Can we eat better for less? 

As I get older (rapidly approaching my 40th, only a few more years 😲😬), I am starting to find satisfaction in the strangest of places. 

A few months ago, my partner and I moved from a small (very small) house with no garden, to a lovely cottage with a modest garden, which is completely decked… yay low maintenance! 

As I am something of a sun-worshipper, sitting in my new garden was proving to make me very happy, and within a few weeks I noticed that both of my olive trees were starting to thrive in their new home. Even though neither have produced any fruit yet, they are still young, it is looking likely that they may soon. 

It got me thinking… what could I grow in pots in my garden? 

I’ve already got mint growing like it’s out of fashion, so I thought Basil would be a great start… (plus basil reminds me of Greece and as I love Greek food it’s a winner). The basil has took off and grown like crazy, stinking out the garden with a beautiful scent … and cooking with home grown herbs, well you can’t get fresher. 

Then my father in law visited and gave me two tomato plants, both of which have flourished, and are looking likely to harvest some lovely juicy toms for my salads later in the summer!! 🤤 I love tomatoes!!! 

But I started to think more about this, and whether or not you could eat better for less by simply growing a few of your own herbs, fruits & veggies? 

I’m not naturally green fingered, I have to “google” everything, so as you can imagine, my search history looks pretty random at the moment, but I have some really fun experiments going on at the moment, even my partner has got in on the action. 

During a recent trip to Greece, my partner put some olive and orange pips in his pocket… not to keep but there was no where to leave them & we didn’t want to infest our room with ants, but anyway, in the midst of packing to come home, he forgot they were there (😬😲) and I found them as I was sorting through the washing. 

So…. I planted them 🤞🏻 and hoped that something might happen. Yesterday whilst tidying the garden, I had a quick look and noticed two minuscule shoots coming up from both the olive pips…. have I just created life??? 😲

Now it doesn’t stop there… because I currently have a handful of date pits to pot & a few acorns that have mysteriously appeared from someone, oh and not to forget three of the citrus family… lemon, lime & orange 😁 

So, although I am totally aware that this is a long term game, and fruits will not start to grow for a while, it’s kinda exciting… who knew I would get so much pleasure from growing my own fruits??? 

In the garden at the moment I have: 

  • Chillies
  • Olives
  • Mint
  • Basil
  • Chives
  • Tomatoes
  • Blueberries

Ready to pot & grow I have:

  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Dates
  • Acorns 

So, for those of you interested in growing your own, I am going to share the progress of this little life giving adventures via my blog, and hopefully, just maybe, these plants will give us fruits and we will be able to eat better for less! For now, that question remains unanswered in my life but I’d love to hear how you’re doing?

Do you grow your own in the garden? How have you got on and what have you grown? 

Let me know in the comments 😁 
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10 Super Foods to Help you Burn fat!

Wouldn’t it be amazing if foods could actually help you break down and rid your body of those pesky fat cells that you so long to lose! What… you mean they actually can?! Oh Yes! Read on friends, this is where I reveal to you just 10 Super Foods that help you burn fat & lose weight!

 

#1 Black Beans! 

Black Beans are a fantastic source of protein for any diet, without any trace of saturated fats. Try adding some to your meals for increase results.

# 2 Avocardo

Oleic Acid is a compound found in Avocados healthy mono-unsaturated fats. Add 1/4 or 1/2 an avocado to you salads or meals and watch good fat take down bad fats! Also a great source of protein and fibre.


# 3 Oats

Rich in fibre, just 1/2 a cup contains about 4.6 grams of resistant carbohydrates which help to boost metabolism.

Porridge for breakfast anyone?

# 4 Salmon

Salmon is a lean source of protein, which will help to keep you fuller for longer. Packed full of goodness Salmon will help you with your weight loss.

 

# 5 Blueberries 

Not only are these small berries great for their anti-aging properties, but they are very low in calories. I cup contains just 80calories and about 4 grams of fibre.

 

#6 Broccoli 

Low in calories and packed with fibre… not forgetting its cancer preventing super powers, Broccoli is a must have in any weight loss plan.

# 7 Almonds

Rich in healthy fats to battle and beat the unhealthy fats – studies have shown that when a daily dose of almond nuts is added to a weight loss plan, the results are boosted!

 

# 8 Green Tea

This is a well known fact, green tea, hydrates you just like water does, but in addition it is a metabolic booster packed full of antioxidants. Apparently 5 cups a day can double your results, but that is not a proven fact.

# 9 Eggs

Food of the Kings! Higher in protein this little fella will curb your hunger. Boil it, Scramble it, Poach it, or smash is up and Omelette with it! Eggs are one of my favourite foods! And certainly one I try and get all of my clients eating !

# 10 Kale

This unsuspecting Green Leafy stuff can suppress your hunger whilst filling you with the super powers you need to clear toxins from the body. Another “go-to” food for weight loss plans!

 

# Bonus! Brazil Nuts

Not only do Brazil Nuts help to boost metabolism, but they bind up the toxins that would usually form together to make a fat cell and contribute to cellulite! Can you afford not to give it a try?

