A Runner’s New Best Friend: The Beurer PM200+ Running companion…

A Runner’s New Best Friend: The Beurer PM200+ Running companion…

Beurer PM200+ Set


What is it?
This little fitness gadget tells you just about everything you would want to know about your run. It goes beyond the usual running app or heart rate monitor kit (which it does also include) and tracks your progress – distance, speed, time, calories, altitude and pace.

How does it work?
After downloading the app, you insert the small square piece of technology  into the headphone socket of your smartphone. It also comes with a heart rate monitor, which feeds the information straight back to your phone where it is recorded and a specially designed arm band holder so that your hands are free to concentrate on your work-out.

What’s it good for?
It’s perfect for the running fanatic who wants to really track their training, or anyone looking to increase their fitness levels. It is the ultimate self-improvement companion in that way. It is also very easy to set up and takes no time at all. I loved the weekly updates on how my training is going and would certainly recommend it to anyone taking on a racing challenge that they are training for.

Where do I get one?
The Beurer PM200+ smartphone runner’s kit is priced at £79.99 and is available from Argos.

 Beurer PM200+ with smartphone



Simple, Summer, Strawberry Salad

recipe by Saskia Gregson-Williams

Summer is the perfect time to add in more fresh greens and vegetables to your diet. As the weather gets hotter and the sun shows it face more and more, our bodies start to crave fresher, sweeter tastes. Adding a bit of natural berry sweetness satisfies your post-lunch sweet tooth and you won’t find yourself longing for that habitual cube of chocolate, sounds good no?

Serves 2


4 handfuls green salad leaves

1 cup strawberries, sliced

1/2 cucumber, diced

1 avocado, cubed

1/4 cup mint, minced


Juice 1 lemon

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Salt & pepper to taste

Prepare all ingredients for salad and place in a mixing bowl. Combine all ingredients for the dressing. Toss well and serve!

Summer Cleanse: The pros and cons of going on a detox

 Juicing cleanse sceptic, Francesca Londoño-Brasington, is converted after discovering the benefits of going on a detox

At long last Summer has arrived taking us by surprise after the coldest Spring in 50 years. Gone are the numerous layers of jumpers, black tights, jeans and scarves – bikini season is well and truly upon us and those limbs are out to be seen! With that in mind, many of us who are looking for a healthy summer regime to kickstart this with a detoxing cleanse. Google the word ‘cleanse’ or ‘detox’ and hundreds of sites pop up offering diet plans/juice plans with promises of losing weight and feelings of happiness and vitality. But why are these cleanses suddenly so popular and do we really need to cleanse and detox our system?

The theory behind cleansing is to eliminate all the toxins that have built up in our systems from our every day lives. So simply put; a detox. Each day we absorb thousands of toxins from environmental pollution, food additives and pesticides to cleaning and cosmetic products. These toxins put our body under stress and often mean we become run down and ill. Different companies offer different types of cleanse but the most commonly known are cleanses that offer a juice plan which are said to rid the body of these toxins and restore it back to normality.

As part of my own research into cleansing, I was offered to trial a cleanse from Raw to Door. I have always been a bit of cleansing sceptic and I wasn’t sure if it would be for me, I like to eat! Plus I’d always wondered whether it was actually worth all the hype. However, after researching Raw to Door I thought I’d give it a go especially because I really liked the philosophy behind the company. Raw to Door is a cleansing company set up by Natasha Davey, a passionate healthy eater and foodie. After being uninspired by the cleanses available on the market, she decided to go alone and subsequently devised juice plans with a nutritionist, whereupon Raw to Door was born.  Along with the juices, Natasha already a keen cook, developed her culinary skills further and reinvented herself as a vegan cook which she has incorporated into the Raw to Door cleanse. Natasha’s main aim was to offer appealing, healthy juices and food that not only looked good but tasted good.  And I can verify, they truly do taste good! Over the years, Raw to Door have developed four different types of cleanse, three of which involve juicing only and a fourth gentler one which I opted for; Raw to Four. This involves juicing throughout the day followed by a vegan supper in the evening. All the food is organic, wheat, gluten and dairy free and may I add, absolutely delicious!

