Burning those unwanted calories

Losing body fat is all about creating a energy balance (calories are energy). If we create a deficit we lose weight. I’m sure you’ve all heard me say this/post about this 100 times! Create an excess of calories and gain weight (good for creating muscle mass if done accurately).

Here are the ways we burn calories

Metabolism – physiological & biochemical processes

Non-exercise activity – regular daily rituals like brushing teeth, combing hair, standing up and sitting down

Thermic activity – Eating and digesting a meal (digest/absorb/process)

Exercise – Weight training, yoga, cycling, running (though endurance activity burns far more kcals)

Burning Cals Wisely – 2 methods discovered

Massive calorie deficiency and over exercising can lead to failure and metabolic breakdown if you aren’t careful. This is NOT good in any way shape or form. This is why we reverse diet from contests and big events like my FML Fat Fry program.

Exercise

The best way to fire up your fat burning engine is with HIIT. This raises your heart rate quickly and creates an oxygen deficit. You also create an after burn effect (EPOC/Excess Post Oxygen Consumption) where you continue to burn calories even after training – for hours or days. Woop!

How to get ripped quickly? Move more. On average a healthy human should aim for 10k steps per day.

It doesn’t necessarily matter WHAT exercise you do, only that you’re creating a caloric deficit. But then again, who wants to be at the gym all day? Endurance athletes shoot glares my way now!

The amount you burn is dictated by volume and intensity – the longer you train (volume) the more you burn. The harder you train (intensity) the more you burn. If you can do both in one session OR double up – you will burn a massive amount of calories.

Thermic effect in food

Eating 4-5 small meals throughout the day instead of 3 (or fewer) has an inconclusive effect on your beltline. So the benefit here might not be to lose inches necessarily. What this does do, is stop you from getting hungry between meals and making bad decisions on snacks. This method will also keep your blood sugar more stable.  Ensuring you incorporate protein in every meal will increase the thermic effect your body will go through.

I personally subscribe to a 6 day per week training plan where I lift and complete HIIT cardio as well as MISS cardio. It’s all about variety, fun and hard work.

If you’re looking to fire up your routine and burn some extra fat or put on some lean gains, you know who to call!

Xx

S

Vanilla Bean Sugar

With a moment to spare in between travels I had the strangest desire to make Vanilla Bean sugar. I think my anticipation of the SWEETNESS of summer brought this craving to me…and now to you, today.
This recipe is uber simple and requires very little time. With the finished product you can: add it to baking, coffee, as a topping for freshly cut fruit or home baked desserts. You can also use this as a rimmer for sweet cocktails or as an ingredient for rubs.
Ingredients: 
2 medium vanilla beans
1 cup raw, organic sugar
Method: 
Slice open bean pods with knife and cut in 1/2.
Add sugar and beans to food processor and pulse until mixed as well as you can. Note: the sugar will “smoke” up in your processor if you leave it on low/high…less likely when you use the pulse option.
Once mixed use a sieve or pastry sifter to sift out any large pieces of vanilla bean.
Voila! Instant vanilla bean sugar. Be sure to keep the remainder of the vanilla bean chunks to add to your very own homemade vanilla extract.  
Decorate your mason/glass jars with fancy material lid covers and bows, give these away as gifts!

Pity Party Pizza – Vegan

 

Walnut and Brussels Sprout “Zaa”

 

46 days into prep without a re-feed meal and I was starting to feel like my next check-in email would be responded to with a “guess what? You get a re-feed”….instead, I was told that I looked like I’m retaining water which upped my cardio to an insane level AND changed my overall diet plan again.

This did not sit well with me, Jeff suggested we go for pizza. I had enough will to NOT cave and head for legit dangerous territory but I did need to pretend I ate pizza in order to survive.

I birthed a couple of recipes I hope you can find some enjoyment in.

Water retention. Pfft.

 

Tofu & Cheeze “Zaa”

Without having anything tomatoey, I needed to build a base. I was originally going for a Thai flavour but it ended up being something…else.

