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Start your day the right way!

Breakfast is an important meal, and can set the tone for the rest of the day. Even if you only have one minute to make yourself something to eat, that is still enough time to put together a meal that is nutritious. This breakfast bowl contains natural yogurt, blueberries, chia seeds and flaked almonds and it literally took me less than 30 seconds to throw together. It contains all the components of a balanced meal - protein and fat are in the almonds and yogurt. The chia seeds provide fibre and omega-3 fatty acids, and the blueberries are chock full of antioxidants and vitamin C, as well as giving this bowl some natural sweetness. If you don't eat a good breakfast, you put yourself at risk o

Eating Disorders Awareness Week

This coming week (26 Feb - 4 Mar) is Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and it also happens to coincide with my completing training in Nutrition Interventions for Eating Disorders and Eating Distress. Eating disorders are complex disorders of abnormal eating attitudes and behaviours that have important consequences for the physical and mental health of affected individuals. Eating disorders require a multidisciplinary approach. Consistent support and counselling are essential for long-term recovery. All members of the team should be skilled in treating eating disorders (doctors, dietitian/nutritionists, psychotherapists and nurses). Once a patient’s weight is back within a certain range, then

Ready bready go!

Have you seen some bread in your local store that looks more like a hunk of meat loaf than something you want to put cream cheese on? I bought some organic flax seed bread last week. It contains rye, flax seeds, sea salt and yeast. I am always happy to see a short list of ingredients on processed products, especially when I know what all the ingredients are! It comes with about 10 square slices in the packet and is not soft and well-risen like regular bread, but is closer in appearance to fruit loaf. This bread has a much denser taste than regular bread and might not appeal to young children, unless they are quite adventurous. It has an interesting texture and a nutty taste. As you can see f

Let's get personal

The media is full of wonderful new diets promising to help you shed those pounds, live forever and frolic in the fields well into your nineties. I am often asked what I think of all these fantastic claims. Nutrition is a vast field and the more I read and research, the more I realise that there is not one single correct diet for humans. Paleo, alkaline, keto, and low-carb …..they all make promises and for some people, they have literally been life-changing, but it is important to remember that what produces excellent results for one person may not work for you, or might not fit in with your lifestyle. Many of these miracle plans are not sustainable long-term either because they are not tast

Super supper!

We all struggle with ideas for family mealtimes that everyone enjoys and are simple to prepare, so when I tried these delicious spinach and quinoa patties at a friend's house last weekend, I knew I had found a new addition to my midweek meal repertoire! Sometimes its hard to get kids to eat more veg, but with the liberal use of spinach in this tasty dish, they won't realise how good it is for them! Spinach is extremely nutrient-dense. It is an excellent source of vitamin K, carotenes, vitamin C and folic acid. It also contains magnesium, iron, vitamins B6, B2, B1 and E. This means it can be beneficial for people who want to support bone health, energy levels and eye health. Ingredients: 1 ba

Apple-y ever after!

Apple cider vinegar is a hot topic in the wellness industry at the moment. I saw a bottle of Ostler’s cloudy cider vinegar in my local store and decided to give it a try. Unlike other apple cider vinegars, you might have seen in the shops, this one contains the “mother” which is the cloudy substance that shows that the enzymes and nutrients from the apples have not been destroyed through over-processing. Some people believe that the “mother” is responsible for the health benefits, but there is no hard evidence to support this. Ostler’s apple cider vinegar is organic and has won multiple food and environmental awards. It has a very distinct flavour and I have used it in salad dressing several