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 […]

Nuts about nutella

I may have put a little bit of nutella in my porridge this morning, just because it’s the weekend and because hazelnuts are the official nut of Oregon! If it is hazelnuts you are after, I wouldn’t recommend delving into a tub of nutella to get them, just buy them whole. They keep better than […]

Flaxseeds

Flaxseeds are my new favourite thing and are bursting with goodness. They are one of the few foods to provide the body with omegas 3, 6 and 9 and can be eaten whole, ground or found as an oil and supplement. Omega 9 isn’t an essential fatty acid but it has anti-inflammatory properties and enhances […]

Spicy broth with mushrooms, spinach and prawns

I made dinner last night in about 5 minutes flat and it packed a punch. A spicy broth made with a stock base is the perfect way to warm you up, fill you up and get all your veggies in. It doesn’t even really require a recipe, just add whatever you fancy or is in […]

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 […]