We’re constantly being told what foods are bad for us – to cut back on sugar and eat more fruit; eat more eggs for protein or eat fewer eggs to prevent high cholesterol. With so much conflicting information it leaves many of us wondering what foods are actually good for our health.
“Make food your medicine”
Neal’s Yard Remedies’ Healing Foods aims to provide an overview of different ingredients and the healing properties they provide, as well as offering a range of nutritious recipes. The book provides an opportunity to create tailored eating plans to help with health concerns like heart health, joint care (see our survey), and low energy.
The contents page is broken down into helpful categories including ‘Fruiting and Flowering Vegetables’, ‘Spices’ and ‘Cereals and Grains’ to make it easy to find the ingredients to suit your health needs or taste. There’s also a recipe chooser which is broken down by different health areas such as ‘Heart and Circulation’ and ‘Digestion’, with a helpful key to indicate the health benefits of each recipe.
There’s a range of recipes to suit vegetarians and vegans as well as meat and fish dishes. The variety of vegetarian meals are impressive, from ‘Marinated Tofu with Shitake and Noodles’ which helps fight inflammation, removes toxins from the body and helps lower blood pressure to ‘French Bean Stew’ which aids healthy digestion and helps to balance blood sugar levels.
But, regardless of the healing powers of these recipes, they also look delicious. The breakfast recipes include ‘Oat Porridge with Goji Berries and Cinnamon’ or ‘Feta and Oregano Squares’ for those who prefer a savoury dish. There is also a great selection of main dishes including easy make ‘Vegetable Moussaka’ to slightly more adventurous recipes including ‘Venison Casserole with Cranberries’ or ‘Fragrant Rice with Millet’.
Although we would never recommend replacing your medicines or treatments with health foods, it is a great way to give yourself a boost and keep yourself feeling healthy from within. Overall, this is a great source of information for anyone interested in the health benefits of food.
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