Monthly Archives: July 2014

Healthy BBQ tips for the summer

healthy BBQ

It’s the summer and it’s most definitely barbecue weather. But what to cook? Barbecues are great but the usual offering of burgers, sausages and chicken can get boring rather quickly. It’s also not particularly healthy.

Check out these top tips to keep your barbecues varied and healthy.

  1. Scrub the grill. A few passes of a good stiff grill brush will take off any charred compounds lingering on the grill. These bits of charred residue harbour potentially harmful and fatty chemicals that might transfer to what you are cooking.
  2. Pick the right meats. Try something like grilled chicken with tomato-avocado salad or grilled chicken with BBQ sauce sound. Light recipes are good to grill not only for flavour, but also for health. Chicken is lower in saturated fat than red meats such as steak or burgers.

The best red meat choices are the leaner cut steaks such as round, loin or sirloin.

Guess the holiday location

holiday guessing game

Are you planning a summer holiday?

Why not whet your appetite for the summer sun by checking out these wonderful beach locations. Can you guess the location of each?

Scroll down to the bottom for answers.

Please note, there are no prizes, this is just for fun. You may be surprised- some of these are a lot closer to home than you might think…

1) Where is this beach?

Exercise your finances like you would your body to excel

financial exercise

If you’ve been watching the Tour de France you are probably at least slightly impressed by the endurance and physical condition of the cyclists. Likewise, footballers playing in the World Cup in extreme Brazilian conditions are in great shape. You may even feel a little envious.

But you must remember. These guys aren’t born like this. It’s not luck that makes them that way. They have worked at it. Really, really worked at it.

If you feel inspired by these great athletes then remember it is going to be hard work. There’s no quick fix. The same mentality can be applied to the way you approach your personal finances.

To take charge of your physical health, doctors encourage you to know your numbers, such as blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and BMI (body mass index).

When you’re looking at your financial situation you should apply a similar approach. The following ‘exercises’ will help you get into shape, financial shape.

Exercise 1: Identify Income

Keeping fit on a budget

fit on budget

Keeping fit on a budget can be tricky as the cost of gym memberships, expensive equipment and healthy food can really add up.

First off read our tips on healthy eating on a budget then take a look at the below for guidance on how to cut the cost from exercising.

Before you start exercising please consider your individual situation and only embark on rigorous exercise if you feel you are in a position where it will benefit your health and not endanger you in any way. If you are in doubt please seek medical advice before getting started.

Start jogging every day. Jogging is free and can be done pretty much anywhere.

Buy your own equipment. Getting your own equipment eliminates the cost of gym memberships, which can add up. Try getting your hands on second hand kit from friends or gyms that are upgrading. If you have a mini gym set up at home you will also be saving money on travelling to and from the gym.

Your guide to following the Tour de France

tour de france guide

So the Tour de France has started and unless you have been living in a cardboard box for the last few weeks you would have noticed that it started in Yorkshire. Yes, Yorkshire.

Professional cycling has been growing in popularity in the UK over the past few years. Partly due, of course, to the successes of British cyclists Sir Chris Hoy, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish.

So you may be interested in the sport (when five years ago you weren’t) but how much do you know about it?

Do you know your green from your yellow jersey? Can you tell the difference between a pelaton and a bidon?

If not have a read of these top tips that will help you understand the Tour and appreciate the great sport that is professional cycling.

  1. What’s with the different colour jerseys?

The (most famous) yellow jersey  is worn by the rider with the fastest overall time.

The green jersey is awarded to the fastest sprinter. Sprinting points are awarded at certain points in each stage.

The red polka dot jersey goes to the best climber (also known as the King of the Mountains).

How to diet on a budget

healthy budget

With summer approaching a lot of us are trying to get in shape for a beach holiday.

But we’re also trying to save money to pay for that holiday.

These tips should help you eat healthily and correctly without breaking the bank.

To build muscle and lose fat, you need lots of healthy foods. Protein to build and maintain muscle, carbs for energy and fruits and vegetables for vitamins minerals and fibre. You also need water for hydration and healthy fats to help fat loss.

Unfortunately, food prices as they are now make it hard to eat healthy.

Stick to whole foods

Unprocessed foods are cheaper and more nutritious than processed foods (check the packaging to make sure but this is a good general rule to follow). They give you total control over the ingredients and what you are consuming.

The following examples are some of the best options for the different food groups:

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