Yummy Snack Alert: Edamame Beans

My biggest post-workout rule is to eat. If you go without fuel after exercise, then the effects can be adverse to what you set out to achieve- even if that was weight loss! It’s really important to get some kind of food into your system and I always opt for a protein rich option. However, that’s sometimes easier said than done.

I live a 45 minute commute away from my gym, meaning that by the time I get home and have a chance to cook I’m one, absolutely starving and two, my body has decided to start burning my muscle. Booo! So it’s really important that I snack straight after my workout to put me on until I can get to a proper meal. I set out to find the perfect snack for after my gym session and came across edamame.

Edamame is a healthy snack packed with protein, meaning that it’s perfect for your post-workout fix or mid-afternoon office lull! There’s around 11g of protein per 100g of edamame, which is more than what some protein products offer, without all of the other added ingredients. It’s a great source of many minerals and is low in fat and sugar. Oh and it tastes pretty nice too! Give them a try and let me know what you think! x

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MunchFit X 1Rebel

Today I woke up to a very exciting email from 1Rebel. The London-based boutique gym have teamed up with MunchFit to offer fitness food at their St Mary Axe site and it launched TODAY!

Using the freshest, high quality ingredients the team have developed meals for three different training goals; BURN (fat loss and shredding), BALANCE (weight management) and BUILD (muscle gain).

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Source: 1Rebel Email

With the meals designed to accelerate training results and have a direct impact on energy levels, it all sounds like a very smart idea. The team are even on hand to offer advice around which meals you should opt for in order to see the best results. I don’t know about you but I’m eager to see what’s on offer!

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Source: 1Rebel Email

Physalis- The Fruit That You Need To Discover!

You know when you find something that’s absolutely delicious and good for you and you get a little bit too excited? That’s me right now, telling you guys about my favourite fruit. I’ve been a fan of physalis for a while, but to my surprise not all that many people know about it. Well if you haven’t heard of physalis before, you have now…

It’s not exactly a household fruit. In fact, the first time that I came across physalis was actually, typically, as a decoration on my dessert. My gran told me that they were called Chinese lanterns and I went on calling them that for years. That was until I grew up, stumbled across them in the fruit aisle on my food shop and realised they’re not called Chinese lanterns at all. Their real name is physalis.

OK, so they kind of sound like a disease but I promise you that they are absolutely delicious. If you have a sweet tooth, I recommend that you swap your bag of sweets for a bag of these as a healthy alternative! Honestly, they’re that good (ish). Super sweet and super yum, as well as having a number of health benefits such as helping to improve eyesight, protecting the kidney and liver, aiding healthy pregnancy and helping to relieve arthritis pain. I picked mine up at Sainsbury’s for £1 per bag. Give them a try and let me know what you think!

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The Best Healthy Halloween Treats Found Online

Happy Halloween! It’s that time of year once again when all things strange, spooky and out-of-the-norm become the norm! With all the sweet (tricks and) treats around us, it’s sometimes a little hard to stick to your healthy habits. Well, that was until I collated this wicked list of all things healthy and Halloween from different sources across the web.

Here it is, my top healthy Halloween treats list…

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PINK (!) Wholegrain Berry Porridge

The days are shorter, nights longer and we’re starting to crave those good old stodgy home cooked meals… Well, I have something that will brighten up your mornings and satisfy your hot food needs- Pink Wholegrain Berry Porridge!

Not only is it warm, delicious, and looks fab, it will actually keep you full until lunch time and is one of your five a day (as well as being super healthy in itself). Made with a variety of summer berries- think raspberries, blueberries, cherries and cranberries- and whole rolled organic oats, this is one healthy meal to make any cold winter morning more enjoyable. Here’s the recipe below…

Ingredients

1 Handful of Frozen Berries

150-200ml of Milk

100g of Organic Whole Rolled Porridge Oats (click here- these ones are particularly good and not too pricey)

A Drizzle of Honey- optional!

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Step 1

Add oats, berries and 150ml of milk into a pan.

Step 2

Heat on low-med temperature for 5 minutes, stirring throughout until at preferred consistency and ensuring that the berries are warm. Add more milk midway if required.

