Crispy Baked Basa

 

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  • 4 large catfish ( pangash  or known as basa ) steaks – works better than fillet
  • 2 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 or 2 teaspoon red chilli paste (optional, fish tastes equally good without this)
  • salt to taste

RECIPE 

  1. add all ingredients to the fish and mix well. For mixing : place fish in large cooking pot and add all of the above. cover with lid and shake well!
  2. bake at 220 for 45 minutes or edges are crispy.

GARLIC PICKLE MAYO DIP

  • garlic pickles or garlic powder
  • pickles – thinly sliced and some pickle juice
  • mayonaise

mix well !

 

 

 

Good Morning Hemp

🚫First of all let me say – I did not get paid or sponsored to do this. This is NOT a paid advertisement.

Reviewing MyProtein Hemp Protein Powder.

  • Weight: 2.5 kilo’s
  • Price: 42.99 pounds
  • Mix-ability: excellent with water or curd. Put in shaker and shake well to mix.
  • Duration Lasted: just a little over 2 month.

Ziploc bag opens real quick, so you wanna put this whole bag into another airtight container. We had really big whey buckets so I put it in there to keep air tight. The main reason MyProtein is affordable is because they didn’t spend so much money on packaging. Their Hemp protein powder is great quality and I felt great adding this to my meal plan.

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MORNING ROUTINE : UPDATE

So we ( Silverback & I )  have updated our morning routine to better suit the body’s needs.  Previously the hemp – curd smoothie was the second meal of the day; the first being a fruit smoothie. But now switched the two around, hemp-curd first then fruit smoothie. Our reasons (researched & scientific backed logic)  are the following:

1.  Saving The Gains

After a whole nights sleep (fasting) body needs  protein to replenish and keep in stock glycogen  and amino acids ( protein ). This prevents my body from breaking down my lean muscle also known as GAINS!

macro count from hemp – curd

  • 1 scoop hemp ( 30 grams) : 16 grams complete protein
  • 100 grams curd : 6 grams protein ( includes casein)

why curd with my hemp? sorry guys, truth is hemp has a very strong grassy flavour and I.JUST.CAN’T.HANDLE.IT 😷 Mixing hemp and curd ( with 2 teaspoon sugar ) together mellows down the grassy flavour and actually tastes pretty good.

2. No Sugar Spikes

Fiber from hemp slows down digestion and does not give me sugar spikes. Sugar spikes are one of the main reasons we feel sudden fatigues. Plant fiber helps by maintaining a constant release of sugar ( glucose aka energy) into our blood stream. So I feel good for longer amount of time.

3. Quality

Hemp is such an amazing plant that comes with countless benefits, we want it in our system first thing in the morning. It’s like starting the engine with the best fuel. I know hemp is supporting, improving and repairing our gut- making us stronger from the inside.

  • fullsizeoutput_217.jpegHemp seeds are composed of more than 30 percent healthy fats, including the essential fatty acids linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid (plant-based omega-3
  • Hemps seeds are about 25 percent protein and also provide nutrients including vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron, and zinc
  • With all of the essential amino acids and an amount of protein similar to beef (by weight), hemp seeds are an excellent form of plant-based protein.

and so much more i dont have space for here !

Sooo….

The fruit smoothie comes packed with fiber and quick digesting sugars. The fruit smoothie provides a good amount nutrients for energy and vitamins to fuel my workout. If you feel gas-y or acidic after a workout I would def suggest a fruit smoothie. Vitamin C is a major player in shaping, toning and keeping you fit.

  • reduce stress – vitamin C reduces cortisol, the hormone responsible for muscle breakdown
  • required for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body.
  • It is used to form collagen, a protein used to make skin, scar tissue, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels.
  • essential for the healing of wounds, and for the repair and maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth.
  • helps with blood pressure by strengthening the walls of the arteries.
  • prevent damage to cells caused by aging
  • helps to improve digestive absorption

Choco-Date Bliss Balls

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Say bye-bye to guilt causing desserts and snacks! If you’re a self-proclaimed chocolate goddess then I’ve got just the thing.  Dessert and snack time aren’t just for satisfying the sweet tooth. You can also pack in some mighty nutrients throughout your day with these bliss balls – minus the table sugar and hidden processed chemicals.

