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At a loss for what to eat at each lunch-time or bored to death with your usual choice of sandwich? Check out some of the following lunch ideas. Choosing a healthy nutrient-packed lunch can go a long way to help you avoid that mid-afternoon slump (along with a good night's sleep!), boost your afternoon brain power and help you avoid the temptation of joining in the daily afternoon biscuit ritual.

Alternative lunch options

Occasionally trying an alternative to a sandwich may help to boost the nutrient levels of your diet. Try some of the following suggestions:

• Hummus with raw vegetable selection (carrots, broccoli, cucumber, chunks of pepper)

• Try Cauldron's Organic vegetable Pates - spread on brown rice crackers from Health Essentials (try roasted parsnip & carrot or Moroccan chickpea - gorgeous!)

• Wholemeal pasta / rice / cous-cous salad with chopped raw veggies and flavoured with herbs, sun dried tomatoes, lemon, chilli. Include a dessertspoon of oil such as Udo's oil blend or Essential Balance Oil in the dressing to boost essential fat levels in the diet (oils available from Health Essentials, Carob or Leaders health food shops)

• Baked potato without butter topped with prawns and chopped carrot; cottage cheese, chives and cucumber; or tuna with chopped olives, spring onions and herbs

Good lunchtime sandwich shop food

• Sushi from M & S, The Potteries or Jersey Sushi at Fort Regent

• Mange-tout do great salad tubs - really healthy and nutritious

• Rice and pasta salads - opt for wholemeal pasta or brown rice. Check they include loads of veggies and not too much oil/mayonnaise

• Wholemeal sandwich with healthy fillings such as prawns/grilled chicken/cottage cheese/avocado and tomato

• Home-made or shop bought natural ingredient soups - if you are vegetarian

check these soups are not made with chicken or beef stock

• Fresh fruit smoothies - made in house. Some smoothies can contain LOADS of sugar. Always check the sugar content.

Beware of these ingredients hidden in your lunch-box!

• Sugar laden yogurts - instead opt for low fat Bio yogurt with chopped fresh fruit

• Pre packaged meats such as bacon or ham - often contains unhealthy preservatives such as nitrates and nitrites

• Flapjacks or muffins (which appear healthy enough) high in sugar and fat

• Low fat 'healthy' snacks - check the ingredient list for unwanted hydrogenated fats, additives or artificial sweeteners

• Mayonnaise coated coleslaw or potato salad

• High fat sandwiches - check the ingredients - not all sandwiches are equal e.g. bacon and brie/ham and cheese/chicken and thick mayonnaise

Written by Mandy Bonhomme at 12:00

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Easy Packed Lunch Recipe ideas

Brown rice salad

Cook brown rice and add chopped cucumber and pepper, grated carrot, spring onion, a handful of lightly toasted pine nuts or chopped cashew nuts, chopped sun-dried tomatoes and a small amount of feta cheese. Moisten with a dessertspoon of cold pressed essential fat oil from the health food shops Carob, Leaders and Health Essentials.

Guacamole (Avocado Dip)

Mash the flesh of 1 avocado with 1 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Add some finely chopped red onion, 1 crushed garlic clove, 1 chopped tomato, 1 tbsp fresh coriander and olive oil. Mix well and season with salt and pepper. Eat with pieces of carrot, cucumber, celery, red or green pepper, green beans, broccoli or cauliflower.

Easy Packed Lunch Recipe Ideas

Quick Quinoa Salad (adapted from Gillian McKeith's 'Ultimate Health Plan')

Boil 50g quinoa grains for 10 minutes. Drain under cold water. Add chopped cubes of cucumber and beetroot, sliced spring onions, sliced chicory, a handful of trimmed mange-tout and some chopped parsley. Add some of your favourite salad leaves and sprinkle with a small handful of raw nuts such as hazelnuts, cashews, almonds.

Don't forget the mid-afternoon snack

Remember that eating 'little and often' is one of the best ways to eat. So don't wait until tea-time before you get your next food fix. If you do this, your blood sugar levels will usually drop to a low level, leaving you feeling lethargic in the afternoon and at risk of indulging in the mid-afternoon treat box at work! Be prepared with a healthy supply of snacks, ready to combat any afternoon hunger pangs.


Written by at 09:00

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The Active 8 ultra-fit challenge

Fort Regent gym will be challenging you to The Active 8 ultra-fit challenge throughout July and August.

If you want to improve or test your current fitness levels you must complete the challenge of 8 exercises back to back with little or no rest as many times as you can over this 8 week period. 

Start and finish this timed challenge at the gym desk whenever you are feeling up to it, gym staff will be on hand to demonstrate the correct technique for the exercises and generally encourage you to complete this task which consists of press ups, sit ups, chins, squats, lunges, rowing, cycling and running. 

The time to aim for is 20 minutes, great for lunchtime workouts.

A leader board will be displayed at the gym reception to incentivise participants.

If you feel up to the challenge ask for further information at Fort Regent Active gym and activate your energy levels this summer.

Written by Active at 16:00

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