Saturday, 11 February 2017

KINDNESS--with drinks and food

Did you know it is the kindness month

It is a lovely idea and so important to think about offering food or a drink as part of this

My local hospital is offering  refreshments to visitors and staff which leads up to good hydration

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

pancakes --healthy ones


This recipe is from Diabetes uk but i have slightly adapted it

  • 100g plain flour --iI often use self raising flour 
  • Pinch of salt --often omit this
  • 1 egg, beaten --I may use 2 if small or medium
  • 300ml skimmed milk
  • 1 tsp rapeseed oil

Sift the flour and salt if used --beat in the milk and egg. Let stand for at least an hour --I often keep it in a jug overnight in the fridge.
Heat the oil in a pan so really hot add about a tablespoon of  the mix and tilt the pan so it covers it evenly .When golden brown.  Flip over with a spatula or toss if you are brave 

Eat while hot 

Lovely with stewed fruit or a dusting of a granular low calorie sweetener

Thursday, 12 January 2017

nutrition and hydration week

Dear Nutrition and Hydration Week Supporter
Happy New Year to you all.
Your support of the week and all the great activities you deliver during the week is making people notice. Here is an email we received from Hong Kong.
“Knowing the previous Nutrition and Hydration Week was successfully held in different organizations to promote the importance of nutrition and hydration. On behalf of Nutrition care working group, Pok Oi Hospital, Hong Kong, we hope to participate in the coming Nutrition and Hydration Week 2017. We plan for training workshop, tea party, patients’ meal satisfaction survey and staff canteen booth during the week.”
Thank you to Joanne a dietician at the hospital for sharing her plans and support of the week with us.
The ‘Week’ expands its portfolio
A new area the week is expanding into is Workplace Well Being. Building on numerous enquiries last year from businesses and organisations seeking further information from us in the week to increase employee awareness, particularly fluid intake, the organisers of the week we have added a further aim of the week.
Improve staff awareness of their own hydration and nutritional requirements
The benefits to the employer are huge with healthier and more alert staff, and research has associated better hydrated staff with increase productivity and less work-related accidents. The benefit of enabling the week to reach a wider audience is the prevention of avoidable hospital contact and admissions through poor hydration in the community.
The change to include a wider public health message is now reflected in our update mission statement -
‘Our mission is to create a global movement that will reinforce and focus, energy, activity and engagement on nutrition and hydration as a fundamental element of maintaining the health and well-being for our global community.’
Nutrition and Hydration Week Napkins
Following a successful launch last year with the Hospital Caterers Association Midlands Branch, Nobisco are able to provide bespoke Hydration & Nutrition Week logo 2ply 33cm napkins. A case of 2000 napkins is £24.96 + vat. They will endeavour to provide free delivery where possible, however a £9.95 delivery charge may be incurred depending on location.
Due to print time and to avoid any forthcoming price increases, the deadline to receive orders is Wednesday 25th January 2017.
Please contact Amanda Turnbull directly on or 07798 646 159.
Promotional Material
We are in the process of securing our first sponsor for the week, we will let you have more details when confirmed. We will utilise some of this funding to update our website, but we will be investing some of the funding in promotional material for you to use during the week. Have you any ideas or suggestion of what would help you promote the week to get maximum impact for your work? Please email us on the the email below. We look forward to receiving your ideas. 
Contact for Newsletter items, photos, plans, ideas, any comments send them to:
Thanks as ever for all of your supportDisplaying

Wednesday, 4 January 2017


I seem to have been really busy over Christmas --working right up to Christmas Eve then since so not been very good about keeping up with a blog

New year is always a time when people resolve to look at the diet so thought this may be of interest

Results from the latest weight loss trial show that the use of very brief advice is n effective and acceptable way to discuss weight with patients and takes just 30 seconds.

Routinely used in smoking cessation, this study provides the evidence base to encourage use of very brief advice in weight management.

Although many health professionals are nervous about raising weight with patients, this study, led by University of Oxford (UK) and published this week in
 The Lancet, provides some reassurance.

While the study focussed on advice and referral by GPs, the principles of VBA can be applied by all primary care health professionals, with great potential impact. 

Cancer Research UK

The full information is on the website

Friday, 2 December 2016

Lower fat and carbohydrate christmas pudding

Christmas pudding --lower fat and lower calorie

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    I devised this a while ago but am often asked for it so here it is again--enjoy

Christmas pudding --lower fat and lower calorie I developed this recipe a while ago and it is very popular. It can be made at the last minute or rather the day before Christmas and is both easy and economical not to mention tasty.

Having looked at most luxury style Christmas puddings as well as recipes for homemade ones using traditional ingredients like suet in them I found that most provided around 600 kcals and 80g carbohydrate per portion. So I was given the challenge of developing a lower calorie and carbohydrate pudding. 
This is what I made and it makes 8 small portions and each portion provides 204kcal 43g carbohydrate, 1.4 g fat, 0.3g saturated fat and 0.3g salt.

