Nutritionist Lucy Hyland

Challenge your limiting beliefs

June 28, 2016
Posted by Lucy

Its always good to challenge those limiting beliefs every now and then! I’m always delighted with how much I learn from my clients. Their lives, their stories, their experiences. I think its because the more time I spend in the world of health, the more I realise just how messy it is. Yes, there is […]

Making good habits

June 14, 2016
Posted by Lucy

Making good habits is not as important as keeping them. Ok.. so I’m not pushing the boundaries of nutritional science with this update. However, I am going to tell you a story. And this particular story challenged me a little recently and I hope it has the same effect on you.  A few weeks I […]

Planning meals

May 31, 2016
Posted by Lucy

Planning meals can be a great way of improving your food choices The other night I was making dinner. With the oven on, I decided to start making a new batch of granola for the week. As I started toasting my oats, I began grating the carrots for a salad for my partners lunch the […]

How did I end up here?

May 24, 2016
Posted by Lucy

Ever ask yourself: How did I end up here?  I was recently having a conversation with a client and she looked at me and said “How did I end up here?” There was a touch of sadness in her voice, and for a moment we held that feeling. Its the feeling when you look at yourself […]

Good for You

May 10, 2016
Posted by Lucy

Is it about being good for you or about you being good to you? There are times when the road of life gets rocky. People get sick, situations escalate, relationships become frayed and tension rises. These are natural cycles in life, and just like times of contentment and joy, we know they will pass. Yet, […]

Making good decisions

April 26, 2016
Posted by Lucy

Making good decisions comes from feeling good first. Sometimes a number of different ideas and messages come to me over the course of a few weeks. And sometimes my mind churns all these around, like a mini washing machine, and comes out with some fundamental questions or challenges for the way we are doing things. […]

Stuck in a rut with health

April 12, 2016
Posted by Lucy

Do you feel stuck in a rut with your health? I’m always interested how ‘themes’ begin to appear in my work. By themes, I mean that I will have client after client with a similar issue or difficulty to overcome. I’m not sure where these themes come from: from me, from the seasons, from the conversations […]

Take a step back

March 22, 2016
Posted by Lucy

Its the perfect time to take a step back from life Its very easy to let time slip by. And for some things, time is meant to slip by. There are things that come and go out of our lives: dramas, scenarios and occasions that simply move through our days. Yet there are other things, those […]

Health mistakes are ok

March 8, 2016
Posted by Lucy

Health Mistakes are actually OK? As part of my healthy lifestyle programmes, I often create individualised recipes and meal plans for people. As people create their own pathways to health and wellbeing, they often see gaps in their current way of eating or want to substitute existing snacks or meals with alternative options more in line […]

Body Awareness and Food

February 23, 2016
Posted by Lucy

Sometimes the work I do with clients is not necessarily around finding how food is part of the problem, but rather that food isn’t the problem that people thought it was. Recently, in one of my nutrition programme sessions, my client realised that she had blamed food for many years for her pain and discomfort and […]

Listening to your Body

February 9, 2016
Posted by Lucy

Stop, breath and listen to your body I had a rather interesting conversation with a women the other day. She started telling me about a problem she is having with her ears. I often find that people are happy to randomly ask me questions about this or that, and so this situation was no different. […]

Health Motivation

January 26, 2016
Posted by Lucy

A little Health Motivation As part of my one to one work with clients, I often find myself involved in a type of conversation that goes something like this: Me: “So Mary, how have you found making those changes this week?” Mary “Well Lucy, things were going great. I was getting on fine but then my cat got sick, my grandmother […]

Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

January 13, 2016
Posted by Lucy

Its January. Its cold. Everything around me is screaming slow down, comfort,enjoy and take time out. So its the perfect to make a big bowl of soup and nourish your soul. I’m trying to keep a cold at bay so I want something filled with antioxidants to boost my immune system and naturally warming properties. […]

New Year New You… Really?

December 16, 2015
Posted by Lucy

Does the New Year New You thing really work? It’s something we hear a lot about at this time of year. The idea of a New Year brings with it all sorts of new potentials. Shiny, new, better, more… all telling you that by the end of this year you could be the person you have […]

Repeating the same mistakes

December 14, 2015
Posted by Lucy

  Do you want to make the same health mistakes this year for Christmas or do things a little differently? One of the main elements of my 3 month “Back to You” nutrition programme is that I focus on the idea of stopping, listening and taking time out. I find that one of the main benefits […]

Green Smoothie Recipes

July 16, 2015
Posted by Lucy

A range of Green Smoothie Recipes to get you started: Smoothies can be a great way of boosting your daily diet with extra nutrients. In order to get the most of your smoothies, I’ve put together a few basic tips: Smoothies are a great booster, but they are not a meal. Use them as a […]

Asking healthy questions

June 17, 2015
Posted by Lucy

I love seeing the penny drop for people.  The interesting thing about my work is that I can only give people the penny. I do this by providing them with the space and right questions to guide their thinking, alongside the education and practical tips they need. But how a person puts together the story of their own health, how […]

How to have a healthy lifestyle

June 3, 2015
Posted by Lucy

Having a healthy lifestyle is often about trial and error, and finding out what works for you – and you alone. Let me tell you this little story. As part of my healthy lifestyle programmes, I often create individualised recipes and meal plans for people. As people create their own pathways to health and wellbeing, […]

Feeding yourself

May 13, 2015
Posted by Lucy

May has traditionally been called ‘the hungry month’. The seeds planted in early spring have not quite started producing crops, and the stored winter vegetables are running out.However, with climates and farming practises changing, you’ll probably feel far from hungry in May. The first of the Irish summer berries are making their way into our […]

Healthy Eating Plate from Harvard

April 30, 2015
Posted by Lucy

Time and time again I come back to this plate. It was devised by Harvard’s School of Nutrition and creates a simple, visual guide to what balanced meals look like. Take a picture with your phone, or keep the visual in your head. Whether you are ordering lunch out, cooking your dinner at home or […]

Healthy food Relationship

April 28, 2015
Posted by Lucy

Are you in a healthy food relationship? Have you ever stepped back and wondered about your relationship to food? I’m not just talking about the foods you like and don’t like or the daily habits you seem to have picked up along the way regarding what you eat.  I’m talking about how important a role […]

Ways to stay healthy

April 8, 2015
Posted by Lucy

As part of my one to one work with clients, I often find myself involved in a type of conversation that goes something like this: Me: “So Mary, how have you found making those changes this week?” Mary “Well Lucy, things were going great. I was getting on fine but then my cat got sick, my grandmother turned 80 so we […]

Diet questions

March 25, 2015
Posted by Lucy

Sometimes the work I do with clients is not necessarily around finding how food is part of the problem, but rather that food isn’t the problem that people thought it was. Recently, in one of my nutrition programme sessions, my client realised that she had blamed food for many years for her pain and discomfort and […]

Healthy food options

March 19, 2015
Posted by Lucy

A Little Too Busy for You – Easy Healthy Food options It’s a term I hear in my nutrition sessions all the time. Some of us are stuck in a world of ‘too busy’ and we can’t seem to get out.  Whether is juggling the demands of a busy family life or meeting the demands […]

Avocado, Orange and Chicken Salad

March 16, 2015
Posted by Lucy

Its not very often I crave salad in the winter, I tend to be attracted to warmer foods. Yet, on this day, I saw a range of ingredients in my kitchen and just started putting them together –  I loved the result! Do you notice that you crave certain foods at certain times of the […]

Stuck in a Rut with your health

March 11, 2015
Posted by Lucy

I’m always interested how ‘themes’ begin to appear in my work. By themes, I mean that I will have client after client with a similar issue or difficulty to overcome. I’m not sure where these themes come from: from me, from the seasons, from the conversations around the kettle or from the news or media messages in any […]

New You Plan

February 25, 2015
Posted by Lucy

Its often about this time of year I start reflection on how the year is going. I think back on all those ideas and notions I had only a month or two ago. The idea of a New Year brings with it all sorts of new potentials. Shiny, new, better, more… all telling you that […]

Creating Healthy Habits

December 8, 2014
Posted by Lucy

Creating Healthy Habits We are coming into a time of year that is about celebration and it seems that, culturally, we attach this celebration to excess. Many people are already having the conversation in their head about how they are just going to ‘let go’, ‘forget it all’ and enjoy the festivities to the max. […]

Correct portion of Fruit and Vegetables

November 3, 2014
Posted by Lucy

One question I get asked by clients is about the correct portion of fruit and vegetables. Portion of Fruit and Vegetables: I use the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines, which recommend adults eat anywhere from 5 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. I find the advice from the United States is generally ahead of […]

Finding Health Within

October 20, 2014
Posted by Lucy

Finding health within can start with the right questions. I received interesting feedback from a client the other day. She wrote to me about one of the health programmes I am running at the moment. “Your style invites me into empowerment” she said, and I stopped and thought for a while. What exactly are we […]

Healthy Lunch Ideas: Roasted Parsnip Soup

September 24, 2014
Posted by Lucy

Roasted Parsnip soup: As the autumn air and the shorter nights approach, I am drawn towards warmer foods and soups. Roasting vegetables before adding to soup can be a great way of enhancing the taste and making the soup richer. I have used root ginger to add even more warmth to this roasted parsnip soup […]

Making Healthy Changes

August 27, 2014
Posted by Lucy

One Giant Leap or Just a Step towards healthy changes Is it something in the way we are conditioned that makes us think that when we decide to change, we need to make it a grand gesture.  Do we feel the need to make drastic mistakes, to make life changing decisions or to take on […]

What is your Food Story?

June 23, 2014
Posted by Lucy

Is your food story doing you any good? I’ve become deeply involved in the area of storytelling over the last few months. I have begun to unravel my own personal story and how that has impacted upon the meaning of my business. As a result, I’ve become rather fascinated by the power of ‘a food […]

Deepen your Connection with Yourself through Food

May 20, 2014
Posted by Lucy

 Holistic Nutrition Options Are we not all looking for the same thing? We want to feel good so that we can live our lives to the best of our abilities. We want energy, vitality and connection. Well, thats what I want, and thats what Food for Living is all about. Its about holistic nutrition: how […]

What Feeds You?

May 20, 2014
Posted by Lucy

  I often see people in a rather determined state! ‘Right’ they say. ‘Its time to sort this out’ or ‘I’ve known I need to address this for years’ are common conversation fillers. Our diets, and the choices we make around food, are often one the most tangible things we can change in our lives. […]

Childhood Obesity on ‘The Last Word’ Today FM

March 31, 2014
Posted by Lucy

This is my great conversation today on ‘The Last Word’ with Matt Cooper, Ivan Perry and Melanie Nocher on childhood obesity. The conversation starts at 35:32. Enjoy

Relationship to food

March 28, 2014
Posted by Lucy

What if food wasn’t the bad guy? It seems so black and white sometimes. Fat is in: sugar is out! And it also seems that people want straight forward “Is this really good for me? Is this healthy? I’m being good at the moment so I can’t have that”.  We place food, the ingredients we […]

Healthy Holidays

March 18, 2014
Posted by Lucy

Living Vacation Time to the Max: A Guide to Healthy holidays! I’ve been having some great conversations lately with Kendra Thornton @KendraThornton about staying healthy during holiday time. The fun, excitement and enjoyment of vacation time can be the perfect antidote to our busy daily lives. However, in a desire to “let go”, sometimes we […]

Healthy Breakfasts – Polenta porridge

February 27, 2014
Posted by Lucy

Why polenta porridge? I came down to breakfast today, only to realise I’d run out of oats! But wanting a nice bowl of piping hot winter grains, I searched the cupboards for some options. I found a box of polenta and thought about turning it into some porridge. I created the tastiest breakfast of a […]

Bursting with Health for 2014

January 30, 2014
Posted by Lucy

  Well, its that January time of year, a promise of new start and a whole heaps of expectations for 2014.I’ve been slow to make any great plans or goals for this year, but instead have taken a more gentler approach to my health and wellbeing. I’ve thought about how my attitude towards food and […]

Are you Mindful Eating?

November 28, 2013
Posted by Lucy

Mindful Eating I realised, when writing my latest blog for the Irish Executive Network, just how many things I do while eating. The simple act of engaging with our food, being present while we eat, has a massive effect on how well we breakdown and absorb all those fabulous nutrients from the  food we eat. […]

The Effect of Low Blood Sugar Levels

November 11, 2013
Posted by Lucy

See my blog for the Irish Executives Network below on what low blood sugar levels are really about: Tuesday Revelations. Things always go a little funny on a Tuesday and it’s taken me a while to figure out why. The day starts off well as I have a great business support group that meets at […]

IBS Support Testmonial

October 29, 2013
Posted by Lucy

I work with many different types of people regarding IBS Support. Love this recent testimonial from a client who recently received IBS support. It made me realise how many people dread meal times when they suffer from digestive problems. Luckily, digestive disturbances can be managed and you can actually start feeling good again! “I had […]

Health Benefits of Plant Oils

October 14, 2013
Posted by Lucy

I had so much fun with Deirdre, Diane and Catherine doing this 4 week ‘Healthy Eating with Oils’ programme with Newgrange Gold. I find that cooking and using plant oils for health is one topic that confuses many people. However, working with the Newgrange Gold Rapeseed and Camelina oils, we came up with the ‘Nutrition […]

Tips for Sports Nutrition

September 29, 2013
Posted by Lucy

Top Tips for Sports Nutrition The whole area of sports nutrition has become a highly evolved and scientific area of expertise. Professional athletes have access to sports nutritionist and their nutrition is seen as important as their physical and mental activities. Yet, whether you are a weekend cyclist or training on an on-going basis with […]

Carrot and Red Lentil Soup

September 18, 2013
Posted by Lucy

Carrot and Red Lentil Soup: Well, its turning wintery and our tastes are starting to change! I’ve had salad leaves for a week in the fridge, untouched, and all I want is warm comforting foods. Food can be warming in two main ways. They are hot in temperature (soups, stews and roasts are perfect) or […]

Online Nutritionist testimonials

September 16, 2013
Posted by Lucy

Are my Online Nutritionist services right for you? I just love doing my work as an online nutritionist. It allows me to work with people all over the world, and it allows me to work in a way that is deeply motivating and truly  inspirational. Here a few recent testimonials from people who have used my […]

Canteen Confusion

September 11, 2013
Posted by Lucy

Check out my latest blow with Irish Executive Network on fuelling your body the right way, for the whole day: The Canteen Paradox I was recently asked to take a look at the menus and snack options available in a canteen of an international company based in Dublin.  Nothing unusual there, so off I went […]

New exciting collaboration with Collegedinners.ie

September 2, 2013
Posted by Lucy

Delighted to get involved with the Cork based company College Dinners. I think its a great idea – supplying college students with the fresh ingredients for 4 evening meals every week. I’m looking forward to getting involved with the recipes and teaching students some of the basics in eating well at college. http://www.businessandleadership.com/small-business/item/42464-corks-collegedinners/ Here is […]

“Control my biscuit consumption” Testimonial

August 21, 2013
Posted by Lucy

I love the honesty in this recent testimonial of a client: I spent my entire life trying to control my biscuit consumption and the amount being far in excess on a daily basis of what I would consider the average person to have in a week. I even had biscuits for breakfast! As for my shopping […]

Balancing Blood Sugar Levels with Whole grains

July 11, 2013
Posted by Lucy

Eating excessive amounts of refined and simple carbohydrates can disrupt our blood sugar levels on an ongoing basis. Examples include white flour foods such as croissants, muffins, white bread, along with white rice and pasta. However, whole grain carbohydrates, such as brown rice, wholegrain or wholewheat bread, wholewheat pasta, wholegrain oats and rye etc can […]

Finding Balance this summer

June 19, 2013
Posted by Lucy

Below is my blog for the Irish Executives Network on how to create a healthy balance this summer. Balance is the key to ongoing health and wellbeing. Getting the healthy balance right   I’ve been spending quite a bit of time in the States this year and I’m gaining insight! Spending time in the American […]

Create Health – One step at a time

June 10, 2013
Posted by Lucy

Create health one step at a time For those who might be overwhelmed and not not know where to start, my article in this week’s Cork Independent is a great way to create health one step at a time. If you cannot read, simply click on the image and you can zoom in and out!

