Motivation to a Healthy Lifestyle

Motivation to a Healthy Lifestyle

 

I didn’t really know how to start this article, or what layout I should use to get my words across in a way that actually works. Regulars to this site will already know that I DID NOT live  a healthy life through my youth, and unfortunately I took that on into my early thirties

It’s only then, that I found my motivation to a healthy lifestyle – I wanted to change for vain reasons to begin with, but all the reasoning took me to the same destination. I was a young father and I needed to change certain habits, and live a much healthier lifestyle.

So this article will be written in a much more laid back fashion than normal – kinda like I’m having a conversation with you in a pub, or a bar, over a few drinks (okay, okay – not exactly healthy I know…but we all need a drink now and again!).  🙂

I’ll be covering the angles I paid most attention to when I was desperately trying to lose weight and get back to a healthier style of life. These may work for some, yet not for others. Overall I’m hoping people can pick and choose what they want out of the article, and use what is useful to them.

 


Change to a Healthy Lifestyle – Why?


Change to a Healthy Lifestyle - Why?

 

So why did I initially want to change to a healthy lifestyle? What were the factors behind me finally waking up and facing the naked truth?

Well…

During my youth I was a pretty lucky guy. I come from a ‘tall’ and ‘slim’ family and I never really had to worry about girls etc – I was pretty popular.

This lucky lifestyle went on into my twenties, and eventually into my early thirties…then I noticed a slight change in the waistline of nearly every pair of jeans I had…something had changed.

Well it certainly had changed. All of a sudden the nights out drowning in tanks of beer and the shitty food I loved so much…had caught up with me. Even my face was starting to show signs of weight here and there.

At first I decided to ignore it all, but I was single (yet again) at the time.

Without warning – the boyish good looks were deserting me and I found it more and more difficult to ‘pull’ girls.

There was no sweeping this under the carpet – I had changed for the worse and it was 100% down to the unhealthy lifestyle I had led since the age of 13. There was nobody to blame but myself.

Simply put – if I didn’t want to ‘expand’ any further I need to wise the f##k up!

So it was all down to vanity at the end of the day, but that doesn’t matter – whatever wakes you up to a healthy lifestyle is fine…as long as it does manage to wake you up!

 


The Path to a Healthy Lifestyle is HARD Work!


The Path to a Healthy Lifestyle is HARD Work!

 

So how did I first go about this big change – what were the first ‘baby steps’ I took towards changing my life for the better, and getting healthier?

Well to me, it was pretty obvious that the first element I had to tackle was my diet – that should be first for 99.9% of you looking to take on a healthier route in life.

My diet was, and had been, shit.

There’s no way I can beat around the bush here – it had been atrociously shit for a couple of decades, and it had contributed largely to my change in appearance.

So I needed to eat in line with what I like(d) to call a ‘boring diet’. I actually managed to do this with little fuss, and I 100% believe that a large majority of you reading this will experience the same ease of changing diet (if you put your mind to it).

But this was just the start, I had a ‘beer belly’ which had started to spread to other areas of my body…I needed to get rid of this asap.

So now comes the hard part…

I knew I had to take on some form of exercise but I hadn’t really exercised in years – a youth of alcohol, bad food and social drug taking will do that to you!

Anyway, I’m a musician by trade, so I figured that I needed to workout to music. Only one problem though – I couldn’t afford a gym membership.

So I opted to go running every morning, and listen to music on my Mp3 player – it worked…but man was it HARD, HARD WORK!

I ached liked I’d never ached before for the first month…and I had to get up and run on aching limbs the following day(s). It was a complete nightmare to begin with, but the music helped me through (and still does to this day).

 


Mental Toughness


I felt at this point in the article, it is important to point out that this was not a smooth ride for me. When we first decide to change our lifestyle for the better we are ALL going to lack what is referred to as metal toughness.

At times I had to force myself out of the door to go for a run in the mornings. It didn’t even matter if it was blowing a gale, pissing down with rain or even snowing – I’d drag my sorry ass through the door…into the car…and drive to my special rural running route.

Ignore what 99.9% of these so-called fitness gurus say – we ARE NOT born with mental toughness when it comes to taking on ANY form of lifestyle change. You have to develop this kind of toughness, and it doesn’t necessarily come easily (to most).

