Happy National Kale Day!

by Rosie Guest,

To celebrate National Kale here's 6 green facts about this nutritious beauty:

1.       It has more vitamin C than an orange and it's great for your immune system

2.       It is a great source of healthy fats including alpha-linoleic acid (ALA) and omega-3 fatty acid which are vital for brain health

3.       It is a cruciferous vegetable and is a member of the cabbage family

4.       It comes in two forms, smooth and curly, the latter of which is the most common

5.       It is high in Vitamin A

6.       It has more calcium than milk

Green Kitchen Travels

by Christina Agnew, , link

We've been following the vegetarian food blog Green Kitchen Stories for a while now. Having loved their first book, we were thrilled to attend the launch of their second, Green Kitchen Travels.

Green Kitchen Travels

As the title implies, this book has a much more international flavour and is inspired by travels across Asia and America.

Luise Vindahl and David Frenkiel share some brilliant tips on feeding young children and keeping them healthy while travelling, since they took their daughter Elsa with them. She was only six months at the start of their trip.

Our favourite recipes include a beautifully coloured acai bowl for breakfast and an indulgent no-flour chocolate cake with pomegranate seeds. 

Get the Gloss Gluten-Free Lifestyle Lunch

by Rosie Guest, , link

Last week we attended the Gluten-Free Lifestyle Lunch at Four Seasons hosted by Get the Gloss. The health buzz that has swept the nation lately has enabled so many of us to become increasingly heath aware, one of the foods this has highlighted and demonised is gluten. The dangers of gluten have been highlighted in the media more and more recently, and the majority of us are actually gluten sensitive in some way. This was the main focus at the lunch during which, Nutritional Therapist Amelia Freer and Nutritional Health Coach Madeline Shaw discussed their views on the subject. For coeliac sufferers, gluten causes damage to the gut lining, but gluten can also be a contributing factor in other autoimmune conditions and could trigger or aggravate everything from acne to migraines amongst the masses as well.

We want to share with you three things that we took away from the event.

1. Recent studies have shown that the body's gastric juices, cannot break down all 17 proteins that make up gluten, which is not only prevalent in our food but our beauty hair AND household products too.

2. If you decide gluten is not for you it's important to be absolute in your decision. You may think a little bit here or there won't harm when in reality, a fingernail sized piece of wheat produces enough antibodies to stay in your system for 3 months.

3. To conclude on a more general note, Amelia advocates that its optimal to leave 5 hours between meals and ideally to give your digestion a 12 hour break at night time. 

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