Nellsar Care Homes Nutritional Therapy https://nutrition.nellsar.com Mon, 02 Dec 2019 10:35:44 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 https://nutrition.nellsar.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/favicon.png Nellsar Care Homes Nutritional Therapy https://nutrition.nellsar.com 32 32 Nostalgic seasonal treats https://nutrition.nellsar.com/nostalgic-seasonal-treats/ https://nutrition.nellsar.com/nostalgic-seasonal-treats/#respond Mon, 02 Dec 2019 10:35:44 +0000 https://nutrition.nellsar.com/?p=221005 As we approach the darkest night, we see decorations begin to go up and fairy lights shining away making the dark cold evenings feel cosy and full of magic. It is a busy time in our Homes and the run up to Christmas brings a buzz of activity; you will begin to see choirs, Christmas […]

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As we approach the darkest night, we see decorations begin to go up and fairy lights shining away making the dark cold evenings feel cosy and full of magic. It is a busy time in our Homes and the run up to Christmas brings a buzz of activity; you will begin to see choirs, Christmas fairs and staff dressed as elves popping up all over the place!

Festive food has all been arranged and the early ordering and organisation is all in place. Food at Christmas is at the heart of the festivities – it is the thing that brings us all together. Whether it be a cuppa over a mince pie, or a meal at a table with loved ones, it will be made special with something indulgently warming to eat and drink.

When thinking of those living in our Nellsar Homes, we consider the different times people have lived through and the various diets we strive to cater for.

Some of our residents would have lived through the second world war and remember their mothers and grandmothers baking with the very basic ingredients a ration book would allow. Christmas would have been a time when people baked something special; wartime short breads for example.

Wartime Scotch shortbread recipe

Melt 4oz margarine, add 8oz plain flour and 2oz sugar, mix well and knead until the mixture binds together.

If it is a little dry, crumble it again and add a splash of milk and re-knead. Put in an un-greased baking tin and press the mixture down firmly so it is about 1/2 inch thick.

Prick the surface and then cut into 10-12 portions.

Bake in centre of moderate oven for 30+ minutes.

Remove, sprinkle lightly with sugar and serve.

Wartime Christmas Cake

This wartime recipe for a Christmas cake is made with ingredients which might have been saved over the weeks leading up to Christmas day.

Ingredients

  • 10oz whole wheat flour
  • 2oz seedless raisins or sultanas
  • 4oz chopped seeded raisins or dates
  • 4 oz cooking fat
  • 4 oz sugar
  • 2 large tablespoons black treacle
  • teaspoon ground mixed spice
  • teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • cup milk
  • teaspoon almond essence
  • teaspoon ground ginger

Method

Rub fat into flour, add all dry ingredients except soda, and mix well.

Dissolve soda in milk, add treacle to dry ingredients and then milk and soda and almond essence, and beat all together thoroughly.

Line a baking tin with greased paper, place mixture in and cook in very slow oven for 2½ hours.

1940s Christmas Cake recipe

References

Shortbread recipe
Wartime Christmas Cake recipe
Cake image

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Nellsar Chef Masterclass – sharing care catering knowledge and skills https://nutrition.nellsar.com/nellsar-chef-masterclass-sharing-care-catering-knowledge-and-skills/ https://nutrition.nellsar.com/nellsar-chef-masterclass-sharing-care-catering-knowledge-and-skills/#respond Tue, 05 Nov 2019 13:06:14 +0000 https://nutrition.nellsar.com/?p=215091 Last year saw the first Nellsar Chef Masterclass, held at Hengist Field Care Home. Cooks from our 13 Homes came to the workshop which gave them the opportunity to spend time together and share ideas. We also gave demonstrations on puréed meal presentation. This year we held the first of our 2019 masterclasses at Hengist […]

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Last year saw the first Nellsar Chef Masterclass, held at Hengist Field Care Home. Cooks from our 13 Homes came to the workshop which gave them the opportunity to spend time together and share ideas. We also gave demonstrations on puréed meal presentation.

This year we held the first of our 2019 masterclasses at Hengist Field on Thursday 24th October. Once again, we came together to meet and support one another. The job of a Care Caterer is highly skilled and demands expert knowledge in their field. Our masterclasses are designed to support and coach our cooks to help develop their knowledge.

