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No Guilt Cocktail Recipes   

17 Jun 2019
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No Guilt Cocktail Recipes

healthier cocktail recipes

In case you haven't heard, we're aiming for total body confidence for all this summer! BUT we love a nice afternoon cocktail in the sun. We think you should still be allowed a treat once in a while, so here's a secret for you: not all cocktails were created equal! Here are our favourite healthier guilt-free cocktail recipes to make at home...

Cucumber & Elderflower Spritz

Ingredients

1.5 shots of gin

0.5 shot of elderflower liqeur

Juice of half a lemon

5 slices of cucumber, chopped into quarters

Soda water to taste

Cucumber wheel to garnish

Add all ingredients except for soda to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Top with soda to your preferred level. Garnish with cucumber wheel.

 Skinny Grapefruit Margarita

Ingredients

1 shot of triple sec

1 shot of gold tequila

Juice of half a grapefruit

Juice of half a lime

Half a cup of sparkling water

Shake all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain into a short glass either neat or on the rocks as you prefer.

Strawberry Mojito

3 wedges of lime

1 teaspoon of stevia

8 mint leaves

4 strawberries, sliced

2 shots of white rum

soda water

crushed ice

Place lime wedges into a tall glass and muddle. If you don't have a muddler, squeeze them in instead. Add the stevia, mint and strawberries. Add the rum. Top with crushed ice, then fill the glass with soda. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a strawberry. 

 

 Cutting out alcohol? Check out our mocktail recipes...

Have you seen our healthy summer meal recipes yet?

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The Most Figure-Friendly Alcoholic Drinks   

10 Jun 2019

The Most Figure-Friendly Alcoholic Drinks

Bliss are aiming for total body confidence for all this summer. For some of us, that might mean cutting out alcohol altogether to achieve our goals. But for those of us who still want to have the occasional drink, or have some special occasions coming up,  we can still make smarter choices for our perfect beach body. 

Here is our guide to how many calories are in your favourite alcoholic drinks.

White wine: 121 calories per glass... not too bad for a treat... but unfortunately that equates to 605 calories per bottle, so don't get too carried away!
Red wine: 125 calories per glass. Slightly more than the white, however keep in mind that red wine is full of antioxidants and a small amount (1 glass per day) may actually help to fight weight gain, as well as having many other health benefits. 
Champagne: 96 calories per glass - the winner of the wines!
champagne
Beer: 208 calories per pint - alongside a high carb content, beer is not your beach bodies friend. 
Cider: 210 calories per pint - unfortunately cider must also be reduced to an occasional treat. 
Tequila: Those shots that seem like such a good idea at 1am are coming in at 104 calories - maybe we won't be so ready to agree next time. 
Vodka and Gin: Vodka and gin are some of your best options, coming in at 55 calories each for a shot. However, add a sugary mixer and you'll only be adding more calories - a gin and tonic comes in at 120 calories. Mix with soda for no extra cals. 
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Alcohol doesn't have to be completely cut out, just be smart about what you order! Now call up your friends, book your last minute spray tan and gel manicure, and head out to the bar!

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Delicious Healthy Recipes For The Perfect Beach Body!   

07 Jun 2019
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Delicious Healthy Recipes For The Perfect Beach Body!

June is here and that means that dieting season is upon us as we aim for TOTAL body confidence this summer.
Bliss are here to make healthy eating enjoyable for you with easy, healthy, delicious recipes. 
Here are a few of our favourites...
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Smoothie
One of our favourite diet tips is to make delicious smoothies with a few unexpected ingredients that actually work really well whilst adding extra nutrients and vitamins. The sun may not be out yet but it's never too early for a sunshine smoothie.
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Breakfast
 A healthy day starts with a healthy breakfast. Our Greek yoghurt parfait is perfect because, not only is it healthy, it's also delicious, filling and easy to prepare. It can even be prepped the night before for busy mornings, and it will leave you feeling ready to take on the day ahead. 
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Lunch
Rice paper rolls allow you to enjoy a hearty, filling lunch or dinner whilst helping you fit into your favourite little black party dress. Rice paper rolls are also super easy to make and can be made ahead so you always have some healthy food to hand.
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Dinner
Not only is cod full of protein, it also has plenty of vitamins and is great for the heart - basically, it's an essential in your diet plan. This recipe combines miso and mirin, commonly used in Asian cooking, for a sweet and delicious fish. 
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Here is an easy, delicious, healthy dinner recipe to try tonight. This paella is high in protein and includes a range of veg and ingredient which facilitate fat loss.
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Dessert
These cookies are delicious, easy to make and will even keep your sweet tooth happy. They are quick to make and can easily provide breakfast, lunchbox extras and snacks throughout the week ahead.
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Eat Your Way to Clearer Skin   

