Showing posts with label breakfast. Show all posts
Showing posts with label breakfast. Show all posts
Friday, May 29, 2015

Going Gluten Free & Protein Pancake Recipe

Almost three weeks ago after lots of research and as a result of recent health issues I decided to go GLUTEN FREE. With a diet that consisted of mainly bread, pasta and croissants, the thought of being without either of these almost broke me into a cold sweat. Luckily there are many gluten free alternatives out there (Aldi, Lidl) which means I can still have bread and pasta. 

However, as the weeks progress, I have found that  fruit and vegetables have become a daily staple for me. I now make healthier food choices, eat less processed foods and lots of fruit and veg which is a win win in my opinion. I'm not an expert on this subject and there are those that think this is just a fad  but I personally have been feeling much better so if it's working for me then I'm going to continue it! If it means you're eating more fruit and veg and less processed crap and an all round balanced diet then surely it isn't fad!?

I think it's important to know that you can still have an intolerance to gluten even if you've been tested for Coeliac Disease and the results are  negative. 
The most important thing I have learned from this and think most people should think about is this: 
If you eat natural and unprocessed foods then your diet will naturally be GLUTEN FREE!

I also believe that breakfast doesn't have to be boring when you cut out most breads and ditch the toast. This morning I cooked a Protein Pancake for the first time in weeks and it was delicious.

1 Egg
1 Banana
1tbsp of Oats (gluten free)

1. Chop banana, add to a bowl and mash with a fork until mushy.
2. Add egg to banana mixture and whisk together.
3. Add oats and mix throughout.
4. Heat pan and cook on a medium temperature, flipping occasionally until cooked (5-7 mins).

I served my pancake with a spoonful of greek yogurt, a handful of blueberries, a handful of trail mix and a sprinkle of honey and cinnamon.

If you have any Gluten Free recipes please link them below!
Rachael O 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

How To Lose 5lbs in 5 Days

Even though it is well into January, the mountain of chocolate that is left over from Christmas continues to tempt me. However, a few days ago I decided to make some small changes in order to purge toxins from my body that have caused a post Christmas bulge. I honestly got a shock when I decided to weigh myself today and seen that I had lost 5lbs in the last 5 days.  I cannot guarantee this will work for everyone but this is the results that I maintained from introducing some of the things below.
Edited by Rachael O

1. Breakfast
I'm no expert but I think it's safe to say that if I miss breakfast then I'll reach for the nearest thing (usually full of sugar) come lunchtime. Or if I have a croissant or toast for breakfast, I'm usually starving by the time lunch comes around and I end up overeating. Recently I've been having porridge for breakfast with a handful of blueberries and a tiny drop of honey or cinnamon. This sets me up for the day and because it's so healthy it encourages me to continue eating healthy throughout the day.

2. Herbal Tea
I cannot stress how important this is and how many health benefits there are from drinking herbal tea. My favourites are Pure Green Tea with an added slice of lemon to boost metabolism and Peppermint Tea for the digestive system. "Skinny Tea" seems to be  circulating the media at the moment; However,  these brands are seriously over priced, contain laxatives (senna leaf) and aren't proven to have more health benefits than regular herbal tea.  I now start my day off with a cup of green before I have my daily coffee to rehydrate my body fist thing in the morning.

3. Water
I aim to drink 1-1.5L of water everyday. The health benefits to drinking water are numerous and often we mistake hunger for thirst. If I'm feeling hungry, I'll have a glass of water first and see how I feel afterwards instead of just grabbing something to eat. Water also aids digestion, flushes out toxins, gives you energy and prevents the body from retaining water,

I have always wanted to try Yoga and be more Zen-like but was always put off by the hassle of going to a gym class and the repetition of a Yoga DVD. Then I discovered Yoga With Adriene's 30 Days of Yoga which is free, convenient and can be found on her YouTube channel. I haven't been doing this religiously everyday but I try to do it most days and never go more than 3 days without exercise. I have always been quite flexible as a dancer but I haven't been as active lately and didn't realise how tense my muscles were. I can already notice a difference in tone and flexibility after a week. These videos are very easy to follow, especially for beginners, and for the more experienced Adriene goes back to basics. All you need is a Yoga mat and an internet connection!

5. Fruit & Veg
This is a no-brainer. If you load your body with phytonutrients, you will reap the benefits. Each type of Fruit and Vegetable has it's own unique set of disease fighting vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to ensure your body is functioning at it's optimum. Fruit and Vegetables are naturally low in calories, convenient and a good source of fiber so they will keep you feeling fuller for longer. With so many varieties of fruit and vegetables there is always something new to try to keep things interesting and varied.

6. Supplements
These are important for giving your immune system an extra boost and ensuring you always get a daily dose of vitamins and minerals; This is especially important when your diet is not as well balanced as it should be. Supplements are not be a substitute for fruit and vegetables and should be taken to bridge the gap between what we do eat and what we should eat. I have been taking Juice Plus since November 2013 and have experienced so many advantages. The capsules contain 27 different types of organically grown and vine ripened fruit, vegetables and berries that are 100% absorbed by the body (unlike synthetic man made pharmacy brands).

7. Skipping
This is one of the best all over cardio, fat burning workouts that you can do. It is inexpensive and all you need to dedicate is 10 minutes a day 3-4 times a week. A ten minute skipping session is the equivalent to an 8 minute mile and 10 mintes has the same benefits as a 45 minute run. I swear by it!

If you have any tips I would love to hear them!
Rachael O