I’m not going to sit here and bang on about how I started to run, then my whole world fell into place, and it’s been sweetness and light ever since!

When I first started out with this it was not easy…and I nearly gave it all in after three weeks of exhaustion and aching limbs.

Mental Toughness

 


Motivation to a Healthy Lifestyle


The main point behind this article was to let everyone that’s new to this, know that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel…and most of us fall at the first hurdle.

I’m NOT a professional motivator…and I’m not even that much of a positive personality.

I just managed to change my lifestyle by persisting with what I started with, regardless of how shitty I felt at the time.

At the end of the day we all design our own motivation…when we hit that initial brick wall and realise things are going to get VERY tough.

Please don’t waste your time listening to these idiots on YouTube, or any other social platform, that preach how easy it is once you’ve got your mind on it etc…

This doesn’t happen in the real world of health and fitness.

If it was easy EVERYONE would be doing it and the planet wouldn’t have a problem with obesity and the diseases linked to it.

If you have recently started out on a healthier lifestyle we would love to hear from you – please leave your story in the comment section below!

 

Healthy Super Bowl Party Snacks

Healthy Super Bowl Party Snacks

 

So it’s Super Bowl Sunday…and the boys are on their way round to take in the beer, commercials, and most importantly, snacks. Imagine what their reaction would be to a layout of healthy Super Bowl party snacks?

Not that impressed at a guess!

But please don’t worry – we are not going all out here and banishing the wings and chilli, this is supposed to be a fun day after all. In this article we will be providing a few ‘healthy’ suggestions for your day of football…and we’re DEFINITELY NOT trying to turn anyone vegan! 🙂

Here are four of my own personal favourites for that big sporting occasion…

 


Snack One: Herb Marinated Chicken Skewers With Harissa


Snack One: Herb Marinated Chicken Skewers With Harissa

Come on – easy-to-assemble chicken skewers…what football fan would turn his/her nose up at these?

After all – football does mean MEAT! 🙂

Simply garnish with rosemary, thyme, oregano, and cumin. Round it all up with a super-spicy harissa sauce. How do we make this sauce?

Simple:

  • Roasted red peppers
  • Chilli
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • And any other spices you feel will take the roof off your mate’s mouth!

 


Snack Two: Crispy Chickpea Bites


Snack Two: Crispy Chickpea Bites

I actually first tried these little taste-blasters during an F.A. Cup final (soccer/football), but they worked for one big sporting event…so I figured they would definitely work for yet another!

Now, it’s important to point out that this snack ONLY works if you manage to get the chickpeas to that real crispy point – anything less is a complete disaster (in my book anyway!). Check out the process below…

  1. Pre-heat a rimmed baking sheet in an oven at 450°F. Pre-heating the baking sheet ensures the chickpeas crisp as soon as they hit the hot pan.
  2. Use a 15.5 oz. can of chickpeas – open, empty/drain and then rinse. You need to make sure that the peas are as dry as possible because any moisture on their outside will cause them to steam when cooking.
  3. When they are as dry as possible, toss the chickpeas with 1 tablespoon olive oil and ¼ teaspoon each kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper. Bring the baking sheet out of the oven, fill it with the peas (make sure they are spread out) and then place back in the oven. Cook for about 25 minutes, and make sure you shake the pan holding the baking sheet halfway through.

Snack Three: Popcorn & Marshmallow Treats


Snack Three: Popcorn & Marshmallow Treats

So we’ve done two savory options – time for something a little bit sweet (like me!)  🙂

Popcorn & Marshmallow bars are simple and perfect for your big day of football. All you need to get started is:

  • Two tablespoons of unsalted butter, plus more for the dish
  • Half a cup of popcorn kernels or one 3.5-ounce package plain microwave popcorn
  • One 10-ounce bag of marshmallows

Simply butter up a baking dish, and then prepare (or pop) the popcorn (directions for this differ – check the packaging).

Grab a saucepan, throw in the butter and the marshmallows and gently heat over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes (make sure you stir as you heat).

Fold in the popcorn until coated then press into the prepared dish. Leave to stand for about quarter of an hour then cut up into separate bars (you’ll manage to get about 20 to 24 bars out of it!).

