Category Archives: Whole foods

Whole foods: the lowdown on spinach

While spinach conjures up images of Pop Eye and his enormous muscles, spinach actually does not contain particularly high amounts of iron. Instead this leafy green vegetable which can be found in a number of varieties including English spinach (the true spinach) as well as baby spinach, contains large amounts of the nutrients beta carotene, […]

Wholefoods: the lowdown on pears

Natures Best Pears An apple a day… as they say, but what about pears? Pears are a good source of fibre and are low in energy, making them a great sweet snack and lunchbox filler for the kids. Particularly during Winter times when they are so readily available. The increasing number of pear varieties available […]

Whole foods: the lowdown on pumpkin

Natures Best: Pumpkin Pumpkin is, contrary to popular diet opinion, an extremely low calorie and carbohydrate vegetable choice. Pumpkin is 90% water and contains less than 1/2 the carbohydrate of a slice of bread but is packed full of nutrition providing significant amounts of dietary fibre, beta carotene (the precursor to Vitamin A, Vitamin C […]

Wholefoods: the lowdown on seeds

They may be tiny but seeds, whether it be sunflower, linseed, pumpkin, sesame or flaxseed are all packed full of polyunsaturated fats making them an extremely nutritious addition to bread, cereals, baked goods and even salads. Long chain unsaturated fats, the type of fats known to have numerous health benefits are primarily found in deep […]

Whole foods: the lowdown on broccoli

If you had to choose one vegetable to include in your diet each day, broccoli would go close to being every nutritionists pick. The dark leafy vegetable readily available during the cooler months of the year contains a number of powerful antioxidants which often earns it the title “superfood”. Broccoli is also extremely low in […]

Whole foods: the lowdown on beetroot

Just how healthy is beetroot? This brightly coloured vegetable is a member of the same family as spinach, and can also be found in white and golden varieties. Beetroot originated from a sea plant and was found along coastlines extending all the way from India to Britain. The increasing interest in salads in recent years has […]

Whole foods: the lowdown on tomatoes

The word tomato often conjures up the thoughts of all things Italian but tomatoes were actually first cultivated in South and Central America before moving through Asia and eventually Europe. Tomatoes are, technically speaking a fruit and despite having few calories are packed with a number of key vitamins and minerals including beta-carotene, the precursor […]

Quinoa & feta salad

Serves 2 1 cup cooked quinoa 1 cup green beans, lightly steamed 1 Lebanese cucumber, cut into rounds ½ cup Danish feta, crumbled 1/3 cup pistachio or walnuts ¼ cup sultanas 1 tbsp. olive oil Pinch of salt 1) Mix salad ingredients with ½ cup cooked quinoa. Dress with a small amount of olive oil […]