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Salmon Recipes meal prep sunday 18

Salmon Recipes: Delicious and Nutritious Ideas

Full of protein, good fats, and important micronutrients. These salmon recipes will make the most of this fantastic fish.

You can fry it, grill it, bake it, smoke it, steam it, and even eat it raw. However you want to eat it, the fact of the matter is that salmon is incredibly versatile. And you should be taking advantage of that by weaving into your diet regularly. So it’s a good job your buddy Simon has you covered with these awesome salmon recipes.

And it’s often not the most appetising of foods when it’s reheated from your Tupperware container. So I can see why the chicken might take preference in your meal prep. No doubt your colleagues at work aren’t going to be too impressed with stench of fish wafting through the office come lunchtime.

However, cooking some salmon fresh taste great and you’ll be reaping the health benefits at the same time.

But before we get stuck into this week’s recipes, let’s look at those health benefits.

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How Much Protein Do I Need?

How much protein do I need to lose body fat and build muscle?

Protein has fast become one of the most popularised aspects of the fitness industry in recent years. You can’t fail to see the increase in food brands that have plastered ‘Protein’ on to their products with the aim of grabbing a slice of the action. But how much protein do you really need? And is the groundswell of protein products bringing you genuine benefit? Or is it just another way to make you part with your cash?

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Let’s go for the jugular right from the word go on this one.

You do not need protein shakes, protein bars, protein cereal, protein ice cream, or any product that has protein shoehorned into the name. Simple as that.

These products do not have any magic powers that will bring you limitless weight loss. Nor will they help you pack on muscle faster than ever before. Protein is protein. It’s just food at the end of the day. So adding the word “protein” in the title of a food doesn’t make it healthy or more beneficial for you.

Now we’ve got that out of the way, let’s focus in on the reality and give you the answers you’re after. This article is going to cover:

  • What is protein?
  • How much protein you need to lose fat.
  • How much protein you need to build muscle.
  • What the best sources of protein are.
  • The role protein foods should play in your diet, if any.

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Chia Seed Recipes meal prep sunday 17

Chia Seed Recipes: Pancakes and Pudding

2 Chia Seed Recipes that you’ll come back to time and time again.

The humble chia seed may not look like much, but those little black and white balls definitely pack a punch.  And you’ve probably got a packet lurking somewhere in the back of your cupboard. Undoubtedly, you bought them after reading or hearing that they’re the next superfood. Yet they’ve not made it into many meals (if any).

Perhaps that trend can change as these two recipes will have you reaching for that packet on a regular basis.

But before we get stuck into this week’s recipes, let’s take a quick look at the benefits of Chia Seeds.

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Build Muscle Fast: Your 5 Step Solution

Build Muscle and get a six pack. The two most common goals of people starting out on their fitness journey. But how do you actually make that first one happen?

Well, if you’re searching for the answer to that question then reading this article means you can end that search for good.  Because this is your ultimate training and nutrition guide to build muscle fast. 

First of all, let me congratulate you. Because starting on the journey to improve your physique is awesome.  Whether you’re a complete newbie or have been going to the gym for years, taking your physique to the next level is only going to bring you a ton of benefits.  Not only will you look better, you’ll feel better and enjoy all of the long-term health benefits that come with it.  To put it another way, if you build muscle you’re going to be irresistible to the opposite sex and goddamn it you’re gonna feel good about it. Of course, I’m joking on that last point (kind of).

Sometimes Google doesn’t have the answer…

And now you’ve made the decision to build muscle and look all sorts of awesome, you’re trying figure out how the hell to actually do it. Google normally has the answer to all of the world’s questions, so naturally this is your start point. But, this time Google isn’t the saviour you’d hoped for.  You find endless pages of articles and YouTube videos that seemingly have the miracle solution. But which one do you pay attention to?

And then there’s the supplement companies and magazines. Pick up the latest copy of any one of the dozens of glossy magazines adorning the shelves and you’ll find about 50 different ways of training to build muscle.  In addition to that, you’ll also find an equal number of adverts pitching the latest pill or powder with the claim that you’ll build muscle faster than ever before!  Sounds almost too good to be true right? And 100% of the time it is!

