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Spaghetti Squash & Meatballs

Spaghetti Squash & Meatballs Recipe
Spaghetti Squash & Meatballs
With this spaghetti squash and meatballs recipe, you can reduce the carbohydrates and increase the vegetable servings by skipping pasta and serving the Italian-seasoned turkey meatballs and quick, homemade marinara sauce over thin strands of cooked spaghetti squash instead. Cooking the squash first in the microwave and then in a skillet to cook off the extra moisture, gives the squash a more spaghetti-like texture.

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Being active with Brittney Cutts

 

We chat to Australian personal trainer and wellness coach Brittney Cutts about her mission and goals.

Hailing from small-town New Zealand, this young up-and-comer has not only managed to find Aussie-based love in Australian Football Leauge (AFL) star Matthew Suckling, but she has also worked hard to build a body, brand and career to match. A personal trainer and women’s wellness coach who lives by her own advice, Brittney Cutts told WH&F about her mission to help the world B.Active.

About the brand

My brand B.Active is all about helping women achieve their health and fitness goals through my own experiences and education. I post on Instagram about my life and things I’ve learnt. I want to encourage people to make healthier choices every day and to lead a lifestyle they can maintain; to ‘B.Active’, ‘B.Nourished’ and ‘B.Happy’.  
When I was growing up I used to get teased for having ‘chicken legs’ and for being too skinny. I used to eat a McDonald’s cheeseburger a day to try and beef myself up, which shows how oblivious I was to health and nutrition. I want to help other young women avoid those kinds of mistakes.

What she eats

My average diet is full of food! I absolutely love it. I try to be as healthy as possible most of the time, but I’m not afraid of a glass of wine either. I am a much happier person when I have balance. If I want to lose a little body fat, I will base my meals around meats, vegetables and good fats like avocado, walnuts and salmon. I supplement with iron, a probiotic and Trilogy greens.

Her workout plan

My favourite form of exercise is boxing. It is a good form of cardio and makes me feel like a bit of a badass. It’s a great stress reliever too.
Exercise and nutrition are important to me because they’re natural antidepressants. I think it’s intriguing how we can sculpt how our body looks on the outside while also achieving a sense of wellness on the inside. My body looks and feels horrible when I eat junk or under-train.
I overcome my cravings by removing foods that lack nutritional value from my shopping list. I find it hard to stay away from the Nutella jar sometimes, but if I don’t buy it then I can’t eat it!

Thoughts on staying motivated

I keep motivated by changing my phone’s background picture to reflect my next goal, so it’s always in my mind’s eye! There is a real sense of accomplishment when I work hard to achieve that goal and can change the photo.
I take time out to relax by going on spontaneous adventures. I leave my phone behind and get out of the city. Or I book a last-minute holiday to somewhere warm and with a beach, like Bali. I love random getaways and activities to break up my routine.

Getting social

I have built my social media following @brittactive by being real. I am not a model and I don’t over-promote or worry too much about how many followers I have. I just post about my life and continuously think about how each post might help other women in some small way.

Wise words of advice

The best advice I’ve ever received was to build a career that you love. There is no point spending 80 per cent of your day unhappy.
I admire people who live their life the way they really want to. They are the happiest ones, I think. It shouldn’t matter how much money, friends or followers someone has, everyone is different. If they are happy, so be it!

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Chocolate oat protein slice

 

Meet your protein quota by including this decadent choc oat protein slice in your workday meal plan.

 

What you’ll need

Makes: 12 slices // Prep Time: 15 minutes

Slice Ingredients:

½ cup shredded coconut
½ cup oats
½ cup LSA (ground linseed, sunflower seed and almond mix)
½ cup almond meal
2 tbsp psyllium husk
2 tbsp maca powder
2 tbsp coconut sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup of nut or seed butter (peanut butter, almond butter, tahini, cashew butter, Brazil nut butter, hazelnut butter, etc)

Chocolate Topping Ingredients:

¾ cup cacao butter, melted
3 tbsp cacao powder
3 tbsp honey

What you’ll do
Mix slice ingredients in a bowl until well combined. Place into the fridge to set. Mix chocolate topping ingredients until smooth. Pour over slice and return to the fridge to set. Once set, cut slice into bars or squares. Store slice in the fridge.

WH&F test kitchen tip: Use chocolate protein powder in lieu of cacao powder in the topping and maca powder in the slice. If using sweetened protein powder, reduce or omit coconut sugar.  

Recipe courtesy nutritionist Emily Holmes. For more healthy treats, the Concious Foodie website and browse our healthy recipes section.

 

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Indian Edamame Quinoa Burgers

Indian Edamame Quinoa Burgers Recipe
Indian Edamame Quinoa Burgers
This bunless quinoa burger recipe with an easy yogurt sauce is a staff favorite. Experiment with different seasonings in place of the ginger and garam masala‚ such as garlic and cumin for Middle Eastern flair or garlic and chili powder for a Southwestern spin. Serve with a spinach salad and naan or chapati bread.

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Mediterranean Tuna-Spinach Salad

Mediterranean Tuna-Spinach Salad Recipe
Mediterranean Tuna-Spinach Salad
This tuna salad recipe gets an upgrade with olives, feta and a tahini dressing. Served over baby spinach, this is the perfect easy and light lunch or dinner salad.

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Sweet potato brownies

 

Our April cover model Nadine Dumas talks healthy treats, fit food and shares her sweet potato brownie recipe.

 

ON FIT FOOD
I’m a fan of sweet potatoes and a protein that’s a bit lighter. I train right before lunch, so it’s usually eggs. For post-workout I will normally get a banana in right away with glutamine and then head to the local market for greens and another protein such as a chicken breast.

ON HEALTHY TREATS
I have a great recipe for sweet potato brownies. I find so many recipes use dates, of which I am not the biggest fan, so I switched them for these.

What you’ll need:
•    2 cups baked sweet potato (skin removed)
•    3 eggs
•    ¼ cup coconut oil (melted)
•    ¼ cup agave
•    ¼ tsp vanilla
•    3 tbsp coconut flour
•    4 tbsp cocoa powder
•    2 tsp cinnamon
•    ½ tsp fresh ground ginger
•    ¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice
•    ¼ tsp baking powder
•    Pinch sea salt
•    Chocolate chunks (as many as you’d like)

What you’ll do
Heat oven to 220°C. In a blender, add potato, egg, oil, agave, vanilla and blend until smooth. Add coconut flour, cocoa, cinnamon, ginger, spice, baking powder and salt and blend again. Fold the chocolate in by hand. Bake in a 20×20 cm dish for 35 minutes. Let sit for 30 minutes before serving.

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