There’s nothing more comforting than a slow cooked stew. Get it all ready, turn on the slow cooker, go out for a long walk in the cold and then come home to a house full of delicious smells and a gorgeous, hot and healthy meal ready and waiting. Yum!
When you’re in need of an instant pick-me-up, homemade energy balls are a great nutritional treat. Unlike store-bought convenience foods which are usually packed with sugar and other artificial nasties, energy balls are easy to make and store. Plus they’re packed with healthy sources of slow-release energy.
Most energy balls require just a few ingredients and a blender to whip up and they store for a good week in the fridge. Make up a batch Sunday evening and you’ve got a week-long stash of healthy snacks ready to go.
I didn’t want you all to think that January was just for vegans and vegetarians! For all you lovers of good quality meat out there, I wanted to bring you one of my favourite recipes that contains some of my favourite ingredients. Plus I’ve packed it with some of my nutrient boosting everyday superfoods, cheap and easy ingredients that have been associated with living longer and healthier. It’s a super quick recipe, and you can basically chuck it all in the slow cooker, turn it on, have a cuppa and read your favourite book and wait for the magic to happen!
Being a vegetarian or vegan can have many health benefits, not to mention the potential benefits to the planet and animal welfare.
Unfortunately I see a lot of unhealthy vegetarians and vegans in my private practice, which is why I designed my course, How to Be a Healthy Vegetarian or Vegan, which is now available online.
The problems I come across in my clinic are not because being a vegetarian or vegan is an unhealthy way of eating… but mostly because these people haven’t properly planned their diet and included all the nutrients needed for optimum health. It’s the same for any diet, whether you eat meat or not… if you don’t plan your meals well, be mindful of what you’re eating and strive to eat as well as you can 80 to 90% of the time, then you’re leaving yourself at risk from nutrient deficiencies and potential health problems, irrespective of whether you eat meat or not.
I’m on a good gut bacteria and bugs mission this week, advocating the importance of them and showing you how to help them flourish with the right nutrition.
I’ve recently noticed more discussion, interesting studies and far more advocating of fermented foods amongst my peers of late and this is because it’s so easy to make and the health benefits can be enormous. Experts are really highlighting and supporting the introduction of beneficial bacteria and right PH in the bowel because of the impact we know it can have on our health.
Tofu is a great source of protein, not just for vegetarians and vegans. It’s packed with calcium, rich in protein and packed with phytoestrogens, which are great for hormonal balance. If you’re going to use tofu, find one that is as natural as possible.
There are loads of artisan tofu shops popping up all around the country – here in Norwich I love popping into Tofurei. See if there’s a tofu shop near you that makes their own tofu. You can now also sign up to my brand new online course ‘How to be a Healthy Vegetarian or Vegan’ HERE.