5 nutrition tips for boosting your energy

When energy levels slump it’s tempting to reach for coffee or sugar to give yourself a quick pick-me-up. But adopting good nutritional habits will give your energy levels a natural boost, and increase your wellbeing in the longer term.

Boost your wellness at Constance

Boost your wellness at Constance

1. Make sure what you eat is packed with nutrients

We need nutrients in the form of vitamins and minerals to ensure optimal energy metabolism and to allow every cell in our bodies to release their full energy potential. If our food is low in nutrients we feel tired and lacking energy. The best way to ensure a nutrient rich diet is to eat a variety of healthy whole foods, beneficial omega fats, soluble fibres and healthy proteins every day. Make sure everything you eat is offering your body some kind of nutritional benefit and avoid ‘empty’ calories. Kick start your healthy eating lifestyle at Constance where our ‘Wellness Cuisine’ dishes featured on all menus include fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and seafood all prepared in ways that retain the nutrients of each ingredient.

2. Remember protein

Protein is a major building block that our bodies need to stay healthy and active so that, in itself, keeps our energy levels up. It is also important in preventing big fluctuations in our blood glucose levels which can lead to energy slumps. Fresh seafood and lean meat are both good sources of protein as are dairy products, eggs, soya, nuts, beans, pulses, quinoa, seitan and tempeh.

3. Omega-3s focus the mind

High levels of omega-3 fatty acids in our diet have been proved to affect mood, memory and thinking helping us to feel energised and alert throughout the day. Our bodies do not create omega-3 so it is essential to make it part of our diet. Try to eat at least one form of omega-3s a day in foods such as edamame (green soybeans), wild rice, walnuts, canola oil, winter squashes, flax, beans and seafood.

U Spa at Constance Le Prince Maurice

U Spa at Constance Le Prince Maurice

4. Stick to complex carbohydrates

The body breaks down carbohydrates into sugar to burn as fuel for our body and brain making them essential energy foods but there’s a big difference between ‘bad’ (simple) carbohydrates and ‘good’ (complex) carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates found in whole grains, some fruits and vegetables nuts, seeds, legumes and low fat dairy products are broken down slowly by the body supplying a steady supply of sugar into the bloodstream which it can then burn gradually to give us stable energy levels. Simple carbohydrates such as refined sugar and flour, on the other hand, are broken down quickly giving us a rapid energy spike or ‘sugar rush’ followed by an energy crash. The side effect of this rapid release of sugar is that the body can’t use it all at once and so stores it as fat.

5. Look for foods high in antioxidants

Antioxidants are the body’s little helpers searching out and destroying potentially damaging oxidizing agents in our system which over time can cause damage, make us tired and eventually, potentially, ill. Antioxidants are nutrients found in vitamins, minerals and proteins in foods such as colourful juicy fruits like dark grapes and berries, leafy green vegetables like kale, broccoli and spinach, legumes, beans and artichoke.

U Spa by Constance

At Constance we have launched the new U Spa experience, incorporating an holistic approach to our guests’ needs to create a wellbeing program specifically tailored to meet your needs, preferences and goals. U Spa includes a range of treatments, fitness activities and nutrition. Read more about U Spa at Constance.

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Executive Chef brings fresh thinking to Constance Halaveli

Jordi Vila, the executive chef at Constance Halaveli, has taken the long journey round to the Maldives, working his way through some of the world’s most famous kitchens before arriving at this luxury outpost in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

Executive Chef, Jordi Vila brings his new menu to the Jahaz Restaurant

Executive Chef, Jordi Vila brings his new menu to the Jahaz Restaurant

Thanks to stints in some of Europe’s leading Michelin-starred restaurants including the legendary El Bulli in Spain, the Barcelona-born chef has developed a love of the best quality ingredients prepared in fresh and exciting ways.

New ingredients, new menus

For the new menus at Halaveli, Jordi is injecting fresh ideas and fresh ingredients including white asparagus chawanmushi, Iberico chorizo, bulgur, spring onions and parmesan ganache.

One of his favourite ingredients is the Maldivian Yellowfin Tuna, which is delivered daily by the local fisherman Captain Abdullah.

The local favourite is given a fine-dining twist by Jordi to create dishes such as tuna tartar with gazpacho jelly, marinated tuna steak with coconut salsa and traditional Maldivian Gullah.

Healthy eating at Constance Halaveli

With the new menus Jordi is trying to enhance the healthy options offered to guests.

As well as the new U Spa menu with its emphasis on fresh ingredients, low calories, low saturated fats and healthy cooking methods, Jordi is incorporating these ideas into his general menus with dishes like:

  • Wagyu beef carpaccio with sesame seeds and Yuzu dressing
  • Grilled reef fish Balinese style with bok choy, green pepper and oyster sauce
  • Maldivian fish curry with chapatti and steamed rice
  • Raspberry sorbet with tamarillo coulis and dark chocolate.

