Day 15 – Change It Up!

Pork and Beans! This recipe is a newbie in Lauren’s Kitchen. I played around with things in the fridge that were on it’s last legs and this recipe just kind of happened. I often go to the grocery store and just get almost every vegetable, bring it home and see what i can put together. It’s fun and this way there is variety in our meals.

I like to change it up for the boys because eating the same things can get tedious. I try to make quality nutrient dense foods that will supply their bodies with adequate fuel to keep them going all day long. I am basically trying to get the household to eat better and train harder so we can all achieve the bodies we want and feel better about ourselves. I’m a big believer of feeling your best = looking your best. And it starts from the inside-out!

Try and play around with the things you eat and try and cook your own meals. I find if you take the time, the care and the interest in what you are consuming you will have a better connection with your food and yourself. You’ll make better choices and in turn feel great too!

Pork and Beans 

Ingredients: 

1 bunch Snake beans cut to 1 inch pieces

1/2 kilo minced Pork

1 cup Carrot diced

1 cup Brown Onion diced

1/2 cup Spring Onions

4 cloves Garlic minced

1 Egg

1 tablespoon Rice Vinegar

1 tablespoon Soy Sauce

1 tablepoon Sesame Oil

1 teaspoon Ginger powder (or fresh minced)

1 teaspoon Chilli Flakes

Salt & Pepper to taste

Method: 

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl except the beans, oil and spring onions (I suggest wearing disposable gloves and mixing until well incorporated).
  2. Heat a wok on medium, add oil and cook the mince mixture until browned, breaking up the mince with a spoon. Approx. 5 minutes.
  3. In a seperate pan fry off the beans until they start to brown. Approx 2 minutes.
  4. Add beans into the mince mixture and continue to fry off for a further 5 minutes.
  5. Garnish with spring onions and serve with rice or in lettuce cups.

 

WHAT I ATE: 

Meal 1: Protein Pancakes

Meal 2: Fish Stir Fry

Meal 3: 2 Shawarma’s and Fries! A little naughty, but there wasn’t really any other options at the event i was at. No shame, it was pretty good. 

 

Total Cups of Water: 15  (i did much better!)

 

DID YOU WORKOUT?: YES!

Yes i did! I woke up at 6.30 and stayed in the gym until 11.30. What?! I obviously take breaks in-between though, come on, i’m no a super human.

How did YOUR fifteenth day go on the 30 Day Sugar Free Challenge? Let me know! Leave me a comment! And if you want to know or hear about anything else just drop me a message!

X

Lauren

Day 14 – Soup! Soul for the soul!

I’m a day late with this because i went to Cirque De Soleil last night and saw awesome blue people dance around a stage, sorry guys! It was incredible but this is important too sooooooooo I am getting straight to the point: Tomato Soup. Tomato Soup is THE BOMB and Ina Garten’s Tomato Soup is even better. Now, now i know a lot of people are not fond of tomatoes but this is something else! Don’t knock it ’till you try it!

I first found out about this recipe through Chrissy Teigen (John Legend’s wife) who if i met her, i would probably melt into a puddle, so naturally i fell in love. There’s something incredible about roasting your vegetables before blitzing into soup. SO GOOD. Give it a try, i am certain it will not disappoint!

Now some might comment on the fact that tomatoes are fruit and fruits have sugar and that is true but this is the good-for-you natural sugar, not an added sugar. So eat up and enjoy!

Ina Garten’s Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Ingredients: 

3 lbs. ripe plum tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise

¼ cup + 2 Tbsp. olive oil

2 cups chopped yellow onions

6 garlic cloves, minced

2 Tbsp. unsalted butter

¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

1 (28 oz) can whole plum tomatoes, with juice

4 cups fresh basil leaves, packed

1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves

4 cups chicken stock

Method: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celcius.
  2. Toss the tomatoes with ¼ cup olive oil. Layer on a baking sheet in a single layer. Season with salt and pepper. Roast for 45 minutes.
  3. In a large stockpot over medium heat, saute the onions and garlic with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, butter, and red pepper flakes until onion is translucent and starts to brown, about 10 minutes.
  4. Add the canned tomatoes, basil, thyme, and chicken stock. Add the oven roasted tomatoes, including the juices. Bring the soup to a boil and simmer for 40 minutes, uncovered.
  5. Adjust salt and pepper as needed.
  6. Transfer the soup to a blender or large food processor and puree.
  7. Enjoy!

