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BLOOD ORANGE MARGARITA

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups freshly squeezed blood orange (approx 8 oranges)
  • ¾ cup freshly squeeze lime juice (approx 6 limes)
  • 1¾ cups tequila
  • ¾ cups cointreau or triple sec
  • Slices of blood orange to garnish
  • Kosher salt for glass rim

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Mix orange/lime juice, tequila, cointreau or triple sec in a pitcher
  • Refrigerate for at least 30 mins until chilled
  • Wet the edge of your margarita glasses with a damp paper towel
  • Pour salt over a small plate until it covers the bottom
  • Lightly dip the glass with the wet rim into the salt
  • Rotate glass until you have a salted rim
  • Let salt set for about 5-10 mins
  • Fill glass with ice
  • Pour in margarita mix
  • Enjoy and let the party begin

ROAST VEGETABLE & CHICKPEA STEW

This has to be one of my all-time favourite dinners to make at this time of year. It’s real comfort food and is perfect if you’re looking for a simple, quick nutritious meal. Plus, it makes getting your 5 a day easier as it’s jam packed with courgette, aubergine, tomato, onion and garlic. I think it tastes great with a simple side of quinoa, wholegrain rice or roasted sweet potatoes.

The chickpeas provide a ton of nutritional benefits too. The high fibre content helps us poop regularly and keeps us feeling full. The high iron content gives us energy, and chickpeas are a low GI food so they’re great for stabilising blood sugar levels.

So, pop on your apron, and let’s dive straight into the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

• 2 courgettes sliced
• 1 aubergine sliced
• 1 red onion sliced
• 3 garlic cloves chopped
• 1 x 400g can chick peas drained
• 2 x 400g can tinned tomatoes
• 2 tablespoon tomato puree
• 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
• Pinch chilli flakes
• Salt & pepper
• Olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS

• Preheat oven 180c fan
• Prepare all your vegetables
• Place in a baking tray with the chick peas
• Add a good drizzle of olive oil, salt & pepper
• Give everything a really good mix
• Bake 35-40 mins
• Place tomatoes/puree, maple syrup, chilli flakes, salt/pepper in pan
• Heat over a medium heat
• Bring to the boil and reduce temperature
• Simmer 10-15 mins
• Once veggies cooked, stir through the tomato mixture and enjoy

MANGO & SESAME QUINOA

This is a great recipe for any time as it’s clean, delicious and nutritious. I love the way this recipe combines the sweetness of mango with the savoury flavours of the tamarin and sesame seeds. The avocado makes this dish lovely and creamy whilst the lemon adds a tang, and it only takes 15 minutes to make too!

INGREDIENTS

  • 120g quinoa
  • 1 mango
  • 1 avocado
  • 4 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 100g pomegranates
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp tamari
  • Salt & pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Cook the quinoa
  • Allow to cool
  • Peel and chop the mango
  • Peel, de-seed and chop the avocado
  • Half and squeeze the lemon
  • Mix the mango and avocado together
  • Add the sesame, lemon juice, pomegranates, tamari, salt, pepper
  • Add the quinoa and serve

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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 here on CALORIE RESTRICTED DIETS – HEAVAN OR HAVOC.

  1. 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.   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.

  1. 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!

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

Love Gaynor x

HOW TO SURVIVE THE PARTY SEASON

December is the height of the festive season. Our diaries are crammed with late night parties/dinners and early morning starts.

Most of us eat more than usual at Christmas. This, coupled with the fact that we also do little or no exercise, can cause potential weight gain.

An interesting little fact for you … but did you know the average weight gain over the festive period is 5 lbs?! Shocking huh?

Between this and the colder weather, it can leave you feeling a little worse for wear BUT this B-Fit survival guide will help you keep your sparkle and fabulousness!

