Low fat Chocolate Brownies

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Ingredients

100 ml (4 fl oz) sunflower oil, plus extra to grease
500 g (18oz) dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), broken up
8 medium eggs
300 g (10ozs) light muscovado sugar
2 tsps vanilla extract
150 g (6oz) plain flour gluten free
1 tsp baking powder gluten free
2 tbsp cocoa powder

* optional100 grams (4 ozs) walnuts

Method
Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan) mark 4.
Lightly grease and line two 20.5cm (8in) square tins with baking parchment.
Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water (make sure the base of the bowl doesn’t touch the water).
Lift bowl off the pan, set aside to cool (if too hot the brownie may not cook in the middle).
Beat in the eggs, sugar, vanilla, oil and a pinch of salt in a large bowl with a handheld electric whisk until pale and thick.
Sift the flour, baking and cocoa powder over and add the *walnuts and cooled chocolate.
Fold together with a large metal spoon.
Scrape mixture into the prepared tin, level and scatter over topping* (if using).
Bake for 20-25min or until set.
Cool completely in tin before cutting into squares.

Optional Toppings:
A good handful of fresh raspberries and blanced almond slithers or broken walnuts or chopped mixed nuts.
Dusting of icing sugar and/or popping candy

To Store:
The brownie without raspberries, will keep well wrapped in foil or in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. Adding fresh fruit shortens the shelf life (if it last that long in your household!).

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Banana Berry Smoothie

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Serves 2 (or halved for 1)

Ingredients

2 ripe bananas
400 grams of berries
Berries of your choice either one type or a variety (whatever takes your fancy) blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, mulberries, cranberries, loganberries

200 ml almond milk (or another dairy free milk of choice)

2 tablespoons of honey, agave (or maple syrup or another of your choice)

2 tablespoons of linseeds

Method

Put all ingredients carefully into a blender and blend thoroughly, add crushed ice, if preferred especially on warmer days.

Serve chilled and immediately in tall glasses.

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Banana detox smoothie ~ burns fat!?

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Ingredients

◾1 banana
◾1 orange or kiwi
◾1 cup of dairy-free or low-fat yogurt
◾1 tablespoon coconut oil
◾¼ tablespoon ginger powder
◾2 tablespoons flax seeds/linseeds

Method

Mix all the ingredients in a blender. Drink immediately!

Apple and blackberry crumble

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Fruit mixture

6 medium small apples peeled and chopped
150 – 200 g blackberries washed
2 ozs or 50 g sugar
100ml boiling water

Mix water and sugar together.
Pour into an 2lb/2L ovenproof dish
Add apples coat in sugar solution.
Add blackberries over the top.

Crumble

125 g or 4 ozs of sugar
175 g or 6 ozs of butter or dairy free alternative cubed
250 g or 8 ozs of plain flour (gluten free) or half plain (gluten free) and half ground almonds

Cinnamon to sprinkle over at the end

Add dry ingredients to a bowl and add butter, rub in the butter until the mixtures resembles that if fine breadcrumbs.

Spread the mixture over the fruit mixture.
Sprinkle cinnamon over the top.
Bake for 40 minutes on Gas Mark 5 or 190 degrees C.

Alternatives

Raspberries with crumble mixture half plain half ground almonds

Raspberries and peaches or nectarines

A mixture of various berries

Cherries and berries

Raspberry and apple

Apple and pear

Pear and almond

Tinned fruits – drained theses will be quicker to cook so 20 minutes on 200 degrees or gas mark 6 will cook and brown the crumble.

Variations of spices:

Choose one or a variety of a few, depending on personal preferences:

Cinnamon
Ginger
Nutmeg
Mixed ground spice
Star Anise

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“a (whole) apple a day keeps the doctor away”

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The saying
“an apple a day keeps the doctor away”
only applies if one consumes the whole apple, along with the pips!
If you eat the whole apple the pips (seeds) contain a tiny amount if cyanide which cant harm you but can make your body an unhappy environment for pathogens resulting in being less ill!
Although, the pips contain a small amount of cyanide they are coated, thus preventing the body absorbing cyanide! Even if you bite or crush the seeds the amount still is not enough to harm you! In fact, our body builds up a resistance and becomes immune!

Bring out the apples! Pips ‘n’ all!

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FODMAP DIET

Fermentable

Oligo-saccharides

Di- accharides

Mono-saccharides

And

Polyols

 

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A diet low in FODMAP’s may be of benefit to some IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) sufferers as it removes or alleviates symptoms of bloating, wind, abdominal pain with alternating bowel habits between constipation and diarrhoea with or without nausea and vomiting, but not all! Neither will it remove other physiological symptoms such as skin conditions, joint pain and discomfort, headaches or migraines.