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WHAT I ATE: 

Meal 1: Protein Pancakes

Meal 2: 9 course meal at Mecha Uma (this is my absolute favourite restaurant in the Philippines! I had the tasting menu which changes constantly so you never know what you’re going to get! I had oysters, tuna, lobster, pigeon, tofu, corn, eggplant, you name it and it was there!)

 

Total Cups of Water: 12  (i did better!)

 

DID YOU WORKOUT?: YES!

Yes i did! In my gym i did cycling and some functional training to get my heart rate up and the fat crying! I wake up and exercise immediately most days. It clears my mind and sets me on a positive path for the day!

How did YOUR fourteenth day go on the 30 Day Sugar Free Challenge? Let me know! Leave me a comment! And if you want to know or hear about anything else just drop me a message!

X

Lauren

Day 13 – Protein

Protein. It is common knowledge to those that frequently exercise that protein is an important building block of your bones, muscles, skin, and blood. Your hair and nails are interestingly mostly made of protein and your body uses protein to even build and repair tissues. Amazing!

When you consider your daily macronutrients, protein consumption should exceed carbohydrate and fat consumption. This is because it is the building block of so much of the human body! Good sources of protein include meat, fish, chicken, eggs, dairy, beans, soy foods, nuts and seeds.

Now, Protein Oat Pancakes! This is one of my many pancake recipes. This particular one is for when i want a heavier meal, usually after a morning workout.

Protein Oat Pancakes 

Ingredients: 

1 serve of Protein Powder (i used vanilla for a versatile base flavour but you can use unflavoured, chocolate, etc.)

1/2 cup Oats

1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk (you can use any you like, soy, full cream, etc)

1 whole Egg

2 Egg Whites

dash of Baking Soda (you don’t have to use this but i did to make the pancakes fluffier)

Method: 

  1. Whisk eggs and protein powder in a mixing bowl until well combined.
  2. Add in milk and whisk.
  3. Add oats and baking soda and whisk until smooth.
  4. Heat a pan on medium and grease with oil (i used coconut oil).
  5. Pour in 1/3 cup of the batter into the pan and cook until you see bubbles appear in the batter then flip over with a spatula to cook the other side.
  6. Repeat until all the batter is finished.
  7. Top your pancakes with either sweet or savoury options, it’s up to you! Play with it!

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WHAT I ATE: 

Meal 1: Protein Smoothie

Meal 2: Salad Stop; romaine lettuce, cabbage, cucumber, broccoli, alfalfa, red onion, snow peas, avocado, jalepenos, grilled chicken. 

Snack: Fruit and Nut Mix with Kombucha

Meal 3: 2 Protein Bars (i was stuck in almost a 2 hour drive and i was haaangryyyyyy)

Snack: Papaya

Total Cups of Water: 5 (i could always do better!)

 

DID YOU WORKOUT?: YES!

It was my last day in a conventional gym with my friend Monica as i was on a trial basis for the past week. I’ll be back home for functional body workouts now which will be great for both muscle strengthening and fat loss! Exciting!

How did YOUR thirteenth day go on the 30 Day Sugar Free Challenge? Let me know! Leave me a comment! And if you want to know or hear about anything else just drop me a message!

X

Lauren

Day 12 – Working Out

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You don’t need to train like an athlete or look like a body builder to have a fit, healthy and happy body. Exercising is so, so amazing for you even if it is for only short session a few times a week. It assists your heart health (suuuuuuper importante!) and as a bonus it assists your physical physique.

I find when i work out not only do i feel amazing but i find i actually don’t search for sugar. It’s true! I am definitely hungry but it’s for sustenance, not sugar.

What is sustenance?
  1. food and drink regarded as a source of strength; nourishment.

What is nourishment?

  1. the food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition.

These foods that provide you sustenance with nourishment is good whole meats, fruits, vegetables and grains. Not processed, packaged, fried, sweet foods. All that gives you is bad cholesterol and diabetes. Eat to fuel your body!

