Recipe for Dinner

Festive Fizz


25 g/1 oz/ 1 cup blanched almonds

25 g/1 oz/ 1 cup walnuts

25 g/1 oz/1/2 cup peanuts 30 ml/2 tbsp clear honey 75 ml/5 tbsp whisky

3 ice cubes Juice of 2 oranges

300 ml/1 pt/l’1/2 cups ginger ale

4 orange slices

1 kiwi fruit, sliced

Place the nuts, honey, whisky, ice cubes and orange juice in a blender or food processor and blend well. Pour into four glasses and top up with ginger ale. Serve decorated with slices of orange and kiwi fruit.


FINE DINING RISOTTO RECIPES_6.jpgOn December 11, 2014, I got the big news at my doctor’s office I was expecting! I was given a large goody bag filled with everything from prenatal vitamin samples to umbilical cord blood banking service pamphlets. As a certified nutritionist, I naturally gravitated toward the packet of nutrition information, which covered topics such as proper weight gain during pregnancy, how to avoid gestational diabetes, and foods one should eat to benefit mother and baby. The pamphlet, a generic one which most likely circulates through thousands of doctors’ offices, listed the following as a daily guide for good nutrition during pregnancy. One may look at these recommendations and nod at the fact that they seem normal for today’s standards and yes, they are normal; however, they are extremely faulty and actually contribute to serious medical conditions that run rampant in today’s population of pregnant women, such as gestational diabetes and excessive weight gain. Let’s take this recommended daily intake of food and break it down into macro-nutrients (carbohydrates, protein, fat) as well as sugar so we can get a better understanding of the implications of these suggested foods. As you can see, this suggested example of one day of healthy food results in 100 grams of sugar, as well as an abundance of carbohydrates from processed gluten-foods. To put it into perspective, this is equivalent to eating ten glazed donuts in one day! One may say that sugars from the above listed foods are different than refined sugar unfortunately, your body is negatively affected by too much sugar, whether it comes from a refined or natural source.

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