Welcome to the World of Plants

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Welcome to the World of Plants

Hey There BodyChefers! 

As some of you may have seen, we've a new exciting addition to this weeks menu - Our NutBurger Superfood Salad. We've teamed up with another local Cork company, The Nutcase Food Company, to bring you a little veggie twist on our classic salad bowls. 

At this point some of you may be thinking .... What the F**K is a NutBurger? (It's just like a normal burger, just packed full of cashews and chickpeas instead of meat), Others may have keeled over in shock at reading the word veggie. Now don't worry - we still love meat just as much as ever! But with our new and improved vegetarian menu on its way we wanted to share with you guys the endless list of benefits including more plant based goodness into your diets has. So here's our little bit of knowledge on how choosing the veggie option every once in a while can spice up your diet, leave you full of energy and help you achieve your goals.

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1) We've heard it before... "But where will I get my protein from!"
 It's a common misconception that without meat you won't be able to consume enough protein! Protein is such an incredibly important part of your diet - but whats the real difference getting it from a plant or an animal? Well its more to do with whats not in plant protein, such as high levels of cholesterol or trans fat often found in animal protein. Stock up on plant based foods that are packed full of protein such as Quinoa, Lentils, Beans, Spirulina & Nuts!

2) Keeps the Doctor Away
Eating a diet rich in plant based foods is seriously beneficial to your health. Boosting up your veggie intake can help lower blood pressure, lower the risk of heart disease, helps prevent obesity and decreased the risk of cancer - Sounds good to us! 

3) Focusing on Adding, not Subtracting!
If you want to start making more small changes towards a diet that's rich in plant based options, begin by focusing on what you can add to your meals, instead of getting bogged down on removing meat entirely! After all, balance is key. So start by up-ing the amount of veggies and beans you add to a stir fry or salad for example, and it will soon become second nature.  Our Top Tip? .... If you are looking to replace meat in a meal with something, start adding legumes such as black beans, kidney beans, chickpeas to your weekly diet. They are packed full of protein, are fantastic for your digestive system and help keep you full for longer! 

Now go forth and add an extra serving of broccoli to your dinner! And make sure to keep an eye out for our new veggie menu coming soon! 

Love the BodyChef.ie team! 

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Portion Control, Made Easy.

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Portion Control, Made Easy.

Portion Control? ... What the f**k is it and how do I master it? Never fear, we've pulled together some simple tips on how you can incorporate portion control into your everyday life for a healthier, fitter diet. 

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So you've just been paid...

There are a few lucky sods among us that have the fortune of getting paid by the week. For the rest of us, however, the last Friday of the month means one thing ... PAYDAY. 

If you are getting a monthly paycheck, it probably means you are (someway) functioning as a responsible adult. Therefore, that probably means with the extra coin in the bank at the end of the month your adult brain may be telling you to spend it responsibly - 

But we know better ... we know that when the end of the month roles around again that temptation is too great and more often than not we end up like this..... 

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We're all about making healthy easy at BodyChef.ie, so who's to say that can't include a healthy looking bank balance? These are BodyChef.ie's top suggestions on how to NOT blow this months paycheck. 

1. The Envelope System
So it goes like this - set a monthly budget for variable expenses in your life such as your grocery shopping, petrol or your weekend entertainment. On payday, withdraw these amounts and put them in separate envelopes. It's a simple idea but effective way of tracking how much you have left for each category of expense. And when you run out - it's gone! Which makes it alot harder to talk yourself into buying that extra bottle of wine on a Friday night. Bonus - you get to avoid alot of little bank charges with just one withdrawal. 

2. Eat, Sleep and Breathe the 'One Week Rule'
This one is for all our BodyChefers who like to treat payday as 'Leg it to the Shops'-day (Looking at you too fellas!) Now there's nothing wrong with treating yourself, but if something close to half your pay is gone after the first weekend, then we need to reevaluate. So the One Week Rule to live by... If you still want it in a week, BUY IT. Otherwise forget about it. Simple right? 

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 3. Embrace Technology
Budgeting is probably the adult equivalent of doing your homework as a kid - necessary, perhaps, enjoyable? - HELL NO. If you're like me and month after month making a budget scares you to your core (No I don't want to commit to only spending €50 on shoes, what if there's a sale on?) then take the stress out of the task - and get an app to do it for you. There are so many budget apps available now that will allow you to manually track your spending and categorise it into relevant budgets. Considering that our smartphones never leave our hands nowadays, we've no excuse not to work a budget into our everyday lives.   

