Top 5 food tips for students

Top 5 food tips for students

A-level results are out, so for many its now off to University.  You may be completely prepared for it or you might be terrified of what the next three years holds for you.  But either way you will have to be more independent than you probably have been.  And that goes for what you eat.

Follow my 5 simple tips and at least you will have the food side of things sorted!

Tip #1

Try and avoid fast food outlets, takeaways and ready meals.  If that’s not possible limit them to once or twice a week.  The reason being they are heavily processed, contain high amounts of salt, sugar, fat and calories and are often lacking in nutrients.  The result could be weight gain, tiredness, bad skin, irritability, poor sleep and concentration.  Instead focus on plenty of vegetables, fruits, wholegrains, water, nuts and pulses.

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Tip #2

Buy the basics; by that I mean a selection of tins, jars and packets that can quickly be turned in to a nutritious meal.  And don’t be afraid of frozen veg and fruit; they are nutritious, inexpensive, reduce food waste and easy to prepare.

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Do your food shop at the end of the day, when you are more likely to bag bargains like reduced prices.  Also buy food the day before a shop is closed for a public holiday (and they have to get rid of stock).  Buy fresh fruit and veg when its in season – it is bursting with nutritional goodness and also cheaper (often greengrocers or local Asian supermarkets have very reasonably priced items).  But don’t buy food when you are hungry, it will encourage you to buy high fat, sugar processed items

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Tip #3

Buy in bulk.  Dried goods are often cheaper when bought in quantity.  If you haven’t got the space to store lots of food, club together with your friends; share the cost, share the quantity, share the discounts.  Don’t be afraid to shop around; Aldi, Lidl, Coop, Morrisons are often cheaper than the big named supermarkets.

Tip #4

Whilst you’re still at home get some quick and easy recipes under your belt.  Base your meals around vegetables, they are incredibly cheap, nutritious, versatile and easy to cook

  • spaghetti Bolognese – either with mince, Quorn or lentils, tinned tomatoes, lots of herbs, chopped veggies (carrots, peas, sweetcorn, onions, mushrooms courgettes, or wherever you have available) and some stock powder. Served with wholemeal spaghetti (to keep you fuller for longer)
  • Curry – cauliflower and chickpea is simple and cheap.  Fry frozen cauliflower in a pan with a chopped onion.  Add a jar of curry sauce or curry powder/paste.  Add a tin of chickpeas and its water (if using curry powder or paste).  finish with a splash of lemon juice and some fresh coriander (if you want it to look cheffy!

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  • stir-fry – use can use a frozen stir-fry mix and a jar of Sharwoods black bean and pepper sauce (low in sugar).  Add chicken, beans, tofu, nuts or Quorn for protein

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  • cheats risotto – using microwave wholegrain rice, frozen veg and leftover cooked chicken, Quorn, tofu or beans.  You can make it fancy by adding fresh or dried herbs and spices

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Tip #5

If you really don’t know where to start come to my student cookery classes that take place in West Bridgford, Nottingham every Thursday at 2pm

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Teen Healthy Cooking Workshop – Cake-tastic!

Teen Healthy Cooking Workshop – Cake-tastic!
by Nutrition coach Susan Hart and Rebecca from Willow and Dove
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 2.30 – 3.45pm West Bridgford Nottingham

Cost, £17

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Have you ever come home from school or college starving hungry and in need of a healthy cake?
Join us for a fun, small group (max 6), hands-on workshop for 13-16-year-olds and learn to make your own raw cakes to wow your friends and family!
Our cakes are all free from gluten, dairy, egg and soya.
Learn how to make:
*A yummy raw millionnaire slices with a super simple caramel
*How to make your own chocolate from 3 simple ingredients to top your millionaire slice
* A rich, chocolatey raw brownie with a decadent, easy icing

Take home all your creations from the afternoon plus recipes cards to recreate your cakes at home!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/teen-healthy-cooking-workshop-cake-tastic-tickets-35873249856

And if that weren’t enough.……Join us on Wednesday 16th August 2.30pm – 3.45pm for our first workshop on healthy snacks!

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Click here for all the details  http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/blog/snack-attack/

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Teen Healthy Cooking Workshop – Snack Attack!

Teen Healthy Cooking Workshop – Snack Attack!

Wednesday 16 August 2.30 – 3.45pm West Bridgford, Nottingham

Cost, £17
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Have you ever come home from school or college starving hungry and in need of a healthy snack?
Join me and Rebecca from Willow and Dove for a fun, small group (max 6) hands-on workshop for 13-16-year-olds and learn to make your own snacks to wow your friends and family!
All our snacks are free from gluten, dairy, egg and soya.
Learn how to make:
* Little POWER Balls in a variety of flavours (e.g Peanut Butter Brownie, Lemon and Coconut)
*Fabulous Fruity Smoothies
*Learn how to make a healthy chocolate sauce from scratch for our rainbow fruit dippers

Take home all your creations from the afternoon plus recipes cards to recreate your snacks at home!
Book you place by clicking through to Eventbrite   www.eventbrite.com/e/teen-healthy-cooking-workshop-snack-attack-tickets-35873174631


And as if that wasn’t enough……..Join us on Wednesday 23rd August 2.30pm – 4pm for our second workshop on healthy cakes!

willow and dove Click here for all the details http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/blog/cake-tastic/

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Cookery classes for students

Cookery classes for students

For more healthy eating advice please visit my website http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/

Do you want your children to be able to cook for themselves when they go off to university?

