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Third World Problems

2 May

No internet. This is a HUGE issue I’m having at the moment – one that is such a third world problem but unfortunately it affects so much of my daily function. We haven’t had internet connection at our uni accommodation for weeks now and it is horrendous! What makes it worse is the fact that the library, with free wifi, is only open limited hours (the pros of living rurally). It’s shocking how reliant I have become on internet… and is one of the reasons why I haven’t posted here for a longgg time.

Anyway, back into the swing of things (now that I’ve figured out how to connect to the internet for brief periods of time through my iPhone…).

Motivation: the gorgeous Courtney Prather

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Goji+Carrot Cake adapted from proteincupcakes.net – this is my favourite snack right now! It is SO YUM!

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Serves 12

2 cups carrot (roughly 2 carrots) – grated

1&1/3 cup oat flour

1/3 cup almond meal

2 scoops vanilla whey

1 tbsp LSA/ground flaxseed

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla essence

4 egg whites

1&1/2 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

12 serves of Stevia

¾ cup unsweetened almond milk

½ cup unsweetened applesauce

25g almonds – chopped (you can sub with any nuts – walnuts or pecans would be nice)

30g goji berries (you can sub with sultanas/raisins)

30g carob/dark chocolate – chopped

Icing:

100g low fat cream cheese

2 serves of Stevia

1 tsp vanilla essence

Preheat oven to 180oC

Mix all dry ingredients in a big bowl (excluding nuts, goji berries, and chocolate/carob)

Mix wet ingredients in a medium bowl separately

Combine wet to dry, then fold in the nuts, berries, and choc/carob

Line a cake pan with baking paper

Pour mixture in, then bake for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean

For the icing, mix it all together and spread over the cake once it has COOLED

YUM! Try not to eat it all at once (seriously… freeze it)

Nutritional info: per serve (including the icing)

Calories: 148.4

Total fat: 5.8g (1.6g sat)

Total carbs: 14.7g

Sugar: 4.0g

Protein: 9.1g

 

Warm Prawn & Mango Salad, created by my boyfriend’s dad 🙂 this is so yummy

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Serves 4

1kg raw prawns – washed, butterflied (optional) (run knife down the back of the prawn to open it up slightly)

1 red chili – finely sliced

1 mango – diced

1 avocado – diced

3 cloves garlic – crushed

25g low fat fetta – crumbled

Rocket (as much as you’d like)

Splash of white wine (to taste)

Juice of 1 lime

2 tsp extra virgin olive oil

Big bunch of coriander

Heat a large frying pan on high

Cook chili and garlic for a few seconds, until fragrant, then remove from heat and set aside

Cook prawns on the high heat (you may need to cook half of the prawns at a time)

Once cooked, add the chili and garlic mixture back in, then add a splash of wine and coriander

Prepare all rocket, avocado, mango, and fetta

Dress salad ingredients with lime and olive oil

When ready to serve, briefly toss the prawns in and serve immediately

Nutritional info: per serve

Calories: 396.7

Total fat: 12.6g (4.3g sat)

Total carbs: 10.4g

Sugar: 4.2g

Protein: 61.7g!!!!!

 

Kung Pao Chicken from simplyrecipes.com

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Serves 4

500g chicken breast – chopped

2&1/2 tbsp sesame oil

1 tsp Szechwan peppercorns (optional – I left out)

1 red chili (add more or less depending on your chili tolerance)

3 cloves garlic

1 tbsp ginger – freshly grated

6 spring onion – chopped

2/3 cup roasted, unsalted peanuts

Marinade:

2 tsp soy sauce (I used Bragg’s aminos)

1&1/2 tsp white wine

1 tbsp water

2 tsp arrowroot powder

Sauce:

2 tsp apple cider vinegar

2 tsp soy sauce/Bragg’s aminos

1 tsp sesame oil

1 tbsp water

3 serves of Stevia

1 tsp arrowroot powder

Mix together the marinade ingredients and toss with the chopped chicken. Set aside

Combine all ingredients for sauce, whisking well to ensure arrowroot is fully incorporated. Set aside