Chocolate peanut squares

May 21, 2013
Posted by Lucy

  The first thing I do when I look at a dessert recipe is think: how can I take as much sugar out of this and still keep the flavour. I also always try to make a wheat or gluten free version of it. I loved these chocolate peanut squares when my sister gave me […]

No Added Sugar Recipes from Today Show

May 19, 2013
Posted by Lucy

I’ve have loads of requests for my ‘no added sugar’ recipes from the Today show! Here they are below – try them out and enjoy. Just remember that many fruits, root vegetables and many nuts and grains are naturally sweet and can be easily used as a sugar substitute. You can also use flavours such […]

Sugar Content of your Favourite Cereals

April 17, 2013
Posted by Lucy

Just preparing for a talk at a local national school and had forgotten this chart I made up last year – I’m going to be talking to parents about how much ‘hidden’ sugar is in their favourite breakfast cereals:   Content of sugar in cereals American Heart Assoc recommends: added sugar intake for women is […]

Changing Food habits

March 25, 2013
Posted by Lucy

In my Irish Executive blog this month, I talk about changing food habits for the better. Do you have a long list of excuses about some of some of your food habits? Do some of them serve you well and others get in the way of good health? Read my blog below to find out […]

Reducing Processed Meats

March 13, 2013
Posted by Lucy

A recent article in the Irish Times talked about the link between processed meats and mortality: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/processed-meat-linked-to-early-death-1.1319726 Processed meats are generally considered meat preserved by smoking, curing or salting, or addition of chemical preservatives.Ham, bacon, pastrami, sausages, hot dogs and luncheon meats are all considered processed meat. Eaten in excess they can be damaging to your […]

Wheat free ‘Rye’ drop scones

March 11, 2013
Posted by Lucy

Rye Wheat Free Scones Since Christmas, I’ve been keeping myself as wheat-free as possible and I’m finding it is suiting me well. Much less ‘full feeling’ after eating and much less uncomfortable bloated-ness. The one area I miss wheat is in the bread department – perhaps something to start the day with or have with […]

‘Warm me Up’ Butternut squash soup

February 11, 2013
Posted by Lucy

Butternut Squash Soup Its freezing! So rather than just sit here and shiver I decided to create a soup to warm the soul. I didn’t just use the warming effects of having a bowl of butternut squash soup for lunch (sorry salads, I’m giving you a miss for a while) but I also added herbs […]

Still no Health Goals?

February 1, 2013
Posted by Lucy

Setting Healthy Goals Still stuck on creating health goals for the year?  Perhaps today is the perfect today is the perfect day to think about it. Read my blog for Irish Executives Network below: Lets start here with you, because that is where you are. Setting healthy goals   Another year, another reason to set ourselves a range of […]

Want to keep your New Year’s Resolutions?

January 9, 2013
Posted by Lucy

Check out my article in the Evening Echo on how to keep healthy for the whole year. click double click on it to expand 🙂

Great article on how I’m living high life

January 4, 2013
Posted by Lucy

New Year Simple Healthy Eating Tips

January 2, 2013
Posted by Lucy

Healthy eating tips Its that time of year! Time to dust off the cobwebs and get out there to start the New Year that way you want. Here are some healthy eating tips to get you started: Some healthy eating tips to get you thinking about how you are eating now and how you might want to adapt […]

Your Liver is for Life, not just for Christmas

December 21, 2012
Posted by Lucy

Foods for Liver Health With the Christmas social season in full swing, this is the time of year that people tend to be a little excessive! There are numerous Christmas catch ups and the usual Monday to Friday routine of eating gets thrown out the window. Also, with all of these social gatherings usually comes […]

Cranberry Sauce

December 19, 2012
Posted by Lucy

This is a sugar free cranberry sauce which is very tasty and fits with your Christmas healthy eating plan. The root ginger is a great way of boosting your immune system over Christmas, the orange zest will provide your liver with some added support and the cinnamon will provide you will some lovely antioxidant support. […]

Give the Gift of Health this Christmas: Food for Living Christmas Vouchers

December 10, 2012
Posted by Lucy

Health Vouchers Back due to popular demand, this year I have Christmas health vouchers available for those wanting to give a ‘healthy’ gift this Christmas. The vouchers can be used on either my Skype nutrition programmes or my healthy eating meal plans. Contact me on 086 8179964 or lucy@foodforliving.ie for more details on my health vouchers.

Recipe for cheese scones

November 29, 2012
Posted by Lucy

Anyone in the mood for some comfort food? I designed this recipe for cheese scones just for this! These cold days just lend themselves to huge bowls of soup and hot scones. Scones can be given a bad wrap from a health perspective. They can be filled with sugar, white flour, and dried fruit. As […]

Spiced Turnip Cake

November 15, 2012
Posted by Lucy

The story behind the….  Spiced Turnip Cake The idea of sneaking ingredients that you or your family might not like into foods is not new. Nor is the idea of packing some of our favourite foods with nutrient high ingredients to get more bang for our buck. I am always experimenting with ways of getting […]

Swiss Chard, Apple and Pear salad

October 2, 2012
Posted by Lucy

PrintSwiss Chard, Apple and Pear Salad Ingredients1 pear, chopped 1 apple, chopped A few large leaves of swiss chard 1 tablespoon of whole linseeds/flaxseeds 5 dates, chopped into tiny pieces Dressing: 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 clove garlic, minced 1 tbsp red vinegar or apple cider vinegar 1/2 lemons, squeezed 1 pinch salt […]

Enhance your Vitality this Autumn with Food and Yoga

September 18, 2012
Posted by Lucy

“Enhancing vitality”   Yoga & Nutrition Workshop to Support & Boost your Immune System this Autumn     Yoga Sequences designed to open the body increasing energy & flexibility, aiding digestion & organ health.   Nutrition talk on the best foods for this autumn. Discussion on which ingredients will boost your health and keep you well […]

Quinoa Salad Recipes with Beetroot

September 4, 2012
Posted by Lucy

The story with quinoa salad recipes… I’ve just finished a fabulous yoga and nutrition workshop at Kinsale Yoga Centre. The theme of the workshop was ‘Enhancing Vitality’ and the aim of the workshop was to show people how both food and yoga could be used to help you stay well this autumn. From a food […]

Is Weight Loss Really A Matter Of Colour?

July 20, 2012
Posted by Lucy

Eat a Rainbow When you think of the term eat a rainbow, you often think about fruits and vegetables. Yet, equally important in the ‘eat a rainbow’ everyday analogy, is about choosing the colour of your carbs! There are two main areas of nutrition that I spend my life educating people about: the first is […]

Craving Something Sweet

July 13, 2012
Posted by Lucy

Many people who come and see me suffer from a sweet tooth. Generally just after eating, they feel the need for something sweet or at around 11 or 4 they feel a little low in energy and feel they need something sweet to lift them. This is often a result of an imbalance in their […]

Protein rich baked bean recipe

July 10, 2012
Posted by Lucy

Protein rich baked bean recipe I’ve been doing so much cooking lately while I’m designing recipes for my meal plans that I’ve been thinking about the most important principles of eating for health. At the same time I have been writing the content for my blog series on losing weight. So I’ve decided to tie it […]

4 Week Weight Loss Plan Focus towards Health

June 28, 2012
Posted by Lucy

4 Week Weight Loss Plan Over the next four weeks I’m going to concentrate on the a 4 week weight loss plan giving you the main tips I find work best in my nutrition programmes. It will be a 4 week Weight Loss Plan!  These tips are taken from my Weight Loss Meal Plans. This […]

Anti-inflammatory Foods

May 22, 2012
Posted by Lucy

Anti-inflammatory Foods for Everyday Love this article on the anti-inflammatory foods that you can include on a daily basis. Certain foods, when they are eaten, promote an inflammatory response or an anti-inflammatory response when they are consumed. I do a lot of work with people in my nutrition programmes to balance their consumption of both: How many […]

Fibre for Kids

May 21, 2012
Posted by Lucy

Fibre for Kids Wondering what is the correct amount of fibre for kids? Remember that fibre is an essential nutrient for children, keeping their imune systems and digestive systems in check! Great sources of fibre for kids are fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, beans and lentils and whole grains such as oats and brown […]

Healthy Eating Guidelines

May 17, 2012
Posted by Lucy

Food for Living blog Just found this great resource from Food Safety Authority Ireland on healthy eating: Scientific Recommendations for Healthy Eating Guidelines in IrelandFree PDF Download Its got some great visual aids to help you understand portion sizes! Happy Reading

Reading the Label

May 16, 2012
Posted by Lucy

Just read the label I recently found a great website on how to ‘read the label’ from the NHS: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/food-labelling.aspx Learning how to read the label of the foods you buy on a weekly basis is the single biggest step you can make towards creating the health you want. Knowing what is in the food you […]

Cereal Bars uncovered: Are cereal bars healthy?

May 2, 2012
Posted by Lucy

Are cereal bars healthy? I was just down in my local supermarket doing research for a school tomorrow. I was looking specifically at sugar in cereal and snack bars. I often get asked the question “Are cereal bars healthy?” These are a great convenient options for people, especially for kids with lunch boxes, but the […]

Butternut squash and smoked mackerel pot

January 9, 2012
Posted by Lucy

Butternut squash and smoked mackerel pot I’m sure you are all filled with great intentions for this year and may I wish you every success in achieving your goals. when it comes to eating well, this year I’ll be continuing to give you plenty of tips, recipe ideas and assistance with eating great healthy and […]

Chilli and Garlic Brussels Sprouts

December 22, 2011
Posted by Lucy

The Muscles of Brussels This week I’ll be talking about one of the most powerfully beneficial greens for our health. The Brussels sprout is synonymous with Christmas dinners but given their positive impact on health, you should make them a vegetable for throughout the winter. Brussels sprouts health benefits are far reaching. The fibre in […]

Turkey and Vegetable Chilli

December 15, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Turkey and Vegetable Chilli This week I’ll be talking about good old turkey. So what is there to know? Firstly, turkey is considered a ‘white meat’, along with chicken, and, in health terms, is considered differently to its ‘red meat’ friends such as beef and lamb. Where red meats have been connected to digestive problems such […]

Cranberry Relish

December 8, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Cranberry Cheer Coming up to Christmas can be time of great excess! For some it’s great fun, but for others, there is a worry about gaining weight and controlling appetite. However, Christmas is actually filled with healthy ingredients that can help achieve a balance with all of the other ingredients. Over the next few weeks […]

Diet and Chemotherapy – Banana and Spinach Smoothie

December 8, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Diet and Chemotherapy I’m getting more and more requests from people and organisations to develop recipes and menus for people undergoing chemotherapy – they want to know more about diet and chemotherapy. It can be a time when appetite is low and eating can be difficult. And yet, it is a time when eating a […]

Nutrition and Chemo

November 21, 2011
Posted by Lucy

I’ve been doing some great work at the moment with Jim Fisher, from www.cookinfrance.com around cooking and eating while undergoing chemotherapy. I often see patients who are trying to manage eating well while they are undergoing chemo. Check out my article with this great chef on http://www.cookinfrance.com/chemotherapy-recipes.html or read below: Ideas to make chemotherapy more […]

Roasted Squash Soup

November 18, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Naturally sweetening with Roasted Squash Soup I had a conversation with someone recently about one of my sweet potato soup recipes. The feedback was the soup didn’t taste very sweet and was a little tasteless.  When I started asking questions, I realised that the sweet potato used was quite white inside and sounded under ripe.  […]

Chickpea and Butternut Squash Stew

November 10, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Cooking with Winter squashes: Chickpea and butternut squash stew The pumpkin frenzy of the last few weeks has reminded me about the great variety of squashes and pumpkins we have available in Ireland. At this time of year, these colourful vegetables are ideal for winter soups, stews and warm salads. The added benefit is that […]

Cauliflower and Roasted Beet Salad

November 3, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Supporting Detox with Cauliflower and Roasted Beet Salad The word detox is an overused and sometimes misunderstood term. It is one of the questions I get asked most about when I am doing talks or discussing the role food plays in health. The body needs to process and detoxify itself in order to keep the body in […]

Healthy Breakfasts Ideas- Rice Bake

October 27, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Background story for healthy breakfast ideas Many of the people who come to see me in my Nutrition Clinic do not eat breakfast or eat a breakfast that is not complete. The skipping of breakfast results in a range of behaviours later in the day, mainly overeating, reduced energy levels and craving sweet foods. In […]

