The festive season is nearly upon us which means parties, parties and more parties. “On the Day” Tip: Try sipping fennel tea which will help expel any excess water and leave you un-bloated and ready to party.
Watercress & Cherry Tomato Omelette
Dry fry/roast a small handful of halved cherry tomatoes, add a little olive oil, add one beaten free-range egg loosened with a little milk/water. Add a handful of fresh watercress leaves and finish under the grill to make it soufflé.
The protein-based breakfast will keep you sustained throughout the morning. The peppery watercress is particularly beneficial to the liver, which will help prepare it for the night ahead.
Fresh Clementine / Satsuma with Brazil Nuts
Choose a seasonal festive fruit and enjoy with four Brazil nuts.
The Vitamin C found in the citrus fruit is a powerful anti-oxidant which will help to counteract the effects of partying! The protein in the Brazil nuts will balance the release of sugar from the fruit.
Tabbouleh Salad with Grilled Chicken
Drizzle free-range chicken breast in lemon juice, season with black pepper and grill. Allow to rest. Wash ½ cup barley couscous and add ½ cup boiling water, cover and leave for 10 minutes. Cool slightly, mix with 1 ½ cups of chopped parsley, finely chopped tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, juice of ½ a lemon and some olive oil. Slice the chicken and serve on top.
A good source of iron and rich in minerals, barley couscous is a good alternative to wheat. Parsley, a powerful “de-bloater” enhances the kidney's ability to excrete sodium and water. It also improves the function of potassium in the body which counteracts the negative effects of salt.
Spiced Poached Pears
Lightly poach a chopped pear in water with ½ tsp Chinese five-spice and star anise. When tender, take out and serve with a dessert spoon of Greek yoghurt.
The protein in the yoghurt will digest slowly meaning you don’t start drinking on an empty stomach.
You have far less control on what you eat when you are at a party so we have come up with a few tips to help navigate the canapé/buffet rounds:
• Digestion: eat lots of fibre which will help clear out the toxins from your liver.
• Essential Fats: Oily fish, raw nuts and seeds will help reduce inflammation (headaches)
• Protein-based canapés like chicken satay sticks are preferable to pastry based nibbles.
• Stick to dips and crudités rather than crisps.
• Most importantly, alternate every drink with a glass of water!
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