 

Hummus 

Ingredients: 

1 can Chickpeas

1/2 Lemon

1/4 Cup Olive Oil

1 teaspoon Cumin

2 cloves Garlic

Salt and Pepper to taste

Method: 

  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend until well incorporated and to your desired consistency.
  2. Tweak the measurements if you prefer it more garlicky, citrusy from the lemon or salty.
  3. Serve with carrot or cucumber sticks as a delicious snack!

 

WHAT I ATE: 

Meal 1: Protein Smoothie

Meal 2: Miyeok Guk

Meal 3: Corned Beef and Scrambled Egg

Snack: Fruit and Nut Mix with Kombucha

Total Cups of Water: 4 (i could still do better!)

 

DID YOU WORKOUT?: YES!

Leg Day! I could focus intensive on my legs everyday if i didn’t get SO SORE and practically couldn’t walk afterwards.. Quadriceps (quads/legs) and gluteus maximus (glutes/booty) workouts generally go hand in hand, especially for women. Your glutes are the largest muscle in your body and the more muscle you build the more fat your burn. Bigger booty = leaner body, technically. Work those backsides ladies! Work it!

How did YOUR twelfth day go on the 30 Day Sugar Free Challenge? Let me know! Leave me a comment! And if you want to know or hear about anything else just drop me a message!

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Lauren

Day 11 – Snacking

I am a snacker. I am a sweet snacker. Even if i think i’ve curbed my hunger with something savoury, i still want something sweet to end the meal.. hayyyyyyy! What a struggle! Restraint is what i am hopefully looking to gain from this challenge. It’s been over a week since i began and it’s still something i’m working on. There are however steps one can take to help curb the cravings:

    1. Avoid processed foods. Eating sugar and processed foods creates a vicious cycle spurred on by addiction.
    2. Boost your serotonin. Naturally raise levels of the “happiness hormone” through exercise, sleep, and a healthy diet; higher serotonin levels lead to fewer cravings for sweets.
    3. Satisfy your sweet tooth naturally. All-natural, zero-calorie Stevia is 300 times sweeter than sugar.
    4. Drink plenty of water. Your body may be craving sugar because it is dehydrated.
    5. Keep your blood sugar stable. Eating small, healthy, meals throughout the day can stabilize blood sugar levels and reduce cravings.
    6. Have plenty of greens. Nutrient-rich green vegetables can increase energy levels and reduce sugar and processed food cravings.
    7. Eat more sea vegetables. Sea vegetables are naturally high in minerals, while sugary foods deplete minerals in your body.
    8. Enjoy fermented foods and drinks. Probiotic-rich fermented foods and drinks can most effectively eliminate sugar cravings, sometimes in as little as 4-5 days.
    9. Meditate. Daily meditation can reduce stress and minimize sugar cravings.

    Source: https://bodyecology.com/articles/10-secrets-for-ending-sugar-cravings.php 

Now i know that i won’t avoid sweet foods forever and because of that i need some alternatives; Chia Seed Pudding is one of my absolute favourites. It is amazing at all times of the day; breakfast, lunch, dinner, merienda ALL DAY EVERYDAY!

 

Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons Chia Seeds

1 cup Almond Milk (use whatever milk you like)

1 tablespoon Honey

A dash of Cinnamon

A dash of Vanilla Essence

Method:

  1. Mix the almond milk, chia seeds, and honey together in a mason jar, cup or small bowl. Make sure to mix well to incorporate all the ingredients together.
  2. Put in the fridge for 3 hours or let chill overnight.
  3. Take out of the fridge and stir the mixture. Add more milk if you want a thinner pudding.
  4. Add toppings as desired; fresh fruit, granola, nuts or seeds!

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WHAT I ATE: 

Meal 1: Protein Smoothie.

Meal 2: Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry.

Snack: Chia Seed Pudding.

Snack: Mango with Bagoong. Yum, it’s the filipino in me. 

Meal 3: Chicken Nuggets.

Total Cups of Water: 6 (i could still do better!)

 

DID YOU WORKOUT?: YES!

Upper body this day. For building muscle it’s great to isolate your workouts by specific muscle groups. For weight loss however you can’t pick and choose! You’ve got to work all over.

