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Variety is the spice of life

It is not unusual these days to see headlines in the news about how almonds can prevent heart disease, oily fish can help with arthritis and whole grains are good for diabetes – you may have seen similar claims where one food type is promised to heal your ailment. Whilst many foods do contain plentiful nutrients and therefore may confer health benefits, we should not take these headlines too literally. Instead it may be better to take a more balanced approach and consume a wide variety of healthy foods, not concentrating on any one food type, but instead aiming to get a diverse mix of foods. For example, walnuts are a healthy food containing protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, manganese

Comfort food that's good for you!

Who says that warming, comfort food is bad for you? I gave an old favourite a nutritional upgrade: Fish pie! This dish is relatively easy to put together. Turn on the oven and put about 500g of smoked haddock in an oven dish ( I used a large rectangular one). Season with some black pepper and lemon juice. Bake for about 20 minutes until cooked. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, boil about 500g potatoes (unpeeled, scrubbed and chopped into chunks) and 3 carrots (diced). About 20 minutes into cooking, add a head of broccoli that has been cut into florets and about 200g frozen peas into the same pan. Cook until softened but still with some bite. Drain all the vegetables. Stir all the vegetables i