Not really a herb more an edible plant but WOW 👀 what an edible....💚 These are some of the oldest plants known to man. These glorious beasts are a total shocker to prepare in the kitchen (I admit I mostly buy the hearts in jars🙈) but health wise - off the hook!
Why are they so amazing? Genuinely a superfood (sod goji berries) Out of a study done by the USDA out of 1,000 plants, they ranked 7th in antioxidant content. 💪
Artichoke leaf extract is often used to lower cholesterol or for gastro problems. In nutritional therapy we often think of artichokes when we are trying to motivate the liver or digestion. This is because of the ‘bitter principle’ - a bitter herb or veg which stimulates the production of digestive juices, releases bile from the liver and improves phase 1 and 2 of liver detoxification. In short GREAT for liver health and for digestion. 🙌
You can eat the leaves (the tender bit) incredible with Hollandaise, or garlic butter but in my opinion the heart is the real delicacy. I add it to most salads and hold my hands up high to the amount of money I spend weekly on these!
After years of not eating artichokes - why would you, they aren’t exactly easy to get hold of or prepare in this country - I went on a cookery course in Morocco and was sold forever.👩🏻🍳
In the 16th century, eating an artichoke was reserved only for men. Women were denied the pleasure because the artichoke was considered an aphrodisiac and was thought to enhance sexual power.
One last artichoke fact: according to legend, the artichoke was created when the Greek god Zeus was so angry that he turned his object of affection, a young girl called Cynara, into a thistle like plant after she snuck back to the world of mortals. And the artichoke was born..
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Pretty excited by these party bags for my daughters 5th birthday party. Even more so as it’s #plasticfreeJuly so glad to see we’ve started as we mean to go on! It was lovely to see her get back from her party and immediately ask to plant her partybag seeds 💚🌱
Why is this relevant? Well studies have shown that involving children in cooking, gardening and growing their own fruit and vegetables has a far greater effect on healthy eating behaviour (especially long term) and increased consumption of fruit and vegetables compared to nutritional education. So parents, stop banging on about sugar being bad and vegetables being good (never great to classify foods into positive and negative groups anyway!) and get them out there growing and cooking their own food 🌾Strawberries and tomatoes are a lovely starting point this summer (easy to grow and easier to harvest) 🍓I’ve converted two out of three of my children into eating tomatoes simply by growing our own. 🙌🎉
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A simple snack that ANYONE can achieve for the coming week of heatwave ☀️☀️☀️
Frozen melon lollies - chopped or balled melon 🍉 threaded on a kebab stick and pop it in the freezer. Perfect for an after school / afterwork cooler downer and instant hydrator ❄️
Works well with frozen berries too....Enjoy the sunshine and keep your cool 😎
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his has got to be one of my all time favourite smells in the garden. I always grow chamomile, I find it supremely relaxing and keep vowing to stuff some in a pillowcase for a really deep sleep! This beautiful bouncy little green herb is well known for its relaxing properties - it’s often given to someone to help calm or before bed for improved sleep.
So unsurprisingly this is definitely one to recommend to someone with anxiety or prone to low moods. Words I associate with chamomile: calming, relaxing, soothing...
Did you know chamomile is also lovely for skin irritations? Take some dried chamomile (or worst case scenario a chamomile teabag!) infuse in warm water and make a compress for the sore skin. Really useful for children with sore eczema patches as it’s a gentle anti-inflammatory. Similarly a lovely one for post natal mothers - use it in your Epsom salt baths to speed recovery.
It’s also very good for the digestive system and can be used to help soothe various ailments such as nausea, acid reflux and an upset tummy. It’s not recommended in pregnancy (as it can be uterine stimulating) BUT wonderful for kiddies! If you can persuade your small ones to drink a cup of this at bedtime, or drop some chamomile essential oil drops in their bath or even sling some fresh/dried herbs in there you’ll notice the difference immediately. So here’s to a peaceful bedtime tonight fellow parents? 👶🛁😴
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I read a post from a fellow nutritionist encouraging people not to stress about eating processed foods. Her argument went something like too much fear mongering on went on around food and fast food was cheap and didn’t tie women to the kitchen etc etc
What is our job as nutritionists if not to inspire people to eat better? Yes not to fear monger but shouldn’t we always aspire to eat the best diet we can, within reason? So no you won’t ever see me posting that cheap white bread is fine to eat everyday but yeah knock yourself out if you fancy it every so often!
BUT I’ll happily post some tips and foods I use when I am stressed out, have too little time or haven’t been shopping (so most weeks then!) Here then are some store cupboard basics I use when I just don’t have time to create a whole meal or jazz up whatever I have created ...
1.I use a lot of nuts and seeds in my food (pumpkin and pistachio pictured here two of my faves) as I’m vegetarian and this is a good source of protein and fat. I like that they add texture to my meals.
2. I’m obsessed with olives🍈 so always have a jar on the go, plus sun dried tomatoes and artichokes which can be added into pretty much every meal IMO (honestly they go with everything!)
3.Beans! There’s always a can for emergency dinners when I haven’t soaked anything in advance (this is most of the time) - again great protein on the go.
4.Lastly some store cupboard flavour boosters - jalapeños and capers. Alongside herbs these guys are your best friends to pep up a store cupboard meal so great to have some of these at the back of the fridge.