How did YOUR eleventh day go on the 30 Day Sugar Free Challenge? Let me know! Leave me a comment! And if you want to know or hear about anything else just drop me a message!

X

Lauren

Day 10 – Second Best

Bolognese. There is only one bolognese recipe that can get my family excited and… it is actually not mine. It’s that of No Names; a back alley family restaurant older than my dear dad and one we have visited since we were teeny tiny tots. I’ve known the employees longer than i’ve known any of my friends.

Their food is served as quick as the order was taken, accompanied by utterly delicious fresh baked bread and eaten by all with THE MOST gusto – ever. Period. Personally, nothing comes close to No Names. I mean, i even had my birthday party there 2 years consecutively and wouldn’t let anyone order anything else but the bolognese.. yep. I take only special people in my life there and no one else. I mean damn, it’s that good. BUT i can tell you now – it has sugar in it. There’s a sweetness to it that i never understood before but now i know.. So sad. So, so sad.

Nonetheless i do my very best to satisfy my family with my skills in the kitchen and thankfully they polish off my bolognese very time! That makes me what, second best? That’s good enough for me! Now this sauce takes over an hour to cook (the longer the better) so clear your schedule, turn up the music and pour yourself a glass of wine!

The 2nd Best Bolognese

Ingredients: 

3 tablespoons Cooking Oil

2 cup Onions diced

1 cup Carrot diced

1 cup Celery diced

1kg Beef Mince

6 Garlic Cloves minced

1 can Tomato Paste

1 can Tomatoes (diced or whole)

2 tablespoons Thyme

2 tablespoons Oregano

1 tablespoon Chilli Flakes

1 cup Wine (a dry white like Chardonnay or a medium bodied red like Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon – i use whatever i have in the house at the time)

1 1/2 cup Milk (i use lactose free but you can use any)

3 Bay Leaves

4 pieces Sundried Tomatoes diced

Salt & Pepper to taste

1 packet Pasta (Linguine or Penne)

Method: 

  1. In a large pot in medium heat, saute onion, celery and carrot in cooking oil until fragrant and soft (these three ingredients together is called a soffritto) approx. 5 minutes.
  2. Create a well in the middle and add the garlic and beef mince. Stir frequently until mince is browned. Approx. 8 minutes.
  3. Add tomato paste and stir well to coat the meat.
  4. Turn the heat down to low and add the can of tomatoes, oregano, thyme, bay leaves and chilli flakes. Allow the tomatoes to cook into the meat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Pour in the wine and allow to boil down. Approx. 20 minutes.
  6. Pour in the milk and allow to boil down. Approx. 40 minutes.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste and the sundried tomatoes.
  8. Cook pasta as per packet instructions. Drain water and add the pasta to the sauce.
  9. Garnish with parmesan cheese and parsley if desired.
  10. Voila! You’re done! Enjoy!

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WHAT I ATE: 

Snack: Carrot, ginger, orange juice.

Meal 1: Chicken salad with truffle fries.

Snack: Prosciutto and truffle cheese on gluten-free crackers.

Meal 2: Beef Goulash.

Total Cups of Water: 6 (i could still do better!)

 

DID YOU WORKOUT?: NOPE!

I skipped a workout on Sunday as i was out of town for the day 🙂 I took it as a recovery day!

How did YOUR tenth day go on the 30 Day Sugar Free Challenge? Let me know! Leave me a comment! And if you want to know or hear about anything else just drop me a message!

X

Lauren

Day 9 – Bananarama

Banana Smoothies! I had forgotten that they even existed until i started going back to the gym these past few weeks (there’s an awesome Protein Berry Banana Smoothie at Jamba Juice i have after my workout to refuel). I still remember when i’d make them during the school holidays when i was a kid, and apparently so do my brothers! They begged me to make it again today. I guess i’m doing something right!

But wait, don’t bananas have sugar in them? Yes they do! But if you’re passing up a banana for their sugar content then think again. Bananas are a great snack to choose if you’re feeling for something sweet. Fruits in general are a great alternative because really the sugar in fruit is not bad until you begin to over-consume it.