Flaxseed and Apple Pancakes

October 20, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Flaxseed and Apple Pancakes Flaxseeds are becoming more and more popular in health food stores and supermarkets and it’s no wonder!  Nuts and seeds always seems to top the chart in terms of health benefits, being a great source of protein, good quality fats and a range of nutrients. However, flaxseeds provide something a little […]

Parsnip and Haricot bean Soup

October 13, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Parsnip and Haricot bean Soup The Autumn is well underway and I’ve just received my first batch of parsnips from my community growers scheme. I’ve realised that is it becomes colder, our tastes begin to change and our eating patterns change with it. Root vegetables seem to sum up winter eating: whether you are talking […]

Chickpea and Chorizo stew

October 6, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Bean rich Chickpea and Chorizo Stew Anyone who reads my recipes, either in my weekly column or on my website, will know how much I use beans in my favourite healthy dishes. Whether it is blending them to make a dip, adding them to my stews or casseroles or thickening my soups with them, they […]

Sweet potato and sage soup

September 29, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Sweet Potato soup OK, there is no denying it. We are starting to put on the heating and light the fires.  As the weather starts to get more wintery, we change our wardrobes and also our eating habits. To help us stay warm this winter, we naturally begin to eat more soups, stews and casseroles, […]

Blueberry Yogurt with Toasted Cashews

September 22, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Blueberry Yogurt with Toasted Cashews I’m very excited about the work that I am currently doing with Urru Culinary Store in Bandon. I was brought into the store to take a look at their menus, and make suggestions on how to put health at the centre of these. As a store committed to providing only […]

Blackberry Tart

September 15, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Raw Blackberry Tart I’ve been walking a lot over the last few weeks and have realised that there is a constant form of snack food along the way – the blackberries in the bushes!  This is the perfect time of year to get out there and start foraging for your food. With a range of […]

Healthy breakfast – Oat Bran Recipes

September 9, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Background story I always feel like the start of September is a little like New Years Day. The holidays are over, the kids are back at school and it’s time to start back into your new habits and goals. For those who might have gone a little excessive this summer, fear not! You can start […]

Tasty feta and mango crackers

August 11, 2011
Posted by Lucy

If anyone sees a crazy looking women in the shops taking photos of labels, well that’s me! Slowly over the course of the summer I’ve had to challenge all my assumptions about particular shops, particular brands and particular foods!  I’ve learn that shopping well really does come down to one thing – reading the label. […]

Raspberry Crumble

August 4, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Questioning cereals with a Raspberry Crumble The response that I’m getting to my “Cheat and still stay healthy” campaign this summer is great. I am becoming more and more aware of the importance of reading the packets of the foods that we eat. It is only through reading the ingredient list and the nutritional information […]

Using Yogurt Dip as a dressing

July 29, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Yogurt dressing and dip What is interesting about the comparisons I’m doing at the moment across various food products is how there are no rules! There is no one brand or any one supermarket that is better than others. It really comes down to reading labels and paying attention to back of the product as […]

Handy Hummus Wrap

July 21, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Handy Hummus Wrap I must admit, I do think that hummus is one of the handiest dips. I have about 10 different ones on my website www.foodforliving.ie, using different beans, spices and citrus flavours. One of the reason why I feel it is so useful is that it can be used as a spread, a […]

Rice and Pesto salad

July 14, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Pesto Perfection I initially started thinking about looking at different products on the shelves as a result of the many questions I get asked in my nutrition centre. People have a tendency to bring in packets or jars that they have found and ask me whether they are ‘healthy’ or not. A few weeks ago, […]

Smoked salmon with Rocket salsa

July 8, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Smoked salmon with Rocket salsa Last year, I ran an ‘Eat real food this summer’ campaign where I showed everyone just how easy it was to make more nutritious and tasty versions of the food they would usually find in jars and packets.   All of those recipes are still available on www.foodforliving.ie. This summer, I’m […]

Pimp up your salad

June 30, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Pimp up your salad: Carrot, chickpea and toasted cashew salad I recently talked about a healthy salad dressing and just how easy it was to create a different dressing every day, if you wanted to! Once you have the basic formula, you can create any taste or flavour you want. I also noticed, however, that many people […]

Enjoying your BBQ with tomato salsa sald

June 24, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Giant tomato salsa salad with lentils It’s that time of year.  Come hail or shine, we naturally start thinking about dusting off the barbeques for summer and firing them up for some seriously tasty meat and fish.  However, burnt and char grilled meats do bring with them some health risks, particularly in the form of […]

Healthy Salad Dressing

June 17, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Healthy Salad Dressing I was talking to a girl the other day at my nutrition clinic. She was telling me how much easier it was to stay focused on healthy eating during the summer. She felt that the season was filled with salads and the variety of fruit, making them a more natural choice. Not […]

Asparagus Heaven

June 9, 2011
Posted by Lucy

  Starting again with good health It’s like all of a sudden the new season has started! In the markets, delis and supermarkets, we have the first round of the new crops from Spring. It’s so great to see all of the tasty local produce coming from Irish fields that have been recently pickled and […]

New Potato Salad

June 3, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Friday 3rd June Check out my article in the Cork Independent featuring asparagus or read below: http://www.corkindependent.com/lifestyle/lifestyle/food-for-living-%11-the-new-year-of-food-20110602/ The New Year of Food It’s almost like New Years Eve again. We are finished with May, the ‘Hungry Month’, where the crops from the last growing season have come to an end while the new round of […]

Is the Placebo Effect the way to good health?

May 27, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Interesting video on the Placebo Effect: The Placebo Effect

Bircher Muesli

May 26, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Thursday 26th May Check out my article today in the Cork Independent on how to keep your energy going all morning or read below: http://www.corkindependent.com/lifestyle/lifestyle/food-for-living-%11-keeping-the-energy-going-20110526/ Keeping the energy going I’m off to a national school next week to talk about the role of food in children’s health. I’ll be talking to them about how what […]

Carla’s Pea and Mint soup

May 20, 2011
Posted by Lucy

The Perfect Pea I was out to lunch the other day as part of the Network Cork’s Business Womens awards, where some of Cork’s top business women were awarded for all their hard work and success. It was a fabulous lunch, at Augustines restaurant at the Clarion, and one of the things on the menu […]

Reading labels

May 17, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Often get confused when reading labels? How do you know if the amount on the label is high or low? Here are so general guides: How do I know if a food is high in fat, saturated fat, sugar or salt? There are guidelines to tell you if a food is high in fat, saturated […]

Sweet potato chips

May 13, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Friday 13th May Check out my article in today’s Cork Independent or read below: http://www.corkindependent.com/lifestyle/lifestyle/food-for-living-%11-12th-may-2011/ Trying Something New I’ve been having an ongoing discussion with Cork Independent’s Editor, Deirdre O Shaughnessy, about the great taste of sweet potatoes. I had done a sweet potato recipe that had involved baking the potato and Deirdre didn’t like […]

Spring Lamb chops with salsa

May 5, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Thursday 5th May Today’s recipe has been tried and tested by the Cork Indo’s Editor Deirdre O’ Shauchnessy during the week and got the thumbs up!!!!! Give it a try yourself and let me know how you go – Irish lamb is just gorgeous at the moment and is full of nutrients! http://www.corkindependent.com/lifestyle/lifestyle/food-for-living-%11-a-spring-in-your-step-2011%1105%1105/ Or read […]

Hay fever busting stir fry

April 29, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Friday 29th April Check out my article in the Cork Independent today or read below: Something in the air There has been something in the air for the last few weeks and I think it’s something other than love… Sneezing, itchy eyes and running noses generally mean one thing: that hay fever time of year. […]

Chocolate Strawberries

April 22, 2011
Posted by Lucy

  I went shopping for chocolate last week and was amazed at the wide variety of chocolate available on the market.  Rather than shop in the supermarkets, I thought I’d support local producers. So off I went, firstly to Eve’s Chocolates in Dennehy’s Cross, and then into O’Connaills chocolate shop in town. In both these places, […]

Whole wheat pasta salad

April 14, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Thursday 14th April, Check out article today in the Cork Independent or read below: http://www.corkindependent.com/lifestyle/lifestyle/start-with-a-store-cupboard/ I hear one excuse over and over again from clients. They say ‘I come home and open the cupboards to make my meal and there is nothing to eat’. It is so important to keep your cupboards regularly stocked and […]

Home made garam massala

April 8, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Friday 8th April Check out my article in the Cork Independent or read below: http://www.corkindependent.com/lifestyle/lifestyle/making-your-own-flavourings/ Making your own flavourings In many ways, my job is simple. People come and see me each week wanting to improve their health through the foods they are eating. They want to change their current habits and ask me to […]

Gluten free Quinoa Porridge

April 1, 2011
Posted by Lucy

This week, as I keep wheat out of my diet, I’ve been experimenting with a range of grains. I’ve decided to keep gluten away from my breakfasts and having been exploring a variety of other whole grains to eat. So what are some options? One thing I noticed about several people that come into my […]

Leek and Butternut soup

Thursday 24th March Check out my article in today’s Cork Independent on one pot wonders or read below: http://www.corkindependent.com/lifestyle/lifestyle/one-pot-wonders/ One pot wonders I was making up a soup the other day as part of my Spring detox programme, hoping I could put the complete meal into the one pot.  I have taken out wheat and […]

Fast Roasted Hake with Parsley, Oregano, Chilli and Lime

March 16, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Healthy Hake Recipes I spent last Saturday having the best time down at the Good Things Cafe in Durrus, West Cork. There, Carmel Somers, the owner of the cafe and excellent teacher, shared her wisdom and knowledge about the beauty of fish and how best to cook it.  Having spent the day sampling a range […]

Banana bread recipe

March 10, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Alternatives to something sweet Lent is often a time when people consider the habits they have and which ones they feel would be good to give up! Often, sweets and chocolates are top of the list or things to give up. So are there any alternatives in terms of sweet things to enjoy? One of […]

Pancakes full of goodness – Pear and Buckwheat

March 7, 2011
Posted by Lucy

  Eggs are an important part of the diet and for those who do not have any allergies to them, they are an essential source of nutrients. And what better way to enjoy them than in pancakes! Eggs are a complete form of protein, a great source of selenium (a powerful antioxidant) and iodine and can […]

Smoked salmon salad

March 3, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Thursday 3rd March Check out my article and recipe in today’s Cork Independent or read below: http://www.corkindependent.com/lifestyle/lifestyle/changing-a-habit/ Changing a habit Most people who come into my nutrition clinic have one thing in common – they want to change a habit. This habit is usually focused on the way that they eat. They know that they […]

Broccoli and Leek Omelette recipe

February 24, 2011
Posted by Lucy

The Beauty of Broccoli Fruits and vegetables are amazing foods. The more we learn about them, the more we realise that they bring with them all sorts of health benefits. Not only do they contain vitamin and minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients (powerful anti-oxidants) but they also contain different types of fibre that help to keep […]

Calcium levels in food

February 23, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Wednesday 23rd February Just thought I would share this chart with you. We tend to be a little bit dairy obsessed in this country when it comes to calcium, but I believe a healthy diet is a varied diet, where we get all our daily nutrients from a range of foods. You might find that […]

Stewed Pear

February 15, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Pear Power To me, this time of year is a great time for pears.  Whether they are chopped over bowl of porridge in the morning, stewed little with a little grated root ginger or poached in the oven, pears are great winter fruits. Yet there is much more to the common pear than you think. […]

Red Kidney Bean and Brown Rice salad

February 3, 2011
Posted by Lucy

I know you are probably tired of hearing about carbs but they are crucial to health and especially weight loss. I often talk about the importance of choosing complex carbohydrates over refined grains. I got several questions back regarding what a complex carbohydrate actually is. Understanding the processing of grains is useful in order to […]

Sugar levels in cereals

January 31, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Monday 31st January I found this on a recent article on-line. It shows just how much sugar is in cereals, especially children’s cereal. In my nutrition clinic, I work with parents to look at healthier alternatives to shop bought high sugar cereals: Is cereal the healthiest way to start the day? With many breakfast cereals […]

Homemade whole wheat brown scones

January 27, 2011
Posted by Lucy

In my nutrition clinic, I often spend time talking about the basic principles food and health. People are often confused about terms such as protein, they wonder about the various types of fat and they often get confused about the issue of carbohydrates and sugars. These basic principles are actually the key to healthy eating […]

Beetroot Tzatziki Dip

January 26, 2011
Posted by Lucy

I’ve found the best beetroots this winter – I’m not sure if the frost brought out all the sweetness. Not only have I been cooking with them an awful lot but I have also been reminding myself of just how great they are… Not only are beetroots a great source of fibre but they are also packed […]

Carrot and Beetroot soup

January 20, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Thursday 26th January Check out my article in today’s Cork Independent for some simple and easy to use tips on how to stay hydrated throughout the day. The article also discusses why drinking enough water during the day is so important in terms of health. Check out fluid filled soup below, one of my favourites […]

Asian Broccoli Soup

January 13, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Thursday 13th January Check out my article today in the Cork Independent, teaching you how to pack the goodness in to what you are eating: http://www.corkindependent.com/lifestyle/lifestyle/packing-the-goodness-in/ I’ve also wrote a great Asian Broccoli soup which is packed full of broccoli goodness.I often promote broccoli and all green leafy vegetables as part of people’s healthy eating […]

Top 10 Healthy Eating tips for 2011

January 6, 2011
Posted by Lucy

Thursday 6th January 2011 Check out my Top ten Healthy Eating Tips for 2011 in the Cork Independent today: http://www.corkindependent.com/lifestyle/lifestyle/food-for-living-06-01-2011/ Get your ‘five a day’ Eating at least 5 fruit and vegetables a day is up there at the top! Reduce your saturated fat intake Saturated fats are predominantly animal fats so reduce your meat […]

Split Pea Pate

January 6, 2011
Posted by Lucy

January 6th Split Pea Pate 1 tin of yellow or green split peas – drained and rinsed 1 dessert spoon of tahini Juice of half a lemon ¼ teaspoon of ground cumin ¼ teaspoon of paprika 1 garlic – crushed Sea salt and black pepper Place all ingredients in a blender and whiz for 1-2 […]

