Fitness: Our monthly healthy hotlist
Confined to our homes for such long periods of time, there’s a huge temptation to raid the fridge or strip the larder of its most devilish treats. But to help keep our immune systems in tiptop condition, we need to include lots of healthy fruit and veg in our diets. Here’s an idea for a saintly sweet treat to keep the sugar cravings at bay. . .
Frozen yoghurt berries look amazing – and they taste great, too. They’re a healthy alternative to sweets, and kids will have lots of fun helping to make them. For a sneaky treat for the grown-ups, use white chocolate instead of yoghurt.
Prepare in 10 minutes, plus freezing
250ml Greek-style natural yoghurt
25g goji berries
Honey to serve (optional)
1 Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2 Use a toothpick to individually dip the berries in the yoghurt, then lay onto the baking sheet.
3 Optional extra - Scatter with goji berries.
4 Freeze for an hour then enjoy. You can also add a light drizzle of honey.
Recipe courtesy of Dobbies Garden Centres. Visit dobbies.com
These dinky bottles of culinary essential oils add a delicious kick of concentrated flavour to everyday dishes, ideal for times like these, when ingredients can be in short supply. Created by Young Living, the range includes Parsley+, Coriander+, and Citrus Fresh+, with just a toothpick of oil providing a burst of full-on flavour.
Coriander+ adds a fresh dimension to Chinese soups, Indian masalas and Mexican salsas, whilst Citrus Fresh+ features zesty notes of orange, tangerine, mandarin grapefruit, lemon and spearmint, great to enhance cakes, marinades and dressings.
The new culinary oils compliment the already popular line of Young Living’s dietary oils, with flavours ranging from Cinnamon and Orange to Thyme and Ginger. Boasting a long shelf life, the culinary oils are set to become storecupboard saviours.
Visit youngliving.co.uk to see the full range
For women, the sports bra is one of the most vital pieces of kit – whether out pounding the streets, getting flexible during a yoga workout or bouncing around to Joe Wicks’ PE workout. A decent sports bra will help support and maintain the integrity of the breast wall. Too much intense movement can cause the ligaments surrounding the breast to stretch and tear – so we need to protect our assets, so to speak!
We love the Anita Maximum Support Air Control Sports Bra, £59, at Figleaves (figleaves.com), which boasts innovative Delta Pads (exclusive foam cups offering superb support), ergonomically-designed straps (padded to alleviate pressure) and highly-permeable material (to keep you cool and dry while you exercise). There’s sports bras for all pursuits and pockets on the market right now. Here’s three of our favourites. . .
Good Moves sports bra, £20, at M&S, marksandspencer.com
Active high impact sports bra, £14, by Tu at Sainsbury's
Panache Moulded Sports Bra, £42, at figleaves.com
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