Check out these yummy healthy recipes- perfect for watching all of the festive magic that is the Late Late Toy Show!
Home Made Popcorn
Popcorn has to be the yummiest of the whole grains! And it can be a healthy, crunchy, and satisfying snack. Make it fresh at home and avoid adding too much oil, salt and sugar. Perfect telly treat!
Who doesn’t love a little chocolate for a night in? Keep it more healthy and opt for some strawberries drizzled with dark chocolate.
Crispy Crunch Beans
Chickpeas and Edamame are doing a pretty good job of pretending to be popcorn these days, and they offer some satisfying plant protein. Drizzle with a little olive oil, sprinkle lightly with salt, and roast until crunchy. Add some Italian-inspired garlic, oregano, and parsley for added flavour. (Tip: Check out our Good4U Veggie Protein range available in Tesco nationwide)
Veggie Sticks & Hummus
Try vegetables with healthy dips like hummus or tzatziki. Try to vary your vegetables to include green, red and orange options.
If your sweet of choice is fruit flavoured chewies the you are sure to go over your recommended daily intake of sugar! Frozen grapes are the more natural choice and an excellent solution to sugar cravings. Why not try dipping them in some yoghurt before popping them in the freezer – delicious!
Having dinner ready every evening isn’t always easy, especially at the start of the school year when you’re trying to get the hang of your routine again.
Check out these 7 top tips that should make life a little easier…
1.Keep your kitchen well stocked: Always keep staple ingredients on hand and you’ll find it much easier to throw together a balanced meal quickly. The same goes for flavour, ensure you have all of your favourite seasonings and spices in the cupboard to add that something extra to the simplest of meals.
2.Plan, plan, plan: 6pm on a weeknight is not the best time to try and figure out what to cook for dinner that day. Make a list once a week so that you know what to buy/ take out of the freezer in advance.
3.Cook everything at once:The freezer is your friend! Take a few hours at the weekend and batch cook your proteins or grains for the week so that they can go in the freezer. You can even divide pre cooked meals up into individual portions, meaning all you have to do is reheat each one when you get home from work.
4.Go for frozen veg: Frozen veggies quick and easy to cook and there is very little difference in the nutritional content of frozen vs fresh.
5.Try an all-in-one: Not only are one-pot meals like beef stew or your favourite chili easy to make, but you’ll also use fewer pots and pans, which means less clean-up.
6.Go high-tech: Whether it’s a pressure cooker or a slow cooker, find one that you like and watch as cooking meals comes down to plugging it in in the morning and coming home to dinner on the table in the evening.
7.Plan Leftovers: When possible, make a double batch of your meal so you can have dinner tonight and a second batch to freeze for another night. Chicken stir-fry can be used for wraps the next day. A large batch of Bolognese can be used to make a super quick lasagne the following day.
Our healthy Lunch Blox were designed by our amazing Nutritionist, Emma as a simple guide to creating a well balanced meal for school lunches. Just choose one item from each of our nutrient blocks and your healthy lunchbox is good to go 🙂
Why not make the most of the sunshine and trade your usual gym session for a workout on the beach? Exercising on the sand offers not only amazing views and an opportunity to soak up the sun but also it’s good for your joints and can be tougher than running on a harder surface to work up an extra sweat! Continue reading “30 Minute Beach Workout”
Wooh it’s BBQ weather! There’s nothing we love more than a good BBQ, especially in Ireland. I’m not going to rain on your shiny new patio set BUT sometimes barbecues can involve a lot of extra food which is absolutely perfectly okay every once in a while. Continue reading “Healthy BBQ Hacks”
Walking. Some of us do a lot of it. Some of us do NONE. I know myself when I’m stuck at a desk nearly every day I have to remind myself to get up every once in a while and move around. When it comes to 5pm it can be extremely difficult to force yourself to head for a quick stroll (especially if you live on the West coast of Ireland and it’s absolutely BALTIC!). Continue reading “Walk towards better health”
A health claim on a product describes a relationship between the food and health. It means that health benefits may occur when consuming the food or the nutrients within that specific food. For example, consumption of the food may contribute to boosting the body’s defence system or improve bone density. Types of health claims include ‘functional health claims’, ‘risk reduction health claims’ and ‘claims referring to children’s development’. Continue reading “Understanding Health Claims”
I think we all have that one friend who eats and eats and then eats some more and NEVER puts on weight. Pizza after pizza washed down with a litre of sugary drinks and followed by a tub of ice cream. Sound familiar? Yeah, thought so. Continue reading “Skinny Fat”
Nutrition is extremely important when it comes to physical activity and sometimes even knowing what to eat and when to eat can be difficult. No one wants a stitch half way through a run but we don’t want to be starving either. Let’s chat a little bit about what to snack on before and after a workout. Continue reading “Snacks For Pre and Post Workout”