  • Keep extra active before and during Christmas to burn off the extra eaten calories e.g. nice walks, bike rides, skip, dance, hula hoop, musical chairs etc
  • Never go to a party hungry, ideally eat before you go
  • Practice mindful, slow eating and believe me you’ll eat less
  • Avoid pastry/breaded canapes. Go raw, marinated and/or grilled
  • Drink as much water as alcohol, alternate between them
  • Master the art of making a drink last the evening. Also, you could offer to drive and stay off the alcohol altogether. Remember 1 bottle of wine = 9 donuts
  • Don’t buy unhealthy food to begin with
  • Play active family games like Twister, you’ll burn more kcals than sitting around munching
  • Keep starters healthy e.g. rolled smoked salmon with dill & lemon juice or my signature RYE BREAD CANAPES
  • Eat plenty of skinless turkey, its low in fat and protein rich
  • Fill up on vegetables preferably not drenched in fat
  • Have fewer roasties and replace with new potatoes
  • Opt for my healthy CRANBERRY SAUCE recipe instead of bread sauce
  • Choose brandy custard instead of brandy butter
  • Try my healthy CHRISTMAS GRAVY recipe
  • Lastly, hint to friends and family that you’d like to improve your health and fitness in 2018 and a B-Fit gift voucher would be perfect instead of perfume, slippers or chocolate! Simply put them in touch with me on 07748298728 and I’ll take care of it
  • In case you missed it, and for additional Christmas survival tips make sure you check out my blog BEAT THE CHRISTMAS BULGE

The bottom line is there’s lots you can do. It’s only 3 days after all.

Do not let it ruin a year’s worth of hard work.

Love Gaynor x

BEAT THE CHRISTMAS BULGE

The festive season is fast approaching and with it comes an onslaught of unhealthy rich foods, long sofa bound days, and sugar-filled treats.

All of this can really challenge our self-care. Many folks seem to mindlessly eat. They get so caught up in the hustle and bustle that they’ve no real clue of how much they ate, drank, what tasted yum and what didn’t.

So to help you stay ahead, and avoid having to loosen your belt a notch or two in the coming weeks, I’ve compiled these 10 easy bulge busting tips to keep you healthy over the Christmas period and beyond …

  1. Look After Your Liver

The liver is one of the most important organs in your body. It helps to get rid of toxins and where do toxins get stored? in fat. During Christmas, your liver gets bombarded with toxins from alcohol, sugar, additives and other nasties. A really simple way to give it some extra TLC is with this Liver Health Formula.

  1. Hydrate

Drink lots of pure filtered water. This is such an easy tip. It’s free, and it will help flush out those nasty toxins.

  1. Eat Your Greens

Pile on the plant-based foods. I’m sure you know that you should be eating a rainbow of vegetables. Fibrous vegetables will ensure that you get adequate nutrients, as well as reducing your bloat and keeping you fuller for longer. Also, make sure you top up and take your daily Pea Protein. It’s portable and all you need is water. Can’t get any simpler than that?!

  1. Use Smaller Crockery

Another sneaky way that junk food makes it’s way into our tummies is via oversized plates and glasses. It’s human nature just to fill it up. Choose smaller crockery and glasses to keep an eagle eye on your portions.

  1. Make Smart Food Choices

Choose fish, meats, salads, fresh fruit, and vegetables. Avoid the processed carbs such as bread, pasta, and pizza. They will make you feel sluggish and bloated.

  1. Research The Buffet Table

Walk around the buffet table to see what’s on offer. Get the lay of the land before you choose and commit. By doing this you’ll avoid piling excessive amounts of food onto your plate and/or making poor food choices. It might sound a little tree huggy but make-up your plate with ‘intention’ and ‘mindfulness’.

  1. Sit Away From The Food.

It’s not a good idea to be within arms reach of the buffet. You’re more likely to snack. Instead, go to the opposite end of the room. That way you’ll have to consciously make a trip back for more.

  1. Slow Down & Chew

Do you ever notice how people seem to mindlessly shovel their food down? Slow down and chew. Chewing allows you to really taste your food and digest it better. But also it gives your tummy time to signal to your brain that it’s full so your less likely to overeat. Pace yourself, and put your fork down between bites. Simple.

  1. Be Restaurant Savvy

Do some prior research. Look at the menu online and pick out the foods that will keep you on track. Also don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. Afterall, it’s your meal. Swap chips for sweet potatoes. Ask for a side salad or steamed vegetables, and avoid the bread basket. If you get offered just say no. It’s a lot easier to avoid temptation when it’s not on the table.

