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 […]

From my head to-ma-toes

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!

Breakfast smoothie

Ready-made smoothies are often full of sugar and packed with too much fruit without its fibre goodness. This smoothie just contains some of the best breakfast ingredients blitzed together into a thick milkshake-esque drink, great for those naughty people who eat breakfast on the run. 1 banana, nice and ripe a handful of porridge oats […]

Parsley

My all time favourite herb. I would put it on anything if I didn’t get funny looks. It reminds me of spaghetti bolognese growing up, which we used to cover in parmesan, freshly ground black pepper and loads of parsley. It’s very good for you, but you’d need to eat an awful lot of it […]

Goosegogs

My favourite fruit. I eat them straight off the bush in my parents’ garden, but I hate the topping and tailing that needs to go into preparing them for a dish! Gooseberries, like all the berries, are rich in potassium and vitamins A and C. Potassium works with sodium to balance the fluids and electrolyte […]

Barley-stuffed chicken

Last night was roast chicken night and the slightly odd-looking grain stuffed inside is pot barley. I was never a fan of scotch broth but barley is my new favourite addition to salads and now stuffing! It is stocked full of fibre, the soluble kind that helps lower bad cholesterol, as well as a fibre-like […]

Pumpkin time

My pumpkin is ready and waiting to be turned into something more edible (probably soup!). Pumpkins and squashes are pretty interchangeable in terms of cooking and nutrients but obviously pumpkins are the thing to buy at this time of year! Pumpkins are a high fibre source of complex carbohydrates and contain lots of the antioxidant […]

Hedgerow brambles

Look what I just found! Blackberries are just as much a “super” food as blueberries, with almost the same antioxidant action. The deep purple colour shows that they are rich in anthocyanins and ellagic acid, which are good nutrients in the fight against heart disease, cancer and signs of ageing. Of course, they are also […]