Beat The Bulge With This Christmas Workout!ย 

Its Christmas I am so excited!

It’s that time of year to relax, drink and eat delicious food with our friends and family. 

We will all indulge at some point and why not! Its Christmas ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿปโค๏ธ

However the extra calories can lead to weight gain! Keep it at bay with this brilliant workout! Those mince pies won’t have time to touch your hips after this.

You will burn fat faster and more effectively with this 20 min workout than spending an hour on the treadmill!

If you don’t go to a gym, find a hill as you can still do this workout.

๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…๐ŸปWarm up with a light jog for 5 minutes before performing this workout. 

๐ŸŽ„Set the treadmill incline gradient to level 1

Run for 1 minute 

Rest for 30-40 seconds

๐ŸŽ…๐ŸปIncrease the incline on the treadmill to level 2.

Run for 1 minute

Rest for 30-40 seconds 

๐ŸŽ„Increase incline to level 3

Run for 1 minute 

Rest for 30-40 seconds

๐ŸŽ…๐ŸปRepeat the same steps above increasing the incline by 1 level each time. 

When you reach level 6 you can start decreasing the gradient by 1 level after each run. As you reduce the incline, increase your running pace.

๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿป๐ŸŽ„Cool down walking for 2-3 minutes and stretch properly afterwards.

*If you don’t exercise regularly I wouldn’t recommend this workout until you a good fitness level.

*Always make sure you are properly hydrated and you eat a meal within 2 hours of working out.


Have a fantastic Christmas everyone! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐ŸŽ„

Salmon with sundried tomato and chorizo risotto

Salmon, tomato and chorizo are a delicious combination of flavours which all the family will enjoy.

This is an easy healthy mid week meal which doesn’t take long to prepare or cook. You can even make enough risotto to take to work the next day as it is also delicious cold.

Ingredients-

2 x Salmon fillets

300g x Risotto rice

2 tbsp x Sundried tomato paste

5 x Thin slices of chorizo

10 x Cherry tomatoes

1 x Chicken stock cube

850ml x Boiling water

1 x Garlic clove

1/2 x White Onion

1 tbsp x Rapeseed oil


Method-

Heat your oven to 180 degrees.

Boil a full kettle of water and pour 850ml into a measuring jug with the chicken stock cube.

Lay your salmon fillets and cherry tomatoes on a baking tray. You can add other vegetables if you wish, I love roasted asparagus with this dish.

Meanwhile finely chop the onion and garlic and gently fry this in a frying pan over a medium heat in the rapeseed oil.

Now put the salmon into the oven and cook for 15 minutes.

Add the risotto rice to the pan and give this a stir which will coat the rice.

Pour about 40mls of the stock into the pan and stir. The risotto will absorb the liquid quickly so you will need to add more gradually repeating this process until all the liquid is used. This should take around 15-20 minutes.

Add the sliced chorizo and 2 tablespoons of the tomato paste and keep stirring for a further minute.

When the risotto is cooked it will look plump and should have a nice consistency, there will be some liquid left in the pan (see photo below of how it should look.)

If the risotto is looking a little dry add another 40ml of water and stir through.

To check if the risotto is done try a grain of the rice which should be soft but with a very slight bite to it.

Check the salmon, if this is cooked remove from the oven.

Serve the salmon with your choice of vegetables and a few spoonfuls of risotto.

I hope you all enjoy, and if you do give this a try let me know what you think.

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Foods to fight a cold!

Are you feeling unwell? Or looking for ways to improve immune system?

This time of year brings lots of nasty bugs and viruses which isn’t great! 

Nutrition plays a very important role in your overall health and will also improve your immune system to help fight off infection. Here are some nutrient packed foods that will boost your immune system and will set you off on the right path to recovery.

Cauliflower-Is rich in vitamins and minerals and is particularly useful when sick as it contains glutathione a powerful antioxidant that fights infection. Eat raw, or blitz into cauliflower rice, or add to casseroles and stews.

Sweet potatoes– Are packed full of vitamin A helping fight off bacteria and viruses. Vitamin A is also vital for healthy, glowing skin. Replace white potatoes for these, they make delicious rosti’s. Check out my recipe here:https://girlvstupperware.com/2016/06/08/sweet-potato-rostis/

Elderberry- Is a powerful antioxidant which originates from north america and is widely used to reduce cholesterol and boost the immune system. Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell. Elderberry juice and pills can be purchased in most health food stores.

Garlic– Fights infections and bacteria. Add cloves or granules to your meals.

Strawberries– Have more vitamin C than an orange! Delicious on top of yogurt or porridge.

Blueberries– A powerful berry full of antioxidants. Add these to smoothies and porridge.

Ginger– Can act as an antihistamine and decongestant, helping to reduce a blocked nose. Chop some up and add to boiling water with a squeeze of honey for a warming drink.

Honey– Has multiple beneifts and tastes delicious! A traditional cold remedy of hot honey and lemon is actually scientifically proven to relieve cough and cold symptoms. Add this to porridge, hot water or drizzle over chicken before serving.

Manuka Honey- Is the queen of honey with 4 x the nutritional benefits of normal honey flowers. It is expensive but is well worth the investment. A teaspoon a day is enough to provide a huge amount of vitmains and minerals.

Start incorporating the above foods into your diet now and you will reap the rewards going forward.

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Merry Christmas xx