With winter well and truly here, we look for those delicious comfort foods and for a lazy breakfast or brunch, toast and Jam is a favorite!
But which fruit spread is nutritionally better?
Whatever fruit spread catches your fancy, it is important to check labels to avoid undesirable additives like high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
Going with organic or more gourmet varieties tend to give you a more wholesome product.
Try to steer clear of the low-sugar and sugar-free varieties, as they typically contain many more additives, including artificial colouring and as always, eat in moderation.
A piece of Pizza please!
Everybody loves a fast food treat and Pizza is a favorite!
Most frozen Pizza brands and take away delivery chains offer products that are high in fat and salt so how do you get your fast food kick whilst staying healthy? Making your own pizza gives you control over what goes on as toppings, and ultimately, what goes into your body!
To cut out Trans-fat and lower the intake of sodium from regular pizza, why not try a whole wheat pita Pizza? (It’s much easier to make than say!)
Wait for your oven to heat up (apx 13 – 15 mins) to 180c and prepare a delicious topping selection of your choice (try green / red peppers, onion, pineapple, mushrooms and lean turkey or ham. Grate a little low fat cheese to add to the top but don’t nibble it all while you wait!)
Spread some tomato paste or tinned tomato chunks evenly over one side of the pita and add your toppings with a little cheese to finish. Bake directly on oven rack for 7 to 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and the pita is crispy. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper and enjoy!
Curry in a Hurry!
There is new, promising research being uncovered into the benefits of curcumin and curry based spices in the fight against cancer.
While it’s too early to make recommendations for curcumin medicinally, it can’t hurt to add a few more curry-based dishes to your diet. (This is not a green light to eat Chicken Tikka Marsala every day, but to try and spice up recipes with curry powder and other traditional spices)
Curry powder adds a tasty, distinctive flavour to (literally!) everything from soup to nuts.
Try adding curry powder to a simple sauce and you can create a taste sensation with everything from baked chicken breast to roasted butternut squash pureed with a little fat-free yogurt and curry powder, or try a simple veggie dip using fat-free sour cream and a little curry powder to taste.
Amy Casey-Lead Coach @Bexley