 


Snack Four: Veggie Buffalo ‘Meatballs’ (With an Awesome Blue Cheese Dip)


Snack Four: Veggie Buffalo 'Meatballs' (With an Awesome Blue Cheese Dip)

Okay – we didn’t want to leave the vegetarians out of the picture, so here we go…

Move aside hot wings, these spicy “meatballs” combine white beans and mushrooms to make a surprisingly tasty veggie snack. Go on – give the meat a day off!

Okay, this one’s not exactly as simple as the three options we’ve covered above, but it is worth it (if you’ve got the time and the talent!). You’ll need:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 celery stalk, coarsely chopped
  • 1 (15-ounce) can white beans, rinsed, drained
  • 4 ounces button mushrooms
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup hot pepper sauce, preferably Frank’s
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives, divided

So how do we put all this together?

Set up a rack on the middle shelf of your oven and set to preheat at about 400°F, and cover a rimmed baking sheet with oil.

Mash up the garlic, celery, beans, and mushrooms and pulses in a food processor. Transfer the food processor mix into a large bowl and add egg, panko, and 3/4 tsp. salt – mix it all together.

From here you can begin to roll up ‘meatballs’ by simply using your hands, then place them on the prepared baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake for about half an hour – make sure they are nice and firm (and don’t forget to turn them halfway through the cooking process!).

When the balls are baking, cook butter, hot sauce, and maple syrup in a saucepan until the butter is melted down. Stir well until the  mixture is nice and smooth and set to one side.

Whisk sour cream, buttermilk, blue cheese, pepper, 1 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp. chives, and remaining 1/4 tsp. salt in a medium bowl. Top with remaining 1 tsp. chives.

When the ‘meatballs’ are ready, transfer them into a suitable bowl and cover with the hot sauce mixture you prepared. Serve with the dip.

 


Healthy Super Bowl Party Snacks


So there we have it – four awesome and healthy snacks for your Super Bowl celebration!

If you have any questions about the recipes we have covered above, or you have any options you would like to add to this list, please feel free to use the comment section below.

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Is Brown Seaweed Good For You?

Is Brown Seaweed Good For You?

 

For years my (now ex) partner used to attempt to force me out of my comfort zone with food by introducing me to numerous varieties I would never have gone anywhere near…before I met her!

In most cases she failed – I’m a little bit too squeamish for some of the diverse options she put in front of me, but I did sample, and in some cases enjoy, a small percentage of these options…one of which was seaweed.

Living next to, and being brought up by the beach – I was interested in seeing what this slimy marine algae tasted like, and I was also interested in it’s apparent health benefits…

So, is brown seaweed good for you, and if so, what are it’s health benefits?

Let’s take a closer look…

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Brown Seaweeds


These types of seaweed are usually found in the Northern Hemisphere waters where the temperature is nice and cold. Not all forms of this type of seaweed are that palatable – Kelp is the only one that is regarded as a traditional food source.

Kelp is also known to have a handy variety of health benefits…

 

Brown Seaweeds

 


Taking On Cancer


A study that took place back in 2012, discovered that brown seaweed was high in levels of Fucoidan. This compound could well help prevent metastasis of lung cancer.

This report also suggested that Kelp could well be the force behind lower incidents of breast cancer and other hormone-related cancers among Asian women.

 


Weight Loss


In January 2010 a study took place using a derivative of brown seaweed known as fucoxanthin on obese participants. This derivative was mixed up with pomegranate seed oil and given to the patients over a 16 week period.

The results pointed to an average loss of 7.7 pounds and increased resting metabolic rate in each participant. There were also indications that fat deposits in the liver were reduced.

 


Your Own Personal Hazmat Suit!!!!


Yep – you read that heading correctly…

Brown seaweed can act as a natural version of a nifty Hazmat suit!

Nutritionist Phyllis Balch, author of the book Prescription for Dietary Wellness: Using Foods to Heal, firmly believes that brown seaweed can protect you against certain forms of radiation exposure.

Balch is under the impression that the sodium alginate that is found in brown seaweed, has in the past prevented the absorption of radioactive strontium from contaminated milk.

