Superfoods do not need to be exotic or expensive. Many everyday wholefoods grown here in Ireland can be considered superfoods. At this time of year, we are spoiled for choice. We don’t even have to stray beyond the fruit and veg aisle to get our superfood fix on a daily basis. Remember that the different plant colours come from phytonutrients like carotenoids and flavonoids that have many health benefits, so try and get as many different colours on your plate and eat a rainbow.
Poly-what?? Polyphenols are micronutrients that we get mainly from plant-based foods including fruits, vegetables, cereals, pulses, chocolate, herbs and spices. They are the reason why red wine, dark chocolate and green tea are known to be so good for us. It’s thought that polyphenols can improve or help many aspects of health, including IBS, weight management, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease and cardiovascular diseases.
Do you suspect you suffer from hormone related issues? Maybe you already had blood tests carried out and your oestrogen or testosterone came back normal? Symptoms can be wide ranging across men and women but unless you get a full picture of what is actually going on it can be difficult to figure out the right support.
Don’t think you have room or time to grow your own vegetables? Think again as our Cork nutritionist, Aoife, discovered (much to her own surprise!) that it is possible to grow fresh courgettes, peas, lettuce and basil on her windowsill and a small area of garden she reclaimed from her children and dog. And here is the evidence to prove it:
Many of us are likely to be looking forward to tucking into chocolate over Easter. But are we having too much of a good thing? Read on for our top tips for adults and kids alike and two of our favourite chocolate recipes. And keep an eye out for Heather on TV3 on Saturday talking about a healthier Easter.