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Burger and chips

It was Mr Z birthday and he REALLY wanted to have a burger at somewhere we found that does a great one – no it wasn’t Grillstock this time, although they do a great one too 🙂

Just a pub in Somerset – The Talbot Inn in Mells, for any of you who might be interested.

But what made it so good is that they use high quality ingredients – and my view is that if you are going to eat a meal out why not think about quality and not quantity.

Did you know that poor quality food, such as regular fast food, is so devoid of nutrients and is really “dead, beige food” that your body makes you eat more and more because the cells are not being nourished.

You can be overweight but malnourished believe it or not!

That is why eating foods close to nature in their natural state that are packed with nutrients will satisfy you.

Anyway – I decided to also have the burger with birthday boy and enjoyed it because I asked them to ditch the bun and to switch the fries it came with for a portion of greens that were on the menu as a side order.

It tasted great, I wasn’t stuffed and bloated after and I had more nutrients to help digestion and health.

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So next time you go out to eat why not ask for more vegetables, sauce on the side, an extra side salad, no bread at the table – anything you need to in order to maintain your journey to better health and happiness.

Have a great weekend and I saw this great quote today from Christian Dior ..

“Zest is the secret of all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without Zest

Can’t agree more 🙂

Zita “burger burger” Alves

ps For any of you who may have enjoyed too many burgers or chips and want to get in shape for the start of summer (which is coming soon) then the best way to kick-start your fitness is to join our next trial week at Zest bootcamp which starts 30 March.

Healthy Pancake Recipe

Whoop whoop it’s nearly Pancake Day!
I’m sure you know how I love to try and make a standard meal a bit healthier by taking out the sugar or ditching the gluten so pancake day is no different.
Many of  you already know about the banana pancake which so many people try and then keep as a regular part of  their diet once they are hooked.
Well I had a go at a variation and it seems to work out ok.
So here is a gluten free, high protein, high fibre, sugar free pancake that you can top with anything you fancy and if you fry in coconut oil it is also dairy free. I was happy to eat my as it comes:)
It made about 6 pancakes so enough for 2 or more people
4 eggs
1/4 cup coconut flour (eg Tiana available from health food shops)
2 small ripe bananas
1/2 cup almond milk (unsweetened ideally unless you have a sweet tooth)
2 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
pinch of baking soda
cinnamon and vanilla powder to taste
These could be used as a breakfast alternative as they are or top with berries, a dollop of almond butter or even my favourite – Coyo coconut yoghurt.
Let me know what you think as I always welcome feedback when I’ve only done 1 experiment so far for a healthy pancake day recipe
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If you over indulge in too many pancakes or other treats during half term then why not join Zest Bootcamp for a week’s trial on 2nd March in Bath.
Remember: EXCUSES DON’T BURN CALORIES but a 45 minute session at Zest bootcamp every Monday, Wednesday and Friday does – classes are at 6.30am, 9.30am or 6.15pm so plenty of options to fit into your schedule.
Book your trial week now so those pancakes have nowhere to hide!

Little Black Dress

Here is a guest post by Colour and Style Expert Gilly Montgomery to help us girls with what to wear this festive season…..

The Little Black Dress – it doesn’t have to be black or little!

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Have you thought about what might make you look your most gorgeous?

it’ll be something unique to you that brings out your very best, so you can

relax and know you look amazing.

OK here are some pointers to help –

  • Ask yourself what your best assets are – yes, we all have them.
  • Some ideas – great legs; sexy, curvy body; beautiful cleavage;

a swan neck, a slim straight silhouette, lovely shoulders – go on,

which one/one’s resinate with you?

  • You want to focus on on your best qualities when choosing an outfit.
  • Shapes and styles for the party season:

Sartorial elegance for straight body shapes ie, shifts, cocktail dresses,

simple and classy

Miss Mod and all things from the 60’s for the boyish, neat youthful look

ie. feminine meets tomboy, short shifts, masculine looks, tailored trousers with

girly tops and accessories

Cosmic Couture for sexy, curvy silhouettes where the waist and cleavage are

a must, with ruching, rich textures and lux fabrics. Use glamour and decadent embellishments to show off your body shape.

Petite Cosmic Couture for the more girly youthful shape.  Do the above with

lighter fabrics, prettier embellishments, smaller accessories – keeping the very

feminine, pretty look.

Black isn’t strictly a colour.  You could dare choose something else!

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If you are fair and light eyed how about turquoise or violet?

if you are auburn haired you could try bronze, peacock, or gold.

If you are dark haired and have smokey eyes try damson, berry colours.

Whatever you choose remember you are beautiful and unique, so enjoy it!

Gilly

You can find out more about Gilly here

Easy to follow diet

So not long until Christmas and as I’ve said in previous posts you can either give up and eat all the high calorie treats that are everywhere at the moment or you can still keep on the healthy nutrition for 80% of the time and allow your self to enjoy some Christmas treats in the run up to the day Santa arrives.

During most of the week you can focus on eating vegetables, meat, fish, some nuts, some fruit and some starches such as sweet potato, rice, quinoa plus making sure you get plenty of water every day.