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With five simple ingredients and four easy steps, these tiny bliss balls pack a whole-lotta taste you just can’t imagine. Plus, if you are looking for a tasty way to include black seed into your diet (instead of chewing it), then you just might be surprised at their exotic taste in this combo.

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Ingredients

  • 200 grams of dates (more or less)
  • 1/2 tsp black seed
  • 1 tsp sesame seed
  • 4 tsp cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • Crushed whole almonds
  • Food processor or grinder

Directions

  1. Remove the seeds from the dates and process into a paste in a food processor or grinder (or even a traditional stone grinder). It doesn’t have to be perfect, just mashed enough to be formed into balls.
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2. Use the food processor (or your hands) and mix together the dates, chocolate, black seed, and sesame seed. Add a few splashes of water to keep it going. It gets sticky but keep mixing!

3. After thoroughly licking your fingers clean, wash your hands and keep them wet. Roll the chocolatey mess

4. Between your palms and form into balls. Keeping your hands wet gives a better finish to the end product.

5. Roll the date balls in crushed almonds. You can crush almonds by processing whole almonds in the food processor or grinder. Coat all the balls evenly and shake off excess crumbs.

These are best with black coffee or tea and serve as a great snack in-between meals. Date balls are also an excellent source of quick-digesting carbs post workout.


Major Benefits !

  • Dates: A natural source of sugar & fiber, dates are packed with essential minerals and vitamins and give you a quick burst of energy.
  • Cocoa Powder: Raw cacao powder has more than 300 phytochemicals and nearly four times the antioxidant power of regular dark chocolate
  • Black Seed: The remedy for ‘everything but death,’ has been found as the remedy to more than 160 different illnesses. With strong gut-healing powers, it’s recommended to include black seed into your daily morning routine.
  • Sesame Seed: An excellent source of copper and a very good source of manganese, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, and zinc.

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Detoxing Your Body – What You Really Need to Know !

Contrary to popular belief, detoxing is a continuous process in the body not just something that happens when we drink a smoothie. The human body has natural detoxing systems that take place wether we are sipping tea-tox or not. All we have to do is keep those detox pathways healthy, clean and active. SURPRISE! You don’t have to do anything extra to detox your body. All you gotta do is adopt a few healthy habits.

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When is the last time we actually stopped to find out what is detoxing and if it actually works?

Detoxing requires the use of the liver and kidneys and the last time I checked both organs function daily instead of periodically ( while drinking a tea-tox ) as we like to think. Sorry to say, an Instagrammers coupon code IS NOT going to jump start your fat burn process. The key (or common sense) to this whole detox thing is to understand what detox is and LEAD A DETOX LIFESTYLE  instead of purchasing magical detox products. You can tweak your current habits and make your body a life long detoxing machine. By learning more about your natural system  and activating it, you can keep your body strong and fit. Also, by leading a less toxic life, your body releases stored toxins in your fat cells there by shrinking your fat cells leading to weight loss (TA-DA !).

Detoxing requires the use of the liver and kidneys and the last time I checked both organs function daily instead of periodically as we like to think. 

THE ACTUAL PROCESS

Our body is designed to continuously and naturally remove toxins. You can divide toxins into two groups: water-soluble and fat-soluble. Water-soluble toxins are easily flushed out of the body through the blood and kidneys ( drink enough water girls!) Fat-soluble toxins are a bit difficult for the body to remove.

These fat-soluble toxins are :

  • heavy metals
  • pesticides
  • preservatives
  • food additives
  • pollutants
  • plastics
  • other environmental chemicals)

Fat-soluble toxins if not removed (detoxed) are stored inside your fat cells. All of this detoxing happens in the liver and is removed through stool if your gut is clean and strong. But if your digestive and detox pathways are not working properly (due to previous toxin buildup caused by hazardous lifestyle and improper nutrition), these toxins are carried from the liver to the blood, fat cells and brain for storage. Stored toxins in the fat cells and brain CAN NOT be removed by teas which act as a diuretic. Diuretics (tea/coffee/caffeine) cause the kidney to pass out more urine. More urine means less water retention in the body. You may lose a pound or few by drinking teas but you don’t decide from where. You can’t just drink a teatox and order your belly fat to melt away. Drinking extremely caffeinated teas/drinks help you shed water weight but at the end of the day the fat to lean muscle ratio wouldn’t change. Just 2 cups of water equal 1 pound, which you can lose through sweat or urine. So what exactly did you detox?

