Food and the immune system

I wrote this post about a year ago. In light of the virus that is wreaking havoc on the world at the moment, it seems pertinent to share again. People are keen to know what to eat to ‘boost’ their immune system. We often get told about this food or that food’s effect on our…

Salad – a great way to add fibre?

Well, not really if it is just lettuce. An average portion of lettuce as a side salad is just 1g of fibre. An extra gram is not to be sniffed at but adding few other things can make the side salad a more colourful addition to the meal as well as helping to sneak a…

Fibre February – eat more!

This month, @AfNutr will be talking all things fibre. We are not the only ones focusing on fibre this month. The Flour Advisory Bureau are running #fibrefebruary to encourage people to eat more fibre and provide information on fibre containing foods. Fibre has a reputation, it stops constipation and can give you wind. Lots of…

Indian Cooking Class

I had a lot of fun last Friday. I agreed to run a cooking class for Maisons-Laffitte International Association. I ran a class cooking Keralan chicken curry , a vegetarian version with vegetables and chick peas to replace the chicken, spiced vegetable basmati rice and raita. We cooked poppadoms and had chutneys and pickles followed…

Keto diets

There is a huge keto diet following on the internet and on instagram, there are lots of people promoting this as the holy grail of diets with lots of very appealing before and after photos.  But is it really the best diet ever? A true Ketogenic diet is really, really hard.  In reality many people…

Chick Pea yumminess

One thing that the world could eat more of is pulses.  From a nutritionist point of view they are full of fibre and protein, provide a good dose of micronutrients too but I think they have a bad image.  That they are only eaten because they are ‘healthy’ or ‘cheap’ (both are true) or because…

A couple of food challenges for Lent

When I was a child, every Lent we used to give something up.  I remember giving up chocolate or sweets, grown ups would come visit my mum and dad and would often bring us some sweets and I would put them in a jar so that come Easter I would have this little treasure chest….

Kids – What makes a good sandwich?

It should taste yummy, it should fill us up to keep us going until our next meal and give us good stuff to keep us healthy. 1 First you need some bread.  Do you always have boring white bread?  Try something different.  Wraps, pitta, rolls, bagels, brown, seeded, wholemeal, ‘best of both’ or added fibre…

Eating more fruit and veg

I was asked on the back of the last post – that we should be eating 10 portions of fruit and veg – and as a little person how could she eat more – 5 portions of approx 80g was enough in terms of amount – any more and she felt that she wouldn’t be…