My main reason for being cynical about cleansing is because of the juicing process –  I’d always wondered how the juices remained fresh especially since I’d read that fruits begin to lose their nutrients as soon as they’d been squeezed. However Natasha explained that Raw to Door use a Norwalk Juicer which grinds then hydraulically presses using limited heat meaning the juice oxidation process is slower. The slow oxidisation rate gives the juices a longer shelf life proved by the fact the juices do not change colour. Also Raw to Door ensure the juices are immediately bottled and then kept chilled. This method yields 3-5 times more nutrients and enzymes than other methods and allows them to deliver a three day supply to clients with a four day shelf life.  This is unlike a home juice which you’d have to drink straight away for any benefits. Natasha is also keen to ensure her suppliers only bring her the freshest produce.

Another reason I hadn’t initially been convinced by cleansing, is that eating fruit and vegetables is supposed to be much better than juicing as you get more fibre from the whole fruit. Again, Natasha helped to dispel my concerns by reiterating that juicing provides far more nutrients in one go rather than eating a single piece of fruit. There is no way you can eat enough raw fruit and vegetables to get the same quantity. Plus the juice is quickly absorbed into your blood stream within 10-15minutes penetrating and restoring the cells. And yes, fibre is lost from juicing but the point is to give the body easily digestible food so it can use all energy on repairing the body. This really reassured me and made me feel like I was doing my body a lot of good whilst drinking the juice.

After having my worries put to rest, I felt incredibly inspired whilst cleansing as I knew I was feeding my body with vast amounts of vitamins and minerals.  Plus Raw to Door had a wide variety of juices and meals and I neve had the same meal twice, which made it more interesting However I do believe it’s important to research the company before signing up to the cleanse as not every cleanse will offer such fantastic, nutritious products and it’s essential to know what you’re consuming. Based on my experience, I’ve listed a few Pros and Cons which you might like to consider before embarking on your own cleanse:


With a company like Raw to Door, it’s incredibly easy – there’s no shopping involved, all the juices and supplies are delivered directly to your door.  This also makes it quite exciting as each box is different so you never know what you’re going to get.

You sleep really well. I really noticed I didn’t have that wired feeling before going to sleep – I felt incredibly relaxed and slept deeply each night. I’m sure part of this was the fact that my body wasn’t getting it’s usual caffeine fix and it has since inspired me to cut down my caffeinated green and breakfast tea to herbal teas.

You feel great and virtuous. I remember waking up early on a Sunday morning for a run – I really appreciated making the most of the early sunshine and it was fantastic feeling so good!

It gives you a chance to be a bit inventive when socialising with friends – obviously nothing that involves alcohol or food! As well as exercise classes and running after work with friends, I did some cultural activities including a Shakespeare/Dickens London Walking tour which was brilliant!


You need to plan carefully and organise a cleanse for a week when you aren’t busy, if your job involves socialising which mine does, this can be very tricky.

You can experience ‘detox’ symptoms such as tiredness and an upset stomach.

You have to have a lot of will-power as it can be repetitive and ultimately can get rather boring.


Many doctors are anti-cleansing as they believe the body is capable of detoxing itself. On the one hand, although this may be true, in this day and age, we subject our bodies to much more than they were designed for. We do eat processed food containing additives and e-numbers, drink alcohol amongst other bad habits and none of these things our body was designed to cope with, in-effect we are over-polluting our bodies. I therefore believe that from time to time, it might be a good idea to give your body a rest, a chance for it to heal and regenerate. I believe a gentle cleanse, like the Raw to Four option, is enough and offers the body all the optimum vitamins and nutrients.  A more intense cleanse might be reserved for a special occasion like a holiday or a wedding; something you want to look and feel amazing for.  Cleanses are tough but the upside is that you feel great and sleep well. Don’t go it alone if you can help it, having a cleansing buddy always makes it much easier.


If you only do one thing this week… Juice one of these five foods to this Summer

Our Top Five Foods to Juice this Summer


Cleansing Celery: A member of the parsley family, celery is fantastic for stimulating the kidneys and flushing out toxins. Three celery sticks makes up just one of the five recommended daily portions of fruit and veg – so be generous with it when juicing. It’s full of B-vitamins which are great for energy, and particularly important for women and you may be surprised to learn that it is also full of vitamin C too. It’s high in water content which makes it a good veggie to juice!

