Mediterranean soda bread

You’ll be needing something to go with all the pumpkin soup recipes flying around at the moment. I found my fridge full of sundried tomatoes, olives and feta after a nice couscous-stuffed pepper and cod dinner, so a soda bread seemed like the perfect solution. I love making a regular loaf of bread but I […]

Cherry Active – what the research says

There is a flurry of excitement around Montmorency cherries at the moment, with lots of research looking into their benefits to health and recovery after sport. I’ve written a little about free radicals and antioxidants before and it is mostly this area that cherry juice works wonders. Montmorency cherries are one of the richest sources […]

All things carrot(ene)

Carrots are one of the most nutritious root vegetables. And there’s a bit of truth behind that they’ll make you see in the dark; they are very good for your eyes. Carrots are a really rich source of carotene, which is an antioxidant and precursor to a form of vitamin A. Vitamin A is involved […]

Easy peasy cakey cookies

I love a snack. Especially one that is quick to whip up at home and relatively healthy. You’ll probably find that most “healthy” snacks will try to be gluten- and dairy-free and will use something other than refined sugar for sweetness. There’s honey in these, which is still sugar, and there’s a good amount of […]

Rye and oat muffins

This is a great “store cupboard” recipe, packed with energy and certainly not a healthy muffin. It is something a little different though, using a nuttier grain, rye, as the base. Rye is closely related to barley and wheat, meaning that it contains gluten but in slightly fewer quantities than wheat. It is most often […]

Nutrition workshop, Scottish Swimming youth squad

Last weekend I jumped on the train to Aberdeen to deliver a sports nutrition workshop for the Scottish Swimming youth gold squad. 20 young swimmers from 14 clubs across the country attended the 2-day training camp at the Aberdeen sports village. The camp was centred around the upcoming competition at the Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh in […]

Hitting your protein requirements

For the average (sedentary) person, hitting recommended daily protein intakes is relatively easy and requires little thought. Protein requirements for the average population are around 0.8g per kg body mass, achievable by some chicken in a sandwich at lunch and a meat-based evening meal. For those who train daily, have active jobs, or are looking […]

PhD here I come!

Exciting times! In October, I will be starting a research PhD on beetroot and health parameters in older adults at Northumbria University. I’ve been interested in beetroot for a while, as some of you may know from my ramblings on the topic (see here), so thought this was the perfect next step in my nutrition […]

Keeping afternoon energy levels up

We all know the feeling; that urge to reach for something sweet come 3pm when our energy levels are at a low. The mid-afternoon slump happens when our blood sugar dips after peaking at lunchtime and is a natural process in our day-to-day metabolism. But don’t panic that there is nothing that we can do […]

FAB research seminar, 25th June

Last week I went along to a seminar by FAB research: feeding better behaviour, learning and mood: the gut, brain and nutrition connection. Being a member of the Association for Nutrition allows me to attend seminars like this and they are usually ones that haven’t been on my radar. This means that I always end […]