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Is there a tasty and healthy alternative to a bacon butty?

posted by Joan Palmer

This morning I took my girls to the Lido for the sunrise swim. Both girls are great swimmers and love the Lido so that wasn’t a problem but the early start was more of an issue. How did I get around this? I mentioned that we could have one of the Lido’s great bacon butties after the swim and then they were well up for it and I had no problem getting them out of bed at some ridiculous time in the morning!! We even stopped to pick up one of their friends.

There’s certainly nothing wrong with having a Lido butty every now and again but if I ate these on a regular basis, I know I would start to feel it round my middle! Here are the girls enjoying their well-deserved butty after the sunrise swim.

Bacon Butty

But is there a tasty, healthier option that wouldn’t matter if I ate it more regularly? I happened to find this recipe on the Merrymakers website and they look pretty good although I have yet to try one.

Merrymaker Cheese and Bacon low carb bread rolls

Bacon Butty


  • 1 cauliflower cut into small florets then blended or grated (should be around 2½ - 3 cups)
  • 3 eggs whisked
  • 1 cup grated good quality cheese
  • 1 tbs. chia seeds
  • 1 tbs. coconut flour
  • ½ tsp. baking powder (gluten free)
  • pinch of salt


  • 2 rashes (slices) of bacon chopped
  • 1.Extra cheese, however much you want!


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F) and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Use a food processor or blender to whiz the cauliflower, but don't turn it into mush.
  3. Use a tea towel to squeeze out excess liquid (super important, do not skip this step!).
  4. In a bowl add the cauliflower, egg, cheese, chia seeds, coconut flour, salt, baking powder and mix super well.
  5. It shouldn't be too soggy, if it is, add another tablespoon of coconut flour.
  6. Use a 1/2 cup measuring cup to form 6 balls. Pop them onto the baking tray and flatten.
  7. Top with chopped bacon and extra cheese.
  8. Cook for 25 minutes, check and cook for another 5 minutes.
  9. And now eat!


  1. The trick to this delish rolls is to squeeze out the liquid in the cauliflower. Just want to remind you... AGAIN! hehe! Enjoy!

Give it a go and let me know what you think.

The Berry Love Tonic!

posted by Joan Palmer

Love Berry Tonic

A couple of weeks ago I posted a recipe for a healthy alternative to ice cream. One of the ingredients was raspberries which is great as they are now in season and readily available. Now we are into June, Wimbledon season is fast approaching, strawberries are very abundant in the supermarkets or you could go and pick your own. Here is a recipe to take advantage of both raspberries and strawberries. The recipe is taken from one of Jason Vale’s books - over 100 delicious juices and smoothies. If you haven’t heard of Jason Vale, he is the guru of juicing.

  • ½ fresh medium pineapple
  • 1 handful of raspberries
  • 1 handful of strawberries
  • 4 ice cubes

Juice the pineapple and pour into the blender. Add the raspberries, strawberries and ice. Blend until creamy and smooth.

So why is it the love tonic? Along with many other nutrients, one of the main minerals found in these berries is zinc. Zinc is a key mineral to help boost libido. Enjoy your juice and have fun!!

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