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Merry Christmas and a Happy 2013!!

30 Dec

I hope you are all spending plenty of time with loved ones, and not stressing too much about being strict on your diet!!! A little treat here and there (especially for the sake of celebrating) won’t ruin progress :). However, aim for moderation (something I’m not very good at when it comes to sugary foods) and keep that determination to get back training and eating clean as soon as possible.

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Motivation for the new year – can’t go past my fav!! Jenna Webb haha

 

In order to resist some of the yummy treats laying around our house at the moment, I’ve whipped up a couple of healthy alternatives and yummm they really hit the spot!!

 

Sugar-free Pavlova – inspired by www.ultimateperformancesupplements.com/banana-and-mango-pavlova/

For those of you who have never tried a pavlova (I’m looking at those non-Aussies out there) you MUST!! This is so delicious and is one of my favourite desserts. And this version tastes JUST like the real sugary one!! I’m so excited haha

Serves 6

4 eggs

15g Stevia (the powder version, not liquid)

1/4 tsp cream of tartar

Topping:

100g Greek yoghurt

1 scoop vanilla whey powder

Stevia to taste

Add whatever topping you want! I sliced up two kiwi fruits and grated some dark chocolate on top

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees fan forced

Line a flat oven tray with some baking paper and lightly grease with coconut oil

Separate the egg whites from the yolks and beat until soft peaks form, then add the Stevia and cream of tartar slowly while still beating – the mixture should become glossy and retain it’s shape when lifted with a spoon.

Scoop the egg whites onto the tray and fashion into a circular shape with a spatula, retaining as much height as possible. Work quickly!

Put in the oven for 45 mins (do NOT open the door to check progress because your pavlova will flop)

Once cooked, open the oven door a little bit and turn off the heat. Leave to dry out for a further 30 minutes to an hour

Just before serving, put together the topping by mixing the yoghurt, vanilla powder and Stevia (your amounts may differ from mine, because I just threw everything in and then tasted and added more of ingredients until it tasted perfect)

Top the pav with the yoghurt mixture, then throw whatever you want on top! Other yummy combinations would be banana and chocolate, strawberry and chocolate, banana and mango, just dark chocolate etc etc

Nutritional info: per 1/6 serves, with kiwi fruit and a little grated choc

Calories: 61.2

Total fat: 0.7g

Total carbs: 5.8g

Sugar: 3.5g

Protein: 8.4

 

Healthy Snickers Slice from www.tasty-health.se (mine didn’t turn out quite as pretty though haha see second picture)

Warning – these are addictive

Serves 12 (2 squares)

Bottom layer:

About 10 dates (100g)

1 cup almonds

1/2 scoop chocolate whey protein powder

2 tsp unsweetened cocoa

Filling:

150g natural peanut butter

2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder

3 serves Stevia

30g salted peanuts – coarsely chopped

About 1 cup water

Toppping:

60g dark chocolate

Grind the almond in a food processor until you have a flour with some larger almond chucks in it

Add the dates, choc protein powder and cocoa, and process until you get a fine pulp – if you are unable to shape the mixture, add more dates (ok so for me this was where the original recipe failed me… I added a heap more dates and still the mixture refused to stick together. I think next time I might add some water or milk… maybe try this and let me know how it goes!)

Press the almond mixture into the bottom of a foil-lined pan – I used a couple of tupperware containers

Mix the peanut butter, vanilla protein, Stevia and peanuts, then add a little water at a time and mix to a paste with the consistency of peanut butter (although I found it better to make the liquid more runny because it went further)

Spread the peanut batter over the bottom layer, then put in the freezer

Melt the chocolate in a bowl in the microwave and spread over the peanut filling

Set in the fridge/freezer until the chocolate is set

Cut into 24  squares and store in the fridge/freezer

Nutritional info: per 1/12 serves (2/24 squares)

Calories: 194

Total fat: 9.3g (only 2.2g saturated fat)

Total carbs: 12.4g

Sugar: 9.0g

Protein: 10.6g

 

Have a wonderful time bringing in the new year everyone!!! If you’re ever waiting for a time to make changes and set goals, now’s the time to do it!!! xx

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More Car Troubles

24 Aug

Yep, I’ve had more problems with my car!! I got stuck at my boyfriend’s house at the start of this week because my car wouldn’t even start… I ended up having to replace the battery altogether 😦 my wallet is looking extremely sad and empty at the moment!!!

