Are you often struggling with your energy levels? Do you have bursts of energy followed by slumps that leave you feeling tired and irritable? Have coffee, tea and sweets become regular boosters that help you get through the day? The afternoon lows in particular seem to have become the norm for most of my clients. I wonder if they are the reason the concept of the English afternoon tea was invented.
What did you eat this morning? Do you regularly skip breakfast, grab something on the go, or do you have the luxury of eating something at home before rushing off? So many people come to me complaining about lack of energy and feeling sleepy in the afternoons. They tend to prop themselves up with a succession of teas and coffees, and snack on biscuits and sweets in attempt to boost their flagging energy levels.
This is a brilliant recipe from Jamie Oliver’s Save with Jamie book, especially if you (and hopefully your children) like sweet potatoes. It’s an easy week night supper, although the roasting of the sweet potatoes takes a bit of time. If you want, you can roast them in advance during the day so that you are ready to prepare the rest of the dish just before dinner time.
This is a recipe my mum used to make when I was a little girl. It’s a real comfort food, and one of my children’s favourites too. There are no hidden vegetables though, but you can’t win on every front every time! Instead it gives you good complex carbohydrates from the brown rice, some good fats from the salmon, and protein and more good fats from the eggs.
This is one of my favourite bulk recipes. By spending about an hour preparing this you’ll get at least three meals out of it, and you can even convert some of it to a Chilli con Carne or use it as a base for a Shepherd’s Pie. I’ve modified the dish from Annabel Karmel’s hidden vegetable sauce recipe and increased the quantities to suit bulk cooking.
The food industry for most part is not there to satisfy our hunger, but to further whet our appetities and to make us feel good about their products. There are very few prepared foods that don’t contain flavour enhancers. Mostly people love the salty-sweet taste that we have grown accustomed to, and don’t even notice that most things taste the same. Studies have even shown that certain combinations of the food additives have an effect similar to that of serotonin (the happiness hormone) in the brain. In this regard the sensation of hunger is very similar to a physical addiction. […]