Place 2&1/2 tbsp sesame oil in a wok or large sauté pan and place over medium-high heat

Stir-fry chilies and peppercorns until fragrant

Add the chicken, and as soon as the pieces start to separate, add the ginger, garlic, and spring onions

Stir-fry for a few minutes until chicken is no longer pink in the middle

Add the sauce and toss

When the sauce becomes thick, toss the peanuts in, and serve

Nutritional info: per serve

Calories: 286.9

Total fat: 16.5g (3.2g sat)

Total carbs: 4.8g

Sugar: 0.0g

Protein: 29.3g

 

Hazelnut Biscotti from chocolatechillimango.com

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Serves: 10 (40 biscotti)

110g hazelnuts (you can substitute other nuts/chocolate/dried fruit)

3 large eggs

15 serves of Stevia

1 tsp vanilla essence

35g unsweetened cocoa powder

90g oat flour

60g casein protein

1/8 tsp salt

1 tsp bicarb soda

Preheat oven to 180oC

Line a large baking tray with baking paper and set aside

Place the hazelnuts on a second lined tray and spread them out evently

Toast in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until lightly roasted and starting to colour

Remove nuts from the oven and use a tea-towel to rub off as much of the skins as possible (I made a huge mess…). Set aside

Whisk together the eggs, sweetener, and vanilla until the sweetener is dissolved and the mixture is light

In a separate bowl, mix together the cocoa, oat flour, casein, salt, and bicarb soda

Add the dry ingredient mixture to the egg mixture and mix until the dough comes together

Fold in the COOLED hazelnuts

Divide the dough in half and form each half into a log measuring about 1 cm in thickness, 3.5cm wide, and about 26cm long

Lay the logs on the prepared baking tray, leaving room between them for spreading

Bake the logs for 30-35 minutes

Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly (about 10 minutes)

Lower the temperature of the oven to 125oC

Use a serrated knife to slice each log into about 20 slices, about 1 cm thick, on a 45 degree angle. For consistency it’s easier if you slice each log in half with a diagonal cut, then in half again, and then cut each piece into 5 even diagonal slices

Place the slices in upright rows on the baking tray and return to the oven for a further 10 minutes. If you wish to make the biscotti as hard rusks, you can leave them in there for up to 20 minutes. They will crisp up even more once they cool

Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack

The biscotti will keep for several weeks if stored in an airtight container, at room temperature

Nutritional info: per serve

Calories: 159.6

Total fat: 9.9g (1.6g sat)

Total carbs: 8.0g

Sugar: 1.0g

Protein: 9.7g

 

I’ve been pretty overloaded with things lately – study, organising the premier event of a new Victorian organisation (Red Party, raising awareness for HIV/AIDS and sexual health), my own mental instability, volunteering with the RSPCA, exercise, food prep… it seems likes everything’s going on!! I just have to take a deep breath, make a list or two, and keep my priorities right!

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Eat clean and train dirty 🙂 x

 

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It Must Be Love

11 Apr

My man has stuck with me for two whole years… it must be love!! I can’t believe he’s put up with me even when I’ve been carb-craving-crazy; whinging about muscle pain; hangry due to being 15 minutes late for a meal; sulking about missing a gym sesh; talking him out of pizza for dinner…. if that doesn’t scare him off, then nothing can haha.

Motivation: Emily Skye

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Paleo Shrimp Scampi from paleocupboard.com – I made this for my boyfriend and we absolutely loved it!!

