5-minute Roasted Pepper Hummus

Ok, I confess - it's a slight cheat because you're going to be using ready-roasted peppers but I'm all for time saving if it helps you to eat well. If you make a batch of this hummus at the start of the week (5 mins is literally all it takes) you can use it to slather … Continue reading 5-minute Roasted Pepper Hummus

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Hash

Sometimes things with few ingredients work just right, and this is one of them.  The dish is inspired by one of my dear friends in Paris, who made a similar dish for a lazy brunch one weekend. In this version I've added black beans and omitted the squash - although a mix of sweet potato and squash also … Continue reading Sweet Potato and Black Bean Hash

Should you be eating more protein?

Protein has been getting a lot of airtime recently. It's the one nutrient we're all becoming more aware of, and yesterday I posted a link to research from Canada suggesting its time recommendations on protein needs are updated. How much? Current guidelines say we should be eating about 0.8 grams per kilo of body weight, so if you weigh 60 kilos, that's … Continue reading Should you be eating more protein?

Choco-berry power smoothie

This smoothie is a great speedy breakfast or filling snack. It's rich in protein (which helps you stay fuller longer), plus it packs 3 servings of antioxidant rich fruit and veggies. Prunes might not be your usual smoothie partner, but they provide a burst of natural energy, plus they're a secret bone builder - in one study from Florida … Continue reading Choco-berry power smoothie

Banana Almond Spinach Smoothie

Smoothies are great breakfasts when you're short of time, or like me this morning, when you realise you've run out of oats and bread, but what do you have is fruit and yoghurt. Adding a couple of handfuls of greens to a fruit smoothie is a handy way to boost your vegetable intake - you  won’t notice any change in … Continue reading Banana Almond Spinach Smoothie

How to beat junk food cravings

It's tempting to believe your craving for a giant chocolate bar is your body telling you that you're short in something or other, but studies show food cravings are more likely to be psychological than anything else. So what's going on? We know certain foods (like chocolate and sweets) activate areas of the brain linked with reward - so … Continue reading How to beat junk food cravings

Chicken and spinach curry

I adore curries. When travelling through Asia I've never tired of sitting down to a palak paneer, green Thai, or Khmer curry. While I can't promise anything as good as those experiences, this simple chicken curry is one of my staples. It's looks (and tastes) pretty impressive plus it's full of full of antioxidant rich spices, which … Continue reading Chicken and spinach curry

Mexican scrambled eggs

I love Mexico. The music, the people, the colours, the sounds, and the food. Did I mention the food? From mouthwatering mole to sauce dribbling down your fingers tlayudas, tacos and tamales, the food in Mexico is a love affair all of its own. During a 6 month journey across the country I was lucky to sample many a breakfast … Continue reading Mexican scrambled eggs

Time-saving nutrition tips

If your healthy eating plans always get ditched because you've no time, this post is for you. In a culture where 40% of us are too busy to have breakfast, I'm passionate about putting more emphasis on food preparation and the joy of eating. That said, a few kitchen short cuts never hurt anyone and if it encourages you … Continue reading Time-saving nutrition tips

5 effective habits for weight loss

As a dietitian, one of the most popular topics I get asked about is weight loss. Forget fads and quick fixes - having researched, written and advised on weight loss for around 8 years I can promise you they don't work. Instead I wanted to share five tried and tested habits that really do work. They're simple, they're effective and you can … Continue reading 5 effective habits for weight loss