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Healthy summer tips

Summer – Healthy BBQ Idea and Sunburn and Mosquito bite advice

Typically, our English summer is late to bloom and sizzling hot, when it isn't raining that is. So, in true British fashion, we make the most of it, but are we protecting ourselves.

Here are a few tips to avoid the off the shelf mozzy bite and sun burn remedies,and how to have a low calorie healthy BBQ choice. Afterall, we want to be in tip top health for those lazy hazy days:

Sun Burn – Be gentle on your skin

Whether at home, travelling or on holiday drink plenty of water so the skin is hydrated. 

Windy days, sitting near or in water all contribute to the ray’s strength.  We still benefit from the sun’s rays in the shade, and we are still topping up our vitamin D too, which helps maintain healthy bones. 

Aloe Vera

Renowned as the natural remedy for sunburn.  It’s been around for thousands of years and; initial studies have found it aids the skin in healing from sunburn and mild burns.  Aloe Vera has huge moisturising properties, helping you avoid the peeling normally associated with sun damage. 

Pick and split the leaves, apply sap to skin to ease burning and itching. (Can keep leaves in the fridge so they are even more

-    Use commercial aloe vera oil and apply to sunburn areas.

-    Aubrey Organics do a lovely range of sunscreen products and can be ordered from Eat To Live at Standard Quay, Faversham.

Mosquito Bites – How to stop the Itch

Plant your garden in mosquito repellent plants for handy remedies and to repel – Oregano, catnip, garlic, chives, peppermint and citronella are all known to help repel insects, so using these in tubs around the garden will help.

Salt - Dampen the area and gently rub table salt into it.

Apple Cider Vinegar - Rub directly on the bite area.

Toothpaste - Peppermint toothpaste lightly dabbed onto the area alleviates the itch.

Calamine Lotion -  Relieves itching.

Witch Hazel - Make a paste out of witch hazel and baking soda. Apply it and leave it on for about 15 minutes, rinse off.

Aloe Vera - Apply the sap or cream to the area.  Relieves the itching and helps heal the bite area.

There is little evidence that B vitamins help turn away mosquitoes, as it is their saliva that we react too.


1 lb of Chicken Mince
1 large ripe avocado
1 chopped garlic clove (optional, you could
use chopped coriander or oregano instead).
1 egg
½ (57g) cup of flour or almond flour for gluten free option.
Pinch of black pepper.
1 tsp of olive oil.

- Use a large bowl and mix the ingredients up, using your hands to do this is easier. 

- Divide into burger shapes (I tend to make them a bit thicker for BBQs so they don’t fall through the grill.

- Use a square of grease proof paper between each burger. They can then be frozen, or they are safer and easier to handle from plate to BBQ.

- Cook on the BBQ using the outside of the grill so they don’t burn. You can always place them onto lightly oiled
foil, so they don’t ‘catch’.

- Serve with rocket salad and cherry tomatoes.

- Use a Cos lettuce leaf as a ‘wrap’ alternative

Produced by Victoria Shorland, Consultant Nutritionist (MBANT) and Food Intolerance Clinics, Standard Quay, Faversham, or 01795 534627/07789512825.


Aloe Vera



Mosquito repellent plants



Lucy Guthrie


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