Bear Grylls – Fuel for Life

This year I have found information on food and nutrition has been a real eye opener for me. I watched a programme called ‘Sugar Crash’ on RTÉ television. This programme examined the amount of sugar intake of an average person in Ireland per day. Our suggested daily sugar intake should be about 25 grams, 1 teaspoon is equivalent to about 4 grams. The ‘Sugar Crash’ programme really had an impact on me and made me change my thoughts on food and helped me to start eating healthier.

We all know Bear Grylls, the adventurer for the unusual and horrendous things he eats on his survival programmes. My brother who is a fan recently bought his cook book called ‘Fuel for Life’. As well as recipes the book is packed with very good information on nutrition. If you think healthy food is boring, complicated and tasteless, think again. In this book, Bear Gyrlls makes it very understandable for those who don’t know that much about nutrition and gives recipes for cheesecake, pizza and burgers that can be made super-healthy and super-delicious. For those who have food intolerances or just want to clean eat the recipes included in the book are wheat, dairy and sugar free.

I decided to cook some of my favourite snacks from this book which are quick and simple yet ultra tasty. Crunchy kale and Sweet potatoes chips.

Kale Chips

You Will Need…

1 Bag (about 200g) Kale,

1-2 tbsp olive oil

a pinch of salt

Optional Flavourings

Garlic Powder,

Curry Powder

Black Pepper


 Preheat the oven to 130ºC. Line a large baking tray with baking paper, if you wash the kale make sure it’s very dry. Place it in a large bowl and add oil, salt and any flavourings you like. Mix all together quickly or else the kale will go limp.

Lay the kale on a prepared baking tray and bake for 8-10 minutes until just crisp. Make sure you check the kale after 8 minutes so that the kale isn’t burning. Serve straight away. Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Chips

You will Need…

1 peeled Sweet Potato,

1-2 tbsp of olive oil,

A pinch of salt,

Pepper and spices of your choice (eg. paprika, cayenne pepper, curry powder, garlic powder or cumin)

Cornflour (optional)


Preheat the oven to 220ºC. Line a baking tray with a non-stick baking sheet.  Cut the sweet potato into even chip-sized pieces. In a bowl, mix the chips with olive oil, salt, pepper and spices of your choice. If you want to make the chips crispy, sprinkle a teaspoon of cornflour on top.

Spread the chips evenly on a baking tray and bake for 15 minutes. Flip the chips over and now bake for another 10-15 minutes until the chips are crispy, slightly browned and nice and soft on the inside. Enjoy!

I really enjoy making these two recipes because they are fast and I know everyone in my house loves them. They are good healthy snacks that you definitely won’t feel guilty eating. They are now two of my favourite snacks.

The sweet potato chips are a much better and more nutritious alternative to regular chips. They are sweeter than your normal potato which I feel can be very bland and boring sometimes. Now that I’ve discovered sweet potatoes I can switch it up whenever I want but still getting that potato feel.




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