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Nutrition nuggets are my little pearls of wisdom in the field of health and nutrition.  Here I talk about nutrients, healthy foods and useful tips to achieve and maintain optimal health.

We live in a world where food is increasingly processed and removed from its natural state.  It is a fact and one we must live with.  My view on this is to prepare as much as possible from scratch and return to the kitchen but there are times when this is not always possible.  If the thought of reading food labels and ingredients makes you despair, help is at hand.  The following posts on food labels will attempt to demystify the world of product and ingredient labels, to enable you to make an informed choice.  Lets start with the E numbers.


Have you experienced mid-afternoon slumps? Do you sometimes feel like snacking but a little voice in your head reminds you that a healthy snack is the wiser option?  Are you sometimes thirsty but tired of drinking water or tea?

I experience all of the above at least once a week but I have two options up my sleeve for an energy boost in the form of a drink.

 

You might have noticed the exotic product named "maca" appear in your health food store.  Wonder what it is?  Keep on reading.  Maca powder comes from the Maca plant, which is native to Peru.  It is a cruciferous vegetable from the carrot, radish and parsnip family and has been cultivated and used by the Peruvians for several thousand years for its medicinal properties. 

 

This quinoa granola is gorgeous: the crunchiness of the quinoa blends beautifully with the softness of the dried fruit.  Quinoa brings much need protein first thing in the morning.  The seeds add healthy fatty acids and fibre along with the chewiness of the figs and prunes (good for digestion too!).  It is a staple food at our breakfast table.  And so simple to make too.  

What is quinoa (pronounced "keenwah")? While quinoa is usually considered to be a whole grain, it is actually a relative of leafy green vegetables, such as spinach and Swiss chard. What we buy in the shop and increasingly find on restaurant menus, are the seeds.

What is the big deal about quinoa? Quinoa is actually associated with quite a few health benefits.

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