A diet high, FODMAP’s (fruits, dairy, vegetables and grain cereals) are a category of carbohydrates, which rapidly fermented in the gut/ intestine.

It is important when speaking with your GP that you ask to be referred to a registered dietician with FODMAP approach training.

The low FODMAP diet is complex and so it is advisable to speak with a dietician, and one who is registered and experienced with this specialist diet. This is important as it is all to easy to begin a diet but omit certain foods which subsequently will also mean that either we do not benefit fully or we miss out on essential vitamins and minerals, this can have a detrimental affect on our body through lack of nutrition. Without the appropriate knowledge of foods, ingredients, processed foods, labels and eating out we can easily read information wrongly as some ingredients are ‘hidden’ being called different names like E numbers. There is a lot of confusing advice, some research has become outdated, then there is new research, and it is all too easy to read information on the internet to follow it to our detriment or even peril. It can also become ineffective.

The FODMAP diet is relatively new, so it is possible that a GP or gastroenterologist does not know if this diet, ask for them to refer you to a registered dietician to receive the correct up-to-date information. There are FODMAP trained dieticians working in the NHS and privately both may require referrals from your GP or consultant private dieticians may also require a referral. A vast amount of research and training is being undertaken a growing number of registered dieticians who are skilled in the delivery of the low FODMAP diet with formal training at a variety of global institutions.

High FODMAP

Vegetables and Legumes

  • Garlic – avoid entirely if possible
  • Onions – avoid entirely if possible
  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Baked beans
  • Beetroot
  • Black eyed peas
  • Broad beans
  • Butter beans
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery – greater than 5cm of stalk
  • Kidney beans
  • Leeks
  • Mange Tout
  • Mushrooms
  • Peas
  • Savoy Cabbage
  • Soy beans
  • Split peas
  • Scallions / spring onions (bulb / white part)
  • Shallots

Fruit – fruits can contain high fructose

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Avocado
  • Blackberries
  • Cherries
  • Currants
  • Dates
  • Feijoa
  • Figs
  • Grapefruit
  • Lychee
  • Mango
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Persimmon
  • Plums
  • Pomegranate
  • Prunes
  • Raisins
  • Tinned fruit in apple / pear juice
  • Watermelon

Meats, Poultry and Meat Substitutes

  • Chorizo
  • Sausages
  • Processed meat – check ingredients

Cereals, Grains, Breads, Biscuits, Pasta, Nuts and Cakes

  • Wheat containing products such (be sure to check labels):
  • Biscuits
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Cashews
  • Cakes
  • Croissants
  • Crumpets
  • Egg noodles
  • Muffins
  • Regular noodles
  • Pastries
  • Pasta made from wheat
  • Sourdough
  • Udon noodles
  • Wheat bread
  • Wheat cereals
  • Wheat flour
  • Wheat rolls
  • Wheatgerm
  • Barley
  • Bran cereals
  • Couscous
  • Gnocchi
  • Muesli
  • Pistachios
  • Rye
  • Semolina

Condiments, Sweets, Sweeteners and Spreads

  • Agavae
  • Fructose
  • Gravy, if it contains onion
  • High fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
  • Honey
  • Milk chocolate
  • Relish
  • Stock cubes
  • Sugar free sweets containing polyols – usually ending in -ol or isomalt
  • Inulin
  • Isomalt
  • Maltitol
  • Mannitol
  • Sorbitol
  • Xylitol

Prebiotic Foods

  • The follow items can be added to yoghurts, snack bars etc:
  • FOS – fructooligosaccharides
  • Inulin
  • Oligofructose

Drinks

  • Beer – if drinking more than one bottle
  • Dandelion tea
  • Fruit and herbal teas with apple added
  • Fruit juices in large quantities
  • Fruit juices made of apple, pear, mango
  • Orange juice in quantities over 100ml
  • Rum
  • Sodas containing High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
  • Soy milk made with soy beans – commonly found in USA
  • Sports drinks
  • Tea, fennel
  • Tea, chamomile
  • Tea, oolong
  • Wine – if drinking more than one glass

Dairy Foods

  • Buttermilk
  • Cream cheese
  • Cream
  • Custard
  • Ice cream
  • Milk – cow, goat and sheep
  • Sour cream
  • Yoghurt – including greek yogurt

