Chunky Red Lentil Soup Recipe – The Balanced Diet Book From Jennifer Irvine, Founder Of Balance Box!

This is a quintessential winter soup:  hearty and warming, and packed full of vitamins. Just the thing to see you through a long, dark afternoon!

Ingredients – Serves 2

1 tablespoon groundnut oil

1 medium onion, peeled and roughly chopped

1 large carrot, peeled and roughly chopped

75g dried red lentils, rinsed and drained

400g can of chopped tomatoes

400ml vegetable stock

To serve –

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Small handful fresh parsley, finely chopped

 

Preparation

Place the oil in a medium-sized non-stick saucepan, and heat over a medium heat. Add the onions and leave to sweat for about 4-5 minutes, occasionally stirring. Add the chopped carrot and stir to mix with the onion.  Cover, and leave for another 4-5 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally to prevent sticking.

Add the lentils, the tomatoes (and their juices) and then the stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat so the soup simmers steadily. Cover the pan, and leave for 10-15 minutes, or until the lentils have collapsed and the vegetables are soft.

Season the soup with black pepper, then ladle into warmed serving bowls. Sprinkle with the chopped parsley and serve immediately.

Jennifer’s Tip:  

This recipe works well with almost any root vegetables, so get creative! Try it with sweet potatoes, parsnip, potatoes or even celeriac.

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Aduna Launches A New “Super Ingredient”, Moringa!

The 10th September 2014 marked the launch of Aduna’s second ‘super ingredient’: the new, super-charged, super-green super-leaf moringa. And as I was to learn, this little leaf is a mighty one at that. With Aduna priding itself on its exceptional and underutilized ingredients, sourced directly from small-scale producers in Africa, I couldn’t wait to attend the launch party to not only support the cause, but to officially #dothemoringa!

Known as ‘The Miracle Tree’ native to Africa and Asia, Andrew Hunt, co-founder of health and beauty brand and social business Aduna, informed me that moringa was the most nutrient-dense green superfood on the planet. As I peered skeptically into my delicious, mojito-inspired mocktail, which I was kindly given on my arrival, I needed convincing that my tasty green beverage was in fact a super-superior superfood.

It was Aduna Consultant Nutritionist Hala El-Shafie who alleviated my dubiousness. With her staggering statistics about the natural multi-vitamin, I was amazed to learn that moringa contains all nine amino acids and was higher in antioxidant levels than goji berries, green tea, blueberries, acai and pomegranates. The health benefits of this? Expect your hair, nail, skin and eyes to be radiant, glowing and gorgeous!

What’s more, being 25% protein, having 24 times more iron than spinach and 21% more calcium than milk, moringa aids protein synthesis, helps to maintain normal oxygen transport in the body and even regulates hormonal activity to reduce the effects of stress, tiredness, fatigue (great news if you are iron-deficient!). Even when compared to the most established ‘superfoods’ such as chlorella, spirulina and wheatgrass to name a few, moringa is significantly more nutrient-dense, being considered a ‘rich source’ or ‘source’ at RDA levels in vitamins and minerals such as A, K, E B1, B2, B3, B6, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, zinc, calcium and iron. Is there anything that this green powerhouse can’t do?

Nevertheless, I was still baffled by the delicious taste as I sipped my glass of pure goodness. Let’s face it, we consume green superfood powders not for the appearance and taste, but for the nutritional value. Yet, my marvelous moringa refreshment subverted such thought. Aduna Feel Good Chef, Saskia Gregson-Williams (founder of Naturally Sassy which we love and adore here at hip and healthy!) cleared my confusion. Saskia explained that flavour-wise, unlike chlorella and spirulina, which are algae and often found unpalatable, moringa has an earthy, ‘spinachy’ taste and is ideal for sprinkling onto salads, adding to soups or mixing into smoothies.

But the fun with moringa doesn’t stop there. As Saskia revealed during her inspirational, live raw cookery demonstration, the possibilities with moringa super-leaf powder are endless. I watched on in awe as she created moringa and avocado noodles, moringa key lime pie and even moringa and mint chocolate ice-cream! 100% organic, dairy free, soy free, wheat free, gluten free and suitable for vegans and vegetarians, my tastebuds were tantalized as I tucked into my not-so-naughty treats 100% guilt free.

Feeling excited and enlightened by my new awareness of #moringamiracles, I left the launch having achieved exactly what I set out to do; I was officially #doingthemoringa! Why don’t you?

