Vegan Merry Christmas!

Vegan Merry Christmas!

img_4983Have you got a vegan coming for a Christmas lunch, is there only one vegan in your family or are you vegan yourself and want to cook something different?

Bored of the same nutroast or plate of soggy overcooked vegetables?

Tired of having to bring your own dinner when visiting relatives?

Worried that you will inadvertently feed your vegan guest an ingredient they don’t eat?

Then I might have the answer! On Saturday 2nd (and possibly 9th) I will be running a vegan festive cookery class in West Bridgford, Nottingham.

 

Put Saturday 2nd December in your diary! 

Come along to my professional 5* rated kitchen in West Bridgford where you will make a 3 course festive lunch to take home with you.  The class runs from 10 am – 1.30pm.

 

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The ingredients, equipment, recipes and refreshments will all be provided, all you need to do is bring containers to take your dishes home. And all that for £75.

SoupPeople are asking what they might be cooking. I’m hoping to make either a celeriac and chestnut soup or a mushroom bruschetta . A leek and chestnut terrine or a mushroom wellington and a chocolate chia pudding and chocolate and date truffles

 

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The menu may change slightly if guests have any food issues like nuts, gluten or soya

 

 

west bridgford wiremy cookery class has also featured in the wonderful west bridgford wire https://www.facebook.com/WestBridgfordWire/ 

I accept a maximum four guests.
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To book your place on 2nd December (and possibly 9th if its over subscribed), just contact me

Susan Hart on 07946 301338  or email me at susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk

 

 

For more healthy eating advice please visit my website http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/

Chocolate and blueberry vegan cheesecake

Chocolate and blueberry vegan cheesecake – serves 4,  approx 350 calories each

IMG_1968This recipe was created after I found an alpo dark chocolate dessert lurking in my pantry.  So I got my thinking cap on and came up with this really easy vegan cheesecake recipe. The fruit can be varied depending on what you have in the fridge or cupboards, for instance add fresh raspberries, strawberries or some tinned oranges  (minus their juice)

 

For the base

110-115g of vegvegan biscuitsan biscuits – biscoff, ginger nuts, Hobnobs, (some) digestives

28g of non- dairy spread

½ tsp ground ginger

 

 

For the filling

150g of vegan cream cheese

125g Alpo dark chocolate dessert

30g plain vegan yoghurt – Apro ‘Go on’ Protein is thick and creamy

100g blueberries

Sprinkling of sea salt and sesame seeds (optional)

 

Melt the non-dairy spread in a pan or in the microwave

IMG_1959Place the biscuits in a bag and crush with a rolling pin or base of a pan or use a blender, until you have fine breadcrumbs.  Add the biscuit crumbs to the melted non dairy spread and mix well

 

 

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If making individual cheesecakes, place cling film on a baking tray and place 4 small rings on the tray.  Press the crumbs into the bases and place in the fridge.

 

 

 

23584671_10155118007906903_292297845_nMake the filling by mixing the cream cheese and chocolate dessert together.  Add the blueberries and gently mix.  Spoon into the four moulds and smooth with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle each with a few grains of sea salt.  And place in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

 

When you aIMG_1963re ready to serve, remove from the fridge and using a spatula lift the cheesecake from the cling film tray and place on a plate.  Gently ease the rings up and away from the cheesecake.  serve with some extra blueberries and a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds

These can also be frozen and defrosted at least an hour before serving  –  you can remove them from their moulds before placing in the freezer

When you make these cheesecakes please share your photos with me, or let me know what adaptations you made

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Enjoy!

Next vegan cookery class – 15th November

Next vegan cookery class – 15th November

In West Bridgford

What better way to celebrate World Vegan Month than to attend my next vegan cookery classes,  for some vegan inspiration

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I have a few spaces left on my next vegan cookery class next Wednesday 15th November at 5.30pm.

At my last class the guests made these colourful tofu rice paper rolls

 

If you can’t make Wednesday 15th.  I always have classes running on the following days and times Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 11 – 12.15pm, Tuesday from 12.15 – 1.30pm and Wednesday evening from 5.30 – 6.45pm

 

It only costs £25 and all the ingredients, equipment and recipe sheet are provided.  You just need a container to take it home.  You can come for just one class or attend a series, in which case you can have 6 for the price of 5 i.e. £125, and they can be used within a year

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Feel free to take a peak around my kitchen!

 

If you’d like to come along please contact me on 07946 301338 to book your place.

November is world vegan month

November is World vegan month

Does Nottingham cater for vegans?

