Eat well, feel well!

Over the coming weeks Lynda McFarland from Athlone Nutrition Clinic will offer quick and easy recipes and advice to incorporate into your daily regime to help you feel and look great.

Healthy eating tip:

Following on from last week’s healthy breakfast advice, this week we’ll take a look at mid-morning snack ideas. Anyone who has blood sugar balancing problems such as sugar cravings, energy lows throughout the day, difficulty concentrating etc. should incorporate healthy snacks into their daily diet. Skipping meals or going too long without food can cause havoc in the body and can ultimately lead to cravings, weight gain, low mood, etc.

Some healthy snack ideas include: fruit and nuts; smoothies made from fruit and milk/milk alternative or natural probiotic yoghurt such as Glenisk (watch out for frozen yoghurt as it can contain high levels of sugar ); oatcakes with almond nut butter or lemon curd (recipe below ); homemade snack bars (see below ).

Lemon curd

Juice and zest of one lemon

1 tbsp local honey eg from Meadowsweet Apiaries

50g real butter

2 egg yolks

Method

Melt and whisk everything together in a saucepan until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Serve with oatcakes or natural yoghurt and berries.

Fruit and nut bars

In a food processor, grind up an equal amount of nuts and dried fruit such as almonds or hazelnuts with dates or apricots until the two gel together. For variation, you can also add in dessicated coconut, cocoa and ground ginger or cinnamon. Pack into a baking tray and refrigerate until firm. Enjoy a matchbox-sized piece with a cup of herbal tea.

Athlone Nutrition Clinic’s weight loss programme ‘Love Food – Weight & Health Management’ encourages clients to develop a passion for eating good food to promote great health and sensibly lose weight. The programme involves an initial health-check consultation as well as weekly monitoring.

See www.athlonenutritionclinic.com or phone (090 ) 6470897 or (087 ) 7927471.

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