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Category: Healthy eating

Healthy and delicious Chicken Verona recipe

24th November 2017

OUR hospital superchef Simon Smith brings you a delicious healthy Italian dish this week, Chicken Verona, which is packed with goodness. Simon, head chef at Tameside NHS hospital in Manchester, knows that chicken is the perfect dish for a protein boost. Please let him know

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Turning an obstacle into a positive you can learn from

20th November 2017

HOW did you get on with my “challenge within a challenge” last week? I asked you to be extra-vigilant about how much hidden sugar you were consuming in everyday food. I’m wondering how many positives happened as a result. Today I’d like you to reflect

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Honey and Mustard Glazed Pork Chops

10th November 2017

Hospital superchef Simon Smith has a really healthy recipe for you – it’s filling, nutritious and very tasty. Make sure you don’t overcook the vegetables so you keep as much of the goodness in them as possible. The chop is delicious with a baked potato.

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Mushroom and sweet pepper stroganoff recipe

28th September 2017

HERE’S a perfect dish for these autumnal evenings – mushroom and sweet pepper stroganoff. It’s packed with goodness and it will warm you through and through. Our hospital superchef Simon Smith says: “This vegetarian take on a traditional Eastern European dish blends the taste of

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Chef Simon’s super-healthy salmon en croute recipe

15th September 2017

ALL of hospital superchef Simon Smith’s recipes for Slimpodders are created with busy people in mind and this week I’d like to share his Salmon en Croute recipe. Enjoy!   SALMON EN CROUTE Serves 4 Preparation time: 10 min Cooking time: 10 – 15 mins Ingredients

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Simon’s super-healthy five egg Continental baked omelette

22nd August 2017

SUPERCHEF Simon Smith loves eggs because they’re such a healthy food. One of his favourites in his eat-well kitchen at Tameside Hospital, Manchester, is this Continental baked omelette, which is packed with goodness. Simon says: “Eggs have had years of bad publicity when they were

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Healthy recipe: Mediterranean Pork, Chorizo and Pancetta Pot

10th August 2017

  ANOTHER great dish packed with good flavours and quick to produce. Top hospital chef Simon Smith has produced this recipe from his eat-well kitchen at Tameside hospital, Manchester. Simon says: “The pork pot is a traditional Mediterranean dish combining a number of different meats

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Swift Vegan Dhal, another healthy recipe from chef Simon

2nd August 2017

LENTILS are another of our true superfoods and this week our chef Simon Smith has produced a fabulously tasty recipe for vegan dhal, always a favourite with any Indian meal. Simon, head chef at Tameside hospital in Manchester, says: “Lentils, like other beans, are rich

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Why the road to happiness should not be rushed

28th July 2017

I WAS at Tameside Hospital in Manchester on Monday visiting people who are on our  NHS/Slimpod programme and got very emotional when I heard the changes a lot of people are experiencing.  Yes, there’s weight loss, but it’s much deeper than this for so many.

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Healthy recipe: Summer spiced salmon and king prawns

24th July 2017

HERE IS a fabulous spiced salmon recipe from Head Chef Simon Smith at Tameside Hospital, Manchester. Simon says: “Here we are cooking for the summer weather. This lightly grilled salmon, marinated in a spiced oriental sauce is quick and easy to prepare and cook. Perfect

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Simon’s tasty and nutritious Thai chicken satay

6th July 2017

What healthy recipe has Simon Smith, the head chef at Tameside hospital, cooked up for us all this week? He’s whipped up some highly nutritious and quick to cook Thai chicken satay.  It serves 4 and preparation time is only 8 mins. Cooking time is 10

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Catalan Omelette

23rd June 2017

Simon Smith,  the amazing Head Chef from Tameside NHS Trust in Manchester, is helping you to lose weight by creating a lovely healthy recipe each week.  This week he has a lovely variation on an omelette for us. Eggs represent one of nature greatest nutritionally

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My NHS dream comes true

28th May 2017

SEVEN years ago I had a dream and now it has become a reality. That dream was to work with the NHS to improve the health and the lives of millions of people. I knew I had something very special to share – something that

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Eating vegetables reduces stress

20th March 2017

EATING vegetables reduces stress – especially among women. That’s the positive finding of some new research I’ve been reading about in the British Medical Journal Open. This is great news because it’s not widely known that stress is one of the reasons many people can

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Four ways you can cut down sugar

