Healthy eating with Constance

From super salads to seeds that pack a vitamin punch Constance Halaveli Executive Chef, Glen Cooper, gives his top 6 tips to navigating the salad bar and eating your way to a healthier you.

Healthy food at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Delicious and healthy food at Constance

1.Choose dark greens
Start your salad off right by going for a base of dark leafy greens, such as spinach or romaine leaves. One packed cup will give you more than half of the recommended daily value of vitamin A as well as nearly 100% of your vitamin K. Leafy greens also supply vitamin C, folate and fibre. Lighter greens such as iceberg do not offer nearly the same nutritional value and are mostly made of water.

2. Include colourful veggies
Add one cup of the most colourful, bright fresh vegetables in the salad bar. Raw is best. Aim for carrots, broccoli, beets, ripe tomatoes, and bell peppers – they add more fibre and vitamins compared to pale coloured vegetables like cucumbers or celery. Steer clear of vegetables soaked with mayonnaise or creamy dressings – they add saturated fat and calories to your meal.

3. Choose lean proteins
Chickpeas and kidney beans are one of the best sources of protein on the salad bar. Add one-half cup of beans to your greens for a protein and fibre rich meal. Grilled chicken breast is another option, as is plain tuna (packed in water, not oil). Hard-boiled eggs are an excellent protein option – opt for more white than yolk to cut fat and calories.

Local produce at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Local produce at Constance Hotels & Resorts

4. Mix it up with crunch and zest
Adding walnuts, sesame seeds, or sunflower seeds will give you extra crunch without the added saturated (and possibly trans) fat of croutons and crunchy Asian noodles. Add one heaped tablespoon for a healthy dose of heart-healthy nutrients and fats. For an extra tang, add one tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese. A little Parmesan goes a long way in flavour as compared to other shredded cheeses, such as cheddar or mozzarella.

5. Extra garnishes
Adding fresh fruit to your salad is a healthy sweet option, but only add about one-half cup because the sugar can still add up. Avoid canned fruits that come in thick syrups like mandarin oranges or peaches and opt for grapes, orange slices, chunks of watermelon or other melon, and fresh berries.

6. Dressing your salad
One of the most crucial ingredients of your salad is the dressing. Avoid creamy mayonnaise-based dressings because they are high in fat and calories. Even low-fat or fat-free salad dressings are loaded with sodium, sugar, and saturated fats. The healthiest option is to dress your salad with a mix of extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and pepper, using only enough to lightly coat your greens. Add a little, toss your salad to ensure even distribution, add a little more, if needed.

Looking for recipe inspiration?
Check out this delicious salad of Spinach, chorizo and baby potatoes served with sous vide poached egg on the Cook Sister blog.

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Indulge a taste for truffles with a special Mauritian dining event

Savour the exquisite taste of one of nature’s most delectable delicacies with an evening dedicated to truffles at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage.

L'Archipel, Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

L’Archipel, Le Prince Maurice

The gastronomic event will take place on 31 January and will celebrate the versatile nature of truffles with a special menu at L’Archipel at Le Prince Maurice, and the Blue Penny Café at Belle Mare Plage.

Highlights of the Wine and Truffle menu at L’Archipel will include:

  • Canapés of ‘lollipop’ of foie gras and truffle, a spoonful of truffle risotto, a tartare of seafood in truffle oil
  • Scallops with truffle
  • King prawns in jelly with black truffle
  • A roulade of poultry and foie gras with a julienne of truffles
  • A range of delicately made truffle-infused desserts

Highlights of the Truffle menu at Blue Penny Café will include:

  • Crisps of traditional pain au beurre with black winter truffles
  • Soft boiled eggs with asparagus and truffles
  • A risotto of scallops, artichoke and truffles with a mushroom foam
  • Sweetbread with ‘black diamond’ truffle and gnocchi
  • An iced truffle tiramisu

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Top 5 reasons to head to the Indian Ocean

Beautiful beach at Constance Lemuria Resort

Beautiful beach at Lemuria, Seychelles

If you’re in need of some warm sunshine right now, there’s no place better to head to than the Indian Ocean.

Here are our top 5 reasons why you should pack your bag and escape to one of our unique resorts or super deluxe hotels.

1. Beaches, beaches, beaches

Imagine the softest white sand between your toes, and the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean stretching as far as the eye can see. Your holiday playground is set on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world – from Anse Georgette, the private beach at our Seychelles’ Lemuria Resort, to the soft sands of Moofushi.

2. Luxury

It’s hard to resist the idea of a little luxury at this time of year, and Constance hotels offer this in spades. Wonderfully designed rooms, delicious food, stunning locations and an attention to detail means you can expect to find everything you could want in just the right measure.

3.  Sunshine

While it’s freezing cold in the Northern hemisphere, it’s hot and sunny across the Indian Ocean. Immerse yourself in the warmth of the sunshine, and give your body the boost of Vitamin D it needs to restore that delicious sense of well being.

Diving with turtles at Constance Moofushi

Diving with turtles at Constance Moofushi

4. Diving, spa, watersports

If you tire of the beach or infinity pool, rest assured there are plenty of things to do. From water skiing, windsurfing and tennis to golf and spa treatments, and some of the best diving sites in the world – there’s no shortage of entertainment.

5. Gourmet food and fine wine

The Constance culinary spirit is central to the luxury experience you’ll find at our resorts. Expert chefs use the freshest local produce to create meals of exceptional quality, and our wine cellars are stocked with many inspiring wines that you won’t easily find elsewhere. Enjoy relaxed beach dining during the day before indulging at our elegant restaurants by night.

Find out more about our hotels and resorts on our website, Constance Hotels & Resorts.

Recipe: Vanilla Iced Tea

Refresh your taste buds this month and enjoy our delicious Vanilla Iced Tea.

Vanilla iced tea at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Vanilla iced tea

The recipe makes one litre of iced tea.

  • 5 tea bags of Vanilla tea
  • 3cl Vanilla Essence
  • 20cl Vanilla Syrup
  • 1 litre of hot water

Infuse all ingredients for approximately 30 minutes. Let the infusion cool down then place in the fridge for a couple of hours. Served chilled with three slices of lemon and ice.

Wine with honours at Le Prince Maurice

At Le Prince Maurice we are very proud of our award-winning assistant head sommelier Jorald Julie.

This year Mauritius-born Jorald won the coveted title of Best Sommelier of Mauritius by the Association of Sommeliers of Mauritius following a live final at Château Mon Désir at the Maritim Hotel.

No stranger to winning, Jorald had already won an award back in March at this year’s famous Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival.

Jorald was selected as winner against some of the best Mauritian sommeliers in a competition to choose the best wines to match a dinner cooked by the guest European Michelin-starred chefs.

Jorald’s tips for wines to try in 2013

  • Champagne Delamotte Brut – fine bubbles with nice complexity 
  • Springfield Estate Life from stone Sauvignon Blanc from the Robertson Region South Africa – exotic fruit flavours and marvellous freshness for summertime.
  • Clos Henri Pinot Noir from the Malborough Region New Zealand – Red fruit and spicy note, fresh and elegant in mouth

Watch Jorald Julie’s beginner’s guide to wine tasting below, or find out more about Constance Le Prince Maurice on our website.