If you’d like to keep up your Pilates practice or even try it for the first time, I have 4 sessions running over summer. These are at Great Park Community Centre, Sundays 11-12pm. Booked and paid in advance, they are £6 per class. If you turn up on the day and there is space, they are £7.
The dates are July 31st, August 7th, August 21st, September 4th.
Text or email to book:- firstname.lastname@example.org 07834753914
This is a great high protein, low sugar, non fat snack. Made the night before it’s also a great breakfast. Make up the sugar free jelly (strawberry or raspberry work well) as directed. Add a spoonful of vanilla protein powder and mix well with a fork. A thin crust will form as the protein doesn’t mix perfectly under heat. Leave to set in the fridge for at least 4 hours. Lovely served with a spoonful of Greek yogurt. A half pint portion is 70 cals.
Ok, it’s not really chocolate flavour but if I put SUPER GREENS SOUP, nobody would be interested. This recipe is adapted from Amelia Freer’s Cookbook. (Thank you to my client Sarah for buying me this). I made it imagining it to be bland and just tasting of broccoli but I was wowed by how hidden the strong tastes are. It’s full of super foods and real quick to make.
1 chopped onion sweated in 1 tbsp of olive oil.
Add 3 handfuls of peas, a head of broccoli and boil for 4/5 mins with 500 ml of veg stock. Season and add a 250g bag of spinach leaves, one handful at a time as you blend with a hand stick. The spinach cooks as it is blended.
I’ve tried a few variations, all delicious. For extra kick, add a teaspoon of chipotle. For protein, add shredded chicken. For contrast add pancetta or bacon bits. It’s so healthy and surprisingly moorish and filling. Don’t be put off by the dark green colour.
To eliminate the belly bulge or bread baby as one of my clients calls it, why not bake some carb free, gluten free bread for your lunch. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring. BUT you do need to be organised. I cook a batch of this on a Sunday and keep in an airtight container for three days worth of lunches.
5 eggs, separated
1&1/2 teaspoon of splenda
pinch of salt
5 tablespoons of low fat cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon of cream of tartar
Heat the oven to 180 degrees C. Prepare two sheets of A4 size grease proof paper with either melted coconut oil or butter. Sit these on either a mesh baking square or on a baking tray. Lightly blend the egg yokes with the splenda, salt and cream cheese. Leave in the bowl. In a different bowl, whisk the whites gently until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and whisk on full speed until the whites can remain solid in the bowl when turned upside down. This takes about 5-10 mins. Fold the whites into the yokes so as not to undo all the firmness with the whisking. Gently transfer to the paper and bake for 18 minutes. Allow to cool and cut into squares. These are delicious filled with cheese, tuna, chicken or if you’re being really healthy, just spring greens. I’ve even eaten them with greek yogurt and berries for a sweet version.
These are delicious and junk free. See link for recipe http://devinebodies.com/wheat-free-recipes/ .
When a new exercise class arrives, it commonly claims to torch 1,000 calories. Such statements are rarely backed up by medical evidence. In fact, you would need to run at 16km/hr or rack up 10 miles in an hour to achieve this. In the Great North Run, this equates to a finish time of 1hr 18 mins. (I have a PB of 1 hour 36 mins and I couldn’t have shaved a second off that time). HIIT (High Interval Intensity Training), especially Tabata classes (protocol of 20 seconds of all out effort, 10 seconds of incomplete rest) are one of the most time efficient classes you can do for calorie burn. A study in the Journal of Sports Sciences and Medicine by Porcari measured blood lactate and oxygen consumption for 16 volunteers. Each candidate completed the 4 rounds of 4 minutes segments with average total energy expenditure of 300 calories. Additionally, the ‘afterburn’ or what is more technically termed EPOC (Excess Post Oxygen Consumption) effect elevates your metabolism during the recovery phase. So you gain a second windfall of calorie deficit with this type of anaerobic training. Figures by Porcari suggest a level of 10% of workout calorie. So there we have it….come to one of my 45 minute Tabata classes and the average Joe would have torched 660 calories.
METAFIT class starts this Sunday (5th Oct) at Great Park Community Centre 9-9.30am. Text/call to book in (07834753194). Just bring your water, £3 and a towel. GO ON IT’S ONLY 30 MINS!
Turn plain old cans of tuna into a delicious meal in a flash. Flax meal and eggs add precious omega-3 fatty acids and keep the GI low. 2 burgers provides 63g of protein and only 14g of carbs.
3 cans of drained tuna
3tbsp milled flax seeds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds
1 onion diced
2 eggs beaten
1tsp gluten free soy sauce
Combine all ingredients and form 3 to 4 large patties. Fry in a Foreman Grill for 5 minutes. Serve with grilled peppers or cold with salad.
Here’s a great workout with next to no equipment. You just need a timer (gymboss is a cheap piece of kit) or a wall clock with a second hand. The work time is 20 secs followed by 10 sec rest. Perform each of the 8 exercises and then take a 1 rest. That’s one round. Each round is 5 mins long. Perform 7 times for an immense metabolism boosting 35 minute workout.
- Frog Squat Jumps
- Side plank left
- Stationary running
- Side plank right
- Mountain climbers
- Rainbows (if you don’t have hand weights use a heavy book or 2 litre bottle of fluid)
- Skier swings
- Press ups