Sweet Potato and Butterbean soup

December 25, 2010
Posted by Lucy

December 10th Sweet Potato and Butterbean soup 1 tin of butterbeans (washed) 3 medium sweet potatoes (peeled and chopped) 2 small onions (chopped) 1 inch fresh root ginger (grated) ½ teaspoon ground cumin 2 cloves of garlic (crushed) Sea salt and pepper to taste 1 litre of boiling water Place the onions in a large saucepan […]

Christmas healthy eating tips – looking after your liver

December 23, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Thursday 23rd December Check out my article in today’s Cork Indo and find out you can look after yourself over the party season: http://www.corkindependent.com/lifestyle/lifestyle/looking-after-your-liver/ With the Christmas social season in full swing, this is the time of year that people tend to be a little excessive! There are numerous Christmas catch ups and the usual […]

Tasty Kale or Collard Greens

December 23, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Kale is a great vegetable for the liver and for a healthy digestive tract. Collard greens are in the same family and can also be cooked like this: Tasty Kale ¼ teaspoon ground cumin seeds ¼  teaspoon ground coriander seeds ¼ teaspoon of turmeric 1 clove of garlic – crushed 1 small bag or 150g […]

Healthy Eating Tips for Christmas

December 22, 2010
Posted by Lucy

  Christmas time is a time for celebration and enjoyment and certainly about food. Eat well and cook well over the Christmas period and remember a few basic tips: 1) Firstly, watch those portion sizes. We tend to eat out a lot of the Christmas period and so we lose control of our ability to […]

Boosting your Immune System with Parsley Dip

December 16, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Parsley Dip This is a great time of year for the colour green! Do you notice the fresh herbs are starting to get cheaper and more plentiful in the shops? I even notice the bags are getting bigger. Summer is the perfect time to boost your fresh herbs consumption. Not only are they packed full […]

Healthy Eating Tips – Keeping a healthy Christmas

December 15, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Below is an article that I was interviewed on for a “Healthy Christmas” in the National Media How to Beat the Bulge this Christmas by Deirdre Reynolds Ireland’s calorie-counters are being given an early Christmas present — the elusive secret to lasting weight loss. While Atkins and the Cabbage Soup diet showed us how to […]

All about Iron

December 13, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Monday 13th December I just thought I’d right a little about iron – as its a question many people are confused about. There are two types of iron – heme and non heme iron – which often depends on where the iron comes from. In animal foods, iron is often attached to proteins called heme […]

The Importance of Protein

December 9, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Thursday 9th December Check out my article in today’s Cork Independent about what protein is and why its so important. Here is a simple recipe which has protein added to make it a perfect healthy eating lunch: http://www.corkindependent.com/lifestyle/lifestyle/the-importance-of-protein/ I was doing a cooking demonstration recently for a national school, where I taught a group of […]

Some ideas for lunch

December 8, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Wednesday 8th December One question I get asked a lot is – what can I bring for lunch or what can I eat on the road? Here are some simple suggestions for those on the move: Keep your leftovers from last night and bring in to reheat – simple and cost effective. Soup in a […]

Walnuts and Omega 3

December 7, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Monday 7th December The great thing about walnuts is that it takes only 1/4 cup or one small handful to get 90% of your required Omega 3 essential fatty acids. Omega 3s need to be eaten from foods and once consumed have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body – which is good news for those […]

Warming Herbal Teas

December 2, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Homemade herbal teas At this time of year, it can feel as though you never warm up! And that is in spite of the extra layers and central heating.   Or you could be one of those people who come to see in my clinic that say that they are always cold and just can’t seem […]

Leek and Parsnip soup

December 1, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Wednesday December 1st Check out my blog today on Local markets or see below: Leeks are part of a family called the Allium, containing its great cousins garlic, onions and shallots and chives. This family is well-known for its health benefits and its great if you try to include these in your diet everyday. Why? This family contains […]

Why are antioxidants so important!

November 30, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Tuesday 30th November I often talk about the anti-oxidant and phytonutrient properties of certain foods and people always nod in agreement! However, do they really know why they are nodding! I find that people know they are important but are not sure why!! So here is a little crash course: The term anti-oxidants generally relates […]

Healthy Eating tips to keep you warm

November 29, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Monday 29th November Its freezing outside so remember there are a range of herbs and spices to keep you warm. I find the list below the best to use when it gets really cold and are also fabulous in terms of helping to keep your healthy eating options even tastier! Ginger – (dried ginger is […]

When and how to wean!

November 25, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Thursday 25th November Check out my article for the  Cork Independent below that discuss when and how to wean babies. The weaning process if key to a child’s potential development of allergies and digestive difficulties in later life and the below give you some handy hints: http://www.corkindependent.com/lifestyle/lifestyle/when-and-how-to-wean?/ Having talked about how to deal with Picky […]

Spagetti Squash soup

November 24, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Wednesday 24th November Check out my article today on for Local markets: We are really in the thick of winter and soup season is in full swing!! I got spaghetti squash in my veggie box the other day and found it lovely. To be honest, it looks just like any other squash but is more […]

Rancid Oils

November 22, 2010
Posted by Lucy

  Many factors can affect the tendency of an oil to become rancid. The first is too much exposure to air. Since oxidative rancidity is the most likely kind of rancidity to affect your food oils, you always want to keep those oils in bottles that are tightly capped. (A tightly capped bottle will help […]

Dealing with Picky Eaters with Meatballs

November 18, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Thursday 18th November Check out my article today in the Cork Independent for some tips on how to deal with picky eaters. http://www.corkindependent.com/lifestyle/lifestyle/dealing-with-picky-eaters/ I’m talking to a group of parents tomorrow about food and health and their kids, as part of the school’s healthy eating programme.  My talk will cover picky eaters the basic principles […]

Celeriac and Carrot soup

November 17, 2010
Posted by Lucy

  Wednesday 17th November Check out the blog I’ve just posted on the Local markets website: I’ve been getting celeriac for a few weeks now in my veggie box and am starting to get into them. The first few week I simply steam themed and then mashed them up, providing a very nice base to […]

Allergies Expert Says Peanut Bans Are an Over action to Food Allergies

November 16, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Tuesday 16th November I found this article on allergies , written by Avril Fulton, and thought it was interesting. I often come up with people with allergy issues so this throws open the issue for debate: Allergies Expert Says Peanut Bans Are an Over action to Food Allergies Peanuts, above all food allergens, get a […]

Mushy Roast Garlic and Cherry Tomato Pasta

November 15, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Monday 15th November I just found this on the Good Food Mood Blog and loved it!! I would always ensure that I was having protein with my meal so would add a handful of red kidney beans or a tin of tuna to this. Mushy Roast Garlic and Cherry Tomato Pasta Serving this little supper […]

Fish with Spicy Tomato sauce

November 11, 2010
Posted by Lucy

  Fish with Spicy Tomato sauce 2 fillets of white fish (cod, haddock, whiting) 6 medium tomatoes 2 cloves of garlic (optional) – 1 medium onion – finely chopped 1 teaspoon ground cumin ½ teaspoon ground coriander ¼ teaspoon turmeric ½ teaspoon chilli powder Preheat oven to 180 oc Place the onions in a saucepan […]

Lime and Cumin Hummus

November 10, 2010
Posted by Lucy

  Cumin and Lime Hummus 125g dried chickpeas or 1 tin of chickpeas Juice of 1 lime 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 tablespoon tahini 2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil ½ teaspoon of ground cumin Sea Salt and freshly cracked pepper If using dried chickpeas, prepare the night before. Put a saucepan of water on […]

Reduce sugar containing soft drinks

November 9, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Tuesday 9th July, 2010 Check out this. It is one of many issues with consuming sugary drinks. Most of my clients who suffer from gout are male, but this research has been done on females: Gout In Women, A Not So Sweet Outcome Of Sugar-Sweetened Drinks Women who consume fructose-rich beverages, such as sugar-sweetened soft […]

Fast Food restaurants

November 8, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Monday 8th November Study: Fast food marketing up, food still unhealthy Fast food marketing to children is on the rise, according to a new study, and the foods that popular restaurant chains are advertising are extremely unhealthy. The report, released Monday by Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, looked at 12 popular […]

Know your Fats

November 4, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Thursday 4th November Check out my article today in the Cork Independent as I try to de-mystify the whole area of oils. Its not an easy one to tackle but hopefully over the next two weeks I’ll make it a little clearer for you. http://www.corkindependent.com/lifestyle/lifestyle/getting-the-balance-right/ I feel that one issue that people who come to […]

Carrot, butter bean and Celeriac Curry

November 3, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Wednesday 3rd November Check out my blog today on Local Markets for some interesting facts about carrots!!! Below is the curry I did… I’ve been eating it all week and its lovely and tasty! I adapted this recipe from a Jamie Oliver recipe I found – I am always looking for easy curries and this one […]

Importance of Eating breakfast

November 2, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Tuesday 2nd November I always talk to my clients about the importance of having breakfast. Even if its just a home made smoothie which you can take on the run, of a bowel of porridge or muesli to have at home or in the office, it sets you up for the day. The key is […]

Eating your fruit and vegetables every day

November 1, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Monday 1st November I just found this on www.medicalnewstoday.com and it backs up most of what I’ve been talking about with regard to getting in your 5 fruit and vegetables every day. Remember its so easy to do. Simply have some fruit with breakfast and as an afternoon snack (two portions) and then have one […]

Great bean website

October 29, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Friday, October 29th This is such a great site for bean and pulses recipes… just what you need to get you started on the road to a more healthy varied diet. I often try to get my clients in my nutrition clinic to incorporated more beans and lentils in to their diets as the research […]

2 minute breakfast porridge

October 28, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Thursday 28th October After hearing too many excuses about my clients no having time for breakfast, I came up with this easy and quick porridge that you can make yourself. No more excuses…. Two minute porridge One cup of oats (ordinary rolled oats or oat groats/bits) Two cups of water or milk of your choice […]

Pumpkin and coconut soup

October 27, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Wednesday October 27th I’m loving the recipe for local markets this week – Halloween is such a great time of year.. I think pumpkin goes great with those warming spices such as ginger, garlic, chilli or cumin… I’ve adapted this from Global Gourmet Pumpkin and Coconut soup 1 medium (peeled and cubed) pumpkin – remember to cut […]

A positive healthy mental attitude

October 26, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Tuesday 26th October Just found this and thought you might find it interesting. I’m always trying to re-enforce the importance of positive mental attitude and social support in my nutrition clinic: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/205662.php Many studies have documented the dangers of the traditional negative physical risk factors on health – excessive smoking, drinking and being overweight. But […]

Black Bean burgers

October 21, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Thursday 21st October Check our my article today in the Cork Independent to find out about how a nutrition consultation can help you achieve your health aims. I’ve also got a great bean burger recipe which is one of my favourites at the moment – its also a great hit with kids!! http://www.corkindependent.com/lifestyle/lifestyle/more-than-just-a-burger/ Bean burgers […]

Smoked salmon, beetroot, potato and cress salad recipe

October 20, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Wednesday 20th October Check out my blog today on localmarkets.ie website. After going to their launch on Monday night I was very impressed by this tasty smoked salmon! I’ve adapted this recipe from Tigerlily.. its delicious! Smoked salmon, beetroot, potato and cress salad recipe 1 packet of 400g old Millbank organic smoked salmon, cut into strips […]

Healthy lunches

October 19, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Tuesday 19thOctober I really liked the healthy eating lunches suggestion on this website epicurious.com Check it out: http://www.epicurious.com/recipesmenus/healthy/recipes?browseByAtt=206

The benefits of apples

October 18, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Monday 18th October Sometimes its the simplest ingredients on our shelves that assist good health: Great fact: The total antioxidant activity of 100g of apple (an apple with peel) is equivalent to antioxidant effect of 1,500 mg of vitamin C!

Healthy Yogurt Pizza Dough Recipes

October 14, 2010
Posted by Lucy

In the below recipe, you can use anything for a topping. I generally try to reduce down the cheese topping and generally use pesto with chopped peppers, sauted onions with olives or thinly sliced tomatoes with fresh basil. Every time I do this recipe the consistency is different so if you feel this is too […]

The Benefits of Oats with Berry Porridge

October 13, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Oats are just the whizz kids of breakfast cereals and so try to eat a good few times a week over the winter months. Before I tell you about all the great health benefits of oats, I’m going to tell you about the key types of oats that you can buy. I started my oat […]

Food for Living Coverage – Latest Interview at Cork Meet

October 12, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Tuesday 12th October Check out my interview with Paul O Mahony of Marketing Write Now http://www.marketingwritenow.com/ It takes a few minutes to load but just press play and off you go http://audioboo.fm/boos/195082-corkmeet-report-food-for-living-with-lucy-hyland-corkmeet

Feeling fuller for longer

October 11, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Monday 11th October I found this article on key tips to making you feel fuller for longer and thought you’d enjoy it. Often I try to get people to eat foods that stay in their stomachs for longer, thus reducing their cravings later and making them feel satisfied for longer. Fiber is one of the […]

Lamb shanks with adzuki bean and sweet potatoes

October 8, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Friday October 8th After an extremely busy but worthwhile 3 day CorkMeet, I barely had time to write my article Local markets. Check it out for loads of healthy information on sweet potatoes and check out the reipce below – its delicious: Lamb Shanks with Sweet Potato stew Serves 2 Like most people who are interested […]

Food and Cancer Prevention

October 8, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Thursday 7th October Check out my article today in the Cork Independence on cancer prevention and diet, in aid of breast cancer cancer awareness: http://www.corkindependent.com/lifestyle/lifestyle/eating-for-cancer-prevention/ Many of the world’s cancer associations and organisations list diet and food as one of their top key fighters in terms of cancer. There has been large amount of research […]

Importance of Water drinking

October 5, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Tuesday October 5th I just found this on the fooddoctor.com and thought it was interesting: Kids Drink Too Little Water: Study Children in the United States are not drinking as much water as they should, and the deficiency can have far-reaching implications, a new study suggests. “Even mild dehydration can affect physiological function, and cause […]

Healthy Eating for Kids resource site

October 4, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Monday October 4th Check out the website below for some great tips and hints on keeping your child as healthy as possible. I know that I tend to focus a lot on food and nutrition in keeping your kids healthy, but I fully recognise that food is just one of many ways to look after your […]