 


Vitamins and Minerals


Brown seaweed varieties usually contain a diverse group of vitamins and minerals, including iodine, iron, and calcium. Some types can even contain high amounts of vitamin B12. On top of that – it’s a good source of omega-3 fats (very good for the heart!).

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Conclusion – Is Brown Seaweed Good For You?


There’s no getting away from it – brown seaweed definitely has A LOT of health benefits…but it’s also worth noting that it’s a great dietary source of iodine, which helps support your thyroid gland…

But too much of this iodine can also harm your thyroid function.

What are your experiences with this diverse cuisine?

Do you have any tips or nice recipes you would like to share with us here?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

The Benefits of Lemon Water For Weight Loss

The Benefits of Lemon Water For Weight Loss

The versatile citrus fruit that offers awesome antibacterial and antiviral properties…but how effective is it in weight loss?

This article will be covering a few of the benefits of lemon water for weight loss, and other health concerns.

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Hot Lemon Water For Weight Loss


The antibacterial and antiviral properties in this popular citrus fruit make it a great natural booster for your immune system. It’s also a great choice when it comes to detoxifying your system, and (certain health experts believe that it) aids in cleaning the liver leading to better digestive health.

I’d always heard about the Vitamin C side of things – most of us have by now, but I was surprised to find out about all the health ‘extras’ this yellow bombshell offered…particularly in the weight loss world!

It is rumored to be an effective dieting agent because it increases the body’s metabolic rate (many celebrities go along with this angle!), but it also offers a few ‘less known’ health perks…

lemon juice and water for weight loss

 


1) We touched on the Vitamin C angle above – most of us have sat through the lecture off our mum…through a hundred different cold viruses over the years! The Vitamin C in lemon juice is very effective at taking on and eliminating immune system deficiencies.


2) A simple glass of lemon juice with warm water before we tuck into our breakfast, helps in maintaining the pH balance of the body.


3) Lemon juice contains a high amount of antibacterial properties that take the battle to infections and act as a pretty ‘boss’ detoxifying agent.


4) There are numerous claims that lemon juice is great in aiding digestion, but recent research has watered down this claim somewhat. If you are interested in finding out more about lemon juice and digestion, I recommend checking out this interview with Ian Musgrave from The University of Adelaide – The Truth About Lemon Water On Digestion And Detoxification.


5) Lemons contain decent amounts of potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium…and are A LOT cheaper than purchasing the supplement formats of these health boosters!


6) Over the last couple of decades, many dermatology experts have come forward and suggested that lemon water can be used as a remedy for many kinds of skin problems. Top of the list is acne, rashes, wrinkles and dark skin spots.


7) Lemon as a citrus fruit, has a lot of natural anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, hot lemon water is excellent for battling respiratory tract infections, sore throat and inflammation of the tonsils.


8) Like gulping through your sports drink when you are in a workout session? Expensive aren’t they? Lemon juice and water is a great ‘cheap’ alternative to these sports drinks, as it keeps the body hydrated as it provides electrolytes.


9) Did you know that this lemon juice and water concoction can aid your dental health as well? Seriously, many people swear by it as a painkiller for toothache, and it’s also known to prevent gingivitis.

 

The Benefits of Lemon Water For Weight Loss


At the end of the day – we all know that coffee isn’t exactly great for you…especially three cups in succession…just to get going every morning!

Do you think that you could switch the black tar for lemon juice and hot water?

You now know the benefits – give it a try! 🙂

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Is a Sweet Potato Good For You?

Is a Sweet Potato Good For You?

This article will be covering the health benefits of the rather popular sweet-tasting root vegetable – is a sweet potato good for you, and if so, WHY is it good for you?

Let’s take a closer look…

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Why Are Sweet Potatoes Good For You?


why are sweet potatoes good for you

 


Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes


Sweet potatoes are considered as having a high nutritional value due to the amount of fiber and vitamins and minerals (iron, calcium, selenium, B vitamins and vitamin C) they contain.

The Vitamin B6 in the vegetable helps reduce the chemical homocysteine in our bodies – this chemical is known to have rather sinister links to degenerative diseases (heart attacks are top of the list!).

The strange orange color of the potatoes is due to the fact that they are high in carotenoids like beta carotene. These carotenoids help keep your eyesight in check and also boost your immunity to disease (they are part of the antioxidant family that fights cancer and the effects of aging).

