Starting the New Year right, the British Army is launching its free to download Healthy Soldier Cookbook.
Check out the refreshed Healthy Soldier Cookbook which offers over 40 recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and smoothies. These recipes have been designed so that they can be made with very basic cooking equipment, all you require is a microwave or a hob and some simple utensils like a saucepan, frying plan, knives and chopping board.
The Cookbook meals are packed full of fruit, vegetables and protein and are balanced with fat, carbohydrate, sugar and salt. Therefore, these dishes are quick and easy to produce while also providing a balanced diet.
Healthy eating is particularly important to soldiers as they are required to be physically fit and able to respond to arduous conditions. SO2 Army Health Promotion and former Royal Army Physical Training Corps Instructor, Major Tracey Doree, said: “Having been in the Army for over 29 years I have often pushed my body to its limits, physically. There are times when I have needed to increase my energy intake to fuel the activity demanded of me, now that my role is more office bound and the physical demands have decreased, I have had to think more about the types of food I eat and sensibly adjust my intake to balance the activity that I now do, both in terms of energy requirements and prevention of injury and ill-health.
I encourage all soldiers to think about their diet and how it supports their individual activity levels
“Eating a balanced diet is really important to me for my health and well-being and I encourage all soldiers to think about their diet and how it supports their individual activity levels. The Healthy Soldier Cookbook provides some excellent ideas for cooking meals that are packed with essential nutrients which I hope you and your families will find useful.”
Michelin-starred chef approved
The Healthy Soldier Cookbook contains recipes which are rich in vitamins and nutrients, healthy fats, lean protein and slow release carbohydrates which contribute towards balanced diets. Michelin-starred chef, Adam Gray, said it was a privilege to be involved in the launch of the book.
“Food is amazing, it isn’t just fuel. It has an effect on your body and how you perform,” he said. “I was asked to be involved to help them with their everyday nutrition. It is about making simple changes that are slightly healthier and buying better ingredients, the best you can afford, and understanding what those ingredients do to your body.”
The Healthy Soldier Cookbook contains some delicious recipes for soldiers who choose to cook their own meals. This includes the Strawberry Breakfast Bowl, Chilli Salmon Parcel, Asian Vegetable and Carrot Chow Mein and Mighty Berry Protein Smoothie.