This was my last week in aged care/rehab… I’m looking forward to  next week!! Surgery woo!! 🙂 can’t wait.

Motivation: Nathalia Melo. So jealous of her tiny waist!

 

Ok due to my financial situation I was a bit stingey on food this week. However, I do have a couple of new recipes to share with you! 🙂

Food plan:

 

Meal 1/Breakfast:

This is what my boyfriend has for breakfast every morning (he never used to eat breakfast but I’ve talked him into it haha). this is a quick and easy omelette that he chucks together every morning – he has the mushroom and tomato cut up in advance so it’s even easier!!

Boyfriend Scrambled Eggs

Serves 1

200g egg whites

1 egg

1/2 portobello mushroom (handful)

1/4 tomato (pinch)

1-2 slices shaved ham (or cooked and diced chicken breast)

Sprinkle of low fat tasty cheese

This is how my boyfriend does it, and I know it’s not the normal way of making scrambled eggs but it tastes awesome so I don’t see anything wrong with it!! –

Cook the mushroom and ham in a large frying pan (medium-high heat)

Once the mushroom is cooked, pour in egg whites and crack an egg in. Stir the egg in (with a wooden spoon)

Throw in tomato and cheese, then stir every now and again until the egg is all cooked!!

 

Meal 2:

Banana Bread Muffins

 

Meal 3/Lunch:

Leftovers 🙂

 

Meal 4:

Choc Fudge Protein Brownies.

I added about a tbsp of hemp seeds and a tsp of chia seeds for extra texture and nutritional goodness!

 

Meal 5:

All of the ingredients for this recipe cost me only $15.00, including the whole half dozen carton of eggs and 1L of egg whites!!

Chicken and Mushroom Quiche

Serves 4

1 cup egg whites

1 egg

1/4 cup reduced salt chicken stock

1 tsp reduced salt tomato paste

250g chicken breast – diced

200g mushroom – chopped

1 small onion – sliced

1 cup broccoli – chopped

Handful of spinach

Preheat oven to 180 degrees

Cook chicken breast on a frying pan

When nearly completely cooked, add onion, mushroom and broccoli

While that’s cooking, whisk together the egg whites, egg, chicken stock and tomato paste

Just before removing from the heat, add spinach to the chicken and vegie mixture

Pour the chicken and vegie mixture into a casserole dish

Pour egg mixture over top (it’ll fill in the gaps)

Cook for 20 minutes (or until egg is cooked – knife comes out clean)

Nutritional info: per 1/4 serves

Calories: 133

Total fat: 2.2g

Total carbs: 4.1g

Sugar: 1.2g

Protein: 25.0g

 

Meal 6:

This is so yum!! I got the recipe from www.tasty-health.se but altered it slightly according to what I had in my pantry :). I’ve written below what I used because it tasted awesome!

 

No Bake Choc Fudge

Serves 4

4 tbsp coconut flour

1 tbsp coconut butter

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

2 tsp unsweetened cocoa

8 serves Stevia

5 tbsp water (feel free to add more/less depending on the consistency of the mixture)

Mix all ingredients together and press into the bottom of 4 silicone muffin cups

Set in the freezer for about 15 minutes

I topped these with a tbsp of fat free Greek yoghurt that was mixed with 4 serves of Stevia – this tasted just like chocolate fudge with cream!!!

