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Herbs & Spices

Thoughts of the week

“Herbs & spices”

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You may already consume different combinations of herbs and spices in your diet but may not know the actual benefits they offer:

  • Chilli
    • Increases metabolism helping to burn fat
    • Can reduce risk of stomach and prostate cancer
    • Thins blood helping to promote heart health and protect against strokes
    • Clears congestion
  • Garlic
    • Helps fight colds
    • Can reduce LDL cholesterol
    • Shown to lower blood pressure
  • Rosmary
    • Can ease nasal congestion
    • Shown to reduce common allergy symptoms
  • Fenugreek
    • Can lower blood sugar due to its ability to improve insulin function
  • Ginger
    • Can ease different types of nausea such as sea sickness, morning sickness, sickness resulting from chemotherapy
    • Shown to reduce pain causes by osteoarthritis due to in’s anti-inflammatory properties
  • Cayenne Pepper
    • Can reduce appetite and reduce fat burning
    • Shown to have anti-cancer properties in animals
  • Holy basil
    • Can restrict the growth of bacteria, yeasts and cold
    • Shown to improve immune system function
  • Turmeric
    • Can be powerful antioxidant
    • Shown to be a strong anti-inflammatory
  • Peppermint
    • Can ease discomfort associated with irritable bowl syndrome (IBS) by reducing bloating in the abdomen
    • Shown to have anti-nausea effects particularly when women give birth
  • Sage
    • Can improve brain and memory function by inhibiting the breakdown of acetylcholine
  • Cinnamon
    • Can lower cholesterol
    • Shown to reduce blood sugar by improving insulin sensitivity

So next time you cook up a storm, select something for the menu or grab a snack, make sure you include some of the above in your choice!

Exercise of the week

Dynamic | Strength | Lunge | Lateral | A to B | Progressions
  • Barbell on back | Uneven fixed weight (A1)
  • Barbell in catch position | Uneven fixed weight (A2)
  • Barbell overhead | Uneven fixed weight (A3)
  • Barbell on back | Uneven moving weight (B1)
  • Barbell in catch position | Uneven moving weight (B2)
  • Barbell overhead | Uneven moving weight (B3)

Find out more about this program here

Recipe of the week

Steak, garlic spinach, balsamic mushrooms & sweet potato chunks

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  • Peel, chop a sweet potato into small chunks. Place on a foil lined baking tray, sprinkle over some mix herbs then bake in over for 20-25mins.
  • After 15mins, choose a good cut of steak (we used sirloin) then trim of any excess fat. Heat in a pan with a sprinkle of sea slat for 2-3 mins each side, seasoning with chilli flakes towards the end. Leave to rest.
  • Finely slice some mushrooms (we used chestnut) then lightly fry in a pan with a splash of olive oil & balsamic vinegar for 2-3mins. Put to one side.
  • Heat some spinach over a pan of boiling water or in the bag in the microwave for 2-3mins. Let drain & steam escape then mix together in a bowl with some finely chopped garlic, black pepper and olive oil spread. Put to one side.
  • Remove sweet potato chunk from oven, combine all ingredients together & serve as in picture.

Find out more about our nutrition plans here

Training song of the week

Feel it still (Coldabank remix) – Portugal. The Man, Coldabank

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