Pumpkin soup is such an Autumn (or any time of year!) favourite. It’s quick, easy and nourishing and provides powerful antioxidants. The added carrot, ginger and Australian Extra Virgin Olive Oil not only give it a refreshing taste, but add some great health benefits and aid liver cleansing and detox. Pumpkin soup is perfect for a light meal or entrée. If I’m having this as a main meal, I sometimes fill it out with a serve of shredded chicken and top with pumpkin seeds for a protein hit and a well balanced meal.
Nutrient timing is dietary strategy whereby specific nutrients (usually protein &/or carbohydrates) are consumed in and around exercise. The post-exercise period is widely considered the most critical part of nutrient timing. Theoretically nutrient timing is designed to optimize the adaptive response to exercise; rebuilding damaged muscle tissue and restoring muscle glycogen reserves. Hence, it is considered this speeds recovery, improves performance, increases muscle hypertrophy and strength gains and improves body composition. This lead to belief that there may an “anabolic window” of opportunity, a short time after training where these improvements can be optimized if the right nutrients are consumed. The concept of nutrient timing has been popular among athletes and sports nutritionists for some time. But this has been debated as the research results have been mixed as to whether it is effective or not. Does nutrient timing work? Is there an anabolic window? Let’s look at the latest science on protein timing.
Meal Prep 101: The ultimate how to guide. Plan, prepare and get organised. Save time and money. Make healthy living easy and reach your goals!
Meal prep isn’t just for competitors, gym junkies or the like. It doesn’t mean weighing all your food or calorie counting, or never eating out. Meal prep is something we do every single week, and I’d recommend everyone to do. Whether you work long hours, are motivated to maintain health and fitness goals, or simply want to enjoy a long healthy full life, you can master the art of meal prep and reap the healthy rewards of this simple routine. Planning a weekly menu and cooking all these meals at once may seem time-consuming, but prepping food in advance can actually save you an incredible amount time.
Metabolism affects how our body breaks down foods and uses the nutrients for energy. It helps regulate blood sugar, regulate hormones, determines the rate at which calories are burned and effects whether we burn fat or store it. There are a number of factors that affect our metabolism and whilst some like age, gender and genetics we have no control over, we can have an impact on our metabolism in other ways.