Yoghurt and Mint Salad Dressing

Yoghurt and Mint Dressing (enough for a salad dressing for 6-8 people) Ingredients 1 shallot finely diced Juice of 1 small lemon (about 2 tablespoons) 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar 2 tablespoons of chopped mint 2 tablespoons of chopped parsely 2chopped spring onions 1 cup full-fat plain yoghurt 2 crushed garlic cloves 1/4 cup of extra virgin …

Jubus Crackers

These delicious crackers will sustain you for hours. They are tasty packed with seedy goodness. This quantity makes around 12 crackers. Ingredients 1 cup rolled oats 3/4 cup of pumpkin seeds 1/2 cup of sesame 1/3 cup of sunflower seeds 3 tablespoons of poppy seeds 3 tablespoons of chia seeds 3 tablespoons whole wheat flour …

Salmon with Cilantro and Pesto (for 2)

This is another delicious and easy recipe from my dear friend Tom. Ingredients 2 wild salmon fillets 1/3 cup raw cashew nuts juice and zest of 1/2 lemon a large handful of cilantro 2 tablespoons of olive oil chili flakes salt and pepper Method Organize the oven so that the cooking shelf is at the …

Ginger and date steamed pudding

This is a traditional dessert from the cold north aka the United Kingdom. It's easy and absolutely delicious. This recipe has no added sugar and uses dates to create a delicious winter-time pudding. You will need a 2 pint bowl to cook the pudding in. Ingredients 75g of spelt flour 25g of coconut flour 100g of chopped …

Protein Supplements

Personal trainers in gyms often recommend extra protein in the form of powders and bars to boost muscle mass and improve performance. Does the average person need this extra protein, does it work as promised, and are there any downsides to consuming all that extra protein? Two main sources for the protein in manufactured supplements …

Creamy balsamic salad dressing

This delicious salad dressing is completely sugar-free, supremely tasty, and easy to make. For a salad big enough for 4 people 1 teaspoon of dijon mustard (whole grain dijon is also great if you have it) 4 tablespoons of full-fat plain greek yoghurt (or more to your taste) 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup extra …

Air Quality

If you want to know if the air in your city is clean to breathe check out this great resource from our government called the Air Quality Index (AQI). The index is updated every day, and it measures five major air pollutants: Ground-level ozone Particle pollution (particulate matter) Carbon monoxide Sulfur dioxide Nitrogen dioxide Read …

Soda tax. Less soda = more health

I applaud Richmond City for adding a measure to tax soda to their ballot. I hope that it will pass and that other cities, and states will follow their lead. The one penny per ounce tax will raise money for the city. Another benefit may be that the additional cost may deter people from drinking …

Fish for food?

The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least twice per week. This is because fish contains lots of omega 3 fatty acids, which are good for the health of your heart. Fish contains omega 3 in the form of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Plant sources like walnuts, canola oil, hemp and …

Leptin and appetite

Your appetite is regulated by a hormone called leptin, which is produced by fat cells. Leptin actually drives your behavior. It is a messenger. It communicates with the hypothalamus in the brain to control appetite. Normal levels of leptin send the message to stop eating.  Conversely, if you are starving, with low levels of leptin …