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Annemarie Aburrow

About Annemarie Aburrow

Annemarie graduated from the University of Southampton in 2003 with a first class honours in Physiology with Nutrition. She went on to study a Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics at Cardiff Metropolitan University, leading to registration as a Dietitian. Between 2005 and 2013, Annemarie worked for the NHS in a wide variety of clinical and community roles. More recently, she has specialised in health promotion and prescribing support. She has particular experience in obesity management (both adults and children), diabetes, nutrition for the under 5s and nutritional supplement prescribing. In 2013, Annemarie left the NHS to set up her private practice 'Expert Dietitian'. She now works as a freelance Dietitian, offering private consultations in Hampshire, telephone and Skype appointments, corporate nutrition consultancy and bespoke training. She has a growing portfolio of project work, including working with her local council to provide nutrition training and expertise to Early Years settings, article writing, work with schools and running training/workshops. Annemarie is a member of the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Easy Stuffed Peppers


stuffed peppers on tray

I love a good stuffed pepper! Peppers are a great source of nutrients such as vitamin C and fibre. This recipe uses couscous instead of rice (which you may have used in stuffed peppers previously). Couscous is so quick to prepare … Continue reading


How Easy is it to Achieve the New Sugar Recommendations?


In July 2015, a report (by ‘SACN’) was released, giving new recommendations about the maximum amount of sugar we should eat, and also increasing the amount of fibre we eat. It re-classified the sugar we want to avoid as ‘free … Continue reading


No added sugar mincemeat



As you know from my previous post, I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes recently. I really wondered initially how I would cope with drastically cutting down my sugar intake (here I’m referring to added sugar rather than sugar naturally found in … Continue reading


Product Review: Ahmad Tea



A couple of weeks ago, I was sent some boxes of tea to try by the lovely team at Ahmad Tea. As an avid tea drinker, I have to say that I was more than happy to try them and … Continue reading


My diabetes health scare


It’s not often I share my personal health secrets with the world (!) but a couple of weeks ago, I went to see my Doctor about the fact that I had been feeling tired and run down, and had some … Continue reading


Saturated Fats – Truth vs Myth


Last week’s blog was all about trans fats, and as promised, this post is about saturated fats. Now before I start, it’s important to point out that this post is not about demonising particular nutrients  – there is a place … Continue reading


Trans fats


When you look at popular media, there always seems to be a new food or nutrient being demonised… fats, carbohydrate, sugar, fruit – the list goes on. However, when it comes to fats, the feedback I’ve had is that the … Continue reading


10 ‘healthy’ foods you didn’t realise contained added sugar


Sugar has been in the media a lot recently, and there are so many mixed messages. Just this week during the Great British Bake Off, we were informed that a cake containing honey or agave syrup as the sweetener was … Continue reading


Is juice an option for children?


Earlier this week on my Facebook page, I asked for suggestions of what topics people wanted covering in my blog. As this was a popular choice, I thought I’d start with this. As a mum of three children myself, I … Continue reading


Fluid: How much and what counts?


Fluid: How much and what counts? When it comes to fluid, there are many conflicting messages, as with other nutritional messages. How much should I drink? Do tea and coffee count? What about alcohol? How much? – If you look … Continue reading


Frozen Yoghurt Ice Lollies



My kids always want a quick snack when they get home from school, and as the weather is getting hotter, I thought what better treat than homemade ice lollies made from fresh fruit and yoghurt?  These lollies have no added … Continue reading


Superfoods or Super-hoax?


When you hear the word ‘superfood’, foods like blueberries, goji berries and pomegranate may spring to mind. Various health claims exist around these so-called superfoods in the media, for example that acai berries have anti-ageing properties, or garlic lowers blood … Continue reading


Musings of a Sports Nutritionist


Firstly, I need to apologise for not posting in a while… My reason for this is that I’ve been studying hard for a course. I am doing a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Sports Nutrition at St Mary’s University, and I’m … Continue reading


New Year, New You?