LOW FODMAP

egetables and Legumes

  • Alfalfa
  • Bamboo shoots
  • Bean sprouts
  • Bok choy / pak choi
  • Broccoli – avoid large servings
  • Brussel sprouts – 1 serving of 2 sprouts
  • Butternut squash – 1/4 cup
  • Cabbage – 1 serving of 1 cup
  • Carrots
  • Celery – less than 5cm of stalk
  • Collard greens
  • Corn / sweet corn- if tolerable and only in small amounts – 1/2 cob
  • Courgette
  • Chick peas – 1/4 cup
  • Chilli – if tolerable
  • Chives
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant / aubergine
  • Fennel
  • Green beans
  • Green pepper (green bell pepper)
  • Ginger
  • Kale
  • Leek leaves
  • Lentils – in small amounts
  • Lettuce
  • Marrow
  • Okra
  • Olives
  • Parsnip
  • Radish
  • Red peppers (red bell pepper)
  • Potato
  • Pumpkin
  • Pumpkin, canned – 1/4 cup, 2.2 oz
  • Scallions / spring onions (green part)
  • Silverbeet / chard
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Spinach, baby
  • Squash
  • Swede
  • Sweet potato – 1/2 cup
  • Tomato – avoid cherry tomato
  • Turnip
  • Yam
  • Zucchini

Fruit

  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Boysenberry
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cranberry
  • Clementine
  • Dragonfruit
  • Grapes
  • Honeydew and Galia melons
  • Kiwifruit
  • Lemon including lemon juice
  • Lime
  • Mandarin
  • Orange
  • Passion fruit
  • Paw paw
  • Papaya
  • Pineapple
  • Raspberry
  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberry
  • Tangelo

Meats, Poultry and Meat Substitutes

  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Pork
  • Prosciutto
  • Quorn, mince
  • Turkey
  • Cold cuts / deli meat / cold meats such as ham and turkey breast

Fish and Seafood

  • Canned tuna
  • Fresh fish e.g.
    • Salmon
    • Cod
    • Haddock
    • Plaice
    • Trout
  • Seafood (ensuring nothing else is added) e.g.
    • Crab
    • Lobster
    • Shrimp
    • Mussels
    • Oysters

Cereals, Grains, Breads, Biscuits, Pasta, Nuts and Cakes

  • Wheat free or gluten free breads
  • Bread made from oats, rice, corn, and potato flours
  • Wheat free or gluten free pasta
  • Buckwheat noodles
  • Rice noodles
  • Porridge and oat based cereals
  • Cornflakes – 1/2 cup
  • Rice bran
  • Rice Krispies
  • Almonds – max of 15
  • Amaranth
  • Brazil nuts
  • Bulgur / bourghal – 1/4 cup cooked, 44g serving
  • Buckwheat
  • Buckwheat flour
  • Brown rice / whole grain rice
  • Cornflour / maize
  • Crispbread
  • Corncakes
  • Coconut – milk, cream, flesh
  • Corn tortillas, 3 tortillas
  • Hazelnuts – max of 15
  • Macadamia – max of 10
  • Millet
  • Oats
  • Oatcakes
  • Peanuts
  • Pecans – max of 15
  • Pine nuts – max of 15
  • Polenta
  • Popcorn
  • Potato chips, plain
  • Potato flour
  • Pumpkin seeds – max of 1 – 2 tbsp
  • Quinoa
  • Rice cakes
  • Rice crackers
  • Rice flour
  • Sesame seeds – max of 1 – 2 tbsp
  • Spelt
  • Sunflower seeds – max of 1 – 2 tbsp
  • Sorgum
  • Tortilla chips
  • Walnuts – max of 10
  • White rice

Condiments, Sweets, Sweeteners and Spreads

  • Aspartame
  • Acesulfame K
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Chocolate, dark
  • Chutney, 1 tablespoon
  • Fish sauce
  • Garlic infused oil
  • Golden syrup
  • Glucose
  • Jam / jelly, strawberry
  • Ketchup (USA) – 1 sachet
  • Maple syrup
  • Marmalade
  • Mayonnaise – ensuring no garlic or onion in ingredients
  • Mustard
  • Olive oil
  • Oyster sauce
  • Pesto sauce – less than 1 tbsp
  • Peanut butter
  • Saccharine
  • Soy sauce
  • Stevia
  • Sweet and sour sauce
  • Sucralose
  • Sugar – also called sucrose
  • Tomato sauce (outside USA) – 2 sachets, 13g
  • Vegemite
  • Vinegar, balsamic – less than 2 tbsp
  • Vinegar, rice wine
  • Worcestershire sauce

