When financial times get tough, stress levels can significantly increase, affecting immunity, sleep patterns, energy levels, and mood so looking after your health is more important than ever.
Yet, it is at times like this that investments in health and well-being are one of the first things to go. As the difficult financial climate continues, so people are making savings on their health. Since the credit crunch, sales of organic food have significantly reduced and gym memberships and health spa bookings were down dramatically at the start of this year. As people’s budgets are squeezed, so compromises are being made.
To help you manage your health through these tough times, I am offering a free follow-up session when you sign up for one of my full consultations. Email me for more details.
I have also developed a recipe for super-healthy cookies which are quick, easy and cheap to make. The recipe can be adapted depending on your taste and what you have in the cupboard.
Stephanie?s Healthy Cookie Recipe
- 100g Raisins
- 350g Porridge oats 100g Jumbo oats
- 50g Ground almonds
- 100g Wholegrain spelt, rye or wheat flour
- 25g Sunflower Seeds
- 25g Pumpkin Seeds
- 150 ml Coconut oil (rapeseed oil can be used instead)
- To Sweeten:
1 tablespoon Honey or a sprinkling of Xylitol (see below)
- Pinch of salt
- Teaspoon mixed spice or cinnamon
Optional – add some or all of the following: sesame seeds, flax seeds, unsweetened desiccated coconut.
Pre-heat oven to 190?C
Pour boiling water over the raisins to cover and leave to soak for about 15 minutes.
Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add melted coconut oil (or other oil) and honey if using. Add soaked raisins and some of the soaking liquid. Mix together and add more of the soaking liquid if required to bring all ingredients together. To test, take a small handful and squeeze. If the mix crumbles add more water.
Mould the mixture into small rounds and flatten slightly to form cookies.
Place on a greased baking tray and bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown.
Leave to cool.