iQ ‘superfood’ chocolate

I recently tried a bar of the Scottish-made iQ chocolate. This “clever little chocolate bar”, as the creators call it, has a lot of research behind it from the likes of Robert Gordon University and the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health. Raw cacao has long been known to contain high amounts of antioxidants, but […]

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 […]

Lovely lentils, French-style

  I am just back from a long weekend in Paris and it was fantastic. My friend and I are eating our way round Europe and we are perfect travel buddies as we both like nothing more than wandering round food markets and sampling all of the local food. Foodie highlights: whole artichoke dipped in […]

A word on iron

I’m doing another talk for netball juniors this weekend and one of the things I will be talking about is iron. It is one of the most important micronutrients and also one that is often deficient in certain populations. These include adolescent girls, female athletes, the elderly, vegetarians and vegans, but low iron levels can […]

Mineral round-up

As I have done a few posts on vitamins recently, I thought I should do the same for some of the most important minerals to our health. Minerals work alongside vitamins in the maintenance of a strong immune system and a healthy circulatory system. They enter the food chain by being integrated into the soil […]

Chickpeas

Like kidney beans, chickpeas are a great source of protein for vegetarians and everyone else really! They are also very rich in fibre. Insoluble fibre binds to and removes cholesterol and prevents constipation and digestive disorders. Soluble fibre also lowers cholesterol and helps to prevent heart disease and strokes. Chickpeas are very high in folate, […]

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 […]