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Miso Soup, Simply Amazing

Miso Soup Only Natural
Continuing with our Japanese inspired blog I enjoyed lots of delicious, healthy miso soup during my time there and, now that I’m home I’m craving it already so I’m going to share the recipe. What better way to introduce Japan’s premier superfood into your diet. Miso provides immune and digestion boosting probiotics, nutritious protein, plus nutrients like copper, manganese and vitamin K. It’s reputed to have blood pressure controlling and cancer fighting properties. Once you add it to your diet you’ll quickly grow to love it’s deeply savory flavour. There are various types of miso from the darker saltier types to the sweeter white ones. Always make sure you’re buying an unpasteurized miso and never boil it as you destroy its properties by doing so. Try it in all sorts of soups and casseroles as well as dressings, marinades and spreads.

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Baobab, why we should be using this little known superfood

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Recently covered by Channel 4’s ‘Superfoods : The Real Story’, the properties of Baobab are likely to make it hugely popular in the very near future. Grown in South Africa the Baobab is the fruit of a tree. Traditionally used and revered for its health giving properties by the local population it’s harvested when the fruits dry naturally on the tree and then fall to the ground. The contents of the fruit are then ground into a powder whose properties qualify it as a real superfood!
Like other Superfoods baobab’s nutritional benefits are huge. It’s a vitamin C powerhouse for immune health, a source of soluble and insoluble fibre to maintain good digestion and healthy cholesterol levels, as well is a rich source of prebiotics to keep our gut bacteria healthy with all the benefits that come with that.
However Channel 4 stressed another of the fruit’s benefits, it’s ability to regulate blood sugars and in a population where sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy diet are leading to a veritable diabetes epidemic this could be huge.

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Nua Naturals Instore Tastings

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NUA Naturals are an Irish Health food company who supply and produce raw, organic health and superfoods across the globe.  And on Friday 3rd February Fabrizio from Nua Naturals will be instore from 10am until 1pm doings tastings of some of their fabulous new products!

Fabrizio will have samples of their new Turmeric Lattes and also their Smoothie mixes.  Not only do these products taste great they also do a world of good and Fabrizio will be able to give you the low down on exactly what they do.

So make sure to pop in for a chat.

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Recipe of the Month – Bone Broth

Bone broth, the elixir of life?

Receipe of the Month Bone Broth
If you’re vegetarian or vegan look away now, this post isn’t for you. Bone broth is nothing more than a long simmered soup made from animal or fish bones plus vegetables and other seasonings if you like. It’s nothing new and forms part of practically every culture’s native culinary traditions. Our parents and grandparents certainly made soup from animal leftovers and now it seems that nutritionists are linking regular consumption of this with many, many benefits.

Here are the main benefits that I’ve come across. 

1. Heal and seal your gut. According to Jill Grunewald, a holistic nutrition coach and founder of Healthful Elements, a cup a day works miracles for leaky gut syndrome but it’s also good for protecting non-leaky guts. The gelatin in the bone broth (found in the knuckles, feet, and other joints) helps seal up holes in intestines. This helps cure chronic diarrhea, constipation, and even some food intolerances.

2. Protect your joints. Taking glucosamine supplements to help with joint pain has been common knowledge for years, but it turns out that bone broth has glucosamine too. But unlike pills, the broth also includes a host of other goodies that help keep your joints happy, healthy, and pain-free. The chondroitin sulfate in bone broth has been shown to help prevent osteoarthritis.

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January Recipe – Buckwheat Risotto

I love risotto, it’s among my all time favorite comfort foods. It’s a flexible recipe that, apart from the traditional base of rice, can be made with any number of other grains like spelt, wheat or barley. I was really interested to hear from Eugene in D’lush Cafe recently that they’d been making risotto very successfully from buckwheat. So if you’re in the mood for trying something new, healthy and tasty in the new year why not pick up a pack of buckwheat and give it a go?
Despite it’s name, buckwheat is totally unrelated to wheat and is a gluten-free superfood seed that is inexpensive to buy and versatile to use! It is perfect for making porridge, granola, and salads and the flour form is perfect for baking with. Also known as Kasha, buckwheat is traditionally eaten in Eastern Europe but less so in these parts.
Diets that contain buckwheat have been linked to lowered risk of developing high cholesterol and high blood pressure. The Yi people of China consume a diet high in buckwheat (100 grams per day, about 3.5 ounces). When researchers tested blood lipids of 805 Yi Chinese, they found that buckwheat intake was associated with lower total serum cholesterol, lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL, the form linked to cardiovascular disease) cholesterol, and a high ratio of high-density lipoprotein (HDL, health-promoting cholesterol) to total cholesterol.

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