Designed2Eat

Designed2Eat is a unique, all natural food company.

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They have a healthy food blog that specialises in a range of delicious cakes & cereal. They sell their products in a variety of sizes & flavours to suit your lifestyle which are dairy, gluten, wheat, egg, soy, corn, yeast, artificial free & only has naturally occurring sugars.

Take a look here at Designed2Eat products: http://designed2eat.myshopify.com.

Why not try some out for yourself. I know we will. I am so keen to try the yummy cakes! I mean who could resit a chocolate brownie that contains only dates, sunflower seeds, coconut and cocoa powder?

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We will be posting on twitter, instagram and on here to let you know what we think of the cakes and cereals that Designed2Eat have on offer. We would also love to hear from you and see what you think.

Designed2Eat is a UK based father/daughter owned company. Peter Dickinson, is a self-employed business coach having managed over 300 companies in his 30 year career & has always worked from home in Wigan.

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Charleh Dickinson is a Sheffield Hallam Food student with an elite sport performance & nutrition background, founded Designed2Eat’s snack cake venture through her popular, healthy food blog which was originally started to track her journey on how she overcame her food allergies & intolerances whilst training.Charleh

D2E is innovative in its packaging (D2E can deliver 9-inch celebration cakes through the post), the all-natural ingredients which make them suitable for Vegans, Paleo, Diabetics, Allergy & Intolerant suffers & Athletes), the production being supplied through partnership companies (who also work out of the home with sections having been converted specially) & supporting like-minded small companies & communities (nutritionists, gyms, students) through a unique affiliate system.

Simple sugar swaps

So, I, like most people I know have a sweet tooth and it often happens that at 3pm, when my energy levels are low, all I want is a big bar of chocolate. If you are like me, and don’t know how you will get through the day without your afternoon sugar surge, then take a look here. We have done some research and have found recipes and ideas for you to try whereby you can still keep your sweet tooth happy, but without ruining all of your hard work.

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The idea is that you make sugar swaps….

Instead of adding cupfuls of sugar you can use grated vegetables, such as carrots, courgettes or beetroots in your bakes, and why not consider using fruit puree in your cakes?

Here are some examples of fruit purees that work really well: applesauc

  • Applesauce

Instead of a half-cup white sugar in a batch of raisin and oat cookies, why not swap in an equal amount of applesauce. Apples are full of natural sugars, and so their sweetness can add to the cookies and make them into a perfect afternoon snack or after-dinner treat. You can buy no sugar applesauce from most supermarkets, but it is just as easy to make your own.

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So, this is something that I hadn’t come across before, but why not try it for a creative spin on things! All you need to do is blend a cup of raisins in a food processor. They add both sweetness and moisture to bakes, and in addition they are full of antioxidants and fibre and so these little dried grapes are a great addition to any bake!

  • Puréed Banana

So using bananas in bakes is not an unusual thing, but why not consider using an additional extra-ripe banana in your next bake and eliminating all of the sugar.   You won’t notice the difference as the fruit naturally becomes sweeter as it ripens, so there’s no need for extra sugar.

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An alternative way of sweetening bakes without adding sugar is by using spices or similar things.

  • Cinnamon

Spice up a morning cup of coffee with cinnamon. This spice adds subtle sweetness while boosting immunity- so why not try it!

  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

Cocoa powder can give you your chocolate hit without all of the unhealthy added ingredients. For a warm winter treat, mix some unsweetened cocoa powder in a glass of hot water or skim milk- a great hot chocolate! It’ll satisfy that sweet tooth without all the extra sugar the sweetened version includes. If you feel like it needs something else, add a splash of vanilla extract for extra flavor!cocoa

Another way of sweetening your drinks, and bakes is with the use of honey,  maple syrup or agave syrup.

  • Honey

Honey is a natural product produced by bees. Commercial honey is less beneficial than raw honey- so try and get the raw version wherever possibly. Raw honey is rich in nutrients.

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  • Agave Syrup

Finally, the relatively new kid on the block is agave syrup. This syrup is the boiled down sap from the leaves of the blue agave plant. The syrup is intensely sweet, so you don’t need as much as sugar- remember this when using it in cooking. However be aware that the syrup is very high (75 to 90 percent) in fructose, which means that it doesn’t metabolize well, and therefore raises blood sugar levels- so don’t go crazy!

  • Maple syrup

Maple syrup is a great sweetener as it is mainly sucrose and so low in fructose. It has a distinctive flavor which can make your bakes really interesting. Why not try it on your pancakes instead of the traditional sugar and lemon this pancake day!

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Barney Butter: A Review

As a lover of peanut butter it felt wrong to branch out and try another nut butter, but I couldn’t resit trying Barney Butter’s as they are all natural, containing only almonds, organic cane sugar, palm fruit oil, sea salt. Barney Butter also boasts that almond butter is a healthier alternative to peanut butter, as shown by the table below which was taken from the Barney Butter website (www.barneybutter.com):

Almond Butter is a Healthier Alternative to Peanut Butter.

Compare nutritional information for Barney Butter Smooth vs. peanut butter based on a 2,000 calorie diet:

Peanut Butter Barney Butter
Calories 188 182
Saturated Fat 18% 7%*
Protein 14% 14%
Fiber 8% 14%
Calcium 0% 8%
Iron 2% 8%
Vitamin E 13% 25%
Magnesium 13% 20%

*The USDA recommends eating foods that contain less than 10% Saturated Fat per serving.

Barney Butter offers a range of flavors. I tried all of the flavors on offer which were: plain (smooth and crunchy), bare, cocoa + coconut, raw + chia, honey + flax and vanilla bean + espresso. I enjoyed all of the flavors, but my favorites had to be the plain varieties, the raw + chia and the honey + flax. I added the butters to my morning bowl of porridge, spread on toast, and even tried them in my baking.

Here is an example of the smooth variety:

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Barney Butters come in plastic jars, which are conveniently unbreakable, and also come in easy squeeze sachets which are shown below. I found the sachets great for taking with me to races, to the gym and also in my packed lunches. The sachets are available in two different sizes, so they are great for both big and small appetites. You can get all the flavors of the nut butters in the sachet form, so i thought that they were perfect.

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On the Barney Butter website they have a tab for recipes. I tried a couple of them, and enjoyed them both. I escpecially enjoyed the almond coconut protein bars (http://www.barneybutter.com/2013/06/almond-coconut-protein-bars) which I took with me to have after training.  I would recommend trying some of the recipes out, here is the link: http://www.barneybutter.com/recipes. Let us know what you thought, or tell us some of your own recipes by tweeting them to us, or by posting them on instagram.