Zesty Coconut Turkey Fillets

An old recipe of mine which I designed in 2013 for Boxrox.com, I’d like to think my photography skills have improved since then LOL!

Turkey is not just for Christmas you know!! A favourite of fitness fanatics for decades, there is a solid reason for this!

  • There is about 32g of protein in a 4-oz. serving of turkey, making it a very good source of these essential amino acids. Just one serving of turkey provides 65 percent of your recommended daily intake of protein.
  • Considered a good source of vitamins B3 and B6, rated because of the density of these vitamins in the meat. A serving of turkey meat has 36 percent of the daily allowance of B3 and 27 percent of your recommended intake.
  • Turkey is believed to have mood enhancing properties. It contains tryptothan, which produces serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps improve your mood.
  • Light, skinless roasted turkey is low on saturated fat and total fat. It also contains less cholesterol than chicken, pork or beef.

Honey & Lime/Coconut Turkey Fillets

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Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • 2 turkey steaks
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup of coconut flour
  • 2-4 pieces streaky bacon (optional)
  • 1 packet long stem broccoli
  • 1 pok choi
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce/coconut aminos
  • olive oil
  • paprika/salt/pepper

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 180

2. In a bowl mix the egg and lime juice until combined. On a chopping board spread out the coconut ingredients & season with paprika, salt & pepper.

3. Take the Turkey Steak and dip in the egg mix and then coat it in the coconut. Do this to both steaks until evenly coated. Place the Steaks in a glass baking dish and bake for about 15 mins (turn in between) and cook until golden.

4. While the Turkey is cooking, add some olive oil to a hot pan and quickly fry the pak choi & broccoli with garlic and soy sauce/coconut aminos (cook the bacon now if you include it)

5. When the turkey is ready you are ready to plate up, I added some avocado for extra health benefits.

Namaste!

 

Merry Fitmas: 10 Gift Ideas For The Fitness Fanatics

It’s that time of year again and I cannot believe it! It only seems like last week when I put together last years gift guide! This year I decided to just make 1 list for the fitness fanatics in your life as we all really go for the same things don’t we? I mean, I’ve seen some guys rocking some pretty awesome leggings recently and why not? In this blog post I’m going to give you a little helping hand for the fit lady or man in your life!

1.Perfect Portions Digital Scale €110 

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Every fitness fanatic needs a scales to track their macros! This scales just happens to be the best one you can get. The scale provides a full nutritional breakdown and the data is presented just like the “Nutrition Facts” label on all food packets, so it’s easy to read and interpret. This is one of those items that we would love but can’t justify forking out over €100 for a kitchen scales! In saying that it will definitely make a lot of beefcakes happy this Christmas!

2. The 4 Hour Body-Timothy Ferris €17

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I’m putting this down because it’s next on my book wishlist. Tim Ferriss is the ultimate life hacker and life guru! He can help you reach your true genetic potential in 3-6 months with a commitment of less than four hours per week. Why not buy your buddy the whole “Tim Ferriss” series for the ultimate present and if the books change your friends life, then you can be a little smug about it!

3. Protein Bar Selection Box

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The guys at Bodyfirst Nutrition have come up with a genius idea! A protein bar selection box, this is a fantastic idea for a stocking filler or Kris Kindle pressie. Don’t hang around though, they launched instore on the 25th November and no doubt will sell out very quickly!

4. Primal Snack Box £19.99

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Awesome present for the cave-people in your life! Subscription boxes are great as a Christmas gift as the receiver continues to get presents long after the Christmas tree has come down! Primal Snack Boxes are all free from Grains, Gluten, Soy, Dairy & Refined Sugars. They have vegetarian and vegan varieties so no matter what your dietary preferences, they have you covered. You could buy a subscription or you can simply order one box as a gift!

5. Grip Rings €70 (€82.50 by reg post)

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A great present for those who want to bring the gym home. Grip Gymnastic Rings are handmade in Co. Kerry from high quality birch plywood and sanded to a beautiful finish. The rings can be set up where ever you have the space ( Sure why not remove the couch and set them up in your sitting room, no excuses then lol!) If you know any budding Crossfitters this would be the perfect gift to keep them busy over the holidays.

