Get Healthy with Dr Carrot

21 07 2011

TV’s Dr Christian Jessen and the British Carrot Growers’ Association have collaborated on an informative yet fun leaflet that is now downloadable from www.britishcarrots.co.uk.  The Get Healthy with Dr Carrot leaflet is part of a year-long campaign by the nation’s carrot growers and Dr Christian to reiterate the words of wisdom uttered by Dr Carrot, a cartoon character from World War II.  Dr Carrot was part of an educational programme by the Ministry of Food to show people how to eat healthily during rationing but his words of advice are as valid today as they were 60 years ago and the leaflet is designed to communicate them to the younger generation.

Photo credit: The Imperial War Museum

“Dr. Carrot was a well loved character who promoted healthy-eating messages to keep the nation fit during the dark days of war,” says Dr. Christian.  “I’m delighted to be revisiting his advice on behalf of the British Carrot Growers’ Association.  Together we’ll get Britain healthy!”

The Get Healthy with Dr Carrot leaflet explains in a child friendly way just how important carrots are in our diets in particular the role that beta-carotene plays.  This is an antioxidant that occurs in high levels in carrots and which creates Vitamin A in the body.  This vitamin is vital for good eyesight, immunity, healthy hair and skin and ensuring good growth and strong bones and teeth.   As Dr Christian explains: “Research* has shown that many of this country’s youngsters and indeed adults have lower levels of vitamin A intakes than is ideally necessary.   But an 80g serving of cooked carrot – that’s just half a medium sized carrot – contains more than twice the recommended daily amount of vitamin A equivalent needed by adults.  It really couldn’t be easier to eat yourself healthier with carrots.”

The leaflet also looks into the fascinating history of carrots, which believe it or not were originally purple.  They only turned the more familiar orange colour in the 15th century when carrots were developed by Dutch growers in honour of their royal family who were from the ‘House of Orange’.

Perfect fodder for school quizzes, the leaflet contains some fun, interesting facts about carrots.  Do you know, for example, how many carrots are bought in the UK every weekend?  Or why carrots are ‘put to bed’ in winter and harvested at midnight at the start of the new season in June?  For the answers visit www.britishcarrots.co.uk!

Carrots are incredibly versatile and can be eaten raw or cooked.  During the Second World War carrots were promoted as a replacement for sugar in many recipes due to their natural sweetness which probably explains their popularity with children.   If, as a mum though, you still struggle to think of ways to get your kids to eat more carrots, the Get Healthy with Dr Carrot leaflet can give some top tips to help make it happen eg mix mashed carrots with mashed potato and use to top cottage pie or fish pie.

Another sure-fire way to get children to eat better is to get them involved in cooking and the leaflet provides some simple recipes that youngsters should find easy to make and which have been developed by Dr Christian for that ‘celebrity flair and kudos’.

Dr Christian adds: “There’s so much to say about carrots.  They’re low in calories, low in fat and saturates, naturally low in salt but high in fibre making them the perfect snack to crunch on when you’re watching your weight or that of your children.  The beta-carotene, when converted into Vitamin A, is an important nutrient for eye health – a lack of it can cause blindness – and because beta-carotene is an important antioxidant, eating carrots helps to keep your skin healthy and elastic.”

To find out more about the wonder of carrots and to download the Get Healthy with Dr Carrot leaflet visit www.britishcarrots.co.uk.

*The research to which Dr. Christian refers is the National Diet and Nutrition Survey of Young People¹ that revealed that 13 per cent of 11-14 year old boys and 20 per cent of 11-14 year old girls have vitamin A intakes below the minimum amount needed for good health.  This is also true of 16 per cent of men and 19 per cent of women aged between 19 and 24².

References:

¹  National Diet and Nutrition Survey:  Young People Aged 4-18 Years. 2000.
² National Diet and Nutrition Survey: Adults Aged 19-64 Years. Volume 2, 2003

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New Year Recipes For Vitality

14 01 2011

As 2011 begins, discover how to nourish the glow of beautiful skin, the radiance of clear eyes and expand your energy levels and fitness this year.

Begin the year by feeding your health with pure and natural dishes.  Delight your palate with delicious cooking that’s healthy too.

Can you really enjoy both yummy and healthy meals?

Anna Freedman, a qualified Macrobiotic Cook and Wholefood Coach from Wholefood Harmony, is passionate about inspiring health through delicious, natural cuisine. She believes in whole, unprocessed foods for their powerful benefits to health and mitigation against disease.

Wholefood Harmony offer cooking workshops, coaching sessions and personal cook services  to share the wisdom of natural food diets, rich in whole grains, pulses and local, seasonal vegetables with no fat, sugar or added preservatives.

Anna says that ‘the influence of season and the balance of pure ingredients, dishes and cooking styles are central to the art of our menu design.  I love creating menus made up of dishes and flavours that harmonise together beautifully bestowing pleasure, vitality and wellness on those enjoying our meals.”

Wholefood Harmony are running a ‘Healthy New Year’ Cooking Workshop series beginning 20th January.  Here you can learn to create dishes that delight your appetite and expand your health.  The series will allow you to discover how to integrate pure foods into busy schedules and make a healthy start on enjoying feeding your vitality this year.

