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Healthy eating with Gulshinder

Added: Thursday 26th January 2012 04:08:15 AM

Healthy eating with Gulshinder

On 16th January 2012, dietician Gulshinder Chattha dropped in to Dee's breakfast show to give us some great advice about healthy eating.

Gulshinder started the radio interview, by talking about dieting and losing weight.

"You must eat regular meals because it's not healthy to skip meals and try and keep away from sugar."

Gulshinder also shared with us that if you're trying to lose weight then it's a good idea to exercise.

One listener who texted in wants to lose weight and enjoys a jog and a run but the doctor has told her not to due to her bad knee. So she wanted some advice on how to lose weight without being able to exercise.

Gulshinder said that it is possible to exercise, you can do something which is called "armchair exercises" you can do exercises with your upper body whilst sitting down. These exercises can consist of lifting lightweights with your arms etc.

Another easy thing we can all do if we are not able to exercise is just cut down on our calorie intake by having smaller meals and if we're going to snack then snack on fruit.

Adding too many ingredients to our dishes or even too much of an ingredient to our dishes is something we all do, so Gulshinder shared with us some tips on making some of our dishes.


When making roti don't put butter or ghee on them, if you're going to use oil in the dough then its best to use healthy oils such as rape seed, olive or sunflower but only a small amount. If you do need some more moisture in the dough then you should use warm milk. You should also use wholemeal flour because it's a lot healthier or even try mixing white and wholemeal flour.

Kheer/Rice Pudding

Many people like Kheer because it's nice and sweet, but Gulshinder told us,

"Instead of using sugar we should use sweetener and try using semi skimmed milk instead of full fat."

By making these substitutions we can all do, we'll become healthier, the Kheer might not taste as rich but we could add fruit.

Gulshinder bought in the book "British Heart Foundation - healthy meals healthy heart Asian recipe book". What we have done is selected a recipe out of the book for you to all try at home and next week you will find another one.

Masoor Dhal (Split Red Lentils)

This recipe will be able to make 6 servings. Ingredients: 225g/8oz Masoor dhal, 1 small onion, 1 garlic glove, 1 bay leaf, half teaspoon turmeric powder, quarter teaspoon chilli powder or crushed green chillies, 225ml/8fl oz of water and 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves.

First wash the Dhal and remove stones; next you put all the ingredients except the coriander into a large pan. The Dhal should be covered with water. Bring to boil, reduce the heat and then simmer for 10 minutes or until cooked. Stir in the coriander just before serving.

You can always contact Gulshinder Chattha direct by email on gulshinder.chattha@lnds.nhs.uk with any questions you may have about Nutrition and Diet or visit www.lnds.nhs.uk for more information.

Watch out for some more of her favourite healthy recipes coming soon right here on Eava FM.

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