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Is Failing To Meal Plan The Cause Of Your Weight Gain?

Saving Time and Money

You might not realize it, but you waste a lot of time standing in front of your fridge each afternoon deciding what to make for dinner. Not to mention the money you wast running to the shop 4 to 5 times a week to pick up last minute ingredients. By planning your meals in advance, you save money long term.

Eliminating the Last Minute Stress

Everyone knows how stressful it is to make a last minute decision about a meal. If you have a meal plan, you can take care of things in advance and all that is left at the end of a long day are those last few things to cook.

Helping You Avoid Unhealthy Choices

How many times have you opted to stop at the fast food shop on the way home or buy a ready made meal instead of preparing a healthy meal? Probably more times than you care to admit. Meal planning eliminates the need to rely on this unhealthy last minute option.

WHAT TO DO NOW:

  • How many meals you need to plan for 

Take a few moments to think about what you have going on next week week. Taking a quick note of everyone’s plans will give you a rough idea of how many meals you’ll need to get through the week, and how much you can get from each recipe.

  • What you have time for 

If you have a crazy busy week coming up, make a mental note to be on the lookout for quick, slow cooker or make-ahead meals that can served up in a hurry. We’re big fans of the cook once, eat twice (or thrice) approach.

  • Your food mood 

Things like the weather, a change in seasons, and food cravings can impact what sounds good on any given day. Thinking about these things beforehand will make recipe selection process faster and meal times easier on everyone.

Now the fun part! Once you know how many meals you’ll need, it’s time to find some healthy recipes and fill in your calendar for the week.

  • Create a master recipe list

Having a list of go-to meals is one of the easiest ways to expedite the meal planning process. Consider trying one or two new recipes and use a few old favorites to fill in the gaps. Every time you find a new meal you love, add it to the rotation!

  • Find a few new dishes to try

Finding delicious, healthy recipes isn’t hard–you just need to know where to look. Health-conscious cookbooks and food magazines are great but the internet can literally provide millions of healthy recipes at your fingertips.

COLLECT & CALENDAR YOUR RECIPE

  1. Start a master recipe list. Digital versions (like a note on your smartphone) are handy, easy to update and usually within arm’s reach!
  2. Fill in your calendar. Pick some favorites from your master list and 1 or 2 new recipes to try.
  3. Write your grocery list. While doing that, jot down ingredients for each recipe. Then, take stock of what you already have on hand before heading to the store.
  4. Pick a time to shop. Once your shopping is done, you’re ready to tackle food prep.

Example Meals for Meal Prep

Here’s a few examples of tasty meals and snacks you can prepare in advance:

 Hot meals for reheating:

Blackened salmon with sweet potato and broccoli

Thai curry with brown rice

Chilli with brown rice

Turkey curry with brown rice

Fish curry with brown rice

Sweet Baked potato with tuna in brine, avocado & salad

Cold Meals:

Chicken salad (spinach, rocket, pine nut, satsuma

Mackerel salad (shredded lettuce, pine nuts, grapes)

Chicken and avocado salad with salt and pepper

Cold Snacks:

Rice cakes with Merdian almond butter and banana

Juice Plus Protein flapjack

Juice Plus Protein brownies

Juice Plus Protein carrot cupcakes

Any un-salted/roasted nuts

0% Total Greek yogurt with natural honey and berries

Raw avocado

 

Fruity Frosty Snacks

People snack; that’s a fact. And frankly, there’s nothing wrong with that. If you’re trying to eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re comfortable, you usually end up eating smaller meals plus a couple of snacks in between.

Make the most from your snacks this summer with these frosty fruity bites which I love to nibble on. These are great go-to snacks for any season, but are exceptional on a warm day! This is the season when the fruits are just rolling into markets so healthy choices are both cost effective and delicious.

1.Frozen Grapes

Just wash and dry and pop in the freezer on a lined cookie sheet. Once frozen, store in a freezer safe container or bag until ready to eat.

