Banana & Spice Protein Smoothie

Print Banana & Spice Protein Smoothie Prep Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 5 minutes Serving Size: 2 Ingredients 2 medium-sized bananas 1½ cups Vanilla Almond Milk, Unsweetened 30g Linwoods Hemp Protein+ ½ tsp turmeric ½ tsp ginger, minced ½ tsp ground cinnamon 1½ tbsp honey ½ tsp vanilla extract 6-8 ice cubes Instructions Blend all … more

Banana & Ginger Smoothie

Banana-Berry Protein Smoothie

Print Banana-Berry Protein Smoothie Prep Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 5 minutes Ingredients 30g Linwoods Organic Hemp Protein+ 1 frozen banana, cut into chunks 1 cup blueberries ¾ cup hemp milk, or milk of your choice Instructions Blend all ingredients together and serve in a glass! 4.7.2.17

Banana & Berry Protein Smoothie

Popeye Protein Smoothie

Print Popeye Protein Smoothie Prep Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 5 minutes Ingredients 30g Linwoods Organic Hemp Protein+ 1-2 handfuls of spinach 1 frozen banana, cut into chunks 1 tablespoon nut butter 1 cup hemp milk, or milk of your choice Instructions Blend all ingredients together and serve in a glass! 4.7.2.17

Popeye smoothie

Sweet potato & flaxseed bread

Print Sweet potato and flax bread Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes Total Time: 55 minutes Recipe by Charley’s Health Ingredients 1 cup cooked and mashed sweet potato 1 cup Milled Milled Flaxseed Sunflower Pumpkin & Sesame Seeds & Goji Berries 2 whole eggs 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp bicarb Pinch of … more

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6 Tips to kick-start your meal planning routine

We all live busy lives which can sometimes cause us to fall into bad eating habits and reach for convenience food and snacks. When it comes to eating well, planning your meals is key to a successful week of healthy eating.






7 top fitness bloggers to follow

It's not always easy to pick yourself up and get the motivation to workout so to help inspire you we've put together our list of top fitness bloggers to follow online. These guys will give you some great workout hints and tips, and even share some healthy eating tips to boot.






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Vegetarian Quinoa

Print Vegetarian Quinoa Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes Serving Size: 2 This tasty Quinoa dish is perfect for lunch or dinner so make a few extra portions to pop into the fridge! If you’re not a veggie, add some chicken or fish for some extra protein. Ingredients 500ml … more

Easy at-home all over body exercises

With each New Year comes resolutions, and although made with the best of intentions many people often struggle to make it to the end of January with them. Going to the gym and exercising regularly is often one of the most popular resolutions as we seek to shed those Christmas pounds. However, finding time to go to the gym can be hard, and when you get there the queues for some machines can be crazy, especially in January. To save time and money on gym membership we have created this list of exercises for you to try at home and stay on track with that get-fit resolution.






Gluten-free lemon pancakes

Print Lemon & poppy seed pancakes Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes Serving Size: 3 Pancakes are our favourite weekend breakfast! These Lemon & Poppy Seed pancakes have no added sugar and even better, they only take 20 minutes to make! Ingredients For the pancakes: 3 bananas 2 eggs … more

Free-From recipes to enjoy every day

More and more people are testing their culinary skills in the kitchen to create some tasty free-from treats. Free-from cooking and recipes are becoming the norm, and with popular TV shows like the Great British Bake Off featuring free-from dishes, even more awareness is being created of the need for great free-from recipes.  All of our products here at Linwoods are both vegan and gluten free and we like to create our very own free-from recipes for you guys to try to replicate in the kitchen. Here are some of our favourite free-from recipes suggestions to get you through any day.






Fat – the good, the bad and the ugly

A common assumption when it comes to our diet is that fat is unhealthy and will make you put on weight. What many of us don’t realise though is that not all fats are bad. In fact, some fats are essential to the body and must be obtained in your diet.






Delicious Dahl

Print Delicious Dahl Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 4 hours Total Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes Serving Size: 6 Dahl is the perfect comfort food when you need a pick me up! Batch cook and freeze for days when you don’t have time to cook! Ingredients 1 Onion, chopped 200g Chopped tomatoes 300g Yellow … more

7 Tips for shopping healthy on a budget

Eating healthy doesn’t need to break the bank when it comes to your weekly shop.  When it comes to shopping on a budget it can be all too easy to reach for the value products and frozen microwave goods, which are often void of actual nutrition. 


Here are our top tips to help you shop healthier without feeling it in your pocket at the checkout.






Skincare and your diet – help your skin by watching what you eat

Like the heart, stomach, and brain, your skin is an organ, something many of us don’t realise. In fact, it's the largest organ in your body, but it's still easy to take your skin for granted. Skin is made up of an outer layer, the epidermis, and a layer of soft tissue underneath called the dermis. Skin acts as a barrier to protect our body from the environment. It also regulates temperature and detects and fights off infections.






