Fresh new start for 2018

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1 Jan 2018 by Hazel

It has been over 3 years now since I discovered Sarah Wilson and embarked on my journey to give up sugar.  As it turned out my focus was on reducing my fructose intake and today my “sins” are always in the form of fruit which I love. However, I know if I eat too much my dependency grows and I have to start cutting back again, this is my new yo-yo cycle.  The good news is that at least when I am bad, I am not too bad as it is not cakes, sweets, biscuits or desserts I pig out on but an extra banana in a day or a punnet of sweet, sun ripened strawberries or the overpowering sweetness of dates.  To be honest dates are my limit I simply cannot abide anything sweeter.  I try every now and again and it is like swallowing golden syrup I simply cannot cope with the extreme sweetness that added sugar brings. However I have hit a rut and need a little inspiration. Cue a new guru – Angelique Panagos.


I went into Oxford to return some items and get some coffee but found myself in one of my very favourite stores and there was this book which I picked up, then put down.  Two seconds later, like a magnet I was drawn back and ended up purchasing it.  So the last day of 2017 was leafing through this book and before I knew it my shopping was on order and I was in the kitchen making her Sweet Potato Granola.

How does one think of these things?  It’s obvious really when you think about how sweet carrots and sweet potato are but the thought of boiling them up, pureeing them with warming spices like cinnamon and nutmeg and then mixing them with coconut, seeds and nuts is genius! A small portion with a banana and some plain Coyo yoghurt was hugely filling and a good basis on which to do my morning HIIT session. This was swiftly followed by roasting some spicy chick peas which seriously kick a punch so only a few will do and then rustling up a batch of red pepper hummus to have with my slow roasted lamb for dinner.

I’m a complete fan of sweet potato wraps and so for a quick dinner I warmed one up, covered in in my freshly made hummus, sprinkled it with my chopped up lamb and a tomato and rolled! Dinner in a flash.


Yesterday’s spoils, Granola, spicy chick peas and hummus





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