Posts by Positively Good Nutrition

Veganuary

Veganuary It’s Veganuary, a huge celebration of being vegan. You might have been wondering whether you could go vegan and whether it will help you get healthier, lose weight and perhaps improve any one of a number of health markers. And, while it’s true that some studies show that a vegan diet can do wonders for your health, it really takes something to make sure that a vegan diet is a good and balanced diet. Just to clarify, a vegan diet is a stricter version of a vegetarian diet. On top of not eating any meat, fish or seafood –
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Recipe – Healthier Mince Pies

Healthier Mince Pies INGREDIENTS Makes 12 - 15 For the filling 1 large apple 75g raisins 75g golden sultanas 75g currants 65g dried, unsweetened cranberries 60g other dried, unsweetened fruit (dates or apricots) Zest and juice of 1 orange 50g coconut sugar (or 2 tsp Stevia) 4 tbsp organic butter, cubed ½ tsp cinnamon ½ tsp ground nutmeg ½ tsp ground ginger 1tbsp brandy (optional) For the pastry 150g ground almonds 75g coconut flour 1 tbsp coconut sugar ½ tsp bicarbonate soda ½ tsp sea salt zest of 1 orange 115g butter, frozen (plus a little extra for greasing) 1
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Recipe – Butternut Squash

Recipe - In Season now - Butternut Squash Butternut squash is in season right now and is one of my favourite veg with good reason – it’s high in cancer-fighting antioxidants and chock full of vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, C, E and B1, 3, 6 and 9, plus magnesium, potassium and manganese. Lasagna is one of the great comfort foods. You can make this much better for you without losing any taste by swapping the regular lasagna pasta sheets for thinly sliced butternut squash. It’s still got the same delicious cheesy sauce and is both low carb and
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Diabetes

Diabetes Has your weight been creeping up on you over the years and is proving difficult to shift – despite your best efforts? Or maybe your energy levels are on the floor? It’s easy to push to the back of your mind. Surely things can’t have got that bad… You’re not one of ‘those’ people whose food and lifestyle choices result in blood sugar levels so wonky, they find themselves in the prediabetes or diabetes trap… It’s easily done, and I see a lot of people in clinic who have been surprised to find they’re occupying that space. It really
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Recipe – Rosemary and Parmesan Crackers

Rosemary and Parmesan crackers [keto friendly] INGREDIENTS 175g ground almonds 150g parmesan cheese, finely grated 40g hemp seeds 2 tbsp chopped rosemary or 2 tsp dried rosemary ½ tsp onion powder 28g butter 2 large eggs ½ tsp sea salt METHOD Heat the oven to 190C (170C fan) Put the dried ingredients into a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine and break up any lumps. Pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until a dough forms. It may seem a little dry and crumbly – just keep pressing it together. Tear greaseproof or baking paper to
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Future Proof Your Brain

Future proof your brain A fear for many people as they get older is that they are going to be sound of body but their mind will fail them. By the time you get to your 40s,chances are you’re already walking into rooms with absolutely no idea what you came there for. Of course, what’s going on is multilayered – forgetfulness and brain fog can be caused by so many different things (manyof which can be helped by changing your diet) – but there are some foods that scientists know are excellent for keeping the brain healthy and preventing the
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Women’s Health & Weight Loss Event October Date Announced

Please note - we regret this event has been cancelled due to unforseen circumstances - look out for news of other events coming soon Women's Health & WEIGHT LOSS Event Please note - we regret this event has been cancelled due to unforseen circumstances - look out for news of other events coming soon   Kate Cook, Nutrition and Health Coach warmly welcomes you to an informative and motivational evening, providing inspiration on how to restore hormonal balance and regain your zest for life without deprivation. Cost £12 INCLUDES: Complimentary drink Delicious and nutritious tasters Health and energy review Practical
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Recipe – Kohlrabi in Season

Recipe - Kohlrabi in season Kohlrabi is one of the ugliest vegetables I know. It looks like it should be a root vegetable but it is, in fact, a brassica – part of the same family as broccoli and kale. If you’ve not had kohlrabi before, it has a cabbage-like smell and the taste of broccoli stems. You can eat all parts – the bulb and the leaves – both raw and cooked. It is delicious steamed, sautéed, roasted, in soup or stew, or eaten raw. To roast, steam the bulb for 5 minutes, then roast for 45 minutes. Steam
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Recipe – Raspberry and Coconut Ice Lollies

RASPBERRY & COCONUT ICE LOLLIES These are a lovely, healthy alternative to shop-bought lollies 300g raspberries 400ml coconut milk 150g Greek yoghurt 1tbsp runny honey Place all the ingredients in a blender and process to a smooth purée. Pour into ice lolly moulds, add the lolly sticks and freeze overnight.
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Control The Hunger Hormone

Control the hunger hormone HOW GHRELIN AFFECTS HUNGER Hormones, Oestrogen and testosterone are the two that most likely spring to mind, and their role in puberty, libido, the reproductive system. In fact, our bodies produce a whole host of other hormones which play a role in our health and how we function day in day out. Ghrelin, given its name as a ‘growth hormone releasing peptide’, controls hunger, food intake and combined with growth hormone, fat storage. Stimulated by the cells in our stomach, ghrelin sends signals to the hypothalamus in the brain telling our bodies it’s time to eat.
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