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Broccoli Chili and Garlic Pasta

Pasta is a great comfort food and it does not necessarily have to be unhealthy. Having Italian parents meant I pretty much grew up on pasta. I am not gluten intolerant so I eat all different types of pasta: wheat, brown rice pasta, quinoa and millet pasta. The important thing is the quantity and the sauce. If you eat a massive plate of pasta with a  rich creamy sauce, not only will you end up feeling heavy but you will be piling on the weight. Did you also know that cooking pasta al dente is less fattening?. Ideally your plate should always be half full of greens, a quarter protein and a quarter carbohydrates. If you are a couch potato definitely do not eat massive plates of pasta. This recipe is simple, quick and delicious.

Ingredients

Serves 2

150g of pasta. For this recipe I used gluten free quinoa and millet

1 large head of broccoli cut into florets

3 garlic cloves finely chopped

A generous amount of olive oil

Fresh chili or chili flakes. How much you use depends on how spicy you like your pasta.

Himalayan salt and pepper, season to your liking.

Optional: Parmesan cheese

Start by steaming the broccoli florets for 10-12 minutes. When the broccoli is ready transfer to the pan and sautée with the garlic, olive oil, chili flakes for 7 minutes. In the meantime place the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water and cook until al dente. When the pasta is ready transfer to the pan and mix with the broccoli, chili and garlic adding parmesan cheese and seasoning to your liking. Serve immediately while hot and enjoy!

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8 Tips to Avoid Gaining Weight on Holiday

Going on holiday can always be tricky and lets be realistic, you are not going to be losing weight on vacation. However this does not mean that you have to put on an extra kilo or two or deprive yourself of the foods you love. It is about being sensible and indulging in moderation. I divide my time between Italy and London and often tend to eat a little too much pasta and pizza when in Italy but I always manage to stay the same weight. Here below are a few tips that have helped me and I hope you will find useful.

Always have a healthy breakfast

The body is at its most acidic in the mornings so it is important to keep it alkaline. Therefore make sure you start the day right by always making it a healthy meal. Start your morning with warm water and lemon followed by a smoothie, fruit and chia pudding, avocado on toast with a poached egg or a bowl of porridge.

Indulge in moderation

Your are on holiday so no one expects you not to have a treat. All you have to do is to make  sure you make sensible choices. If you want to have a treat like a dessert or carbohydrates I suggest you have them during the day preferably at lunch time. When having a treat it doesn’t mean you have to binge on your favourite foods. If you fancy some cake have a slice not the whole cake. If you want to have lasagna have a small portion and do not have seconds. If you have pasta do not eat bread with it. Whatever treat you decide to enjoy always remember to include lots of vegetables and salads with your meals. Keep your portions small.

Alcohol

It is no secret that alcohol is full of hidden calories and is no good for the liver, however most people do like to enjoy a drink or two especially when on holiday. With alcohol moderation is key. When choosing alcoholic beverages choose wisely. Cocktails taste great but they are very high in calories so remember to be sensible. If you want to enjoy a drink I would recommend drinking vodka with sparkling water and freshly squeezed lemon juice. I would limit it to 2 drinks. Too much alcohol is not only bad for the liver but it is extremely dehydrating especially in warm weather when you need to stay hydrated. To keep well hydrated it is important to drink a glass of water for every alcoholic drink you consume.

Exercise

Most of you will be looking at this thinking that you want to relax on holiday, not workout. I am not suggesting you turn your holiday into a bootcamp vacation. However if you want to indulge in your favourite foods you must do some form of exercise. If you are on a beach or by a pool you can swim. Go for an early morning run or brisk walk on the beach. The more active you are the more calories you burn. I tend to go for 2-3 hour hikes, I am actually more active when I am away. You do not have to kill yourself. I am not suggesting you do 2 hours a day. You can fit in just a 20minute HIIT workout daily to keep the weight off.