Pre-workout Pancakes

Print Pre-workout Pancakes Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes Serving Size: 2 Ingredients 8 Tbsp. Gluten Free Oats 4 eggs 2 Tbsp. Linwoods Chia seeds 2 scoops of vanilla whey A splash of milk 1 Tbsp. Honey Instructions Blend all the ingredients together. Fry in a little coconut oil … more

Why we need to kick the sugar habit

Recent research carried out by Public Health England has highlighted the significant impact poor diet is having on the nation’s health with more illness now caused by unhealthy eating than smoking.


In particular, sugar has been labelled as the ‘sweet poison’ and linked to a range of health complaints. With the evidence stacked against sugar, we take a look at just why you need to consider cutting it from your diet.

 

Why remove sugar from your diet?






How flaxseed can help with IBS

Flaxseed brings so many benefits to your diet from added protein and iron, to fibre and magnesium, all of which play an important part in maintaining and developing things like muscle, red blood cells and bones.  The fibre content of flaxseed makes means it can help with digestive conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Below we take a look at just why it can help you if you suffer with IBS.






Flaxseed Bread

Print Flaxseed Bread Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Serving Size: 6-10 Ingredients 1 cup of flaxseed 1/2 cup ground almonds 1/2 cup coconut flour tsp baking powder pinch of salt 4 eggs 1/4 cup of water. Instructions Sieve the dry ingredients into a bowl. Whisk the eggs and water and add into … more

Our top 5 pancake recipes for Pancake Tuesday

With pancake Tuesday only a few days away, we thought we’d share with you some of our favourite pancake recipes. The great news is they’re all healthy too so you can indulge without the guilt!






10 Health and wellbeing bloggers to follow

If you want to improve your diet and lifestyle in 2016, here are some of our favourite health and wellbeing bloggers to motivate you! Packed with inspiration and advice on healthy living and nutrition, they're perfect for keeping on track of those New Year’s resolutions!






Turkey Goujons

Print Turkey Goujons Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes Serving Size: 2 Ingredients 2 Turkey fillets 100g flour 2 Dessert spoons of Linwoods Milled Organic Flaxseed, Sunflower and Pumpkin Seeds 2 Eggs beaten 2 tablespoons olive oil Instructions To create coating mix together the flour and Milled Organic Flaxseed, … more

HIIT workouts – what are they and how can they help you?

Nowadays we are even more time poor than ever and as we're almost at the end of the year, the thoughts of many are starting to turn to health plans and training routines for the New Year. So how can we make the most of the time we do have but still get maximum results?We might just have the answer for you and it’s called HITT! HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training and is one of the most effective workout methods for burning fat. HIIT workouts also boost your metabolism, improve your cardiovascular fitness, and boosts energy levels by getting your body working harder to burn fat.






What is Coenzyme Q10 and what are its benefits?

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an antioxidant that is very similar to a vitamin and can be found in every cell in your body.  It’s actually an important enzyme as your body makes CoQ10 and uses it for energy and cell growth and maintenance.  As we get older, the levels of CoQ10 produced in the body actually begins to fall so this means that the need for CoQ10 becomes even greater and as a result you need new ways to get it into your body.  This can be done by eating foods or supplements containing CoQ10, as there are a number of foods that contain it in small amounts.  While CoQ10 is an important enzyme in your body, just what exactly does it do and why should you ensure you get enough in your diet?






10 Great ways to boost your immune system

Your immune system plays such a huge part in your overall health and how it performs.  It helps fight off infection and generally has a big bearing on how healthy you are.  What we eat and how we look after our body has a big effect our immune system.  We take a look at 10 ways of improving your immune system.






How to replace chocolate with our Flaxseed, Cocoa & Berries blend

It's hard to deny that we're a nation of chocolate lovers – we eat it in desserts, on snacks and in bars. With this in mind we decided to look at 6 ways our popular flaxseed, cocoa & berries mix can be used to give you a healthy chocolate fix!






5 great health benefits of goji berries

Claimed by many as a must try superfood, goji berries have actually been eaten for thousands of years.  Indeed, goji berries have been used in Chinese medicine for over 6,000 years and contain many great vitamins and minerals for your body.  While they aren’t as popular as other fruits from the berry family – think cranberries, raspberries and blueberries – this dried fruit adds a real hit of flavour to any dish and can be eaten whole or mixed into a smoothie or enjoyed with a salad. 






Top 5 health trends in 2015

There never seems to be a week that goes by without talk of a new health craze, the latest superfood or a new way to get fit.  Staying healthy doesn’t come easy and it requires work – a need to eat the right things, to live the right way and to look after your body in the best possible way.  Enjoying a healthy and balanced lifestyle can come easier for some than it does for others, but if you’re looking ahead to the cold winter months and wanting some inspiration for getting healthy or improving how you look after your body, here are 5 of the top trends we’ve seen so far in 2015.






