Free Tickets to the LNLO Show in London!

Written by: Helen

 

 

What could be better than cheap tickets to a fantastic event?  How about free tickets?  The Love Natural Love Organic Show is coming to London Olympia from the 3rd-5th July.

The place will be turned into a healthy paradise with food and drink, natural skin, hair and body care, a whole variety of healthy living products, live demonstrations and shows plus there are two other shows taking place at the same time- ‘The Allergy & Free From Show’ and the ‘Just V Show’ (which covers all things vegan, vegetarian and meat-reducing).

Follow the link here if you want to find more about what’s on at the show.

You can see all of this for free by following this link which the show organisers have kindly sent over for TFFF readers (tickets £10 on the door). You can use this to get as many tickets as you need.  And if you do go I hope you have a great time and perhaps I’ll see you there 🙂

http://www.lnlo.co.uk/go/thinkfitfoodfamily

 

 

Fit Food Friday: 7 Fantastic Health Benefits of Pineapple

Written by: Helen

PINEAPPLE

 

As I sit down to write this the sun is shining and summer officially starts in a few days.  Then again this is the UK so who knows what the weather will be doing this time tomorrow (or even in a couple of hours).  However, that isn’t going to stop me from telling you about a fruit that makes me think of golden beaches and sunshine.

Pineapple has many health benefits but here are 7 reasons to include it in your diet:

1) Natural detoxification

If you didn’t read my 12 foods to help you naturally detox article (what’s wrong with you!) then you’ll have missed the fact that pineapple is a great food to help your natural detoxification process.  Bromelain helps to cleanse the colon and aid digestion.

 

2) Antioxidant Power

Pineapple is particularly rich in vitamin C.  Vitamin C is vital for our immune system.  The antioxidant content of pineapples protects us from free radical damage and reduces our risk of many conditions and illnesses.

 

3) Digestion

Pineapple helps our digestive system due to its fibre and water content which prevents constipation and keeps our digestive tract healthy.

 

4) Powerful Nutritional Punch

Pineapples are packed full of the good stuff our bodies need.  I’ve mentioned it’s high vitamin C and fibre content, but you can also get your B vitamins, manganese and copper amongst other important nutrients.

 

5) Skin

Nutrients in pineapple improve the texture of skin and play a role in the formation of collagen, a structural protein needed by our skin.  It also improves skin hydration and fights free radical damage and reduces age spots and wrinkles.

 

6) Strengthens Bones

Pineapple is good for our bones due to its excellent manganese content.  Manganese is a trace mineral our bodies need to build bones and connective tissue.

 

7) weight Loss

Pineapple is a good way of treating your sweet tooth without the chocolate and sweets.  Pineapple is naturally sweet and will satisfy cravings and make you feel full.

 

As well as being a handy snack here are a few other ways you can include pineapple in your diet.  Just click on the titles to be taken to the recipes:

 

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet and sour chicken

 

Tropical Sunshine Smoothie

Tropical Sunshine Smoothie Recipe

 

Jerk Pineapple Pork Chops

Jerk Pineapple Pork Chops

Do you eat much pineapple? I know its available all year round in our supermarkets but does it also make you feel summery (or is that just me?).  Let me know below.

The Importance of Getting Enough B Vitamins

Written by: Helen

Last month I started a vitamins and minerals series about why you need certain nutrients in your diet and where you can get them from.  I told you about the mighty vitamin A (read that post here) and this month I’m going to talk about B vitamins.

The B vitamins are  a group of vitamins comprising of:

  • Vitamin B1- Thiamin
  • Vitamin B2- Riboflavin
  • Vitamin B3- Niacin
  • Vitamin B5- Pantothenic Acid
  • Vitamin B6- Pyridoxine
  • Vitamin B7- Biotin
  • Vitamin B9- Folic Acid
  • Vitamin B12

 

Why Do We Need Them?

Each of the B vitamins plays an important role within our bodies.  They are particularly important in breaking down the food we eat and in aiding our mental health.  Here is a general idea of some of the functions of the B vitamins

  • They breakdown the carbohydrates we eat into glucose, giving our bodies usable energy.
  • They also help to break down fats and protein.
  • They are important for our skin and hair health
  • They are important for our mood and ease stress
  • They aid our memory
  • Keep our nervous system healthy
  • Folic Acid (B9) helps to reduce the risk of central nervous system defects, for instance spina bifida, in newborns.
  • B12 is needed to make red blood cells which carry oxygen through your body.

 

B Vitamins

 

Where Can We Get Them?

To get the full range of B vitamins it is a good idea to eat a varied diet.  These are some of the foods that contain B vitamins:

  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Asparagus
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggs
  • Wholegrain bread
  • Fortified breakfast cereals
  • Brown rice
  • Lentils
  • Oats
  • Fish
  • Beans

 

Vitamin B Deficiency

B vitamins can be found in a wide range of food so if you are eating a varied diet you shouldn’t have a problem.  Signs that you may be lacking in one of the B vitamins include:

  • Fatigue and feeling weak because the body can’t turn your food into energy
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Confusion
  • Vitamin B12 is found in meat and dairy and is vital for our nervous system so vegetarians and vegans need to find a way of getting this vitamin.

Serious deficiencies occur in developing countries such as Beri beri (B1 deficiency) and Pellagra (B3 deficiency).

 

Vitamin B rich recipes

Wholegrain Raspberry Jam Bars by Daily Burn

Raspberry Bars

 

 

Quinoa Vegetarian Chilli by Daily Burn

Quinoa Vegetarian Chili

 

Balsamic Roasted Asparagus by My Recipes

Balsamic Roasted Asparagus Recipe

 

Salmon with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes by Health

Salmon with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes Recipe

 

Thanks for reading 🙂