Easy Shakshuka Recipe

Shakshuka has quickly become one of my breakfast favourites! I love serving this recipe with bread for dunking in the runny yolks – a great way to start the day πŸ˜‰

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Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 1 red onion
  • 2 peppers
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Fresh parsley (to taste)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil (or oil of your choice)

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Method

  1. Finely chop the onion, peppers and garlic
  2. On a medium heat, add the oil to the frying pan
  3. Once hot, add the onion, peppers and garlic
  4. When the onions, peppers and garlic have browned off slightly, add the tin of chopped tomatoes along with the spices and seasoning
  5. Leave the some of the liquid to evaporate
  6. Make four wells in the mixture
  7. Crack one egg into each well
  8. Cover the frying pan with a lid (or foil if you don’t have a lid) for approximately 5 minutes
  9. Check regularly as a few minutes is the difference between runny eggs and hard yolks!
  10. Once cooked, sprinkle with fresh coriander

Enjoy!

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Protein Banana Bread Recipe

After my boyfriend and I shared banana bread at a restaurant one Sunday afternoon, I’ve been experimenting with a high protein recipe for banana bread. I know the recipe requires some unusual ingredients but it’s worth it, I promise! πŸ™‚ Β Many protein cake recipes tend to come out awfully dry but this banana bread is moist and full of flavour.

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Ingredients

  • 30g Protein Pow cooking mix
  • 20g self-raising flour
  • 20g soya flour
  • 15g vanilla whey protein
  • 15g beef protein
  • 180g ripe bananas (approx. 2 small bananas)
  • 10g coconut palm sugar
  • 20g Sukrin gold (or any other low calorie sweetener)
  • 2 eggs
  • 40g butter or low fat spread
  • 1 tbp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp baking soda

 

Method

  1. Put the oven on 180 degree celsius
  2. Grease a loaf tin with butter or low calorie spread
  3. Using a fork mush up the banana
  4. Melt the butter in the microwave for approx. 10 seconds or until runny and mix with the coconut palm sugar, Sukrin gold and banana
  5. Whisk the eggs into the mix until smooth
  6. Fold the whey protein, beef protein, Protein Pow cooking mix, soya flour, self-raising flour and baking soda into the mix
  7. Mix in the cinnamon and add as much as to your own taste
  8. Bake in the oven for approximately 25 minutes or until a skewer comes out smoothly

 

Makes 8 slices – macros per slice

  • 103 calories
  • Carbs 13.8g
  • Fat 3.6g
  • Protein 7.3g

 

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Novo Nutrition Proteinos Protein Cereal Review

Optigura sent me two boxes of the Novo Nutrition Proteinos to try. I thought I would review them and let you all know if they are worth the hype!

Texture

I was surprised at how crisp and crunchy the proteinos are. When served with milk, I found the cereal didn’t go soggy as quickly as normal cereal which was a bonus for me!

Taste

The proteinos taste almost identical to normal cereal. I think there is a slight taste of protein in the aftertaste but it wouldn’t stop me from purchasing them in the future.

Chocolate Flavour – I personally think they could have had a stronger taste of chocolate but I enjoyed them nevertheless.

Honey and Vanilla Flavour –Β I think I preferred this flavour over chocolate as the honey flavour made the milk sweet and delicious.

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Nutritional Information

Per 34g serving
Energy 134 kcal
Fat 1.4g
Carbs 13g
Protein 16.2g
Ingredients

Ingredients: Milk protein, pea starch, pea fibre, seasoning (sugar, flavouring, natural flavouring), Oil (Rapeseed oil, natural flavouring), Pea protein isolate, Acidity regulator (citric acid), sugar, salt, flavouring, sweetener (stevoil glycosides)

Price

Β£5.99 per box

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Conclusion

Overall, I really enjoyed the proteinos and they have definitely satisfied my cereal cravings! The macros are amazing – 16.2g of protein per serving for cereal! I would have given the proteinos a higher rating if they were a more reasonable price as I think that Β£5.99 is expensive for a box of cereal.

Chocolate – 8/10

Honey and Vanilla – 9/10

Novo Nutrition Proteinos are available from Optigura here.

Wellthos Box Review

Wellthos kindly sent me one of their subscription boxes to review. I find these subscription boxes can be very hit and miss. Sometimes you can be left with loads of things that you don’t like but Wellthos carefully tailor the box to help ‘inspire you to lead an active and healthy lifestyle’. I received the box at work and it really made my day. The box was presented so neatly and looking at all the goodies instantly lifted my mood.

