Donut peaches

I found these gems in the little shop downstairs, one of my all time favourites that reminds me of holidays in the south of France. Deliciously sweet and juicy, you probably need to have 2 to get one of your five a day as they’re only little, but just try and stop at 2! Take […]

A thoroughly beany affair

Sometimes it’s nice to lose the meat and opt for a hearty veggie meal instead. This 3/4/5 bean chilli gives you all the protein you could need with the added hit of fibre, vitamins and minerals. Chickpeas are particularly rich in magnesium and folate (find out more here) and kidney beans pack a high zinc […]

Protein sources

I am writing a little nutrition presentation for the young dancers at the Edinburgh dance academy to give them a bit of in insight into keeping their bodies healthy. Although a lot of the session is on every day healthy eating, these girls are athletes, training for 8 hours a day and performing regularly. How […]

Top seeds

Seeds are a great way to boost your fibre, protein and good fats. Here’s a lowdown on the best ones: Chia: packed with protein, calcium and omega 3 and fibre. Prevents blood sugar spikes. Sunflower: rich in the essential polyunsaturated fat omega-6 and very high levels of vitamin E, an antioxidant. Also high in plant […]

Yolking around – the humble egg

A lot of people avoid eggs because of their “high cholesterol”. Today I am studying cholesterol homeostasis, the interaction between cholesterol made in the body and that taken in by the diet. Ingesting cholesterol, from egg yolks for example, leads to cholesterol entering the cells, which in turn suppresses cholesterol synthesis i.e. the body maintains […]

Chickpeas

Like kidney beans, chickpeas are a great source of protein for vegetarians and everyone else really! They are also very rich in fibre. Insoluble fibre binds to and removes cholesterol and prevents constipation and digestive disorders. Soluble fibre also lowers cholesterol and helps to prevent heart disease and strokes. Chickpeas are very high in folate, […]

Avocado houmous

I love houmous, I love guacamole and I love avocado, and this combines them all into a wonderful dip. It needs only 3 ingredients really: avocado, chickpeas and lots of lemon Cut the avocado in half and scoop out the flesh into a blender. Rinse a tin of cooked chickpeas in cold water then pop […]

Mackerel, beetroot and sweet potato

This is an easy, quick and super healthy dish to whip up mid-week. It’s become a regular dish at home when in need of something a bit lighter and is pretty inexpensive. Serves 2: 2 sweet potatoes, cut into small dice 2 crushed garlic cloves 2 pre-cooked medium beetroots 2 sprigs of thyme 2 smoked […]

Fancy a cuppa?

Being at home more frequently at the moment studying, I find myself drinking an awful lot of tea! My flat is usually cold so I like to have something hot with me at all times, that’s my excuse anyway. But I just wanted to shed a little light on it, is it good or bad? […]

Barley risotto with mushrooms, kale and chorizo

Last night’s dinner was a combination of store cupboard ingredients and bits and bobs from the fridge, but it turned out rather tasty. Healthy and hearty, a risotto fills you up and acts as a base for such a wide variety of ingredients. Using barley instead of risotto rice is often quicker and is much […]