In this workshop, I discussed in detail the complex needs of the people we are catering for and how to structure and menu plan around these. I covered topics including:

Type 1 & 2 Diabetes – What the differences are and how the kitchen can best cater for and menu plan to the needs of someone who is diabetic.

Dementia – Looking at the impact living with Dementia can have on a person and how we can best support them.

High fibre diets – What foods can be included into a meal to ensure enough fibre is present.

High calorie needs – When a person seems to be losing weight, how we can begin to fortify their meals. We looked at the best way of doing this and how to make it work on an individual basis.

Vegetarian & vegan diets – Looking at menu options and how to ensure balance and variety when menu planning.

We also looked at allergies, as well as macro and micronutrients.

During the second half of the masterclass Head of Care Catering, Adrian Silaghi spoke about the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation and texture modified diets from a chef’s perspective. We also looked at flavours and presentation during his session.

We had great feedback from the masterclass and everybody agreed that they would like the opportunity to get together more often to share knowledge and new techniques.

It is also an opportunity for us to say a BIG thank you to the Nellsar catering teams – keep up your great work!

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An interview with Princess Christian Head Chef, Adrian Silaghi https://nutrition.nellsar.com/an-interview-with-princess-christian-head-chef-adrian-silaghi/ https://nutrition.nellsar.com/an-interview-with-princess-christian-head-chef-adrian-silaghi/#respond Wed, 18 Sep 2019 11:04:06 +0000 https://nutrition.nellsar.com/?p=215036 How did you get into catering and what inspired you? I joined catering in 2010, wanting to challenge myself and to do something totally new. I didn’t know it was such a complex job, but I’d always admired those who were doing it and I really wanted to get myself in their shoes. I was […]

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How did you get into catering and what inspired you?

I joined catering in 2010, wanting to challenge myself and to do something totally new. I didn’t know it was such a complex job, but I’d always admired those who were doing it and I really wanted to get myself in their shoes. I was surprised to discover a fascinating world, where Ramona, one of my mentors once said ‘The sky is the limit!’

How would you describe your team and what are the best aspects of your role?

My colleagues are great and I am lucky to work with an ambitious team. Because we sometimes spend more time at work than at home, we try to maintain a good mood and enjoy our work every day; this isn’t difficult to achieve when you have passion for your job. The reward for my work behind-the-scenes are those magical moments when I meet smiling residents, family members or guests who share their appreciation and joy for my food and thank me for contributing to a better quality of life.

Princess Christian kitchen team

What do you enjoy about care catering?

The Care Catering sector is a special one; the main difference to other sectors is that you really have to open your heart to the people you’re cooking for.

What special qualities do you need to be a Chef in your Nellsar Home?

Besides the formal qualifications, I consider empathy needs to be an essential quality as a starting point. Until you put yourself in someone else’s shoes, you can’t have a reflective attitude towards your work which will make you perform at your best.

How do you work with residents to ensure they enjoy the best possible dining experience?

Human nature is extremely complex where variables are changing and this is why we are developing a working system in which each individual’s requirements are satisfied. We offer a variety of choices in terms of main courses of the day, modified food texture diets, desserts and drinks.

Princess Christian Chef Adrian's fish dish

What are your most popular lunches and desserts?

Our range of pies is very popular – steak and kidney, shepherd’s, cottage, chicken, fish, cheese and tomato and liver and bacon. Cauliflower cheese also goes down very well, as does fish and chips on Fridays….and roast dinners on Sundays of course! Trifles and fruit crumbles are our most popular desserts.

What do you most enjoy making? Do you have favourite ingredients and flavours?

I love to be creative but there are some limits and boundaries to consider when it comes to a Chef’s favourite flavours; taste buds have a certain education in time, and they have some expectations. If a Chef over steps those limits (trying to impress his guests!) he can ruin all those expectations and lose his reputation.

A dish must be simple, tasty and appealing. My personal concept about a dish is that it must be alive, colourful and have at least one raw element, even if it is simply the garnish.

Princess Christian Chef Adrian's date dessert

What type of feedback do you get from your residents?

