Neti Pot Cleansing for nasal congestion

Neti Pot Cleansing is best described as “nasal washing” or “sinus cleansing”. It involves the use of a ceramic “Neti Pot” (which looks rather like a mini watering can!), filled with a salt-water solution. In some therapeutic settings, herbal extract solutions may be used. In some parts of the world, neti cleansing is as common, [...]

Question: I’ve been told my iron deficiency may be down to running (foot strike haemolysis). What’s the healthiest way for me to top up my iron levels? Answer: Iron is an essential mineral for runners and those involved in regular physical training, as it helps to build healthy red blood cells, and plays a major [...]

Matt’s Muesli Bars

Makes 16 270g dried fruit (e.g. apricots, figs, dates, raisins, dried apple and pears) 40g nuts (e.g. cashews) 80g seeds (e.g. pumpkin, sunflower seeds) 1 tsp cinnamon 80ml fruit juice 2 level tbls honey 60g wholemeal flour 120g rolled oats (All ingredients organic) Oven 190c/375f/gas mark 5 Blitz all the dried fruit in a Magimix [...]

Salmon Nicoise Salad

A traditional French Niçoise salad is a very popular salad meal for many, and for good reason too – it’s delicious and filling! This version still uses many traditional ingredients but uses salmon instead of tuna, and has a few added nutritional surprises too! Salmon, as we all know, is a great way of getting [...]

Five foods that relieve a headache

Ginger – previously noted for it’s anti-nausea effects, ginger (either alone or combined with the herb feverfew) has been found to be a safe and effective pain relief for headache and migraine. Ginger is rich in gingerol oils, effective natural anti-inflammatory agents.  Oatmeal – magnesium has been found to stop migraines, so eating foods rich [...]

This is one of my favourite “breakfast mousses”. The combination of apricots and almond is wonderful, and using a high-nutrient wholegrain such as quinoa adds to the superb nutritional profile.   Serves 1 50g quinoa (dry grain) Coconut milk and water for cooking 3-4 dried apricots (chopped) or 2 large dried figs, chopped 150g natural [...]

Hazelnut Granola

This delicious sweet “fruit and nut” granola takes minutes to make and can be eaten hot or cold. It is full of protein, essential fats and minerals, and served best with chopped fresh fruit, or simply by the handful for a quick snack! 6 servings 100g hazelnuts 100g raisins 50g sunflower seeds 50g pumpkin seeds [...]

Bulgar and seed bread

This is very dense, moist nutty and aromatic loaf, and is so quick and simple to make. It is a yeast-free bread too, which is popular for many non-bread eating people, or those with poor digestion. It is rich in B vitamins, minerals such as calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium, and very high in fibre [...]

Packed lunch ideas…

Nutritious “packed” salads are perfectly balanced, nutrient and fibre-rich meals that will nourish your body, and keep you energised all afternoon.  Use brown rice, quinoa, barley, buckwheat noodles, or other “whole” grain as your carbohydrate – remember about a fist-size should serve you perfectly well. Combine this with some protein, 100-150g of tuna, salmon, or [...]

How much starchy carbohydrate should we consume?

This week, amongst a lot of other activity, I had an e-mail from a mini-zine reader, which resulted in quite a dialogue. I think it may answer some your very own questions or queries on this subject – the subject of starchy carbohydrate – specifically how much starchy carbohydrate should we consume? And can exercisers [...]