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4. Order BodyChef.ie
Okay, Okay, we may be biased .. but eating healthy and staying in shape is pretty tough - for you and your bank balance. If you're like us and find your schedule too bloody hectic to stay on top of things like 'meal prep', it becomes very easy to spend a fortune on out of the office lunches, or healthy snacking on the go. Another huge problem that we find ourselves coming across is waste! The 15 minute meal you found on Instagram seems like a good idea, but what we find happening is a fridge full of gone of turkey breasts and wilted spinach (Not a very pleasant image is it). That's why our mission at BodyChef.ie is to provide healthy nutritious meals delivered right to your door or workplace, taking the stress out of healthy eating.  

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YES! To help you get through the days until the next pay check comes around you'll get 10% off if you order monthly - what are you waiting for? 

Happy Payday Weekend!

 

 

Ditch the weighing scales and eat food that fuelz your body.

Ditch the weighing scales and eat food that fuelz your body.

Sounds simple right?

Yet this simple task of eating a balanced diet and ditching the weighing scales is so hard for anyone who has any weight issues. This can be someone who is overweight,underweight,yo-yo dieters male or female! Trust me from my experience I know for some it will be a life long battle trying to find balance with weight and food but here is my opinion.

DITCH THE SCALES

I am only 25 but over that time I have already built a relationship with the scales I would rather forget.

Growing up over-weight and battling an eating disorder and obsession with my weight and how I looked since about 11 the scales genuinely dictated my life. When I saw it drop I became obsessed with it dropping further at any cost. When the number increased I felt worse and instead of it giving me the motivation I needed to get back on track it would send me into a massive binge of eating even more and lacking any motivation to exercise.

My Body Image consumed me and still can on any given day but any day I don't weigh myself I am much better off because I can judge it by how I feel rather than by a number on the weighing scales. Yes there is a place for the weighing scales for people competing etc but in my opinion go by how you look and feel and ditch the scales. I never felt at peace with my body and using the scales NEVER helped me.

This is my experience and even since I got into a healthy balance of exercise and eating balanced meals when I have fallen off the wagon and got onto the scales it has NEVER helped so if I could give anybody one piece of advice from my personal experience, whether you are just starting out looking after your health or your day is being dictated by how bloated you feel or how "lean" you are......DITCH THE SCALES. Life is so short and you are missing out on so much by obsessing over a number on the scales. 

Treat your body with respect. 

Eat all of the food groups.

Eat healthy nutritious meals.

Whatever you think about when you weigh yourself, one question you may not consider is this: Is weighing yourself helping you lose weight or standing in the way of success?
— https://www.verywell.com/reasons-to-ditch-the-scale-1231549
This blog post is solely based on my own opinion and personal experience. If you struggle with the scales you are NOT alone. Talk to someone and share how you feel.
— AMY ORMOND

The Truth about Carbs

The Truth about Carbs

Ask a friend or coworker about carbohydrates and you could get an earful: They’re bad for you. They’re fine—but only if you work out. They’ll make you gain weight. Or maybe: Low-carb diets are the only way to go.

3 Ingredient Raw Brownies

3 Ingredient Raw Brownies

You're in for a treat with these guilt-free 3 Ingredient Brownies. Not only are they VEGAN, but they're also GLUTEN FREE, DAIRY FREE and  REFINED SUGAR FREE! Store them in the fridge for up to one week for a quick treat to grab on the go.

Top 5 Super Foods To Have In Your Kitchen

Top 5 Super Foods To Have In Your Kitchen

Eating healthy is the best thing you can do for your body but it brings with it many mixed opinions on what you should and should not eat. Here at BodyChef, we aim to make healthy eating easy by providing you with nutritionally balanced, calorie counted meals to help you to stay on track and reach your health goals. We’ve also compiled a list of our Top 5 Super Foods which everyone should be including in their diet to increase energy levels, fight diseases and lose weight among other benefits.

No Time For Breakfast? BodyChef.ie Has Got You Covered!

No Time For Breakfast? BodyChef.ie Has Got You Covered!

Eating healthily in the morning, or even eating at all can be a task in itself. Breakfast is often low on our list of priorities especially on these cold mornings when every additional minute of sleep counts. We get it.

That’s why we here at BodyChef.ie have created a range of healthy breakfast options to set you up for the day while allowing you to catch those extra Z’s in the morning. Check out our website to choose from a range of breakfast meals delivered fresh to your door.

In the meantime, why not try this quick and easy Overnight Chia and Oat pot. This can be created the night before so it’s ready to grab and go in the morning. Trust us, it couldn’t be easier!

Overnight Chia and Oat Pot:

Ingredients:

·         3tbsp Rolled Oats

·         1tbsp Whole Chia Seeds

·         1tbsp Natural Yoghurt

·         ½ cup Milk

Recommended Toppings:

·         1tsp Honey, handful of fresh Raspberries and Blueberries and Coconut shavings.