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Serves 4

1/2 cup arrowroot powder

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1/4 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)

1/2 cup coconut oil (I replaced this with just coconut oil spray because it seemed like excessive oil)

1kg shrimp/prawns – shelled, deveined, tails removed

3 cloves of garlic

1 spring onion – finely chopped

1/2 cup fresh parsley – finely chopped

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1/3 cup chicken stock

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

1/2 tsp lemon zest

Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste

Lemon wedges (optional, for serving)

Rinse the shrimp and pat dry with paper towels. Set aside

Combine arrowroot, sea salt, black pepper, parika, and cayenne pepper in a large mixing bowl and  break apart any clumps

Add shrimp to the bowl and toss to thoroughly coat in the mixture

Place a large frying pan over medium-high heat and add coconut oil

When oil is heated, add shrimp and saute for 4-5 minutes, turning often

Transfer the shrimp to a serving plate with tongs/slotted spoon, leaving the oil in the pain

Add garlic, shallots, oregano and parsley to the pan and stir constantly for about 2 minutes

Add chicken stock and lemon juice and boil for 1 minutes, scraping the bottom of the pan to remove any browned bits

Add lemon zest and stir to combine, then season with salt and pepper

Remove the pan from the heat and add the shrimp to the pan, tossing to combine with the sauce

Serve with additional chopped parsley and lemon wedges

Nutritional info: per serve

Calories: 284.3

Total fat: 1.3g

Total carbs: 16.2g 

Sugar: 0.9g

Protein: 51.6g!!!!!!

 

Berry (Cherry) Protein Bars from chocolatechillimango.com

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Serves 12

3 large egg whites (not from the packet)

15 serves Stevia

12g coconut butter

1tsp vanilla essence

10g chia seeds

50g whey protein

120g quinoa or coconut flour or almond meal (or a combination) – I used 1/2 almond meal, 1/2 coconut flour

3 tsp baking powder

165mL unsweetened almond milk

50g frozen blueberries (the original recipe used 120g fresh/frozen pitted cherries)

100g dark chocolate

10g coconut butter

Preheat oven to 180 degrees

Line a brownie pan (18cm x 28cm) with baking paper and set aside

Beat the egg whites and sweetener until frothy

Add all other ingredients, except the berries, and mix well until smooth

Stir in the cherries

Pour the batter in the pan and bake for 15 minutes

Remove and set on a wire rack to cool

Melt the dark chocolate and coconut butter together

Pour over the cool berry bar slab and spread evenly

Cut into 12 bars

Allow the chocolate to set at room temperature

Nutritional info: per serve

Calories: 141.3

Total fat: 8.8g (4.4g sat)

Total carbs: 8.3g

Sugar: 3.6g

Protein: 7.3g

 

15-Minute Chicken and Pea Sauce from www.theironyou.com – this may sound really simple and boring, but it’s really nice!! The thyme really shines

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Serves 6 (next time I’ll divide the mixture into 4 serves I think)

200g chicken mince

1/2 cup frozen green peas

1 small carrot – finely chopped

1 celery strip – finely chopped

1/2 onion – finely chopped

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup white wine (or stock – I used salt-reduced chicken stock)

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 tbsp fresh thyme

Black pepper to taste

Warm oil over medium heat in a frying pan

Add onion, carrot and celery, and saute for 2 minutes or until everything is fragrant

Stir in the chicken mince

When the chicken is almost completely brown, pour in the white wine/stock and add salt

Lower the heat, cover with a lid, and cook for 6 minutes

If it looks dry, add some broth one spoonful at a time

Remove from the heat, season with pepper and sprinkle with thyme

Nutritional info: per serve

Calories: 86.5

Total fat: 4.4g (1.0g sat)

Total carbs: 3.8g

Sugar: 2.1g

Protein: 7.8g

 

Constantly challenge yourself – it reminds us that we are alive 🙂

The other day I was talking to my mum about how stressed I was and she said “it means you’re pushing yourself honey – would you rather a boring life?” x

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Proud to be Aussie

30 Jan

Here in Australia we celebrated Australia Day last weekend – a time to embrace our Aussie-ness (e.g. flannies, stubbies, thongs, pavlova, lamington, vegemite, roos, sharks, akubras….) haha proud to be an Aussie!!

 

Motivation: Kate Battersby (no explanation necessary…)

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Again, I have a heap of recipes to share with you… so lets get straight into it!!

 

Thai Beef (or Roo!) Salad

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Serves 4

1&1/2 tbsp fresh lime juice

4 serves Stevia

1 tbs fish sauce

2 tsp sesame oil

1 tsp reduce salt soy sauce (or Braggs aminos)

2 tsp fresh ginger – finely grated

1 garlic clove – crushed

About 700g beef steak (I used porterhouse with the fat cut off.. – I’d love to try this with kangaroo steak!!)

