Posts Tagged 'Nutrition'

Seasonal Smoothies for Spring

29 April 2019 at 14:59

Seasonal Smoothies for Spring

There’s nothing better that using fresh, seasonal produce - recently harvested and with minimal time spent in transit or storage means fruit and vegetables are at their prime and vibrating with energy.


Spring is a time to cleanse and energize our bodies after the winter, and nutrient-packed smoothies are an ideal way to make the most of the rainbow of fresh produce that’s available. Choosing organic is ideal as you can maximise on the nutritional benefits while avoiding potentially harmful pesticide residues.

Top tips for creating your own smoothies

There are hundreds of smoothie recipes online but we all have our own personal tastes, and they are so easy to make there’s no reason why you can’t create your own recipes once you know the basics. Simply choose a base for your smoothie, add the fruit and veg of your choice, adjust the sweetness and texture and decide if you want to add a booster – for example to improve the protein or omega 3 content.

  • Green tea makes an excellent base for a smoothie, or choose a non-dairy milk like almond milk if you like a creamy texture
  • Lemon juice is not only an excellent liver cleanser, it also helps bring all your flavours together
  • Berries add sweetness but are low GI so wont upset the blood sugar balance
  • For a thicker texture, avocado or banana are popular choices • To increase the protein content, seeds like flaxseed and chia are perfect as they also contain beneficial omega 3 fats. They can also be used as a thickener if you don’t fancy banana.
  • To top it off, fresh herbs are packed with antioxidants, stimulate the digestion and have anti-inflammatory properties – ginger, peppermint and coriander leaves are great additions.

10 of the best Spring smoothie ingredients:

 

  1. Cold green tea – high in antioxidants (flavonoids and catechins) which protect against cell damage and boost metabolism
  2. Kale – packed with specific antioxidants which protect cells against free radical damage
  3. Cucumber – refreshing and cleansing, also a good source of antioxidants
  4. Fresh grated ginger – aids digestion and boosts metabolism
  5. Coriander leaves - anti-inflammatory and stimulates digestion
  6. Pineapple – excellent source of vitamin C and bromelain (an anti-inflammatory)
  7. Lemon juice – a natural diuretic which is detoxifying and cleansing to the liver
  8. Blueberries – packed with phytonutrients with anti-inflammatory and cardio –protective properties
  9. Carrots – an incredibly rich source of the antioxidant beta carotene
  10. Peppermint – cooling and energizing, helps regulate digestion and reduce symptoms of IBS.

Tags: Smoothies | Nutrition

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Can a vegan diet help the Environment?

27 March 2019 at 15:31

Can a vegan diet help the Environment? The environmental impact of meat and dairy consumption has been well-publicised recently, with cattle accounting for considerable amounts of greenhouse gas ... [ read more ]

Tags: Vegan | Environment | Nutrition

Posted in Education | Environment | Health | Nutrition | Research

Should you go vegan for health?

27 March 2019 at 14:45

Should you go vegan for health? Veganuary 2019 was the biggest ever, with hundreds of thousands of people officially pledging to eat vegan during January. The number one reason given for ... [ read more ]

Tags: Vegan | Nutrition

Posted in Education | Inspiration | Health | Nutrition

Food for the winter blues

19 December 2018 at 14:01

Food for the winter blues With the cold weather and the short days upon us, many people in the UK struggle with the winter blues, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD) at this time of year. But ... [ read more ]

Tags: Nutrition | Seasonal Affective Disorder

Posted in Alternative Medicine | Inspiration | Health | Nutrition

Top 6 Immune Boosting Foods

02 November 2018 at 14:45

Top 6 Immune Boosting Foods Now that summer’s come to an end, it’s time to make sure your immune system is in tip-top condition to avoid those winter bugs. Here are 6 of the best ... [ read more ]

Tags: Immune System | Nutrition

7 Reasons To Stop Calorie Counting

02 November 2018 at 12:39

7 Reasons To Stop Calorie Counting Should we stop calorie counting? Yes, yes and yes!! Counting calories is time consuming, can be wildly inaccurate, and is increasingly controversial in the world ... [ read more ]

Tags: Calorie | Nutrition

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Halloween Pumpkins, Five Amazing Benefits

02 November 2018 at 12:33

Halloween Pumpkins Five amazing benefits If you’re carving out pumpkin lanterns this Halloween you will have plenty of pumpkin to feast on. Whether you make it into soups, bake it into ... [ read more ]

Tags: Pumpkins | Nutrition

Posted in Alternative Medicine | Nutrition

5 Foods to Boost Joint Health

02 November 2018 at 12:26

5 Foods to Protect Joints & Boost Joint Health Feeling stiff, slow or sore? Try these five foods to help get things moving again! Oily Fish Containing omega 3 (EPA and DHA) in a ... [ read more ]

Tags: Protect Joints | Nutrition | Boost Joint Health

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Coconut oil - healthy or hype?

08 October 2018 at 15:32

Coconut oil – healthy or hype? Coconut oil has become hugely popular in the last few years, with a whole host of claimed health benefits and some people adding large quantities into their ... [ read more ]

Tags: Coconut Oil | Nutrition | Saturated Fats

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Gluten intolerance - The problem with modern wheat

26 July 2018 at 12:23

The rise of gluten intolerance The problem with modern wheat... Gluten-free diets were rare in the 80s and 90s but nowadays most of us know at least one person who avoids wheat or gluten.  ... [ read more ]

Tags: Gluen Free | Nutrition | Gluten Intolerance

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