Skin-loving Strawberries: Strawberries are believed to enhance liver and gallbladder functions, and use to be the traditional way in which someone was treated for kidney stones and arthritis. Also packed full of vitamin C, the strawberry is considered a major skin-enhancer as this vital vitamin is essential for the manufacture of collagen – the stuff that makes skin youthful and wrinkle-free. Strawberries also contain ellagic acid, a phytochemical proven to help destroy toxins found in pollution and cigarette smoke, so we urge you city slickers to pile your juicer full of them.

Balancing Lemon: Although many think of lemons as acidic, lemons in fact have a very alkalising effect on the body. Used in Roman times to sweeten breath, lemon’s are still highly regarded as one of the most versatile fruits of all. Lemons contain limonene, a chemical that has been shown to slow the rate of cancer growth. Adding them to juices is a great way to get eat them as their bitter flavour is masked and often, bizarrely, adds a sweet element to green based juices.

Cool Cucumber: Full of water, just like the strawberry, the cucumber is known for it’s skin healing properties. But perhaps what you don’t know is that cucumber is great for you once you have had a tummy bug as it is so rehydrating and contains a bunch of vitamins and minerals too. Fresh cucumber juice is known to help alleviate acid reflux and indegestion and is also useful in the treatment of gum disease.

Cheery Cherries: Cherries get less air time than other fruit but there is no reason why. These sweet little summer treats are potent free-radical fighters due to their flavonoid content. Cherries are also thought to be excellent detoxifiers and are a rich source of quercetin a strong anti-inflammatory, which helps relieve painful joints.

Image by Sam Folan.

Fat Facts: We interview nutritionist, Hayley, on the fats we should all be eating

words by Helen Carr

We are constantly bombarded with advertising for “low fat” products, sworn to make you lose weight but enjoy your favourite foods. But what if it is not the fat in foods that actually make you fat? And what if increasing your fat intake can actually make you slimmer healthier and happier?

We automatically associate the word ‘fat’ with being fat, the word that has struck fear into our hearts since the 1970’s when obesity was rising in the US and the “low fat” craze began. However, thirty years later levels of diabetes, obesity, IBS, and cancer have become higher and we have stopped eating fat. This is because the “low fat” options are laden with sugar. For example, a popular branded fruit flavoured fat free yoghurt has 19 grams of sugar in a 4 oz. pot. That is nearly a whopping 5 teaspoons of sugar. Sugar is the biggest killer, the white poison. It fuels cancer cells, and we are addicted. Unlike sugar, fat does not make us fat this is SUCH a misunderstanding as we need fat in our diet to absorb nutrients, fight off infection and for essential repair to our body.

We talk to Hayley Stafford-Smith who is training as a Nutritional Therapist and is determined to re-educate the world about fat, she discusses the benefits of a full fat diet and how it can make you glow!

Why do you think there is such a misconception about fat?

I think the diet plans of the 80s, 90s and 00s have a lot to answer for. These approaches vilified the ‘calorie’ and because high fat foods tend to be larger sources of calories fat was, and still is, seen as bad. In my opinion these diet plans, which are often filled with hidden sugar, are a primary cause of (rather than solution to) the UK’s weight problem. Low calorie ‘diets’ tend to discount nutrition. Good fats are an important part of a nutritious diet and a nutritious diet supports life, promotes vitality and maintains healthy weight – no calorie counting required.

What is the difference between good fats and bad fats?

At this point I would like to quote Udo Erasmus from his ‘Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill’, a book I’d highly recommend.

‘The fact is that some fats are absolutely required for good health, while others are detrimental. Some fats heal and others kill. Whether a fat heals or kills depends on several factors: What kind of fat is it? How has it been treated – is it fresh, has it been exposed to light, oxygen, heat, hydrogen, water, acid, base or metals like copper and iron? How old it is? How has it been used in food preparation? How much was eaten? What balance of different fats do we get?’

 In a nutshell the fat we consume can come from 3 sources:

1) Essential fatty acids

2) Saturated fats (natural animal fats including meat and dairy products)

3) Hydrogenated trans-fats (processed fats).

Needless to say that group 3 should be avoided like the plague (margarine is possibly one of the most dangerous and polluting things we can eat) whilst the rest of our fat intake should follow a basic 75 percent essential fatty acid, and 25% saturated fats rule.

