Have fun foraging for food

Foods
As the weather gets warmer and we spend more time outdoors it may be the time to look a little more closely at the plants that are in our gardens and growing wild to see whether they are edible and if they are to find out how to prepare them to add to our food. Many people see weeds as a gardener’s curse but if you get to know which weeds are edible you may have a whole vegetable patch growing right under your nose. As some common plants can be quite toxic it is always sensible to check before eating either online or in one of the many foraging guidebooks out there. So, which common plants are safe to eat and use as ingredients in dishes? Nettles are often the bane of any gardener’s life as they are extremely difficult to get rid of when they are growing in the garden and always manage to sting whoever is unlucky enough to brush past them, but they are thought to be one of the most nutritious foods on Keep reading

Should you invest in an air fryer?

Cooking Equipment
Air fryers have become increasing popular over the last few years as more and more people understand the importance of trying to eat healthily. Years ago, having deep fat fryers up and running a few times a week wasn’t really seen as much of an issue, but these can be extremely unhealthy and linked to many other health issues. Air fryers allow you to have that crispy coating that you get from a deep fat fryer without having to have the lashings of oil. Air fryers work with either no or very little oil (often only a teaspoon) therefore drastically cutting down on the amount of fat that is absorbed into the food. The work by pumping hot air around the food crisping up the outside. It is very similar to the way an over works but because of the way the air is circulated, it does often seem to end up tasting a little different. There are a number of different types of air fryers. The well known branded ones can cost in excess of £100 but Keep reading

How to make a healthy dish that all the family can enjoy

Foods
If you are trying to go on a diet or just follow a healthy eating plan it can be hard to get the whole family involved. You may not want to be cooking two or three different meals each meal time and it is good for everyone to try and eat healthy. A recent survey shows that lots of people say they do not like eating healthy foods as much because they find them very bland. This may be because they are often not covered in a sauce or because they have the dressings stripped away, but healthy eating does not have to be dull and boring. There are some great recipe books out there that can give you ideas for foods to cook that are packed full of flavour. Often even just a bit of salt and pepper can really change an entire dish. Slow cooked meals allow the flavours time to really mature and pass into the meat or vegetables. Using ingredients like diet coke to cook chicken or gammon will add a touch of sweetness Keep reading

Lose weight without dieting

Foods
Many people say that they have put on weight during the past year, often due to lockdown. It may be that now you are ready to get back to where you need to be but dread the thought of starting a diet. It is not a great idea for our bodies to be subjected to strict yo-yo diets as this can have a huge impact on our blood sugars and hormones. These affect a lot of the other processes in our bodies so you may find that you start to experience other issues. Instead of thinking of it as a diet you need to try and find a new normal when it comes to food. Often when you start to change your diet to eat more natural foods, less sugar and less processed meals you will find that not only do you lose weight naturally but you also have more energy and a better immune system. If you see it as a diet, you will probably see it as there is an end date in sight but when Keep reading

Eating the right foods for your breakfast

Recipes
When it comes to breakfasts, there is often not one meal that fits all. Some people need to eat different foods for breakfast than others. In the UK we often skip breakfast or have something very little, a larger meal for lunch and then the biggest meal of the day in the evening but this may not be the best idea. Your breakfast will set you up for the day ahead and should kick start your metabolism. For some, a bowl of cereal or a piece of toast gives them plenty of sustained energy, but if you find after a couple of hours (or less) you are feeling hungry or even tired then it probably means that your breakfast was not right for you. We should have a lot of protein for breakfast and ideally greens and oily fish. A good idea for a breakfast would be, eggs with spinach and salmon. This gives you a good amount of the foods needed and the protein will help keep you full. You need to ensure that your blood sugars Keep reading