So, interested in taking on this versatile veggie in some sort of recipe?

Roasted, puréed, steamed, baked, or grilled – the possibilities really are endless.

To finish of this article, I’ve included a couple of simple sweet potato recipes that might take your fancy. Don’t forget – the internet is a wealth of information when it comes to locating new meal ideas, so if the recipes below don’t do it for you, simply search for a few more!

 


Roasted Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup


A versatile vegetarian soup recipe that will do a great job as a meal starter or a healthy lunch alternative…

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Roasted Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup

To save time with soup recipes I’d always recommend using a blender, or soup maker, to mix up the ingredients within seconds!

 


BBQ Brisket with Crunchy Coleslaw & Sweet Potato Wedges


The man himself – Gordon Ramsay!

Gordon takes on an American classic with some sides in this video recipe tutorial…

The Best Way to Start Getting Healthy

The Best Way to Start Getting Healthy

Sick and tired of the beast that is looking back at you in the mirror? In this article we will be taking a look at the best way to start getting healthy – change your lifestyle and feel more at home within yourself…

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I Hate That Bloody Mirror!!!


Yeah we’ve already covered that ‘mirror feeling’ – it’s happens every morning to 99.9% of us (seriously – it does!)

And you say to yourself, “When did this happen? How did I miss it? I’m going to trim down and get back in shape!”

Just one problem – you have no real idea where to start…and HOW to start!

This might be the very first time you’ve tried to shed that beer belly and get healthy. Sure, things didn’t exactly go to plan last time, or any other time you’ve tried it…but you’re convinced you are going to succeed this time…this time you are making a STAND!!!

Fat looking in the mirror

So, you slam into Google, and find website after website that promises a six pack within a fortnight…without dieting, without exercise…without doing ANYTHING!!!

Bingo – let’s do this…

They don’t work, you get overwhelmed, intimidated, feel like shit and crack open a beer…

 


What You Should be Eating


Let’s not beat around the bush here – we’re all grown ups and we know why we are in this shape…and what foods we’ve eaten to get ourselves to this point! 

You are fully aware that lean protein and vegetables are good for you – you are also aware that enjoying a beer with friends is a very important part of life (we all need to let off steam occasionally!).

Choose your food thoughtfully and make sure you eat enough. If you start putting exercise in your life AND start eating small amounts – it will work against your efforts.

Your metabolism will slow down to conserve what fuel your body does have, your energy levels will dip, you will struggle to reach the results you are after.

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Make it Easy For Yourself to Work Out


When you get home from work take a couple of minutes to lay out your workout clothes for the following morning/day/whatever time you exercise.

Have it all ready to go – water, whatever you need to exercise comfortably, and then set your alarm for the next morning (if you choose to exercise in the mornings!).

Make it Easy For Yourself to Work Out

Do all this before you start to unwind after getting home from work. This forces you to just get up and do it, and not have to take the time to find everything or make excuses for why you can’t.

 


Start Walking More!


Even if you manage to get out and run six days a week, the real key to lifelong fitness is to simply be more active – move more and eat less!

Just leave the car where it is for once – if the weather’s fine – walk (have you seen the price of petrol these days?). Try making a conscious effort to walk whenever and wherever you can.

I recommend picking up one of those fitness watches/bracelets – track yourself and see if you manage to hit 10,000 steps a day (don’t go for a FitBit – get a cheaper alternative rip-off for under $15!!!!).

 


Sleep is Also a Priority


There’s no point making plans to get healthier if you are staying up until one in the morning playing Call of Duty – long term health depends strongly on the amount of sleep you get.

Sleep is Also a Priority

On top of this – too little sleep can also impair weight loss efforts due to raised cortisol levels.

Aim for at least seven hours a night.

 


Stick to it – The 30 Day Habit


Yep – thirty days, that’s how long it will take you to create a healthy habit. And if you can stick to something for as long as that…the chances are you’ll get into a routine of making better choices naturally and without thinking about it later on.

Don’t go into it with ’30 days’ on your mind – just take it real slow and handle one day at a time. Some days you are going to ache…other days you may have picked up a cold etc…

Just aim for sticking to it for thirty days – regardless of what obsticales are put in your way.

