Category: Recipes

What’s Your Smart Snack?

Exam period – That time of year marked by unhealthy levels of caffeine, perpetual states of sleep deprivation, and the oh-so dreaded seven stages of revision (when you’re not too busy procrastinating that is!

During such a stressful yet crucial period of student life, a common mistake many make (often unconsciously) is to eat poorly and unhealthily. Junk food, lots of chocolate, energy drinks and crisps are often substituted for normal meals to keep energy levels up. However, this is not only harmful to your long-term health, but can also negatively affect your exam performance!

So it’s time to take matters in hand and get your snacking habits in order.

Take our short quiz to find a ‘smart snack’ which tickles your fancy. Click your answer for a link to the recipe  or see them below.

So next time you’re in a time-crunch, don’t sacrifice your health for convenience. Remember, snack smart to study hard!


1. Brown Sugar & Banana Oatmeal

2. Roasted Fajita-Spiced Chickpeas

3. Baked Zucchini (Courgette) Chips

4. Toast with Cottage Cheese & Tomato

5. Apple and Peanut Butter

6.  Hummus & Vegetables

7. No Bake Energy Bites

8. Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries


Words: Alison Zhou

Best Ever Carrot Cake

oh-best-ever-carrot-cake-010414-de__largeHappy Friday. In honour of #nationalcarrotcakeday we have scoured the internet for the best carrot cake recipe. It is a bit chilly in London this week so this could be the perfect way to warm up your weekend and fill in your stomach.


Ingredients (for the cake)

  • 225 ml (8fl oz) sunflower oil, plus extra to grease
  • 225 g (8oz) light muscovado sugar
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 225 g (8oz) self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1½ tsp each mixed spice, ground cinnamon and ground ginger
  • 150 g (5oz) sultanas
  • 200 g (7oz) carrots, coarsely grated
  • 50-75 g (2-3oz) walnuts or pecans, roughly chopped

Ingredients (for the icing)


  • 250 g (9oz) unsalted butter, very soft
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 400 g (14oz) full-fat
  • Cream cheese (we used Philadelphia) at room temperature
  • 300 g (11oz) icing sugar
  • Carrot decorations, optional, available from larger Sainsbury’s stores (£1.50 for 12)


  1. Preheat oven to 170°C (150°C fan) mark 3. Grease and line the base and sides of a round 20.5cm (8in) cake tin with parchment paper. Put the oil, sugar and eggs into a large bowl and whisk together until smooth.
  2. Add the flour, soda and spices to the bowl and mix to combine. Stir in the sultanas, carrots and nuts. Scrape mixture into the prepared tin, level and bake for 1hr 5min-1hr 15min or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool for 5min in tin, then remove from tin and leave to cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. To make the icing, in a large bowl beat the butter and vanilla until completely smooth, then add the room-temperature cream cheese and mix to combine. Sift over the icing sugar and mix (carefully at first, as otherwise there will be clouds of icing sugar) until smooth and fluffy.
  4.  Cut the cooled cake in half horizontally through the middle. Use half the icing to sandwich the halves back together and place cake on a cake stand/plate. Spread remaining icing over top of the cake and lay on the carrot decorations, if using. Serve in slices.

From Good Housekeeping.

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