30th January 2017

BOOT CAMP Week 4 was inspired by a Public Health England sugar reduction summit I attended at which Jeremy Hunt spoke about the need for people to cut down on sugar because of the damage it’s doing to their health. The Health Secretary said the

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Home made spicy Pork Burgers

8th December 2016

As the weather continues to get colder, and the days get shorter and shorter, some times you may find yourself with a comfort food craving that won’t go away. Do you occasionally find yourself fancying a burger?  Well why don’t you do yoursefl a favour

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Quick and Healthy Lunch – Warm Salmon Salad

2nd December 2016

In summer it’s easy to inspire yourself to throw together some cold meat or fish out of the fridge with some salad veggies for a quick and easy salmon salad.  But somehow at this time of year, that seems less appetising, and when the weather

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Really Easy Bone Broth

21st November 2016

Bone broth has been around for years and years but it’s all the rage right now as more and more people are discovering its amazing health benefits. It really is one of the most nourishing broths you can snuggle down with and really packs a

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Shock report on sugar in cola drinks

15th November 2016

IF you drink a lot of Coke or Pepsi and you’re overweight then the reason is obvious: A glass of the dark fizzy stuff contains 35 grams of sugar – that’s about seven teaspoons. And as everyone knows (but a lot of people choose to

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Broccoli Soup with Goats Cheese

15th November 2016

This broccoli soup recipe is great for warming yourself up on a cold, damp November day. Broccoli is a fantastic pick -me -up.  It is a very good source of dietary fibre,  vitamin B6, vitamin E, manganese, phosphorus, choline, potassium and copper. Broccoli is also

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Healthy Breakfast: Baked Eggs, Avocado

7th November 2016

Get ready for a show-stopping sugar free healthy breakfast option that’s going to kick start your day and keep you fuelled until lunch! It’s a great way to get all the goodness you need for the morning in one hit. Great for gluten free or

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Apple, Kiwi and Kale Smoothie

7th November 2016

If you’re a fan of green smoothies packed full of goodness, I know you’re going to love this kale smoothie! It’s just what you want for a Monday morning when you’re flying out the door and in need of a boost of goodness after the weekend.

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Blueberry and Green Tea Smoothie

31st October 2016

If you’re in need of a little boost now that winter is setting in, this green tea smoothie is a must try! It’s the queen of antioxidant drinks and blueberries and green tea go hand in hand to give your body brain boosting, vitamin filled goodness.

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Spooky Smoothie Recipes for Halloween

30th October 2016

These lovely colourful smoothie recipes have been provided by super Slimpodder and mum of 2 Debbie O’Connor. There’s a lot for mums to dislike about Halloween, when most children get more sweets and junk food in a day than we would normally give them in

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Sugary breakfast cereals on TV shock

24th October 2016

CHILD obesity is a terrible problem fuelled by the huge amount of sugar we let youngsters eat. Now shocking research has shown that children who see as few as 20 TV adverts for sugary breakfast cereals a week eat an alarming 30 per cent more

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Healthy eating to love your body

24th October 2016

HI THERE, Boot Camper! I’m so happy you’re taking part in this exciting healthy eating extension to the six week Slimpod Boot Camp. Recently, I’ve been focusing on my own nutrition – not just to control my weight but for health, wellbeing and performance. I’ve been feeling really

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Healthy Food Guide: 3 issues for £3

13th October 2016

HEALTHY Food Guide magazine has got a special offer for you. If you’re a Slimpodder, you’ll know that our Slimpod programmes retrain your brain to have a better relationship with food.  They do this by helping you to gain pleasure from healthy food (so you

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Food Revolution Day inspiration, recipes

19th May 2016

AT Thinking Slimmer we just love Jamie Oliver and what he’s doing to educate the world into healthier eating habits. So for the third year running we’re giving our full support to Jamie’s Food Revolution Day on Friday May 20. This year Jamie will be hosting

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Healthy food makes the inches melt away

16th May 2016

FOR the next four weeks we’re going to have fun with food – not any old food but the right healthy food that will help the inches dissolve! We know that the Slimpod helps you automatically make healthier choices (because we’re all *supposed* to have learned

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Jamie Oliver’s sugar tax victory for kids

16th March 2016

Great news!  George Osborne is introducing a sugar tax on soft drink manufacturers to start in 2018. This is a great result for all of us who are worried about the effects sugar is having on everyone’s health and wellbeing. Jamie Oliver has been one of the leading stars

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Salmon parcel recipe: Quick and healthy!

