age. He made the best paella I have ever had but it was quite a process! It involved the rest of us chopping vegetables, tasting the broth for seasoning and just watching because it was important that we learnt.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Courgette and feta fritatta

As soon as the weather gets warmer it is so much easier to eat healthily. When the temperature rises (which, let's face it, doesn't happen THAT often in the UK), all my body craves is summer fruits and lighter meals. Omelettes are something I make a lot, because they are so quick dish to make and so versatile. You can put in anything you like and it will most likely taste great. Fritattas are essentially omelettes that you finish cooking under the grill instead of flipping them over. I love this one, because the grated courgette makes it very light, the feta cheese gives it a bit of punch and the mint is what makes it special and more delicate.

(Serves 2)
3 eggs
1/2 courgette
100g feta cheese
A handful of fresh mint, chopped


1. Set the grill to medium temperature
2. Beat the eggs
3. Grate the courgette and add it to the eggs
4. Crumble the feta cheese and add to the bowl
5. Add the chopped mint leaves and give it all a stir
6. In a frying pan, put a tablespoon of oliver oil and add the mixture when it is hot
7. Once one side is cooked, remove from the hob and put the pan under the grill to cook the top. Be careful with the handle of your pan. If it is made of plastic, make sure it is outside of the grill!

I normally add a simple salad and some bread with olive oil and a drop of balsamic vinegar. Hope you enjoy it, and if you make it, tweet me a picture @sunshineandglow. I'd love to see your creations!

Inma x

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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Warm potato and green bean salad with chorizo

It has been a little while since I posted a recipe here, but now the evenings are lighter and longer I have been spending more time cooking. I know it doesn’t sound related at all, but when it’s dark and cold all I want to do is cuddle up under my blanket, whereas as soon as it gets warm and light I have so much more energy when I finish work!

My cooking style is a bit slap dash. There is a very small number of dishes that I make again and again in exactly the same way (like this vegetable tagine with couscous from my favourite food post), some recipes that I try out by following the exact instructions (lately they have been mostly from Deliciously Ella’s book), but the bulk of what I cook depends on what is in the fridge or cupboard and, let’s be honest, what is about to go off. This dish is one of those. The basis of it are the new potatoes and green beans, but everything else is negotiable. I cooked it last night and added olives, tomatoes, capers and tuna. Sometimes I add anchovies, cucumber, red onion, bread croutons,...

The version I am sharing with you is one I tried for the first time a month ago and which I really enjoyed. I hope you do too.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

My most loved food

Food is one of my passions, whether it is to eat it or prepare it. Ironically though, I've never been much of a baker despite my sweet tooth. I feel much more comfortable rustling up a savoury dish, as it tends to require less precision.

Continuing with this month's theme, here are some of my favourite foods, including the recipe to a dish that I have made so many times I can cook it with my eyes closed.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Pineapple smoothie bowl recipe

I've always liked smoothies, but over the past 6 months I've gone from always making banana with oats and chocolate to having a Pinterest board dedicated to them and mostly making them up depending on what's too ripe in the fruit bowl.

They make a great breakfast, whether you're on the go and need something to take with you, or if you're feeling a bit worse for wear after a night out.

My latest concoction is this delicious pineapple smoothie bowl. Pineapple is a super fruit packed full of vitamins. It contains vitamin C, which is an antioxidant and boosts our immune system. It also contains vitamin A. For the body conscious, it is known to avoid fluid retention and therefore contributing to a less bloated, flatter stomach.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

A very simple and very delicious lentil stew

One of the best things about some of Spain's comfort food is that it is very healthy. Probably to make up for the other half of our comfort food which could give you a heart attack if eaten too frequently! I feel lucky to have grown up on the Mediterranean diet. It's fresh, varied, tasty and so good for you. However, this is something that I didn't particularly appreciate when I was younger, and I am not the only one. Ask any Spanish person about lentils and they will probably all tell you the same story. We hated them as kids but we were forced to eat them by our mums because they were so good for you. Then, suddenly one day as adults we started really loving them.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Home made granola

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. To honour my Spanish heritage, I love my sleep and can be a slow starter in the mornings. It isn’t until I have some food in my body that I start to wake up and function half normally.
I also like variety and switch between sweet and savoury. If I remember to do some prep the night before (ie. Put some buckwheat to soak), Deliciously Ella’s Raw Buckwheat Porridge with blueberries tastes a million times better than it sounds. If I’m in a hurry, quite often it’s avocado on toast or granola.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Delicious quinoa salad with feta cheese and pomegranate

When you try to eat healthily there are some ingredients that appear everywhere. Sweet potatoes are a good alternative to regular potatoes and kale is the be all and end all. But if you're not used to cooking with them, sometimes it can be tricky to incorporate them into your diet.

Quinoa is one of those. It is well known for its nutritional goodness, packed full of aminoacids, and a great source of protein. Although low GI diets seem a thing of the past, quinoa is in fact low in GI, which means that it takes your body longer to digest it and it releases energy more slowly, leaving you full for longer.

Monday, 19 January 2015

My favourite green smoothies

I have a friend at work who brings smoothies into the office every day. If you have a meeting with her in the morning, she will invariably be carrying her see through cup around.  I remember one particular day when I was looking at the dark green liquid in it thinking it looked disgusting. She assured me that it was delicious, that the banana in it made it very sweet and yummy, and when I still looked unconvinced, she said: "Try it. Have a go". And she was absolutely right, it was delicious! That was the moment when I was converted. It's not that I started drinking them every day, but I started experimenting.

A few months ago I went to Snowdonia with a group of friends for the weekend. We are all from the Mediterranean, so our food heritage is something we can make the centre of our get togethers, and this weekend was no exception. We had some really delicious food, including raclette one evening. I LOVE cheese, but it makes me feel very heavy and sluggish, and so, what was my surprise when the next day I woke up really craving a glass of green smoothie. 

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