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Be prepared!

When I was young, I went to Girl Guides whose motto "Be prepared" has helped me in so many areas of my life. With people's lives getting increasingly busy, never has this motto been more relevant. For people who really don't think they have enough time to prepare healthy meals, I recommend using the time that you do have in the kitchen to get organised. For me, this means using dinner preparation time to think ahead and prepare foods that I can use the next morning to make healthy packed lunches for the family. In practice this means, boiling up lentils or quinoa, roasting extra vegetables, cooking an extra portion of fish or hard-boiling some eggs, whilst I am cooking supper. The way I see

A bit of culture for the weekend

This week, I went to an all-day seminar at the Royal Society of Medicine about the gut microbiome and its association with many different conditions. Gut health is something I consider in all of my clients, and I often make recommendations for improved gut health, even when the symptoms that the client is experiencing seemingly have nothing to do with the gut. One way in which we can all support out gut health is by eating foods which contain beneficial live bacteria. This includes foods like kefir, sauerkraut and yogurt. In fact, before the invention of fridges and air freight, this is how many people would have eaten their foods out-of-season. Last week I made my own fermented vegetables f

Father's Day brunch

Not that my daughter needs another excuse to get busy in the kitchen, but this morning she cooked up a fantastic dish of shakshuka for Father's Day brunch. Packed full of veggies, spices and eggs, this dish was a great start to the day for my husband (and indeed, the rest of the family!). We wouldn't normally have this much time to cook on a weekday morning, so it was really special to spend the time together without rushing. This dish serves 4 people. Ingredients: 2 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, peeled and finely sliced 1 red pepper, diced 1 orange pepper, diced 6 garlic cloves, crushed 2 tsp paprika 1 tsp ground cumin ½ tsp ground black pepper ½ tsp salt 1 tsp mustard powder 2 x 400g tins choppe

Choco-licious!

These chocolate pots are so easy you will want to whip them up for a quick treat after school or work. If you use chocolate with a high cocoa content, then your chocolate pot will contain less sugar. Whilst this is not one of the healthiest recipes I have posted, sometimes we all want a little something chocolate-y and this recipe contains protein (eggs and milk) as well as antioxidants (chocolate and berries) with a little natural sugar (maple syrup). Ingredients: 180ml milk 140g dark chocolate, broken into squares 2 tbsp maple syrup 1 egg Berries to decorate Heat the milk in a pan. Place 120g of the chocolate in a food processor with the maple syrup and egg. Pour half the hot milk into the

Great balls of protein

As a nutritional therapist, I keep an eye on the health food market to see what new products are available. As a kosher consumer, I get doubly excited when those new healthy products that I really want to try are kosher!! Having made my own protein balls (not being able to find a supervised version in the shops) it was quite revolutionary for me to discover the Protein Ball Company and their range of healthy snacks. Five of the flavours are kosher: cherry and almond, goji and coconut, lemon and pistachio, peanut butter and jam, and raspberry brownie. All the flavours were delicious and made a very satisfying snack. My children preferred the raspberry brownie flavour, whereas I favoured the t

Eggs-ellent!

One of the diet myths out there is that eggs are bad for you. This stems from the fact that eggs contain dietary cholesterol, but research shows that egg consumption actually has little effect on the levels of cholesterol in the blood of people eating them. A recent randomised trial of pre-diabetic and diabetic subjects showed that people who had a high egg consumption (> 12 eggs/week) for 3 months had no adverse changes in their cardiometabolic markers compared to people on low egg consumption (< 2 eggs/week) (1). People in both groups achieved equivalent weight loss. Eggs are a source of protein, vitamins A, B2, B6, B12, D and K, as well as selenium, calcium and zinc. Eggs are also a great