Some basic questions on changing your health

October 1, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Friday 1st October I just found these two questions on http://www.healthcaremagic.com/articles/Nutrition-tips-for-Improving-Your-Health/226 and thought they were great!! Have a read: Won’t it be hard to change my eating habits? Probably, but even very small changes can improve your health considerably. The key is to keep trying to eat the right foods and stay in touch with […]

Courgette scones

September 30, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Courgette and Cheese scones I find courgettes are at their best at the height of summer. They are sweet enough to chop or grate into salads. I also find that they are often on special offer, which means I have a few handfuls of them in my fridge. Courgettes are a great addition to breads, […]

Courgette and Halloumi Salad

September 29, 2010
Posted by Lucy

    This week I’m going to talk about courgettes. We’ve had the sweetest courgettes for the summer and I’ve mostly been eating them raw, grated in a salad or sliced up in a pitta bread. However, as the season comes to an end, I’ve been roasting them up for the top of my Autumn […]

Coconut rice pudding

September 23, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Last week I did a lovely stewed apple which I sweetened with cinnamon. Cinnamon is a great natural sweetener which I often use instead of sugar. However, the health benefits of cinnamon are becoming more and more well known and it’s certainly a great spice to use for healthy eating. So where do the benefits […]

Raspberry and Coconut muffins

September 22, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Wednesday 22nd September Check out my article today on http://blog.localmarkets.ie/. For a sample of what to expect, see below: I’m not sure I should be covering raspberries as we only have a week or two left of them but I can’t help it. We’ve such lovely berries at the moment that much of what I’ll talk […]

Increase your Metabolism

September 21, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Tuesday 21st September I found this article from Jesseny Rojas and thought you would find it interesting! Always remember that good health is as much about good nutrition as it is about keeping active… 6 ways to revitalize your metabolism By Jesseny Rojas The key to losing weight and keeping it off is to increase […]

Beef and Adzuki Stew

September 17, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Friday 17th September Check out my blog today on www.localmarkets.ie where I give healthy eating tips and hints on beans and lentils. I’ve also put a lovely stew, perfect for the evenings that are getting cooler. Check it out below: Cooking: Whether you are buying tinned or dried, please wash them thoroughly before use.  If […]

Stewed apple

September 16, 2010
Posted by Lucy

    Homemade stewed apple Most people tend to use sugar when they stew apple. What I tend to do is simply use eating apples as they are naturally sweet. 4 medium eating apples ½ tsp cinnamon ¼ teaspoon of dried ginger A dash of ground nutmeg Chop the apples into similar shaped cubes and […]

Healthy Eating news – The Food for Living Nutrition Clinic is moving….

September 15, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Wednesday 15th September I’ve a great bit of news – as of next week the Food for Living nutrition clinics will be based out of Elmwood Medical Practice. http://www.elmwood.ie/ This is a very exciting move for Food for Living as it places nutrition at the heart of one of the newest medical centres in Cork […]

Crispy Kale

September 10, 2010
Posted by Lucy

I’m not sure if I should even call this a recipe as it contains so few ingredients!! I rarely use oil in cooking but sometimes you want that crispy taste and with crispy kale – it goes perfectly. I find a great way of getting extra vegetables into my diet (making sure I’m getting as […]

Guacamole

September 9, 2010
Posted by Lucy

There is also a yummy recipe for guacamole… one of my favourite dips! Homemade guacamole 3 avocados – peeled, stones removed and mashed 1 lime – juiced 1 small handful of fresh coriander (optional) 2 tomatoes – diced 1 clove of garlic 2 teaspoons of yogurt A pinch of salt and black pepper A pinch […]

Chicken and fresh tomato casserole

September 8, 2010
Posted by Lucy

  Chicken and fresh tomato casserole – Serves 6 1 small chicken – jointed into 8 pieces or 6 chicken breasts 2 large onions – peeled and thinly sliced 650 g of fresh ripe tomatoes – chopped 1 tin of chickpeas – drained and washed well 2 garlic cloves – crushed 1 tbsp of tomato […]

A basic curry recipe

September 2, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Thursday 2nd September Check out my article today in the Cork Independent for an easy and tasty curry to have this weekend. Just one tip with this – I added 2 cups of puy lentils to mine to increase the fibre content of the dish – thats about a tin if you are buying canned. […]

Roasted tomato and pinto bean salad

September 1, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Wednesday September 1st Read my blog today on Local Markets for some interesting facts about tomatoes! I’ve included the recipe below to give you a taster! Roasted tomato and pinto bean salad For this recipe I’ve stolen Nigella’s great way of roasting tomatoes called ‘moon blushing’. Simply cut about 400g of cherry tomatoes in half, place on a […]

School Lunches

August 30, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Monday 30th August What a great last weekend before the kids go back to school. Long may it last. One thing that loads of parents ask me about is school lunches! It seems that the sunshine this morning might have been clouded with discussions on what is wanted and not wanted in that lunch box. […]

Pregnancy

August 27, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Friday 27th August I was asked by Oh Baby, a Cork based maternity magazine, to give some advice on eating during pregnancy. Have a read below and check out their Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/ohbabymaternityandinfant Nutrition and Pregnancy Pregnancy is a busy time for the body with loads going on. Looking after yourself is paramount for both […]

Home made Muesli

August 26, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Thursday 26th August Check out my article today in the Cork Independent and find out why taking the cereal straight out of the packet might not be the best idea. http://www.corkindependent.com/lifestyle/lifestyle/not-straight-out-of-a-packet/ As a summer alternative to healthy eating, find my home made muesli recipe below. Homemade Muesli 200g rolled oats 3 tablespoons of wheat germ […]

Hot and Spicy Romanesco Cabbage with Lentils

August 25, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Wednesday 25th August Check out my blog today on http://blog.localmarkets.ie/ for some healthy tips and hints with this great looking cabbage! Romanesco Cabbage The type of cabbage shown here is a Romanesco cabbage. I actually thought it was a type cauliflower so treated it like one when I cooked it. Cabbage is part of the cruciferous […]

Yogurt Brown Bread

August 24, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Wholewheat bread at its best! I just found a bit of yogurt in the fridge that was almost past its best! Rather than throw it out, I thought I’d make some bread with it… I love the idea of yogurt bread as I find many people can digest yogurt a little easily than milk – […]

Pumpkin, banana and chocolate muffins

August 20, 2010
Posted by Lucy

  I think I’m getting a little obsessed with muffins at the moment and must start trying other desserts. However, they are great as you can just throw anything in there to create as much goodness as you like. Here I’ve thrown in some ground Linseed (Irish Health Oils have now started doing ground Linseed […]

Homemade chicken nuggets

August 19, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Thursday August 19th Check out my article in the Cork Independent today for some healthy homemade chicken nuggets – a great healthy dinner for the kids over the holidays. I love them with sweet potato chips and a green salad http://www.corkindependent.com/lifestyle/lifestyle/nuggets-of-health/ Homemade Chicken Nuggets 400g of chicken breasts or thighs that have been deboned Juice […]

Baked sweet potato with Feta

August 17, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Tuesday August 17th I found this today on www.thefooddoctor.com and thought it sounded yummy! Sweet potatoes are a great alternative to normal potatoes and contain plenty of Vitamin A and Vitamin C, which are powerful anti-oxidants which help to keep you healthy all year round. 4 Sweet potatoes (150-200g/5-7oz each) 300g (11oz) feta cheese 2 […]

Sweet Potato and Goats Cheese Frittata

August 16, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Monday 16th August What a great break – there is nothing like the simple salads and fresh fish of Spain to keep you healthy on holidays!!! Check out my article in the Cork Independent for a quick and easy quick with no pastry!!! It appeared last Thursday but I’m only back from my hols now. […]

Chocolate and Beetroot Brownies

August 5, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Thursday 5th August Check out my article in the Cork Independent today with my tasty homemade brownies and find out why its better to cook things yourself. Chocolate Brownies 300g beetroot 50g cashews 2 small eggs Pinch of salt 80g dark chocolate (70%) 1 tbsp rice flour (or any flour) 35g cocoa powder 1 teaspoon […]

Healthy Eating blog – Summer break

July 30, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Friday 30th July Hey All, Just to let you know I’m off on hols for three weeks so will be returning at the end of August. I’m off to Spain for a yoga holiday so there will be plenty of healthy eating and detoxing while I’m away. Remember that I have heaps and heaps of […]

Super Green Smoothie

July 29, 2010
Posted by Lucy

    Super Green Smoothie 1 large handful of spinach or kale 2 tablespoons of yogurt 1 tablespoon of ground linseeds 1 apple – chopped Water Place the spinach and apple in a liquidiser and add a small glass of water. Whizz till the spinach is well liquidised. Add the yogurt and the linseeds and […]

Grilled Hake and salad

July 27, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Tuesday, July 27th One of the great things about eating Mediterranean eating is its just so simple and quick. When we were in Spain a few weeks ago, all we ate were salads and fish – yum! Try the below recipe which is ready in about 15 mins. White fish is a great source of […]

Broad Bean Dip

July 22, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Broad beans are a great summer treat. Yes, they take a bit of effort in podding them and removing the fibre layer, but I think they are worth the effort. Of course, most supermarkets have done this for you – you can buy little packets of shelled beans ready to cook. I eat these in […]

Grated vegetable salad

July 20, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Tuesday 20th July Even though the weather hasn’t been great, I still find that most evenings I just want a tasty salad for dinner. They are so quick and easy to make and involve little or no preparation.  I came up with this the other day for dinner. Courgettes are an excellent source of Manganese […]

Healthy Eating Feedback

July 16, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Friday July 16th I’ve just received some great feedback from my latest healthy eating cookery course at Brennan’s in June 2010 – have a look at some of the comments below. “This has made me rethink how I cook and eat – I loved it all” “Now I realise I really have to make a […]

Pear and Chocolate Muffins

July 15, 2010
Posted by Lucy

  1 cup of wholemeal flour 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds ¼ heaped teaspoon baking powder 1 tablespoon ground linseed and/or wheat germ (optional) 3 ripe pears ½ inch root ginger (optional) 2 large squares 70% dark chocolate (roughly chopped) 1 egg 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup Preheat oven to 180 […]

Green Bean salad

July 13, 2010
Posted by Lucy

The markets and vegetable shops are just bursting with greens at the moment and they are all so fresh and tasty… I’ve recently joined the Kinsale Community Growers scheme which is the next best thing to growing your own! Each week I get a box of everything that has grown that week and this week […]

Goats cheese and Beetroot salad

July 12, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Monday July 12th I had a friend down for the week with her kids and there was little time for cooking with all the activities going on. It made me realise that summer is just perfect for quick and easy cooking. The most important thing is to have a range of foods in your fridge […]

Chickpea Burger

July 8, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Thursday July 8th If you are interested in a different type of burger, read my article today in the Cork Independent. If you want more spice (you know who you are Carla!!!) then simply double up on the spices and herbs in this recipe. http://www.corkindependent.com/lifestyle/lifestyle/a-different-type-of-burger/ Remember the week I gave you heaps of interesting facts […]

Home made Pizza

July 7, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Homemade Healthy pizza The great thing about pizza is you can make up whatever you want. You can use rocket, mushrooms, sliced fennel etc. Add your favourite herbs; fresh coriander, parsley, chives or thyme works well, or whatever cheeses you want; feta, goats’ cheese, mozzarella, cheddar etc PrintHome made Pizza Ingredients3 wholemeal pitta breads Homemade […]

Healthy Eating Tips – Your Larder

July 6, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Tuesday 6th July I was talking to someone today about the importance of a well stocked larder and fridge/freezer. Its impossible to come home and cook your self a healthy meal when the cupboards are bare. Here is a reminder of some of the things to include so that you are never stuck!! Your Larder: […]

Huevos Rancheros (Yummy tomato eggs)

July 5, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Monday July 5th I’m back from a week’s holiday in Spain and France and am feeling great. Taking some time out makes such a difference – I’m not sure if its due to being away from the daily stresses of life, eating so much fresh fruits and vegetables or eating so much fish that does […]

Healthy Eating Tips – the Mediterranean Diet

June 25, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Friday June 25th Just letting you know I’m off on hols for a week so you won’t be hearing anything from me till Monday 5th July. I’m off to Spain and France on a food exploration tour so I hope to come back with plenty of recipe ideas… In the meantime, take this opportunity to […]

Root vegetable chips

June 24, 2010
Posted by Lucy

I’m getting great sweet baby turnips from the community garden at the moment and if I’m not grating them into my salads I’m roasting them like this. Graham, a dear friend of mine, bought me a special chip making roasting tray which really means you don’t need oil to make roasties! I noticed on the […]

Fennel and Tomato Salad

June 23, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Wednesday 23rd June Sometimes I forget that making a quick healthy meal is so easy and tasty. People think that it needs hours of preparation.. no it doesn’t! What it does need is planning so that when you open the cupboard or fridge there are plenty of options. I had this simple side salad for […]

Healthy Eating Tips – Top 10 Most Filling Foods

June 22, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Tuesday June 22nd Just found this article on the Top 10 most filling foods – thought it might be of use. One thing I notice is that people who come into my clinic are rarely satisfied after they eat and so tend to then crave sweet things afterwards. Try eating meals that have both some […]

New Season Spiced Lamb with Simple Asparagus

June 21, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Monday June 21st I’ve just discovered this recipe on the Good Food Mood Blog and I love it!!! I’ve adapted it slightly but otherwise I think its lovely. Once cooked, remove the fat from the lamb to reduce its saturated fat content. New Season Spiced Lamb with Simple Asparagus Lamb is in season right now […]

Feta and watermelon salad

June 18, 2010
Posted by Lucy

  Its warm and the last thing you feel like doing is putting on the oven and cooking!!! I had this for dinner last night and it was superb – light and refreshing and so quick to make. Use half the watermelon for the salad and the next morning have the other half for breakfast […]

Lamb Tandorri

June 17, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Thursday 17th June Check out my article in the Cork Independent today for how to include red meat in your healthy eating plan: http://www.corkindependent.com/lifestyle/lifestyle/picking-the-best-meats/ Picking the Best Meats As part of my ‘Eat Real Food for Summer’ campaign, I’m encouraging people to buy more fresh food and cook for themselves. It is recommended that we […]

