What’s cooking this week?

This week is National Baking Week http://www.nationalbakingweek.co.uk/ and so schools and neighbourhoods everywhere are holding ‘bake-offs’ and competitions. We too love our cakes and biscuits, and would like to take the chance to propose some ideas and recipes.

We feel we don’t need to emphasise why we recommend a balanced diet as the foundation of health for life. For example, the connection between sugar, artificial flavourings / colourings and hyperactivity is well-known. However, at the risk of stating the obvious, here’s a link to a recent article where the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise are detailed, and indeed the consequences of an unhealthy lifestyle: http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/blog/role-business-reducing-lifestyle-disease?newsfeed=true

Children are renowned for having a sweet tooth, so what to do when school holds a ‘bake-off’ which we know it’s going to be full of sugary ‘treats’ and they are left to their own devices when deciding what to buy at break time for this special occasion?

We propose an easy solution: the morning of the event, make sure they eat a plentiful breakfast, as filling as possible, with a sweet but healthy element – such as porridge with banana, cinnamon and honey. This way they will hopefully not feel like eating too much at break time…

Or why not send your own cake to the event? There are hundreds of delicious cakes, muffins and cookies that can be baked without sugar, just using honey or dates to sweeten, thus reducing the amount of the ‘white stuff’ children will be consuming during this calorific week! And we bet other parents would appreciate your quiet contribution towards their own children’s health!

Here are some examples of gorgeous baking recipes tried and tested by our own team of ‘little experts’ – who did not notice the absence of ‘nasties’ ;-)

Enjoy!

Brownies: http://sugarfreerecipes.co.uk/sugar-free-brownies.html

Cupcakes: http://sugarfreerecipes.co.uk/sugar-free-cup-cakes.html

Carrot Cake: http://sugarfreerecipes.co.uk/no-sugar-carrot-courgette-cakes.html

Choc Chip Cookies: http://vegetarian.about.com/od/vegancookierecipes/r/nosugarchocchip.htm

by Maria Montoya.

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