A number of high profile celebrities like Beyonce, Lewis Hamilton, Ellie Golding and Liam Hemsworth to name but a few have all decided to follow a vegan diet.  And they are not the only ones, it is estimated that over ½ million UK adults are now vegan; that’s a 360% increase over the last decade.

Concern for animals, taking better care of the earth’s resources and the environment or the health advantages of a plant-based diet are just some of the reasons for becoming vegan.

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For some people it’s none of the above but they have allergies to dairy products or are lactose intolerant, hence the increased popularity and availability of non-dairy alternatives

But generally being a vegan is more of a lifestyle choice and a philosophy than a diet.

You can now buy ethical clothing, shoes, toiletries and makeup. But for ‘World vegan month’ I’d like to focus on the food aspect of being vegan.

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In Nottingham over the last couple of years I have seen more vegan options in shops, supermarkets and eateries, an increase in wheat/gluten/dairy free cakes and goodies and special vegan events to raise awareness.

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Did you know there is a vegan market in Sneinton on the first Saturday of every month?

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I regularly write veggie food reviews for the Nottingham Post and the West Bridgford Wire, sometimes it’s a 100% vegan/vegetarian eatery like cafe Roya in Beeston or the Peacock Pub on Mansfield Road, Nottingham which has a 100% vegan kitchen.

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Or a regular restaurant that has a good selection of vegan options like Zizzi, Chocks Away (at Nottingham City Airport),  Baresca, The Angel microbrewery, Annies burger shack, Oscar and Rosies, Suda (Wollaton), Horse and Plough (Bingham), wagamama, Alchelmilla; the list just keeps on growing

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courtesy of TeenVGN (Twitter)

courtesy of TeenVGN (Twitter)

Not to be outdone the main supermarkets have also increased their range of vegan options.  You can now buy vegan ready meals, Christmas selection boxes, non-dairy milk, yoghurt, ice-cream and cheese, pesto etc.  And the cheaper supermarkets like Aldi and Lidl also have some great choices too

In Nottingham we are also lucky to have a number of Asian and world food supermarkets and shops that have a plethora of vegan goodies like tofu, spices, noodles, lentils, nuts, Asian greens, sauerkraut, fresh herbs and pulses

 

 

For some the transition to being vegan is a staged process; they cut down on red meat and processed meat, then only eat fish, consider following the ‘Meat Free Monday’ campaign,  progress to becoming vegetarian then decide to take the plunge and go for a 100% plant-based diet.

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If you are considering eating a more plant based diet but are concerned about nutrition then why not come to my vegan cookery classes.  More information can be obtained by following this link http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/blog/vegan-cookery-class-7nov/

cookery feedbackYou can make sweet potato falafels, tofu rice rolls, beetroot risotto, lasagne, tacos and much much more. Contact me for more details 07946 301338

For more advice about adopting a vegan diet visit the vegan society website

Souper quick soup

For more healthy eating advice please visit my website http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/

Souper quick soup

IMG_0452November is world vegan month and It’s also meat free Monday, so why not try this really quick pea and mint soup for one.  You may have some left over mushy peas from your bonfire night and didn’t know what to do with them; well look no further! It is low in fat and calories; only 141 calories and a good source of protein and fibre. So excellent for the 5:2ers and healthy eaters amongst you!

½ 300g tin of mushy peas (I used Batchelors Mushy Chip Shop Style Processed Peas because they are the lowest in calories), 120ml boiling water, ½ tsp marigold vegetable bouillon powder, 6g (large handful) of fresh mint leaves or 1 tsp jarred mint sauce, 2 or 3 drops of lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste

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Empty the peas into a small saucepan, add the vegetable powder and water, cook on a low – medium heat for 3-4 minutes.  Using a hand blender blend until smooth add in the chopped fresh mint and few drops of lemon juice.  Taste and add salt and pepper as necessary.  Serve in a warmed bowl

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This can be put in a container with a tight lid and taken to work for a delicious and nutritious lunch.  All you need to do is microwave on high for 1 minute.  You may need to add a splash more hot water as it will thicken

And don’t forget you can easily double or quadruple the recipe to make a souper warming meal for the whole family

 

October is breast cancer awareness month

For more healthy eating advice please visit my website http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/

BCAM

 

The number of people being diagnosed with breast cancer is increasing, but the good news is survival rates are improving. This may be because of more targeted treatments, earlier detection and better breast awareness.

 

Sadly 1 in 8 women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. That’s the equivalent of 150 people every day or one person every 10 minutes.

