Category Archives: healthy

Jamie Oliver #5ingredients #Jamies #QuickandEasy #Food new book TV series Channel 4

Jamie Oliver hits the highlights of food again, with his new TV series and cookbook – 5 ingredients – Jamie’s Quick and Easy food.

TV links to see Jamie Oliver’s new show:


Jamie Oliver #5ingredients #Jamie’s #QuickandEasy #Food new book TV series Channel 4


To see more about the new book from Jamie Oliver – please check out the Amazon link below –


Gino D’Acampo @Ginofantastico Gino’s Healthy Italian for Less 100 feelgood family recipes for under £5

Released on Thursday 18 May Gino’s Healthy Italian for Less: 100 feelgood family recipes for under £5: 100 feelgood family recipes for under £5 will help us to learn how to cook like a true Italian, on a £5 budget! F

How to cook Italian but save money with the smart tips and tricks. 100 simple meals.

Very nice book cover —

Buy the correct ingredients cheaply, keep and store food to take advantage of your fridge and your freezer, and fill those meals with flavour.

Bring down the cost of your weekly shop and start eating better than ever with Gino’s Healthy Italian for Less.


Dr Hazel Wallace Recipes and fitness for healthier, happier living

Hazel’s mission nutrition! @thefoodmedic

A very good new book from Dr Hazel Wallace – a full-body guide to health and well being. The Food Medic – includes recipes and fitness for a better you.

Read about Hazel and her approach to nutrition and exercise in Daily Mail article The Food Medic with advice taken from the book.

I am looking forward to getting my copy, selling well in the UK and Ireland  – deservedly so!

Look, review or buy The Food Medic book by Dr Hazel Wallace on Amazon

Some example recipes from Hazel in the Daily Mail:
The Food Medic: Chocolate hazelnut protein oats | Daily Mail Online

The Food Medic: Chocolate swirl banana bread | Daily Mail Online

The Food Medic: Sticky soy-roasted salmon & aubergine | Daily Mail Online

The Food Medic Dr Hazel Wallace reveals how you can eat comfort food… – Daily Mail

The Food Medic: Chocolate orange sweet potato brownies | Daily Mail …

The Food Medic: Sweet potato nachos & chilli | Daily Mail Online

The Food Medic: Tandoori chickpea & courgette burgers | Daily Mail …


Fitbit and Polar Fitness Watches

A great way to track your everyday activities, using a fitness watch : Fitness watches and  products I use a watch with GPS and can record my walks or runs on Google Maps.

Amazon has a number of ideas by Alice Liveing for healthy eating and exercise plans: Clean eating Alice

Eating correctly is at the centre of good health as is exercise and movement – check out the Superfoods store:

Zanna Van Dijk STRONG 80 Exercises and 40 Recipes Fit Healthy Balanced Body

For a balanced approach to Health and Exercise, to become STRONG and lose weight and belly fat – another interesting book by Zanna Van Dijk called STRONG: Over 80 Exercises and 40 Recipes For Achieving A Fit, Healthy and Balanced Body was published just towards the end of the last year (2016).

My new theme for @Cook_BookReview FoodBlog is to research the most current books and ideas that offer the best potential for developing our health, body and mind.

So a really good candidate is STRONG: Over 80 Exercises and 40 Recipes For Achieving A Fit, Healthy and Balanced Body – click the link to read more and see offers to buy on Amazon from £5.99.

It seems current trends lead to the conclusion that we need exercise, movement and healthy foods to maximise our potential.

Zanna Van Dijk has come up with the concept of making us strong, by exercise and eating with balance as the core concept.

Book Content:

There are three sections in Zanna’s book:



Considers how best to move, through the most efficient forms of exercise.

Resistance, HIT and preparation, recovery.

A comprehensive list of 80 exercise, with sets and reps to target each of the key body areas, with beginner and advanced sections.


A selection of 40 recipes for the main meals, with sensible, healthy balanced ingredients.

