Month: January 2014

Valentines cupcakes! ❤️

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It’s that time of year again, instead of going out for a romantic meal, why not stay in and bake some valentines cupcakes, it’ll be much cheaper…

With red velvet sponge, topped with buttercream and chocolate hearts they are fun to make and even more enjoyable to eat!

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Ingredients:
130g buttermilk
120g unsalted butter
180g caster sugar
200g plain flour
2 medium eggs
Red food colouring gel (I prefer this to liquid food colour as it gives a better colour and less flavour)
1tsp vanilla extract
1tbsp cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp white wine vinegar
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Plus Betty Crocker vanilla icing and decorations of your choice, I used Hotel chocolat valentines hearts

Method:
Step1) Preheat oven to 180c/ fan160c/Gas mark.
In a bowl cream together the butter and sugar, before beating in the vanilla extract, cocoa powder and eggs.

Step2) In a separate bowl stir together the butter milk and red food gel until it turns bright red in colour. Sift the flour into the cake mix and fold into the red buttermilk mixture.

Step3) Mix together the bicarbonate of soda and white wine vinegar before stirring into the cake mixture and distributing evenly between prepared cupcake cakes and placing in the oven for 20 minutes, or until risen. Top with icing and decorate.

Low fat strawberry and rhubarb frozen yogurt

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This is great for any ice cream lovers out there who are trying to cut back, a low fat alternative way of eating your favourite dessert. Although I’ve chose to do a fruity strawberry and rhubarb frozen yogurt, you can experiment at home with any of your favourite yogurt and fruit flavours.

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For this frozen yogurt, all you’ll need is:
300g fresh strawberries
450g Rachel’s organic low fat rhubarb yogurt
200g natural Greek yogurt

Method:
Step1) First of all, measure out all of your ingredients, then place in a large bowl. With a hand blender, blend all of the ingredients together to form a smooth and creamy liquid, which should be pale pink in colour.

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Step2) Find a clean empty plastic container with a lid, and pour the creamy mixture in, place in the freezer to set. This will take a few hours, but once it’s set it’ll be ready for you to enjoy. It’s so simple to do, let me know how you get on and what other flavours you’ve experimented with!

Healthy new year…

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Isn’t it everyones resolution, but nobody can usually stick to it and gives in to all those chocolate treats…

But with these yummy, yet low calorie snacks you’ll be able to resist temptation.

Why not try swapping crisps for popcorn? With only 87 cals per bag and a range of flavours from sweet and salty to sour cream and chive.popcorn

Try swapping chocolate dessert mousses and full fat yogurts to fat free yogurts, Rachel’s Strawberry and rhubarb is my favourite!

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and finally, instead of buying a bag of your favourite sweets, swap for a bag of dried fruit, very sweet and much healthier than jelly sweets. My personal favourite would be dried mango! mango  So next time you’re craving sweet and naughty snacks, try replacing them with these treats instead and keep on track to shed those few pounds.

I’ll post some healthy snack recipes and ideas throughout this month, so keep an eye out!