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Recipe for natural probiotic – water kefir

Recipe for natural probiotic – water kefir

As summer is approaching, there are few things as refreshing as an ice cold glass of kefir. Perhaps lesser known than the milk kefir version, water kefir (tibicos) is a fermented drink packed with probiotics, typically including a mix of Lactobacillus, Streptococcus, Pediococcus and Leuconostoc bacteria with yeasts from Saccharomyces, Candida and Kloeckera (see this wiki page for more info). Water kefir is somewhat lighter – and in our humble opinion – more palatable than milk kefir.

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BRUNCH – Joints & Bones

BRUNCH – Joints & Bones

Today saw the final session of our BRUNCH pilot programme with our runners completing 30 minutes of jogging (10 min jog, 2 min walk x 3). They were ready for their brunch and surprised to find seaweed on the menu. They were even more surprised to find that they loved it. Seaweed is an amazing source of calcium, protein, omega-3 and vitamin C – all of which we need for good bone and joint health. We used three different types of fresh seaweed dulse, wakame and kombu along with sweet potato chips – another great source of calcium.

seaweed brunchAs always, today’s recipes are available here: BRUNCH.

We thank everyone who took part in the BRUNCH pilot and based upon participants’ kind feedback we have now finalised the programme moving forwards. For more details please visit our BRUNCH page.

BRUNCH – Digestive system

BRUNCH – Digestive system

Today at BRUNCH we looked at the digestive system. Following a sunny run, Victoria and the group had a lively discussion about our digestive systems, its interaction with the brain, and how to look after it. She explained the importance of good gut bacteria to overall health and how to feed our good bacteria with prebiotic foods, as well as the effect of stress on our digestive system. The menu included probiotics (foods containing good bacteria), prebiotics, fibre and volatile oils… and a taster of some herbal tinctures we commonly use to support the digestive system.

As always, today’s recipes are available here: BRUNCH.

The intake for the next BRUNCH programme will be shortly after Easter.  Keep an eye on the blog and our Facebook page for more info, or get in touch.

BRUNCH – Cardiovascular

BRUNCH – Cardiovascular

The focus of the latest BRUNCH session was on the cardiovascular system (CVS).  After their run, Victoria explained the basic workings of the CVS to the runners, and shared a number of thoughts on how (and which) foods can play an important role.  Key nutrients included B-vitamins, curcumin, folate, fibre, magnesium, manganese, omega-3 fatty acids and potassium.

The recipes for today’s session are available here: BRUNCH.

The intake for the next BRUNCH programme will be shortly after Easter.  Keep an eye on the blog and our Facebook page for more info, or get in touch.

BRUNCH is launched!

BRUNCH is launched!

This morning we launched our new running club, BRUNCH. We were not deterred by the rain and runners returned with rosy cheeks, high spirits and an appetite for food! The focus this week was on foods that help our body produce energy including slow release carbohydrates, B vitamins, iron and essential minerals – magnesium, calcium, potassium, copper, zinc & manganese.

The recipes for today’s session are available here: BRUNCH.

The intake for the next BRUNCH programme will be shortly after Easter.  Keep an eye on the blog and our Facebook page for more info.