Diet Notebook

Control your hunger pangs for longer, simply by swapping your breakfast cereal for a bowl of oatmeal. A study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, reports that oatmeal – ground oat groats – delivered a feeling of fullness for longer than other ready-to-eat breakfast cereals. The reason? Oatmeal contains a lot more fibre than other breakfast cereals, which are often packed with flavourings, fillers and salt.Try Mornflake Oatmeal (95p, 500g; tesco.com), drizzled with agave nectar topped with blueberries and a teaspoon of almond butter… yummy!

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HEALTHY CRISPS

We love this recipe, taken from Optimum Health the Paleo Way, by Claire Yates (Exisle Publishing, Australia, £16.95).

Slice five small sweet potatoes into crisps using a mandotin.

Place 16 tsp apple cider vinegar, 3 tsp olive oil, 2 tsp maple syrup, 14 tsp paprika and 14 tsp ground black pepper in a bowl and stir until well combined,

Using your hands, gently toss the sweet potato chips through the mix, making sure the chips are well coated.

Spread the chips on trays lined with baking paper and bake al your oven’s lowest temperature (70-100’C/gas mark 14) with the door slightly ajar, until crisp. In a dehydrator: spread the chips on the trays provided and follow the dehydrator’s instructions.

DIET REVIEW MONOMEALS

This diet fad, which has gained popularity through the photo-sharing social network Instagram, involves eating just one type of food at a time. For example, breakfast could be a bowl of mango, lunch a plate of carrot sticks and dinner a serving of pineapple. This diet promises weight loss, but while it’s unlikely you’ll exceed your calorie intake for the day eating bowlfuls of fruit and vegetables every day, it’s also very restrictive. You’ll limit your intake of protein (who’s going to sit down to a plateof just chicken breasts?) so you won’t be giving your body the range of nutrients it needs. Plus, your body absorbs vitamins and minerals best when you combine foods. For example, vitamin C is needed to help you absorb iron, especially from plant sources, and lycopene, the potentantioxidant in tomatoes, is best absorbed when the tomatoes have been cooked in olive oil, as the healthy fats transport the antioxidant across the gut wall. Take our word for it, the Monomeal diet is one to avoid!.

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