6. PROMiXX €26

 

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This is a very nifty shaker and makes a great present because it’s one of those items that you would love but never think to buy for yourself! The PROMIXX creates a vortex to effectively blend whey proteins and nutritional supplements with liquids. Gone are the days of lumpy shakes!!

7. Hemsley + Hemsley Spiralizer €40

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Ok, I swear this is not just my Christmas list!! But I do need to invest in one of these! They are used to make low carb/paleo/raw alternatives to pasta using courgettes, carrots, sweet potato and butternut squash. Great for the health foodies in your life.

8. Crossfit Starter Pack €110 (Normally €132)

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This is a great pack from D8 fitness, with everything from mobility tools to wrist straps. Ideal for those who might be interested in joining the community in January or for those who want to work on their mobility at home.

9. Motivational Poster €15

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A lovely stocking filler! Who doesn’t love a good motivational quote to get them going during the winter? I love this one but you could design your own too!

10. SGF Speed Ropes £18-£45

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I use the brand and I can’t recommend it enough! You won’t find a lighter and more durable rope out there, I love mine! The great thing? Every rope is hand made in the UK and custom built to each individuals specification! The ropes can be fully customised too with pictures,images or brand logos, making the present more personal for your buddy!

Bonus Gift

WOD Welder £15

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This is a great gift idea for the Crossfitters or Weightlifters in your life! I defo need one anyway, my hands have been compared to knuckles in the past and that’s just not a good look! This pack contains everything needed to keep hands nice and supple. It’s great value so perfect for a Kris Kindle or stocking filler.

Thank you

I hope you’ve enjoyed this list, keep your eyes peeled for more Christmas gift guides over the next couple of weeks. If you can’t wait for them, check out some of my lists from last year.

Gift Guide for the foodies

Gift Guide for the (Fit) men

Gift Guide for the gym bunnies

 

 

Weight Loss Is Not A Destination

“I’ll be happy when I’m skinny”, “My life will be perfect when I lose this extra weight” How many times have you told yourself that? I know I have many times! I was always obsessed with my weight growing up. I was never big or overweight (I couldn’t see that!) and I was obsessed with being thin. I figured if I lost a bit here or got rid of some there, I would be happy and my life would be perfect. The reality was that trying to lose weight was awful. I wasn’t happy at all, it was stressful. When I lost weight, I was waiting for this magic wand to wave over me and my life would be perfect -guess what, it never happened!

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It’s taken me almost a decade to really love my body, I have weightlifting to thank for that. When you realise the amazing things your body can do, you can’t help but love it! All those years of hating my legs because they weren’t slim like all the other girls, well now they have a purpose. These strong legs can clean 80kg now and that really blows my mind. This can be the same for you, find something that makes you truly unique and show yourself some love!

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Please don’t waste time and energy trying to change who your are because you think you should look or act a certain way. I want you to do something for me – buy yourself a really nice journal and keep it beside your bed. Before you turn off the lights I want you write down something great you did that day (it can be anything at all) and one thing you love about yourself!

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Don’t get sucked into what society thinks of you, because I can tell you the next person is 100% worrying about themselves too. Don’t compare yourself to others, I’ve said it before – it’s ok to be inspired by people, but DON’T try become that person. We are all unique butterflies and that is an amazing thing, so embrace your individuality!

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If you ever want to talk about body image or you’re looking to find inner confidence, send me an email at primal piggy@gmail.com and I’ll be happy to talk to you. I’ve been there, I’ve suffered, but I overcame it and you can to!

