S. Valentine's day arrived so quickly! Are you planing to do something special? If you need some ideas, I would suggest a homemade cheesecake with raspberries and blueberries to give the right colour for this day. You might want to match it with some roses on the table or a red tablecloth.
This recipe is one of my Valentine's favorite. This is an easy and quick recipe to do.
Ingredients: (serves 6)
For the biscuit base
1. Crumble the biscuit in a food processor or by hand, using a plastic bag and a roll until get a fine texture.
2. Mix the butter (at room temperature) with the crumble to make it stick together
3. Line clim film on a pie tin
4. Lay the biscuit on the bottom of the tin and with your fingers, fill up all the empty spaces.
For the cheese filling
1. Mix the Philadelphia cheese with the mascarpone cheese and stir it with a stick blender, adding the sugar. Keep stirring until you get a light texture. You can add lemon juice or vanilla essence for extra flavour.
2. Pour the cheese over the biscuit
3. Goes into the fridge for 4h (at least)
4. Display the berries on top before serving
The festive season is usually a time that we tend to have lots of parties with families and friends with lots of delicious food. This fact could make us worried if we want to maintain our healthy weight. The good news is - it´s possible to maintain your weight during this time of the year! The following tips will help you to have more control in what your eat and drink during this festive season:
#1 Always fill your plate with veggies
The veggies are the less caloric part of the meal, and will fill you up because contains lots of fiber. When filling your plate with more veggies, you will have less space on the plate for the meat and carbs, meaning you will eat a smaller portion of the most calorific part of the meal.
#2 Eat slowly
The festive season is the time to celebrate reunion with friends and family. Focus on those conversations around the table, than on the actual food and try to eat slowly. This will give more time to your stomach to send the signal of satiety to your brain and stop you of eating more.
#3 Don´t skip any meal
Don’t skip any meal of the day, trying to save your calories allowance for the big meal. If you keep your regular meals during the day, your blood sugar will be controlled. This means, you will have a good control of your appetite.
#4 Drink more water and less alcohol
Alcohol is empty calories, this means from the nutritional point of view it doesn’t contribute with good nutrients but instead with extra calories. Try to always have a glass water, next to you glass of wine, this will remind you of drinking more water than wine.
#5 Compensate with physical activity or by eating less on the next day
If you still overeat on the party lunches or dinners, try to compensate on the next day – exercising more or eating lighter meals on the next day (for example, soups, salads and fruit)
I hope you find these tips useful. Most importantly, enjoy the time with your family and friends and have a Merry Christmas!
Hi, I'm Joana, a Portuguese registered dietitian in the UK. I am passionate about helping others achieving their health goals.