Purists would advocate banishing group 2 altogether but for many reasons, including the fact that they can taste wonderful, I would not advocate this. Our cell membranes are made up of 50% essential fatty acids. The cells in our brains are made up of approximately 60% essential fatty acids. Therefore, it makes sense that these essential fatty acids dominate our fat intake!

What sort of foods should we eat that include these good fats?

Essential fatty acids include the omegas, particularly 3 and 6, as our bodies cannot manufacture these on their own. Omegas can be found in foods such as avocados, nuts, oily fish, seeds and certain oils such as olive, walnut and linseed. Essential fatty acids are liquid at room temperature and therefore, as you can imagine, pass smoothly round our system, in and out of our cells with ease rather than clogging our systems up, which is what gloopy saturated fats and hydrogenated fats do.

How do we get started with a good fat lifestyle?

So there is a quite a lot to consider but most of the UK are beginners at this approach to eating so I’d advocate sticking to the 75 percent essential fatty acids and 25 percent saturated fats, no hydrogenated fats rule and learn to walk before we can run. It’s good to really read the label of anything you buy and try to stick to fresh organic dairy, meat and fish. If you don’t know what it is, I’d avoid it.

As a nutritionist what foods are staple in your diet, and what do you think is a healthy diet?

I think that it’s important to map goodness over taste & enjoyment and I find that southern European diets do this effortlessly. Good food is beautiful when people are happy to be eating it; when it brings pleasure. The foods I probably consume most of are good quality bread, pasta, homemade when possible, lots of garlic, onions of all kinds, olive oil, salads, rice (white and brown depending on the dish, vegetables, potatoes, sweet and white, cheese, fresh and dried herbs, fish, well-sourced meat, beans, porridge, whole milk, pumpkin seeds and, seasonal fruit, and lots of water! Red wine and coffee also feature sometimes- remember that life is for living too and sometimes our minds need to indulge even if our bodies don’t!

Avocado Boats stuffed with Hummus & Carrot, Goji Berry and Ginger Sauce

recipe by Saskia Gregson-Williams

We have gone a bit mad for avocados lately. They are so full of goodness, including great skin enhancing fats, that we find it hard to go a day without one. For a simple but different way to eat them try this recipe!

Serves 4


2 avocados

4 handfuls of leafy greens

8 tbsp hummus

For the Sauce:

2 small carrots (makes 1/2 a cup when chopped)

1/4 cup goji berries, soaked in warm water until plump

1cm knob ginger

juice 1/2 a lemon

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp water

Wash and chop the carrots into small cubes, peal the ginger and place in a blender with all other ingredients for the sauce. Blend for 3 minutes or until combined well, but still chunky. Then, place a handful of leafy greens on 4 plates (we told you that this was simple). Half and de-skin the avocado, spoon in 2 tbsp of hummus into each avocado and place on the bed of greens. Finally pour 1/4 of the sauce mixture in and around the avocado boat and enjoy!











Health Speak with Hayley Gait Golding, Founder of Super Healthy Snacks, Bear & Urban Fruit

Health Speak with Hayley Gait Golding, Founder of Super Healthy Snacks, Bear & Urban Fruit

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Hayley Gait Golding is 32 and Founder of yummy healthy treats BEAR and Urban Fruit made of nothing other than 100% pure fruit. It is the fastest growing healthy snack brand in the UK, loved by both kids and adults. BEAR adult fruit nibbles are particularly loved by grownups! We pick her wonderful healthy brain about snacking, start ups and staying young…

What is the first thing you do in the morning?
I drink more tea than is probably good for me and answer my early emails from all our farmers in the far east.

What do eat for breakfast?
Porridge and freshly chopped up fruit. A proper bears breakfast.

What is your work place like?
Our address is ‘BEAR’s big cave, deepest darkest woods…We’ve transformed an underground office in the city into a woodland cave with real wood carved out trees, bears, birds, and bees everywhere. Our meeting table is our favourite, it’s a big upturned oak carved into a picnic table for our meetings. We work hard at BEAR but love to find ways to make it really fun.

What do you eat for lunch?
I try and take my lunch to work but something like soup or tuna salad and lots and lots of fruit.

