So-called “smart swaps”

The latest advice from Public Health England is “smart swapping” i.e. trading in your butter for low-fat spread and whole milk for skimmed as part of their change4life campaign. There is already enough confusing and conflicting advice out there and this campaign is by no means black and white. Just recently it came out that […]

Ginger

Ginger is one of my favourite things and it just so happens that it is also very good for our health. The active ingredients are terpenes and gingerols, which have been shown to destroy colon, ovarian and rectal cancer cells. Gingerols also have a powerful anti-inflammatory action, meaning that ginger can reduce the pain and […]

2014

Happy new year everybody! I’m sure you have all been inundated with the “new year, new you” talk so I’m not going to do the same, but I do always believe start as you mean to go on. Just aim to get the basics right to start with. Fad diets don’t work, what works is […]

Chilli

After a super curry last night I had chillies on the brain! Not overly Christmassy I know, but perfect at this time of year for warming up. Warming foods such as cayenne pepper, cinnamon and black pepper help to ease the symptoms of a cold and warm up the body. A chilli’s heat comes from […]

Big up broccoli

Broccoli – recently researchers have found that the compound sulphoraphane found in broccoli slows down the destruction of cartilage in joints, which may prevent osteoarthritis. This compound also has strong anti-cancer effects. The chemicals in broccoli protect against stomach ulcers and act as a detoxifier, helping lower bad blood cholesterol and boosting the immune system. […]

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. Combine the bananas, milk, vanilla and eggs then add […]

Trout

Trout and salmon are a fantastic source of omega 3, selenium and vitamin B12. Omega 3 provides protection against cardiovascular diseases and stroke and keeps the brain, skin and joints healthy Cook the fish lightly to avoid destroying the beneficial components of the essential fats. I wrapped this bad boy in tinfoil and oven cooked […]

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 […]

Cashew nut butter

Being allergic to peanuts, I turn to cashews for my dose of good fats. I don’t know about peanut butter but I find ready-made cashew and almond butters a bit cloying so I tend to make my own. It needs very few ingredients: 200g cashew nuts (or any kind of nut, unsalted) 3-4 tbsp sunflower […]