What food is, the need for balance in meals and a number of tips and tricks to enable healthier choices.


Reflection and self-evaluation. 

A very good guide to health, exercise and food to improve your body.

Though as with all books of this type, ask your Doctor for advice before starting any new regime – but with numerous beginners sections – the book is a gentle start to exercise that can transform our physical and mental health.

For the latest see Zanna’s website: Zanna Van Dijk and her Blog: Blog – Zanna Van Dijk

Zanna Van Dijk on Instagram Zanna van Dijk (@zannavandijk) • Instagram photos and videos and on You Tube Zanna van Dijk – YouTube and on Twitter Zanna van Dijk (@zannavandijk) · Twitter and on FaceBook Zanna van Dijk – Home | Facebook

Check out Zanna’s videos to help lose weight and lose belly fat.

My Diet and Fitness Routine for Fat Loss – YouTube

Strong Ep. 2 | How To Get A Flat Stomach – YouTube

The Daily Mail has an article on how Zanna transformed her figure and health an Instagram – FITSPO star.

She is taking the same approach as Shona Vertue – see blog:  Shona Vertue: The Vertue Method A Stronger Fitter Healthier You in 28 Days

Book offer links on Amazon:

STRONG: Over 80 Exercises and 40 Recipes For Achieving A Fit, Healthy and Balanced Body

The Vertue Method: A stronger, fitter, healthier you – in 28 days

James Wong How to Eat Better How to Shop, Store & Cook to Make Any Food a Superfood

James Wong has released a number of books – however a new release – April 2017 – How to eat better , where we are guided as to How to Shop, Store & Cook to Make Any Food a Superfood- is a cracker of a book.

I noticed James Wong’s @BotanyGeek book in Sainsbury’s and bought it immediately.

How to prepare blueberries so they release more health giving nutrients. How to prepare Garlic – this book is a gem. A must have in my opinion. Recent price is £6.99 from Amazon.

The range of foods we have available – vegetables, fruit, can all be transformed if we now how. How to store, or cook a particular ingredient. How to combine foods for maximum effect. Supercharge the nutrients inside the food to make them Bio-available for the maximum use in our bodies.

See the Daily Telegraph article 10 ways to make your food healthier and turn ingredients into superfood by James Wong.

Buy from: £6.99 How to Eat Better: How to Shop, Store & Cook to Make Any Food a Superfood

Delicious Magazine says: ‘James Wong brings some welcome sanity to the world of healthy eating…its genius is his advice on how to get more nutrition from fruit and veg. It’s fascinating, and better than cutting out food groups or paying for so-called superfoods’ 

In the book some very clever and research based advice:

  • SELECT a Braeburn apple over a Fuji and get almost double the antioxidants from a fruit that tastes just as sweet.
  • STORE strawberries on the counter, instead of in the fridge, and in just four days they will quadruple their heart-healthy compounds.
  • COOK broccoli with a teaspoon of mustard and send its levels of cancer-fighting potential skyrocketing ten-fold.

Check it out, you can get more for your money in health than you think!

Thanks James, great concept, lovely to read and all the best with the book!



Joe Wicks – Lean Shape Shift Sustain books for a longer healthier life

The Body Coach, Joe wicks. Can we apply the Lean Shape Shift Sustain series of guides by Joe Wicks for a longer healthier life?

After a period of reflection, I have been working toward a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and health as the basis for enjoying the choice of food we eat.

The basis for a healthy lifestyle is to achieve optimum health, a happy and productive life for when we are young and into our later years.

When we are young we don’t worry (or know much about) the effects of ageing. Pains,  aches and gradual wear – that can cause serious disease – is not something younger people normally have to concern themselves about.

So as I get older the need to avoid the usual ‘wear and tear’ of daily life, knowing how to help to repair my body, keep well and have an enjoyable life is something worth making changes to achieve.

