A couple of years ago I got glandular fever (that's 'mono' to our American friends and Epstein Barr for the pedants and medics). It's a common virus and the vast majority of people who get it shrug it off after a few weeks.
Unfortunately I wasn't one of them. I was one of the unlucky souls who found their liver under severe attack from the nasty virus particles. It left me with really odd post-viral symptoms which took several months to clear. Thankfully it went away but it was very unpleasant at the time.
I'd never really thought about my liver before. It's the unsung hero of the body - not as sexy as lungs or hearts or brains but just as vital. Think of it as a kind of battery and filter combined. When your liver gets clogged you can start to feel pretty tired and rotten.
So, when I saw this book on Amazon recently I got curious. I bought a second hand copy and found it full of cool recipes, mostly very low in saturated fat and high in fruit, veg, nuts etc. It's that time of the year in work where everyone is shattered. I'm finding myself eating whatever rubbish is to hand because I'm too tired to cook. This isn't good so tonight I decided to make one of the recipes for breakfast muffins - and they are surprisingly tasty. I say surprisingly because they are amazingly low in fat and sugar but don't taste like they are.
Anyway, if you feel adventurous here's the recipe. There are lots more in the book. Enjoy!
INGREDIENTS (For metric - check conversion websites)
1.5 cups wholemeal self-raising flour (or plain plus 2 level tsp baking powder)
0.5 tsp mixed spice
0.5 tsp cinnamon
0.5 cup sultanas
2 egg whites, beaten
2 tblsp plus 2 tsp cold pressed almond oil (I used walnut oil and it was fine)
1 cup cooked, chopped apple (roughly 2 Pink Lady apples - all I had!)
1 tblsp plus 1 tsp honey or concentrated apple juice.
0.5 cup soy milk - I used ordinary milk.