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Veggies- Cooked or Raw?

Hi there!

I’m sorry (again) for gaps in posts! i have been studying and enjoying the wonderful weather Spain has been blessed with! However, I suddenly realised that something I’ve been thinking about a lot recently is something you might find interesting! There are forever new articles coming out about the raw food diet (exactly as it sounds, raw food). And whilst I do enjoy some food raw I don’t like it all raw and started doing some research into what foods are better cooked and what foods are better raw! I don’t have an exceptionally long list, but they are staples in my meals so might come in handy for you too!

In the cooked corner;

  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Aspragus
  • Mushrooms
  • Cabbage

In the raw corner;

  • Peppers
  • Broccolli
  • Garlic
  • Beetroot
  • Onions

Have it either way;

  • Spinach

This is a list I will continue to update as I find more information about but the idea behind the ‘optimal methods’ for consuming these depends on the nutrients and what best preserves them. For example, according to BBC Good Food, heating up the foods listed above makes it easier for our bodies to enjoy the benefits from some of their protective antioxidants. Essentially, it helps us better absorb nutrients, like lycopene in tomatoes.
On the other hand, some vegetables like those listed in the raw section are better kept raw because heating them up can damage an enzyme which results in the strength of anti-cancer compunds (glucosinolates) being reduced.

So, here’s a list (that’s incomplete) on how to best prepare your veggies! Let me know what you think and if you know of any others!

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Gym Bug

Foodie Challenge #5

Hi there!

Something a little different for this Foodie Challenge. I did not follow any recipes but instead just gave it a go with what I had! It was fun to try and see what I could do and it (fortunately) tasted really good. This is my very own Sriracha Salmon! I will explain the recipe with the vegetables I used, but feel free to change them to suit your preferences and tastes.

Ingredients

  • 1 salmon fillet (choose your preferred size), skin on preferably, boned.
  • 1/2 large, white onion, finely chopped.
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped.
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped.
  • 1/2 cup squash, cubed.
  • 1 cup of spinach.
  • 1/2 cup brocoli.
  • 1 tomato, chopped.
  • Pinch of smoked paprika (optional, I really like the smokey flavour).
  • 2 tables of Sriracha sauce (I used the on with the Rooster on the bottle).
  • Black pepper.
  • Olive oil.

Method

  1. Put the squash in a pot with water and boil (until soft, check regularly throughout cooking).
  2. Heat a little olive oil in a pan and add the onion, paprika (if using) and black pepper.
  3. Add all the sriracha sauce and stir well.
  4. Cover with a lid and leave the onions to soften, stirring occassionally.
    Note; I add a dash of vinegar here to keep it from burning to the bottom, this is optional.
  5. Make a space in the middle of the pan and add the salmon, skin side down (if there’s skin on the fillet).
  6. Allow the salmon to cook for about 2 minutes (or until it’s gone pale pink about half way up the fillet).
  7. Flip the salmon and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
  8. Turn the heat off and add the remaining vegetables, cover and leave for 2 minutes.
    Note; I enjoy my vegeables being crunchy and only warmed through, add them in step 3 or 4 for cooked vegetables.

    Note; Serve with natural yoghurt or non-fat greek yoghurt if you enjoy spice but it proves too much.
    Note; A great carbohydrate for this would be sweet potato, add 1 small sweet potato (chopped) with the squash.

I really enjoyed this, I’m a huge fan of salmon and was so glad I didn’t ruin it with my experiments!

Sriracha Salmon

Gym Bug

Healthy snacks for on the go!

Hi there!

I’m one of those people who needs snacks handy for work, university, being out and about because I hate buying things out (I’m always tempted by unhealthy choices) and I always find them to be sort of dissappointing. So I thought I’d list some of my favourite on the go that you can prepare at home and grab and go! This particular post is for those snack that require no cooking! Once I start exprimenting when I’m home (and have access to an oven) I’ll do some snacks that you can cook.

  • Hummus and vegetable sticks (celery, carrots, cucumber, courgette etc).
  • DIY Trail mix (mix bran flakes, raisins, nuts. other dried fruit for a great, protein packed snack).
  • Ham slices wrapped around cucumber or carrots sticks (can bring some hummus long too).
  • One yoghurt pot mixed with 2 tablespoon of oats (best allow the oats to soak in the yoghurt for an hour or more).
  • One yoghurt pot with grapes, banana, apples etc.
  • Handful of pretzels (watch the salt content of the pretzels you buy).
  • Soreen.

These are a few of my personal favourite snacks. I really love makng a big tuperware full of trail mix and putting some in a little tub! Also, Soreen is something I wish I could eat all day!

Gym Bug

Foodie Challenge #3

Hi there!