Aduna Moringa Green Superleaf Powder is available form Holland and Barrett, Liberty, Wholefoods Market, Planet Organic, Selfridges, As Nature Intended, Revital and other leading independent retailers nationwide and online via www.aduna.com

words by Olivia Murphy


Fitspiration – Ella Woodward (Deliciously Ella!)

Your (awesome) blog, Deliciously Ella, has gone from strength to strength over the last couple of years… Did you ever expect it to be so successful?

Not at all, I actually started it as a personal thing and never meant to show it to anyone so it’s really crazy to see how many people read it now!

In your “About Me” section on your blog you mention that a severe illness is what prompted you to start Deliciously Ella. What is Postural Tachycardia Syndrome and how did you overcome it?

Postural Tachycardia Syndrome is a chronic illness that affects the autonomic nervous system, affectively breaking it down so that most systems in your body don’t work as they should – I couldn’t regulate my heart rate, circulation, digestions, immune system etc. I tried conventional medicine for about six months but sadly this didn’t help and I was still bed-ridden most of the time so I decided to heal with food. Overnight I gave up gluten, dairy, refined sugar and meat and started eating a wholefood, plant based diet. It took me eighteen months to feel well again and come off my medication, but it’s really worked!

What do you love most about working in the health and wellbeing industry?

I love absolutely everything about it. I feel so lucky to work in an industry that I truly love and feel so passionate about. I also find that everyone who works in this industry is incredibly kind and supportive, which is amazing too.

If you could recommend one item of kitchen equipment for vegan cooking newbies, what would you suggest getting first?

I would get two items – a blender to make smoothies and a food processor to make awesome desserts, like raw brownies!

What’s your thought process when creating a brand new recipe?

It’s normally based on what I’m craving that day; I just play with ingredients until I find something that I love and that sates that craving.

Does it take a lot of experimenting before you get the finished product?

It really depends, sometimes it’s so quick but other times it takes a little longer. I find that savoury things normally come out well the first time that I try them as you can keep adding flavour as you go, whereas baking is much harder. Either way I always seem to make a lot of mess!

What are your three ingredients you couldn’t live without?

That’s such a hard question, there are so many things that I couldn’t live without but my favourite three ingredients are probably medjool dates, avocados and sweet potatoes – I’m really obsessed with all three.

What’s your favourite way to workout?

I like mixing up my work outs otherwise I get bored, I love yoga, pilates and dance classes though – I find that the time always goes so quickly and I leave feeling amazing. I love walking too so I try to walk as much as I can everyday, I’d much rather leave my house earlier and walk on a nice day rather than taking a crowded tube!

How do you stay motivated to exercise when you’re just having one of those days (or weeks!)?

If I’m honest I’m not always motivated, I think it’s totally normal to have a few days where you loose motivation but then I think it’s just a matter of scheduling in a class that you like and making it important – think of it like a meeting or anything else that you have to do. I find when I then do the class, even if I was dreading it, I feel so much better afterwards and my motivation to work out again comes straight back.

How do you like to refuel after a workout?

In the mornings I love making a big bowl of coconut porridge afterwards with banana and almond butter, it’s my absolute favourite thing! Smoothies are amazing too, I normally blend banana, frozen berries, almond milk, hemp protein, spinach and almond butter for an easy but delicious pick-me-up.

What’s your favourite go-to breakfast at the moment?

I go in phases, at the moment I’m obsessed with overnight oats and bircher muesli with lots of fruit, almond milk, cacao nibs and almond butter but I’m sure I’ll go into a porridge phase soon as we head into autumn.

Describe your dream holiday destination!

Anywhere with sunshine, fresh fruit and coconut water!

What are your top beauty essentials?

Coconut oil, brown sugar and oats! It may sound like a weird combination but I use coconut oil every day to moisturize. Then a couple of times a week I mix it with brown sugar and oats to do a full face and body exfoliating scrub which leaves my skin softer, smoother and fresher than anything I’ve ever bought.

Finally, what do you look for when buying activewear? Do you gravitate towards any particular trends or styles?

Anything with beautiful bright colours, I love working out in things that make me smile when I look at them – gyms are always quite dark places too so it’s great to add some colour to brighten them up!

Check out Ella’s blog (if you haven’t already!) here! 


