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Chocolate Orange Pots with Rosemary Sea Salt
Stop what you're doing! You need these chocolate orange pots with rosemary sea salt and olive oil in your life. These seriously mouth-watering, indulgent desserts only contain a few ingredients, so they are super simple to make and are a crowd-pleaser every time.

Extra-virgin olive oil, a staple of the Mediterranean diet, is a rich source of antioxidants and monounsaturated fats, both of which are thought to protect cardiovascular health. It comes with many flavour profiles: young, fresh oil tends to be peppery, grassy and greener in colour; a year or older will be milder, paler and sweeter. A good quality extra-virgin oil will have a rounded depth of flavour, with slight bitter taste – a perfect match for the sweet and complex flavours of the equally bitter cacao. Find out more on the health benefits of dark chocolate here.

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Chocolate Courgette Cake
Noooooo!!! Stop, don’t roll your eyes ….  Courgettes are a delicious and versatile veggie that work so well in so many recipes, and in cakes – they are just as good, as it helps to make the cake super moist and guilt free!

Contrary to many beliefs, the courgette is in fact a fruit since it is full of seeds. In the UK, courgettes are in season from June-October, so now is the perfect time to make some delicious courgette recipes, as you will get the most out of its subtly sweet, slightly bitter flavour.

The rich and creamy texture of the courgette works wonderfully in this indulgent chocolate courgette cake, a slight twist on traditional courgette loaf for all you chocolate lovers out there!

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The Wonderful World of Watercress
If you’re not a fan of watercress already then this is a must read for you since watercress is one of the most highly underrated salad leaves and ingredients many of us walk by in the supermarket. Its small, delicate-looking round leaves pack in an almighty amount of nutrients which will do wonders for your health. Plus, their peppery, spicy flavour are a great addition to soups, sandwiches, salads or even dips!

Watercress is one of the oldest known leaf vegetables consumed by humans. It is believed to have originated in Ancient Greece and is the only commercial crop the Romans would recognise today! It remains an integral part of the Mediterranean diet, which is amongst the healthiest diets in the world.

From a nutritional perspective, 1 serving of watercress contains 100% of your daily intake of vitamin K, which is essential for bone health. Furthermore, it is antioxidant-rich, to protect our bodies against illnesses and stress which is associated with chronic illnesses such as diabetes and cancer.

The 2 main types of Cress are:

  1. Watercress – usually the peppery leaves you buy in a packet from the supermarket

  2. Garden Cress – the small plant with sprouts in


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New Potato and Watercress Salad
This is a super quick and easy mid-week summers meal or side-dish, and ready in 20 mins!
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From The Top Down - Brain Health
The brain is a very important organ and looking after brain health starts from the day you are born, either to develop it to make it smarter, bigger and stronger and then to maintain that position.  As they say, if you don’t use it you lose it and this is definitely the case for good brain health.
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Mush-Shrooms
Mushrooms have been eaten and used medicinally for thousands of years, all around the world. Ancient Egyptians considered mushrooms to be plants of immortality and recognized them as a gift from the god Osiris. They valued mushrooms so highly, only the royals were allowed to consume them; commoners were forbidden to touch, much less eat them. Today, mushrooms are growing in popularity worldwide due to their nutritional properties and versatile uses in the kitchen.But what makes mushrooms so special? Are they good for the environment too?
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My Favourite Herbs for Christmas
I do a lot of cooking over Christmas, usually for family and friends, cooking from scratch and feeding the 5000….  I love it of course and I like the fact that I have time to add my favourite ingredients even if it means nipping out to the garden to find my herbs, often buried in leaves from the autumn fall and sometimes frost or snow, even if it is somewhat chilli!  At this time of year, I feel that whilst I want to achieve great flavours, I also want to ensure I’m using ingredients that have nutritional value to protect us over the cold winter months. Here are some of my favourite herbs for cooking over Christmas.
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Spiced Aubergine and Kidney Beans - Recipe for Donation
This recipe is the perfect for anyone trying to eat less meat. It's packed full of flavour, and nutrient dense. Perfect served with rice, flat breads and a dollop of yogurt!
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Too Stressed to Sleep?
In some walks of life talking about how busy we are is almost a badge of honour, an indication of your success, but there is a big difference between being super busy and chronically busy. The latter is just a recipe for disaster when you just feel terribly overwhelmed and constantly under fire. When you can’t escape from stress it can become a physical problem, and may lead to a range of health issues
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Banana Bread Smoothie
So this is the perfect smoothie for a happy tummy as bananas are also a digestive aid as well as a mood enhancer due to the serotonin they release in the brain.
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Green Goodness Smoothie- Avocado, Spinach, Mint and More!
This smoothie has it all - healthy fats from the avocado and nutritionally dense spinach with its remarkable abilities to restore energy, reduce oxidative stress and improve the quality of the blood. 
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Oats and Raisin Smoothie- with a sprinkle of cinnamon
Oats contain more soluble fibre than any other grain, thus can slow down the digestion process and provide an extended sensation of fullness. This makes the perfect smoothie for people who want to lose weight.
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Eating to Cope with Viral Infections
Wherever we turn there’s no escaping from the global spectre of COVID-19 casting a shadow over our daily lives. Inasmuch as there’s no known cure for the common cold so it is with all viral infections, medication can at best only alleviate symptoms whilst the immune system fights off the virus.
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Green Strawberry Smoothie!
This smoothie is loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, incorporate our strawberry green smoothie into your diet and get fighting fit!
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Clean Green Smoothie!
This smoothie is not only super tasty and refreshing but is also packed full of nutrient dense ingredients. A perfect way to start the day!
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