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By ruthhoughtonnutrition, Aug 6 2015 03:56PM

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By ruthhoughtonnutrition, May 19 2015 09:00AM

Spinach – Extremely nutrient dense!!

Packed full of Vitamin K, C, manganese, magnesium, and twice as much iron as any other veg!

Spinach is alkaline producing, helping to regulate body PH and contains a lutein – promoting healthy vision and protection against macular degeneration.

When choosing your spinach - the darker the better as deeper colour = higher nutrients! Store in the fridge and do not wash to avoid soggyness - if buying in bags, add a sheet of kitchen roll to soak up any excess moisture and keep the crispiness.

Wash immediately before use and enjoy raw in salads and smoothies or my favourite - spinach pesto!

Infact spinach is so versatile can be shredded and stired into almost any dish!

Match made in heaven - Team up with lemon, egg, onion, garlic, mushrooms or nutmeg!

Those with gout or kidney stones should avoid excessive consumption

By ruthhoughtonnutrition, May 18 2015 10:00AM

Are you one of those people who think that tomatoes don't taste like they used to?

The Tomato Growers' Association represents British commercial tomato growers and they couldn't agree more.

They say-

"Some taste a whole lot better! Sadly some of them don't and are really best avoided. Is it any coincidence that three quarters of the tomatoes now bought in this country are imported? We, don't think so. We do think that when it comes to choosing the best, buying fresh, home-grown tomatoes is a great place to start. We are proud of the flavour, appearance, freshness and range of tomatoes we grow here."

And so they set up ‪#‎BritishTomatoWeek‬ to raise awareness and celebrate our home grown goodness!

I hope you will join in too!

‪Tomatoes‬ – Low calorie yet packed with ‪nutrition‬, and excellent source of ‪VitaminC‬ and ‪carotenes‬ – particularly ‪Lycopene‬.

Lycopene has shown to be protective against many cancers, particularly of the #‎prostate‬ and is also know to lower the risk of heart disease, ‪cataracts‬ and maculardegeneration‬.

Cooking tomatoes further increases lycopene – up to 5 times and consumption with oils further improves its absorption

By ruthhoughtonnutrition, May 12 2015 10:00AM

Aubergine - Part of the Nightshade family and is often avoided by people with inflammatory conditions.

However, it is an excellent source of dietary fibre, Vitamins B1, B6, potassium magnesium and folic acid.

Aubergine skin contains a flavanoid called Nasunin which is a potent antioxidant and free radical scavenger. Nasunin also helps the body excrete excess Iron, which can cause increased free radicals.

Aubergine can be baked, grilled or lightly sauteed and is great added to stews and curries - our family favourite is baba ganoush dip!

A match made in heaven - Aubergine goes great with balsamic vinegar, chilli, garlic, cumin. walnuts or ginger!

Sufferers of kidney stones should avoid excessive consumption

By ruthhoughtonnutrition, Apr 4 2015 10:00AM

Today is indeed International Carrot Day!!

The International Carrot Day or the Carrot Day is celebrated every year on April 4th and is the pinnacle for carrot lovers all around the world. It is the day when the carrot is celebrated through carrot parties and other carrot related festivities.

Join the fun and celebrate the Carrot Day yourself!

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