Nothing comes easily in this regard and we need to research, plan and act on a lifestyle that will help us achieve these goals. However it is worth it.

Where to start?

One very popular and trend setting ‘guru’ is Joe Wicks. He suggests a combination of meals and exercises to help you attain a healthy body. For really good videos on You Tube see The Body Coach.

An example of the delicious food: Banana and chocolate overnight oats / The Body Coach Blog

Joe Wicks @thebodycoach new look as he strips off for Mens Health magazine July 2017

Joe guides us on how to remove fat and increase our lean muscle. Joe Wicks’ book series includes a number of different health guides:

Lean: Lean in 15: 15-Minute Meals and Workouts to Keep You Lean and Healthy

Sustain Plan: Lean in 15 – The Sustain Plan: 15 Minute Meals and Workouts to Get You Lean for Life

Shift Plan: Lean in 15 – The Shift Plan: 15 Minute Meals and Workouts to Keep You Lean and Healthy

Shape Plan: Lean in 15 – The Shape Plan: 15 Minute Meals With Workouts to Build a Strong, Lean Body


Joe wicks Cooking for Family and Friends: 100 Lean Recipes to Enjoy Together

Previous Joe Wicks blog

Before setting out on a plan such as Joe Wicks provides, please ensure that you are able to cope with the exercises and able to make the food choice changes required.

However without seeing food from a different perspective – we cannot and will not make the changes necessary for good health. Without realising it, what we eat is deeply ingrained in each of us. We tend to eat what we like – as opposed to what is good for us.

Small changes in the choice and combination of foods combined with the correct exercise can provide significant health benefits.

I will continue a series on health, food and exercise over the next few blogs.

Some additional health and exercise books currently showing promise:

Tom Kerridge’s Dopamine Diet: My low-carb, stay-happy way to lose weight

The Bikini Body 28-Day Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Guide: 200 Recipes, Weekly Menus, 4-Week Workout Plan

STRONG: Over 80 Exercises and 40 Recipes For Achieving A Fit, Healthy and Balanced Body

Coming in May 2017: The Food Medic: Recipes & Fitness for a Healthier, Happier You

Coming in June 2017 The Vertue Method: A stronger, fitter, healthier you – in 28 days

See my review of the excellent Shona Vertue book when available:

Remember you heard about Shona here…..


Gizzi’s Healthy Appetite, Gizzi Erskine, Anna Jones, Tom Kerridge, Jo Pratt, Love Your Leftovers , Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, NOPI, Yotam Ottolenghi, Ramael Scully, John Torode, Sweet, James Martin

A selection of the newest cookbooks coming your way… for Christmas 2015
Gizzi’s Healthy Appetite: Food to nourish the body and feed the soul – 6 Aug 2015 by Gizzi Erskine

A Modern Way to Cook – 16 Jul 2015 by Anna Jones

Tom’s Table: My Favourite Everyday Recipes – 24 Sep 2015 by Tom Kerridge

In the Mood for Healthy Food: Recipes for The Whole Family – 16 Jul 2015 by Jo Pratt

River Cottage Love Your Leftovers: Recipes for the resourceful cook – 8 Oct 2015 by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

NOPI: The Cookbook – 10 Sep 2015 by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully

My Kind of Food: Recipes I Love to Cook at Home – 10 Sep 2015 by John Torode

Sweet – 8 Oct 2015 by James Martin

Lorraine Pascal Eating Well Made Easy published 27 August 2015

Lorraine Pascal has a new book called Eating Well Made Easy to be published on 27 August 2015

Review to follow…..

