Butternut squash

A great vegetable to know what to do with. The orange flesh is bursting with a carotene called beta-cryptoxanthin, which is linked to protection against lung cancer. Butternuts are also full of vitamins C and E, calcium, iron and magnesium, and, of course, full of fibre to keep the gut healthy. The same as with […]

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 […]

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 food markets and sampling all of the local food. Foodie highlights: whole artichoke dipped in […]

Super salads

Yotam Ottolenghi is fast 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 […]

Spinach falafels

These green machines pack a health punch. Chock-a-block with spinach, chickpeas and spices and perfect crammed into homemade flatbreads with some mango chutney and rocket. Spinach is full of antioxidants like flavonoids, carotenes and vitamin E. It is also rich in vitamin K, that vitamin we hear little about but is great for bone strength. […]

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 is for apricots

Apricots are a summer specialty and are in all the shops and markets at the moment. Despite their delicious sweetness, they have a low GI and are full of fibre so a great snack for weight management. Fresh apricots are a source of vitamin C, potassium, vitamin E and a range of antioxidants known as […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]