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Healthy Recipe: Piña Colada Smoothie

We kick off our Summer 6-week Challenge this week, so we thought we’d share some healthy food – a recipe from the latest meal guide to get you in the summer spirit. This smoothie is full of goodness and the perfect breakfast or lunch option.

 

INGREDIENTS

– 1 scoop Bananas & Cream PranaOn Protein Powder

– large handful frozen organic pineapple chunks

– 1 1/2 cups coconut milk (our favourite is Pure Harvest Coco Quench)

– 5 large mint leaves or tbsp PranaOn Mint Super Greens

 

METHOD

Add all the ingredients into a blender or smoothie maker and blend until smooth.

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Belinda Survilla is the Pilates & Co. studio manager and takes regular classes at the Miami studio, including orientation.

We undertake the 6-week Challenge every season. Keep an eye out for our next one. It’s lots of fun and a great way to kickstart your Pilates practice.

Fig, Walnut & Ginger Uncookies

Recipe: Fig, Walnut & Ginger Uncookies

Perfect for Christmas or any time of the year, these cookies are the cookie that you don’t cook! They are great for entertaining and just for having when you need a little yummy snack with a cuppa. This healthy Fig, Walnut & Ginger Uncookies recipe is courtesy of the new cookbook The Midlife Kitchen which is full of ‘health-boosting recipes’, from one of our favourite foodie Instagram feeds by the same name. Enjoy!

Yield: 10-12, Active Time: 15 minutes, Total Time: 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS

200g dried soft figs

2 tbsp water

Juice of a lime

50g walnuts, crushed

2 tbsp LSA or ground almonds

1 tsp fresh root ginger, peeled and finely grated

1 tsp ground cinnamon

A pinch of sea salt

Coating: more LSA or ground almonds

 

METHOD

Put everything in a food processor and whizz. You may need to use a spatula between pulses to make sure the ingredients are fully incorporated. You can make the ‘dough’ as chunky or as smooth as you like – I prefer it a little chunky.

If the mixture is too dry add a little more water; if too wet add more LSA or ground almonds. It should be soft but not too sticky.

Take a heaped teaspoon of the mixture and form into a small disc/cookie shape, approximately 3-4cm in diameter.

Coat each uncookie in more LSA or ground almonds.

Chill for 30 minutes or so before eating to firm up and make them deliciously chewy. Uncookies will keep in the fridge for up to a week but I can assure you that they won’t hang around that long!

 

HEALTH TIP

Don’t be put off nuts because they are relatively high in calories – they’re full of protein and fibre to keep you feeling full, so you’ll probably eat less overall. Studies have shown that people who consume nuts are less likely to be overweight than those who don’t.

 

Recipe extracted from The Midlife Kitchen, by Mimi Spencer and Sam Rice – available on Booktopia, Dymocks and from all good bookshops.  Follow on Instgram @midlifekitchen

Middle Age Spread Midlife Kitchen

Recipe: Middle Age Spread

This recipe takes 10 minutes and will be the most productive 10 minutes of your week guaranteed. Because you will be left with a spread you can use for toast, vegetables and crackers (in fact use your imagination) that is so delicious and also super healthy. This healthy Middle Age Spread recipe is courtesy of the new cookbook The Midlife Kitchen which is full of ‘health-boosting recipes’, from one of our favourite foodie Instagram feeds by the same name. Enjoy!

Yield: 500 grams, Active Time: 10 minutes, Total Time: 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS

1 250g bag of spinach

1 400g can butter beans, drained and rinsed

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Juice of half a lemon

A small handful flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped

1 tsp ground coriander and 1 tsp ground cumin

2 tbsp Greek yogurt

1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed

Sea salt

Fresh, ground black pepper

 

METHOD

Wilt the spinach in a frying pan on a low heat for 2 minutes. Drain and use kitchen towel to remove any moisture.

Place the spinach in a food processor with the remaining ingredients and pulse to a semi-smooth texture. 

This can be eaten warm, or cold from the fridge, where it will keep in an airtight container for up to a week.

 

HEALTH TIP

Butter beans are the star here, providing protein, healthy carbs and a brilliant fibre fix. This benefits the cardiovascular and digestive systems, as well as priming energy levels.

 

Recipe extracted from The Midlife Kitchen, by Mimi Spencer and Sam Rice – available on Booktopia, Dymocks and from all good bookshops.  Follow on Instgram @midlifekitchen

Midlife Kitchen Shashouka

Recipe: Midlife Kitchen Shashouka

A Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern favourite, this dish is served for breakfast but can be eaten all day, every day, as far as we’re concerned. It’s so tasty and packed full of goodness. This healthy Shashouka recipe is courtesy of the new cookbook The Midlife Kitchen which is full of ‘health-boosting recipes’, from one of our favourite foodie Instagram feeds by the same name. Enjoy!

