Celabrate St Davids Day the Slimtone Weigh

Have your Cake and Eat it with Slimtone’s favourite recipe.

Low-fat Welshcakes

Makes 48 – approx 69 cals per cake

 

454g/1lb self raising flour                  2 medium eggs

168g/6oz sultana’s                              112g/4oz caster sugar

196g/7oz half fat butter

 

Place flour, butter, sugar and salt in a bowl and rub together until mixture forms breadcrumbs.  Add sultanas and mix together with eggs to a rolling consistency.  If too dry, add a small amount of water.  Roll out to ¼ “ thick using a 2 ½ “ cutter to make 48 cakes.  Coat bakestone with low-fat cooking spray and cook Welshcakes until golden brown.

Invitation to a special event at Llys Faen

We have a special event organised at our class in Llys Faen Bridgend on Friday 25th February. Louise Evans who is the personal stylist at MacArthur Glen will be visiting us and advising on the shades and styles to flatter while losing weight. You will also have the opportunity of booking a free session at the Designer Outlet which after meeting Louise I know you will find inspirational. Llys Faen is situated in Quarella Road opposite the Old Tesco Store and the class starts at 10.00am until 11.30am.   Look forward to seeing you.

1st Birthday Celebration at Llys Faen

Thanks to everyone who made our celebration so successful. The healthy option buffet was delicious and enoyed by all the members. We have had many members at the class reaching their ideal weight and it’s great to see them maintaining this by popping into see us regularly and inspiring all the other class member. They all say the healthy eating recipes and ideas they have learned with Slimtone has certainly helped in losing and maintaining their weight loss. Special thanks were given to Claire the scheme manager and all the residents of Llys Faen Bridgend who have made us so welcome.

CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY THE SLIMTONE WEIGH

Looking for a special healthy eating meal to prepare for Valentine’s Day that you can both enjoy without all those extra calories. The recipes we suggested in our Slimtone classes last week were very popular with our members. They are quick and easy to prepare and will be sure to impress that special someone in your life.

Spicy Parsnip Soup                                                                                                                                                                                     Serves 4 – approx 110 cals per serving

Low cal cooking spray

2 onions, chopped

2lb/1kg parsnips peeled and diced into small cubes

1 tbsp curry paste

1 ½ litres hot good quality vegetable stock

3 ½ /100g Philadelphia Light Cream Cheese

Freshly ground black pepper

Chopped leaf parsley to garnish

Mist large saucepan with one cal cooking spray.  Add the onions and cook over a moderate to high heat for 1-2 minutes until softened.  Add the parsnips and cook, covered, over a low heat for 5 minutes with lid on to sweat vegetables.  Stir in the paste and cook for a minute and then add the hot stock.  Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes until the parsnips are soft.  Add three-quarters of the philly to the soup and blend with a blender until smooth.  Season to taste.  Serve with the remaining philly stirred into the soup and garnished with fresh parsley.

Steak in Pepper Sauce

Serves 2 – approx 250 cals per serving

2 level tblspn crushed mixed peppercorns

2 x 4oz/112g fillet steak

2 tblspn brandy

1 level tspn mild coarse grain French mustard

1 level tspn cornflour

4 tblspn fresh beef stock

2 level tblspn reduced- fat crème fraiche

Firmly press the peppercorns into both sides of the steaks and cook in a pre-heated, heavy, non-stick frying pan for about 8 minutes, turning once.  Remove from the pan and keep warm.  Stir the brandy into the pan.  Mix the crème fraiche, mustard, cornflour and stock, and add to the brandy.  Bring to the boil and pour over the steaks and serve.

Tangerine Chiffon Mould

Serves 4 – approx 100 cals each

1 can mandarin segments                  1 pkt bird’s orange sugar free jelly

½ pt /300ml boiling water               1 sachet birds sugar free dream topping

¼ pt skimmed milk                               1 – 5floz/125g carton low fat orange yoghurt

Drain and reserve syrup from mandarins.  Dissolve jelly crystals in boiling water, then stir in mandarin syrup.  Allow to cool until on the point of setting.  Make up dream topping as directed in the sachet with milk until thick and creamy.  Then gradually whisk in the cool jelly, orange yoghurt and half mandarin segments.  Spoon into 4 individual glasses and leave until set.  Before serving decorate with remaining mandarins.

Marie’s Tip As a special Valentine’s Day treat  subtitute tangarines etc with Strawberries.

INVITATION

Congratulations to all our members  for their excellent weight losses during January.
However, if you are still looking for motivation to get back to class after the Christmas Break then come along to the Masonic Hall on Thursday evening 10th February from 5.30pm
Several of our success stories will be visiting the session telling us all their ideas, favourite recipes on the Lifestyle Plan etc    I know you will find them inspiring as Julie lost the eight and half pounds which crept on over the holidays in only 3 weeks,  Jan will be telling you how much better she is feeling after losing three stone while running a successful cafe and making the cakes……  Lisa who has lost 6 stone will be bringing her before photographs and I can promise you will not think it is the same person.  So if you want to get back into your weight loss plan this is the evening you will find the motivation to do it.
We will also have a buffet with lots of healthy options to sample.  Please try and make this special evening and there will also be a promotion with FREE joining on that evening for family and friends.
Look forward to seeing you.

Chinese New Year,

If you are looking for a healthy eating recipe to celebrate the Chinese New Year Slimtone has the answer. Our recipe for Chicken & Mushroom curry is a firm favourite with our member. You can find this on our current recipes on our home page. Also, if you are looking to celebrate but do not have a lot of time for preparation after work. Simply pop into the local supermarket and pick up a cooked chicken and a jar of their own brand curry sauce. Chop up the chicken, pour over curry and enjoy. My favourite is the Sainsburys basic curry sauce it’s low in fat and calories and is really delicious. At only 9p per jar an inexpensive meal. Please let me know your ideas it is so good to hear from everyone.

Record Weight Losses at Slimtone

Congratulations to all Slimtone members who have had record weight losses during January. Although very cold they all agreed that the large selection of soups in the Lifestyle plan which were really easy and inexpensive to prepare have been one of the secrets of their success. Special congratulations to Julie of our Sainsburys class who when she joined in the New Year wanted to lose eight pounds that had crept on before Christmas. She was delighted last night to have lost this to get to her ideal weight in only three weeks and everyone in class agreed she looked fab.