As you know, I’m always advising members to ‘eat more veggies!’ There are lots of reasons for this – vegetables are low in fat, high in fibre and rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that are vital for good health. They also have a high water content which, as well as being low in G.I., satisfies the appetite with a minimum of calories. And vegetables are “free” on the Slimtone Lifestyle Plan, so a great way to fill up without getting extra calories!
Of course, we’re hearing more and more about how a plant-based diet is good for the planet, as well as for our own health. Plant-based food needs less land, less water and creates less greenhouse gas which helps to prevent climate change.
Quite a few Slimtone members are vegetarian and others of you are choosing to eat less meat for a whole range of reasons. At Slimtone, that’s easy to accommodate – after all, the Lifestyle Plan is designed for every lifestyle and to suit every taste! You’ll find a full week’s vegetarian menu on page 76 of your Lifestyle Plan with a tasty selection of meals to mix and match. Many of the recipes in our weekly talks are meat and fish-free too. One of my favourites is this Sweet and Sour Stir Fry.
Make up a marinade with 1 teaspoon of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon or orange juice and 1 tablespoon of water, 1 teaspoon of tomato puree, 1 teaspoon wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon sugar and ½ teaspoon cornflour. Leave 56g/2oz Quorn cubes in the marinade for at least an hour. Stir fry 2 chopped spring onions, ½ chopped chilli and 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger in 1 teaspoon oil. Add a selection of free vegetables and cook for 2 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked but crisp. Add the Quorn and remaining marinade liquid and cook for a further 2 – 3 minutes. Serve with 168g/6oz cooked rice for a tasty main meal that all the family will enjoy.
There’s more information about a healthy vegetarian diet on the Slimtone website too. Click here to download it now. It’s certainly a great idea to try and have at least one meat-free day per week.
You’ll find lots of other information on our Slimtone website too.
If you are gluten-free, or have high blood pressure or cholesterol, or are looking for a diet suitable for diabetics, there’s an information sheet for you to download.
Click here and then click on the Healthy Living Essentials tab.
We’re always chatting about different ideas in the weekly class too, so if you’ve got any questions, or have ideas to share, we’d love to hear from you.
In the meantime, let’s all eat more veggies and help save the planet!
P.S. Remember, the NEW Slimtone Celebrations book is available in class now. Or buy it online here (either as an immediate download or as hard copy through the post). There’s a special offer too – buy the new Celebrations book together with our super Slimtone Soup book for just £5.00 including postage and packing.