Whether you’re preparing for an exotic beach holiday or the simple pleasures of a staycation, look and feel your best all-Summer long with the help of our three delicious, bloat-busting recipes. We don’t believe in fad diets, so we’ve searched high and low for the healthiest, most enticing – and importantly, satisfying – recipes to make alfresco feasting (and how you feel afterwards) a joy.
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Morning: Probiotic-packed breakfast
Why: Kefir is the ‘it’ probiotic that’s loved by the likes of Liz Earle, Jeannette Hyde – nutritional therapist and author of The Gut Makeover – and many other experts. Containing billions more good-bacteria than other supermarket probiotics, it’s a creamy yet tummy-friendly choice. Blend it with granola, coconut and blueberry and you’ve got yourself a wholesome yoghurt alternative.
Top tip: Skipping breakfast can lead to bloating, because your gut can become inactive if nothing passes through it for too long. Short on time? Make your breakfast the night before so you can grab it and go.
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Noon: A light lunch
Why: This quick and easy 15-minute recipe is packed with bloat-busting ingredients, such as anti-oxidant rich avocado and probiotic yoghurt, plus it even replaces those troublesome-for-many wheat wraps with lashings of lettuce. It’s the careful mix of sweet and spicy that makes this a true taste sensation.
Top tip: Familiar with the phrase ‘no raw after four’? Some nutritionists believe raw food is hard to digest in the evenings, so stick to salads at lunch and chew them properly – steering away from eating at a screen so you can really focus on (and enjoy) your meal.
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Sunset: Mocktail time
Why: Being health conscious doesn’t mean you have to miss happy hour. While a traditional pina colada can clock around 245 calories, this healthier version halves the sugar and calorie content, while tasting just as good. What’s more, this recipe contains added bananas and their high-potassium content helps regulate your body’s sodium intake and, in turn, ease any bloating.
How: Our Picnic Tumblers are designed for enjoying an outdoor aperitif. They look and feel glass-like but won’t break if dropped – making them the perfect choice if you’ve got company. Simply pop them in the freezer an hour before serving for an ice-cold refreshment.
Top tip: According to Women’s Health Magazine, the following foods can cause bloating in many, so try to avoid them where possible: caffeine, alcohol, sugar, dairy, processed foods, wheat, gluten and red meat. But, remember, everyone is different so experiment with what works for you.