Sunday, 5 April 2015

Book Review - Davina's 5 weeks to Sugar Free by Davina McCall

Happy Easter!!! I hope you are all having a great weekend and enjoying the break and maybe a bit of chocolate or two. I have made a batch of Nigella Lawson's Christmas Rocky Road (even though it's Easter ahem!). They are the bomb!

So with a christmas recipe for Easter, I'm now going to do a book review about sugar free eating, just after scoffing a piece of the rocky road. What can I say? I am a woman of contradictions. 

Davina McCall has made a real name for herself in the healthy living, exercise market. I think this in part stems from her all round likeableness. Despite being a TV celebrity, she seems very down to earth and you could imagine going for a cocktail or pint with her and having a jolly good natter. This book has this in spades. 

The idea of going sugar free, sounds terrifying. Indeed some of the other books published on the same subject are terrifying and use ingredients that you can only find in one small street deep in the heart of London. Davina has kept it simple. She explains about her own sugar addiction and why sugar is not brilliant for you, as well as her goals for the book. The book can be used as either a short sharp shock to getting off sugar, or alternatively you can use a more gentler approach and made the recipes as you fancy them. The recipes are family friendly, have less than 12 ingredients that are widely available, simple to prepare and with no refined white sugar. 

Davina's book is split into easy to use sections such as breakfast and brunch, main meals, life saving snacks, starters and small plates and of course puds and bakes. At the end of the book is a 5 week plan using the recipes in the book.

The recipes are beautifully photographed and do look simple to make. Davina has adapted many of our favourite sweet treats such as Victoria sponge and flapjacks and put a healthy twist on them and they do look yummy! 

Some of the recipe ideas sound mouth watering and I will definitely be trying the feta, watermelon salad which sounds amazing, 

Davina has designed a sugar free plan that works for her and her family and seems really balanced. The recipes look simple and complicated ingredient free. For me, I think I will dib in and out of the recipes rather than committing to 5 weeks sugar free. The recipes look great and do make my mouth water.

But, you never know, after fearing some more of the Christmas Rocky Road, I may fancy going sweet free!!!! 

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