Residents are so polite, gentle and they love to surprise you, in a nice way! I have received some wonderful feedback in different formats – electronically, letters, verbal, on small pieces of papers and even napkins! I keep all of them proudly as they are precious and give me energy, strength and fuel to continue my mission.

How do you work with seasonal ingredients to keep your menus interesting and varied?

Eating fresh fruits and vegetables in their season is beneficial for us because they contain the nutrients, minerals and trace elements that our bodies need at particular times of the year, so we ensure we use plenty in our cooking.

Do you source a lot of your ingredients locally?

Our butcher and fruit and vegetable suppliers are local. I am so happy to work with them and we have built up a very good relationship as part of the community. They provide fresh and great quality produce and they all have a customer-oriented policy, so they are always there for you.

What type of special diets do you cater for and what skills do you need for this?

Care Catering is a special discipline and different to commercial cooking, where you can provide certain social, cultural or psychological needs and impress your guests with your signature food. In a care setting, you are challenged with all those aspects, but need to take into account residents’ physical needs and be mindful of safety concerns, where knowledge of nutrition and hydration is very important.

How have you worked with Leni to develop the nutritional aspects of your catering?

Nutritional Therapist Leni and I work together very well. We have different qualifications and different roles, but we complete each other and we make a perfect team aiming to achieve the same goals. We are in that stage of our work where we are focusing on individual special needs, in terms of nutrition and hydration.

Nellsar's Adrian Silaghi and Leni Wood

What’s new in Care Catering? Are there any new skills you would like to learn?

As a National Association on Care Catering member, I have the chance to attend all national events regarding Care Catering and to be updated with all the latest news and developments. I bring this knowledge back to discuss with our extended management team and make action plans as a result.

At the moment, I’m carrying out research on modified food texture presentation, working closely with Leni and different specialists including speech and language therapists, environmental health officers and food technology suppliers, as well as our residents and family members. This is going well and we have recently created an Instagram page for puréed diets, which you can follow at: ‘welovepuree’.

Princess Christian pureed dessert

Are there any new dishes that you’re working on?

I am now happy to offer a completely puréed menu, starting with puréed cooked full English breakfast, continuing with a choice of main meals of the day (lunch, supper and desserts), puréed biscuits and cakes, and ending with puréed fresh fruits for a balanced diet.

Pureed full English breakfast

 

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There has been an abundance of berries over the summer and they are continuing to pop up. Blackberries have been showing themselves more and more recently. They are such powerhouses of nutrients and are easily found in the wild, which makes them easy pickings! Berries aren’t only good for jams, tarts and puddings, they are full of healing power so to adding them into your day would be a tasty and healthful thing to do.

What’s in a berry?

So, what makes berries so special? Berries are full of a compound known as ellagic acid. Ellagic acid is believed to help prevent cellular change which can lead to pathologies such as cancer. Strawberries and blackberries having the highest content of this powerful antioxidant. A potent antioxidant such as this can reduce damage caused by free radicals (harmful oxygen molecules which can damage healthy cells and potentially start a cancerous process).

Berries are also high in vitamin C – one of the most powerful antioxidants which may help reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and infections. Half a cup of strawberries has 42 milligrams, which is 70% of our recommended dietary allowance!  To get the most vitamin C from your fruits eat them fresh, as cooking can destroy much of the vitamin C levels.

Fresh and frozen

When shopping for berries I like to buy a mixture of fresh and frozen. Strawberries I always buy fresh and my blueberries and other berries I tend to buy frozen; I throw them in the blender and have a berry smoothie each day. When buying them fresh, make sure that the colour is bright and bold and there is no water or juice in the bottom of the box.

My frozen blueberry smoothie recipe

  • 250gms frozen blueberries. If you prefer it less cold, leave the berries out to defrost or use fresh.
  • ½ pint coconut milk. You can use a milk of your choice. If making the smoothie for someone who needs to boost calories then add coconut cream or oat cream fraiche for dairy free, or cream and full fat milk for dairy based.
  • If you like a bit of extra sweetness add half a banana.

Simple but effective!

