Walking as exercise

There’s so many different types of exercise available but if you’re new to exercise or need something a bit less strenuous you may think, what’s wrong with walking?

Nothing! Walking is an excellent form of exercise that can help you lose weight (so long as you are creating a calorie deficit, as with any form of exercise) and become fitter.

Walking is free, kind to joints and you can do it anywhere. It offers so many incredible health and fitness benefits, including boosting your immunity, strengthening your bones and even improving your sleep quality.

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Anthocyanins?

What are anthocyanins? All brightly coloured fruit and veg contain antioxidants, these help protect our bodies. Many naturally purple hued foods contain a certain type of antioxidants called anthocyanin. Research suggests that anthocyanin has a wide variety of health claims including longevity, cardiovascular health and cognitive function. Anthocyanins are found in açai berries, blackberries, blackcurrants, blueberries, aubergine and red cabbage.

Eating out tonight?

Eating out tonight? Here’s my top tips to dining out and losing weight:

~Know what’s on the menu before hand, this way you’ll know if you need to leave room for dessert.

~Eat a handful of nuts or fresh fruit before so you don’t arrive famished.

~Don’t skip lunch so you can eat more.

~Say no to the bread basket.

~Limit the empty calories from alcohol.

~Salads are healthy, the dressings aren’t!

~Share dessert or go for fruit or sorbet.

~Have a good evening.

Peach and Orange Yoghurt Pots with Ginger Oats

  • 2 peaches or nectarines, stoned and sliced
  • 1 orange, juiced and zested
  • 60g porridge oats
  • 12g pine nuts
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • 2 x 150ml natural yoghurt

Method

  • Put the peaches or nectarines and orange juice in a small pan. Put the lid on and cook gently for 3-5 mins, depending on their ripeness, until softy. Set aside to cool.
  • Tip the oats and pine nuts into a pan and heat gently, until just toasted.
  • Turn off the heat and add the orange zest, raisins and spices.
  • Spoon the peaches and juice into two tumblers and top with the yoghurt. Cover and chill until needed. Keep the oat mixture in an airtight container. When ready to serve, top the yoghurt with the oat mixture.