Raspberry Recovery Bars

raspberry sports bar
Great for after a run

These are a delicious high calorie snack to have as part of your recovery from training or a race.

You could even crumble one up and serve over natural yoghurt or cottage cheese or as a delicious pudding with a few extra fresh raspberries on the side.

Raspberry Flapjack Slices are packed full vitamin C from the raspberries and healthy fats from the nuts, seeds, butter and coconut oil.

Try to use organic butter as it is higher in omega 3 oils and healthier than margarine.  Oats are a superfood as they release their energy slowly and are high in the soluble fibre beta-glucan that can help lower cholesterol.

If you are on a budget don’t be put off by having to buy the extra flax seeds, pumpkin or chia seeds – just add what you miss out with extra oats, or just buy one of the types of seeds.

Makes 10
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes

350g oats
25g flax seeds
25g pumpkin seeds
25g chia seeds
50g organic butter
50g virgin coconut oil
50g honey
250g raspberries
20g coconut flour/oat flour

1. Preheat an oven to 180C, 350F, gas mark 4.  Line a 20cm x 4cm (8 x 1 ½ inch) square cake tin with a large piece of non-stick baking paper, snipping diagonally into the corners so that the paper fits snugly over the base and up the sides of the tin.
2. Grind the oats and seeds as this makes the mixture slightly finer and helps it stick together – these flapjacks have a tendency to crumble more than regular ones as they are lower in fat.  If you are short of time, grind only the flax seeds and chia seeds as your body doesn’t break these down.
3. Melt the coconut oil, butter and honey in a saucepan and add to the dry ingredients.  Add the oil/honey mix in stages, stirring well to make sure it is all incorporated.
4. Spoon two thirds of the mixture onto a baking tray and press it down firmly into the edges, ensuring it is at least 1cm deep.  Bake at 180C for 5 minutes.
5. While it is baking, blitz the raspberries in a blender or mash them with a fork.  Add the flour to thicken the consistency, and mix together
6. Remove the base from the oven and smooth the raspberry mixture over the top.
7. Sprinkle the remaining third of the oat mixture on top of the raspberries and press it down gently so it sticks into it.
8. Return to the oven for a further 5 minutes or until brown on top.
9. Leave to cool before cutting into pieces.

Nutritional Information – Per bar:
Calories 285 Kcal
Protein 7g
Carbs 29g
Fat 15g

Tips for cooking rice pasta

Amisa are doing it again.

The organic firm, famous for their healthy food for dietary needs, are now introducing a range of gluten free pastas. – Highly appropriate for Coeliac Awareness Week.

organic rice pasta
Tips on cooking rice pasta

First up there’s some appetising wholegrain rice fusilli and penne.

The trick with cooking rice pasta is to include some olive oil and salt in your water.

Then, when you add the pasta at boiling point, stir immediately to separate the pasta and keep stirring until the water is bubbling again. This stops the pasta sticking together.

After this turn the heat down to a simmer and stir every half a minute. Fortunately rice pasta cooks quickly so this won’t take long.

Finally, when you’ve finished cooking, drain the water off as soon as possible to prevent overcooking.

That’s it!

Amisa also have some golden corn and rice pastas in the form of fusilli, rigatoni and spaghetti. Fortunately, this cooks just the same way as normal rice pasta.

 

100% Blueberry Juice concentrate

Blueberry juice
Simply blueberries

Here something you might like to know…

CherryActive, the company that takes the famous Montmorency cherry juice and bottles it for its super high antioxidant content (twenty times more than most fruit), are doing something new.

Now, they’re not just using cherries to tackle joint mobility, muscle recovery and sleep problems.

There’s also bottled blueberry and bottled beetroot juice. Blueberries are still being researched for their overall benefits and each 210ml bottle of BlueberryActive contains the concentrated juice of over 1250 blueberries.

Meanwhile beetroot is being increasingly used by athletes to give them that extra edge over their opponents, hence BeetActive.

Whether cherry, blueberry or beetroot, all the juices are 100% pure concentrated goodness helping you to go fitter, faster and further.

Grains galore (especially good news for couscous lovers)

I luuuurve couscous!

(Apologies for the over-enthusiasm.)

But it’s so quick to make, it’s low in fat and you can flavour them with pesto, saffron, garlic, anything.

Artisan Grains couscous
You’ll be excited if you love couscous as much as I do…

So I’m delighted to learn that Artisan Grains are offering a Pearl Couscous (slightly larger rounder grains often treated as a delicacy), and a Tri-Colour Couscous made up of golden couscous, tomato infused couscous and spinach infused couscous.

But Artisan Grains’ passion for natural grains doesn’t stop there. They also supply Royal Quinoa (again, larger than your average quinoa grain) and GoodnessDirect are soon to take on their Chia Seeds (a high energy and very nutritious grain) and Greenwheat Freekeh (a nuttier tasting toasted grain).

Look out for their variety of Nut Roasts too.

Coeliac Awareness Week: Biona Organic Rice Bread – Review

Today marks the start of Coeliac Awareness Week.

Watch Catriona doing the first review of one of our Top 10 gluten free breads: Biona Organic Rice Bread.

 

Nutrition? We’re packing it

If you’re on the hunt for nutritious food then try teff flour.

GoodnessDirect priovides not only the brown teff, but it’s organic too.

Teff is nutritious because it provides for fibre than any other grain. It is also full of minerals with 17 times more calcium than wheat or barley.

Goodness Prepacks supply lots of organic ingredients for your kitchen cupboard, from roasted organic buckwheat to whole organic cashew nuts and everything in between such as organic bran flakes or organic black turtle beans.

Amazing low calorie biscuits and gluten free biscuits from Doves Organic

Doves quinoa and fig biscuits
Amazing new biscuits using quinoa and fig

I’m very excited about some new biscuits from Doves organic.

Why? Because they’re experimenting with quinoa and figs for their biscuits and flapjacks.

The result is Chocolate Chip Cookies at only 47 calories a biscuit (which lower than your average digestive!) … and it’s laced with chocolate and honey.

Did I mention that quinoa is a superfood? ‘Cos it is now for me!

They’ve also created some Figgy Flapjacks with whole pieces of luscious fig.

But their genius has taken the organic bakers one inspired step further. They’ve combined the two to make some amazing gluten-free Fig & Quinoa Cookies which are beautifully baked and taste golden. (No chalky, fake biscuit taste here. No nuts, dairy or any other major allergens either.) Rumour has it more quinoa cookie flavours are around the corner…