15th May 2015

SALMON is such a tasty, healthy fish and it’s so easy to cook in just 20 minutes. Slimpodder Debbie O’Connor has shared this great recipe for a salmon parcel that’s quick, simple and very good for you! Salmon is an excellent source of vitamin B12, vitamin D, and selenium.

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Ease the stress of emotional eating

16th February 2015

STRESS and emotional eating have an extraordinary effect on our food habits, and emotional eating brought on by anxiety is a major reason why more and more people are overweight. The more pressurised life becomes, the more people turn to food in a vain attempt

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Junk food – we’ll die out like dinosaurs

9th May 2014

JUNK food really concerns me because mankind could unwittingly be going the way of the dinosaurs. That’s why I’m supporting TV chef Jamie Oliver. Let me explain: The great advances in medicine, nutrition and hygiene we’ve enjoyed

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Healthy eating is vital for your career

17th March 2014

By Hannah Martin, guest blogger THERE are plenty of excellent reasons for taking good care of your body and ensuring you enjoy healthy eating of a balanced diet – better health and confidence, and look and feel great. But have you ever considered the effect

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The drink you love: it is just liquid sugar?

5th February 2014

ONE of the quickest ways to lose weight is to cut down on alcohol because booze is often little more than liquid sugar. You might be surprised to learn exactly how much of the sweet stuff is in your favourite tipple. That old saying “What’s your

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‘Healthy drink’ can put on weight

11th November 2013

DID you know there’s something you might be drinking every day because you think it’s a healthy drink which is actually making you put on weight? When I was a  girl, my mum always used to tell me to drink lots of orange juice because it would

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Fatty liver: What you can eat and drink

11th November 2013

A LADY emailed me today to tell me she’s just been diagnosed with a fatty liver and wanted to know what she should and shouldn’t eat. This problem is becoming more and more common, largely because of our modern-day diet, so I was happy to give her

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Making the best use of your pumpkin!

29th October 2013

THERE is nothing better than eating seasonal fruit and veg – and pumpkins, and other members of the squash family, are at their best in late autumn. Not only is a Hallowe’en pumpkin super tasty, it also has incredible health benefits – so when you’re pumpkin carving

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Junk food: Fix what it does to your heart

15th October 2013

JUNK food damages your heart, so thank goodness for the pomegranate. It’s an amazing fruit because not only does it taste good, it does you good as well. Heart specialists have discovered it could undo some of the damage done by junk food

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Ease your kids into healthier snacks

1st October 2013

KNOW the real problem with the snacks kids like most? They’re often the ones with the most fat, salt and sugar in  them – and they need healthier snacks. As an official national partner of the Department of Health’s Change4Life campaign, we’re working

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Healthy eating: Five top tips you’ll enjoy

1st October 2013

HEALTHY eating is all about eating what we need not what we want. We were all brought up to finish the food on our plates, but sometimes it’s more than we really need. As a national partner of the Department of Health’s Change4Life campaign we’re working

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Ainsley Harriott’s meal planning tips

1st October 2013

TV cook Ainsley Harriott has some great tips on how you can cook more healthy meals for your family  and I’ve chosen my favourites from the Change4Life website. We’re working with the experts at Change4Life to spread the healthy lifestyle message

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Amanda Ursell: Healthy eating advice

30th September 2013

Amanda Ursell, one of the UK’s leading nutritionists, has great advice on better breakfasts, fruit versus biscuits, stay-awake lunches. They’re all in this blog on healthy eating which she’s written  for Thinking Slimmer. Amanda Ursell’s the author of numerous books

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Sugar peril turning us into binge eaters

25th September 2013

I HELP a lot of people who have eating disorders and so many of them have addictions to sugar which started in childhood or at university and then lead to binge behaviours in adult life. I follow the work of Dr Robert Lustig, from a charity I

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10 ways to improve what children eat

24th September 2013

SOME times I despair about what children eat – my youngest son walked in the other day from school with a can of coke in one hand and a big bag of chocolates in the other. However hard we try to make our children eat healthily sometimes

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Look out for the salt in a ‘healthy’ muffin

24th September 2013

ANY time I eat out I always look for anything described as the “healthy option.” So I was shocked by a discovery at McDonald’s that their low-fat blueberry muffin has more salt in it than one of their burgers – and more than three times the sodium

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