 

I utilized my usual vegan prep food for these recipes…but not the asparagus as I am mad at asparagus right now and don’t want to taste it on anything remotely delicious. Stupid, plain, boring and never ending asparagus.
Base:

Ezekiel wraps

1 tbsp sun butter

1/4 cup rehydrated sundried tomatoes (let sit in really warm water for 10-15 mins)

2 cloves garlic

1/4 cup water
Cheese:

4 tbsp nutritional yeast

1/8 cup water

1 tbsp chia seeds

*Mix all ingredients in small dish with fork and allow to sit for 10 minutes to thicken* voila “cheeze” 

Pizza toppings: 

Roasted brussels sprouts

Roasted broccoli

Chopped tomato

Cubed Tofu

Walnuts

Yellow onions

Maple Syrup

Method: 

Pre-heat oven to 425.

Slather on base, then add ingredients as desired. Bake for 10-12 minutes checking back to ensure you aren’t burning the “crust”. On my second effort I sprayed the bottom of the “pizza” with coconut oil. 

Pizza #1 was: 

Base, slivered yellow onion, brussels, tomato, walnuts & drizzle of maple syrup.

Pizza #2 was: 

Base, broccoli, tomato, tofu (measured per my diet plan), “cheeze”.

No peanut satay 

I drummed this recipe up while I was wondering what to do for yet ANOTHER dinner salad. In our house, most of the time but definitely during prep season our last meal of the day is a salad. We harness the most beneficial nutrients of all of the raw vegetable ingredients simply by not cooking them at all.

Flavours are crisp, clean and robust every time.

For this particular salad I was craving something a little Thai but didn’t want to use peanut butter as I have that as a staple at least a couple of times per day. I also wanted to avoid peanut butter so that this recipe could be accessed by folks who may have moderate to severe nut allergies.

The flavours at the end of the day are not 100% Thai Peanut sauce (obviously) but are a great second runner up in my books.

The bowl itself contained snap peas, spiralized zucchini noodles, red peppers and mushrooms. Macro-nutrient wise dinner was still on point for prep.

Ingredients: 

1 tablespoon Mugi miso

3 tablespoons Sun Butter

1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon  hot pepper oil (this stuff is HOT so choose your own adventure)

3 tbsp hot water – add as needed to create smooth consistency

2 cloves raw garlic

1/4 tablespoon coconut manna / coconut butter

Method: 

Place all ingredients in wide mouth mason jar & blend with hand blender.

If you do not own a hand blender then simply ensure that you utilize a garlic press or dice the hell out of your garlic to ensure it’s all mixed up nicely.

I topped a great hot salad which included some new lightly seasoned Tofurky for a vegan protein option.

Nutritional Info: 

Nutrition Facts
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 317
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8 g 12 %
Saturated Fat 1 g 7 %
Monounsaturated Fat 3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 332 mg 14 %
Potassium 635 mg 18 %
Total Carbohydrate 54 g 18 %
Dietary Fiber 5 g 20 %
Sugars 3 g
Protein 13 g 25 %
Vitamin A 1 %
Vitamin C 80 %
Calcium 28 %
Iron 18 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

 

Becoming Little Miss Bikini – Season 2 Episode 3

This episode will be the first that will contain a video…so it’s a “vlog” technically then, right?

Rolled out into week 9 feeling pretty crappy because I managed to catch a wicked flu on my trip home to Vancouver ~ which was a total and utter success by the way!

So what’s new at this point in my prep you’re wondering? Well, take a minute to enjoy this link to my latest video documenting my progress.

I’ve themed this blogpost “Change”.

xx- S

 

 

Kale & Aubergine Hot Salad

I’m dedicating this recipe to my lovely lovely friend Ziuta in London who is a busy mom of two and tries SO hard to learn new things and stay healthy. I don’t know how you do it lady, but I applaud you.

I’d normally call this one Kale & Zucchini however, Ziuta refers to them as their other name (aubergines) so I will for those purposes as well.

This is such a quick recipe that you can’t make any excuses for not getting your S&*T together to make some decent meals.

I’ve made this vegan (of course) but if you’re NOT vegan you can sub in whatever protein you wish. I’d hope for your sake you utilize this recipe to implement a Meatless Monday in your home – stay heart healthy.

I have omitted onions and garlic from this as they aren’t “safe” right now in my house ~ excess gas during prep time is not ideal, so add this if you wish.

You will need a pan with a lid or a way to cover your pan.

 

Ingredients: 

10 large white mushrooms sliced

1 large bunch kale chopped well

2 med/large aubergine spiralized or sliced thinly, you can also use a potato peeler or mandolin to make thin strips.

