The Food Hospital

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This has got to be my favourite cookbook.

It accompanies a Channel 4 television series in the UK where a surgeon, a doctor and a nutritionist prescribe specific eating regimes for different health conditions, often with incredibly successful results.

The programme addresses a variety of medical problems ranging from polycystic ovaries and epilepsy, to rosacea and depression and shows how diet can transform and often completely treat the conditions.

Not only are these recipes healthy and particularly good for certain ailments they are absolutely scrumptious too.

Here are a few of my favourites.

Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

Good for: Antioxidants, flavonoids, improving brain function.

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This is my boyfriend’s favourite Sunday breakfast. I make a massive stack of these for brunch and we’re full until dinner!

Their texture is soft and light and more like that of American style pancakes than big crepe type pancakes but they’re delicious.

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If you use a pancake maker you can make them perfectly round but mine are a little more… artistic and randomly shaped.

I serve them with some probiotic yoghurt and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Blueberries are a source of vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, phenolics and flavonoids and can help protect against heart disease, stroke, cancer, age related diseases and even tooth decay and urinary tract infections.

Spinach, Feta and Sweet Potato Frittata

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This is another great breakfast / brunch / light lunch option.

If you make this for two, it’s so big that the leftovers will last you all week!

I serve it with some wholemeal bread and salad for  a quick healthy meal.

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It’s packed with protein from the eggs and cheese, so it keeps you full for ages.

It also has spinach and sweet potato in it both of which are extremely good for you.

Oh and it’s really tasty as well. The crumbly salty feta and sweet soft potato complement each other perfectly.

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Roasted Vegetable and Chickpea Pizzas

Good for: Breast Cancer, Diabetes, Migraine, PCOS

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As you can see my pizzas are not on wholemeal pitta as I don’t eat wheat flour, so I tend to use spelt or wheat free pizza bases instead, but the result is still delicious.

In the book, these pizzas are particularly recommended for polycystic ovaries but they’re generally very healthy as they have lots of roast vegetables, tomatoes and chickpeas.

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You can throw on pretty much any vegetables you have lying around in your fridge and they’ll be delicious.

Healthy and economical.

Lucy’s Spaghetti Bolognese

Good for: Gastric Bypass, PCOS

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This spaghetti bolognese is pretty standard but the recipe helps you to pack lots of vegetables like mushrooms, olives and courgettes and pulses like lentils and kidney beans in with the meat, which make it tastier than your average spaghetti bolognese and healthier.

It also has some chilli in it which gives it a nice kick.

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I serve it with spelt, gluten free or brown rice spaghetti.

A real crowd pleaser.

Tomato Salsa

Good for: Tomatoes can help prevent Cancer, DNA Damage, Heart Disease, Thrombosis and Inflammation.

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When I’m hungry but not hungry enough to have a full meal or just want a snack, I tend to throw together some nachos.

I heat up some corn chips under the grill and melt mild/medium cheddar on them (you can use any cheese but this is my preferred one), then make guacamole and salsa and serve with a sour cream dip.

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I use my own guacamole recipe which is very simple: avocado, chopped spring onion, a little lime juice and a bit of salt.

When I can’t be bothered to make the salsa separately I chop some cherry tomatoes and throw them into the guacamole.

Sometimes I add a bit of sweetcorn as well.

Unconventional I know, but it’s yummy.

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When I do make salsa I use this recipe from The Food Hospital. It has red onion, garlic, chilli and coriander in it and is quick and easy to make.

If you use really fresh cherry tomatoes, it’s juicy, sweet and scrumptious.

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All in all this makes a fairly healthy snack.

It’s not going to help you drop a size but everything in it, down to the garlic and coriander, is very good for you.

Avocado in particular is amazing – it is high in monounsaturated good fat, can help to lower blood cholesterol and is a good source of fibre.

The corn chips aren’t great for you. But they’re not bad either.

Salmon Fish Fingers with a Minty Yoghurt Dip, Potato Wedges and Peas

Good for: Psoriasis

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I tend to prefer fish fingers made from white fish but salmon has tons of added oily fish benefits , so I gave this a try (using spelt breadcrumbs of course).

The salmon fish fingers are quite mucky to make and a bit fiddly, they’re also fishier than their white fish counterparts but they were pretty good. A nice way to make comfort food healthy.

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You could make the chips even healthier by making them out of sweet potato but sometimes you just need some normal fat potato wedges and if you make them yourself with sunflower oil and paprika they’re delicious and not at all bad for you.

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The fish fingers are vastly improved by the minty yoghurt, so it’s really worth making that to accompany them.

Lucy’s Shepherd’s Pie

Good for: Sweet potato is high in fibre, contains heart healthy vitamin B6, potassium which can lower blood pressure and beta carotene – an important antioxidant that can help prevent cancer and protect skin from sun damage.

It is also a good source of manganese and vitamins C and E which are good for skin and hair.

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This is another slightly off piste recipe, adapting the classic shepherds pie to a healthier version with a sweet potato/butternut squash mash topping and a soya mince filling. (You could use Quorn mince instead if you prefer).

This recipe also has mushrooms, carrots, garlic, tomato and lentils to add to the healthiness and flaked almonds on the top instead of cheese.

I see no harm in making this recipe with actual meat and keeping the rest the same, or putting a little cheese on the top to make it yummier.

Particularly as beta-carotene absorbs more thoroughly into the body when consumed with a small amount of fat.

Either way it still has tons of goodness in it.

But this version is a good tasty alternative for vegetarians or people who want to cut down on their meat intake.

Chocolate, Orange and Pistachio Mousse

Good for: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

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I’m a big fan of a dark chocolate mousse and this one is no exception.

With a little orange zest, sugar and egg white, you’re away!

And it’s good for you. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, has antioxidants called phenols in it which could lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases and cancers.

What’s not to love?

You can visit The Food Hospital‘s website here to find out more about the benefits of different foods, discover more delicious recipes and learn about different health conditions.

You can also buy the official Food Hospital cookbook (which I highly recommend as it has more information and recipes than the website) here.

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