The workshops include themed wholefood teaching, hands on cooking and they conclude with enjoyment of a full, three course meal comprising over seven different dishes.  Sessions are £40 each and take place close to Golders Green, North West London.

 

For more information please visit www.wholefoodharmony.com.  You can contact Anna on 07957313187 or at welcome@wholefoodharmony.com.

Healthy New Year Cooking Workshops

Thursday 20th January – Cooking for Men & Women6.30-930pm; Includes full balanced wholefoods meal that will delight both men and women.

Sunday 23rd January 2011 – New Year Recipes for Vitality10am-1.30pm; Discover ingredients for wellbeing and learn to create recipes to expand health this year. Includes full luncheon.

Wednesday 26th January 2011 – Naturally Fast Cuisine10am-1.30pm; Learn about nourishing yourself and others with delicious, natural dishes that you can prepare quickly. Includes full luncheon.

 





In season in December, recipes and a few eco goodies!

10 12 2010

December is getting off to a white start this year, with widespread snow and bitterly cold temperatures.  Thankfully it’s also the festive season; a time of goodwill, good company and good food, so there is plenty to look forward to!

In this blog entry we’ve highlighted kale, including scrummy recipes such as Spicy Kale with Chickpeas and Kale & Roquefort Parcels.  We’ve also included two recipes that mix apples and celeriac (read on to find out more), and we have a special soup section.

Enjoy the blog and we wish you all a very merry, festive time!

The VegBox Recipes Team

PS. This recipe for Mushroom and Winter Veg Pie should not be missed.  It’s a perfect winter warmer that will turn whatever root veg you have into a divine treat!

In Season in December

As well as marking the start of winter, December is of course the festive season, and the way things are going you would be forgiven for thinking that here in the UK, it might be a white one!   So what can you expect in your veg box?  Forced Rhubarb and Purple Sprouting Broccoli is coming in, and plenty is still in season including: Beetroot, Celeriac, Kale, Pototoes & Swede.

Click through for the full list.

Veggie-in-the-Spotlight: Kale

Kale is a great source of Vitamins C, A and B6. It’s also packed with antioxidants, which are vital for a healthy immune system.  It’s in season over the winter, which makes it a useful ingredient in the vegetable box.  It’s strong flavour requires careful cooking, so it’s worth reading how to use it and checking out the recipes, to make sure you enjoy it.

Read more about this ingredient.

Try these recipes:

Celeriac & Apples!

And what about putting celeriac and apples together? Try these recipes:

Wholesome, Warming Soups

With the temperatures as they are, here in the office we have been bringing in soup to have for lunch, to warm our cockles and help power us through the afternoon.  Here are some of our favourite recipes which we think you will love too:

Ooffoo Community

These fabulous articles were uploaded to our sister site, Ooffoo, by community members:

Tips for Wormeries, by Maddy

…BEDDING – Add some additional bedding to your wormery such as shredded paper, scrunched up newspaper and/or a moisture mat as this can help to add some “insulation” and keep your worms a little warmer over the winter…

Read the full article.

The Joy of Mess, by Kerryb

…it isn’t just laziness or the comfort of soft furnishings and central heating that keep me inside.  It is not because I choose to neglect my garden, it is because I choose not to interfere.  This is armchair gardening at its best.  With a cup of tea and biscuit by my side, I sit back on my comfortable settee and watch, reaping the rewards of my negligence…

Read the full article

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Gardening Book

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Funny Hurried Yummy Summer Honey Kohl Rabi Stir-Fry

16 06 2009
yours in 15 minutes!

yours in 15 minutes!

Last night’s dilemma:

We have 30 minutes before we have to leave the house.

We’re starving.

Cue “Flight of the Bumble-Bee” and chopping for my life…

It was stir fry time!





Anyone for tennis? Wimbledon Juice Recipe

16 06 2009
wimbledon juice

wimbledon juice

Well the men’s qualifiers have started, and the first day of Wimbledon (22nd June) is approaching fast.

If you’re planning on tuning in, and if the idea of coughing up for champagne is less than appealing, how about trying a British seasonal fruit juice perfect for mid-Summer?

We’ve called it Wimbledon Juice in honour of the sporting season.





July’s Fourth Veggie-in-the-Spotlight: Runner Beans

15 06 2009

Late summer and early autumn are the classic “runner bean season”, although harvesting can start as early as June in some areas.

what to do with runner beans?

what to do with runner beans?

The season starts with fresh, young beans, with delicious, soft pods that simply need to be topped and tailed and briefly steamed. The season ends, however, with rather tough, stringy pods and oversized beans.

Chances are you’ll love your runner beans early in the season but might not be quite so keen by the end. Which is why we’ve recruited the talents of regular VBR reader, Steve in KL, to provide us with a solution for end-of-season bean fatigue 😉 Read on.





July’s Third Veggie-in-the-Spotlight: Peppers

15 06 2009
andrew williams spicy vegetable lasagna

andrew williams' spicy vegetable lasagna

This month we’ve been joined by fellow food blogger and newbie food grower and chili pepper enthusiast, Andrew Williams.

Andrew talks to us about why he grows veg at all, why he’s passionate about growing chilis, shares advice on getting started yourself and passes on an amazingly creative recipe for spicy lasagna that is more Mexican than Italian, including the use of enchiladas instead of lasagne pasta! Read on!