Super Simple Cheesy Chicken and Chorizo

By Jamie Houghton, Head Coach at Lifestyle Performance Transformations NCC

This is such an easy dish to make in a short amount of time. Plus you won’t be left with tonnes of dishes afterwards! Honestly this is quicker than ordering a takeaway!Super Simple Cheesy Chicken and Chorizo

Packed with protein and healthy fats you can enjoy this as a lunch or dinner.

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS:
½tbsp coconut oil
40g chorizo, finely diced
½ red onion, diced
1x 220g-240g skinless chicken breast cut into 1cm slices
4x cherry tomatoes sliced in half
3 big fistfuls of baby spinach leaves
1 ball of mozzarella torn into chunks
20g pine nuts
A pinch of salt and pepper

METHOD:
1. Heat the coconut oil in a large frying pan over a medium to high heat.
2. Add the onion and fry for 3 minutes. Then add the chorizo and fry for another minute
3. Increase the heat to maximum and add the chicken and stir-fry for 3-5 minutes, until chicken is almost completely cooked through.
4. Add the cherry tomatoes and cook for a minute..
5. Add spinach and stir through until fully wilted.
6. Make a well in the mixture in the pan and drop in small chunks of the mozzarella.
7. Turn off the heat and let the mozzarella melt before spooning the whole delicious lot onto a plate and scattering over the pine nuts.
8. Serve end enjoy…it’s sooo good!

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Head Coach at LPT Northampton NCC

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The Best 8 “Super” Greens To Boost Your Weight Loss

By Jamie Houghton, Head Coach at Lifestyle Performance Transformations NCC

You’ve heard about the green smoothie and super-greens and possibly even green powders. But WHAT greens are best for weight loss?

In general, green vegetables deliver a high amount of nutritional value in very few calories. Possibly more importantly – veggies are low on the glycemic index. Too much insulin in the body can lead to weight gain, and low-glycemic foods (like your greens) keep insulin levels low.

Here are my favourite greens to get you started…

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1) Brussels Sprouts – everyones friend!
In order to reap the full weight loss benefits of sprouts’ fiber content, steam them. Brussels sprouts are also filled with vitamin C, and other important nutrients including folate and manganese.

 

2) Spinach

This classic green is packed with fibre, water, and vitamin C, and it’s very versatile. Spinach can be used raw in salads or quickly steamed or sautéed. I personally love to pack it into my smoothies!

3) Cucumber
A refreshing and crisp green. I also love using this as an addition to smoothies, juices, and salads. Cucumbers have a very high water content and are low in calories.

4) Kale
This is a real powerhouse of a green! Full of essential vitamins and nutrients, including vitamin A and manganese, one cup of kale also contains 71% of your daily value of vitamin C. Vitamin C is an awesome assistant when it comes to weight loss!

5) Turnip Greens
Possibly one you haven’t heard of before. These greens are high in fibre, with 5g per cup. Fibre helps to fill you up and it kindly ushers fats out of the blood stream.Bunch-Of-Vibrant-Turnip-Greens.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.960

6) Avocado
This creamy green fruit is high in monounsaturated fats, helping to lower cholesterol and manage your weight. This is an awesome fruit to have for breakfast…the high fat content will help you burn fat during your day!

7) Celery
PACKED with fibre and almost calorie free this refreshing green is yet another great addition to salads and smoothies.

8) Broccoli
These “mini trees” are loaded with complex carbohydrates, meaning that your body burns it slowly, keeping you fuller for longer. Like kale, it’s full of vitamin C. You’ll also get a good dose of fiber and folate.

This is just a drop in the ocean of the type of nutrition coaching that we offer on our 6 Week Transformation Program.

With our second program kicking off on Monday 29th February we are already 80% full! So only a few spaces left…

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Jamie Houghton

Head Coach at LPT Northampton NCC

5 Superfoods You Haven’t Heard of And Need To Try

By Jamie Houghton, Head Coach at Lifestyle Performance Transformations NCC

Just a quick post today, I’ve been doing some research and wanted to share this with you…

Quinoa, kale, wheatgrass…! Every year seems to bring another superfood to garnish our plates or chuck into our blenders. But some superfoods don’t get as much spotlight as they deserve.

You may not have heard of them, (I hadn’t heard of number 4 until I read a little more about it), but they’re definitely worth adding to your healthy menu plans.

As faddy as they may seem, superfoods are essential additions to any healthy lifestyle, whether you want to lose weight or feel healthier. These natural powerhouses are packed with good-for-you nutrients you won’t find in a packaged dinner. From fibre to help you lose weight to antioxidants that support a healthy immune system, check out these 5 superfoods you probably haven’t heard of before

1. Kefir
This fermented superfood is a favorite in Russia and Central Asia. Kefir offers healthy bacteria, which rockets the immune system. Look for it in the milk and cheese aisle. Get your morning Kefir Kick with a Superfood Smoothie.

