With so many demands on our time, cooking can be another thing on a long list of to dos, and it's particularly difficult when you have the added pressure of feeding a family on a budget. And when money is tight, eating well poses yet another challenge.
Most school dinners are, let’s face it, not ideal nutritionally and leave a lot to be desired in terms of taste and appeal. If you’re one of those parents, faced with the daily task of making kids healthy packed lunches because school dinners are hitting the mark, it can be daunting, stressful and soul-sucking.
Most of my conversations this week have focused on the gut health. In all of my classes, in all of my clients, gut health is a focus. Even with random strangers, I engage in a bit of what I like to call, gut chat when I can.
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How to troubleshoot your fermented foods in hot weather.
Whether you've not had enough time or have temporarily lost interest in making your own, or just fancy trying what's available on the market, you have your pick of commercially fermented food and drinks to try.
Photo credit: Lesley Lau As you will know, fermented foods that contain live bacteria, are a great source of probiotics (live beneficial bacteria) and even provide a great source of prebiotic too. Prebiotic fiber is the indigestible parts of fruit & veg, whole grains and nuts & seeds that goes through the small intestine undigested … Continue reading 5 Prebiotic Foods To Ferment
Your gut plays a vital role in how you process and absorb nutrients, gut trouble is when this isn't quite going to plan. Your gut also helps to regulate your immune system and produces vital nutrients, hormones and neurotransmitters.
Given the current uncertainty, it's natural that many of us are feeling some level of anxiety, but there is no denying that for some people, myself included, feeling anxious is a bit of an ongoing struggle.
As it is Mental Health Awareness Week, I wanted to share with you some of the research on the impact of your gut health on brain health and mental health.
Getting your kids involved in the kitchen can encourage trying new foods as well as helping to reduce food waste, and now it is more important than ever to look at how to make use of every last morsel of food. Looking at how much we waste and wasting less is part of this, but … Continue reading 5 Tips for Engaging your Kids in the Kitchen
I am sharing my recipe for one of my favourite ferments, beetroot kvass. I start my day with a shot of this and also find it also great to take just before exercise. Beetroot is great for circulation and supporting the flow of oxygen around your body and also a great source of iron and … Continue reading Beetroot & Apple Kvass
I've been thinking about how I learned to cook. Yes, I trained as a chef, which helped to elevate my cooking and helped me to hone my skills. But to cook delicious food, you don't need to be a chef, you just need a good understanding of food--the basics ingredients you need to create a … Continue reading 5 Tips for Cooking Intuitively in The Times of Corona
Sometimes, little pause and refuel is what we all need, but being at home and being closer to the cupboards can make it feel like snack time is never ending and you find yourself reaching for one carby snack after another. Here's some insight into how to snack to, not only curb hunger, but also … Continue reading Tips for Cracking Covid Snacking
Here's my list of Healthy Pantry Essentials In these uncertain and slightly chaotic times, it is more important than ever to look after ourselves and those we love with health-focused food. Rather than stockpiling readymeals and packets, get in some healthy staples that will help you to ensure you can make as meals as you … Continue reading Stocking a Healthy Pantry
Looking after your own gut health can be daunting, but can be all the more difficult when you have to factor in the rest of the family. Here are 5 tips from me on eating your way to a happier, healthier gut.
I have made a lot of truffles this festive period, more than I have ever made or eaten in my life. We're talking several hundred! Spirulina, beetroot, orange, regular choc, vegan, fermented... you get the gist. I have made these for clients, given these as gifts and taught 9 children how to make them (that … Continue reading Quick, Easy Xmas Spiced Orange Choc Truffles
As part of my prep for my fermented drinks workshops, I brew bigger batches of milk kefir. To make sure nothing goes to waste, I like to cook with it. It adds a lovely tang which works well with sweet as well as savoury dishes, just like buttermilk. Of course, heating it kills off the … Continue reading
Almost any vegetable (and fruit) can be fermented, but perhaps the most famous and fuss-free ferment is sauerkraut. Lacto-fermentation is a great way to preserve vegetables, and locking in their nutrients and increasing the gut-friendly bacteria.
Pancakes are a weekend staple round ours and I have made pretty much every combination you can imagine (including the less than well received matcha, dark choc chip combo). I recently bought a waffle iron, and waffles have now replaced the pancake as our weekend breakfast favourite. I've also recently started experimenting with milk kefir thanks to my army … Continue reading Move over pancakes…