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Beetroot and pepper smoothie

Don’t be put off by beetroot, it’s in season now and packed full of antioxidants and iron, which help fight free radicals and is a welcome boost if you’re menstruating.

Description: Beetroot and pepper smoothie

  • 2 carrots (peeled, unless organic)
  • 1 beetroot
  • 1 celery stick
  • ½ yellow pepper
  • ½ red pepper

Put all the ingredients in a blender, whizz until smooth and serve immediately. You can even add some Tabasco if you fancy a spin on a virgin Bloody Mary.

Meals in minutes: Healthy fajitas

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Beat the munchies

Description: Beat the munchies

Hungry about an hour or so before lunch, or craving a particular food in the afternoon? Brew a cup of fennel tea – it’s a natural appetite suppressant. Either buy it in tea bag form or make your own by steeping fennel seeds in a strainer.

Chocs away!

Description: Chocs away!

Chocolate is my weakness. What’s a healthier alternative?

It’s really not that bad to have a little bit of chocolate every now and then, but try to go for the dark stuff rather than milk or white. Choose a bar that has a minimum of 70 per cent cocoa and you’ll find you eat smaller amounts, as it’s quite bitter.

Priced out

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I can’t afford to eat organic, but I’m worried about the pesticides found in non-organic fruit and vegetables. Is there anything I can try instead?

If the fruit or veg can be peeled or skinned before being eaten, then do so. Otherwise, rinse them with clean, cold water while scrubbing gently with a natural bristle vegetable brush. This can often help to remove some of the pesticide residues.

Myth: ‘Low-fat foods are better for you’

Fact: Not always true, unfortunately. They may have a lower fat content, but they’re probably just as high – if not higher – in sugar, which is added for flavor. Sugar turns to fat unless you burn it off effectively, so always check the label.

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