Having a healthy diet is no guarantee that you will not succumb to this disease but the NHS have said “there are benefits for women who maintain a healthy weight, do regular exercise and who have a low intake of saturated fat and alcohol.’

So what does a healthy diet look like?

By making a few changes and some small tweaks to your current eating habits you too can have a healthy diet.

  • 20814963_10154896478886903_999091747_nStart by eating more fruit and veg. Think about variety, in fact a ‘rainbow of colours. Try and eat whatever is in season; this is for two reasons, one it’s cheaper and two the food will be at its best and most nutritious. If you can’t always buy fresh don’t worry frozen and tinned can be just as good
  • Reduce the amount of processed foods you eat. They can often be packed with saturated fats, sugars and salt.
  • Eat moderate amounts of lean protein like tofu, beans,quinoa, chicken, fish (including oily fish like salmon, mackerel and trout) and eggs,

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  • Drink eight glasses of water or fluid a day – this not only keeps you hydrated but can fill you up and help curb your appetite
  • Eat moderate amounts of wholegrain carbs like pasta, bread and rice. Wholegrains contain more fibre which is not only good for your digestion but will help you feel fuller for longer

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  • Make sure you eat enough dairy and dairy alternatives – these contain valuable amounts of calcium for healthy bones and teeth. Low fat versions will help reduce calories without a reduction in calcium (but be aware of the sugar content in ‘low fat’)
  • If you do drink alcohol do so in moderation and be aware of the safe limits. Both men and women can drink up to 2 units of alcohol a day without significant risk to their health.  Although it is advisable to go alcohol free a number of days a week

 

All this month you can do things to support breast cancer awareness month (bcam)

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You could simply buy a badge or bangle from shops and supermarkets, make a donation, if you are a woman be breast aware, wear pink on a Friday in October, do a fun run in aid of this great cause, or why not make your friends, family or work colleagues this beautiful, healthy pink beetroot risotto and ask for a contribution to a cancer charity

 

 

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The recipe is from a great cookbook, that is not only helpful to those affected by cancer but for the whole family.  The introduction also provides useful information about healthy eating

 

If you would like more information or have been affected by breast cancer please click on any of these websites for helpful information and support

maggies_nottinghamhttps://www.maggiescentres.org

 

http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk

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http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/about-us/lavender-trust

http://www.breastcancercampaign.org

http://www.breakthrough.org.uk

Beetroot risotto

Beetroot risotto with pearl barley and quinoa

Serves 2, 320 calories per serving

For more healthy eating advice please visit my website http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/

IMG_4244This risotto has been inspired by Jack Monroe’s risotto recipe in the Royal Marsden cancer cookbook

 

 

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And is the perfect recipe for my Vegan cookery class to make this week!

The use of beetroot not only adds colour and a wonderful earthy taste but bags of fibre, antioxidants, potassium and iron. The pearl barley makes a healthy nutritional change to arborio rice: Its high in fibre, calcium and protein, but low in fat and calories. By adding quinoa the protein content really increases, making this a very filling and nutritious vegetarian and vegan dish

 

IMG_4276250g fresh beetroot, peeled and diced (or use the pre-cooked vacuum packs)

500 ml vegetable stock – either leftover stock from cooking some veggies or hot water and 1 teaspoon veg bouillon powder

2 tsp olive or rapeseed oil

1 fat garlic clove – crushed

1 small leek (80g) finely sliced

large pinch dried chilli flakes

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Pearl barley

100g pearl barley or buckwheat (which you need to pre soak overnight) and 25g of quinoa

50ml red or white wine (or water)

100g frozen peas (or broad beans)

2 tbls chopped mint and parsley

salt and ground black pepper

 

IMG_4296flavoured drizzle oil (optional)

zest and juice of half a lemon (equivalent to 2 tsp)

1 tsp olive or rapeseed oil

½ tsp horseradish

If you are not using the oil you can substitute the horseradish for the chilli flakes in the main risotto

 
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To make the drizzle vegan please use either fresh horseradish or a jar without cream

If you are using fresh beetroot put it in a pan and cover with some of the stock. Bring to the boil then simmer and cook for about 15 minutes until tender.

If you are using the vacuum packed variety, miss out this stage and simply open the packet*

 

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*A word of warning! which ever type of beetroot you use, be aware that it stains everything! So your chopping boards, spoons and hands will all be a lovely pink colour by the end of this. You can minimize the pink by wearing rubber gloves to handle the beetroot, cook with a metal spoon (never wooden for beetroot), or use a plastic chopping board

 

Meantime on a medium flame heat the oil in a large IMG_4281shallow pan and add the leeks and garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes until the leeks are soft.   Add the pearl barley and coat with in the oil. Then tip in the wine and allow it to bubble away for a few minutes.

