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I Quit Sugar… and then what happened?

I Quit Sugar… and then what happened?

by Clare Mansell

A couple of months ago I gave in to curiosity and bought the bestselling book I Quit Sugar. I wanted to experiment with the idea of minimising or completely removing sugar from my diet and I had a couple of good reasons why. Firstly sugar has always either given me a headache or made me tired. Even one biscuit gives me a noticeable thumping in my head and a small amount of chocolate at lunchtime will mean I’ll be falling asleep by the kids bedtime. Secondly we have a brilliant sugar free and paleo pop-up cafe locally to us which produces amazing delicious treats which I would quite happily trade conventional sweet snacks for, and finally I wanted to reexamine how much sugar I was giving Theo, I had no idea where it fitted on the scale of good or bad, but like most middle class parents I suspected I was probably doing ok.

So the book arrived and I read through the first few chapters nodding along to Sarah Wilson’s introdcution. She believes sugar reeks havoc on our bodies and there’s too much of it in our Western diet. She also says that due to the lack of sweet stuff around when humans evolved our humans never developed an off switch for sweet, which is why even when you can’t eat any more of your main course, you can always find room for pudding.

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What are the foods that you are made of?

What are the foods that you are made of?

by Clare Mansell

As a child I used to love getting my mum to tell me about the foods I was made of. The flavours she craved and ate in quantity while I was in the womb that formed the nutritional blocks that built me.  Whilst I was made of yoghurt and Cornish mackerel, a generation later, our new baby girl is made of more subtly flavoured foods…

There have been two things I have enjoyed consuming in quantity during my pregnancy and they actually go rather well together. Shortbread and whole milk. I’ve always been a milk drinker but over the last few years I’ve experienced a few raised eyebrows at my beverage choice that made me hesitate slightly about drinking it. It may be delicious, but isn’t milk drinking just for kids?

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Golden puppies made with Golden Oreos

I have received product from Oreo for this post. It is an entry to the Foodies100 Wonderfilled recipe challenge sponsored by Oreo, which marks the launch of two exciting new flavours: Peanut Butter and Golden. The delicious new flavours are available in all major supermarkets at an RRP of £1.08. To find out more, visit www.facebook.com/oreo

Recently we were asked by Oreo to create a Wonderfilled recipe using one of their two new flavours, Golden and Peanut Butter. We chose the Golden flavour and wanted to create a tasty treat based around the colour of their new snack. So what animal do you think of when someone says “golden” to you? For us there was no competition! Golden Retriever puppies every time!

My golden puppies are based around a marshmallow rice cake and are really easy and fast to make. Make sure you have a few ingredients to spare though, I had a battle keeping everyone from helping themselves to “spare” bits as I put them together!

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who makes the best luxury hot chocolate

Who makes the best luxury hot chocolate?

by Clare Mansell

One of the best things about cold winter days for me is drinking a mug of hot chocolate. For years I tried to get used to the taste of coffee and then realised that some people spend years trying to give it up, so instead I have become a hot chocolate connoisseur and forced everybody else to embrace my wicked and decadent ways.

There is actually a surprising amount of choice available in the luxury hot chocolate market, so I decided to test four of the most popular with a little help from my willing taste testers…

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#TassimoPerfectHost Festive Coffee Morning (with shortbread recipe)

The run up to Christmas is a great time for a catch up with friends and when Tassimo asked me to take part in their #TassimoPerfectHost campaign and try out one of their coffee machines and a couple of recipes by John Torode, I leapt at the chance.

Friends and family are more likely to catch up over drinks and coffee during the winter months than at any other time of year. So I decided to round up the ladies for a festive coffee morning and who better to sample John’s whiskey brownie and shortbread biscuits than a few of my fellow Clandestine Cake Club members and a couple of my neighbours.

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