Protein Shakes, Smoothies & Green Juices

Protein smoothies are a great alternative for a quick breakfast on the go or to have as a snack. Some general guidelines to make a smoothie are to first choose a base (e.g. water, unsweetened almond, rice or light coconut milk, or iced green tea), then adding some greens (e.g. spinach, kale, rocket etc.), and colour (berries and fruit). By adding ingredients like ice, chia seeds,hemp seeds, psyllium husk you will thicken your smoothie to a creamier consistency. You can also flavour you smoothie a bit more by adding stevia, spices and herbs. Finally give your smoothie a boost by adding some protein powder, superfoods and probiotics. Your options are endless! For some quick tasty ideas please see the recipes below.

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Carb Cycling for fatloss: How to make it work for you

There are a lot of different philosophies when it comes to eating carbohydrates. Although the typical Western diet is pretty high in refined carbohydrates, many weight-loss diets rely on a low-carb component. Then there are those who avoid carbs entirely, refusing to consume anything with more than a gram or two. The easiest diet to follow in this regard, but also not one I recommend as the loses outway the gains in my opinion in relation to your state of mind, low mood, risk of injury from feeling weak plus added stress on your organs is the keto diet. It is well known for being a low carb diet, where the body produces ketones in the liver to be used as energy. It’s referred to as many different names – ketogenic diet, low carb diet, low carb high fat (LCHF), etc. When you eat something high in carbs, your body will produce glucose and insulin. Glucose is the easiest molecule for your body to convert and use as energy, so it will be chosen over any other energy source. Insulin is produced to process the glucose in your bloodsteam, by taking it around the body. Since the glucose is being…

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Hallowe’en Party Ideas: Pumpkin Soup

Josh and I are having a Hallowe’en party this year… well just a few of his friends and the parents. I went a little bit overboard on decorations this year- Belfast is not known for being the biggest Hallowe’en party town! But I love the occassion as it marks Autumn, my favourite season and is a week before my birthday (gotta love that) and well you get to dress up and enjoy spooky and supernatural things which we love in our house (big fans of vampires, superheros and magic!) So, I didn’t know what to make at the party to counteract all the sugar so here is one of the two savoury items I will be preparing this year. And what better recipe to make to use up the insides of the pumpkins we will be carving! Pumpkin and ginger soup serves 4 ingredients • 1kg pumpkin, chopped • 2 shallots, chopped • 75g grated ginger • 1 litre vegetable stock • 125ml coconut milk • ½ tbsp chilli powde 1. Sauté the pumpkin, shallots and grated ginger in a good splash of olive oil in a large pan till soft. Add the vegetable stock, coconut milk and chilli, season,…

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