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HOME-grown celebs are keeping themselves in shape with brilliant British food and drink.

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HOME-grown celebs are keeping themselves in shape with brilliant British food and drink.

And with British Food Fortnight in full swing, we've taken a look at the patriotic fare loved by the stars to show how you could boost your body with a traditional meal or classic quaff.

Here, with the help of top nutritional therapist Alma Griffith from nutrihealing.co.uk, JAMES MOORE has compiled the benefits of the best British tuck and show how you can make them even better for you.

Says Alma: "Despite what people sometimes think, traditional British food can be good, nutritious meals."

SHEPHERD'S PIE

Celeb fan: Football pundit Gary Lineker, 48, says wife Danielle Bux, 30, makes a good shepherd's pie at home.

Benefits of British: Lamb is fattier than some other meats but it's niacin-rich so it's believed to protect against brain disease.

The carrots have beta-carotene to help protect vision.

Top tip: Add some peas on the side - great for bone health. (Lidl has a kilo of frozen peas at £1.29. ) Calorie counter: 458 cals per serving - an hour of playing football

CRUMBLE AND CUSTARD

Celeb fan: England skipper John Terry, 28, right, served up apple crumble and custard to guests at his wedding in 2007.

Benefits of British: Apples really can keep the doctor away, lowering the risk of high cholesterol and even asthma. Because it's based on milk, custard usually has less fat than cream or ice cream.

Top tip: Swapping custard for natural yoghurt will make it even healthier.

Calorie counter: Apple crumble is 470 calories per portion - or 40 minutes of kick-boxing.

CURRY

Celeb fan: Boxer Ricky Hatton, 30, below, is a self-confessed curry lover.

Chicken tikka masala has been dubbed Britain's favourite national dish.

Benefits of British: Experts have discovered that many curries can help fight colds and flu-like infections.

And tomato-based curries like chicken tikka masala and rogan josh also contain cancer-fighting lycopene.

Top tip: Creamy curries like Chicken Tikka Masala are, however, very high in fat. Swap it for a dry tandoori chicken curry.

Calorie counter: Chicken Tikka Masala has 1,340 calories - the equivalent of a three-hour cycle ride.

HP SAUCE

Celeb fan: TV chef Jamie Oliver, 34, as well as former boxer Frank Bruno, 47, are fans of the fruity breakfast topping.

Benefits of British: It is made with molasses, which really boosts your iron intake. The sauce also contains tomatoes, which help to protect your gut and prostate.

Top tip: Add it to your bacon butty for an extra zing.

Calorie counter: A typical serving contains just 20 calories - the same as you work off with a one-minute passionate kiss goodbye to your partner in the morning.

CHOCOLATE TREAT

Celeb fan: EastEnders star Danniella Westbrook, 35, is a big fan of proud British brand Cadbury's Dairy Milk.

Benefits of British: Every half-pound of Cadbury's Dairy Milk contains a glass and a half full of fresh liquid milk.

The calcium in milk is good for your bones.

Top tip: Go for a dark chocolate brand like Bournville. Dark chocolate has more cocoa and studies have found that eating a small amount can help protect your arteries.

Calorie counter: A 49g bar of Dairy Milk contains 255 calories - or an hour of housework.

BACON SARNIE

Celeb fan: Denise Van Outen, 35, loves a healthy version of a British bacon sarnie

Benefits of British: Research claims a bacon sandwich can cure a hangover because the amino acids help give you a clearer head.

Top tip: Try to make it with wholemeal bread - which is better for energy release.

Calorie counter: 500 calories per shop bought sarnie - an hour's swimming.

STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM

Celeb fan: Sexy model Sophie Howard, 26, has been snapped enjoying the treat at Wimbledon.

Benefits of British: Strawberries can help lower your risk of developing heart disease while experts believe that their high zinc content makes them a natural Viagra.

Top tip: Instead of full-fat cream, use a creme fraiche or hal- fat cream instead.

Calorie counter: 150 cals per portion - an hour standing watching sport in the pub.

FRIED BREKKIE

Celeb fan: Strictly Come Dancing's Alesha Dixon, 30, reckons she can look hot without denying herself the occasional fry-up.

Benefits of British: While a fry-up is high in fat, research shows that the eggs in it stop you snacking later in the day, while a single grilled tomato counts as one of your five-aday portion of fruit and veg. Mushrooms also add essential minerals that your body needs.

Top tip: Grill bacon and sausages and add poached eggs rather than fried ones to lower fat levels. Calorie counter: 1,000 calories - or 2.15 hours dancing.

CORNISH PASTY

Celeb fan: TV's Hairy Bikers, love a pasty - and cook up their own versions of the snack.

Benefi ts of British: As well as beef, pasties contain potatoes, onion and a veg like swede, which contains body-boosting vitamin C, phosphorus and fibre.

Top tip: Serve it up with baked beans, which combine essential protein for muscles and iron to help keep you fully energized.

Calorie counter: A Ginster's pasty contains 547 calories - an hour's running.

PINT OF BEER

Celeb fan: TV star Neil Morrissey, 47, loves British beer so much he learned how to make it and even bought his own pub.

Benefits of British: Beer contains vitamin B6, which is good for your ticker, and some claim moderate consumption is as good for you as red wine.

Top tip: Go for nuts over crisps as they're better at keeping you feeling full.

Calorie counter: 180 cals - or 50 minutes playing pool in the boozer.

TRADITIONAL CUPPA

Celeb fan: TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher, 33, says she always starts the day with a cup of tea.

Benefis of British: Tea rehydrates, protects against heart disease and the antioxidants in it help stop cell damage.

Top tip: Use semi-skimmed milk rather than whole milk to reduce fat content. (Lidl currently has four pints of semi-skimmed for £1.29. )

Calorie counter: Without sugar, a cup contains just 13 calories - the equivalent of a six-minute chat with your mates.

FISH AND CHIPS

Celeb fan: Motor racing ace Jenson Button, 29, below, was recently spotted tucking into the dish.

Benefits of British: White fish is low in fat and high in protein. And did you know that a portion of shop-bought chips typically contains less fat than a prawn mayonnaise sandwich?

Top tip: Cut the calories with a home-made version of oven chips and fish in breadcrumbs. At the chippy, be sure to add vitaminrich mushy peas, then only eat half the batter on the fish.

Calorie counter: Cod and chips has 900 calories - three hours washing, waxing and tinkering with your motor.

ROAST DINNER

Celeb fan: Olympic swimming champ Rebecca Adlington, 20, craves her mum's roast beef.

Benefits of British: Roast beef contains protein and blood-boosting iron.

Top tip: Swapping beef for chicken will lower the calories. If you're making up Yorkshire pudding, use unsalted butter instead of lard and be sure to add plenty of green veg like cabbage - packed with calcium and magnesium for strong bones and muscle.

Calorie counter: 950 calories - an hour's cross training in the gym.

BANGERS AND MASH

Celeb fan: Razorlight star Johnny Borrell, 29, is a fan.

Benefits of British: Pork sausages contain zinc and selenium, which help boost your immunity. But remember to look out for good quality sausages. They should have a meat content of at least 70%.

Top tip: If you're making your own, use olive oil or semi-skimmed milk in the mash rather than high-fat butter. Reduce fat from the sausages by grilling them rather than frying.

Calorie counter: 800 cals - two hours of DIY.



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