Healthy Eating | Put a Spring in Your Step

Healthy Eating | Put a Spring in Your Step

We’re jumping for joy! It’s spring – and time to shed those winter grams that have been piling on. Out with the warm comfort foods and in with the fresh, crisp flavours our taste buds have been crying out for. Today we look at recipes that celebrate spring.

It’s time to talk healthy eating – which can be a bit of a sore topic for some. To us, healthy eating is far from depriving yourself of delicious food, but rather, it’s about feeling great – inside and out! Healthy and nutritious foods can stabilise your mood, increase your energy levels, and of course – improve your health. So instead of focusing on counting calories, think of your food intake in terms of colour, variety and freshness and avoid processed foods. How do you start your day off without a big carbo-load fry-up? With this Double Yum Berry Smoothie, of course!

Double Yum Berry Smoothie

shutterstock_575267719You’ll need
• 1/2 cup blackberries and raspberries
• 5 medium strawberries
• 1 cup crushed ice
• 175 ml non-fat Greek yogurt

Combine, blitz and serve with a straw! What makes this smoothie one of our go-to spring favourites, is that it’s not only low in calories, rich in vitamin C and loaded with cancer preventing flavourants and phytochemicals, it also keeps well in the freezer for a tasty frozen berry treat! Even the kids will love this one.

 

 

Meal Planning

When planning your next meal, try not to think of certain foods as being ‘off-limits’ but focus on reducing your portion size instead. As a rule of thumb, when you’re serving meat, fish, or chicken, the portion size should be about the size of a deck of cards. For mashed potato, rice or pasta, make sure that the portion size is about the size of a traditional light bulb. If you still feel a bit peckish after your meal, rather nibble on some juicy fruit to combat your sweet tooth.

shutterstock_520874293To make life a little easier, plan your next meal ahead of time and make sure you have a well-stocked supply of clean foods to avoid unhealthy snacking. Did you know that saturated fats, especially found in red and processed meat boosts bad cholesterol? Try limit your intake of these bad fats by opting for lean meats, skinless poultry and non-fat or low-fat dairy products.

For a little extra help in the healthy department, we suggest trying out our 24 cm Square Grill Pan – it’s great for grilling and searing anything from beef, chicken and fish to veggie skewers! The ridges in the pan allow fat to flow off the meat, just like it would drip between the grates of a grill, for a guilt-free meal.

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serveware

salad

 

 

If you love trying new salad combinations, investing in elegant white serving platters and bowls is a must. If you don’t already have yourself some stunning go-to serveware, be sure to check out our range of Just White porcelain: http://bit.ly/2vrBOz6

 

 

From healthy eating to healthy living, here’s our top recipe for creating a nourishing avocado face mask. Avo is an amazing source of iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium and vitamins, and when applied to the skin, a source of deep hydration and elasticity. Let’s get mashing!

Avo Face Mask

You’ll need
• 1 avo, mashed to a pulp
• 1 tbsp honey

Simply mix the two ingredients together until combined and apply to the skin. Let the natural goodness of the ingredients seep into the skin for 10-15 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. Pat the skin dry with a clean, soft towel. The result: beautifully, glowing skin.

Healthy eating is centred around the movement of clean and sound nutrition. It’s about making healthier choices without depriving yourself from the foods that you crave, while keeping portion size in mind. Think, eat, live healthy!

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