The healthiest oils to cook with

The healthiest oils to cook with

Oils have a reputation for being high in fat, but plenty of these are good fats. However, sometimes even these healthy fats can become bad for you if you cook them at a temperature higher than their smoke point. All oils have different smoke points, and when their temperature exceeds their smoke point, they begin to oxidise which can create free radicals that are harmful to your body. Follow our failsafe guide for cooking with healthy oils. Avocados have become a byword for healthy living, so it’s no wonder that the oil from this fruit is fast becoming a firm...

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Eat to beat insomnia

Eat to beat insomnia

Sleepless nights can take their toll on your wellbeing and the root cause might be down to a simple dietary imbalance. Keep the land of nod within your grasp with these sleep-inducing foods. Having hot milk before bed isn't just an old wives' tale – dairy products such as milk and yogurt contain tryptophan: an amino acid that helps the brain make serotonin. This is the happy hormone that also controls our sleep cycle. Our bodies naturally produce melatonin and as the night draws in, your body produces more of it as a signal that it’s time to sleep. Red...

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Prevent the hangover: what to eat before your drink

Prevent the hangover: what to eat before your drink

We all have a big night out now and then, and more often than not the next morning is a painful experience. Preparing your body before drinking can have a huge impact on how well you feel the day after. If you want to make sure you are bright-eyed and busy-tailed, here are some of our top tips to help you prevent a hangover. You may think you've heard this one before, but eating a meal before you drink is not only useful to 'line your stomach', it also helps your body to metabolise alcohol better, which makes for a...

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How to lose weight while working full time

How to lose weight while working full time

Getting regular exercise is not only important for toning and strengthening your muscles, it also helps with vital bodily processes like digestion. But for those of us who work in an office and sit down all day, it can be difficult to know how to incorporate invigorating exercises, or even healthy eating options, into a maintainable daily routine. Even if you have a more active job, a hectic schedule can mean you have little time to work out or eat well. Here are some of our top tips for losing weight while working full time. This is one little change...

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5 a day? We say 7

5 a day? We say 7

We’re all familiar with the five-a-day rule, but what if we told you it should be seven? Recent research by University College London suggests that we should eat seven portions of fruit and vegetables every day to help us live longer and reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. Luckily, it’s not half as tricky as it sounds. Here are our tips for getting this quota of goodness into your daily meals. There’s no worse kitchen sin than buying too much fresh produce and having to throw it out once it’s gone off.  Frozen fruit and veg have all...

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