The new school year has officially begun. Going back to school means new uniforms, packed lunches and homework are the themes of September. This week we are sharing  one of our favourite recipes from Nutritional Therapist Amelia Freer and our must have health and wellness products to keep you and your little ones healthy throughout September.

Health Tips for winter

September Health Tips

Autumn is starting to slowly creep up on us which means it is time for some extra self care to get you prepared for the colder months ahead.

Vitamin D – We often hear about Vitamin D and it’s becoming more and more popular as we become more educated on it’s effects. Vitamin D is responsible for supporting strong, healthy bones and maintaining your immune system. It can be absorbed through a healthy diet but a large proportion of it comes from being outside in the sunlight. During the winter months we often don’t see that much of the sun so it’s a good idea to look at supplementing this vitamin especially if you are feeling tired and groggy as these can be some of the symptoms of a Vitamin D deficiancy.

Vitamin DTry natural, food based vitamin D from Terranova

 

Probiotics –  Did you know that your gut is responsible a large proportion of your immune system? It’s getting increasingly hard for us to have enough good bacteria in our gut due to the over use of antibiotics and processed food so it’s important to top it up. We like this natural alternative to probiotics from Living Nutrition. Made naturally with fermented food in a similar process to kombucha and kefir. They even have a banana flavoured one which is great for kids and it’s vegan!Gut HealthTry this family friendly, vegan probiotic from Living Nutrition

 

Magnesium Bath – Warm up from the cold blustery weather with a calming magnesium bath. Great for when you are feeling stressed and for those suffering with skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Try adding a few drops of your favourite essential oils to help you relax and get the perfect nights sleep.

Relaxing bath

Try these family friendly bath salts from Westlab.

 

Unbelievable Health –  Our favourite winter wellness products have to be the natural plant and bee based supplements from Unbelievable Health. Using the power of plants and the incredible properties of bee propolis we take them before a flight, when we are feeling run down and throughout the winter months to ensure our immune system is in tip top condition.Immune boost

Discover the Unbelievable Health collection here.

 

Stay Active – It might be cold outside but staying active is one of the best ways to improve your immune system. Go for a run, join a club or practice your favourite yoga sequence at home with the kids with online classes from Movement For Modern Life. 

Yoga on the go

Discover hundreds of classes from Movement For Modern Life here.

 

A healthy twist on a family classic – fish fingers with broad beans

 

Healthy fish and chips

 

Long gone are the frozen fingers and microwavable chips with this healthy recipe from Nutritional Therapist Amelia Freer.

A take on a brutish classic using a gluten free red lentil coating and British broad beans. Try roasting some sliced sweet potatoes in a little coconut oil for a healthy take on chips.

Ingredients (Serves 2-3)

For the beans:

  • 500g frozen broad beans, peeled (use fresh beans if they are in season)
  • Sea salt
  • small bunch of fresh parsley
  • 60ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • 40ml olive oil

For the fish fingers:

  • 150g red lentils
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 large egg, preferably free-range or organic
  • 300g fresh cod fillet
  • Coconut oil

 

Instructions

  1. Cook the broad beans in salted boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain, remove a handful and put to one side for later, then put the rest into a blender with the parsley.
  2. Add the stock and olive oil and blend until smooth. Mix in half the reserved beans.
  3. Pulse the red lentils in a heavy-duty food processor until you have a flour.Mix in the salt, pepper, turmeric, coriander and lemon zest then put on a deep plate or into a shallow bowl. Whisk the egg in another bowl.
  4. Rinse the cod fillet, pat it dry with kitchen towel and cut into sticks or ‘fingers’. Dip the cod pieces into the whisked egg and then into the red lentil mixture, making sure they are well coated on all sides. Place the coated pieces on a wire rack while you coat the rest.
  5. In a small deep pan, heat 6 tablespoons of coconut oil and fry some of the fish fingers, making sure they are not touching each other. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  6. Transfer to a plate covered in kitchen towel while you fry the rest.
  7. Serve the fish fingers and broad bean smash with wedges of lemon and the remaining broad beans on top.

Find out more about Amelia Freer and her delicious, healthy recipes here… 

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