The problem with many diets is that we are denied the very foodstuffs that make our lives worth living, like cakes, ice cream and sweets. But now a pair of food bloggers has come up with a range of healthy alternatives that not only taste delicious, but are surprisingly low in fat and sugar and even work to detox your body.
Our first foodie blogger is Saskia Gregson-Williams who runs Naturally Sassy and is training to be a professional ballet dancer. Known as Sassy, she was inspired to start exploring food from a healthier viewpoint after she cut out dairy products from her diet to cure a bout of eczema. She also suffered a serious bout of food poisoning and began to realise what an important role food has on our bodies:
“Being an athlete, I use food not only to nourish and energise me, but to reduce inflammation, increase stamina, boost immunity, promote muscle recovery and completely enhance my overall performance. It’s incredible the effects natural nutrition can have on every aspect of your life!”
Saskia Gregson-Williams’s recipes
Sassy’s recipes include her latest version of a peanut butter and chocolate cheesecake, which is vegan and completely gluten, sugar, wheat and dairy free and made using dates, raw chocolate and avocadoes. There are also recipes for chocolate fudge, vegan brownies, muffins, pancakes, almond butter flapjacks and much more. All Sassy’s recipes are made without adding dairy, gluten, sugar or meat products, and instead using totally natural and healthy alternatives. They are designed to boost your metabolism, whilst gently cleansing and detoxifying your body at the same time.
For her sweet treats, Sassy tends to use staple ingredients such as raw cacao for the chocolate taste, medjool dates and maple syrup for sweetening, and a vegetable or fruit, such as avocado or sweet potato for the added bulk. We can see these very same food items in our next blogger’s recipes, Ella Woodward.
Ella started writing the Deliciously Ella blog in 2011, after she was diagnosed with Postural Tachycardia Syndrome. Ella changed her diet to cope with the symptoms of PoTS and found that she was finally able to take control of her illness by doing so. Ella’s philosophy is to swap unhealthy ingredients for healthier ones so that you can still eat your favourite foods:
“Everything you see here is focused on whole, plant-based foods. It’s all about embracing the incredible foods that your body loves and what you can do with them. It’s truly amazing to see what you can do with these simple ingredients and how you can so easily create an incredibly healthy version of a typically unhealthy dish, from brownies to cheesecake and even pizza!”
Ella Woodward’s recipes
Ella’s sweet treats include raw brownies, chocolate oat cookies, hot chocolate, banana bread and gingerbread men. Ella hopes that her blog will inspire others to embrace healthier eating and not see it as such as challenge or bland choice, but as an exciting way of trying delicious and natural foods, packed with vitamins to nurture your body.
If you’re interested in eating a more healthy diet, or jsut just to try out some of the girl’s recipes, you can find out more about Sassy or Ella by visiting them on Facebook.