 

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Takeaway Tales – How Are They Damaging Our Bodies?

Nothing beats finishing a long, arduous week in the office than a quick, carefree takeaway, eaten in the comfort of your living room sofa, washed down with a bottle of wine whilst enjoying a sedentary evening in front of the TV right? Wrong.

Here at Hip and Healthy, we were disappointed yet unsurprised at the recent findings accumulated by YorkTest laboratories, who provided staggering statistics to name and shame the UK’s love of convenience foods. That’s right hip and healthies, it would seem that we are in the severe minority, with people in the UK spending approximately £29.4 million a year on takeaways and the typical person splurging £109 per month on convenience meals. But, is it really worth it?

The statistics speak for themselves. Between January 2004 and January 2014 searches for ‘IBS Symptoms’ have increased by a jaw-dropping 85%. The causes of such discomfort differ for each individual (excessive consumption of dairy, wheat and gluten are common culprits), yet takeaway consumption is at its highest ever. The obvious irony, is that rather than a means of de-stressing, such actions in fact contribute to severe distress, preventing you from living your life to its fullest potential. With 18% more people searching for a Food intolerance Test on a Monday than any other day, this is key evidence to suggest that the weekend is making us feel anything but refreshed and revived for the following week.

So why does no solution seem to be transpiring? Why does the population continue to use and abuse their bodies, knowing full well that such irritable side effects will occur as a consequence?

In the present working world, long, stressful working hours are a common problem, tempting many of us to reach for that takeaway menu. What’s more, with the arrival of the weekend, people are 43% less likely to search for a solution to a health problem than at the beginning of the week, preferring to indulge and unwind with family and friends.

However, are we not allowed to let our hair down at the weekend? Of course we can! The weekend is a chance to socialise, catch up with family and friends, to mark a birthday, a job promotion, or just celebrate surviving the past week at work. Here at Hip and Healthy, we strongly believe that life is for living, having fun and a time to give and receive feelings of happiness and gratitude for the people and places around us.

This said, making too many unhealthy food choices and allowing portion control to fly out the window will hinder, rather than help you attain any of these goals.

The key? Moderation. Enjoying the odd treat here and there (and not just at the weekend!) whilst maintaining a hip and healthy lifestyle, is the perfect balance for your ultimate wellbeing.

So do you feel lack-lustre after an overly excessive weekend? Perhaps its time to curb the convenience foods, bypass the booze binge, and put portion perception into practice. The effect? A rewarding weekend that replenishes you back to the best version of you.

For the full blog post provided by YorkTest, click here

For the link to the YorkTest IBS symptoms page, click here

words by Olivia Murphy

 


London’s Newest Health Hub Opens! Meet Raw Press!

With a splurge of juices bars currently opening up across London and taking the capital by storm, Raw Press, found on Dover Street in Mayfair, is one that stands out. Set up by cousins Jack and Toby Graham, Raw Press gets it right with a vibrant range of seven organic cold-pressed juices, three divine yet virtuous mylks, and a small but perfectly formed food offering.

On the liquid front, think refreshing coconut water, kale, spinach and more in the majestic ‘Super Green’ juice, and a sweet infusion of almonds, coconut water, dates, Himalayan salt, vanilla bean and raw cacao in the heavenly ‘Chocolate Mylk’ ! All are ‘squeezed’ and prepared on a daily basis and are made with only the best ingredients – so as well as being delicious, they are also incredibly good for you!

Their breakfast delights definitely do not disappoint! A choice of three delicious Acai bowls are whipped up with coconut yoghurt and home-made granola, whilst generous tranches of artesian bread (which incidentally you toast yourself in the unmissable yellow toasters that sit along the centre of the long communal tables) are served with slices of avocado or raw nut butter.

Lunch consists of four large bowlfuls of freshly made and gloriously healthy salads, designed exclusively for Raw Press by one of our on-going girl crushes Ella Woodward of Deliciously Ella, with creations such a zucchini noodles with brazil nut pesto (my favourite), a medley of roasted vegetables with sun-dried tomatoes and chilli, and an extremely more-ish quinoa, pomegranate and hazelnut salad.

Sweet (yet gluten, sugar and dairy-free) treats are not forgotten, with Ella’s infamous sweet potato brownies stealing the show, and a great selection of coffee and tea is of course available with a choice of dairy-free or nut milks.