200g grape tomatoes – halved

1 continental cucumber – halved lengthways and thinly sliced

1 red onion – halved and cut into thin wedges

2 long fresh red chillies – halved, deseeded, and thinly sliced

1 bunch fresh mint – leaves picked

1 bunch fresh coriander – leaves picked

1 bunch fresh basil – leaves picked

Whisk together lime juice, Stevia, fish sauce, sesame oil, soy, ginger and garlic in a jug. Drizzle HALF of this mixture over the raw steak and marinate for at least 2 hours in the fridge

Preheat a barbeque grill or chargrill pan on high. Cook steak for 2-3 minutes on each side for medium, or until cooked to your liking. Once cooked, transfer to a plate and allow to rest for 10 minutes

Place the tomato, cucumber, onion, chili, mint, coriander and basil in a large bowl

Thinly slice steak and add to the salad

Drizzle with remaining dressing and gently toss to combine

Nutritional info: per serves

Calories: 254.4

Total fat: 11.1g (5.6g sat)

Total carbs: 4.7g

Sugar: 3.2g

Protein: 42.1g

 

Chocolate Fondant from www.foodlve.com

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Serves 4

125g yoghurt

80g unsweetened applesauce

1 tsp powdered skim milk

15g natural peanut butter

20g cocoa powder

30g protein powder (vanilla/chocolate – I used casein and it didn’t set very well, so I think whey would work better)

Preheat the oven to 230 degrees (Celcius)

Mix all ingredients together

Divide mixture into 4

Bake for 10-12 minutes

Serve warm

Nutritional info: per serve

Calories: 106.6

Total fat: 3.7g

Total carbs: 5.4g

Sugar: 2.5g

Protein: 10.9g (this was with my casein, so it will vary depending on the protein powder that you use)

 

Mediterranean Chicken Casserole

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Serves 6

1.5kg chicken breast

400g canned tomato

2 fresh tomatoes – chopped

1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives

2 garlic cloves – peeled, thinly sliced

2 sprigs fresh rosemary – leaves picked

1 cup reduced salt chicken stock

1/2 cup dry white wine

Vegetables – I added mushroom, red and green capsicum, and green beans but you can add whatever you want!!

Preheat oven to 200 degrees

Heat frying pan on high and sear the outside of the chicken breast, then place aside

Chop up the vegetables and put into a baking dish along with all other ingredients. Add chicken and make sure to coat with mixture

Bake for 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through

Nutritional info: per serve (not including vegetables)

Calories: 338.3

Total fat: 5.3g (1.3g sat)

Total carbs: 4.6g

Sugar: 1.7g

Protein: 59.2g!!!!

 

Oven Steamed Citrus Fish

Serves 2

2x (about 400g) white fish fillets (I used Pink Ling fish)

1 lemon – zest and juice

1 lime – zest and juice

2 garlic cloves – crushed

Hot chili flakes (optional)

Pepper

Preheat oven to 220 degrees (celcius)

Shape foil into little ‘boats’ – one per fish (this is so that the fish gets to sit in the juices whilst cooking and really absorb the flavours)

Put the fish in the boats, then top with lemon, lime, garlic, chili flakes and pepper

Bake in the oven for 10-15 mins

Nutritional info: per serve (with Ling)

Calories: 193.6

Total fat: 1.2g

Total carbs: 8.8g

Sugar: 2.0g

Protein: 39.4g

 

There are really so many healthy versions of junk foods out there – don’t be afraid to type your craving into google and ask for a ‘clean’ or ‘healthy’ version!! Hopefully some of these recipes appeal to you :).

Please feel free to send me a message/email/facebook message if you have any questions about anything regarding food, exercise, supplements, metabolism etc.. I’m happy to help!!

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Break down those walls that are limiting you and you may be surprised at what you are capable of 🙂 x

Theme Parks and a LOT of Cooking!

