Butternut squash

A great vegetable to know what to do with. The orange flesh is bursting with a carotene called beta-cryptoxanthin, which is linked to protection against lung cancer. Butternuts are also full of vitamins C and E, calcium, iron and magnesium, and, of course, full of fibre to keep the gut healthy. The same as with […]

Homemade sauerkraut

I wrote a blog post a little while ago about the benefits of sauerkraut. You can buy it in the supermarkets but it is often pasteurised and therefore loses a lot of its beneficial bacterial properties. I tried out a recipe for making sauerkraut at home and it was delicious…so here it is.. The recipe […]

All about anthropometry

Last week I attended a level 1 training course in anthropometry to become accredited with the International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry, or ISAK to you and me. Anthropometry is “a simple reliable method for quantifying body size and proportions by measuring body length, width, circumference and skinfold thickness”. It can be used to […]

What’s the single biggest thing we can do for our health?

I got to venture into the Scottish Parliament this week, right up to the highest floors with spectacular views of Arthur’s Seat and Holyrood. I went to sit in at the Cross Party Group meeting on sport, heart disease and stroke. The keynote presentation was from Dr Andrew Murray, a Scottish ultra-distance runner and doctor […]

Yoga recommendations – Hot Yin

(picture from indabayoga.com) This week I tried something new at Meadowlark yoga studio – hot yin. After doing the 5×50 challenge, which consisted of 30 minutes of yoga every day for 50 days, I’ve got quite into the habit of doing yoga and I have already noticed positive changes in my flexibility in even the […]

Multigrain spelt crispbread

I love Scandinavian food…rye bread, rollmops, gravadlax..all great. One of my favourite snacks at the moment is a delicious spelt crispbread from “Scandinavian Baking” by Trine Hahnemann. They have a certain sweetness that I adore but are savoury enough to top with cheese or accompany dips like beetroot or avocado houmous. Ingredients: 100g butter 75g […]

The humble cauliflower – what to do with it

You won’t often find cauliflower in my fridge. I absolutely hate cauliflower cheese and until recently, I never really knew what else to do with it. Since following the recipes of the brilliant Yotam Ottolenghi in the Guardian and reading his books, I have discovered new ways to enjoy a bit of cauliflower in my […]

Gut-friendly sauerkraut

After a little European trip last year, I have definitely been buying and eating more sauerkraut and have been contemplating making some myself recently. Sauerkraut has been consumed by the Germans, Poles and French for a long time, paired most often with sausages and other meat. So what is it? Fermented cabbage. Yum. Sauerkraut is […]

iQ ‘superfood’ chocolate

I recently tried a bar of the Scottish-made iQ chocolate. This “clever little chocolate bar”, as the creators call it, has a lot of research behind it from the likes of Robert Gordon University and the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health. Raw cacao has long been known to contain high amounts of antioxidants, but […]

Lemon Polenta cake

A sunny Easter weekend spurred me on to bake an equally sunny cake. The beauty of this cake is that it is gluten free without being obviously gluten free i.e. no wheat flour alternatives and crumbly messes. My tins were too small so this recipe made two good sized cakes to share around. Lovely served […]