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Ways of Handling the Sun this Summer

Ways of Handling the Sun this Summer The Irish Times reported that on Tuesday the highest temperatures in the past three decades were recorded in County Mayo. That gives me hope for a lovely summer and I am looking forward to the weekends I will be having on the beach. This week the media also reported... 

Techniques to reduce exam stress

The leaving certificate is just around the corner, and it is easy to feel overwhelmed when you think of how this exam could determine your future.  A certain amount of stress is necessary to motivate you, but too much can cause a reduction in clarity and memory. However, there are various techniques... 

At One with Life

At one with life can mean a lot along the trails we roam And each one is a page in time a chapter or a poem We take the things that come our way to teach us what we know Like extracting seeds and planting them to watch the product grow The light of day will illuminate the paths and help us see A road... 

Chocolate Avocado Cookies

Ingredients 1 ripe avocado, finely mashed 1/4 cup cup white sugar 1/4 brown sugar 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/3 cup flour 1/2 tsp baking soda 2 oz dark chocolate, coarsely chopped Method Preheat oven to 175 degrees Combine the finely mashed  avocado, white sugar,... 

Summer Smoothies

Summer Smoothies Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie 500 mls fat-free milk ½ carton fat-free plain yogurt 2 Tbsp creamy natural unsalted peanut butter 1 ripe banana 1 Tbsp honey 4 ice cubes Method Mix ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and serve.   Strawberry... 

What is Matcha Tea?

The Benefits of Matcha tea Matcha tea has become increasingly popular among health concious people in Ireland ,and no wonder because a single cup of it is equivalent to 10 cups of ordinary green tea.  It was first discovered by a Japanese monk in the 12th century.  He pulverised the green tea leaves,... 

Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake

Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake Ingredients 1 cup almond flour or almond meal 2 tablespoons coconut flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/8 teaspoon Himalyan sea salt 2 eggs, room temperature 1/4 cup melted coconut oil or grass fed butter 3 tablespoons honey 1/2 teaspoon almond OR vanilla extract Topping... 

The Benefits of Yoga & Meditation

  New research has shown that both yoga and meditation are more effective at boosting the memory than brain training games, such as crossword puzzles or Sudoku.  Scientists tested 25 people aged 55 years and older who had memory problems.  The participants were divided into two groups, 11 of... 

Kirtan Kriya Meditation

Kirtan Kriya is a meditation which is part of the Kundalini yoga tradition.  It originated in India hundreds of years ago.  It is an upbeat sound from the mantra ‘Sat Nam’, which translates to ‘my true essence. ‘Scientific research has concluded that by practicing it for just... 

Prawn & Chorizo Jambalaya

Ingredients 1 tbsp olive oil 200g Prawns 1 onion chopped 1 red pepper chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 150 g chorizo, sliced 250g basamati rice 400g can plum tomato 350 ml of stock 1 tbsp cajun seasoning To make the cajun seasoning 2 1/2 tbsp salt 1 tbsp dried oregano 1 tbsp paprika 1 tbsp cayenne pepper 1... 

Green Curry Recipe

Ingredients ½ Head of Broccoli 6 Asparagus One Red Onion 6 Cloves of Garlic ¼ of Butternut (Pre-bake) Handful of Flat Parsley, Coriander and Fennel 6 Teaspoons of Madras Curry Oil for frying 160ml Coconut Milk/Paste 3 Tablespoons Cottage Cheese Salt Whole Wheat Spiral Pasta Method Chop up vegetables. Fry... 

Vegetable Tagine Recipe

Serves 4 Ingredients 1 tbsp oil 1 red onion chopped 3 garlic cloves crushed 1 tbsp harissa 1 tsp cumin seeds 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 200ml of vegetable stock 400g can chopped tomatoes 350g baby aubergine, chopped 2 strips of lemon zest, finely chopped 1 can of butter beans, drained 175 g wholemeal couscous 40... 

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Lemon Drizzle Cake Prep: 15 mins             Cook: 45 mins   Ingredients 225g unsalted butter, softened 225g caster sugar 4 egg finely grated zest 1 lemon 225g self-raising flour juice 1½ lemons 85g caster sugar Method Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Beat together 225g softened unsalted... 

3 Ingredient Chicken Wings

Ingredients Serves 3-4 2lbs of chicken wings salt black pepper 4 tbsp bbq sauce 1 tbsp honey 1/2- 1 tsp sriracha sauce Method Preheat oven to 200C Place wings in a bowl and toss with salt and black pepper. Line a baking tray with foil and place a baking rack on top. Arrange the wings in a single layer... 

Pineapple Mint & Coconut Smoothie

Ingredients (Makes 2) 200 ml coconut milk 4 mint leaves 1 cup of chopped pineapple Optional: Juice of 1 lime Method: Chop the pineapple into chunks Add pineapple to blender along with the rest of the ingredients Blend until smooth Optional: Garnish with mint leaves or a slice of pineapple.You can also... 

Tofu Burger Recipe

Ingredients 1 red onion, finely chopped 200 gms (6-1/2oz mushrooms, finely chopped 350 gms (11oz)  tofu 2-3 cloves of garlic 2 cups (200gms/6-1/2oz) wholegrain flaxseed bread crumbs (or use gluten free) 1 heaped tbsp tomato paste 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar 2 tbsp chilli garlic sauce 1-1/2 cups (150gms/5oz)... 

Apple Pie Recipe

Apple Pie Ready in 2½ hours Moderately easy Serves 8   Ingredients 1kg Bramley apples 140g golden caster sugar ½ tsp cinnamon 3 tbsp flour 225g butter 50g golden caster sugar 2 eggs 350g plain flour, preferably organic softly whipped cream    Method  Put a layer of paper towels on a large... 

Jamaican Ginger Cake

If you’re a fan of the McVities Jamaica Ginger Cake then this recipe is for you! This was the closest recipe I could find to match the McVities version. Its super dense, moist and has a spicy zing! Ingredients 250g unsalted butter 250g dark brown muscovado sugar 250g black treacle 300ml milk 2... 

Pistachio Cake

Ingredients: 2 cups of plain flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup unsalted pistachios, shelled 1 cup of spinach leaves, chopped 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 coconut sugar 3/4 cup of almond milk 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk mixed with 1 tablespoon... 

Free Health and Fitness Apps

Here is a guide to some of the Top Fitness, Weight Loss and Nutrition apps! The best part is they are all free! Moves Moves is designed to record your everyday life and activity. It keeps a daily track of walking, cycling and running. Keeps a daily record of the amount of steps, miles and the time... 
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