Be summer ready with these top meal tips

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Summer?s here which for many, barbecues and ice-creams first spring to mind. Followed by a nice cold drink to wash it all down with. After all, when the weather?s hot the last thing you want to do is have your head in an oven and be standing over a hot stove making a big cooked meal.

Instead, smaller, fresh meals are much more desirable to eat during the summer months. You?ll feel more refreshed and with less cooking, you can sit back and relax while the sun is shining!

Sounds great, right? Well, for you to enjoy more hours in the sun and less time scouring the kitchen cupboards, it?s a good idea to know what you?re going to eat. Creating a meal plan for the week ahead will save you time and make it easier to follow a balanced diet; with your meals planned, you?re less likely to reach for the pile of takeaway menus. A meal plan can also assist with your weekly shopping budget and can actually save you money. After all, one trip to the shop a week to buy everything, is likely to cost much less than a trip to the shops every night to pick up something for dinner ? we all know when you pop in for just one item you come out with more! Planning makes everything perfect.

Another top tip for eating in the summer months is to prepare meals in advance. It means for those days when you?re busy enjoying the sun, or when it?s really hot and you can?t muster up the energy to cook, you?ll have a meal ready to go. From mixed salads and ready chopped fruit, to vegetable chilli and ice lollies, pre-make your meals and put them in the fridge or freezer, so anytime you feel a little peckish or need a quick meal fix, just head for the kitchen and grab your meal. For some quick cool meals for summer see here.

Talking of salads, why not add some fruits into your salad? Watermelon, blueberries, apricots, pineapple, cherries and strawberries are all proven to be extremely nutritious. But if you?re not too keen on eating fruits, then try making a smoothie instead. It will be just as nutritious and refreshing, and you?ll probably find it goes down much better! For some yummy smoothie recipes, see here.

Smoothies are a great way to fill up on nutrients, but drinking lots of water is extremely important too ? especially when it?s particularly hot outside. Water will keep you hydrated and maintain your body temperature. One top tip is to keep a jug or large bottle of water filled up in the fridge so you can cool down and quench your thirst with a cold drink instead of room temperature water from the tap. Why not add a slice of lemon or some mint to make your drink more refreshing and flavoursome? For more information on water and other drinks and the effect on your health see here.

So, there you have it. From planning your weekly shop to preparing your meals, these are just some of the ways you can get the most out of summer by spending less time in the kitchen and more time outside. And if you get the chance, why not combine both food and sunshine by dining Al fresco!

Looking for a place to stay in London this summer? We have summer accommodation available here at Host Wembley. For more information please contact us on +44(0)20 3475 5952 or wembley@host-students.com. ??

Summer days in Wembley

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The sun?s shining, the air is warm and summer is here. So, what have you got planned? If you?re not busy working, studying or visiting other parts of the world, then how about an afternoon in some of Wembley?s local parks and outdoor areas? Relax and soak up the sun, get lost in a book or play Frisbee with your friends. Sound good? Check out some of these great green spaces you can enjoy?

King Edward VII Park
Located in Brent – less than a mile away from our accommodation, King Edward VII Park offers luscious green grass space for you to unwind and relax in. There?s a host of sports facilities you can take advantage of to. From bowling greens to football pitches, you?ll never be short of something to do!

Fryent Country Park
Step away from the hustle and bustle of the city and go on an adventure through the 103 hectares of rolling fields and woods of Fryent Country Park. Also located in the Brent area, the park is a wildlife site of metropolitan importance to London, with the woodland comprising of trees including French oak, ash and the nationally rare plant the narrow-leaved bitter-cress.

Barham Park
Head two miles west of Host Wembley and you?ll stumble upon the green grass, pathways and many mature trees of Barham Park. Blooming with bright and beautiful flowers and shrubs in summer, the walled garden is a popular relaxation spot. For those feeling more active, there?s even a free outdoor gym!

Northala Fields
Slightly further afield, but definitely worth a visit is Northala Fields. You?ll find lots of open space to enjoy as well as four large earth mounds – and with the tallest standing at 22 metres it makes an excellent viewpoint with a 360-degree view over the city. And with six fishing lakes, a model boating lake and wildlife ponds, streams and wetland, you can relax on the water?s edge.

