Healthy Appliances for Those That Can't Cook

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Much like Robert De Niro says to his missus in Heat, "I am alone, but I am not lonely". Really sums up my current mood right now. I'm relying on some basic 'man alone' survival tactics to help me get through the festive season, notoriously the busiest time for bloggers.

The trouble with being on the move all the time is that your diet normally turns to crap. It can be so annoying when you train as much as I do, but then get subjected to the lack of optionality in the discount chains. Ready meal pizza's, microwave burgers, the crisp and cereal aisle alone compounded my decision to book a health retreat to Bali in January (which I’ve now had to cancel, I’ll explain another time).

However, I've put a mini listicle together for you, highlighting some tried and tested appliances that will help you stay on the right path.

Steamer 

A good friend once recently told me he survived 3 years living above a shop with no basic amenities. No shower, no kitchen etc. He told me that he bought a steamer on the first day of moving in and lived off a diet of salmon and broccoli and was the healthiest period of his life. 

Salmon is an excellent source of high-quality protein, vitamins and minerals (including potassium, selenium and vitamin B12) but it is their content of omega-3 fatty acids that makes them most renowned. Otherwise known as brain food. 

What is remarkable is that you don't need to be a decent cook to eat healthy. Though there are some steam food cook books available for the sake of variety. The Magimax is a great reputable brand and served my friend well for his insulated years. 

Blender

No better way to start the day. Also one of the best ways to ensure that no food goes to waste. I'm not suggesting you pull a Schwarzenegger from End of Days and start puree-ing last night’s left over pizza, moreover the fruit and veg that is on the turn. 

Also how many times have you bought fruit and veg from the supermarket in a bid to kickstart a healthy diet, but when it comes to preparing and actually wanting to put the damn things in your mouth the will immediately deserts you. 

The Vonshaf is a great bargain blender that creates minimum amount of clean up. It's also a blender, not a juicer meaning you keep the pulp and fibre that contains a lot of nutrients and bypass the immediate sugar hit found in citrus fruits. 

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Popcorn Maker 

Look Dynasties just wouldn't be the same without being curled up with a bowl of popcorn. A popcorn maker just gives it that special cinematic experience and a great gift for someone with kids. 

Really go all out with that cinema experience by having your young nephew sat behind you and kick your chair every five minutes, similarly you can tut loudly and obnoxiously each time your girlfriend gets her phone out. 

Soup Maker 

This is soup season gentlemen. Those salad days are done and done for another 6 months so why not invest in a Phillips Soup Maker. It basically serves as a blender with an inbuilt  thermostat. The Z-shaped blade design together with the optimised heating profile allows you to create your favourite soups with the perfect texture in 18 minutes or less.

Healthy Grill Maker 

The biggest ball-ache of having to grill food is cleaning up the debris after. Now I'm very emotionally attached to my BBQ outside on my patio, it's been a terrific servant over the years and somehow buttresses my cave man stature. 

However, it's been raining solid here in London since, forever basically so I've since had to move my culinary efforts indoors. There are many healthy grills on the market, this Cuisinart can also double up as a sandwich maker and is discounted right now on Amazon. 



Protein waffles with Oppo ice cream

Now these are the sort of posts I like writing about because I get the scoff everything that I have made afterwards! This morning was spent doing British Military Fitness on Clapham Common building up a decent appetite then when home I started mixing up some protein batter for my home-made waffles topped with Oppo guilt-free ice cream...yes for brunch and don't feel guilty about it AT all, and here's why.

Firstly I'm a bit of a kid at heart and the thought of having ice cream at any time of the day gets me excited. Although on the flip side of that comment, I'm also a bit of a fitness freak and right now I'm massively cutting down on my refined sugar intake - I even take tea and coffee without sugar now (a big step for me). Just google 'What does sugar do to my body' and you'll be inundated with facts about the adverse short-term and long-term effects refined sugar has on us.