 

Pumpkin Pancakes

photo(9)Our ears always perk up when we hear the word “pancakes” and this autumnal version is a great alternative to your regular pancakes! For the recipe I used tinned pureed pumpkin but you can use fresh pumpkin; just roast/steam it and blend.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 2 tablespoons Butter or Coconut Oil melted
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  •  2 tablespoons Honey or Maple Syrup (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ginger
  • pinch of Salt

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Instructions

1. Whisk the eggs, pumpkin, vanilla, and pure maple syrup together. Then mix in the the spices, and baking powder.

2. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a pan over medium heat. Then, mix the butter into the batter.

3. Grease the frying pan with some butter/coconut oil and pour the batter in to make pancakes of your desired size ( I wouldn’t recommend making them too big, traditional American size are perfect as they’re easier to flip)

4. Serve with Bacon, maple syrup and a sprinkle of cinnamon. You can enjoy them with berries and greek yogurt too!

If you like this recipe you make like my Pumpkin Spiced Latte recipe.

The canned pumpkin is available in Fallon & Byrne, Dublin 2.

Chocolate Matcha Oats

IMG_5938Oats have had a revamp over the last couple of years! Gone are the days of eating sloppy bowls of tasteless stodge, now there are so many ways to jazz up your oats and dare I say, enjoy them?

I’m sure beautiful bowls of Oats, Zoats (that’s zucchini oats) Proats (protein oats) and many more variations have been filing up your Instagram feed, well that’s because we’ve found ways to enjoy this superfood and fuel our bodies for a busy day or heavy training session!

I received the (Cacao) Matcha Latte Mix from Nua Naturals (use the code Piggy15 for a 15% discount on their website) a while back and it’s a great product that can be made as a hot drink or added to smoothies, shakes or any baking recipe- This morning I decided to add some to my Proats and was delighted with how it turned out!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup oats (I generally use Kelkin gluten free or organic wafer oats from Lidl)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein (I use the Primal Whey from Love Life Supplements)
  • 200-250ml water -You can use milk but I omit because of the whey.
  • 1 tsp matcha latte mix

Toppings:

This is the creative part, there are no rules! Use nut butters, berries or what you you have in your fridge or press! I change it up all the time, on the occasion I used some jam, dark chocolate chips, bee pollen and berries.

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Method:

  1. Add the oats, matcha and protein to a small pot, mix to combine.
  2. Add half of the water in and mix well, simmer over a low heat-when it starts to cook add in more water and keep stirring to keep the mixture smooth. If it becomes too thick you can add a little more water in, try get it as silky as possible.
  3. Remove from the heat and transfer the oats in to a bowl and decorate.

Tips:

  • I sometimes add egg whites to my oats to give it a creamier consistency-it also bumps up the protein content!

Foodie Fun in California

My sister, her husband and friends all had foodie plans for me upon landing in San Francisco. I love to try new foods and experience places that are not available here in Dublin, so I was game for anything (even the non-healthy choices) So below are some of the great foods I got to try on my trip to California.

Champa Garden-Oakland:

Situated in a neighbourhood in Oakland, this is a place that you could easily walk by and not take notice, well except for the fact that there is always a que outside! We love this restaurant not only because it’s super close to my sisters house but the food is pretty damn good! Traditional food from Laos and lots of healthy/gluten free options available too (they even do gluten free beer) We got a few different options to share and I loved the fresh spring rolls below; they were shrimp, beansprouts and avocado rolled in some rice paper and served with a delicious garlic dip, such delicate flavours! My other favourite dish was the pork wraps, a mixture of pork, chilli, asian vegetables and spices served with lettuce, coriander and mint leaves, the fresh favours just exploded from this dish and the texture was pretty crunchy, this one I kept going back to, very moreish!

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In N Out Burger-Alameda:

I couldn’t visit the USA without trying “In N Out” Burger and I missed my chance when I was in Vegas! Yes, this is fast food but it’s good fun and it’s also incredibly cheap! Behind the counter I could see one of the staff members peeling and using a machine to cut the potatoes into fries, I thought this was pretty cool to see as we all know of other fast food joints who make fries out of god knows what! I went for the protein style (wrapped in lettuce) and fries, I was really impressed, it was a well made burger and the fries were ok, nothing to rave about but I was glad to try it out!

