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Healthy summer BBQ tips

Finally, we are blessed with sunny evenings and weekends.. The long wait is over. It’s officially now the season of BBQs and picnics. Smell of sizzles, cool refreshing drinks, fun and happiness - What else you need? It is easy to slip into the processed meat eating habit during the season. So here are some tips and recipes for you to keep your family healthy.

 

  1. When choosing meat, avoid processed meat products like sausages, burgers, meat balls etc., instead use fresh lean cut meat fillets marinated in homemade sauces or spice blends. This way you will be able to avoid unwanted stuffs like preservatives, additives, artificial flavourings or colours, sugar and excessive salt.
  2. Use white meat like chicken, duck or turkey instead of red meat.  Cut down on saturated fat by following this simple step.
  3. Cook delicate fishes in foil. Strong meaty fishes like sea breams or king prawns don’t even need foil wrapping. Oily fishes like salmon, mackerel, sardines, tuna etc. are good source of Omega 3 oils. Get health giving essential oil while you have fun.
  4. Marinate your meat or fish at least few hours ago and keep them refrigerated to let the flavours get to know each other. Adding spices and herbs enhance flavour and that means you can cut down on salt.
  5. Don’t forget your veggies when you go meat crazy. Have a nice salad with your BBQ or Cook them with your meat on a skewer or stuff them in pitta pockets, or whole meal bread or wraps along with meat. Add homemade salsa, guacamole or pesto to your BBQ meal. This way you will get more veggie goodness without even noticing it!!
  6. Follow balanced whole food diet even when you BBQ. Include wholegrain pitta bread or wraps or buns or breads. Buy those with seeds if possible.
  7. Barbecued fruits on skewers are ideal sweet way to end your BBQ. Try apples, nectarines, pineapples and serve them with natural fat free yogurt and mint. Easy and Yum!
  8. Avoid alcohol; instead try some sparkling water mixed with juice or lemon juice or lime juice.

Stay hydrated, have fun and don’t forget to apply sunscreen lotion!smiley

Summer barbecue side dish: Beetroot and black eyed bean salad recipe

Hit your palate with contrasting flavours - sweet, sour, juicy, spicy, nutty. All flavours in one bowl of beetroot and black eyed bean salad. This ruby red salad is quick and easy to make for your family and is packed with nutritional goodness.

This recipe was originally published in the food and drink/ lifestyle section of Yahoo on 30th May 2014. Please click on the link below to read:

Thai chicken rice for an easy and healthy dinner

A healthy & fragrant, fuss-free meal that aids digestion and helps to maintain healthy sugar level.

This recipe was originally published in the food and drink/ lifestyle section of Yahoo on 12th May 2014. Please click on the link below to read:

Almond and oat crescent cookies with laver seaweed

Mouth watering vegan recipe with the hint of vanilla that is beneficial for healthy heart and skin and perfect for any tea time.

This recipe was originally published in the food and drink/ lifestyle section of Yahoo on 07th May 2014. Please click on the link below to get the recipe:

https://uk.style.yahoo.com/recipe-almond-oat-crescent-cookies-laver-seaw...

 

Mussels in chorizo and paprika sauce

An impressive, healthy dinner to make for family and friends, that is ready in minutes and helps to boost your brain function and immunity.

This recipe was originally published in the food and drink/ lifestyle section of Yahoo on 29th April 2014. Please click on the link below to get the recipe:

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