TURKEY MEATBALLS & KALE IN LEMON GARLIC BROTH

I’m a big fan of the Paleo approach to nutrition. This recipe follows those principles and is delicious too!

If you’re still jaded with turkey from Christmas don’t worry as you can use chicken or pork mince and even fish works with these flavours.

The recipe serves 4, takes 20 mins prep time and only 20 mins to cook.

Clean recipes like this are exactly the sort of thing I include in my B-FIT 21 DAY WEIGHT LOSS PLAN (aka my detox) which is the perfect way to cleanse and get rid of unwanted, excess toxins thus removing fat.

Make sure you check it out HERE. I take out the guess work by providing all the recipes, meal plans, exercise videos and even your very shopping lists! All you have to do is show up and implement.

If your interested text/call me on 07748298728.

In the meantime, get your apron on and enjoy cooking this dish.

INGREDIENTS

For the meatballs:

  • ½ leek (pale part) or 2 spring onions roughly cut
  • 10 grams fresh parsley
  • Few fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 600 grams turkey mince
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

For the soup:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ leek sliced
  • 5 peels of lemon
  • 1 large carrot peeled and diced
  • 1 large white potato peeled and diced
  • 3 garlic cloves sliced
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds or ground up cumin powder
  • 2-star anise
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1½ tbsp fish sauce
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch black pepper
  • 10-12 kale leaves, off the stem and torn into smaller pieces
  • Juice ½ lime
  • Juice ½ lemon

INSTRUCTIONS

For the meatballs:

  • Place leeks, parsley, mint, thyme, garlic, and lime zest in a food processor
  • Blitz until ingredients are finely ground up
  • Alternatively chop everything up finely
  • Transfer to a large mixing bowl
  • Add the turkey mince, salt, and pepper
  • Mix until well incorporated
  • Heat coconut oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat
  • Roll the mixture into small 20 gram sized meatballs
  • Fry the meatballs for 7-8 mins turning throughout until golden brown

For the soup:

  • Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat
  • Add the leek, lemon peel, carrot, and potato
  • Sauté for a few mins
  • Add the garlic, cumin, star anise, chicken stock and fish sauce
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Bring to boil, reduce heat
  • Add meatballs and cover
  • Cook over medium heat 3-4 mins
  • Stir in kale and cook 5 mins
  • Test the potato/carrot and once soft, remove from the heat
  • Add the lime and lemon juice
  • Season with salt and pepper if needed
  • Rest for 5 mins before serving

RECIPE TIPS

Turkey, chicken or pork mince can be used in this recipe. If you can’t get the minced up version, you want simply get some of the meat off the bone/no skin and grind it up yourself using a food processor.

10 TIPS FOR WEIGHT LOSS

It’s no surprise at all that one of the top new year resolutions is weight loss. Many people make a commitment to themselves to eat healthier, and move more.

Sadly though many fall off the wagon and revert to their old habits. One of the main reasons for this is many folks go to the extreme and have an all or nothing approach.

Why not swap this approach for these 10 simple, healthy tips that are balanced and moderated? That way your more likely to stay on track for the long haul.

1. PORTION CONTROL

At mealtimes, try putting your food on a smaller plate. Studies show that we’ll finish off the plate in front of us whatever it’s size, and often then overeat.

2. EAT SLOWLY

Slow down eating. Masticate your food properly, and try putting your knife and fork down between mouthfuls. This allows your stomach time to signal to your brain that you’re full so you don’t over eat.

3. KEEP IT LEAN

Cut back on your overall meat intake and opt for fish instead. When you do choose meat have leaner cuts. Ditch the heavy sauces and replace with lots of hearty vegetables.

4. AVOID CRASH DIETS

Weight loss isn’t just about squeezing into your jeans or looking good in your bikini it’s also about being healthy for life. There are zero shortcuts to losing weight. As boring as it sounds a balanced diet and regular exercise will achieve far more than doing the latest craze.

If you’ve a tendancy to be drawn into faddy diets make sure you check out my blog on CALORIE-RESTRICTED DIETS – HEAVAN OR HAVOC.

5. BUDDY UP

Get a mate to lose weight with you. Having a buddy to motivate you will work wonders for you both. Also remember my GROUP PERSONAL TRAINING. This month’s is SOLD OUT, but I’m already taking bookings for the next one starting in February.   If your interested, I cannot stress enough getting in touch with me on 07748 298728 as soon as possible. It’s very popular and always gets booked up.

6. THE POWER OF MUSIC

Load up your playlist with upbeat music. Listening to your favourite tracks will help you push harder, and because you want to hear your entire playlist, you’ll feel more inclined to workout for longer!

7. CUPBOARD CLEAROUT

Clear out your cupboards. Once you replace the junk food you’re used to indulging in, you’ll begin to make healthier choices going forwards.

8. GET YOUR SNOOZIES

Sleep is utter bliss and great for your mind, body, and health.

People who get adequate sleep have been shown to lose more body fat than people who get less – so don’t neglect your Zzzzzz time. It’s key to weight loss as it regulates cortisol levels, which is responsible for fat storage, particularly around our tummies.

To learn a bit more about the importance of sleep for weight loss make sure you check out this great little article I wrote on HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT WITHOUT GETTING OUT OF BED.

9. TAKE BABY STEPS

Losing weight doesn’t mean cutting out life’s pleasures altogether. Simple swaps can make a huge difference.

Swap sugary drinks for healthy zero-calorie options and you’ll scarcely notice the difference. Instead of ice cream, have frozen dairy-free yoghurt for dessert instead.

