Bupa Global and Deliciously Ella to inspire healthy eating this festive season

22 November 2016
Deliciously Ella
  • Bupa Global research revealed that 60% of Brits believe they have a healthy diet
  • Bupa Global provides healthy eating tips and Deliciously Ella festive recipe

Bupa Global and Ella Mills a.k.a Deliciously Ella have come together to provide insights on healthy eating, particularly as the festive season approaches. Bupa Global hosted an exclusive customer event at Home House, London on 21 November, where together they examined the challenges of balancing healthy eating with a busy lifestyle, with Deliciously Ella sharing her own personal food journey.

Ella Mills (Deliciously Ella) said:

“I know first-hand the benefits of healthy eating because changing my diet and lifestyle was crucial to managing my symptoms when I became ill with a condition that affected my autonomic nervous system. While there’s no one size fits all approach to cooking and eating healthily, it’s really important to show people easy ways to eat more natural foods and how to make these an enjoyable, delicious and sustainable part of your lifestyle.”

Bupa Global research recently revealed that 60%* of Brits believe they generally have a healthy diet. However, with the holiday season around the corner it is a difficult time of year to avoid over indulgence and maintain a balanced diet. To help, Bupa Global are offering exclusive tips on how to enjoy the festive celebration season, whilst maintaining healthy eating habits – with Deliciously Ella sharing some festive recipe suggestions (see below).

Dr. Soren Carstens, Head of Clinical Operations, Bupa Global said:

"Maintaining a healthy diet is not always easy and at times like Christmas, it can be especially tricky. At Bupa Global we are driven by our purpose to help people live longer, healthier, happier lives all year round. Working with Ella helps deliver this promise to our customers and aligns with Ella’s philosophy around food being natural and accessible and encouraging people to get their five a day in the most interesting and satisfying ways every day of the year.

"The below tips from Bupa Global's qualified medical experts should also provide some useful guidance on staying maintaining a healthy diet over the holidays."

1. Fill up on vegetables and salad first rather than the meat and fried foods

2. Avoid high fat and sugary nibbles before dinner such as crisps and chocolate

3. Have a small portion of sweet desserts however opt for whole fruit if available, this will help you feel less bloated

Bupa Global’s research has also shown that two in three (66%) that say they are generally happy also agree they have a healthy diet. This demonstrates the important link between physical and mental wellbeing.

Ella Mills (Deliciously Ella) also provided her thoughts on eating during the holidays:

“Although it can be more difficult, there are easy ways to enjoy natural foods over the holidays without sacrificing our favourite treats. It’s all about finding delicious dishes to cook and share with friends and family, I love things like roasted Brussel sprouts with pomegranates, hazelnuts and a maple dressing or mince pies with an almond crust. That’s why I am especially thrilled to partner with Bupa Global, to help inspire people with my own personal story to stay healthy and happy whatever the season.”

Ella shares one of her favourite Christmas recipes for healthy mince pies which include the following ingredients (full cooking instructions in notes below):

Mince pie recipe:

  • For the crust: 400g of ground almonds, 6 tablespoons of coconut oil, 4 tablespoons of water, 20 medjool dates (400g)
  • For the mince: 2 apples (200g), 1 vanilla pod, 100g raisins, 100g sultanas, 100g dried cranberries, the juice of 2 oranges, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of ginger.

Bupa’s global health plans include dietary advice, annual health checks and other measures of preventative care to help customers manage their overall health and wellbeing.

– ENDS –

Notes to editor

* All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 2,130 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 21st - 22nd September 2016.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

About Bupa Global

Bupa Global is the international health insurance arm of Bupa, serving 2 million customers around the world.  We provide products and services for globally minded and mobile people who want the most premium coverage and access to the healthcare they need anytime, anywhere in the world, whether at home or when studying, living, travelling or working abroad.

Bupa Global employs over 1,800 people and has offices in London and Brighton (UK), Miami (USA), Copenhagen (Denmark), Dubai (UAE), and Hong Kong (China) as well as regional offices in Mainland China, Singapore, Egypt, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Brazil, Panama, Guatemala and Ecuador.

Deliciously Ella Mince Pies

  • Start by making the mince. Chop the apples into small pieces (discarding the core) and place them into a saucepan
  • Slice the vanilla pod in half and scrape the seeds into the pan. Then add in all the remaining ingredients and stir it together
  • Let the mince simmer for about 30 minutes, until the apples are nice and soft
  • While the mince cooks make the crust. Place all the crust ingredients together in a food processor and blend for a minute or so until everything has mixed together and the dates are totally broken down. Then sprinkle flour over a surface and roll the mix out so that it’s about half a cm thick
  • Heat the oven to 180C
  • Grease muffin tins with coconut oil and then mould the mix into the individual tins, once you’ve done this cut the remaining mixture into shapes (I normally do stars), these will go on top of the pies. Then place the tray of crusts in the oven for 8 minutes, until they start to turn golden brown – at which point take them out and allow them to cool while the mince mix finishes cooking
  • Once the mince has cooked start assembling the pies. Simply add two heaped teaspoons of mince into each pie before placing a star over the middle of the mince. Bake the pies again for eight minutes
  • Once they've baked leave for 20 minutes to cool and finish setting before enjoying!

About Bupa

Bupa's purpose is helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives.

With no shareholders, our customers are our focus. We reinvest profits into providing more and better healthcare for the benefit of current and future customers.

We have 15.5m health insurance customers, provide healthcare to over 14.5m people in our clinics and hospitals, and look after over 22,900 aged care residents.

We employ over 78,000 people, principally in the UK, Australia, Spain, Poland, Chile, New Zealand, Hong Kong, the USA, Brazil, the Middle East and Ireland. We also have associate businesses in Saudi Arabia and India.

Health insurance is around 70% of our business. In a number of countries, we also run clinics, dental centres, hospitals and care homes and villages.

For more information, visit www.bupa.com.

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