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Honey Vs Sugar

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During the winter months, it’s easy to crave warming foods that aren’t necessarily good for you. A lot of these foods can be full of sugar, which we all know, leads to fat. Many people are cutting down on their sugar intake, but if you haven’t already – we thought that we’d show you some easy ways to substitute sugar in dishes by using honey instead.

Lets start off by saying we’re not experts, but honey has a range of health benefits and is a natural way of getting a sweet fix.

We love adding honey to our dishes, and we think you will too!

Porridge/Oats

Porridge is a simple one.  If you’re adding sugar to your porridge, replace it with a small drizzle of honey and fruit such as berries. We love the sweet and soothing taste it gives to oats.

Smoothies

Another quick and easy breakfast that can quickly rack up your sugar intake for the entire day! You need to look out for the hidden sugars in the ingredients being added such as flavored or frozen yoghurts as well as the natural sugars in fruits. We much prefer the taste with a small spoonful of honey, especially when mixed with banana or berries. It allows you to satisfy your sweet cravings whilst not blowing your sugar intake for the day in one meal.

 

Muffins/Cakes

Baking can be a nightmare for those wanting to lose weight or keep a healthy/balanced diet. We love to substitute honey instead of sugar or artificial sweeteners! It makes things like muffins and cakes just that little bit better for you, so you wont feel as guilty taste testing a couple whilst you’re cooking!

Tea

I know it sounds silly, but do you have sugar in your tea? Why not substitute it for a teaspoon of honey instead? It gives your daily warm drink a comforting component and will naturally sweeten it up. Isn’t that a win-win?

 

Muesli/Cereals

A lot of pre-packaged cereals can be full of sugar or artificial sweeteners which is hard to avoid, right? Wrong! If you can, take the time to make your own! You can use oats, dried fruit, nuts and shredded coconut, mix it all with honey and bake it until lightly golden! This will give you a naturally sweetened toasted muesli for your breakfast each day and take out all those nasty sugars other pre-made cereals are filled with!

So there you have it everyone, some quick and easy ways to reduce your sugar intake, and replace added sugar with honey, which you can incorporate into your daily routine without much fuss, or breaking the bank!

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5 Tips to Being Healthier at Work

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Ah, work. Some love it, some hate it – either way it’s a really easy place to become lazy. Especially when you work in an office. With people always bringing in cakes or sweet treats, making coffees and all the sitting down you do throughout the day, it’s easy to lose track of just how little time you’ve spent being active. Not to mention, when you get home I’m sure the last thing you want to do is work out. So, to help you beat those lazy workdays we’ve got 5 quick tips to keep you active all day long.

 

Get up every hour and do 10 x reps.

It sounds silly, but the best way to do this is to set a reminder every hour on the hour to do 10 x reps of an exercise. For example, each hour you could do 10 x lunges on each leg, or 10 x pushups. By the end of the day you will have done 80 reps – which is a lot when you add it up over the week! You’ll be surprised at the strength you gain from something so simple.

Every time you go to the toilet do 10 x squats

We know, it sounds awkward, but why not? By doing 10 x squats a couple of times a day when you go to the bathroom, and you will be better off for it. It takes less than a minute, and will have your behind looking amazing!

 

Fill your water bottle up half way so you have to walk and get more

A friend told me once that they do this – and ever since I started doing it, my pedometer step count has grown tremendously. When you’re an office worker in particular, you sit down to work, eat, and drive and then when you get home you sit again. It’s good to get up off your feet more often, so by filling your water bottle up only half way you will be getting up at twice as much as what you used to!

Walk at lunchtime

This is so important when you sit at your desk all day, and then go to lunch and sit down again. Try to get up and move around – whether it means eating your lunch quicker and going for a quick power walk around the block, or bringing your sneakers to work and going for a light jog before lunch, you’ll get your heart rate up and feel better for it by the end of the day. 

Cut the coffee

I know, I know – this is many of our weaknesses, but in a work environment we tend to socialize around getting a coffee. Not only is this extra calories and caffeine that you may not need, it’s not the best for you. Instead try substituting it for herbal tea or hot water with lemon with honey. Your body will thank you and you can still chat with everyone making coffee!

Now that you have all you need to lead a healthier, happier workday, go out and do it! We’ love to see snaps of you squatting at your desk, or enjoying a cup of herbal tea at lunchtime. Just tag us @creativegourmetofficial or #creativegourmet

 

How to: Switch off & Sleep

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It is a common problem for the people of today, and one that can only be overcome by a change in mindset. What are we talking about? Sleep! Most of us do not get anywhere near enough, and are often tired throughout the day and then wide-awake at bedtime. We have a few tips and tricks for how to wind down throughout the evening to get your body ready for sleep. Check them out;

Reading

There is nothing that makes us sleepier than reading a good book before bed. Instead of tuning into the television right before bedtime, switch off and jump on the couch or into bed with a good book, and unwind! 

Bath

A nice warm bath, some candles and even some essential oils if you want to go all out, and you have yourself a relaxation station. A warm bath before bedtime will relax you, and help to prepare your body for bed time. 

Take the time

Preparing for sleep takes time, so why not create a nightly routine. A basic outline of a good pre-sleep routine would start with a relaxing and warm bath or shower, followed by your nightly skin care regime (moisturizer always makes us feel clean and fresh before bed time), and then a good book in bed before nodding off to sleep.

Tea vs Coffee

Some people swear by a hot drink before bed (especially in winter) but many of these include A LOT of caffeine. Coffee before bed is a recipe for disaster, and can keep you up all night long. Instead opt for a delicious herbal tea, which will calm you and prepare you for a nice night’s sleep.

 

Meditation/Yoga

One amazing way to keep calm and relax your body is to partake in a yoga or meditation class. Yoga classes usually have a relaxation part at the end, where the instructor will assist you with breathing techniques and relaxation methods. By doing this at nighttime you will relax your body and mind, and therefore induce sleepiness, ready for bedtime.

Clear your mind

Last but definitely not least – clearing our minds from work, life and family issues can be hard. Our technique is to write down a list of all the things you need to do/remember for the next day, or for the week so that your tasks are down on paper. It makes things more manageable so you’re not relying on your brain power to remember everything right before bed time. This clears your mind and worries which makes you more able to shut off and go to sleep.

So there you have it – our tips and tricks for sleeping more soundly and getting ready for bed. How many of you struggle to find a good life/sleep balance? Let us know your methods and how you prepare for a good night’s snooze!

 

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