It was quick to make and also cheap. It will not keep so make it only the day before or freeze.

200g dried mixed fruit

100ml water

10 ml red wine

1 tbsp oat bran

I tbsp black treacle

200g self raising flour

1 tsp mixed spices

1 420g can of prunes drained

1 egg

Mix the wine and water together (I just washed out a wine bottle)

Pour the dried fruit into a dish

Pour on the wine and water mixture

Leave overnight in the fridge.

This soaking step is important as it plumps up the fruit.

To this mix add the oat bran and return the dish to the fridge

Take the stones out of the prunes and puree—if you have not got a liquidiser a potato masher works well

Add to the mix, then add the treacle and mix through.

Sift together the flour and spices and add to the mix

Finally beat in the egg

If the mix seems a bit dry add a little skimmed milk

Pour into a one and a half pint basin and smooth down

Alternatively pour into 8 small basins

Put in the microwave and cook for 7 minutes on high

Take out of the microwave and let stand for 5 minutes

Cook again for 7 minutes on high and again let stand

Test the inside is cooked with a knife or skewer –if not cooked –then cook again for 5 minutes and allow to stand then check it

 The smaller puddings will cook more quickly and so will a pudding in a shallower basin

 The pudding will not keep for long so freeze it or cook a day or so before required.

 If you do not want to cook in a microwave it can be baked for an hour in a medium oven in a covered basin stood in a bowl of water.

 Serve with custard or ice cream or as it is very low in fat a little brandy butter or my current delight a really nice plain Greek style yogurt


Wednesday, 16 November 2016


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An update from Nutrition and Hydration Week

Dear Nutrition and Hydration Week Supporter
“A Global Challenge” is the strapline for the week. No matter which angle you look at it from providing food and drink in sufficient quantities to maintain quality of life is fundamental to all of us involved in health and social care regardless of where in the world we are.
Search out your colleagues in likeminded professional associations, sectors of industry, establishments or services similar to yourself and you will find it’s a small world as everyone is facing the same challenge - how do we ensure everyone receives good nutrition and hydration when they are in our care?
The mission and aims of Nutrition and Hydration Week continue to strike a chord with many involved with good nutritional care around the world.
The mission “To create a global movement that will reinforce and focus, energy, activity and engagement on nutrition and hydration as an important part of quality care, experience and safety improvement in health and social care settings.” The mission is gaining strength though your continued participation in the week activities and beyond.
A reminder of the keys aims of the week:
Highlighting Good Nutrition and Hydration Practices
Protected Mealtimes
Mealtime Matters
Nutrition Advocates/Champions for each health or social care setting
The minimum standards for good nutrition in the respective settings
Continued Education for professionals on good nutrition and hydration
To further embed The 10 Key Characteristics for Good Nutritional Care (in the UK)
Judging by the feedback many of you are working towards these aims and encompassing the mission of the week as we have seen plenty of evidence of energy, focus and engagement. The week is providing a legacy of good nutritional care and we continue to be amazed by your endeavours in promoting good nutritional care wherever you are.

We Need Your Updates
Whilst we’ve been out and about recently meeting some of you and seeing the great work you are delivering, you’ve been telling us about your initial plans for 2017’s week. It’s great to know you are planning and have set up working groups but don’t forget to drop us a line to tell us more about your plans, its promote the week and your work. A few lines will do just some we can use to say “Hey did you know xxxx have plans and this is an outline of what they are ....”
You may have seen ... (our idea?)
The results of an awards dinner conversation.............. It was thrown into the ring what is the largest scone ever made and could we beat it during the week?
The answer .............. is just short of 120Kg and 3 ft 10 inches wide and it was made in New Zealand six years ago. As a result of the comment and the support around the table plus from other caterers on the evening, the challenge is being investigated further. The social media tweets also drew a call from the other side of the world to Andy one of week’s leads saying the record couldn’t be beaten, a bit like red rag to a bull that call!
As they say investigations in to the logistics behind it are taking place before a a further formal announcement as to whether the challenge will be taken up.
We have heard ....
Our Canadian colleagues are planning a webinar about the week in February next year. Thank you for your continued support of the week and we are looking forward to your further plans too.
Contact for Newsletter items, photos, plans, ideas, any comments send them to:

Thanks as ever for all of your support

The Nutrition and Hydration Week Team
Andy Jones, Derek Johnson and Caroline Lecko


Tuesday, 15 November 2016

STARTING AGAIN --world diabetes day yesterday

I have not been blogging recently due to a broken ankle and trying to keep up with work which seems to take 10 times as long as I am still very slow with things.

Yesterday was world diabetes day  -- so I have taken this from the website  above --lots of really useful information

Welcome to the Global Diabetes Community

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