Now that the Christmas indulgence is over, and you’ve seen in the New Year, you may be thinking of shaping up – losing weight and getting fitter. May I encourage you to think of the ‘New You’ as a longer term … Continue reading


Homemade crisps


It’s no mystery that Brits love their crisps… but have you own tried making your own crisps from fruits and vegetables? If you love the crunchiness of crisps, but not the unhealthy factor, these are certainly worth a try. They’re very easy to make – … Continue reading


How to make your mince pies healthier


The countdown to Christmas has begun… now don’t get me wrong, I love a good mince pie. However, if like me you are partial to more than one, or they play a regular part in your December diet, then why not have a go … Continue reading


5 tips to help you lose weight for Christmas (and after)


It’s the dreaded ‘C’ word – Christmas!! It’s just under six weeks until Christmas, and you may be wanting to have one last ‘push’ at losing weight in time for the day itself, or your work Christmas party. I am hoping this blog … Continue reading


Homemade Garlic Bread


Have you ever considered making your own garlic bread? Garlic bread is a tasty accompaniment to a meal, but due to the fact that it’s so easily available in shops, you have probably never considered making it yourself. Shop bought garlic bread … Continue reading


Carrot and Lentil Soup


I recently made this carrot and lentil soup as part of a cooking course I was running. The recipe has been adapted from a recipe I found on the First Steps Nutrition Trust website. Most of the participants had never cooked … Continue reading


Vegetarian Shepherds Pie



My almost-two-year-old daughter doesn’t seem to like meat. I’m not sure if it’s the taste or the texture – either way, I am determined to get good sources of iron and protein into her. Lentils are a great source of iron. … Continue reading


Spaghetti Carbonara



On today’s blog is a spaghetti carbonara recipe. I adapted this recipe from others I found online, to make it simpler – by using one cheese instead of two, and by using a lower fat spread (instead of butter). I … Continue reading


Roasted Butternut Squash Soup



I love a good soup. I usually make mine the traditional way – sweat the veggies in a little butter, then add stock. However today I had a little more time so decided to roast my veggies instead. It was … Continue reading


Top 10 Blackberry Recipes



I love blackberries, and let the brambles grow wild at the end of my garden every year. Blackberries are now in season and are such a brilliant, versatile fruit. If you don’t want brambles in your garden, why not try ‘PYO’ (pick … Continue reading


Strawberry Whip and Blackberry Ice Lollies



I love blackberries and the fact they grow wild in the garden. I have been searching for the best healthy recipes using blackberries, and will write a blog on this soon. For today’s blog however, I decided to make some … Continue reading


Spirulina – Super or Spoof?


Billed as being a super protein, what is ‘Spirulina’, and is it all it’s cracked up to be? Spirulina is a cyanobacterium (form of algae), which lives naturally in tropical and subtropical alkaline lakes with high concentrations of carbonate and … Continue reading


Sausage Pasta Recipe



On today’s blog is my famous Sausage Pasta recipe. This is one of our family favourites – what tastier combo than some nice sausages, fresh tomato-based sauce and pasta? It’s another very versatile dish – you can add / swap … Continue reading


Fats Debate – Sorting the Truth from the Myths


In celebration of Dietitians Week, I am writing my second blog of the week. Dietitians Week is all about raising awareness of the work Dietitians do and their unique skills. Dietitians are truly the gold standard when it comes to … Continue reading


Why I Trust a Dietitian


In celebration of the first ever Dietitians Week, I have written this poem entitled “Why I trust a Dietitian”. It’s a bit of fun, but highights the importance of always checking your nutrition ‘experts” qualifications, as there are lots of … Continue reading


Courgette and Caramelized Onion Bread



Here is my courgette bread recipe – easy and simple – perfect for a first time bread baker – and doesn’t even require a bread maker machine. I must admit it was a touch time consuming, what with all the … Continue reading


Perfect Caramelized Onions


You asked for it… So here we have my caramelized onions recipe. I made this for the first time last week to go into my courgette & caramelized onion bread – recipe to come next week. It didn’t disappoint. I … Continue reading


