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  1. Healthy Eating over 50: Beetroot Falafel recipe from the Detox Kitchen Bible

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    Healthy Eating doesn’t have to be boring.  This recipe for Beetroot Falafel is taken from The Detox Kitchen Bible By Lily Simpson & Rob Hobson   BEETROOT FALAFEL  This recipe is the result of a heroic number of falafel trials. The main reason falafels go wrong is taking a short cut and using tinned chickpeas. This always results in wet, mushy, sad-looking falafels. But if you start with dried chickpeas, you will end up with wonderfully crisp, round, textured falafels. We’ve added beetroot to these for its bright red colour. Beetroot is a rich source of folate, which is used in the production of red blood cells and helps ward off anaemia.   Ingredients 200g dried chickpeas 2 raw beetroots, peeled and finely diced 1 carrot, finely diced 50g cashew nuts 30g home-shelled pistachio nuts 1 tsp olive oil ½ red onion, finely...
  2. 5 a day or 7 a day… How to increase your vegetable and fruit intake

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    Article by Gabriela Lerner As you’ve probably read, a recent UK-based study has shown that eating fruit and vegetables is associated with a lower risk of death from any health issue but particularly death from heart disease and cancer. The study, which uses information from more than 65,000 adults, suggests that the more vegetables and fruit a person eats, the higher the protective effect, with vegetables giving even more protection than fruit. People eating seven or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day were 33% less likely to die of disease than those eating less than one portion. 33% is a significant number and we shouldn’t ignore it. The original guideline by the Department of Health always said that ‘5 a day’ should be a minimum for people and the more, the better. But...
  3. You CAN have your cake and eat it

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    Article by Gabriela Lerner So, maybe you had a little bit too much chocolate and cake over Easter – it was fun, it was indulgent, and you definitely thought it was worth it. But now you feel a little full and have possibly put on some weight you didn’t really want. Most often, women go back onto a diet when they feel like this, until the next indulgent event. But what if you could do it differently. In other words, what if you could have your cake and eat it?! Before I share with you a couple of really delicious, sweet, raw recipes that don’t pile on the pounds or make you feel stuffed, bloated and sick afterwards, let me say a few words about sugar! What are sugars? Sugars are carbohydrates...
  4. Nutrition over 50: Healthy Breakfasts

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    Article by Gabriela Lerner Do you skip breakfast? Most nutritional experts say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but some argue that breakfast is indeed no more important than any other meal in the day. If you’re the kind of person who skips breakfast, feels great, is fit and energetic and generally eats a healthy diet, stop reading now. This article isn’t for you. You seem to be doing just fine without breakfast. If however you belong to the group of women who feel sluggish in the morning, are concerned about their weight, have sugar cravings during the day, and feel hungry when they wake up, keep reading! Because I’m about to share some tips and ideas with you on how to make breakfast healthier whilst giving you the energy...
  5. Quick and easy raw recipes to help you eat more greens!

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    Recipes from Gabriela Lerner Following on from my article on choosing the right ingredients to live a long and healthy life, here are my recipe suggestions to add more healthy vegetables to your diet. Quick and easy raw recipes to help you eat more greens! Multicolour Chopped Salad, serves 1 1/4 of red cabbage, sliced thinly and discard tough bits 1 large hand full of kale, stems removed and chopped into strips 2 or 3 rosettes of broccoli, sliced thinly 1/2 red lipstick pepper, sliced thinly 1/2 avocado (optional) 1/4 tsp sea salt Juice of half a lemon 1-2 tbsp olive oil Toppings: 1 tbsp sprouted lentils 1 tbsp shelled hemp seeds Mix all the thinly sliced vegetable in a bowl and sprinkle with the sea salt. Massage the vegetables with your...
  6. Bliss Balls recipe – healthy, sugar free, sweet treat

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    Recipe by Diane Priestley. Diane treated me to her delicious, healthy, sugar free treats- so I had to ask her to share the recipe! Bliss Balls are a delicious protein-packed snack for the whole family. They are cane sugar-free, containing only natural fruit sugars. These yummy treats will satisfy a craving for sweets (without sending your Blood Sugar Level sky-high.) This makes about 20 small bliss balls. Double quantities for 40. Ingredients: 8 fresh dates 2 heaped tablespoon sultanas 2 heaped tablespoon raisins I cup of mixed nuts and seeds comprising: Almonds (soak in water first, then drain) Walnuts Cashews Sunflower Seeds Sesame Seeds Pumpkin Seeds 1 heaped tablespoon of pure cocoa powder (or super food cacao powder) Freshly squeezed juice of one orange (or about half a cup of fruit juice) About half a cup of desiccated coconut Method Put all ingredients (except coconut) into blender Blend into a smooth paste Roll into small balls and coat...
  7. Healthy Easting Recipe: Vegetable Chickpea Balti

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    Vegetable Chickpea Balti A healthy diet over 50 can have plenty of flavour! Weightwatchers Gold Member from Whoberley, Coventry, Valerie Elvin joined Weight Watchers 23 years ago. She chose this recipe because it’s a great alternative to a takeaway and delicious to serve to guests. Serves 4 30 ProPoints per full recipe 15 minutes preparation, 35 minutes cooking 1 teaspoon vegetable oil 2 carrots, peeled and chopped 2 small onions, chopped 225 g (8 oz) potato, chopped 150 g (5. oz) mushrooms, sliced 1 courgette, chopped 1. red, yellow or green peppers, de-seeded and chopped 1 small leek, white stalk chopped, green part discarded 3 tablespoons balti curry paste 1 vegetable stock cube 75 g (2. oz) tomato puree 75 g (2. oz) dried red lentils 200 g (7 oz) canned chick peas, rinsed and drained 600 ml (20 fl oz) boiling water salt and freshly ground...
  8. Eye health. Can diet help combat age-related macular degeneration?

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    Article by Fabafterfifty What is Age-related macular degeneration? (AMD) Age-related macular degeneration occurs when the cells of the macula become damaged and stop functioning. There are two types of AMD: Wet AMD & Dry AMD. “Dry” AMD is the most common form of the condition. It develops very slowly causing gradual loss of central vision. “Wet” AMD results in new blood vessels growing behind the retina, this causes bleeding and scarring, which can lead to sight loss. Risk factors for macular degeneration There are a number of risk factors associated with AMD, including: Age – the condition is more likely to appear in older people Smoking – has been linked to the development of AMD Sunlight – a life-time of exposure to the sunlight can affect your retina Based on...
  9. Caramel Pear Cake Recipe

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     Recipe Looking  for an easy treat to bake  for the weekend?  Then why not try this  delicious  Caramel Pear Cake. Hope the pears count as part of my ‘five a day’! 🙂 Caramel Pear Cake “Sumptuous, moist and golden brown, this cake is really tasty. The Pears give it a wonderful look and flavour and the caramel/brandy sauce soaks into the cake and makes it glisten. Yummy!” Sophie Michell, television chef and author Serves 8 Prep time 20 minutes Cooking time 30 minutes Ingredients 220g Butter 220g Caster sugar 4 Large eggs 220g Self raising flour 1 tsp Vanilla extract 5 Medium pears, peeled and cut into quarters Caramel sauce: 200g Caster sugar 25ml Water 50ml Double cream Splash of brandy Pinch of sea salt Method 1. Start by pre-heating the oven to 180C/350F. Then cream...
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