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Italian Chicken & avocado salad

Italian Chicken & avocado salad

This Italian chicken and avocado salad is brimming with flavours, colors and nutrients. Made with rocket, radicchio, tomatoes & avocado, with cracked pepper & lemon chicken fillets, this salad is a full meal, filling and satisfying, yet healthy. Seasoned with cold pressed extra-virgin Tuscan olive […]

Quick polenta with walnuts & Parmesan cheese

Quick polenta with walnuts & Parmesan cheese

This polenta with walnuts and Parmesan cheese recipe is the perfect quick meal for when you want something comforting but you don’t feel like cooking. It is ready in literally 5 minutes, it’s delicious and gluten-free. Polenta is a traditional dish form the Northern Italy, […]

How to make banana milk

How to make banana milk

This is the “banana milk” that I used for my “Buckwheat, banana & cinnamon pancakes” and it is such a great substitute for any other nuts or non-nuts milk that I wanted to share. It is a great “milk” to use for pancake recipes and […]

My favourite pick me up drink

My favourite pick me up drink

A delciously healthy chcolate drink. Magnesium & anti-oxidants rich, it is also gluten-free, dairy-free and nuts-free.

Salmon, chili & rocket fishcakes

Salmon, chili & rocket fishcakes

I made these salmon, rocket & chili fishcakes recipe just before Christmas. They were delicious, ideal for one of those evenings when you want something a bit fancy and comforting but healthy at the same time. I had them with rocket, cherry tomatoes & spring […]


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Italian Chicken & avocado salad

Italian Chicken & avocado salad

This Italian chicken and avocado salad is brimming with flavours, colors and nutrients. Made with rocket, radicchio, tomatoes & avocado, with cracked pepper & lemon chicken fillets, this salad is a full meal, filling and satisfying, yet healthy. Seasoned with cold pressed extra-virgin Tuscan olive […]

8 Vitamin C rich foods to add to your diet

8 Vitamin C rich foods to add to your diet

Vitamin C is on of the most important vitamins for the body. It is a major anti-oxidant and its involved in more than hundred cellular reactions. It helps iron absorption, collagen formation ( yes it is anti-aging that is why it is often added to […]

5 Cool things to do if you are in self-isolation

5 Cool things to do if you are in self-isolation

Self-isolation can be a frustrating time, but also one of self-discovery and self-growth. Staying indoor, maintain social & physical distancing while staying idle with all this time on your hands is the perfect recipe for negative thoughts, low energy, overthinking and anxiety. You need to […]

Quick polenta with walnuts & Parmesan cheese

Quick polenta with walnuts & Parmesan cheese

This polenta with walnuts and Parmesan cheese recipe is the perfect quick meal for when you want something comforting but you don’t feel like cooking. It is ready in literally 5 minutes, it’s delicious and gluten-free. Polenta is a traditional dish form the Northern Italy, […]

How to survive in times of Coronavirus

How to survive in times of Coronavirus

We live in stressful times, and I am sure many of us will be living times of worry and anxiety. Whilst these emotions are natural, Coronavirus is here to stay for a bit and we need to adapt our mindset in order to be more […]

Life in times of Coronavirus: the essential food shopping list

Life in times of Coronavirus: the essential food shopping list

It’s official: Coronavirus has arrived in Great Britain and it is here to stay for a bit. In the unfortunate event that you need to self-isolate, I have drawn up a list of healthy essentials that you can easily stock up and that take little […]

How to make banana milk

How to make banana milk

This is the “banana milk” that I used for my “Buckwheat, banana & cinnamon pancakes” and it is such a great substitute for any other nuts or non-nuts milk that I wanted to share. It is a great “milk” to use for pancake recipes and […]

My favourite pick me up drink

My favourite pick me up drink

A delciously healthy chcolate drink. Magnesium & anti-oxidants rich, it is also gluten-free, dairy-free and nuts-free.

Four magniesium rich foods to add to your diet

Four magniesium rich foods to add to your diet

Magnesium is a very important mineral. It is estimated that magnesium deficiency is one of the most common nutrients deficiency in the world. This mineral is implicated in over hundreds of chemical reactions in our bodies and it is important for nerve transmission, muscles function, […]

Salmon, chili & rocket fishcakes

Salmon, chili & rocket fishcakes

I made these salmon, rocket & chili fishcakes recipe just before Christmas. They were delicious, ideal for one of those evenings when you want something a bit fancy and comforting but healthy at the same time. I had them with rocket, cherry tomatoes & spring […]

3 self-care tips to implement in the New Year

3 self-care tips to implement in the New Year

We hear a lot about self-care these days, but do we really know what self-care really is, and are we really able to choose and prioritize self-care in a world were we are all so constantly busy? 1.CUT DOWN ON SOCIAL MEDIA Too much time […]

