How to cook sweet potatoes for a healthy weekend breakfast

How to cook sweet potatoes for a healthy weekend breakfast Sweet potatoes are such an amazing ingredient. Nutritionally they are powerhouses and taste-wise they are so incredibly delicious that I try and eat them three to four times a week. Today I've made really simple hash browns out of sweet potatoes. The cumin in the patties matches so well with the earthiness of the sweet potatoes and onions. These are perfect eaten in the traditional way with eggs, or they also make a great addition to the top of a green salad. Sweet potato hash browns These are super easy to mix up, then you just [...]

Papaya green smoothie for clear skin

Papaya green smoothie for clear skin So many of you gave such positive feedback and requested more smoothie recipes for firm, clear, gorgeous skin. The sneaky thing is that while you're pursuing a gorgeous glow, you'll also be seeing side benefits for your heart, respiratory system, joints and bones, digestive system, and overall immune system (don't worry, I won't tell anyone)! It was certainly a surprise for me when  I first started trying to increase my overall heart health.  I was getting unexpected compliments on my skin. For this reason, we'll gladly let vanity drive us and continue  the natural beauty theme this summer. Main benefits of eating this green [...]

The easiest thing you’ll ever do to dramatically boost your health

The easiest thing you'll ever do to dramatically boost your health A green smoothie like this spinach based one, is everything you need to take charge of your health. Just start with 2 a day, and this will give you your daily fruit and veg antioxidants all in one go! I'm no longer a resolutions person. I was for years until I realised that it was too depressing to cheerily wave them off at the door on Jan 1st only to have them fizzle out each February (or Jan 12th!) Now I'm a habits girl. Powerful daily habits, no less. [...]

Oatcakes with garlic avocado and egg rocket toppings (gluten free)

Oatcakes with garlic avocado and egg rocket toppings (gluten free) It's Day 4 of Oat Week at The Curious Giraffe! Today is less about cooking, and more about snacking. Oatcakes with garlic avocado and egg rocket toppings (gluten free) Oatcakes could just be your new BFFs, but wait! Just be clear. Oatcakes taste AWFUL on their own. Do not under any circumstances eat these on their own (unless you have been kidnapped and all you see within reach are a pack of oatcakes). They are not Cheese-its, or Doritos, or anything that you scoff down by the 100's. These are [...]

Turmeric onion eggs with garlic avocado tomato and olive oil salsa (heart friendly)

Turmeric onion eggs with garlic avocado tomato and olive oil salsa (heart friendly) Eggs can be part of a healthy eating program to help lower your cholesterol naturally. Yes, I know it goes against much of what you've probably heard, but as I find through my food research on almost a daily basis, the food recommendation literature out there is mostly commercially biased, or just plain wrong when it comes to helping us become heart healthy. As part of a cholesterol reducing heart friendly diet, a few eggs, or some studies even suggest up to between 7 to 14  lightly [...]