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2.Frozen Yogurt Grapes 

Wash and dry grapes, then submerge in your favorite yogurt (we find a toothpick method is easier than fishing out the grapes with utensils). Pick out the grapes one-by-one and pick on a lined cookie sheet. Freeze until completely frozen and store in a freezer-safe container.

3.Grape Popsicles

Wash and dry your grapes and using a high-speed blender, puree them until completely and entirely smooth. No seeds allowed here! Pour the puree into popsicle molds and freeze completely before enjoying (about four hours).


4.Bananas, Two Ways!

If you haven’t jumped on the frozen banana train you don’t know what you’re missing! Try these out the next time you have bananas that are really spotty and brown.frozen-banana-slices

5.Banana Bon Bons

Peel banana, cut into 1-inch chunks and freeze until firm. Then, one-by-one, dip each banana chunk into melted semi-sweet, bittersweet or dark chocolate (we like using a toothpick to keep this part tidy). You can then dip the chocolate covered banana in chopped nuts or coconut flakes to really jazz it up.

 

6.Yogurt Breakfast Popsicles

(Makes 6 popsicles)

  • 3cups strawberries, hulled and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup agave next a or natural honey
  • 1 cup 0% Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup skimmed milk
  • 3/4 cups homemade granola

1. Combine the strawberries and 1/4 cup agave/honey in a small saucepan and stir gently to combine. Let the berries soften on the counter for at least 10 minutes, until it’s syrupy.

2. Place the pan over medium-high heat and bring to a rapid simmer.

3. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring often, until the strawberries are thick and jammy.

4. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. You should have about 1 cup of jammy fruit.

5. When ready to assemble the popsicles, whisk together the yogurt, 1/4 cup of the milk, and 1/4 cup of the honey. The yogurt should be thick, but pourable (roughly the consistency of regular yogurt). If needed, whisk in a little more milk. Taste and add more honey if desired.

6. Scoop out 1/4 cup of the yogurt mixture and stir it into the granola. This will help the granola freeze into the popsicles.

7.  Arrange 6 popsicle molds on your work surface. Pour a generous spoonful of yogurt into the bottom of each mold. Add a scoop of granola and then a spoonful or two of strawberries. Continue layering yogurt, granola, and strawberries until the molds are filled. Tap the molds lightly agains the counter or use a popsicle stick to work out any air bubbles between the layers.

8. Insert popsicle sticks into each mold and place the popsicles in the freezer. Freeze until solid, at least 6 hours.

9. To unmold, run the popsicle molds under hot running water for a few seconds and gently easy the popsicles out of the molds. Popsicles will keep in the freezer for several weeks.

Recipe Notes
The strawberries can be replaced with an equal amount of any other fruit.

Where to buy the popsicle holders – £2 Free Delivery, Click HERE,  Ice Lolly Maker Pop Mould

 

Recipes adapted from HERE

Please feel free to email me – chloehthomas@gmail.com – and comment below. Or contact me via social media (see menu bar) – i would love to get your feedback.

 

Melt In Your Mouth Morning Muffins

Kimberleys Own Granola muffins with cranberries and blueberries

Make Ahead: The muffins can be made a day in advance and kept (covered) at room temperature or frozen individually to preserve freshness (for up to 2 weeks), then defrosted in their wrappings. Reheat, loosely wrapped in aluminum foil, in a 300-degree oven for 10 minutes or until warmed through.

SERVINGS: 6

INGREDIENTS
  • 1/2 cup less 1/2 tablespoon whole-wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup unprocessed wheat bran (also called miller’s bran; do not use bran cereal)
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed, 
  • 3/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt, preferably fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup raw turbinado sugarffd07a32238caf39d792f5bae740461a
  • 1 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoonslow-fat sour cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large bananas)
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries or bluerberries
  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease the wells of a standard-size 12-well muffin pan with cooking oil spray.
  2. Whisk together the whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, bran, flaxseed meal, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Lightly beat the eggs in a separate mixing bowl, then whisk in the buttermilk, sour cream and vanilla extract. Blend in the oil, mixing well.
  4. Thoroughly stir in the mashed bananas.
  5. Quickly pour the banana mixture over the flour mixture, scatter over the cranberries and pumpkin seeds, and stir to form a thick batter. Let it stand, uncovered, for 2 minutes; this allows for the flours to be absorbed into the batter and steadies the rise of the muffins during baking. Divide the batter equally among the muffin pan wells, mounding the portions slightly.
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the muffins have risen and set and have browned. A wooden pick inserted in the center of a muffin will withdraw clean or with a few moist crumbs.
  7. Cool the muffins in the pan on a wire cooling rack for 10 minutes, then turn them out and cool completely (right side up) on the rack.muffins_9
Nutritional Facts

