New Recipe! 3 Ingredient Sweet Potato Waffles!

I made these yesterday on a random impulse and craving for Waffles and I loved them so much I knew I had to share them on here before I forgot how I made them!

This was super simple (providing you have a waffle maker, perhaps super difficult if not) and super super versatile! You can make them as standard with cows milk and plain flour, gluten free, dairy free, vegan and low FODMAP! Just choose your preference and adapt one of two of the ingredients to suit!

Yesterday I topped them with cheese for a snack and todays version I topped with scrambled egg for lunch. There’s even more versatility in that you could make these sweet or savoury, part of a meal or a meal in itself. I reckon (though I haven’t tried) you could even try frying the batter in a pan to make them into pancakes instead!

Behold them in all of their waffley glory and if you want to try them yourself click here to go to the recipe!

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The Meat-tox: Making a Good Habit out of a Bad one

A few weeks ago I had the absolute joy of going to Pula (Croatia) for a weeks holiday. Now, I went with the best intentions;  I was going to keep working out each day and stick to the meal plan…all I will say is that I came home 7lbs heavier (essentially putting all of my pre-transformation weight, plus some more, back on)…

It’s not that I was eating unhealthy food (quite the opposite), I just ate waaay too much of the good stuff. Part of that was meat, I ate A LOT of meat so, by the time I got home I decided I needed a few days meat-free.

So generally I eat meat every day, a good mix of fish, red and white meat. Since it’s pretty much tasty with minimal effort, I’m not especially adventurous with my cooking; so taking meat out of the equation has always made me nervous. What would I eat? A plate of raw veg for lunch and dinner? No thanks! So, with this in mind, I decided for 4 meat free days I had to make an effort and get some recipes. Cue ‘Womens Health’ ‘Eat Clean Get Lean’.

This Magazine/book hybrid, along with my Womens Health and Train magazines made this deep dive into vegetarianism  marvellous experience!

Here’s my Veggie Venture in Pictures!
Sweet Treats/Breakfasts: Raspberry Chia Pot and Apple Cinnamon 0% Fage yogurt

Salads/Lunches: Fig/Freekeh Salad (top/bottom left), Chilli Mango Salad (top right), Blackberry Feta Salad (Mid/Bottom Right) and Pea and Green Lentil Salad (Mid Bottom)

Down-right Awesome Dinners: Baked Sweet Potato and Balsamic Lentils (top left), Wild Rice Stuffed Squash (top right), Baked Potato with mixed Pulses (Mid Right), 4 Bean and Quinoa Chilli (Bottom Left), Aubergine and Chickpea Curry (Mid Bottom/Bottom Right)

Conclusions: First thoughts on this experience is that I am a damn good vegetarian cook, every meal turned out great and tasted wonderful! I enjoyed the experience so much that I decided to take up “Meat-Free Monday’s”.
Overall my meat-tox was an amazing and eye-opening experience. Vegetarian is an exceptionally varied and colourful diet that does encourage you to be more adventurous with your cooking. Admittedly it is tough to get your proteins naturally and keep the macro’s where you want them; but 110% I’d recommend putting a meat-free day into your meal plan!

(Also worth noting – by the end of my meat-tox I had lost 5lbs of my holiday weight, although I suspect some of it was water weight!)

BodyPower Expo – Roadtrip Prep Part 1!

Next month will be my 3rd ever trip to the Birmingham NEC but it’s the fist trip I’ve actually been excited about. My first two trips were the MODA Lingerie/Swimwear exhibition and the Clothes Show Live. Both were in my Lingerie business time period and looking back now attending both felt like a chore, by jumping straight in and turning my lingerie and corsetry passion into business, I had sucked the joy out of one of the things i loved most. Instead of being excited about seeing all the brands and being immersed in the atmosphere, I was too busy desperately trying to weigh up if I could afford something like this, could/should i exhibit next time, what do I do and say at these events, what if  come away having made no money and no contacts?
In the end, I didn’t enjoy either event, I left both disappointed and disheartened by some of the less than friendly exhibitors (“if you want my opinion/advice, I charge £500 a day”said one rather cold individual and well, I wont name her but needless to say, I’ve never bought a single thing from her lingerie company as a result).

But this time when I go, I’m going to BodyPower and I cannot wait! This time I’m going because I want to, because I want to go learn from top athletes who are there because they want to help you, to stuff my face with all kinds of awesome food and buy enough kit to overload my car! The difference now is this blog is about sharing my passion rather than selling it, certainly one day there could a business in this for me (after all how kick ass is my little branded tank?!) but right now it’s about sharing the adventure and my love of food and lifting!

