Cutting sugar out of your diet

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Sugar can be a hard habit to kick. Most of us have too much sugar in our diet and although you may not be piling the sugars in your tea, many of the foods we eat have hidden sugars in them. Cutting sugar from your diet can have many health benefits. It can help you lose weight or keep weight off, it can help to balance your hormones and can also help look after your teeth. Once you have made the decision to cut sugar from your diet, you then need to have a good look at the sorts of food you eat and decide which ones you are going to cut. Often you will experience headaches and can feel quite rough when you first cut down on your sugar, but this feeling will usually pass within a few days and it is important to keep going and stick with it during this time. IF you are diabetic then it may not be advisable for you to cut down on your sugar, so always check with a doctor. Keep reading

Adding vegetables into your cooking

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Not many of us eat as many fruits and veg portions as we should each day. Often it can be hard to get children to eat different vegetables and even some adult’s struggle. A great way to get vegetables into every meal is through blending and dicing. If you are cooking a spaghetti bolognaise then you often you may put in mushrooms and onions but often these are the two vegetables that children least like. If you find that they are always picking them out then why not blend them up. They then go into the sauce and often they will eat the meal without even realising they have eaten the veg. You can also blend or dice up carrots and celery to add to a bolognaise to give it even more nutritional value. Sometimes children are more likely to try new foods if they have helped prepare them or if they are presented in a fun way. Getting your child involved in cooking from a young age is a great way for them to create a healthy Keep reading

How to get children to try new foods

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Mealtimes can become a bit of a battle if you have a child that is fussy about what they eat. You may find that you are constantly cooking several different meals to please everyone or that you are battling with your child to eat what is on their plate. It is important to try and teach your child from a young age about good food habits but shouting at them and forcing them to eat certain foods can be worse. It is all about getting the balance right. You need to be in a position where your child will eat a little bit from pay or the food groups to ensure that they stay healthy. Lots of children have the same sort of dislikes such as onions, mushrooms and tomatoes. It may be that these sorts of ingredients are the base of many of the meals you prepare, it does not mean you should cut them out entirely. Often blending up or very finely chopping these foods will allow you to still put them in to your meal Keep reading

Have fun foraging for food

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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?

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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