Eat. Your. Bananas. And if you don’t, well that’s more for me!

Banana Smoothie 

Ingredients:

4 bananas

1 cup of milk (i used lactose free, you can use any you like; almond, full cream, soy, etc.)

1 tablespoon cinnamon powder

2 tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Method: 

  1. Peel bananas and freeze (approx. 2 hours) on a baking tray or in a zip lock bag.
  2. Add all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Enjoy!

You can alternatively omit the frozen bananas and just use fresh bananas and add a cup of ice to cool down and thicken. The reason i freeze them is that it makes it creamier and tastier and and and yum!

 

WHAT I ATE: 

Meal 1: Protein Smoothie. It’s a thing. 

Meal 2 Tinola Soup.

Snack: Banana Smoothie. Yes! Yes! Yes!

Meal 3: 3 Proscuitto and truffle cheese on gluten-free crackers.

Total Cups of Water: 4 (i could do better!)

 

DID YOU WORKOUT?: YES! TWICE! 

Leg Day.. Again. I love it. Leg day feels so good. I love to take it to the floor! Because it not only works out my legs, but also my arms, lower back and abs.

I went early in the morning, then i took a break and went in for round 2. It’s exhausting but it feels so good, i can’t explain it. I just know it’s good for my body so i embrace it. Here’s a few images of what i did:

Planks 

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Donkey Kick 

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Cat to Camel

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Leg Raises

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Planking Leg Raise

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How did YOUR ninth day go on the 30 Day Sugar Free Challenge? Let me know! Leave me a comment! And if you want to know or hear about anything else just drop me a message!

X

Lauren

 

 

 

 

Day 8 – Bringing Sexy Back!

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Yesterday my cover for Rogue Magazine came out and i was/still am absolutely over the moon! (seen above) But after looking at images from the photoshoot I had mixed feelings about ‘current Lauren’.

The cover was shot at the end of January when i had just flown back from a vacation in San Diego. I returned fit and felt greeeaaaaaaat at the time because i was hiking mountains and working out daily with my sister-in-law.

However since then i’ve had spurs of downtime watching netflix, skipping workouts, going on more holidays (KOREA!) and because of that i wasn’t able to maintain a routine or focus on my food or workouts – that is, until i began this challenge.

Looking at how great i looked in the photoshoot (yes, i’m totally owning it!) i am motivated more than ever to work hard, monitor myself and what i’m consuming and of course the workouts i complete to return to my former glory!

Now, now, i am by no means big. My BMI is a healthy 20 which is great for a 165cm tall and currently 56kg girl like me (Want to know your BMI? Calculate it  here: here: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/obesity/in-depth/bmi-calculator/itt-20084938 ) BMI = Body Mass Index. It measures your body fat based on your height and weight) but everyone can always better themselves, their lives, or start even as small as bettering their day. The grass is greener where you water it.

Now.. Chicken Pesto Pasta. Someone say #LNT?! It’s been a year since i first cooked this pasta for y’all and it’s finally time to reveal the recipe! This pasta is a staple in our home. I kid you not. My brothers live for this pasta. Traditional pesto sauces use pine nuts as their base however i like to use almonds; the protein content is higher and it just has such a great taste to it. We are also garlic lovers so there is a solid kick of garlic to it. So good. I’m hungry just thinking of it *drools*.

Chicken Pesto Pasta 

Ingredients:

1kg chicken breast fillets (no skin) cut into bite sized pieces

5 portabello mushrooms sliced

4 pieces sundried tomatoes chopped

1 packet whole grain pasta (penne or linguine)

1 cup of pesto sauce (If you don’t want to use the ready-made pesto sauce you can make your own, however this can be pricey depending on where you buy your ingredients. I’ll put my recipe below should you like to try it):

1 bunch of fresh basil (leaves picked off stem)

200g almonds (skinless or flakes)

100g grated parmesan cheese

6 garlic cloves minced

1/3-1 cup of olive oil (eyeball it – just make sure it’s not too oily and not too dry)

juice of 1/2 a lemon

salt & pepper to taste.

