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 […]

5×50 challenge

Who’s up for a challenge? Everyone says they’ll do yoga every day, or go for a run, or stop eating sugar, but motivating ourselves to do it is a real challenge. I find that I tell myself I’ll do something but unless there is something or someone pushing me to do it, it’s almost a […]

Nutrition tips for cycling – the Tour de Lauder

With a break in the Scottish weather and Spring well under way, it is the perfect time to get out on the bike and enjoy the countryside. For the last couple of years I have taken part in the Tour de Lauder, a charity cycle race in the Borders raising money for Chest, Heart & […]

Salt Awareness Week

It is Salt Awareness Week, so what better time to take a step back and assess our daily salt intake. These days, stroke is the third biggest killer in Britain and a high blood pressure increases the risk of a stroke occurring. Regularly consuming too much salt can increase blood pressure, meaning that a high […]

Buckwheat and almond scones

Continuing on my adventure through ‘Light and Easy’ by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, I made these gluten-free, sugar-free scones. They fit in just nicely with my sugar-free lent too. They don’t look the prettiest do they? But I’m all for trying out some new recipes. Ingredients: 100g buckwheat flour 100g ground almonds 100g rice flour pinch […]