So, if you?re in London and the Wembley area this summer and need a place to sunbathe, relax or explore then head to one of the above. Need a place to stay while you visit? We have summer accommodation available from 2nd July until 1st September. For more information please contact us on 0203 475 5952 or email?wembley@host-students.com.

10 top travel destinations for students

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With university finished for the year and the sun shining, that summer feeling has well and truly kicked in; and the need to travel is a must. But if you?re not sure of which direction to head, we have found a few places where you can enjoy the summer break:

1. Cornwall, England
Where else in the world can you camp with a wonderful view for as little as ?9 a night? Cornwall is not only home to the famous Cornish pasties, but it has some of the most amazing views and beaches in England. It?s definitely worth a visit if you are looking for a beach break that is cheap, cheerful and worth every penny!

2. Malaga, Spain
Looking to party? Well look no further; Malaga in Spain is known for its vibrant nightlife. Plus, let?s face it, nobody parties like the Spanish! You can find cheap return flights with both Ryan Air and EasyJet, and if you book with a few friends and share an apartment, it?ll be a fraction of the cost compared to staying in a hotel.

3. Rome, Italy
If you?re looking for a city break or a location with a bit of culture, then look no further. Rome is one of the most traveled to places in Europe and with epic landmarks and architecture, it?s the ideal relaxing getaway. A book and a cocktail is all that is needed to complete the trip!

4. Valencia, Spain
Valencia is more of a quiet city break that promises sunshine, culture and walking tours around the old towns. To make this trip even better, you can stay with our sister site Victoria Hall Valencia that offers luxurious studios at competitive rates, why would you want to stay anywhere else?

5. Ibiza, Balearic Islands
Recommended by students as a cheap, yet full of fun and much deserved break, of course Ibiza was going to make it into the top 10. Wake up to beach views, spend your days shopping, and then turn up the heat in the evenings with beach parties, boat parties and dance until the early hours ? remember, nightlife starts at 12am! Plus, with Island Guides to show you where the parties are and what you need to do while you?re there, you can be sure to make the most of your trip!

6. Glasgow, Scotland
Are you a Hiker? A mountain climber? An abseiler? Well, Glasgow has it all. With panoramic views and a little Scottish culture that will get you doing the Highland Fling! You can also stay with us to keep costs down at?Victoria Hall Glasgow; student living just got better!

7. Cardiff, Wales
Cardiff is the capital of Wales, and is home to Europe?s largest waterfront development, Cardiff Bay. With plenty of must see tourist attractions ? from Cardiff Castle and The Principality Stadium, to the Doctor Who Experience and Wales Millennium Centre, there is something for everyone. So, whether you?re staying for a long weekend or just visiting for the day, Cardiff should be on everyone?s bucket list.

8. Paris, France
If you have never been to Paris, then this is a must. You have to go at least once in your life to see just how the French live. You?ll find fresh pastries on your door step and attractions such as the Notre Dame, Moulin Rouge and not forgetting the Eiffel Tower! Return flights from London start from as little as ?31 on SkyScanner, or you can take the Ouibus to Paris from London for only ?15!

9. Amsterdam, Netherlands
One of the most traveled to destinations by students, you?ll never guess why? because of the well-known canals of course! Amsterdam is also known as a tolerant, progressive city with a diverse culture and an active nightlife (well that?s what the brochures say). You can also get the Ouibus to Amsterdam for just ?7 ? which is probably one of the cheapest trips to Europe.

10. Europe ? 30 countries, 1 Pass
If you really can?t decide where to go, then why not visit them all? Students can get a Global Pass from Interrail?which allows you to travel by train through Europe at a fraction of the cost. You only live once hey!

So, there you have it, 10 wonderful locations for you to visit this summer for a well deserved break. Getting away will allow you to relax and recharge your batteries ready for the start of university in September!