Calories per muffin (using low-fat buttermilk and sour cream): 220

Total Fat: 8g

Saturated Fat: 2g

Total Carbohydrates: 32g

Sugar: 16g

Protein: 6g

 

Email me your pictures of your muffins chloehthomas@gmail.com or comment your feedback below – and don’t forget to hit the like button if you liked the recipe!

Mouthwatering Healthy Protein Pancakes 

Yes it’s true, these pancakes ARE healthy, low in fat, calories and high in protein which means they keep you fuller for longer! I’ve used juice plus complete protein powder which is gluten, wheat and dairy free and suitable for vegans and used by 3 Olympic teams and many athletes around the world.image

Prep time –5 mins

Cook time  –10 mins

Total time – 15 mins

Ingredients:

1 tsp baking soda

1/3 Cup instant oats, dry

2 scoops vanilla or chocolate protein (juice plus) powder

2 egg whites

1/2 cup fat free Greek yogurt (0% total)

1/2 small banana (old)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1-2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk

Low calorie nonstick oil spray

Instructions:

1. In a blender, combine the oats, protein powder, egg whites, 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, banana, and cinnamon. Blend until smooth.

2. In a large skillet coated with spray oil, begin cooking the pancakes over medium-high heat, about 4-5 minutes on each side.

3. Serve immediately or let them cool and place in a Tupperware box. You can freeze half the batch as well in separate ziplock bags. Make sure they are defrosted before serving.

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Serving suggestions 

Best served warm (heat up in microwave or oven) with

-Total 0% Greek yoghurt & some strawberries / raspberries / blueberries

– organic almond or cashew nut butter & sliced banana 

– homemade frozen banana yoghurt and some cinnamon 

– Greek yoghurt a 2 tsps agave nectar syrup 

For more information on juice plus click here –http://www.juiceplus.co.uk/+ct53247

Egg Muffins!

Ingredients

1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced

1/4 cup carrots, grated

1/2 cup fresh spinach, chopped

2 to 3 tablespoons fresh basil, diced

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

10 – 12 pastured eggs

You can choose these ingredients to your taste-
Tuna (in brine)
Chicken
Salmon
Avocado
Prawns

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Well grease a 12-cup muffin pan with coconut oil.

Chop or break the chicken if using or flake fish

In a medium bowl, combine your meat or fish, red bell pepper, shredded carrots, spinach, and basil. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, salt and pepper. Add egg mixture to the meat/or fish and veggie mixture and stir to combine.

Using a measuring cup fill muffin cups with egg mixture being sure not to fill cups to the rim.
About 1/4 to 1/3 cup in each cup.

Bake the egg muffins for 20 to 25 minutes or until eggs are set in the middle.

Makes about 12 to 16 muffins.

Muffins can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days.

Brilliant easy and healthy breakfast to eat on the go!
You can even enjoy them as a snack or re-heat a few for a quick lunch. Perfect for this who are gluten and wheat free or vegan (this depends what ingredients you choose to put in them!).

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Based on Heather’s blog multiply delicious
Great recipes on here!

List of High Protein Foods & their RDA

http://www.momswhothink.com/diet-and-nutrition/high-protein-foods.htm

This link has a fantastic table of high protein foods with their protein content and RDA!!

“Why should you care which foods are high protein foods? Protein is the most basic building block of all the tissues in the body. Still don’t think that’s important? Do you want shiny luxurious hair or smooth skin or strong bones and muscles? It isn’t going to happen unless you supply your body with the basic materials it needs to make and repair those things. You guessed it; protein is where all those building materials are found.