 


The Best Way to Start Getting Healthy


Do you still have any concerns regarding the health journey you are about to take?

Have you tried to get healthy before and failed miserably?

If you have ANY questions regarding the subject we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.

 

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Foods That Are Good For Your Immune System

Foods That Are Good For Your Immune System

The correct foods can form a barrier for your body against illness, and can also help you recover quicker if you do experience bad health.

Your kid brings a bug home from school, the guy next to you on the train is sneezing, you share a car trip with a coughing mate…

Surely you are going to ‘get it’ this time?

But, you have more power in your hands than you think – your immune system is your BEST line of defense

In this article we are going to be taking a look at a great selection of foods that are good for your immune system.

Eat right, feel right and boost your body’s first line of defence!

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Foods Good For Your Immune System


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Foods Good For Your Immune System

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Foods That Boost Your Immune System


I was more than surprised to find out that your body’s fight against illness starts off in your mouth – did you know that saliva is packed with powerful antimicrobials like lysozyme, alpha-amylase and lactoferrin?

It’s a pretty hard task for ANY germs to get past this initial line of defence – those tough cookies that do manage it…end up having to take on our stomach’s hydrochloric acid.

If they are hard enough to win that battle – they then have to take on our digestive system which holds special proteins and chemical compounds.

Finally the germs will reach our own personal army of good bacteria – our final, powerful, line of defence.

This line of defence is what we need to feed – we need to keep this bacteria in tip-top condition!

A well thought out, and healthy balanced diet, that supports your immune system, is your best defence in avoiding sickness bugs in the first place.


The foods that are covered in the infographic above are great examples of what you need to eat to keep your good bacteria in order and boost immunity.

If you have any questions regarding these foods OR you would like to add a food to this list, please use the comment section below.

Stay healthy! 🙂

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What Are The Health Benefits of Beetroot?

What Are The Health Benefits of Beetroot?

Today we will taking a look at an ancient, prehistoric super-food that naturally sprouted up along coastlines in North Africa, Asia, and Europe.

When early man first encountered this vegetable he only consumed the greens off the plant – the actual ‘beet’ wasn’t consumed until Roman times

So, what are the health benefits of beetroot and why should we include it in our daily diets?

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 the health benefits of beetroot


The Health Benefits of Beetroot


Beetroot contains a large amount of nitrates which supply the body with lots of natural energy – great for those of us that like to take part in cardio or sport.

They are ram-packed with quality fiber which helps look after our digestive systems (taking on bad stomachs, diarrhea, constipation and even colon cancer!).

Beets also help keep our mind’s sharp due to the amount of natural potassium they contain – helping to transmit nerve impulses.

Expectant mums are advised to eat beetroot due to the folic acid content of the veggie – great for the development of embryos and prevention of spina bifida.

The ‘purple veggie beast’ is also topped up with a load of the mineral calcium – vital for developing and maintaining strong bones.

On the vitamin side of things – beets are very high in the vitamin C. This vitamin is great for taking on colds and infections and keeping the immune system in tune. Vitamin A is also present in the foodstuff – high levels of vit A can aid clear eyesight and also keep your skin cells healthy.

Beetroots also contain an antioxidant named Betalain which protects cells from damage and helps with the prevention of cancer.


Raw Beetroot Health Benefits


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Now over to you!

What are your thoughts and opinions on beetroot?

Do you have a favorite beetroot recipe?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

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The Health Benefits of Marmite

The Health Benefits of Marmite

So, you either love it or hate it – the awesome (yeah I love it) super-food named Marmite!

I personally think it boils down to what your mother gave you as a kid – Marmite is a strange enough taste, but if it is introduced early enough in your life you will take to it…and never let go!

In this article we will be taking a closer look at the health benefits of Marmite – most of us know it is good for us, but we don’t really know WHY it is good for us…

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Awesome Facts About Marmite…


Awesome Facts About Marmite...

Yeah, you can tell I’m an addict, can’t you?

But we before we dive into the benefits of Marmite, I thought it’d be cool to cover a few little known facts about the dark super-spread…

#1 Who Invented Marmite?

This popular super-food was actually invented by accident by a German dude named Justus Liebig (he was a scientist in the 19th century). He was messing about with brewer’s yeast and eventually came to the conclusion that it could be separated and concentrated into bottles.