17 May 2019

Eat Your Way to Clearer Skin

EVERYONE deserves to feel beautiful, and we're well aware that skin issues can lead to a serious lack in self-confidence. Not to worry - we're here to help!

facial
 If you've struggled with skin concerns, there's a good change that you've tried to cut down on certain foods in order to improve your skin. While there's some evidence for foods with a high glycemic index (sugar, processed cereals, white bread, etc.) being linked to acne, the studies involved have been small and there is no concrete proof. According to experts, you're not totally on the wrong track, but you should be focusing more on eating the right foods than cutting out the wrong ones. Eating certain foods will provide healthy nutrients to kill bad bacteria, and stop the skin from becoming inflamed. So what should you be eating in order to improve your skin?
Coconut
Coconuts contain healthy fats and nutrients which fight bacteria, making them great for hydrating your skin while preventing spots. However, it also contains some saturated fats, and some coconut products are less healthy than others. Experts recommend that instead of eating coconuts, you should put coconut oil on your skin for best results.
food for better skin
Avocado
 Avocados boast plenty of skin-boosting nutrients and vitamins including monounsaturated fats, B vitamins, niacin and folate, and vitamins C and E. Therefore, an avo a day helps support the structures of collagen and elastin in your skin, hydrating it and keeping spots at bay.
food to improve skin
Green veggies
Green veggies are a great source of iron, B vitamins, and vitamins A and E, which all help to boost your immune system and hydrate your skin, keeping it healthy. You can easily add more green veggies to most of your meals, or drink a green smoothie as a snack for an effective boost.
food for good skin
Nuts and seeds
Healthy nutrients in nuts and seeds, including monounsaturated fats, and B vitamins, as well as vitamins A and E, minerals, and antioxidants, promote skin's elasticity, regenerate cells and protect against free radicals. Try these as a snack instead of reaching for the chocolate.
healthy skin food
Water-dense fruit
 Not only do water-dense fruits help you to stay hydrated, which is super beneficial for your skin, but most of them also contain high levels of vitamins A and C, as well as powerful antioxidants that replenish nutrients in skin, promote collagen production, and help keep your skin supple and firm. 
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Easy Beach Body Workout For Total Confidence   

08 May 2019
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Easy Beach Body Workout For Total Confidence

Haven't you heard? This spring/ summer we're committed to helping every Leeds lady achieve TOTAL body confidence! Sounds ambitious, but we're giving you the tools to get there. 
Do you dream of strolling onto the beach and peeling off your cover-up with nothing but confidence and pride in the slimmer, stronger body you've sculpted? The idea of trying to fit in an effective workout regime can seem daunting, but with a little effort and a lot of dedication we believe that you can do it! Try our beach body workout for beginners this summer, and gain results with just three-five short, easy workouts per week. No equipment required! Work through the entire circuit three times. 
beach body
1. Mountain climbers
Begin in push up position with your arms straight and hands beneath your shoulders. Bring your left knee up to your chest, then bring it back and and repeat with your right knee. Do ten reps per leg.
2. Toe touch kicks
Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and hands up in the air. Kick your left leg up high and bring your right hand to touch your toes. Ten reps per leg. 
3. Squats
Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and your hands clasped in front of you or on your hips. Slowly bend your knees down to 90 degrees, pushing your hips back, then return to start position. Repeat for 20 reps.
4. Push ups
Start in a plank position, with your hands just slightly more than shoulder width apart. Lower your body until your chest almost touches the floor, pause, then return to the original position. Repeat for 10 reps.
5. Burpees
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms at your sides. Push your hips back, bend your knees, and lower your body as deep as you can into a squat. As you lower place your hands on the floor in front of you, shifting your weight onto them. Jump your legs back, so that you're now in a push up position. Return to start position. Repeat for 20 reps. 
6. Plank
Finish each circuit with a plank. Lie face down with legs extended and elbows bent and directly under shoulders; clasp your hands. Feet should be hip-width apart, and elbows should be shoulder-width apart. Contract your abs, then tuck your toes to lift your body (forearms remain on the ground); you should be in a straight line from head to heels. Hold for 60 seconds if you can, or try for 30 seconds and slowly increase.
workout
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Look out for the latest news, recipes, workouts and healthy living tips coming soon to our blog.
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Chicken and Cashew Nuts Fakeaway Recipe   

03 May 2019
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Chicken and Cashew Nuts Fakeaway Recipe

We've been blessed with recent sunny weather and that must mean that dieting season is upon us as we aim for TOTAL body confidence this summer.

