Investing in Your Health

Grapefruit in season and a secret star!

Grapefruit - currently at its best seasonally right through to May. Often underrated (especially if you've been around long enough to remember it as a begrudged diet food of the 80's) but it's actually a bit of a secret star. With a sweet/tart taste and at 82 calories per globe it's versatile and packed with anti-oxidants and vitamin C which gives your immune system a boost. It also contains naringin which scientists say increases metabolism, so it helps your body to store less fat. It's also beneficial for heart health. Of course you can just eat it as it comes, but it can be used as an ingredient. Below is a Mary Berry recipe for tomato and citrus salsa that can be eaten alongside fish

Is green tea the healthiest beverage on the planet?

It’s loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have a powerful effect on the body - including - lowering the risk of cancer, improved brain function and fat loss. Here are 10 good reasons to be drinking more green tea… 1. Bioactive Compounds Green tea is loaded with bioactive compounds that can have various beneficial effects on health. 2. Improves brain function Green tea contains less caffeine than coffee, but has enough to produce a positive effect. It also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which can work synergistically with caffeine to improve brain function. 3. Increases fat burning and improves physical performance Green tea has been shown to boost the metabolic rate and in

Foods in season for February

Eating seasonally has great health benefits as fruit and vegetables are more likely to be locally sourced, Therefore they will be fresher and won’t have travelled too far, which can result in loss of nutritional value. in season at present are: apples bramley apples brussels sprouts cauliflower celeriac celery chicory clementines jerusalem artichoke kale leeks lemons oranges parsnips purple sprouting broccoli swede sweet potato turnip #seasonalfood #eatseasonally #februaryfoods #eatwell #healthyeating

February - Seasonal Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes - in season and at the top of nearly everyone's healthiest foods list. Not a surprise when 1 baked, medium-sized sweet potato contains 438% of your daily value of vitamin A (a white potato only contains 1%), 37% of your vitamin C, as well as some calcium, potassium, and iron. If that's not healthy enough it's only approximately 105 calories, has no fat and delivers 4 grams of dietary fibre. It's also a very versatile vegetable to cook with and can be used as an ingredient in soups and casseroles as well as a side dish, baked, roasted or mashed. If you're not keen on it try mashing it with some swede or white potato to balance the flavour but still get its goodness. Roasted Ca