We trended!! Our first Twitter Chat and we were trending!!

Tuesday evening saw the first ever @AfNutr Chat.  After a few months of planning, finally the day came for the real thing and we moderators were a little nervous.  The number of followers grew so much in the run up, this was not going to be a gentle entry into running a twitter chat.  I…

Veganuary – why is 2019 the biggest year yet?

Thanks to a great twitter chat all about plant based eating hosted by RDUK on Monday, I really got thinking about Veganuary. This is the fifth year that Veganuary has been a thing to start the off the new year.  This year has seen well over 300,000 people taking part.  Vegan has certainly become a trendy…

Food Matters Live 2018

A couple of weeks ago, I headed to London for 3 days of feeling all grown up and professional.  Food Matters Live is a big event aimed at anyone involved in food – food manufacturers, food scientists, food developers, food writers, nutritionists, dietitians, researchers etc.  It has an incredible array of seminars in 9 or…

Indian themed cub sleepover

We had a taste of India at cubs on Friday night.  We had a sleepover at the church where we meet.  An Indian friend of mine (thank you so much Meena!!) came and answered questions about India, showed them a little Bollywood dancing and helped the cubs make chapattis, raita and a Indian semolina dessert. …

Malnutrition Awareness Week

Last week was the first UK Malnutrition Awareness Week.  And I don’t mean malnutrition in developing nations or in war torn countries.  Malnutrition is a huge issue in the UK and Europe.  It surprises people that malnutrition in developed nations cost more per year than the effects of obesity.  The most recent estimate is £19.6…

Tess Holiday and Cosmo

There has been quite a storm about Tess Holiday’s appearance on the front cover of the October edition of Cosmopolitan.  Piers Morgan certainly provoked debate with his controversial statements.  The debate is important if sometimes ugly. Why can’t a beautiful woman be on the cover of Cosmo if she is obese?  And yes she is…

Does focusing on obesity in a health campaign have a negative side?

Have you seen the OB_S_TY campaign by Cancer UK? It caused quite a stir in nutrition circles when it was launched.  I wrote most of this back when it launched but didn’t hit publish button.  The focus on weight and health in isolation still bothers me so this is post remains very relevant.  I know…

Keep active and eat protein rich foods for healthy ageing

What a protein rich meal – eggs, beans and cheese!  These are naturally protein rich foods.  However, you may have noticed that extra protein is also being added to many foods – breakfast cereals, chocolate bars and snack bars to name a few.  Protein is certainly having its moment in the spotlight and getting some…

Cooking with friends

Friends of mine have invested in the Lidl version of the Thermomix – MrCuisine.  Not nearly as fancy with no on-line platform and step by step instructions on a little screen, maybe not such a powerful motor but it gives a lot of the functions at a fraction of the price.  The low price means…

It may not look great but so delicious!!

Just have to share this recipe with you – it isn’t you most good looking soup but don’t judge a book by its cover!!  This is the perfect soup to use up stale crusty bread and blue cheese.  I still have some wonderful Stilton from Christmas brought from the UK by friends and it was…