Fermented foods

In recent years fermented food have become trendy and some regard them as superfoods. Fermented foods are not simply the latest craze, nor a fad.  They have been around for centuries and fermenting was historically used as a way of preserving food.  The fermentation process involves yeast or bacteria using sugars without the presence of […]

Prebiotics

Prebiotics A prebiotic is a food that is used as a food source for microorganisms, such as the good gut bacteria, that make up your microbiome.  Prebiotics can help the microbes to grow or to work effectively.  They are derived from non-digestible fibre compounds and come in many forms such as inulin, resistant starch, fructooligosaccharides […]

Hearty barley and bean soup

Ingredients: 1 onion, diced 1 leek, white part only, cut in half and chopped 1-2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 carrots, diced 2 stalks celery, sliced 2 medium courgettes, quartered and sliced 2-3 handfuls of green beans, chopped in thirds Bunch of black kale (cavallo nero), stripped from stalks, and chopped roughly 1-2 x 400g […]

Marvellous microbiome

The term “microbiome” is becoming more common.  There isn’t a day that goes past when an article in the press refers to the “microbiome” or “microbiota”.  What exactly are they?  And what do they do? Microbiota is a term that is given to microorganisms that live on or in the body.  These can range from […]

Health hazards from plastic

The use of plastic has increased to a degree that the environmental effect is devastating.  On average, 300 million tons of plastic are produced around the world each year. Of this, 50% is for disposable applications such as packaging.  It is easy to see the effects on the environment – beaches covered in plastic packaging, […]

Natural immune support

There are certain times of the year when it can feel as if you get one virus after another. If you are struggling with the latest virus – be it a cold, flu or the norovirus then you may need some extra immune support. There are many ways to support your immune system when it […]

Red lentil, carrot and orange soup

Ingredients: 200g red lentils 2 oranges 400g carrots, sliced 1 large onion, chopped 1 small tub plain soy yoghurt vegetable/chicken bouillon Fresh coriander Pumpkin seeds Olive oil 1/4 tsp ground cumin Salt and ground black pepper   Method: On a low heat, soften the onion in the oil with the cumin. Grate the zest of […]

Food of love

Have you ever thought how food may affect your love life?  There are many natural aphrodisiacs found within food and variety of chemicals and hormones can be stimulated by eating certain foods.  Take a look at our top picks for valentine’s day: Dark chocolate – known to be rich in anti-oxidants it also raises phenethylamine, […]

Saucy chocolate avocado pots

Ingredients:  2 large avocados, pitted and peeled 60 g dark chocolate 3 tbsp honey ½  tsp. vanilla extract Toasted almond flakes, for garnish   Method: Using a food processor blend the avocados until they are smooth. Warm the dark chocolate over hot water until melted and add in the avocado along with the vanilla extract […]

Protein Smoothies

Protein is vital for many functions in the body and it is used for enzymes, hormones, antibodies and structural tissues like muscles, tendons and ligaments. It also aids in slowing digestion and protein can be an excellent way to slow the release of energy from food. This aids in keeping a healthy blood sugar level. […]