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Veggie Pasta Frittata

Providing 3 of your 5 a day and a fun way to spice up a frittata in this easy and cheap meal!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 200g pasta (cooked weight)
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 80g peas, cooked
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 30g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 1 tsp olive oil

METHOD:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan on a medium heat, and add the onion and fry for 4 minutes.
  2. Add the peppers, garlic and cherry tomatoes, and fry for a further 2 minutes.
  3. Turn to a high heat and add the cooked pasta and peas, mix.
  4. Add the beaten eggs and mix slowly until they start to form an omelette at the bottom.
  5. Top with cheese and move the frying pan to under the grill and leave until the cheese has melted.

NUTRITION

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Eggs – Eggs are the most useful protein source as they provide essential amino acids (the building molecules of protein), which are also absorbed most efficiently by the body. They are also a major contributor of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats in this meal.

Pasta – A low-fat, high-carbohydrate base, full of fibre for digestion and a fun swap for the regular potato which is used normally in a frittata.

Tomatoes – Massively high in vitamin C for protein and neurotransmitter synthesis; it also has functions in detoxification and as an antioxidant. It also gives you vitamin A for vision and immune function, and potassium for fluid balance and muscle contraction.

Pepper – Also high in vitamin A and C, but also B6 to release energy and folate which helps DNA synthesis.

Peas – Providing potassium, vitamin B6 for energy and dietary fibre for bowel moment.

 

Ham and Cheese Potato-Crusted Quiche

Can be eaten hot or cold! Leftovers are perfect for a picnic when enjoying the beautiful (but limited) British sunshine.

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

  • Potato, thinly sliced into circles
  • 5 eggs
  • 150ml semi-skimmed milk
  • Cooked Ham
  • 60g 30% lighter cheese, grated
  • 6 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Seasoning

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to 220/8.
  2. Mix the potato slices with the olive oil and season.
  3. Line a oven-proof dish with the thins, including the walls, to cover and make a base.
  4. Bake for 20minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, whisk the eggs and milk together, and add the ham and cheese.
  6. Once the base is cooked, pour in the quiche filling, top with tomatoes, and bake for a further 20-30 minutes, depending on how deep the base is.
  7. Serve with salad or veggies.
  8. Enjoy!

NUTRITION

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The fat and salt content of this can be reduced further by not including the cheese, swapping the semi-skimmed for skimmed milk, and swapping out the ham for a lower-salt meat like chicken or tinned tuna.

Eggs – Eggs are the most useful protein source as they provide essential amino acids (the building molecules of protein), which are also absorbed most efficiently by the body.

Potato – A starchy, low-fat base they will provide you with energy for the rest of the day.

Cheese – Despite the high fat content, cheese is high in calcium for bone strength and stability.

Ham – A good source of Thiamin for the release of energy from carbohydrates and neurotransmitter synthesis, and high in protein for muscle repair and recovery.

Sausage and Courgette Omelette

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 reduced-fat sausages
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 courgette
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp olive oil

METHODS:

  1. Heat olive oil in pan on a medium heat.
  2. Add onions and heat until soft.
  3. Remove onions from pan and add sausages, cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Add the cooked onions, garlic and courgette and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  5. Add the eggs and cook for until hard and white.

NUTRITION

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Sausages – High in protein and the B vitamins for carbohydrate and energy utilisation, and mineral phosphorus for bone and protein function.

Homemade Fish and Chips (with Avocado Dip!)

RIGHT! So I crave fish and chips from my local chippy all the time! However this healthier version satisfies these wants and needs, and provides me with LOADSA different essential nutrients.

INGREDIENTS

  • 240g white fish, cut into ‘fingers’.
  • 55g breadcrumbs
  • 1 bunch of fresh parsley
  • 1 bunch of fresh coriander
  • 1 egg
  • 20g flour
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 large avocado
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 100g greek yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 sweet potatoes, chopped into wedges
  • 1 tbsp dried rosemary
  • 120g frozen peas

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to 8/230
  2. Combine the sweet potato wedges with the olive oil, salt, pepper and dried rosemary and roast for 30 minutes.
  3. Mix the breadcrumbs, lemon zest, salt, pepper and parsley.
  4. Put the flour in one bowl, eggs in another, and breadcrumb mix in another.
  5. Heat a little oil in a frying pan, and leave at a medium heat.
  6. Coat each fish strip in flour, then egg, then breadcrumb mix and fry until the outsides have gone golden and the fish is cooked through (this should take around 15 minutes).
  7. Whilst the fish fingers are cooking, blend together the avocado, greek yoghurt, lime juice, coriander, salt and pepper.
  8. Serve up and enjoy!

NUTRITION

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Fish – white fish is low-fat and calorie when consumed on its own or in a homemade crumb. It is also a good source of protein and the vitamins B6 and B12, which help to utilise carbohydrates for energy and are involved in respiration.

Avocado – containing SO MUCH healthy fat (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) it is perfect for helping you maintain your energy through long days.

Sweet potato – one of your 5-a-day, and a useful source for many vitamins and minerals including: retinol needed for vision, growth, immune function and is a key antioxidant; thiamin for energy production; and vitamin C for protein and neurotransmitter synthesis, detoxification and acts as an antioxidant.