Whether heading there for a power breakfast or a quick pit stop in the middle of a busy working day, Raw Press will certainly meet your healthy needs and cravings above and beyond expectation, and is without a doubt a welcome and exciting addition to the clean-eating Mayfair foodie scene.

Raw Press at Wolf & Badger, 32 Dover Street, London W1S 4NE
Monday – Saturday 10am – 6:30pm
Sunday – 11am – 5pm
0203 627 3190

 

words by Julia Griffith-Jones


If You Only Do One Thing This Week… Get Back Into Shape With These Top Tips!

Get clued up on your goals

Setting goals is a sure way to give yourself the best start when it comes to getting back into shape. It forces you to really think of what you want to achieve, how you want to feel and also look. An important aspect of setting yourself goals is to be specific. Saying that you want to look like a victoria’s secret model is all very well but that’s not going to give you a clear focus in the gym, nor in the kitchen. Jot them down on paper (or Iphone!) and you will soon discover whats important to you when it comes to being healthy and happy in your own skin.

Be Food Savvy

The food you choose to eat can either be your best friend, or your arch enemy. It’s quite astounding at how different types of food can affect the way you feel, especially when it comes to energy, productivity and even your mood. You also should consider that everyone reacts differently to food and what might suit your friend may not sit well with you. Becoming food savvy is learning to be observational…notice what your eating and how your body reacts to it. There is no right or wrong, it’s just a process of learning what foods make you feel at your best. We would suggest however to remove all artificial sugar and processed foods from your diet, we’re certain this alone will give you a massive heads start!

Hit Refresh On The Inspiration Button

Motivation and drive to exercise and eat well definitely likes to come and go when it pleases, and sometimes at the most inconvenient times! RSVP to your friends birthday bash? Check. Dancing shoes? Check. Dress to die for? Check. Motivation to workout so you can look hot? Ermm no..someone pass be the chocolate! Nobody is perfect and we all need some inspiration when we feel its dried up! Go old school and put up a few pictures of inspiring quotes or people you admire around your room or your workspace. You’ll be reminded of why you started and why being healthy is important to you. Or, if you haven’t already, get yourself on instagram and follow some accounts that you feel inspired by. There are some truly awesome people out there who offer workout tips, nutritional advice and lots of fun and healthy food ideas to get your Hip & Healthy juices flowing again. Some of our favourites include @censkiii @deliciouslyella @madeleine_shaw @naturallysassy_ @nataliabojanic @honestlyhealthy @calgaryavansino and @hipandhealthyuk (duh!)

Put The Emphasis On How You Feel Rather Than How You Look

We can all get caught up in body image and wanting to look like perfection, but an attitude that solely focuses on whats in front of the mirror won’t beat an attitude that focuses on overall, positive wellbeing. Shifting the emphasis from your reflection to your mind is the best step you can take towards achieving the body your deserve.

Try A New Way Of Exercise 

Another fantastic way to get back in to shape is trying a new way of exercising. Sometimes we can all get stuck in a particular workout rut and our bodies can adapt very easily to certain ways of exercising, so switch things up with a new class or new training programme. To make it more fun team up with your best workout buddy and go together… you’ll support and push each other through your new way of exercising AND nothings better than having a girly (or manly!) catch up over a post workout smoothie afterwards!

words by Molly Jennings

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Hot Honeyed Chicken Salad Recipe – The Balanced Diet Book From Jennifer Irvine, Founder Of Balance Box!

I love warm salads – all the goodness of cold salads, but they feel just right any time of the year!  This favourite – both at The Pure Package and at home – came from Gaby, and is sweet enough to entice the children, savory and deliciously crunchy enough for the adults.  A sure winner!

Ingredients – Serves 2

1 tablespoon sesame oil

2 small free-range chicken breasts, skins off, cut into thin strips

1 carrot, cut into thin strips

1 celery stick, cut into thin strips

1 red onion, finely sliced

1 tablespoon tomato puree

1 tablespoon honey

¼ teaspoon curry powder

To serve –

2 handfuls baby spinach, washed

Small handful fresh parsley, finely chopped

20g cashew nuts, unsalted

 

Preparation

Heat the oil in a wok or deep heavy-based frying pan, over a medium-high heat.  Add the chicken, and cook for about 2 minutes. Add the carrots, celery and onion to the pan, place the lid on and cook for a further 5 minutes until the onions are soft and chicken is cooked.

