As we move towards the summer seasons, we want lighter options like freshly prepared salads and stir-fries which make great, healthy choices. At this time of year, TV, magazines and social media are awash with diet plans promising us that we can shape up for summer, Sue and Nic from slimming club BandBoozled understand that it takes time to lose weight and it is a long-term and ongoing journey, that lasts beyond bikini season.
Their advice remains the same all year round – ‘eat healthily and exercise regularly and you will reap the rewards.’ Here are their favourite summer recipes – all in gastric band friendly portion sizes!
1. Mix the ginger wine, finely chopped fresh ginger, spring onions, pepper and chilli. Pour it over the chicken (chopped into thin strips) and marinade in the fridge for 30 minutes.
2. Spray a griddle pan with the spray oil and drain the chicken mixture and add to the pan.
3. Cook for 5 minutes, turn over and repeat. Season with the pepper.
4. Serve on a small bed of freshly cooked rice.
Top Tip: for an added fiery kick add a freshly chopped chilli pepper!
1. Melon and Parma ham
Cut a fresh cantaloupe melon into chunks. Also cut a couple of slices of Parma ham into thin strips and mix into the melon. Grate a little fresh ginger across the top.
2. Exotic Fruit Salad
Chop up a papaya fruit and a mango into chunks. Spoon over some pomegranate seeds across the top and enjoy!
3. Herb Salad
Finely dice a red onion, half a cucumber and 4 tomato skins. Mix in a tablespoon of chopped chives and flat leaf parsley. Add a drizzle of olive oil, mix well and serve as an accompaniment to a meal.
4. Waldorf salad
Chop up an apple into chunks, a couple of sticks of celery and a handful of walnuts. Add to a bowl and mix in 4 tsp of low-fat mayonnaise. Serve on its own as a starter or light meal
Salads make a fabulous meal or desert over the summer but remember to be careful what you serve it with. If it’s a fruit salad, then give the cream or ice cream a miss and try a little low-fat frozen yoghurt instead. If it’s a vegetable-based salad, then watch out for salad dressings as many of them are made with oil making them very high in calories! Where possible, choose an oil-free dressing or a little fresh lemon juice and freshly ground black pepper.
Here at The Hospital Group, specialist advice and guidance from our weight loss support team is a fantastic resource which you will benefit from as part of your package with us.
This is a huge source of information, recipes, meal plans and weekly updates which can help you on your journey. There is also a weight login area where you can track your weight and measurements and a Forum where you can talk to others with a gastric band and ask questions.