Yoghurt – low in fat, and plain so not containing any added sugar, this food not only makes the dip taste AMAZING but also contributes towards your protein and calcium requirements. Calcium is essential for bone growth and maintanence.

Peas – providing potassium, vitamin B6 for energy and dietary fibre for bowel moment.

Staving those hunger cravings

Imagine this: hefty day at work….. stomach rumbling….. looks at watch……. damn it’s only 11am…..

HOW DO I CONCENTRATE FOR 2 HOURS ON NO FOOD?

We’ve all been there, either too hungry before lunch or before tea, and it is NOT a pleasant feeling.

the science – satiety levels tend to improve when food stays in the digestive system longer. For carbohydrates, this can be explained via Glycaemic index* – which is a number expressing how the carbohydrate affects blood glucose levels. Foods with lower glycaemic indexes tend to keep a person fuller for longer as they are slowly digested and contain more fibre/ resistant starch – for example wholemeal foods and pulses. These foods therefore cause a slow and gradual rise in blood glucose levels. Foods with high glycaemic indexes are rapidly digested as they contain sugars and cause quick spikes in blood glucose levels – for example white bread and cereals like cornflakes. Foods may also stay longer in the digestive system, and therefore improve mid-morning/afternoon hunger, if paired with fat or protein as these nutrients tend to have effects on gut emptying.

*Note that there can be some issues with using this method to predict satiety levels as it can be affected by the amount of carbohydrate consumed  and the other components of the meal.

Hopefully I can give you a few handy tips on stopping this from happening so you can power on through your day!

HUNGRY AT 11AM

Just think about what you have had for breakfast…. Cereal? Toast? Eggs? Nothing?

I mean, to point out the obvious, if you’re hungry at 11am and you haven’t had breakfast I think I’ve just solved the issue.

BUT, for the majority of us, the hunger pangs are down to WHAT we are eating at breakfast.

BREAKFAST FOODS THAT CAN KEEP US FULLER FOR LONGER:

EGGS:

Eggs are high in protein which stays in the digestive system for long periods of time, therefore a mixture of eggs with other carbohydrate or fat-based foods will keep you powering on through until lunchtime.

  • Cheese and spinach omelette
  • Poached eggs and avocado on wholemeal toast
  • Scrambled eggs and lean bacon on wholemeal toast
  • Boiled dippy eggs with wholemeal toast and grilled tomatoes

PORRIDGE:

Porridge stays in the digestive system longer as it is high in fibre, so when cooked with semi-skimmed milk (which provides proteins and fats), and topped with some yummy but nutritious toppings, it is the perfect breakfast to start the day with. Here are some topping ideas:

  • Honey, dried fruit, nut and seeds
  • Peanut butter and banana
  • Dates, raisens, banana and cinnamon
  • Nutella and strawberries
  • Coconut flakes, mango, papaya and pineapple
  • Chopped pears and maple syrup

ANYTHING WHOLEGRAIN:

  • Wholemeal/rye bread – jam on toast, bacon butty, dippy eggs, you name it – should increase satiety levels when eaten compared its white bread counterpart.
  • Wholemeal cereals – there is truth behind the saying ‘he must have had his Weetabix this morning’, so stock up on those flaked rectangles of goodness as well as cereals like fruit and fibre, and avoid cereals like Cornflakes and Rice Krispies which contain sugars rather than slowly digesting carbohydrates.
  • Wholemeal rice/pasta – okay, okay, I know this isn’t a conventional breakfast food. As a student, when it is coming up to shopping week, I admittedly have has pasta and pesto for breakfast a few times, and it has kept me full until lunchtime!

HUNGRY AT 4PM

Please refer to ‘HUNGRY AT 11AM’. One of the main reasons that you could be getting hungry at 4 is that your breakfast is not big or nutritious enough to sustain you throughout the day.

Despite this, most people (including me) reach for a mid-afternoon snack to keep me going through to teatime and there has been some pretty extensive research on what snacks we should be eating to keep us going, and stop us from over-snacking or over-eating at the next meal.

SNACK FOODS THAT CAN KEEP US FULLER FOR LONGER:

YOGHURT:

There has been some interesting research conducted that found that eating yoghurt over other high-fat snacks increases the satiety of the consumer, and yoghurt tends to include high amounts of protein which can also aid this. Greek yoghurts tend to be the preferred option, and if you prefer it topped with something to sweeten it, refer to the porridge toppings above.

NUTS:

Again, high in protein and fat, nuts are a great snack alternative to anything high in sugar. Although a handful may not seem like much quantity-wise, they will sure fill you up. Here are some nut options worth about 100 calories:

  • 15-19 almonds
  • 13-14 cashews
  • 28-30 peanuts
  • 10 pecan halves
  • 28 shelled pistachios

DRIED FRUIT

High in fibre so moves through the gut slower, containing lots of vitamins and minerals and counting as one of your 5-a-day, these are a perfect snacking option. A handful is usually a good portion, and prunes, plums and dates have been found to come out on top when looking at satiety levels.

I hope this helps stave those cravings and gives some good options for breakfast and snacks for those on-the-go days!

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