  1. Make A Plate Up, Don’t Pick

I know you’re probably keen to sample everything, and there’s nothing wrong with that but if you choose food straight from the serving dish to your mouth with no plate it’s a lot harder to keep track of your intake. Agreed? so plate up, sit down and enjoy.

Using the tips above will give you a great head start. Now I’d love to hear from you. Have these tips helped? Anything you’d like to add? And which ones are you going to try?

Remember “incite without action is worthless” so take away these nuggets and act on them at your next soiree.

Love Gaynor x

ACAI & BERRY SMOOTHIE BREAKFAST BOWL

This acai & berry smoothie breakfast bowl will spice up your breakfast repertoire. It’s deliciously sweet and fruity. And the frozen banana makes the smoothie extra creamy which just melts in your mouth. Also, there’s 2 superfoods added called acai and baobab. These are both tasty whilst also adding a serious dose of nutrients.

Acai is similar to a grape/blueberry and is harvested from palm trees found around the Amazon river in South America. It’s rich in antioxidants, closely followed by the berries, which are in abundance in this recipe so each mouthful protects your body from free radical damage that can lead to disease.

The baobab powder naturally forms inside the hard-shelled fruit of the African Baobab tree. It boosts your vitamin C and iron levels whilst also boosting your calcium, potassium and magnesium levels. Interesting fact … did you know that it contains more vitamin C than oranges and more iron than red meat? So not to be overlooked!

And then, of course, we’ve got the almond butter which will give you healthy fats and plant-based protein. And the berries, dates, and banana will give you, even more, vitamins and minerals so that you’re well and truly set up to start your day strong.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • ½ cup raspberries
  • 2 medjool dates
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 heaped tbsp acai powder
  • 1 heaped teasp baobab powder

Tip: add a handful of spinach for the extra greens. It won’t change the flavour too much.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Place all in blender
  • Whizz until smooth
  • Enjoy 😊

10 HERBS & SPICES THAT REDUCE BODY FAT

As well as adding flavour to your food did you know that certain herbs and spices can help you maintain a healthy body weight?

They do this by firing up your metabolism, suppressing your appetite and shrinking fatty tissue.

Not only this they are full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals and may help fight diseases. In many cases, herbs and spices contain more potent antioxidants compared to many well known mainstream food sources. Let me give you some examples.

Cloves (antioxidants 30% dry weight) and cinnamon (antioxidants 18% dry weight) versus blueberries (antioxidants 5% dry weight). Oregano has 42 times more antioxidants than apples, 12 times more than oranges, and 4 times more than blueberries.

From my experience and research, the top 10 herbs and spices that may support your weight loss goals when added generously to food are:

  • Ginger
  • Black Pepper
  • Cumin
  • Mustard
  • Ginseng
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Turmeric
  • Cinnamon
  • Cardamom
  • Dandelion

Let’s take a closer look at them:

Ginger

If you’ve ever had ginger tea you’ll know it has a very warming and soothing effect. It’s known to help relax your intestinal tract and is very anti-inflammatory. It may have thermogenic properties that help speed up your metabolism, as well as an ability to suppress your appetite.

Black Pepper

Contains a substance called piperine which blocks the formation of new fat cells. It also increases the bioavailability of other foods.

Cumin

Helps with digestion and energy production, and may improve glycaemic control in people with diabetes. Also been found to improve memory and provide stress-relieving benefits.

Mustard

Interesting fact, the mustard plant is actually part of the cruciferous family of vegetables. Mustard seeds have been shown to boost metabolic rate by 25% so you burn more calories. In fact, 3/5 teaspoon of mustard seeds daily may help you burn an extra 45 kcals per hour.

Ginseng

Boosts energy levels, improves insulin sensitivity, speeds up metabolism and so helps with weight loss.

Cayenne Pepper

Capsaicin is the compound that gives peppers their heat. The heat effect increases the thermogenesis in your body, which in turn impacts on metabolism, weight loss and fat storage.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a yellow-orange spice. Curcumin is one of turmeric’s active ingredients, that reduces the formation of fat tissue by suppressing the blood vessels needed to form it, and therefore may contribute to lower body fat.