Do you snack?
It’s my job to snack. I do all our fruit picking and new product development so I’m constantly nibbling on the latest BEAR snack. It’s all healthy so I don’t worry about it.

What do you have for supper?
I eat a really simple diet of veggies and lean meat like fish or free range chicken. My gran thinks it’s awful when she comes for Christmas dinner as the amount of veggies we eat as a family is a bit disproportionate.

What made you start BEAR?
I founded BEAR because I was passionate about making snacking a whole lot healthier and tastier too. At the time I was a personal trainer and all my clients were struggling to find healthy tasty snacks without all the nonsense they could fit in with their busy lives. They were also shocked how much the ones for their kids were laden with added sugars and preservatives or made from concentrates instead of real fruit. I wanted BEAR to be the trusted favourite for the whole family and be made from great ingredients you could pick in a field or up a tree.

How does it feel owning your own business?
It’s amazing, I have to pinch myself every now and then to check it all really happened. It hasn’t been easy and there have been a lot of sacrifices in other parts of my life, like having time for friends has been tough, but I think all the stresses and diverse situations I’ve had to face have made me more capable.

What do you enjoy about BEAR the most?
I enjoy the fact that it’s fun and it celebrates healthy in a happy positive way. The best thing (in the whole wide woods) are the lovely letters and emails we get in the cave every day from people who eat bear and write to tell us how much they love our snacks and 100 fun fact cards you get inside of every pack of Yoyos (pure fruit rolls). I also love the fact I get to travel the world to work with all of our farmers and find the very best in season fruit.

How do you keep fit?
I love running so I do a loop from my house on the Southbank around the river Thames about 4 or 5 times a week if I can fit it in. This year I’ve also started doing yoga and I’m really enjoying that. The tricky part is fitting in fitness when I’m travelling, which is quite often these days but I always take my trusty trainers and so have managed to grab some memorable runs through places like a safari park in South Africa, up and down a remote aeroplane landing strip and through the streets of Bangkok; which I think on reflection probably did my lungs more damage than good!

What keeps you young?
Hopefully my expensive face cream. If not I’m going to send them an invoice in 10 years’ time.

Which three celebrities (dead or alive) would you invite to dinner?  David Attenborough to tell me great stories about the world…I’d have to mull over the others… I’m not really into celebrities.

What is your biggest luxury in life?
Honestly it is fruit. I spend far too much money on fruit and have a bit of a compulsion to buy everything that looks tasty even if I’m well stocked. I get a bit too excited when I travel and buy enormous bags of rambutans and mangosteens. I try and bring them back to the cave for the team to try too.

What three things can’t you live without?
Fruit, tea and exercise.

What gets you up in the morning?

And what do you go to bed thinking about?
I’m usually mulling over something creative we’re doing in the cave like making the new fact cards. That means my brains full of random facts like did you know if takes the average person 7 minutes to fall asleep?

What motto do you live by?
Be fearless

Our New Workout Legging Obsession: Hey Jo

This just in: workout wear doesn’t have to be boring. We have fallen head over heals for boutique active leggings brand, Hey Jo, and think you will too. Not only do they come in an array of rainbow colours (you have to be fairly bold to pull off the orange) but the leggings don’t fade and are durable too. Detailed with gold zips, my favourite of their two styles is the Cassini, which has both a useful but discreet pocket on the bottom (perfect for keys, credit card etc.) and a zip at the bottom of the leg. Although they don’t have a huge choice on style, what Hey Jo do, they do well. The leggings are not just for work-out time but for play time too, so you can literally go from sweating to socialising in a matter of minutes. But we do suggest showering first.

Visit http://hey-jo.co/store/ for more info

Health Speak with Olympic Heptathlon Athlete, Katarina Johnson Thompson: Find out how she stays so focussed

Hip & Healthy chats to the gorgeous olympic athlete, who can run, jump, throw, train five days a week and still keep a balance in life, and she’s only 20… Rising star? We think so…

Talk us through a normal training day/week for you?
Because my event is the Heptathlon there are seven disciplines to train for, which means every day is different. Monday I do a gym session, then the rest of the week I work through each event from shot put, to running, long jump then high jump, as well as a sprint sessions.

