One of my fondest foodie memories is discovering Welsh speckled bread, or Bara Brith, on a cold afternoon in Llandudno. I’ve always been a fan of tea bread, and in the years before I studied nutrition, sinking my teeth into a toasted slice of Bara Brith became a regular teatime tradition. Fast-forward to 2015 and I am now much more reluctant to indulge in this extremely sugary bread, and with 40g sugar per slice you can see why. But so as not to miss out on last weekend’s St. David’s Day celebrations I got my experimental hat on and set about making a low-sugar, gluten-free version of this traditional Welsh bread. So here’s our incredibly easy low-sugar, gluten-free and utterly delicious Bara Brith recipe. Enjoy!… READ MORE
WIN // Edible Garden Show
It’s March and spring is officially on its way! To celebrate the new gardening year we are giving away a pair of FREE tickets to the Edible Garden Show (RRP £40). This wonderful show is back from March 20-22 at Alexandra Palace, with more than triple the number of attraction areas and a huge variety of experts sharing their passion for grow your own. This event offers the ultimate inspiration for you inner-city gardeners out there, whether you have a single windowsill to grow on or you are lucky enough to have bagged your own allotment plot. All you have to do to enter is FOLLOW us on Twitter and RETWEET this tweet, or if you are more of a Facebook person simply LIKE our page and SHARE this status, and we’ll enter your name into the draw. Good luck!
Go meat free in March
In the UK we consume more than double the world average per person of meat, the vast majority of which comes from intensive farming methods. These methods have a detrimental effect on the environment, while showing little respect for animal welfare. Such a high consumption of intensively-reared meat has also been shown to have a negative effect on our health. This year, however, we are being encouraged to take a week off from all things meaty and join in on Meat Free Week 2015, which takes place from the 23-29 March. Over the past few years we’ve been lucky enough to sample some of the best vegetarian cuisine in London, so for you busy city types who don’t have chance to whip up a veggie chilli any time soon, here’s our run down of the best veggie-friendly restaurants in London town. Many of them get booked up quickly, so if you want to celebrate Meat Free Week in style then we suggest booking ahead and bagging a table at one of these top-notch veggie hotspots…READ MORE
The Sleepio sleep solution
Sleep is one of the last things we think about when we look to improve our health, and really it should be one of the first. During sleep the body restores and repairs itself both physically and emotionally. So many of us, however, suffer in silence and exist on very little sleep, convincing ourselves that we are just not destined to be ‘good sleepers’. Well one very clever new app is going to put a stop to that. Sleepio is a science-based sleep programme, based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) which has been available online for some time now. This groundbreaking programme, however, is now available to access directly from your smartphone (click here). Sleepio monitors the quality of your sleep and guides you every step of the way back towards restoring an optimal sleep routine with comforting animations and informative infographics. If you struggle with sleep then this really is an essential app for you to try.