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Nichola’s Nutrition Tips

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Nichola Forrest, Nutritonal Therapist B.A. HDipEd, DipNut IINH, mNTOI.  See clients from Only Natural on Wednesday mornings, cost of appointment is €60 for the initial consultation and €40 for follow ups. For appointments ring or text 087 619 6831.

Nichola Forrest has kindly decided to share some of her nutritional tips with us, just little ways in which we can try to increase our nutritional intake.  This blog will be updated month to month and we hope you’ll find it very informative.

Oil Pulling for Oral Health

This oral therapy is a type of Ayurvedic medicine that dates back 3,000 years and it involves swishing approximately 1 tablespoon of oil, preferably raw virgin coconut oil, around the mouth for 10-15 minutes.

Make sure to oil pull first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything. Swish the oil around for 10-15 minutes, do not gargle or swallow the oil.  Spit out the oil, preferably into a bin, and then rinse your mouth and brush your teeth as normal.

Some of the reported benefits are: Whitens teeth; Strengthens teeth, gums and jaw; Prevents cavities and gingivitis; Banishes bad breath; Relieves headaches and hangovers; Helps you sleeps better; Clears sinuses; Detoxifies the body. read more →

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Recipe of the Month – Savoury Porridge

Savoury Porridge Only Natural

A delicious alternative to traditional porridge and a great autumnal breakfast, this is a great base recipe that can be jazzed up with herbs, spices and vegetables. Why not try with diced peppers, ground turmeric or with a soft poached egg on top!

Ingredients (serves 1)

½ Onion, diced
Olive Oil
½ Cup Organic Vegetable Stock
½ Cup Oats
Sea Salt & Pepper

Method

– Drizzle a small saucepan with olive oil and place over a medium heat
– Add the onions and cook down until soft
– Crumble in the stock cube and mix through
– Add the oats, along with 1 cup of water
– Stir through and then allow to gently cook until it is thick and creamy
– Season to taste and garnish with spring onions or parsley

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Recipe of the Month – Granola

Recipe of the Month Granola image

We all know at this stage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we should breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper – but if you feel you can’t face a cooked breakfast first thing in the morning every morning it doesn’t mean you have to rely on high carb/salt/sugar cereals.  Why not have a go at making your own granola?

It’s incredibly simple, you can make a batch and keep it for two weeks plus if making your own you decide exactly what you want to go into it depending on your tastes and needs.  Personally I like to keep the carb relatively low in the morning but want to ensure a good source of protein so I’m not reaching for the scone or biscuits come 10am!!

Below is my basic granola recipe, it can easily be adapted to your own tastes or whatever you happen to have in the cupboard!  Previously I have also added a teaspoon of fennel seeds and seeds from a couple of cardamon pods to it!

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