He also discovered that it actually tasted pretty boss as well!!!

So, Liebig’s discovery was taken one step further in 1902, when the Marmite Food Company was founded in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

There just so happened to be a mass of brewers in the Staffordshire area at the time, so getting hold of the yeast was a walk in the park!

#2 Marmite Helped Win The War!!!

Not sure whether or not this is a ‘Marmite Urban Legend’ but here we go anyway…

Apparently Marmite was included in soldiers’ rations in World War I, and later in World War II. In 1999 it was also sent over to the troops in Kosovo (the homesick soldiers needed something to remind them of Britain!).

#3 It’s So Awesome – It’s Got It’s Own Sculpture!!!

Seriously, it’s true!

The company that own the Marmite brand are called Unilever (they are a conglomerate) and they were so pleased with the product’s popularity, they decided to get a £15,000 sculpture made.

The sculpture is shaped liked the traditional Marmite jar and bears the nickname of ‘The Monumite’.

It currently stands outside the main library in Burton-on-Trent.

#4 Marmite (Apparently) Acts as a Mosquito Repellent?

Not sure about this one, but it was a listed ‘fact’ in several UK newspapers – apparently, Marmite keeps the mosquito at bay?

Now, this could mean spreading it all over your skin, which would be hideous…or it could mean simply consuming it (which I tend to lean towards!).


The Reported Health Benefits of Marmite


The Reported Health Benefits of Marmite

  1. It helps you sleep. Apparently the extremely high levels of magnesium in Marmite can help you get a better level of shuteye at night. This high level of magnesium apparently helps the body calm the nerves – leading to a more peaceful night’s sleep.
  2. It can help prevent dementia. Researchers from York University claim the high concentration of Vitamin B12 in the yeast extract increases levels of chemicals in the brain which are thought to protect against neurological disorders.
  3. It acts as a vitamin supplement. That’s right – no need to pay those ridiculous prices for over-the-counter vitamins any longer! Apparently, the super-spread is packed with B vitamins (not just B3) that are essential for good health. One researcher claimed that a regular serving could provide as much as an expensive supplement!
  4. It’s good for your heart. Being a (young) sufferer of arrhythmia – this was an extremely important fact for me. As I touched on above, Marmite contains high levels of the B Vitamins…including Vitamin B1 (good for preventing cardiovascular disease).
  5. It’s a hangover cure. Yep, you read that correctly – Marmite can act as a pretty awesome hangover cure! When you’ve drunk too much, the alcohol depletes your body’s store of B Vitamins (which leaves you feeling pretty shitty!). Marmite can quickly replace these lost vitamins…and lead to a smoother hangover recovery day!
  6. It’s BOSS for your babies. You will find that a high percentage of pregnant women LOVE to consume Marmite. Now, some of them may not exactly like it, but it’s high folic acid content is great for that unborn nipper! Folic acid is essential for pregnant women and anyone hoping to conceive, as it can help to prevent birth defects such as spina bifida.

Is Marmite Good For You?


Is Marmite Good For You?

Not a bad little pot of dark spread is it?

Now it’s over to you…

Have we missed out any Marmite health benefits you feel are important?

What’s your favorite way of eating Marmite? (try it with a mature cheddar – lovely!).

Are you a lover or a hater of the super-food?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

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Healthy Chicken Recipes to Lose Weight

Healthy Chicken Recipes to Lose Weight

Chicken breasts (skinless if at all possible) are great meal choices if you are looking to lose weight through your diet. Relatively high in protein and low in fat, they are easy to add to numerous meal setups to keep your diet interesting.

It’s worth noting that simply adding chicken to your everyday diet is not the way to go – you need to use it to replace the higher-calorie food you normally eat and reduce your overall caloric intake.

Below are a selection of my favourite healthy chicken recipes to lose weight…

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MOROCCAN CHICKEN AND LENTIL SOUP


I first discovered this relatively easy-to-make soup on a Tesco leaflet for healthy meals – I’ve created it many times since! It’s a colourful dish that is pretty awesome at warming you up throughout the winter months.

