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Happy 2012 healthy people!
I hope you had a restful festive season and are raring to go for the new year. It’s a time of year when many of us undertake an annual detox to try and get off to a healthy start. But do you stick to it? The article this month is all about long-term planning for long-term results. Don’t like dieting? Don’t do it! Sustainable change is the way forward for keeping fit and enjoying it.
Healthy Living Yearbook
The Healthy Living Yearbook is an ideal companion to keep you motivated all year. Indeed, according to Bite Magazine "If you want to make 2012 the year you become fit and healthy this is the book for you." It’s available directly from Griffen Fitness at www.healthylivingyearbook.com, from all five Edinburgh branches of Waterstone’s and from a number of independent retailers.
Speaking of Waterstone’s, the Ocean Terminal store will be hosting a free Healthy Living Yearbook instore event from 7pm – 8pm on Thursday 19th January. The event is first come first served, however I’m able to reserve 10 of the 30 seats, so please do let me know if you’d like to come along and I’ll save you a seat. Full event details at http://www.facebook.com/events/272079659516714/
What’s in Season at the Allotment
It’s been a mild winter so far, as I’m sure you’ll agree. December was about 20 degrees warmer than the ‘big freeze’ of 2010. Consequently we still have quite lot in season at our allotment. We’ve recently harvested Jerusalem artichoke, land cress, pak choy, radishes, beetroot, kohlrabi, chard and purple broccoli. Maincrop potatoes are still storing well in the shed. So what’s supposed to be in season? Check out wwww.eattheseasons.co.uk
Easy Warming Recipe: Laksa
Laksa is a spicy Malaysian noodle soup that is very popular in Australia. It’s only recently that laksa paste has become available in Edinburgh. It is a very warming and filling soup, perfect for at the end of a cold day. You can simply add a handful of whatever vegetables you have lurking in the fridge, and also feel free to add extra chilli, ginger, garlic or galangal to taste.
Coconut milk is rich in many nutrients and contains no cholesterol. Whilst coconut milk does contain saturated fat, it’s high in lauric acid so is thought to be processed by the body in a more favourable manner. If you’re watching your waistline, enjoy this as an occasional meal. All ingredients can be bought from a Chinese supermarket.
Jar of laksa paste
1 tsp coconut oil or sunflower / vegetable oil
Tin coconut milk
1 packet fresh egg noodles or equivilant dried
½ packet of puffed tofu, sliced diagonally
1 red pepper (optional)
Handful of washed and chopped leaves, i.e. spinach or bok choy (optional)
1 carrot, sliced into semi-circles or a handful of beans chopped (optional)
200g bean sprouts, rinsed
3 spring onions, chopped
½ bunch fresh coriander
- There will probably be a cooking method on the jar of laksa, however the following method is my personal favourite.
- Heat the oil in a large heavy bottom saucepan. Fry the jar of laksa paste until it is aromatic, do not let it stick.
- Add the pepper, carrots, spring onions and give a stir.
- Add about 750mL boiling water and the tinned coconut milk (give it a shake before opening it) and bring to the boil.
- Lower the heat and add the noodles. Fresh egg noodles from the fridge are best, and if you’re using dried you may need to add extra water. Cook for 5 minutes.
- Add the leaves (optional) and tofu and heat a further 5 minutes.
- At the last minute, stir in half the coriander.
- Serve into bowls, sprinkle with rest of coriander and serve with a wedge of lime.
For an authentic bowl of laksa in Edinburgh try Kampong Ah Lee Malaysia Delight restaurant, 28 Clerk Street or see www.kampongahlee.co.uk
Resisting Temptation Hint of the Month: Grabba Cuppa Herbal
Dry skin? Regularly supping on a cuppa herbal tea is an easy way to stay hydrated over winter. Colder weather can also be a time of scouring the kitchen for nibbles, looking for something... Rather than raid the cupboard, make a cuppa herbal as a distraction. Often we confuse hunger with thirst, so a cup of no-calorie herbal tea may actually satisfy your ‘hunger’. Try different varieties of teas, for instance, a typical day could go: peppermint tea, green tea, fruity tea, sleepytime tea. Enjoy the huge variety of teas that are now on the market and your waistline and skin may thank you.
Offer of the Month: Get 10% off at Hula Juice Bar
Hula is offering a 10% discount on food and drinks to subscribers for January 2012. Please show an electronic or paper copy of the newsletter to claim your discount. This excludes items that are already discounted e.g. meal deals.
Hula is at 103-105 West Bow (bottom Victoria Street), EH1 2JP. Follow Hula on Twitter @HulaJuiceBar
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