There’s no guilt in good wine

stobi-cuvee-2014_sp17_1How many articles have you read about diets in newspapers and magazines this month? 1? 10? 100? They’re everywhere, and if you’re trying to lose weight this variety of – often contradicting – advice can be confusing and off-putting. If you’ve become convinced that the only way to lose weight is to deny yourself everything, we’re here to reassure you that this isn’t the case.

Rather than panic at the sign of anything tasty, the best thing to do is keep it simple and allow yourself a little of what you like. This way your body is happy, your brain is happy and losing weight doesn’t seem like such a chore. Wine, for example, does contain the dreaded calories but perhaps not as many as you think: according to the Alcohol Concern website, a standard glass contains just 116!

This means that if you love wine, a glass or two can be a wonderful treat to go alongside a healthy meal. Some of our favourite healthy dishes feature grilled chicken and fish – both packed with protein and low in fat – while a large, delicious salad always hits the spot and ensures you get your five a day. We’ve highlighted one of our favourite salad recipes here to prove that they’re not just for the summer months. This one is a tasty mixture of cauliflower, beans and crumbly feta cheese that’s accented with herbs and zingy citrus flavours.

Now for the treat. This recipe, and in fact many salad, chicken and fish dishes, pairs perfectly with our Stobi Cuvée 2014. Dry, light and crisp, this intriguing wine is made from R’kaciteli, Žilavka and just a hint of Chardonnay. These combine to produce moreish flavours of fruit salad and lemon zest, as well as white peach and citrus fruits on the nose. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face and make you forget you’re even on a diet!

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