Method: 

  1. In a pot, bring water to a boil and cook pasta as per the packet instructions.
  2. Strain pasta and set aside.
  3. In a pot, bring water to a boil and cook chicken for 10 minutes until cooked through.
  4. Remove chicken from the stove and strain out water.
  5. Return chicken to the pot.
  6. Add pesto sauce, mushrooms and sundried tomatoes to chicken. Mix well.
  7. Add pasta to sauce mixture and stir to combine.
  8. Voila! Super saraps naman!

(Pesto Method: 

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until well combined. The mixture should still be chunky but not too coarse. )

Pictured Below: #LNT enjoying the Chicken Pesto Pasta for the first time!

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WHAT I ATE: 

Meal 1: Salad from SaladStop; romaine lettuce, cabbage, cucumber, snow peas, alfalfa, red onions, sunflower seeds, pumpkin, avocado, beans, broccoli and grilled chicken with lemon/oil dressing and Tabasco. 

Snack: Nut & Seed Mix with Kombucha!

Meal 3: 2 Fish Tacos from El Chupacabra! Again… I am a creature of habit!

Total Cups of Water: 7

 

DID YOU WORKOUT?: NOPE!

I had a day off from working out as i had errands to run in the morning and the traffic was sooooooo bad i couldn’t get much done. Also, a close friend of mine had an early birthday celebration so it just wasn’t going to happen. All good though! The celebrations were lovely and simple with good company.

 

How did YOUR eighth day go on the 30 Day Sugar Free Challenge? Let me know! Leave me a comment! And if you want to know or hear about anything else just drop me a message!

X

Lauren

 

 

 

Day 7 – Surround Yourself With Likeminded People

I am a firm believer of surrounding yourself with likeminded people to encourage you to achieve your goals.. You want to to stop smoking? Hang out with non-smokers. You want to do better in school? Go study in the library with the other students. You want to stop eating sugar? Read on! #push #achieve.

Sometimes it can be tough. Some of us (myself included) don’t know too many people with the same goal. What do you do in that situation? Well that’s why i made this blog. I wanted to create a platform where i could share the things i want to share with likeminded people. To help them and help me.

I only have a handful of great friends and from those few i can literally pick out the ones that are conscious of their health. It’s funny how we have such a densely populated country and yet meeting people is so difficult. Well, thank you internet for connecting and re-connecting, educating and opening the channels to allow others to learn, earn, grow and achieve!

Moral: i said goodbye to some old friends and made friendships with new ones for the sake of my health and my life. Making those seemingly insignificant decisions to enrich your life first before others goes a long way. Help others of course, but essentially you come first. I learnt this after years of putting myself 3rd, 4th even 5th. Sometimes it’s good to be selfish, respectively.

This is me with my friend Monica. She is my likeminded, healthy and fitness-forward friend:

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Recipe Time! 

Beef Goulash. This is an all time family f-a-v-o-u-r-i-t-e. My dad would travel back and forth from the Philippines when we were young because he had business’ to run so since he was often absent he had an old friend, a Yugoslavian man named Willy, live with our family.

Willy treated us as though we were his own children. He loved us, disciplined us, par-raised us and you guessed it – cooked for us. Ah yes, his cooking was and always will be unforgettable. This is my clean and easy-to-make take on the family favourite.

 

Beef Goulash (Beef Stew)

Ingredients: 

600g chuck steak cubed

3 onions sliced

2 large potatoes cubed

2 carrots quartered/sliced

3 garlic cloves

3 tablespoons sweet Hungarian paprika

1 can (6oz) tomato paste

2 cups water

3 tablespoons cooking oil

salt & pepper to taste

Method: 

  1. Boil potatoes in a pot of water until half cooked. Strain and set aside.
  2. Coat beef in a mixing bowl with paprika, salt and pepper and set aside.
  3. Saute onions in a pot with the oil until fragrant and translucent.
  4. Add beef and brown the edges.
  5. Add the garlic and tomato paste and stir to coat beef.
  6. Add the water, carrots and potato and mix well.
  7. Turn the heat down to low and simmer for 30 minutes.
  8. Serve with rice, bow pasta (this is the traditional way) or bread.
  9. Voila! Saraaaaaaaap!

 

WHAT I ATE: 

Meal 1: Protein Smoothie. Again.