 

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Creative ways of keeping hydrated https://nutrition.nellsar.com/creative-ways-of-keeping-hydrated/ https://nutrition.nellsar.com/creative-ways-of-keeping-hydrated/#respond Thu, 05 Sep 2019 12:24:19 +0000 https://nutrition.nellsar.com/?p=215024 70% of our body is made of water, so it is easy to understand the importance of staying hydrated and keeping ourselves topped up on the fluids we lose throughout the day. Around 300- 500 mls per-day is expelled just through breathing alone!    Encouraging hydration There are many people who, as they become older, […]

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70% of our body is made of water, so it is easy to understand the importance of staying hydrated and keeping ourselves topped up on the fluids we lose throughout the day. Around 300- 500 mls per-day is expelled just through breathing alone!   

Encouraging hydration

There are many people who, as they become older, become less interested in drinking adequate amounts. It is sometimes especially difficult to encourage those with Alzheimer’s to drink enough throughout the day as they might simply forget that they need to drink. If faced with this issue we can think outside the box and get creative in the way we offer fluids.

Hydrating foods

Foods are important when considering hydration. There are many hydrating foods – fruits and vegetables being the most hydrating.

Making fresh fruit platters and offering them around is a great idea, or plates of cucumber, tomato and cheese are fresh and hydrating snacks.

There are also effective and fun activities which could also encourage an increased fluid intake:

  • Making a small bar area and serving a variety of mocktails is a fun way of offering drinks
  • Having a garden party and inviting people to come outside to enjoy a cold drink and a social gathering
  • Experimenting with different glasses and beverages to see if some glasses are easier to drink from than others
  • Making fruit kebabs is a lovely activity to get people involved with trying fruits, and maybe experimenting with some they haven’t tried for a while
  • Reminiscing about different foods and drinks can bring back strong memories and encourage extra hydration; flavours such as dandelion and burdock, cream soda or homemade lemonade
  • Tasting sessions can be an effective way of ‘getting more sips into the day’. Making a tray up of shot glasses containing various flavoured drinks and offering them as a taster can be a sociable, inclusive and hydrating activity.

The Hydrate in Care Homes Project has put together a fantastic A-Z of Hydration Activities full of great ideas to keep hydration at the top of the agenda.

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Homemade Lemonade https://nutrition.nellsar.com/homemade-lemonade/ https://nutrition.nellsar.com/homemade-lemonade/#respond Tue, 06 Aug 2019 07:37:53 +0000 https://nutrition.nellsar.com/?p=215017 In this hot weather, who doesn’t love a cold refreshing beverage? A favourite around Nellsar Care Homes is lemonade! So refreshing, cool and flavourful. Here is the perfect home recipe for a cool, freshly squeezed lemon drink. This makes 1 litre: 3 unwaxed lemons, roughly chopped 25 to 50grams caster sugar (depending on sweetness preferred) […]

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In this hot weather, who doesn’t love a cold refreshing beverage? A favourite around Nellsar Care Homes is lemonade! So refreshing, cool and flavourful.

Here is the perfect home recipe for a cool, freshly squeezed lemon drink. This makes 1 litre:

  • 3 unwaxed lemons, roughly chopped
  • 25 to 50grams caster sugar (depending on sweetness preferred)
  • 1 litre cold water

Method

  • Blend the lemons, sugar and half the water in a food processor until the lemon is finely chopped
  • Pour the mixture into a sieve over a bowl, then press through as much juice as you can
  • Top up with the remaining water and serve with plain ice or frozen with slices of lemon and lime
  • You can even add in some mint for extra flavour.

This is lemonade with no fizz – the old fashioned way! If you would like a fizz, then use sparkling water.

Enjoy!

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A celebration of chocolate https://nutrition.nellsar.com/a-celebration-of-chocolate/ https://nutrition.nellsar.com/a-celebration-of-chocolate/#respond Wed, 10 Jul 2019 12:33:20 +0000 https://nutrition.nellsar.com/?p=214994 The 7th July marked World Chocolate Day. It is unusual to come across a person who doesn’t like chocolate in one form or another – milk, dark, mousse, cake, ice-cream, shake, hot chocolate, chocolate covered nuts, dairy free, sugar free, the list is endless! My personal favourite is dark chocolate; I love that it has […]

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The 7th July marked World Chocolate Day. It is unusual to come across a person who doesn’t like chocolate in one form or another – milk, dark, mousse, cake, ice-cream, shake, hot chocolate, chocolate covered nuts, dairy free, sugar free, the list is endless! My personal favourite is dark chocolate; I love that it has health benefits as well as giving me a chocolate fix.

