Lifestyle tips for a healthy heart

HEALTHY STEPS TO A HEALTHY HEART

HEALTHY STEPS TO A HEALTHY HEART

EAT MORE HEALTHY FATS: Raw nuts, olive oil, fish oils, flax seeds, or avocados. Enjoy monounsaturated fats such as almonds, cashews, peanuts, pecans and butters made from these nuts, as well as avocados—all great sources of “good” fat.
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EAT LESS TRANS FATS: Found in partially hydrogenated or deep-fried foods and saturated fats from fried food, fast food and high calorie snack foods. Diet and lifestyle tips for a healthy heart alphabet lifestyle

 

EAT MORE NUTRIENTS: Found in colourful fruits and vegetables—fresh or frozen and prepared without butter.
Keep fruit and vegetables at your fingertips. Wash and cut fruit and veggies and put them in your refrigerator for quick and healthy snacks. Choose recipes that feature these high-fiber ingredients, like veggie stir-fries or fruit salad

EAT LESS PACKAGED FOODS: Especially those high in sodium and sugar.
Slowly reduce the sugar in your diet a little at a time to give your taste buds time to adjust and wean yourself off the craving for sweetness.
Cut down on sweet snacks such as candy, chocolate, and cakes. Instead, eat naturally sweet food such as fruit, peppers, or natural peanut butter to satisfy your cravings

EAT MORE FIBRE: Opt for cereals, breads and pasta made from whole grains or legumes.
Diet and lifestyle tips for a healthy heart alphabet lifestyleTry a new grain. Experiment with brown rice, wild rice, barley, whole-wheat pasta and bulgur. These alternatives are higher in fiber than their more mainstream counterparts — and you may find you love their tastes.

EAT LESS WHITE BREAD: Avoid white or egg breads, sugary cereals, refined pastas or rice.

EAT MORE OMEGA 3 AND PROTEIN: Trade red meats for fish, shellfish or poultry. Eat omega 3 fatty acids every day. Fatty fish like salmon, trout, or herring and flaxseed, kale, spinach, and walnuts all contain polyunsaturated fats that are vital for the body.

As Omega3 fatty acids have a range of profound health benefits this month we’ll be adding OmegaMAX 1000mg from Simply Supplements to our daily diet.

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This high strength fish oil supplement that contains concentrated levels of the highly acclaimed polyunsaturated fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These are essential building blocks for many cells in the human body and perform a number of essential functions.

We’ll also be tracking our daily activity including heart rate, steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, floors climbed and monitoring our sleep patterns by using a Fitbit Charge HR Heart Rate and Activity Wristband

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For more information on leading a healthy lifestyle and tips on reducing your risk of developing coronary heart disease visit The British Heart Foundation website. 

London Insider Guide

London

London has an annual 17.4 million visitors, which makes it one of the most visited cities in the world.  London can be quite overwhelming, so it’s always handy to have a quick checklist of things to do in the city.

Having lived in London for 8 years, it has to be on our list of top travel destinations. London will always have a place in our heart, a treasure trove of great things to do & see. Remember though, that London is forever changing and offers a different experience for each person. Discover some of the amazing places London has to offer, here are a few of our favourites…

1.Spend an afternoon in Hampstead Heath, Hampstead.

Hampstead Heath is a large, ancient London park, covering 320 hectares (790 acres) with great views across London. The Heath is rambling and hilly, embracing ponds, woodlands, a lido, playgrounds, a modern training track, and the adjoining stately home of Kenwood House and its grounds. Put together a picnic or cheat and order one from Melrose and Morgan, Primrose Hill and Hampstead, (Hamper from £39.95). Open a bottle of Prosecco and spend the afternoon people watching – London is bursting with great characters!

2. Lunch at The Spaniards Inn

The sun isn’t shining? No worries, cancel the picnic and break for lunch at The Spaniards Inn

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As one of London’s oldest pubs, The Spaniards has earned itself a place in the history books, quite literally. Dickens immortalised it in The Pickwick Papers, and it is said that Keats wrote the Ode to a Nightingale here over a claret or two. Indeed, the characterful 16th century inn is a romantic idyll in itself, with a few tales of its own to tell.

3. Catch some of the best views of London at The Shard, London Bridge Street.

Ranked in the world’s most beautiful skyscrapers, The Shard is the tallest building in the UK and towers above the London skyline.

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4. Dine at one of our favourite restaurants – Clos Maggoire, Covent Garden.

Renowned for its outstanding French-influenced cuisine and one of the world’s finest wine lists – Clos Maggoire is the 2015 winner of London’s most romantic restaurant. Enjoy!

