Category Archives: Superfoods

Coconut Oil versus Coconut Butter: What’s The Difference?

  Many people are confused about the difference between coconut oil and coconut butter, so here’s a few facts so that you know what sets them apart from each other. Coconut oil, which is solid when cold, and liquid when warm, is the fat extracted from the coconut. It is the safest oil for frying, aside from rice bran oil, as it’s so stable. Coconut butter is the pulverised whole coconut meat, made from both the fat and the fibre. It is not extracted like coconut oil, just pureed. Coconut butter has a harder texture than coconut oil, although when you … Read More

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Olivia Newton-John, On Being Cancer-Free and Eating a Healthy Diet

A post about Olivia Newton-John may not be the most obvious subject for a blog about healthy sweet treats. However, this week ONJ was on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, talking not only about her career, but also about what she eats.

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Maca Powder

Maca is one of the many superfoods to hail from South America.  It was one of the first to reach the attention of the west – I remember first coming across it in Byron Bay, Australia when I was travelling there in 2002.  Maca grows in a harsh climate – very cold in winter and very hot in summer.  It has to be tough to survive, and is said to pass on this quality to those who eat it.  Locals chew on it when they go on long journeys to give them the endurance necessary to make the trek.  Maca is also … Read More

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Lucuma Powder

Lucuma is probably my favourite superfood – apart from chocolate! It is the dried buttery yellow powder of a Peruvian fruit and quite literally tastes of butterscotch and shortbread. It is mildly sweet, so using it in recipes means you tend to need less of other sweeteners. It also has a low GI (glycemic index) so it should help to keep your blood sugar levels balanced. Apparently, the lucuma fruit (also known as an egg fruit) looks a little like papaya. I say apparently, because I’ve never been to Peru, and this fruit is only allowed out of the country … Read More

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