Small and easy ways of adding nutritional gains into family meals is one of my constant kitchen aims! Seeds are packed with dietary fibre, protein, iron, healthy fats and many antioxidants.This might be our most useful recipe – you can sprinkle these everywhere! Continue Reading
Healthy ice-cream?! Now there’s an oxymoron if ever I heard one. The reality is that you cannot really call any sweet dessert “healthy”. But everything in life is shades of grey, and you can certainly find healthIER ice-creams and frozen desserts, that at least limit the bad stuff and/or have redeeming nutritional benefits. I add as a proviso to this that at TMA, we don’t really think anything should be totally out of bounds, and portion control is arguably the best “diet” in the world. My own preference would be for one scoop of real Italian gelato than a tub of any nice-cream, which may in fact be higher in sugar anyway so watch out for those. Remember to look beyond labels. Coconut Collaborative snowconut may be dairy free but it is higher in sugar (more of an enemy, unless you have a dairy allergy) than Haagen Dazs vanilla. Also, don’t forget you can make your own ice-creams, nice-creams and sorbets. My recipe for matcha green tea nice cream is here, and I also love making popsicles with the kids – they like orange best (just plain freshly squeezed orange juice), while my favourites are either lime and mint (like a kind of virgin frozen mojito; tastes great tequila’d up too if you are party planning) or banana and coconut milk (I add a handful of spinach leaves and/or vanilla protein powder sometimes – sounds vile but honestly so delicious). Other than those ideas, here is my pick of the commercially available alternatives.
I often think that walnuts are like an inferior tasting pecan nut that is somehow 1000 years past its use-by-date but freakily ended up in my kitchen. Judged by taste alone, they’d be one of my least favourite nuts, reserved solely for carrot cake and brownies, in which they actually taste pretty great. But (sadly) I cannot live on brownies and carrot cake. So I am inspired to figure out other acceptable walnut situations because for nutrition, the walnut is pretty unequivocally the healthiest nut. This is BTW a topic I discuss with my children: food is not just about taste. It is fuel, and if we want our bodies to perform really well, we need to nourish them correctly. Superman, supercars and Popeye feature heavily in this kind of chat. Continue Reading