Fitness Academy: How to Cook with Protein

If you’re looking for more interesting and convenient ways to boost your protein intake, why not try incorporating whey protein into your diet? Not only is it easy to digest, it also serves as one of the best sources of protein for immediate muscle repair after working out. Whey is also naturally low in fat and can be a great supplement for weight maintenance.

To help you fuel up, here are two delicious and healthy ways to conveniently add this versatile ingredient to your diet – yum!

1) Chocolate protein ice cream (serves 2)
Chop one small banana and two large dates and add to a large bowl with 35g of chocolate flavoured whey protein, 1 tbsp of ground almonds, 1/8 cup of cocoa powder and ½ cup of cottage cheese.  Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly and place the bowl in the freezer for 30 minutes. Remove the bowl from the freezer and stir the mixture until it becomes thicker and creamier. Return to the freezer for 30 minutes, before removing it once more and giving the mixture a final stir and serving.

2)  Protein muffins (serves 8)
In a bowl, mix 1/2 cup of egg whites, 1/2 cup of goji berries, 1/2 cup of quinoa flakes, 1/2 cup of chocolate hemp protein, 1/4 cup of blueberry and apple puree, 3 tbsp of chestnut flour, 3 tbsp of cocoa powder and 1 tbsp of baking soda until it forms a thick paste. Line a muffin tray with eight paper muffin cases and equally divide the mixture into eight portions. Place in the oven and cook for 45 minutes at gas mark 3/170°C. Remove from oven, leave to cool for 10 minutes and then serve.

These are not only guilt-free but they are also absolutely delicious – yum! I love to have it after a hard workout to help me to refuel and help my body recover! 

 

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I know, I know!

I haven’t been on here for ages! What have I been doing? Planning my wedding that’s what!

To do this – I have been eating pretty clean (Of course there have been a few treats!!) and training hard! At the moment, I’m loving CrossFit.

Here is the hardest workout I have done so far!

It is a five-minute round from which a one-minute break is allowed before repeating. We’ve used this in 3 and 5 round versions. The stations were;

  1. Wallballs: 20 pound ball, 10 ft target. (Reps)
  2. Sumo Deadlift High-Pull: 75 pounds (Reps)
  3. Box Jump: 20″ box (Reps)
  4. Push Press: 75 pounds (Reps)
  5. Row: calories (Calories)

The clock is not allowed to reset or stop between exercises and on the call of “rotate,” I had to move to the next station immediately for good score. One point is given for each rep, except on the rower where each calorie is one point.

I did the WOD as prescribed for women, so I used a 6kg medicine ball for the Wallballs and 25kg for the Sumo Deadlift High-Pulls and Push Presses.

After the combo of Wallballs + Sumo Deadlift High-Pulls + Box Jumps, my legs are pretty exhausted! I’m shattered!

Lucy Miller Personal Trainer; Weekly Workout Plan

As well as training children, there is nothing I like more than training myself, friends and women who what to change their body. The thing is, if you’re after some serious body composition changes and ready to get fit, strong and lean, then you need to follow some guidelines;  

1) Lift heavy 1-3 times a week.
Heavy might mean your body weight to begin with or it might be some serious weights, it depends what level you are.  Just remember when lifting heavy you’re technique needs to be perfect. If you’re not sure how to squat, lunge or push press properly then invest in yourself and pay a personal trainer to help you. Just a few sessions should do the trick.

2) High Intensity Interval Training every other day
This can be done by either sprinting out doors, on a machine or with a skipping rope. Try going hard for 60 seconds followed by a 2 minute recovery for 20 minutes.

3) Yoga once a week 
Stretching needs to be given it’s own time and proper attention, the simplest way to be sure you are dong it is to join a yoga class. If you can spare the time, then buy a DVD that you can do at home or spend 15 minutes every night before bed with a foam roller and some stretch bands.

4) Walk – don’t take the car
A great one you can do with the kids – walking is fantastic for health. If you are already fit, it’s not going to give you big body composition changes but ievery little helps and it’s an excellent to reduce stress and  get some fresh air!

Get lifting, sprinting, stretching and walking – and if you need a helping hand, don’t forget to drop me a line. I’m here to help – miller82uk@yahoo.co.uk

Children’s fitness Academy; How to put an end to Childhood obesity

Childhood obesity is a complex issue with no simple solutions, but involving the entire family in weight loss and health may help kids achieve their goals!

A scientific statement released Monday in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Assn. reviews strategies shown to be successful in helping kids slim down.

For example why not try changing the kitchen around to make more wholesome foods more accessible?  Some studies this to be helpful in losing weight in the short-term.
or
Set small, achievable goals that are age-appropriate that may get kids to stick to more healthful habits, like walk to school three times this week, or try a new vegetable EVERY DAY!

Other useful approaches include praising kids for what they’re doing right — instead of punishing them for what they’re doing wrong – give them 50p extra pocket money when they have eaten all the vegetables on their plate, or take them to see their friends to play once they have helped you create a healthy shopping list for the week.

Sometimes a little something goes a long way – and who can put a price on health and well-being these days? No one! xx

Active children get better grades!

BBC News has reported that there is “strong evidence of a link between exercise and academic performance”. The news service says that a review of previous research found a link, which could be due to exercise increasing the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain.

Giving us even more reasons to get our kids moving and grooving!! x

Children’s Fitness Academy; Yummy Mummy’s – here’s how to work your abs at home!

What a great standing abdominal exercise you can do at home with just a belt? Easy! what you need to do is place the belt loosely around your waist, now engage your deepest abdominal muscles by pulling your belly button in tight, hold this and now fasten your belt to your smaller waist, then as soon as you stop working your abdominals you will instantly know as your belt will feel tight, which will remind you to pull them straight back in!

A great time to do this is ironing, cooking or even drying your hair!

Children’s Fitness Academy; The best weight loss tip ever!

If you want your kids (or you) to stop cramming food into their mouths too fast then why not challenge them to eat with their non-dominant hand?!
Research shows that it can make you pay attention to what your doing and makes everything a bit slower. Try it-just be prepared for a bit of mess!