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Staying healthy in summer

Posted by admin in Food, Givingtreesnacks, Health, Mindful | 0 comments

11.08.16

1238742_10151587827986227_622587189_n So you've spent the upcoming months (or perhaps a couple weeks) worshipping green juices, chia puddings and quinoa salads and slaving away in the gym in hope for your ideal beach body. You have been on a role keeping the 80:20 lifestyle and way of eating; having kept drinking for the weekends only (Thursday's do count as the weekend..). However, it seems that all this hard work is then threatened by the minute that holiday feeling strikes on the onset of the odd British heat wave, or even more so when we are holidaying abroad. At home, festival food trucks, BBQ's and pimms infiltrate the social scene whilst multiple rounds of gelato and pina coladas are our vice when travelling abroad. The temptation to binge and regress on the slippery slope of sugar and salt saturation is imminent, especially once once glass of rose has been consumed and you proceed to feel the drunken munchies. pimms_04 Of course, a balance of treats is necessary especially when you are on holiday. However, the feeling of sluggishness and bloating is all too familiar post day drinking and feasting. It is surprisingly easy to slip into an unhealthy cycle of continuous indulgence which may leave you stranded back to square one, far off from the healthy vision your ever had. Therefore, whether you are enjoying the sun abroad or just at home, here are some ways to keep on track with your body (and mind) and tips to be mindful of in keeping a healthy lifestyle over the summer months.

Don't be lazy!

200259790-001 When the sun is out, the thought of working out in the gym may be highly unappealing. So why not maintain your fitness outdoors? Start off your day the right way by going for a run in the morning. This will stimulate your metabolism as well as giving you the 'running high' due to the happy hormones that are released. The benefits are reaped as you are mentally and physically better set up for the day; an excuse to eat as much as you want at the family BBQ! surfing-barry-pics-2-186-e1427739794161 Understandably, a strenuous workout will not be prioritised (unless you are Kayla Itsines) when holidaying in the Caribbean. However, before you idly lady on the lounger to sunbathe all day with a cocktail in hand, you should make time to keep active and take full advantage of the environment around you. This is a great way to balance out indulgent meals and reduce bloating from the sugary drinks you may be having. If you are on a city break, choose the most active option to walk sight seeing rather than public transport if possible. This may seem like common sense, but it can be easy to become lazy and lethargic when hot weather takes over.

Be mindful of empty calories

Mason-Jar-Mojitos-finished4 It's 3pm and before you know it, you've sipped through too many cocktails to count. As delicious as pimms, pina colada and fruity Rekorderlig can be, these drinks are consumed as empty calories due to their high sugar content but very low nutritional value. What's more, they do nothing for your hangover the next day. Counting calories is considered prehistoric when practiced as a means for dieting. However, one should be aware that cocktails such as pina coladas, long island ice tea and margarita can contain up to 780 calories! be-healthy-alcohol-calories-151204a It is important to keep in mind the drinks which are more calorific than others. Consider swapping your tonic water for slimline or sofa to effectively lower the amount of empty calories you are consuming. Asking for less sugar in cocktails is another simple way to reduce your sugar intake. The result is a refreshing drink that is still delicious. Moderation is key.   calories

H2O

It is very difficult to not eat with our eyes at first glance at of a BBQ spread of food. There are a few ways to help pace your speed of eating vast amounts of food which firstly involves quenching any pangs of false hunger to cause to think you are hungry when you are actually thirsty. Drink plenty of water prior to having a meal. bbq-summer-food-spread Drinking too much alcohol can result in dehydration, leading to a pounding headache the next day. Avoid feeling faint or light headed by drinking water in between alcoholic drinks and plenty especially if the temperatures are high.  

Remember SPF

sunscreenissexy-feat-prime-750x400 Forgetting to put SPF on even on cloudy days exposes your skin to free radicals and harmful UVA and UVB rays. In extreme cases, staying out in the sun for too long without sunscreen can result in skin damaging burns and heat stroke.  