Another Foodie Challenge post today. This was last nights dinner and was based on Runner’s World Complete Guide to Nutrition recipe for Prawns and White beans. I edited the recipe slightly to add more vegetables to it.

Ingredients (for one);

  • 200g tinned tomatoes
  • 100g white beans
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 1/2 large white onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • Crushed black pepper
  • 10 prawns, cooked (you can add more or less also mine just needed their shells removed)
  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 cup brocoli, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chili flakes

Method;

  1. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and add the onions and garlic.
  2. Place a lid on the pan and soften the onions.
  3. Add the tomatoes, paprika (both kinds), chili, black pepper and peppers, stir everything together.
  4. Place a lid on the pan and allow the mix to simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add the spinach and the beans and stir together well.
  6. Add the prawns and allow to simmer for 3-4 minutes to make sure the prawns are hot.
    (Taste the sauce and add any additional seasoning if desired)
  7. Sprinkle the brocoli over the top, remove from heat and allow the dish to sit for 1 minute.
    (Here you can boil the brocoli if you prefer it soft, but I enjoy brocoli raw and crunchy)

That’s it! Nice and healthy and very easy. It’s also relatively cheap (the prawns may not be) but you can replace the prawns with chicken! Just add the chicken with the onions in step 1 and ensure it’s cooked through before serving!

Prawns and Beans

I love prawns and the extra kick from the chili gave a nice heat to it!

Gym Bug

Foodie Challenge #2

Hi there!

Another Foodie Challenge post! Today’s post is inspired by a good friend’s incredible soup recipe with lentils, tomatoes, onions and lots of amazing seasoning!

Ingredients (makes about 10 bowls)

  • 500g puy lentils (best leave these to soak for an hour prior to making the recipe)
  • 800g tinned tomatoes
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 4 sticks of celery, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 inch piece of ginger finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons mixed Italian herbs
  • 2 teaspoons Chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 stock cube
  • Black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Olive oil

Method

  1. Fill a pot halfway with water and start to boil.
  2. Add all the vegetables, lentils, garlic, ginger and sweet potato into the water.
  3. Bring to boil and then reduce to simmer for approximately 30 minutes (until the lentils are soft)
  4. Add the tomatoes and herbs.
  5. Stir it all together well and allow to simmer for a further 10 minutes.
  6. Taste the soup and season as required.
  7. My friend added some leeks at this stage and cooked for a further 5 minutes, this is optional.
  8. You can puree the soup or leave it nice and chunky.

This is truly a delicious and addictive soup but it’s nice a healthy! You can add more vegetables too such as courgette (zucchini), potatoes and aubergine (eggplant) too to add more vegetables. You would add these with the carrots! Another nice thing to do is to slice an entire aubergine lengthways, add a light drizzle of olive oil and some black pepper then griddle them as delicious dipping devices instead of bread! (We didn’t make these). And that’s it! A very easy soup that got protein in it and lots of healthy vegetables!

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Foodie Challenge #1

Hi there!

So I decided to try a new recipe as part of my Foodie Challenge. I made an attempt at Runner’s World Endurance Boosting Pisto from their amazing book The Complete Guide To Nutrition. It’s filled with advice, research, knowledge and delicious looking recipes that are healthy and help you perform at your best! They have a whole array of books available to look at here. Now for the recipe.

This serves 2 people and takes approximately 30 minutes start to finish.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded, diced
  • 2 garlic gloves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed dried chillies
  • 300g aubergine, cut into 2cm pieces
  • 200g courgette, cut into 2cm pieces
  • 400g skinned, chopped tomatoes (fresh or tinned)
  • 2 large free-range eggs
  • Pinch of hot pimenton (paprika)
  • Sea salt and frehly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat and add the onions and peppers and cover.
  2. Cook them gently for 7 minutes or until golden.
  3. Stir in the garlic, cumin and chillies and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Stir in the aubergine and cover and cook for 4 minutes.
  5. Stir in the courgette, season and cook for 4 mins.
  6. Stir in the tomatoes, 150ml water and seasoning, simmer for 7 minutes (you want the veg to be tender and the sauce thick).
  7. Break the eggs on top and sprinkle with pimenton (paprika), cover with a tight fitting lid and simmer gently until the eggs are cooked.

Here is what I ended up with! Not quite like the recipe photo, but it tasted really good despite appearances!

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I had some variations, mainly portions, this does serve two but this was my dinner so I used 2 medium eggs instead and was unable to weight the vegetables so I just went for what I fancied. This is delicious and I really enjoyed it!

So there’s Foodie Challenge #1 complete! Stay tuned to see what I attempt next!

Gym Bug

Dinner; Panga Stir Fry

Hi there!

