Archive | March, 2013

MFT28

22 Mar

I’m so sorry that my blogs are becoming less frequent!! I’ve been flat out with assignments and trying to keep on top of study (a never-ending struggle) so unfortunately I haven’t had the time to dedicate an hour or so to writing blog posts!!

Motivation: Amanda Adams

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I felt like I was in a bit of a rut with my training so I did a bit of searching and found this training program – Greg Plitt’s MFT28 (http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/mft28-greg-plitts-4-week-military-fitness-trainer-by-met-rx.html). It is INTENSE!!! He is really enthusiastic and motivating though, and I find it really helpful to watch the videos. My boyfriend is doing it with me via long distance, which is nice :).

I have HEAPS of recipes to share with you!! I think it’ll be easiest if I break them up into a few per post though (don’t want to overwhelm you!!)

 

High Fibre Cinnamon Protein Pancakes (chocolatechillimango.com) – these are really yummy and really filling

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Serves 1-2

100g egg whites

40g pea protein

10 grams psyllium husk

250mL unsweetened almond milk

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp vanilla whey protein powder

Stevia, to taste

Whisk together the ingredients

If necessary, add a little more milk or water if the batter is too thick

Cook the pancakes in a non-stick pan

Serve topped with whatever you like (I used flaxseed oil because I’m ADDICTED!)

Nutritional info: per serve (without toppings)

Calories: 146.7

Total fat: 2.2g (0.5g sat)

Total carbs: 5.5g (4.9g fibre!)

Sugar: 0.4g

Protein: 25.4g

 

Blueberry Almond Protein Muffins (chocolatechillimango.com) – I absolutely LOVE these!! Super fluffy, super tasty, super healthy!!! Awesome muffins 🙂

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Serves 12

250g almond meal

20 serves Stevia (a lot, I know…)

3 tsp baking powder

150g blueberries (I used frozen)

200mL unsweetened almond milk

1 egg

1 tbsp vanilla essence

1/2 scoop vanilla whey powder

1/2 scoop vanilla casein powder

Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius

Mix together dry ingredients

Whisk together the wet ingredients in a separate bowl

Add wet to dry, then mix lightly (do not overbeat)

Toss in the blueberries

Pour the batter into lined muffin tins

Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and toothpick comes out clean

Cool on a wire rack before turning out

Nutritional info: per 1 muffin

Calories: 151

Total fat: 11.4 (1.1g sat)

Total carbs: 7.9g

Sugar: 2.2g

Protein: 7.4g

 

Chicken with Cauliflower and Olives (www.elanaspantry.com) – pretty self explanatory haha and yum!

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Serves 4

500g chicken breast

1 bunch fresh thyme sprigs

1/2 head cauliflower – cut into florets

1 spring onion – finely chopped

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

Zest of 1 lemon

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup kalamata olives – pitted

3 cloves garlic – minced

Spread thyme sprigs evenly in the bottom of a 7×11 baking dish

Place chicken over thyme and scatter cauliflower around chicken

In a small bowl, combine spring onion, oil, salt, pepper, lemon zest and juice, olives and garlic

Pour this mixture over the chicken and cauliflower

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour

Preheat oven to 200 degrees

Bake for 45-55 minutes, until chicken is cooked through

Nutritional info: per serve

Calories: 246.8

Total fat: 8.1g (2.0g sat)

Total carbs: 6.0g

Sugar: 1.5g

Protein: 37.5g

 

Dense Aduki Chocolate Cake (www.proteinpow.com) – this is super super dense!! I think next time I’ll add more sweetener because it was a bit too bitter for me

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Serves 8

1 can aduki (or black) unsalted beans – cooked

1/2 cup liquid egg whites

1/2 cup chocolate whey protein powder

300g low-fat cottage cheese

12 cup cocoa powder

10 serves Stevia

3 tbsp coconut flour

1 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 170 degrees

Blend everything together and pour into a greased cake pan

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean (don’t overbake!!)

Sprinkle some cocoa on top to serve!