In addition to growth and repair of the body protein plays a key role in the production of enzymes, digestion, and proper immune function.

Just because most of us equate protein with animal products does not mean that they are the only source. Vegetarians know that protein is important, and they eat plenty of it, just not from meat products. Below is a list of foods high in protein, many from sources friendly to a meat free palate.

How much is enough?

The US RDA amounts for protein varies greatly depending on gender and age. The recommended amount for adults is between 46 and 60 grams each day. Below is a list of high protein foods to guide you in getting enough protein in your diet.”

Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Granola Bars

(This recipe makes 8 bars)

Ingredients:

Dry:

2 cups rolled oats
½ cup flour
¼ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
¼ cup dark chocolate chips (or dried fruit)
¼ cup sugar 
2 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. salt

Wet:

1.5 cup skim milk
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla

Instructions:

1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. In two separate bowls, mix dry ingredients, then wet ingredients. 
3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until combined. 
4. Pour the batter into a cooking-sprayed (or oiled) baking dish 
5. Sprinkle raw oats on top if you like (it makes it look pretty!)
6. Bake for 30 minutes. 
7. Take out and cut it into 8 bars and allow them to cool on cooling rack.

ENJOY!

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Gluten-Free Living on a Budget Tips

This is taken from (I have edited it!) a great blog – check out these Budget tips when on a gluten free diet …

http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.co.uk/2009/03/cooking-gluten-free-on-budget-brown.html

Gluten-Free Living on a Budget Tips

  1. Buy pantry items on sale. 

Beans. Rice. Canned tomatoes. Canned pumpkin. Quinoa. Gluten-free pasta. Stock up when you can. And buy in bulk.

  1. Eat more vegetarian and vegan meals. 

Cut down on meat and browse my Vegetarian and Vegan Index for some budget-friendly inspiration. My Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas are super popular- and muy delicioso. Not to mention my Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie and the all-time classic comfort food Baked Mac + Cheese.

Shop at the Farmers’ market for seasonal inspiration and budget friendly prices.

  1. Make your own snacks instead of buying pre-packaged. 

You can make twice as much hummus for less than half the price. Try my Jalapeno Lime Hummus recipe, or classic Hummus Tahini. Make your own snack chips out of stale corn tortillas and brown rice tortillas- here’s how to make your own chips. Easy. Make your own pesto, too. And if basil is outrageously expensive- try cilantro, parsley and mint. It makes a wonderful pesto with pecans (cheaper than pine nuts).

  1. Use more potatoes. 

They’re amazingly versatile. You can make a soul warming- and filling- soup Potato Leek Soup for very little investment. You can make a baked Idaho potato- or a sweet potato- the centre of a meal rather than a side dish. Top it with a scoop of leftover Santa Fe Chicken Chili, or veggies like my Balsamic Roasted Veggie Smothered Potato. Top a baked sweet potato with my Melted Peppers and Dags. Easy and cheap. Buy them at your local Farmers Market.

 

  1. Eat breakfast for dinner .

Make an 1-2-3 omelette with eggs and left over blue corn chips and call it a Blue Chip Fritatta. Make pancakes. Or Pumpkin Waffles. Or a simple Fried Egg and Pesto on Toast. Bake up a spaghetti quiche-pie with leftover pasta and veggies and call it an Autumn Pasta Fritatta. Find more brunch, quiche and egg recipes here.

  1. Pasta is goddess sent. 

Even though gluten-free pasta runs a tad more expensive than regular old grocery store spaghetti, you can often buy in bulk and save. Ask your grocer for a case discount.

  1. Make soup. 

And if you make it a slow cooker, you save energy costs. Easy, And pretty cheap- if you buy the beans on sale. Use leftover chicken and make my Roasted Corn Chowder with Chicken and Cilantro. Hardly a sacrifice. Browse more soup recipes on the blog.

  1. Make your own broth

Don’t bother buying expensive gluten-free broths. Make your own with water. Fill a pot. Toss in some old celery sticks that have been hanging around, a couple of bendy carrots, a piece of onion, some garlic and a shake of herbs. Sea salt. Cover. Simmer. Strain. Boom. Broth. And you know what’s in it.