SO NOW WHAT!

To remove fat soluble toxins (and prevent them from being stored in your fat cells) your intestine functions have to be clear. After a meal, all the nutrients are absorbed and processed in the small intestines. The small intestines have tiny grass like fingers, called villi, which absorb the nutrients (and toxins). It sends the nutrients for storage and use, and toxins to the liver for processing out of the body.

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ridiculously simply diagram of Villi

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The intestines naturally release mucus to capture irritants and remove them from the body. Too many irritants/toxins (food additives, food allergens, bacteria/virus, dust, chemicals and other pollution) cause more mucus secretion than normal. Excessive mucus causes glue-like build up over the villi and hamper proper absorptions. Too much mucus can cause improper processing of the nutrients and toxins. Instead of being earmarked for waste,  toxins enter into the storage pathways along with other nutrients and ultimately end up getting stored- guess where? In your fat cells. Over time, your body is storing toxins in the fat cells. So the areas of your body you tend to hate actually have been storing toxins- cue thunder thighs and that spare tire! As we already know, detox teas contain extreme amounts of caffeine which remove water from the body and NOT STORED FAT.

Excessive mucus build up and weak intestines cause several symptoms and warning signs. One or more of these symptoms can mean your nutrient absorption is faulty and instead of removing waste your body is storing that toxic sludge. Check if you have one or more of the following:

  • constant chronic cough and phlegm
  • currently experiencing mucus from a cold and/or flu
  • puffy and crusty eyes in the morning
  • Bad breath throughout the day
  • constant stuffy nose
  • dulled senses (lots of salt to make food “taste good”)
  • senses are not sharp (foggy mind, unclear thinking)

YOUR OWN DETOX SYSTEM

Keep your mind on two things when it comes to restoring and continuing your own detoxing process:

1.You have to burn fat to remove stored toxins: achieved by 

  • include a regular and effective fat burn regime (regular exercise)
  • clean and balanced meals
  • enough water for your body

2. Repair your gut health to make sure your body can continue its own process : 

  • remove processed / packaged foods
  • add more raw vegetables and fruits (green smoothies are ok)
  • drink water instead of sugary drinks
  • add a probiotic such as VSL#3
  • Start having powerful ingredients such as raw turmeric, raw ginger, raw garlic

HONEST – TEA :  WE KNOW THOSE DETOX TEAS ARE MISLEADING

Teas and coffee will help you jumpstart the process of lipolysis, which is when your body releases free fatty acids into the bloodstream. This occurs when your body is breaking down your fat stores to convert it into energy. That is to say, caffeine boosts metabolism which helps you burn fat – but at a very small scale. You can make a metabolism boosting super drink  at home using natural spices. The following is a list of spices that increase metabolism and won’t hurt your pocket:

  • Ginseng : 3grams of ginseng root per cup of tea.
  • Cayenne Pepper : Few dashes of cayenne pepper on any meal
  • Black Pepper : fresh crushed black pepper on your eggs
  • Dandelion: sip on dandelion tea and feel fancy
  • Turmeric : swallow 1 teaspoon turmeric every morning (my personal fav)
  • Mustard : more fresh organic mustard on your hot dog.
  • Ginger : add 1 inch of ginger in your smoothie

For burning stubborn fat you will need to be more disciplined though. Stubborn fat is fat that does not respond to diet or exercise. In women stubborn fat is around the love handles and hips. Check out my latest ebook Why Stubborn Fat is Stubborn and What You Can Do About It. 

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All these foods deliver what it needs to increase your metabolism and *start* the fat burn process. But relying on drinks wont burn fat (and remove stored toxins) at all. Include an effective workout routine with a clean eating meal plan and these teas will aid the process of burning fat.

Your health is not as temporary as that new shade of nude lipstick. Burning fat requires some dedication. So get to werk!