Are you a student about to leave home and have to prepare your own meals, budget and shop for food?

Some time ago research found that over 30% of students didn’t know how to boil an egg or cook a jacket potato.  And the truth is they my be in more regular contact with the local pizza delivery service that they are with their parents

Many students also admit to skipping a meal or two in a day.  This can play havoc with your weight because your body doesn’t know when it is next receiving food and will therefore store what it gets as fat.  Combine that will copious amount of cheap alcohol, ready meals and lots of sitting and a healthy lifestyle goes out of the window.

Poor or limited food choices and a high reliance on takeaways and sugary foods are not what the brain needs to keep it functioning and firing on all cylinders.

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So my West Bridgford cookery classes (lasting 1hr 15mins) could be just what you are looking for!

You will learn to cook some basic dishes using everyday, inexpensive ingredients like veggie tacos, sweet potato falafel’s, Thai green curry, lasagne to name but a few

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The cost is £25 per lesson or 3 for £60.  I take up to a maximum of four students per class, so everyone gets time and attention
All ingredients, recipes and equipment are included

The classes take place every Thursday at 2pm, starting 3rd August; so just pick a date or series of dates (they don’t have to be consecutive) and contact me to book a place

Susan: 07946 301338, susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk

 

Vegan cookery classes

Vegan cookery classes – Simply veg!

For more healthy eating advice please visit my website http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/

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The benefits of a plant based diet are regularly reported in the media.  But what does a plant based diet actually look like, and if you were thinking of adding more veg and less meat, fish, eggs and dairy to your diet what do you cook?

I may very well have the answer!  I deliver vegan cookery classes in West Bridgford, Nottingham that will introduce you to the wonders of tofu, the delights of vegan sushi and the occasional but oh so tasty raw chocolate dessert.  The classes take place every Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 11 – 12.15pm, Tuesday from 12.15 – 1.30pm and Tuesday evening from 5.30 – 6.45pm - although the times could be flexible.

 

So what’s in it for you if you sign up?

I will provide all the ingredients, equipment and recipes; you will prepare and cook your very own vegan meal, which you can take home for the family to eat and enjoy

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This is ideal for all you veggie virgins who want to eat less meat but don’t know where to start.  Its also great for would be students who are about to embark on independent living; after all we all know how cheap seasonal veg can be.

Maybe you have a vegan or vegetarian member of the family and you’re struggling to know what healthy and nutritious meals to cook them

Or you want to lose some weight, change your diet, feel fitter, then coming to my ‘simply veg’ class could be just what you’re looking for

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As a lifelong vegetarian and chef I will share my knowledge, tips and experience and help you to get that veggie vibe.  I have advised clients for a number of years about how to make small but permanent changes to their diet , so the meals are going to be balanced and nutritious.

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Each class will have a maximum of 4 guests, and rest assured my kitchen is up to scratch having recently been award a 5 star hygiene rating.  I am also the proud owner of a H.O.T award (healthy options takeaway)

 

All this for £25 a session, or if you block book all six you only pay for five i.e. £125

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Susan Hart, nutrition coach

So what are you waiting for?

 

Contact details

07946 301338

susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk

 

Make your own raw chocolate mini Easter eggs

Make your own raw chocolate mini Easter eggs

Learn how to create your own bespoke raw chocolate mini Easter eggs for yourself or a loved one this April

Join Rebecca from vegan pop up Willow and Dove and me, Susan Hart nutrition coach to learn how make raw chocolate from 3 simple ingredients.

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The Easter event will take place at my cookery school in West Bridgford, Nottingham on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 6:00 – 7:15 PM

  • How to create your own raw chocolate from scratch at home with minimal equipment and experience
  • The differences and benefits of raw chocolate over commercial chocolate
  • Customise your chocolate eggs with a variety of freeze dried fruits and nuts
  • Take home Easter Eggs in your own customised packaging PLUS mini starter kit to get you started creating your own chocolates at home

All this and lots of tasting too for £25.  click on our eventbrite link to book your place

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/make-your-own-raw-chocolate-mini-easter-eggs-tickets-33315663045

willow & dove chocWe welcome any questions you may have about the evening:

susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk  07946 301338

willowanddovecakes@gmail.com

and look forward to welcoming you this April.