BBQ season is here – the perfect BBQ tips

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06.05.16

It's official. Summer is well and truly on its way, so it's time to dust off the barbecue and prepare to hot-foot it to the supermarket meat aisle.The sun is out and so thoughts naturally turn to eating - and cooking - al fresco.

Don't just throw a few boring bangers on the barbecue though: a simple marinade can transform even the cheapest cuts of meat, while vegetables like asparagus and peppers are also delicious when grilled.

British summers may be a bit of a running joke in terms of the weather, but we Brits certainly know how to make the most of whatever sunny days we are blessed with, and our love of a good barbecue is a prime example.

CLEAN AND OIL THE BBQ

Before and after every session, you should clean and oil your grill. Get it nice and hot to burn off any crud, then, using tongs, rub over with a kitchen towel dipped in a light cooking oil. This keeps your grill hygienic as well as helping prevent food from sticking to the bars.

GET IN THE ZONE

Set up your BBQ so you have two cooking zones, one directly over the flames for searing, the other cooler to allow the meat to cook through indirectly. You can cook anything from sausages and burgers through to whole joints of meat this way. With a charcoal grill, just pile your coals to one side. With a gas grill, keep the burners medium-high on one side and low-off on the other.

BE PATIENT

True BBQ takes time and patience. The meat is done when it's done – don't try to rush things. When grilling, learn to control your fire and keep the heat consistent. Keep a spritz bottle full of water handy and douse flames that start getting out of hand.

And definitely don't squeeze. Once you've put the meat on the grill, just leave it. You should only turn once or twice through cooking. Squashing burgers and steaks down on the grill just squeezes out all the lovely the juice and causes flare-ups.

LEAVE SAUCES 'TIL THE END

BBQ sauces and glazes have a high sugar content that will burn very quickly and go bitter. Cook your meat through and then glaze/sauce towards the end and allow to go sticky over indirect heat.

BUY A THERMOMETER

Overcooking is as sinful as undercooking. Invest in a good instant read thermometer – so you know the exact temperature of the meat – and take away the guesswork. You'll always know the chicken is cooked through and you'll be able to serve up the perfect medium-rare steak.

SMOKE IT OUT

Smoke is a seasoning so learn to add subtle smoke flavour to your food. Wrap woodchips up in a couple of layers of thick foil and pierce a few times before throwing onto the grill over the gas burners. With a charcoal BBQ, just throw the chips straight onto the coals and close the lid. Our favourite woods to smoke with are cherry, pecan and hickory.

GIVE IT A RUB

Meat, and meat alternatives benefit from a generous seasoning prior to cooking. This base rub will work well particularly on pork, quorn or chicken. Use this is a starting point to develop your own, according to the flavours you enjoy.

4tbsp paprika

2tbsp salt

1tbsp celery salt or garlic powder

2tbsp white sugar

22 tbsp brown sugar

2tbsp cumin

2tbsp chilli powder

2tbsp black pepper

1tbsp cayenne pepper or chipotle

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and store in an air tight container.

Finally what better to serve BBQ food than a delicious salad, see this recipe below..   jamie  
  • 1 kg Jersey Royals
  • 2 bunches of fresh mint
  • 1 red onion
  • 200 g cornichon
  • 250 ml red wine vinegar
  • olive oil

Method

Scrub the potatoes, pick and finely chop the mint, reserving the stalks, then peel and thinly slice the onion. Slice the cornichons into strips. Cook the Jersey Royals and mint stalks in a saucepan of salted boiling water for about 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Drain and leave to cool in the colander (for the best flavour, avoid cooling the potatoes by rinsing in cold water). While potatoes are cooling, place the onion in a bowl, pour over the red wine vinegar and leave to marinate. Once potatoes are cool enough to handle, crush them slightly with your hands into a large salad bowl, drain and add the onions along with the cornichons and mint. Season, add a splash of oil and serve.