All posts tagged: healthy

My thoughts on Jamie Oliver’s ‘Sugar Rush’

Did you watch Jamie Oliver’s ‘Sugar Rush’ last night? It certainly got the internet up in arms, and hopefully for the right reasons! Sugar seems to be the latest ‘no no’ food substance. At one stage fat was the devil, and even protein at one point, and the world is apparently unsure whether bananas are a miracle fruit or can give you cancer, the number of conflicting articles I’ve seen, it’s madness! There have been lots of documentaries and news stories recently about how bad sugar is for you, and how it can often be hidden. I’m not talking about lurking in the back of your pantry, but actually mixed in with processed foods that you would never expect to be so high in sugar. Now in some ways, this really shouldn’t be rocket science. We’ve known for centuries that sugar is bad for your teeth and can make you fat. But what I liked about Sugar Rush is that it went one step further, which is what I love about Jamie’s TV programmes like …

Discovering Maple Water

Recently I was asked if I would like to try maple water. If I’m completely honest, I’d never heard of it, but I was intrigued. Coconut water, on the other hand, I was well aware of and had tried, and thought was ok (apart from when they handed out strawberry flavoured coconut water at the end of a 5K colour run I took part in – the least thirst quenching drink ever!!) DRINKmaple are the creators of said maple water and the faces behind the brand are Katie and Jeff. It was after racing an Iron Man in Quebec that they came up with the idea.      Native Americans and North American explorers first began tapping maple water hundreds of years ago. So what is so good about this drink, that made this health and fitness conscious pair want to bring it to market?  It contains less sugar than coconut water. It contains more manganese than a cup of kale. It contains nutrients including antioxidants, prebiotics, minerals and electrolytes. It provides natural hydration. It …

Healthy Lunches With Huna Blends

I really would like to eat more healthily, especially at lunch time. I love my food and there’s nothing I like better than tucking into a good sandwich in my lunch hour. But I usually feel a bit bloated and sleepy afterwards, and I know I’m not doing myself any favours. But it’s hard to kick the habit! So when I learned about a new healthy food pop-up called Huna Blends opening just around the corner from my office in Shoreditch, I was keen to see what it had to offer. Huna Blends sells ‘Manna Bowl Meals’ and Power Shakes. Now I’m sure you can work out what the latter is, but perhaps not the former, as they’re the first company to bring them to the UK. The Manna Bowl meal is a cold-blend bowl served as a thick sorbet (a granita of non-dairy milk – hemp, coconut or almond) with a choice of two different crunchy toppings. ‘Crunch A’ consists of toasted buckwheat, crisped rice, mixed seeds, dried fruit and coconut. ‘Crunch B’ is …

Healthy Alpine Snacking – Cuckoo Bircher Muesli

As you may have read in some of my previous posts, I don’t usually have the healthiest approach to breakfast – it’s typically nothing at all or something far too indulgent. So, recently, I’ve been trying other options to get into a better morning habit. I had tried out fruit and yoghurt, and next up on the list was muesli. In particular, Cuckoo Bircher Muesli. I’d never been particularly inclined to try muesli. My mum eats it quite a lot, with a bit of milk and fruit, but it always looks so incredibly dry to me, even though she loves it! But in the nature of trying new things, I thought I’d give it a go. And I was pleasantly surprised! Cuckoo Bircher Muesli was set up by two school friends, Anna Mackenzie and Lucy Wright, who first tried bircher muesli on a school trip to Switzerland. It obviously left a lasting impression because years later, after graduating from university and trying out some exciting flavour combinations, they have turned it into a successful business. …

For The Love of Kale!

I’m going to be completely honest about something. I don’t really like vegetables. I eat them, of course, but it’s rare that I genuinely enjoy them. I find that they’re tastiest when they’re cooked in a special way (normally making them more unhealthy!), usually using various herbs or oil. I just find plain, steamed veg, incredibly dull. Tim can happily get through a bowl of plain vegetables as a snack, and I wish I could do the same. But strangely enough, one of the types of veg that I actually do really like, is anything cabbage related – standard cabbage, red cabbage, brussels sprouts (yes, I know, I’m the complete opposite to most people!) and kale. I love kale! I normally just cook kale plain in a pan with a little bit of water and salt and pepper, but one evening this week, I decided to add a few more things to it, and it was delicious!     Ingredients 1 standard bag of chopped kale 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 red chillies, chopped A …