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This means that if you fancy a glass of mulled wine, mince pie or gingerbread latte occasionally you can enjoy it without putting on the average 5-10lbs that most people put on over the upcoming festive season.

Here is a quick tip I recorded to share with you to ensure you don’t have an excuse of being too busy to eat properly.

Also if you don’t yet have my 7 day detox diet plan which is packed with tasty, filling meals that are easy to prepare then grab a copy and follow it for an easy way to feel less bloated and sluggish.

If you add in some exercise then you will feel more energetic and vibrant.

Yesterday I had this lovely text from one of our Zest Bootcampers

“Zest Bootcamp has been life changing – really!”

So if you want to make 2015 the year you get your health and fitness sorted out we would love to help you. Why not sign up for a trial week at Zest bootcamp if you are in or near Bath – hundreds of people that we have helped over the last 6 years can’t be wrong 🙂

Grab your easy to follow 7 day healthy eating plan here so you can feel great in your festive clothes!

Sweet treats

If you have been reading my blog for a while you will know that I love food!

And I also like a sweet treat now and then 🙂

sesame energy balls
In an attempt to create “cleaner” healthier versions of foods, as a way to not feel deprived, I love to see if I can make dairy, gluten and sugar free versions of different things. Sometimes it works – sometimes it doesn’t!

This is how I do it….

1. Decide what I am in the mood to create
2. Throw a bunch of ingredients into the bowl
3. Taste it and if it seems ok, test it out on Mr Z
4. If we both like it then I might do a further taste test out with Zest Bootcampers as they are always VERY honest!
5. Type up the recipe properly for me to keep and to share if I’m feeling generous 🙂

Luckily these “energy balls” seemed to go down pretty well so here is the recipe:

Energy balls

Actually that was my scribble as I made another version (not photographed) so here is the recipe in full

1 cup of dates

1/2 cup of dried apricots

2-3 tablespoons of (sugar free) nut butter e.g. peanut, almond or cashew

1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil

1/2 cup ground almonds

Optional extras

1/4 cup sesame seeds

cinnamon powder

vanilla powder or vanilla bean paste

1 teaspoon of chia seeds or ground flaxseed

Blend everything well in a mixer then make small round balls in your hand and leave as they are or coat in sesame seeds as I did in the photo or you could try desiccated coconut.

This makes 10-15 balls depending on size.

Store in fridge (or freezer if you want to make them last).

Just realised these are also raw and vegan as well as being dairy free, sugar free and gluten free (just no good if you are allergic to nuts)

These are perfect when you’d like a sweat treat and great for kids too. They contain good fats, natural sugars, some protein and fibre too but like any treat you don’t want to eat too many otherwise your jeans will get tight!

I do also have a COOKBOOK with 90 recipes that are gluten, dairy & sugar free – 30 breakfasts, lunches & dinners that the whole family will love – plenty of customers have told me in the past.

For any of you in Bath who would like to exercise outdoors with like-minded people to improve your fitness, health, body shape, energy levels and to feel more positive and happy – then why not join our next 4 week bootcamp that starts on Monday 29th September. You can come for a trial week to see what you think – find out more here

Have a great weekend

Zita

Stop eating C.R.A.P

Until yesterday I was going to write about gratitude – which I still will on another blog post but I changed my mind as had to get this off my chest.

It seems the no make-up “selfie” has gone crazy on Facebook over the last few days and whilst I love the intent and the fact it’s raising awareness and money for breast cancer – a cause VERY close to my heart, I have a different approach.

stop eating crap

Yesterday I was in a major chain supermarket filming some educational nutrition information about how to choose the best foods for an online programme I’m running. We chose a large store so the ranges on offer would be as wide as possible and it truly shocked me how much rubbish is on the shelves.

I honestly hadn’t even heard or seen a lot of the brands of food and drinks that were on offer – is that because I don’t watch much TV or read magazines where they are advertised maybe? It could be that I use a fruit and vegetable box scheme for the majority of my foods, as well as farm shops, health food shops and I also prefer smaller supermarkets for other bits that we need.

Ok I know many of you have children and you need to shop for everything in one place to make life easier but really I’d say that 75% of what is there you DO NOT need. The cereal aisle for example, which I call the sugar aisle, is immense and squashed down the bottom on a tiny shelf we finally found some organic porridge oats – which are not only “closer to nature” the way I prefer to eat, but also work out much cheaper bowl for bowl than some of the so called “healthy” mueslis and granolas.

Want to get fat? Then check out some of the ingredients in a yoghurt – double cream, sugar, butter!!! Yes steam started coming out of my ears when I read that – can you believe it!

As you may realise this subject is one that I am super passionate about and I could talk all day about it. We got half way around the supermarket before they came over and told us to stop filming as it wasn’t allowed… kind of expected that to happen 🙁

So whilst breast cancer is not always straight forward I understand, we have got to start thinking more about what we put in our bodies, hence I write and say what I do to help people understand the truth and not what the food manufacturers and media mostly tell us, but in the end it is your choice of course.

Anyway here is a photo of a sugar, wheat and diary free “experiment” that turned out really well….