Nutritional info (including Greek yoghurt): per 1/4 serves

Calories: 104

Total fat: 3.8g

Total carbs: 7.8g

Sugar: 2.0g

Protein: 9.0g

 

 

Never give up!!! Keep at it 🙂

If a system or routine isn’t working for you, change it and make alterations so that you can reach your goals!! I’ve had to make a few modifications recently – I’ve put up little post-it notes to (attempt to) stop myself from snacking in between meals (see below). I’ve also started going for morning walks; I always gets up early but I usually just laze around for a few hours before actually doing anything constructive. So I’m pushing myself to get outside and wake myself up by going for a quick 30 minute walk 🙂 I used to jog every morning and I didn’t realise how much I miss being outside so early!! So fresh :). Also I’m trying to cut out my tv/movie watching because I tend to eat whilst sitting in front of the screen. Instead, I’m trying to get back into reading, which I enjoy a lot more anyway.

 

Things aren’t going to change by themselves – if you’re not happy with something, do something about it and learn from your mistakes 🙂 xx

Winter Holidays

20 Jun

Sorry I haven’t posted for a while – I’ve been relaxing with as little brain work as possible and I really needed it! I think I was really run down and it’s only been the past couple of days that I’ve been bouncing out of bed and feeling more like my usual self 🙂 I start back at uni next week (boo…) so study is happening again, but I’ve been treating myself to some lovely healthy treats and trying a few different recipes that I couldn’t usually try whilst at uni (due to lack of utensils/time etc).

My current home page for my iphone is this:

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Make it yours! I hate when I have ‘blah’ days (which I’ve had a lot of recently) and by the end of the day I feel like I’ve totally wasted it. Just the smallest action or interaction can make any day amazing 🙂

Current motivation: Dianna Dahlgren

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Ok so I’ve been very slack with my training and healthy eating over the past few weeks. I haven’t been feeling very well – extremely run down, easily hurting my muscles, just lacking motivation – so I took some time off. I don’t know if it’s just a mental thing, but I feel like I don’t look anywhere near as good and so I’m finally feeling well enough and I’m pumped up to start knuckling down again!! Sometimes a break is so needed, but it always feels great to get back into the swing of things. Not only physically rewarding, but also mentally.

I’ve taken some ‘before’ pictures and done some measurements, so now I’m going to get back in the mindset of pushing the weights and eating as clean as I can. I’m striving for a goal, and it feels great to be doing so!! Summer is just around the corner, so the thought of strutting around in a bikini is what is going to keep me going :).

 

I haven’t been bulk cooking because I’m back at home on the farm with my family over the holidays and it’s nice to eat fresh meals when I have the time. My mum also likes me to eat whatever she cooks, so she’s making an effort to cook low carb, clean meals (she’s usually pretty good anyway), which is lovely of her! However, here is a rough meal plan of what I’ve been eating – however my dinner has been different every night (thanks to Mum!).

 

Meal 1/Breakfast:

Blueberry pancakes!! 🙂 However, the other day I was at my boyfriend’s house and decided to cook an omelette and I threw in some leftover roast lamb, sweet potato, mushrooms, and low fat cheddar with my egg whites – YUM!

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We’ve also grown some delicious grapefruit at home, and I’ve read that it’s great to eat half a grapefruit for breakfast, so I’ve been having that every couple of mornings as well. Grapefruit is extremely high in Vitamin C, which is especially important in the colder months when more people are prone to developing the common cold.

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Meal 2:

Ok so I have a few recipes to throw at you here.

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Salada with cottage cheese, avocado and tomato (and cracked pepper) is surprisingly nice.

Nutritional info: per 1 topped salada

Calories: 92

Total fat: 2.9g

Total carbs: 8.8g

Sugar: 1.9g

Protein: 7.6g

 

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Blueberry protein muffins (from http://www.littlebshealthyhabits.com – I’ve done these before but it was my 2nd post so decided to rewrite it – they’re quite yummy!)

Serves 12

1&1/2 cups oat flour

3 scoops protein powder (I use Optimum Nutrition 100% Gold Standard Vanilla Icecream)

1 tsp baking soda

12 serves Stevia

2 egg whites

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup no fat Greek yoghurt

1/2 cup blueberries

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. In a large bowl mix together all the dry ingredients. Add in the wet ingredients (except the blueberries) and mix well. Lastly, fold in the blueberries. Spray a muffin pan with oil, and fill each 3/4 full with the batter. Bake for 12-13 minutes or until just firm on top and a toothpick comes out clean. Careful not to over-bake!

