What is a free radical anyway?

It is always hard to come up with a definition of these things without either being too sciency and hard to understand, or dumbing it down too much and sounding like you are talking to children. The latest health article in The Guardian I think explains it perfectly, so I will say no more… “Free […]

A word on vitamins

As we go all too quickly into winter the amount of time we spend indoors inevitably goes up – and so does our risk of catching those pesky colds that hang around inside. Our immune systems are wonderful things when they are working correctly and there are things we can do with our diet to […]

Energy-packed foods – dates

These guys have certainly got it right, although I really have to argue that they meant to add “sportswomen” too…. Dates are packed with natural sugars so are the perfect instant energy hit. They are high GI, which means that they cause an almost immediate but short-lived peak in blood glucose – ideal to get […]

Autumn warmer – spiced stewed apples

As the nights get darker, we turn to home comforts to keep us cosy. Spiced stewed apple is so comforting and warming and, of course, nutritious! Peel and core 3 cooking apples and chop them into bite sized pieces. Pop into a pan and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp of ground […]

Cantaloupe melon

This is by far my favourite kind of melon. It reminds me of summers in the south of France where we ate them endlessly with saucisson. The orange colour of cantaloupe means that it is full of betacarotene, holding some of the highest levels of this antioxidant of all the fruits and veg. Melons are […]

Getting figgy with it

Figs, both fresh and dried, are a great source of fibre and iron. Most of the fibre in figs is soluble, which has beneficial effects on blood sugar levels and LDL cholesterol. Boosting iron intake keeps energy levels up. Dried figs are a concentrated source of potassium and calcium for fluid balance and bone density. […]

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 […]

Gluten free apricot and almond cake

My friend and I decided to club together our store cupboard ingredients (with a few fresh apricots) and make the healthiest cake we could possibly muster. We did still need something that would satisfy our cake craving and go nicely with a cup of tea on a Sunday though! The result was a deliciously moist […]

Donut peaches

I found these gems in the little shop downstairs, one of my all time favourites that reminds me of holidays in the south of France. Deliciously sweet and juicy, you probably need to have 2 to get one of your five a day as they’re only little, but just try and stop at 2! Take […]

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 […]