Fruit is nature’s bounty. Packed with vitamins, naturally sweet, high in fibre and low in calories and something I always advise my clients to include in their diet. While the benefits of fresh fruit are readily acknowledged, dried fruit isn’t always viewed in the same light. However, dried fruit possesses the same nutritional benefits as fresh fruit and is just as healthy. Furthermore, the World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress has called for the benefits of dried fruits to be recognised as equal to fresh fruit in worldwide dietary guidelines.
I discovered this recipe in the weekend magazine from the Daily Mail and thought it would be a good way of introducing a new vegetable to my family – the Jerusalem artichoke. Cauliflowers are a staple ingredient in my fridge, but I have to admit, I’d never knowingly eaten a Jerusalem artichoke, and wouldn’t know what to do with it if I bought one!
This is such a simple and quick recipe to make and it’s surprisingly filling. It makes a great Sunday night soup if you’re after something to fill everyone up but you don’t feel like spending ages preparing a meal. The cooking time is only 15-20 minutes with another 10 minutes for preparing the veg. Serve with slices of sourdough or rye bread if you’re really hungry.
Coleslaw is a dish that sounds really healthy but can be high in calories and fat, especially those that are sold with takeaways and in supermarkets. They often have lots of unwelcome ingredients such as thickeners and stabilisers.
But you can easily make a coleslaw yourself with simple fresh ingredients and a fraction of the calories.
If you happen to be passing along the breakfast cereal aisle in any supermarket, you’re bound to have noticed the growing range of granola options.
Shop bought granola is often high in sugar and unhealthy fats. It’s also expensive. However, it’s really easy to make your own granola and pack it with the healthy ingredients you love. You can also cut the sugar content right down while increasing levels of healthy fats.
This is a recipe from Michael Mosley's 'The Clever Guts Diet'. The recipes are all designed to boost, nurture and repopulate the microbiome with healthy bacteria.
There is growing evidence that eating to support the gut can help lead to fewer food cravings, weight loss, and reduced symptoms relating to IBS such as bloating, wind and stomach pains.
A healthy microbiome can also help improve mood, clear up skin problems, reduce inflammation, balance hormones and increase immunity.
This breakfast bread was one of the first recipes I tried from the collection and it was a big success. The one change I would make is to use less egg than the recipe states. This is because we found it a bit too eggy in taste. However, as it's a breakfast bread, this may be what the intention was!