To make them taste fresh out of the oven again, microwave each muffin for 15-20 seconds.

 

Vanilla and Cinnamon Protein Cake (from http://www.proteinpow.com). This was really tasty, but it didn’t quite cook right :S the top when extremely crispy, but the middle was a bit uncooked… I had to preheat my oven to 180 degrees (due to the settings on the microwave oven) so maybe that’s why? Not sure. The flavour and texture (of the properly cooked parts) is awesome though!

Serves 6 (I sliced it into 8 though)

1 cup oat flour

2 egg whites

2/3 cup oat milk (I subbed almond milk)

2&1/2 cups vanilla whey protein

1 tbsp ground almond

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp chiaseeds (this can be omitted)

2 tbsp Stevia

1/2 tbsp cinnamon

Mix all ingredients in a bowl – the batter is very wet (add a little more milk if still too thick).

Pour the batter into an oven-safe dish (or a muffin tin) and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Bake for 20-25 minutes in an oven at 175 degrees (less time for muffins).

 

Meal 3/Lunch: 

I’ve been cooking grilled chicken/salmon with salad for lunch, because I absolutely love it! My favourite salad to have is made up of:

Mixed lettuce leaves

Cherry tomatoes

Cucumber

Carrot

Avocado

Low fat fetta cheese

Toasted pine nuts

Lemon juice (as dressing)

 

Meal 4:

I just made these today and they are so yummy! From http://www.proteinpow.com/ again – A Dark Chocolate, Oat, and Almond Protein Bar.

Serves 6

1 cup ground oats

1/2 cup whey (again I used my vanilla whey protein, but I would have preferred to use my chocolate protein if I’d had it with me)

2 tbsp almond butter (NEW OBSESSION! So so yummy!)

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/4 cup hulled hemp seeds

1 tbsp 100% cocoa

1/2 tbsp pea protein or coconut flour – I didn’t have either of these and instead rolled the mixture in dessicated coconut in an attempt to dry the mixture up a bit

Mix everything and shape into 6 rectangular bars.

Melt 60g of dark chocolate (the darkest I could find was 85%) in a bain marie and coat the bars in the melted chocolate. Mine were too sloppy to ‘dunk’ them in the chocolate, so I had to settle with coating only one side of the bars.

Once coated, freeze the bars for an hour or so, until the chocolate has hardened.

 

Meal 5/Dinner:

As I mentioned before, dinner has been different every night as I’m eating with my family, but has varied from chow mien, to cauliflower soup (sounds gross, but is really YUM! I’m probably going to make some to take back for uni) to spaghetti bolognese (minus the spaghetti).

 

Meal 6:

I tried something a bit different – a low carb pancake. Essentially the same as my blueberry pancakes but I subbed ground almonds for the ground oats, and left out the blueberries. It’s pretty nice!

1/2 cup egg whites

1/3 cup ground almond

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp cinnamon

Mix, cook, eat! I squeezed some lemon juice over them to add a bit extra and it was nice 🙂

I took a trip to the health food store (and supermarket) this morning and came back with some goodies –

Unfortunately the stores around here are no longer supplying unsweetened applesauce (go figure…) so my Mum suggested that I buy tinned apples and just mash them! I don’t have time to prepare applesauce from scratch but this process turned out pretty well! A bit chunkier but I prefer it to the sweetened applesauce. Also, I’m super excited to try out this brownie mixture – just add low fat ricotta cheese, lite sour cream, egg whites and vanilla extract!! I’ve never tried carob or hulled hemp seeds either, so I’m looking forward to experimenting with them a bit :).

Try not to let the comfort foods of winter put you off target – but at the same time, don’t be afraid to accept that your body needs a break; a week (or 2!) off gym is not going to lose you any of that hard-earned muscle.

Lift heavy, eat clean, and smile 🙂 xx