5 a day? We say 7

5 a day? We say 7

We’re all familiar with the five-a-day rule, but what if we told you it should be seven? Recent research by University College London suggests that we should eat seven portions of fruit and vegetables every day to help us live longer and reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. Luckily, it’s not half as tricky as it sounds. Here are our tips for getting this quota of goodness into your daily meals. There’s no worse kitchen sin than buying too much fresh produce and having to throw it out once it’s gone off.  Frozen fruit and veg have all...

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Energy Boosting foods: Five foods to give you an instant lift

Energy Boosting foods: Five foods to give you an instant lift

Step away from the cafetière – if you need an early morning (or afternoon) pick-me-up, these five energy boosting foods are perfect for putting a spring back in your step. A handful of raw, unsalted nuts can help banish the afternoon slump. Soaking these in warm water overnight makes them easier to digest by breaking down phytic acid and neutralising enzymes. This helps your body to absorb those all-important healthy fats and nutrients. To go that extra mile, pack a portion of trail mix complete with almonds, walnuts and pecans when you’re on the go for a guilt free snack. Iron...

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London’s Best Health Food Shops

London’s Best Health Food Shops

The influx of health food shops and cafes in London has gone wild in the past few years. Chains and independent stores have cropped up on every high street to cater to our growing interest in nutrition and wellness. Here’s a look at five of our favourite destinations across the capital and what they have to offer. Perhaps the most colourful shop in London, Rude Health makes tempting food and drinks for the whole family. It prides itself on using only the ingredients you’d find in your own pantry – no thickeners, preservatives or colourings – just natural food that...

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Eat to beat bloating

Eat to beat bloating

Follow our simple food tricks to keep the bloat at bay The dreaded bloat often strikes at the most inconvenient of times. Gas and water retention causes your stomach to swell and can leave you feeling uncomfortable and less than your best. But we have some small and simple diet recommendations to keep this painful condition at arm’s length. 1. Bananas Bananas are packed with potassium and fibre, which help to relieve water retention and bloating. They also have the added bonus of making you feel fuller for longer thanks to their relatively low GI value. 2. Leafy greens Kale,...

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Vitamin C-rich foods: the delicious way to youthful skin

Vitamin C-rich foods: the delicious way to youthful skin

Beautiful skin begins from within. Did you know that packing your diet full of vitamin C-rich foods can help maintain your youthful glow? This versatile vitamin is rich in antioxidants to protect your skin, boost your immune system and heal blemishes faster.   Keep your complexion looking dewy and healthy with these vitamin C health warriors. They’re delicious too. 1. Berries Strawberries, blackberries and blueberries are rich in the phytochemicals and antioxidants that can help to repair the collagen in your skin. They also neutralise potentially harmful free radicals, which can cause premature ageing and lines. That’s a good excuse...

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