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Myth

Granola is a healthy breakfast option

Fact

Granola may appear healthy with its rolled oats, nuts and dried fruits but one bowl can often serve up a whopping 500 calories or more, and some even have more sugar than a can of Coke! It’s important to read the labels carefully as every brand is different. Check the sugar content and other ingredients such as coconut (which bumps up the sat fat levels) and look for those that are higher in fibre and have less added ingredients. Or, try making your own!

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Cholesterol conundrum

Are the ‘cholesterol-lowering’ products available in supermarkets beneficial?

There is evidence that the active ingredient in these products works, but eating them alone will not reduce your cholesterol. You’ll need to increase exercise, and tru swapping red meat for oily fish two to three times a week, too.

Boost your immunity

How does the mineral selenium benefit your health?

Selenium has great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Low levels have been associated with poor immune function and cognitive decline, but the good news is it’s easy to get a dose from foods such as Brazil nuts, most vegetables, wholegrains (such as oats and brow rice), lamb and mist kind of fish.

Blitz it in the blender

Mango breakfast smoothie

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Serves 1

·         1 ripe mango, chopped

·         2tbsp oats

·         150ml coconut milk

Add all the ingredients to the blender and whizz. Drink up for a delicious and nutritious start to the day.

Fast food – Lean meat burgers

Description: Fast food – Lean meat burgers

Serves 4

·         350g extra lean turkey minced meat

·         60g dried breadcrumbs (preferably wholemeal)

·         3tbsp water

·         1 small onion, finely chopped

·         Handful of fresh parsley or coriander, finely chopped

Preheat the oven to 2000C/ 4000F/ Gas Mark 6. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and divide the mixture into four even balls, then flatten the balls into patties. Place the patties on a baking tray and cook in the oven for about 10-15 minutes, turning over with a spatula halfway through. Prick the middle of the burger with a skewer to ensure that the juice run clear before serving with a wholemeal bun and salad.

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