Yield: Serves 2, Active Time: 25 minutes, Total Time: 25 minutes

INGREDIENTS

A spray of olive oil

1 small red onion, diced

1 clove garlic, crushed

2 small peppers, one red, one yellow, deseeded and chopped

1 400g can chopped tomatoes

½ tsp chilli flakes (or more, to taste)

½ tsp ground cumin

½ tsp paprika

½ tsp brown sugar

A squeeze of lemon juice

4 eggs

Sea salt

Fresh ground black pepper

To serve:

A handful of fresh parsley, chopped

A dollop of Greek yogurt

 

METHOD

Heat a medium-sized frying pan and spray with a little olive oil.

Add the chopped onion and sauté for a few minutes until the onion begins to soften.

Add garlic and continue to sauté, then add the peppers and cook for 5 minutes over a medium heat until softened.

Stir in the tomatoes, together with the chilli flakes, spices, sugar and lemon and simmer for a further 5-7 minutes until it starts to reduce.

Make 4 evenly-spaced wells in the tomato mixture and then crack one egg in to each. Season well and cover the pan with a lid. Cook for 10 minutes, or until the egg whites are firm and the yolks still runny.

Garnish with parsley and yogurt on the side.

 

HEALTH TIP

Studies have shown that lycopene, a potent antioxidant found in tomatoes, is boosted by cooking, so by slowly simmering this rich, red sauce you are also maximising the nutritional benefit.

 

Recipe extracted from The Midlife Kitchen, by Mimi Spencer and Sam Rice – available on Booktopia, Dymocks and from all good bookshops.  Follow on Instgram @midlifekitchen

Healthy Protein Ball Recipe

Recipe: Leila’s Goji Berry Protein Balls

We celebrated our birthday last month and everyone was raving about studio assistant Leila’s delicious protein balls that were served up at the party. She’s kindly shared the recipe! These are so easy, quick and good for you, that you’ve no excuse to grab the ingredients and get cracking now. They’re the perfect little snack to keep in your bag and have after a workout at the studio (with a big glass of water) to crush any post-exercise cravings.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups of oats

1 cup of almonds

1 cup of coconut

½ cup of goji berries

1 cup of dates

2 scoops of Prana On Protein (Leila uses chocolate. Prana On is available in the studio for purchase).

5 tablespoons of milk (oat, coconut or almond)

Cinnamon or mixed spices

Coconut oil

 

METHOD

Blend oats, almonds, goji berries and dates separately.

Mix everything in a bowl until it is all mixed and you can’t see the oats anymore. Use coconut oil on your hands to make the bowls and put coconut around.

 

Leila Burate is the Pilates & Co. studio assistant and you’ll see her around the studio keeping it tidy, working out and signing up our new members.

Healthy Food: Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Healthy Food: Pumpkin Soup

We kick off our Autumn 6-week Challenge this week, so we thought we’d share some healthy food – a recipe from the latest meal guide to warm you up. This easy soup is full of goodness and the perfect lunch or dinner option.

 

INGREDIENTS

– 1/2 large Jap pumpkin

– 1 large onion, quartered

– 1 tin of coconut milk

– 1/2 tsp your favourite spice mix (curry works well!)

– salt & pepper

– spring onion for serving

 

METHOD

1. Peel and chop the pumpkin

2. Add pumpkin and onion to large pot and add enough water to just cover

3. Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer without a lid until pumpkin is tender

4. Add pumpkin and onions to a high-speed blender in batches

5. Pour blended soup mixture back into the washed pot and add remaining ingredients

6. Serve with a sprinkle of spring onions

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Belinda Survilla is the Pilates & Co. studio manager and takes regular classes at the Miami studio, including orientation.

We undertake the 6-week Challenge every season. Keep an eye out for our next one. It’s lots of fun and a great way to kickstart your Pilates practice.

Healthy Food Watermelon Salad - Pilates & Co. Gold Coast Pilates Reformer & Fitness Studio

Healthy Food: Belinda’s Watermelon Salad

We kick off our Spring 6-week Challenge today, so we thought we’d share some healthy food – a little recipe from the meal guide to give you some kitchen inspiration. This super easy salad is full of goodness and the perfect lunch or dinner option over Spring and Summer. It’s our studio manager Belinda‘s creation and one of her favourites to make for herself.

 

Belinda’s Watermelon Salad Recipe

If your aim in doing Pilates is to feel fitter and stronger (which we hope it is), then you have to combine your practice with healthy food. And as healthy food recipes go, this one is easy to make and so yummy you will be questioning its goodness. We think it will be joining your regular kitchen staples in no time!