So without further adieu, Lesley’s BodyPower Prep Pack so far!IMG_4884

  1. BodyPower Power Pass – To get in, can’t enjoy all the gooodness from outside afterall!
  2. THE FIRST EVER GAINS,TRAINS & APPETITES TANK! How awesome is that??!

Stay tuned more will follow as we count down to May 14th!

The Protein Bar Chronicles: Grenade Episode 1

I have yet to find a Carb Killa Bar I don’t love, long may it continue!

Grenade Carb Killa Bar – White Chocolate Cookie:
Cals:214  Protein: 23.3g Fat: 7.9g Carbs: 13.5g (Fibre: 6.7g  Sugar: 14g)
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Verdict: 10/10 – Honestly I would pick this over any standard chocolate bar they are that good. The fat content rates a little higher than some but the pay off is that you are tasting actual chocolate and not some chocolate flavoured coating. The texture again just like any other chocolate bar (so not quite the jaw workout you get with other brands) so the main issue here is trying to remember that if you buy them in bulk, eating them all at once isn’t healthy (even if it is more macro friendly than a mars bar)…
Where to get them: http://www.musclefood.com/high-protein-snacks-1/protein-bars-1/grenade-carb-killa-bars.html

The Protein Bar Chronicles: Quest Bar – Peanut Butter Jelly Time!

It’s always felt there there’s a lot of hype around Quest Bars so I finally got me a taste of the action

Quest Protein Bar – Peanut Butter & Jelly:
Cals:220  Protein:20g Fat: 10g Carbs: 21g (Fibre: 16g  Sugar: 2g)
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Verdict: 8.5/10
It’s not the most attractive thing you’ll eat and it is a bit of jaw workout but I wont lie, this is gooood. At my first bite I thought I wasn’t going to like it, but the flavour just suddenly developed and by the end  was loving it. Certainly the peanut is the main flavour you taste, but there is a little underlying sweetness from the jelly flavour. Another bonus here is that I recognise everything on the ingredients list (this is a rarity among protein bars) so I’m feeling somewhat less guilty about stuffing it in my face (probably doesn’t make it ok though…)

All in all it’s tasty, fairly natural and with 20g protein and a whopping 16g fibre it’s packing some pretty decent macros!

Where to buy them: http://www.musclefood.com/quest-bars-peanut-butter-jelly.html

Snack Attack: Yogurt Experiments

Yogurt was one of the surprises in my eating journey; I’ve learned the value of knowing the difference between “Greek” yogurt and “Greek-Style” yogurt (key lesson: “Greek”-filled with protein and helpful bacteria/cultures and “Greek-Style” full of sugar and little to no protein). I’ve also learned that Greek and Natural yogurt are very versatile foods, you can make anything from pancakes to savoury dips and of course lots of lovely flavoured snacks!

Today’s happy experiment is Cinnamon Maple Crunchy Protein Yogurt!
170g serving: Cals:220 Protein:41.8g Fat:0.6g Carbs:12.8g

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It tastes pretty good although I would be tempted to use 1/2 scoop whey isolate to reduce the whey flavour or if you don’t want the added protein switch up the whey for a teaspoon of maple syrup (remember that’s extra sugar calories though). I think the maple syrup/ground cinnamon combo would make a a nicer (& less artificial) flavour so ill definitely be trying it next time!

Also to make it all natural and get some extra protein, try switching the maple pecan crunchies for a handful of walnuts or pecans!

Make it yourself:

  • 170g greek/natural yogurt (I used Fage 0%)
  • Mix in 1 scoop myprotein Cinnamon Danish Whey Isolate (blend may make a smoother mixture but i just mixed by hand)
  • Dash of ground cinnamon
  • top with about 10g crushed Musclefood “Maple Pecan Crunchies”

The Protein Bar Chronicles: Combat Bar

The first of many protein bars to try out from my Box of Protein, here’s how it went!

MusclePharm Combat Bar – White Chocolate & Raspberry:
Cals: 210 Protein: 20g Fat: 7g Carbs: 25g (Fibre: 12g Sugar: 5g)
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Verdict: 7/10 – it was nice but a little sickly sweet for me. There’s a bit of a whey-ey after taste but you sort of get used to it by the time you’re a few bites in. It’s a nice texture no effort at all to chew so I’d be keen to try some other flavours as I think it’s just this particualr flavour that doesnt appeal to me (in fact I can see cinnamon crunch and Peanut Butter cup flavours so definitely want to try those!)
Buy it from: http://www.musclefood.com/combat-crunch-white-choc-raspberry.html