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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

Filed Under: Body Shape and Weight Loss, Delicious Meals & Recipes, Endurance Athletes - Nutrition, Food Spotlights

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 [...]

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Five foods that… keep hunger at bay

Quinoa - This grain-like seed has a healthy protein content, and combined with its good fibre levels and healthy GI rating, quinoa is a perfect carbohydrate to keep blood sugar levels steady, and help you feel fuller for longer. Avocado – Avocado is a low-carb fruit, and with fibre, plant sterols and other healthy fats [...]

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Five foods that… fight a cold or flu

Kiwis – Kiwis are a fantastic source of Vitamin C. Eating fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C helps keep the immune system strong, warding off viral infections. The diet has a major impact on the immune system's ability to fight off colds and flu. Salmon – In the autumn and winter months when we [...]

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Roasted butternut squash

Butternut squash is so delicious when it’s roasted with a little coconut oil, or olive oil. All squashes are wonderful “colon-friendly” foods, cleansing, nourishing and very easy to digest. Butternut is a good source of vitamin C and B vitamins, and rich in calcium and magnesium too. Serve this dish with a simple rocket salad, [...]

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Five foods… that boost energy and endurance

Watercress - Watercress may be low in calories, but don't under-estimate this leafy green's energy-giving power. Noted for being a great source of B vitamins (especially B6), these are the family of nutrients that help to efficiently run the cell’s metabolic “engines”, converting fat, protein and carbohydrate into energy. Watercress also provides a worthy dose [...]

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Can prunes reverse bone loss?

I first heard about prunes and their effect on bone health a few years ago, in a post by Dr. Susan E. Brown, PhD, of "Better Bones". Dr. Brown is one the world's leading researchers in bone health, and has a very interesting website (www.betterbones.com), with informative articles and resources for those wanting to learn the very [...]

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