Thought I’d share another recipe with you. Last night I had curried panga with vegetables.
Panga is a relatively cheap white fish that’s pretty bland on its own, hence the curried element to it. The photo below is what I had tonight, it doesn’t look amazing. This is because I chunk the panga once it’s cooked to make extra sure it’s cooked. I’m paranoid about eating undercooked poultry, fish, pork etc, so I tend to break it up to make sure it’s all cooked through. Also, it releases more juices and helps flavour the vegetables.

So here we go, the recipe for one person

Ingredients;
1 x panga fillet
1 x medium carrot
1/2 cup brocolli
1/2 cup onion
1/2 cup aubergine
1/2 cup courgette
1/2 cup pepper (red, yellow or green)
Handful of spinach
Garlic clove
Curry seasoning (optional)
Black pepper
Olive oil

Method;
1) Rub some curry seasoning onto the panga filet (if you can do this the night before and leave it in the fridge overnight, even better)
2) Chop the onion and garlic (to whatever size you like, I like mine finely sliced)
3) Heat up a little olive oil in a wok/pan
4) Add the onions and garlic and soften them
5) Whilst softening the onions, cube the carrots, brocolli, pepper, aubergine and courgette
6) Once the onions are softened, throw in the vegetables and stir often to prevent anything burning, do this for about 3 minutes
7) Make a space in the middle of the vegetables and add the panga filet
8) Keep the vegetables moving as much as possible, after about 2-3 minutes flip the panga
9) Allow the filet to cook another 2-3 minutes (I, at this point, start breaking the fish up and mixing it with the vegetables, cooks it thoroughly and mixes flavours)
10) Add the spinach and turn off the heat, stir continuosly to wilt the spinach
11) Serve

There should be some nice juices from the panga, flavoured with the garlic, vegetables and curry powder. It’s delicious.

If the curry rub isn’t your thing here are some alternatives I’ve tried;

  • Spicy paprika, oregano, black pepper rub
  • Spicy paprika, black pepper rub
  • Oregano, black pepper rub
  • Black pepper, lemon juice (put this into the wok at the end for a minute or so)

You could other seasonings as well, but it needs something to help give the fish a bit of flavour!

It’s super simple, quick, cheap and healthy.

Panga Stir Fry

This has the paprika, oregano, black pepper rub

Panga Stir Fry

Tonight’s dinner with the curry rub and black pepper

Panga Stir Fry

Here is the paprika, oregano, black pepper version cooking in the wok

Enjoy and let me know what you think!

Gym Bug

Food Basics

Hi there!

So, I’m going to let you in on a secret. I struggle with eating enough. I’m scared if I’m too relaxed I’ll over eat and put on weight. This, given what I eat, is stupid, especially since I exercise 6 times a week on top of trying to follow a good diet. So, I know I’m probably not the only one who struggles with balancing exercise and diet so I thought I’d share my ‘essential shopping list’, or the basic fridge/cupboard content I try to maintain!

Cupboard;
Oats (I eat porridge every morning)
Brown rice
Whole wheat pasta
Eggs
Onions
Garlic
Green tea
Peppermint tea
Cornflakes
Tinned tuna
MyProtein Chocolate Smooth Whey Powder
Crisp breads
Paprika (spicy)
Oregano
Ground black pepper
Olive oil
Sweet potatoes

Fridge/freezer;
Frozen vegetables (great for a quick  meal)
Frozen fish (not as good as fresh, but it’s cheaper and not bad!)
Peppers (any colour)
Carrots
Brocolli
Courgette
Cucumber
Iceberg
Gherkins
Skimmed milk (I don’t like milk and skimmed has the least flavour, in my opinion)
Olives
Bananas
Apples
Satsumas
Lentils/beans

This is very basic, I’ll add things in (e.g Spinach if it’s on offer, avocados) to mix it up and keep it from getting boring. Week by week however I follow a pretty straight forward meal plan. Breakfast will typically be oats, lunch will be a salad with olives, cucumber, lentils/beans, crispbread etc and dinner will be stir fried vegetables with rice, tuna, pasta, fish, sweet potatoes. I snack on bananas, apples and satsumas mostly (cornflakes on occasion too) and take protein (with water) after every weights session.
I’m a University student also, so I do drink. I try stick with vodka and soda, but it doesn’t always work. I also enjoy wine (particularly red).
I wish I had access to Soreen (a post about this incredible food will hopefully be made available soon) because it’s a great snack.

My aim is to ensure I get enough healthy fats, carbs and protein to sustain my level of activity. I fall short more than I over do it, which has seen to weightloss beyond what I wanted. I’m trying to get back on track and I shall keep you all updated!

Remember; failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Plan it out.

Gym Bug

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