Firstly, I’d like to apologise for the lack of posts on my blog of late. There’s a lot going on with the house renovation, work and being a mum in general. Today is the first day in a while I’ve been able to sit down and really focus on writing a blog post. I always try to keep my Instagram updated daily as I know it’s a much more instant and quick-fire medium that allows you to keep up to date. It’s an extension of my blog really and I treat it as such.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have no doubt seen me banging on about this book numerous time because I’ve baked the banana bread and chocolate chip cookies more times than I can remember. They’ve become really staples for the as the banana bread is the perfect post workout snack teamed with a slather of crunchy peanut butter. Heaven right there!
The book is the brainchild of award winning food and fitness blogger, Dannii Martin. “Her personal journey with weight loss began when she found herself overweight and suffering with health problems as a direct result. Dannii decided to reclaim her health and change the way she related to food. Her new-found love of cooking and increased awareness of what she was putting into her body, combined with a routine of regular exercise, soon began to impact on her body and within three years Dannii had lost 98 lbs and reached her goal weight. Realising that weight loss is only half of the battle, Dannii has since been maintaining a healthy lifestyle by developing nutritious versions of her favourite meals and sharing them on her blog, Hungry Healthy Happy. Dannii’s down-to-earth approach and delicious, easy-to-follow recipes are now providing inspiration to a growing audience of over 150,000 followers and she is consistently listed amongst the UK’s most influential bloggers.”
The first section of the book is all about the principles of eating well, understanding what your body needs and also the principles of exercise. It’s not about dieting or depriving yourself and feeling miserable. It’s about giving your body foods that are going to make you feel good, keep you full and give you the energy you need for your workouts. I love the revolution that is happening in the health and fitness world and it’s slowly filtering into mainstream media and consciousness. There doesn’t have to be any more silly diet pills, or waist trainers or juice diets. It’s time to start really taking care of our bodies.
Much like the Lean in 15 book by Joe Wicks, this book approaches nutrition in a common sense manner, teaching the importance of carbs and fats in a world where they have almost been outlawed. By cooking your meals from scratch, you know exactly what’s going into your food so there can be no hidden salts, sugars or fats. As well as common sense, this book gives you realistic recipes that don’t have complicated ingredients or take forever to cook. It’s the perfect guide for anyone with a busy lifestyle and offers tips along the way on how to organise your food prep and cook things in batches.
I love the breakfast ideas as you can definitely become stuck in a rut so the courgette fritters and poached eggs or healthy breakfast ‘mcmuffin’ are fantastic for anyone looking for some variety (the homemade ketchup is actually stunning and leaves me disappointed when I try the processed ketchups!). Every recipe comes with a breakdown of the calories and macro split (protein, carbs and fat) so it’s great for anyone trying to stick to a daily calorie or macro goal. A lot of the breakfast are things that can be made the night before and then warmed up in the morning so no excuses for even the busiest of commuters!
The baked goods recipes are probably the most used in my household. I’ve tried every recipe in this section and enjoyed each and every one. The blueberry crumb bars are so tasty and the chocolate chip cookies don’t even taste like something healthy! I love baking a couple of the recipes every week so that I always have something healthy to grab with a cup of tea. This really helps you to stay on track. I’ve even given them to visitors who claim not to like “boring health food” and they were none the wiser…they loved them!
If you’re a fan of mac and cheese then you have to try the version with cauliflower – it’s a game changer! It’s proof that you can still cook up comforting foods that are satisfying and prevent you from craving anything stodgy. I sometimes cook up some turkey bacon and mix that through. The chicken tikka masala is also incredibly tasty and much better than anything you’d get from a takeaway.
If you love the Lean In 15 book then you’ll love this one too. I really can’t rave about this recipe book enough. You need it in your life. Simple as.
To read more about Dannii, visit her blog at Hungry Healthy Happy.