Butternut squash

A great vegetable to know what to do with. The orange flesh is bursting with a carotene called beta-cryptoxanthin, which is linked to protection against lung cancer. Butternuts are also full of vitamins C and E, calcium, iron and magnesium, and, of course, full of fibre to keep the gut healthy. The same as with […]

A twist on banana loaf

When looking for a healthy way to use up bananas, this is a pretty darn good option. It uses basic store cupboard ingredients and, of course, those pesky brown bananas. Ingredients: 3 ripe bananas 240ml milk 2 eggs 1tbsp baking powder 200g oats 70g wheat bran (optional) 1 tsp vanilla extract 100g chopped nuts (we […]

Almonds

Almonds are a great snack and packed with goodness. In snacking terms, almonds take a long time to digest so keep hunger at bay, great for people watching their weight. The slow digestion time is due to the high content of monounsaturated fats, a fat that is good for arterial and heart health. Almonds are […]

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 […]

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 […]