I haven’t posted a recipe for a while, so here’s another super healthy, quick and easy one to add to your repertoire! These little Egg Muffins contain some great lean protein, healthy fats, plenty of fibre and a host of vitamins & minerals. One observation I’ve made during my pursuit of a healthy lifestyle is that often, we overlook the concept of ‘presentation’. Whilst you may be ‘food-prepping’ six tupperware containers every evening, I think occasionally its important to sit down and really enjoy a proper meal, because after all we eat with our eyes (as well as with our mouths!). But the presentation bit need not amount to hours of painstaking fussing; instead I’d argue this little recipe is a perfect example that mouth-watering presentation can be pretty quick, clocking in at under 15 minutes total! These muffins can be stored in the fridge for circa 2-3 days as well, so whip up a batch and see what you think! Get the recipe and how-to here…
Time for a guilty confession… I LOVE chocolate. I always have done, and always will do. I realise that chocolate doesn’t necessarily go hand-in-hand with your ‘fitness goals’, but I’ve been experimenting with simple but effective ways to legitimately work a modest amount of chocolate into my training diet. This post contains a real ‘cheat day’ treat which satisfies my cravings, whilst providing my body with the protein, essential fats and antioxidants that it needs. Guilt neutralised, body nourished!
Regardless, there are actually health benefits to be gained from eating high-quality, dark chocolate – as long as you don’t overdo it! Dark chocolate is high is antioxidants which work to reduce free radicals in our bodies and aid cellular repair. Dark cocoa, being densely calorific, is also said to improve energy levels without the need for sugar, and focus the concentration. I aim for a minimum of 70% cocoa, but if you can tolerate it 99% cocoa is optimal, as it has an incredibly low amount of milk, fat and sugar. Yes, at first the taste is bitter, and you might need to work your way up to the high 90s percentages, but give it some time and you’ll learn to love it’s super rich dimensions! In fact I now prefer dark to milk chocolate – and I never thought that would happen! Here’s my recipe for a slice of chocolate indulgence which is packed with protein and a lot healthier than your standard Mars bar.
The ‘treat du jour’ is my ‘Dark Chocolate, Banana & Seeds Protein Muffins‘. With the following ingredients, I made 9 yummy ‘fairy bun’ sized cakes but it completely depends on how big / small you go. Remember, this is not a low calorie miracle, so it needs to be a reward for a heavy training session, but it is rich in what the body needs to recover!
Read about the ingredients & my step-by-step ‘how-to’ guide, HERE!