 

Pip and Nut Peanut Butter

I was so excited to see my favourite peanut butter in the box. Β I have already demolished half of the jar…

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The Protein Ball Co.

I don’t usually enjoy the taste of cherry and almond together as it’s like cherry bakewell but I really enjoyed the protein balls. I found they were quite addictive…

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Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs

I hadn’t tried these before and didn’t really know what to expect. Oh my goodness, they are amazing! So much flavour and so satisfying to eat!

 

The Organic Protein Company Organic Whey Protein

I find the sachets of protein are so useful if you’re on the go. I had The Organic Protein Company whey protein in my oats and it had a lovely milky flavour. I would buy this in the future!

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T+ Drinks Smarter Tea

As a green tea lover, I was happy to see this in the box and I’ve taken it to work to enjoy.

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POW Energy Water

I hadn’t heard of POW before but the energy water was quite nice. It was overly strong but like a subtle lemonade.

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Kiki Health Nature’s living Superfood

I would have had no idea how to use this if the Wellthos box didn’t include a recipe card with a superfood powder pesto recipe. For the recipe, you need a food processor which I don’t have so realistically I don’t think I will actually use this – being completely honest! I think the recipe cards are a good idea and it would be good if the box had more of them.

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Doisy and Dam

The chocolate was very rich. It’s a flavour I wouldn’t have personally bought but it was interesting to try and I think I will use it in recipes.

 

Zaramama Pop-a-Cob Midnight Blue

I haven’t had my popcorn yet but my sister bought me one of these as a present one Christmas. They’re delicious and it’s actually quite exciting seeing it all pop off the cob!

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Team Soda Fitness Speed Rope

I like how the box isn’t just food and drink items. I think the speed rope is a cool idea! The box could use another item that isn’t food or drink related to balance it out. I think that this would also help it to stand out from similar products on the market.

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Overall Verdict

I really enjoyed my Wellthos box. I love how it was all presented – very aesthetically pleasing. My favourite products were the Pip and Nut, Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs and the Team Soda Fitness Speed Rope. The box has opened my eyes to products I wouldn’t have bought otherwise, a prime example being the Hippeas! I would be keen to see what products future boxes hold.

Rating 8/10

Coconut Almond Snowballs (Protein Balls)

Now that Christmas has been and gone, I suppose it’s time to start eating something other than chocolate and cake… These snowballs are festive as well as high in protein and ‘healthy’ fats. They are delicious and perfect to have as a snack during the day to help you get back to normal eating patterns after all the festivities!

 

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Ingredients

Yield – 5 small balls

 

Method

  1. Place the almonds in a sandwich bag and seal
  2. Use a rolling pin to break the almonds into small pieces (and for anger management)
  3. Place the coconut whey, coconut flour, flaxseed and almonds in a mixing bowl
  4. Add the coconut almond butter and milk to the dry ingredients and mix
  5. Dust a clean, dry surface with the coconut chips and the extra coconut flour
  6. Roll the mixture into balls and roll in the dusting until covered

Christmas Turkey Burger Recipe

I’ve been thinking about making my own Christmas burger for a while now but I just haven’t had time with all the Christmas parties and festive celebrations. I finally went food shopping after training and found some turkey mince ready to create my festive burger!

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Ingredients

  • 120g turkey mince
  • 10g finely chopped red onion
  • 30g sliced red onion
  • 7g Sukrin Gold (alternatives – stevia, brown sugar)
  • 5g dried cranberries
  • 5g cranberry sauce
  • 1 egg white
  • Dried rosemary
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil for frying
  • 15-20g cheese (I used cheddar as it was what I had but would taste amazing with brie!)

Method

  1. Finely chop the red onion and cranberries
  2. Add the turkey mince, chopped red onion, cranberries, cranberry sauce and egg white to a mixing bowl
  3. Mix until the cranberries and red onion are evenly distributed
  4. Add a sprinkle of rosemary, salt and pepper to season
  5. If you have time, leave in the fridge to set for approx. 1 hour
  6. Cook the burger – can be grilled, pan fried or oven cooked (I put mine in the oven for approx. 20 mins at 180 degrees celsius)
  7. While the burger is cooking, fry the sliced red onion in the coconut oil until golden brown and add the Sukrin gold to caramelise the onion
  8. Place the cheese on top of the burger, leave to melt and add the caramelised red onion on top of the cheese – nom!

