Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Diet and Diabetes

It is well established that diet is helpful in diabetes.

For those with type 1 diabetes balancing the amount of  carbohydrate with the insulin injected is important

For those with type 2 diabetes watching the amount of calories if overweight is helpful

Further information can be found at the Insulin Dependent Diabetes Trust



Sunday, 19 August 2012


Cakes can make a lovely treat especially if home made. They can also incorporate fruit and vegetables.

Hereis my recipe for Beetroot cake

Chocolate beetroot cake per portion NB provides extra vegetables

Makes 12 slices

Energy kcal 329 per slice


3oz (75g) cocoa or chocolate drink powder

6oz (180g ) plain flour –can use 5oz white and 1 oz wholemeal

8 oz (225g) sugar

2tsp baking powder

250g cooked and cooled beetroot

3 large eggs

200ml sunflower oil

1tsp vanilla extract

Icing sugar for dusting


Pre-heat oven to 180 C/335F/gas4

Sift dry ingredients together in a bowl

Puree the beetroot

In a separate bowl mix the eggs one at a time with the oil and vanilla essence when smooth add the sugar. Add the puree beetroot

Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add the beetroot and oil and sugar mixture

Mix well

Pour into a greased and lined 9inch cake tin

Bake 30-40 mins or until firm and a skewer inserted in the cake leaves it cleanly

Cool on a rack

Dust with icing sugar

The cake can be split and filled with cream if desired or iced

  • Friday, 10 August 2012


    Books on nutrition abound and mine on "Nutrition and Health" is designed to provide information on nutrition to both students of the subject and a wider audience.

    I have been pleased to have a 4th edition of this book published.

    It has been reviewd by Azimina Govindji the Award -winning dietitian and Media Nutritionist seen on the One Show www.azminanutrition.com/

  • Title: Intermediate Nutrition & Health
  • Author: Dr Mabel Blades
  • Pages: 138
  • ISBN: 978-1-1906404-24-6
  • Illustrations: Two colour
  • Format: B5 firmback, gloss finish
  • Published: 2012, 4th Edition

  • Monday, 6 August 2012

    Sports drinks

    Hydration is vital for anyone especially those involved in sport and activity.

    Water is excellent but isotonic drinks are really useful to replenish.

    Isotonic means in balance with the body fluids. So these drinks replace nutrients lost during activity.

    While there are lots on the market here are my simple home made ones. Both very cheap to make.

    Mabel's isotonic drink 1

    400g glucose ( very cheap from a chemist or supermarket)
    1 litre water
    splash of low calorie squash for flavour
    pinch of salt

    Mabel's isotonic drink 2

    500 ml fruit juice such as apple or orange
    500ml water
    pinch of salt

    For rapid absorption both are better taken un-chilled