Asparagus

June 16, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Wednesday June 16th Yesterday I bought a lovely bunch of asparagus. The asparagus season lasts about 4-6 week so my advice is – eat as much as you can now!!!!!!!! Asparagus is a great prebiotic, which means its feeds the good gut bacteria – keeping your immune system in check. However, its also a good […]

Eating Out

June 15, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Tuesday June 15th I found this on nutritiondata.com and found it really useful…. If you’re trying to manage your calorie intake, eating out can be extremely challenging. Researchers recently surveyed people to find out which aspects of eating in restaurants they found most difficult when trying to watch their weight. They also asked what strategies […]

Tuscan White Bean Dip

June 14, 2010
Posted by Lucy

I got this recipe form the lovely Gary who I do most of my demos with – its such a lovely dip. PrintTuscan Bean Dip Ingredients1 can cannellini beans (or your favourite bean) ½ cup water 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp chopped thyme 2 teaspoons lemon juice 3 cloves roasted garlic 1 cup julienne […]

Homemade Baked Beans

June 10, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Thursday 10th June Check out my article in today’s Cork Independent which gives you tips on how to select the right tinned foods: http://www.corkindependent.com/lifestyle/lifestyle/learning-how-to-choose-the-right-foods./ Homemade baked beans 125 g of dried haricot beans or 1 tin of haricot beans 1 onion 1 clove of garlic 1 tin of chopped tomatoes ½ teaspoon cumin ¼ teaspoon […]

Healthy Eating cookery classes

June 9, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Wednesday 9th June I’ve just finished a two evening course at Brennan’s and here were some of the responses. The evenings went very well, with loads of talk and discussion on healthy eating. I’ve included below the information on my next course starting next week. Feedback from Brennan’s ‘Lose Weight for Summer’ cooking classes May […]

Healthy Eating Tips – Anti – Inflammatory Foods

June 9, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Wednesday 9th June The food you eat, as well as the way you eat your food, can have an effect on the level of inflammation within the body. Common inflammatory conditions include arthritis, asthma, eczema, hay fever, atherosclerosis, Ulcerative colitis. Even ongoing back or neck pain can result in an inflammatory state. Here are a […]

Leek and Tomato Frittata

June 8, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Tuesday 8th June I went to lovely family brunch on Sunday morning and I’d forgotten just how much fun brunch is. Brunch really means breakfast and lunch combined, so usually means you can throw anything on the table and people will accept it. One dish that went down particularly well was the frittata and reminded […]

Health Eating cooking classes – comments

June 7, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Monday June 7th Just thought I’d update you with a few of the comment from my cooking classes. They are going down a real treat with people who are looking to make positive changes in their lives. If you are interested in attending one of my courses, check the ‘Whats coming up’ section of the […]

Green smoothie

June 4, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Friday 4th June Coming into summer I start making smoothies a lot more. I don’t fancy huge amounts of cold liquid in the winter but when the sun starts shining, the blender comes out!! Most people make fruit smoothies but I think its better to include more vegetables in your smoothies – everyone thinks I’m […]

Granola

June 3, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Make your own Breakfast Cereals We have been told for a number of years now that convenience food is more convenient than making your own, yet it seems that this message is not true. Making your own meals works out cheaper and often a lot easier than people imagine. It’s actually very straightforward to go […]

Healthy Eating cooking class

June 3, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Thursday 3rd June This month’s cookery course is already half full so book soon to avoid disappointment. Get Healthy For Summer Cooking Classes You’ll learn how to lose weight, feel better and increase your energy levels Food for Living’s Lucy Hyland teams up with chef Gary Masterson for a 2 evening healthy eating cooking programme […]

Healthy Eating tips from You Tube

June 2, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Wednesday 2nd June I found this on You- Tube – I love it!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x94Q8z-YVpA

Herbs

June 1, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Tuesday – June 1st I’ve just been to a great talk by Nikki Darrell, Medical Herbalist, from the Evergreen Clinic, talking about growing your own herbs for medicinal and culinary purposes. Here are some of the medicinal properties of some common herbs: Sage – Gargle for sore throats and gums. Treat excessive sweating and hot […]

Chicken and Pepper bake

May 31, 2010
Posted by Lucy

I had friends staying with me this weekend and they were amazed with what was coming out of the kitchen! People just assume that healthy good is going to bland and tasteless. However, when you chose to flavour your food with fresh herbs and spices, natural sweeteners and fruits etc rather than salt and sugar, […]

Coconut Muffins

May 28, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Friday 28th May Its the weekend and you might have a bit of spare time for some baking this weekend. I make these muffins when I know I’m going to be out and about a lot. If you have a meeting first thing or have meetings straight after one another, having a healthy snack such […]

Healthy Eating Cooking Classes

May 27, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Get Healthy For Summer Cooking Classes You’ll learn how to lose weight, feel better and increase your energy levels Food for Living’s Lucy Hyland teams up with chef Gary Masterson for a 2 evening healthy eating cooking programme to change your eating habits forever… What are the superfoods that you need to eat on a […]

Simple Homemade salad

May 27, 2010
Posted by Lucy

More than Just a Salad Prepared salads feature a lot in supermarket shopping baskets. People often feel relatively satisfied that they are buying a healthier option, but there are a few things to watch out for. Firstly are the salad leaves. Try to pick salad leaves that have washed in spring water only or buy […]

Mary Kay’s Potato Salad

May 26, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Wednesday 26th May I keep meeting Mary Kay at the Kinsale Farmers Market and sampling all her lovely food. I trained with Mary Kay in Ballymaloe Cookery School and since then she has gone and set up her own bakery and sells at many of the markets around Cork. Personally I think her range is […]

Split Pea, Chive and Lemon dip

May 25, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Tuesday 25th May I’ve gone a bit mad with the dips lately. I think this is due to the fact that they are just so easy to make and can be used in a variety of ways – perfect for an easy healthy eating plan. This dip is just yummy and split peas are easier […]

Tzatziki

May 24, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Monday 24th May This may have a funny name but it is the most simple of recipes and perfect for a lunch time or afternoon snack. I have half a cucumber left in my fridge after a cooking class last week and wondered what to do with it. Cucumbers are great for healthy eating coming […]

Cumin and Lime hummus

May 21, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Friday May 21st For those who could not read my hummus recipe in the WOW article, here is a copy below. I made a similar hummus to this last night at my ‘lose weight for summer’ healthy cooking classes – I made with red kidney beans and I think I might prefer this to the […]

Homemade tomato sauce

May 20, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Thursday, May 20th Check out my article in the Cork Independent on how to eat real food this summer by making all of your meals yourself! http://www.corkindependent.com/lifestyle/lifestyle/eat-real-food-this-summer/ Tomato sauce Serves 4 400g of cherry tomatoes – halved 2 medium red onions – finely chopped 3 cloves of garlic –finely chopped A handful of fresh basil […]

Food for Living blog – Article in WOW

May 20, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Thursday 20th May For those who missed my article in WOW yesterday, as part of my ‘Eat Real Food for Summer’ campaign, please find below…. Remember if you need some tips on how to eat healthy – check out my ‘tips on healthy eating’ section. Remember I’m starting a 2 evening ‘Healthy Eating for Summer’ […]

Cooking Classes Blog – Get Healthy for Summer Cooking classes

May 19, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Get Healthy For Summer Cooking Classes You’ll learn how to lose weight, feel better and increase your energy levels Food for Living’s Lucy Hyland teams up with chef Gary Masterson for a 2 evening healthy eating cooking programme to change your eating habits forever… What are the superfoods that you need to eat on a […]

Food for Living blog – ‘Eat Real Food this Summer’ campaign

May 19, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Wednesday 19th May Check out my health tips and recipes in my article today in the WOW, Evening Echo. I’ve recipes include: Grilled Chicken and Mixed bean Salsa Spinach Salad with Toasted Nuts and Seeds Cumin and Lime Hummus Its all part of my campaign to get people to ‘Eat Real food this Summer’. Check […]

Food for Living blog – The Eat Real Food this Summer Campaign

May 18, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Tuesday May 17th I’m on a bit of a mission at the moment! Its short and its simple and its going to my theme for the next few months…. Lets all commit to eating real food for the summer. This is the perfect way to start healthy living. By real food I mean food that […]

Great resource website – healthy eater planner

May 17, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Monday – May 17th I’ve just found this great PDF on the Bord Bia website and thought I’d share it – its a great start for a healthy eating plan: http://www.bordbia.ie/aboutfood/nutrition/HealthyEatingPlanner/Healthy%20Eating%20Planner.pdf My only tips with regard the healthy eating recipes would be: Where they fry things in oil, for example the lamb burgers, I would […]

Nettle Soup

May 17, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Monday – May 17th I was over at a friend’s place for dinner last night and I felt a silent revolution happening! There has been a real move over the past few years to ‘grow your own’, with community gardens and allotments popping up all over the country. There has also been a large increase […]

Quinoa and Rocket Salad

Friday 14th May I’m just back from a photo shoot for an article I’m doing next week and I had a whole range of whole grains and fresh vegetables with me. The photographer was a bit puzzled by the quinoa and so I explained to him that this grain is considered a bit of a […]

Moroccan Chicken

May 13, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Wednesday 13th May Check out my article in the Cork Independent this week – which gives some handy tips on how to shop your way to healthy eating!! http://www.corkindependent.com/lifestyle/lifestyle/your-weekly-shopping-basket/ Try out the tasty healthy eating recipe for Moroccan chicken – if you don’t want to use chicken, you can substitute for some beans or lentils. […]

Black Eyed Bean Hummus

May 12, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Wednesday May 12th I’m doing one of my home based cooking classes tonight and I thought I’d throw in a little twist on a traditional recipe. The theme of the evening is the importance of beans and lentils and through the evening I’ll be talking about the various health benefits of these great healthy eating […]

Guacamole

May 11, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Tuesday May 6th Unfortunately, we have been poorly educated around fat. As a result, we have all sorts of mis-conceptions around the role of fat in the diet and in our bodies. It is the quality of the fat that is important when considering fat for healthy living. Poor quality fats, often found in highly […]

Food for Living Blog – Essential for Losing Weight

May 11, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Monday May 10th One of the most important ingredient for losing weight is switching from refined carbohydrate such as white rice, white pasta and white bread to complex or whole grain carbohydrate such as good quality brown bread, brown rice and wholemeal pasta. The outer husk of the grain which is removed when brown rice […]

Smoked Chicken Salad

May 7, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Friday May 7th There is a new deli in Kinsale called Bia – its a gourmet food store and is selling all sorts of yummy ingredients – from oils to spices and gluten free and wheat free foods. One thing it does stock is the Ummera range – I bought their smoked chicken and had […]

Bulghur Wheat and Baby Spinach Salad

May 6, 2010
Posted by Lucy

I’m always trying to introduce new whole grains to people to improve their healthy living and so they can have a variety of options in their cupboard. Whole grains are important for healthy eating as they they are packed full of fiber and the nutrients you need to convert the carbohydrates in the grain into […]

Food for Living blog – Don’t forget!

May 5, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Wednesday May 5th Lose weight for Summer Food for Living has designed a 2 week cookery programme to change your eating habits forever. After the excesses of Winter, it’s time to learn how to prepare delicious meals that both taste great and help the body to lose weight.  This 2 week programme will allow you to watch […]

Eating more Fiber

May 5, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Wednesday May 3rd You know how much I love the topic of fiber! It not the most exciting topic and yet the effect it can have on health is incredible. Most people coming into my clinic are not eating enough fiber and when they start making changes in their fiber content then notice such changes. […]

Buckwheat and vegetable Asian Salad

May 3, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Tuesday May 2nd This weekend I did the chef’s table at Chapter One. I was blown away by the food and it deserves all of its rave reviews! Not only the tastes and flavours but also the beauty of each creation on the plate. What I found very interesting by the heavy influence of Asian […]

Steamed Mackerel with Butternut Squash

April 30, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Friday 30th April We are starting to come into mackerel season and this means loads of yummy mackerel for dinner. Mackerel is a great source of Omega 3 oils, which have been linked to both improved heart health and improved brain function. In it perfect for any healthy eating plan. Mackerel is generally an easy fish […]

Resource website

April 30, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Friday 30th April I’ve just found this great website, funded by the HSE. Its got some good ideas and is worth checking out… There recipes are ok but I love their meal planners… http://www.littlesteps.eu/?/home/

Chilli Hummus

April 29, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Thursday 27th April This week in my Cork Independent article I talk about some healthier versions for healthy snacks – which can be very useful in tiding us over till our next meal. However, we often tend to go for the snacks that can be filled with sugar and refined carbohydrates (scones, muffins or croissants) […]

Tabouleh

April 28, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Wednesday April 28th Its good to start expanding the range of ingredients in your cupboards – it helps  add variety to your diet. In terms of your healthy eating plan, having potatoes or pasta every day is just not varied enough, especially when you have so much choice now. Below is a recipe containing bulgur […]

Food for Living blog – Photos from Feel Good Look Good Kinsale

April 27, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Tuesday, 27th April Here is a photo from last Wednesday’s Feel Good Look Good Kinsale – it was such a great night. I worked closely with Jola from Jola’s restaurant in designing the canapes for the night.  I talked about the principles of healthy eating and presented the food at the same time. I always […]

Healthy cooking classes blog – ‘Lose Weight for Summer’

April 26, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Monday, 26th April Check out my next healthy eating class for May….. Lose weight for Summer Food for Living has designed a 2 week cookery programme to change your eating habits forever. After the excesses of Winter, it’s time to learn how to prepare delicious meals that both taste great and help the body to lose weight.  […]

Tray Bake Chicken with Mediterranean Vegetables

April 26, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Monday 26th April Last week was Eat Smart Week, an initiative run by the Nutrition and Health Foundation. Check out there website as there are plenty of tips and hints for healthy eating. I have also attached my favourite of their healthy eating recipes below. One alternative I would advise to to simply grill meat […]

Vietnamese Chicken Salad

April 23, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Friday 23rd April The sun is out again and its lovely and warm so lets try another fresh tasty salad for dinner tonight. I find Asian salads perfect for healthy eating as they tend to use fresh herbs and citrus fruits to flavour rather than oils. I often turn to Asian recipes to highlight the […]

