Super Sun, Swaddles and Scallops!
Busy week! Making the most of the sun, we had a walk over to Old Trafford with Alfie to try out a new sports themed hotel in Manchester for lunch- it was fab.
Alfie has started smiling now (be still my beating heart!!) is there anything better than smiling babies!! He’s loving all his visitors and lunches out!! Don’t you feel like a different person when the sun is out?! I know I do – I’m much happier in summer, I hate winter! I’m a real ‘sun bunny’.
It’s no coincidence that the majority of us feel better in the summer -that is indeed why most of us choose ‘sunny’ destinations when it comes to holidays. The summer sun is pretty addictive. That’s because there is a chemical change in our brains when we have been exposed to sunlight.
The best-known benefit of sunlight is its ability to boost the body’s vitamin D supply; most cases of vitamin D deficiency are due to lack of outdoor sun exposure. Vitamin D research has repeatedly shown that vitamin D can improve a number of brain disorders, including depression and dementia—the worst form of which is Alzheimer’s disease.
Vitamin D in the body, which is essential for many functions such as:
supports the immune system
protects against dementia and brain aging
good for loosing excess fat
essential for decreasing symptoms of asthma
I take vitamin D3 on a daily basis for all the above reasons. Another supplement I swear by is Zinc . I chatted to health and fitness expert Glenn Parker this week about the benefits of Zinc:
Importance of the Mineral “zinc”
“1. Plays a primary role in hormone production. The higher zinc levels in the body the greater the production of testosterone, Growth Hormone and insulin like growth factor (IGF-1) now that has to have a greater benefit in training and recovery.
2. That brings me on to fertility. For the male it helps to maintain sperm count and mobility. It also keeps serum testosterone to normal levels.
In females zinc can help treat menstrual problems.
3. Zinc also helps to boost immune function.
4. Zinc is an excellent anti-oxidant
5. Zinc is also amazing for your skin. It can help repair damaged tissue and heal wounds.
This is just some of the major benefits of zinc.”
One of the best things I’ve bought as a new mum is a swaddling cloth – there are various brands available. Let me tell you – it’s a God send!! It’s ideal for babies as it creates a cosy womb like feeling for them and stops them from startling awake. It also held support their head and neck. You just fasten the Velcro to keep them snug as a bug in a rug! Wish they did adult sizes- looks cosy as toast!
One of my favourite foods is scallops. Yes they’re expensive but lovely for a treat! They are SO good for you and they’re uber quick and easy to cook. Scallops are more than 80 percent protein. One 3-ounce serving provides around 20 grams of protein and just 95 calories! They’re also a good source of magnesium and potassium. A lush recipe for summer? Here you go!
Death Breath Scallops
3 tbsp garlic, minced;
2 tbsp lemon juice;
2 Large knobs of butter
2 pounds large scallops;
Salt and pepper to taste.
Heat a pan over a medium heat and melt the butter . Add the minced garlic for a minute,
Add the scallops and cook for a few minutes on the first side so they are halfway cooked. Turn the scallops and finish cooking until they are firm and opaque.
Put the scallops aside to a plate and add the lemon juice to the hot butter and garlic in the pan. Season to taste;
Serve the scallops on a bed of spinach and cherry tomatoes with the lemon and garlic butter sauce on top. Spinach and asparagus go very well with scallops so I see some asparagus on the side.
Until Next Week Campers!!
Stay Happy, stay healthy and Dream BIG
Auntie Cath xxx