Bitter, sweet and more valuable than gold?

The cocoa bean was first documented to have been used by the Mayans. Cocoa was so highly regarded its value was worth more than gold and used as currency to trade. Chocolate was first introduced to the UK in the 1600s where the aristocracy first enjoyed it – mixing it with sugar to make it sweet, in contrast to the Mayans who would use it as a bitter drink mixed with spices, deeming it as a gift from the gods and a powerful aphrodisiac.

The Mayans knew how potent the properties of the cocoa bean were and luckily that knowledge hasn’t been lost. In fact, the health benefits of chocolate are still being utilised to this day.

Is chocolate good for us?

So why is chocolate so good for us and can we eat any type of chocolate to add in a bit of tasty (healthy) indulgence to our day?

Cocoa is the raw element to any chocolate product and the ingredient that holds all the magic! The less cocoa and the more sugar a piece of chocolate contains, the more diluted the health benefits. So, sadly, reaching for that Cadburys dairy milk or chocolate ice-cream isn’t going to be providing us with any more health benefits than a few teaspoons of sugar will.

Using a raw cocoa powder to make hot chocolate or homemade chocolate treats is the best way of obtaining the best from it. If you can’t make your own, then buying dark chocolate which is over 70% cocoa will be the right choice when considering the most beneficial chocolate option!

Cocoa contains polyphenols which are naturally occurring antioxidants and have been linked to many health benefits such as reducing oxidative stress and inflammation, lowering blood pressure, mood boost and improved brain health.

Cocoa is also a good source of minerals such as magnesium, copper and iron – helping to support the body’s energy production and overall well-being.

In celebration of the healthful use of chocolate in a cool summer treat, here is the recipe for a ‘Raw Chocolate Milkshake Miracle’ – a recipe put together by the chef and naturopath Sarah Britton, who comments;

“This recipe really does taste brownie-tastic, yet contains no unhealthy or processed ingredients, just pure plant goodness and raw cacao. Loaded with antioxidants and healthy essential omega and polyunsaturated fatty acids, this smoothie will have you singing and dancing and ready to take on your day!”

Raw Chocolate Milkshake Miracle

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup hemp seeds (or use soaked almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds etc)
  • 2 heaping tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 very large frozen banana (or 2 small)
  • 2 tbsp raw honey, agave, or maple syrup
  • Dash of sea salt
  • ¾ – 1 cup water
  • 4 ice cubes


Instructions

  • Blend all the ingredients together; add water to thin if desired. It’s a thick one, folks!
  • Although the urge to chug may take over, don’t forget to ‘chew’ your milkshake for better digestion! Very important.

Source: http://rawfoodrecipes.com

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Let’s talk about keeping hydrated… https://nutrition.nellsar.com/lets-talk-about-keeping-hydrated/ https://nutrition.nellsar.com/lets-talk-about-keeping-hydrated/#respond Thu, 04 Jul 2019 10:39:10 +0000 https://nutrition.nellsar.com/?p=214986 This week, myself and two of our Nutrition and Hydration Champions attended a fantastic hydration workshop delivered by Naomi Campbell, the UK’s first Independent Hydration care nurse and consultant. Naomi is working hard to flag hydration and de-hydration so that they are recognised and monitored, in the same way nutrition and malnutrition are assessed with […]

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This week, myself and two of our Nutrition and Hydration Champions attended a fantastic hydration workshop delivered by Naomi Campbell, the UK’s first Independent Hydration care nurse and consultant.

Naomi is working hard to flag hydration and de-hydration so that they are recognised and monitored, in the same way nutrition and malnutrition are assessed with the current ‘MUST’ scoring – a five-step screening tool to identify adults who are malnourished, at risk of malnutrition, or obese.

Put the kettle on…

We looked at ‘What does a cup of tea mean to you and your residents?’. It is true that the classic cup of tea means the world to many of us and has been an inherent part of our culture since the 1600s. In residential and nursing care, tea is a lifeline for many of our residents. Our Nellsar Homes naturally offer a wide spectrum of hot and cold drinks around the clock – however, tea is a common favourite.