Sweet potato and chickpea risotto



Today’s blog is a delicious vegetarian twist on a risotto. It uses chickpeas as the main protein source. As well as protein, chickpeas (along with other beans and pulses) are a good source of iron and calcium. I like to … Continue reading


Apricot Coconut & linseed flapjacks



Today, I wanted to make a healthier version of traditional flapjacks, and I had some milled linseeds in the cupboard that I’ve been wanting to try for a while. I found my milled linseeds in Lidl. They also contain 7% sesame, and … Continue reading


Lamb and butternut squash lasagne



I made this lamb and butternut squash lasagne for dinner tonight. My husband and kids loved it, and I was asked for the recipe by one of my Twitter followers. I don’t tend to use recipes, particularly for main meals … Continue reading


How many portions of fruit and veg should I really be eating? 5-a-day or 7-a-day?


In the wake of today’s headlines saying we should all be eating a 7 a day to ‘keep death at bay’, how many portions should you really be having? We all know that eating fruit and vegetables is good for … Continue reading


Easy tuna risotto – simple, cheap & nutritious!



This is my quick and easy risotto recipe and tonight’s dinner  – all made in 1 large saucepan. The kids loved it and my 18 month old got stuck in eating with her hands. This easy, cheap (only 75p per … Continue reading


Strawberry and Amaretto Trifle



This is my homemade modern twist on a trifle recipe. It was quick (especially if you already have sponge to hand) and easy to make. I made my sponge fresh (as I didn’t have any in the cupboard) but you … Continue reading


Pancake Day Ideas


Shrove Tuesday aka Pancake Day is here! This is one of our favourite food celebrations as a family. Pancakes are great – a perfect savoury snack, a healthy dessert (depending on your choice of filling or course!) or an alternative … Continue reading


The Truth about Detox Diets



Thinking about trying the latest ‘juice diet’ or ‘colon cleanse’? Those trying to sell you their products will claim that you will lose weight, feel great and be ‘cleansed inside’. Feeling tempted to try one? Well this article will explain … Continue reading


The truth about sugar – a summary of the evidence


Sugar is in the news, and on a lot of peoples’ minds at the moment. I wanted to write a blog to give some guidance and provide a correct interpretation of the best evidence available to us. I have decided … Continue reading


Aphrodisiac Foods – The lowdown on the evidence


As Valentines Day is fast approaching, I thought a post exploring aphrodisiac foods was in order! Cliche foods like oysters, chocolate, wine and chillies are often cited as having special ‘aphrodisiac powers’. However is there really such a thing as an … Continue reading


Foods to keep colds & flu at bay



If you search the internet for foods / nutrition to improve the immune system, you will be inundated with websites and supplement companies providing information and sales campaigns about foods / supplements, claiming they do wonders for the immune system. … Continue reading


Product Review: Meridian Nut Butters



Last week I was sent a jar each of smooth peanut butter, smooth almond butter and smooth cashew butter from a company called Meridian to review. Let’s just say that I found all 3 of these nut butters absolutely delicious! … Continue reading


Product Review: CalBisc 100



The views and opinions in this product review are all my own and this is not a product /company endorsement or recommendation. This products was sent to me for free, and I have chosen to write this review independently. No … Continue reading


How to dodge the Christmas weight gain


christmas chocolate stirrers

Christmas is traditionally a time of indulgence. The average person puts on 2lb (just over 1 kg) over the Christmas period that they never lose afterwards. Some people will put on a whopping 5lb! It’s well known that people often … Continue reading


Good Nutrition for Breastfeeding mums



You’ve done an amazing thing – you’ve had a baby and now you’ve decided to give your baby the best start in life by breastfeeding. I get lots of requests for information from mums who are breastfeeding and are not … Continue reading


Homemade spiced apple and cranberry chutney


chutney recipe

When I was last in Asda, I picked up the Asda Magazine – Christmas 2013 edition. I found a recipe for spiced apple and cranberry chutney which looked very nice. As I still had a stash of cooking apples to … Continue reading