And there you have it! Just 10 of the many super foods available out there that can help to break down and reduce fat storage within the body. It is certainly worth giving them all a try or combining them to make a SUPER SUPER DOOPER Fat Burning meal.

Let me know how you get on 🙂

Take Care x

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Are you Nuts about Nuts??

Let’s try & clear up some of the confusion over nuts! There are so many variations out there that picking the best ones for our own personal nutritional needs may feel like a minefield of its own, let alone the rest of the diet.

So let’s have a looksy and see which ones give us what!

All nuts have different nutritional make ups, and will give us various healthy benefits. Some are rich in calcium, some offer a boost to our protein levels, and we’ll see how much fat each type has.

Oooooozing with protein, fibre and essential fats, nuts are never really a bad buy. A sensible 30gram portion of unsalted nuts can give a nutritious and filling snack, and will give you a healthy kick of vitamins & minerals.

So which one is your match made in heaven?

 

ALMONDS

Here is one for those of you who may avoid milk and other calcium rich dairy products. Almonds are a good choice for those who may not be getting enough calcium, keeping your bones strong is very important through all stages of life. So don’t scrimp on your calcium intake. Almonds also have a high content of Vitamin E, which helps to improve the appearance of skin. AND, yes there is more…. not only do these little blighters strength bones, and make your skin beautiful, but when eaten as whole nuts they contain something called flavonoids, which in short, is basically a heart protecting compound. So they look after your heart as well! Almonds, we love you!!! You little Superstars!

BRAZIL NUTS

It is typically of the British public to only buy Brazil nuts as part of their Christmas Nut collection that will sit in a bowl as decoration throughout the festivities, only to be binned shortly afterwards…untouched! WHY????

Brazil nuts are a fantastic source of a mineral called Selenium,which is what our fragile bodies need to produce the active thyroid hormone. So for those with a low thyroid function… these babies are for you! PLUS, selenium also helps support your immunity, (and I know you have all been poorly recently with colds and flu, because you gave it to me). It also helps to heal wounds! All you need is maybe 3 or 4 Brazil nuts a day to achieve the amount of Selenium that you require!

CASHEW NUTS

Now these have to be my personal favourite!!! But what are they doing for me?

They are a great source of minerals, including Iron & Zinc, which is good for vegetarians as well as carnivores. They also offer a good level of protein! What is more, they are rich in Magnesium, which can help delay the onset of age-related memory loss. Chuck a handful in a stirfry… Yum!!!!


CHESTNUTS

Rich in Starchy carbs and fibre, Chesnuts are one of the lowest fat & calorie containing nuts available. When raw they are also super high in Vitamin C.  Although they are somewhat lower in protein that some other nuts, they do have the added benefit of B Vitamins, including B6.

For those of you who are Gluten intolerant, the humble Chestnut when ground into flour can be used a gluten free flour in bakes. Or you could roast them 🙂 It’s not just a Christmas thing once again!

HAZELNUTS

Now here is a mouthful for you…. of you are concerned about high levels of homocysteine, which is an amino-acid related to some coronary heart diseases, as well as Parkinsons Disease, this little nut may just be your new best friend, being high in folate. Folate plays an important role in keeping homocysteine within the normal levels.

MACADAMIA NUT

Often used to flavour and texture both sweat & savoury dishes, Macadamia nuts are one of the highest fat containing nuts. However they do supply a healthy level of mono-unsaturated fats, so it’s not all bad. A good source of fibre, and also offer minerals including magnesium, calcium and potassium.  But don’t buy too many… they can go pretty rancid if left.

PECANS

Pecans are rich in Oleic acid, which is the same healthy fat found in olives and avocados, which makes them a good choice for those with a higher cholesterol level. These heart friendly little monkeys are packed with plant sterols, which can be effective at lowering the cholesterol. Pecans are also rich in anti-oxidants which help prevent the forming of plaque that causes hardening in the arteries. A great source of Vitamin B3 they are perfect if you are feeling fatigued, as this little gem aids us in unlocking the energy in our foods.

PISTACHIO’s

Pistachios are another nut that contain potassium and fibre. But they have some hidden secrets too… These little shelled green nuts have a number of anti-oxidants, two of which are lutein and zeaxanthin, both of which play an important role in protecting our eyes. But I am not die there, They are rich in Vitamin B6 which helps to keep our hormones balanced, greta for ladies who have problem periods to deal with.

WALNUTS

A good source of mono-unsaturated fats, makes walnuts another heart-friendly nut, and studies have shown that they help to lower LDL, the bad form of cholesterol. They are also rich in Omega-3, so if you do not eat fish they are a fab replacement. One more sucker punch for these wrinkle little nuts…. They have a fantastic array of anti-oxidants which has made them somewhat interesting at fighting against some cancers.

So to sum up, there really isn’t a bad nut out there. It is only human process that has made them bad. So avoid salted and dry roasted and go for plain, unadulterated healthy NUTS!!!!!