Four simple tips to make your Christmas healthier and joyful

Four simple tips to make your Christmas healthier and joyful

Being healthy at this time of the year is possible. As usual here are few simple yet effective tips, to make your Christmas and festive season, healthier, memorable and meaningful at the same time. 1. FOCUS ON EXPERIENCES rather than material things. It’s not things […]

10 healthy foods to eat this Christmas

10 healthy foods to eat this Christmas

Christmas time and the festive period are the epitome of unhealthy habits and foods. But you can simply crowd out the bad stuff, introducing more healthy wholefoods in your diet. The festive season is rich in foods that are beneficial for our health and at […]

Gluten-free pancakes with dark chocolate sauce

Gluten-free pancakes with dark chocolate sauce

One of the most difficult things when you are on a diet or simply trying to eat healthy is to deal with those sugar and chocolate cravings, which inevitably come up. These gluten-free pancakes are the perfect low sugar answer to those sweet and chocolate […]

Italian avocado salad

Italian avocado salad

This glorious Italian Avocado Salad is rich in an array of anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory nutrients, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. Perfect stand alone for a starter and light lunch or with some cracked pepper and lemon chicken fillets.

7 healthy foods that are surprinsingly rich in sugar

7 healthy foods that are surprinsingly rich in sugar

As a health coach I am on a mission to educate my clients on the danger of hidden sugar in foods. We all know that we should not give in to those cravings of chocolates cookies ( it is never really only one, is it) […]

7 foods that you should eat this autumn

7 foods that you should eat this autumn

As a health coach I am a great believer that the food we eat can highly contribute to our health and wellness, or highly impair it.  After all we eat three times a day, and what you eat everyday goes to support your everyday cellular […]

How to regulate your circadian rhythms for health and weight loss

How to regulate your circadian rhythms for health and weight loss

Circadian rhythms are what regulate your body wake/sleep cycle: they pretty much go in automatic, and tell your body when it is time to fall asleep and when it is time to be awake. The mechanism that regulates them is actually quite complex, and involves […]

Summer Greek salad

Summer Greek salad

The Healthy Gourmet take on the traditional Greek salad. I made this dish the other day and frankly with what I had left in my fridge, but it is delicious and a very much needed variation to the traditional Greek salad recipe, which I am […]

Healthy eating on a budget

Healthy eating on a budget

Let’s face it eating healthy, it’s not cheap, but it is possible with a bit of attention and planning. And if you are feeling a bit demotivated always remember that eating healthy is always the best choice in the long run: the one that will […]

Summer mackerel salad

Summer mackerel salad

This beautiful rainbow salad is ready in 5 min, and brings you proteins, healthy fats, lots of vegetables rich in vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and anti-oxidants. Each color bring different nutrients/healing compounds, so when you can, it is really important to add as many differently colored […]

Japanese iced Sencha green tea

Japanese iced Sencha green tea

The big heat is here! London is wrapped in a giant heatwave with peak of 38 celcious. Needless to say, in this heat is important to stay hydrated. Water is great, but sometimes you need sit back with a nice and refreshing drink in your […]

Peppers, tomatoes and olives pasta

Peppers, tomatoes and olives pasta

I made this pasta from some leftover roasted peppers that I had made the previous day, and some leftovers salad tomatoes.  it was delicious, full of fibers and satisfying. It is perfect for a family meal or a dinner for two, when you want something […]

Sundried tomatoes, celery and white beans salad

Sundried tomatoes, celery and white beans salad

Fresh but full of taste this sundried tomatoes, celery and cannellini beans salad recipe,  is perfect for a light summer lunch or dinner. Suitable for vegans, this recipe is also gluten-free, dairy-free and nuts-free. Celery is low in calories but rich in fibers and has […]

How to make overnight oats

How to make overnight oats

Overnight oats are one of the healthiest and easy to do breakfast you can have. They are gluten-free, hypo-allergenic and have a balanced composition of vegetable proteins and complex carbs, to keep you full and nourished until lunchtime. As the name suggests, overnight oats are […]

Why you should hire a health coach

Why you should hire a health coach

Because those changes are hard to make! A health coach is defined as a wellness expert and mentor that helps clients establish healthy eating and lifestyle habits creating tailored and sustainable plans. Then what is the difference between a health coach and a nutritionist, I […]

Easy Mediterranean Shakshuka eggs

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Sumac Greek salad

Sumac Greek salad

A nice and fresh tomatoes salad for the summer with the taste of sumac, olives, cucumber and shallots. A tasty variation to the classic Greek salad, that is great as side dish or even on its own for a light lunch. Sumac is a Middle […]

Egg pasta (pappardelle) with lemony walnuts & spinach pesto

Egg pasta (pappardelle) with lemony walnuts & spinach pesto

Protein pasta like this gorgeous egg “pappardelle” is the perfect type of pasta to have with pesto, as it  provides a more balanced carbs/proteins ratio, leaving you full and satisfied for a real healthy gourmet recipe. As you may have read in my previous post […]