CHICKEN AND LENTIL SOUP

The Ingredients You’ll Need…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 900ml (1 1/2pt) hot vegetable stock
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 x 390g tinned green lentils, drained
  • 100g (3 1/2oz) dried apricots, roughly chopped
  • 1 courgette, diced
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 x 245g pack boneless chicken breast, skin removed and shredded
  • small handful fresh mint, roughly chopped

The Steps:

Grab a large pan and heat up the oil on a medium setting of heat.

Chuck in the onions and garlic and fry for about 4 to 5 minutes.

Stir in the cinnamon, cumin, coriander and tomato purée, and then fry onward for about 3 minutes further.

Chuck in the stock and your carrots, then leave your creation to simmer for around 10 minutes (I usually wait until the carrots seem tender enough – always a good sign that things are ready!).

Stir in the chopped tomatoes, apricots and lentils and simmer (I’d say for about quarter of an hour).

Next add the courgette and chicken – cook for a further 10 minutes (approx). I like to wait until the courgette is tender enough to eat, as an indicator.

Finally, stir in the lemon juice and leave to simmer for a further 3 to 5 minutes. Season it to your taste!


SPRING CHICKEN CASSEROLE


People tend to prefer casseroles in the winter months but let’s cook outside the box a bit – how about a spring version of a tasty casserole?

Check this out…

SPRING CHICKEN CASSEROLE

The Ingredients You’ll Need…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 500g boneless, skinless chicken thigh
  • 300g small new potato
  • 425ml low-salt vegetable stock (such as Kallo low-salt vegetable stock cubes)
  • 350g broccoli, cut up into small florets
  • 350g spring greens, shredded
  • 140g petits pois
  • Bunch of spring onions, sliced up
  • 2 tbsp pesto

The Steps…

Pick a nice big pan and heat the oil up in it.

Chuck in the onion and fry up for about 5 minutes or so (until they are ready/soft)

Add the chicken to the onions and fry for about 6 minutes – make sure the chicken is sealed and light brown on all sides.

Add the potatoes, stock and plenty of freshly ground black pepper, then bring to the boil.

Cover the pot and simmer for around the half an hour mark – make sure the potatoes are cooked and the chicken looks cooked.

Add the broccoli, spring greens, petit pois and spring onions, stir well, then return to the boil.

Cover it all up and leave to simmer for a further 5 minutes.

Finally, stir in the pesto and heat through for about a minute

Enjoy!

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BAKED PESTO CHICKEN


This popular dish is one of the most simple, great tasting, chicken meals I have come across…and it’s ready in 35 minutes!!! This recipe feeds a family of four…

Pesto Chicken Dish

The Ingredients You’ll Need…

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • Half a cup refrigerated basil pesto
  • 2 – 3 plum tomatoes, sliced (optional)
  • Half a cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

The Steps…

Oven on – preheat to about 400 degrees F (about 200 degrees C).

Spread out a baking sheet and then line it with a good quality cooking foil.

Place chicken and pesto in medium bowl then toss thoroughly to make sure it is fully coated – then place on the foiled baking sheet.

Bake for about 25 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in centre.

Once removed from the oven, top with cheese and tomatoes then return to the oven. Bake for a further 5 minutes until cheese is suitably melted.

That’s it! 🙂


GRILLED CHICKEN – MEXICAN STYLE!


A simple Mexican-styled marinade chicken that takes about 20 minutes to prepare (well, not including the marinade time!). Love this one – idiot proof recipe that feeds a family of four…

GRILLED CHICKEN - MEXICAN STYLE!

The Ingredients You’ll Need…

  • 4 chicken breast halves, on the bone
  • Half an onion
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • Quarter of a cup of olive oil
  • Half a teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • Half a teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Half a teaspoon black pepper
  • Quarter of a teaspoon dried chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 limes, juice of or 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 handful cilantro leaf (optional)

The Steps…

Liquify all of the ingredients put aside for the marinade in a blender or food processor.

Place marinade inside a freezer bag (or zip-locked bag) and add the pieces of chicken – give it a shake to distribute marinade.

Place bag in the refrigerator for up to 10 hours (if you are pushed for time – refrigerate for no less than 2 hours!).

When suitably marinaded, remove the chicken and place under a hot grill (get rid of the remaining marinade sauce)

Simply grill at a reasonable heat and turn occasionally – that’s it!

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