Posts byAda Gilchrist

Weight Watchers beef casserole

Enjoy this delicious hearty recipe. SmartPoints values Per serve: 7 Per recipe: 26 20 minutes preparation 2 hours cooking Serves 4  Ingredients:  5 sprays calorie controlled cooking spray 500g beef sirloin steak, lean, raw, cut into chunks 2 medium leeks, sliced 3 sticks celery, cooked, chopped 2 medium carrots, raw, sliced 1 portion…
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Weight Watchers turkey and lentil salad

This fancy salad with help you make the most of all those lovely leftovers over Christmas. SmartPoints values Per serve: 7 Per recipe: 27 15 minutes preparation 30 minutes cooking Serves 4  Ingredients:  1 medium aubergine, diced 2 sticks celery, raw, sliced 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds, crushed roughly 4…
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Weight Watchers spiced squash and quinoa bowl

These mixed bowls of different tastes and textures are delicious and are all over Instagram right now. The zingy tahini dressing really gives this veggie version the edge SmartPoints values Per serve: 6 Per recipe: 22 20 minutes preparation 30 minutes cooking Serves 4  Ingredients:  1 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 teaspoon coriander, dried…
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Weight Watchers baked berry porridge

A lovely, warming start to your morning. SmartPoints values Per serve: 8 Per recipe: 31 10 minutes preparation 25 minutes cooking Serves 4  Ingredients:  150g porridge oats 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 300ml skimmed milk 1 medium egg, whole, raw 3 tablespoons Groovy Food Co. Agave Nectar Light & Mild 100g raspberries 100g blackberries…
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Breakfast energy boosters

When it’s cold outside, it can feel like your energy is being sapped just going about your daily routine. Why not give the following a go for a boost of energy first thing? Overnight oats, almond milk and sliced banana It’ll take you less than two minutes to prepare this breakfast before you go to…
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Weight Watchers Thai Beef Massaman

Make this delicious one pot your new Friday night treat. It goes really well with stir fry veggies. SmartPoints values Per serve: 14 Per recipe: 55 20 minutes preparation 18 minutes cooking Serves 4  Ingredients:  calorie controlled cooking spray 500 g (1lb 2 oz) lean fillet steak, cut into thin strips 45 g…
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Do you have SAD?

If you experience a lower mood in the darker months and an increased desire to eat and sleep, you might be suffering with SAD. Jenny Scott-Thompson of Seasonal Affective Disorder Association answers our biggest questions about the disorder. Research has shown that 1 in 3 people in the UK can be affected by seasonal affective disorder (SAD).…
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Weight Watchers raspberry and banana muffins

Whip up a batch of these light and fruity muffins. Recipe taken from Anthony Worrell Thompson’s cookbook ‘The Sweet Life.’ SmartPoints values Per serve: 5.25 Per recipe: 42 15 minutes preparation 25 minutes cooking Serves 8  Ingredients:  200g plain white flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 8 tablespoons artificial sweetner, granulated (such as Splenda)…
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Weight Watchers summer chicken bake

This is a simple summer chicken bake that can be enjoyed by the whole family. SmartPoints values Per serve: 5 Per recipe: 10 15 minutes preparation 50 minutes cooking Serves 2  Ingredients:  250g potatoes, raw small, new, scrubbed 250g carrots, raw, baby, scrubbed 5 sprays calorie contolled cooking spray 2 springs rosemary, fresh,…
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Weight Watchers warm lentil salad with feta

Whatever the weather, this salad combines warm and cold ingredients that will never go out of season. SmartPoints values Per serve: 7 Per recipe: 14 5 minutes preparation 25 minutes cooking Serves 2  Ingredients:  1 small red onion 4 sprays calorie controlled cooking spray 1 clove garlic, crushed 80g Merchant Gourmet authentic puy…
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Weight Watchers Chicken Stew and Rice

Perfect dinner for a chilly day, enjoy this fab family meal. SmartPoints values Per serve: 9 Per recipe: 37 10 minutes preparation 75 minutes cooking Serves 4  Ingredients:  240g brown rice, dry 4 sprays calorie controlled cooking spray 8 chicken drumsticks, skinless, raw 1 large onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped finely 2…
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Weight Watchers Tortilla Pizzas