What inspired you to forge out a career in athletics?
I got into athletics when I was young and really took to it. When you are good at something as a child you just want to continue to work at it, because you enjoy it and so you can get better and better. I decided I wanted it to be my career only last year after the Olympics. It was my first major competition and competing in front of a large home crowd made me realise it had to be my career.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Definitely the London Olympics, it is inevitable for any athlete that the Olympics is the pinnacle of their career and it being a home Games made it even more special.

What do you find hardest about your training?
I find it hardest when I am injured and actually not being able to train, particularly in the summer throughout the competition season. Out of all of my training I find running sessions the hardest.

What is your diet like? Strict? Relaxed? Talk us through a day in the life of your food habits!
I have a plan but it isn’t strict, I just try and eat the right things and ensure everything I eat gives me value to help me in my sport. Moderation and balance is really important.

What keeps you focused?
Music when I am competing. When I am in the warm up area I have a set playlist I listen to, the same one every time and in the same order, I don’t ever put it on shuffle. I have a system, fast songs when you are warming up and slow when you are stretching.

My goals keep me focused and they make it easier to train hard and put your body through pain if you know what you are doing it for. I think everyone finds this, whether you’re a professional athlete or not. The Nike Training Club App for example is great because it gives you targets to work towards and rewards you when you hit them.

The right training kit also helps me to keep focused I am currently wearing the Nike Dri FIT Knit Tank. It’s made of a seamless knit fabric that allows me to move more with no distractions as it is really comfortable and moves with me as I move.

Do you ever have off days?
I train 4 – 5 days a week, the rest days are very important to me to ensure I recover post training.

What are you training for at the moment?
The European Under 23s in Finland in July and the World Championships in Moscow later this summer. Both are really important for my development this year and are in the back of my mind all the time when I’m training.

How does it feel to be so successful in your career at such a young age?
It was very hard to get through the Olympic qualifiers in the Heptathlon, as you have to be strong across seven events. Last year I pushed myself because I knew competing in a home Games was a once in a lifetime opportunity. It definitely what pushed me to be successful.

What is your moto?
When competing I think ‘you can’t be nervous, you just have to give it the best you’ve got’. I always take one event at a time and focus on the present.

How do you relax?
I spend time at home with my family and have regular DVD boxset marathons. At the moment I am watching Breaking Bad as I just finished the entire series of Lost.

Image: Katarina trains in Nike Dri-FIT Knit, a new apparel innovation which features seamless knit fabric for zero distraction. www.facebook.com/NikeTrainingClubUK

Raw Fig Tart Recipe: Not to be missed

Raw Fig, Orange and Lime Tart with a Coconut Cashew Crust

For the crazily good crust:

1 cup cashews (soaked overnight or for atleast 4 hours)

1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

4 medjool dates (soaked in warm water)



6 fresh black figs

1/2 an orange segmented

juice of 1/2 lime

1/4 cup cashews (soaked overnight or for atleast 4 hours )

Blend all ingredients for the crust. Line a springform baking tin with parchment paper and press the crust mixture in to a medium circle, moulding from the sides up.

Then blend all the ingredients for the filling. Pour evenly into crust and place in the freezer to set, overnight or until the filling is solid. Remove, let thaw for 10-15 minutes and dish up much to your guests’ delight.


Healthy Seasonal Rhubarb & Strawberry Fool with Creamy Cashew Yumminess

Serves 4

Rhubarb compote:
2 cups rhubarb, diced
1 cup strawberries, chopped
Juice 1 orange
2 tbsp agave syrup/ honey
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup water

Method: in a saucepan combine the rhubarb, water, agave, vanilla and orange juice. Add the rhubarb and place on medium heat for 5-8 minutes to allow the rhubarb to stew. When you can feel it has softened, add the strawberries and continue to cook for another 3 minutes. Transfer into a large bowl and allow it to cool.

Cashew Cream:
1/2 cup cashews, soaked
1 cup water
3 medjool dates, soaked if hard

* If you don’t have time to soak your cashews, boil a kettle and pour over the cashews, let sit for 60 seconds and drain.

Method: Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth.

To compile:
Simply place 1/4 of the compote mixture into each serving dish or glass, top with 1/4 of the cream mixture. Scatter with cinnamon and strawberries to garnish.