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Hungry Healthy Happy - Book Review

I'm so pleased to have been asked to review this book; Dannii is a fellow blogger friend that I really admire. She is the award-winning author of Hungry Healthy Happy, a blog about healthy eating, exercise and weight loss.

Her personal journey with weight loss began when, in her mid-twenties, she found herself overweight and suffering from health problems as a direct result. But Dannii decided to reclaim her health and change the way she related to food.

By cooking home-cooked meals from scratch and combined with regular exercise Dannii lost 98 lb (7 stone) and reached her goal weight in just three years.

Before this Dannii says she had mainly survived on store-bought ready meals and takeaways but now started cooking healthy, home-cooked meals discovering a passion for cooking in the process.

Her new-found love of cooking and increased awareness of what she was putting into her body. She has since been maintaining a healthy lifestyle by developing nutritious versions of her favourite meals and sharing them on her blog.

This book is very well written with over over 100 recipes covering protein-packed breakfasts to hearty main course dishes and desserts.

Dannii says ditch the greasy fry-up and make this lighter version under the grill - Healthy Grill-up with Hash Browns is just 309 kcal

In case you're wondering it's not all about eating salads either, takeaway favourites such as burgers, kebabs and curries are all covered, just far healthier versions. Dannii's Chicken Tikka Masala is made with fat-free yoghurt which replaces the cream - simple but far fewer calories.

I love the way Dannii shows you needn't miss out on your favourite these foods, as personally, I think that's where all these fan-dangled diets fall down since you are far more likely to stick to a diet if you don't feel like you're on a diet!

I particularly like that there is a delicious selection of comfort foods. Again they are all made healthier so it's good to know you can still have dishes such as Shepherd's pie (my favourite comfort food) as Dannii replaces half the potato topping with cauliflower, yes cauliflower, she mixes it in with the mashed potato topping.

Fancy something sweet then how about these Chocolate Nut Ball Truffles?

Nutritional values are listed for each recipe and measurements are shown in grams, ounces and cups or millilitres and fluid ounces where applicable. Recipes are easy to follow and all in all, this is a fantastic book and I wish Dannii all the very best.

Hungry Healthy Happy; How to nourish your body without giving up the foods you love.
Author: Dannii Martin
Photography; Jacqui Melville
Format: Hardback, 192 Pages
ISBN: 9781910254370
Publisher: Jacqui Small

Check out Dannii's blog Hungry Healthy Happy

Disclaimer: Photographs supplied by Jacqui Small publishing. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not required to write anything positive.

1 comment

  1. Sounds like a great book to have on the kitchen shelf. I love the fact that nutritional facts are given for each recipe, that is really useful and not just for those wanting to lose weight. Home cooking is almost always healthier.


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