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2. Dandelion Greens
Not the fizzy drink you might have heard of…the humble dandelion is actually a nutritional powerhouse. The leaves are packed with minerals that help detoxify the body. Dandelion greens also offer more calcium than many other
leafy green superfoods. Harness the power of dandelion greens your morning smoothie and juices or as a leafy addition to your lunchtime salad.

 

3. Black Rice
Black is back! This dark grain is rich in vitamin E and delivers more of the powerful
anthocyanin antioxidants than go-to superfoods like blueberries. Use black rice in place of brown rice in healthy recipes like Slow Cooker Chilli or Curry and rice.

4. Jicama
This root vegetable is rich in inulin, a fiber that has has probiotic properties. Jicama is also high in vitamin C. Enjoy this slightly sweet vegetable in salads and stir frys.

amaranth5. Amaranth
Quinoa is the star lately, but amaranth is another ancient grain that deserves superfood status. Originally grown in South America, it delivers complete protein. It’s also a good source of minerals like potassium, iron, and magnesium. Mix amaranth into and breads or mix it into your serving of Quinoa.

 

We’ll be adding some of these superfoods to our suggested recipes on our next 6 Week Transformation Program!

We’re opening the doors VERY SOON but already we’ve got a waiting list because our first group got fully booked.

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Give some of these superfoods a go and let us know how you get on!

Jamie Houghton

Head Coach at LPT Northampton NCC

3 Surprising Ways To Eliminate Your Sweet Tooth

By Jamie Houghton, Head Coach at Lifestyle Performance Transformations NCC

Whatever you’ve tried, however good you’ve eaten…you just can’t seem to get rid of your sweet tooth! It’s that devil and angel on your shoulder situation right?

You know the struggles of trying cut down on your sweet treat intake. So make note of these 3 tips (number 3 will surprise you) and you’ll soon be able to kick your sweet tooth goodbye and get your cravings under control

1. Fuel yourself well throughout your day with the “right” fuel.

If you try to “be good” or “eat clean” all week,  to treat yourself one night at the weekend, you may be too restrictive during the week plus it will give you someone to look forward to and work hard towards.

Make sure you include these food groups with every meals:

  • protein
  • non-starchy carbs (veggies)
  • fats

With the right fuel in your body you’ll function better throughout the day and you’re cravings will diminish.

Think about your car…you wouldn’t put petrol in a diesel engine on purpose would you…? If you do your car will break down.

It’s exactly the same with our bodies…fill up on the right fuel!

2. Keep only portion-controlled, satisfying “treats” in your home.

Portion controlAnything you can eat and enjoy one serving of is allowed in your home.

Anything you cannot stop eating once you start is out! Just chuck it in a bin bag and get rid of them.

My favorites include 90%-100% dark chocolate – the richness means I can only enjoy 1 square at a time. Anymore than that and I don’t enjoy it.

 

3. Remove all artificial sweeteners.

This may surprise you…but artificial sweeteners can sabotage your weight loss and healthy lifestyle goals!

 

But how? Sweeteners can be calorie free right!?

It’s all down to how our brains and taste buds work together.

Artificial sweeteners can:

  • Stimulate your appetite
  • Increase your carb cravings
  • Stimulate fat storage hormones

Try to eliminate your intake of artificially sweetened yogurts, desserts, beverages, etc. etc. over a period of time.

At LPT our 6 week transformers comment all the time on how they haven’t even thought about reaching for some chocolate! Karen even said to me this morning…

“I was in the supermarket, automatically found myself down the cake and biscuit isle and I stopped! I actually said out loud I DON’T NEED ANY OF THIS RUBBISH and turned around again. I really didn’t want any cake!!”

The good news for you is that next week we are opening the doors for our next intake on our 6 Week Transformation Program!

We’ve got a waiting list already because our first group got fully booked, but there’s still some spaces coming up…

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Thanks for reading!

Jamie Houghton

Head Coach at LPT Northampton NCC

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How To Quit Playing Diet Roulette

Do you find yourself trying diet after diet without seeing long-term change? Do you get consumed by T.V shows touting the latest dietary recommendations? Are you guilty of going to the gym every day, then not going for MONTHS!? Are you easily consumed by what your friends & family do or say in regards to food & diet?

Guess what… YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

 

Diet Roulette

In todays EPIC post I share:

– Why diet roulette is making us fat, miserable & frustrated

– Why your outlook is EVERTHING & can help you enjoy IMMEDIATE positive change

– Why thinking long-term is ESSENTIAL to making the right decisions NOW

– Lessons we can learn from how we manage our money that can actually improve our health

– 10 HEALTH investments that don’t include exercise or diet

 

Serious question…

Would you risk all you have, all your assets, all your savings, your car etc etc

…and throw it all on the roulette wheel in the hope you’ll double your money?

