INCREASE YOUR MICROBIOTA – AND PEA & SOYBEAN SALAD

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Preparing to hunker down for the cooler months? Feeling gloomy about the end of summer?  Stop right there!  If Susan’s last post on Vitamin D and dementia didn’t get you up and out, then tune in to this week’s BBC Horizon programme (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04g507y/horizon-20142015-5-allergies-modern-life-and-me) on the explosion of allergies in the developed world.  Horizon covered not… 

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SUNSHINE, VITAMIN D AND A RECIPE FOR COCONUT-CRUSTED SALMON

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Not difficult to top up the Vitamin D in the summer, is it? All that endless sunshine, those days by the pool and drinks on the terrace (well, that’s what my Facebook feed looks like anyway – thank you friends). But this summer, I’m stuck inside, working 12 hours days with a long, underground commute… 

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HOW TO THICKEN AGEING HAIR – PEA AND ROASTED GARLIC SOUP WITH BASIL AND FARRO

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OK … thinning hair may seem frivolous in the context of degenerative disease, but when your crowning glory starts falling out in handfuls, just because you’ve reached that age, a girl needs to take action.  Hair loss is a typical symptom of ageing – and I’m no exception.  I should point out that I’ve never… 

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HOW TO CHANGE YOUR GENES – FARRO, WATERCRESS AND MUSHROOM SALAD

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  Slaves to our genes?  Not any more!   A few months’ ago, world-renowned geneticist, Dr Sharon Moalem, published a ground-breaking book.  Inheritance: How Our Genes Change Our Lives And How Our Lives Change Our Genes reinforces much of what we believe, here at Kale and Cocoa, namely that taking control of your diet can change… 

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The Power of the Mediterranean Diet, picnicking Kale-and-Cocoa-style and a frittata.

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On holiday? Dreaming of holiday? Chances are many summer holidays – whether dream or reality – involve a Mediterranean country, blue skies, the scent of lavender, a chilled glass of rose and a table under the trees laid with platters of grilled vegetables, freshly caught fish and, of course, a bottle of fruity olive oil…. 

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CANCER-BUSTING CARROTS AND A SIMPLE CARROT SALAD WITH SESAME DRESSING

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Carrots … cheap, readily available, invariably liked by children.  And now, a cancer-busting superfood to boot.   Research into carrots has shown them to: lower the risk of heart attacks in women; reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 32%; reduce the risk of colon, prostate and bladder cancer; restore vision; and help prevent inflammatory… 

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WHY WE ARE NUTS ABOUT NUTS – AND A RECIPE FOR ALMOND-GINGER DIPPING SAUCE

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Eating well to age well (our Kale and Cocoa mantra) isn’t about the odd sprinkle of chia seeds and goji berries (although we love them both) – it’s about making real change to how we eat: whacking up the amount of vegetables and fruit, reducing processed, refined foods and focussing on foods that do us… 

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WHY WE SHOULD ALL BE EATING MORE WATERMELON – WATERMELON SALAD WITH FETA AND PUMPKIN SEEDS

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The biggest blockbuster research in recent weeks was Cambridge University’s study into lycopene, a carotenoid (that’s a natural pigment made by plants) and powerful anti-oxidant. The latest in a string of studies and reports showing the benefits of lycopene, this one found that lycopene-rich diets can improve cardio-vascular and heart health.  Previous studies have suggested… 

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BEER, BARBECUES AND RECIPE FOR BBQ’D FISH TACOS

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The smell of barbecues lingers in the air every evening, so we were depressed to read that barbecuing meat can produce chemicals with cancer-causing properties. Arghhh! There are two ways these nasties can ruin your Barbie: 1)      Cooking meat at high temperatures (on the BBQ or not ) can create compounds – heterocyclic amines –… 

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