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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

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

HEALTHY CHRISTMAS TIPPLES

It’s a given that during the festive season alcoholic beverages are going to be on the menu.

Now I’m not saying these recipes are ‘super’ healthy but they are healthier than fizzy drinks, and beers. And the taste will not disappoint either!

Be sure to give these a try and let me know how you get on.

SPICED MULLED WINE WITH CHAI MIX

INGREDIENTS

  • 500ml red wine
  • ½ large orange (or 1 small), halved and sliced
  • ½ tsp Lucy Bee Chai Mix
  • 1 tbsp Lucy Bee Coconut Sugar, to taste
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Add red wine and orange slices to saucepan
  • Gently heat on low heat
  • Add Lucy Bee Chai Mix and Coconut Sugar
  • Stir in to infuse
  • As the wine begins to steam, take off the heat
  • Do not allow to boil
  • Serve in glasses/mugs with cinnamon stick

CHRISTMAS MOJITO

INGREDIENTS

  • Handful fresh mint
  • 2 limes, cut into quarters
  • 2 tbsp Lucy Bee Coconut Sugar
  • 100g cranberries
  • Crushed ice
  • Soda water
  • Rum, optional
  • Dash cranberry juice, optional

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Remove the mint leaves
  • Add to bowl, with lime quarters, coconut sugar and cranberries
  • Mix together
  • Cranberries need to break down
  • Make sure lime juice is mixed well with Lucy Bee Coconut Sugar
  • Tip into two glasses along with ice, rum if using
  • Top with soda water
  • Stir all ingredients together
  • For extra sweetness, add splash cranberry juice if using

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 😊

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

SPICED PUMPKIN PORRIDGE WITH CARAMELISED APPLES & PECANS

It’s officially Autumn and that means squashes and pumpkins are in season. So why not celebrate the new season with this cosy, tasty porridge from Deliciously Ella?

This recipe which serves one is super quick and easy to make. The spiciness of the cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger are a perfect blend and match for the sweetness of the pumpkin puree.

Trust me, this is a must try recipe 😊

INGREDIENTS

Porridge:

  • 80g oats
  • 100ml brown rice milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • Sprinkle ground nutmeg
  • 5 tbsp of pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp of coconut sugar

Toppings:

  • 1 apple
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 40g pecans

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Peel pumpkin, chop, steam 25 mins until soft
  • Puree pumpkin until smooth
  • Core and slice apple
  • Cook apples/pecans with coconut oil, maple, cinnamon 10 mins
  • Apples to be soft but holding shape
  • Place oats in saucepan with 200ml water and brown rice milk
  • Cook 4 mins stirring continuously
  • Add spices, pumpkin puree and coconut sugar and cook 1 min
  • When porridge cooked, spoon into bowl
  • Top with apples and pecans
  • Serve and enjoy

11 FOODS THAT STOP HUNGER

When was the last time you felt hungry? Not just peckish but cookie monster ravenous? If you’ve been trying to lose weight, you’ll know that feeling all too well. A little hunger is normal, but constant excessive hunger will make you grumpy and prone to unhealthy cravings. The following options will definitely help you resist temptation!

  1. WATER

Strictly not food but I have to mention water as it’s cheap, simple and a very effective way to nip hunger pangs in the bud. Often hunger is mistaken and can actually be an indicator your dehydrated. If you drink more water, you’re less likely to drink other calorie-laden drinks such as sodas. Also drinking water before a meal blunts your appetite. Therefore, you’ll eat less and find it easier to lose those extra pounds. So the moral of the story is drink more pure filtered water.

  1. GREEN VEGGIES

Green veggies, as well as other starchy vegetables such as carrots, are unmatched for their low calorie yet high satiety ratio not to mention high in nutrients. Foods that contain high levels of water, dietary fibre, and protein tend to be the most filling. Some of my personal favourites are broccoli, spinach, and kale.

  1. OATS

Versatile, super filling and cheap, oats are ideal for stopping hunger in it’s tracks. High in fibre and highly absorbent. When mixed with water or a dairy free milk alternative, the oats expand in your stomach and digest slowly. So start your day with oats and ideally combine it with protein/good fats to make it even more filling and a complete meal.

  1. GREEK YOGHURT

Protein’s ability to stave off hunger is well documented and Greek yogurt is super high in it. Also, it tastes great and is low in sugar.

  1. PISTACHIOS

I love my pistachios. Nuts are dense in calories from healthy fats, but pistachios are much lower in fat than other nuts yet still dense and very filling. Make sure to watch your portion size, a handful is all you need.

  1. HUMMUS

Another food high in protein is hummus plus it’s rich in fibre, vitamin C, and good fats. These fats, alongside the carbs/protein in hummus, will keep you nice and full.

  1. SOUP

Soups are great for giving you that feeling of fullness without piling on the weight. To maximise satiety choose a broth-based soup that’s packed full of lean protein and fibre rich veggies. Also, make sure you check out these nutrient-dense soup recipes I shared a while ago!

WHITE BEAN & WINTER SQUASH SOUP WITH KALE

COCONUT LENTIL SOUP

MINESTRONE SOUP

  1. PEA PROTEIN

A quality PEA PROTEIN is perfect for anyone following a weight loss diet. It’s great for stabilising blood sugar levels and cravings.  It’s also a fast and effective way of keeping you fuller for longer.

  1. EGGS

Studies have shown that eggs are an excellent food for increasing satiety and on top of that, they’re cheap, versatile and quick to make. I always have some boiled eggs in my fridge on standby in case I get the munchies.

  1. APPLES

Eating an apple before a meal has been shown to reduce the amount of food you eat. This is due to it’s high fibre and water content. So an apple a day really does keeps hunger at bay!

  1. WATERMELON

Due to it’s high water content watermelon scores high on the satiety index. It’s also packed with vitamin C, minerals, antioxidants, tastes delicious and low on empty calories. Simply pop a slice or two in a lunchbox to enjoy as a snack as and when needed.

If you’re trying to resist unhealthy snacking, focus on these filling, nutrient-rich foods. If you can keep hunger at bay, it’s only a matter of time until the results start showing up in the mirror and in your clothes.

Love Gaynor x

IMMUNE BOOSTER SMOOTHIE

It’s a well-known fact that during the autumn/winter months our energy, mood and general health take a dip, so we do need to boost our immune system to keep colds and the flu away.

Instead of waiting until you’re in the midst of it all start building up your body’s health defences now.

And I’ve got the perfect antidote …

The Ultimate Immune Booster Smoothie which is crammed full of vitamin C, beta-carotene, zinc to strengthen you up from the inside out and digestive enzymes from the pineapple. It’s nutritious and tastes delicious.

Another tip – freeze your bananas. It makes the smoothie deliciously chilled.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 chopped banana
  • 1 cup mango
  • ½ cup cantaloupe
  • ½ cup diced pineapple
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds
  • 2-3 tsp pea protein

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Whizz it all together in a blender and enjoy

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So what’s your favourite smoothie recipes? Lemme know, and we might even publish it on here 😊