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Meatballs with Zucchini Noodles Recipe

Try this super delicious & healthy meatball with zucchini noodles recipe: www.usn.co.za

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INGREDIENTS:

500g lean beef mince
1 onion, finely chopped (keep one half aside for sauce)
1 large egg, beaten
1 tsp. crushed garlic
½ tsp. basil, chopped or dried
½ tsp pepper
1 tbsp. olive or coconut oil
1 tsp organum, dried or fresh
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 sachet tomato paste
½ cup hot water
1 packet of zucchini noodles (zoodles)

METHOD:

1. Preheat oven to 180˚C

2. Place mince, chopped onion, garlic, egg, basil and pepper into a bowl. Combine well. Shape into meat balls and place on a sprayed baking tray. Put into oven to cook, cook for 15 mins and turn meatballs then cook for another 15 mins until golden brown.

3. Heat oil in a large saucepan, add chopped onion and fry until translucent. Add organum, tomatoes and tomato paste, heat through and add hot water. Reduce heat and simmer over medium heat for 15-20 mins.

4. Remove meatballs from oven and place in sauce pan with Italian tomato sauce. Simmer gently over low heat for 5 mins.

5. Steam/microwave zucchini noodles for 2-3 mins and place in bowls.

6. Serve meatballs in tomato sauce over zucchini noodles.

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Protein Rice Krispies Treats Recipe

#USNFitFoodIdea Protein Rice Krispies Treats Recipe

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Serves: 9
Prep time: 5 minutes
Freeze time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

Coconut oil
4 cups brown rice crisps (or classic Rice Krispies)
½ cup all-natural peanut butter (or other nut butter), partially melted
½ cup brown rice syrup
3 scoops of USN BlueLab™ 100% Whey Protein Vanilla flavour
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preparation
Grease a 9-inch by 9-inch pan with coconut oil or line it with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix together melted peanut butter, brown rice syrup, protein powder and vanilla until it forms a dough consistency.
Add brown rice crisps to the peanut butter mixture. Use your hands to gently fold the rice crisps into the mixture. Then, pour mixture into the pan.
Using a spatula, spread mixture out evenly and press into pan so the bars are compact.
Place into freezer for at least 30 minutes
Before serving or storing, use a sharp knife to cut your treats into squares.

Pro Tip
Do not substitute honey or agave for brown rice syrup, since this sticky ingredient is essential to the recipe’s texture. Shop USN BlueLab™ 100% Whey Protein: http://ow.ly/NilV30hPnW5

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Decided to share…

Hey everyone,

Allot of people ask me about what protein/carbohydrate/fruit options did I have during my transformation challenge etc.

So I decided to compile these to maybe give you a guideline on the options you can use!

Remember one thing – You must never see this as a diet – This will only set you up to fear failure or believing that it is to hard to achieve!

Get your mind in the right place first – I can give you my word this is the only reason I could succeed in this was by seeing it in a different perspective! It makes it so much easier I promise!

Living a healthy life is not that difficult, you can still enjoy your food and love what you eat!

Let me know what you think or if this can help you.

Remember I have a passion for what I do and would love to share it with you. So if you have any suggestions let me know and we can compile something awesome!

Have a super Tuesday!

 

 

USN – Claudine Kidson – Healthy Eating 10 May 2012

Graeme and Gareth joins 12 Week Challenger Claudine Kidson in the shops to make healthy food choices when doing shopping.

Food prep Sundays….

Food prep Sundays....

Food prep done for the week!! Ostrich mince/Ostrich Steak/Chicken/Veg/Brown Rice and Sweet Potato! Yum..

Do you plan and prep your food in advance or how do you go about it?

I like to plan my meals for the week, doing it this way I’m always sure there is something in the fridge to grab in the mornings for my lunch meals…If I fail to plan I end up eating what I can get and that is a NO NO! I do cook fresh in the evenings and breakfast is my oats/cereals that takes 3-5 min to prepare.

Working in the hospitality industry makes it very hard at times for there is ALWAYS breakfast/lunch buffets for groups or clients! The food is absolutely amazing but honestly – when prepared in the kitchen they don’t think about the “healthiest” options like steaming etc its all about the taste!