1 cup chopped pea shoots

2 cups snap peas

1 tsp coconut/avocado oil

16 oz Tofurky “chicken” type protein

2 large cloves garlic diced

1 medium yellow onion diced

Method: 

Heat oil in large (deep) pan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sautee for 3-4 minutes until they start to clarify but not brown.

Next, add kale, mushrooms and peas and cook for 3-5 minutes with lid on.

Next, add your vegan protein to basically just warm it up and brown a bit….you will have to add COOKED animal protein to this if you are using meat. DO NOT ADD RAW MEAT!!

Cook for another 3-5 minutes.

Remove from heat and add in pea shoots & aubergine.

Serve as a hot salad in bowls. This serves 4 people approximately 4oz of protein.

This is approximately 600 calories per serving…my nutrition generator is NOT working at the moment and I will update once it start accepting my new foods. 

 

 

 

Falafel Salad with Tzatziki Dressing

A lot of the time new recipes are born of my die-hard desire to not waste any food in my home. Looking in the fridge I noticed there was some Tzatziki dressing that was going to go off ~ chickpeas to the rescue.

This recipe is simple, though not too quick if you’re in a rush but if you prep the whole recipe you’ll have leftovers you can freeze and use easily any time.

Going out for food is absolutely impossible during prep, these made the cut and didn’t equal a cheat because I re-arranged my Macros for the day to accommodate.

You must try this one.

Ingredients:

Falafel

2 cans of chickpeas

1 medium yellow onion chopped

4 large cloves of garlic diced

1 large dried chili pepper (or chili pepper flakes)

2 tbsp cumin

2 tbsp corriander

1 tsp parsley flakes

1 tsp celery seeds

1 tsp salt

1 cup spelt flour

Water as needed to thin mixture

Dressing: 

1/2 cup vegan sour cream

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup chopped dill

Juice of 1 large lemon

1 large clove of garlic

** Place all ingredients in small vessel and using hand blender mix until creamy and smooth**

Salad: 

Cucumber, Kale, Spinach, Peas, tomato – you name it! I keep a big clean bowl of ready-to-eat mixed greens in the fridge that work well with every style of salad.

Method: 

Combine all ingredients in bowl and use hand mixer or food processor to mix well.

“Raw” Ingredients
I liked this a little more on the watery side to ensure they cooked a little more quickly.

Pre-heat a cast iron pan to medium heat and coat lightly with coconut or olive oil. (You can use a non-stick pan if you don’t have cast iron). We are not looking to use oil to deep fry in any way, only to keep the falafels from sticking! I used a small ice cream scoop to set the mix into the pan, this made them about golf ball sized or a little smaller.

Cook over medium heat for approximately 4-5 minutes per side. The ingredients will firm up in the same way as a pancake, where you can see them starting to cook through the middle (from the bottom) and will know it is time to flip.


Don’t over cook these as they can turn into little hockey pucks quite easily, so patience is best when you’re working with this one.

Dress your salad with the falafels, add hot sauce, dressing and top with diced tomato and cucumber.

Enjoy! – Serves 8 (at least) or two plus a tonne of leftovers!

Nutrition Information Falafels: 

Nutrition Facts
Servings 8.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 158
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3 g 4 %
Saturated Fat 0 g 1 %
Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 254 mg 11 %
Potassium 211 mg 6 %
Total Carbohydrate 26 g 9 %
Dietary Fiber 6 g 25 %
Sugars 1 g
Protein 7 g 14 %
Vitamin A 2 %
Vitamin C 4 %
Calcium 6 %
Iron 17 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Nutritional Information Tzatziki Dressing: 

Nutrition Facts
Servings 8.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 57
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6 g 8 %
Saturated Fat 1 g 4 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 41 mg 2 %
Potassium 24 mg 1 %
Total Carbohydrate 2 g 1 %
Dietary Fiber 0 g 1 %
Sugars 0 g
Protein 0 g 1 %
Vitamin A 2 %
Vitamin C 6 %
Calcium 1 %
Iron 1 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Baked Beans – Vegan Bodybuilding Series

There’s nothing I love more than a simple recipe during a week full of the hustle and bustle of life. I’ve chosen to add this quick and easy recipe to the bodybuilding roster because I’ve been using beans as pre-workout for about a year.

