Diabetes sufferers have to be careful what they consume in their diet in order to manage symptoms such as excessive thirst and hunger, fatigue and blurry vision.This is because certain foods can cause blood sugar levels to spike - dangerous for diabetics who’s bodies struggle to deal with sugar in the bloodstream properly.While patients can enjoy sugary foods in moderation and sparingly, there is a sweet-tasting vegetable that could help steady blood sugar levels.Despite its name, sweet potatoes are considered to be perfectly safe - and even beneficial - for diabetics to consume. Low GI foods - such as sweet potato - have less of an immediate effect on blood glucose levels, meaning they are suitable for type 2 diabetes sufferers. They are high in fibre and have a low glycaemic index.The glycaemic index - commonly shortened to GI - measures how carbohydrates influence blood sugar.Low GI foods - meaning … [Read more...] about Diabetes diet: THIS popular carb could help manage type 2 symptoms
YOU NEED: 50g sweet potato, diced ½in knob of fresh ginger root, peeled and diced 1 small lemon, juiced 1 tbsp rice vinegar 1 tbsp white miso paste 2 tsp sesame oil 30ml olive oil 1 tsp light soy sauce 4 Ryvita® Hint of Chilli Rye Crispbreads ½ cucumber, sliced 1 large carrot, sliced Small handful of coriander, finely chopped We talk to over-50s up for fun and dates on Tinder — as one even admits to pretending she's 42 Brit, 55, spent £20k to be with her Gambian toyboy - but he left her as soon as his paperwork arrived We ask two mums who both drank during pregnancy whether it's acceptable to booze when you're expecting Celebrate World Nutella Day with these hot cake recipes from Dean … [Read more...] about Pair chilli crispbreads with this delicious sweet potato dip for a healthy snack
More people in the UK are overweight or obese than at any other time in history.In England, 61.7 per cent of people are either overweight or obese.There are concerns this could rise - by 2030 it is predicted there will be 39 million people who weigh too much, triggering a multitude of other health problems.While people are becoming more sedentary, poor diet and bad portion control is a significant part of the problem. According to the NHS, men need 2,500 calories a day, while women require 2,000. But in order to lose weight you would need to consume 500 calories less than that. According to the NHS, men need 2,500 calories a day, while women require 2,000.However, if a person is seeking to lose weight it should be 2,000 and 1,500 respectively.There are certain foods that can help you slim down by filling you up and providing you with lots of essential nutrients.NutsA 2011 study found that people who ate … [Read more...] about Weight loss diet: The nine key foods to buy to PREVENT obesity
It’s eaten in abundance in a region of China - called Bapan - where people regularly make it past the age of a hundred.This was without signs of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease or cancer.The observation was made by Dr John Day, a cardiologist, who penned the book The Longevity Diet with his wife Jane after moving to the remote area for a year to see how they lived.He discovered the people there ate the starchy, but fibre-rich vegetable for breakfast, lunch and dinner several times a week. While in the Western world it’s most popularly consumed as fries, the residents of Bapan ate it in porridge for breakfast, and in stir-fries and soup for lunch and dinner. While in the Western world it’s most popularly consumed as fries, the residents of Bapan eat it in porridge for breakfast, and in stir-fries and soup for lunch and dinner.Additionally, previous research on Okinawa, a … [Read more...] about The KEY to living longer: Ditching chips for THIS similar dish may help you reach old age
Get daily updates directly to your inbox + SubscribeThank you for subscribing! Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Ever since The Peppercorn opened its doors earlier this month I've been DYING to try the food. The Huddersfield eaterie was previously known as the Goat Cafe which controversially closed in February after a social media meltdown. New owner Alex Vickers, a qualified nutritional therapist and a pescetarian, took over the vegan cafe with a new menu to include dairy products. Now the vegetarian cafe serves breakfast all day, teas and coffees with milk and cakes with ice-cream. I met a friend in the cafe after lunchtime on a weekday and we were served in under 10 minutes, despite being a stone's throw from the town centre. First up was the special of the day (£6.95), which turned out to be tacos, as I learned is standard on Tuesdays. If you read my last review you'll not only know that I'm a vegetarian, but also that I LOVE Mexican food. Read More REVIEW: … [Read more...] about Does The Peppercorns food surpass the Goat Cafes?
