Meatball Kebabs- Designed2Eat

This is a guest post from Charleh at Designed2Eat. 

Ah! August. The glorious mornings after the night before. Fresh, crisp and warm enough to just wear a t-shirt. Absolutely love August mornings. I’ve recently been listening to a lot of Anthony Robbins and Tim Ferris’s podcasts and they give some great advice on maximising your life. It was hard work but I trained myself into a new morning routine. Wake up, down a pint of filtered water and then go for walk before my breakfast. I recently discovered that coffee is awful for people who are gluten intolerant, and as someone who loves their coffee and likes caffeine in the morning, this was a shock. However, my new found morning routine has been a revolutionary discovery for a natural, wake up boost!

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Problem 1. Solved. Problem 2. I live in the north. The weather is going to turn fast! I think my morning walk will turn to the treadmill at the gym. This leads me to my recipe. As summer is rapidly closing to the end and the start of school is hurtling closer at us, I feel making the most of the last would be suitable. These gluten free paleo meatball kebabs are perfect for the bbq and when the weather has gone, the oven.

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Full to make and the flavours easily adjusted to your taste, it’s a plain and simple winner! I have used peppers and red onions as they are the favourite veg in our household but mushrooms, courgette etc work just as well. Meaty, juicy, with a slight hint of an aromatic kick to set your mouthwatering. I highly recommend eating them with a homemade coconut raita or coleslaw salad as it helps you believe that you’re still enjoying the high heat of the summer.

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Gluten Free Paleo Meatball Kebabs 

Serves: 6, Prep Time: 5 Minutes, Cook Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 2 Tbsps Coconut Oil, for frying

  • 1 Large Egg

  • 500g Grass-Fed Ground Beef

  • 2 Tbsps Ground Almond

  • 1 Tsp Cumin

  • 1 Tsp Coriander

  • 1-2 Tsp Cinnamon

  • 4-6 Bell Peppers

  • 2 Large Red Onions

Method: 

  1. Make the meatballs: Whisk the eggs in the bottom of a big bowl. Add the remaining ingredients, then knead the mixture with your hands until everything is just incorporated. Form the meat into golfball-sized meatballs.
  2. Heat the coconut oil in a large frying pan, over medium heat.
  3. Pan fry the meatballs in batches, until browned all over and cooked through.
  4. In the meantime, prepare the veg. Roughly chop the bell pepper and red onion into cubes so that they are ready to be skewered.
  5. To assemble; add one meatball followed by a cubed pepper and then a red onion onto a sharp metal skewer.
  6. Repeat this process until all the ingredients has been used.
  7. To finished, either on a hot BBQ or pre-heated oven at 180 degrees, heat the meatballs and veg through and carefully turning the skewers occasionally to ensure that all the sides have a little colour.
  8. At this stage, you have the optional process of pastry brushing honey or olive oil on each side of the kebabs with extra dried herbs.
  9. Once the kebab has a little colour, remove from the heat.
  10. Serve with baked sweet potato or cauli-rice or homemade coleslaw.
  11. Finally, enjoy!

Charleh is a healthy food writer (www.designed2eat.co.uk) and owner of Designed2Eat- a healthy food company that has an innovative range of cakes and cereal. The products on offer are are dairy, gluten, wheat, egg, soy, corn and baking yeast free. They also only have naturally occurring sugars which means that the products are suitable for Paleo, Celiac, Vegan, Diabetics, healthy eaters and athletes. Designed2Eat specialised in using healthy, natural ingredients to bring guilt free cakes and cereal for everyone to indulge together. Their products are sold online (www.designed2eat.myshopify.com), and come in a variety cake sizes from small bite-size to large 9-inch celebration cake which they deliver nationwide (UK).

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4 High Protein Breakfasts That You Can’t Refuse

Stop having a boring bowl of mushy cereal and try these filling, tasty and protein packed breakfasts that will make you want to get up in the morning, and will help fuel you until your next meal.