Drinks

  • Alcohol – is an irritant to the gut, limited intake advised:
  • Beer – limited to one drink
  • Clear spirits such as Vodka
  • Gin
  • Whiskey
  • Wine – limited to one drink
  • Coffee, espresso, regular or decaffeinated, black
  • Coffee, espresso, regular or decaffeinated, with up to 250ml lactose free milk
  • Coffee, instant, regular or decaffeinated, black
  • Coffee, instant, regular or decaffeinated, with up to 250ml lactose free milk
  • Espresso, regular, black
  • Fruit juice, 125ml and safe fruits only
  • Lemonade – in low quantities
  • Soya milk made with soy protein
  • Sugar free fizzy drinks / soft drinks / soda – such as diet coke, in low quantities as aspartame and acesulfame k can be irritants
  • ‘Sugar’ fizzy drinks / soft drinks / soda that do no contain HFCS such as lemonade, cola. Limit intake due to these drinks being generally unhealthy and can cause gut irritation
  • Tea, black, weak e.g. PG Tips
  • Tea, chai, weak
  • Tea, fruit and herbal, weak – ensure no apple added
  • Tea, green
  • Tea, peppermint
  • Tea, white
  • Water

Dairy Foods and Eggs

  • Butter
  • Cheese, brie
  • Cheese, camembert
  • Cheese, cheddar
  • Cheese, cottage
  • Cheese, feta
  • Cheese, goat / chevre
  • Cheese, mozzarella
  • Cheese, ricotta – 2 tablespoons
  • Cheese, swiss
  • Dairy free chocolate pudding
  • Eggs
  • Gelato
  • Lactose free milk
  • Lactose free yoghurt
  • Margarine
  • Oat milk
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Rice milk
  • Sorbet
  • Soy protein (avoid soya beans)
  • Swiss cheese
  • Tempeh
  • Tofu
  • Whipped cream

Cooking ingredients, Herbs and Spices

  • Herbs: Basil, Cilantro, Coriander, Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Tarragon, Thyme
  • Spices: All spice, Cinnamon, Cumin, Five spice, Paprika, Turmeric
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Cocoa powder
  • Cream, 1/2 cup
  • Gelatine
  • Ghee
  • Icing sugar
  • Lard
  • Salt
  • Vegetable oil

‘Tabouleh’ quinoa salad

An adapted ‘Tabouleh’ recipe using quinoa instead of bulger wheat, a similar adaptation can be made to substitute couscous with quinoa in Mediterranean dishes.

Ingredients

2 cups of cooked quinoa
1 red onion, finely chopped
4 vine tomatoes, finely chopped
1 medium cucumber, finely chopped
200g of feta cheese or Goats cheese or Free From alternative
3 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
Bunch of chopped mint
Freshly ground black pepper
Sea salt to taste

Simple method

1. Place all ingredients into a large bowl and carefully toss.

2.Serve in glass dishes.

Enjoy!

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Seasonal produce in Ireland and the UK

