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Let's meat up!

Articles about nutrition often centre on plant-based foods, and for good reason. They contain fibre and many micronutrients, which I have talked about several times in this blog. However, there is not usually much emphasis on meat. Meat is an important part of a balanced and varied diet. Red meat is an excellent source of protein and vitamin B12, and a good source of zinc and selenium. It also contains vitamins B2, B3, and B6, iron and phosphorus. These nutrients are important for the body's energy production pathways. High intake of red meat has been associated with an increased risk of heart disease and cancer, however it is important to point out that many of these studies do not separate

Speedy supper

This evening I got home from work 20 minutes before dinner needed to be on the table. A little bit of pre-planning meant that my family had this (see image) for dinner. It's a simple meal, jacket potatoes, but with a few simple extras that make this meal highly nutritious. So obviously the bit that had to be thought out in advance was baking the potatoes. I prepared the potatoes before leaving the house, placed them in the oven and set the oven to come on 2 hours before dinner. The other foods that were served with the dinner were very simple and came together easily, but you can see that this is a very balanced meal containing protein (tuna, chickpeas and tofu), complex carbohydrates (potat

A cream come true

If you think dairy ice-cream is always unhealthy, take a look at this. I made this orange froyo this morning using 1kg of natural yogurt, 4 oranges and a couple of tablespoons of xylitol. This dessert is therefore crammed full of calcium, protein, vitamin C and potassium. There's even a little fibre in it on account that I used the whole orange rather than the juice! I peeled the oranges and blitzed the flesh to a pulp. I mixed it with the natural yogurt and poured the whole lot into my ice-cream maker and set it going for 20 minutes. Towards the end of the time, I tasted it and thought it needed a little extra sweetness, so I added the xylitol. I have made this frozen yogurt before with str