18 Jan

Sorry I’ve been so MIA – my boyfriend took me for a trip to the Gold Coast for my Christmas present so I decided to take that time to just spend with my boyfriend and not stress about blogging, exercise, and even splurging on ice cream and wine :). We went to Wet ‘n’ Wild and Movie World, and spent a lot of time relaxing on the beach or by the pool; it was nice to just have some time to ourselves! I didn’t eat very well when I was up there, although I did try to have healthy options (e.g. poached eggs for breakfast, grilled fish without chips), and I admit that it was nice to come home and start eating clean again. Sometimes it’s necessary to have that bit of a break to remotivate yourself.

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Motivation: Claire Rae

 

I’ve been doing LOADS of cooking since getting back from Queensland!!

 

Prawn and Basil Mediterranean Salad

Serves 1

12 cooked, peeled prawns

2 cherry tomatoes – halved

Handful of fresh basil leaves – torn

25g pitted olives

1/4 lebanese cucumber – diced

1/4 spanish onion – thinly sliced and soaked in cold water

Salt and pepper

1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

1/4 lemon

1 tsp balsamic vinegar

Just throw everything together and enjoy!!

Nutritional info: per 1 serve

Calories: 189

Total fat: 9.8g (2.1g sat)

Total carbs: 3.6g

Sugar: 3.2g

Protein: 21.4g

 

Almond and Quinoa Based Protein Pizza from www.proteinpow.com

Serves 2

1/8 cup pea protein

1/8 almond meal

1 tbsp coconut flour

1/2 cup quinoa flakes (could sub with oats)

1 whole egg

3 egg whites

1/8 cup lite coconut milk

1 tsp dried rosemary

1 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp salt

Put everything in a blender

Cook in a hot hot hot non-stick frying pan like a pancake

Top with whatever you want, then grill for 10-15 minutes (I topped mine with pizza sauce, tomato, grilled chicken, lite ricotta cheese, and fresh basil)

Nutritional info: per serve (without the toppings)

Calories: 248.8

Total fat: 9.0g (2.6g sat)

Total carbs: 24.0g

Sugar: 1.6g

Protein: 16.8g

 

Black Chocolate Protein Brownies from femmefitphysique.wordpress.com

Serves 12

2 scoops chocolate whey protein powder

2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2/3 cup black bean puree (rinse about 1 cup canned, low sodium black beans and blend with a splash of water)

1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

12 serves Stevia

2 tbsp oat flour

3 tbsp coconut oil

2 egg whites

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

OPTIONAL: 1-2 tsp coffee grounds (I left this out)

In a medium bowl combine dry ingredients

In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients and blend well

Add wet to dry and mix (don’t overmix, just until all ingredients are blended)

Bake at 180 degrees for about 20 minutes or until cooked to the centre

Let them cool before cutting them

Nutritional info: per serve

Calories: 98.5

Total fat: 5.2g (4.4g sat)

Total carbs: 5.3g

Sugar: 0.9g

Protein: 6.7g

 

Smoked Salmon and Rosemary Low Carb Protein Quiche (Gluten Free) from http://www.proteinpow.com – I could not believe how good this was!! Tastes just as good, if not BETTER than normal quiche!! Yum yum!!

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Serves 2

Base:

1/4 cup egg whites

1/4 cup pea protein powder

1/8 cup coconut flour

1/8 cup milk

1 tbsp almond meal

1 tsp dried rosemary (optional)

1 tsp onion flakes (optional)

Filling:

3 eggs

1 egg white

Splash of milk

50g salmon (I just used canned)

Spring onion

Rosemary

Blend the ingredients for the base, then press into either a medium-sized pie/quiche/tart tin or into a few small ones

Bake this 200 degrees for about 15 minutes or until it starts to brown

Allow the base to cool

Whisk together the eggs, egg white, and milk

Add salmon, spring onion and rosemary to the filling mixture

Poor into the base, then cook at 200 degrees for 15 minutes, then reduce to 160 degrees and bake for a further 10 minutes or until the filling is set

Nutritional info: per serve (including the filling)

Calories: 291

Total fat: 9.7g (3.7g sat)

Total carbs: 7.8g

Sugar: 2.0g

Protein: 39.3g!!