Recipes from the Mail on Sunday:

For current details of Lorraine’s new book, see:

Amazon Eating Well Made Easy: Deliciously healthy recipes for everyone, every day


Some links for the latest healthy cooking ideas:

Cookbook store for all types of books on cooking

Some new approaches to healthy eating:

Simply Nigella Feel Good Food published 8 Oct 2015
Jamie Oliver Everyday super food
Rick Stein From Venice to Istanbul published 30 Jul 2015

Jamie Oliver Everyday super food review TV series and book

New July 2016 – Jamie cookbook – Jamie’s Super Food Family Classics

From Jamie Oliver at last some really Everyday Super Food in Jamie’s new cookbook where there are loads of healthy recipes – with the super foods already included!! Read the cook book review of what is in fact Jamie’s guide to improving Men and Women’s health.

Based on recipes that you can enjoy everyday but more than that – a lifestyle change!!!

Are we listening to the advice from Jamie? This is potentially a book that can change our lives. Overall excellent!

Best selling cookbooks now

After reading – I recommend this new book from Jamie Oliver – Everyday Super Food.


Because of the very thorough work by Jamie and what this book can do for us all. We follow the recipes – Jamie has used his skills and knowledge to design super food recipes that stills tastes fabulous but packs in all that goodness that our bodies need.

To see more about the book and how much it costs to order – click the image for our best half-price offer:

Notice the clever play on words, Superfood meaning those foods that have super-charged nutrition and Super Food relating to the tasty and delicious conconctions Jamie has developed…………..

While reading all the new ‘stuff’ from our stars, celebrities and chefs I know there is justification for watching what we eat.

Cut back sugar, select the correct fat, watch for gluten free foods, sort out your gut get your microbiome under control. There are many of us who need to watch our diet.

A major concern is of course diabetes and we don’t seem to know how to avoid this major health concern.

All these new ideas are based on studies that are trying to contribute to the furthering of our knowledge about what we are – what we eat and how what we eat affects us and our bodies.

Good food, that is nutritious – do we have the time to be aware of all these factors?

So what is in the book? I have my copy now – note publication is on 27 August 2015.

The book is, as usual, beautifully produced. Great pictures.

There are sections on Breakfast, Lunch,  Dinner,  Snacks and Drinks.

Jamie has a section explaining his study for a nutrition diploma. He has consulted with all the experts and studied current knowledge about health, nutrition and wellbeing.

Recipes include dairy-free, gluten free and vegan.

See list of sample recipes below.

His guidance is distilled down into the changes we can make, some small and the new habits we could take on board.

Jamie discusses the food groups, what they are and the portions that we should eat. Calories, fat and sugar and their daily limits are given. The recipes in the book are all structured to show the calories,  fat, saturated fat, protein, carbohydrates, sugar, fibre and cooking time.

Each foodgroup is then discussed in detail and the quality and quantity of each that we need. For example carbs, fats – what is good – what is bad.

How do so many of the Greeks in Ikaria live to 90 with great healthy lives?

Simply – by every day – eating wonderful and natural food.

Milk and it’s benefits – healthy alternatives!

The liquid we all need and the effects of alcohol.

Jamie gives a guide to shopping and the way to make good choices.

Another very important factor is sleep! I would suggest we ignore a good night’s sleep at our peril. Try a week of seven and a half hours sleep and see the benefits.

There is an app that can help if we are serious about our bodies our lives and feeling well.


  • Baked eggs in popped beans
  • Granola dust
  • Poached egg smashed avocado
  • Smoothie Pancakes
  • Mexican pan-cooked breakfast
  • Black rice pudding
  • Fig banana bread
  • Silken omelette
  • Fruit pots
  • Protein porridge
  • Vegeree
  • Fruit soups
  • Harisa waffles
  • Rye soda
  • Perfect porridge
  • Popovers
  • Berry egg bread
  • Wrap salad and beans
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Tortillas
  • Oats and fruit
  • Potato muffins
  • Bombay Chicken and cauli, poppadoms, rice and spinach
  • Grilled corn and quinoa salad, mango, tomatoes, herbs, avo and feta
  • Lemon sole and olive sauce, sweetcourgettes and Jersey royals
  • Super-protein loaf, wheat free gluten free and tasty
  • Seared tuna, Sicilian couscous and greens
  • Fro-yo fun fruit, yoghurt, nuts and seeds
  • Ripe banana and brown bread Fro-yo
  • Mango, lime and ginger Fro-yo
  • Berry and brown bread Fro-yo
  • Strawberry balsamaic and basil Fro-yo

Jamie will help by providing a series of recipies in the new book with the superfoods built in and he really has some lovely, healthy and easy to rustle up recipes.

