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Healthy Heart Tip: The Big Lunch

29 May, 2019


The Big Lunch takes place over the weekend of 1-2 June. It’s one of the UK’s biggest annual celebration events, which aims to get people across the country sharing lunch as a simple act of community, friendship and fun, right on your doorstep.

You may decide to head to the local park with picnic in tow, hold a Lunar Lunch for Ramadan, or have an alfresco fine dining affair on your driveway.


Here is our inspiration, to help you plan your heart healthy lunch and get in the community spirit.


  • Add some beet to your heart
    An allotment favourite, beetroot are currently in season, maybe you’re lucky enough to have a neighbour growing them. The vibrant colour of beetroot gives you a clue that it’s packed with heart healthy antioxidants. Add them to a green leafy salad, along with a dash of olive oil, avocado and chia seeds and you have an omega-3 topping. Try our Omega-3 Super Salad recipe for a great way to keep your heart beating.


  • Lap up the summer goodness
    The summer is almost here and fruit is at its best during the summer months. Bananas and apples are always a winner but it’s time to take advantage of the other fruits available; juicy nectarines, vibrant strawberries and delicious watermelon all make a great fruit medley for a healthy and refreshing snack.


  • Get down to your roots
    Root vegetables like sweet potatoes are packed with fibre when left in their skins, helping to mop up cholesterol, plus the potassium can take a bite out of those blood pressure levels. Popular for all ages and easy to bake whilst you mingle, sweet potatoes are wonderfully versatile. Add some active fun with a dance off (or perhaps a game of hot potato!) to really keep your hearts healthy and happy.


  • What’s for afters?
    Keep up with the neighbours without adding inches to your waistline by dishing up a naturally delicious dessert. Dig up some rhubarb, warm up some figs and apples and top with hearty oats and a delicate scoop of frozen yoghurt for your own healthier crumble. Better still, save on time and washing up and keep it fun by challenging your guests to make a ‘Better Bake’ in a mug…give our delicious recipe a try below.


Now it’s over to you, rally the neighbours together, get planning and enjoy your Big Lunch. Fingers crossed the sun will shine.



Omega-3 super salad

Better bake in a mug