 

I have many more new recipes that I cooked this week but I’ll save them for another post 🙂

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Enjoy the journey 🙂 x

R&R

25 Sep

I admitted defeat last week and accepted the fact that I really needed to take some time off class and go down to see my family. It was so good to go home :). Was good to get cuddles from the pets too haha.

 

 

Motivation: Louise Glover

 

 

I haven’t done much cooking this week because I have leftovers from last week, but I did cook a couple of things.

 

Low Cal Coconut Cupcakes from a facebook page called ‘Fitness Recipes’. These are nice, but quite dry due to the texture of coconut flour. I think the addition of more raspberries/yoghurt/applesauce would help these.

Serves 12

3/4 cup coconut flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

3/4 cup egg whites

1 egg

250mL water (or milk, almond milk, greek yoghurt… next time I think I’ll sub in some yoghurt to make it more moist)

2 tbsp sugarfree maple syrup

3 tsp cinnamon

12 frozen raspberries

Preheat oven to 180 degrees

Mix everything together, except the raspberries

Pour into sprayed muffin pan

Pop a frozen raspberry in the middle of each muffin before putting in the oven

Bake for about 45 minutes

Nutritional info: per 1/12 cupcakes

Calories: 50

Total fat: 1.1g

Total carbs: 5.5g

Sugar: 0.7g

Protein: 3.9g

 

Basil Cream Shrimp from ilovefetacheese.com – tastes like a yummy creamy treat!!

Serves 6

1/2 cup salt reduced chicken stock

1 tbsp lemon juice

1/2 cup lite coconut milk

3 tbsp goat cheese

1 cup fresh basil

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp garlic powder

900g shrimp – cooked

1 can artichoke heart – drained

1 small tomato – chopped

In a blender, throw in the ingredients for the sauce (everything except shrimp, artichoke and tomato)

Put the sauce in a deep saucepan and allow it to reduce slightly

Add cooked shrimp, artichoke and tomato, then simmer for a further 3-4 minutes

I served this with slim pasta

Nutritional info: per 1/6 serves

Calories: 195

Total fat: 4.8g

Total carbs: 4.0g

Sugar: 2.1g

Protein: 37.0g

 

Grocery shopping with my boyfriend 🙂 fresh organic veggies yum!!

 

 

 

I’m back at uni this week, still struggling but I’m trying to stay positive and I’m just looking forward to seeing my boyfriend on friday. Trying to keep my chin up and keep a positive mind set. The important thing is to not give up on myself x

 

Happy Birthday To Me

10 Sep

22… is it just me or does it sound a LOT older than 21?? Quietly celebrated my birthday this year – Greek lunch with the family last weekend and my boyfriend surprised me by driving up to see me on my actual birthday 🙂 he’s the best. My heart rate monitor even had a birthday message for me haha.

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I’ve been struggling this past week with my clean eating, my bulimia, and my self-confidence; don’t ask me why but I’ve been really down in the dumps. I’m hoping that this week I can pull my head back up and find my happy place again, because I really struggle when I’m feeling like this.

 

Motivation:

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Meal plan (and this week I WILL stick to it!!):

 

Meal 1:

Blueberry protein pancakes

 

Meal 2:

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Citrus Protein Bars. These are just another version of Natalie Hodson’s protein bar base recipe and they’re really nice!! They’re perfect for the recent sunny weather here in Oz.

Serves 12

1&1/2 cups oat flour

3 scoops vanilla whey protein powder

1 tbsp baking powder

12 serves of Stevia

3 egg whites

1 cup lite coconut milk

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/4 cup no fat Greek yoghurt

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp lemon extract

1 tbsp poppy seeds

Preheat oven to 180 degrees

Mix everything together

Pour it into a sprayed brownie baking tray

Cook for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean

Nutritional info: per 1/12 bars

Calories: 88

Total fat: 1.8g

Total carbs: 8.6g

Sugar: 1.6g

Protein: 8.6g

 

Meal 3/Lunch:

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Thai Coconut Shrimp
modified slightly from the dish from www.cleaneatingmag.com – YUM!! I loveeee seafood, especially prawns.

