January 22, 2016No Comments

Day 22 – Eggy soldiers!

Frying PanSoldiers on a plate

So to start with, let me make this very clear, this is NOT the most beautiful of dishes. To be fair, not many of my dishes are very pretty but they are good for you and they are delicious....I'm afraid I'm just not an artist with my food! Sorry!

This one is another alternative in the mornings. I love bread and I love eggs so eggy soldiers are my favourite thing ever. This is a slight variation on my usual as I had the most delicious home baked sour dough bread with seaweed in it made and sourced via one of the girls in my yoga class (her stuff can be found here http://www.arlenedunkley-wood.co.uk/)

Obviously the ingredients and recipe for this dish are minimal and simplistic, that's why you can be luxurious in your bread choice and go crazy with a delicious bread choice. If you can get hold of some of Arlene's please do as you won't regret it:

Ingredients
2 large organic eggs
Splash of coconut milk
2 slices of good thick slices of bread (though any will do)

Put about a quarter of a teaspoon of coconut milk in a pan to start warming up. Slice the bread into soldiers, about 2cm thick.

Beat the two eggs and the coconut milk together in a bowl and season with some salt and pepper.

Dip the slices of bread into the egg mixture and fry in the frying pan. Fry on each side until nicely browned.

Put on a plate with some cracked black pepper on top and enjoy!

It's that simple!!!

Ciao for now x

January 16, 2016No Comments

Day 16 – Carbohydrates

Today we're discussing the infamous CARBS. Now when you all think of carbs you immediately think of bread, pasta, potatoes and think 'oh they are bad for me', 'I can't eat those', 'they'll make me put on weight'.

Now what if I told you Carbohydrates are one of the most important things your body needs. Carbohydrates are your body's main source of energy. It uses it for everything you do, breathing, moving, sleeping and yes, in some people's case, exercising. So on those 'no carb diets' how do you get your energy?

This is the bit that will confuse you. Carbohydrates are in much much more than what you expect.

Carbohydrates are in grains, beans, bread, pasta and a whole host of vegetables.

Does that mean Carbohydrates aren't bad for you?
When we say the word carbs, the ones that immediately spring to mind are the infamous carbs. Bread, pasta, rice, potatoes. What do they all have in common? Well 1, their colour, and 2, all of them except the potatoes, are highly refined. Which means they do not start out as white. The bread and pasta are refined to remove all the fibre out of the grains, which makes them easier to digest. Without those our body struggles.

So how do you know where to get your carbs from if it's not these places? Try this list:

  • leafy greens have the lowest amount of carbs out of the vegetables, this is your spinach and kale
  • anything with a stem or flower is next up on the list. Broccoli, mushroom, artichokes and cauliflower all fall into this category
  • the fruit of the plant are next up on the list. This includes anything with seeds in them. Aubergine, squash, peppers and avocado.
  • highest on the list are root vegetables. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, yam and other starchy vegetables

Now what that means practically, check out the steps below:

  • Reduce the amount of refined carbs you eat day to day. Find alternatives. Wholegrain rice instead of white rice, wholegrain bread instead of white and sweet potato instead of white potatoes.
  • Bulk up on vegetables. Eating enough of the good vegetables in their natural forms will mean you still get the carbohydrates you need but with all the extra vitamins and minerals that natural, whole foods will give you.
  • You can still eat white carbs, but my rule is you need to earn them. When you've done intense, high energy exercise your body will benefit hugely from an instant shot of carbs and the refined carbs can give it. Eating white carbs straight after intense exercise will give your muscles back the energy they have burnt, much quicker than it would do naturally and will reduce the amount of pains and aches you will feel the day after exercising.

So carbs aren't all that bad, you just need to understand them and know them properly and they can be added to your diet. Remember, the key to eating well is to understand your food, understand your body and use them both together effectively.

Ciao for now x

  
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