Lose weight without dieting

Foods
Many people say that they have put on weight during the past year, often due to lockdown. It may be that now you are ready to get back to where you need to be but dread the thought of starting a diet. It is not a great idea for our bodies to be subjected to strict yo-yo diets as this can have a huge impact on our blood sugars and hormones. These affect a lot of the other processes in our bodies so you may find that you start to experience other issues. Instead of thinking of it as a diet you need to try and find a new normal when it comes to food. Often when you start to change your diet to eat more natural foods, less sugar and less processed meals you will find that not only do you lose weight naturally but you also have more energy and a better immune system. If you see it as a diet, you will probably see it as there is an end date in sight but when Keep reading

Eating the right foods for your breakfast

Recipes
When it comes to breakfasts, there is often not one meal that fits all. Some people need to eat different foods for breakfast than others. In the UK we often skip breakfast or have something very little, a larger meal for lunch and then the biggest meal of the day in the evening but this may not be the best idea. Your breakfast will set you up for the day ahead and should kick start your metabolism. For some, a bowl of cereal or a piece of toast gives them plenty of sustained energy, but if you find after a couple of hours (or less) you are feeling hungry or even tired then it probably means that your breakfast was not right for you. We should have a lot of protein for breakfast and ideally greens and oily fish. A good idea for a breakfast would be, eggs with spinach and salmon. This gives you a good amount of the foods needed and the protein will help keep you full. You need to ensure that your blood sugars Keep reading

Improving your eating habits

Recipes
Preparing meals may not be something that you really enjoy doing but taking the time to meal plan and even batch cook can mean you get in to better eating habits. Often one of the reasons that we end up eating junk food is lack of preparation, We may not have something in to eat of haven’t allowed enough time to cook it and therefore order something in as it is less hassle. This is ok occasionally but it shouldn’t be something that you do on a regular basis as it probably is not the healthiest choice. Before you do your food shop, make a note of 6-7 meals that you want to eat that week. This will then allow you to check what ingredients you already have and what you need to buy, meaning you don’t double up or forget something. Doing this can also save you a huge amount of money on your shopping bills.   Try and cook meals from scratch as much as possible as this way you know exactly what is going in Keep reading

Slow cooker recipes that are warming for winter

Recipes
With the nights starting to draw in and colder days fast approaching, if you haven’t already, now is the time to dig out your slow cooker. There are a huge number of different dishes that you can create in your slow cooker such as casseroles, stews, curries and even whole joints of meat. This sort of food is most often consumed during the winter months and the dishes are often so easy to prepare. Even if you have never made a stew before, you cant go wrong with a slow cooker. To make a beef stew, first fry off the diced beef. You do not need to cook it all the way through, just browning it off is enough. You can also fry off some onions at the same time which will just add extra flavour to your dish. If you want you can buy a bag of prepared veg which can just be added to the slow cooker raw and then add in your meat. You can either use a shop bought sauce to add to the Keep reading

Catering for a children’s party

Events
Children love a birthday party and although there are many venues that offer birthday party packages for children it is sometimes cheaper and more enjoyable to host the party at home if you have the space. The key principle when planning the catering for a children’s party is to keep it simple. Most children will be unimpressed by extravagant displays of food and too many varieties of sandwich, so it is wise to keep to the most commonly favoured choices. It is important to bear in mind that healthy options such as carrot batons and cucumber sticks should be provided alongside traditional favourites such as mini sausages and pizza slices. It is worth checking beforehand whether any of the guests have any allergies that need to be considered when planning the food choices and if there are any children who are vegetarian or vegan. Parents with children with severe allergies may prefer to provide their child’s own food for the party. Jelly and ice cream are a traditional dessert offered at children’s parties but is often messy and Keep reading