Meanwhile make the dressing.  In a small bowl combine the tomato paste, honey and curry powder, and stir until well mixed. Add to the pan and mix through for a couple of minutes.

Place the baby spinach into serving bowls. Top with the chicken and vegetables hot from the pan. Garnish with the parsley and cashew nuts.

Jennifer’s Tip:

This recipe works well with left-over cooked chicken also – simply shred the chicken and add to the vegetable mix before you add the dressing.  When heated through, add the dressing, parsley and nuts.

Upcycling

Once cooled, the flavours of the salad develop further, making it a perfect filling for a soft corn tortilla wrap.

H&H would like to offer you all £20 off your Balance Box Delivery using the code “HH20”. This offer is valid until the 30th September.

Redeem this awesome offer here! 


The 10 Beauty Innovations You Won’t Have Heard Of Yet!

These new, niche products with fill a void your beauty regime you never knew existed. From cocktail-style skincare that’s selling out in LA, to the backstage staple every make-up artist has in their kit – meet the new must-haves on the beauty block!

The Skincare Boosters – Odacité Pure Elements, £21-46

Is your complexion calling out for something a little more prescriptive? The good news is you don’t have to overhaul your entire regime to combat sporadic skin issues, just supercharge your regular moisturiser with one of these targeted Serum Concentrates. You only need to mix in 2-3 drops because the formulas (there are 18 in total) are super specific; forget catch-all categories like ‘oily’ and ‘dry’, you can address pretty much any concern with these souped-up boosters; from Capillaries and Eye Contours to Sagging Skin and Cell Energy. Which will you add to your skincare arsenal?

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The New Alphabet Cream – Estee Lauder Enlighten Even Effect Skintone Corrector SPF 30, £34

As more and more beauty brands jumped on the CC and DD bandwagons, there was a certain inevitability about the EE (Even Effect, btw). October sees the launch of Estée Lauder’s new Enlighten Skintone Correcting Collection; the EE Crème contains colour-correcting pigments to even out skin tone, but it also delivers practically impenetrable protection against UV, pollution and free radical damage to circumvent the onset of dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Believe the hype.

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The Backstage Brush Cleanser – Japonesque Goats Milk Cleansing Balm, £16

Cleaning make-up brushes is a massive faff, right? Well not anymore, thanks to Japonesque’s Solid Brush Cleanser. Dampen your brush head and swirl it around the goat-milk balm to instantly dissolve make-up, then just rinse and let the bristles dry naturally. Completely genius!

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The Black Moisturiser – Optimum PhytoBrighter Triple Action Illuminating Black Moisturiser, £12.99

Pep up dull skin, banish those ‘greige’ undertones and smooth over wrinkles with this antioxidant powerhouse. Yes, we agree, it seems counterintuitive to slather on a black cream, with no intention of buffing it off, but the formula sinks into skin in seconds (leaving behind zero residue) and it gives your complexion a bright, lit-from-within glow.

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The Superfood Cleanser – Nourish Kale Enzymatic Exfoliating Cleanser, £16.50

Kale has a knack for overachieving in salads and skincare alike. In this ‘turbo natural’ formula, organic kale extract boosts skin suppleness and dials down redness, while pomegranate enzymes degunk and probiotics jolt sluggish skin cells in overdrive. Future cult product alert.

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The Multitasking Mist – LOVE + SALT Beach Hair & Body Mist, £14

Introducing, by way of New York’s Rockaway Beach, the lazy girl’s styling staple. Without coating or stiffening strands, this vegan, volume-enhancing spray gives hair a soft, textured finish – and it’s a prerequisite for perfectly tousled, beachy waves. In fact, thanks to a generous dose of coconut oil and aloe vera, you can use it as a hydrating body spray too. Did we mention it smells amazing? It does.

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The A-List Facial – BRAD Biophotonic Ultra Peel, £105 

A favourite among LA dermatologists, this is basically microdermabrasion (minus the downtime) in a tube. It’s an inconspicuous -looking, lightweight gel, but it blitzes congested pores and plumps up the contours of your face. Glycolic and lactic acid saturate skin with moisture, and pyruvic acid fights acne and any superficial scarring – so you can cancel that facial.

