Chicken Lettuce Wraps

This has to be one of my favourite lunch options of all time. It is great when you are trying to cut back the carbs a bit and don’t want to compromise on flavour, because trust me when I say they are delicious! They are also really easy and quick to make which makes Sunday meal prepping a walk in the park. Feel free to go extra on the guac as I do, because well… guac is life.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 large chicken breast
  • 2 tbsp. cottage cheese
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa
  • 4 romaine lettuce leaves
  • Few slices of red pepper
  • Few slices of green pepper
  • Few slices of onion 

What to do with it all:   

  1. Prepare the chicken – first off you want to season your chicken however you wish to (I used salt, pepper, lime, paprika and garlic powder), cut it up in strips and leave that marinating for a little while – I only left it for 20 minutes because I was in a bit of a rush and also really hungry!
  2. Prep the veg – carefully separate your romaine lettuce leaves and cut the red pepper, green pepper and onion into a few thin slices.
  3. Cook the chicken with the veg – grab a pan, put the cooking oil of your choosing (I used coconut oil) and throw in the chicken strips, let it cook for a while and throw in the red pepper, green pepper and onion slices.
  4. Bring it all together – lay out your lettuce leaves and distribute your cottage cheese in each leaf. Then place the cooked chicken with veg, add the guacamole and salsa and you are good to go!

In this instance I used store bought guacamole and salsa, however if you do have the time I recommend making them yourself – I will post a guacamole recipe soon, so do keep a look out!

Hope you enjoy this recipe!

Happy eating x

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Pizza Stuffed Chicken

Kind of like a pizza… But without all the carbs and the guilt!

What you need:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 6 pepperoni slices
  • 2 tablespoons of pizza sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of mozzarella
  • 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • basil leafs
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • salt & pepper to taste

What you’ll need to do: 

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 190 degrees.
  2. Grab your chicken breasts and cut a pocket sideways in each chicken breast. Stuff each pocket with 1 tablespoon of pizza sauce, 1 tablespoon of mozzarella, 3 pepperoni slices and one basil leaf.
  3. Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper, garlic and oregano.
  4. Pop chicken breasts on a baking tray and brush with olive oil.
  5. Leave in the oven until chicken is fully cooked and pepperoni is nice and crispy!
  6. Put some basil on top and you are good to go.

Enjoy!

Cajun Chicken & Pineapple Skewers

Okay so this one has to be one of my favourite ways to prepare chicken, especially when you are getting real sick and tired of plain chicken and broccoli. We’ve all been there right? But no worries, there is always a way to spice things up so we don’t get bored.

This is one of the ways you can mix your lunches and dinners up, and it is fairly easy as well! (win-win)

What you’ll need: 

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 bamboo skewers
  • 1/4 pineapple
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • salt & pepper to taste

(2 servings)

What you want to do: 

  1. Grab a bowl and chuck in the garlic powder, paprika, cayenne peppers, dried oregano, dried thyme, salt & pepper – mix this all together and you will get your cajun seasoning.
  2. Rub the cajun seasoning all over your chicken breasts, marinate and refrigerate for at least one hour (I tend to leave it overnight as I feel it tastes better when I do this).
  3. After you are finished marinating, cut the chicken and the pineapple into small cubes. Then you want to slide the chicken and pineapple alternatively onto the two skewers.
  4. Place the skewers under a pre-heated grill or on a barbecue for about 20-25 minutes, turning every once a while.

Pair it with your favourite salad or veggies and you are good to go.

Enjoy!

Protein Bites Recipe

Probably one of my favourite snack options, because not only are they delicious – they keep you fuller for longer too! (Ideal right?)

I have tried so many versions of this recipe and never got it quite right, either the texture wasn’t right or the flavour wasn’t perfect. Until I played around a little more and got to this baby.

It is really easy to make and doesn’t take that long either. I usually have between 2-3 at a go and keeps me going for a while, as it is packed with all natural sources of protein.

What you will need:

  • 1 cup of oats
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter (you can also use almond butter or any other nut butter you have)
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup of honey (you can substitute for agave, coconut syrup, maple syrup, etc)
  • Handful of toasted flaked almonds

Makes about 15 mini balls – give or take, all depending on the size you make them.

What to do:

  1. Grab a big bowl and pour in the oats, peanut butter, chocolate chips, cocoa powder and flaked almonds
  2. Add in the honey last, and pour it over all the mixture. Then with a spoon start to stir it all up. Feel free to use your hands as well if you like.
  3. When everything is mixed up, put the mixture in the fridge for 10-15 mins – this will make it much easier to form the balls as the mixture will stick.
  4. Take the mixture out the fridge and with your hands start forming little balls, whatever size you prefer.
  5. As you use up all the mixture, put all the balls into the fridge and leave in for 20-25mins before consuming.

That’s it! Happy snacking.

 

3 Easy Tips to Stay Fit on Holiday

I think it is fair to say we have all let go a bit while we are on holiday. However not every holiday means you need to come back home with a few extra pounds! You can still enjoy your holiday, without the guilt afterwards. Here are a few tips I have found useful when I go on holiday:

  1. Always Plan Ahead

This is going to sound really cliché but it is so true when they say: ‘failing to plan, is planning to fail’. You want to prepare for those moments when you get hungry, and there are limited options around (so you might not choose the best option).

