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Tips & tricks to beat allergy season

April 9th  •  Posted in Health

Tips and Tricks for Beating Allergy Season

Springtime is officially with us and there’s really nothing that could make me happier, if not enjoying Spring season allergy-free. I’m being quite lucky this year with my allergy being very light until now, but I know how traumatic allergy season can be. I’ve been living with pollen allergy for years, with runny nose and itchy eyes as soon as the first blossoms start to bloom, and during the years I’ve gathered up a few tips and tricks that usually make my life easier this time of the year!

With allergy, you either try to fight it or to survive, but with the years you’ll come to realize there’s really nothing you can do about it if not trying to treat yourself better: some basic lifestyle and food changes can work wonders at bringing temporary relief! But you still need to wait for the season to be over to get completely rid of it…

In the meanwhile, here are my tips: I hope they can help you out if you’re struggling with unflattering puffy eyes and annoyingly sneezing every two seconds!

Tips and Tricks for Beating Allergy Season
The Food You Eat

Eating food that supports your health should be a priority and not only during allergy season. But if you’re struggling with Spring allergy, there are some foods you should really think about implementing in your diet and add to your shopping list: all Vitamin C and folic acid packed foods like broccoli, citrus fruits, elderberries and all the immune-strengthening veggies are worth being considered.

Also foods containing Quercetin, a natural antihistamine, will work wonders: green apples, kale and blueberries can be mixed into a lovely green smoothie (maybe with the addition of some ripe avocado and banana for a creamy result) to fight seasonal allergies and, since you’re eating them raw, get their full impact at once!


Consume Raw
Local Honey

If you’re lucky to be able to buy raw local honey around the corner, you should consider doing it right now! Even if they say there’s no proven science behind the hype of local honey being able to adapt your body to your area’s pollen preventing allergies, a lot of people keep swearing by it!

Raw honey still has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties, so it won’t hurt giving it a try!

Honey it’s also known to help to adapt to all kind of atmospheric environments and also to treat dust allergies if consumed on a daily basis.

Tips and Tricks for Beating Allergy Season


Tips and Tricks for Beating Allergy Season
Small Lifestyle Changes

Some simple lifestyle changes will make your life so much easier! For example always remember to wash your hands before touching your face or eyes area for any reasons: although water is much better in this case, if you’re out and about, a hand-sanitizer can be handy.

Create a pollen-free area in your house and in general try to keep pollen outside to reduce your allergy symptoms at least when you’re inside. Always remove the clothes you went out with before stepping into your bedroom especially: you don’t really want to sleep with pollen around you! Keep your doors and windows closed as much as you can as well.

Also don’t forget to take a shower each evening before going to bed: you want to make sure you don’t have traces of pollen on your skin and hair before jumping into bed!


Tips and Tricks for Beating Allergy Season

Make sure you check out my “Tips & Tricks to Beat Allergy Season
article I wrote for Mode for even more tips!


Do you struggle with Spring allergy too? Any tips to share with me?! x


Healthy Vegan Oat Biscuits

April 5th  •  Posted in Recipe

Healthy vegan oat biscuits

I was mentioning in my latest post we’re experimenting with fruit puree and biscuits recipes, and actually all of them are inspired by this recipe I’m sharing today. OK so this includes words like ‘healthy’, ‘vegan’ and ‘oat’, but these biscuits are not as they sound at all: they taste nutty and flavourful, they are crunchy and intense, slightly chocolate-y and especially delicious when still warm and almost soft in the middle, but perfect the morning after for a nice crunchy breakfast option.

And yes, they’re also completely vegan and healthy at the same time, which is the surprising part, if you ask me! Because they taste like regular biscuits if not even better! But without unhealthy fats, dairy, refined sugars or flours. And they’ll be ready in less than half an hour as well!

Healthy vegan oat biscuits
Healthy vegan oat biscuits
Healthy vegan oat biscuits

Makes around 20-22 small oat biscuits:

Healthy Vegan Oat Biscuits

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 13 minutes

Total Time: 23 minutes

Serving Size: 20-22 small biscuits

Healthy Vegan Oat Biscuits


  • 80g whole wheat flour
  • 80g oat flour
  • 10g hemp flour*
  • 70g raw brown sugar
  • 45ml seed oil*
  • 60g whole hazelnuts
  • 50g soy or rise milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • A pinch of salt
  • 30g dark chocolate chips

  • *Use 50ml of seed oil if you replace hemp flour with regular flour


01 :: Preheat the oven to 180°C.

02 :: Put the hazelnuts into a grinder and mince them until they're reduced to a very fine powder.

02 :: In a large bowl mix together the dry ingredients with a spoon: flours, sugar, hazelnuts, baking soda, salt and chocolate chips.

03 :: Add the wet ingredients, milk and oil, at once in the dry ingredients bowl: using a wooden spoon, or better, an electric whisk, mix all the ingredients together until you'll have a thick dough you'll need to knead with your hands a little to shape it into a ball.

04 :: Place the dough between two pieces of parchment paper and, using a rolling pin, roll the dough until 1cm thick. Use a cookie cutter to shape your biscuits and place them on a baking tin lined with parchment paper. You'll need to repeat this step a couple of times until you have no dough left and have obtained a couple of tins of biscuits.

05 :: Bake in preheated oven at 180°C for 13 minutes. Do not over bake even if they don't seem done just yet: they'll harden later, don't risk to burn them! Remove from the oven and leave them cool completely (or almost) on their tin before transferring them into a plate! Enjoy!

Healthy vegan oat biscuits


They’ve quickly become some of my favourites!
Would really love to know if you’ll give them a try & what you think! x