Archive | June, 2012

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As a trainer I am constantly asked what the ideal diet formula is for maintaining a healthy weight and keeping energy levels at their peak. There is so much information out there and so many different opinions that it is really difficult to know what to believe.

Through my own study, experiences and discussions with various health professionals about this over the years (from dieticians to acupuncturists, from naturopaths to doctors) I have found that we all seem to agree with a very similar and very simple philosophy… Sugar is the baddy!! 

A well balanced diet including lots of protein, vegetables, good fats and small amounts of low GI carbohydrates it she sure fire way to providing your body with all the healthy nutrients it needs, in addition to being kind to the waist line!

By following this simple formula I have seen amazing results with a long list of clients – coupled with at least 2 litres of water per day and regular exercise of course!

This way of eating has numerous health benefits including;  helping to you to stay fuller for longer after meals, helping to stabilise your blood sugar levels,  keeping your energy levels firing, stoping sugar cravings  and minimising excess glucose levels which store in the body as fat.

All the recipes that I include on this site follow this simple formula, they are high in protein and low GI. NOTHING will ever include sugar or white refined carbohydrates and all recipes will endeavour to have positive effects on the body.

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High Protein, Low GI, Sugarless, Gluten Free Banana Bread

I came across this recipe last weekend and despite having a house full of packing boxes (we are moving house next weekend) and virtually no cooking appliances left unpacked, I just had to make it straight away… AND IT WAS SO WORTH IT!!!

We had our last slice for breakfast this morning toasted and spread with some ricotta cheese for extra protein and we both left for work grinning, it is just sooooo tasty!

I am not going to bore you with much of my garble today but will just let the recipe speak for itself! Here is the recipe for a high protein, low GI, sugarless, gluten free, grain free Banana bread.

High Protein, Low GI Banana Bread

300g smashed banana

3 free range eggs

Agave Syrup* (I used around 1 tablespoon but it depends how sweet you like it)

1 teaspoon of vanilla

60g olive oil

1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda (bicarb soda)

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

2 cups of almond meal (ground almonds)

1/4 cup of flaxseed meal (ground flaxseed)

How to make it

Preheat the oven to 160 C.

Combine the smashed banana, agave, vanilla, eggs, cinnamon, bicarb, lemon juice and oil in a bowl making it as close to a smoothie consistency as possible. Add the almond and flax meal and combine.

Pour into a lightly oiled loaf tin (you could also sprinkle some almond meal into the tin on top of the oil to help prevent it sticking) and bake in the oven for 45 mins to 1 hour. You will know it is ready if you insert a skewer into the middle and it comes out dry. If it browns too quickly place some tin foil over it whilst it’s cooking.

Wait for it to cool before turning out of the tin. Serve either cool or toasted with a little ricotta cheese and sprinkling of seeds.

Makes 1 loaf with approx 12 slices:

1 slice:

Protein: 6.1 g
Carbs: 10g
Total Fat: 15 g
Saturated: 1.7 g
Kilojoules: 828
Calories: 193

Source: Recipe taken from http://www.thehealthychef.com/2011/10/gluten-free-banana-bread/


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