Karen Thompson, a multi-award winning Weight Watchers Leader, looks at springing into a healthier lifestyle.
Karen runs a Weight Watchers meeting at Lees Reform Club, 5 Benyon St, Lees, OL4 4LX on Mondays at 6pm. To find out more call Karen on 07970 370336 or email KThompson@weight-watchers.co.uk
EASTER WEEKEND focuses on lots of social time, family time and food indulgence on a grand scale and there is another Bank Holiday right on the back of it to contend with.
But at Weight Watchers you can say YES to all the foods you love and still lose weight.
A family favourite in our house is Cottage Pie, a classic dish with a twist – lentils and lots of fresh vegetables.
But you need to start by getting your body and mind in the mood for healthy living. Spring clean your kitchen cupboards and stock up on seasonal items.
Healthy eating makes you feel better and improves your mood, as does being more active. The key to sticking to a routine is finding the activities you genuinely enjoy. Also, keep your body well hydrated.
Combining these things will help you stay more positive and improve your lifestyle and health.
Cottage Pie (serves 4. 8 Smart Points per serve. Gluten feee)
- Heat a non stick pan, mist with cooking spray and add 1 diced onion, 1 diced celery stick, 1 diced carrot and cook for 5 mins. Then add 2 finely chopped garlic cloves and 200grms extra-lean minced beef, cook for 4 mins to brown mince.
- Stir in 400grms red lentils and half a small grated courgette. Add a 400grm tin chopped tomatoes, 400ml beef stock, 2tsps tomato ketchup and 2tsps of Worcestershire sauce.
- Season, simmer for 25-30mins then pour into a pie dish. Meanwhile, cook 800grms potatoes in boiling water until tender, drain and mash with 1 tbs low fat spread and 2tbs skimmed milk then season. Spread over the pie.
- Bake the pie at 190 Fan or Gas Mark 5 for 30-40 mins. Serve with green vegetables.