10 OF THE BEST HEALTHY VEGETABLES TO KEEP YOU FIT THIS WINTER…

With Autumn closing in fast and colds going around like grease lightening, it’s time to make sure you are eating all the right foods to keep you healthy. Here are ten of the best vegetables from General Medical.

1.Brussels sprouts

Like it or lump it, whatever your thoughts are about Brussels sprouts, they’re a highly nutritious vegetable. They’re rich in vitamin K and high in the antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid which is beneficial to those with diabetes.

2. Cabbage

Cabbage is very low in calories and rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that may help reduce inflammation. Increasing your intake of potassium-rich foods like cabbage may help lower high blood pressure levels.

3. Leeks

Leeks provide a good source of vitamins A, C and K which helps your blood to clot. They are also a great source of minerals including magnesium and iron which helps our nervous system to work properly.

4. Celeriac

Celeriac is a highly nutritious vegetable which offers several health benefits, such as improving bone and heart health. Celeriac may also reduce the risk of diabetes.

5. Cauliflower

Cauliflower is considered a superfood because it’s full of nutrients and high in fibre which is important for digestive health, and may reduce the risk of several chronic diseases.

6. Turnip

Turnips have glucosinolates (plant-based chemicals) that may help prevent all kinds of cancer, from breast to prostate. Turnips are rich in a certain antioxidant called lutein which keeps your eyes healthy and wards off problems like cataracts.

7. Beetroot

Beetroot is packed with essential nutrients, they’re a great source of fibre, potassium, iron, and vitamin C. Beetroot can help improve blood flow, lower blood pressure, and increased exercise performance.

8. Parsnip

Parsnips are highly nutritious, they’re a great source of fibre, vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate. They also improve your digestive health, regulate blood sugar levels, and enhance heart health.

9. Sweet potato

Compared to a standard white potato, sweet potatoes offer more vitamins and antioxidants. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta-carotene, which helps support your immune system and gut health.

10. Swede

Swede is a cross between a turnip and cabbage, this root vegetable is particularly high in vitamins C, E, K and B6. 100g of swede has 41% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C – great for fighting off winter colds.

Source General Medical

10 TIPS ON BAKING YOUR CHRISTMAS CAKE…

THE VILLAGE KITCHEN

It’s never too early to make your Christmas Fruit Cake and with these ten tips your cake will be extra special. It is the thing which doubles the joy of Christmas with its amazing flavours!

1.For a really moist fruitcake, use marmalade instead of candied peel.

2. Always soak your dried fruit overnight and for extra flavour soak the fruit in apple or orange juice or marinate in your favourite liqueur (brandy) for three days, stirring it every 12 hours.

3. If you are adding dried fruit then it should be plump and soft, if it has gone horrible and hard, then soak in hot water for a few minutes before adding it to your mixture

4. For an extra rich, tasty fruitcake, use cold coffee instead of milk.

5. When the fruits are wet, they may stick to the bottom of the cake. To avoid that, coat the fruits…

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