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What am I eating this week?

Following on from a previous theme of sheet pan cooking, I thought I'd try the same method but without meat or fish. For this sheet pan, I used chickpeas as the protein source, making this meal completely suitable for vegans. Chickpeas are a very versatile ingredient, being the main component of hummus and falafel. They are a good source of fibre, folate, polyunsaturated fat and protein. They also contain magnesium, potassium, iron, vitamin B6 and calcium. They contain traces of molybdenum, a mineral needed by the body in very small amounts to help the body break down sulphites (a preservative found in dried fruit, wine and processed meats). For this supper, I started off my tray bake with c

What am I eating this week?

Many people tell me they don't have time to cook healthily, so I wanted to show you a meal I cooked this week when I got home from work at 6pm. From top left (going clockwise): chicken shwarma, humus, cabbage salad, sautéed carrots, green salad, sautéed mushrooms, and in the centre is beetroot and carrot salad. This meal was put on the table at 7pm!!! Here's what to do: 6.15pm: Turn the oven on to 180ºC. Prepare chicken shwarma - take 8 chicken thigh fillets and marinade with za'atar and lemon juice. Place in an ovenproof dish. 6.20pm: Dice 10 carrots, and sauté in a little olive oil in a pan. 6.30pm: Wash and chop half a white cabbage. Sprinkle with mixed seeds, and dress with 1 tbsp olive

National Obesity Awareness Week

Tomorrow is the start of National Obesity Awareness Week. Whether you have 1lb to lose, 1 stone or perhaps a little more, let this be the week that you make one healthy change to help you reach your goal. Here are some easy changes to make: 1. Swap one of your chocolate bar snacks for a piece of fruit 2. At lunchtime, go for a 20 minute brisk walk 3. Keep your carbohydrate portion of your meal (grains, potatoes, bread, pasta) to no more than a quarter of your plate 4. Fill up your plate with lots of different coloured vegetables. The fibre they contain can help with satiety, that lovely feeling of fullness. 5. Get a good night's sleep. Research suggests that people who get less than 7 hours

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Tomorrow, January 3rd, is the Festival of Sleep Day! I don’t know who came up with this idea, but if your New Year’s resolution is to get more sleep this year, then this is a great way to kick off! With busy modern lives, sleep deprivation is epidemic. There are so many calls on our time, and sleep seems to be the thing that everyone thinks they can compromise on. However, sleep deprivation is associated with lowered immunity, mood disorders and even obesity. Sleep deprivation also causes lowered reaction times and impaired performance, making it a major cause of road traffic accidents. During sleep, our body carries out many maintenance and repair tasks, including a good clean of the gut, f