Pumpkin pie granola bites

Decorating a pumpkin this Halloween? Use up the leftover pulp in these tasty spiced granola bars and serve up for family and friends Ingredients: 1 small culinary pumpkin For the pumpkin pie granola: 2 cups rolled oats 1 cup quick cooking oats 3 tbsp brown sugar ¼ tsp salt (optional) 1 cup pecan nuts, chopped…


5 ways to look after your muscles post-workout

Feeling weak and sore after your workout? Not seeing any difference in your body shape? Personal trainer Sarah O’Neill reveals why the secret could be in your muscles. While exercise puts our muscles under stress (causing the fibres to break down), it’s actually what happens when you’re not exercising (after the workout) that counts. Strength…


Need to know: what is mindful drinking?

Looking to cut down on alcohol and to reap the benefits of drinking less? Health journalist Carole Beck finds out the benefits of mindful drinking. Whether it’s to save money or to avoid hangovers, the past decade has seen more people than ever in the UK cut back on alcohol. One in five people in…

5 daily ways to beat the winter blues

Feeling the seasonal gloom? Health writer and psychotherapist Jennifer Cawley shares five science-backed ways you can give yourself an instant mood lift.        During the winter months, many of us may feel a dip in our mood – with one in three of us affected by seasonal affective disorder (SAD). However, there are a few surprisingly…


5 of the best meditation ideas for kids

Want to help your children feel calmer, less stressed and more in touch with their emotions? Health writer and psychotherapist Jennifer Cawley asks the mindfulness experts how you can practice meditation at home. Meditation isn’t just for grown-ups, it can help children, too. In fact, there are at least 4,000 teachers trained to teach mindfulness meditation…


How to save money this festive season

Overspending during the festive season inevitably leads to financial pain in January. Financial journalist and author Laura Whateley shares how you can take control of your seasonal spending. With the amount of additional expenses we incur over the festive season – from fairy lights and food, to parties and presents – it should come as…


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