Most recently I’ve found that I personally do not get enough energy from them on my highest carb cycling/hardest workout days so I have chosen to use them in the off season or on a “cheat” day instead of as a strategy for more energy.

I used a slow cooker here to try and get as many farts cooked out of the beans as I could – this recipe was still a bit gassy….no funzo at the gym. Try soaking your beans over night before you undertake this one especially if you’re sensitive. Otherwise, be diligent to rinse the beans before you cook with them.

This is a clean recipe, I’ve included the nutritional information for you below as well. I’ve used all organic ingredients for this recipe.

Ingredients: 

1 can navy beans

1 can chick peas

1 can pinto beans

1 can white beans

1 large onion diced

5 cloves garlic diced

2.5 cups veggie broth

1 tsp coconut oil

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp rosemary

1/2 tsp oregano

Salt & Pepper to taste

Method: 

Using the saute or simmer setting on your slow cooker melt coconut oil and add garlic and onions. Cook until translucent.

Modification note* if you do not have a slow cooker use a deep sauce pan or frying pan to create the same recipe – you must be at home to monitor this process*

Next, add spices other than salt and pepper to mixture. Stir in and allow to simmer for about 30 seconds.

Finally, add all your beans and veggie broth mix well with all ingredients. Turn setting to hi slow cook for 1 hour, reduce to low for 2-3 hours. Once this is completed the slow cooker should switch to warm and you are ready to eat or prep.

This recipe would do fine on slow cook all day if you would like to put it on before you leave for work – I prefer to leave it on over night in that case in the event the recipe dries out and could potentially start burning.

Nutritional Info: 

Nutrition Facts
Servings 8.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 552
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3 g 5 %
Saturated Fat 1 g 3 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 880 mg 37 %
Potassium 1091 mg 31 %
Total Carbohydrate 106 g 35 %
Dietary Fiber 20 g 82 %
Sugars 4 g
Protein 28 g 56 %
Vitamin A 0 %
Vitamin C 100 %
Calcium 45 %
Iron 34 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Kale Caesar 

I recently had a full house when my parents came to stay with us and help get our home renovations under way. When you’re cooking for more than one type of person on the fly it can be a daunting task and you may just try to opt for the easy way out – packaged or fast food.

While we did step out to eat (slow food) a few times we did eat at home in our new kitchen as well. On a particularly busy afternoon I managed to find 3 types of protein that worked for the vegan, pescetarian and omnivorous family of the house.

Making a great base and then adding protein afterward is a great way to stick to YOUR dietary needs without singling out anyone in the family or neglecting yourself or them all together.

I hope you enjoy this one. The base Caesar recipe serves 4, protein serving suggestions (per person) below.

Ingredients

3 (women/kids)or 6 oz of protein per serving – salmon/chicken/tempeh

2 bunches freshly washed & chopped curly kale

1 cup washed bean sprouts patted dry

Himalayan sea salt to taste

Fresh ground pepper to taste

Dressing: 

1 large clove elephant garlic diced

3 tbsp Veganaise

Juice of one lemon

2 tbsp nutritional yeast

Method: 

Place washed and dried kale & sprouts in large bowl, set aside.

I use a hand blender and it’s receptacle (Braun) to place in all the dressing ingredients and blend until creamy.

Pour mixture over greens. Toss and coat thoroughly.

Top with protein of choice.

 

 

 

Watermelon salad

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I threw this recipe together in a matter of minutes armed with the challenge to continue eating six to seven 2-300 calorie meals per day in preparation for a fitness competition. Somehow, I forgot to take a snapshot…so I had some fun with this classic guy.

This recipe  is a compilation of all remnants from my fridge and I hope you enjoy it!

Ingredients: 

J100 g fresh Watermelon

100 g chopped Avocado

85 grams extra  firm Tofu chopped – toast this in a pan or leave raw ( I left raw in this recipe)

Optional – 15g crumbled Boursin garlic cheese

30g toasted pumpkin seeds

.5 tbsp Mint leaves chopped

1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar

Method: 

On stove-top lightly toast pumpkin seeds until browned.

Chop all ingredients and layer watermelon, avocado and tofu. Top with remaining ingredients and serve.

Warning – works out FAR better if you layer rather than try to toss everything – I tried both ways and layering is definitely the way to go for flavour and presentation.

Nutritional Info: 

537 Calories

41.2 gms fat

23.9 carbs

23.9 Protein