What ever the favourite beverage, it is important to drink enough fluid throughout the day to keep us hydrated. We should aim for 1500 mls per day.

Keeping hydrated in warmer weather

In this warm weather it is particularly important to ensure that those who are less able to help themselves to a drink are supported well to do so. Taking shots of different flavoured drinks around is a fun way to encourage a little extra fluid intake and add in ‘extra sips’ – ice lollies are also a real winner!

We should remember that fluids can also be obtained from foods! I wrote a blog last year about hydrating foods and they should certainly be encouraged and offered throughout the day. This is a good tip for carers and loved ones. If you have a relative or a resident who might prefer to eat and isn’t so interested in drinking then look at their foods and see where you might be able to add in extra hydrating foods such as fruits, vegetables, soups and salads.

Hydration and well-being

Being hydrated makes us more alert and responsive, feel fresher and helps reduce pressure sores. It also helps reduce the risk of falls, helps improve appetite, improves constipation, and reduces headaches and fatigue.

Let’s all take time to drink more – and if you’re passing someone in a care home that might be without a drink, then offer them one.

We can all be advocates of hydration!

See: www.hydrationcareconsultancy.co.uk

 

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Five to nine – healthy eating every day of the week https://nutrition.nellsar.com/five-to-nine-healthy-eating-every-day-of-the-week/ https://nutrition.nellsar.com/five-to-nine-healthy-eating-every-day-of-the-week/#respond Tue, 18 Jun 2019 09:40:36 +0000 https://nutrition.nellsar.com/?p=214967 Last week the British Nutrition Foundation celebrated Healthy Eating Week, encouraging people to eat at least 5 fruits and vegetables a day. Five was chosen as a minimum amount for the general public to aim for, when ideally 9+ portions per day is optimum. The more plant-based foods such as fruit and vegetables you add […]

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Last week the British Nutrition Foundation celebrated Healthy Eating Week, encouraging people to eat at least 5 fruits and vegetables a day.

Five was chosen as a minimum amount for the general public to aim for, when ideally 9+ portions per day is optimum. The more plant-based foods such as fruit and vegetables you add to a balanced diet, the better your overall health will be. You will have better bowel function, heart health and skin. You should also feel less tired and be able to stave off many illnesses more easily.

It isn’t always easy to know how to add in fruits and veg to the diet if it isn’t something you are used to doing. Knowing what is counted as a portion, and whether to eat mostly fruit over vegetables or vice versa, might not be so obvious.

How to reach your 5 a day and beyond

The first rule of thumb is to make sure that your 5 to 9+ per day is made up of mostly vegetables. Fruits can be very high in sugar and although they are rich in vitamins, minerals and fibre, you should be eating a ratio of 2 fruit to 3 veg for your 5 a day, or 3 fruit to 6 veg for your 9 a day, and so on.

A portion size is around 80 grams. So that might be 3 heaped tablespoons of vegetables (raw, cooked or frozen), a dessert bowl of salad, or 3 heaped tablespoons of pulses (such as lentils, beans or peas).

A portion of fruit would look like:

  • One banana, apple, pear, orange, or similar sized fruit
  • Half an avocado or large grapefruit
  • A slice of large fruit such as pineapple or melon
  • Two satsumas, plums or similar sized fruit
  • A handful of grapes, berries, or cherries
  • One heaped tablespoon of dried fruit such as raisins or apricots, or three heaped tablespoons of fruit salad or stewed fruits

See: www.healthyperformance.co.uk

How to add in fruit and veg to your day

There have been numerous studies proving the benefit of an increased consumption of plant foods. Even making a small change from no fruit and veg to one or two portions is a great start and will have positive effects.

Breakfast

Think about breakfast, what do you eat? If it’s porridge, you can add in some of your favourite berries or perhaps some grated apple, or even a blended homemade apple sauce or berry compote could be a tasty addition. If you prefer a cereal, then any fruit can be added in.

If it’s toast that you like, then a hand full of rocket or wilted spinach with your eggs and toast can fit in well. Or if you are more of a ‘toast and spread’ person, then how about having a fruit salad on the side in a separate bowl?