 

Blitz the beetroot in a blender (a nutribullet does a great IMG_4287job), add the stock and chilli (or horseradish) and add a ladleful at a time to the grains. Keep adding a ladleful as soon as it is absorbed. This should take about 30-40 minutes

 

After 15 minutes add the quinoa (this takes less time to cook) and mix in. once the pearl barley and quinoa are soft and fluffy stir in the peas and 1 tablespoon of the chopped herbs. Taste and season with salt and lots of pepper

 

Serve into 2 warmed bowls

 

Lemon horseradish oil

Mix all the ingredients together and drizzle over the risotto

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Finally scatter over the remaining tablespoon of chopped herbs

 

 

 

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And here’s how the finish dish looks when its made by my vegan cookery guests

 

 

 

 

 

 

BCAMThis is a great recipe to support breast cancer awareness month.  So why not make a larger amount (its easy to double or triple the ingredients) and invite your friends over.  They can make a donation to your favourite cancer charity like Maggie’s (the cancer support centre inside the grounds of the Nottingham City hospital)

 

#MeatFreeMonday

#MeatFreeMonday

Launched by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney in 2009, Meat Free Monday is a campaign aimed at raising awareness of the detrimental environmental impact of eating meat, and to encourage people to help slow climate change, preserve precious natural resources, consider animal welfare and improve their own health by having at least one meat free day each week.

imagesI regularly share meat free Monday recipes, in fact if you look to the right you will see a meat free Monday category

But being vegan, every day is meat free for me.

Here are just a few of my recent meals to show you how varied, colourful and easy it is to go meat free

Meat Free Monday

 

Many more restaurants and cafes now have meat free options.  I visited one a few days ago called Chocks Away, at Nottingham City airport in Tollerton.  The owner and chef Alison just happens to be vegan so the meat free options are expanding.

With a bit of imagination and some store cupboard staples it’s relatively easy to rustle up some delicious and quick meals

Quick recipe 

vegan rice salad

This was a very quick veggie rice salad, using a packet of microwaveable rice.  Just open the packet (no need to heat up)  tip into a large bowl, add a tin of drained mixed beans for protein (any tinned beans will do; chickpeas, cannellini, butter beans etc), bulk out with your favourite salad veg, I used cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, olives and celery. But you could add beetroot, avocado, peas and sweetcorn, radishes etc.  I finished with a simple dressing of 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (or apple cider/balsamic vinegar) and a good handful of fresh chopped herbs like mint, parsley or coriander. It will make enough for 4 very hungry people, or 6 as side dish

Some of last weeks meals included

 

 

I hope some of my ideas have inspired you to try being meat free for one day at least

vegan classes septIf you need more convincing then why not come to my vegan cookery classes in West Bridgford

Veganism from an omnivores perspective

Occasionally I like to have guest bloggers, it’s interesting to get a different perspective.  So I’ve teamed up with Jade the Notts Foodie http://www.nottsfoodie.com.  She is a Nottingham based food lover and critic who is dedicated and passionate about trying as many new foods and experiences as possible.

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A few weeks ago I did a guest blog on her site about the great vegan food at Baresca http://www.nottsfoodie.com/baresca-vegan-review/

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Its now her turn ………..

 

Veganism from an omnivores perspective Guest blog – by local food blogger Notts Foodie

 

“I’m a vegan” the three words that can put dread into many a carnivore. Up until a few years ago those words would have me rolling my eyes and searching for a different conversation. It was only when I met my colleague, a vegan, who educated me and broke down some assumptions I’d made.

Oscar and Rosies

Oscar and Rosies

The issue lies, I believe, with the media’s portrayal of vegans. With almost 600,000 people within the UK choosing the lifestyle (that’s more than the population of Nottingham and Derby combined) it’s likely that we’ve all met one or two, whether you were aware of them is a different question. It seems that people only tend to remember the vegans who are vocal, passionate or portrayed in a bad light. These vegans are the ones I’d previously only been aware of and are the reason for the discriminating mind set I’ve worked hard to shift.

Before I go any further I want to point out that this isn’t a blog about name calling it’s merely my experiences of veganism as a fully-fledged carnivore and how, with the help of education and understanding, I’ve come to admire that way of life.

