The healthy sweet hit

I get sweet cravings often –it’s just the way I’m wired. But rather than reaching for a bar of chocolate or a wedge of cake (which I confess I’m prone to do way too often) I’ve been trying to find a more healthy way of satisfying those sweet urges.

So…a few spoonfuls of thick Greek yoghurt with fresh blueberries, a handful of mixed seeds for crunch, and a drizzle of maple syrup. Quick to assemble, one of your five a day, full of calcium and vitamins, and it comes with a creamy unctuousness from the yoghurt and a sweet, dark caramel hit from the maple syrup, of which there’s really only a drizzle.

Perfect for when the sweet cravings hit and I’m sure it’s way better for me than a snickers bar. You could make this Vegan by using soya or coconut yoghurt instead.

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Fruit love

As soon as I awake, my first thought is for food. Maybe I’m a glutton, maybe it’s a primeaval thing, but I always wake up hungry. My usual craving first thing in the morning is for carbs.

I normally reach for toast and butter, croissants or cereal as a breakfast of choice in order to quell those hunger pangs before the day starts.

However, in the summer months if we have fruit in, there’s no competition. A breakfast bowl of Tim’s honey yoghurt, a few strawberries, a handful of succulent blueberries, some walnuts and a scoop of mixed seeds and I’m in heaven.

Soon it will be cold enough for oatmeal again, so I’m making the most of the last of the fresh fruit and the light, warm mornings.