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 […]

Lovely lentils, French-style

  I am just back from a long weekend in Paris and it was fantastic. My friend and I are eating our way round Europe and we are perfect travel buddies, as we both like nothing more than wandering round markets and sampling all of the local food. Foodie highlights: whole artichoke dipped in flavoured […]

Mineral round-up

As I have done a few posts on vitamins recently, I thought I should do the same for some of the most important minerals to our health. Minerals work alongside vitamins in the maintenance of a strong immune system and a healthy circulatory system. They enter the food chain by being integrated into the soil […]

It’s Christmas!

I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year! If there is one message I took from the international sport and exercise nutrition conference I attended last week, it was the importance of maintaining muscle mass with ageing. As we get older it gets harder to keep our […]

B vitamins

You may or may not have noticed that I missed out vitamin B on my vitamin lowdown this week, I hope I didn’t confuse you. I thought I’d leave B vitamins until the end and give you an overview, as there are many B vitamins that make up what we call a B complex. These […]

A word on vitamins

As we go all too quickly into winter the amount of time we spend indoors inevitably goes up – and so does our risk of catching those pesky colds that hang around inside. Our immune systems are wonderful things when they are working correctly and there are things we can do with our diet to […]

Energy-packed foods – dates

These guys have certainly got it right, although I really have to argue that they meant to add “sportswomen” too…. Dates are packed with natural sugars so are the perfect instant energy hit. They are high GI, which means that they cause an almost immediate but short-lived peak in blood glucose – ideal to get […]

Super salads

Yotam Ottolenghi is quickly becoming one of my favourite chefs and food writers. His solely vegetarian recipes are so different to your everyday but so easy at the same time – and he creates the most wonderful salads. Sun or snow (or horrible windy rain), salads can always be relied on to add a dose […]

Autumn warmer – spiced stewed apples

As the nights get darker, we turn to home comforts to keep us cosy. Spiced stewed apple is so comforting and warming and, of course, nutritious! Peel and core 3 cooking apples and chop them into bite sized pieces. Pop into a pan and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp of ground […]