Nutritional info: per serve

Calories: 149.7

Total fat: 3.2g (2.2g sat)

Total carbs: 11.0g

Sugar: 2.1g

Protein: 16.8g

 

Vanilla Cupcakes (www.dessertswithbenefits.com) – these are pretty scrumptious (though have nothing on the blueberry almond muffins above…)

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Serves 11

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

3 tbsp unsweetened applesauce

3 tbsp coconut oil

3/4 cooking Stevia

2 tsp vanilla essence

1 tsp almond essence (I left this out)

1/4 cup arrowroot starch

2 tbsp ground flaxseed

1/2 cup brown rice flour

1/2 cup quinoa flour

1/3 cup almond flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp xanthan gum (I left this out)

1/4 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line a cupcake tin with 11 paper liners

Whisk together almond milk, applesauce, oil, sweetener, vanilla and almond essence

Whisk on medium speed for about 1 minute

In a small bowl, whisk together the starch and flax

Slowly add this starch/flax mixture to the almond milk/applesauce mixture

Whisk on low for about 1 minute

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the brown rice flour, quinoa flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum and salt

Slowly add to the almond milk/applesauce/flax mixture on low speed

When it is all incorporated, increase the mixer speed to high and whip for about 20 seconds

Scoop batter into cupcake liners

Bake for ~30minutes or until surface springs back when tapped

Remove cupcakes from tin and let cool on a wire rack

I decided to add my own person touch by pressing a raspberry into the centre of each muffin before I cooked them… don’t ask me why!! But it tasted awesome 🙂

Nutritional info: per serve (without raspberries)

Calories: 132.8

Total fat: 7.9g (4.8g sat)

Total carbs: 12.7g

Sugar: 0.8g

Protein: 2.3g

 

Oh and guess what? I’m now a Sweat Pink Ambassador 🙂 check us out at www.fitapproach.com

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I haven’t been sticking to my eating and exercise plan super well lately (as those on my facebook page may know..) but the thing to keep in mind is to not give up – to keep on keeping on!! Tomorrow’s another day 🙂 x

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Hot Hot Hot

8 Mar

It is sooooo hot in Australia right now!! Makes getting into the kitchen a bit less appealing haha. I’ve had a really good week in regards to staying on target with my eating, although I skipped leg day on Wednesday because I was so exhausted – my brain has been feeling really drained from being used so much. I’m going to make up my missed day on the weekend though!!

Motivation:

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My recipes are really piling up now so I need to start putting more into my posts!! Sorry if this is an overload :S

 

Roo Meatball Casserole – I think these are really yum!! My boyfriend refuses to eat kangaroo but I love it haha

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Serves 6

Meatballs:

500g kangaroo mince

1 clove garlic – minced

1/2 tsp pepper

1 tsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp oregano

1/3 cup egg whites

1 cup oat flour

Casserole:

370g passata

2 tomatoes – diced

3 mushrooms – sliced

Handful of fresh basil

Tiny bit of low fat cheese

Make the meatballs first. Preheat oven to 180 degrees

Combine all of the meatball ingredients and mix well (I found it easier with my hands)

Roll mixture into small balls (I made about 20 but totally up to you) and place meatball on a baking tray (covered in baking paper)

Bake for 15-20 minutes, shake tray occasionally

Once cooked, remove meatballs from oven and place into a casserole dish

Pour over the passata, tomatoes, mushrooms, and basil, and gently stir through

Sprinkle some cheese over top, then put back in the oven to cook for 15 minutes

Nutritional info: per serve

Calories: 179.1

Total fat: 3.4g (1.0g sat)

Total carbs: 12.8g

Sugar: 4.0g

Protein: 22.2g

 

Low Carb Protein Pizza Base from proteinpow.com

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Serves 1-2

1 cup liquid egg whites

1/3 cup psyllium husks

1/2 cup pea protein powder

Herbs (rosemary, thyme, parsley)

Garlic salt and onion granules

Whisk all of the ingredients and you will get a sticky mixture

Dollop onto a hot hot hot nonstick frying pan and spread with a spoon to give it as flat a shape as possible

Once cooked on one side, flip it

Remove from the pan and place on a grill/baking tray

Top with whatever you want – I decided to break up some of my kangaroo meatballs and scatter them on top with a little bit of low fat cheese

Grill for 10-15 minutes (until cheese melts and sides are brown

NB to make it breadier (but higher carb) add oat flour

Nutritional info: per serve (just the base, without the toppings)

Calories: 192.7

Total fat: 0.5g

Total carbs: 10.4g (10.2g dietary fiber)

Sugar: 0g

Protein: 34.9g!!