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Cafe Roya, RobeRoom, Zizzi, The Peacock, The Kiosk

 

When I met my colleague I didn’t have a clue what type of foods vegans eat, I wouldn’t know what to feed one, whether I should be cautious about showing her the pictures on my food blog or whether I should feel guilty that I’m not offering her a cup of tea. After several months of working together I started to ask those stupid questions to try and get a better understanding and stop feeling guilty for my own lifestyle choices. I found out at this point that she didn’t like cruelty to any animal, she used to eat meat, used to be a pescetarian which progressed to vegetarian and then eventually veganism, she also wasn’t vocal about it as she saw it as her choice. I liked this and I loved the fact that she had no intention of trying to make me a vegan.

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Roll forward three years and I now have an idea about what to feed her if she came around for tea, that Oreos are an easy biscuit choice, dark chocolate is vegan (this blew my mind!) and that you can be unhealthy. I’ve also come to realise that there will always be people who are ignorant and who have no intention to cater for them. This annoys me now. I’m not talking about restaurants I’m talking about things like BBQ settings, work functions where dietary requirements are ignored or being given vegetables (and then offered ice cream to apologise!)

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As a carnivore I’m glad that I’ve had a chance to ask stupid questions in an informal setting without the worry of being patronising or being converted. Some of the stupid questions I’ve asked and genuinely want to know the answers to are below – sorry in advance.

  • What do you eat?
  • If I gave you a million pounds would you eat this?
  • Can you go out to eat in restaurants?
  • What’s the issue with honey?
  • Don’t you like the taste of meat?

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If you’re reading this as a meat eater but have that feeling or instant thought of “eurgh vegans” then I ask you to go away and find one that will help you understand their life. My colleague is great as she is aware that I am blissfully ignorant in terms of animal cruelty and I don’t want to know. I want to be in my own bubble and she accepts that, just as I accept that she’s been brave enough to burst her own bubble. Just make sure that you make clear your intentions and why you’re looking to know more, it’s not to be converted and it’s not to find ammunition it’s purely education. You never know, one day vegans may rule the world.

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Chocks Away, Nottingham City airport

 

How healthy are you?

For more healthy eating advice please visit my website http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/

 

How healthy are you?

Do any of these apply to you?

  • Can’t seem to shift those extra pounds like you use to
  • Is your concentration a bit hit and miss
  • Do you have a niggle that won’t go away,
  • Regularly get the sniffles or feel rundown
  • Are you feeling less energetic and more tired
  • You drop off to sleep but then you’re wide awake at 3 in the morning
  • More and more food seems to upset you
  • You’re peri or menopausal
  • Is your diet out of control
  • You just can’t be bothered!

Many of those things can be attributed to or helped by the food we eat and the lifestyle choices we make.  As a nutrition coach I can help you redress the balance, get you back in control and in the driving seat. I look at the foods you eat or don’t eat and your lifestyle and ask you to make small but permanent changes for longterm benefit

Certain foods are great for improving your iron levels, reducing cholesterol, balancing blood sugar, controlling cravings, improving mood, hot flushes, stress and many, many more. But some issues need a diagnosis to know what we are dealing with and what your baseline is.

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And that’s where my new partnership with Medichecks comes in. Let me introduce you to them…….

https://www.medichecks.com  

Established in 2002, Medichecks established the UK’s first direct to consumer blood test and health check service and are now the UK’s leading online blood test company. With over 1200 tests available from single markers like vitamin D to full health profiles looking at hormones, organ function and nutritional health, we have a test to suit everyone.

Simply order online, receive your test kit in the post, take your sample at home or visit one of our partner clinics and a few days later receive your results in your own secure, personalised dashboard with doctor’s comments included.

Medichecks offers a simple, affordable and convenient way to track your health over time.

Sounds good doesn’t it.  

Now I know many of the tests Medichecks carry out can be done free of charge by your GP, and that is still where I signpost my clients to in the first instance.  But for many the wait is too long and some tests are refused.  That’s where Medichecks and I come in.  I have a very handy discount code that allows the recipient to receive 20% off the price of a test or series of tests.  For instance a vitamin B12 check (low levels are the major cause of fatigue) costs £39, with my discount that reduces to £31.20.

Here is a word from Amy, Medichecks Business Account Manager

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If you were my client, I can then work though your Medichecks data with you and together we can start to make changes to your diet and lifestyle.  I can help with recipe ideas, healthy swaps and nutritional support and guidance.  I also deliver vegan cookery classes, so you may decide that learning some new recipes and making changes to your diet (based on the data supplied by Medichecks) could be beneficial.

Contact me for further details or contact Medichecks direct (03450 600600) to assess what tests would benefit you the most.

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