In this month’s newsletter:
- Season’s Greetings
- VIP Mastermind Conference
- Easy Seasonal Recipe: Savoury Granola
- Article: Feel Fabulous Over the Festive Season
- And Finally… Find Your Flow
Hello healthy people,
Happy festive season! It’s getting to that time of year when many habitually hibernate and feast, coming out the other end in the new year with fresh resolve. You don’t have to start 2016 heavier and sluggish, just check out my article on how to stay healthy over the festive season. Why not start implementing your ‘new year, new you’ plan in advance and drop me a line?January is the traditional month of resolve, and I’ll be delivering a talk for the inaugural VIP Mastermind conference at Creative Exchange in Leith mid-month. It looks like a fab event, and there’s some really good speakers (other than me!).
Healthy Seasonal Recipe: Savoury Granola
I was so excited when I read about the concept of an oaty and nutty topping for my salads, that I had to try it straight away. It makes rather a lot, but I dare you not to nibble! You can store it in an airtight jar in the fridge for a few weeks.
1/2 cup shelled pistachios
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup sunflower or pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup raw sesame seeds
1 Tablespoon fennel seeds (I used cumin seeds as I prefer the flavour)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or paprika
1 egg white, beaten
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon of your preferred sweetener (agave syrup, honey, date nectar etc)- Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
– Spread on a baking tray or roasting dish and bake until golden, around 25 minutes
– Be sure to stir every 7- 8 minutes as the sides will cook quicker and burn easily.
– Allow to cool. Serve with everything! Perfect to jazz up a plain rocket salad…
It’s nearly Christmas, and it seems the festive season gets longer and longer each year. The amount of weight the average Christmas-celebrating person gains over the festive season is the subject of many articles at this time of year, so I thought I’d write an article on how you can avoid weight gain over the darkest months of the year instead.– Remember that Christmas is just one day, there’s no need to buy ‘Christmas food’ just yet. Sure, order your turkey from your local butcher in advance (and I would encourage you to use your local independent butcher than buy supermarket meat), but hold off buying calorific celebration scran until the last minute. This means it won’t be in your cupboards tempting you to eat it until required.
It’s perfect weather to curl up with a good book. ‘Flow‘ by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi explores the state of mind called flow, the feeling of complete engagement. A superb read, and excellent gift for a special person in your life (then you can borrow it!).