I’ve been following Dannii Martin’s amazing journey on her award winning blog, Hungry Healthy Happy, for a while now. Dannii advocates making small healthy changes to your diet rather than restricting yourself in the quest to be healthier/lose weight. And, Dannii has just published her first book…Hungry Healthy Happy: How to nourish your body without giving up the food you love, with over 100 recipes from healthy breakfasts, to lunches, main courses, desserts and snacks.
The Hungry Healthy Happy book starts off with a comprehensive introduction from Dannii and the background behind the blog and book…and how she kept motivated on her significant weight loss journey. I found the Principles of Losing Weight section useful- track what you eat, a healthy balance, that calories really do matter (something I needed reminding of). There is also a great chapter on Eating Well For Less with some good advice on how to keep the pennies in check whilst still eating healthily.
I was delighted when I started reading the Hungry Healthy Happy book as I was so excited by the recipes and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in, especially since my last recipe book purchase just before Christmas left me uninspired.
This book really knocked me out of the cooking slump I found myself in after Christmas. I think the children wondered what had happened as I served them up Dannii’s coconut lime chicken, chicken kiev, crispy kale pasta salad, chicken, courgette & chilli bites and more.
A large proportion of the recipes are gluten free, which is great but if not, they are easily adaptable which is what I did with the chicken kiev, and my son was thrilled with it. I’ll definitely be doing a version of that recipe frequently now. I’ve not been disappointed with any recipe, they’ve all been packed full of flavour and very easy to make. I love the book so much I’ve been recommending it to all my friends. From a health benefit/ losing weight point of view it definitely works!! The book really was the kick up the bottom that I needed.
Here is an exert from the Hungry Healthy Happy Book by Dannii Martin: Pad Thai
‘Recipe and images extracted from Hungry Healthy Happy by Dannii Martin, photography by Jacqui Melville. Published by Jacqui Small (£20).
Once again, I highly recommend this book to everyone, the recipes are very family friendly, great for people who can’t eat gluten and there are also a large number of dairy free recipes too.
Disclosure: I was given the book to review but all opinions and words are my own