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Originally posted on ANYONE CAN COOK:

A lovely way to start the day for the hardest working person in any family A lovely way to start the day for the hardest working person in any family

Mothers all across Ireland should be getting ready for a relaxing day on Sunday. Because Mothers Day is a time for the hardest working member of any family to get some pampering.

Thankfully most of the men of Ireland are not as shy as they once were to get into the kitchen and get cooking but I still hear men say from time to time that they ‘just leave that sort of thing to the wife.’ Well, to those men I have to tell you that the kitchen is not just for eating in! And this Sunday is the perfect day to start wielding a pot and pan. The name of this blog is ‘Anyonecancook’ so I don’t want to hear any excuses!

On the blog over the next few days we are going to put up…

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Originally posted on Hurrah For Gin:

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 Happy Mother’s Day to all the imperfect Mamas out there. And to my own who was, and is, pretty perfect in every way :)


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Originally posted on Diary of a Young Lady:

Oh my gosh this year seems to be just flying by and come Sunday it will be Mothers’ Day (UK), where has the time gone? With pay day only coming on Tuesday and working 9-5  throughout the week it’s made mothers day shopping extremely hard this year. I’ve had to do all my shopping either online or in super markets which is extremely challenging; on-line products may not come in time and supermarkets don’t all ways provide the most thoughtful gifts. I’ve been in such a pickle this year but have finally managed to get my mum a few treats which I’m sure she will love. If you’re still struggling to find you mum something for Sunday I hope my gifts are able to give you a little inspiration…

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Originally posted on Lampostblog:

Dear Mum,

I always write something mushy on your card for Mother’s Day and you ALWAYS cry. This year will be no different I’m sure. Over the years I have written everything. How to say the same thing every year and not make it sound like I’m just going through the motions? Who would ever think the words ‘I love you’ aren’t enough to convey the true depth of my love for you. Just like when I write thank you in your card and try to list the ways I want to express my thanks. It never seems to cover it. Even if sometimes I can’t articulate the intensity, I hope you feel how much I love you.

You have taught me so much but what is it you have taught me?

Well I think we can say it’s not cooking and I know that annoys you. Your grandchildren are…

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Genuinely, I never expected to write this much about sugar – or lack of it. But it seems to now be a Thing That People Know About Me that I don’t, for the most part, eat sugar; although it’ll be a year in June, there’s an on-going sense of curiosity from othersand (I guess related to increasing news coverage) questions about how it all works, and why. Across my office, at least three other colleagues have started the process of ditching the stuff – though I’m pretty sure Sherri had more to do with that than I did.

In fact, Sherri and I were having a conversation about this the other day, and the question we agreed we both hear which prompted this post – and that I didn’t mention in my last – is “but what do you eatinstead?”. ‘Instead’ is a curious addition, isn’t it? I…

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Apple, pear and spinach juice

Awaken the body to a cleansing juice featuring apple, pear and spinach.

  • Ingredients
  • Nutrition


  • You’ll need a juice extractor.


  • 3 large packham pears, quartered
  • 3 large granny smith apples, quartered
  • 100g baby spinach
  • 5 fresh mint sprigs
  • Ice cubes and mint sprigs, to serve

Originally posted on Raw Awakening:


Today’s smoothie ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 tbsp ginger


  • Almond Milk: has no calories or saturated fat, but is high in healthy omega fatty acids which keep your heart healthy and prevent high blood pressure.
  • Baby Spinach: one cup of fresh spinach blended in a smoothie provides almost 200 percent of your daily recommended intake of vitamin K. Vitamin K contains bone-building nutrients that decrease the risk of osteoporosis.
  • Strawberries: love the vibrant red color of this delicious berry? This pigment is because of anthocyanins which have been shown to display antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anti-carcinogenic activities.
  • Banana: this funny fruit has high levels of tryptophan, which when consumed is converted into serotonin, a happy-mood brain neurotransmitter.
  • Ginger: has a warming effect on the body and stimulates circulation in the bloodstream.

