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  1. Using an Artisan Gin for Cocktails : Slingsby Artisan Gin Review

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    Review by Ceri Wheeldon I often struggle to find presents for family members who have everything, but tend to pick up as ‘stocking filler’ presents local gin  (last year from Cornwall) for my mother and whisky for my father, so that they can enjoy a slightly different weekend tipple – although I am yet to get the feedback on  the welsh whisky I bought at a recent county show. When I was asked if I would like to try Slingsby Artisan Gin from Harrogate , I knew the perfect person to do the tasting would be my mother as not being a gin drinker  myself I wouldn’t really be able to tell how it differed from  Gordon’s. I’m not suggesting my mother is a drinker, but she took on the task very enthusiastically!...
  2. Healthy Eating Recipe: Strawberry and Mango Lassi from the Detox Kitchen

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    THE DETOX KITCHEN BIBLE  – STRAWBERRY & MANGO LASSI Serves 2 • 140 calories per serving This Indian drink is normally made with cow’s milk yogurt. We use soya yogurt, which creates a very similar texture. Perfectly ripe fruit will give you a luscious sweet, smooth finish. The drink is rich in vitamin C due to the strawberries; studies have suggested these berries may also hold properties that help to reduce inflammation within the body. Serve the lassi chilled – perfect on a summer’s day.   1 ripe mango, peeled and stone removed 100g ripe strawberries, hulled and cut in half 2 tbsp plain soya yogurt Juice of ½ lime 250ml rice milk 2 ice cubes Place all the ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth. Serve immediately, over ice. (If you don’t have any ice cubes, put...
  3. Healthy Eating Recipe : Grilled Peaches, Hazelnuts & Raspberry from The Detox Kitchen Bible

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    Healthy Eating doesn’t have to be boring.  This recipe for Grilled Peaches, Hazelnuts and Raspberry  is taken from The Detox Kitchen Bible By Lily Simpson & Rob Hobson   At the height of summer, when you find a perfectly ripe peach, its flesh seems to want to burst out of its skin. That’s when it’s time to make this recipe for fragrant peaches with tart-sweet raspberries. It is the ultimate summer pudding. Fruit-based desserts like this offer a useful way to increase your fibre intake, which will help to maintain healthy digestion. Ingredients 150g fresh raspberries 50g hazelnuts 1 tbsp runny honey 4 of the ripest peaches you can find   Method Preheat your oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas 4. Line a small baking tray with greaseproof paper. First make the coulis. Put the raspberries in a blender and blitz...
  4. Healthy Eating Recipe: Cajun chicken with avocado salad & mango salsa from The Detox Kitchen Bible

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    Healthy Eating doesn’t have to be boring.  This recipe for Cajun Chicken with avocado salad and mango salsal is taken from The Detox Kitchen Bible By Lily Simpson & Rob Hobson This dish is all about the marinade. Rich spices and a punch of garlic create a smoky,  aromatic flavour. By gently bashing out the breasts, the marinade can cover a greater area of the flesh. The chicken is perfectly balanced by the light, creamy avocado salad and sweet-spicy salsa made with mango. This fruit is a source of the antioxidant beta–arotene, which among its many other benefits may help delay the onset of cognitive decline in older people.    Ingredients 1 tbsp smoked paprika 2 tbsp ground cumin 1 tbsp ground coriander 1 tsp crushed dried chilli 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 tsp olive...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
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