Annette Sym
Annette Sym Cade Mooney

Health tips to prepare you for hot weather

SPRING is in the air. Yes, we can now start thinking about salads, exercise and swimming.

During winter most of us tend to hibernate, for example jumping out of bed at 6am when it is dark and cold can stop even the most health conscious person and walking late afternoon means darkness at 5.30pm.

Longer daylight hours and warmer weather lifts the spirit and so now is the perfect time to get your health and exercise routines back into full swing.

Let's get ready for summer, here are some tips:

1. Try on your favourite summer outfit from last year and see how it fits now. If it is a bit snug or the buttons don't do up then take this as a sign that you need to shed a few kilos before summer kicks in.

Another good idea is to put on your togs and take a good hard look at yourself in the mirror. Do you like what you see? If not then do something about it, now!

2. Dust off the barbie and get back to cooking your meat on the grill and serve with interesting salads. Making tasty sauces to pour over steak will give meat a lift and make it much more tempting. Barbequing your meat allows the fats to escape through the grill, a great way to reduce the fat count.

If you find it is still too cool for salads then sauté some vegetables on the flat side of the barbeque with some garlic and spices.

3. Spring means crisp apples, tasty oranges and mandarins and loads of vegetables at their best, such as artichokes, snow peas, bok choy, asparagus and avocados.

Why not make up some homemade soups using spring vegetables.

4. Spring means it is time to stop having the heavy stodgy winter foods, spring means lighter healthier meals, more fresh fruit and a time to get back outside and exercise.

This is such a beautiful time of the year so enjoy what spring has to offer and get healthy at the same time.

5. Instead of doing a spring clean at home do a spring clean of your eating habits. Throw out any bad habits that have caused you problems over winter and look for new ways to shed those unwanted kilos.

Your attitude determines your actions, so act now and reap the rewards.


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Strawberry Chiffon
Serves: 8, recipe from SYMPLY TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE BOOK 2 

Strawberry chiffon
Strawberry chiffon



  • 1 cup chilled evaporated light milk 
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2 x 150g tubs 99% fat-free vanilla fromage frais (Fruche®)
  • 1 sachet (10g) gelatine
  • ¼ cup boiling water
  • ¾ cup strawberry topping

In a large mixing bowl combine chilled milk and essence.

Using an electric beater whip milk (3-4 minutes) until thick.

Add in Fruche® and beat until combined.

Dissolve gelatine in a cup with boiling water stirring well.

Mix together with topping, pour into milk mixture and beat until all ingredients are well combined.

Pour into serving bowls and refrigerate until set.

Variations: Add a punnet of chopped fresh strawberries to mixture or omit fruche® and replace with ½ batch symply sweet cream from Book 3.

Dietitian's Tip: A great choice for people with diabetes.

**Fruche® is a registered trademark of National Foods Limited**


Nutritional Information

PER SERVE                    

FAT             TOTAL                             0.7g

                   SATURATED                    0.4g

FIBRE                                                   0.1g

PROTEIN                                             7.8g

CARBS                                               20.9g

SUGAR                                              20.5g

SODIUM                                             57mg

KILOJOULES                       503 (cals 120)

GI RATING                                          Low