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Getting savvy with food that’s great for us

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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Prawns on a plate

On the 2nd March we held a healthy cooking workshop at the Smart School of Cookery in London. Attended by a group of some of our favourite bloggers, the evening was a huge success and saw some seriously tasty dishes prepared. On the menu was a variety of delicious yet healthy recipes including Asian vegetable broth, seared prawn skewers and chicken curry with sticky rice. The Asian theme went down well with the bloggers, who were keen to learn the art of crafting such delicate flavours. Plus, the cuisine from this particular corner of the world is renowned for its health benefits, utilising ingredients such as chilli, garlic and veggies in bountiful measures.

More than just an explosion of Asian flavours, Asian cuisine involves some of the most intricate cooking methods around, delicately balancing flavours to create the perfect, tantalising result. Whether it’s a sprinkling of grated ginger or a finely chopped stem of lemongrass, success lies in the finer details. And it’s not just our taste buds that reap the rewards.

Garlic, for one, has been reported by the NHS to be somewhat of an “everyday superfood” (1) . Containing the vitamins C, B6, manganese and selenium alongside other antioxidants, it’s packed with much more than just flavour. The NHS article goes on to tell us that, “More recent evidence-based research suggests garlic may be effective against high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, colds and some cancers.” (2) With many Asian dishes using copious amounts of tasty garlic, it’s no wonder it’s got itself such a pro-health reputation. There’s also a lot to be said for the high usage of seafood in Asian cooking. Eating more fish and less meat is a great way of both busting fat and improving your overall health. Oily fish in particular is high in omega-3 fatty acids (or the “good fats”), which helps to maintain cardiovascular health “by playing a role in the regulation of blood clotting and vessel construction” (3) .

Getting savvy with food that’s great for us

Vegetable broth

We wanted to host an event to promote this kind of cooking because we believe in doing everything we can to get on board with healthy living. It was fantastic to see the bloggers that attended getting stuck in with all of the different recipes, and we hope they take on what they've learned in cooking themselves to a healthy future.

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1) http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/superfoods/Pages/is-garlic-a-superfood.aspx

2) http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/superfoods/Pages/is-garlic-a-superfood.aspx

3) http://seafood.edf.org/benefits-eating-fish

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