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January: Beetroot, Leek, Squash, Cabbage, Parsnip, Shallot, Celeriac, Carrot, Onion, Kale, Celery, Turnip, Potato, Brocolli, Brussel sprouts, Pear, Apple, Clementine
Goose, Lobster, Scallops, Brill, Clam, Cockles, Haddock, Halibut, Hake, Lemon sole, Monkfish, Mussels, Oyster, Plaice, Turbot
February: Cabbage, Chicory, Potato, Leek, Brocolli, Squash, Kale, Onion, Parsnip, Shallot, Celeriac
Guinea fowl, Goose, Halibut, Mussels, Lobster, Brill, Clam, Cockles, Cod, Haddock, Halibut, Hake, Lemon sole, Mussels, Oyster, Salmon, Turbot
March: Parsley, Radish, Carrot, Leek, Sprouting broccoli, Sorrel, Potato, Mint
Sardine, Lobster, Cockles, Cod, Halibut, Hake, Lemon sole, Mussels, Oyster, Salmon, Sea trout
April: Rosemary, Spinach, Morel mushroom, Wild garlic, Radish, Carrot, Celery, Kale, Watercress, Strawberry, Rhubard
New season lamb, Cockles, Cod, Crab, Halibut, Salmon, Sea trout
May: Samphire, Asparagus, Cauliflower, New potato, Parsley, Mint, Broad bean, Carrot, Spinach, Lettuce, Celery, Cherry, Raspberry, Rhubard
Duck, Sea trout, Sea bass, Lemon sole, Cod, Sardine, Lamb, Crab, Dover sole, Halibut, Herring, John Dory, Plaice, Salmon
June: Artichoke,Courgette, Broad bean, Lettuce, French bean, Pepper, Spinach, Asparagus, Celery, Aubergine, Pea, Mangetout, Tomato, Gooseberry, Elderflower, Strawberry, Redcurrant, Cherry
Hare, Crayfish, John Dory, Lamb, Cod, Crab, Dover sole, Haddock, Halibut, Herring, Lemon sole, Mackeral, Plaice, Salmon, Sardine, Sea bass, Sea trout
July: Artichoke, Beetroot, Courgette, Aubergine, Fennel, Pea, Runner bean, Tomato, Watercress, French bean, Sage, Lettuce, Mangetout, Cauliflower, Broad bean, Blueberry, Strawberry, Loganberry, Raspberry
Clam, Pike, Trout, Pilchard, Lamb, Cod, Crab, Dover sole, Haddock, Halibut, Herring, John Dory, Lemon sole, Mackeral, Plaice, Salmon, Sardine, Scallop, Sea bass, Sea trout
August: Artichoke, Basil, Beetroot, Pea, Tomato, Broad bean, Brocolli, Cucumber, French bean, Lettuce, Fennel, Mangetout, Aubergine, Spinach, Courgette, Sweetcorn, Apricot, Damson, Melon, Strawberry
Lamb, Cod, Crab, Dover sole, Grey mullet, Haddock, Halibut, Herring, John Dory, Lemon sole, Mackeral, Monkfish, Plaice, Salmon, Sardine, Scallop, Sea bass, Squid
September: Artichoke, Aubergine, Beetroot, Brocolli, Sweetcorn, Cucumber, Courgette, Kale, Spinach, Onion, Tomato, Lettuce, Mangetout, Runner bean, Pumpkin, Leek, Plum, Blackberry, Apple, Fig, Damson, Grape, Melon
Autumn lamb, Partridge, Wood pigeon, Duck, Venison, Grouse, Brown trout, Oyster, Mussel, Sea Bass, Clam, Cod, Crab, Dover sole, Grey mullet, Haddock, Halibut, Herring, John Dory, Lemon sole, Mackeral, Monkfish, Plaice, Salmon, Sardine, Scallop, Squid, Turbot

October

Watercress, Squash, Celery, Brocolli, Beetroot, Leek, Mushroom, Runner bean, Courgette, Marrow, Kale, Pumpkin, Elderberry, Fig, Apple, Grape

Autumn lamb, Duck, Grouse, Guinea fowl, Partridge, Oyster, Mussel, Brill, Clam, Cod, Crab, Dover sole, Grey mullet, Haddock, Halibut, Hake, John Dory, Lemon sole, Mackeral, Monkfish, Plaice, Sea bass, Squid, Turbot

November

Parsnip, Chestnut, Beetroot, Swede, Cabbage, Runner, bean, Turnip, Potato, Kale, Celery, Celeriac, Squash, Pumpkin, Leek, Cranberry, Pear, Quince, Apple, Clementine

Duck, Grouse, Teal, Partridge, Brill, Clam, Haddock, Halibut, Hake, Lemon sole, Monkfish, Mussels, Oyster, Plaice, Sea bass, Squid, Turbot

December

Celery, Red cabbage, Swede, Celeriac, Turnip, Kale, Brussel sprout, Pumpkin, Beetroot, Parsnip, Brocolli, Leek, Onion, Pear, Apple, Clementine, Cranberry

Turkey, Partridge, Duck, Goose, Haddock, Sea bass, Brill, Clam, Halibut, Hake, Lemon sole, Monkfish, Mussels, Oyster, Plaice, Turbot

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Lemons

Lemons reduce stress due to their vitamin C content and burn fats!

Lemon juice with a pinch of salt every morning lowers cholesterol levels and brings your weight down!

Lemons are high in antioxidants that fight off free radicals, preventing many diseases, including cancers, stroke and cardiovascular diseases.

Prevent illness, start curing yourself with help of lemons. Lemon helps produce antibodies in blood that attack the invading micro organism and fights the infection.

Aid digestive system by adding a few drops of lemon juice in hot water to purify the liver and clear the digestive system.

Lemon is one of the best fat burning foods that can help you trim down your body naturally!

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Colourful vegetables

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Vegetables can be freely paired with greens making your nutrition full and balanced.
Everyone has their own favourites; carrots, beets, celery, turnips, sweet potatoes, brussel spouts, onions, broccoli, cabbages. All are extremely nutritious, containing vitamins, fibre, water, elements and minerals to fill you up trim the body naturally, high in folate, potassium and vitamins A, E and C.
The proverb says:

“A sound mind in a sound body.”

By adding more vegetables and greens to your diet plan you will notice an improvement in a brief period of time to enhance your the body’s performance, especially pre or post exercise.

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