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“I hate water”

20/01/2015 by Kate 2

Nicole wrote this post for everyone who, like her, struggles to drink a glass of water a day, let alone 8…

Every January I realise how much I dislike drinking water. Because January is the month of eating better, drinking less, getting fit and generally turning yourself into a superhero. And one vital part of turning your body into a temple is ‘DRINK MORE WATER’.

Truth is, I will drink Purdeys, juice, Vitamin water or coconut water, anything BUT just water. For the record, I am not a fan of the green juice either.

So, we just went to New York and came across this funky place called The Butcher’s Daughter. It was healthy and so cool; if you can make healthy into something cool then I’m in. On the menu there were incredible seasonal juices and elixir shots. On the table were glass bottles of water with fresh mint crammed in. These got me thinking that I could add natural flavours to water to make it far more interesting.

For example:

Pressed ginger
Lemon juice
Fresh herbs
Yuzu (another type of citrus flavour from Asia)

 

I also realised that when you look at the labels of drinks you can tell a lot about how good they are for you. If sugar is the second ingredient after water, even I have started to steer clear. I have discovered coconut water that has no added sugar and that I almost like sparkling water, especially with some fresh lime and ginger squeezed in. And in my efforts to make water something I could fall in love with, here are my two healthy cocktails with which I will be celebrating my body as a temple this January.

 

WAKE UP

Coconut water (no added sugar)
Pineapple juice
Dash of yuzu
Pinch of chilli
evening primrose oil
coriander

 

EASTERN PROMISE

Sparkling water
Pressed lemongrass
Pressed pear, cucumber and ginger
Fresh lime juice 

 

Kate is lucky because she just loves herbal tea, which all count as drinking water (I’ve never seen someone with so many teas: green, yerba mate, nettle, fennel, chai, the list goes on and on). She also thinks kombucha is nectar of the gods. I, on the other hand, need milk and sugar just to drink rooibos. So this is my year of natural flavoured water. How do you drink yours?

Flat Tummy Mummy’s Ruin (and a Tzatziki recipe for all the family)

22/04/2013 by Kate 1

Guest ‘Flat Tummy Mummy Post’ by Henrietta Roberts So when I say ‘mother’s ruin’ I’m not talking about gin although a G&T around 5.30 on certain days can seem very welcome. No, the mother’s flat tummy ruin is the hunger that descends just about the time you are serving up your children’s tea. Breakfast in […]

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Reader Recipe: Sweet Pea Guacamole

22/04/2013 by Kate 0

(adapted from Daniel Orr) 1lb peas cooked until skins are tender, shock in ice water and drain well 1 chili, red or green depending on your taste Thumb sized piece of fresh ginger 1/2lb silken tofu 1/2 cup olive oil Fresh mint (I added that as it seemed the perfect thing to add) Puree ingredients […]

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Reader Recipe: Amanda’s Jerk Turkey with Rice and Beans

21/04/2013 by Kate 0

I made this up tonight and it tasted really nice and  was filling. Serves 2 1 tbsp home made jerk seasoning ( 2 tbsp crushed red chillies, 1 tbsp all spice, 2 cloves, 2 tbsp thyme, 1 tsp dried onion, 1/2 tsp dried garlic, 1 cinnamon stick & 1/2 tbsp ground ginger – crushed together in […]

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Flat Tummy Mummy

3/03/2013 by Kate 4

Henrietta Roberts is my dear friend who I met when we both worked at Random House publishers. I can’t believe how the time has flown but Hen and her husband Phil now have two adorable children, one of whom is my goddaughter. Hen was as slim as slim before having children and quickly lost most […]

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Here’s to a new me!

7/08/2012 by Kate 2

“I have fallen in love with the website and tips etc, even had poached egg on asparagus last night!” “Here’s to a new me! Already it makes so much sense.” “Me too! Just the shove in the right direction I needed.”

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All beautiful simple common sense

7/08/2012 by Kate 0

“Got the book, how refreshingly different from other “diet” books! I am making small changes already and holidays are only 12 days away, hope I can continue (to a degree!) when I’m away. Looking forward to my butternut squash soup for lunch and harissa chicken and cous cous for dinner!” “I loved the article in […]

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5 days into my food diary

7/08/2012 by Kate 0

“Got the book on my Kindle last week – am 5 days into my food diary – what a shocker!!” “Got the book yesterday, read it avidly while travelling on the bus, started to plan where I need to make changes! Such a motivating, honest approach to a healthier lifestyle, not just losing weight. I […]

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Awesome

7/08/2012 by Kate 0

“Hey Kate, I bought your book just under a week now and have to say its awesome! I hate fad diets and was always brought up with the mantra of ‘everything in moderation’. Normally if I decide to “diet” and I use the term loosely, I struggle with the things I am giving up and […]

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After stopping breastfeeding I put on weight

7/08/2012 by Kate 0

“Kate, thank you ever so much! I, like you, know what I should and should not eat but after stopping breastfeeding I put on weight and within a year was almost the same weight as when pregnant!! No matter what I did I couldn’t start to lose pounds. Then just over a week ago I […]

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