Get daily updates directly to your inbox + SubscribeThank you for subscribing! Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email A cafe that shut down after a social media meltdown has reopened under new ownership with a new name. Goat Cafe in Trinity Street, Huddersfield, closed after a series of bizarre posts on its Facebook page resulted in customers being sworn at and abused. The vegan cafe had been operating for a year when it closed in February. On Monday new owners took over and The Peppercorn opened its doors with a new menu to include dairy products. Read More Goat Cafe story goes global - here's what is being said Down Under Two months ago, then owners Dawn Silver and Matt Ward posted updates on Facebook and Twitter stating that the eatery was ‘ditching’ the internet, card machines and most of its popular coffees. After receiving a customer backlash on social media, Dawn went on a bizarre tirade claiming the pair hated all their customers anyway. New owner Alex … [Read more...] about Have the controversial Goat Cafe owners returned?
Tucked away in sleepy Stansted Mountfitchett is Linden House, a Victorian building that is home to The Vine restaurant. Linden House itself offers nine boutique-style bedrooms, whilst the restaurant downstairs has capacity for up to 50 diners. We headed along on a Tuesday evening to try The Vine out. Layout The Vine restaurant oozes with 17th century style. There are two entrances, one from the main road via a splendid Victorian front door and a second from the back, which passes an equally impressive for welcoming waterfall feature. The restaurant is cosy and appropriately lit for evening dinner, with candles on each of the tables and a friendly and relaxing atmosphere. Abstract artwork lines the walls. It was a cool, spring night when we visited but there is so much potential for The Vine in the summer. With two separate outdoor terraces, it would be a lovely spot for a pint after work in the summer months. The drink All too often nowadays, a drinks menu in a restaurant is too … [Read more...] about We tried a restaurant with 25 gins on offer – food was great too!
Broth is a great pick-me-up with curative powers, perfect for rebalancing your body after all that over-indulgence Nourishing, restorative and comforting, broth is good for your gut, your immune system, your bones, joints and skin – and it's cheap to make. Nutritional therapist Vicki Edgson and food writer Heather Thomas have devised more than 100 recipes for soups, stews, casseroles, risottos and sauces, each with a health-giving broth at its core. Who can resist this classic simple soup of meltingly sweet and tender onions in a richly flavoured broth topped with floating cheesy croûtes? The secret to its success lies in the most important ingredient: the beef bone broth. A bouillon cube just won’t do and will produce a pale, inferior imitation of the real thing. To serve a lighter version of this soup, you may choose to omit the cheesy croûtes and go for a healthier option, such as toasted rye cubes with a tiny sprinkling of Parmesan or Grana Padano. … [Read more...] about The power of broth (From The Northern Echo)
'Your freezer is your best friend' isn't a phase you'd automatically associate with healthy-eating hero and bright young thing Natasha Corrett. But, she tells Gemma Dunn, it's all about the prep, prep, prep... If you should ever have any doubts over the power of prep, speak to green-eating guru - and Honestly Healthy founder - Natasha Corrett. "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail," she muses proudly. "It's as simple as that. And I have the famous [Benjamin Franklin] quote at the front of my cookbook so its the first thing you see." Discussing her latest title, Honestly Healthy In A Hurry, the 33-year-old explains: "I wanted to create something that was method [based]. Working in kitchens, I realised that we do everything mise en place, so we prep and cook it all [in advance], and just pull the dish together at the last minute." Extending the same approach to our day-to-day lives - putting in some prep and planning early - will help keep us on track with our … [Read more...] about Prepare to be healthy (From The Northern Echo)
Get daily updates directly to your inbox + SubscribeThank you for subscribing! Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email FROM food bloggers to picture-perfect Instagram snaps, you would be forgiven for thinking that whipping up a healthy and nutritious meal takes time, energy and specialist skills. But one community cooking group is aiming to dispel the myth that eating well and cooking from scratch has to be hard, by teaching new skills to eager local residents with twice weekly classes. Meeting at The Rainbow Family Centre in Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, the group attracts everyone from single parents to retirees – but they all share the same goal of learning skills in the kitchen. Cath Tearne, the local health improvement senior who organises groups across Inverclyde, knows just how important the classes are for those who attend. She said: “The groups are delivered across community venues and they are all free. We cook two meals each week and the courses last for … [Read more...] about Community cooking group is a class way to learn for all ages