Nutritional information:

Calories: 311 Carbs: 60 Fat: 7 Protein: 6 Sodium: 388 Sugar: 33

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Pears provide a very good source of fiber and are also a good source of vitamin B2, C, E, copper, and potassium. They

 also contain a significant amount of pectin, which is a water soluble fiber.
Pears are actually higher in pectin than apples. This makes them effective in helping to lower cholesterol levels and in toning the intestines. They are often recommended by health care practitioners as a hypoallergenic fruit that is high in fiber. They are less likely to produce an adverse response than other fruits. Pears are often recommended as a safe fruit to introduce to infants. Pears are an extraordinary source of dietary fiber when the skin is eaten along with the flesh. Pears are also an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin E, both powerful antioxidants and essential nutrients.

Pears are often recommended as a hypo-allergenic fruit that is high in fiber but less likely to produce adverse reactions. Pear juice is safe to be introduced to infants as they are mild, yet healthful.

Blood pressure: Pears have anti-oxidant and anti-carcinogen glutathione which help prevent high blood pressure and stroke.

  • Blood pressure: Pears have anti-oxidant and anti-carcinogen glutathione which help prevent high blood pressure and stroke.
  • Cancer prevention: The high vitamin C and copper content act as good anti-oxidants that protect cells from damages by free radicals.
  • Cholesterol: The high content of pectin in pears make it very useful in helping to lower cholesterol levels.
  • Colon health: When not juicing, eat the pear whole for its precious fiber that are highly beneficial for your colon health.
  • Constipation: The pectin in pears is diuretic and have a mild laxative effect. Drinking pear juice regularly helps regulate bowel movements.
  • Energy: You can get quick and natural source of energy from pear juice, due largely to its high amounts of fructose and glucose.
  • Fever: The cooling effect in pear is excellent in relieving fever. Best way to bring a fever down quickly is by drinking a big glass of pear juice.
  • Immune booster: The anti-oxidant nutrients in pears are critical in building up your immune system. Drink pear juice when you feel a cold coming.
  • Inflammation: Pear juice has an anti-inflammatory effect and helps relieve sufferers of much pain in various inflammatory conditions.
  • Osteoporosis: Pears contain high level of boron. Boron helps the body to retain calcium, thus prevents or retards osteoporosis.
  • Pregnancy: The high content of folate (folic acid) prevents neural tube defects in infants.
  • Shortness of breath: The summer heat may cause children to have shortness of breath with excessive phlegm. Drink pear juice during this period to help clear the phlegm.
  • Throat problem: The pears are in season during the summer for a reason. Drinking pear juice every morning and night helps to cool your body down during this time. It nourishes the throat and helps prevent throat problems.
  • Vocal chord: Boil two Chinese pear juice with some raw honey and drink warm. This is extremely healing for the throat and the vocal cord.
  • Fiber: Pears are an excellent source of natural dietary fiber. One pear will give you 24% of your recommended daily allowance of fiber. Fiber contains no calories, and is a necessary element of a healthy diet as it helps sustain blood sugar levels and promotes regularity.

Pectin is a type of soluble fiber that binds to fatty substances in the digestive tract and promotes their elimination. This seems to help lower blood cholesterol levels. Soluble fiber also helps regulate the body’s use of sugars.

Studies indicate that diets high in fiber may reduce the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer.

How do pears rank on the Glycemic Index?

Pears have 26 net grams of carbs. The carbohydrates in a pear are low on the glycemic index and have a low glycemic load. This basically means that the carbs in pears are slow to convert to sugar and enter the bloodstream. Pears are a good choice for getting healthy carbs.

Vitamin C:

Fresh pears are a good source for Vitamin C. One fresh pear contains 10% of the RDA for Vitamin C (also called ascorbic acid).

Vitamin C is an essential antioxidant for normal metabolism and tissue repair, and helps prevent free radical damage (destructive by-products of the body’s metabolic process). Vitamin C promotes healing of cuts and bruises and helps guard against a number of infectious diseases.


Fresh pears offer 5% of the recommended daily allowance (190 mg of potassium) per serving

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