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Caffeine Addiction

11 Aug

I’m sure it wouldn’t surprise you that the life of a medical student can get pretty busy. This year has actually been a lot cruisier than previous years, but early starts are causing me to start relying on coffee to wake me up. I hate this and I’ve never wanted to become like my mum – she literally cannot even say good morning until she’s gulped down her cappuccino haha. But I found out recently that a coffee a day is protective against cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, so I figure one coffee a day is acceptable :).

Anyway I decided to try this after I got back from the gym today, for something different – a Protein Mocha Latte (inspired by the recipe on www.proteinpow.com).

Serves 1

2 tsp of instant coffee (or a double espresso if your a bit fancy)

Hot water

1/4 cup lite coconut milk

1 scoop of protein powder (I used optimum nutrition 100% gold standard double chocolate whey protein yummm…)

Put the coffee in a coffee mug, then add hot water until the mug is about half full.

Stir in coconut milk.

Add protein powder last. Enjoy your caffeine-filled protein hit 🙂

Nutritional info: per 1 mug of coffee

Calories: 158

Total fat: 4.6g

Total carbs: 3.5g

Sugar: 1.0g

Protein: 24g

 

Now that you’ve woken up a bit, here’s the motivation for the week: Marzia Prince (I want her quads…)

This week’s menu:

 

Meal1/Breakfast:

Pancakes!

 

Meal 2:

These are so fluffy and yum!! These are Coconut and Vanilla Whey Protein Cakes from www.proteinpow.com.

Serves 9 (on the original website she makes 5 mini cakes, but I made muffins)

3/4 cup egg whites

1/4 cup vanilla whey protein

2 tbsp coconut flour

4 tbsp chestnut flour (I subbed in oat flour)

3/4 cup quark (I cannot find this anywhere – I used low fat cottage cheese)

1/8 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup lite coconut milk

1/4 cup oat flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

Blend all the ingredients together.

Bake at 160 degrees for about 20 minutes (muffins take less time than mini-cakes).

I want to try these with a dollop of peanut butter on top but I’m currently all out :S these are yum by themselves too though!!

Nutritional info: per 1/9 muffins

Calories: 71

Total fat: 2.0g

Total carbs: 5.6g

Sugar: 0.8g

Protein: 7.0g

 

Meal 3/Lunch:

Delicious recipe from www.bestrecipes.com.au – Slow Cooked Moroccan Chicken.

Serves 6

1kg chicken breast – roughly chopped

1 onion – diced

2 leeks – diced

425g tin diced tomatoes

4 cups diced butternut pumpkin

425g tin chickpeas – drained and rinsed

1 tbsp ground cumin

1 tbsp ground coriander

1 tbsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

3 cloves garlic – minced

1 tbsp tomato paste

1 tbsp grated lemon rind

1/2 cup chicken stock

1/4 cup coriander – finely chopped

3 tbsp lemon juice

1/3 sultanas (I’ll probably leave these out)

Throw all ingredients, except lemon juice and sultanas, into the slow cooker and stir to combine.

Cook on low for 6 hours, or high for 3 hours.

Add lemon juice and sultanas and heat for 15-30 minutes.

Nutritional info: per 1/6 serves

Calories: 217

Total fat: 2.4g

Total carbs: 8.7g

Sugar: 1.0g

Protein: 37.6g

 

Meal 4:

Again I whipped up a batch of Triple Chocolate Protein Cake Bars – this time I used lite coconut milk instead of almond milk (because I wanted to use up the opened can) and added hulled hemp seeds. So so good. This photo was taken watching the closing ceremony 🙂

 

Meal 5:

Another new recipe – this time from www.thegraciouspantry.com. This Lemon Zucchini Chicken is really different to what I usually have, but I felt like mixing things up a bit and keeping myself excited about clean eating :). I’ve found that after freezing and reheating this meal it doesn’t taste overly great… the zucchini seems to go a bit rubbery or something. It’s nice fresh, but unfortunately doesn’t freeze well.

Serves 8 (but I divided mine into 4 serves)

900g chicken breast (the lady at the deli only gave me 700g…) – chopped into cubes

500g zucchini – chopped into cubes

1 medium red onion – chopped

Juice of 2 lemons

Zest of 1 lemon

1 tbsp garlic powder

(I also added about a cup of chopped broccoli)

Saute the onion in a frying pan.

Add all other ingredients.

You can remove the excess liquid in the bottom of the pan – I kept this because I will be reheating my food and the extra liquid will prevent it from drying out)

This will be really good with brown rice (if I was to have this for lunch).

Nutritional info: per 1/4 serves

Calories: 245

Total fat: 2.2g

Total carbs: 11g

Sugar: 5.5g

Protein: 42.6g

 

Meal 6:

The usual protein mousse 🙂

I hope you’re all hitting the gym and keeping up the clean eating!!! x