Looking forward to a special Valentine's Day this year? If you want to go that little bit further to impress your special someone, why not try cooking up a romantic meal for two. It's Love Local month in the Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink, so celebrate with one of the Livestock & Meat Commission's favourite Valentine's recipes using Northern Ireland Farm Quality Assured beef and lamb. Mini Lamb and Sweet Potato Pies Serves 6 Preheat Grill You will need a large ovenproof dish or 6 small ramekins Ingredients 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed 500g Northern Ireland Farm Quality Assured lean lamb mince 1 teaspoon of tomato puree 400g can chopped tomatoes ½ lamb stock cube 100ml water 1 tsp cinnamon 1 small handful chopped fresh basil 1 small tin of sweet corn 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ½ inch pieces 50g Parmesan, finely grated 150g grated mozzarella Method Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the onion until soft, then add … [Read more...] about Valentine’s Day recipes: Impress your date with lamb and sweet potato pies, beef noodles and spicy hotpot
Healthy-eating hero Natasha Corrett shares some of her tasty recipes for readers to try at home. Ten-minute Quinoa Risotto What you'll need Half white onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, finely sliced 5cm piece of fresh turmeric, grated, or 1tbsp ground turmeric Half tsp fennel seeds 1tbsp sunflower oil 1tbsp vegetable bouillon powder 180g cherry tomatoes, cut in half 170g roasted sweet potato (250g raw sweet potato, peeled and roughly chopped) 190g precooked quinoa (100g uncooked quinoa) A generous pinch of Himalayan pink salt A generous pinch of freshly ground black pepper 30g hard goats' cheese or pecorino, grated, or 2tbsp nutritional yeast Juice and zest of half lemon Method Put the onion, garlic, turmeric, fennel seeds and sunflower oil into a wide-bottomed frying pan and saute for two minutes until soft. The wider the pan, the quicker the risotto will cook. Add 250ml water and the vegetable bouillon powder and simmer for a minute before adding the tomatoes. Cover and continue to heat … [Read more...] about Quick and easy gluten-free dishes – 10-minute Quinoa Risotto and Sweet Potato Falafels
SUPERFOODS are as well known now as Superman was in the 1970s, and are credited by some with almost as much power as the legendary superhero himself. While they won't give you powers of flight or the strength to chuck buses, nutrient-dense superfoods - such as pomegranate, coconut oil, kale and red cabbage - are so-called as they're believed to be ultra good for us, helping boost general health, super-charging the immune system, guarding our memories and keeping illness at bay, including cancers and heart disease. While kale and cabbages have obviously been around for donkey's years, the term 'superfood' hasn't, but when something is granted the impressive label, sales often soar. The amount of red cabbage bought in Britain last year grew by nearly 50% compared to the previous 12 months, spending on kale has doubled in the last five years, and sales of coconut oil in the UK has nearly tripled in just two years. But are these so-called superfoods the dietary magic bullets … [Read more...] about Lisa Salmon takes a closer look at so-called ‘superfoods’ (From Basingstoke Gazette)
A Frome based soup and risotto company has secured a Â£75,000 investment from Moonpig founder Nick Jenkins after appearing on an episode of Dragons' Den. Watmuff & Beckett, who are based at The Old Church School, recently went to face the fiery investors of the BBC's Dragons' Den. Only Andrew Watmuff went to the studio, as Michael Beckett doesn't enjoy being thrust into the limelight. He brought their all-natural soups and risottos along, offering a 10 per cent stake in the business. The soups and risottos have all been crafted by Beckett's Michelin-starred credentials, and offer a range of farmers' market style high-quality produce â from British farms. Products they offer include Perfect Pea & Fresh Mint Soup, Sweet Potato, Carrot and Ginger Soup, and Wild Mushroom Risotto. Andrew received a two and a half hour grilling from the Dragons' who brought into question the name of the company and the packaging. The business owner remained confident, however, offering convincing … [Read more...] about Dragons’ Den Nick Jenkins invests Â£75,000 in Frome soup and risotto company Watmuff & Beckett
Love is all about having fun with the person you love – and don't you know it! When The Herald offered the chance for readers to submit their free Valentine's Day messages, some of you were keen to prove just how funny you could be. Here are the 9 best messages... Read next: Have you got a secret admirer? All these Plymouth people have... 1. SUSANNE MEDLIN To Sue, Roses are Red Violets are Blue but I love you more today than back then. My love to you always & thank you for being there. Oh sorry Argyle tonight.Love you xx Steve 2. AARON O'RILEY Happy valentines day and thank you forbeing such a loving daddy to ourlittle girl. i love you x (letspractice making more babies)Paige x Dear Sweet Potato - will you be my Valentine?? Love from your Honey bunnyxxxxxxx 4. SIMON JONES Happy Valentines Day sweetheart. Love u more than life its self. Really hope you enjoy your mealtonight, and for doing this i think its time you owe me a foot rub.LOL. I Love You. xx Sarah Knott … [Read more...] about Plymouth’s most painful, embarrassing and hilarious Valentine’s Day messages
