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Blog Archive - January 2014

Skinny Guacamole

Posted on 31 January 2014

Tags: Health Eating

This 'skinny' guacamole recipe is super easy to knock up of a Saturday evening - plus it forgoes the usual calorie loaded crème fraiche or yoghurt and subsitutes half the avocado with grated courgette (we're a bit obssessed with courgette at the moment) so it's uber healthy. Perfect served with crunchy veg and wholemeal pitta.

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Diet Tips: Substitute Courgette For Spaghetti

Posted on 24 January 2014

Tags: Recipe, diet tips, vegetarian, video, healthy eating

A penchant for pasta is not ideal whilst watching your waist, but there’s hope - the perfect spaghetti substitute does exist. Step forward the humble courgette. Low in calories, (approximately 15 calories per 100g), rich in vitamin c and potassium, courgettes can be fashioned into pasta-like ribbons –all you need is a peeler. Not only are you skipping spaghetti, you’re also introducing a portion of fresh veg into your diet. Phew.

 

 

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Chilli Scrambled Eggs

Posted on 19 January 2014

Tags: Recipe, video, diet tips, vegetarian

Kick start any day with these fantastic scrambled eggs...

 

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Low Calorie Lamb Tagine

Posted on 17 January 2014

Lamb Tagine

At the weekend, my culinary goddess of a friend hosted her annual (albeit a few weeks late) Christmas party. There was enough food there to feed the Olympic swimming team for days; cheesy nachos, an array of desserts and a substantial cheese board to contend with… Tensions were high.

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Transform Your Beef Bourguignon

Posted on 17 January 2014

Tags: Recipe, beef, video

Here Lyndsay shows us how to transform our Beef Bourguignon into a delicous one pot low calorie meal with the simple addition of some home made dumplings and kale...scrummy!

 

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Scandinavian Rye Bread From Our Friend Erika

Posted on 16 January 2014

Tags: Recipe, healthy eating, diet tips, vegetarian

Brighten up your breakfasts with this beautiful rye bread recipe from our super Scandinavian foodie Erika.

Rye bread is lower in gluten than white bread, keeping you fuller for longer...

 

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Pimp up your Pea Soup

Posted on 15 January 2014

Tags: Recipe, healthy eating, diet tips, vegetarian

The prettier a dish is, the more appetizing it is, but it's not always easy to make meals with very low calorie contents look as delicous as a currently forbidden carbonara. Here we show you how to pep up pea soup. Healthy eating can be tough sometimes, but these simple tricks really transform this dish. 

 

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Marvellous Muesli Bars

Posted on 12 January 2014

Tags: Diet Treats

 

 

Packed full of goodness, this is a recipe from one of our friends Sally. Perfect for a weekend treat and a great example of how healthy eating doesn't always involve compromise - your family will also love these.

This recipe has been published in LEON's second cookbook with the following foreword:

“Sally is Leon regular who sent us this recipe when we mentioned that we were writing a second cookbook. They are really, really good”

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Diet Tips: Swap Ice-Cream For Fro-Yo

Posted on 11 January 2014

Tags: Healthy Eating, frozen yogurt, video, diet tips

Swap Ice-Cream for Fro-Yo

Once the sole domain of healthy californians, fro-yo, or frozen yoghurt, is now firmly embedded on these shores as a viable alternative to ice creams and sorbets. Lick were the first to open a frozen yoghurt store in the UK on the sunny shores of Brighton; it really is the best we've tasted.

Completely fat free and only 79 calories per 100ml (compared with 230 calories per 100ml of icecream*), Lick is the only fro-yo to be made with 100% yoghurt. I know, we almost don't believe it either but we've been assured it's absolutely true.

Another perfect way to turn your diet into a treat.

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Hannah's Diet - Week 2

Posted on 10 January 2014

Tags: Hannah's Diet

Hannah's Diet, week 2

The most shocking thing about this experiment so far is that I'm not hungry! I thought I'd turn into some sort of ogre at around 4pm every day when I would have normally have been grazing around for a snack but towards the end of the week I haven't been missing it at all.

 

Some days I'll have a few berries or a banana but generally I've felt the COOK meals are enough to see me through the day.

