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Healthy Eating – Flapjack recipe

IMG_0279Since our change of life style some 15 months ago, we have both lost over 2 stone in weight (no, not because we can’t afford to eat!).

Although I am a qualified therapist, I don’t have any formal qualifications in nutrition so my posts about diet are based on what works for me and what in my opinion is a healthy diet.

For various reasons, not just for weight control, we have cut out practically all added sugar from our diet, although we still enjoy a glass of wine whenever we feel like it (which is quite often).

I honestly believe that sugar is one of the causes of many modern diseases, including heart disease, strokes and dementia; maybe I am wrong but I do know that I feel so much better since cutting it out.

We don’t like to miss out on a treat with our morning coffee so I have adapted this flapjack recipe from one that was given to me recently.  They don’t taste incredibly sweet but are still yummy.  Having said that, we don’t eat them every day – all things in moderation!

Date & Oat Flapjacks

10oz porridge oats, 8oz chopped dates, 3oz chopped brazils, 2oz chopped pecans, 1oz pumpkin seeds, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1oz rice flour, 4oz coconut oil, 6oz honey,

Put the dates, honey, oil & 100ml water in a saucepan and boil until the dates are soft.

Place all the dry ingredients in a bowl and pour in the date mixture.  Stir until combined.

Spoon into a lightly greased (or lined) baking tin and cook at 180 degrees for 18-20 minutes.  Cut whilst warm into 24 squares.




Exciting Progress in the Garden

I have been really busy with therapy clients and making lots of jams and chutneys for our Ynysymond Preserves business but still finding a bit of time to get out in the fresh air.

We now have 6 new additions to the family, in the shape of Blackrock chickens which we hope will keep us and some neighbours supplied with eggs.  They have been with us 2 weeks now so hopefully they will start leaving us presents before too long.  I think they will be due their first photo shoot this weekend so watch this space.

The most exciting thing to be coming up though is our first honey harvest – it won’t be huge, but really looking forward to what promises to be a messy, sticky process over the next few days, fingers crossed.