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The Make-up Hybrid – Bare minerals Bareskin Foundation, £26 and Perfecting Face Brush, £24

The brand that championed mineral has figured out how to make a liquid foundation that’s as suitable for sensitive and acne-prone skin as its original power formula. So what’s the secret? Well, it’s easier to list what this foundation doesn’t contain; no alcohol, no synthetics, no fragrance, no water. Jojoba-coated mineral pigments are suspended in a coconut-derived base, and it’s brimming full of brightening vitamin c and lilac plant stem cells. And the brush, with its quirky fluid reservoir, is inspired.

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The Hero De-Stresser – Aveda Shampure Composition, £22

Set the scene for an at-home spa experience with this essential oil blend. Add to running bath water, massage into damp skin, nourish your scalp, soften your feet, treat your cuticles… and let the heavenly lavender and ylang ylang aroma permeate the rooms of your house. This aromatic potion will, without fail, bring your back from the brink. And breathe.

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The Gym Bag Essential – Percy & Reed Tools Of The Trade Accessories Wrap, £15

This diminutive, expertly-curated wrap comprises all the tricks and tools you need to pull-off a sleek, post-workout updo. There’s a set for dark hair and one for blondes, and each contain a keyhole instant updo pin, 3 hook bands, 15 smooth glide slides, 10 drag-free elastics, 2 get-the-look cards and a pony tail band. That’s one less excuse not to make that 7am spin class then.

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words by Charlotte Jolly

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Sweet Potato Brownies – Deliciously Ella For Raw Press!

Finally, we want to share with you, Ella’s most famous recipe, her Sweet Potato Brownies! We are so thrilled that they will be available to buy at Raw Press, as they make the perfect healthy “treat”!

“My sweet potato brownies have been the most popular recipe on my blog for the past year, so I wanted to share them with Raw Press customers as everyone always loves them. I know it sounds strange to put vegetables into brownies, but the sweet potatoes do absolute wonders to create an incredibly gooey, fudgy brownie. All the other ingredients are full of goodness too; it’s just dates, raw cacao powder, ground almonds and buckwheat flour, plus a little maple syrup, so you can eat dessert and still feel amazing!”
Ella Woodward, Deliciously Ella

Ingredients

2 medium/large sweet potatoes (600g)

2/3 cup ground almonds (80g)

1/2 cup buckwheat or brown rice flour (100g)

14 medjool dates

5 tbsp raw cacao powder

4 tbsp pure maple syrup (make sure it hasn’t got any added sugar!)

Pinch of salt

 

Method

Start by preheating the oven to 180c, before peeling the sweet potatoes ands cutting them in to chunks. Place the sweet potatoes into a steamer for twenty minutes or until they are soft. Once ready, add the potatoes to a food processor with the pitted dates and blend until a smooth, creamy mixture forms. Put the remaining ingredients in a bowl before stirring in the sweet potato and date mixture. Place the mixture into a lined baking dish and cook for around twenty to thirty minutes until you can pierce the brownie cake with a fork, bringing it out dry. Remove from the tray and allow to cool for about ten minutes before cutting them into squares to serve.

recipe: Deliciously Ella for Raw Press

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For more info on Ella and her blog, click here!

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Get Your Glow On With A Hip & Healthy Prize Draw!

We may be in September now, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still get your glow on and feel just as fabulous as you did in August! As some of you may already know from our Monday morning newsletter, this week we announced an exciting competition in partnership with Latest In Beauty to celebrate our awesome Summer Glow Box! As well as offering FREE P&P, we’re giving all of you who purchase the box from 1st September – 7th September a chance to win a super chic Splits 59 workout tank from our activewear store worth £65.00! (Bonus!)

To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is enter the free P&P code, “H&HLIB14” at the checkout and you will automatically be entered in to the prize draw! It’s as easy as that. The successful winner will be announced on Wednesday the 10th September and will be contacted by email. Good luck to everyone who enters and enjoy the gorgeous goodies inside your Summer Glow Box!

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If You Only Do One Thing This Week… Try The Latest Healthy “Diet” Trends!

Summer is coming to an end and it’s time to put down the glass of rosé and pick up the coconut water, swap that croissant for porridge and say goodbye to those barbecues. Here at Hip & Healthy we are not huge fans of the ‘D’ word… In our view many diets are often unsustainable, can be unhealthy and actually do more harm then good in the end. That said, we have recently seen a resurgence of healthy eating programmes flood the market that we do approve of. Full of fresh, raw food and good easy-to-implement eating habits, we have outlined a few of the diets that are causing a storm in the UK and beyond.

