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Batch cooking 101: A beginner’s guide to quick, easy meals

Batch cooking has grown in popularity in recent years, particularly among busy people who want to eat healthily but are short on time. In fact, according to a survey by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) 63% of adults are regular batch-cookers. The survey respondents stated that it enables them to make savings of around £60 per month on food costs. So, batch cooking helps to save both time and money! And, what’s more, it can help to kickstart a healthier way of living. Let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits behind batch cooking and how to get started.

Published: May 7, 2024
Author: Liz Parry
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Blue Zone Lifestyle: Living Like the World’s Healthiest People

Embracing the Blue Zone lifestyle can transform your approach to health and longevity. Imagine living in a world where reaching the age of 100 isn’t just possible but common. This isn’t a fantasy; it’s a reality in the Blue Zones, regions known for their exceptional longevity and vitality. Whether it’s the sunny beaches of Okinawa, Japan, or the peaceful hills of Sardinia, Italy, these spots are like hidden treasure maps to living a long and vibrant life.

Published: April 10, 2024
Author: Tomas
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Seasonal eating for spring: a guide

Seasonal eating is beneficial for our health as well as the health of the planet. Fresh produce that has recently been harvested, and hasn’t had to travel for thousands of miles, is typically fresher, tastier and much more nutritionally dense.

Although fruits do not begin to ripen until the summer in the UK, spring brings with it an abundance of fresh vegetables. By integrating these fresh veggies into daily meals, we are embracing the natural rhythm of the seasons whilst supporting local agriculture and nourishing our bodies.

Published: March 27, 2024
Author: Liz Parry
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Free-from Easter recipes for a stress-free celebration

Easter is a joyous time of year which coincides with Spring, heralding a time of new life and new beginnings. This Christian holiday is celebrated in many ways around the world, and traditional foods are very much part of the proceedings. Easter eggs, hot cross buns and Simnel cake are just some of the goodies that are enjoyed by all. The good news for anyone following a free-from diet is that traditional Easter recipes can easily be adapted to cater for various dietary restrictions. Whether it’s vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free or nut-free, you can prepare a delectable Easter feast without compromising on flavour or tradition.

Published: March 7, 2024
Author: Liz Parry
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Vegan food ideas to celebrate Chinese New Year 

Chinese New Year is a time of great celebration when families gather to enjoy delicious food together. From spring rolls and dumplings to longevity noodles, food is a key part of the festivities and various dishes hold special significance. As we usher in the Year of the Dragon in 2024, Real Foods explores some vibrant vegan recipe ideas that honour the rich culinary traditions of Chinese New Year.

Published: February 7, 2024
Author: Liz Parry
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Christmas baking: festive inspiration

As the song goes, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is a joyous celebration when we exchange gifts and enjoy good food with loved ones. Preparing a festive feast can take up a lot of time and energy though. That’s why it can really help to get a head start on your Christmas baking so read on and discover more about some of the well known seasonal staples and more festive food ideas.

Published: November 22, 2023
Author: Liz Parry
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Who’s Who of Wholefoods: Dried Apricots

There’s a Turkish proverb “bundan iyisi Sam’da kayisi” which translates roughly as “the only thing better than this is an apricot from Damascus”, meaning, it doesn’t get any better than this. If you’d like to know why there’s nothing better than an apricot, read on to find out why this wholefood makes our who’s who.

Published: October 8, 2023
Author: Pip Phillips
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Who’s Who of Wholefoods: Chickpeas

Chickpeas are a creamy-colored, buttery legume also known by several other names, including Bengal gram, garbanzo bean and Egyptian pea. Find out why this humble pale-coloured pulse makes it into our who’s who of wholefoods.

Published: October 7, 2023
Author: Pip Phillips
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Who’s Who of Wholefoods: Sunflower Seed Kernels

All the flavour without the shells, sunflower seed kernels are a powerhouse of nutrition and you’re much mistaken if you thought they were just the preserve of parrots. Read on and find out why this little seed earns it’s big place in the who’s who of wholefoods.

Published: October 6, 2023
Author: Pip Phillips
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Who’s Who of Wholefoods: Almonds

Did you know almonds have one of the highest levels of protein content of any nut? If you want to know more about this very popular relative of the peach and true who of the who’s in the wholefoods world, read on!

Published: October 5, 2023
Author: Pip Phillips
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