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I’ve just had one of my cookbooks reprinted so if you struggle with ideas of what healthy meals to prepare that are easy to make and taste great I recommend you have a look as I think you might be surprised. The 90 recipes are sugar and wheat free, and mainly dairy free too. Many of the mums on our online programme have said how they now love some of the fruit smoothies as alternatives for breakfast, as well as the fruit pancakes which everyone loves! For dinner the kids seem to all love the Spanish meatball recipe so check it out HERE

have a great weekend and if you are in Bath don’t forget you can sign up for a trial week at our outdoor bootcamp classes to see how we can help you feel healthier and happier.

Zita

ps Recipe for these chocolate treats coming next time as this post is long enough already.  You can sign up above for my 7 day detox and then you will the first to know about my future blog posts to make sure you don’t miss out:)

Fitness is finished

For most people today is not about fitness but tomorrow will be all about “New year, New You” etc.

Don’t be caught up in any of the faddy, fast fixes that the mainstream media will bombard you with.

Instead find what will work for you longer term as fitness and health should be a lifelong passion not just for after Christmas. Our 7 day detox is a great kickstart to get you back into those healthy habits. Loads of people have downloaded it and use the plan when they need a little “clean up”  – Click HERE 7 day detox 

I’m really looking forward to getting back into a more normal fitness routine after tonight and also back on the nutrition plan (especially no more alcohol).

January bootcamp starts back in Bath on Monday and I think everyone will be ready to start working up a sweat.

If you’ve never been then grab a place at Trial week – Click >>http://bathbootcamp.co.uk<<

have a great evening everyone

Zita x

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ps if you do have too many bubbles you know what to do – get that greens drink down you to help detoxify that liver! I will be 🙂

My Halloween Trick

No one wanted my treats:(

How was your Halloween? I’m not sure if I was just hanging around different places last year but I don’t remember everyone going to quite as much trouble carving pumpkins last year.

If Facebook is anything togo buy there were some AMAZING carvings, I saw an owl sitting on a wire, fairies with stars and loads more unusual designs – very impressive. (ps Pumpkin recipe coming below)

I was a bit sad that I didn’t carve one but we do have some candle holders that look like mini pumpkins and are SO much easier 🙂

Anyway I did get into the Halloween Spirit (get it!!) a bit and bought some treats for any little faces that knocked on the door. Chocolate, sweets, Haribos, lollipops etc .. no way!

I thought a gluten and sugar free, healthy cereal bar would do the trick and…. it did. We didn’t have anyone knock on the door!

Nakd bar

Word must have got around that there weren’t any “treats” at our house but I don’t agree. Infact once you get off sugar, which many people are kind of addicted to, you really taste the natural sweetness of foods. I used to love a Kitkat or a boost bar – do they still exist? But now if I have a bit of someones chocolate I really don’t like it as find it too sweet. The Nakd bars I had bought for last night were made from dates, cashew nuts and raspberries and in my opinion were sweet tasting and lovely.

Come to think about it they weren’t cereal bars at all really – and not to get confused with Special K and Alpen bars that I wouldn’t recommend to people. These kind of bars are marketed as healthy but have you read the ingredients – not only are there loads of ingredients in the product but also words I don’t understand and they certainly don’t look very close to nature, which is THE healthiest way to eat. If you can recognise what a food is and can pull it off tree, out of ground, hunt or fish for it etc then it’s pretty much certain to be good for you.

Next time you are in the supermarket or even petrol service station have a quick peek at the back of the highly marketed cereal bars and see what you think. Unfortunately it’s harder to get the healthy Nakd bars in some shops – health food shops are your best bet. Let me know what you think if you’ve not tried them before.

If you want a healthier treat why not try a few squares of a dark chocolate – 70% or more cacao content. The fat and magnesium in this kind of chocolate will satisfy you more than a sugar laden chocolate or low fat bar.

If you do what you always done then you get what you always got right? …. so try something new and see what happens.

A bit like the new people doing our first Trial Week at bootcamp – most of them are totally new to the “bootcamp” thing so this way they have been able to try us out. Good news is they all loved it and have signed up for the rest of the month.

Have a great weekend, especially of you are partying Halloween style!

Zita “pumpkin pumping” Alves

ps if you’d like to join our next bootcamp trial week go to http://bathbootcamp.co.uk and sign up for more information.

pps Almost forgot…. if you’d like some clean pumpkin recipes just comment below with your email and I will send them

Can you really lose weight quickly?

Did you know that you can lose weight really easily by cutting off your leg or maybe an arm? – yes bit extreme right!

Anyway I just wanted to share this quick video tip with you for a less extreme approach

Have a great bank holiday weekend
Zita

ps Not sure if you saw The Men that made us Thin last night – it was very interesting to see how some of the truths that many of us in the fitness industry have known about for years, finally being uncovered. You can watch it on Iplayer here

pps Our next bootcamp starts on Monday 2nd September so if you want to improve your health and fitness, and the way your body looks then we woud love to see you. Last month 2 of our campers lost a stone and dropped a dress size in just 4 weeks. Find out more here