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Avoid unhealthy choices at mealtime and fuel your kids with healthy food

The summer holidays are not always a nice relaxing break for the parents. It can be hard to keep up with kids, keep them from becoming bored during the school break. But this can mean there isn’t much time for you. After a long day of activities the last thing you’d want to do is cook dinner. The easiest and most convenient choices: takeaway or microwave meals are not always the healthiest choices. They can ...

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The secret to cooking tasty, guilt free chips!

As a nation, it's no secret that we Brits love our chips. In fact more than 1.6 million tonnes of potatoes are made into chips every year in the UK – weighing the same as over 14,000 blue whales or 4,000 jumbo jets* Those hot, tasty morsels, which are light and fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside, are a pleasure which is hard to resist. However, with last year’s over indulging still fresh in our ...

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Beat the January blues with a healthy cocktail

Just because New Years is over, that's not to say you can't still enjoy a drink. A healthy one at that! A lot of people use January as a month to cut down, so we have a healthy cocktail, brought to you by INK LDN nightclub, owned by rap artist Professor Green. The cocktail was made by Gerry Calabrese's bar team at the club (Gerry is co-founder with Professor Green) and it is called 'Dance to the Beet' ...

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Special types of sake

So far in his blog series, industry expert Oliver Hilton-Johnson has introduced the main types of sake. In this month’s article, he explains how there are other styles and other, less well-known types of sake on the market: The types of sake introduced last month can be brewed in a number of different ‘styles’. These ‘styles’ greatly affect the sake’s characteristics and can transform a mild-mannered Junmai ...

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How to put the zing back in your gin this summer

For a refreshing summer drink, nothing beats an ice cold gin and tonic and whilst the traditional “ice and a slice” G&T is still the most popular choice for those preparing drinks at home, there are some new and exciting but very simple ways to liven up your summer drinking. Here are our top tips on preparing to impress your guests at this season’s barbeques.   Drink like a Spaniard The Spanish go crazy ...

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Super easy meal planners

Shift those pounds in time for the summer with this simple diet. Whether you’re looking to lose weight following pregnancy, or a troublesome relationship or the stress of a job has caused you to pile on the pounds, shedding the flab can be a daunting prospect – which is where this plan comes in. Lose it All you need to do to start shifting the weight and improving your overall health is select three daily m ...

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Are you drinking enough water?

Described as the elixir of life, water keeps your circulation in top condition and is the key to healthy, youthful skin. but are you getting your daily quota? Your body is made up of around 70% water, and it is also a major component of your blood. This means that water is literally flowing around your body all of the time: its function is to help carry essential nutrients to different parts of the body and ...

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Perfect party cocktails

Fancy cocktails add a sophisticated sparkle to any party or night out, and are fast becoming Brits’ favourite tipples. The resurgence in cocktail sipping is hard to ignore. No longer merely a preserve of hotel bars, cocktails – in glasses tall, short and curved – are adorning pub and high-class cocktail bars’ drinks menus alike. And while many people may think that these spirit-based drinks are an American ...

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Add seasoning to spice up your cooking skills

Revisit cooking’s natural roots by adding a touch of seasoning to your meals – you’ll spice up your culinary skills in no thyme! Herbs, spices and other seasoning add a whole new dimension to food, especially when used both correctly and sparingly. For thousands of years, herbs and spices have featured in cooking and, if utilised well, can help elevate you from an average cook to an excellent one. So, what ...

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Food, glorious food

Amateur cooks from across the country put their skills to the test in itv1’s culinary competition. we speak to the winner whose dish now adorns Marks & Spencer’s shelves. Everyone knows of a delicious ‘top secret’ recipe that’s been passed down the family for generations. And it was the special stories behind the food that made the new inaugural series of Simon Cowell’s latest TV offering, Food Glorious ...

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Fish – an essential part of a healthy diet

Delicious, versatile and super healthy – we all know that eating two portions of fish each week is an essential part of a balanced diet. But just why is fish so good for us? Here are the top tips on why fish is such an important element to maintain a healthy lifestyle: Healthy diet healthy mind The Omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish like salmon, trout, sardines and cod helps to maintain attention span a ...

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