Hello Oppo ice cream. Created because Oppo believe that indulgent food doesn’t need loads of sugar or calories to taste good and of course they are right. A simple taste test this morning proved that. I could actually bang on about how good this ice cream tastes yet how healthy and clean it is, although I think Charlie & Harry, do it better:

"Oppo ice cream is made with natural ingredients and just 40 calories a scoop"

For those of you who are interested in trying these protein waffles topped with Oppo ice cream, firstly purchase some Oppo by clicking on your favourite flavour below or visit one of the 1000+ stores they are stocked in. Then follow this simple protein waffle recipe:

Ingredients

2 Eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
1 1/2 cups of almond milk
1 cup of gluten free flour
1 cup of oat blend flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
2 scoops of vanilla protein powder

Method

Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a bowl
Place the dry mixture and all of the other ingredients together and blend
Spoon into a waffle maker
Serve the waffles hot with a scoop of Oppo ice cream
Garnish with fruit (optional)
 

 

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Get Summer Ready With This Simple 10 Minute Meal - Kale Pesto & Spiralized Courgette

How many of you are still working hard on getting beach body ready for your summer holiday? Unfortunately I've pretty much done all my holidays for this year...thats except a stag do in Budapest and for those of you who have been on stag a do will know that you can't exactly class them as a relaxing holiday! So therefore I'm going to pass over to you my favourite Summer ready recipes, starting with this homemade kale pesto with chicken and spiralized courgettes. It really is so quick and simple to prepare/cook especially with my new Morphy Richards Electric Spiralizer.

We all have busy lifestyles and convenience is staring us in the face whenever we visit the supermarkets. Two things I noticed when buying these courgettes. 1. You can actually buy pre-spiralized courgettes, although they are over double the price of the non-sprialized version and you only get 250g which is just over 1 normal sized courgette. For those of you (like me) who eat a truck-load of this awesome vegetable will know that when you cook them, they reduce due to the water content - so 1 is just not enough. 2. Some supermarkets have a 'wonky veg' or  'Imperfect' ranges sourced from British farms. I would suggest buying these because from the normal packaged courgettes you can get 3 for £1 or buy the imperfect ones and you'll get 4 (and they were massive compared to the 'perfect' ones) for only 85p and you are also helping British farmers and reducing food waste.

Flipping back to convenience, I've used a couple of old crappy plastic spiralizers in the past before I purchased this electric one and not only is the electric one a hell of a lot quicker but also easier to clean. With the hand powered plastic rubbish, you have to push the courgette into the blade quite hard, therefore you'll get a build up of courgette residue that is hard to remove just by running under a tap. With the electric one it is totally effortless to spiralize as is the cleaning.

 

INGREDIENTS
 

2 Large handfuls of Kale.
10 Fresh basil leaves.
Olive Oil
Salt
4 Garlic cloves
1 Handful of Pine Nuts
Parmesan Cheese
2 Courgettes
Cherry Tomatoes
Mixed Peppers (Optional)
Chicken (Optional)

First things first, spiralize two courgettes using the Morphy Richards Electric Spiralizer if you are lucky enough to have one and place to the side.

Blend the kale, basil leaves and olive oil in a blender, adding the garlic cloves, pine nuts, pinch of salt and about 50g (or handful) of parmesan cheese whilst continuing to blend. Add more olive oil if the mixture is struggling to combine properly.

If you are making the chicken version, cut up some chicken pieces and fry in olive oil until cooked. Into the cooked chicken add a generous helping of the kale pesto, mix well.

Add halved cherry tomatoes, a pinch of salt and the sliced mixed peppers. Stir.

Add in your spiralized courgettes, continue to stir, coating all of the courgettes with the mixture.

Add about 25g of parmesan cheese shavings or a small handful and mix everything together thoroughly.

Toast some pine nuts and serve by towering the spiralized courgettes with the cherry tomatoes and mixed peppers. Add a teaspoon of the uncooked pesto on top with a single thin slice of parmesan cheese and sprinkle over the toasted pine nuts.

YUM!

 

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