Healthy Food Recipes

Guilt-Free Turmeric And Carrot Cake Recipe

Everyone loves a guilt-free treat, but what about guilt-free treat that’s packed with health benefits? Chef Cynthia Louise’s nutritional spin on carrot cake incorporates turmeric – an anti-inflammatory spice full of antioxidants – plus chia seeds and psyllium husk to deliver exactly what nature requires from you in a cake.

RELATED: Low-Calorie Brownie Recipe

Serves 8



3 large carrots, unpeeled and grated

2 cups shredded coconut

1 tsp ground cinnamon powder

1 tbsp freshly grated ginger

2 cups soaked almonds (soaked overnight in 2 cups of water, then rinsed well and drained)

10 dried dates

1/2 cup currants

2 tbsp psyllium husk

2 tbsp chia seeds

1/4 cup maple syrup

30 g turmeric, freshly grated

Pinch of salt


1 1/2 cups soaked cashews (soaked overnight in 3 cups of water, then rinsed well and drained)

Juice of one lemon

Juice of one lime

1/3 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup water


  1. Combine all the ingredients for the base in a food processor and process until well combined.
  2. Transfer to a round springform cake tin, pressing down to get an even layer.
  3. Set aside in the fridge while you make the icing.
  4. To make the icing combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy and smooth.
  5. Once creamy and smooth, pour onto the cake and set.

Low-Calorie Brownie Recipe

I love baking and even more so eating baked goods, especially brownies. To me, brownies are the slightly more naughty version of muffins, rich and chocolatey, and unfortunately not very good for your bikini body.

However, there is a way to make moist chocolate brownies that won’t leave you feeling guilty as they are under 50 calories a piece. Yes, that’s right, delicious low-calorie brownies. They are flourless, but made with rolled oats, making them the perfect energy-boosting breakfast snack or afternoon treat.

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Not only are these brownies tasty, but also very easy to make as you don’t have to worry about weighing the ingredients, just use the same cup for measuring everything.

Makes 8


3/4 cup non-fat Greek yogurt

1/4 cup skim milk

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup Truvia (or any natural/stevia based sweetener that pours like sugar)

1 egg

1 tsp baking powder

1 pinch salt


  1. Preheat oven to 200° Celsius. Grease a square, medium sized baking dish and put aside.
  2. Combine yoghurt, milk, and egg and stir thoroughly. Add cocoa powder, oats, sweetener, baking powder, and salt and stir until everything is blended and you have a smooth batter.
  3. Pour batter into baking dish and bake for about 15 minutes. Don’t worry if the brownies are slightly undercooked, they taste even better this way!
  4. Let cool and cut into 8 pieces. Enjoy!

The great thing about this recipe is that you can add ingredients like nuts, raisins, berries, or pretty much whatever you like! It will add a few calories, but it will still be a much healthier brownie than the ones you can get at a supermarket. Happy brownie baking!

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3 Quick Bloat Busters

Still feeling bloated from all that festive overindulging? You’re not alone! Whether you need a quick fix for bloating, gas or inflammation, leading gut guru and naturopath, Michèle Wolff, shares 3 easy bloat busters to deflate that tummy and help you squeeze into your jeans!

1. Morning Bloat Buster
Combine 2 tsp. barley, 2 tsp. coriander seeds, 2 tsp. fennel seeds, 4 raisins. Put all of these ingredients in a thermos of almost boiling water overnight. In the morning strain and squeeze these ingredients and add a few drops of lemon juice, 2 tsp. aloe vera juice, 2 pinches of turmeric and 2 pinches of cinnamon.

If you are celiac avoid barley and use slippery elm instead. If you have candida, avoid the raisins.

2. Bloat Buster Tea
Mint/peppermint has a calming, soothing effect on the gut and is cooling. It helps get rid of gas and bloating. It is also helpful if you have nausea or travel sickness and works well with ginger as a tea.

3. Bloat Buster Salad
Use caraway and fennel for bloating/wind and liquorice root for digestive inflammation. The leaves are delicious used in salads and yoghurt dips. It tastes good in soups and sauces too.

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Winter nightcaps

Winter’s the perfect time to indulge in a naughty nightcap. Here’s a selection of our favourites, to warm the cockles of your heart this winter.

Liqueur coffee
An adult twist on your traditional after dinner long black, is the liqueur coffee. Salvaged from the scrap heap of 70’s kitsch, this inspired little number contains two of the five food groups – alcohol and coffee. So you see, it’s virtually a complete meal.

How to: Make a long black or some strong plunger coffee. Into pre-warmed liqueur coffee glasses, (or latte glasses, if you’re struggling) add a generous nip of your favourite liqueur or spirit. The traditional tipple is whiskey, giving you an Irish coffee. But if you’re after something sweeter, add some Kahlua and you’ve got yourself a Mexican coffee, a splash of rum and you’re in Jamaica! Top with whipped cream… Yummmm.

Mulled wine
Something from days gone by, mulled wine is an olden drink of European origins best sipped out of antique goblets to really get you into the spirit.

You’ll need: 3 cups water 1 cup sugar 8 cloves 1 whole nutmeg 2 cinnamon sticks 1 strip lemon peel 750 ml dry red wine, cabernet sauvignon works well 1/4 cup Brandy How to: In a piece of cheesecloth add cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon peel. Tie up to make a bag. Simmer water with the spice bag in a stainless steel pot for 10 minutes. Add wine heat to till it’s hot, but not boiling then add the brandy. Simmer on a very low heat for up to 2 hours before ladling into glasses, or goblets to serve. Curl up by the fire and enjoy.

Hot buttered rum
Another drink from olden times, is hot buttered rum. Dark rum is preferable for this drink, but what ever you do – don’t use margarine!

You’ll need: 1 teaspoon brown sugar 1/2 cup boiling water 1/4 cup rum 1 tablespoon butter freshly grated nutmeg How to: Place sugar in a pre-warmed glass or mug and add boiling water, rum and butter. Stir well and sprinkle nutmeg on top. Ahoy mateys!

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