One of my favourite things to do is spend time with good friends and family. As barbecue season is in full force, you can often find us sharing stories and laughter in the back yard while someone mans the barbecue. I normally get out of that duty myself, as my barbecue skills are somewhat limited. But I do get involved with the preparation. So, this month for a change I thought I’d share some healthy outdoor eating options.
Instead of the usual beef burger, why not try making your burgers with lamb instead. Try my lamb burger recipe, listed under recipes on this site. Lamb is one of the most easily digested meats. And often the lamb you can find at the local butcher’s has been grown in a nearby field without chemical interventions! Even lamb from the supermarket is often from New Zealand where they have strict regulations around farming.
Top the burgers with goat cheese instead of cheese slices. Cheese slices as nutrition in my opinion is seriously questionable! They contain high amounts of salt and are often full of chemical additives. Go natural and try some goat cheese. Goat cheese is easily digested and many people who are dairy allergic are able to tolerate some goat products in their diet.
I then like to top this off with some caramelized onions. (Find out how to make them by checking out the Recipes section on our site.) Apart from tasting fantastic, onions are a great blood cleanser. There are many claims for the health benefits of onions, including their anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Instead of a beer, how about washing down your burger with a nice glass of red wine? Red wine is high in anti-oxidants and is a great digestive aid. There have been a number of studies indicating that drinking red wine helps heart health. (Oh, and don’t forget to drink your water.)
Don’t fancy alcoholic beverages? Try making a nice lemonade and adding some lavender to the mix. Not too much, as it can taste soapy. A little lavender will make your lemonade a little more special and will be more soothing to the digestive tract than the traditional lemon alone. Or if you are feeling adventurous, try our fabulous Rosemary Lemonade from the recipe’s section.
And any meal outdoors is topped off well with a nice dessert. Now that August is here many people seem to think that berry season is over. So, the strawberries and raspberries have passed, but my favourite fruit is just coming into its own. That’s the blackcurrant! Warm up some blackcurrants and pour over vanilla ice-cream. Soooo yummy! You can pop some peaches on the barbecue and add them to this for added fibre, vitamins C and A, and lots of other nutrients too. Blackcurrants are great for your kidneys, are high in anti-oxidants and vitamin C. I personally like a little brandy mixed into the blackcurrant mixture. It does help with digestion!
Please do try out our recipes and suggestions, and let us know how you get on. I often get requests from clients and students about recipes and we have a recipes section to help people. If you have any healthy recipes you would like to share, please send them to us. We’ll put them up on our website to share with our web community.
Enjoy the rest of the summer. I’ll see you in September.