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 in the labs. Gingerols also have a powerful anti-inflammatory action, meaning that ginger might reduce […]

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 […]

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 […]

Beetroot dip

Beetroot makes a wonderfully bright and tasty dip that is very quick and easy to do, and super healthy. It is betalains that gives beetroot its deep purple-red colour. They are potent antioxidants quite unique to beetroot, but work in a similar way to the anthocyanins that give things like red cabbage, blueberries and plums […]

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 like to make my own. It needs very few ingredients: 200g cashew nuts (or any kind of nut, unsalted) 3-4 tbsp sunflower […]

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 […]

Protein pancakes

For those who supplement with protein, these pancakes are fab! Recipe from the Optimum Nutrition recipe book. 1 banana 2 eggs 1/2 cup whey protein (I had banana flavoured) 1/2 cup milk 1 cup oats 1 tbsp flour (I used rice flour but any is fine) Blitz everything in a blender and cook in batches […]

10 wonders of garlic

The ten wonders of garlic… 1. vasodilator 2. anti-coagulant 3. reduces cholesterol 4. anti-fungal 5. immune support 6. anti-parasitic 7. decongestant 8. anti-histamine 9. repels insects 10. detoxifier Especially rich in sulphur, iodine, selenium, B complex and amino acids. Eat some parsley after eating garlic for those obvious issues, it acts as a de-odouriser!