Energy Bar

April 22, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Thursday 21st April See below for my great new energy bar in the Cork Independent that will keep the hunger at bay for ages… http://www.corkindependent.com/lifestyle/lifestyle/a-snack-with-some-bite/ This is a perfect healthy snack to keep you in line with a healthy eating plan. Healthy snacks: Food for Living’s Energy Bars 150 g rolled oats 50 g raisins […]

Warm Roasted Vegetable Salad

April 21, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Wednesday 20th April Even if it starts getting a little cooler, you can still have salad but just make them a little warmer!! This is perfect for the bright evening and I’d place a fillet of salmon under the grill for 5 minutes each side and place it on top of this for a full […]

Food for Living blog – Feel Good Look Good Kinsale

April 19, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Tuesday 19th April Check out the details of this Kinsale event I’m speaking that promises to be a night of fun, fun, fun….. Healthy Eating at Kinsale event 

Butternut Squash and Rocket Salad

April 19, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Monday, 19th April I think we may as well keep going with the salads as long as we can. I feel like eating them when its sunny and warm outside – I rarely feel like eating then in the depths of winter!!! This is lovely simple salad and there is still a few butternut squashes […]

Quinoa and Lentil Salad

April 16, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Friday 16th, 2010 Remember how I talked about the importance of whole grains the other day. Well this salad below contains one of the nicest whole grains around… quinoa. For some reason people freak out when I mention this grain, like its a deep mystery and can only be cooked by masters!! However, its so […]

Healthy Cooking Course blog – Upcoming Cookery Course

April 16, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Lose weight for Summer Food for Living has designed a 2 week cookery programme to change your eating habits forever. After the excesses of Winter, it’s time to learn how to prepare delicious meals that both taste great and help the body to loose weight.  This 2 week programme will allow you to watch the preparation and […]

Food for Living blog – comments

April 15, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Thursday 15th April Just a note to say thanks for all of the emails recently with questions on health and cooking – its great to see everyone taking such an interest in their health. Please feel free to start posting these queries as comments (each blog has a comment section down the bottom) and this […]

Great Health Benefits of Garlic – with garlic pesto

April 15, 2010
Posted by Lucy

I’ve a great article in the Cork Independent on the health benefits of garlic and a yummy Wild Garlic pesto that I had for breakfast this morning on a slice of sour dough rye and a poached egg. I had a good handful of blueberries as I was making making breakfast – making it a […]

Banana and Blueberry Muffins

Wednesday 23rd April I was out at a training course all day and knew I’d get hungry. At 11 o clock the usual plate of biscuits and scones came out with the tea. Rather than fall into the trap of nibbling on them for the sake of it, I brought along these muffins as part […]

Brown Rice and Kidney bean salad

April 13, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Tuesday, 21st April One advantage of blogging is that you can sit on the balcony with the sun pouring down and still be considered ‘working’. I had a client in earlier today who wasn’t clear what I meant by the term wholegrain carbohydrate. I get so used to educating people in my clinics that I […]

Green Pea Dip

April 12, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Monday, April 12th What a weekend!!!! Sunshine and everyone feeling good. I hope everyone got out for their 20 minutes of sun with no factor on – remember that Vitamin D is essential in terms of your immune system and is blocked with sun block. Once you’ve got your 20 minutes and are going to […]

Food for Living Blog – Great Recipe Photos

April 9, 2010
Posted by Lucy

  Friday 9th April I’m just uploading a wide range of photos on to the website and thought I’d give you a look at a few of my favourites!! This work was done by Gabrille Morehead http://www.gm-photo.com/ who is a brilliant food photographer. I tried to get as much information out of her as I possibly […]

Food for Living blog – Upcoming Kinsale event

April 8, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Thursday 8th April Check this out… I have tickets as well if you can’t get down to Kinsale to get them!!

Butternut squash soup

April 8, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Thursday 8th April Check out my gorgeous butternut squash recipe in this week’s Cork Independent. I’m having it as part of my healthy eating plan, for lunch today as I think its just lovely. I’ve just baked up some rosemary and cheese scones to with it – perfect late afternoon lunch. http://www.corkindependent.com/lifestyle/lifestyle/foods-that-help-with-treating-eczema/ By the way, […]

Food for Living Blog – Evening Echo Article

April 8, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Thursday 8th April I know many people missed my Evening Echo WOW articleon St Patrick’s Day so I’ve attached it here. Remember, we are finally starting to feeling like Spring is in the air and I’ve started having nettle tea for breakfast. Nettle is a great Spring time tea and, as well as its vitamins and […]

Handy websites: My chef at home

April 7, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Wednesday 7th April I’m starting to get quite a few requests to do home based demos around the country – I know so few people are blending the cookery demonstrations with specific health issues. Its great to be able to give people advice on healthy eating in the relaxed home environment. I found this site […]

Handy website: Good Food blog

April 6, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Tuesday 6th April Just thought I’d share with you Donal Skehan’s food blog – I love this guys enthusiasm and love of good Irish food – there should be chef’s out there like this guy!! Enjoy him too… http://www.thegoodmoodfoodblog.com/

Adding more to a Lamb Stew!

April 1, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Thursday, April 1st Ok.. ok.. I’m not joking when I say its easy to start incorporating the principles of healthy eating into your diet. My article in this week’s Cork Independent shows that sometimes it just involves a twist on some of your favourite meals and adapt them to your healthy eating plan. Check it out […]

Spinach and Quinoa Salad

March 31, 2010
Posted by Lucy

PrintSpinach and Quinoa Salad IngredientsServes 4 200g of baby spinach 1 cup of quinoa 1-2 tablespoons of sunflower seeds 1-2 tablespoons of pumpkin seeds 1-2 tablespoons of sesame seeds Dressing 2 handfuls flat leaf parsley 1 handful basil leaves 1 small handful mint leaves 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped 4-6 anchovy fillets, rinsed 1 tsp capers 1 tbsp […]

Seeded Soda Bread

March 30, 2010
Posted by Lucy

I did a home based demo last night, which I always enjoy. It involves going into people’s kitchen and showing them how to cook a range of healthy eating dishes and recipes. Last night was 8 friends, and one of the questions they asked was about bread. I gave them this very simple soda bread […]

Baba Ganoush (Aubergine Dip)

March 29, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Check my ‘What’s Coming Up’ section for information about my 4 week cookery course that will change your eating habits and have you feeling fabulous! March 29th, 2010 People tend to forget just how great dips are in terms of healthy eating. I’m not talking about the sour cream ones (!!!!) but the ones that […]

Giant tomato salsa with lentils

March 25, 2010
Posted by Lucy

The Blue Haven ‘Casual Cooking’ cookbook is a lovely little cookbook for the spring and summer, with plenty of easy tasty recipes. I was given an opportunity to supply a few recipes to promote the area of healthy eating and healthy meals. Below is one of the recipes that I have in the book – this […]

Olive Tapenade

March 25, 2010
Posted by Lucy

With summer in the air, I notice that I want salad more and more. Yet, don’t forget that dressings are one of the best ways to add new tastes, flavours and goodness to your salad selection. You can use all sorts of ingredients – from fresh herbs to spices, citrus such as lemon or orange […]

Spicy Lentil soup

March 24, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Wednesday March 24th Last night I talked to the Munster branch of the  Traditional Chinese Medicine Association (ICTCM) about the importance of building a good foundation for the health of their patients through good nutrition. The message to them was similar to that of the message I’ll be giving to the Munster CPA tonight. It is […]

Saturday Morning Pancakes

March 19, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Friday March 19th, 2010 Its the weekend and there is nothing nicer than a yummy breakfast when you get up on Saturday morning. Here is slightly different idea for pancakes using oat flour and wheat germ to ensure a healthy eating plan ! Wheat germ contains a large amount of Vitamin E – this is […]

Yummy Stir Fried Cabbage

March 17, 2010
Posted by Lucy

150g of broccoli (a small head) 150g savoy cabbage 1 leek 2 spring onions 1 inch root ginger (grated) 2 cloves garlic (finely chopped) 1 tablespoon tamari (or other soy sauce) 2 tblsp Mirin Some freshly cracked pepper Cut all the veggies and set aside for 5 mins to allow the health promoting properties to […]

Healthy Eating recipes blog

March 12, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Check my ‘What’s Coming Up’ section for information about my 4 week cookery course that will change your eating habits and have you feeling fabulous! Thursday March 25th Just arrived back from the launch of the Blue Haven ‘Casual Cooking’ cookbook. Its a lovely little cookbook for the spring and summer, with plenty of easy tasty […]

Slaw

March 12, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Half a small red cabbage 2 beetroots 70g cashews 70g raisins Dressing 4 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil 2 tblsp vinegar (whatever you have) 1 teaspoon honey Salt and freshly cracked pepper Wash and peel beetroot and place in a little water and steam for 30 mins. this should soften the beetroot slightly but it should still […]

Cabbage

March 12, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Cabbage I think many people have been turned off cabbage due to poor cooking in the past and so I’ll give you a few tasty recipes to help with this. Cabbage belong to the cruciferous family (Brassica) and so share many of the incredible health properties of kale and broccoli mentioned previously. As a reminder!! […]

Parsnip and Coconut Soup

March 12, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Friday, March 12th The cookery demo in Brennan’s went really well last night and I was reminded of how its the basics that are important in terms of cooking and health eating. We really need to keep it simple, seasonal and tasty so the idea of venturing off the track of healthy eating is inconceivable!!! […]

Cabbage slaw

March 7, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Hey All Here is a comment from one of my latest home based healthy eating cooking demos:  I think it’s a great thing for families to do together. Since the demo Mum has been over to my house and we have been food shopping together discussing the whole concept of healthy eating etc Let me […]

Dry Roasted Cashews

February 18, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Roasting cashews can intensify their flavours and also give them more of a bite. I’m suggesting roasting cashews at a fairly low heat for a longer time – this helps reduce the likelihood of rancidity (see below) and so is better in terms of healthy eating. Adding nuts and seeds are a great addition to […]

Cashew Stir Fry

February 18, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Cashews are such a great addition to your diet in terms of healthy eating, here is a tasty stir fry which is perfect for the evenings that you don’t have much time for cooking. Serves 4 3 oz of cashews 1 head of broccoli (cut into florets)1 yellow pepper (cut lengthways) 1 red pepper (cut […]

Cashews

February 18, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Cashews and Healthy Eating Cashews are part of the same family as mangos – who would have thought! Pistachios also belong to the same family and these nuts are known for their phytosterol content. More and more research is coming out about these nutrients and their beneficial effect on heart health. Phytosterols block cholesterol absorption in the […]

Chicken Stock

February 15, 2010
Posted by Lucy

You’ll have plenty of bones left over from the stew above. You may also decide to roast up a chicken over the weekend after reading all these great things about it and you’ll have plenty of bones and the carcass from this. I used to think making my own stock is a big deal and extremely time […]

Chicken, thyme and barley stew

February 15, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Recipes When I’m eating chicken, I generally try to add some sort of bean or lentil to it in order to increase the fibre and carbohydrate content of the meal. Simply eating chicken in a sandwich or with potatoes rarely provides you with enough fibre to satisfy you for long which is not great in […]

Chicken

February 15, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Chicken Chicken is an incredibly versatile ingredient and can be so tasty when cooked well. For those who are trying to cut back on their saturated fat intake (which have been linked to increased rates of heart disease and cancer), lean chicken is considered more of a healthy eating option, especially chicken with its skin […]

Cashew and Vegetable Stir fry

February 15, 2010
Posted by Lucy

I’m going to concentrate on a slightly controversial food, deemed by some to be too ‘fattening’ to be included in a healthy eating plan, but in my view are a great source of many nutrients, essential fatty acids and phytonutrients.  We are talking nuts! Cashews are part of the same family as mangos – who would have […]

Healthy Food tips

February 1, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Tuesday May 17th I’m on a bit of a mission at the moment! Its short and its simple and its going to my theme for the next few months…. Lets all commit to eating real food for the summer. By real food I mean food that has not been processed to such an extent that […]

Kale with chickpeas, soy, chilli and garlic

February 1, 2010
Posted by Lucy

I’ve adapted this recipe from The River Cottage Diary I was given for Christmas.  There may be a few more adaptations throughout the year! You can have this healthy eating dish as a light supper for 2, use is as a side dish for a nice curry, or make a full meal by placing on a bed of […]

Coconut, lentil and kale soup

February 1, 2010
Posted by Lucy

I adore this soup and never realised that soy sauce with coconut milk would provide such a yummy result! If you are ever stuck with which legumes to use in a dish, lentils are great in that they don’t need soaking or pre cooking (handy!) and are equally as good as all other legumes in […]

Kale

February 1, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Its often hard to find kale in supermarkets so I was half tempted not to put it in but most good fruit and vegetable shops and farmers markets sell kale at this time of year. The reason I decided to include it is we are all feeling a bit ‘post Christmas’ at the moment and […]

Kale soup

January 16, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Dear All, Well, we’re back from our holidays and its time to start prioritising our health and fitness levels again. So I thought I’d start the year with a great underused vegetable which is in the height of its season… Kale The Star Ingredient: Healthy Eating with Kale Its often hard to find kale in supermarkets […]

Happy New Year to You

January 7, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Dear All A happy and healthy 2010 to you all. I hope one of your New Year’s resolutions is to keep your health as one of your top priorities. In order to achieve this, I’ll be packing the Food for Living newsletter with tips and advice on healthy eating for the rest of the year. […]

Wild rice stuffing

January 7, 2010
Posted by Lucy

  Healthy Eating recipes: Wild rice stuffing This is a great alternative to bread stuffing for those on a gluten free diet or for those intolerant to wheat. As an extra bonus, it contains more fibre, anti oxidants, nutrients and essential fatty acids!! Great with one of your favourite roasts. I use this a lot with chicken […]

Roast Root Vegetables salad

January 7, 2010
Posted by Lucy

Healthy Eating recipes: Roast Root Vegetables Salad Try this as a warm salad with some chopped up leftover meat from the night before, a great healthy eating meal. 2 beetroots 2 parsnips 2 carrots 2 small sweet potatoes 1 inch root ginger – grated Salt and pepper to taste Chopped parsley Selection of salad leaves Pre […]

