Top recipes for a slimmer Summer


We’re at the beginning of December and the wheel of 2014 is starting to turn faster and faster. Soon we are going to be stuffing our jolly faces with Christmas hams and puddings, but before there’s an urgent panic to see if last year’s bathing suit still fits! Horrors. It actually turns out that crash dieting may be better for weight loss!

I’ve been trying to follow my nutritionist’s instructions of eating something every 3 hours, avoiding mindless snacking late at night and drinking more water and less wine. Sigh...

I’ve also been trying to cram in the veggies - this spinach salad is a winner! And if you want something with a bit more oomph, try this warm salmon and fennel salad. It’ll keep you full for hours.

Apart from holiday and Christmas festivities, the season ahead is also jam-packed with braais at friends and cheeky drinks sessions. These top 10 healthy braai recipes are a must if you are looking for something a bit lighter, and we’ve also got 3 diet wines that our wine editor recommends for those watching the scale.

Looking for a healthy nibble? These 3 healthy snack ideas are great for cocktail hour or when you just want to nosh on something delicious during the day. And don’t forget to have a look at our famous top 15 skinny jeans recipes – they’re low in calories and refined ingredients, so you won’t feel heavy and bloated. Great for pre-beach eating!

If you feel that saying no to anything too indulgent is just way too much hard work, then I suggest you simply incorporate foods high in vitamins and minerals. They’re full of antioxidants which help to prevent sickness, aging and give you a glowing complexion. Now, who wouldn’t want that?

- Tessa Purdon


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