Meal 2: Miyeok Guk with Teriyaki Chicken.

Snack: Nut & Seed Mix.

Meal 3: 2 Fish Tacos from El Chupacabra! It is a hole in the wall restaurant in Poblacion. Go! It’s so good! 

Meal 4: Meat Pie! Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi! 

Total Cups of Water: 5

 

DID YOU WORKOUT?: YES!

Yesterday i was in the gym from 9am-5pm. What. A. Day! I actually hired a trainer for an hour to help me with some body weight exercises that i could apply to my workouts. Sometimes it’s good to get help and look at things from a different perspective. I did things that i had never done before and worked muscles i neglected because i didn’t know how to work them. So good.. So painful but so good.

Workouts coming in the next few days! I’ll film or shoot something for you. I want it to be good so it’ll take a little time! Thaaaaaaanks!

How did YOUR seventh day go on the 30 Day Sugar Free Challenge? Let me know! Leave me a comment! And if you want to know or hear about anything else just drop me a message!

X

Lauren

 

 

Day 6 – Recipes!

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You’ve asked for it so i’m going to give it to you! I’ll post a new recipe for you here every day. Quick, Easy and Affordable Sugar Free recipes to get you through the month!

Now to give you fair waring: i cook in bulk. I have many mouths to feed, we all eat at different times and it is usually gone within the day. But of course you can chop and change my recipes to suit you and your families needs.  Today i’ll give you two! First recipe up! A Filipino favourite of mine:

Easy Chicken Tinola (Chicken Soup in clear broth)

Ingredients: 

3 chicken breast fillets (no skin) cut into bite sized pieces

7 cups of water

1 small thumb of ginger sliced (or 1 teaspoon of ginger powder)

3 cloves of garlic

1 small onion diced

2 green papayas cubed

1 cup malunggay leaves

1 table spoon patis (fish sauce) or salt (only chose one, you don’t need the extra sodium)

pepper to taste

Method: 

  1. In a pot, bring water to a boil.
  2. Add the chicken, green papaya, garlic and onion.
  3. Reduce heat to low. Let cook through for 15 minutes.
  4. Add malunggay leaves, patis/salt and pepper to taste
  5. Continue to boil for an additional 15 minutes.
  6. Voila! Sabaw for the soul!

 

Secondly….

Smoothie Bowl 

Ingredients: 

1 cup frozen mixed berries (blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, etc.)

1 frozen banana

1 handful spinach leaves

1 cup ice

1 cup almond milk (use regular milk, soy, lactose free, your choice!)

Optional: A dash of Acai Concentrate/A scoop of protein powder.

Method: 

Blend everything together and enjoy your frozen smoothie goodness!!! Add more ice for a thicker smoothie that you can eat with a spoon. If you want it less creamy just use water or coconut water. Add seeds, nuts, granola or fresh fruit as toppings if you wish. Play with it! You can use different kinds of fruits the options are endless. Just look it up online if you’re stuck! It’s by far my favourite not-so-naughty sweet treat. Here’s an example of how to dress yours up:

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WHAT I ATE: 

Meal 1: Miyeok Guk with half a can of tuna. It’s a Korean Seaweed Soup which i loooooveeeeeeeee. So simple and tasty! 

Meal 2: Protein Smoothie. The usual. 

Meal 3: Stir fried mixed veges with rice.

Snack: Acai Bowl.

Meal 4: Beef Goulash with rice.

Total Cups of Water: 11

 

HOW DID YOU FEEL:

This was such a productive day! I went to the gym for hooouuurrssss then did a grocery shop and came home and cooked up a feast! (Pictured above!) I kept busy. Busy, busy, busssyyyyy. I even washed and vacuumed my car! I was so exhausted by the end of the day i curled up on the couch watching Netflix.

 

DID YOU WORKOUT?: YES!

Leg day.. Again. You can’t work out your legs too much i’m telling you! Do you guys want photos or videos of workouts? Are you interested in machine workouts or body workouts you can do at home? Let me know! I want to help you out as much as possible!

How did YOUR sixth day go on the 30 Day Sugar Free Challenge? Let me know! Leave me a comment! And if you want to know or hear about anything else just drop me a message!

X

Lauren