4 common mistakes healthy people do | part 2

4 common mistakes healthy people do | part 2

Following on from my most popular post on the blog   “the 4 most common mistakes healthy people do” I decided to write another piece, to share with you more of the healthy secrets that I teach my clients. A trendy diet. Whether is Paleo, vegan or […]

3 courgettes recipes for the Spring

3 courgettes recipes for the Spring

I love courgettes. They are delicate, versatile & low in calories. They are easy to find and inexpensive. They are rich in water, and contains vitamins B group, like folates, vitamin B6 and riboflavin, and they are also rich in minerals like potassium and manganese. […]

Lemony spinach, Greek basil & walnuts pesto

Lemony spinach, Greek basil & walnuts pesto

The best of my pesto recipes so far, this lemony, Greek basil, spinach & walnuts pesto, is utterly delicious and absolutely easy to do. The Greek basil, brings a distinctive aroma, while the spinach, walnuts, lemon & extra-virgin olive oil, have great health benefits. Pesto’s […]

3 healthy sweet treats from a health coach

3 healthy sweet treats from a health coach

One of the most difficult things when you are on a diet, or simply paying attention to what you eat, is dealing with those sudden and strong sweet or chocolate cravings. The trick is to have in mind some healthy treats, that are easy to […]

Mackerel, celery, borlotti beans & spelt (farro) salad

Mackerel, celery, borlotti beans & spelt (farro) salad

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Buckwheat, banana & cinnamon pancakes

Buckwheat, banana & cinnamon pancakes

To celebrate pancake day, I would like to propose a no added sugar, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, nuts-free, buckwheat, banana & cinnamon pancakes recipe. You can try these gluten-free, dairy-free, nuts-free pancakes recipe with different toppings, the most classical of them being a few drops of […]

Roasted tomatoes, peppers, thyme & feta gnocchi

Roasted tomatoes, peppers, thyme & feta gnocchi

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Roasted peppers and tomatoes soup

Roasted peppers and tomatoes soup

This gorgeous soup, will warm up your winter evenings and bring you a host of Mediterranean flavors. Eating a varied and colorful diet is a great way to make sure that your body receives the cocktail of nutrients to support optimum nutrition, so my tip […]

The ultimate Christmas leftover frittata: sprouts, potatoes & Stilton frittata

The ultimate Christmas leftover frittata: sprouts, potatoes & Stilton frittata

The best way to have a sustainable & healthy Christmas is to use up leftovers for Boxing Day meal. Leftover are frugal by definition so you will not tempted to have decadent meals, but you can still add a glass of prosecco or slice of […]

Sumac lentils & carrots stew

Sumac lentils & carrots stew

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Pumpkin & sage risotto

Pumpkin & sage risotto

A delicate yet, delicious pumpkins and sage risotto, perfect for Halloween and the Christmas season. Made with olive oil instead of butter, it is light yet full of flavor. Gluten-free.  A real, authentic Italian recipe that will impress your guests at a dinner party. More […]


Diary of a Health Coach

My favourite pick me up drink

My favourite pick me up drink

One of the greatest challenge when you are trying to follow a diet or an healthy eating regime is dealing with sweet cravings. Whether your body is asking for a bit of comfort, some extra energy or simply responding to a stress induced craving, it is important to take notice and try to respond to that signal in an intelligent way.

NO DEPRIVATION

I am not someone who believes in deprivation. It’s human, the more you deny yourself something and the more you want it. So if I crave a treat, first I think about what could be the reasons for that and I ask myself some questions ( am I stressed, have I slept restfully enough, am I anxious, have I eaten enough ) and then if I still feel that urge, I try to limit the damage a give myself the least sugary treat that can still satisfy my craving.

LIMIT SUGAR

My first choice is always to go for my favourite pick me up chocolate drink, that is low in sugar, and rich in micro-nutrients and anti-oxidants. No dairy, no nuts, no gluten & no added sugar.

BETTER THAN COFFEE

This  raw cocoa & cinnamon drink is chocolatey delicious, it helps re-hydrate you ( sometimes a “sweet craving” can be a sign of de-hydration ) and usually gives me that “energy kick” that I normally find in coffee, but without the usually side effect of it. Coffee usually gives me energy when I drink it, but then saps my energy away, and makes me more tired than ever.

RICH IN MAGNESIUM

Cocoa is also rich in magnesium, that is a mineral important for so many functions in the body, from energy production to bone health and carbohydrates metabolism. Magnesium can also help for some types of migraines and PMS syndrome.

THE RECIPE

Ingredients for 1

  • 1 tbsp of raw cocoa powder
  • A dash of cinnamon
  • Few drops of organic maple syrup (optional)
  • Hot water

Method

Simply place the ingredients in a mug, cover with hot water from the kettle, and stir well.

This a base version, but it is perfect for your everyday chocolate cravings, and does not require any fresh ingredients, and it  can be made with items that you can easily store in your kitchen cupboard. In the next few weeks I will share more of my favourite healthy sweet treats and tips & trick to be healthy on the go.