Bliss are here to make healthy eating enjoyable for you with easy, healthy, delicious recipes. Next time you're tempted to call your favourite Chinese takeaway, make this healthier yet equally tasty fakeaway option instead. 

Chicken and Cashew Nuts Recipe

Ingredients - serves 4

1 Tablespoon Cornflour

3 Tablespoons light soy sauce

3 tablespoons of oyster sauce

Pinch of salt

Pinch of black pepper

2 tablespoons of sesame oil or peanut oil

500g diced chicken breast

1 diced onion

1 carrot, chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely diced

1 green belle pepper

8 button mushrooms, halved

1 small tin of water chestnuts

1 cup of unsalted cashew nuts

 

Method

Mix cornflour and soy sauce until there are no lumps. Add the oyster sauce, salt and black pepper, and mix. Add the chicken and leave to marinate for 10 minutes.

Heat oil in a pan, and add the chicken. When the chicken seals, add onion, carrot and garlic, and stir fry until the veggies have softened. Add the belle pepper and mushroom, and fry for a further 2-3 minutes. 

Add the remaining sauce from the chicken marinade and bring to a simmer. Add the water chestnuts and cashews and cook for a further 2 minutes, stirring. 

Serve with your preferred rice. 

Enjoy!

 

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Bliss' Top Tips For a Healthier Spring   

25 Mar 2019
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Bliss' Top Tips For a Healthier Spring

We've had a few lovely sunny days, and now that it's officially spring we're hoping for many more, as we prepare to slowly change up our wardrobe to make way for brighter colours, pretty florals and floaty dresses, we should also consider changing our diet and nutritional regimes. Here are our top tips for a healthier spring.
1. Spring is the perfect time to cut down on drinking.
Winter consists of drinking at partys and celebrations galore, and once summer arrives we won't be able to resist a few cheeky glasses of rose in a beer garden, so now is the perfect time to give your liver a rest by taking an extra day per week off from drinking.
summer drinks
2. Go meat-free on Mondays!
Instead of your favourite meat products, fuel your body with fresh, in-season fruits, veggies, nuts, beans, seeds and legumes for just one day a week.
vegetarian
3. Add more fresh herbs into your diet. It's the perfect time as lots of herbs are currently in season, and they're great for gut health and boosting energy. Add them into your cooking, smoothies, salads, and wherever else you can!
fresh herbs
4. Take supplements, probiotics and vitamins where needed to boost health. Vitamin C is always good. Hay fever sufferers may benefit from taking quercetin to alleviate symptoms, and fish oils to reduce inflammation. 
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5. Indulge in some tech-free time to reduce stress levels. Spend your lunch break taking a walk without your phone. Make the most of the nicer weather by spending your free time enjoying the outdoors instead of binging on netflix and buzzfeed. 
We hope you all have a fabulous spring.
Do check our monthly multideals regularly to stay on trend this spring, with amazing deals on your favourite beauty treatments. 
Check our blog often for the latest spring trends in beauty, fashion, food, drinks and more!
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Tasty, delicious spring recipes   

27 Feb 2019
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Delicious, healthy spring recipes

After a long cold winter of indulging on roast dinners, mince pies and far too much chocolate and mulled wine, our thoughts begin to turn to paving the way for our summer beach bodies to make a return. With the cold weather on its way out and sunshine on its way, we look to fresh, healthy spring recipes to beat the winter bloat. Here are some of our favourite spring recipes.

Greek Yoghurt Parfait - The Healthy Breakfast to Kick Start Your Day!