Top Tips from Dublin GAA Senior Football Performance Nutritionist

Nutrition plays a vital role in sports endurance and recovery. We caught up with Daniel Davey, Senior Football Performance Nutritionist for All-Ireland winners Official Dublin GAA​ to get his top tips and typical daily diet plan for athletes to perform to their best.






Gluten-free diets…what is the hype all about?

When you search #glutenfree on Instagram almost 6.5 million tagged posts pop up in a patchwork of healthy looking plates of food and brightly coloured drinks. But what does gluten free actually mean? A gluten-free diet is a diet that excludes the gluten protein, which is found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye. Below we discuss reasons why people take up a gluten-free diet, what you can eat on such a diet and what you need to look out for when on a gluten-free diet.






Banana Walnut Bread

Print Banana Walnut Bread Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes Serving Size: 4-6 Ingredients 4 tbsp. Milled Chia Seeds 80g Shelled walnuts 3 eggs (medium) 2 bananas 120g rolled oat flakes 50g chopped almonds 4 tbsp. ground almonds 4 tbsp. desicated coconut 2 tbsp. sesame seeds 2 … more

Banana Walnut Bread

5 ways to improve your digestive system

For many of us, feeling good on the inside can often help us feel better on the outside.  The most important thing to helping you feel good on the inside is the food and drink that you are actually putting into your body.  Different foods can have a different impact on how we feel throughout the day, with things like high sugar foods providing an instant energy boost but high protein and high carbohydrate based foods, providing you with a more sustained source of energy throughout the day.  The part of the body that will deal with all these different types of foods that you put in your body is your digestive system, and it is one of the most important parts of your body.






Carrot & Apple Oatmeal

Print Carrot & Apple Oatmeal Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes Serving Size: 2 Ingredients 1 cup of oats 1 cup of almond milk (or enough to completely cover the oats) 1 small grated carrot 1/2 grated apple 1 banana (1/2 mashed into mixture, 1/2 for decoration) 2 tbsp … more

Apple & Cinnamon Muffins

Print Apple & Cinnamon Muffins Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes Serving Size: 16 Ingredients 225g Caster sugar 450g Self-raising flour 2 Dessertspoons of Linwoods Flax, Chia, Apple & Cinnamon 1 Teaspoon of baking powder 225ml Milk 225g Butter (unsalted) 2 Eggs Instructions Preheat the oven to 180C /gas … more

Flu Fighting Finds

As much as we may try to hold on to British Summer Time – the clocks still have to go back – there is well and truly a chill in the air and a crunchy carpet of leaves beneath our feet . Autumn is personally one of my favourite seasons because of its vibrancy, not to mention that the Autmun sunshine makes for some beautiful photography opportunities. The arrival of Autumn also signals the arrival of coughs, sneezes and generally more challenges to our immune systems. Good nutrition is essential at this time of year if our bodies are going to fight off pesky germs and bacteria. To get through the colder season unscathed, make sure you give your body the best chance at protecting itself by eating a healthy, well balanced diet.






Advice for eating chia seeds when pregnant

Diet and pregnancy concerns go hand in hand – wanting to ensure you are doing the best for your baby and your body become your number one priority and so getting the right information about the right foods is imperative. Chia seeds are among the healthiest types of seeds you can introduce to your diet on a daily basis and in today’s blog we take a look at the benefits of using these seeds during pregnancy.






Managing symptoms of PMT

Many women know what it’s like to crave chocolate and sugary food at certain times of the month. But hold off – new research by Dr Daniel Sister reported in the Daily Mail has shown that giving into sugar cravings caused by PMT can cause premature ageing and skin damage as sugar ages the skin.






The health benefits of adding sesame seeds to your diet

Gone are the days when sesame seeds where something that you gave to the birds or enjoyed with prawn toast or a burger bap.  These tiny seeds are quickly earning a reputation for being a nutritional powerhouse.  The sesame plant is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world and as well as being a popular seed it is also a desirable oilseed used in professional and domestic kitchens across the world.






7 superfoods to start eating

Superfoods, as the name suggests are the superhero of the food world.  They are packed full of great nutritional benefits and come in many ways from fresh fruit to super seeds. Getting your share of superfoods on a daily basis is a great way to keep your body fit and healthy.  Superfoods are also a great way to fight off illness and infection as they are often packed with antioxidants.  Today we are bringing you 7 every day foods that will change your diet for the better.






What are Chia seeds?

Chia seeds and the benefits of chia seeds is all the rage right now, popping up in many health magazines and listed on the hottest superfood round up for 2014. But what is it and how do you use it I hear you say?






