Tara Hammett - Turkey & Quinoa Mix
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Turkey & Quinoa Mix
1kg Turkey mince
2 x Tins Tomatoes (chopped)
1 x Onion (diced)
1 x Pack Zesty Bean Quinoa (Iceland supermarket)
1 Teaspoon Ground cumin
1/2 Teaspoon Chilli flakes
Pinch/season with salt & pepper
Cook the onion & turkey, and add the seasoning & spices.
Once cooked, add all of the other ingredients. Simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Split into 6 portions and serve with your fave veggies. I used broccoli and green beans.
This is such a delicious recipe, and all for just under 500 kCals.
‘Feel the fear - but do it anyway’
Had many BBQs in this warm weather?
I haven't had one yet. However, when I do, I can very easily turn a healthy meal outside into an
The thing with a BBQ is it's a buffet outside.
You never really know how much you've eaten or drunk because there's a table full of food and a never ending supply of meat being cooked.
" Burgers are ready. Who's having a burger?"
" When are the sausages ready Dad?"
" Someone pass a plate, the chicken kebabs are ready."
The table gets fuller, along with your plate , all whilst mindlessly putting things in your mouth.
BBQs can be super healthy. Here's five tips for you to enjoy a BBQ every day of the week if you want and still lose weight.
1) CHOOSE LEAN MEAT/FISH
Avoid heavily processed meats which are a load of poor quality rubbish, squished together, with a load of flavouring.
Stick to healthy lean meats and fish such as chicken, turkey, steak or salmon, and put these on your plate first. They will be your protein source and the first thing you need to focus on when balancing your meals.
2) PILE UP THE SALAD
This is where you can make your plate look like a substantial meal.
Lots of salad = BIG volume + BIG nutrition
3) DITCH THE BUN
Go ahead. Have the burger or sausage, just enjoy them on their own.
Keep your carbs for the sweet potato, or even drop the calories from your main meal and enjoy a little dessert or some drinkies.
4) MAKE UP ONE PLATE, AND THEN WALK AWAY
The biggest BBQ disaster is sitting next to the table, and having a continuous hand-to-mouth movement. By the end you'll be feeling stuffed, with absolutely no idea how much you have eaten.
Make one plate; stick to it; and avoid going back for more.
5) SWAP WINE FOR GIN OR VODKA
If you're going to have a little drink, lower the calories with a gin or vodka and stay away from beer or wine.
You don't want to be drinking loads of calories, so make a conscious decision to make a better choice.
I'm sure you're reading these tips thinking “this is common sense and I've heard similar before” - BUT, the trick is to actually follow through with these tips.
Next time you have something coming up and you're thinking "argh...this is gonna get in the way of me being healthy and losing weight"...
Remind yourself of these tips and then DO THEM!
Otherwise, all you will end up doing is the same thing:
- Over eating
- Feeling terrible from it
- Wishing you had followed the advice and starting all over again
The more you practice mindful eating in ANY situation, the easier it becomes.
Enjoy BBQ season!
Here’s a little video to help keep you motivated.
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