How To Plan Your Diet

August 20, 2012
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The Best Diet is No Diet At All – FREE download to kickstart your metabolism

DIET

DIET (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We all love FREE. Well, just for you I’ve gained access to a no sign up FREE pdf which will give you “1 week to kickstart your Metabolism” written by Isabel De Los Rios of The Diet Solution.

In this FREE report you will learn that the best diet plan is NO diet at all.  As a nutritionist, Isabel knows what she’s talking about. She explains how we’re all making the mistake of following diets that just plain and simple, don’t work! Instead we should be following a delicious way of eating that will satisfy our hunger, our taste buds and help us reach and maintain an optimum weight and optimum health.

If you’ve been following me, you will know that this is what I advocate on my blog. That’s why I have no hesitation in giving away this 1 week plan with great fat loss tips and tricks and a way to kickstart your metabolism.

1 Week Fat Loss Jumpstart

Click on the link above to open and read online and right click and select ‘Save Target As’ to enjoy your personal copy.

 

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August 3, 2012
by Katie
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Healthy Olympic Fish & Chips

fish & chips

fish & chips (Photo credit: David Ascher)

I’m going to enjoy an English weekend with my family with all the trimmings.  It’s our way to celebrate the London Olympics as my eldest boy is now living and working in London and the rest of the family will be joining in the celebrations in our own way. Of course the first stop is in the kitchen.

Fish and chip night is a very popular night in England. Most English people will be heading to the ‘chippy’ where they will be able to buy deep fried fish and chips. I have to admit this is a serious weakness on my part and to be able to join the Friday night tradition, I had to come up with my own version which is just as delicious but a much healthier version!

My Fish and Chip recipe is a healthier option to the full deep fat frying of the English chippy; it is a simple salmon fishcake with sweet potatoes.

Sweet Potato Wedges

2 large sweet potatoes

Peel (if required) and cut into wedges

3 teaspoons of oil

Handful of thyme

Salt and pepper

Salmon fishcakes

350grm salmon fillet skin removed

1 spring onion/shallot

1tsp spoon of grated fresh ginger

3tsp of soy sauce

2tsp sesame oil (vegetable oil can be substituted)

Handful of fresh coriander

4oz breadcrumbs

Salt and pepper to season

Squeeze of lime optional

For the sweet potato wedges

Pour the oil into a roasting tin, add the thyme then Toss the wedges in the roasting tin. Season with salt and pepper

Put the wedges into a preheated oven 200C/400F/Gas5

Roast for about 15 – 20 minutes until lightly browned.

Whilst the wedges are cooking prepare the fishcakes.

The fishcake

Combine all the ingredients except for the oil; it can be done by hand or in a food processor. If the mixture is too dry add a little more soy sauce, if too wet then add some breadcrumbs.

Divide the mixture into 4 patties, I find it easier to make 1 large patty first and then quarter it. This gives me 4 even sized patties – not 3 good sized ones and then 1 skinny one.

Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat

Place the patties in the pan and fry for 3-5 minutes each side (3 minutes will leave the salmon a little pink in the middle)

Serve with a bowl of fresh salad.

 Now to get out the flags, turn on the TV and watch our Olympic hopefuls.

Come on Team GB!

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27:  The 16 players and...

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: The 16 players and coaches pose for a photograph as The British Olympic Association (BOA) announce the men's hockey players selected for Team GB for the London 2012 Olympic Games at a press conference and photocall at Team GB House on June 27, 2012 in London, England. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

 

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July 8, 2012
by Katie
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A Perfect Breakfast Herby Egg Sandwich

English: Scrambled eggs with bacon Español: Hu...

English: Scrambled eggs with bacon Español: Huevos revueltos con tocino (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hi guys. I don’t know about you, but trying to find a healthy and balanced cooked breakfast can be hard. I really enjoy cereals but they can get very monotonous and I love my breakfast smoothies but just not every day. I particularly enjoy a cooked breakfast with egg, toast, bacon and tomatoes and have always saved this for the weekend.

I’ve found a super quick cooked breakfast for the middle of the week that has fitted neatly into my breakfast menu and which the whole family enjoys. It’s healthy, nutritious and it tastes delicious and it only takes 15 minutes from preperation to plate however I often prepare the ingredients the night before because I know my little darlings will be dressed quickly and waiting at the breakfast table in record time when they know I’m cooking my herby egg sandwich .

Herby Egg Sandwich

You will need

6 eggs

6 thin slices of ham or turkey (you could use pastrami, left over cooked sausage or bacon) chopped into small pieces

pinch of oregano or basil

chopped fresh chives (2 tablespoons)

1/2 cup of Edam or Gouda cheese grated or chopped

What to do

Crack the eggs into a bowl – don’t beat or mix

Lightly oil a frying pan (skillet) over a medium heat

Add the eggs to the pan and allow to cook for a couple of minites

Start to fold gently, breaking the yolks and cook for a further 5 minites

Add the ham or turkey and all your herbs and stir into the mixture, scambling the eggs with a woooden spoon until the eggs are almost ready

At the last minite, add the cheese and stir it into the scrambled egg for approximately 30 seconds and serve

ENJOY!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 3, 2012
by Katie
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Quick Low Fat Dip

Lime wedges are typically used in drinks

Lime wedges are typically used in drinks (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I’ve been having a great time getting ready for  the holiday, planning my cook out and organising the food. Obviously I had to try out some of my new recipes and WOW, I wanted to let you all know about this fantastic, simple, delicious and low fat dip that goes perfectly with burgers, links and nachos.

What you need

4oz plain Non fat yogurt

Squeeze of lime juice

1/4 of chopped cucumber -  (squeeze out excess water)

sprig of mint chopped (to taste)

What to do

Mix in a bowl and leave to stand for 10 minutes to let flavours blend

Enjoy!

Let me know how your Holiday went.

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January 31, 2012
by Katie
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10 Free and Easy Ways to Burn Calories

I don’t know about you, but I’d love to wave a magic wand and instantly burn off unwanted calories instead of thinking about how I’ll have to spend hours exercising in order to lose weight. However we can all burn calories every day from unexpected activities. By making some small changes to our everyday habits we can increase our metabolic rate which in turn will help us lose weight more quickly by burning those calories.

Shopping (Yes, Really!)

One of the most unexpected ways to burn off over 100 calories is to push your supermarket shopping trolley through the food isles for over half an hour. The more you put into your trolley, the heavier it gets and that helps you lose even more calories. If you use your car to shop, make this activity help you lose even more calories by parking your car in the furthest spot you can from the store.

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January 16, 2012
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Tips On How To Lower Cholesterol Naturally

Healthy heartWith the start of the New Year and our resolve to live a healthier lifestyle and eat well, we can begin to look at some of the benefits of our actions.  Among numerous benefits is the prevention of heart disease and there are several ways we can do this and lowering our cholesterol is one of them. I have invited my friends at Dewitt Laboratories to offer us some advice on this very subject and they offered to supply me with a guest article. I’ll hand over to them now;-

“When it comes to heart disease prevention, there are a lot of different steps that can be taken. There’s also a lot of different causes for heart disease; one of the biggest is high cholesterol. Most people don’t realize that there is bad and good cholestorol. You want to lower your LDL, not your HDL. Keep that in mind, so you know which is which when you head to those doctor appointments and they throw those letters around.
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