The kids will enjoy this pizza too, so there’s no need to cook them something separately. SmartPoints values Per serve: 7 Per recipe: 28 8 minutes preparation 10 minutes cooking Serves 4  Ingredients:  4 sprays calorie controlled cooking spray 4 portions Weight Watchers tortillas (wraps) 150g tomato pizza topping 100g half fat cheddar…
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10 mistakes you’re making when you workout

Not seeing results after months of working out? Four top personal trainers tell us what the main mistakes they see people making are, and how you can set them straight. How many of these are you guilty of?  Natasha Marcusfield (Personal Trainer and Nutritional Adviser) 1. Sticking to the same routine Doing the same workout…
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Weight Watchers cobweb cookies

The whole family will love making these ghoulishly good biscuits at Halloween. SmartPoints values Per serve: 5 Per recipe: 83 15 minutes preparation 30 minutes cooking Serves 16  Ingredients:  75 g margarine, soft, not low fat 50 g caster sugar 75 g plain white flour 1⁄2 teaspoon mixed spice 50 g semolina, dried,…
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Snacks that pack a nutritional punch

The time between meals can often seem to drag, but you shouldn’t be scared of snacking to help you get over the 3pm lull when at work. But, instead of tucking into that packet of crisps, why not try one of these nutrient dense alternatives as suggested by Dietitian Kelly Grainger from www.eatandthink.co.uk. Not only…
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The health benefits of seeds

Smaller than a finger nail, but packing the punch of a full plate, seeds are loaded with a whole host of nutrients and minerals. This month, Kelly McCabe, Registered Dietitian at Eat and Think, has given us the low-down on six of the best seeds out there, and how you can add them to your…
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Seed and pomegranate bircher muesli

SEED AND POMEGRANATE BIRCHER MUESLI (SERVES 4) A nutrient-dense bircher muesli helps set you up for the day as a breakfast, or makes a great afternoon snack. Once soaked, divide into small pots and take them to work with you to beat the mid-afternoon slump! Ingredients 160g Jumbo Oats 1 Apple 100g Blueberries 60g Dried…
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Oat, honey & almond protein balls

Oat, honey & almond protein balls Protein balls are an excellent snack to have after exercising as the oats and honey replace glycogen stores, whilst the nut butter provides much needed protein to support muscle repair. Ingredients 340g oats 3/4 tsp cinnamon 3 tbsp creamed coconut 3 tbsp honey 75g almond/peanut butter 1 tsp vanilla extract 75g dark…
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Healthy food tips you must try

This month we’ve asked a chef, nutritionist and food blogger for their healthy food tips, and they didn’t disappoint! From the latest food trends, to a rival for the staple barbeque burger, we’ve got some great ways you can boost your meals. Shaun Doyle is the Head chef at Liverpool’s Bretta & Co. Shaun’s menus…
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6 healthy cooking tips from healthy cooks

THE CLINICAL NUTRITIONIST: Dale Pinnock Also known as The Medicinal Chef, Pinnock combines his qualifications as a clinical nutritionist with the culinary arts and is a regular on TV cooking shows. His bestselling books The Medicinal Chef and Healthy Every Day (both Quadrille, £14.99) have been translated into seven languages worldwide. 1. Always add protein…
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5 foods for heart health

The number of people dying from heart disease in the UK has more than halved in the last 50 years and that’s in part down to increasing awareness of the role diet plays in lowering our risk. Here are five foods proven to keep your heart healthy – eat them often. (more…)
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Organic fruit and veg: are they better for you?

Once the preserve of health food stores and specialist markets, organic foods have gone mainstream in recent years. Most people will have encountered organic produce alongside other options in their local grocery store, and many will have paused to wonder if they should pay the bit extra to buy organic. The term has a nice,…
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Does food journaling help you lose weight?

When it comes to effective strategies for losing weight and eating a healthier diet, many experts advocate the use of a food diary or journal. The idea is to write down everything you eat and drink each day alongside other relevant information, such as portion size, time of day, degree of hunger and emotional state.…
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Are protein shakes good for you?

If you follow fitness trends or have spent any time in a gym of late, likely you’ve heard the buzz around protein shakes, bars and powders. Once the preserve of bodybuilders and professional athletes, protein supplements have trickled down to the mass market and are now being consumed by everyone from amateur athletes to ordinary…
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Warm up with a healthy curry

Once the weather turns colder, it’s time for hearty comfort food – and there are few dishes as warming as a tasty curry. While many takeaway versions may be packed with saturated fat, salt and sugar and are best consumed only occasionally (if at all), many traditional curry recipes are both healthy and satisfying –…
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