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Spice Your­self Slim

by Kalpna Woolf

Pav­il­ion, £16.99

Kalpna Woolf has worked with Nigella, Nigel Slater and Rick Stein, launched food fes­ti­vals, writ­ten about food, and is now en­gaged on a project to show­case the food of Bris­tol’s 91 lan­guage com­mu­ni­ties. In be­tween times, she has pro­duced this guide to in­cor­po­rat­ing po­ten­tially health­giv­ing spices into your daily diet. ‘Spices are pow­er­ful,’ says Woolf, ‘be­cause they pro­vide huge bursts of favour and give great health benefts.’ They also add zero calo­ries to a meal and can help you lose weight. That’s the the­ory – and Woolf has in­cluded a list of 10 key spices (eg turmeric, cloves, cumin, fen­nel seeds) and 100 ways to use them (magic beans and skinny pa­neer; sweet potato and spinach cakes; sumac-dusted hake with carom seed kale; spiced por­ridge) to prove it. A dose of turmeric in this smoothie may help to com­bat de­men­tia.

Su­per-boosted turmeric and black pep­per smoothie

serves 2

1 tbsp co­conut oil 1 tsp ground turmeric 2 car­rots, peeled and chopped 1 av­o­cado, peeled and stoned 75g blue­ber­ries hand­ful of kale, chopped 200ml co­conut or al­mond milk ½ tsp ground black pep­per

In a bowl, mix the co­conut oil and turmeric to make a paste. Add it to the other in­gre­di­ents and blend un­til smooth.

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