Step 3

Serve into your favourite bowl and add a little honey if you fancy!

Step 4

Enjoy!

Yummy Snack Alert: Frozen Mango

Every now and then I stumble across a new delicious yet healthy snack to add to the books. This snack may not be new for me but it’s one that I just keep coming back to again and again. It’s also absolutely perfect for the summer season!

Frozen mango. What a babe! Sweet, delicious and the fact that it’s frozen makes it even more satisfactory. It will smash your Haribo and ice cream cravings in one! 

All you need to do is chop up a mango (removing the skin of course) and freeze! Or you can buy pre-frozen mango at most supermarkets. Yum! 

So if you’ve got a sweet tooth that you find hard to keep under control, or even if you’re simply looking for a tasty summer snack, frozen mango may just be for you. x

Going Natural!

If I placed a test tube full of coloured liquid in front of you, telling you it was called ghansalinadide, would you drink it?

The chances are that you answered no to the above question. Well I hope that your answer was no, because I can bet money that you don’t even know what ghansalinadide is. If you do, then I’m impressed because ghansalinadide isn’t a real thing. It doesn’t exist. I made it up. And if it did exist, it definitely wouldn’t be something that you would be wanting to swig down by the gallon.

The point that I’m trying to make is that most of us wouldn’t willingly consume a chemical or substance that we were unsure of (and that looks like it belongs in a lab).

Another question for you. Think about what’s in your cupboard. Now tell me. What is in your cupboard? Sure, there may be a can of soup, a tin of beans, pasta, cereal bars- but what is really in your cupboard? Take the cereal bar for example. Would you be able to confidently tell me what it consists of? Would you be able to name every single ingredient without giving it a second thought? The sad truth is that your answer is probably no, and you’re not alone.

The majority of us spend our lives consuming products with very little idea of the contents. We voluntarily eat food that contains ingredients that we can barely pronounce, never mind identify. Maltodextrin. E471. Aspartame. Mannitol. The list goes on…

So, here’s the challenge. I challenge you to complete five whole days where you only consume food with natural ingredients. It’s simple, don’t consume anything with ingredients that you don’t know what they are. Eat fruit and vegetables, brown rice and feta. Don’t feed your system with E numbers or chemicals. Read the ingredients and only buy products where you are sure of every single substance listed. In short, don’t fill your body with anything processed- go natural!

You’ll feel more energised, cleansed and it will work wonders for your skin. I guarantee that you will start to feel better even after just two days! The challenge will not only improve your energy and health, but will also allow you to make more conscious food and drink decisions in the future. I’ll be carrying out my challenge Monday to Friday next week and I cannot wait to feel revitalised once again! Give it a go and let me know how you get on… because natural is the way it’s meant to be! xx

  

Something you Didn’t Know About Avocados…

Avocados have to be the go-to health food of the last couple of years. They’re high in potassium, fibre, antioxidants and healthy fats. They protect our eyes, lower cholesterol levels and can even can help to fight cancer. Pretty amazing right?! But when it comes to eating them, you have to be quick or else, similar to bananas, they’ll be turning that yucky brown colour that’s not quite so appealing!

I stumbled across this interesting video of how to banish the brown and keep your avo fresh for longer!

With BBQ season on the way, who doesn’t love a good guacamole dip! Give these cheeky little tips a try for guac that can be prepared the night before and will last until you actually want to eat it- one less stress for the day! Or (like myself) why not prepare a batch at the weekend and have a stash of guac for the week ahead… Yum! xx

Don’t Fight The Temptation- Join It!

Dieting. A word that I don’t agree with. I believe that healthy living should all be about balance. Extreme or yo-yo diets may have short-term effects but lifestyle is all about the long-term. To achieve the body and fitness levels that you desire, it’s all about balance and recent studies agree.

If you can’t quite keep away from the good stuff (well, the not-so-good-stuff), then you might not have to. It’s been revealed that eating a smaller amount of junk food alongside a healthier snack will make you just as satisfied as eating a full portion of unhealthy food. Switch your chips for salad, pair that cookie with fruit or have a handful of crisps with carrot sticks. You really can have the best of both worlds! xx

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