Feature – Men’s Health with Chris Deavin

“Health is important to everyone. It decides how we feel, act and look, but improving and maintaining your health is not easy and requires the right type and amount of exercise, nutrition and lifestyle habits.

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Coconut chocolate chip peanut butter energy bites

So this month is world vegan month and we’re going to be focussing on this as our theme for November. We will be bringing you a selection of healthy vegan recipes that you can whip up using natural, wholesome ingredients for you and your family to enjoy, as well as some of our top vegan cooking tips and other related blog posts. The first of these, is for these coconut chocolate chip peanut butter energy bites, which make for the perfect afternoon or mid-morning snack.. or even breakfast on the go.

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Healthy eating on a budget

I think that it can sometimes be a common misconception that eating a healthy diet is an extremely expensive way. To some extent, I suppose this could be true if you purchased large quantities of organic meet, superfood and specialist products however, buying natural wholesome ingredients such as: vegetable, grains and pulses can actually turn out to be really affordable; often even more so than eating lots of processed food and meals. Like with most things, the cost of a healthy food shop can vary greatly depending on numerous factors such as: where you shop, the amount of food you’re buying and the types of products you by. Today we wanted to talk about some of the ways that you can stock your fridge and cupboards with a selection of healthy ingredients, whilst still being more friendly on your budget.

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Double chocolate hazelnut cookies

When I was first starting to make healthy changes to my diet and lifestyle, one of the main things that I really missed was cookies! I was never a massive fan of having lots of desserts and didn’t really have a major sweet tooth, but cookies were something that I’ve always loved to accompany a good cup of tea! Different people have different preferences when it comes to the texture of a cookie.. a little bit like with cakes and brownies. Some people like cookies that are slightly more crisp and crunchy, whilst other people prefer a gooey, cookie dough kind of texture. These particular cookies are on the softer side with delicious chunks of raw chocolate and an amazingly rich and indulgent flavour from the cacao throughout.

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Halloween chocolate cups

I can’t believe how quickly this year is flying by and that it’s almost halloween already! Typically this is a day filled with lots of sweet treats and indulgence, which you can still enjoy with these slightly healthier little chocolate cups! Based on a peanut butter cup kinda’ creation, these raw chocolate cups are filled with a delicious berry jam, to give them a slightly more halloween-ie twist! The berry jam itself is actually a pretty special one, as it’s made from mixed berries, chia seeds, a little natural sweetener and elderberry Imunostrength syrup for an extra boost! This is one of the best sellers in store during this time of year, so we thought it would be a great idea to experiment with adding it into to recipes- see overnight oats recipe here. 

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Top 5 winter skincare products

One of the things that nearly always affects my skin is the change in weather over this time of year. I find that as soon as the colder weather starts to kick in, my skin tends to become a lot dryer. We all know that the food that we put into our body can have a huge impact on our health and how we’re feeling, but what about what we put onto our skin? Things that you put onto your skin can also be absorbed into the body, so it’s also important to consider the products that you’re using as well! We recently had the lovely ladies from A’kin in store to tell us a bit more about their wonderful skincare products and also use a skin assessment machine to show things like skin damage from UV rays and dehydration. Different parts of your skin show up in different colours depending on the health of your skin, so it’s a really interesting experience! Don’t worry if you didn’t manage to pop in this time, we will be having events with them in the future, so keep your eyes on the newsletter so you don’t miss out on anything!

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Benefits of Manuka Honey

Are you ready for winter? People are sneezing, coughing and complaining about sore throats? Lots of our customers find it beneficial to use Manuka Honey. Here is some interesting new research about the bees knees – Manuka Honey for other applications

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Turmeric & pumpkin curry

During the Autumn and Winter months, I feel that it’s the perfect time to enjoy lots of delicious, warming and comforting meals like curries, stews and soups. These are all amazing dishes to jam pack full with nutritious and wholesome ingredients and can also be incredibly easy quick and straight forward to put together. Using seasonal fruits and vegetables is a great way to make the most of the produce available and can also help to make healthy eating that little bit more affordable. Pumpkins have just started to filter into supermarkets at the moment and are really affordable to buy, so are a great buy! They’re also really versatile; there are literally countless different recipes and dishes that you can cook with pumpkin.

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Spiced apple overnight oats with elderberry compote

So, now we’re well and truly getting into the Autumn spirit and pumpkins have started to make an appearance in the supermarkets. We will soon have some more festive recipes coming up and even a special halloween recipe too! For todays recipe, we’ve got a delicious spiced apple overnight oats with the beautiful flavours of cinnamon and nutmeg running through, as well as fresh, crisp green apple. To top it off and add an amazing burst of fruity flavour, why not try whipping up this super quick berry compote using one of our favourite products for this time of year: Lamberts Imuno-strength. We love this product and it’s actually great to include in recipes like this because it has a lovely berry flavour that works really well in fruity dishes like this one!

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Coconut oil- the natural beauty staple

Coconut oil is probably something that the vast majority of us now have sat on the kitchen counter or in our kitchen cupboards right now.. as for me, I have about six jars of the stuff stashed away in my kitchen! Coconut oil has been around for quite some time now and to be honest, I think there is still just as much hype surrounding it as there was a year or so ago. It really is an incredible product and something that has become incredibly popular in the health and wellness industry.

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