Spring is officially here and whilst we are all dreaming of some sunshine after the cold winter snap it is never too late to book a last minute winter getaway in the lead-up to or over the Easter period. The Canary Islands are a great choice for winter sun or you may fancy an adrenaline filled winter ski holiday before the season ends.
Some of the most enjoyable snow conditions can be experienced later in the season as many resorts have their greatest snowfall in March. There are resorts in Austria, France and Switzerland that you can ski at during late March, April and some even remain open into May.
The 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics
The Winter Olympics may have finished but we can now look forward to the extraordinary strength and determination of the Paralympic athletes as the Winter Paralympic Games take place this month. The games have inspired many people to take up a snowsport and it is extremely important that individuals with a disability enjoy the same health benefits and freedom of taking part in snowsports as the able-bodied. This is why Snozone, the operators of two premier indoor real snow slopes in the UK offer Snozone Disability Snowsports tuition for children and adults across both their Milton Keynes and Castleford sites, providing bespoke adaptive (disabled) tuition, guiding and coaching for all types of skiers and snowboarders, from beginners to national team athletes.
To find out more about the Paralympic games visit the official website: https://www.paralympic.org/ and to find out more about Snozone Disability Snowsports click here: https://www.snozoneuk.com/disability-snowsports/.
Easter eggs have been filling the supermarket shelves for weeks now and in the lead-up to Easter many of us will be telling ourselves to try harder this year and not overindulge but there are ways you can be good whilst still getting your chocolate fix.
Watch your portion sizes by eating smaller or mini chocolate Easter eggs instead or large treats. Or share chocolate eggs with family or friends. Choose quality over quantity by eating dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa as the stronger flavour means you are less likely to overindulge! Don’t graze on chocolate throughout the day as it will be impossible to keep track of how much you have consumed.
Dark chocolate has the benefit of containing cocoa flavanols which help keep your circulation in good working order and contribute to heart health but as this is not the most popular type of chocolate we don’t all see the benefits. All chocolate is high in energy, saturated fats and free sugars so unfortunately it can lead to weight gain if eaten in large amounts which is not good for your heart health.
Why not try real eggs instead of chocolate as they are a source of protein, nutrients and vitamin D. For breakfast have boiled or poached eggs with wholemeal toast, make your own reduced fat egg mayonnaise with a sandwich or bagel for lunch or have an omelette with veg and/or a salad.
Hot cross buns are an Easter time favourite for many of us but for a healthier option choose wholemeal versions instead to boost your fibre intake and use low fat spread rather than butter.
On Easter Sunday many of us opt for a traditional meal of roast lamb with all the trimmings but although lamb is a source of protein, vitamin B12 and zinc, it can be high in saturated fat. Try to cut off any extra fat from the meat, don’t add to much extra cooking oil or fat and use herbs and spices for flavour instead of butter and salt. Cut your potatoes into larger chunks before roasting and use olive, rapeseed or sunflower oil rather than goose/duck fat as these are high in saturated fats. Serve up lots of fresh vegetables including kale and cabbage, which are both in season, as well as being rich in vitamin C and a source of folic acid.
Try and keep active over the Easter break and enjoy a long walk or bike ride with the family or if you have younger children go on an Easter egg hunt (with mini eggs of course).
If you fancy something different why not book a family fun session at Snozone as we offer Sno-play sessions which introduce little ones to the snow, family sledging sessions or alternatively a private family ski or snowboarding lesson can be great fun for the whole family.