5 easy hacks to help prevent weight gain this Christmas and New Year!

Did you know that 50% of peoples annual weight gain occurs over the Christmas holiday season? Christmas and New Year are loads of fun where we socialise, eat and drink and generally have a good time. Here are some simple nutrition and exercise hacks that can help prevent the post-prandial paunch. Eat a protein rich snack: Eat something rich in protein before you eat a high sugary or carbohydrate meal, snack or dessert as it can curb your appetite leading you to eat less. Protein will slow down the blood…

Zucchini (Courgette)

The humble zucchini is often underestimated as a vegetable and used as an after-thought, yet it is highly nutritious, low in calories and makes a great addition to the diet. Zucchini has a high water content, high in both soluble and insoluble fibre and is low in calories. This means it makes us feel fuller for longer without the added calories when we are trying to lose weight or choosing to eat a lower carbohydrate diet for a variety of reasons. Zucchini contains an outstanding source of manganese and vitamin…

Pumpkin – 6 reasons why it is such a great addition to our diet

Did you know how healthy pumpkin is for you? Besides the obvious reason to eat pumpkin – it’s delicious taste- lets delve in to why it can help optimise your health. Feeling fuller-Pumpkin helps us to feel fuller: one cup of mashed pumpkin contains 50 calories and 3 grams of dietary fibre. We know the benefits of fibre help to make us feel fuller for longer and can assist in weight loss and management. Vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene)- Pumpkin is high in beta-carotene, vitamin C and Vitamin…

Cream of Broccoli Soup

Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions. Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like broccoli decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and overall mortality. It may also promote a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, oestrogen metabolism and overall lower weight. Broccoli is a great source of vitamins K and C, a good source of folate (folic acid) and also provides potassium, fibre. Vitamin C – builds collagen, which forms body tissue and bone,…

Coco Berry Smoothie

coco berry smoothie

Ingredients  1 frozen banana 1 tablespoon blueberries frozen or fresh 3 large or 4 small strawberries frozen or fresh 1 large tablespoon of coconut or natural dairy yoghurt 1 handful of baby spinach 1 tbsp raw cashews 1 tbsp pepitas (pumpkin seeds) ½ cup coconut milk ½ cup coconut water Directions Simply add all ingredients to the blender and blend on high until all fully blended, serve and best of all ENJOY!! Subscribe to my newsletter First Name Email address: Leave this field empty if you’re human:   Message Me…

Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet potato fries

Sweet potatoes are delicious and nutritious, packed with vitamins, minerals and fibre. Sweet potatoes give you energy, are great for eyes and skin, immune system, bones and teeth, healthy blood, muscle function and the conversion of stored carbohydrates and fats into energy. Sweet potatoes make a great fuel for ultra distance events and a post-workout meal. Pictured is a homegrown organically grown beauty with recipe for Sam’s delicious fries. Chop Sweet potato into fries then toss in coconut oil. Fry or bake until crisp and golden and soft in the…

Golden Milk

Golden milk has been around for a long time and recognised for its health benefits, often used as a delicious night cap. More recently the turmeric latte has hit the cafes as a new healthy coffee alternative. Curcumin, the antioxidant that gives turmeric its golden hue, has potent anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, gastrointestinal health properties, which have been linked to the prevention of cancer cell growth and management of inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis, asthma, eczema and inflammatory bowel disease. Golden Milk Recipe prep 2 mins cook 3 mins total 5…

Banana Ice-cream

(makes 2 serves) A delicious dessert or post workout snack. 2 Frozen Bananas chopped into ice-cube sized pieces 1 dessert spoon of peanut butter (Any flavours that you like can be added eg. cinnamon, vanilla essence, cacao etc.) Method Blend banana and peanut butter until smooth and creamy, ENJOY! Subscribe to my newsletter First Name Email address: Leave this field empty if you’re human:   Message Me  or  Call Me TODAY for a consult

Portobello Mushroom Burgers

Mushrooms

Portobello Mushroom Burgers With Spicy Cauliflower Patties Drop the refined white flour bun and add two delicious, nutrient-rich portobello mushrooms instead! Fill them with your favorite fillings, they’re sure to satisfy! Burger addicts will be surprised at just how hearty this burger is, even without a big slab of meat or big bun of empty carbs. INGREDIENTS For the Spicy Cauliflower Patty… (Makes 6-8 patties) 1 cup quinoa cooked in 1 cup broth or water 1/2 head cauliflower (about 6 cups florets) 1 tsp ground cumin 1/4 tsp ground chili…

Cloud Bread

  Ingredients 3 eggs, separated 3 Tablespoons cream cheese (Room temp) ¼ teaspoon baking powder (or cream of tartar) Optional: 1 Tablespoon Honey or some natural sweetener, salt, garlic powder, rosemary Instructions  Preheat oven to 150 degrees Celsius Separate the eggs, there must be no yolk in the white. In one bowl, mix together the egg yolks, cream cheese and honey until smooth. In the second bowl add 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder to the whites and beat the whites with the hand mixer on high speed until they are…