It’s January. It’s cold. It’s that time of year when people are feeling like maybe they overindulged a little in the festive period and it’s time to cut down. Maybe you’re trying to lose weight, or you're trying to lower your cholesterol. Maybe you’re trying out ‘Veganuary’, or you may be vegan already. If you have introduced any kind of restriction into your diet then here’s my message to you – EAT FAT.
Today I am sharing with you one of my all-time favourite dishes – aubergine parmigiana. This Italian classic is a knock-out dish whether you are vegetarian or not, making it a great way to get more vegetables in your diet. For a dish that has such depth of flavour it is surprisingly easy to make.
Do you have a food related goal for 2019? Maybe you want to lose weight, want to eat a healthier diet, or want to feel like you have more energy. What about wanting to improve your sleep? Or your memory? Or maybe your mental health? When it comes to food, what we put into our body is just as important for our mental health as it is our physical health. Those all important nutrients that fuel our body also provide ‘brain food’. But if we are feeling stressed, lacking energy, feel fuzzy headed, then making changes can seem even harder.
If you have a New Year’s resolution that you are determined to stick to, or you are just looking to develop some positive habits, this post is for you. Here I share my top five favourite tips for successful change. You may already have some of these nailed. If you’ve got all five sorted then well done, you are well on your way to success. I’d love to hear your tips for successful change too.
As we look back over the last year and welcome in the new, many of us start to make resolutions. We think about what we want to change. What were we unhappy about last year? What would we like to be different as we head into 2019? Often these resolutions involve diet or lifestyle changes. Exercise more, eat less – you get the picture. But most of these resolutions have been abandoned before the Christmas decorations are back in the box. Today I’m sharing five reasons why those pesky resolutions fail.
Last week I had a hankering to make marmalade. I’m not quite sure where this came from as I’m not really a fan of marmalade. My ideas of toast toppings are almost exclusively savoury in nature – houmous and peppers, avocado and za’atar, mushroom and tarragon, eggs and salmon…
Maybe it was the natural next step after experimenting with low sugar jams and chutneys, or simply that it is marmalade season. (I suspect it was the shameless marketing of marmalade oranges on social media by local gem The Fruit Stall). Whatever the reason, last Saturday I was the proud owner of a bag of marmalade oranges and took to google to find a recipe.
Gluten Free Man tells me that I have a magical 20 minute window in the day when I am up for going swimming. If I miss this opportunity - forget it – there is no way I am getting to the pool. I think he exaggerates somewhat. However, it is true I like to swim on a morning, on an empty stomach, but before hunger starts to bite and my energy slumps. So I have very definite ideas on what makes for a good swim.
When I’ve stayed in bed that little bit too long, when I can feel that 20 minute window closing, when I know that I’m going to be starving the second I get out of the pool, smoothies are a perfect breakfast solution. Throw a bunch of ingredients into a blender, blitz, transfer to my drink bottle and I’m ready to go.
It’s Monday morning, your radio alarm switches on, the news is playing and they’re reporting yet another study telling us that chocolate is good for us. What a great start to the week. Chocolate is right up there with coffee and red wine in grabbing the headlines for nutrition based research. No-one sets off to work with an extra spring in their step because another study has shown that broccoli is really quite good for us. But chocolate, now that’s a different matter…
I'm sat in front of my keyboard on a bright but cold, wintery, day. The weak winter sun isn’t quite reaching far enough to melt the last bits of icy snow from the pavement on my side of the street. Next to me is a mug of hot chocolate spiced up with chilli, cinnamon and ginger. So right now - ‘why isn’t hot chocolate a superfood?’- seems like a sensible question to ask.
I'm Kim Adams, founder of SAVI Nutrition. A Nutritional Therapist who is passionate about healthy, tasty food. Here I share with you my thoughts on food and health alongside a few of my favourite recipes.