Nutritional Inspiration by Lorraine Archive

Coeliac Disease and the Gluten Free Diet

The term disease is an unfortunate one as there is nothing contagious about this condition, making it difficult for newly diagnosed young people.  The Coeliac UK website explains exactly what this condition is:  “Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease. Gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and

Freshen up your food!

I have just bought a Breville hand mixer, pistachio coloured – which makes me smile every time I look at it. If an appliance makes you happy you’re definitely onto a winner! For its first outing I decided to let the children whizz up their own pizza

Is your summer salad making you fat?

New year’s resolutions a distant memory; another failure chalked up on your board of self depreciation? Side stepping bike riding or taking country walks, preferring to stay indoors snuggled in winter clothes using the unseasonally damp, cold late spring weather as an excuse? “I’ll start once the

Summer Smoothies

This summer, in the UK, we’ve been blessed with some beautiful warm and sunny weather, perfect for barbecues and al fresco dining. When we feel too hot and sticky we often don’t want to eat much yet feel the need for something other than water to rehydrate.

Sunshine on a Plate

‘The woman who puts sunshine on a plate’, is the complementary, and utterly deserved, title given to 2012 MasterChef winner Shelina Permalloo in this month’s (August) edition of Red magazine. Evoking sunshine from a dish draws us closer to pleasurable memories; of warmth, long summers, holidays and

Family Fitness – 5 Tips to Improve Diet and Fitness

In Europe we’re heading towards summer which means warmer temperatures and longer days:  perfect conditions to start improving your family’s health and fitness by heading outdoors. If you’ve spent the winter largely inside eating stodgy foods, watching television and playing the latest iPad apps then your body

Pretty Healthy Snacks

While the slimming and diet industry is worth billions, little attention is given to one small but very important detail:  Presentation Whether you’re cooking for a family or just for one, making a fast lunch before school pick up or spending hours preparing a dinner party, one

What does food mean to you?

Everyone has a different attitude to food.  Some eat for energy, to power workouts and fuel their desire to win in physical competitions, while others eat for comfort; filling a lonely, empty space with more calories than they actually need. The vast majority in the Western world eat

Pink Lemonade Slush

When I was a child I remember being offered ice cream to soothe my sore throat.  As an adult, I’m aware that dairy products can increase mucus production which will only make snotty noses and sore throats worse.Making your own sorbet or slush at home is a

Seven simple steps to swap ready-meals for home cooking

Horse meat and veterinary tranquilizers found in UK supermarket frozen beef burgers and beef Bolognese!   This scandal in the food production chain this week has sparked a massive investigation in the UK, Ireland and Europe.  Somehow, I feel that this may just be the tip of