Snacks

For snacks, you could include humous, cut up pepper, carrots, celery and cucumber.

Lunch and dinner

With lunch and dinner, you can really go to town on the vegetables! Have as many and as much as you like – roasted, stir fried or steamed – or have a large salad added in or on the side.

Experiment with variety and eat as many different colours in a week that you can – red, yellow, orange, purple and green. Just remember that white potatoes aren’t counted as one of your five a day!

Click on the British Nutrition Foundation poster below for further tips and information…

 

 

 

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High calorie smoothies – National Smoothie Day, Friday 21 June https://nutrition.nellsar.com/high-calorie-smoothies-national-smoothie-day-friday-21-june/ https://nutrition.nellsar.com/high-calorie-smoothies-national-smoothie-day-friday-21-june/#respond Wed, 12 Jun 2019 09:38:35 +0000 https://nutrition.nellsar.com/?p=214949 Maintaining a healthy weight is important for our elderly population. It makes recovery from illness easier and helps us to remain stronger. Sometimes, due to illness or a heatwave, a person’s appetite can decrease and the need for extra calories in the diet is advantageous. If food isn’t appetising then smoothies are a great way […]

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Maintaining a healthy weight is important for our elderly population. It makes recovery from illness easier and helps us to remain stronger. Sometimes, due to illness or a heatwave, a person’s appetite can decrease and the need for extra calories in the diet is advantageous. If food isn’t appetising then smoothies are a great way to add in calories, vitamins, minerals and hydration.

To make the perfect high calorie smoothie you need a few base ingredients. Once you have these you can play around with the flavours as much as you like without going too far wrong – ie coffee, chocolate, strawberry, mango, peanut butter, banana…. you name it you can make it!

For a dairy base, here are some calorific ingredients:

  • Double cream – 100mls (458 kcals)
  • Dried milk powder – 57gms (201 kcals)
  • Full fat milk – 125mls (79 kcals)
  • Vanilla ice-cream – 3 scoops (244 kcals)
For a dairy free base:
  • Dairy free ice-cream (Swedish glace) – 100mls (91 kcals)
  • Sweetened soy milk/almond milk – 250mls (56 kcals)
  • Coconut milk (can) – 400mls (676 kcals)
  • Oat cream – 100mls (150 kcals)
  • Creamy oat fraiche – 100gms (177 kcals)
For extra calories you can add:
  • Nut butters – 1 heaped teaspoon 18gs (117 kcals)
  • Dates – 60gms (194 kcals)
  • Avocado – ½ medium (139 kcals)
  • Coconut flour – 50gms (176 kcals)
  • Ground flax seed – 2 tbl spoons (160 kcals)
  • Oats – 50gms (182 kcals)
  • Cashew nuts – 100gms (573 kcals)
  • Banana – medium (100 kcals)
  • Protein powder – 1 scoop (100 kcals)
  • Olive oil – 1 tbl spoon (123 kcals)
  • Coconut oil – 1 tbl spoon (120 kcals)

High calorie smoothies

Oaty banana shake
  • 250mls of non-dairy milk or full fat milk
  • 250mls of oat cream or double cream
  • 250gms rolled oats
  • 1 tbl spoon honey
  • Cocoa powder to taste

Banana oat shake

Strawberries vanilla surprise
  • 250 mls almond milk or full fat milk
  • 3 scoops vanilla ice cream dairy free or dairy
  • 2 cups of strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Strawberries and vanilla smoothie

Peanut butter and chocolate twist
  • 250mls of non-dairy or full fat milk
  • 1 banana
  • ½ avocado
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • 1 cup ice cream dairy or non dairy (preferably similar flavour to the protein powder)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 4 tbsp peanut butter

Peanut butter and chocolate twist smoothie

 Banana, peach and mango burst
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • ½ can or half a fresh peach
  • ½ small mango
  • 250mls dairy free or full fat milk
  • 3 tablespoons (or more) oat cream / oat fraiche or double cream
  • 3 ice cubes or a scoop of ice-cream if so desired!

Tropical banana shake

Next Friday, 21 June, is National Smoothie Day – so now you are fully prepared!

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