All week long we’ve been hearing about the government’s plans to tackle obesity in Ireland.The “healthy weight for Ireland” policy seeks a targeted reduction in the excess weight of adults and children by promoting healthy eating, exercise and working with the food industry to produce healthier products. The action plan includes a proposal for a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks and also suggests that children should be taught about healthy eating in school. Minister for Health Simon Harris said obesity is a ticking time bomb which has already to some extent exploded as 60% of adults and 1-in-4 children in Ireland are either overweight or obese.He said the action plan which includes a national physical activity plan and proposals for healthy lifestyles in schools is needed to prevent Ireland becoming the fattest country in Europe.At Slimming World we welcome this move but we feel that the government also needs to acknowledge that most of the changes need to come from within the home, so educating parents is also paramount.Part of the problem is that many people think that healthy eating means you have to live on tofu and mung beans, which is absolutely fine if you love tofu and mung beans! Another misconception is that eating healthily costs more, it doesn’t! Every week right across our groups we hear our members talking about how they are able to enjoy all their family favourites while still following our Food Optimising plan and how the whole family is tucking into the same delicious, healthy meals, sometimes without even realising it! We love the stories of how other family members are losing weight and getting more active without even coming to our groups!We are totally committed to helping our members not just to lose weight but to also have the happy, healthy life that they so want, the life that they deserve! And if you do have a young person at home, aged 11 to 15 years who is struggling with their weight you can bring them along to group with you, absolutely free of charge.We’ll help introduce them to a new exciting way of eating and keeping active which will hopefully mean they’ll never need our help later in life.Still not convinced that we’re not going to force feed you tofu and mung beans?Just check out our recipe for a Titanic Tower Burger with chips, with a few easy and healthy swaps it’s easy to create a Happy Meal… Titanic tower burger recipe Ingredients> 230g lean beef mince (5% fat or less)> 1 garlic clove, crushed > ½ onion, grated> 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce> 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley> Salt and freshly ground black pepper> Low calorie cooking sprayFor the filling:> 30g Cheddar cheese> Iceberg lettuce, shredded> 1 tomato, sliced> Red onion, sliced into rings> 1 x 60g wholemeal rollMethod:1. Mix all the burger ingredients (except the low calorie cooking spray) together and shape into 2 round patties. Add a little beaten egg to bind if the mixture is not firm.2. Spray the burgers on both sides with low calorie cooking spray and cook under a hot grill until cooked right through – approximately 5-6 minutes each side.3. Assemble the burger by layering the cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and 2 burgers inside the wholemeal roll. Add gherkins if you fancy it, or enjoy with a splodge of tomato ketchup!Syn free chipsIngredients> 900g medium sized potatoes> Low calorie cooking spray> Crushed sea salt and malt vinegarMethod1. Preheat the oven to 240°C/220°C Fan/Gas 9. Peel the potatoes using a potato peeler and remove any blemishes or ‘eyes’. Slice lengthwise into approx 1cm thick rectangular chips.2. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. Add the chips and cook for 4 minutes. Drain and leave aside for 10 minutes to dry.3. Return the chips to the dry saucepan, cover with a lid and shake to ””rough up”” the edges of the chips – this roughness is important to the texture of the chips.4. Spray a metal baking tray with low calorie cooking spray. Transfer the chips to the tray, spray lightly with low calorie cooking spray and bake in the oven for 30 minutes, turning occasionally, until golden brown on all sides. Drain them on absorbent kitchen paper and serve with salt and vinegar.Tip: For extra flavour sprinkle your chips with garlic salt, herbs and spicesCheck out our Facebook page for even more ideas!Donna xHealthy eating doesn’t have to be boring! was last modified: September 26th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Low cost carrier Jet2 has unveiled two new European routes for its summer 2009 schedule.Jet2 cheap flights to Dubrovnik from Belfast Airport will be introduced from May 2nd 2009 as part of the airline’s service expansion.Meanwhile, from May 24th 2009, Jet2 flights to Newquay from the Northern Irish airport will also be launched.Jet2 chief executive, Philip Meeson, said: “These are exciting times for us and, unlike other airlines which are grounding planes due to hard times, we are expanding our range of destinations and are planning to increase our overall capacity from Northern Ireland.”The new routes are expected to create around 50 new jobs at Belfast International Airport, although the carrier has also announced that it will be suspending flights to Barcelona.Jet2 claimed the suspension will be made because of over-capacity on the route.The low cost airline will also introduce a new service from Manchester to the Greek island of Rhodes for next summer’s schedule. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedRhodes flights added at Leeds BradfordCheap flights to Rhodes have been announced by low-cost airline Jet2.New flights to Monastir announced by Jet2.comCheap flights carrier Jet2.com will launch new flights to Monastir from Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle.Jet2 adds new ski route from BlackpoolLow-cost carrier Jet2 has announced its winter schedule for this year, with a new route to Geneva from Blackpool Airport.