Why Fresh Air is so Important

Why Fresh Air is so Important

With the world’s current climate, social distancing and self-isolation are more important than ever. So, unfortunately all of us will be spending a lot more time inside our homes. BUT we also know how important it is to keep our mind and body healthy by getting some crisp, fresh air.

Getting outside (responsibly) for a walk, a run or just having a break from the indoors can be so beneficial for your mental and psychical health.

Here are our top 3 reasons why you should get out and get some fresh air:

1) More Energy and a Sharper Mind

Being able to go for a walk or a run is a great way to break up the day. Once you’ve been out, you’ll find your energy levels are up and your concentration levels will have improved. It’s said that more oxygen leads to greater brain functioning!

2) A Change of Scene

Staring at a computer or television screen all day isn’t as fun as it sounds! Getting out and having a change of scenery can help increase your motivation and productivity levels.

3) Fresh Air makes you Happier

Research has found links between increasing oxygen levels and the increase in serotonin (the happy hormone)! Positive emotions have been associated with being outside and getting fresh air.

Even if you’re struggling to go for a wonder round your local area, make sure you’re keeping windows open, relaxing in your garden and even just having breaks to keep your mind and body healthy!

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New Year New You? Try a vegan sweet potato satay curry

Vegan Sweet Potato Satay Curry

It’s the 80s, Arnold Schwarzenegger is appearing in every second film, big hair is everywhere, alongside brightly coloured clothes and soda streams. The word ‘vegan’ doesn’t even enter the vocabulary for 99% of the population. Oh how times change…

Fast forward 30 years and the rise of the plant-based diet is in full swing. Schwarzenegger appears in “The Game Changers” documentary telling the world he no longer eats meat and that a vegan diet is the way forward for high performance. “It’s marketing,” he says of the long-held connection between protein and poultry.

The documentary was released on Netflix in September and its trailer has been watched over 10 million times on YouTube. Although it’s divided the opinion of many (one of the film’s producers – Hollywood director James Cameron is the CEO of Verdient Foods, an organic pea protein company, leading some to suggest there may be a commercial interest element behind it) it has contributed to a huge rise in the number of people trying out a plant-based diet for the first time.

So, whether you think it’s all a load of rubbish, or you’re willing to give meat-free Mondays a try, here’s our favourite game-changing vegan recipe below:

Vegan satay sweet potato curry

Prep: 15mins

Cook: 45mins

Ingredients:
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, grated
thumb-sized piece ginger, grated
3 tbsp Thai red curry paste (check the label to make sure it’s vegan)
1 tbsp smooth peanut butter
500g sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks
400ml can coconut milk
200g bag spinach
1 lime, juiced
cooked rice, to serve (optional)
dry roasted peanuts, to serve (optional)

Method:

Melt 1 tbsp coconut oil in a saucepan over a medium heat and soften 1 chopped onion for 5 mins. Add 2 grated garlic cloves and a grated thumb-sized piece of ginger, and cook for 1 min until fragrant.

Stir in 3 tbsp Thai red curry paste, 1 tbsp smooth peanut butter and 500g sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks, then add 400ml coconut milk and 200ml water.

Bring to the boil, turn down the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 25-30 mins or until the sweet potato is soft.

Stir through 200g spinach and the juice of 1 lime, and season well. Serve with cooked rice, and if you want some crunch, sprinkle over a few dry roasted peanuts.

Photo by Eiliv-Sonas Aceron on Unsplash

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