Serves 4

2 cups chopped broccoli

2/3 cup lite coconut milk

1 tbsp salt reduce tomato paste

1 tsp ground ginger

2&1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/3 tsp red pepper flakes

Juice of 1/2 a lime

1 green capsicum – sliced into thin strips

370g raw green shrimp – rinsed

In a bowl, whisk together coconut milk, tomato paste, ginger, garlic, pepper flakes and lime juice

Simmer this coconut mixture with the capsicum in a nonstick pan over medium-low heat for 5 minutes, stirring often to prevent clumping

Add shrimp and cook for another 2 minutes, then flip shrimp over and cook for another minute (or until prawns are cooked). At this time also throw in the broccoli

Serve with either wholegrain noodles or SlimPasta (which is what I did!) or even rice/quinoa?? Sooo good!!

Nutritional info: per 1/4 serves

Calories:136

Total fat: 3.6g

Total carbs: 6.3g

Sugar: 2.7g

Protein: 20.9g

 

Meal 4:

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Gourmet Carrot Cake Muffins based on the recipe from chockohlawtay.blogspot.com.au. These are really nice but they took me way too long to cook!! It’d be fine if I had more spare time but at the moment I’m really wanting quick and easy meals. I suppose that by looking at the recipe list I should’ve guessed it’d take me a while…

Serves 20

DRY

2 cups oat flour

1 scoop (30g) vanilla whey protein powder

12 serves Stevia

1/4 cup cornflour

2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/8 tsp ground cloves

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

WET

170g firm tofu – drained

1/2 cup no fat Greek yoghurt

1/2 cup orange juice (I just squeezed 1&1/2 oranges)

2 tbsp coconut butter

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

2 tbs sugar free maple syrup

2 serves Stevia

3 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp lemon extract

OTHER

1&1/2 cups grated carrots (about 1&1/2 big carrots)

Ok so preheat the oven to 160 degrees

In a large mixing bowl mix together the dry ingredients

In a blender, whizz all the wet ingredients until smooth. Pour into the dry ingredients and fold in gently.

Add carrots and, again, fold gently

Pour batter into sprayed muffin pans and bake for around 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean

They can be topped with an icing made from:

170g firm tofu – drained and rinsed

1 tbsp coconut oil

12 serves Stevia

1 tsp sugar free maple syrup

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

I didn’t top mine with this icing because I don’t think it’ll freeze very well, but they’re yummy just as is!!

Nutritional info: per 1/20 muffins WITHOUT icing

Calories: 67

Total fat: 1.5g

Total carbs: 9.7g

Sugar: 2.4g

Protein: 3.4g

 

Meal 5/Dinner:

This is delicious and oh-so-simple!! – Easy Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken from www.thegraciouspantry.com.

Serves 8

3-4 tbsp clean taco seasoning

  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/3 tsp chilli powder

4 large chicken breasts

1 cup low sodium chicken stock

Throw everything in the slow cooker (make sure chicken is coated with mixture).

Cook on low for 6-8 hours (if you’re around, flip the chicken half way through its cooking time)

Nutritional info: per 1/8 serves

Calories: 167

Total fat: 1.9g

Total carbs: 1.7g

Sugar: 0.2g

Protein: 34.8g!!!

 

Oh, my boyfriend and I had a BBQ this weekend because it was such beautiful weather and this is what we had – a high protein delicious meal!!

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What you’re looking at is a turkey burger, kangaroo kebab, and chicken sausage 🙂 SO YUM!! My boyfriend was a bit worried about the roo and turkey because he’d never had it before but he scoffed it down and had seconds :). I love a good summer BBQ!

 

Meal 6:

WW Chocolate Mousse

 

I’m determined to have a better week this week – I will get out of bed, I will go to class, I will study, I will not eat junk/too much food, I will not watch television, and I will push myself harder at the gym. Got it? Got it.

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Chin up!!!!! x