Easy peasy cakey cookies

I love a snack. Especially one that is quick to whip up at home and relatively healthy. You’ll probably find that most “healthy” snacks will try to be gluten- and dairy-free and will use something other than refined sugar for sweetness. There’s honey in these, which is still sugar, and there’s a good amount of […]

Nutrition workshop, Scottish Swimming youth squad

Last weekend I jumped on the train to Aberdeen to deliver a sports nutrition workshop for the Scottish Swimming youth gold squad. 20 young swimmers from 14 clubs across the country attended the 2-day training camp at the Aberdeen sports village. The camp was centred around the upcoming competition at the Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh in […]

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 & […]

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 […]

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 […]

Netball

This morning I delivered some short sports nutrition talks to netball juniors for the Edinburgh Netball Association. It is great to see coaches focusing on different aspects of the game and giving the kids the opportunity to learn about nutrition for their sport. Netball, like many team sports, is intermittent and high-intensity and care should […]

Getting figgy with it

Figs, both fresh and dried, are a great source of fibre and iron. Most of the fibre in figs is soluble, which has beneficial effects on blood sugar levels and LDL cholesterol. Boosting iron intake keeps energy levels up. Dried figs are a concentrated source of potassium and calcium for fluid balance and bone density. […]

Going bananas

Where would we be without bananas! They are the perfect pre- and post-workout snack, so often given out at sporting events as the go-to energy boost. Bananas are pretty easy on the stomach, so good for grabbing a mouthful during a race or for having if you’ve left it a little late to eat before […]

A twist on banana loaf

When looking for a healthy way to use up bananas, this is a pretty darn good option. It uses basic store cupboard ingredients and, of course, those pesky brown bananas. Ingredients: 3 ripe bananas 240ml milk 2 eggs 1tbsp baking powder 200g oats 70g wheat bran (optional) 1 tsp vanilla extract 100g chopped nuts (we […]

Banana bran muffins

Banana bran muffins – full of fibre and energy 115g butter 100g brown sugar 2 bananas mashed 115ml milk 1tsp vanilla extract 2 eggs 175g wholemeal flour 100g bran 1tsp baking powder 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 1/4 tsp salt Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Combine the bananas, milk, vanilla […]