So its better to prepare and bring my lunch to work, then I know what cooking process was used and sure to avoid any unwanted fats/oils/sugar etc! The taste stays amazing even though its prepared and freezed- make sure that the food you prepare is food that you like – Don’t let food become your enemy make it tasteful and interesting. That way you are assured it becomes a lifestyle and NOT a diet!

Blogging for the love of it…

Blogging for the love of it…

Oh how have I missed my blogging everyday, the place where I can  let my thoughts free ;-).

Its almost weekend, how is your week so far? There is so much to share on here as its been a while since I last blogged. You may wonder why? Well honestly I went through a little “bad” patch training wise but I’m back in full swing. Have you experienced this before? The feeling of being so overwhelmed by things, lack of interest in something you use to love so much or just being uninspired and demotivated?

Well friends those are the things that sometimes happen in life and we all experience this sometime or another!

You know what…It’s ok to feel that way — BUT now is the time to get back up and take charge…

I have also came to the conclusion that I will get back to blogging about my everyday life, experiences and the things I love. This is not only a fitness blog but more a network of friends getting together sharing about the journeys of everyday life!

So I moved into my new house soon to be home when all the work is done on the inside and when everything is unpacked argh I hate moving ;-). How draining is it to move? Packing and unpacking, organizing and cleaning so the list goes on! Well this will be the last move for a very long time.

As from yesterday I started a new gym program that I’ve put together for myself, and I’m loving it so far! It helps to do what you ultimately love or like doing. I will eventually create log sheets for myself – Nothing bigger than an A5 and nothing longer than 90 minutes spend in the gym including cardio! Those days spending 2 hours+ in the gym is a no no for now! I want to be a wife for my hubby, do things a women loves doing – No use to spend my morning in the gym before work – getting back from work and another hour or so in the gym and before you know you are exhausted by the time you get home in the evenings without any energy to prepare food.

I still prepare my food in advance once a week – But this is only for my lunch meals. Dinner is always served fresh. My new favorite is Smoked Chicken from Woolworths – Have you tried it before? Oh its yummy I love it.

Some of my lunch options are:

Option 1:

100g Smoked Chicken Skinless Breast

1 Cup Mixed Veggies

Green Salad

Sweet potato slices

Option 2:

1 Slice Toasted Rye bread

Shredded Tuna

+-3 Cocktail tomatoes sliced with cucumber roles and a tad of green Tabasco

Option 3:

1-2 Small Wholewheat Buns

Norwegian Smoked Salmon

Cucumber

Salad

Option 4:

Steam It Fish / Hake

1 Pack Steam it mixed vegetables

Salad

  

All is low in fat, ready to eat and takes max 10 minutes to prepare. I just add my cup of veggies, large salad and I am happy 🙂

What is your favorite meal to prepare? I also want to experiment more with smoothies and want to incorporate smoothies for my in between meals. Not loaded with sugar and fruit obviously… Will let you know what I come up with.

It is so so important to enjoy what you eat – I can tell you today if you don’t enjoy your food/diet you will never stick to it! Healthy eating can be delicious. Just make smarter choices and focus on how you prepare your food. I steam most of my food and I love the taste. Its fresh.

Check this out: Love it – So creative. If I have kids I will definitely make a point to make every meal/lunch pack interesting 🙂 For now I will do it for myself

Training – this is my week:

Yes I have action netball twice a week – great fun and loving it and then Zumba twice a week. So all good and balanced this is how my week looks like:

Monday: Chest and Triceps

Tuesday: Legs and Action Netball in evening

Wednesday: Super Circuit & Zumba in evening

Thursday: Back and Biceps and Action Netball in evening

Friday: Shoulders and Abs

Saturday: Zumba Fitness morning aerobic class

Sunday: Rest Day/Early morning Spinning!

I always do a 5-10 min warm-up before exercise and always add skipping or boxing in between my sets! Whenever I have time I add a 20 min run on the treadmill after my session or a mountain bike road session on a Sunday afternoon. BUT again I aim to keep it to 90 minutes per session as from this week!

Do you have a set goal or program that you follow – What is it that works for you?

Being fit and healthy is a lifestyle and must in no means be an obligation or a temporary thing – you must enjoy it while getting amazing results…

Have a super awesome day friends 🙂

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