I have found, however, that it's true what they say in that breakfast is definitely the most important meal of the day. One morning I had fruit and yoghurt which would have normally been fine but on that particular day I had a lot of running around to do and by the time I finally sat down for lunch I was wilting a bit. Since then I'll try to be aware of what my morning has in store and eat accordingly.I've found a slice of whole meal toast or some porridge is best for hectic schedules!

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Skinny Carbs

Posted on 8 January 2014

 

 

'Skinny Carbs' is a great way of eating a little bit less; simply eat half a COOK side portion of rice or couscous, instead of a full portion.

Our basmati rice has 232 calories per one portion - so if you only eat half, you immediately save 116 calories. Our nutritionist reckons that if you're trying to lose weight, as well as excercising, you should be aiming to eat 500 calories less a day. For women, this means eating on average 1,500 calories a day instead of 2000.

Our meal planner shows how this would work.

Download a planner

(Guideline Daily Amounts: 2000 calories a day for women and 2500 for men)

 

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Mocktail Magic

Posted on 6 January 2014

Tags: Diet Treats

 

 

Wine contains calories. A whopping 190 in a large glass in fact, so it’s time to find alternatives for January whilst we try and eat and drink a bit more healthily. This mocktail is no substitute for wine, but it looks and tastes so delicious you won’t mind skipping the odd glass of merlot.

 

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Fennel, Radish and Celery Salad

Posted on 5 January 2014

Tags: Diet Treats, recipe, video, healthy eating, salad

 

Otherwise known as Jemima’s Ultimate Diet Salad. Whilst she was doing the diet experiment last year she found this recipe to be a delicious staple. These 3 ingredients combine to make a refreshingly crisp salad, perfect for calorie counters.

 

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YAY Desktop Download

Posted on 5 January 2014

Most of us are back to work today - but don't fret, be downhearted, or feel stressed. Just don’t. It’s a new year, exciting new opportunities lie ahead AND we’ve got a happy Feel Good January desktop download to add a little fun to your working day. There was the risk it might make some people feel mildly dizzy, but the possibility of people wanting to do a little dance or clap their hands won out.

Download yours by right clicking on the image below and selecting 'Save Image As'.

YAY Download

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Hannah's Diet Begins...

Posted on 3 January 2014

Tags: Hannah's Diet, Diet tips, OMG, healthy eating

 

 

Last year, Jemima. This year, Hannah! Some of you may remember that this time last year our Digital Marketing Guru Jemima followed our meal planner for January, with great results. This year, one of our designers Hannah faced the scales... 

Stepping on to the scales was quite a big deal for me, I think the last time I actually weighed myself was about a year ago and that was just because I was at the doctors for a check up.

She told me I had gained a little but my BMI was still fine so that was okay by me. Since then I have gone from an active job to sitting at a desk for hours every day and my gym membership hasn't been used since October. The only exercise I get is the mile walk to and from the train station every day. Not good.

The scales are scary so I generally go by how well my skinny jeans are fitting me and I have to admit that over the past six months they have gotten about as snug as is possible without popping open when I bend over to tie my laces. I have to do a little dance in the morning to get myself into them followed by a few lunges to stretch them out a bit, all of which my boyfriend finds hilarious.

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Oat So Tasty!

Posted on 2 January 2014

Tags: Diet Treats

 

 

It's a well known fact that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet it's the one we all tend to skip. Throughout January, we will be giving you some delicious recipes for hearty and healthy breakfasts that will set you up for the day. To start with here are two porridge recipes, one from a super Swedish Foodie and another from our friends at Wild at Heart.

 

 

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Superfood Smoothie

Posted on 1 January 2014

Tags: Diet Treats, Recipe. Smoothie

 

 

Happy New Year!

If, like us, and thousands of others one of your New Years resolutions is to eat more healthily and lose a little of that excess Christmas weight, then you’re in the right place. As well as our fabulous new pots which are all less than 400 calories and 14g of fat, we’re bringing you a little tip a day to help you turn your diet into a treat. Starting with this delicious superfood smoothie from Lyndsay.

 

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