10 August 2012

July Catchup in Pics

My latest summer snack of choice - tomato salad and
a green pepper stuffed with feta cheese

A perfect mini-detox drink - fresh ginger and lemon infusion


If you happen to be in Portobello market look for the
coconut shack! it's amazing

 Looking for a health-promoting snack?

Here are some summer snack ideas:

Another great summer snack option - Crudites.
I usually have them with some hummus. Yum

Pistachios are an excellent source of vitamin-E, especially rich in gamma-tocopherol;contain about 23g per100 g. vitamin E is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant, essential for maintaining the integrity of cell membrane of mucus membranes and skin; offers protection from harmful oxygen free radicals.
Pistachio nut oil has flavorful nutty aroma and has an excellent emollient properties. It helps to keep skin well protected from dryness.
They are rich source of many phyto-chemical substances that may contribute to their overall antioxidant activity, including carotenes, vitamin E, and polyphenolic antioxidant compounds. Research studies have been suggestive of that these compounds help body remove toxic oxygen free radicals and thus, protect body from diseases, cancers, as well as infections. 
These nuts are storehouse of minerals like copper, manganese, potassium, calcium,iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium.

Anti-Inflammatory Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E, the body's primary fat-soluble antioxidant. Vitamin E travels throughout the body neutralizing free radicals that would otherwise damage fat-containing structures and molecules, such as cell membranes, brain cells, and cholesterol.

Cancer PreventionSunflower seeds are a good source of selenium. Studies suggest a strong correlation between low selenium intake and cancer incidence.

Bone HealthSunflower seeds are particularly rich in magnesium. It’s a well-known fact that calcium is necessary for strong bones, but magnesium is too. Most of the magnesium in the human body is in our bones. Some of it helps lend bones their physical structure, and the rest is located on the surface of the bone where it is stored for the body to use as it needs. Copper found in sunflower seeds is vital for the function of enzymes involved in cross-linking collagen and elastin, providing strength and flexibility in bones and joints. Vitamin E also imparts anti-inflammatory properties to sunflower seeds, effective in the reduction of arthritis symptoms.

 The lovely coconut probiotic yoghurt I love
now makes a chocolate one!

Pineapple is a great digestive aid and is very helpful in weight loss and treating colds and flu.

There are many vitamins in Cherries such as Vitamin C and Cherries contain many other nutrients such as Cherries also contain high levels of nutrients such potassium, and beta-carotene. A diet that includes cherries has been proven to help decrease body fat, cholesterol, and inflammation.

Yes, if you love watermelon, watermelon loves you back!
This is the perfect time of the year to have this amazing fruit.
Watermelon has various health benefits to offer you. One of the main health benefits of it is the fact that it does consist of about twelve percent fiber. Fiber in itself can provide many health benefits. It works as a weight loss aid, helps lower blood sugar levels and blood pressure levels, and may even work to prevent your risk of developing colon cancer in the future. Fiber can do a whole lot for your body. The water that is found in watermelon can also help you keep your body well hydrated during the hot days of summer, which is important. The fact that watermelon can quench your thirst on a hot day in summer is the main reason that many find it to be so satisfying. Watermelon offers various other health benefits as well. Some of these include the fact that it is packed with essential vitamins, such as Vitamin C and Vitamin A.

No one can tell you what you put into your body every day. But remember, this body is the only one you'd have in this lifetime so you better take good care of it.
A healthy body is not only a good investment for your future but also for your own children's peace of mind

Tennis is my thing at the moment...
Love my new shiny Adidas tennis trainers.

oh we're very nice when we're hungry aren't we?!:))

Addicted to those right now!

A not-so-healthy snack but oh-so-yummy!
I love the Ottolenghi's flowerless tea cake.
Highly recommended if you're craving something naughty...

Nothing compares to a catchup with your bestie on a
sunny weekend afternoon!

Beach volleyball's so much fun!
Yep! This was happening almost every night in Central London.
Who would have thought we'd be legally watching half naked people just a stone throw away from the Buckingham palace
Beach volleyball at London Olympics 2012

Just found out the other day that the food hall at the Kensington Wholefoods have introduced BBQ Ribs
Can't wait to sample them. Will report back

Bobbies tribute to Usain Bolt
If you are a Thai food fan please go to the Churchill Arms (www.fullers.co.uk) on Kensington Church street W8
Most unbelievable Phad Thai Noodles in London!

Best Phad Thai with prawns!

If you happen to be in Brixton I highly recommend you to try this cute little french restaurant called Upstairs (upstairslondon.com).
Us going there was purely incidental but we definitely were not disappointed.
Small menu that changes every month. Little gem hidden away in Brixton

My latest succesfull pasta  experiment:)
Bolognese Rigatonni

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