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Doughnut Dolly-Berkley: 

My sister’s good friend Evan knows me very well! We did a foodie trail, mainly around the Berkeley area and this was one of our stops! This is no regular bakery and these are no regular doughnuts! There is a selection of four types of doughnuts to choose from (granulated sugar, chocolate frosting, lemon frosting and icing sugar) you are also presented with four fillings (see pic) and when you choose which filling you like, they fill the doughnut on the spot! I went for the icing sugar option filled with dark chocolate cream. I’m not sure if it was the fact I haven’t eaten a doughnut in a number of years, but this was by far the best one I’ve ever eaten!! This wasn’t your typical greasy donut from the Supermarket, the pastry was light and fluffy, the perfect blanket for the delightful chocolatey cream beneath it, let’s just say it got messy and I loved it!! They come in at $3 a piece but I can see how they sell out daily! Great concept with a very delicious product!

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11204014_902646873139230_1956557110839940153_nThe Cheeseboard Collective- Berkley:

The cheeseboard collective started their Pizza business as a bit of fun in the 1980s (they were already an established cheese and bakery shop) but it has flourished ever since! Walking up to the building the first thing you will notice is the very long que and people sitting all out on the sidewalk enjoy their freshly cooked pizza, the second things you’ll be met with is the amazing smell of freshly baked dough, garlic and herbs (this is when the hunger will kick in) TCC cook one vegetarian pizza everyday, so the menu changes daily but that will be the only option! We order half a pizza between us and while you get half a pizza, they also give you an extra slice on top! The pizza is perfectly thin and while the flavours look like a tongue twister on the board, they compliment each other perfectly-This is amazing pizza!! There is a live jazz band playing in the corner and I am delighted with life as I sit there munching on my pizza and listening to some beautiful music, with great company (It’s the little things eh?)

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Napa Valley-Napa:

I couldn’t talk about foodie fun with out mentioning Napa! Napa has been on my Bucket list for a long time, I was there when I was 20 but because I wasn’t legal to consume alcohol, I couldn’t do the Wine Tasting. So, nine years later I got to tick this one off the list. Napa was heaven to me, I don’t think I spoke a word as we drove in, I was consumed by the beauty of the scenery around me, dusty road lined with vineyards, green hills created a collage against the perfect blue sky… It was so picturesque, the backdrop to a movie! We started at the Silver Oak Winery and to be honest, I could have stayed there all day. Sipping on wine that would normally be way outside my budget ($80-$120 a bottle) my taste buds were tingling, I was feeling merry and I had such a laugh pretending to be a wine connoisseur-“Oh yes, this definitely has tints of blackberry and oak” You know how it goes!! We got to taste 3 amazing wines at Silver Oak (and a refill of our favourite selection) As you can see in the last picture below, we got a bit silly jumping around and taking pictures in the vineyard, great memories that I’ll never forget! IMG_5366 IMG_5378

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Coconut Milk Smoothie

I love waking up to a delicious juice or smoothie,especially if you’ve had a tough training session the previous night, it’s a great way to nourish the body. If you’re a busy bunny, it’s a great source of fuel that you can whizz up in minutes and get to work. There are lots of great portable drinking containers available now in the likes of Pennys, Tk Maxx and even Tiger, which are great if you are stuck for time.

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I don’t follow any set rules when it comes to smoothies, there are so many variations- just add in whatever suits your mood on the day! For my coconut milk version; I picked up some tins in the Asian Market on Abbey Street which only contain 2 ingredients! Some brands can have thickeners, additives and lots of unnecessary crap added so I was happy to find this version which is €1.50 per tin.

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Smoothie Recipe:

Ingredients-Serves 2

  • 1 1/2 cups Mixed frozen berries
  • 1/2 tin coconut milk
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1-2 scoops vanilla protein
  • 1 tbsp nut butter
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Topping: Sweet Freedom Coconut Choc shot

Method:

1. Simply blend all ingredients until smooth and decorate the top with the sweet freedom syrup.

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