Pack some snacks to take with you. Here are some ideas of what I like to take with me:

  • Fruits
  • Nuts e.g. almonds, peanuts, cashews
  • Protein Bars (I recommend quest bars, they are low in sodium and also delicious!)
  • Protein Powder in a shaker bottle
  • Peanut Butter and Jam rolled ‘sandwich’ pancakes (there are a few pancake recipes on my site if you are looking for one)

Also you want to have a water bottle with you at all times. I usually freeze water bottles the night before and then take them with me in the morning.

  1. Fit in some Active Plans

I particularly like to schedule in a quick workout when I wake up, it doesn’t need to be long or anything dreadful either. It could be a 30 min run by the beach, a quick 20 min HIIT session or a swim in the pool. Because it is the first thing you do in the day, it puts you in the right mind-set for the rest of the day, and even if you do have a cheeky ice cream during the day you won’t feel too bad!

Another thing to do is to plan some active activities – kayaking, skiing, hiking, water rafting, colour run, mud run, anything that involves getting your body moving! Get everybody involved and make it a fun plan you can look forward to.

  1. Fool proof your eating out habits

The most important thing to keep in mind when you’re on holiday is portion control. Some restaurants can serve mountains of food – about twice what we need in a meal. So just eat until satisfied, don’t feel the need to finish all the food they give you. You can even take the rest away if you wish.

Always choose a source of protein as your main, be it chicken, fish, steak, whatever it is make sure it is grilled, nothing fried or in breadcrumbs. Having your food grilled can cut calories tremendously and does not compromise flavour at all.

Also don’t be afraid to ask to substitute or make any changes to your meal. You can swap up the usual sides like fries for anything along the lines of steamed veggies, a salad (with dressing on the side) or baked sweet potato wedges.

This does not mean you need to deprive yourself of yummy food – by all means, do have some and enjoy it! After all a holiday is a great time to take a break and relax, all you need to do is practice portion control and sensibility.

Enjoy!

P.S. – the picture is from my holiday to Hong Kong, I did some hiking and ended up finding incredible views (another plus of adding hiking to the list of activities!)

Easy 3 Ingredient Banana Ice Lolly

With the weather getting warmer and summer being just around the corner, I am sure you have thought of enjoying the sunny days with a delicious ice lolly. I definitely have! So what better time to share this delicious ice lolly recipe with you?

This is a really easy and healthy ice lolly recipe. This is probably one of my favourite recipes, even though it is incredibly simple.

All you will need is:

  • 2 medium bananas
  • 200g of dark chocolate (I used 70% cocoa)
  • 2 big spoonfuls of peanut butter
  • Skewer (optional)

What you need to do is:

  1. Slice the banana in half, take a half and slice it longways down. Next you want to get the peanut butter and spread it across the banana pieces. Put the bananas pieces on top of each other, forming a nice little peanut butter banana sandwich (yummmm!)
  2. As an option you can put a skewer into the banana to make it look/feel more like an ice lolly. Then all you need to do is freeze this for about an hour or so.
  3. Finally melt the 200g of dark chocolate, take the banana pieces out of the freezer and dip these into the dark chocolate. Make sure you cover all the banana, then place back in the freezer for about 20 minutes.

And that is it, your ice lollies are ready to be enjoyed!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.

3 Quick Tips to Help You in Your Health Journey

Here are 3 essential health tips that always help me keep on track:

  1. Buy enough food for the week and prepare it.

What you want to do is try to leave as little margin for error as possible, and that is exactly what you can achieve by meal prepping. You have all your meals set out for the week, which means they are ready to go and there is no fuss about it.

How many times have you made a not so healthy decision just because it was the easier option? Well, you have to try and make the healthy options the easiest option. Get yourself some Tupperware and buy enough food for the week.

My meal prepping mainly consists of: chicken breast, broccoli, carrots and sweet potatoes. I do eat other things besides chicken and vegetables (although it seems that is mostly what I do). Sometimes I mix it up with some tuna, couscous, stir fries but for the most part I try to keep it as simple as possible. You have to do whatever works for you, give it a go and see what is best for you.

Also don’t forget to pack some snacks too! Bananas, apples, cashews, peanuts and almonds are all examples of great snacks, that will keep you going throughout the day.

  1. Ensure all your meals and snacks have a portion of protein in it.

Protein is such an important part of any diet, it’s that macronutrient you need to have in every meal and snack. What is so great about protein is that it helps you feel fuller for longer. The reason why, is because protein slows down your digestion which then helps us feel more satisfied for longer.

There are many other benefits to having diets high in protein. One of them is that protein promotes muscle repair and growth. This is perfect for people who like to go through intense exercise, as protein can help endurance and performance. Just make sure on your high intensity or strength training days you eat enough protein.

  1. Make sure you are not eating just because you are bored.

A lot of our cravings actually come from us being bored and not because our body actually needs it. Make sure you can distinguish between when you are actually hungry and when you are just looking for something to do/eat.

Find something to do, drink some water, wait 20 minutes… Most of the time, you will realise it was just a temporary craving and not an actual need for food. Also make sure you have healthy regular meals and snacks throughout the day, so you know your body is getting the right fuel it needs.

I hope these tips help you in your journey and I wish you the best of luck!