So in this article, you’re going to get real, actionable advice that will mean you WILL build muscle in the fastest and most effective way possible.

What’s the article going to cover?

Over the next few paragraphs you’ll discover:

  • How much muscle you can expect to build, naturally and how long it might take.
  • The right approach to your training.
  • The right approach to your nutrition.
  • The importance of recovery.

And, as usual, it’ll all be backed up scientific research and real world experiences.  So you’ll rest assured that these techniques work.

So let’s dive into the detail, get you the answers you’re looking for, and start to build muscle fast.

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Mexican Recipes meal prep sunday 16

Mexican Recipes: It’s Like Chipotle at Home

Bring a slice of that fire into your meal prep with these 2 great Mexican recipes.

Mexican food is delicious.  From chilli to jambalaya, and enchiladas to burritos.  It all tastes so good. But (and there’s always a but) all of those lip smackingly good Mexican recipes, dripping in melted cheese aren’t exactly macro friendly.

And quite frankly, if you’re not careful, most Mexican recipes can be a real meal plan buster.  But these recipes are here to change that.  Because now you can bring a small taste of this great cuisine to your meal prep with a couple of Mexican recipes that you’re guaranteed to love.

So there is hope for your favourite Mexican recipes making it into your plan on a regular basis.

The beauty of flexible dieting is that it allows you the ‘flexibility’ (hence the name) to incorporate the foods you love into your daily diet.  So whether you’re thing is Mexican recipes, Indian recipes, Chinese recipes, burgers, steak, salads, or soups, you have the freedom yo make your diet uniquely yours.  And not to mention the fact that you can great great results doing it.

So in this week’s instalment of meal prep Sunday I’ve got 2 great tasting Mexican recipes that will allow you to take full advantage of flexible dieting.  These recipes are packed full of flavour, spice and everything you love about your favourite Mexican dishes.  And they’re both fully adaptable too.  So if you want to add more carbs then throw everything in a wrap for a great tasting meal on the go. In fact, you can get some inspiration from everyone’s favourite Mexican Restaurant and make them even more awesome.

So, without further ado, let’s get cooking…

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Healthy Salad Recipes: Just Add Summer

Complete the perfect summer BBQ with these nutrient dense, great tasting healthy salad recipes.  All you need is that summer sun!

The words ‘BBQ’ and ‘healthy salad recipes’ aren’t normally seen in the same sentence, but hear me out on this one.  Because as the sun starts to peek through the clouds, summer doesn’t feel too far away.  And as our attention turns towards those summer months then that one time of the year us men take control of the cooking draws near.  In essence, it’s the primal nature of the BBQ that appeals to us men.  After all, it’s about starting a fire and incinerating some meat, what’s not to like about that?

So is there really a place for healthy salad recipes with your summer BBQ?

In my opinion there is.  Because if your household is anything like mine when I was growing up, then Dad looked after the BBQ, while Mum made the salads and accompaniments.  Usually, the meat ended up burnt to a crisp on the outside and virtually still breathing on the inside.  On the other hand, Mum’s salad was always immaculate and lovingly presented (not to mention supremely tasty).

And while it was over to Mum to rescue the meat, we all tucked into those refreshing salads. Often it was the salad that was the best bit.  Even if it was to just cover the taste of burnt chicken and blackened sausages.

So in this week’s instalment of meal prep Sunday I’ve got 2 great tasting and healthy salad recipes.  And these aren’t your regular boring healthy salad recipes.  As a matter of fact, these are packed with tons of macros and micros to keep your meals well balanced while you’re indulging in all that gorgeous BBQ food.  Because there’s no need to feel like you have to abandon your meal plan.  In fact, the perfect BBQ can quite easily be incredibly macro friendly.

And with that in mind, why not whip up one of these awesome salads when the sun next pokes its head out.  Proof that the phrase ‘healthy salad recipes’ really does have a place in your BBQ-related vocabulary.

Ready?  Let’s get cooking…
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