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4 romantic restaurants in the Indian Ocean

Imagine a candlelit table for two with views across calm, clear waters. The islands of the Indian Ocean offer a unique, romantic ambience unlike anywhere else on earth.

Here’s a selection of four fabulously romantic restaurants in the Indian Ocean.

Le Barachois – Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Romantic restaurants in the Indian Ocean: Le Barachois

Romantic restaurants in the Indian Ocean: Le Barachois

Walk through stunning tropical mangroves, along a torch-lit gangplank and you reach the elegant Le Barachois. Floating on timber platforms on the tranquil waters of a lagoon with a perfect view of the sunset there is no more romantic spot in Mauritius.

Jing – Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Constance Halaveli's Jing Restaurant

Constance Halaveli’s Jing Restaurant

Hovering above the waters of the Indian Ocean, Jing offers diners the opportunity to enjoy a sumptuous romantic Asian-inspired meal against a backdrop of uninterrupted panoramic ocean views.

Beach Bar & Grill – Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Island romance: Constance Lémuria's Beach Bar & Grill

Island romance: Constance Lémuria’s Beach Bar & Grill

Be sure to ask for the table nestled into the rocks and you will enjoy a romantic, secluded Creole meal for two on the granite cliffs overlooking the ocean and the beautiful Petite Anse Kerlan.

Alizee – Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Beach dining at the Alizee

Beach dining at the Alizee

Share a candlelit meal for two under a canopy of a thousand stars with your feet in the sand and the sound of waves gently lapping at Moofushi’s romantic, lantern-lit beach restaurant, Alizee.

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Recipe: Seychellois Bread Fruit Dessert

Will you enjoy our Seychellois Bread Fruit Dessert?

Will you enjoy our Seychellois Bread Fruit Dessert?

Experience the delicious taste of tropical bread fruit with this sumptuous pudding.

Ingredients (serves 10)

  • 1 litre fresh coconut milk
  • 1kg bread fruit cubes
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200ml water or milk
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

The Method

1. Peel the bread fruit then cut into even sized cubes.

2. Combine the bread fruit in a large pan with the coconut milk (the coconut milk must cover the bread fruit, if it does not add a little water or milk).

3. Slit the vanilla pod in half lengthways and add to the pan along with the salt and nutmeg. Sweeten to taste with the caster sugar then bring the mixture to the boil.

4. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook gently for about 20 minutes, or until the sweet bread fruit is tender enough that it can easily be pierced by the point of a knife.

5. This dish can be served warm or cold. If you like a more porridge-like consistency, simmer for about 5 minutes more and then mash the breadfruit gently with a fork.

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U Spa: a new approach to Wellness Cuisine

Relax at U Spa

Relax at U Spa.

The Constance U Spa concept offers an holistic approach to wellbeing encompassing aromatic spa treatments, fitness activities and good, healthy nutrition.

Our chefs have been busy creating a range of sumptuously fresh and delicious dishes based on the latest nutritional research to ensure that you fuel your inner vitality to feel great inside and out.

Available across all our restaurants and in-room dining, our new ‘Wellness Cuisine’ dishes are marked on the menus with a ‘W’ – so it’s easy to select delicious food cooked using healthy methods.

Using whole, natural foods high in essential nutrients, beneficial omega fats, soluble fibres and healthy proteins, the dishes are a celebration of the flavours, colour and authenticity of the fresh local produce found across our Indian Ocean locations.

Expect sumptuous tropical fruits and vegetables, excellent meats and fresh seafood without sugar or processed fats.

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Jahaz signature cocktail: Lemongrass Drop

Get a taste of the Maldives with one of Constance Halaveli’s signature cocktails – the Lemongrass Drop – created by barman Mr Udaya.

Enjoy a signature cocktail at the Jahaz Bar

Enjoy a signature cocktail at the Jahaz Bar

Ingredients

  • 50ml vodka
  • 15ml vanilla liquor
  • 5ml passion fruit syrup
  • 1 inch fresh ginger
  • 1 stick lemon grass

Method

1. Put in a Boston glass the vanilla liquor, the peeled-chopped ginger and the chopped lemon grass.

2. Mix until the aroma transfers to the liquor.

3. Add the vodka and the passion fruit syrup.

4. Add ice and shake until it becomes very cold.

5. Let it drain into an ice cold Martini glass.

6. Decorate with a lemongrass leaf which imitates a straw.

What’s it like at Jahaz bar?

Feel the sand between your toes in the sleek, contemporary Jahaz Bar where the modern island interior of rich woods, high-rafted ceilings and elegant modern furniture combines seamlessly with the sand floors and beach and pool views.

At night hang out by the bar and let our barman fix you one of his signature cocktails or move outside and relax on a beanbag under a sky full of stars.

During the day, enjoy Jahaz’s location on the beach beside the pool to enjoy a range of cool fresh fruit juices and light refreshments.

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