We all want to find something tasty for breakfast, that is easy to make and is good for our bodies. A high protein breakfast is the way forward, as not only will it fuel your muscles it will keep you satisfied for longer than traditional low nutrient, high carb, high sugar options.

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Many people may think that a protein shake is the only high quality high protein option out there, but this is not true! There are other ways forward, and you don’t need to get rid of your favorite powder. Instead just change your approach, switch things up and find other great recipes!

Give these protein packed breakfasts a go. You won’t look back!

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup water or milk
  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 tsp chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans work well)
  • 1 tsp chopped raisins or dates

Method:

Cook oats as normal- i.e. combine the oats and liquid and put in the microwave or cook on the stove. Once cooked to your desired consistency, take off the heat and stir in the pumpkin, protein powder, spices and syrup. Top with nuts and raisins. I also like to add a dollop of nut butter – but that is just because I am obsessed with it!

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Brownie batter overnight oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup milk or non sweetened milk alternative
  • 1/4 cup of yogurt/ mashed banana/ pumpkin
  • 1 tsp of unsweetened cocoa (add more or less to taste)
  • 1-2 packets of stevia (optional)
  • 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder

Method:

Combine the oats with 1/2- 1 cup of water in a microwave safe bowl. Pop in the microwave for about two minutes- depends on how strong your microwave is! Then, in a small bowl, mix together all of the other ingredients, and stir in your cooked oats. Depending on how hungry you are, this recipe will either feed one or two. If you are serving two, then divide the mix between two small bowls, mugs, or mason jars. Cover and refrigerate overnight so that the oats soften and absorb the liquid.Top with chopped nuts or any other toppings of choice! You can enjoy this cold or for a more brownie like taste/ texture, microwave your oats for 30-60 seconds to enjoy warm!

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Banana protein muffins

Muffins were a childhood breakfast staple for us, but once we realized that chocolate muffins were not the best way to start the day, we changed our habit. However, with this healthy recipe, you can have your cake and eat it- I mean who does’t love a warm and sumptuous cake to wake up to in the morning?

Ingredients:

  • 1 large banana
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup of egg whites
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 2 scoops of vanilla (or your favorite flavor) protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp Stevia (add more to taste) (optional)

Method:

Preheat oven to 180 Celsius (350 F). Put all ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth. Put 12 cases into a muffin tray and divide the mixture evenly. Bake for 20 minutes, and enjoy!

Vanilla and Banana Protein Pancakes 

Ingredients (pancakes):

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp natural vanilla extract

Ingredients (topping/ filling):

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1- 2 tbsp nut butter
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp honey (optional)

Method:

Put all of the pancake ingredients into a blended and blitz for 30 seconds until well combined and smooth. If its too thick add milk or water 1 tbsp at a time until you reach a thick but pourable consistency. Cook the pancakes in coconut oil for about 30 seconds each side in a preheated pan. Top or fill your pancakes with your yogurt mix and sprinkle on your favorite nuts or dried fruits.

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Buko- Organic Coconut Water

Coconuts are amazing. Not only are they delicious, but they are also so versatile, and are full of vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. They also contain no trans-fats, are gluten-free, and even contain compounds that are antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-parasitic!  
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The flesh of the coconut itself can be eaten, as can the milk/ water inside! But it is not just the fruit that is beneficial….

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Coconut trees are referred to as the ‘tree’s of life’ in the Philippines because they are one of the few plants on the planet that can sustain humans for an extended period of time.

Coconut water is a great post workout recovery drink that can replace electrolytes lost in sweat. However, you have to be careful which coconut water you drink as some are very high in sugar, and others are made with only a tiny amount of real coconut water!

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Buko are a pretty new company that have launched a healthy, delicious and pure coconut water drink that you can trust will do you good. Their coconut water is made from young, organic coconuts grown on GMO free, fair trade farms in the Philippines.  In fact Buko means a young green coconut in Filipino and Buko believe that it is this type of coconut, when grown without pesticides or fertilizers, that produces the tastiest and freshest coconut water there is. And, if we are honest, after trying Buko ourselves, we totally agree!