So there you have it. These are my convenience foods! Eggs, pesto and frozen veg also spring to mind. Having a few jars of things that you use now and again doesn’t break the bank and yes fine, use alongside processed foods too now and again! Pimp up that pizza with sundried tomatoes and jalapeños! No dinner? Butter beans with pesto and olives with some some pumpkin seeds. Happy Tuesday all!
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Ginger, meadowsweet, nettle and rosemary. I don’t actually have a hangover today but I sure feel like it 👶!
Why are these plants and herbs good for recovery? Ginger is anti-inflammatory, and excellent for nausea. It will help enhance the detoxification process. Meadowsweet is good for settling an upset tummy and for headaches. Rosemary is a stimulant so will pep you up from hangover tiredness! Nettle is an anti-inflammatory and will further help with stomach problems and can help replenish serotonin which can get depleted by alcohol (and cause the hangover blues!)
So there you go, voila👏 Next hangover scrap your bacon sarnie and turn to #plantpower💪💪💪
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Eat the leaves of this lovely little plant raw. It has a sweet taste that gets better the more you chew but it’s not to everyone’s taste - a definite marmite foraging plant! It has a very strong smell sweet but if the leaves are crushed - almost medicinal. This goes really well with chocolate and can be made into fantastic syrups and is often used to sweeten wine and champagne. It flowers in summer, beautiful petite white flower clusters and the flowers can be eaten too.
Grows in meadows (obvs) - can be found in abundance at this time of year. Also riverbanks and damp areas.
Medicinally it can be used for pain relief and inflammation as it contains salicylic acid. Also good for soothing the mucous membranes of the digestive system and very good for an upset stomach.
Historically it was one of the three herbs held scared by the Celtic Druid’s. It’s got a romantic past too, often used in a wedding bouquet, thought to bring joy and blessings to a bride! And a key ingredient in love potions apparently. Which makes me love it all the more ❤️❤️❤️
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We always talk about eating a rainbow. Why? Because it makes salad sound SO much more exciting to a child or because let’s be honest it reminds everyone of the old skittles advert??
Noooooooo...the reason nutritionists and dieticians recommend eating a variety of different coloured fruit and vegetables throughout a day is because all food contains something called phytochemicals (=plant chemicals) which gives fruit and veg their taste, smell and their colour. By eating a wide variety of colours we are ensuring we are eating a wide variety of different phytochemicals, nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
So beta carotene is a good example of a phytochemical and is classically found in many orange and yellow foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes and cantaloupe melon. It is a powerful antioxidant which can be converted into vitamin A in the body. Chlorophyll is found in your leafy greens and is what makes them so green 💚 such as spinach, and parsley. Amongst other things it has been proven to fight carcinogens and is good for wound healing. Think about what makes tomatoes red (lycopene) what makes corn yellow (zeaxanthin) and what makes salmon pink (astaxanthin). (And astaxanthin is also found in krill eaten by flamingos and is why they are pink - TRUE FACT)
These might sound like a lot of foreign sciency words but actually these compounds all have different properties with different actions within our body. I spent three years studying them and fell in love with phytochemicals! I love eating a wide variety of foods and knowing they are doing different things for my body.
It’s so easy to fall into the routine of eating the same thing everyday but it’s important to know that no single food contains all the necessary nutrients we need and recent studies have confirmed longer life expectancy isn’t necessarily determined not by eating too much of the ‘bad’ foods but not eating enough of the right foods. So diversify people and yeah taste that rainbow (still got the skittles advert in my head...)🌈🌈🌈
Food for thought on a Tuesday 😂
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Not a call for the EU elections, that ship has unfortunately sailed. ⛵️ But if you didn’t get the outcome you wanted you can vote with your mouths. This 👆 is what a #plantbased(mostly) bank holiday lunch looks like. Pea and feta pancakes, home grown salad, some thick cut homemade baked chips and lemon courgette cake for pud. 💚
It’s something I bang on about a lot and try to mostly follow my own advice - eating locally, seasonally and predominantly plant based is pretty much always going to be best for your bodies ❤️and for the planet. 🌳
To quote one of my favourite picture books, which I had the pleasure of reading to my daughter’s class last week and inspired this post:
“Eat food that is grown much closer to home.
And leave the wild places and ice caps alone.
Stop blowing all that hot air but instead choose to walk.
And put less of our world on the end of your fork.”
[‘The Trouble with Dragons’ by Debi Gliori] 🐉🐉🐉
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This is a tip in recognition of mental health awareness week. Do you think you really need this tip, really? You MUST already know how good it is to get outside, the benefits of vitamin D, the incredible proven effects on mental health - right?? You MUST know how many chronic problems of the modern man (and woman) are predominantly caused by too much time indoors, poor diet and too much sitting down right? Right?! ____________
But...maybe you need a little nudge tomorrow to go and eat your lunch outside. Take a walk instead of getting the bus. Sit out in your garden after work. Take your shoes off. Feel the grass under your feet. Smell the air. Let the sun warm you up. Take a moment.
If you really don’t already know any of this then you must have been living under a rock. (And if you’ve been living under a rock then seriously mate, you need to get yourself outside!)