Category: Fruit & Vegetables

Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflower Looking for exciting ideas for your veg? Cauliflower is one of the veg my fussy 4-year old says she likes! Cauliflower is very versatile.  I have already blogged about how I sometimes blend cooked cauliflower into a white sauce to get her to eat more veg which works a treat! I never really thought about roasting cauliflower, but roasted cauliflower is a great alternative to boiled or with a white sauce. The great thing about this dish is that you can tailor to your taste. Add what every herbs or spice you fancy. Make it spicy by...

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Courgetti and Carrot Salad

It’s a good habit to always include vegetables or salad with your meals. If looking for a salad, don’t despair if you don’t have any lettuce in the fridge, you can make any veg into a salad! This salad just uses 2 vegetables; carrots and courgettes. If you don’t have a julienne peeler or a spiralizer, then making a grated version would work just as well. Ingredients 1 Courgette 1-2 Carrots Flaked almonds 1-2 teaspoons of flavoured oil (bought or make your own!) Method Julienne, spiralise or grate the courgette and carrots Heat a frying pan and dry toast the flakes...

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Vitamin D in mushrooms: Lets get back to nature

The British Dietetic Association recently changed their recommendations on people taking vitamin D supplements. They now advise that all adults and children over the age of one should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms (µg) of vitamin D especially during autumn and winter¹. This is because low vitamin D levels in children can cause Rickets, a bone deformity and in adults it can cause Osteomalacia, a softening of the bones. The recommended vitamin D requirement is 10µg per day for over 4 year olds¹. We do get the majority of our vitamin D from sunlight and spending time...

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Top Tips To Include More Veg And Fruit In Your Diet

Our previous post looked at the latest review study suggesting we eat up to 10 portions of veg and fruit per day for good health. This is quite a big ask for most of us, so the first step is to try and include 5 portions per day. If you are doing well with 5 a day, try and increase it a little further, can you reach 10 a day? Back in February (2017), myself and a fellow student dietitian (Doireann Sheridan) organised a week of sharing foodie ideas to try and help you reach your 5-a-day over on our...

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5 a day or 10 a day?

Fruit and vegetables made the headlines recently after a new review study was published, which found that people who ate up to 10 portions of fruit and veg per day had a significantly lower risk of developing chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer. In this 2 part mini series we will take a look at if we should all be striving to eat 10 portions of fruit and veg per day for good health. In part two we will give you tips on how to include more fruit and veg in your diet. What was this new...

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The New Eatwell Guide

On the 17th of March, Public Health England (PHE) launched the new Eatwell guide, updating the out dated previous plate model. We are following suite of other countries that have done this recently such as Australia. It has been updated to reflect the latest guidance and help us meet our nutritional requirements. Notice how the high fat and sugary foods have now been moved out of the plate as they are not an essential part of a healthy balanced diet and we are being encouraged to eat more high fibre foods in line with the SACN’s new fibre guidelines. The plate...

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Fabulous Christmas Food

One of the best things about Christmas is the food! The planning that goes into Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day can happen weeks before. When else in the year do we spend so much time planning our meals?! But how should we plan our meals? Based on taste, flavour, health…? A healthy Christmas meal sounds boring I hear you cry, so we have picked out our favourite, fabulous Christmas foods for you! Sprouts Classic Christmas, you love or hate them! Packed full of Vitamin C (even more vitamin C than an orange!), fibre...

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So I Need to Eat More Fibre?

Our last blog post discussed the new SACN guidelines from July 2015 regarding carbohydrates and health. One of the recommendations in this was the need to increase dietary fibre in the healthy population. There is quite a leap in the recommendation from 18g, which the last National Diet and Nutrition Survey showed we were not meeting, to 30g a day. It appears as a nation we don’t have the fibre-love! We should however, as the SACN report states a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and colo-rectal disease with the more dietary fibre we eat. Other Key Recommendations There was...

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Colours of the Rainbow: talking about healthy eating to 4 year olds!

It is the British Nutrition Foundation’s Healthy Eating week this week (1st-5th June 2015), so I volunteered myself to go into my daughters nursery school to talk to the children about my job and healthy eating. Nursery school is for children aged 3-4 years and at my daughter’s nursery they go every weekday morning or afternoon. My daughter goes in the morning, but I also repeated my talk for the afternoon session to. In my daughters morning session I felt I was having a sneaky peak into their world of nursery, watching them do the register by singing everyone’s...

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10 Diet Myths that Dietitians hear all the time!

1) Carbs make you gain weight.      Wrong. Too much of any food will make you gain weight. You can reduce your portions of carbohydrate and substitute with vegetables. This will reduce your overall calorie intake and could help with weight loss. Choose wholemeal versions for extra fibre and better satiety. 2) I’m using honey as that’s better than sugar. Wrong. Honey contains glucose and fructose; sugars. Just because honey is natural and comes from a bee, it’s still sugar. We all should be cutting down on the amount of sugar we consume for a healthy diet. 3) I use olive...

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