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We loved adding Buko water to our smoothies- for some added goodness, and also enjoyed drinking straight from the bottle post workout. Buko is so refreshing and quenched our thirst perfectly!

If you still aren’t convinced that coconut water is for you, then look here to see the numerous health benefits that coconut water has:

  • Full of essential vitamins and minerals
  • A great source of potassium
  • Naturally isotonic- great for rehydration after workouts
  • Contains anti-oxidants such as cytokinins which regulate growth, development and ageing
  • Low calorie drink with zero fat and zero cholesterol
  • Aids digestion, cleanses the skin, and improves circulation- we can vouch for this one!

In addition to making delicious coconut water, pretty awesomely Buko have teamed up with Cuipo, which is an organisation which works with brands all over the world to help protect the planets rainforests. So, for every bottle of Buko that we buy, Buko donates a proportion of the income to Cuipo, who then use the funds to protect one square meter of rainforest.

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So, to get yourself some coconut water, and to help save the rainforest go out and get yourself some Buko coconut water!

Summer Smoothies

Smoothies are a great breakfast and a great way to get in your nutrients on the go.

Here are a few ideas which are quick, easy, nutrient packed and delicious!

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Watermelon juice =100% Watermelon in the blender, blend and enjoy!!

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1 scoop strawberry protein

1 handful of frozen mixed berries

1 banana

100ml almond milk

30g oats

Place all ingredients in a blender, blend, serve and top! get creative with your toppings, and i promise eating smoothies out of a bowl makes them 100x more enjoyable!

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Milky Protein Smoothie

1 scoop strawberry whey (use flavour of choice)

250ml milk

dash of vanilla essence

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Vanilla & Blackberry Smoothie topped with chia seeds and Flaxseed 

Creamy Vanilla & Blackberry protein smoothie 

1 handful of blackberries

1 scoop vanilla whey protein

100ml milk (of your choice)

1tbsp greek yoghurt

Place all ingredients into a blender, serve and enjoy!

REVIEW: MyProtein

Myprotein is an affordable supplement company with a huge range of products we are slowly making our way through! They sent a few products to us here at T&C HQ and here is what we thought of the products:

White Chocolate Almond Cookie;

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A sweet, protein filled cookie perfect for a post-gym refuel or an afternoon snack on-the-go. I personally found the cookie very sweet so it was a way for me tosatisfy my sweet tooth, crush those cravings! I crumbled the cookie up and it turned out as a great topper to any dessert or snack!

Caramel & Peanut Protein Choux Bar;

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Lover of caramel, chocolate and peanuts? Craving snickers? This MP bar is the perfect substitution to your daily chocolate bar. A high protein great tasting version!

Cookies and Cream Whey;

The MP whey is mixable so perfect just as a shake post gym. However, I like to mix it up and get creative with whey. Perfect just 11830757_10207665648017872_885781272_nas a shake, mixed into yoghurt, creamy smoothie or as a cake. With a huge range of different flavoured wheys you will have a protein flavour for all taste buds. We recommend this flavour until we are able to get through the rest of MP stock!

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Cookies & Cream Mugcake topped with Greek Yoghurt, Agave & Walnuts

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Struggling to get the perfect mix to create the perfect protein pancakes? Myprotein have created a ready-made great tasting mix making that lovable breakfast, snack (or lets be honest dinner) easy to create. I personally love to make these to satisfy my sweet tooth and get creative on toppings! MP also offer Maple Syrup, Unflavoured and Chocolate flavoured Pancake Mixes.

MP MAX Elle Aqua Slim;

11774681_10207617192686519_615549177_n 11798448_10207617197166631_1277706426_nA low calorie drink, perfect for during training sessions or in the day to keep cravings at bay and energy levels high. We got to try Orange and Passionfruit which was full of flavour and perfect way to quench thirst. Other flavours MP include Mixed Berry.

Take a look at Myprotein’s website for more information on the products above, as well as some interesting women’s fitness articles: http://www.myprotein.com/womens-fitness.list

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