Sweet potato toast with avocado and poached egg

I was late to the party with sweet potato toast! I convinced myself that it wouldn’t really cook and that it was a bit of a faff. But I’m converted :) It’s dead easy to do, taste great and is a fab alternative to bread. The flavour is quite sweet though so we tend to mix lemon juice and fresh coriander through the avocado (like a simplified guacamole) and a grind of black pepper. Super yummy and will keep you full right through until lunch. midlifemenu.com/recipes/sweet-potato-toast

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Garlicky herby quinoa

Quinoa is a great alternative to heavier carbs like pasta and rice, plus it’s full of protein which helps fill you up and keep your energy levels balanced. But it’s bland on it’s own without any ‘pepping’ up - in fact one of my friends has decided she doesn’t like it because it’s so tasteless…but I’m on a mission to prove her wrong with this recipe! Feel free to add your own variations so long as it’s got plenty of flavour. midlifemenu.com/recipes/quinoa

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Kale Crisps

These are a regular occurrence in our household! They’re crunchy and crispy and you can adjust the flavour to be salty or spicy or a bit of both. If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to a packet of salt and vinegar, then give these a try. It might take a couple of goes to get the crispiness just right without burning them, but it will be worth it! midlifemenu.com/recipes/kale-crisps

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Low sugar granola

Breakfast tends to be a very high carb meal, traditionally cereal or toast. While these taste great, they won’t keep you full for long and they can put you on the blood sugar rollercoaster for the rest of the day. But some of my clients struggle with giving up their cereal for breakfast so this granola recipe keeps the usual granola ingredients but with less sugar to reduce any blood sugar spikes and dips. www.midlifemenu.com/recipes/low-sugar-granola

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Veggie breakfast egg muffins

These are super useful, and tasty, breakfast muffins that can be prepped and frozen at the weekend and then defrosted and heated up in the microwave each morning or when you get to work. I find people really struggle with breakfast alternatives to toast and cereal which seem so convenient. Here’s your breakfast alternative! www.midlifemenu.com/recipes/veggie-breakfast-egg-muffins

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Toasted Nuts & Soy Seeds

These snacks are super easy to prep if you’ve already got the oven on for something else, like your dinner. The temperature doesn’t have to be exact as you can toast them for longer or shorter time depending on the temperature. I always make sure we’ve got a tub of both these snacks on hand. The nuts are great with fruit as a snack. The seeds can be used as snacks but also sprinkled on any dish that needs a salty hit or a crunchy texture, such as soups and salads. They’re great as part of your weekend prep to have in the cupboard for quick snacks during the week. www.midlifemenu.com/recipes/nuts-and-seeds

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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

I absolutely love peanut butter and when combined with dark chocolate, I’m in heaven! If you have a weakness for Reece’s peanut butter cups then I think you’re going to like this recipe. Am I saying they’re healthy? Well…not exactly but they’re certainly lower sugar and higher protein than the bought versions so they are steps in the right direction. You can make them with all different nut or seed butters or even tahini. www.midlifemenu.com/recipes/dark-chocolate-peanut-butter-cups

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Almond chocolate bites

If you’re after a (slightly) lower sugar alternative to chocolates, try this recipe for almond chocolate bites. With dark chocolate and whole nuts, there’s no nasties or processed ingredients. Perfect for that little pick-me-up just when you need it without undoing all your healthy eating habits. Enjoy! midlifemenu.com/recipes/almond-chocolate-bites

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Cauliflower mash

I’ve been a bit slow to embrace the cauliflower alternatives. This was mainly because I was only trying cauliflower rice and not adding any spices to zing it up a bit (check out the cauliflower rice ideas). I found it all a bit bland. But now I’m a convert - flavour it up a bit and it’s great, especially as per this picture where I’ve put it on top of a shepherd’s pie mix. midlifemenu.com/recipes/cauliflower-mash

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Dairy free nut/seed milk

I tend not to use dairy milk at home since noticing I get snuffly if I drink too much. I usually use soya milk for convenience but it's really not that difficult to make your own. My preference is for almond milk or sunflower seed milk but have a go and see what you prefer.  midlifemenu.com/recipes/nut-seed-milk

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Matcha green tea latte

I use matcha green tea as an alternative to coffee. It still contains some caffeine but it's packed full of nutritional value and doesn't spike my blood sugar levels like coffee can. But matcha green tea can taste a bit 'grassy' on it's own! This recipe is the one that I use. See my tip at the end for adapting the recipe.  midlifemenu.com/recipes/green-tea-latte

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Super simple grilled salmon

Fish cooks really quickly making it ideal for a mid-week dinner. You can easily get this meal on the table within about 20 minutes including all prep and serving too.  And if you double the ingredients you can take the extra for lunch the next day. This saves time and stress in the morning trying to organise a packed lunch. Plus it ensures you've got a healthy lunch too.  midlifemenu.com/recipes/simple-grilled-salmon

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Homemade 'healthy' chocolate

Do you struggle with liking chocolate a bit too much?! It can derail the best healthy eating intentions as soon as that lovely silvery wrapper is undone. This recipe is designed to have all that lovely chocolatey flavour but without the sugar spikes which can trigger cravings for more.  midlifemenu.com/recipes/homemade-healthy-chocolate

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Golden turmeric latte

The trouble with bought turmeric lattes is they can contain large amounts of sugar, which as you know I try to reduce as much as possible. But turmeric is a bit 'earthy' so what's the solution? A homemade one which uses one of the better sweeteners that doesn't spike the blood sugar levels. This is a hug in a mug! midlifemenu.com/recipes/turmeric-latte

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