What does a Dietitian eat? A snapshot into my weight loss diet


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For this blog, I decided to feature a snapshot of my own diet. I will share today’s dietary intake with you, along with an analysis of my calorie, protein, fat and key micronutrient intakes. I am trying to lose the … Continue reading


What does a Dietitian eat? A snapshot into my weight loss diet


Business card cropped

For this blog, I decided to feature a snapshot of my own diet. I will share today’s dietary intake with you, along with an analysis of my calorie, protein, fat and key micronutrient intakes. I am trying to lose the … Continue reading


Ideas for Reducing your Food Wastage


Today’s headlines have again brought the issue of food wastage to the nation’s attention. Today’s news stories claim that despite a 21% reduction in food wastage over the past 5 years, we are still throwing away far too much food. … Continue reading


Ideas for Reducing your Food Wastage


Today’s headlines have again brought the issue of food wastage to the nation’s attention. Today’s news stories claim that despite a 21% reduction in food wastage over the past 5 years, we are still throwing away far too much food. … Continue reading


Chicken in Peanut Butter Sauce


This is my homemade chicken in peanut butter sauce recipe. This easy, cheap (less than £1 per serving) and delicious meal only takes 20 minutes to make. As usual with my blog recipes, I’ve analysed the recipe – see the … Continue reading


Chicken in Peanut Butter Sauce


This is my homemade chicken in peanut butter sauce recipe. This easy, cheap (less than £1 per serving) and delicious meal only takes 20 minutes to make. As usual with my blog recipes, I’ve analysed the recipe – see the … Continue reading


Quick Raspberry and Almond Oaties


raspberry almond oaties

It’s Friday, and tonight I’m meeting up with some friends for dinner. I’ve been asked to bring a healthy pudding, so since crumble was already taken and I didn’t have any cream/mascapone to go with my freshly bought raspberries,  I … Continue reading


Tuna fish lasagne recipe


tuna lasagne

This is my homemade tuna lasagne recipe – a healthier spin on the classic favourite dish. I used low fat cream cheese to flavour the white sauce, and I used cornflour and milk instead of making a classic roux for the … Continue reading


Weaning Diary – 1 year old


Enjoying a (very small) portion of homemade birthday cake

Today marks the end of a blogging journey – the last post in my weaning blog! My little one turned 1 at the end of September, and is now 12 1/2 months old. She is now eating normal family meals … Continue reading


5 Minute Hummus



It’s Friday, and tonight I’m meeting up with the girls for nibbles and chat. When I say ‘nibbles’, what most probably comes into your mind is unhealthy snacks like crisps, sweets, chocolates…. But did you think about hummus? Hummus is … Continue reading


The end of my breastfeeding journey – and how to ensure your 12+ month old meets their calcium requirements



My little girl turned 1 yesterday, and two days before her birthday marked the end of her (and my) breastfeeding journey. At 10 1/2 months, she had already naturally cut down to a morning and bedtime feed, and by 11 … Continue reading


Homemade Vegetarian / Vegan Chilli


This is my homemade veggie/vegan chilli recipe – it’s a really easy, cheap and filling dinner that only takes about 30 minutes to make. It includes sweet potato and butternut squash in addition to other veggies, kidney beans and lentils. It’s also gluten-free, … Continue reading


How to pack a healthy lunchbox for kids



Does your child take a packed lunch to school? Do you know what makes a healthy lunchbox? Do you include lots of variety? I am often asked questions by parents who want some ideas and inspiration on what to include … Continue reading


The truth about Fruit Juices and Smoothies


fruit juice

Smoothies and fruit juices are often seen an alternative to eating fruit, especially for children who won’t eat fruit, as a ‘healthy option’ when going out for a drink or as an addition to a lunchbox. But are they really … Continue reading


Weaning Diary – 11 months old



My baby is now 11 months old and we are looking forward to planning her little birthday tea party. At the time of my last blog, she was sitting and rolling confidently, but could not master the art of getting … Continue reading