Blueberries a great source of immune-boosting vitamin C. @keelingsfruits









Let’s talk colour! Orange fruits and veg are often associated with vitamin C, but the purple kinds are also a great source of the immune-boosting vitamin.

Recipe: Zesty Bean Salad

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Cleveland Clinic

A diet loaded with plant-based foods, such as this tasty dish, can help you feel fuller for longer and stay at a healthy weight.

Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, including beans, is linked with a lower risk of lung, oral, esophageal, stomach and colon cancer. It’s unclear yet which components protect the most against cancer, so enjoy a variety of whole foods naturally rich in nutrients.

Eating a diet loaded with these plant-based foods, such as this tasty dish, can help you stay at a healthy weight. Fill at least two-thirds of your plate with vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans.


1 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed (or your favorite beans)
1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 cup fresh or frozen edamame
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (or your favorite flavor-infused oil – try garlic or ginger!)
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
½ cup chopped shallots or red onion
1 tablespoon fresh chopped garlic (or more to taste)
1 cup grated carrots
1 cup grated cucumbers
1 cup thinly sliced bell peppers (choose a variety of colors)
Handful of chopped flat-leaf Italian parsley
Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. The longer it sits, the better it will taste!
  2. Serve as-is or over field greens.

Nutritional information per serving

Makes 8 servings

Calories 206
Total fat 6g
Saturated fat 0.8g
Fiber 7g
Sugar 5.6g
Protein 10g
Sodium 154.8mg
Calcium 68mg
Magnesium 61.3m
Potassium 519mg

Black Cherry Oatmeal Bars Recipe

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Oatmeal bars (or just oats in general) are great for boosting your energy and giving you a much-needed top up of fibre, known to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. And apart from being full of health-benefits, added with flavours of cinnamon and vanilla, these oatmeal bars make a tasty snack to eat on the go anywhere.


  • 2 sticks (226g) unsalted room temp butter
  • 2 x 2/3 cups of white sugar
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp grounded cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2/3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 big jar black cherry preserve


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350ºF / 175ºC.
  2. Grease a baking pan (I used a 20 x 20 cm / 8 x 8 in) with butter and leave to the side.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar together really well.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  5. Press half of the mixture into the bottom of the baking pan.
  6. Spread the preserves over it in an even layer.
  7. Crumble the remaining mixture, with your hands, over the raspberry preserves.
  8. Bake for 40 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.
  9. Cool completely before cutting.

If you can’t get hold of any Black Cherry preserve then it’s just as easy to make your own – if not easier as you don’t need to leave the house! All you need is pitted black cherries, sugar and lemon. Glaze the cherries with sugar and leave for a couple of hours then simmer on a low heat for 1 hour.

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