Hungry Healthy Happy is a new-ish blog discovery for me. Dannii has undergone a transformative weightloss by revolutionalising her diet over recent years, as well as radically altering her exercise habits. She’s documented all this on her blog, and now, has recently released her own recipe book of the same name.
There are days when we all feel like ordering a takeaway or snacking on a bar of chocolate, but eating the food that you love does not have to mean eating unhealthily. In this book, author of the celebrated healthy eating blog Hungry Healthy Happy, Dannii Martin, shows us that, with a few small changes, we can enjoy all of our favourite foods, whilst still nourishing our bodies with a delicious, healthy and nutritionally balanced diet. Featuring over 100 recipes, from protein-packed breakfasts to hearty main courses and desserts, there are dishes for every appetite and occasion; including everything from light, summery salads through to takeaway favourites such as burgers, kebabs and curries. The ethos of Dannii’s recipes allows us to rediscover our love for all of our favourite foods, reinvented as more nutritious and wholesome versions of themselves, without ever having to worry, without ever having to worry about what we’re putting into our bodies.
I was delighted to receive a copy of the book to review, and spent a whole evening eagerly reading more of Dannii’s story, tips and recipes. I particularly enjoyed seeing a two week meal planner using the recipes in the book, with a quick view calorie count which enables anyone to plan well at a quick glance. What I enjoyed even more was reading through the recipes. There’s no fancy ingredients that aren’t easily obtainable, many of the recipes are not time-consuming to make, and there are some real classic comfort food recipes that have had healthy makeovers which crucially, don’t make you feel that you are missing out on something really tasty.
I’ve made a few recipe from the book recently, and if you follow me on Instagram then you’ll have seen me raving about them!
Spicy Roasted Cashews – cashews are one of the few nuts that Mr B is able to eat, and these, coated in honey and spices, meant that we could both enjoy them!
Blueberry Crumb Bars – sweet snacks are my downfall, so this healthier version of a flapjack using a homemade blueberry compote, and coconut oil really satisfies sweet cravings!
Quiche – we love our eggs in the Barrie household, and this way of incorporating them into a quiche using a tortilla wrap as pastry works brilliantly! The tortillas I had at home were slightly smaller than the ones needed for the recipe, but I just adjusted the quantity of ingredients for the filling and used a 15cm tin.
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potato – you might be wondering how mashed potato could be made healthier. This recipe uses a good quantity of cauliflower as well as potato, and olive oil and natural yoghurt help to make it more creamy.
Roasted Garlic Broccoli – I tend to undercook broccoli, but roasting it in garlic and oil helps it to take on a completely different flavour,and it cooks to a perfect texture!
My verdict on this book is that it is brilliant. It’s not a faddy diet book, it feels a sustainable way to eat for health and happiness, whilst resolving hunger at the same time.
Many thanks to Quarto Publishing who sent me a review copy of ‘Hungry Healthy Happy’.