 

  1. Remix leftovers. 

Don’t just reheat  leftovers in the microwave. Get creative with leftover rice, quinoa, stews and chili. Combine leftover veggies and chicken for soup. Throw in leftover salad greens. Toss in some carrots. Add a scoop of rice. Save leftover chili (like my Two Artists Chili) and bake it with rice the next day for a fabulous Baked Chili Casserole (pictured above). Make a fabulous Brown Sugar Meatloaf and smashed potatoes and the next day turn leftovers into a tasty pie (see below for recipes). Make a potato soup into a fish chowder the next day by adding a can of wild salmon and some frozen corn. Use leftover rice and chicken and add some garlic and frozen spinach to make my Chicken Spinach Rice Bake. And of course- the obvious favorite around here- make Mexican. Use leftover chicken, beef or turkey to make enchiladas.

Read more: http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/2009/03/cooking-gluten-free-on-budget-brown.html#ixzz2WV4px3Jb

Cheesy Tuna & Potato Frittata

You are in a rush but need a quick healthy meal? The Fritatta is for you! You can make so many different Fritatta’s -from vegetable, cheese, ham, salmon, tomato and cheese, ….the list goes on!

The word “frittata,” which derives from the Italian verb “friggere,” or “to fry,” connotes the simplicity and pleasures of cucina povera—the “humble cuisine” that most of us innately love. Egg is the main ingredient. With its high protein and mineral content, easy availability and low cost, eggs are an essential part of the diet almost everywhere in the world.

What is the difference between a Fritatta and an omelette? – click the paragraph above to find out!

As long as you have eggs and milk in the kitchen (and who doesn’t?!) you have the base of the recipe.

You can have some carbohydrates with it by making it with potatoes or even noodles! Click here  for some great recipes for inspiration… 

here is my recipe!

SERVES 1

1 potato (sweet or jersey)

Tin of tuna

Frozen vegetables (70g)

Oil

5 tablespoons milk

2 eggs

Grated cheese (cheddar or parmesan, amount depends on you)

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To make this a G-free, D-free recipe, use rice/soy/almond milk and ‘Sheesh’ or Lactose free cheese (if you can tolerate)

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Instructions

  1. Drain Tuna
  2. Beat 2 eggs (or egg whites) with milk, salt & pepper and a handful of grated cheese
  3. Cook (microwave or hob) frozen vegetables
  4. Boil potatoes until tender
  5. Drain and slice potatoes
  6.  Oil a baking dish or pan
  7. Place sliced potatoes across bottom of dish or pan
  8. Scatter over the cooked vegetables
  9. Poor over the egg/milk/cheese mixture
  10. Place in pre-heated oven or on hob and let cook for 10mins
  11. Sprinkle some more cheese on top and let cook for another 10 mins – time depends on hob or oven and what temperature.Image

Enjoy!

Syrup Oat Pancakes (GF, DF, WF)

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Ingredients

Makes 10 pancakes (depends on size of your pancake!).

1 cup gluten free (GF) flour
1 cup GF quick or rolled oats (i used porridge ones)
1 tablespoon baking powder
( if you want 1 teaspoon salt)
1 egg (can use just egg white)

Cooking spray for pan

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon honey (this is not GF so i used Syrup, which is GF)

1 to 1 1/2 cups (vanilla) soy milk (or skim milk) (depending on whether you like thin or thick pancakes)

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Directions

  1. In a bowl, mix the flour, oats, baking powder, salt, egg, cinnamon, and honey. Stir in the soy milk to the desired consistency.
  2. Place a skillet or pan on medium heat sprayed with cooking oil. After spraying the pan, pour batter into 4-inch diameter circles (or whatever size you like your pancakes!).
  3. Once the pancakes begin to bubble, flip them and cook for another minute or so on the other side until golden brown.

To serve:

chopped bananas

finely chopped nuts

chocolate chips (dairy free)

Nut butter

raisins

Syrup