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5. Enjoy a truly authentic Arabic dining experience in the heart of London at Mamounia Lounge

After an indulgent shopping spree, we recommend that you take a moment to stop off at Mamounia Lounge. With venues in both Mayfair and Knightsbridge, the opulent Arabic restaurants offer the very best of traditional Lebanese and Moroccan cuisines and delicious cocktails. Top tip: complete your Middle Eastern experience by trying an authentic shisha! In the evening Mamounia Lounge comes alive with beautiful belly-dancers and traditional musicians, evoking the energetic buzz of Marrakesh for an unforgettable Middle Eastern experience right in the heart of London!
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6. Or treat someone special to a traditional afternoon tea at The Ritz

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Afternoon Tea at The Ritz is a quintessential British experience; a rare and wonderful tradition that has stood the test of time.  Indulge in the finest sandwiches with classic fillings together with freshly baked scones, strawberry preserve and clotted Devonshire cream, followed by a delectable selection of afternoon tea cakes and pastries.

7. Visit Little Venice

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Little Venice is London’s answer to the famous Italian city. Home to various waterside cafes, pubs and restaurants, the area comes alive in the summer months. Jump on a canal boat or walk along the riverside to nearby Camden or Regent’s Park.

8. Shopping on Sloane Street, Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. 

Sloane Street is internationally recognised as one of the world’s most exclusive and luxurious shopping destinations, situated in London’s Royal Borough.

Alphabet Lifestyle Visit London Top tourist attractions and things to do9. …or shop vintage at Camden Passage

Alphabet Lifestyle Visit London Top tourist attractions and things to doTucked behind Upper Street in Islington, Camden Passage is a real treasure trove of cute cafes, independent boutiques and vintage shops. You’ll find everything from exquisite one-offs to unique fun party outfits, as well as an antiques market selling furniture, curios, war memorabilia and various bric-a-brac.

7. Ciro’s Pizza. Eat the best pizza in town (in our opinion, anyway😜)

Alphabet Lifestyle Visit London Top tourist attractions and things to do No airs and graces pollute this cute and cosy Italian restaurant in Knightsbridge. Unashamedly kitsch, this isn’t the place for a sophisticated, quiet candlelit schmooz with a loved one but it’s the perfect place for a fun, sociable soiree set to a colourful backdrop of live music. From Elvis one evening to belly dancing or flamenco the next, the entertainment is varied and decidedly exuberent. Popular with locals, celebs and passersby alike, the food here is surprisingly good and reasonably priced. The perfect place for a birthday bash or a fun and friendly night out.

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8. Spend Sunday afternoon at Chelsea Farmers Market

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Chelsea Farmer’s Market is a little gem tucked away on the King’s Road end of Sydney Street SW3. Packed with several restaurants and shops in an outdoor complex it’s the perfect place to hang out on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
Make sure you check out the rest of the Farmer’s Market – there’s a Pet Pavilion, a Nail salon, a Pizzeria and Gelato parlour, along with an organic food store.

9. Spend an evening at Ronnie Scott’s legendary jazz club

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Opened in 1959, this legendary jazz club made its name as the first UK music venue to host American jazz artists. Find it on Frith Street, Soho and make it a must on your itinerary! Are you a true jazz head? Check out the weekly late-night sessions at The Ronnie Scott’s Upstairs Jazz Jam!!

We hope our insider guide to London is helpful. Let us know your favourite hotspots!

7 Great Cookbooks You’ll Actually Use!

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Looking for the perfect present for the food lover in your life – or a beautiful edition to your own kitchen shelf? An inspiring cookbook is always in demand. We believe that a great cookbook requires certain things; delicious recipes and easy-to-follow instructions, beautiful photography, and most importantly food ingredients that inspire and are exciting to eat. The list that follows contains a selection of our favourite cookbooks that have stood the test of time in our homes:

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  1. Healthy Indian Cooking – Shehzad Husain

This book is an inspiring book for those wanting to delve into authentic Indian cooking. It takes you through useful utensils, Indian ingredients, spices and cooking techniques and has an emphasis on nutritious vegetables, pulses, rice and grain recipes.

Favourite recipe: Vegetable and red kidney bean pulao. This pulao makes an excellent complete vegetarian meal in itself.

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2. Food With Friends – Gary Rhodes

This book is a meal planner to make entertaining simple. All the recipes are part of a dinner plan. They include shopping lists and preparation schedules, including a time plan. Organised into three categories: menus for four, menus for six and menus for eight and more. Try a meal plan for 6: Tastes of the Caribbean – Jerk chicken wings, Grilled swordfish with sweet sour relish and sweet potato roasties followed by baked tropical fruits! Heaven!

