Physalis- The Fruit That You Need To Discover!

You know when you find something that’s absolutely delicious and good for you and you get a little bit too excited? That’s me right now, telling you guys about my favourite fruit. I’ve been a fan of physalis for a while, but to my surprise not all that many people know about it. Well if you haven’t heard of physalis before, you have now…

It’s not exactly a household fruit. In fact, the first time that I came across physalis was actually, typically, as a decoration on my dessert. My gran told me that they were called Chinese lanterns and I went on calling them that for years. That was until I grew up, stumbled across them in the fruit aisle on my food shop and realised they’re not called Chinese lanterns at all. Their real name is physalis.

OK, so they kind of sound like a disease but I promise you that they are absolutely delicious. If you have a sweet tooth, I recommend that you swap your bag of sweets for a bag of these as a healthy alternative! Honestly, they’re that good (ish). Super sweet and super yum, as well as having a number of health benefits such as helping to improve eyesight, protecting the kidney and liver, aiding healthy pregnancy and helping to relieve arthritis pain. I picked mine up at Sainsbury’s for £1 per bag. Give them a try and let me know what you think!

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Hot Lemon, Honey & Ginger

We’re smack bang in the middle of Winter and (may I assume) have spent the majority of the last month partying and no doubt mistreating our bodies. It’s only natural that we’re probably going to start suffering for it soon… This is my favourite winter remedy to warn off colds and flu.

Ingredients

1/2 lemon

2 teaspoons of Manuka Honey (ordinary honey will also do)

1 teaspoon of finely cut ginger

300ml of boiling hot water

Step 1

Add water to kettle and set to boil.

Step 2

Squeeze half a lemon into a mug Add 2 teaspoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of finely cut ginger. You can add the squeezed lemon remainder into the mug too (just make sure it’s not waxed).

Step 3

Once boiled, pour hot water over the ingredients in the mug. Stir well.

Step 4

Find somewhere cosy to sit and enjoy.

The Best Healthy Halloween Treats Found Online

Happy Halloween! It’s that time of year once again when all things strange, spooky and out-of-the-norm become the norm! With all the sweet (tricks and) treats around us, it’s sometimes a little hard to stick to your healthy habits. Well, that was until I collated this wicked list of all things healthy and Halloween from different sources across the web.

Here it is, my top healthy Halloween treats list…

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PINK (!) Wholegrain Berry Porridge

The days are shorter, nights longer and we’re starting to crave those good old stodgy home cooked meals… Well, I have something that will brighten up your mornings and satisfy your hot food needs- Pink Wholegrain Berry Porridge!

Not only is it warm, delicious, and looks fab, it will actually keep you full until lunch time and is one of your five a day (as well as being super healthy in itself). Made with a variety of summer berries- think raspberries, blueberries, cherries and cranberries- and whole rolled organic oats, this is one healthy meal to make any cold winter morning more enjoyable. Here’s the recipe below…

Ingredients

1 Handful of Frozen Berries

150-200ml of Milk

100g of Organic Whole Rolled Porridge Oats (click here- these ones are particularly good and not too pricey)

A Drizzle of Honey- optional!

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Step 1

Add oats, berries and 150ml of milk into a pan.

Step 2

Heat on low-med temperature for 5 minutes, stirring throughout until at preferred consistency and ensuring that the berries are warm. Add more milk midway if required.

Step 3

Serve into your favourite bowl and add a little honey if you fancy!

Step 4

Enjoy!