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 whole watermelon (chopped into cubes)
  • 2 Lebanese cucumbers (cut into quarters)
  • 3 large tomatoes (chopped into cubes)
  • handful coriander (roughly chopped)
  • handful parsley (roughly chopped)
  • handful mint (roughly chopped)
  • 4 spring onions (sliced)
  • 1 avocado (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup pinenuts (lightly toasted)
  • tablespoon bottled jalapeño’s (finely chopped)
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • a generous seasoning of Himalayan salt

METHOD

1. Add all ingredients to large salad bowl and toss. This salad is still great the next day if kept

refrigerated.

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Belinda Survilla is the Pilates & Co. studio manager and takes regular classes at the Miami studio, including orientation

healthy food asian inspired food recipe

Healthy Food: Asian Inspired Zoodle Salad Recipe

Healthy food shouldn’t be difficult or expensive. There’s nothing better than a salad that’s quick to make and packed full of flavour. We love sharing healthy food ideas with our members at Pilates & Co. Try this Asian-inspired salad that also makes use of your zoodle grater or spiraliser. You will not be disappointed!

 

Asian Inspired Zoodle Salad

Many thanks to Mrids from Amealia for sharing this delicious and nutritious recipe with us. We love healthy food, so check out our other recipes too.

Total Time: 10 mins (how good is that!)
Serves 3-4

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Zucchini
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Tbsp Peanut Butter
  • 1 Tsp Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Clove Of Garlic Grated
  • 1 Tsp Grated Ginger
  • 1 Red Chilli Chopped up and 1 Squirt Of Mayo (Optional)
  • 1/2 Lemon or Lime
  • Basil to Dress
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste

 

METHOD

1. Spiralise the carrot, zucchini and cucumber to look like noodles. 
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2. Throw all the remaining ingredients in a mason jar or a container you have in hand and give it a good ol shake.
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3. Pour over the veggie noodles and toss to coat, top with Basil 
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4. Enjoy!!!

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Healthy Food Lentil Soup

Healthy Food: Spiced Lentil Soup

This delicious and nutritious lentil soup will satisfy even the fussiest in the family. It’s quick and easy to prepare and make ticking all my boxes!

RECIPE FOR HEALTHY LENTIL SOUP

INGREDIENTS

Here’s what you’ll need –

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or ghee
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, finely sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or crushed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 cup dried red lentils (or puy lentils if not pureeing soup)
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan or sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh coriander, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped

METHOD

Here’s what to do –

  1. Heat oil or ghee in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent, then add ginger, garlic, and spices. Cook for one minute, stirring constantly.
  2. Add stock and lentils and bring to the boil. Cover pan and bring to simmer for approximately 20 minutes or until lentils are tender.
  3. Remove from heat. This is where you have the option to blend to a smooth soup (kids will prefer this option 98% of the time). Blend mixture (1/2 at a time) in your blender or use a stick mixer until smooth. If using a blender, remove the centerpiece in the lid to allow steam to escape and place a piece of paper towel over the hole. Once you have blended your soup, pour the mixture back into a clean pan.
  4. Stir in remaining ingredients over a low heat
  5. Serve and enjoy!

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Healthy Food: Cinnamon Chia Pudding

Vicky from Vitality Nutrition has created this delicious chia pudding which would make a nutritious and quick breakfast or anytime snack! You’ll find the recipe here – Cinnamon Chia Pudding and you can find more healthy recipes and information on the Vitality Nutrition website.

Find the recipe below and check out Vicky’s website for more fabulous healthy food recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Cinnamon Chia Pudding Recipe

Ingredients

3 tablespoons chia seeds (black or white)

1 tablespoon  COCONUT PROTEIN SUPERFOOD BLEND

1 cup  almond or coconut milk

2 teaspoons organic cinnamon

1 tablespoon coconut cream

 

Method

In a large glass/jar or small bowl mix chia seeds, protein, cinnamon and almond or coconut milk. Stir until chia seeds separate and start to swell.

You may need to add more milk if consistency is too dry, it should be a little runny so the chia seed don’t clump together.

The chia seeds will expand and soak up most of the liquid.

Place into the fridge to set for at least 10 minutes. Can be left overnight.

Once set, remove from fridge and top with coconut cream and sprinkle cinnamon on top. Feel free to add your favourite fruit and nuts for extra crunch! Perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

Make a few in advance and have them on hand for snacks. If your feeling the cold – chia puddings can be heated up in the microwave or stove. Just add more milk if needed.

 

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