Spring Tips Number 11 - Consider your portion sizes

Often we actually eat far more than what our bodies need and it doesn't help when our brains take time to catch up with our stomachs telling us we have had enough. Usually by the time this happens, we have over eaten!

Another thing that doesn't help is eating in front of the television as it distracts us. I also find that dishing up meals on the bench and then eating at the table also helps as we don't tend to mindlessly pick at dishes sitting in front of us when we have finished what is on our plates. 

Portion sizes that we should consider are:

- A serving of pasta is about the size of a fist

- A serving size of meat is about the size of your palm

- A domino is about the size of a portion of cheese. 

- Vegetables should take up about half of your plate (this doesn't include potatoes!)

This weeks recipe is a quick and easy one that is perfect for the warmer weather:

Spicy chicken couscous

  • 250g couscous
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 large sliced skinless boneless chicken breast fillets
  • 85g blanched almonds
  • 1 tbsp hot curry paste
  • 100g halved ready-to-eat apricots
  • 20g pack 1oz fresh coriander
  1. Prepare couscous with chicken stock, according to the packet instructions. Heat olive oil in a pan and cook the onion for 2-3 mins until softened. 
  2. Toss in chicken breast fillets and stir fry for 5-6 mins until tender. Add the blanched almonds and, when golden, stir in the hot curry paste and cook for 1 min more. 
  3. Add the couscous along with the apricots and the coriander. Toss until hot then serve with plain yoghurt if you like.