I bloody hope not!

That’d be damn right crazy right?

Yet this is EXACTLY the approach the majority of people are taking to lose weight & get fit.

…I call it Diet Roulette.

And I’ve met thousands of people playing this game over the past 10 years.

Truth is you NEVER win. THE HOUSE ALWAYS WINS!

(Or in this case, the slimming clubs/food manufacturers)

 

How Do They Win?

Well, just like the casino’s of the world they hold an advantage.

An advantage worth billions of pounds, (so its a kinda secret) but I’ll let you in on it…

See they know something most people don’t.

They know that regardless of how good/bad the diet is that they’re selling, providing it works short-term they are on to a winner

(by the way ALL calorie restrictive diets work short-term. Even the mars bar diet!)

The genius of this ^^^ is the person doing the diet will always blame themselves when they pile the weight back on rather than the diet. This in-turn makes them repeat the diet again & they end up going round in circles!

Its EXACTLY the same psychology as a gambling addict. They win big once & so are convinced they’ll win big again.

That’s not all.

Diet clubs & food manufacturers have an EXTRA edge.

The alibi of variables.

You see they’re so many variables to losing weight, that when someone isn’t getting results, its easy as pie for the slimming consultant to blame everything else in someones life as the culprit – other than the diet itself.

This was all summed up recently for me when a lady told me how weight watchers works really well for her.

I asked her why then had she had approached me for help.

Her reply,“I’ve done it 6 time now but I can’t stick to it”.

I was lost for words.

She really believed after SIX attempts at a diet she couldn’t stick to that it worked. Worse STILL, she believed SHE was the failure.

This made me a little angry but more sad.

Sad at the thought of just how many other people must be going through the same thing – a belief system of failure, when in fact its the very people she believed were helping her that are blinding her from the real truth.

Believe it or not this post is NOT  intended to blast other diets. (I’ll leave that for another day).

This post is to simply outline an observation.. that the current throw it-all-on-black-model I call diet roulette, is FAILING us miserably.

Last week I heard a stat that sums up just how grim the picture is for the future, unless we do start taking a different approach.

 

“In the next 10 years, if we carry on as we are, two thirds of the worlds population will be over-weight or obese”.

 

So what’s the Answer?

Well lets flip back to my original question. Would you risk all your financial assets on black?

We already established you wouldn’t.

Coz your smart.

Instead I imagine you spread your hard earned cash over various pots.

Get the best interest rate.

Tax free ISA’s?

Brick mortar?

Pensions?

Holiday/family funds?

Maybe even have investments?

The point is to highlight that we are willing to take a far more strategic
approach to our wealth than our health. When it comes to finances people really think things through, think of the long-term AND do their research.

The Financial Lesson?

If we started using this methodology into our health I believe we’d be in a far happier, healthier & more successful place.

Rather than taking the shot-gun approach of investing our time & efforts in just two pots – (exercise & diet), maybe it’s time we started thinking more laterally & asking bigger questions.

Here are 10 areas of investment I recommend to look at:

  1. Stress – Managing your stress before anything else will change your life. My advice is eliminate the unnecessary. Focus on the essential and if the essential DOESN’T include checking facebook, your email or watching your favourite t.v program then go back to evaluating what is important to you.
  2. Sleep – Lack of sleep will mess your hormones up, reduce you to sugar & caffeine cravings and make it terribly hard to focus. Investing time improving your quality of sleep will pay HUGE dividends.
  3. Fulfillment – At the root of happiness is fulfillment, growth & satisfaction. What are you doing today to grow? What have you done this year to become the person you are most proud of?
  4. Knowledge – Read, study, listen to audio-books, talk to people you can learn from. Be curious. Don’t follow the herd, instead look outside the box.
  5. Mental Health – Ability to deal with trauma. Overcome limiting beliefs. Create new & better habits.
  6. Toxification – Will live in a pretty toxic world. Much of which IS still unavoidable. Eat organic, breathe fresh air.
  7. Finance – We covered this one already!
  8. Planning/Time management – If you can’t make time to go shopping, or cook then the new diet plan you watched on T.V is irrelevant.
  9. Relationships – Happy couples are proven to live longer. Getting support from a partner is also a major importance from my experience. You MUST get the family on board when making an effort for healthy living.
  10. Recovery – How often do you take breaks at work? Working non-stop somehow has become a badge of honour, yet the research clearly shows that NOT taking regular breaks leads to poor performance overall.

 

My advice is look at this list above carefully & decide for yourself which investment in time/money will give you the biggest bang for your buck.

Which one will give you the greatest ROI?

 

What Investments In Your Health Will You Start Making?

A few weeks ago I asked which areas of your life you felt you needed to pay most attention too. I had lots of replies but I’d like more.

So if you haven’t filled in the form yet I’d love to know.

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