The Whole30 Diet
Best For: Those looking to press the reset button

Devised by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, The Whole30 Diet is designed to cut unhealthy cravings and bad habits, get your metabolism firing and balance your immune system by getting you back to food basics. What you can eat… Meat, seafood, eggs, tons of veggies, some fruit, lots of healthy fats (from oils, nuts etc.) And what you can’t… No sugar at all (not even agave… and no not even coconut sugar), no alcohol, no grains (that means all that lovely quinoa has to go), no legumes (all beans of all kinds including soy), no dairy, nothing processed. You are also told not to weigh or measure yourself for the duration of the 30 days, plus you can’t even be clever and make things like beetroot brownies (so no looking up Deliciously Ella’s insanely yummy but apparently Whole30 friendly recipes – as Hartwig just sees this as distracting your mind from the task at hand. The idea is that this diet should press the reset button on your whole digestive system, and it also endeavors to re-program the way you think about food. Sounds hard? It is. But it could also be the answer to changing the way you eat forever.

The Okinawa Diet
Best For: Anti-aging

It’s not a secret that the Japanese people have one of the highest life-expectancy rates, particularly in the south Okinawa island where there are the most people over the age of one-hundred in the world. Is their secret to living long down to their diets? Quite possibly. The Okinawa diet is anti-oxidant rich consisting of mainly green, yellow and orange vegetables and fruits. It is also incredibly low in both fat and sugar and although it contains almost no meat (although they did eat some pork) or dairy it does consist of a good amount of omega-3 rich fish. If you plan on trying this then we suggest a spot of Tai Chi would be a great complement to the diet.

The Three-Hour Diet
Best For: Increasing the Metabolism

We all know that skipping meals is bad for us, which is why best-selling author Jorge Cruise created his Three-hour diet plan that encourages us to eat six meals a day! The theory behind it is that whenever your body doesn’t get its fuel for over three hours it goes into a state of starvation and starts hanging on to fat. This eating program aims to keep the metabolism’s fire stoked at all times so that it continues to burn food efficiently and effectively keeping you lean and toned! You’ll also keep blood sugar levels stabled, which will keep hunger pangs at bay. The only downside is preparing or buying lots of healthy snacks can be time consuming or expensive if you don’t give it enough forethought as on an average day you’ll be eating breakfast, having a mid-morning snack, then lunch, then another snack, followed by supper and then another snack or healthy dessert. Make sure you keep things healthy or it kinda defeats the object. This program works brilliantly with those that have an active lifestyle which will only further increase the metabolism’s energy.

The FODMAP Diet
Best For: Discovering Food Intolerances

Perhaps one of the hardest diets out there because it is so restrictive, the FODMAP diet is one of the best ways to find out what and if you are intolerant to any particular foods. This diet really isn’t necessary if you think your digestive system is working just fine but for those with regular IBS – it may just hold the key to making you better. FODMAP is an acronym for the names of some complicated sounding-carbohydrates that are commonly found in the western diet and is all about how these foods are digested in the gut. What is believed is that many of the foods that are not to be eaten create a lot of gas in the intestines which can be painful (and trust us – gas can be REALLY painful). What will surprise you is the amount of veggies, fruit and other healthy foods that are not to be eaten when on the diet. But the diet really is to be followed to the letter if you are hoping to see any improvement to your tummy pains. It is really important though with this diet that you see a dietician first to make sure that you are cutting out the right foods at the right time so have a chat with your doctor or a registered nutritionist if you think that this could help you.

Part-Time Vegan
Best For: Getting your glow on

Taking Meat-Free Mondays a few steps further, part-time veganism could be a fantastic way to reduce your carbon footprint and get a glowy, gorgeous you all in one fell swoop! We love this way of eating as it allows you to live a truly balanced life. The best approach is perhaps to cut out all dairy and meat at home but allow yourself a bit of what you fancy when you are out for dinner, on holiday or eating at a friend’s. We like to apply the 80/20 rule to this one. There are so many positives to this diet – not only will you be increasing your intake of delicious veggies, you’ll also be giving your immune system a boost, your digestive system a break and you’ll probably shed a few pounds along the way too. Some of our fave vegan foodies are Deliciously Ella, Naturally Sassy and Raw Vegan Blonde… google them and get ready to feel hungry!