Healthier Peanut Butter Salted Caramel Protein Brownies

Now that it’s nearly Christmas, salted caramel flavoured products are everywhere. Here is a recipe for healthier peanut butter salted caramel brownies which also will help you to your daily protein and fibre goals.

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Ingredients

Brownies

 

Filling – peanut butter ‘salted caramel’

  • 15g peanut butter
  • 7g date nectar (Beloved)
  • approx. 2 drops of salted caramel essence

 

Method

  1. In a bowl, mix together the beef protein, whey protein, coconut flour, oat flour, sugar substitute, VitaFiber, psyllium husks, baking powder and cinnamon
  2. Add approx. 50ml of water and the coconut oil to the mixture and whisk
  3. Add in the egg and continue to whisk
  4. Mix in the peanut butter and salted caramel essence
  5. If the mixture is too stiffΒ to whisk, addΒ more water
  6. Transfer the mixture to a greased tin and bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 12-15 minutes
  7. While the brownies are in the oven, mix together the peanut butter, date nectar and salted caramel essence in a bowl with a few drops of water until smooth
  8. Once the brownies have cooled, slice into six and then slice each one again horizontally
  9. Sandwich the brownies together using the filling and enjoy!

 

 

Quick Protein Mug Cake Recipe

A super quick protein mug cake recipe for when you’re craving something sweet but don’t have lots of time to spare…

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Ingredients

 

Method

  1. Mix together the whey protein, coconut flour, oats, vitafiber and baking powder in a bowl
  2. Add in the wet ingredients – coconut oil, egg white and almond milk
  3. Add enough almond milk so the mixture is of batter consistency
  4. Grease the mug with coconut oil and transfer the mixture
  5. Microwave for 1 minute (800 w)
  6. Add lashings of peanut butter (compulsory)

In The Nood Orange and Cacao Energy Balls

While wondering around Cheltenham market, I discovered In The Nood’s stall. They sell packs of β€˜paste’ which you can use to make your own energy balls. I tried the cacao and orange flavour to make my own energy balls along with a sachet of chocolate orange Whey Box protein.

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In the pack is a vacuum packed β€˜paste’ which you simply roll into balls. As instructed on the packet, I heated the mix for 10 seconds in the microwave and then I added my protein powder with a few drops of water. After, I rolled the mix into eight balls and that’s it, done.

I know some people may be thinking that you can just make your own energy balls completely from scratch but I think that these packs are ideal for people such as myself who work full time jobs with little time in the evenings. I like how you can add to the mix if you want or simply have it as it is. It is also ideal as you can control how many portions you make, for example, you could make four big balls or several smaller balls.

Ingredients

Dates, Cashew Nuts, Almonds, Sunflower Seeds, Cacao, Almond Oil, Orange Essential Oil, Himalayan Sea Salt

Nutrition (mix with nothing added)

Per average 25g serving:-

109 kcal, C10.4g, F5.9g, P2.3g

Price

Β£4.99 per 150g pack. I think this is similar if not cheaper than other products on the market, for example The Protein Ball co. packets are Β£1.99 for 45g and Bounce Balls are Β£1.99 for 42g. (Prices checked on H&B)

Overall, I thought the cacao and orange energy balls tasted delicious – think a healthier Terry’s chocolate orange! I am a massive fan of the time-saving concept, the minimal number of ingredients and the way you can jazz them up yourself!

Rating 9/10

In The Nood energy balls can be found here and Whey Box protein sachets can be found here.

5 Tips for Surviving Adulting

1. Embrace the change

Yes, everything may be different – you may be living in a new location or doing something completely new. It will take time to settle in and get into a new routine but embrace the new adventure.

2. Accept that you may not be able to continue the same fitness routine

That doesn’t mean you have to give up something you enjoy but perhaps making tweaks to your training regime may help with time management. You could swap high reps to low reps with a heavier weight or perhaps add in interval training instead of a 10k run. Change it up, find what you enjoy and what you can make time for.

3. Plan your meals

Don’t fall into the trap of not eating or grabbing what you can due to a lack of time. Remember that food is fuel and if you don’t eat enough you won’t recover from your training. That doesn’t mean you can’t go out and enjoy a big fat juicy burger if you want to but you may not feel the best if you do this every night, be sensible.

4. Don’t forget to look after yourself

Make time for yourself. Whether that’s giving yourself a chance to sit down and read a book or to mong in bed watching YouTube video, make sure you get your ‘you’ time!

5. Live life

Make plans with friends, find new friends and see your family. Go out and have dinner, see a film and organise events to look forward to – after all life is for living!