Fitness food – trying to eat “clean”

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If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed that lately, I’ve been posting a lot of fitness focused stuff. I’m a massive lover of the gym, however, usually don’t eat well to compliment. But lately, I’ve started to really clamp down on my eating habits and have discovered some fabulous recipes along the way. I thought I would share some of my favourites with you!

Mackerel Fillets and Salad

This is a quick and easy lunch! Smoked, peppered mackerel fillets are relatively cheap and full of essential fish oils and omega to keep you fit and healthy! Half a pack with a generous helping of mixed salad leaves comes in at just 320 calories!

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Cauliflower Rice 

Rice is a complex carb that really isn’t ideal to be eating late at night, but nobody can doubt how delicious it can be and how essential it is as a meal accompaniment. A healthy, carb free, alternative is Cauliflower. It sounds like it wouldn’t work, but if you get cauliflower, blend it up finely (or chop it like I do!) you’ll be left with what looks like rice! Whack it in a frying pan for a few minutes until tender and treat it like you would rice. Have it with a curry, stir fry it with some egg and vegetables… Experiment!

One serving of Cauliflower Fried Rice is roughly 300 calories (without cashews).

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Courgette Pasta

Again, pasta is a very complex carb and the devil when it comes to calorie counting! A great alternative is courgette. If you take the courgette and grate the entire length of it to form long strips, fry lightly and briefly, then treat it as you would pasta! I added some garlic and herb Philli and some chilli prawns! I was most definitely satisfied but didn’t have that horrible heavy bloated feeling pasta usually gives me!

This particular recipe has just 113 calories! You can have triple portions if you wish!

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Banana Pancakes

This recipe is a life saviour! If you’re a fan of pancakes this is for you!

The recipe calls for just one banana (mashed or blended well), two eggs and whisk it all together! What is produced is an incredibly sweet batter that once cooked, tastes just like a hearty pancake! One portion (about four pancakes) is about 350 calories.

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If you would prefer not to fry the batter, you can bake it like a frittata! I used apples to help keep it together and sprinkled some cinnamon on top for some spice! (About 300 calories)

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Snacking on the go!

I am a huge fan of snacking! But, you can quickly stack up the calories without even noticing when it comes to a good old graze! I’ve found some great, filling products that will keep you going until your next big meal!

Pork Mooli Ribbons from Marks and Spencer’s are just 150 calories for six ribbons, plus a side of carrots and sweet chilli dip! More than enough to keep you happy!

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Metcalfe’s Sweet and Salty Popcorn is utterly delicious and very light in terms of calories and fat! Dead easy to munch on the go!

For a sweet treat to help curb cravings, I nibble on Green and Blacks 70% cocoa chocolate. It’s bitter but satisfying at the same time and therefore you don’t need to eat lots of it!

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Total 0% Fat Greek Yoghurt

Whoever designed this should be given a medal! It’s absolutely divine and completely free of sin! I like to spice it up in various ways…

Almonds, Honey and Yoghurt – a great start to the morning! (60 calories)

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Or, try a tsp of peanut butter, honey, vanilla extract and some chocolate chips (optional) to create a beautifully sin-free cookie dough flavoured yoghurt! You can freeze to create your very own Ben and Jerry’s! (100 calories for a small serving)

Sweet Potato!

The queen of the root vegetables! The sweet potato is so tasty and really easy to cook! I tend to have it at lunch as it’s still quite high in carb despite being better than a white potato! I usually have it in a jacket style filled with tuna and avocado with a side salad. It’s more than enough to fill me up until dinner time!

This serving has around 282 calories! If you removed the avocado, it’s just 199!

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Salmon Trimmings

I adore salmon! However, it’s very expensive, especially when you’re living alone and only ever cooking for one! But there is an answer… Salmon trimmings! These are the cut offs when they trim down smoked salmon for serving. As far as I know there isn’t a huge difference in nutrients and they cost just 98p for a generous sized packet! I have them various ways but my favourites are:

Scrambled eggs with salmon trimmings on toast!

And

Salmon trimmings, avocado, hot pepper sauce and brown toast! (About 300 calories)

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I must say that despite this all being very healthy and quite low in calorie intake, you won’t get very far – in terms of weightloss – unless you incorporate some exercise into your regime.

I hope you all enjoy these recipes as much as I do! 🙂

 

 

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