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Festive Fitness Food – 5 Fridge Fillers!

Christmas provides the perfect opportunity to spend time with loved ones and generally relax and recuperate before the New Year. But how many of us find ourselves looking in the fridge out of boredom? Or perhaps just to eat something because we can “because if you cant at Christmas when can you?”

Here at i-motion gym we have come up with some tasty and healthy FESTIVE FITNESS FOOD recipes that are perfect snacks for our avid gym goers… They can be cooked in batches, kept in the fridge or freezer and used when required. Try them and let us know how you get on…

  1. Sweet Potato Cakes

These are great for breakfast. Top with a poached egg. Or you can have them following a gnarly workout with some of your favorite greens.

Ingredients:

  • 256 grams cooked sweet potatoes (peeled)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 slices wholemeal or gluten free bread (cubed)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Paresley
  • ½ red onion (finely chopped)
  • ¼ cup cheese (cubed)

Method:

  • Combine all the ingredients except the cheese in a bowl and give it a good mash-up!
  • Make some Patties (like making burgers) that are 3-4 inches in diameter.
  • Push the cubed cheese into the centre of the potato mixture and reform the potato over the top.
  • In a frying pan add a small amount of oil (may not be necessary if you have a good non-stick pan) Fry the cakes until they are brown on a medium heat. Then flip.
  • At this point you can allow them to cool and keep a batch in the fridge for those times you want a snack. Also freezable (ensure defrosted before re-use)
  • When you want to eat put in the oven at 200 degrees for 10-15 minutes until warmed though and the cheese is melted.

 

  1. Pasta and Eggs

It is a great idea to pre-cook and refrigerate some Pasta to have on hand for those hunger pangs. You can also use Gluten Free Pasta if you wish. Using Frozen Mixed Veg makes this dish quick and easy without compromising on taste or nutrient.

Ingredients:

  • 516 grams cooked pasta (gluten free if required)
  • 2 tablespoons of low fat cream cheese
  • 120 grams mixed vegetables. Cut into small chunks. (can use frozen)
  • 120 grams of tinned Sweetcorn or chick peas.
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh chopped Parsely
  • 2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • 2 eggs

Method:

  • Put a small amount of oil (coconut or olive) in a frying pan and turn to medium.
  • Add the cooked pasta to heat through follow with the cream cheese to combine. Add vegetables at this stage if using frozen.
  • Add Vegetables, Sweetcorn or Chick Peas Parsley and Parmesan.
  • In a separate pan dry fry or poach an egg to your liking
  • Serve with the pasta in a bowl and the egg on top.

 

  1. Quinoa and Vegetable Hash

This has the warm, filling feeling of a corned Beef Hash with a far better nutritional content. Use as a breakfast or midday snack. Pre-prepare the Quinoa and Sweet Potato for an easy snack.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 240 cubed and cooked sweet potato
  • 360 grams cooked Quinoa
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh chopped Parsely
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 eggs

Method:

  • Put a small amount of oil (coconut or olive) in a frying pan and turn to medium. Add the onion and cook until soft.
  • Add the cooked sweet potato and parsley. Wait until the potato browns slightly. Add the quinoa and season to taste.
  • In a separate pan dry fry or poach an egg to your liking
  • Serve with the veg and Quinoa ‘mashed’ together and the egg on top.

 

  1. Fig and Honey Rice Cakes

Using Figs gives a great source of fibre. Perfect for the post workout hunger pangs that may hit. You can use raisins instead.

Ingredients:

  • 240 grams of sticky rice
  • 120 grams of pecans
  • 120 grams of chopped figs
  • 2 tablespoons of honey

Method:

  • Cook the rice according to the instructions.
  • Toast the nuts in the oven on a baking sheet for 5-10 minutes at 140 degrees.
  • Mix the rice, pecans, honey and figs in a bowl.
  • Put the mixture into a baking tray and press down so it is about 1 ½ inches thick. Refrigerate and then cut into individual cakes.

 

  1. Orzo, Spinach and Basil Salad

Orzo is a small easy to cook pasta. You can use that or your gluten free alternative.

Ingredients:

  • 460 grams of cooked orzo pasta (or alternative)
  • 60 grams of cooked, tinned kidney beans
  • 60 grams of pine nuts
  • 60 grams of raisins
  • Fresh Basil (Handful)
  • 60 grams of Spinach (can be pre-cooked with pasta if preferred)

Method:

  • Mix all ingredients together in a big bowl. Squeeze Lime juice over. Portion out and keep in fridge for future use. Season to taste.

i-motion gyms are committed to helping our members reach their fitness goals, we have an extensive range of ‘Free Weights, Machines and Classes that are run by highly trained PT’s whose passion it is to help our members to stay fit. REMEMBER you are an individual and you should listen to your body, seek professional advice and do what works for YOU.

If you are interested in realising some personal fitness goals then why not give i-motion gym a try? We have membership that starts from just £9.99 a month, over 90 classes a week, 24 hour access and state of the art equipment. No excuses, just results… www.i-motiongym.com/join

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