Baking your own bread

Baking your own bread allows you to get rid of all the nasties, tweak it to how you like it and gives you a great sense of achievement (and fills your house with that lovely freshly baked bread smell). My first loaf last week was made due to a desire to get rid of things […]

Beetroot juice and exercise

My final essay for my Sports Nutrition post-grad was on beetroot and sport performance, which turned out to be such an interesting topic. Everything in this field is relatively new and more and more research is being carried out all the time. Beetroot has long been a remedy for high blood pressure, with the elderly […]

Aerial yoga

Aerial yoga is a lot of fun and much harder than expected! Meadowlark off the meadows  have just started classes and they are going down a storm. Aerial yoga is said to boost circulation and remove compression from the spine. It also aids traditional yoga postures, helping you master those poses just out of reach […]

The Scottish breakfast

Last week I was asked to contribute a little bit of nutritional information about the Scottish breakfast for an article in the Scottish Sun. It was a follow-up feature on the breakfast that the athletes at the Commonwealth Games are tucking in to (apparently!) and whether or not it will be doing any good. The […]

Oven-roasted sea bass with bulgar wheat

Quite often I need something I can stick in the oven and leave to cook while I jump in the shower and race out the door again. You can pick up little bargains on nice fish and I got a couple of sea bass fillets the other day that are perfect for these foil parcels […]

Pea and prawn risotto

Risotto is one of my favourite things and although not considered very healthy usually, it’s lovely on occasion and doesn’t have to contain handfuls of parmesan (debatable I know..) White rice spikes blood sugar and insulin when consumed on its own, but team it with vegetables and it has much less of an effect. I’ll […]

A is for apricots

Apricots are a summer specialty and are in all the shops and markets at the moment. Despite their delicious sweetness, they have a low GI and are full of fibre so a great snack for weight management. Fresh apricots are a source of vitamin C, potassium, vitamin E and a range of antioxidants known as […]

Gluten free apricot and almond cake

My friend and I decided to club together our store cupboard ingredients (with a few fresh apricots) and make the healthiest cake we could possibly muster. We did still need something that would satisfy our cake craving and go nicely with a cup of tea on a Sunday though! The result was a deliciously moist […]

Gazpacho in the garden

I’ve never really been one for a cold soup but I arrived home at the weekend to this and slurped it in the sunshine – it was just the ticket. Taken from an incredibly old (1976) book of Spanish regional cookery, it is a traditional recipe that you just can’t go wrong with; fresh, quick, […]

Rugby

On Thursday night it was Edinburgh Accies rugby team’s turn to have a little think about their diets going into pre-season. The strength and conditioning coaches were there going over pre-season training, both in the gym and on the field. It sounded demanding, gruelling and just downright hard for the guys after a very brief […]