Jamie’s (see a link to the new book) Everyday Super Food makes eating well exciting, delicious, easy and fun.

Find Jamie’s new book in your country………….

Again Jamie is aware of our busy lives and lack of free time, so no matter how busy you are, this new book is designed to provide us with healthy eating solutions the Jamie. He has designed a way that is both straightforward and achievable, making it super easy to choose and make exactly the kind of meals that suit you.

You know, Jamie’s heart is certainly in the right place, his concern for our potential to become overweight and trend to ill health is not misplaced. He does make alot of money – yes- but Jamie is in the position of being able to help influence people and he is trying hard to get the healthy message across. An honest approach that I think gives Jamie the grounds for some attention and respect.

Amazon Book Review:

“The book is divided into breakfasts, lunches and dinners, and every tasty meal is nutritionally balanced so that any combination over the day will bring you in under your recommended daily allowance of calories, allowing you to enjoy snacks and drinks on the side. You can eat Smoothie Pancakes with Berries, Banana, Yoghurt and Nuts for breakfast, Tasty Fish Tacos with Game-Changing Kiwi, Lime and Chilli Salsa for lunch and Griddled Steak and Peppers with Herby-Jewelled Tabbouleh Rice for dinner, and still be healthy! Whether you dip in and out of it, eat from the book Monday to Friday or use it faithfully every day for a month, it’s totally up to you.

In Everyday Super Food, Jamie’s done all the hard work for you – all you need to do is choose a delicious recipe, cook it up and, most importantly, enjoy it.

Every meal in this book is a good choice and will bring you a step closer to a healthier, happier you.”

I suppose this is a plea for us to be careful about what we eat. Does it not make sense that the food that we eat – its quality, its component constituents and their efficiacy – our sleep and generally how we take care of our selves will affect our bodies gradually each day? All adding up to wear and tear over the weeks and years.

If we maximise the care and attention we give to our food and to our bodies, sleep and relaxation, then should we expect to live longer and perhaps have a better quality of life?

Or can we really eat anything and not be affected?

To read more and see the new book visit Everyday Super Food and see full details.

See Jamie on This Morning here!

His new approach to eating, is very helpful and the new book Super Food is a great guide to the new healthy way of eating….

Sea Bass recipe

Jamie Oliver Super food every day

The accompanying TV program has started see Channel 4 watch Jamie Superfood – Squash Daal with Fried Egg, and Griddled steak Episode 1

Supplementing your diet is one thing, however getting these health providing foods is sooo much better….  Jamie’s recipes include nuts, seeds, greens, coloured veg and minimal fruit, examples of gluten free, wheat free choices and low in sugar and only healthy fats.

Try looking after yourself, eat well, keep fit, keep active and most of all get 7 to 8 hours of sleep. Better moods, memory, perfomance are all possible examples of good nutrition.

Hopefully we can assist our body to will retain as long as possible the youthful health that we all had? Keep well and change your life.

More blog articles about Jamie oliver and Jamie’s 15 Minute meals recipes

The book is pubished by Penguin press £26.00: read a brief synopsis of Jamie Oliver Everyday Super food at Penguin press.

Some links for the latest healthy cooking ideas:

Cookbook store for all types of books on cooking

Some new approaches to healthy eating:

Lorraine Pascal Eating Well Made Easy published 27 August 2015

Simply Nigella Feel Good Food published 8 Oct 2015

Rick Stein From Venice to Istanbul published 30 Jul 2015