When food tastes good you won’t even feel like you’re dieting. This will make a huge difference as we all want to enjoy our food and not feel deprived.

10. STAY HYDRATED

Drink water instead of your usual drink. Not only will this hydrate you adequately, but will make you feel fuller so you’re less likely to overeat.

I hope this blog has given you some useful tips and ideas.

Lastly …

If you need help, lift up that phone. Call/text me on 07748298728 for a FREE confidential, no obligation chat. You’ll also get a bonus FREE B-FIT SESSION too!

Love Gaynor x

P.S. Take a look at the many great B-Fit weight loss success stories HERE of women who took the plunge. What are you waiting for? You could be next!

B-FIT CHANGED MY LIFE

For Rachel life before B-Fit was very different …

She was in a lot of pain after an accident that left her with a degenerative disc in her lower back. The daily norm was being on high doses of a cocktail of meds such as morphine and with this came many nasty side effects.

Rachel had walked with a crutch for 4 years, felt groggy and in a haze most of the time. If this wasn’t enough she also felt unfit and was fed up not being able to exercise and live life fully.

Then Rachel took the bull by the horns and joined B-Fit about 12 months ago and this is what happened …

  • She ditched her crutch and walking stick
  • She came off all her medication
  • She exercises pain-free e.g. regularly swimming 40 lengths, cycling and walking several miles most days
  • She power walked the 5 km Santa Dash faster than a lot of people running it
  • She improved her diet and now eats really healthily, without faddy diets or calorie counting
  • She has increased her energy, vitality, improved her general health and is much more confidant
  • She no longer feels like she is existing in a haze
  • She looks amazing and is glowing and …
  • She feels like herself again and is living life to the full.

As Rachel said “It’s changed my life”

Want to watch Rachel’s video testimonial? CLICK HERE or press play below !

Rachel still has a little way to go to reach her final goal but so far she’s thrashed many of her goals already.

I’m one very proud coach, I could cry!

If you relate to any of Rachel’s story and need help lift up that phone and call/text me on 07748298728 for a FREE confidential, no obligation chat. You’ll also get a FREE B-FIT SESSION.

I’m at the ready and can’t wait to help you too.

As always, thank you for the privilege of your time. Let’s make this year our best yet!

Love Gaynor x

P.S. If anyone you know is committed to turning around their health this year, or simply wants to optimise their energy and mental focus, please forward this blog. This could massively change their life like it did for Rachel.

HOW TO KEEP YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

Are you struggling already to keep those resolutions? Dreading the up-coming weekend of temptation?

Well, help is at hand …

Have a read of my 5 coping strategies below for how to keep your resolutions in 2017 and beyond !

  1. START SMALL

Make resolutions that you think you can keep.

If, for example, your aim is to exercise more frequently, schedule two or three days of exercise and keep it short to no more than an hour. That way you’re not shocking your system and all of a sudden heading to the gym 7 days a week. None of my client’s do this. I believe in teaching the ‘right’ exercise that saves you time and gets you results.

Do not diet. Getting it right and sticking with it is about making a decision and acknowledging that you need to stick with this for life. It’s a lifestyle choice.

In my B-FIT B-FABULOUS 21 DAY WEIGHT LOSS PLAN, one of the main things we do is cut out gluten. If you can maybe focus on just that for a couple of weeks and see how you feel.

Remember, if you’re really stuck with your eating then you can always arrange a FREE confidential chat with me. We can talk through your nutrition, and how you can enjoy the right foods for life. Drop me a text on 07748 298728 to arrange a call.

  1. CHANGE ONE BEHAVIOUR AT A TIME 

Unhealthy behaviours develop over time. Therefore, replacing unhealthy behaviours with healthy ones also takes time. Don’t get overwhelmed and think that you have to re-assess everything in your life. Instead, take baby steps and change one thing at a time.

  1. TALK ABOUT IT

Share your experiences with family and friends. Having someone to share your struggles and successes with makes the journey to a healthier lifestyle that much easier and less intimidating.

Consider joining a support group such as my GROUP PERSONAL TRAINING COURSE which is always incredibly supportive. The current one is full but the next one kicks off in February. Text me on 07748 298728 for details and to secure your spot.

I also have a B-FIT FACEBOOK GROUP where like-minded B-Fit clients support one another and share recipes.  

  1. DON’T BEAT YOURSELF UP

Perfection is unattainable. Minor mistakes when reaching your goals are completely normal and ok. Don’t give up completely because you ate chocolate, had a big night out or skipped exercise for a week because you were busy. Everyone has ups and downs. Learn from your mistakes, brush yourself down and get back on track.

  1. ASK FOR HELP

Accepting help from those who care about you and will listen strengthens your resilience and ability to manage stress caused by your resolution. If you feel overwhelmed or unable to meet your goals on your own, consider seeking professional help.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, you wouldn’t cut your own hair or fix your own car unless you’re a hairdresser or mechanic reading this. With so much conflicting and untrue information out there when it comes to weight loss and getting fit, it’s important to firstly understand that you are unique and your body/goals will not be the same as the next person. You need to find what works for you.

When I take on new clients, the journey starts by really identifying where you are now and where you want to be. What is your lifestyle like? Do you have limiting injuries? and so on. I tailor a bespoke plan to you personally which means you will get better results in less time. I help women to change unhealthy behaviours and get results fast.

For a FREE confidential chat about your own new year resolutions and strategies to help you keep them simply call/text me on 07748 298728 or email gaynor@b-fit.uk.com to get the ball rolling.

Love Gaynor x