What do to with a Kilo of Tuna – Darren’s magic in the kitchen…

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After a day full of surfing and a long session in the gym, I was lucky enough to come home yesterday to Darren cooking up a protein feast in the kitchen. Now, if I were to be given a kilo of tuna, my cooking skills are limited to a seared steak and maybe some veggies on the side, so I just have to share with you what Darren rustled up for us last night 🙂

Starter
Tuna Loin Carpaccio: Sashimi tuna with a balsamic vinaigrette, chipotle salsa with olive oil, shaved white onion and thyme

Mains
Ginger glazed Tuna Steak
Tuna Tacos with with pico de gallo
Yucca fries
Grilled asparagus with diced almonds

And of course bottle of white wine!

Dessert a la Nancy
Sugar fried bananas with lime juice, cinnamon, Captain Morgan’s spiced rum, and vanilla ice cream

Thank you Darren for the amazing meal, and for the inspiration I needed to get back in the kitchen!

This weeks top 5 healthy Smoothies and Juices!

I am a huge fan of making and drinking smoothies and juices; I have at least one a day! If you are anything like me and suck at eating your veggies and fruit, this is a great way to get your 5 a day without having to force feed yourself vegetables haha. Here are a few of my favourite recipes of the week which are super tasty and full of goodness. All you need are the right ingredients, a decent blender, ice and water. They make a great energising snack, accompany any meal, or are great for pre and apres surf regeneration…. Here are my top 5 🙂

Pre-Surf Energy: Banana, pineapple, mango, avocado. (Grab a handful of almonds with this and you’ll be surfing for hours!)

Iron Booster: Orange juice, carrot, spinach, beetroot, parsley. (Lemon grass is a great iron rich additive if you have it)

Apres surf/Protein boost: Banana, orange juice, soy protein powder

Skin, Hair and complexion: Avocado, spinach, banana, tbsp coconut oil, natural yoghurt. (If you have it, add spirulina to this mix which is filled with antioxidants)

Refreshing and light: Pineapple, parsley, cucumber, celery, orange

You can add honey as sweetener to any of the above!

These kind of juices are a fantastic way to get all your vitamin and mineral servings an easy, quick, simple glass. Plus they will make you feel amazing 🙂

Yummy dinner, Poki Tuna!!!

Poki Tuna
Last nights dinner at Vista Hermosa…my FAVOURITE! The Poki Tuna Bowl is the perfect combination of protein and carbohydrate. If I could afford to eat it everyday, I would haha! It’s the freshest raw tuna diced over sticky sushi rice with avocado, sesame seeds and spring onions, in a sweet and spicy Hawaiian soy based sauce….incredibly delicious….Thank you Vista Hermosa!

Good Snacks for surfers and the active!

Right now with all of this training I am doing I am finding myself CONSTANTLY hungry and needing to boost my energy. I honestly feel like eating all the time! Sometimes its hard to chose snacks that aren’t full of too much sugar, but are high in protein and carbs, so here are a few good healthy energising snacks that are a great way to re-fill and re-boost.

FRESH FRUIT: Any fresh fruit at all :-). But if you need some ideas try pineapple, mango, orange, strawberries, bananas (GREAT for energy), grapes, melon, kiwi, blueberries…..If you don’t feel like eating the fruit, throw them into a blender and whip them up into a yummy smoothie. You can try adding granola, oats or yogurt for extra energy and protein. Protein powder is also awesome if you’ve had a real work out to restore those muscles!

Top Tips: Chop up your fruits and keep them in the freezer. This keeps them fresher for longer, and also means you don’t need to add ice to your smoothie, so you can jam pack it with more fruit. Eat or drink something within the 30 minutes after exercise, you will find that your muscles recover much faster and you energy levels remain high.

AVOCADO: My personal favourite; I LOVE avocado. Half an avocado sprinkled with salt and lime juice. DEEE-liciuos and filled with goodness.

Avocado

DRIED FRUITS AND NUTS: Dried fruits are filled with anti-oxidants, vitamin C, iron, fibre, potassium so they make great heathy snackets, and they’re pretty yummy. Nuts are awesome as well to help boost energy and they are packed filled with great nutrients. Unsalted peanuts, ALMONDS, walnuts, cashews and pecans are a good way to go!

RAW VEGETABLES: I am not going to lie, these are not my favourite snack haha. Sometimes I feel like I have to force them down. But they are much better when dipped in something! A healthy dipping option would be hummus which is packed with protein and vitamins, and the unhealthy option would be cream cheese which I love! Other great dip options include bean dip, which is refried black beans – awesome and full of protein – and another favourite of mine is tzatziki, made with low-fat natural yoghurt and cucumber. Suitable dipping veggies include carrots, tomatoes, celery, broccoli….whatever takes your fancy really!

WHOLE WHEAT BREAD/MUFFINS/BAGEL: Chose a seedy whole wheat bread, muffin or bagel and spread it with the favourite of the following: Cottage cheese – low in cholesterol and great source of protein, peanut butter – good source of protien, iron, fiber and vitamin B3, almond spread – the most nutritious nuts of all and super high enegery food, nutella – for those sweet toothed moments which we all have!

HYDRATION HYDRATION HYDRATION: Never under-estimate the power of water haha. It’s so important to keep your body hydrated; sometimes you may feel hungry, but actually what your body wants its a glass of water! Make a note of it to drink plenty of water all the way throughout the day, even when you’re not thirsty, and you will feel the difference almost instantly!

Good healthy energising Surfer Breaky…

Healthy Energising Breaky

Healthy Energising Breaky

Every morning I get up super early to go and check the surf, normally accompanied by my ipod and a coffee :-). Before I paddle out, I always make sure that I have eaten something small so that I am full of energy for my surf session. Here is a great, healthy, tasty pre-surf breakfast that is full of goodness and will heighten your performance in the water. It’s slow releasing energy properties will keep your surfing for hours and it’s also packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that will keep you looking young forever!

Ingredients: Oats, pinch of salt, raisins, cranberries, blueberries, cinnamon, pineapple, milk, walnuts, honey. (you can substitute in any fruits/nuts that you prefer or have available!)

Easy Preparation!

Boil half a cup of oats in water with a pinch of salt until they are bubbling through and soft. Add half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder and sprinkle in a handful of dried fruits (raisons, cranberries etc). Chop some fresh fruit and throw this in as well. Give it a good smothering in honey (I like mine sweet!) and add a splosh of milk over the top to make it creamy and yummy, (no need to stir it all in) and your good to go!

Top tip: For those of you lucky enough to have access to an espresso machine haha, heat up the milk into a stiff froth and poor it over the oats – DEEEELICIOUS.

Why this breakfast is so good for you AND your surfing…..

Oats: A great source of fibre which is for good digestion, protein and amino acids for muscles, and antioxidants for good health and complexion. They are full of carbohydrates needed to release energy throughout your surf session!

Honey: Natural sweetness :-), much better than choosing processed sugar products. It’s a great source of carbohydrate which provide strength and enery to our bodies, and its awesome for our immune systems!

Cinnamon: A great source of magnesium, fibre, iron and calcium, plus its supposed to lower LDL cholesterol in our bodies! Good.Old.Tasty.Cinnamon

Fruits: Vitamins, energy, antioxidants, yummyness. I could go on forever. We all know that fruits are the best thing ever…eat as many as you can!

Nuts: Full of essential fatty acids (the good kind of fat), plus a good source of fibre and vitamin E.