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Februarys Hearty Seasonal Offerings

The start of a New Year can mean new beginnings for many people in their own different ways. A common NY resolution involves some sort of “naughty” food being banished from the cupboards for as long as you can mentally bear it. Others include squeezing in more exercise, cutting down on drinking, and of course the classic – losing weight. Healthy targets such as these are great for your well-being short-term, but it’s the long term changes that really make the difference.

February brings more than just another month – Seasonal produce that you’ll see in most supermarkets will begin to offer some of the best nourishment the winter month has to offer. Below are our top four foods that are guaranteed to add a seasonal flavour to any dish:

Artichokes

Often overlooked by many, the humble artichoke is often left behind due to the daunting preparation methods required. Don’t be put off – once you start peeling back the layers, you’ll realise it’s a lot easier than you think. This vegetable is high in nutritional value, and can be very tasty when prepared properly. Artichoke is packed with antioxidants to help defend against illness, whilst providing cyanic properties to help ward off cholesterol. Serve as a side salad mixed with pesto and a generous squeeze of lemon – delicious!

Cockles

Bare with us on this one – the typical British seaside snack really doesn’t appeal to the majority. The truth is the pocket-sized cockle is rich in Omega 3 which has been proven to help protect the heart. They’re naturally low in calories, whilst being rich in vitamin B12 which literally translates to “brain food” to you and me. Steam them mixed into pasta or use them liberally in your next fish pie.

Kale

The rich deep greens of Kale play into the often spoken rule “if it’s green then it’s good for you.” Kale is a perfect example of a winter super food  sprouting from the cabbage family with an endlist list of benefits. Packed with natural sources of calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium, Kale is great for your hair, teeth, skin and bones. Serve steamed as a side dish or drop into soups & stews for added nutrients.

Grapefruit

Certainly not a typical addition to a winter list of super foods  the grapefruit isn’t just for those looking to cut out unwanted calories. This juicy fleshed fruit can be found in a variety of colours, naturally low in calories making it a perfect kick starter for your metabolism. Eat it on it’s own or get creative – it works great with a leafy nutty salad!

What superfoods do you look forward to you in the fall of Winter / Sprout of Spring? Tweet us or get in touch! @healthyhideout

 

5 Top Foods for a Flat Stomach

OK – So the summer season is quickly coming to close, with the doors to Autumn & Winter swinging wide open. But that doesn’t mean that your fitness and looking good need to go out of the window. The heavy jumpers and trousers may hide your figure from the public, but you’ll still know inside you what’s going on underneath those layers!

Not many people know that achieving a flat stomach can be easier than getting rid of the dreaded “love handles” – Your stomach is more about what you eat and how much of it you eat. Chewing your food throughly for example, triggers the stomach to create more stomach acid which helps to maintain a smooth digestive process. Not chewing food properly can cause food to ferment in the gut, leaving your feeling overly full and bloated.

The following top five foods are great ways to help achieve a flat stomach:

  • Oats – A easy balanced breakfast that’s guaranteed to fill you up. It makes a great alternative to the wheat based cereals that are laced in salts & sugars which don’t even keep you alert a few hours later. Don’t take our word for it either – The benefits over oats compared to these cereals is well documented.  As written in You Can be Thin by Marisa Peer, oats help to feed the friendly bacteria in your gut, helping you feel fuller for longer. Getting the right start to the day is the first step to a flat stomach – It’s a great way to cut out all the cravings for sugary snacks during the day.
  • Yoghurt – According to the The Food Doctor by Ian Marber eating a pot of plain yoghurt each day can be a great way of trimming the abdominal area.  Packed with gut friendly bacteria, yoghurt can help to reduce that bloated feeling that you may get after eating. If plain yoghurt doesn’t sound too appetising, try adding some honey, seeds or sliced fruit for flavour. Contrary to popular belief, it’s important to avoid fat free yoghurt. You’ll find it contains more sugar than the standard stuff!
  • Berries – If you’re concerned about looking too bloated, it may be worth looking at cutting out any fruit juices you may have in your diet. Ian Marber author of How Not To Get Fat demonstrates how the fructose in fruit juices can create carbon dioxide in the gut which causes the digestive process to slow down. Replace these fruit juices with fresh berries which are available in abundance this time of year. Mix it up with a spoonful of almonds and a drop of agave nectar for a guilt-free treat.
  • Papaya – An exotic fruit not often explored by many, the papaya is a delicate and juicy fruit similiar to the mango in some aspects. A staple food in Miami, where a flat stomach is almost compulsory! Papaya contains a soluble fibre which helps to aid the digestive system, keeping you feeling less bloated and getting you closer to that flat stomach.  Make sure to not eat too much however – excessive papaya can actually trigger bloating!
  • Herbal Teas – One of the easiest changes to make in your diet and quest towards a flat stomach – Cut out all of the fizzy drinks and energy booster liquids! The carbon dioxide used to create the bubbles in these drinks can get into the gut and cause problems. Instead, get yourself involved in the world of herbal tea drinking. The Healthy Hideout offers a great guide on herbal teas which can be found here: 6 Top Teas – The Real Wonder Drink.