Monday, 9 February 2015

Crunchy Protein Balls


The humble protein bite has been revamped to create the Crunchy Protein Balls recipe. Enjoy!

Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond or coconut flour
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup nut butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (liquid/melted)
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons maple syrup or rice malt syrup
Directions 


1.  Combine all ingredients into a food processor and process until well  combined and in a crumbly, paste-type consistency.

2.  Scoop small spoonfuls and squeeze tightly in the palm of your hands then roll between the palms of your hands into a small ball shape.
If your mixture crumbles add some more coconut oil

3.  Serve plain, or roll in sesame,  coconut flakes or chia seeds.

4.   Refrigerate and they will become firmer.


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Monday, 12 January 2015

2015 - How to Make It YOUR Year



It’s a New Year & you want a to be a fitter, healthier & better version of you but with all these goals & aspirations to achieve in 2015 how do you get started?

Set a Goal

Sounds easy enough but I don’t just want you to set a goal to achieve by the end of 2015, I want you to set a goal for each month. If you want to lose 20kg by the end of 2015 you need to break it down, look at the big 2 0 is very frightening, but breaking it down to a monthly goal is just under 1.7kg a month…now how much better does that look!

Now that you have your monthly weight loss goal we need to set weekly goals based around your food and training. 

For example
Week 1 – Walk 3 x per week and drink 2 L of water
Week 2 – Walk 4 x per week and drink 3L of water
(Ensure you have a fitness & food goal for each week)

Creating a new habit each week is the best way to ensure you are creating long term habits that will not only allow to achieve your goal but stay at your goal weight


Be Accountable

There are MANY ways to do this including

  • Food and exercise diaries
  • Training buddy
  • Friend of confident
  • Personal trainer
  • Nutritionist
  • Life Coach
  • Etc.

No matter what support your need ensure you start your journey with support and make your goals known to whoever is keeping you accountable so they can check in on you


Stay Committed 

It’s the begging of the year & your all excited about your health kick but 2 weeks in you’ve had a stressful day at work and you binge on your kryptonite (i.e chocolate). Don’t stress. Remember your WHY – why you started, why you want to achieve your goal so much, why you are going to stick to it this time.

It helps to have a piece of clothing as a motivational piece as a reminder & hang it up where you can see it every day. Remember your why & remember you’re human. You are only the next meal away from getting back on track so accept it & move on from it

Further down the track it is great to reflect on your progress so be sure to take a starting picture and reflect on how far you have come – it is great motivation


Re-evaluate

Don’t be afraid to re-evaluate your goals every week or every month if you want to add something to the list of things you want to achieve that is FANTASTIC. Be sure to discuss this with your accountability support to help you decide the best way to fit that into your plan


Set a Solid Foundation

The most important part of setting a new goal is to create a good foundation whether it is food or exercise. Seek the support you need to get you started on the right track in understanding what foods, when & how much you need to be having, what training, when & how much you need to be exercising & so forth. Creating a strong foundation of health habits will ensure (more than anything else) you can achieve your goal & sustain it.


Do It for You

Don’t do it because your ex said you had thunder thighs. 

Do it for....
  • Feeling better about yourself
  • Having more energy
  • Feeling fit
  • Feeling healthy
  • Being happier
  • Getting the most out of every day
  • That feeling of self-achievement


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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Naed Nutrition’s Christmas Survival Guide






Tis the season to eat more, drink more and move less but as a result Australian’s will gain 3-4 kg over December through to January (because let’s face it the festive season doesn’t finish until AFTER the Australia Day long weekend.) Here are my top tips to surviving the silly season



It’s ok to say no


It’s ok to say no I won’t have another drink, it’s ok to say no I don’t want have a second dinner it’s ok to say NO. It’s not about being rude it’s self-preservation and understanding that it will probably bother the person asking you more than it bothers you. People show love with food so it’s about being tactful with your response. It’s as simple as saying

“No thanks I won’t have another wine I am driving “or

“Thank you so much for the offer for dessert but I am so full from dinner can you pack me a takeaway portion so I can have it later (this doesn’t mean you actually need to eat it)”




Re-gift those sweet treats


if you get chocolates as a present (& we all do) don’t even let them cross your front door. Re-gift them or bring them into work/school/family members’ house/social gathering. The less temptation in your house the better




Shop a normal shop


During December it is almost like the apocalypse is coming and everyone is stocking up for hibernation. Stick to your normal portions, shop with a shopping list and don’t feel like you have to overspend because everything is on special and you think you might eat it or so & so is coming over so maybe you should have a backup (who are you kidding) – shop on a full stomach and stick to your list




DO NOT skip the exercise


Yes it is a busy time of year, yes there are more events, but guess what there is more food & alcohol so if anything you should be exercising more. You have worked your butt off to get where you are this year DO NOT get slack because others around you may be. You will have to work twice as hard to get where you are, remember consistency is the key

It’s not just about the food & booze

 Remember this time of year is for spending time with your family and friends – enjoy the company and divert your attention. Have your event at the beach & play some backyard cricket, if it’s a party get up and dance




Never arrive hungry


No matter what event, what function it is always pre-eat, especially if you don’t know what’s there or what time you are eating. It will make it much easier to control your food intake over the day/evening




Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate


The first thing out the window is water – water will be your saviour. It will be your saviour from over eating, over drinking, feeling hung over, skipping workouts & being productive. Always bring your bottle of water with you




Have a safe a happy holiday season from everyone at Naed Nutrition




P.s Don’t forget to check out Naed Nutrition’s Christmas Special