3. The Kinfolk Table – Recipes for Small Gatherings

The author of this delightful book has travelled the world, collecting recipes. He takes us into the homes of each contributor and captures what makes them all so special. The Kinfolk Table offers great recipes that are uncomplicated and inexpensive, yet ideal for entertaining with friends. This book feels like a welcome invite into the kitchen of a group of diverse and interesting friends.

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4.  Jamie’s Italy – Jamie Oliver

Jamie’s Italy is a result of Jamie’s quest to capture the essence of Italian cooking. It’s more than just a cookbook, it’s a travelogue of Italy, from Sicily to Tuscany, savouring the Italian flavours along the way. It features local fishermen, family bakers and special ‘Mamas’ sharing their tips and recipes.

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5. Tagines – Over 50 Delicious Recipes by Lakeland

Discover the fragrant dishes of Morrocan cooking with a heady blend of spices and herbs.  Create hearty, slow simmered stews and authentic North African dishes. Our favourite is the Lamb and Apricot Tagine with Citrus Cous Cous.

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6. The Complete Book Of Low-Carbphydrate Cooking – Elaine Gardner

This is our go to book when we need to shed a little bit of weight or we’re just looking for high protein/low carb healthy recipes. This is a quick easy reference guide for healthy weight loss options and contains over 150 nutrient packed recipes.

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7. Keeping It Simple – Gary Rhodes

In this simple cookbook, Gary Rhodes strips out complicated techniques and fiddly instructions and demonstrates the fundamentals of good cooking. This is an essential cookbook for busy people who want simplicity and flavour. This book allows you to follow your own instincts and discover and create your own favourites. A great beginner guide but also an essential reference book.

Favourite recipe: Roast Chicken Wing Kiev

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Simple Morrocan Lamb Tagine


Spice up your life with a traditional fragrant lamb tagine.

INGREDIENTS

Shoulder of lamb or lamb chunks cut into small chunks ( approx 2lb lamb)

2 large onion splash of olive oil

3 cloves crushed garlic

1 pint tomato juice

2 x 400ml tins chopped tomatoes

600ml lamb stock

4oz dried apricots, halved

2oz dates, halved

2oz sultanas or raisins

3oz flaked almonds

1 tbsp clear honey

2tbsp coriander

2tbsp parsley

Spice mix – 1tsp cayenne pepper, 2tsp black pepper, 2 tsp paprika, 1 tbsp ground ginger, 1 tbsp turmeric, 2tsp cinnamon

METHOD

Mix together the spices cayenne pepper, black pepper, paprika, ginger, turmeric, and cinnamon. Cover the lamb with half of the spice mix and leave to marinate for at least two hours, preferably overnight.

Preheat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas2.
Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large casserole dish or tagine. Add the onion and the remaining spice mix and cook over a gentle heat for 10 minutes so that the onions are soft, but not coloured. Add the crushed garlic. Cook for a further 2 minutes.
In a separate frying pan, heat the remaining oil and brown the cubes of lamb on all sides, then add the browned meat to the casserole dish. Add the tomato juice, chopped tomatoes, apricots, dates, raisins or sultanas, flaked almonds, saffron, lamb stock and honey to the casserole dish or tagine.

Bring to the boil and cover with a fitted lid. Place in the oven for 2-2½ hours or until the meat is meltingly tender.

Sprinkle with chopped herbs.

Serve with warm crusty bread and a large glass of red wine.

Enjoy!

Source

Couscous with onion, feta and pine nuts


 

Ingredients

80g whole wheat couscous

1tbsp olive oil

1 red onion, peeled and sliced

30g sweet rocket leaves

1tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2tsp balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp pine nuts, toasted

60g feta

Method

Place couscous in a bowl and cover with 125ml boiled water. Leave for 5-10 mins until couscous swells.

Cook  the onion at medium heat slowly until partially caramelised.

Tear the salad leaves.

Seperate the couscous with a fork and stir through the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, onion and pine nuts.

Crumble in the feta, add the leaves, season and toss.

Adapted from womenshealthmag.co.uk

Avocado and Lemon Zest Pasta



imageIngredients

400g spaghetti

olive oil

4 tablespoon capers

2 ripe avocados

i clove garlic

1/2 lemon zest

bunch of basil

bunch of parsley

 

Method

Cook the pasta in a pan of boiling water for 8-1o minutes until al dente

Heat olive oil in a large frying pan, add capers and garlic, saute gently. Remove from heat and add lemon zest.

Chop the herbs and add to the pan. Scoop out the avocado and add to the pan.

Drain the pasta saving half a cupful of the water. add the pasta with the cooking water to the fruying pan.

Add salt, pepper and lemon juice  to taste

Drizzle with olive oil

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