Key tips for Healthy Eating

December 13, 2009
Posted by Lucy

For those who attended my talk in November, here are some of the basics I discussed on the night. I focus on what is important in terms of a healthy diet and more importantly, practical suggestions for you to implement.. now its over to you. My tips for healthy eating Eat a wide variety of […]

Planning and Shopping

December 12, 2009
Posted by Lucy

OK.. so before you even get into the kitchen, you need to be prepared in terms of your ingredients and recipes. This begins at the start of the week, with some simple planning and some good shopping practices  this really assists you in making positive steps towards healthy eating. Be prepared: Sit down once a […]

Your Larder and Fridge

December 11, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Your larder and fridge being well stocked up means there are alot greater chances of you producing a home cooked meal that will keep on the track of healthy eating. When shopping, look around the world: Asia, South American, Mediterranean, Middle East, Caribbean all offer so much and these ingredients are available from your local food shops […]

The Important Building Blocks to Healthy Eating

December 10, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Here are foods for healthy eating on a daily basis: Carbohydrates Glucose from carbohydrates provides fuel for the brain and not as adequate supply leads to tiredness, irritability and lack of concentration. Chose complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains which provide both glucose and fibre. Fibre is essential for over all health. Proteins Amino Acids from proteins […]

Cooking and Equipment

December 9, 2009
Posted by Lucy

So now you have the ingredients… what are you going to do with them? Cooking Best methods of cooking are steaming, grilling, stir frying and baking in terms of healthy eating. Char grilling, frying, deep frying and cooking at high temperatures are less favourable – production of Acrylamides (mainly from grains) and HCA (highly cooked […]

Food for Living Healthy Eating Christmas Newsletter

December 9, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Christmas specials Just a little note to say a big Happy Christmas to you all and thanks for all your support and advice in 2009. Here is to a great 2010!! Here are a few recipes for you to consider over the Christmas holiday. I’ve tried to reduce the amount of sugar and simple carbohydrates and […]

African Stew with chicken

December 9, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Healthy Eating recipe with Chicken African Stew I love this recipe as it means you need to go out and buy some yummy 100% peanut butter from the health food store!! A great addition to a healthy eating plan. Nuts butters are great snacks on some sliced apples or pears or on some wholemeal toast. […]

Healthy Eating recipes : Spiced Cauliflower soup

December 9, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Healthy Eating recipes : Spiced Cauliflower soup I made this healthy eating soup for a family dinner this weekend and I thought it was yummy – not sure about the colour though – turmeric seems to give everything this off yellow colour – this is where lashings of chopped coriander comes in!! A great part […]

Onions

December 9, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Onions are part of the allium family, remember all those benefits I talked about a few weeks ago with leeks. Due to their sulphur containing phytonutrients and their relatively high levels of chromium, onions help to balance your blood sugar levels through out the day. Its great to include these in any healthy eating plan. So having […]

Healthy Fish recipes and tips

December 8, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Fish Tips Below are some healthy eating tips and recipe suggestions to help you achieve your healthy eating goals: Oily, white and steaks Great source of protein, Omega 3s and zinc, iron, selenium and vitamins A, C, D Linked to brain health and heart health Keep large fish consumption, tuna, swordfish, king mackerel to 1-2 […]

Healthy Eating tips and cooking tips with Grains

December 7, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Healthy Eating tips and cooking tips with Grains Example of whole grains: Quinoa – high protein grain with manganese and magnesium Amaranth – contains good source protein and calcium, magnesium, fibre and Vitamin C. Brown rice – short grain (chewy, nutty) and long grain (light and flurry) as well brown basmati – Contains more fibre […]

Healthy Eating tips and cooking tips with Beans and Lentils

December 6, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Healthy Eating tips and cooking tips with Beans and Lentils Some facts on Beans and Lentils Wide variety available tinned (read label) and dried Legumes include pulses and beans Great source of protein, fibre and folate, potassium, iron and magnesium Add to stews, salad, curry or chilli Puree for dips Use instead of meat or […]

Healthy Eating tips and cooking tips for Vegetables

December 5, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Healthy Eating tips and cooking tips for Vegetables There are so so many different vegetables to chose from, you could never get bored!! Cooking Tips Steam •Use steamer or a dash of water •Can add flavours afterwards, chopped herbs, dash of oil, hint of spices Stir fry Ginger and garlic, Onion and chilli Lime and […]

Healthy Eating Tips with Nuts and Seeds

December 4, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Healthy Eating Tips with Nuts and Seeds Nuts Store in cool dark place, buy unsalted and unprocessed. Adequate source protein and contain a range of vitamins (A and D, B2, B3, B1) and minerals (magnesium, calcium, potassium, zinc and iron)  and Essential Fatty Acids. Highest protein levels in peanuts. Little healthy eating snack idea: toasted […]

Tips with Healthy Eating Desserts

December 3, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Tips with Healthy Eating Desserts Use fruits – stew in cinnamon and nutmeg Use vegetables – carrots, beetroot, squash Compote – dried fruit, cover with water and cinnamon stick, boil and zest of lemon Flapjacks with nuts, seeds and fruit Pies or crumbles with ground nuts, oats and rice flour Use of desiccated coconut Use […]

Help with Healthy Eating Quick Meals

December 2, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Help with Healthy Eating Quick Meals Frittata  – use eggs as your pizza base and top with vegetables Stir fries with selection of vegetables and topping (chicken, fish, tofu) Soups and stews – ready in under 30 mins (see recipes section) Tinned/fresh chopped tomato with onions, garlic, herbs and tin of beans with a grain […]

Help with Healthy Eating Snacks

December 1, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Help with Healthy Eating Snacks Sliced fresh fruit Sliced fresh vegetables with dips that are vegetable or bean based, e.g. hummus, guacamole Whole grain crackers and good quality cheese Yogurt with toasted oats or fruit Yogurt with toasted nuts and seeds Fig, or other dried fruit, mixed with toasted nuts and seeds Home made popcorn […]

Cooking with onions

November 24, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Hey All, Hope you had a great week cooking. Last week I talked in Cork and Dublin to almost 150 people about the practical implementation of healthy eating and the response was overwhelming! There are just so many people who want to start making positive changes in terms of their health, most of them are […]

Grilled salmon with Mexican salsa

November 24, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Healthy Eating Fish Recipes: Grilled salmon with Mexican salsa Adding beans to a salsa is a great way of boosting the fibre, carbohydrate and protein content the salad – a perfect healthy eating dish. This uses similar ingredients to the dish before but the result is quite different. 2 medium salmon fillets 1 garlic clove 1/2 tsp ground […]

Salmon en papillotte (in a parcel)

November 24, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Healthy Eating Fish Recipes: Salmon en papillotte (in a parcel) En papillottes are a great idea for healthy eating fish recipes. You can just put everything into the little paper parcel and stick it all in the oven at the one time. All the flavours fuse together and the fish comes out so moist and […]

Salmon

November 24, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Healthy Fish recipes and eating with Salmon The fascinating thing about salmon is that they are born in fresh water, travel to saltwater oceans to live and return to the very place they were born to spawn- now if they are clever enough to do this they they must be good for healthy eating and […]

Cooking with Salmon

November 17, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Hey All Hope you enjoyed the new snappy newsletter last week and I hope the leeks went down well. I started thinking about the mackerel dish and just how beneficial oily fish are for you, the research is overwhelming, so this week I thought I’d cover another one of our favourite oily fish… Healthy Eating […]

Mackerel with leek and parsley sauce

November 17, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Healthy Eating fish recipes: Mackerel with leek and parsley sauce This is such an easy recipe and you can make this with any fish, I just happened to have some mackerel left over in my freezer and needed to use this up. Mackerel is an oily fish which means it is packed full of Omega […]

Sweet potato and potato leek soup

November 17, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Healthy Eating recipes: Sweet potato and potato leek soup This soup is one of my winter healthy eating favourites. I use sweet potato as well to top up the antioxidants to protect me from winter colds. I actually use mung beans in this recipe but use any bean you want. Of all the beans, I […]

Leeks

November 17, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Healthy Eating with Leeks Leeks are the part of Allium family, which also contains onions, shallots and scallions (but I think leeks are a little more delicate in flavour). All these vegetables share many healthy promoting properties and should be part of any healthy eating plan. When selecting leeks try to go for ones that are firm and […]

Cooking with Leeks

November 10, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Ok… ok… Last week I got so excited about all the research into broccoli that I think I may have overwhelmed you slightly. I just can’t help it. I see these common vegetables, sitting on farmers market stalls or in the supermarket, and they don’t have packets on them. This means no health claims, no […]

Asian Steamed Broccoli

November 10, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Healthy Eating recipes: Asian steamed Broccoli I’m introducing another taste here which is good for healthy eating vegetables. Firstly, Thai fish sauce is a great flavour to add to any stir fries, curries or Asian dishes. Unusual on its own (to say the least) but its great when it works with other flavours. It keeps […]

Chinese Green Salad

November 10, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Healthy Eating recipes: Chinese Green Salad The vegetables are lightly cooked (the best method for healthy eating) and then covered in the dressing straight away to ensure that the flavours are absorbed. Mikawa Mirin is available from all good food stores and some supermarkets and is great for stir fries – its a match made in […]

Broccoli

November 10, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Healthy Eating and health tips with Broccoli Broccoli is a member of the cabbage family and the ultimate vegetable for healthy eating, and is closely related to cauliflower. Broccoli provides a range of tastes and textures, from soft and flowery (the floret) to fibrous and crunchy (the stem and stalk). Try to choose broccoli with […]

Pumpkin and Rocket Gnocchi

November 4, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Pumpkin and Rocket Gnocchi I just love these tasty gnocchi from the cookbook ‘Soup and Beyond’ and I think they are great with just a sprinkling of extra virgin olive oil and some grated Parmesan. One little tip is take out a little extra rocket and nibble it while you are cooking these. The bitter […]

Spicy Pumpkin Soup

November 4, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Healthy Eating recipes: Spicy Pumpkin Soup This is a great winter warming healthy eating soup and is just so tasty. If you are going to have it as a meal, its great as a lunch at work or when you get home late from work and don’t have much time, then always add a little […]

The Pumpkin

November 4, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Healthy Eating with the Pumpkin Pumpkins are part of a family called winter squash and its many close relatives include butternut squash, acornsquash and Kabocha. Most of the larger pumpkins you see around you this week are too stringy to be used for cooking so for cooking purposes, buy the smaller pumpkins called Sugar Pumpkins or […]

Cooking with broccoli

November 4, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Hey All, Hope you had a great week cooking and enjoyed Halloween. This week my star ingredient is broccoli as there is so many varieties of it around at the moment. Broccoli is part the cruciferous vegetable family. Other members are cauliflower, cabbage, kale, Bok Choy and Brussels sprouts. You are going to hear me on […]

Cooking with pumpkin

October 26, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Hey All, Hope you had a great week cooking. Its starting to get colder and Halloween is almost upon us so this week’s star ingredient is the pumpkin… The Pumpkin This week the shelves of the supermarkets, farmers markets and grocery stores will be packed with huge bright orange pumpkins and so what better time to […]

Apple Crumble

October 26, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Healthy Eating desserts: Apple Crumble This topping might be a leap of faith for some of you who are used to flour, butter and sugar. But we eat so much of this on a day to day basis, this is my attempt at something delicious but good in terms of healthy eating! Only add the […]

Apple pancakes

October 26, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Healthy Eating Breakfasts: Apple pancakes You can eat these pancakes for a nice healthy eating weekend breakfast – I did this morning with some Gubbeen sausages and it was delicious. You could also simply put a dollop of natural yogurt and a little maple or honey and make them into a dessert. This recipe makes 4 medium pancakes […]

All about Apples

October 18, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Hey All Hope you had a great week cooking.  Remember, if you know anyone who is interested in cooking and health, pass on the website details and get them to sign up to my weekly newsletter.  As you know, I’ll always try to use ingredients each week that are seasonal and, if possible, local making […]

Chickpea Stew

October 18, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Healthy Eating recipes: Chickpea Stew This is a great winter stew and can last you over a few days. Again I’m not using any cooking oils for healthy eating. I’m going to try to get you experiment with this to see how you go. Cooking with oils has been linked to increased free radical damage […]

Leek and Chickpea Soup

October 18, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Healthy Eating Recipes: Leek and Chickpea Soup This is a simple, feel good healthy eating soup that tastes lovely. I garnish it with chopped fresh coriander leaves to add colour and you’ll have some left over from your Chickpea stew! The leeks in this are great prebiotics (this means that they feed the good bacteria […]

Chickpeas – the Star of the Beans

October 18, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Chickpeas, also known as Garbanzo beans, are the most widely consumed legumes in the world and a great one to start with. If you are serious about improving your diet and healthy eating, then legumes and pulses of all types should be on your shopping list.  The recommended servings is 5 portions a week as […]

Cooking with Chickpeas

October 12, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Hey All Hope you had a great week cooking. Do let me know how you get on with the recipes and what you think. I did get some feedback that the carrot soup was a little sweet, feel free to drop the desert spoon of honey down to a teaspoon in this recipe if you prefer. […]

Carrots

October 12, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Healthy Eating with Carrots The Carrot : Facts and Health Tips Carrots are a great addition to healthy eating and a good source of: Vitamin A (carotene) which means them great for your vision, boosting your immunity and your growth as well as being a powerful antioxidant, Vitamin K which is essential for effective blood […]

Chickpea and carrot salad with roasted cashews

October 12, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Healthy Eating recipes: Chickpea and carrot salad with roasted cashews This serves 2 portions. Cumin and carrot is a match made in heaven and this simple salad is great for putting in a lunchbox and taking to work.  This dish is perfect for healthy eating and packed full of fibre with the carrots and chickpeas, and the […]

Warming Carrot and Ginger soup

October 12, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Healthy Eating recipes: Warming Carrot and Ginger soup This is a lovely winter healthy eating soup as its got a nice kick from the ginger. Ginger is one of the best spices going, if there was a category ‘Super spices’, this would be in the top three. It is excellent for calming digestive problems and […]

Cooking with Carrots

October 2, 2009
Posted by Lucy

Congratulations! You’ve taken the first step towards healthy eating… This is the first of the  Food for Living weekly newsletters. If you’re not part of our mailing list, then simply subscribe on the home page.  Each week, the newsletter will contain some handy health tips, some tasty recipes and the motivation you need to keep going.  […]