Mushroom Soup

Sara NUTRITION

A really simple mushroom soup recipe – make it extra special by using wild mushrooms and a splash of creme fraishe. Ingredients 2 leeks, chopped 3 garlic cloves, chopped 50g/2oz butter 300g/9 oz mushrooms, sliced 2 -3 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only 600ml/1 pint chicken or vegetable stock Preparation method Sweat the leeks and garlic in the butter for 4-5 minutes or until softened. Add the mushrooms …

The Skinny on “Clean Eating”

Sara NUTRITION

At SK-Life Fitness I try to teach my clients to practice “clean eating,” and I want to explain actually what is means. More recently “clean eating” has become a popular word for people who are looking to “clean up” their diets. For many people, however, exactly how to go about “eating clean” still remains something of a mystery. To me, …

Mexican chicken stew with quinoa & beans

Sara RECIPES

Spicy chicken casserole with a healthy superfood side dish of protein-rich quinoa INGREDIENTS 1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion , sliced 2 red peppers , deseeded and chopped into largish chunks 3 tbsp chipotle paste 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes 4 skinless chicken breasts 140g quinoa 2 chicken stock cubes 1 x 400g can pinto beans , drained small bunch coriander , most chopped, a few …

BACON AND SAGE WRAPPED CHICKEN

Sara RECIPES

INGREDIENTS 8 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, trimmed Salt 16 sage leaves 8 slices thick-cut bacon 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice PREPARATION  Preheat oven to 400ºF. Lightly mist a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.  Sprinkle chicken lightly with salt and place 2 sage leaves on each chicken breast half. Wrap a slice of bacon around …

The Best Workouts for Your Body Type

Sara FITNESS

At SK-Life Fitness I strive to give you the best information regarding Health, Fitness and Nutrition, and recently I spoke with the Kathleen Chu, Outreach Director for Everyday Health in New York, who wanted to share with me their latest content and views on The Best Workouts for your Body Type.  I had already blogged on “are you eating and exercising …

Top 5 Lifestyle Changes for Office Workers

Sara NUTRITION

Are you a busy office worker who runs out the door without eating breakfast, drinks coffee all morning to keep yourself awake , often skips lunch or have to attend business lunches, feel tired drained and have little energy in the afternoons and then come home and sit down to a huge meal and feel hungry all evening? This is …

The Secret to Losing Weight

Sara NUTRITION

Why do some people think that there is a secret to losing weight? Let me tell you right now that there is no secret. After 20 years of being in the fitness industry, I have had the pleasure and experience of personally training many clients, of all ages, and all shapes and sizes. I have taken them on a journey to …

Do you want to lose weight?

Sara NUTRITION

 8 WEEK WEIGHT MANAGEMENT COURSE AT SK-Life Fitness in the private studio, we offer an eight week Weight Management course  which can be combined with a personal training programme or on its own.  This is designed to teach you how to identify why we eat certain foods and what influences our eating habits, with particular emphasis on weight management. This …

Foods in Season this November to boost your immunity

Sara NUTRITION

Buying seasonal produce guarantees the depth of flavour nature intended, helps to boost your natural immunity, and feeds the body with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to prepared the body for the Winter months ahead.  I list all the seasonal produce good to eat right now. I have then picked three to tell you about their nutritional values. You will see …

How Do You Lose Abdominal Fat from Stubborn Areas

Sara FITNESS

Developing a lean, flat stomach takes time and patience, especially when it comes to those last few pounds in those hard to lose places. The lower abdominal fat and “love handles” can be two of the most stubborn and exercise-resistant areas from which to lose abdominal fat. Some people slave away day in and day out on the latest method …

Fitness for new mums

Sara FITNESS

How soon after giving birth can I start exercising? This will depend on whether you were already exercising before you fell pregnant and when you were pregnant.. If you exercised right up until the end of your pregnancy, you can do some light exercise and stretching from the start.If you stopped exercising during your pregnancy or are a newcomer to fitness, …

10 Reasons to Hire a Personal Trainer

Sara FITNESS

We all need a little help with exercise sometimes, whether we’re just starting out or we’ve been at it for a long time. Still, there are people who shy away from personal training, unsure of what they’ll get out of the experience or whether it’s worth the money. There are a number of reasons people work with per trainers.  Some want …

Controlling Blood Sugar levels with 8 Healthy Snacks

Sara NUTRITION

When our blood sugar levels dip we can feel quite unwell, tired and lethargic with little energy.  Are you guilty of grabbing a sugary snack? Most commonly people will eat high sugar content snacks especially in the afternoon around 3-4pm. This immediately feeds glucose into the blood stream and gives an instant, but short term rush of energy, but they …