A healthy day starts with a healthy breakfast. Our Greek yoghurt parfait is perfect because, not only is it healthy, it's also delicious, filling and easy to prepare. It can even be prepped the night before for busy mornings, and it will leave you feeling ready to take on the day ahead. 

healthy breakfast recipe

This healthy, delicious recipe will allow you to enjoy a hearty, filling lunch or dinner whilst helping you fit into your favourite little black party dress. Rice paper rolls are also super easy to make and can be made ahead so you always have some healthy food to hand.

rice paper rolls recipe

Here is an easy, delicious, healthy dinner recipe to try tonight. This paella is high in protein and includes a range of veg and ingredient which facilitate fat loss.
paella recipe

Healthier fried rice

Sometimes we just want to curl up with a big bowl of hearty food and eat the night away. With this healthier alternative to take away fried rice, you can eat all you like as it's packed full of healthy ingredients. Plus it's super easy to make this tasty fakeaway.

easy healthy fried rice

Oat and Banana Cookies

 These cookies are delicious, easy to make and will even keep your sweet tooth happy. They are quick to make and can easily provide breakfast, lunchbox extras and snacks throughout the week ahead.

easy healthy cookies

Sunshine Smoothie

One of our favourite diet tips is to make delicious smoothies with a few unexpected ingredients that actually work really well whilst adding extra nutrients and vitamins. 

healthy smoothie recipe

 

Do check our blog regularly for more healthy recipes, diet tips, workout and more!

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2019's Biggest Food Trends   

16 Jan 2019

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2019's Biggest Food Trends

It's no secret that we love to stay ahead of the crowd in our salons. You're also probably aware that we love our food, so this is another area that we hate to fall behind in! We've scouted out the biggest food trends of 2019 - read on to find out what they are!

1. Eco-friendly dining

More and more restaurants are composting their leftovers and returning them to growers, in a bid to reduce waste to zero. Packaged foods are also getting an eco-friendly makeover with companies searching for alternative packaging options to reduce plastic use, and shops expected to encourage customers to bring their own vegetable bags.

2. More healthy fats

High-fat, low-carb diets such as keto and paleo are on the rise and that's set to continue throughout 2019. Health and fitness influencers are singing the praises of these diets, and we should expect to see more enticing food options available for those following high fat diet plans.

keto diet

3. Plant-based foods

2018 saw the rise of flexitarianism, with any people reducing their meat intake or turning completely vegetarian or vegan. We'll see more of this in 2019, with mushrooms playing a leading role in plant-based foods.

plant based diet

4. Healthier alternatives to ice cream

 Guilt-free ice cream alternatives have been around for a while, whether it's vegan options or low-sugar treats. This year we can expect to see an increase in these options, with novelty health flavours such as avocado, hummus, and tahini. 

Whatever you;re eating this year, do check the Bliss blog regularly for restaurant recommendations, recipes and the latest food news.

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The Best Exercise For Your Age   

28 Sep 2018

The Best Exercise For Your Age

If you want to lose a few pounds for party season, exercise is key. Not only can it help you to fit into your perfect party dress, but it also helps us to feel our best throughout winter. It's essential to remember that as with many things, workouts aren't a one-type-fits-all kind of thing. If you want to be as strong as possible in your older years, be sure to do the right kind of exercise when you're younger and throughout your life. Here's the type of exercise you should be doing, according to your age group...

20s

Right now you're at your physical peak of strength, speed and recovery. If you want to maintain that as much as possible later in life, then you should try to lay down healthy eating and exercising patterns now. Aim for five workouts per week with a mix of moderate aerobic activity and strength training. Enjoy a variety of different workouts to endurance, strength and lean muscle, which will be easier to retain later on in life. 

workout

30s

As your body and lifestyle changes in your 30s, so should your workouts. It is recommended to focus on pilates or a dynamic form of yoga in this time to improve your cardiovascular system as well as your flexibility. The stress-relieving benefits of yoga also compliment the often more stressful lifestyle of those in their 30s. 

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40s-50s

In your 40s and 50s you begin to lose muscle mass and cardiovascular function begins to decline. Weightlifting and body weight exercises can be extremely beneficial to combat loss of muscle mass, whilst HIIT is the ideal option for busy ladies to burn fat and improve cardiovascular function, with highly effective workouts taking as little as 20 minutes.

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60s

At this time your thoughts may be turning to maintaining your physical functionality as you age. Increased weight training will help you to maintain muscle mass, whilst swimming will help to maintain cardiovascular functionality. Exercises such as pilates, dance and yoga can be extremely beneficial to help you retain flexibility and balance as you age.

swimming

70s+

Regular exercise offers protection against ageing. The focus should now be on low-intensity, low impact workouts, such as tai chi to improve joint health and balance. Brisk walking and even running can also be extremely beneficial at this time in your life. 

tai chi

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