Keep healthy snacks in your cupboards

If you know you have a sweet tooth do not keep your cupboards full of cakes and biscuits. Opt for healthy snacks like nuts, seeds, fruit, hummus and vegetables. The less unhealthy treats you have lying around the better. If you feel hungry have some hummus with carrot sticks or half an avocado. These are both filling and healthy. I do not eat a lot of dairy but I do have a soft spot for cheddar cheese. I therefore make sure I don’t keep it in the house otherwise I will end up eating the whole lot. This of course does not mean I never treat myself to a little cheese now and again. I just do not keep it in the house.

Stay away from salad dressings

You will definitely not be putting on any weight eating salads but beware of salad dressings. They taste great but are hidden with calories. Keep it simple and just use a little olive oil and apple cider vinegar for salads.

Simple is always best when eating out

Try to stay away from rich, heavy sauces and opt for grilled or steamed dishes when going out for a meal. There will always be healthy options on the menu. Many people use the excuse of dining out to stuff their faces with everything on the menu. Be sensible. Stay away from the bread basket and if going for a dessert make sure you have a healthy main like a grilled fish. Remember to always be sensible and keep your food choices simple and healthy.

Do not raid the buffet

Buffets have all sorts of foods and it can be so tempting to just keep eating everything! We have all done it. However do try to be sensible. Go for lots of salads and vegetables and protein so you become full quickly. As mentioned before this does not mean that you cannot enjoy your favourite foods. You just have to be sensible. Do not refill your plate 3 or 4 times.

It is important to remember that when you are on holiday you should enjoy yourself and not become obsessed with counting calories and starving yourself to keep your bikini body. Of course you want to enjoy a drink or two, have an ice cream or a pizza. You just have to remember that with everything in life moderation and balance are important. The older we become the more important it is to look after our health. If you would like a bespoke nutritional plan email me.

Orange, Pomegranate and Walnut Salad

This is a very simple but refreshing salad perfect for summer. The orange and pomegranate give it that tangy flavour. You can use this salad as a side salad or eat it on its own.

Ingredients

A handful of baby leaf salad

1 orange peeled and cut into sections

A handful of pomegranate seeds

Walnuts

Place all the ingredients into a bowl or plate. To cut the orange remove the top and bottom with a sharp knife, score the orange with your knife cutting deep enough to go through the peel. Remove the peel and then divide the orange in sections and place in the salad. Season to your liking and enjoy!

Rice and Millet Fusilli with Cherry Tomatoes and Mozzarella

My sister and I love pasta and we created this tasty and simple recipe packed full of flavour. We used rice and millet pasta that we purchased from Wholefoods, but you can use any gluten free pasta of your choice. For the full recipe click on the link below.

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Quinoa Avocado Prawn Sushi

My sister and I just love sushi. It is one of the things we miss the most when we are away so we have recently decided to make our own. We decided to use quinoa to make the sushi healthier since quinoa is a great source of protein. You can really use any ingredients you like. We love the creamy texture and the goodness of avocado which is rich in healthy fats so we combined it with prawns and cucumber. Making your own sushi roll can be a little tricky at first. You may like to use a sushi rolling mat to help you with the rolling. Another useful tip for beginners is not to use too much quinoa if this is your first time making sushi. Don’t ever be afraid to experiment and try different things in the kitchen. Cooking is supposed to be fun. Ari and I are not chefs. We often make a few mistakes along the way but it is part of the fun and we try to create simple, healthy, tasty meals for you all that we hope you will enjoy.

For the full recipe click on the link below:

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Smoked Trout Salad

This is another summer salad that is super quick to prepare. Simple yet so delicious!

Ingredients

A handful of watercress

A handful of rucola

1 smoked trout fillet

5 radishes finely sliced

5 Dill sprigs chopped

For the dressing

Olive oil and balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar

Place watercress, rucola, radishes and dill on a plate or bowl, add the flaked smoked trout fillet and serve with the dressing. Enjoy!