Shalini’s Pick

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Welcome to our newest blog where our club members will share their favourite healthy recipes. Each recipe may be one that they have made themselves or simply found on the internet and fell in love with. If so, we’ll be sure to reference where each recipe came from.

This week is Shalini’s Pick. Scroll down and take a look!

Chicken Kale Salad

Ingredients:

4 oz cooked chicken
1 cup cauliflower
1 cup chick peas
1-2 cups of fresh kale
1/2 fresh lemon
dash of salt
dash of pepper
dash of olive oil


Directions:

Chicken and Kale Salad

Pre-cook chicken.
Set main ingredients.
Drizzle olive oil, pepper, salt.
Bake platter @ 350 for 10 minutes.
Prepare kale with lemon.
Add main ingredients.
Enjoy!


Macros:

Calories: 330
Fat: 14g
Carbohydrates: 15g
Protein: 36g


Reference

Facebook video

Kickstart Cookbook™
https://ryanengelfitness.com/kickstart

CN Tower Climb 2017

After months of preparation and continuous fundraising, our team has successfully climbed (yet again) all 144 flights of stairs up the CN Tower in Toronto this morning. With your help, we successfully raised $1,551 for the World Wildlife Fund. This money will help continue the efforts of the WWF to protect endangered species and habitats around the world.

So again, from all of us, thank-you to all of you who supported us and our efforts to reach our fundraising goal. We could not have done it without your help!

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Fuelling Young Athletes

jaiten-1Have you ever wondered what you should be feeding your young athlete before, during, and after games? Listed below are just a few tips recommended by “Conditioning Young Athletes” by Tudor O. Bompa,  and PhD Michael Carrera, Human Kinetics.


Purpose: to replenish the body and prevent injury

Pre-game meal: 2-3 hours before a game

  • High in carbohydrates
  • Just a regular meal that consists of carbs, proteins, and fats
  • Protein sources should come from both plants and meats
  • Avoid gassy foods like legumes, chickpeas, and kidney beans as they may cause distress on the body reducing your child’s performance
  • DON’T EAT ON THE RUN! (if you can)

Post-game meal:

  • 30 min after a game, have a snack that consists of a protein and a carbohydrate (i.e. banana and peanut butter, chocolate milk, or a bagel with peanut butter)
  • Avoid sugary snacks (i.e. cereal bar)

  • 60 min after a game, have a regular meal that consists of higher carbohydrates to replenish the energy used during the game

Tournament Days:

  • If the game’s early, eat light (i.e. egg on toast)
  • After first game, they can have a suitable meal
  • Protein and carb based snacks throughout the day; such as tuna wraps, veggies, etc…
  • Eat whether they feel hungry or not, that way they can avoid an energy crash during the game. Essentially they are keeping their fuel stores going
  • Water for games or tournaments that last only 60 minutes but if the tournament lasts longer than 60 minutes, drinks like gatorade can be consumed. This way their electrolytes will stay up throughout the day

Chickpea Stew (Vegan & Gluten Free)

puppiesSince the New Year, my partner and I have decided to go a little more Pescatarian (vegetarian’s who eat fish) at home; that way we can save a few dollars while grocery shopping and at the same time, eat a little healthier!

Last night I attempted a vegan/gluten free chickpea stew from Healthier Steps. It didn’t turn out the way I’d hoped but it was delicious all the same. But give it a try and let us know how it turned out for you; better yet if you have any recommendations for another awesome recipe, comment below.

Prep Time: 10min

Cook Time: 25min

Ready in: 40min


Ingredients

FOR: 6 SERVINGS

  • 1 cup chick peas, dry or two-15 ounce cans chick peas, drained
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, (1/4 cup water)
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cups liquid from boiled chickpeas, or water
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Per 100g


Energy: 400kcal/1672kJ

Fat: 8g

Protein: 20g

Carbohydrate: 65g


Instructions

  1. If you are using dried chickpeas, sort, wash and soak them overnight. The next day drain and rinse chickpeas.
  2. Cover with water about 2 inches above chickpeas and bring to boil on medium heat.
  3. Lower heat to simmer and cook until tender, about 1 hour.
  4. Drain chickpeas and reserve 2 cups of liquid, set aside.
  5. If using canned chickpeas, start at step 5.
  6. Heat oil or water in a large saucepan on medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until soft, about 4 minutes.
  7. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds stirring. Add bell pepper, tomatoes, carrots, chickpeas, parsley, basil and oregano.
  8. Add tomato paste and water, cover and bring to boil. Reduce to a simmer for 20-30 minutes or until thickened.
  9. Mash some of the chickpeas, with the back of a fork to thicken stew.
  10. Check seasoning with extra salt and pepper.
  11. Delicious served with brown rice.

 

Berry Explosion Muffins

Berry Explosion Muffins

Have you ever been berry crazy? I mean crazy for berries? The health benefits of berries are enormous, and their rick colour and juicy flavours are definitely worth pining for. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries – this treat has them all.

Makes 12 Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 cup white beans or 1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added or low-sodium white beans, drained
  • 10 Medjool or 20 regular (Deglet Noor) dates, pitted
  • 2 bananas
  • 10 ounces frozen strawberries, thawed and divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries

Baking Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

In a large bowl, combine whole-wheat flour, almond flour, and baking powder and set aside.

berry-explosion-muffinsIn a cup, mix ground chia seeds with 1/2 cup water and let sit until it forms a gel, about 5 minutes. In a high-powered blender, combine white beans, pitted dates, banana, half of the thawed strawberries (leaving the other half to be put in the muffins whole), chia seed gel, and villa and almond extracts. Once blended, combine with the dry mixture and stir thoroughly until well combined.

Drain the remaining strawberries and sit in, along with the blueberries and raspberries, so they are evenly distributed throughout.

Line a 12 cup muffin pan with the cupcake papers and, using a spoon, scoop in batter. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes and serve warm.

To make cookies, drop batter by spoonfuls onto a foil-lined cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

Nutrition Facts:

CALORIES 166; PROTEIN 6g, CARBOHYDRATES 38g; TOTAL FAT 1g; SATURATED FAT 0.1g; SODIUM 4mg; FIBER 6.3g; BETA-CAROTENE 35ug; VITAMIN C 65mg; IRON 1.8mg; FOLATE 37ug; MAGNESIUM 54mg; ZINC 0.9mg; SELENIUM 8.1ug.


All of these recipes can be found in “EAT TO LIVE” by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

Apple Bok Choy Salad

Monthly Recipe

Apple Bok Choy Salad

  • 6 cups of finely chopped bok choy
  • 1 large apple shredded
  • 1 large carrot shredded
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened soy, hemp, or almond milk
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews or 1/4 cup raw cashew butter
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard

Combine bok choy, apple, carrot, and chopping red onion in a bowl.Apple Bok Choy Salad.jpg

Blend soy milk, cashews, vinegar, raisins, and mustard in a food processor or high-powered blender. Add desired amount to chopped vegetables.

Nutrition Facts: CALORIES 202, PROTEIN 7 g, CARBOHYDRATES 26g, TOTAL FAT 8.9g, SATURATED FAT  1.7g, SODIUM 89mg, FIBRE 4g, BETA-CAROTENE 1,383ug, VITAMIN C 20mg, CALCIUM 90mg, IRON 2.3mg, FOLATE 55ug, MAGNESIUM 74mg, ZINC 1.4mg, SELENIUM 4.2ug

 

Recipe can be found in “Eat to Live” by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. on page 116