Cinnamon

This spice may help boost your metabolism so helping with weight loss. It’s been found to significantly reduce blood sugar levels, triglycerides, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and total cholesterol levels, as well as increase glucose metabolism, which would significantly improve your ability to regulate blood sugar. So it’s especially great for diabetics!

Cardamom

Cardamom, an aromatic spice with a spicy sweet flavour, is another thermogenic herb that helps boost your metabolism and may boost your body’s ability to burn fat.

Dandelion

The dandelion slows down your digestion, so making you feel fuller for longer. This in turn helps with weight management. Dandelions are also rich in antioxidants, dietary fibre, beta-carotene, vitamin K1, vitamins and minerals, and are beneficial for normalising blood sugar and cholesterol, as well as cleansing your liver.

On the next up-coming blog I’m going to give you some super simple ways to incorporate these herbs and spices into your diet. Can’t wait to share 😊

Love Gaynor x

7 WAYS TO BREAK THROUGH A FAT LOSS PLATEAU

Have you ever experienced a time when you’ve steadily been losing weight/inches and then it just comes to a stand still?! If this rings a bell then maybe it’s time to re-evaluate. These 7 tactics are a good starting point to help you break through the plateau.

Keep An “Honest” Food Diary

This is a proven technique for weight loss. When an “honest” food diary is kept it forces you to keep an accurate account of what food you eat including portion sizes and all the other little indulgences you have here and there that could very well be sabotaging your weight loss efforts.

Get More Sleep

There’s clear scientific links between sleep deprivation and weight gain. It messes up your hormones resulting in an increased appetite, cravings, poor workouts and a decrease in overall energy expenditure. So make sure you get your Zzzzz

Eat More Frequently

And no that was not a typo! Though counterintuitive, increasing the frequency of meals can kickstart weight loss. Skipping meals can lower your metabolism and cause your body to hold onto calories by storing them as fat. Whereas, eating small, but frequent healthy meals throughout the day keeps your metabolism firing. Your blood sugar levels will also be more stable and so you’re less likely to raid the pantry cupboards.

Change Your Workout Routine

If long bouts of steady state cardio and/or doing the same old routine aren’t producing the goods then it’s time for a change as your body isn’t responding. High-intensity interval training (HIIT), is a form of cardio that involves alternating sets of intense exertion with brief recovery and has been shown to burn more fat in a fraction of the time than traditional cardio. The whole idea is to shock and re-boot your system to get it losing weight again.

Increase Protein Intake

Consuming protein has been shown to lead to more fat loss. Healthy protein sources combined with resistance training significantly improves overall body composition.

De-Stress

Stress increases the body’s production of the hormone cortisol, which has been linked to both weight gain and increased appetite. Other side effects of too much stress include poor sleep and digestive problems, both of which will derail your body’s ability to burn fat.

Timeout

If you’re doing everything correctly, and have been doing it for a long time and you’re not losing any weight despite all your hard efforts there’s a possibility your body has shutdown. If you’ve over dieted/over trained your body will be tired, stressed and will fight back. Timeout could be exactly what’s needed to re-set your system.

PUMPKIN STEW

This delicious pumpkin stew will not disappoint. It’s highly nutritious and will definitely keep you toasty on the inside and feeling nice and full on these nippy Halloween nights.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 kg pumpkins
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 carrots
  • 4 new potatoes
  • 1-2 red chillies
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 1 mug brown basmati rice
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/4 litres yeast free vegetable stock
  • Handful parsley finely chopped
  • Pinch celtic sea salt or himalayan crystal salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Peel the pumpkin, carrots, onions, garlic cloves and potatoes
  • Cut the onion into fine pieces
  • Finely chop the garlic cloves
  • Cut the carrots into slices
  • Cut the potatoes into cubes
  • Deseed the pumpkin and cut into cubes
  • Deseed the chillies and cut into fine pieces
  • Gently fry the onions and garlic in olive oil
  • Add the rice, mix well
  • Add pumpkins, carrots, potatoes and the chillies
  • Cover and steam for about 10 minutes
  • Add the stock
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Cook on low heat for another 30 mins
  • Stir in the parsley
  • Leave to rest in the open pot for about 5 mins
  • Serve and enjoy