·         1tsp honey, ½ Banana, small handful of Pecans and sprinkle of cinnamon.

·         Your favourite low sugar granola.

Method:

·         In a jar, add the oats, chia seeds, yoghurt and milk and mix together.

·         Cover and place in the fridge to set for 3 hours or overnight.

·         In the morning, add your favourite toppings and you’re good to go.

BODYCHEF'S TOP 5 IRISH FOODIES TO FOLLOW ON SNAPCHAT

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BODYCHEF'S TOP 5 IRISH FOODIES TO FOLLOW ON SNAPCHAT

For many of us, eating healthily doesn’t come easy.  With so many conflicting views on what constitutes “healthy” we can become overwhelmed by the wealth of information that’s out there and feel that we need a degree in Nutrition in order to create a healthy meal.

If you’ve been with us for a while, you’ll know that we here at BodyChef.ie are passionate about creating healthy meals for you to enjoy and we want you to share that passion with us. Check out our website for this week’s menu of some of your favourite indulgent dishes made healthy and delivered fresh to your door. Simply place your order, put your feet up and we’ll take care of the rest!

In the meantime, (while you wait in anticipation for us to deliver) check out our list of 5 Irish “Foodies” to follow on snapchat who can help to inspire you to create healthy meals from your own kitchen.

 

1.       Kenmare Foodie:

A relatively new addition to the Irish foodie scene on snapchat, Karen Coakley, a busy mum of four from Kenmare Co. Kerry is your go-to gal for simple recipes to feed the family. Karen is a natural teacher, treating her followers to daily cookery demonstrations and providing tips and tricks on how to juggle healthy eating, staying fit and being a mum.  We’re sure we’ll be seeing a lot more of Karen on the Irish foodie scene this year. Check her out!

 

 

2.       The Happy Pear:

These infectious twins from Greystones, Co. Wicklow need no introduction. Their energy and positivity is contagious and quite frankly, unrelenting!  Follow Dave and Steve from their morning swim at sunrise through to late night baking experimentation with lots of delicious and colourful recipes, tastings and behind the scenes footage in between.

 

 

3.       Rozanna Purcell:

Perhaps the poster girl of the Irish foodie scene, followmodelandathleteRozanna Purcell as she dines in some of the most insta-worthy eateries in Ireland and beyond. You won’t fall short of healthy cooking inspiration as Roz showcases some of her most famous and well-loved recipes on a daily basis.

 

4.       The Little Green Spoon:

Indy Power’s philosophy is simple: eat to feel good! This rising star embraces natural ingredients to create nutritious dishes that are not only super easy to make, but they also cater for a variety of diets; be it paleo, gluten free, vegan...the list goes on!

 

 

5.       Donal Skehan:

Where would this list be without Ireland’s most loved and fastest growing Chef and TV star! Hailing from Howth and currently living in Los Angeles, follow Donal to gain access all areas to the goings on behind the scenes as well as beautiful and easy to make recipes that will leave your mouth watering!

 

 

 

 

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Cork City FC and Bodychef.ie announce new partnership

Cork City FC and Bodychef.ie announce new partnership

Cork City FC and Bodychef.ie are delighted to announce the launch of their new partnership.

The partnership will see Bodychef provide food for City’s first team players on a daily basis after training, helping the players to remain in peak condition for the duration of the 2017 season.

Bodychef.ie launched in 2015 in Cork. It delivers healthy, clean, nutritional & high protein meals which are all calorie & portion controlled meals to people all over Cork City & County to workplaces, home or a collection point that Bodychef has set up throughout the County. Bodychef.ie aims to change the way people see healthy food with quirky and innovative ways on keeping people healthy, helping to lose weight and changing people’s lifestyles. Bodychef has made healthy food convenient with us over the past 18 months, all that is required is to Reheat & Eat!

Commenting on the partnership, City boss John Caulfield said: “We’re delighted to have Bodychef.ie on board with us for the season ahead. The food is fantastic and is very popular with the players and staff. Nutrition is an important part of a professional players’ preparation for training and games and it’s important for us to know they are getting the right fuel into their bodies on a daily basis.”

Speaking on behalf of Bodychef.ie, Damien Sreenan said: “Bodychef.ie is delighted to announce our partnership with Cork City FC for the upcoming season. As longtime fans this is a bit of a fairytale to be associated and partnered with the club. The players are athletes and athletes need proper nutrition to keep them their bodies fuelled. Last season was magnificent and, along with the fantastic facilities the lads can use at the Mardyke Arena, we vow to keep the players at the top of their game with what they eat. We look forward to working with all the players, coaches & management in fulfilling the potential of this great club.”