Parsley

My all time favourite herb. I would put it on anything if I didn’t get funny looks. It reminds me of spaghetti bolognese growing up, which we used to cover in parmesan, freshly ground black pepper and loads of parsley. It’s very good for you, but you’d need to eat an awful lot of it […]

Wrapping things up

On occasion, it’s nice to go back to basics. Have a wee look at the ingredients in mission deli wraps: Wheat Flour, Water, Vegetable Oils, Humectant (Glycerol), Wheat Fibre (2%), Sugar, Wheat Germ (1%), Emulsifiers (E471, E472e), Salt, Raising Agents (E450, E500, E296), Flavouring, Preservatives (E282, E202), Stabiliser (E466), Flour Treatment Agent (E920). Maybe a […]

Goosegogs

My favourite fruit. I eat them straight off the bush in my parents’ garden, but I hate the topping and tailing that needs to go into preparing them for a dish! Gooseberries, like all the berries, are rich in potassium and vitamins A and C. Potassium works with sodium to balance the fluids and electrolyte […]

Bread matters

  Anybody looking for a baking course must head to Bread Matters, it’s just fantastic! Only 17 miles from Edinburgh you can find Macbiehill Farmhouse, kitted out with a baking studio and wonderful wood-fired oven and two of the most lovely people! Andrew Whitley, the man behind the venture, has his own book, Bread Matters, […]

Running in the Pentlands

At the moment my sister and I are training for the 7 reservoirs half marathon in the Pentland hills on the outskirts of Edinburgh and on Saturday we thought we would have a wee recce of the route as we didn’t much fancy getting lost in the hills! The organisers of the race (the Harmony […]

Barley-stuffed chicken

Last night was roast chicken night and the slightly odd-looking grain stuffed inside is pot barley. I was never a fan of scotch broth but barley is my new favourite addition to salads and now stuffing! It is stocked full of fibre, the soluble kind that helps lower bad cholesterol, as well as a fibre-like […]

Pumpkin time

My pumpkin is ready and waiting to be turned into something more edible (probably soup!). Pumpkins and squashes are pretty interchangeable in terms of cooking and nutrients but obviously pumpkins are the thing to buy at this time of year! Pumpkins are a high fibre source of complex carbohydrates and contain lots of the antioxidant […]

Hedgerow brambles

Look what I just found! Blackberries are just as much a “super” food as blueberries, with almost the same antioxidant action. The deep purple colour shows that they are rich in anthocyanins and ellagic acid, which are good nutrients in the fight against heart disease, cancer and signs of ageing. Of course, they are also […]

My go-to granola bars

This is my favourite recipe for granola bars and the one I use all the time when I seem to have a surplus of oats and dried fruit. Perfect for a pre- or post-workout snack, combining fast-release carbohydrate from the honey and dried fruit and slow-release energy from the oats. The banana provides energy, B […]

This is me!

  This is me! Public health nutritionist, athletics coach, and Sweaty Betty. I love to cook, eat and workout, aiming to keep the right balance of the three to keep my body in shape and fuel my exercise effectively. My words of the moment from a lead sports nutritionist are “carbohydrates, use them or earn […]