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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 olive oil

Salt and black pepper to taste

Method

This is super easy to make, mix everything together and it’s done! Keep in the refrigerator for up to a week and use as needed

This dressing is delicious over a green salad, with endives, sliced radishes and fresh fennel.

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 dates
2 eggs
2 teaspoons baking powder
4 tablespoons of milk
1 tablespoon of fresh ginger, grated
100g of softened butter (and extra to grease the bowl)

First of all grease the bowl (known as a pudding basin in the UK) with butter.

In a separate mixing bowl add all the other ingredients and beat together for a minute or two.

Spoon the mixture into the cooking bowl and cover with a piece of greaseproof paper then with foil. Tie around the foil with string to secure.

Stand the basin in a saucepan of water to come about half way up the bowl. Bring to a simmer then simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Top up the water if necessary. Alternately, if you have a slow cooker you can use it to cook the pudding just put the basin in the slow cooker half filled and cook on high for 2 hours (1/2hour to allow the water to increase).

Tip out the pudding when ready and serve with whipped cream or custard.

49 countries have longer life expectancy than US

We are ranked 50th in the world when it comes to life expectancy. Yet, we spend more money per person on health than any other country. If we are spending so much, why are we at number 50 for life expectancy?

Some of the main causes of premature death are cardiovascular disease, that is stroke and heart disease, and cancer. According to the World Health Organization (WHO): “Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, are by far the leading cause of mortality in the world, representing 60% of all deaths”

When it comes to premature death, the biggest factor is tobacco. One in every five deaths in the USA is due to tobacco. And half of all those who use tobacco will die prematurely. Despite much progress in reducing the use of tobacco, we still have a powerful tobacco industry profiting from its deadly products. Tobacco affects every organ in the body and causes both lung cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Other preventable contributors are obesity, diet, and physical inactivity. We are getting heavier and becoming more sedentary.

Without a universal healthcare system, the USA might not be as good at prevention and early detection of disease as other nations. However, when we get to 65 years old, we are all provided with healthcare, under Medicare, and that is good for our health. Still, our society is socially and economically divided, and socio-economic status affects health and  life expectancy.

So what can we do about it?

These are the recommendations from WHO:

  1. Promote healthy living (better diet, more physical activity and tobacco cessation) and healthy societies, especially for the poor and those living in disadvantaged populations.
  2. Prevent premature deaths and avoid unnecessary disability due to chronic diseases.
  3. Treat chronic diseases effectively, using latest available knowledge. Make treatment available to all, especially those in the poorest settings.
  4. Help provide appropriate care by facilitating equitable and good quality health care for major chronic diseases.

    David Millett Publications