Here at Host Wembley all our rooms have a purpose built study area as standard AND our students are able to take advantage of our clean and airy communal study areas. To find out how you can join our thriving student community please contact us today on 0203 475 5952 to arrange a viewing.

7 tips on how to stay fit this summer

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Summer is a great time to be healthy, get in shape and finally reach your New Year?s resolutions. Here?s a few top tips to help you out:

1. Stay hydrated
We all do it, when the days are hot, the only thing that pops into your head is food. Particularly in the summer months, it?s easy to mistake thirst for hunger. Just ask yourself before you reach for that burger and fries ?am I really hungry? Or do I just need a drink?? – 9 times out of 10, you?ll find you simply need a drink to rehydrate yourself and curb those cravings.

Top Tip: Try herbal teas as they have a lot of benefits and will also help keep you hydrated.

2. Exercise early mornings or evenings
Exercise should be included as part of a healthy lifestyle ? you?ll not only burn fat, build up and tone muscles, but you?ll also feel revitalised in the process. However, when temperatures are higher during the summer months, the best time of day to exercise with maximum affect is either early in the morning or later on in the evening. If you exercise during the day when the sun is at its peak, it is more likely to tire you out ? which may make you give up.

Instead, an early morning run will wake you up and energise you, so you?re ready for the day ahead. Evening jogs work in a similar way – they will help you to wind down and de-stress, which is just what you need after a long day.

Top Tip: 30 minutes of exercise a day can help you lose weight and maintain a balanced diet.

3. Eat healthily
A healthy and well balanced diet is essential if you?re trying to stay fit and healthy. They say 80% of getting fit is based on what you eat, and only 20% is dependent on exercise. So the next time you?re shopping for groceries, fill your basket with fresh and colourful foods such as green vegetables, fruit and proteins ? instead of junk foods high in fat and sweets or chocolates full of sugar.

Top Tip: Eat hydrating foods such as watermelon, tomatoes and cucumber ? not only are they great to snack on and for replenishing fluids, but many contain important vitamins and minerals.

4. Wear sunscreen
One of the first things you should buy if you are going on holiday or spending summer in the UK, is sun cream. The sun is great ? it can lift your mood and can help boost levels of vitamin D, but it can also be very harsh on your skin. When you?re out in the sun, you are exposing yourself to ultraviolet rays which can be potentially damaging to the skin, can age it prematurely and increase the risk of skin cancer. Wearing sun cream will help to protect you against the suns UV radiation and prevent it from reaching the skin.

Top Tip: If you?re out in the sun, make sure you use sun cream daily and regularly apply it throughout the day ? especially when it is really hot.

5. Create an exercise plan
It?s all too easy to say you?re going to get fit this summer and start working out or running, but without a plan in place, it?s even easier to make excuses and not see those ideas through to reality. So, set some time aside to create an exercise plan; decide what exercise you want to do, what days you will exercise, at what time, and for how long ? this way there will be no excuses and it will be scheduled into your week. If you are new to exercising, start slowly ? go for a short run or a light jog twice a week, and then increase when you feel like you can.

Top Tip: Focus on health, not weight!

6. Sing until your heart?s content
In a recent article, it was noted that everyone has a Beyonc? in them, can this be true? According to Beyonc??s father (Matthew Knowles), it is. Taking a one mile run and singing at the top of your voice will improve your vocal cords and send oxygen around your body, which will increase your stamina. Oxygen is one of two essential ingredients our cells need to survive, having only a small about of oxygen in our bodies can cause you to feel tired and exhausted. This is why we yawn, to get more oxygen inside our lungs!

Top Tip: Breathe in from your nose and out from your mouth, it will let more oxygen pass through your body.

7. Laugh
As one final tip, make sure you have a laugh! Not only is laughing the best medicine, it is also known for boosting your immune system, relaxing the whole body and relieving physical tension and stress.

Top Tip: Knock Knock jokes are always a good one!

Here at Host Wembley all our rooms have a purpose built study area as standard AND our students are able to take advantage of our clean and airy communal study areas. To find out how you can join our thriving student community please contact us today on 0203 475 5952 to arrange a viewing.