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I came across this article at NHS website today. I found it helpful, hence sharing it.
Enjoy reading it and stay healthy 🙂
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It may be cold outside but winter needn’t be the unhealthiest time of year for you and your family.
Watch a video on walking groups.
Here are five ways to make sure that even when your body is telling you to hibernate you can keep healthy and fit, no matter what the weather’s like:

1. Eliminate your sleep debt

“On average we sleep six-and-a-half hours a night, much less than the seven to nine hours recommended,” says Jessica Alexander, spokesperson at the Sleep Council, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of a good night’s sleep to health and wellbeing. But in winter, we naturally sleep more, due to the longer nights. “It’s perfectly natural to adopt hibernating habits when the weather turns cold,” says Jessica. “Use the time to catch up.”
Read more about how to get a good night’s sleep.

2. Drink more milk

You are 80% more likely to get a cold in winter so making sure your immune system is in tip-top condition is important. Milk and dairy products such as cheese, yoghurt and fromage frais are great sources of protein and vitamins A and B12. They’re also an important source of calcium, which helps keep our bones strong. Try to go for semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, rather than full fat, and low-fat yoghurts.
Read more about healthy eating.

3. Eat more fruit and veg

When it’s cold and dark outside it can be tempting to fill up on unhealthy comfort food, but it’s important to ensure that you still keep your diet healthy and include five portions of fruit and veg a day. If you find yourself craving a sugary treat, try a juicy clementine or satsuma instead, or sweet dried fruits such as dates or raisins.
Winter vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, swede and turnips can be roasted, mashed or made into soup for a comforting winter meal for the whole family. Explore varieties of fruit and veg that you may not normally eat.
Read more about how to get your 5 A DAY.

4. Try new activities for the whole family

Don’t use the cold winter months as an excuse to stay in and lounge around. Instead, get out with the whole family to try out a new activity, maybe ice-skating or taking a bracing winter walk on the beach. Regular exercise helps to control your weight, boost your immune system and is a good way to break the tension that can build if the family is constantly cooped up inside the house.
Read more about different types of exercise for your and your family.
5. Have a hearty breakfast

Winter is the perfect season for porridge. Eating a warm bowlful on a cold morning isn’t just a delicious way to start your day, it also helps you to boost your intake of starchy foods and fibre, which give you energy and help you to feel fuller for longer, stopping the temptation to snack mid-morning. Oats also contain lots of vital vitamins and minerals.
Make your porridge with semi-skimmed or skimmed milk or water, and don’t add sugar or salt. Add a few dried apricots, some raisins, a sliced banana or other fruit for extra flavour and to help you hit the five-a-day target.

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Have you got a fussy eater. then these ideas will help you to get your children to eat their healthy 5 a day.

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Today and next weekend there is a Santa’s trail at Ham house and gardens from 11.30 a.m. To 3 p.m.
Make sure you are in time though, not to come v
Back from the gates at 3.15 p.m. As we did yesterday. The river flooding is making it longer to reach the Ham house. So leave enough time to arrive in time. We are leaving there now 🙂
What better can it get, Santa’s trail in historic place, even I am getting all excited for my three year old 🙂

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face mask

For a free face mask raid the kitchen cupboard!
Mix a mashed up banana, 1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp orange juice and raw oatmeal together then apply to your face.
Leave for 10 minutes then rinse off to reveal brighter looking skin.

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Yesterday I came across with an article that states the cinnamon is one of the super foods. The laboratory studies show that if people sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon it will reduce blood sugar levels. As we now live with my dad who has a diabetes this piece of info backed up by solid research was quite useful to take on board. Besides it tasted good and Christmassy.
So this morning while cooking the usual oat porridge that can get gruesome, we added some cinnamon and jazzed it up with fruits. Having a child means the latter goes as soon as the red fruits reach home. But on a hot plate of porridge frozen fruits are just a treat too.
So why not to treat yourself to winter warmth and stay healthy too and accompanied with warm vanilla chai latte, bliss!

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This is a moist,tender and delicious cake that has fraction of the fat in it, thanks to the buttermilk and oil.

Serves 12:

1 tablespoon plus 1 1/4 cups sugar

2 cups unbleached all purpose flour

3 tablespoons poppy seeds

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 large egg

1 cup buttermilk (look further how to make your own)

3 tablespoons canola oil (I used sunflower oil)

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. Make your own buttermilk. Just add half tablespoon of white wine vinegar to milk and leave it while you are getting on with the rest.

2. Preheat the oven to 180C or 350F. Lightly oil a 6 or 8 cup pan. Sprinkle the pan with 1 tablespoon of sugar, tapping out the excess.

3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

4. In another bowl, whisk the egg until frothy. Whisk in the 1 1/4 cups of sugar, buttermilk, oil, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla. Gradually add the wet ingredients to dry ones, whisking until just moistened. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

5. Bake the cake 30 or 40 minutes, or until a cake taster (toothpick) inserted in the center comes out clean. Loosen the edges and invert onto a wire rack. Let cool completely.

Just took this one out of the oven. The smell is heavenly.

This has now become one of the family favourites. I can see myself baking this again and again. Happy days 🙂

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