Jacinta Stapleton

What’s In Season Now?


Eating seasonally can have enormously positive effects on the environment. It means you are more likely to eat locally which is wonderful for local farmers. The means by which the produce gets to your table will be drastically better for the environment than if it is shipped or flown in. This could also save you money as you are not forking out for transportation costs. Another important benefit is that the produce is less likely to be genetically modified. Eating seasonally is very good for your health too as fruits and vegetables are generally around when they are most beneficial… read more

Top 10 Magnesium-Rich Foods

Magnesium rich foods

Magnesium is an essential mineral for the human body. It helps with effective functioning of nerves and muscles. It helps to maintain strong bones and regulates blood pressure and sugar levels. We need about 300-400 mg of magnesium every day. Below are listed the Top 10 magnesium-rich foods that will help boost your intake of this vital mineral. 1. Green Leafy Vegetables – the chlorophyll in vegetables like spinach which give them their green colour, contains magnesium. 2. Whole Grains – wheat, oats, rye, buckwheat. Not to be confused with refined grains such as white bread as the magnesium is lost… read more

Zucchini, Not Bland At All


The zucchini is packed with Vitamin C and A, as well as folate, which are powerful antioxidants that help fight oxidative stress that can lead to many different types of cancer. It has effective anti-inflammatory agents and with magnesium and potassium, the zucchini helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Maganesium can help collagen to form, thus allowing for healthy skin and wound-healing. Zucchini is often maligned as a boring vegetable without a strong flavour of its own. But this receipe can be served hot or cold and is a great meat free meal. Chilled Zucchini Soup Olive oil Butter 1… read more

Powerful Probiotics


Probiotic organisms are living microorganisms that are effective for optimal health. Probiotics are commonly found in foods but can also be taken as a supplement. They are thought to help intestinal health and be effective in treating inflammatory diseases. They improve digestion, relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, produce nutrients to repair the gut, increase resistance to infections and regulate the immune function. They are also fantastic for preventing the overgrowth of bad bacteria. Yoghurt One of the most commonly known probiotics. Look for yoghurts that have been infused with extra forms of probitoics like lactobacillus or acidophilus. Goat’s milk… read more

Not Just For Halloween


The pumpkin is one of the most versatile of vegetables. It can be made into muffins, pie, soups, salads, and even as a sweet or savoury dish. It is classed as a superfood as it is fantastic for your skin containing Vitamins A, C, E and zinc which help to prevent wrinkles. It can have an anti-inflammatory effect and combined with its high levels of antioxidants, can prevent arthritis and joint inflammation. The phytosterols can lower the risk of prostate cancer. It is said to be beneficial to sufferers of depression, can prevent kidney stones, is a diuretic and is also used… read more

Perpetuating Plastic Bags

Perpetuating PLastic Bags

Plastic is the bane of Mother Nature. It won’t break down for hundreds of years and until we eradicate it completely it is best to make many uses for it rather than dispose of it after one go. Here are some examples of how to re-use plastic bags, ziplock bags and cling film. Spice Shaker In a washed out ziplock bag, place all the spices and herbs for your perfect marinade, tagine or curry. Add the meat and shake about until ingredients covers it. Place in fridge to marinate or use straight away. Ice Pack In plastic bag or Ziplock… read more

It’s Crazy Being Green

It's Crazy Being Green

Today, like any other day, my inbox was flooded with emails promoting amazing deals. Methodically ticking the boxes to mass delete, one of them caught my eye. The word ‘eco-friendly’, of course. Specifically an ‘Eco-friendly water purifier’. I had to investigate. I wanted to know what made the purifier eco-friendly. I had a look at the company website and there wasn’t much information as to why exactly the product was so green. So I emailed them to ask. This is the reply I received, “All our products use Food Grade materials and are BPA Free. Our Bench Top Units don’t use electricity.” Ok,… read more

Air Fresheners Or Air Poisoners?

Air Freshener Or POisoner

We are fed many advertising ‘untruths’ but one stands out. Air Fresheners suggests that these spray cans can actually “clean” or “freshen” the air that we breathe. How anything can be fresher than oxygen! There are numerous ways in which fresheners work. They either contain a nerve-deadening chemical that affects your ability to smell, coats your nasal passage with an oily film, covers one smell with another or by breaking down the bad odour. What is most dangerous about these sprays is that the chemicals, when mixed with ozone, can sometimes create Formaldehyde, a known poison which is carcinogenic. Some… read more

Want To Reduce Your Waste On Holiday?


Who doesn’t enjoy the hedonistic pleasures a hotel has to offer? Food on demand, white, clean robes. Self-indulgence to the highest degree. We check in, have a bath, order room service, watch a movie, and read the complimentary newspaper and magazines…..or not. The problem with hotels, is the grand scale of their waste. The enormous amount of electricity kept burning away in the hope we choose their facilities over the countless others. Some hotels bend to the pressure of an environmentally obsessed culture and leave signs that ask us to re-use our towels, but is this enough? Every time I stay… read more

Top 10 Vitamin B12 Rich Foods

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B-12 is the most complex vitamin. A slight deficiency of vitamin B-12 can lead to anemia, fatigue, mania, and depression. Whilst a long term deficiency can potentially cause permanent damage to the brain and central nervous system. Vitamin B-12 can only be manufactured by bacteria and can only be found naturally in animal products, however, synthetic forms are widely available and added to many foods like cereals. Vitamin B-12 can be consumed in large doses because excess is excreted by the body or stored in the liver for use when supplies are scarce. Stores of B-12 can last for up to… read more