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We’re big fans of sweet potato at SHEmazing HQ and regularly chow-down on sweet potato fries and sweet potato soup. We’ve even been known to bake sweet potato brownies. But sweet potato ice-pops……well that’s a first for us.

Wellnice Pops, a Limerick-based company founded by best mates BJ and Trín, has introduced a full range of vegetable and fruit-based ice-pops, just in time for summer. Aimed at supporting Irish people increase their intake of nutrients and micro-nutrients, the sweet potato, apple and beetroot pop, cleverly named ‘Frost Beet’ is loaded with zinc and is a great source of folic acid. What’s more it counts just 28 calories meaning we’ve finally found the healthy but fun snack we thought would never exist.

There are four ice-pop varieties in the range, all made exclusively from cold-pressed vegetables and fruits, and literally nothing else, not even water. Packed full of Vit C, Vit K and more, the pops support time-poor, young professionals to get the nutrients we need whilst on-the-go.

Co-founder of Wellnice Pops and nutritionist BJ Broderick said: “A busy lifestyle can make it really difficult to absorb the nutrients and micro-nutrients we need just to function every day. Between coffee for breakfast, skipping lunch or just grabbing a sandwich, our bodies are regularly missing out on vital nutrition.

“We are particularly passionate about helping the Irish consumer understand their nutritional needs and hope that the range not only introduces the Irish consumer to a new way of getting their required ‘7-a-day’ but also introduces them to fruits or vegetables they may not have explored before.”

Co-founder of Wellnice Pops and engineer, Trín O’Brien added:  “We have created a range we’re really proud of – it is honest in its nutritional offering, delicious in taste and built with the noble purpose of getting Ireland eating more fruit and veg.”

You go girls!

The four ice-pops in the range are:

The Wellnice Lemon Sucker at 15 calories contains only lemon, pineapple and yellow pepper and provides 88% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C, vital for protecting and maintaining cells, healthy skin, bones and cartilage. Interestingly, the body doesn’t have the ability to store Vitamin C meaning it is needed every day.

The Wellnice All Hail Kale at 20 calories contains only kale, cucumber and apples and is high in both Vitamin C and Vitamin K, a nutrient that plays a role in regulating blood clotting, building strong bones and preventing heart disease.

The Wellnice Two Carat Diamond at 23 calories contains only carrot, orange and ginger and promotes normal vision,helps to protect the immune system and aids cell reproduction.

The Wellnice Frost Beet at 34 calories contains only beetroot, apple and sweet potato, is high in zinc and is a source of folic acid. Folic acid can defend against deficiencies such as anaemia and helps the body to keep producing new cells whilst zinc helps the immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses and is needed by the body to make proteins and DNA.

Excuse us while we run to the shop to stock up!

For stockists and more information visit www.wellnicepops.ie. To join in the conversation or keep up to date with news and competitions, visit @wellnicepops or search #wellnicepops on social media.

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Throw out your aprons because all you need is a Yeezy hoodie to cook with, right Kylie Jenner?

Yep, the reality star has just added 'chef' to her CV as she debuted her new cooking show on Instagram last night.

 

the first episode of Cooking with Kylie is now up on TheKylieJenner.com & The Kylie Jenner Official App

A video posted by King Kylie (@kyliejenner) on

You can watch the full show on her app and website, where she cook sweet potato (yams, as American's call them) with marshmallows on top.

She even has a 'sous chef', Victoria, who helps her out around the kitchen.

All of her ingredients are organic and to be fair, they do look tasty when they come out of the oven.

What can't this woman do, huh? 

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Muffins! Healthy muffins for everyone! Ok fine, so perhaps not as healthy as we would like, but they make a definite improvement from devouring an entire bag of crisps in one go.

As we approach the festive season we become increasingly aware of two things. One being that attempting to maintain (or indeed start) a healthy diet at Christmas time is next to impossible, and also all anyone ever does when the weather gets rough is develop a craving for comfort foods. 

So, we found this recipe for what essential become sweet potato muffins, just without the trickier aspects of baking with vegetables.

Ingredients
4 Large Sweet Potatoes
2 Tbsp Salted Butter – Melted
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
3/4 tsp Ground Cumin
1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
12-15 Marshmallows 

Method

Carefully slice Sweet Potatoes into 1/8 inch slices – add to a large mixing bowl.

Add melted butter, coconut oil, cumin, cinnamon, and red pepper flakes. Toss to coat potato slces. Mix in the parmesan cheese.

In a greased cupcake tin stack the sweet potato chips to fill each cup. Bake in preheated oven for 50-55 minutes until tops and edges nicely brown. Remove from oven and top each stack with a marshmallow. Return to oven for 3-5 minutes – watching carefully – until the marshmallows have a light brown and have puffed up.

Remove from oven – carefully pat down each marshmallow to form a nice dome over the stack. Let cool slightly before removing from pan.

Sweet Potato Marshmallow StacksPIN IT FOR LATER: http://bit.ly/swtpotmars

Posted by Tasty on Sunday, 15 November 2015

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While creams and washes can keep acne at bay, you can actually help clear up your skin through your diet. 

What you put into your body reflects how it looks on the outside, after all.

So if you want to keep blemishes at bay, try incorporating the following foods into your diet.

Your skin will be glowing and clear in no time.

Oily fish

Oily fish like salmon or tuna provides your body with biotin, a B vitamin that produces fatty acids and metabolises amino acids. A deficiency of biotin can cause – among other things – scaly skin, which clearly, no one wants.

 

Chia seeds

Omega-3 fatty acids help maintain cell membranes by protecting the skin and also providing it with moisture. Chia seeds are rich in these fatty acids – so chomp down on a few a day.

 

Almonds

Almonds are packed with vitamin E, which helps you maintain healthy skin. As well as keeping your skin glowing, vitamin E also protects your skin from damage caused by the sun (just don't replace it for sun screen!).

 

Sweet potatoes

Eating a produce-rich diet provides your body with lots of water, which keeps your skin and cells hydrated. Loading up on colourful veg, such as sweet potatoes, has been shown to enhance your skins colour, making it bright and radiant. 

 

Sunflower seeds

These little seeds provide excellent nutrients to help your skin recover from free radicals in the environment. Eating a handful of these a day will help keep your skin glowing, while fighting away any nasty infections. 

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Sweet potatoes are just as easy to buy and easier even to prepare than regular potatoes. They are also healthier as they contain more vitamin C, more fibre and less calories.

Change up your regular dinner side dish and grab a sweet potato instead!

What you’ll need:

  • 1-2 sweet potatoes
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with parchment paper or tin foil.
  2. Peel the potatoes and cut into wedge shapes, place in a large bowl.
  3. Drizzle olive oil over the wedges and add the paprika and season well with salt and pepper.
  4. Use your hands to ensure all of the wedges are coated evenly in the oil and spice mixture, adding more of anything if you need to.
  5. Spread the wedges out onto the baking tray and place in the oven for 30mins, checking and turning every so often to ensure even cooking.
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