HOW TO GET YOUR CHILD EATING HEALTHY FOODS – AND RECIPES FOR KALE CRISPS

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For those of you who think the off-spring of Ms’s Kale and Cocoa happily munch on spinach and lentils, let me put you right. They (mostly) don’t!  Like mothers everywhere, we cajole, bribe, threaten and despair.  But after sixteen years of feeding multiple children and reading multiple books and reports on the subject, I’ve made… 

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ANXIETY, MOOD FOOD AND CHINESE ‘SPAG BOG’

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A headline that could only appear in the Daily Mail: “Women who are anxious, jealous and moody are ‘twice as likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s in old age’” – as if the daily anxieties and strains of midlife aren’t enough to worry about! But the science behind the headline is interesting, and at Kale and Cocoa… 

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OATS, GLORIOUS OATS – AND A RECIPE FOR SUPER-SPEEDY NO-BAKE GRANOLA

granola on oak sharper

I’ve always longed to be the sort of girl who wafts around making her own granola. Yes, I know making granola is neither arduous nor complicated.  But it often seems a faff – you have to turn the oven on in advance, then you have to hang around while it’s baking, gently prodding and turning…. 

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HEALTHY HALLOWEEN: PUMPKIN AND POMEGRANATE HUMMUS

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It probably hasn’t escaped your notice that today is Halloween. It’s among the more bizarre of our ‘festivals’, you have to admit, and like many others it’s been taken over by the food industry pushing sugar on all and sundry, especially children. But I try not to be too po-faced about it all, as it… 

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WHY EATING WELL NEEDN’T COST A FORTUNE – SARDINE AND WATERCRESS PÂTÉ

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As I stood in line at a supermarket checkout recently, I overheard a young couple in front of me querying the cost of their weekly shop.  The checkout lady confirmed her till was working properly and she hadn’t put any items through twice.  Then the young woman’s face crumpled.  “We were just trying to be… 

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BUSTING COLDS AND BOOSTING IMMUNITY

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There are a lot of colds around at the moment, aren’t there? Virtually everyone I know has had the sniffles in recent weeks, including me. I’ve always been very prone to colds: in my teens and twenties I considered it a good month if I didn’t get one. Since I started eating more healthily (thank… 

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REPLENISHING YOUR GUT BACTERIA – LEEK, BLACK BEAN AND BACON SOUP

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There’s nothing like spending time in hospital to remind you why health matters.  But when my second daughter was hospitalised with a burst appendix two weeks ago, it wasn’t degenerative disease on my mind, but gut bacteria.  Five days of triple intravenous antibiotics, followed by twelve days of aural antibiotics, had me straining for my… 

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BOOST YOUR BRAIN HEALTH – BEST-EVER BLACKBERRY MUFFINS

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Not only is it blackberry season but it’s also World Alzheimer Month (bet you didn’t know that!). Last week saw the publication of the 2014 World Alzheimer Report from London’s King’s College.  Encouragingly, the report says the risk of dementia can be reduced if we control diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease. Diabetes… 

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