The Information Diet
Best For: The Techno Junkie

Ok – so this one is not food related, but we couldn’t help ourselves. One of the biggest diets we all need to go on is an information diet! We are constantly bombarded with emails, texts, tweets, images and news. Technology has taken over our lives. Do you check your phone the moment you wake up? Update your instagram feed on the loo? Read the newspaper on your way to work? Chances are you just answered yes to at least 2 out of 3 of those and you are in need of switching off. The latest craze is to go one day completely technology free per week… no phone, laptop, TV, iPad or  even radio. Studies have shown that going technology-free for one whole day increases both productivity and creativity for the rest of the week ahead. Sound good? Give it a try. Arguably the weekend is the best time to give this a go as not many of us could do a day’s work without the internet or being able to contact people.

words by Sadie Macleod

image: Raw Vegan Blonde


Food For Fitness – H&H Review Grace Belgravia’s New Grace Delivery Service!

I’m not really sure why I’ve never been keen on trying a home delivery food service before. Maybe it’s because I like knowing exactly what goes in my food, or perhaps I just enjoy the simple pleasures of cooking and being in the kitchen, (usually making a mess!). But when I think about it, I guess it’s a really easy way to keep on track with your healthy eating habits and if you work long hours, pre-prepared food must be a godsend!

So when I stumbled across Grace Belgravia (a private members club specially catered to women who take an interest in their health and wellbeing), I felt a surprising urge to try their new Grace Delivery Food Service. I was attracted to the fact that each of their five menus on offer had input from all the talented chefs, medical, health and fitness teams working at Grace. I also loved that there was a programme for everyone to suit all kinds of needs and I sensed a lot of care and effort when into the quality of the food and the objectives of each programme. Out of the Wellbeing, Vegan, Fitness, Cleanse and Soup and Juice menus on offer, I opted for the Fitness menu as exercise is a very important part of my lifestyle. I wanted a plan that wasn’t too heavy but still gave me enough energy to sustain me throughout the day. A full days food was delivered to my door first thing in the morning and I was excited to get stuck in!

Breakfast – Hard Boiled Eggs with Smoked Salmon, Guacamole and Gluten Free Seeded Bread

I’m a big breakfast girl and totally believe that its the most important meal of the day. So when I opened Grace’s breakfast I was a very happy girl! Loaded with healthy fats from the salmon and avocado and protein from the eggs, I honestly felt so satisfied, full and energised, and not sluggish or bloated at all. I also need to mention how delicious the bread was… it was moist, nutty and made the meal really substantial!

Mid Morning Snack – Kale Chips

After my “fit for a king” breakfast, I wasn’t that hungry, but I did fancy a little something just to tie me over till lunch. Kale chips make the perfect, nutritional snack that will satisfy those little “elevenses” moments.

Lunch – Roasted Aubergine, Beetroot And Fennel Hummus with Harissa Chicken Skewers

I was really surprised at my energy levels and how good I felt at this point. It really goes to show that a nourishing breakfast can make all the difference. I loved the combination of flavours in this meal, especially the hummus, (I will be recreating this at home!) It added a great texture to the aubergine and chicken skewers and I felt like it came straight out of a restaurant!

Mid Afternoon Snack – Blueberries

The blueberries hit the spot! I do have a sweet tooth and yes sometimes I satisfy it with the odd raw chocolate bar from time to time, but the natural sugar kick from the antioxidant-rich blueberries was well appreciated and needed! I did supplement them with a handful of pecans as I always like to eat some form of protein with fruit to help slow down the absorption of the natural sugars entering my blood stream. But hey, you’re talking to a pecan addict!

Dinner – Roast Salmon with Kale, Lentil, Feta Cheese, and a Shaved Beetroot and Flaxseed Salad

Last but not least was dinner. After a long day at work, I’m always super hungry and one of my favourite ways to get my weekly intake of omega 3’s is roast salmon – this meal didn’t disappoint at all. The fish was succulent and perfectly cooked, and the salad was delicious too. Just like lunch, it was full of well-matched flavours and was far from bland and boring!

Verdict?

I’ve discovered that finding the right programme is crucial for enjoying and getting the most out of the food being delivered to you. Grace’s Fitness plan was full to the brim with wholesome, filling ingredients and my preconceptions of pre-prepared food being dull and tasteless have totally changed with the help of the amazing team at Grace!

words by Molly Jennings

For more info on Grace Delivery, click here!