For some it is a day like any other, but for others, Valentine's Day is a chance to tell that special person just how amazing they are. But it's not always easy to come clean about your feelings. That's why The Herald offered loved-up Janners the chance to submit their free Valentine's messages in the paper today –anonymously. And you'll be pleased to know, Plymouth is full to the brim with love today. But could it be YOU that has a secret admirer? Here's everyone in the city that does.... (*Nb - our favourite is number 20, the one that is addressed to somebody called 'loser'). Read next: Man who hasn't had a date since 1968 is looking for love in Plymouth always in my thoughts Hope all is well xxxx??????? 2. LESLEY ATKINSON naughty nanny over the bridge - Hey granny over the bridge. I love you so much. Will you be my valentine. ??? xxxxx your precious XXXXX 3. MELANIE BAKER Melons, I am watching you love Dr Love xx 4. BETFRED JOJO Roses are red, violets are … [Read more...] about Have you got a secret admirer on Valentine’s Day? All these Plymouth people have…
The Bath makers of a range of soups and risottos have landed a Â£75,000 investment on Dragon's Den. Watmuff & Beckett's ready-meals are the brainchild of school friends Andrew Watmuff and Michael Beckett. In an episode of the BBC's Dragon's Den broadcast on Sunday (February 5), the duo scored Â£75,000 in funding from Moonpig founder Nick Jenkins. The entrepreneur said: "From the outset in the Den, the other Dragons and I were really impressed by the taste of Watmuff & Beckett's soups and risottos. "Andrew and Michael's partnership and their respective experiences in retail and Michelin level cookery proved to be a winning combination. Read more: Rotork chief executive calls Bath 'a host city to be proud of' amid plans for new global HQ Read more: Owners of The Salamander, The Hop Pole and The Swan Inn want to bring back Bath Ales 'glory days' Andrew and Michael have created a range of farmers' market style ready meals including flavours such as Perfect Pea & Fresh Mint Soup; Sweet … [Read more...] about Bath makers of soup and risotto range land Â£75,000 investment from Nick Jenkins on Dragon’s Den
Get daily updates directly to your inbox + SubscribeThank you for subscribing! Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Two months after her battered sprouts made headlines around the world, Andrea Long has done it again. Her deep-fried festive foodstuff was a hit with customers and, after it was featured in the Examiner, went global to intrigue gourmets from Ghana to Jersey, Ireland to America. Now the inventive fish fryer, manager at Terry’s Traditional Fish and Chips in Moldgreen, is preparing to serve up a Valentine’s Day special: battered heart-shaped sweet potato and beetroot. “The sprouts went down massively well,” says the delighted 51-year-old, who was featured on everything from Radio 5 Live to the New York Times. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now Video will play in Deep fried sprouts at Terry’s Traditional Fish and Chips Watch Next … [Read more...] about Valentine’s Day: Huddersfield chippy batters sweet potato and beetroot hearts
FOOD plays a major part in pretty much any major date in the calendar and Valentine's Day is probably one of the most likely to be associated with eating and drinking. Indulgent chocolates, prosecco and fine wines, oysters and asparagus are just some of the treats associated with romance. And while thousands of us will be heading to the warm interiors and dimmed lights of a favourite restaurant or gastropub, whipping up a tasty dish at home might also be the way to impress a loved one come February 14. But with a whole host of recipe books, online advice and suggestions it might be confusing to know which approach to go for. Here a host of North Essex chefs show us how to impress with a plate you could put together for your partner this year whether they are trying to get, or maintain, a trim figure for the summer, avoid eating meat or have a particular liking for the pudding course. Tom Hartman is head chef at the recently launched White Rose Bistro in Great Bromley. His … [Read more...] about How to whip up Valentine’s success in the kitchen with help from top Essex chefs (From Gazette)
While everyone's freaking out about what tat to buy their partners this Valentine's Day, you're stuck hoping that all the nice looking chocolates and roses will be on special offer come 15 February. For you are happily single. But just because you haven't found someone worth spending time with doesn't mean you don't deserve nice things. ASDA have sassiest response for Domino's worker who stocked up on their wedges February is a miserable month which can only be made better by a holiday, promotion or - failing all else - gifts. 13 February is Galentine's Day and it's a day dedicated to celebrating your long-suffering pals rather than romance. Who better to get presents for and receive presents from than your mates who: a. know what you like, b. know what you want and c. have no ulterior motive other than to spread joy, not sex. But it isn't a chance to buy them stupid jumpers like 'Fries before Guys'. No one wants to dress themselves in tragedy. And we're not talking the kind of … [Read more...] about 13 Galentine’s Day gifts to give your beloved BFFs