Celeriac and leek soup

celeriac-4Celeriac and leek soup with hazelnuts and crispy sage – serves 2

This warming soup is an ideal starter if you have a vegan or vegetarian guest coming for Christmas.  It can be made in advance and frozen.  Crisp the sage leaves and add the hazelnuts on the day though

In fact it is so tasty all your meat eating guests will want a bowl, but don’t worry the recipe can easily be double or tripled

vegan-xmas-poster-jpegMy vegan Christmas cookery class guests will be making it (along with chestnut and cranberry terrine and chocolate pots) on Saturday 10th December. I have a couple of places left if you’d like to join me

For more healthy eating advice please visit my website http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/

Celeriac and leek soup with hazelnuts and crispy sage – serves 2

15g hazelnuts,2 tsp olive oil

100g leek

1 garlic clove

500ml veg stock

250g celeriac, peeled and chopped

200g floury potato (russet, Desiree, King Edward and Maris Piper.) chopped only

12 small sage leaves, salt & pepper to taste

Drizzle lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil

 

  • hazelnutsAdd the hazelnuts to a hot dry frying pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes until toasted, keep shaking the pan.
  • Wrap the toasted nuts in a paper towel and rub to remove the brown skin. Cool then roughly chop
  • Heat 1 tsp oil in the pan cook the thinly sliced leek on a medium heat for 5-6 mins. Add the chopped garlic and cook for another minute. Add the celeriac, potatoes and stock

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  • Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 20-22 mins until the veg is soft. Using a stick blender blend until smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust seasoning

 

 

  • celeriac-6Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan and fry the sage leaves, stirring for 1 -2 mins until crispy. Drain on paper. Serve the soup topped with the toasted nuts and sage leaves. Finish with a drizzle of lemon juice and olive oil (or you could add a splash of soya cream)

Gift certificate

Gift certificate – the perfect present!

What’s the best gift you can think of giving? A new pair of shoes, designer handbag or a new road bike like Cav’s? I have a better idea. Consider something really special – give the gift of health. Purchase a gift certificate for nutrition services provided by me!

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This is the ideal gift for: 

  • Partner who needs a lifestyle overhaul
  • Parent, sibling or friend who wants to lose weight.
  • Grandchild heading off to University and needs some savvy cooking tips
  • Work colleague who wants more energy.
  • Friends trying a new diet regime such as veganism
  • Loved one with health concerns.
  • Friends and family who need some cooking confidence
  • Anyone who wants to look and feel better – including you!

The certificates can be made up for any amount and can be used in part or full payment.

Examples of the services I offer are:

50 minute nutrition consultation £40

3 nutritional sessions £100

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1 vegan or vegetarian cookery lesson £25

6 vegan or vegetarian cookery lessons £125 (6 for the price of 5)

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How to arrange your gift certificate

Simply email me at susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk with the amount you’d like the certificate for and its purpose i.e. cookery lesson, nutrition consultation or healthy eating (if you’re not sure what they would like)

Payment can be made via BACS transfer, Paypal or cheque.

Xmas gift certI will process your request and either email the completed certificate to you for printing or forwarding.  Or post (free of charge) a hard copy to either yourself or to the recipient*

 

*The certificate will not be processed until the payment clears

 

 

 

Certificates printed by Midland Regional Printers, based in Sherwood

 

 

Vegan Merry Christmas!

Vegan Merry Christmas!

Sorry to mention the ‘C’ word in October!

img_4983Have you got a vegan coming for a Christmas lunch, is there only one vegan in your family or are you vegan yourself and want to cook something different?

 

Then I might have the answer! Every Saturday in November (and possibly the first two of December) I will be running a vegan festive cookery class.

 

 

Come along to my professional 5* rated kitchen in West Bridgford where you will make a 3 course festive lunch.  The class runs from 10 am – 1.30pm.

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The ingredients, equipment, a recipe folder and refreshments will all be provided, all you need to do is bring containers to take your dishes home. And all that for £125

 

xmas2Every Saturday it will be the same menu, so just choose the date that best suits and book in. I accept four guests at a time

 

To book your place on either 5th, 12th, 19th or 26th November class, just contact me

Susan Hart on 07946 301338  or email me at susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk

 

If these get booked up I will offer the following additional dates

3rd and 10th December

 

For more healthy eating advice please visit my website http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/

Chocolate and date chia pudding

Chocolate and date chia pudding – serves 2

For more healthy eating advice please visit my website http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/

IMG_3686This dessert is so tasty and rich you will not believe it is also low in calories.  I made it with cacao powder; which is raw and much less processed than cocoa powder.  It is also bursting with antioxidants, fibre and magnesium.  I’d urge you to try it.  I bought my from the health store in West Bridgford

 

 

20 grams chia seed

180 ml of almond, hazelnut, oat, soya or coconut or cows milk

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2 tsp cacao or cocoa powder

Few drops vanilla extract

Few grains sea salt

(Almost) 1 tsp date/maple/golden syrup, agave or honey

Toppings

IMG_36671 tbls (10g) cashew nuts, hazelnuts, sesame seeds or peanuts
 – dry toasted in a hot pan until they smell nice and nutty

1 tsp (10g) wholenut peanut butter– add at the time you put all the ingredients in to the blender

1 small banana sliced

1 tbls (10g) rolled oats toasted

1 tbls (5g) toasted puffed rice

 

  • Soak the chia seeds and dates in the milk for at least 4 hours or cover and leave overnight in the fridge.
  • Pour the soaked mixture to a blender (I find the Nutribullet works best) with the remaining pudding ingredients and blend until smooth and thick.  If you are using peanut butter add at this time too

 

 

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  • Serve in a glass dish, layered with the toppings of your choice