Flavour of the Month
Each fruit and vegetable has a prime time when it's at its seasonal best. This means they tend to be cheaper and taste better.
May recipe ideas
The flavours of the month for May are Rhubarb and Asparagus. Below are some tasty recipes for you to try!
Move it and lose it
Sue's tasty beetroot cake recipe from the final week of the weight loss workshop:
A healthy diet is all about getting the right balance of nutrients. Sometimes that can be difficult to work out when you are thinking about what to cook for dinner or what to put in a lunch box, so here are a few simple recipes to try out at home.
Also remember to try and add in your five a day portions of fruit and vegetables and keep an eye on your portion sizes.
What counts as a portion?
Some examples of a portion are:
- 80g of fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables
- 30g of dried fruit
- 150ml glass of fruit juice or a smoothie
How can I fit 5 portions into one day?
It is a lot easier than it sounds! To start you can add some dried fruit, such as apricots or raisins, to your cereal and this will count as 1 portion. Alternatively you could swap your morning treat for a piece of fruit, and add a side salad to your lunch. Finally, have a portion of vegetables with your dinner and for dessert have some fresh fruit on its own or paired with a low fat yogurt.
Drink plenty of water!
With the current high temperatures it is more important than ever to stay hydrated. Water is a healthy option and cheaper way of getting your fluids. There are numerous benefits of drinking water daily. Here are some fun facts about water:
- Drinking water stops headaches and dizziness
- Lack of water can cause daytime fatigue
- Water helps with weight loss - it naturally reduces your appetite
- It helps to clear your skin
- It helps to fight infection as it flushes toxins out of our bodies
If you're looking for healthy snacks to eat during the day try a handful of mixed nuts (unsalted) or seeds. A banana or oatcakes spread with peanut or cashew butter is also a great healthy snack. Click here for more healthy snack ideas.