Wednesday, 27 August 2014


Can we do three cups a day?! Packed with antioxidants it's up there as one of the healthiest teas. If you can't stomach it maybe try black tea, also a super tea! Add lemon for extra healthy jazzyness.

Hold tight for a bit of a morbid moment. As a mum I've become increasingly aware of my own mortality, cut short: i want to live a zillion years with willow. She's one of my main motivations for this whole 'get fit during naptime' blog. I want to be as healthy as possible for as long as possible, for her. I'm sure all of us mum's share that. So it's great motivation when you see the benefits of green tea. I find if i don't get decaffinated i get a coffee like buzz. If that's your thing! 

Kaya X 

Thursday, 21 August 2014


Hey guys! We have started this challenge this week. Feel free to join in. My routine at the moment is the 'sun salutation' yoga routine in the morning to start my day feeling positive & energised. During naptime i try to do the squats & i end my day with planking! Let us know how you get on.

I have also been preparing a litre of fruit juice for the day. Packed with antioxidants. It's 200G blueberries, 1 mango, 1/2 a cucumber & loads of hemp seeds. I just keep whatever is left from breakfast in the fridge. 

Kaya X 


Carrot and Apple Cake

Hiya! As I said last time. Despite trying to be good, I can't resist a piece of cake from time to time. I try to bake my own so that I can tweak recipes to make it as healthy as possible.  This recipe was originally just apple but I've morphed it to include more good stuff (sometimes I even chuck a courgette in too) and good fats.

2 apples
1 large carrot
30g of raisins*or other dried fruit
50g of coconut oil
50g of butter/spread
100g of caster sugar (or you can sub in agave but use a bit less as its sweet- last time I did 40g sugar 30g agave)
2 eggs
175g sr flour (or plain and 1tsp of baking powder)
1 tsp of baking powder
30g desiccated coconut (optional but lush)
Ive also done 25g less flour and added 25g milled flax before for omega 3s and fibre
1tsp of cinnamon (I wack in 2 but I LOVE cinnamon)
Preheat oven to 180 degrees
Grease and line cake tin (I'm lazy and just whack in baking parchment for a 'rustic loaf')
Cream butter, coconut oil and sugar together

Grate apple and carrot (or chop in a food processor). Peel if you like but I leave the skin on for more fibre and add to mixture

Add in raisins and eggs and mix well

Add in flour, baking powder, desiccated coconut and cinnamon and mix well.

Spoon into tins - my mixture normally makes either 1 large loaf or a smaller loaf and 6 muffins

Cook until golden brown- muffins take 20-25 mins
Loaf takes approximately 45 minutes.

It's lovely the next day as it goes squishy and a bit stodgier (in a good way!) and keeps for a few days in a tin.  I often freeze it in slices so that I can whip it out if people come over or I want a treat but can't trust myself not to eat a whole cake!
Obviously this isn't 'completely clean'. I will try it one day with just agave and coconut oil and feedback but would love to hear any other ideas for 'cleaning it up'.
Do you have any other 'clean cake' recipes?
Helen x

* i LOVE this recipe. Great for my increasingly fussy toddler too! I'll adapt this to a vegan recipe if anyone is interested. Also, I've been using coconut sugar & it is AMAZING! Kaya X 

Sunday, 17 August 2014



Hiya! I'm Helen. I've been trying clean eating for about 8 months on and off. With diets most people aim for 80:20 ratio of good to cheating. Being honest due to my horrendous will power and penchant for cake, wine, gin and cheese I get more of a 65:35. Hopefully blogging will help me improve this but hey its still a start and I've seen improvements (I don't do scales and have lost my tape measure but today I fitted into a dress I've not worn since I fell pregnant. That is big news for me! Will get some measurements soon for people to have a better idea. 
On to the important bit, the food!
Today I fancied a picky clean tea (following a cake filled 2nd Birthday party today) and had a load of courgette's to use up and some marinatd chicken that needed a side dish.
Courgette Fries:
4-5 handfuls of almonds blitzed up/200g of ground almonds
50g of  grated cheese (I used feta and cheddar but in future I'd use parmesan)
Seasoning -whatever you fancy. I used garlic, mixed herbs and smoked paprika. Do it to taste
1 egg.
1-2 courgettes

Cut the courgettes into chip size,
Coat each one in egg,
Then in the almond/cheese/seasoning mixture
Bake for 15 minutes at 200 degrees

As there was mixture left I got creative (I hate waste) with some extra dishes

Stuffed peppers:
Almond/cheese/seasoning mix
Plus half a finely chopped courgette,  4 finally chopped mushroom and 2 handfuls of finely shredded kale (I used the bits from my juicer-classy).
Chop the top off a pepper, deseed and stuff with the mixture
Bake for 15 mins at 200 degrees
Both were lovely with the chicken as a tasty light tea. Yum.
I also had some leftover coating/stuffing mix so made some kind of veggie bake thing (like goodies bars). They're awaiting the toddler seal of approval but if they're good, I'll share the full recipe so watch this space.