Spelt pancakes

Pancakes are amazing.

I love them a lot. If it wasn’t for the fact that they take a bit of faffing around, I’d have them every day. Or at least every weekend.

(If you think you shouldn’t have pancakes, read this)

At home, we make our pancakes with spelt flour – here’s the recipe for my spelt pancakes:

  • 1.5 cups of spelt flour
  • 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of bicarb of soda
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 3 cups of milk (whatever kind you like) – if you want to go extra pancakely posh, swap one of those cups for a cup of buttermilk
  • (if you want to turn these pancakes into chocolate pancakes, add two teaspoons of cocoa powder to the dry mix)

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This is not the time to go on a diet

Now (ie, any time between now and Spring) is not the time to go on a diet.

I know how much you want to.

You’ve eaten loads.

Pretty much non-stop.

The biscuits. The crackers. The cheese. The After Eights. The flatbread with red onion. The sausages (little and big ones). The mince pies. The jelly. The pate. The sausage rolls (big and little ones). The tubes of sweets. The chocolates. The crisps. The nachos. Oh the nachos with all the dips.

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Oranges are not the only way to get vitamin C

If you are like many people, the minute you feel a bit sniffly, you start thinking about oranges.

Because, as we all know, they are super high in vitamin C, which is exactly what you need to help you get better quickly.

Now, there is nothing wrong with a glass of fresh OJ – I’m a big fan myself, especially if someone else has done the squeezing – but there are plenty of other ways of getting a nice hit of vitamin C without having to chug a load of the orange stuff.

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Got spare beetroot?

Do you do this too?

See bunches of beetroot in the supermarket or fruit and veg stall, decide that you are going to make loads of beetroot juice and then realise you don’t really like it enough to use up a whole bunch of beetroot.

I do this at least a couple of times a year, which is one of the reasons I love this recipe. It’s quick and easy to do (unless you have to grate stuff by hand, in which case it’s still easy, but takes a little bit of extra effort!) and it’ll keep in the fridge in an airtight container for a couple of days, which means you have a handy, ready to go boost of beetroot whenever you need it.

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Clean eating is a crock of, erm, dirt

Everywhere I look, people are talking about ‘clean eating’.

“This chocolate brownie might look naughty, but it’s clean”

“It’s time to start eating clean again”

“How I eat clean on a budget”

Blah blah and blah once more.

It drives me a tiny bit crazy, and I want to explain why you’ll never hear me recommending that you eat clean.

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Chocolate sauce

One of the things that I love is chocolate. Chocolate everything: chocolate pudding, chocolate cake, chocolate for breakfast, chocolate chocolate, chocolate biscuits. If it’s got chocolate in it, then I’m pretty much going to like it. BUT, if it’s chocolate flavoured (ie, it doesn’t actually chocolate in it. The chocolate is just chocolate flavouring), then … Read more

Stop putting ice in your smoothie

I don’t very often tell people what to do.

I’m more of a ‘give this a try’ or ‘why not consider this’ kind of a nutritionist.

After all, nobody likes being told what to do; especially when it comes to eating.

And I do take particular pride in calling myself the opposite of a food dictator.

So it’s quite surprising to find myself getting all feisty about something, and deciding that I am no longer able to stay silent on the subject of ice in smoothies.

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The best way to keep a food diary

When I work with a client, I often ask them to keep a food diary for me, either as part of the pre-consultation process or as part of working with them.

The reason that I ask for a food diary is that it is, as far as I’m concerned, one of the easiest ways to get an understanding of food, habits and health.

But there’s something you need to know if you are going get any good use out of a food diary.

The trick is to not worry too much about portion size or calorie count (although, obviously it is useful to know if you are eating 2 chocolate biscuits or 22 of the suckers).

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Don’t ‘try’ to eat better.

How often do you say the phrase:  ‘I am trying to …… (quit sugar) (eat less) (lose weight) (drink less coffee)’?

(whatever might be relevant to you)

I know how it is: we want to be doing something good for our health, so we do our best to ditch the stuff that we feel might be causing us problems.

But, you know, LIFE gets in the way.

Someone in the office has a birthday, so they bring in cake.

You get invited to a conference, and they have nibbles.

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Too. Much. Chocolate.

I’m Claire, a nutritional therapist who likes eating chocolate.

Why am I confessing this right at the start?

Well, I don’t want you to think that:

a) I’m a food dictator;

b) That I only eat pure, clean and 100% perfectly all the time.

No matter how much we know about food, or nutrition, or healthy living, we all slip into cheeky habits. The odd nibble of chocolate becomes a flood of Easter Eggs at this time of year. And the occasional social glass of wine easily becomes a whole bottle after a hard day.

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