‘Pack to School’ – more healthy eating tips for packed lunches

You may have seen my article in Open Up, a community magazine in south Manchester. If you haven’t, read the full article here Here are some more ideas for healthy lunches. Choose something from each of these categories 1) Bread, cereals and potatoes Sliced bread, pitta bread Bread roll Chapatis, tortilla wraps, naan Muffins, scones, oatContinue reading “‘Pack to School’ – more healthy eating tips for packed lunches”

Off to university? Key skills to go with

So you are off to university…there is so much to think about; where you will live, which clubs/societies to join, which pieces of technology you really need to do your course, how to make friends, how to stay safe…the list seems endless. Rarely though do we give a thought to the skills which would beContinue reading “Off to university? Key skills to go with”

FODMAP friendly egg fried rice

Here is another recipe for those on the FODMAP diet. Quick and easy. Ready in 20 minutes. I would love to know what you think of it. FODMAP friendly egg fried rice Serves 3-4 people Ingredients 250g basmati rice 1 head of pak choi, cut into chunks 1 red pepper, diced 200g frozen peas 8Continue reading “FODMAP friendly egg fried rice”

Eatwell Plate becomes the Eatwell Guide

Last month the plate diagram, which shows us what a healthy, balanced diet looks like, changed. The new ‘Eatwell Guide’ is: The change was a result of a review of the latest scientific research as well as consultation with professionals. On the new plate the fruit and vegetables section is slightly bigger than before –Continue reading “Eatwell Plate becomes the Eatwell Guide”

Living on the FODMAP diet

The FODMAP diet is a diet which can reduce the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). FODMAP stands for: Fermentable Oligosaccharides (eg. Fructans and Galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) – eg in Artichokes (Globe), Artichokes(Jerusalem), Garlic (in large amounts), Leek, Onion (brown, white, Spanish, onion powder), Spring Onion (white part), Shallots, Wheat (in large amounts), Rye (in large amounts),Continue reading “Living on the FODMAP diet”

Nutrition – food for thought

November is always a busy month for me. I attended Food Matters Live at Excel and had the chance to hear some great evidence based talks from researchers and practitioners in the world of food. It was good to see some great innovations being showcased too, (cauliflower rice in microwaveable pouches, seaweed tagliatelle, juice gelsContinue reading “Nutrition – food for thought”

The white stuff – are you getting enough?

Globally, 1 in 3 women over 50 and 1 in 5 men over 50 will have a fracture due to osteoporosis or brittle bone disease. Prevention is not as hard as you might think. Encourage our teenagers and young adults to reach ‘peak bone mass’ by having enough calcium as their skeletons grow Do load bearingContinue reading “The white stuff – are you getting enough?”

New recommendations for sugar and fibre by SACN

New recommendations have been made by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition. “It is recommended that the average population intake of dietary fibre for children aged 2 to 5 years should approximate 15g/day, for children aged 5 to 11 years 20g/day, for children aged 11 to 16 years 25 g/day and for adolescents aged 16Continue reading “New recommendations for sugar and fibre by SACN”

Same upbringing, very different food habits

My two sons (so not a randomised controlled trial) have been raised with the same nutritional background but they are very different in their food choices. I have always been of the opinion that you should not change your own healthy eating habits to make way for the kids desire for pizza, pasta fried foodsContinue reading “Same upbringing, very different food habits”