Dublin GAA secures their ‘Link to Good Food’ with Linwoods healthfood partnership

As the competition in the run up to the All-Ireland intensifies, Dublin GAA is getting a healthy boost by partnering with the award-winning health food company Linwoods. In a bid to ensure its athletes’ nutrition is as carefully managed as their on-pitch performance, the high profile team has just announced a new relationship, appointing Armagh-based Linwoods as its Official Health Food Supplier for a three-year period.






The real benefits of eating cocoa

For many people chocolate can often be one of those rare treats; something to be enjoyed on a special occasion.  For others, it's that one sin or sweet treat to be enjoyed during the day.  While much of the chocolate we consume can be high in sugar, it's not all bad news when it comes to enjoying chocolate.  The cocoa bean that is used to create chocolate has many great benefits for your body and we take a look at these below.






You are what you eat – 9 foods to help your skin, hair and teeth

Looking good, and staying fit and healthy is all about lifestyle choices.  How often we exercise, what we eat and whether we smoke or drink alcohol are just some of the things that can impact on our general health, and also influence our physical appearance.  We all want to look good and feel great and the easiest way to do this is by watching what we eat.  Here we look at 9 foods that can help you to maintain healthy skin, hair and teeth.






7 Foods to eat that will help your skin

We often hear the phrase “you are what you eat”, and when it comes to looking after your body both inside and outside, it's hard to argue with this quote.  If you are fond of high fat and high sugar foods, then your body will certainly feel the impact of this.  For many of us though, we strive to not only look good, but feel good.  The best way to do this is by looking after what goes into your body and what you eat.  Today we are going to look at 7 foods that you should start adding to your diet that will help your skin.






7 steps to getting into shape for the summer

Recently we looked at 7 pieces of must own gym equipment for the home, and with summer on the way we thought it would be useful to look at  how you can  get your body into shape for the summer months.  The warm weather, sunlight and longer days, all work to help our bodies feel more alert, providing vitamin D which aids the maintenance of healthy skin, bones and teeth.  Here are  7 ways to  get your body into shape and to start feeling healthier as the season of summer comes closer.






How healthy foods help to ward off disease

We hear it over and over – how eating a healthy diet can lower our risk of disease, yet the average American diet continues to be one that’s anything but healthy. It’s no surprise that cancer and heart disease is on the rise. What is surprising though is that even though doctors keep telling us that diseases can be prevented through a better diet, we don’t seem to be listening.






5 Great ways to get Vitamin D into your diet

Vitamin D (sometimes known as the sunshine vitamin) plays a vital role in the human body. Lots of people receive ample vitamin D from sunshine but for those of us living in the UK or Ireland, or any country far from the equator, it can be sometimes be difficult to get. That’s why it’s imperative to include good foods high in vitamin D in your diet.






What is Coenzyme Q10 (COQ10) and why do I need it in my diet?

What does coenzyme Q10 mean to you?  The answer for many of you is probably nothing, and much of this may be due to you understanding of this key substance.  As consumers, we often take a keen interest in what we eat, and our knowledge and understanding of what is good for our bodies and what is bad is certainly improving.  The collection of Linwoods seeds including flaxseed and chia seed, provide your body with many great benefits including protein, fibre and omega 3 oils.  These are benefits that we will all know a little bit about in terms of how they can help our body and how they allow us to maintain a healthy and balanced diet.  One of our most popular products, the Linwoods milled flaxseed, almonds, Brazil nuts and walnuts contains a substance that many people know very little about – coenzyme Q10 (COQ10).  Today in the Linwoods blog, we are going to introduce you the world of COQ10 and let you know just how important it is to your body.






Keeping fit at home – 7 must own pieces of training equipment

Working out and trying to stay fit, doesn't need to be an expensive hobby.  Yes, eating right and training regularly will play a big part in helping you get into shape and stay fit, but it doesn't mean you need to break the bank with gym memberships and expensive foods to achieve this.  You can manage to make the first steps to getting (and staying) fit right from your own home.  Eating the right food can help you prepare and recover from training sessions, but today in the Linwoods blog, we are going to look at gym equipment that can help you get fit in the home.  Below, we list 7 of our favourite pieces of equipment, and the great thing about these is that they are all easy to use.






Linwoods recipe challenge – Delicious Dahl with Chia Seeds

Today in the Linwoods blog, we're going to take you through another step by step guide to making one of our tasty Linwoods recipes.  This time, we're looking at something that's a little bit spicy; a vegetarian dish packed full of flavour and the taste of India – we're talking about our delicious dahl.  There are many ways to create a great dahl dish, with some cooks using lentils.  We are using yellow split peas to make our tasty dahl, a homely dish that can be enjoyed for lunch or dinner, or cooked again when you are looking for a healthy snack during the day.  If you aren't a fan of split peas, chick peas or mixed beans can be used as an alternative.  Below, we take you through the processes of making this comforting dish, so, let's get started.