 

Angel Food Cake from dessertswithbenefits.com

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Serves 8

3/4 cup oat flour

1/4 cup arrowroot starch

1&1/2 cup egg whites (fresh, not from a carton)

1&1/2 tsp cream of tartar

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp almond flavour (I decided to sub this for lemon extract because I don’t like almond extract..)

1&1/2 cups Stevia (not the concentrated stuff!!)

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees

In a small bowl, mix oat flour and arrowroot

In a large bowl, add egg whites, cream of tartar, salt and extracts. Whisk until stiff peaks form (~5 minutes)

Slowly add the sweetener whilst continuing to whisk on a low speed

Slowly and gently fold in the oat flour and arrowroot mixture, one scoop at a time – be careful not to deflate the egg whites

Scoop the batter in a cake pan and flatten the surface with a spoon

Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the surface is golden brown and springs back when tapped

Cool the cake upside down so that the cake doesn’t deflate

Once cool, remove from the pan and serve! I chose to sprinkle with coconut milk flour 🙂

Nutritional info: per serve

Calories: 80.6

Total fat: 1.0g

Total carbs: 10.3g

Sugar: 0.3g

Protein: 6.1g

 

BBQ Chicken Bolognaise from No Cheating! Clean Recipes for Lean Bodies

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Serves 8

1kg chicken mince

2 large onions – diced

3 medium zucchini – diced

1 broccoli – finely chopped

Barbeque sauce:

3 tbsp reduced salt tomato paste

1 tbsp smoked paprika

1 tbsp wholegrain mustard

3 tbsp worcestershire sauce

3 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 cup passata

Salt and pepper to taste

Add diced vegetables to a hot, non stick pot and cook until beginning to sweat and soften

Add chicken to the vegetables and stir occasionally until cooked through

Combine the sauce ingredients together before pouring over the chicken and vegetables, then add water until there is just enough to cover the mixture and mix well

Continue to cook on a low heat on the stove for up to 3 hours, or until the chicken mixture has caramlised and lost most of its moisture. If using a slow cooker you can leave for up to 6 hours on the lowest setting

Nutritional info: per serve

Calories: 219.3

Total fat: 7.9g (2.3g sat)

Total carbs: 11.2g

Sugar: 6.8g

Protein: 27.3g

Sodium: 258.6mg

 

Omega-3 Protein Bread from chcolatechillimango.com – YUM!

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Serves 8 slices

2/3 cup quinoa flour (can substitute with basically any other flour)

2/3 cup ground flaxseed meal

2/3 cup pea protein (I used vanilla flavour because I don’t have plain..)

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 cup egg whites

1/8 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/3 cup water

Preheat oven to 180 degrees

Grease a loaf tin lightly with olive oil spray/line with baking paper

Place the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl

Whisk together the egg whites, oil and water, then add to the dry mixture and mix until you get a sticky batter (may need to add a little extra water)

Pour the batter into the loaf tin

You can bake this freeform, but let the dough sit for 5 minutes before turning it out on the baking tray so that it will thicken up slightly

Bake for about 30 minutes until golden and rise

Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack before turning out of the tin

I chose to slice mine in big chunks, because I wanted to have ‘rolls’

Between two slices I had smoked salmon, avocado, and rocket 🙂 yum!!

Nutritional info: per slice

Calories: 151.5

Total fat: 7.9g (0.9g sat)

Total carbs: 9.2g

Sugar: 0.2g

Protein: 11.4g

 

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Hope you’re all having a great week, and for those in Australia, I hope you’re keeping cool!!! x