Turmeric

It may just seem like a humble spice that goes in your curry, but it’s a powerhouse of nutrients. One teaspoon of turmeric provides 26% of your daily manganese requirements, 16% of your iron, 5% of your potassium, and 3% of your vitamin C. The active substance in turmeric believed to hold many health benefits […]

Vitamin C

That well known vitamin and the reason we are told to eat our oranges. Chemical name: ascorbic acid RDA: 60mg Top sources: guava, blackcurrants, green pepper, broccoli, strawberries, papaya, kiwi fruit, oranges and cabbage Absorption: enhanced by bioflavonoids found in fruit and vegetables Cautions: mega-doses can cause diarrhoea Use in sport: studies are inconclusive regarding […]

Kale pesto

This is a lovely twist on traditional pesto and is still super quick to whip up. Dark green kale is the number one vegetable on the ORAC scale (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) so has the highest levels of antioxidants of all vegetables. Kale also contains more calcium and iron than any other vegetable and a […]

Beetroot dip

Beetroot makes a wonderfully bright and tasty dip that is very quick and easy to do and is super healthy. It is betaine that gives beetroot its deep purple-red colour – a potent antioxidant with blood pressure-lowering properties. It works as a vasodilator, increasing blood flow, helping to prevent heart disease and controlling high cholesterol […]

Rosehips

These glossy red jewels are rosehips, and you can find them in abundance in the hedgerows right now. A bit tricky to pick from their spiky bush and things can get a little sticky, but totally worth it for the beautiful red syrup you can make from them, bursting with vitamin C. Rosehips are one […]

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are our major source of dietary lycopene, an antioxidant that fights heart disease and may help to prevent prostate cancer. Salicylates, contained mostly in the seeds, have an anticoagulant effect and the peel is richer in nutrients than the flesh. Lycopene is more active in cooked tomatoes than raw and is better absorbed if […]

Pumpkin time

My pumpkin is ready and waiting to be turned into something more edible (probably soup!) Pumpkins and squashes are pretty interchangeable in terms of cooking and nutrients but obviously pumpkins are the thing to buy at this time of year! Pumpkins are a high fibre source of complex carbohydrates and contain lots of the antioxidant […]