Well, I hope you are all taking care of yourselves and managing OK in this local lockdown. It’s a bit different this time – and I’m so pleased that lots of our classes are open. It’s lovely to see everyone. I’m being very careful and following all the guidance so our classes are as Covid-safe as we can be. We’re also in well-regulated venues. You can do your bit too and wear a face mask, bring your own pen, and weigh with your shoes on – but do come to class, there’s a warm welcome waiting for you! And if your class hasn’t yet re-opened, you are VERY welcome to come along to any class that is convenient for you. Check our Local Classes page for all the class times, days and venues.

Slimtone Christmas Wreath

We’re seeing some great weight losses too. Have you had your Slimtone Christmas wreath yet? For every pound you lose between now and Christmas you get a sparkly bauble – it’s amazing how many baubles I’ve given out already, so if you haven’t had yours yet, I look forward to seeing you soon!

Making the most of your Health Grill 

And to help get you on the right track, this week we’re looking at how you can make the most of your health grill. Grilling is a great way to cook food without adding any fat, and, of course, some of the fat in the food will sizzle away too. The health grill is ideal for grilling fish, meat, poultry, sausages, waffles, gammon, bacon medallions and even for grilling fruit.

Panini favourites!

One of the most popular snacks using the health grill is a Panini. Ideal as a quick lunch, you can use any of the fillings recommended in the Lifestyle Plan. I really like corned beef and onion or cheese and ham. Tuna melt is another winner – simply fill the Panini with a small can of tuna, drained of brine, and a low-fat cheese slice, and pop it on the grill until the cheese is melted. You can serve any of these with either canned tomatoes or lots of green salad. Rocket salad makes a nice change and adds a great peppery flavour.

Another popular idea is to spread a bread wrap with sweet chilli sauce, fill with sliced chicken or tuna and stir-fried vegetables, then pop onto the grill for a minute to warm through. For convenience I use the steam fresh bags for the stir fry which only takes a couple of minutes. Why not try adding ginger or mixed herbs for an extra zing!

Tasty Alternatives

Here are some other health grill recipes to make tasty meals to combine with your Lifestyle Plan.

Mushroom Melts – 300 calories

Prepare two large flat mushrooms. Sandwich together with 28g/1oz grated cheese or mozzarella or brie and a slice of beefsteak tomato. Pop onto the grill until the mushrooms are cooked. Serve with 3 bacon medallions, a poached egg and 140g/5oz Slimtone “fried” potatoes.

Fish Finger with Savoury Mash – 300 calories

Pop four fish fingers onto the health grill. Meanwhile mash together 140g/5oz cooked potatoes, carrots, swede and 1 tablespoon peas. Form the potato mix into two cakes and pop these onto the grill and cook until crispy. Serve with the fish fingers and 1 tablespoon tomato sauce.

Salmon with Creamy Dressing – 300 calories.

Pop 140g/5oz salmon steak onto the grill until cooked. Serve with a vegetable stir fry and a dressing made of 1 tablespoon of Extra Light mayonnaise mixed with 1 tablespoon Philadelphia light cheese. The garlic flavour light cream cheese is ideal for this recipe.

Potato Wedges – 300 calories

Cut a 280g/8oz potato into wedges and cook on high in the microwave for eight minutes. Pop the wedges onto the health grill until brown and crispy. Serve with small tin of baked beans. Sweet potatoes are really tasty as wedges and are low G.I. too.

Grilled Fruit Salad

For a delicious dessert, take a selection of fruit from your fruit basket – sliced apple, pineapple, pear, banana or peaches – and pop onto the grill until warm and golden brown. Serve with low calorie ice cream for a real treat!

I hope this gives you some ideas – let me know what your favourite health grill recipe is. I’d love to hear from you….

Stay safe,
Marie x